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Monsters Among Us: Robert Leroy Nelson killed Michelle Yvette Busha in 1980 in MN then sexually assaulted a child in TX; Sentenced to life in prison


Michelle Busha

Ruben Rosario: She refused to fold until slain Minnesota ‘Jane Doe’ was ID’d
35 years later, woman slain by state trooper in southern Minnesota is ID’d
Bay City woman missing since 1980 reportedly killed by former MN State Trooper
Nelson’s confession and conviction information
Minnesota state trooper raped, murdered teen while on duty in 1980, investigators say
Minn. trooper’s murder victim ID’d 35 years later
Father of missing teen, found dead in Minnesota, finally finds closure
Arguing against parole for ‘Jane Doe’ killer

Movies/Documentaries
Who Killed Jane Doe?: Runaway Jane

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 04082389
TDCJ Number: 00494359
Name: NELSON,ROBERT LEROY
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1946-08-08
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: WYNNE
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2008-01-02

Parole Review Status
Offender is currently in the Parole Review Process

The parole review process begins approximately six months before the parole eligibility date for a first review and four months before the eligibility date in additional reviews. The process begins with the offender’s file being reviewed for all appropriate documents, including letters of support and protest. An Institutional Parole Officer reviews the file and interviews the offender before preparing a case summary for the Board voting panel. The Board normally will vote on the case just prior to the parole eligibility date.

Offenders eligible for mandatory supervision who committed an offense since September 1, 1996 are reviewed for Discretionary Mandatory Supervision (DMS). An offender who has received a Serve All vote is reviewed for possible release to DMS by a Board panel prior to being released on the projected release date.

Last Parole Decision
Denied on 01/22/2015

NEXT REVIEW (01/2018)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.

Denial reason(s): 2D

* Note: One or more of the components indicated in each paragraph may apply, but only one is required for denial (D).

2D NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE INMATE COMMITTED ONE OR MORE VIOLENT CRIMINAL ACTS INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS; OR THE INSTANT OFFENSE OR PATTERN OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY SUCH THAT THE INMATE POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY; OR THE RECORD INDICATES USE OF A WEAPON.

Next Parole Review Date
01/2018

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1986-03-31
Offense: AGG SEX ASLT
Sentence Date: 1988-08-31
County: SMITH
Case No.: 188-165
Sentence: life

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Monsters Among Us: Brian David Steckel *The Driftwood Killer* raped and killed Sandra Lee Long then set her bed on fire; He also confessed to at least 2 other murders – Executed 11/4/2005

Victims
Sandra Lee Long, 29
Frances Mary Kiefer, 44 [confessed to]

Brian Steckel was a despicable excuse for a human being. He raped and killed Sandra Lee Long, then set the bed she was on on fire. She actually died of smoke inhalation. During his trial, he sent a copy of her autopsy report to her mother, with a note saying, “Read it and weep. She’s gone forever. Don’t cry over burnt flesh.” During his trial, mind you. And there were death penalty opponents who thought he could do some good if he was allowed to live. But of course, none of those people said anything about Sandra Lee Long and what she suffered. What her loved ones continue to suffer to this day. Sometimes punishment just needs to be punishment. Not something to hope he can make good. He proved that he was not a good person and he even said several times that he deserved the death penalty.

While he was in prison he also mailed confessions to another murder [Frances Kiefer, a neighbor] but nothing has come of it that I am aware of. I am still including her as a victim of his, since he willingly and voluntarily confessed to her murder.

In Loving Memory of Sandra Lee Long
CharleyProject: Frances Mary Kiefer
Pennsylvania Missing Persons: Frances Mary Kiefer
Whatever Became Of … Frances Kiefer Who Myseriously Disappeared From Her Fountain Hill Home?
State of Delaware v Brian Steckel 1996 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Brian D. “Red” Steckel #991
Murderpedia: Brian David Steckel
Wikipedia: Brian Steckel

Movies/Documentaries
Shattered: The Driftwood Killer


Brian David Steckel

Final Words: “I want to say I’m sorry for the cruel things I did. I’m not the same man I was when I came to jail. I changed. I’m a better man…I walked in here without a fight and I accept my punishment. It is time to go. I love you people.” He told his cousin and a friend, who were witnesses at his execution, to tell his 12 year old daughter, “I said no excuses.”

