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    October 21: 2005: Terry and Darlene Anderson were bludgeoned to death in their Mongo, IN home. Sadly, it is still unsolved. If anyone has any information at all, no matter how small, please contact them or even Crimestoppers (800)342-STOP or Sheriff Terry Martin LaGrange County Sheriff Dept.

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Update: Petit Family murders *Both defendants convicted and sentenced to death*

Petit Family

William Petit, (survived)
Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48
Hayley Petit, 17
Michaela Petit, 11

**Update** 6/16/2016: Due to the CT Supreme Court ruling that the death sentence violated the state constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, Steven Hayes has now been sentenced to LWOP.

News Archive: Petit Family murders
Petit Family Murders: “I just snapped,” says Stephen Hayes, convicted in deadly Conn. home invasion
Confession: Read the transcript of what Joshua Komisarjevsky said to police
Petit: Komisarjevsky Conviction ‘A Relief’
Joshua Komisarjevsky Gets Death
Joshua Komisarjevsky, Cheshire home invasion killer, asks for new trial
Joshua Komisarjevsky’s Death Sentence Gives Massacre Survivor Peace
Murderpedia: Steven Joseph Hayes
Wikipedia: Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders
Death row inmate convicted of Conn. slayings resentenced to life

Murder in Connecticut: The Shocking Crime That Destroyed A Family And United A Community

Dateline: The Family on Sorghum Mill Drive
The Cheshire Murders



Inmate Number: 97425
Date of Birth: 5/30/1963
Latest Admission Date: 5/5/2003
Current Location: NORTHERN CI
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: CAPITAL FELONY F
Date of Sentence: 12/2/2010
Maximum Sentence: 999 Year(s) 99 Month(s) 999 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: Not Applicable
Detainer: NONE


Joshua Komisarjevsky

nmate Number: 299047
Date of Birth: 8/10/1980
Latest Admission Date: 3/11/2002
Current Location: NORTHERN CI
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: CAPITAL FELONY F
Date of Sentence: 1/27/2012
Maximum Sentence: 999 Year(s) 99 Month(s) 999 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: 10/5/2017
Detainer: NONE


Cartwright Road murders: The Welp family were found dead in their bloody home, Sheriff stated he has never seen a bloodier crime scene


Theodore Welp, 80
Delores Elaine Welp, 77
Thomas Welp, 52

Remembering the Welp family: ‘The nicest people you can meet’
Nampa man arrested in connection with Foothills homicides
Man arrested on related charges while Ada sheriff seeks public help on triple murder
Idaho Police Seeking Killers in ‘Heinous’ Triple Homicide
Coroner releases identities of Boise Foothills triple homicide
Victims of triple homicide include former Arizona electric utility CEO; had only recently returned to Boise
Sheriff: I have not seen ‘a bloodier or more violent crime’
Bail set at $2 million for suspect in Idaho triple killing
Police asking for public’s help in violent murder off Cartwright Road
Bail Set at $2 Million for Suspect in Idaho Triple Killing
Detectives find engagement ring taken from site of triple homicide
News Archive: Welp Family murders

Deadly Wives: Nancy Kissel *The Milkshake Murder*

dv awareness

Robert Kissel
Robert Kissel

Hong Kong confronts the two Mrs Kissels
‘Milkshake Murderer’ Nancy Kissel Loses Final Bid for Appeal
Kissel bid to appeal against second murder conviction
Kissel’s new appeal bid blasted by her in-law
Hong Kong rejects American Nancy Kissel’s final appeal bid in “milkshake murder” case
No Regrets for Kissel 11 Years After Banker-Husband Death
An affair, a milkshake and a guilty verdict
Two Kissels, Two Murders
Murderpedia: Nancy Ann Kissel
Wikipedia: Murder of Robert Kissel
Blood Brothers
Kissels Of Death
The $18 Million Orphans

A Family Cursed: The Kissell Dynasty, a Gilded Fortune, and Two Brutal Murders
Never Enough

Snapped: Poisonous Love
Passport to Murder: High Stakes in Hong Kong
Dateline: Blood Brothers/The Milk Shake Murders
The Two Mr. Kissels
48 Hours: Blood and Money
Deadly Concoction

Nancy Kissel
Nancy Kissel

Monsters Among Us: Jeremy Valdes killed Pamela Jeffries & Matthew Roddy; Sentenced to 30 years to life in prison

Pamela Jeffries & Matthew Roddy
Pamela Jeffries & Matthew Roddy

Double homicide discovered in Roy
2 people arrested in Roy double homicide
Roy murder suspect briefly escaped from police custody
Police reveal motive, causes of death in Roy homicides
Man on trial for double murder rejects plea, expects apology
Woman sentenced to prison in Ogden double murder case
Woman describes killings in Roy double murder case
Girlfriend tells how mom, son were murdered
Woman sentenced to prison in Ogden double murder case
Murderer tells how two people died at his hands
Man pleads guilty to 2009 double homicide
Valdes to serve two consecutive life sentences for murder
Man sentenced to at least 30 years in Utah double murder
Jeremy Valdes Sentenced to Minimum 30 Years in 2009 UT Murders of Pamela Jeffries and Matthew Roddy


