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Martha Brailsford murder 7/12/1991 Salem, MA *Thomas Maimoni convicted of her murder, sentenced to life in prison*

Martha BrailsfordFrom Maimoni’s appeal: Brian Brailsford, captain for a cruise company that ran between Boston and Provincetown, arrived at his house in the Willows, a peninsular section of Salem, after dark, Friday July 12, 1991. His wife Martha was not there, and the house gave evidence that she had not been at home for some hours — her artwork had not been brought in from outdoors. Brian waited and became alarmed. At 1 A.M., Saturday, he called the Salem police but was told to stay put. He began walking the neighborhood by flashlight, and made a second tour at dawn. Recalling that Martha had had some early morning walks with Thomas Maimoni (the defendant), Brian went at 7 A.M. to the defendant’s nearby apartment and, finding no one there, went to the Palmer’s Cove Yacht Club, where he saw the defendant’s “Cal” twenty-eight foot sailboat “Counterpoint” in its slip, but the defendant was not on hand. Finally, around 8 A.M., he found the defendant at the apartment.

Brian introduced himself as Martha’s husband and said Martha was missing. He said he understood the defendant had walked with her the previous morning. The defendant said that was so, but she had parted from him and walked on with friends. Brian asked whether Martha had sailed with him. The defendant said no, he had not sailed at all on Friday, he would not sail alone with Martha but would invite Brian to come along and might bring a girlfriend on his own. He said he would pray for Martha.

Salem Detective Conrad Prosniewski interviewed the defendant later that Saturday morning. The defendant said he had last seen Martha at 7 A.M. Friday, had not sailed with her, and wouldn’t sail alone with her because he was married and it wouldn’t look good.

The police soon established that Martha had boarded Counterpoint around 1 P.M. Friday at Willows pier.

The defendant was away in Rhode Island during the weekend. On Monday, July 15, Prosniewski got in touch with the defendant and that evening the defendant met with that officer and Detective Urbanowicz. They gave him his Miranda warnings. Prosniewski said, if the defendant wanted to say Martha didn’t get on the boat at Willows pier, he could just walk out; if he wanted to tell the truth, he could sit down and tell it. The defendant after a pause said, “She was supposed to bring her husband.” He said Martha was to meet him on the boat at 1 P.M. at Willows pier to talk about her resume; he brought the boat from Palmer’s Cove to Willows pier, but it was crowded and he could not tie up; so Martha had just jumped aboard, and he motored the short distance to a landing at Winter Island (part of Willows), where she went ashore at a place on her regular walking route. He had gone on and moored near the Yacht Club. He had been at the Club until 6 P.M. when he went home.

The police through the harbormaster attempted to find people who had been at the Winter Island landing at the assumed time, and on Tuesday afternoon, July 16, Prosniewski reached Dr. Ronald Plotka, a dentist, who as it happened had had Martha as a patient over the past ten years. Plotka said he had been at the landing from noon to 2 P.M. and had not seen Martha.

At this stage, the State police were notified for assistance. Prosniewski invited the defendant to come in for another interview and he arrived at the station accompanied by his father-in-law, Charles Stochl. State Trooper Mark Lynch was also in attendance. The defendant repeated in effect his previous story. With Stochl out of the room, the officers mentioned Dr. Plotka, and told the defendant flatly they didn’t believe the story he was telling them.

Now the defendant offered a third version of the events of Friday. He said he had sailed with Martha as far out as Gloucester. It was approaching sunset. Starting to jibe for the trip back to Salem, he powered and brought down the mainsail. The headsail became fouled. Martha was trying to help. Then a rogue wave or two struck. Her face hit the mast. She grabbed for the headsail and went overboard. [Note 1] She was down and drowned before he could spot her. He “froze” and didn’t call the Coast Guard. The defendant marked on a chart for the police the place where Martha had drowned; it was about nine miles from Children’s Island (also called Cat Island). He said he would take the police to the spot. He regretted not telling the story earlier: he feared that Patricia, his wife — who was in Kansas visiting her mother — would find out about his having a woman aboard.

The police deferred motoring to the designated location.

On Thursday about noon, the defendant and his wife, who had flown in from her Kansas visit, were in Beverly with friends, the McCarthys. The four heard the news report that a body had been found. The defendant said he was going to see his lawyer and drove off alone. The following Saturday, July 20, he was arrested in northern Maine near the Canadian border for breaking into a cabin. A backpack of camping goods was found in the car together with maps and a compass. He had left his wedding ring with a note indicating how Patricia could be reached.

