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    June 24: 1979: Lucinda Lynn “Cindy” Schaeffer was the first victim of the serial killer team of Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris. They kidnapped her in Redondo Beach, raped her and then strangled her with a coat hanger. Bittaker was sentenced to death and Norris was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2019.

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CRIME WATCH DAILY: FREE RYAN HOLLE? “CRIME WATCH DAILY WITH CHRIS HANSEN” INVESTIGATES HOW A CONTROVERSIAL LAW PUT A MAN BEHIND BARS

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FREE RYAN HOLLE?
“CRIME WATCH DAILY WITH CHRIS HANSEN” INVESTIGATES HOW A CONTROVERSIAL LAW PUT A MAN BEHIND BARS

A Young Man Gave His Car Keys to His Roommate and Went to Sleep – the Next Thing He Knew, He Was in Cuffs for Murder

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 7, 2017) — Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen investigates how a little-known law called the Felony Murder Rule landed Ryan Holle behind bars for the murder of 18-year-old Jessica Snyder. Holle lent his car to his roommate, who, along with three acquaintances, drove to Snyder’s house and brutally killed her during a burglary. Although Holle did not plan or participate in the crime and was not present, he was charged for the same crimes as the other men, including first-degree murder. Under the Felony Murder Rule, if someone gets killed during the course of certain felonies, all participants take equal responsibility. Because Holle lent his car to the men, he was deemed a participant. “I was floored…How could I get in trouble for something? I was never at the scene of the crime,” Holle asks in a prison interview with Crime Watch Daily. Holle admits he had overheard the men talk about burglarizing Snyder’s home and their plan to knock out Snyder if she was home, but insists he never thought the plan was real. “There was no reality in my mind that this was something that could actually happen. Absolutely not,” Holle admits. Prosecutors argue that in addition to hearing about their plan, Holle even let the men borrow bandanas. “He knew when they left the house with his car that they were going to use it to commit a burglary – and also if Jessica was there, she might be harmed,” argues former Prosecutor David Rimmer.

For more, tune into Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen on Thursday, June 8.

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Interviewed in order of appearance: Ryan Holle, former Prosecutor David Rimmer, Holle’s stepfather John Garnett, and Jessica Snyder’s sister Marcie Snyder (courtroom footage).

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Antoine Stone murder 9/10/1994 Far Rockaway, Queens, NY *Robert Haji Jones convicted, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison; However, is he really innocent? Witnesses are saying they were strong-armed into their story*


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aying Police Fed ‘Lies,’ Witness to ’94 Murder Recants
Harlem man hopes to prove wrongful murder conviction after 19 years in prison
Costly Lies: Police Convince Woman To Falsely Testify, Man Receives 25-Life Sentence
Harlem Man Serving Life For Murder Says Queens Prosecutor Railroaded Him
2nd witness: Cops pressured me over suspect in ‘94 slay, too
Woman says innocent man went to jail after cops ‘made her lie’
I put an innocent man in prison
Free Robert Haji Jones
Antoine Stone, Robert Jones: ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Pastor’s Double Life Led To Murder Episode ‘A Dying Declaration’

Movies/Documentaries
Reasonable Doubt: A Dying Declaration

INMATE INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 05/24/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 96A5045
Inmate Name JONES, ROBERT
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 06/24/1968
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility SHAWANGUNK
Date Received (Original) 08/12/1996
Date Received (Current) 08/12/1996
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment QUEENS
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
Crime MURDER 2ND
Class C

Crime CRIM POSS WEAP 2ND
Class C

Crime ATT ESCAPE 1ST
Class E

Crime ASSAULT 2ND
Class D

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 05/24/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0025 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 09/23/2019
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 05/2019
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 09/23/2019
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Monsters Among Us: Achim Josef Marino killed Nancy DePriest, but let 2 innocent men go to prison before confessing

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Nancy DePriest

Lethal Rejection
The Framing of Christopher Ochoa and Richard Danziger
Texas Inmate’s Confession Slips Through the Cracks
Mother of murder victim says exonerations revealed a broken system
Man Convicted of Murder Freed After DNA Test
DNA evidence exonerates two Texas inmates imprisoned since 1988
Innocence Project: Richard Danziger
Innocence Project: Christopher Ochoa
Freed Man Gives Lesson on False Confessions

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Forever Hold Your Peace
Shadow of Doubt: Right Place, Wrong Time
I Didn’t Do It: Nancy DePriest Murder

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 02354339
TDCJ Number: 00573514
Name: MARINO,ACHIM JOSEF
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1959-03-12
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE CUMULATIVE OFFENSES
Current Facility: ROBERTSON
Projected Release Date: NOT AVAILABLE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2025-11-04
Next Parole Review Date 11/04/2025

Kent Heitholt murder 11/01/2001 Columbia, MO *Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson convicted, sentenced to prison; However, Ryan Ferguson released after 10 years due to innocence; He is also working to free Charles Erickson, who he says is also innocent

Kent Heitholt
Kent Heitholt

Find-A-Grave: Kent William Heitholt
Facebook: Justice for Kent Heitholt
Remembering Kent Heitholt
Lawrence native slain in Missouri
Sports editor beaten to death
Still no answers one month after sports editor’s slaying
Suspects arrested in 2001 murder of Columbia sports editor
21-year-old guilty of killing editor
Jury suggests sentence for man in slaying of editor
Man sentenced to 40 years in sports editor’s death
Man convicted in death of Columbia sports editor seeks new trial
Columbia Daily Tribune: Ryan Ferguson
Co-worker denies role in Heitholt murder
An Examination of the evidence in Kent Heitholt murder
Ryan Ferguson’s murder, robbery convictions vacated by appeals court
Ryan Ferguson freed from prison after murder conviction overturned
Police Seek New Leads in Murder Case After Ryan Ferguson Freed From Jail
Free Charles Erickson
Ryan Ferguson thinks he knows who really killed Kent Heitholt (video)
Wikipedia: Ryan W. Ferguson
Ryan Ferguson: Wrongfully Convicted
Kent Heitholt murder: Crime scene & suspect

