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    September 20: 1983: Laurie Stout, 22, was found sexually assaulted, strangled and suffocated in the office building that she cleaned. Robert Van Wisse pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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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

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Serial Killers: Brothers Danny and Larry Ranes separately became serial killers; Did not kill together

remembering the victims

Victims
Vernon LeBenne, 23 [4/6/1964 Battle Creek, MI]
Gary Smock, 30 [5/30/1964 MI]
Charles Snider, [5/31/1964 Elkhart, IN]
[unnamed male victim whose body was not found NV]
Charlie Sizemore [Lexington, KY]
Patricia Howk, 28 [3/18/1972]
Linda Clark, 19 [7/4/1972]
Claudia Bidstrup, 19 [7/4/1972]
Patricia Fearnow, 18 [8/5/1972]

Upper Peninsula Wiki: Larry and Danny Ranes
People of Michigan v Larry Ranes 1971 (conviction overturned)
Sibling Rivals and Murder Games
10 Cases Of Sibling Serial Killers: 9 – The Ranes Brothers
Excerpt from “Inside the Minds of Serial Killers: Why They Kill”
Excerpt from “The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers”
Excerpt from “Haunted History of Kalamazoo”

Books
The Murder Game
Luke Karamazov (names changed)

Defendants
Larry Lee Ranes – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison – changed his name to Monk Steppenwolf
Danny Arthur Ranes – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Brent Koster – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

monk-steppenwolf-prison-mug

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
MDOC Number: 113052
SID Number: 0532199J
Name: MONK STEPPENWOLF
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 210 lbs.
Date of Birth: 03/22/1945 (71)
MONK STEPPENWOLF Image Date: 8/14/2016
MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Saginaw Correctional Facility Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: II

ALIASES
LARRY LEE RANES

MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
None

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Murder, First Degree
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 14231A
Date of Offense: 05/29/1964
County: Kalamazoo
Date of Sentence: 11/02/1972
Conviction Type: Jury

INMATE INFORMATION

danny-ranes-prison-mug

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
MDOC Number: 122736
SID Number: 0618015J
Name: DANNY ARTHUR RANES
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Unavailable
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 175 lbs.
Date of Birth: 10/20/1943 (73)
DANNY ARTHUR RANES Image Date: 10/24/2015

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Lakeland Correctional Facility Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: II

ALIASES
DANNY A RANES
MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Tattoo- Upper Right Arm – tt on rt upper arm

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 723136-A
Date of Offense: 07/06/1972
County: Kalamazoo
Date of Sentence: 08/09/1973
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 2
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 723135-C
Date of Offense: 07/06/1972
County: Kalamazoo
Date of Sentence: 08/09/1973
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 3
Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 724030-C
Date of Offense: 03/18/1972
County: Kalamazoo
Date of Sentence: 08/31/1981
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 4
Offense: Murder, First Degree
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 724045-B
Date of Offense: 08/05/1972
County: Kalamazoo
Date of Sentence: 07/30/1973
Conviction Type: Jury

INACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Assault with Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault)
Minimum Sentence: 3 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.82
Maximum Sentence: 4 years 0 months
Court File#:
Date of Offense: 04/01/1969
County:
Date of Sentence: 04/01/1969
Conviction Type: Unknown
Discharge Date: 02/17/1972
Discharge Reason: Offender Discharge

INMATE INFORMATION

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
MDOC Number: 142253
SID Number: 0826651T
Name: BRENT EUGENE KOSTER
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Height: 6′ 6″
Weight: 325 lbs.
Date of Birth: 10/10/1956 (60)
BRENT EUGENE KOSTER Image Date: 8/28/2014

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Chippewa Correctional Facility Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: II

ALIASES
BIG BIRD

MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Scar- Center Abdomen – APPENDIX SCAR

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.317
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: B72300140-FY
Date of Offense: 07/06/1972
County: Kalamazoo
Date of Sentence: 07/21/1975
Conviction Type: Plea