Early that Thursday morning William Hooper Goodwin began bringing up his lobster traps near the southeast end of Children’s Island. As the last trap in one line of traps came to the surface, Goodwin saw an anchor tangled into the trap. Trailing from the anchor was a twelve-foot rope tied by knots to the ankle of a body, naked, so scavenged as to amount almost to a skeleton. A buckled diver’s weight belt was around the figure between the pelvic bones and the rib cage. The remains were identified as Martha’s.

Martha had had excellent (“perfect”) teeth as of Plotka’s examination three months before the death. Postmortem examination showed a chip on the inside surface of a lower left molar, an injury that the person would feel immediately, also a loosened lower left front tooth. There was professional testimony that the fracture of the molar was caused by a force from below the jaw and the loosening of the front tooth by a direct force or a force from below the chin. The head top and front, had suffered three impacts, the most serious on the top of the forehead (with bleeding under the scalp) was probably inflicted shortly before death. The two other injuries involved little force. None of the three could have caused death, but each would be felt and could have dazed the person. There was expert testimony that Martha had died of drowning (see note 13, infra). The defendant testified at trial to a fourth story. They had sailed well out. There was no sexual involvement or quarrel or altercation. Around sunset as they were making to come home, rogue waves (perhaps the wake of trawlers in the distance) struck the boat. Martha coming from the foredeck to the cockpit, struck her face on the mast. Another wave struck, and she was cast overboard. He saw her in the water swimming toward the boat. He could not make eye contact with her and so did not throw a flotation device. Instead, he tried to maneuver the boat with its swim ladder toward her. She did not seize it. Quickly, he donned the top part of his wet suit, stepped down the ladder and grabbed hold of Martha. With much effort he worked her on to the deck. She appeared to him to be unconscious. He tried to revive her, applying CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He worked against hypothermia by removing her wet clothes and wrapping her in towels. He realized she was dead when her body released urine. He was in a panic. He could not abide the body on the boat. In the end, he motored to Children’s Island, brought up an anchor and a diver’s belt from below, weighed the body down with anchor and belt, and threw the mass into the water. He said he was incapable throughout of a better response, such as using the radio for help. He got to shore and home well after midnight.

Woman’s body found; Sailboat owner sought
Man charged in sailing slaying deceived many, prosecutor says
Commonwealth v Thomas Maimoni 1996
Killer seeks parole in murder at sea
Record of Decision: Parole Denied
Murderer denied parole

Books
A Scream on the Water: A True Story of Murder in Salem

Movies/Documentaries
City Confidential: Secrets and Superstition in Salem
Your Worst Nightmare: Water Foul

INMATE INFORMATION

Thomas Maimoni

Offender Name: THOMAS MAIMONI
Offender ID:W53997
Date of Birth:
Age:
Race: Unknown
Gender: Male
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:MCI Norfolk (Medium Security)

Serial Killer: Randall Brent Woodfield *The I-5 Killer or The I-5 Bandit*

Woodfield victims
Julie Reitz, Doug Altic, and Darci Fix

Victims
Marsha Weatter, 19 [3/1980]
Kathy Allen, 18 [3/1980]
Cherie Ayers [10/9/1980]
Darci Fix [11/1980]
Doug Altic [11/1980]
Shari Hull [1/18/1981]
Beth Wilmot [1/14/1981] (survived)
Donna Eckard, 37 [2/3/1981
Janell Jarvis, 14 [2/3/1981]
Julie Reitz [2/15/1981]
Lisa Garcia [?] (survived)

‘I-5′ suspect faces charges of killing two
Interstate bandit identified in lineup
Bullets link Woodfield to crime
Woodfield tells court he did not kill Salem woman
‘I-5′ suspect convicted
Woodfield lawyer claims police brainwashed survivor of attack
The I-5 Killer
Serial killer Randy Woodfield’s legacy: pain, preening and pointlessness
Portland detectives definitively link I-5 killer Randy Woodfield to 5 more deaths
‘I-5 Killer’ connected to five more deaths
Child killer claims she’s planning to marry Interstate 5 Bandit
Murderpedia: Randall Brent Woodfield
Wikipedia: Randall Woodfield
Victims of Randall Woodfield
Two killers leave a trail of bodies along Interstate 5 in California in the 1980s
Woodfield, Randall Brent

Books
The I-5 Killer
Trace Evidence: The Hunt for the I-5 Serial Killer

Movies/Documentaries
Hunt for the I-5 Killer
Motives & Murders: Highway to Hell

INMATE INFORMATION

Randall Woodfield

Offender Name: Woodfield, Randall Brent
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Height: 6′ 01”
Weight: 170 lbs
DOB: 12/1950
Race: White Or European Origin
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Caseload: 00105
Phillippi, Lindy
Location: Oregon State Penitentiary
Status: Inmate
Institution Admission Date 09/24/1981
Earliest Release Date: Life