Movies/Documentaries
Dream Killer
48 Hours: Ryan Ferguson: Wrongfully Convicted

Ryan Ferguson
Ryan Ferguson

INMATE INFORMATION

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DOC Id 1138775
Offender Name Charles T Erickson
Race White
Sex Male
Date of Birth 06/23/1984
Height/Weight 5’8″ / 148
Hair/Eyes Brown /Brown
Assigned Location Northeast Correctional Center
Address 13698 Airport Road, Bowling Green, MO 63334
Assigned Officer Phone Number (573) 324-9975
Sentence Summary 25 YRS {<(15, 15 CC), 10 CS> 5, 7 CC}
Active Offenses MURDER 2ND DEGREE;ROBBERY 1ST DEGREE;ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION;VIOL EMP DOC TO INMATE
Completed Offenses VIOL EMP DOC TO INMATE
Aliases Charles Timothy Erickson; Charles Erickson; Charles T Erickson

Update: Maria Ridulph murder *Jack McCullough’s conviction thrown out, McCullough freed*


Maria Ridulph

News Archive: Maria Ridulph murder
Jack McCullough 1957 murder conviction vacated; released on bond until new trial
Jack McCullough freed after conviction vacated in ’57 Sycamore murder
Jack McCullough walks free after conviction in 1957 Sycamore murder vacated
Jack McCullough To Go Free After Judge Orders New Trial In 1957 Murder Of Maria Ridulph
Man wrongly convicted in 1957 Illinois murder to be released
Judge overturns 1957 cold case murder conviction, Jack McCullough goes free
Judge frees ex-cop given life sentence in 2012 for killing girl in 1957; new trial ordered
Man wrongfully convicted in 1957 cold case killing ruled innocent

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Jack McCullough in court

Dr. Samuel Sheppard – Did he or did he not kill his wife, Marilyn Reese Sheppard? Was he trial fair or biased?

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Sam and Marilyn

Chronology of a Murder
Dr. Sam Sheppard – Guilty or Innocent
Sam Sheppard murder trial items at CSU law school
Dr Sam Sheppard Trials
DNA Test Absolves Sam Sheppard of Murder, Lawyer Says
Woman says Eberling confessed to murdering Marilyn Sheppard
Inmate claims murderer says he killed Sam Sheppard’s wife
Cabbie Says He Killed Mrs. Marilyn Sheppard
‘Fugitive’ to be buried near wife
Sheppard murder trial still not over after 45 years
Key events in the Sam Sheppard case
Sam Sheppard’s body to be exhumed in effort to clear name
Sam Sheppard to be exhumed
Marilyn Sheppard’s body to be exhumed
Tests disclose Marilyn Sheppard didn’t bite attacker
Attorneys clash over coroner’s report in Sam Sheppard case

Possible murder weapon in Sam Sheppard case found
bio: Sam Sheppard
Wikipedia: Sam Sheppard
Still Unsolved
Curiosity seekers must move on; Sheppard murder house demolished
Speaking up for Marilyn in the 60-year-old Sam Sheppard murder case: Brent Larkin

Books
Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial: The Prosecutors and the Marilyn Sheppard Murder
Mockery of Justice: The True Story of the Sam Sheppard Murder Case
The Sheppard murder case
The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case
The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case (Ohio)

Movies/Documentaries
Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case
NOVA: The Killer’s Trail – The Story of Dr. Sam Sheppard
A Crime To Remember: The Wrong Man
The Fugitive (movie)
The Fugitive (TV series)

Victoria Cushman murder 8/11/1989 Providence, RI *Jeffrey Scott Hornoff wrongfully convicted of her murder until Todd Barry finally pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison*

Vicky Cushman
Vicky Cushman

Please remember, here the focus is on the victim, Victoria Cushman. There are many sites focusing on Jeffrey Scott Hornoff, the wrongfully convicted man. However, it seems like Victoria Cushman, the actual victim, has been forgotten. I was able to find pictures of Hornoff and Barry, but nothing of Victoria Cushman. If you have a picture of her that you would like to share, please let me know. Thanks!

‘Killer’ free after another confesses
Cranston carpenter arraigned for a murder that sent innocent man to prison for 6 years
State of Rhode Island v Jeffrey Scott Hornoff 1999
‘Killer’ free after another confesses
Former detective exonerated following killer’s confession
Exonerated man’s case analyzed
Injusticebusters: Jeffrey Scott Hornoff

Movies/Documentaries
Scorned: Love Kills: Blunt Force Drama
Redrum: Blue Blood

INMATE INFORMATION

Todd Barry

Inmate ID: 122332
Last Name: BARRY
First Name: TODD
MI: J
Name Type: Real
Race: WHITE
Sex: Male
Age: 57
Last Residence: Cranston
Security: MEDIUM SECURITY

INMATE SENTENCES
Case No.: K1020768A
Count: 1
Date Imposed: 1/06/2003
Retro Date: 11/04/2002
Sen. Status: CONTROLLING SENTENCE
Term YR-MO-DAY: 30-00-00
Desc: MURDER II
Good Time Release Date: 9/27/2028

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