Jeremy Valdes

Offender Number: 178402
DOB: Fri, 17 Sep 1976
Height: 6 Feet Inches
Weight: 290
Sex: M
Housing Facility: N/A
Parole Date: N/A


Miranda Statler

Offender Number: 181057
DOB: Thu, 30 Dec 1982
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inches
Weight: 150
Sex: F
Location: PAROLE
Housing Facility: N/A
Parole Date: N/A

Execution Alert: Manuel Vasquez to be executed for killing Juanita Ybarra, who refuse to pay the Mexican Mafia a 10% street tax

remembering the victimsFrom Manuel Vasquez appeal: According to Cruz, appellant was a member of the Mexican Mafia. Two days before the incident giving rise to the present prosecution, Oligario Lujan and appellant told Cruz that Juanita Ybarra “had to go down” because she failed to pay the “dime,” a ten percent tax on the sale of illegal drugs collected by the Mexican Mafia. The “hit” had been ordered by Rene Munoz, a ranking member of the Mexican Mafia. Cruz testified that “had to go down” were “street words” that meant that Ybarra had to be killed. Cruz also testified that the plan included robbing Ybarra as a means of collecting the ten percent owed.

Appellant had rented room 20 of the New Laredo Motel. On the evening of March 18, 1998, Cruz and many others in room 20 were partying, smoking marijuana, drinking beer, injecting heroin, and snorting cocaine. At around 5:30 to 6:30 the next morning appellant asked Michelle Rodriguez for her car keys. Appellant, Cruz, and Lujan then headed toward room 15, where Ybarra was staying. They carried bandannas to cover their faces and socks to cover their hands to prevent fingerprints. Lujan knocked on the door to room 15 while appellant and Cruz ducked into adjacent room 16, the door to which was open, and began putting on socks and bandannas.

Moses Bazan, Ybarra’s boyfriend, opened the door to room 15, leaving the chain locked. The three conspirators forced their way through the door and the chain broke loose. Cruz and Lujan wrestled Bazan to the floor while appellant held Ybarra to the ground. During this struggle, Bazan broke a window, but he soon lost consciousness. Appellant then asked for a telephone cord, and Lujan gave him one. Using the cord, appellant strangled Ybarra. Bazan regained consciousness and resumed struggling. Lujan fought with Bazan while Cruz began gathering valuables, including cameras and jewelry, and stuffing them into a pillowcase. Appellant threw Lujan a kitchen knife, and Lujan moved to stab Bazan but missed and hit the floor, bending the knife. During the struggle, Bazan kicked a hole in the wall to adjacent room 16. At that point, appellant joined the fight against Bazan and hit Bazan on the head with a gun. Bazan lost consciousness again, and appellant and Lujan began gathering valuables into pillowcases. Soon they heard police sirens, and they left the room and drove Rodriguez’s car to George Martinez’s house.

Because the three were covered in blood, they changed clothes at Martinez’s house. Appellant had been wearing blue warmups during the crime. The three men then went to the Mayfield Motel, where they watched the news and used some drugs. After a couple of hours, they returned to Martinez’s house. A little while later, Cruz left in Rodriguez’s car without his companions but with several other people. Cruz picked up some food at the store and then went to his mother’s house.

Update: Manuel Vasquez was executed this evening.

Murderpedia: Manuel Vasquez
Manuel Vasquez v The State of Texas 2002 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Manuel Vasquez v Rick Thaler (denied habeas corpus and Certificate of Appealability)
Appeal of Gangbanger on Death Row Is Shot Down
Texas to execute gang hit man for killing SA woman over drug tax
Gang Enforcer to Be Executed for Killing Woman Over Drug Tax
Texas to Execute Gang Hit Man for Killing Over Drug Tax
San Antonio Gang Member’s Execution Set for Tonight

Defendants in this case:
Manuel Vasquez – convicted, sentenced to death
Johnny Joe Cruz – pled guilty, sentenced to 7 years in prison, testified
Oligario “Bebe” Lujan -convicted, sentenced to 35 years in prison


Manuel Vasquez

Name Vasquez, Manuel
TDCJ Number 999336
Date of Birth 06/16/1968
Date Received 11/30/1999
Age (when Received) 31
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 8
Date of Offense 03/19/1998
Age (at the time of Offense) 29
County Bexar
Race Hispanic
Gender Male
Hair Color Black
Height 5′ 8″
Weight 195
Eye Color Brown
Native County Jerome
Native State Idaho
Prior Occupation
welder, carpenter, laborer

Prior Prison Record
TDCJ-ID #465603, 10-year sentence for 1 count of Aggravated Assault With Bodily Injury (involves the subject and 3 codefendants beating an adult white male and setting fire to his body, causing his death); 07/12/91 released on Mandatory Supervision; 06/15/93 returned Mandatory Supervision; 12/13/95 released Mandatory Supervision

Summary of Incident
On 03/19/98, in San Antonio, Texas, Vasquez and co-defendants strangled to death and robbed a 51-year old Hispanic female as an ordered hit from the Mexican Mafia because she was not paying 10 percent to the Mafia. The victim’s partner was severely beaten but survived.