Docket Number County Crime Sentence Type Begin Date Termination Date
75030742/01 MULT ROBBERY II Inmate Sentence 06/10/1975 11/18/1983

125510/01 MARI MURDER Inmate Sentence 10/12/1981 –

125511/01 MARI MURDER ATTEMPT Inmate Sentence 10/12/1981 –

125512/01 MARI SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 10/12/1981 –

125513/01 MARI SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 10/12/1981 –

38434/01 BENT SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 12/17/1981 –

38491/01 BENT FIREARM – FELON POSSESS Inmate Sentence 12/17/1981 –

810541/01 LINN SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 07/22/1982 –

810541/03 LINN SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 07/22/1982 –
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Parents Gone Wild! Jillian Meredith McCabe charged with throwing her 6-year-old son, London Gray McCabe, into the Yaquina Bay Bridge, then called police and told them what she did

Say NO to Child Abuse

LondonMcCabe
London Gray McCabe

The Dreamin’ Demon: Jillian McCabe Killed Autistic Six-Year-Old Son By Throwing Him Off Bridge (GREAT post)
Boy thrown from Newport bridge remembered at school as a kindergartner ‘full of love’
Jillian McCabe Accused of Throwing Autistic Son Off Oregon Bridge
Docs: Mom confessed to throwing boy off bridge
Mom accused of throwing autistic son, 6, off Ore. bridge
Police arrest woman for allegedly throwing son off Oregon bridge
Cops: Woman says she tossed boy, 6, from bridge
Body found after mother reports tossing 6-year-old boy off bridge
Newport homicide: Mother held on aggravated murder charge, accused of throwing 6-year-old son off Yaquina Bay Bridge

Jillian McCabe
Jillian Meredith McCabe

Monsters Among Us: Ray Lamar Johnston killed Janice Nugent and Leanne Coryell, sentenced to death

remembering the victims

Victims
Janice Nugent [2/2/1997]
Leanne Coryell [8/19/1997]

Judge sentences man to die for strangling woman
Murderer is guilty again
Second jury to consider murderer’s sentence
Man gets death for murder of neighbor
2nd jury agrees: Killer should die
Ray Lamar Johnston v State of Florida 2002
1 death row inmate wins stay, 2 others lose
Ray Lamar Johnston v State of Florida 2002 (appeal brief)
Ray Lamar Johnston v State of Florida 2003
Ray Lamar Johnston sex offender
Ray Lamar Johnston v State of Florida 2011 (habeas corpus, denied)
Murderpedia: Ray Lamar Johnston

Movies/Documentaries
On The Case With Paula Zahn: A Ray of Darkness

INMATE INFORMATION

RayJohnston prison mug

DC Number: 927442
Name: JOHNSTON, RAY L
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 249 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/24/1954
Initial Receipt Date: 08/24/2001
Current Facility: UNION C.I.
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE

Aliases:
RAYMOND LAMAR JOHNSON
RAY JOHNSTON
RAY L JOHNSTON
RAY LAMAR JOHNSTON

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM USAF
TATTOO RIGHT ARM AIRPLANE

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
08/19/1997 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 DEATH SENTENCE
08/19/1997 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/19/1997 ROBB. NO GUN/DDLY.WPN 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 15Y 0M 0D
08/19/1997 SEX BAT/ WPN. OR FORCE 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 SENTENCED TO LIFE
08/19/1997 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 03/13/2000 HILLSBOROUGH 9713379 SENTENCED TO LIFE
02/06/1997 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 08/22/2001 HILLSBOROUGH 9911338 DEATH SENTENCE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
12/20/1988 BD. PARDONS & PAROLE DETAIN 08/07/1989

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
09/29/1988 05/01/1996
08/24/2001 Currently Incarcerated

Prior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept.of Corrections since January of 1983)
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
01/21/1988 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 09/26/1988 DUVAL 8807086 18Y 0M 0D
06/12/1988 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 09/26/1988 DUVAL 8807087 18Y 0M 0D
06/12/1988 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 09/26/1988 DUVAL 8807087 18Y 0M 0D