Serial Killer: Vaughn Orrin Greenwood killed 11 people *The Skid Row Slasher*

remembering the victims

Victims
David Russell [11/13/1964]
Benjamin Hornberg, 67 [11/14/1964]
Charles Jackson, 46 [12/01/1974]
Moses Yakanac, 47 [12/08/1974]
Arthur Dahlstedt, 54 [12/11/1974]
David Perea, 42 [12/22/1974]
Casimir Strawinski, 58 [01/09/1975]
Robert Shannahan; 46 [01/17/1975]
Samuel Suarez, 49 [1975]
George Friar, 45 [01/29/1975
Clyde Hayes, 34 [01/31/1975]
William Graham [02/02/1975] (survived)

L.A. suspect to be linked to slashings
Charges Due In ‘Slasher’ Murder Case
Jailed LA man to be charged in Skid Row Slasher case
Skid Row Slasher case
Burt as witness
Footprint testimony in trial
‘Skid Row Slasher’ Guilty in 9 Deaths
‘Skid Row Slasher’ Gets Life Term
Slasher given 9 life terms
Profile: Vaughn Orrin Greenwood
Murderpedia: Vaughn Orrin Greenwood
Wikipedia: Vaughn Greenwood
Serial Killings Are a Darker Part of State’s History
‘Skid Row Slasher’ Loses Bid for Parole

Books
Rise of the Black Serial Killer: Documenting a Startling Trend

INMATE INFORMATION

Vaughn Orrin Greenwood

Name: GREENWOOD, VAUGHN ORRIN
CDCR#: B68248
Age: 72
Admission Date: 10/03/1975
Current Location: Men’s Colony
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93409
(805) 547-7900

Serial Killer: The Boston Strangler – Was Albert DeSalvo really the notorious serial killer that terrorized the women of Boston?

Victims
Anna E. Šlesers, 55, sexually assaulted with unknown object and strangled with the belt on her bathrobe; found on June 14, 1962 in her third-floor apartment at 77 Gainsborough St., Back Bay, Boston
Mary Mullen, 85, died from a heart attack, but in the confession was said to have collapsed as DeSalvo grabbed her; found on June 28, 1962 in her apartment at 1435 Commonwealth Ave., Boston (no picture)
Nina Nichols, 68, sexually assaulted and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on June 30, 1962 in her home at 1940 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Helen Blake, 65, sexually assaulted and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on June 30, 1962 in her home at 73 Newhall St., Lynn, Massachusetts
Ida Irga, 75, sexually assaulted and strangled; found on August 19, 1962 in her apartment at 7 Grove Street, Beacon Hill, Boston
Jane Sullivan, 67, sexually assaulted and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on August 21, 1962 in her home at 435 Columbia Road, Dorchester, Boston
Sophie Clark, 20, sexually assaulted and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on December 5, 1962 in her apartment at 315 Huntington Ave., Back Bay, Boston
Patricia Bissette, 23, strangled with her nylon stockings; found on December 31, 1962 in her home at 515 Park Drive, Back Bay, Boston
Mary Brown, 69, raped, strangled, beaten, and stabbed; found on March 6, 1963 in her apartment at 319 Park Ave., Lawrence, Massachusetts (no picture)
Beverly Samans, 23, stabbed to death; found on May 6, 1963 in her home at 4 University Road in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Evelyn Corbin, 58, raped and strangled with her nylon stockings; found on September 8, 1963 in her home at 224 Lafayette St., Salem, Massachusetts
Joann Graff, 23, strangled with her nylon stockings; found on November 23, 1963 in her apartment at 54 Essex St., Lawrence, Massachusetts
Mary Sullivan, 19, sexually assaulted and strangled with nylon stockings; found on January 4, 1964 in her apartment at 44-A Charles St., Boston

Albert DeSalvo was never tried or convicted of the Boston Strangler. He was in prison for rape when he was stabbed to death by other inmates.