Serial Killer: Todd Alan Reed – killed 3 women, known as the Forest Park Killer; Sentenced to LWOP


Alexandria Nicole Ison

Victims
Lilla Faye Miler, 28
Stephanie Lynn Russell, 26
Alexandra Nicole Ison, 17 [6/2/1999]

Find-A-Grave: Alexandria Nicole “Alex” Ison
Portraits differ on suspect in killings
Murderpedia: Todd Allen Reed
Portland homicides profiled on Investigation Discovery series, ‘Main Street Mysteries’

Movies/Documentaries
Main Street Mysteries: Before Another Girl Dies
Shattered: The Wood


Todd Alan Reed

Monsters Among Us: Bruce Marchant raped and killed Boise State University student Sierra/Simon Bush; Sentencing will be Dec. 6


Sierra/Simon Bush

Sierra Ashley Bush obituary
Body of missing Boise teen found near Idaho City
Murdered Boise Student Sierra Bush Was Gender Fluid, Inspired Others to Be True to Themselves
Suspect arrested in murder, rape of Boise State student Sierra Bush
Man charged in death of Sierra Bush, arrested in NYC
Boise man accused of killing Sierra Bush ordered back to Idaho
Man accused in BSU student’s death told Idaho prison staff he killed inmate in 2000
Marchant indicted for murder, rape and kidnapping
Bruce Marchant, Charged in Murder of Sierra/Simon Bush, Booked Into Ada County Jail
In letter, murder suspect expects life in prison, worries about lost vote for Clinton
‘She wasn’t breathing anymore:’ Man pleads guilty to killing Boise State student
Boise man pleads guilty to murder of Boise State student
Marchant pleads guilty to Sierra Bush murder

INMATE INFORMATION

MARCHANT, BRUCE ALLEN
BOISE, ID
JID Number: 01109466
Age: 61
Arresting Agency: Ada County Sheriff

Charge Count: 3
Severity F
Charge MURDER I

Severity F
Charge RAPE

Severity F
Charge KIDNAPPING-FIRST DEGREE

Monsters Among Us: Dwaine Lee Little – convicted of 1 murder, person of interest in at least 4 more

Victims
Orla Fay Fipps, 16[11/2/1964]
Richard Cowden [9/1/1975]
Belinda Cowden, [9/1/1975]
David Cowden, 5 [9/1/1975] (no picture)
Melissa Cowden, 5 months [9/1/1975] (no picture)

Find-A-Grave: Orla Fay Fipps
Find-A-Grave: Richard Gale Cowden
Find-A-Grave: Belinda June Cowden
Find-A-Grave: David James Phillips
Find-A-Grave: Melissa Dawn Cowden
Dwain Little Sentenced to Life Term
Hearing to Decide Transfer of Little
Universally frustrating for police officers, family members and the community are Southern Oregon’s … UNSOLVED MURDERS
In 1974, An Entire Family Vanished Into Thin Air From Their Campsite. Nearly 8 Months Later, They Were All Found Dead. After 43 Years, Will Police Ever Catch Their Killer?
Murderpedia: Dwaine Lee Little

Books
But I Trusted You: Ann Rule’s Crime Files #14

INMATE INFORMATION

Monsters Among Us: Mark Vincent Olvera raped and killed Tina Hendricks; Sentenced to life in prison

From Olvera’s appeal: In June 1989, an eighteen year old girl named Tina Hendricks was sexually battered and then murdered by strangulation, and her body was thrown into a canal in a Lake County park.   Evidence accumulated by law enforcement authorities revealed that, on the night of the murder, the victim was in a bar dancing and drinking into the early hours of the morning.   Olvera was also in the bar and witnesses testified that he attempted to dance and talk with the victim.   Certain eyewitness testimony also indicated that the victim left the bar with Olvera.   Forensic evidence indicated that the semen retrieved from the victim’s vagina matched the DNA provided by Olvera’s blood samples, and hairs found in the car he was driving that night were indistinguishable from the victim’s.   The hair was not DNA tested, however.

Olvera was charged in the death of Tina Hendricks and the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder 1 and sexual battery.2  The trial court sentenced him to a term of life imprisonment, with a mandatory term of twenty-five years on the murder conviction and a consecutive life sentence on the sexual battery conviction.

Before trial, DNA testing was done on at least four individuals:  Olvera (who is Hispanic);  Tom Hopwood, the victim’s boyfriend;  “Johnny” Lockerd, an individual who was also at the bar that night and who some witnesses identified as being the individual who left with the victim;  and a fourth individual, Ken Bowles, a friend of Olvera’s.

Olvera Gets 2 Life Terms In Hendricks Rape-murder
Mark Vincent Olvera v State of Florida 2004 conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Lethal Attraction

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 122766
Name: OLVERA, MARK V
Race: HISPANIC
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’06”
Weight: 147 lbs.
Birth Date: 05/07/1961
Initial Receipt Date: 12/23/1991
Current Facility: CHARLOTTE C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Cold Case: Rudy Gaytan killed Tammera Tatum in 1993; Sentenced to 72 years in prison to be served along with a sentence for rape


Tammera “Tammy” Tatum

Husband: Murder Suspect Came To Funeral With Me
Gaytan’s trial set to move forward
Boulder judge: 1996 rape facts allowed at Rudy Gaytan’s murder trial
Longmont murder suspect Rudy Gaytan pleads guilty in 1993 slaying
Woman Sues Longmont Officer Over Rape Investigation
Victim asks for review of cold case after crime show profiles rapist, murderer
‘Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen’ to revisit 1993 Longmont murder case

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Expert Witness
Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen: Deadly Compulsive

INMATE INFORMATION

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