Update: Jane Bashara murder *Husband, Robert Bashara, on trial for her murder*

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Jane Bashara
Jane Bashara

Psycho For Love: Robert Bashara charged with the murder of his wife, Jane Bashara; He has already pled guilty to solicitation of her murder
Jury Seated In Bashara Murder Trial; Testimony Expected To Include ‘Sex Dungeon’ Details
Opening statements wrapped up, Bashara trial begins
Joe Gentz Refuses To Testify In Bob Bashara Murder Trial, Could Lose Plea Deal
Prosecutor: Bob Bashara Was ‘The Puppet Master’ Who Arranged Wife’s Murder In Grosse Pointe Park
Former Mistress Testifies In Trial For Grosse Pointe Park Man Accused Of Ordering Wife’s Murder
Bob Bashara gets emotional as ex-mistress Rachel Gillett testifies
2nd Mistress Testifies She Got A Thrashing During Sex With Bob Bashara, Accused In Wife’s Murder
Drug Dealer Testifies Bob Bashara Confessed To Role Wife’s Murder While High On Cocaine
Jane Bashara’s sister, Julie Rowe, testifies at Bob Bashara’s murder trial
Murder Trial Delayed When Bob Bashara Collapses Due To Medical Issue
Bob Bashara collapses, trial postponed until Monday

Movies/Documentaries
Scorned: Love Kills: Slave for Love

Defendants
Joseph Gentz – pled guilty, sentenced to 17-28 years in prison
Robert Bashara – pled guilty to solicitation of murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison; Waiting now to go to trial for the murder of his wife, Jane Bashara

INMATE INFORMATION

RobertBashara prison mug

MDOC Number: 856261
SID Number: 4469025H
Name: ROBERT MICHAEL BASHARA
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Gray
Eyes: Brown
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 265 lbs.
Date of Birth: 12/12/1957 (56)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner – Temporarily housed at a county jail (08/20/2013)
Earliest Release Date: 02/24/2019
Assigned Location: Oaks Correctional Facility
Maximum Discharge Date: 06/24/2032
Security Level: IV

ALIASES MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
None / Other- Right Finger Amputation – Right ring fingertip is missing.

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Solicitation of Murder
Minimum Sentence: 6 years 8 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.157B2
Maximum Sentence: 20 years 0 months
Court File#: 12007166-01-FH
Date of Offense: 06/25/2012
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 12/10/2012
Conviction Type: Plea

INMATE INFORMATION

JosephGentz prison mug

MDOC Number: 863291
SID Number: 1453381K
Name: JOSEPH JOHN GENTZ
Racial Identification: Unknown
Gender: Male
Hair: Gray
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 225 lbs.
Date of Birth: 01/12/1964 (50)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: 03/02/2029
Assigned Location: Macomb Correctional Facility
Maximum Discharge Date: 03/02/2040
Security Level: IV

ALIASES MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
None / Body Piercing- Left Ear
Scar- Lower Abdomen
Tattoo- Upper Left Arm – “How it works way of life”
Tattoo- Upper Right Arm – Anchor and Eagle(Covered NA circle)

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 17 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: 28 years 0 months
Court File#: 12009392-01-FC
Date of Offense: 01/24/2012
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 02/19/2013
Conviction Type: Plea

Garrett Dunlap murder 4/9/2013 Atlanta, GA *Darrell McBride charged with his murder*

Garrett Dunlap
Garrett Dunlap

Garrett Dunlap obituary
Authorities identify man shot dead in NW Atlanta
Man shot, killed in NW Atlanta
2 arrested in 2 days for separate Atlanta homicides

Darrell McBride
Darrell McBride

Serial Killer: Sean Vincent Gillis *The Other Baton Rouge Killer* killed at least 8 women, sentenced to LWOP

Gillis victims

Victims
Ann Bryan, [March 21, 1994]
Katherine Ann Hall, 29 [January 4, 1999]
Annie Hardee Schmidt, 52 [May 30, 1999]
Joyce Williams, 36 [November 12, 1999]
Lillian Robinson, 52 [January 2000]
Marilyn Nevils, 38 [October 2000]
Johnnie Mae Williams, 45 [October 2003]
Donna Bennett Johnston, 43 [February 26, 2004]

Find-A-Grave: Annie Hardee Moseley Schmidt
Gillis Confession Solves Two More Murders
Profile of Sean Vincent Gillis
crimelibrary: Sean Gillis
Murderpedia: Sean Vincent Gillis
Sean Vincent Gillis – The Other Baton Rouge Serial Killer
Wikipedia: Sean Vincent Gillis

Books
Dismembered

Movies/Documentaries
The Devil You Know: A Twisted Mind
Twisted: Dead End in Baton Rouge

INMATE INFORMATION

SeanGillis

Offender Name: SEAN V GILLIS
Offender ID:526798
Date of Birth:06/24/1962
Age: 52
Race: White
Gender: Male
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:Louisiana State Penitentiary

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