Find-A-Grave: Anna E. Slesers
Find-A-Grave: Nina G. Nichols
Find-A-Grave: Helen Blake
Find-A-Grave: Ida Irga
Find-A-Grave: Jane Sullivan
Find-A-Grave: Sophie Clark
Find-A-Grave: Patricia Bissette
Find-A-Grave: Beverly Samans
Find-A-Grave: Marie Evelina “Evelyn” Poirier Corbin
Find-A-Grave: Joann Marie Graff
Find-A-Grave: Mary Anne Sullivan
Victims of the Boston Strangler
DeSalvo Still at Large; Police in Area Alerted
DeSalvo Surrenders Without a Struggle
Boston Strangler Caught, Ending Huge Manhunt
Albert DeSalvo is ‘Boston Strangler’
Tests begin to prove accused Boston Strangler innocent
DeSalvo may not have been Boston Strangler
Relatives: Prosecuters need to reopen Boston Strangler case
crimelibrary: The Boston Strangler
The Boston Strangler
Boston Strangler Case Solved 50 Years Later
Lab: Confessed Boston Strangler’s DNA on slain woman’s body
A half-century later, questions cloud Boston Strangler case
Crime Museum: The Boston Strangler
Murderpedia: Albert Henry DeSalvo
Wikipedia: Boston Strangler
Wikipedia: Albert DeSalvo

Books
The Boston Strangler
The Boston Stranglers: The Public Conviction of Albert Desalvo and the True Story of Eleven Shocking Murders
A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler

Movies/Documentaries
The Boston Strangler: The Hunt for a Killer
Biography: Albert DeSalvo
The Boston Strangler (movie)
The Boston Strangler (movie)
Boston Strangler: The Untold Story (movie)
ID Films: Confessions of the Boston Strangler

Albert DeSalvo
Albert DeSalvo

Deadly Wives: Lucille Miller killed her husband, Gordon “Cork” Miller, because she lost interest in him and wanted a different lifestyle; Sentenced to life in prison, but released after 7 years

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Gordon Cork Miller
Gordon “Cork” Miller

The Fire Bug
Man dies in car fire, wife suspected of murdering him for insurance money
Circle of evidence
Wife Charged With Murder In Fire Death
12 Are Chosen in Murder Case
Woman Guilty Of Murder In First Degree
Jury Convicts Pregnant Wife of Murder
Her Marriage Ends In An Inferno
A Mother’s Crime
The People of the State of California v Lucille Miller 1966 (conviction affirmed)
Rereading the Landscape of an Essay by Joan Didion

Books
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

Lucille Miller
Lucille Miller

Serial Killer: Charles Howard Schmid Jr * The Pied Piper of Tucson*

Alleen Rowe

Victims
Alleen Rowe, 15 [5/31/1964]
Gretchen Fritz, 17 [8/16/1965]
Wendy Fritz, 13 [8/16/1965]

Defendant Found Guilty Of Slaying Two Girls
Condemned Schmid Basically Unmoved
Lack of Emotion Noted in Murderer of Girls
Accused Killers Help Hunt Victim’s Body in Desert
They Comb Desert For Teen Girl’s Body
Man Ruled Guilty of Killing 2 Girls
Teenager Gets Life In Murder
Murder Case Brings Girl Prison Term
Guilty Plea Is Entered By Schmid
Arizonan Pleads guilty
Escaped killer captured
Girls’ Killer Recaptured in Arizona
Charles Schmid Jr. critical after stabbing in state prison
Pied Piper’s notoriety ended with a shiv in the eye
Vicious ‘Pied Piper’ butchered in prison in ’75
crimelibrary: Charles Schmid: The Pied Piper
Pied Piper of Tucson: Twisted 1960s killings by Charles Howard Schmid, Jr.
Murderpedia: Charles Howard Schmid Jr
Wikipedia: Charles Schmid
The Pied Piper of Tucson
Remembering Charles Schmid, local serial killer
A turn in Tucson’s history: the case of the Pied Piper murders

