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    December 10: 1994: Darrel Cooley was shot several time in Jethroe’s Steakhouse in Erie, PA. Vance Haskell was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Curtis Mathis convicted of being an accomplice, sentenced to 3-7 years in prison.

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Boyfriends From Hell: Mitchell Lee Vanryn charged with beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, Malakai Michael Garrett to death


Malakai Michael Garrett

Fort Wayne police investigate death of toddler
Man arrested for beating death of toddler in Ft. Wayne
2-year-old’s family says authorities failed them
Father, grandmother say deceased toddler was abused
Court docs: Indiana toddler died after he was severely beaten by his mother’s boyfriend
Mother’s boyfriend charged after Indiana toddler dies from beating
Court Documents: Boy died from injuries consistent with blows from a fist
Court Docs: toddler’s death ruled homicide, shows boy was beaten
Court Docs: toddler showed severe signs of internal, external injuries in beating death
Murder charge filed in toddler’s death
Father of toddler who was beaten to death speaks out
gofundme: Justice For Malakai
Facebook: Mitchell Livinni Van Ryn

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: VANRYN, MITCHELL LEE LYNN
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 27
Location: Allen County Jail
Race: White
Contact Facility: Allen County Jail
Offender ID: 553273
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 06/25/1990

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Deadly Duo: Alaina Mercer and her wife, Christina Brown, killed her mother, Nancy Lynne Mercer; Sentenced to 60 years in prison


Nancy Lynne Mercer

D.C. Nurse Nancy Mercer Was Targeted, Police Say
Va. woman murdered, daughter and her partner accused
Nancy Mercer: Daughter charged in murder of Spotsylvania nurse mother
Daughter who killed Spotsylvania nurse called ‘monster’ by aunt
Daughter of slain nurse pleads guilty to being an accessory to murder
Trial of two women set for February in slaying of Spotsylvania nurse
Daughter admits role in Spotsylvania nurse’s killing
King George woman pleads guilty to killing mother-in-law
Family: Daughter who killed mom deserves ‘special place in hell’
Assistance to Elise Mercer and Family

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Alaina Mercer

Defendants
Alaina Mercer – pled guilty, sentenced to 75 years in prison with 15 years suspended
Christina Brown – pled guilty, sentenced to 75 years in prison with 15 years suspended

INMATE INFORMATION

OFFENDER ID NUMBER: 1632002
OFFENDER NAME: Alaina Maureen Mercer
SEX: Female
RACE: White
VADOC RELEASE DATE: 10/25/2066
LOCATION: Fluvanna Correctional Center

INMATE INFORMATION

OFFENDER ID NUMBER: 1631999
OFFENDER NAME: Christina Diana Brown
SEX: Female
RACE: Black
VADOC RELEASE DATE: 8/23/2066
LOCATION: Fluvanna Correctional Center

Murder In The Family: Mitchell and Brandon Bracknell killed their uncle, Thomas Bracknell, because they blamed their grandmother’s death on him

Thomas Eugene Bracknell obituary
Montgomery Police investigating 23rd homicide of 2013 after body was found in storage shed
Montgomery Police charge two nephews, another man in the beating, stabbing death of their uncle on May 13
Man pleads guilty to beating, stabbing uncle to death
Montgomery man pleads guilty to uncle’s 2013 murde
Man sentenced for killing his uncle
Trial Begins for Third Man Accused of Killing His Uncle
Trial set to begin for man accused of participating in uncle’s slaying
Man found not guilty of uncle’s killing
Meth operation dismantled in Prattville neighborhood
Facebook: Kyle Richards
Facebook: Brandon Bracknell

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Deadtime Stories

Defendants
Brandon Bracknell – pled guilty, sentenced to 19 years & 6 months in prison
Mitchell Bracknell – pled guilty, sentenced to 41 years in prison
William Kyle Richards – acquitted at trial

INMATE INFORMATION

Monsters Among Us: Ex-cop Jeffrey Moreland raped and killed Cara Jo Roberts and Nina Whitney; He also raped at least one other woman; Sentenced to LWOP

Victims
Cara Jo Roberts, 30 [11/5/2008 Harrisonville, MO]
Nina Whitney, 75 [10/29/2010 Kansas City, MO]

Nina A. Whitney obituary
True Crime Diary: A Familiar Face (a GREAT post)
Police Release Sketch Of Suspect in Nina Whitney murder
Ex-Grandview police officer Jeffrey Moreland charged in the homicides of Nina Whitney and Cara Jo Roberts
Former Grandview police officer charged in rape, 2 cold case murders
Former cop charged in connection with Roberts murder
Jeffrey Moreland is convicted of first-degree murder in death of Harrisonville woman
Jeffrey Moreland found guilty
Former Grandview police officer Jeffrey Moreland found guilty in 2008 murder of Cara Jo Roberts
Jeffrey Dean Moreland, former Mo. police officer, found guilty of woman’s murder
Former Grandview cop Moreland gets life sentence for murder
Former Grandview cop gets life in prison for murder
MO – Cara Roberts, 30, Harrisonville, 5 Nov 2008
MO – Nina Whitney, 75, raped & murdered, Kansas City, 29 Oct 201

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects – Deadly Intent: A Taste for Blood

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: First Name: JEFFREY
Middle Name: DEAN
Last Name: MORELAND
Name Suffix:
Aliases: MORELAND, JD