Lujan, Oligario
Cruz, Johnny Joe

Race and Gender of Victim
Hispanic female


SID Number: 04131685
TDCJ Number: 00902322
Race: H
Gender: M
DOB: 1970-09-25
Maximum Sentence Date: 2033-03-26
Current Facility: TELFORD
Projected Release Date: 2033-03-26
Parole Eligibility Date: 2015-09-25
Next Parole Review Date: 09/25/2015

Offense History
Offense Date: 1998-03-26
Sentence Date: 1999-11-29
County: BEXAR
Case No.: 1998CR3116B
Sentence (YY-MM-DD): 35-00-00

Monsters Among Us: Willie Trottie executed for killing his ex-girlfriend, Barbara Nell Canada, and her brother, Titus C. Canada

Canada siblingsTrottie and Barbara began dating in 1989 and soon thereafter began living together and had a child. In September 1992, Trottie and Barbara
separated and she moved in with her family. After some time, the relationship soured and Barbara moved out. Trottie threatened that he would kill her if she did not return to him. He repeated the threat regularly, called Barbara constantly at home and at work, hit Barbara, bumped her car with his own while traveling at highway speed, and once kidnapped Barbara. In March 1993, Barbara obtained a protective order against Trottie. In April 1993, Trottie told Barbara that he would kill her if she did not return to him by May 1, 1993. On May 3, 1993, Trottie called Barbara and repeated his threat to kill her and her brother Titus, because, Trottie claimed, Titus had gotten in the
way of their reunion.
Trottie arrived at Titus’s house at approximately 11:00 p.m. on May 3, 1993, armed with a semi-automatic 9mm pistol. At the time, there were numerous family members in the house, including five children under the age of seven. Trottie opened fire immediately, wounding Barbara’s mother, sister, and Titus. Titus returned fire, wounding Trottie. Trottie then cornered Barbara and shot her eleven times, saying “B–ch, I told you I was going to kill you.” Trottie then returned to where Titus lay wounded and shot him twice in the back of the head.

Barbara Nell Canada, 24
Titus C. Canada, 29

Willie Tyrone Trottie stated that he did the murders in self-defense. Amazing, since Barbara was shot 8-11 times. Self defense? I do not believe it for a minute.

Media Advisory: Willie Tyrone Trottie scheduled for execution
Willie Tyrone Trottie v William Stephens 2014 (denied)
Willie Tyrone Trottie v Brad Livingston, et al. 2014 (writ of habeas corpus – affirmed conviction and sentence)
Willie Tyrone Trottie #1388
Death Row Inmate Trottie Executed for 1993 Murders
Harris County man executed for 1993 murders
Murderpedia: Willie Tyrone Trottie

The Mind of a Murderer: Rage and Rampage


Final words:
“Nesha, I love you. I hope this brings you some closure. Titus, if his kids are out there, I’m sorry for your dad. Shan, Charlotte, Baisey, I love you. T.T., I love you. Stay strong.

Michelle, Tammy, Damen, I’m going home. Lawrence, I love you. I am going home to be with the Lord. Find it in your hearts to forgive me. I’m sorry, stay strong. Jesus, take me home.”

Willie Trottie

Inmate Information

Monsters Among Us: Daniel Damien Martinez sentenced to LWOP after he killed Lorena Gonzalez after trying to rape her

remembering the victimsOn May 25, 2005, Martinez was pushing a basket of bottles or cans near the corner of Ralston and Johnson in Ventura. Alfred Leon offered him some food. Martinez hit Leon on the head with a bottle. Leon called the police who arrested Martinez.

While Martinez was in jail, he was placed in the same cell as Luis Rios. Sheriff’s deputies noticed that Martinez was hunched over Rios. When the deputies went into the cell, they saw that Martinez was choking him. The deputies pulled Martinez off Rios. Rios was visibly shaken and had a mark on his neck.

On May 25, 2005, around 5:20 a.m., John Perez was driving along an alley on his way home in Oxnard. Perez noticed a body lying in the dirt, and called the police. The victim, Lorena Gonzalez, had been strangled. Her tank top and bra had been pushed up, exposing her breasts. Video surveillance cameras showed Gonzalez leaving an apartment with Martinez at 12:47 a.m. on May 25, 2005.

Between May 26 and June 13, 2005, the police interviewed Martinez four times. Each time the police advised him of his Miranda rights, and he agreed to waive his rights and talk to the police. The interviews were either audiotaped or videotaped. During the interviews, Martinez admitted that he asked Gonzalez to have sex with him but she refused. He strangled her into unconsciousness and removed her pants. He had sex with her before she died. While taking off her clothes, he was thinking he was going to murder her.

Oxnard Man Arrested in Slaying of Woman
Closing arguments in murder trial
Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of mother of three
People of the State of California v Daniel Damien Martinez (affirmed conviction and sentence)

See No Evil: Lorena Gonzalez


CDCR#: G04367
Age: 30
Admission Date: 01/23/2008
Current Location: Kern Valley
3000 West Cecil Avenue
Delano, CA 93216-6000
(661) 721-6300

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