Books
Cold-Blooded: The Saga of Charles Schmid, the Notorious “Pied Piper of Tucson”
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?: Selected Early Stories (loosely based on this)
The Lost

Movies/Documentaries
Smooth Talk (loosely based on Charles Schmid)
Dead Beat (names changed)
A Crime To Remember: The Pied Piper
The Todd Killings

Defendants
Charles Schmid – found guilty for the Fritz sisters murders, sentenced to death, which was overturned and he was sentenced to 50 years in prison; Pled guilty to the murder of Alleen Rowe, sentenced to
Mary Rae French – pled guilty to being an accessory to murder (Alleen Rowe), sentenced to 4-5 years in prison
John Saunders – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison

Charles Schmid
Charles Howard Schmid Jr

Monsters Among Us: Winston Moseley: The rape and murder of Kitty Genovese – A tragic story that got twisted, leaving his victim almost forgotten

Kitty Genovese
Kitty Genovese

Victims
Barbara Kralik [7/20/1963]
Annie Mae Johnson [2/29/1964]
Catherine “Kitty” Genovese [3/13/1964]

Yes, Winston Moseley is still in prison. He was originally sentenced to death, but it was overturned when the death penalty was on moratorium in the US. I doubt he will ever be paroled. He is right where he belongs. His crimes were heinous, to say the least. He raped several women, besides the 3 murders.

**Update** Winston Mosley died in prison 3/28/2016

A Call For Help
Debunking the myth of Kitty Genovese
Brother of Kitty Genovese to release documentary about sister’s 1964 murder, which prompted ‘Genovese Syndrome’ research
Revisiting Austin Street: The Death of Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later
Convicted Murderer Sentenced To Chair
Winston Moseley confession
1964 Slaying Case Defendant Escapes From Mental Hospital
Suspenseful Chat Ends With Escapee’s Surrender
Couple Is Held Captive By Escaped Murderer
Killers’ terror rampage retold
crimelibrary: The Kitty Genovese Murder
Murderpedia: Winston Moseley
Murder of Kitty Genovese
Fifty years later: Anniversary of the Kitty Genovese murder that brought about 911 system after young woman was stabbed to death and raped as dozens of neighbors looked on
The Murder of Kitty Genovese: 50 years later, questions remain
Winston Moseley, Who Killed Kitty Genovese, Dies in Prison at 81

Books
Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America
Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences
Fifty Years After Kitty Genovese: Inside the Case that Rocked Our Faith in Each Other
Twisted Confessions: The True Story Behind The Kitty Genovese And Barbara Kralik Murder Trials
Good Neighbors (fictionalized version)

Movies/Documentaries
The Witness (new, not yet on dvd)
Kitty Genovese Documentary: The Detached Americans
Death Scream
A Crime To Remember: 38 Witnesses
History’s Mysteries: Silent Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Murder
37 (fictionalized)

INMATE INFORMATION

Winston Moseley

Identifying and Location Information
As of 11/10/14
DIN (Department Identification Number) 64A0102
Inmate Name MOSELEY, WINSTON
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 03/02/1935
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility CLINTON
Date Received (Original) 07/07/1964
Date Received (Current) 03/21/1968
Admission Type RETURN FROM ESC/ABSC/ARREST
County of Commitment QUEENS

Crimes of Conviction
Crime: MURDER (DEG’LESS PRIOR 9-1-74)
Class: A1

Crime: ROBBERY 2ND
Class: C

Crime: ATT KIDNAPPING 2ND
Class: C

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 11/10/14
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0020 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 11/2015
Earliest Release Type PAROLE HEARING DATE
Parole Hearing Date 11/2015
Parole Hearing Type REAPPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 03/14/1984
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision

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