Gender/Race/DOB:
Gender: Male
Race: White
Ethnicity: N
Date of Birth: 6/22/1959
Primary Address:
Mapped LANSING CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Current as of : 10/11/2017

Physical Description:
Height: 5 FT 9 IN
Weight: 157 LBS
Hair Color: Gray or Partially Gray
Eye Color: Hazel

Offenses:
Offense Date 11/05/2008
Conviction Date 09/12/2013
Statute 565.020
Felony Misd. Felony
Attempt/ Consp/ Soli
Offense Description MURDER 1ST DEGREE
City HARRISONVILLE
County CASS
State Missouri
Country United States of America (USA)
Victim Age 30
Victim Sex Female

Serial Killer: Dayton Leroy Rogers *The Molalla Forest Killer* Killed at least 8 women, probably several more – Sentenced to death for 6 of the savage murders

Victims
Jennifer Lisa Smith,
Lisa Marie Mock, 23
Maureen Ann Hodges, 26
Christine Lotus Adams, 35
Cynthia Devore, 20
Nondace “Noni” Cervantes, 26
Riatha Gyles, 16
Tawnie Jarie Johnston, 18

Former prostitute recounts torture
Murderer sentenced to life in prison
Six women’s deaths linked to convict
Rogers convicted in Molalla forest murders
Man found guilty of kidnap, torture, murder of 6 women
After 30-some years, remains tied to serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers
Jurors see photos as medical examiner describes Molalla Forest Killer’s carnage
Women who escaped serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers describe encounters in resentencing trial
Serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers pleads for life, acknowledges killing eighth woman
Jury gives serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers the death sentence — for the 4th time
Jury again sentences Dayton Rogers to death
Serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers loses bid for new trial
Murderpedia: Dayton Leroy Rogers
Wikipedia: Dayton Leroy Rogers
Oregon Death Row: Dayton Leroy Rogers

Books
Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer

Movies/Documentaries
Grave Secrets: The Women in the Woods
True Crime Garage: Dayton Leroy Rogers

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: ROGERS, DAYTON LEROY
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 64
Location: OREGON STATE PENITENTIARY
Race: White
Contact Facility: Oregon Dept of Corrections
Offender ID: 3746005
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 09/30/1953

Movie Producer Roy Alexander Radin murder 6/10/1983 Gorman, CA *The Cotton Club Murder* Hitman William Mentzer and 3 other sentenced to prison for his murder*


Roy Radin

Find-A-Grave: Roy Alexander Radin
Roy Radin

The Cotton Club Murder
The ‘Cotton Club’ Killing : Five years after the bullet-riddled body of a flamboyant New York producer was discovered in a remote canyon of Los Angeles County, sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested a woman and four men in the case linked to a squabble over financing the movie, ‘Cotton Club.’
3 Ordered to Stand Trial in ‘Cotton Club’ Murder Case
Evans Linked for First Time in Court to Radin’s Murder
‘Cotton Club’ Murders: Two Jakes and a Jill : Life mimics art in Depression-style saga of gangsters and violence set in Hollywood
‘Cotton Club’ Defendant Says Evans Not Involved
‘Cotton Club’ Jury Convicts 4 of Murder
‘Cotton Club’ Jury Urges Life Terms
Greenberger Draws Life Without Parole for ‘Cotton Club’ Slaying
Wikipedia: Roy Radin

Books
Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood and the Cotton Club Murder

Movies/Documentaries
People Magazine Investigates: Once Bitten

Defendants
William Molony Mentzer – convicted, sentenced to LWOP (also for another murder)
Karen Greenberger (aka Lanie Jacobs) – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Alex Lamota Marti – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Robert Lowe – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MENTZER, WILLIAM
CDCR Number H33181
Age 69
Admission Date 04/30/1992
Current Location California State Prison, Los Angeles County
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name GREENBERGER, KAREN DELAYNE
CDCR Number W43338
Age 70
Admission Date 03/12/1992
Current Location California Institution for Women
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MARTI, ALEX
CDCR Number H19004
Age 56
Admission Date 12/16/1991
Current Location Mule Creek State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name LOWE, ROBERT
CDCR Number H33065
Age 71
Admission Date 04/27/1992
Current Location California Health Care Facility – Stockton
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

Monsters Among Us: Cole Swaringer-Herring charged with stabbing 15-year-old Sabriya McLean over 50 times and set her body on fire


Sabriya McLean

Delaware Teen Met Killer on Social Media Before He Stabbed Her, Set Her Body on Fire, Police Say
Girl, 15, stabbed and set on fire; met killer on Facebook, police say
Police: Teen Girl Stabbed More Than 50 Times, Body Burned By Man She Met On Facebook
Suspect in 15-Year-Old Girl’s Stabbing Death Met Her on Facebook: Police
Philly man accused of teen’s brutal murder, burning body
Man killed teen he met on Facebook, set her body on fire to cover it up

INMATE INFORMATION

Facility: CFCF
PPN: 1112746
Last Name: HERRING
First Name: COLE
Date of Birth: 12/16/1993
Race: African American
Gender: Male
Offender ID: 10161492
Alternate ID’s
Booking Number: 1702435
Statewide Id: 35945571
Booking Number: 1721750
Other Jail Numbers: 1112746

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