Monsters Among Us: Anthony Lee Blackwell firebombed a row house killing 6, including a toddler; Sentenced to 6 consecutive life sentences


Rochelle Gwynn, 15
Johnlene Gwynn, 18
Edward Gwynn, 2
John Gwynn, 12
April Gwynn, 5
Laverne Nelson, 18

Blackwell’s attorney to file an appeal
Anthony Lee Blackwell v State of Maryland 1976


First Name: ANTHONY
Middle Name: LEE
Date of Birth: 10/27/1955
DOC ID: 137218
Holding Facility:
Western Correctional Institution
Address: 13800 McMullen Hwy. SW, Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 877-286-3965


Psycho For Love: Dennis Larson killed 2 of his 3 wives; Committed suicide in prison

dv awareness

Kathy Frost Larson [10/11/1987]
Leslee Reynolds Larson [1975]

Kathy Frost Larson obituary
Relationship began romantically, ended with grisly death at Acadia
Montana man faces murder charge
Montana man to face charges in wife’s fatal fall at Acadia
Husband accused in fall will be returned to Maine
Husband arraigned on murder charge
Dennis Larson denied bail
Hearings continue for trial of Larson
Montana man gets 50 year sentence
State of Maine v Dennis Larson 1990 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Dennis Larson v Jeffrey Merrill 1995 (habeas corpus denied)
Murderer charged in first wife’s death
Murder charge filed from 1975 case
Man charged with murdering wife 25 years ago
Convict lodges appeal in unusual murder case
Maine inmate kills himself
Inmate who pushed 3rd wife off Otter Cliffs in ’87 leaps to his death
Bones found in Montana may have link to ’87 Maine murder
Cold Case Files transcript

Cold Case Files: The Accidental Killer

Dennis Larson

Monsters Among Us: Edward George Dees raped and murdered Sandra Howard; Sentenced to LWOP, to go with the other sentences he was in prison for

remembering the victims

Sex offender charged in 1975 murder
an Jose Man Edward Dees, 60, Will Stand Trial For The 1975 Rape And Murder Of Sandra Howard
aKiller pleads no contest to 1975 San Jose rape, stabbing and strangulation
Sex offender charged in 1975 murder of San Jose woman

On the Case with Paula Zahn Darkness After Dawn


Edward George Dees

CDCR3: B27991
Age: 67
Admission Date: 06/05/1970
Current Location:
California Health Care Facility, Stockton

Sutherland, NE Mass Murder: Erwin Charles Simants killed 6 people; First sent to death row, then he was sent to Lincoln Regional Center Psychiatric

Kellie Family

James Henry Kellie, 66
Audrey Marie Kellie, 56
David Kellie, 32
Florence Kellie, 10
Deanne Kellie, 7
Daniel Kellie, 5

Find-A-Grave: James Henry Kellie
Find-A-Grave: Audrey Marie Matson Kellie
Find-A-Grave: David LeRoy Kellie
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Find-A-Grave: Daniel LeRoy Kellie
Neighbor called loner held in family murder
Man charged with murder for shooting family in home
Simants is found guilty of six counts of murder
Simants convicted, sentenced to death
State of Nebraska v Erwin Charles Simants 1977
Ten years later, memory of murder lingers
Murder Verdict Shocks Town
Two Mass Murder Trials Resolved
38 years later, Simants murder case still raises tough questions
Lincoln Life blog: Charles Simants at the Regional Center, the man who tended plants and patients
Erwin Charles Simants, who killed 6 in 1975, could be released from psychiatric care 2013
Darkside of Nebraska: Erwin “Charles” Simants

Simants retains privilege of supervised outings
Kellie family survivors oppose ever freeing Erwin Charles Simants
Judge orders Simants to stay at regional center
If found sane, Erwin Charles Simants will be released, danger or not
Judge won’t ‘gamble’ on releasing mass killer Erwin Charles Simants
Erwin Charles Simants still dangerous, will remain at regional center, judge rules
The Kellie Family Murders


Erwin Simants 1975 and 2014


Inmate Committed Name
First: ERWIN

Gender: MALE
Date of Birth: 10/04/1945

Sentence Information
Sentence Dates
Total Sentence: DTH Years Months Days To DTH Years Months Days
Sentence Begin Date: 01/17/1976 Good Time Law: 567 Projected Release Date: DTH

Parole Information
Parole Eligibility Date:
Parole Hearing Date:
Next Parole Board Review Date: 01/1980
Parole Discharge Date:
Parole Discharge Type:

Release Information
Release Date: 01/15/1980
Reason for Release: OTHER

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

remembering the 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

Rise of the Black Serial Killer: Documenting a Startling Trend


Vaughn Orrin Greenwood

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: Anthony Guy Walker killed at least 5 people, sentenced to LWOP

remembering the victims

Theresa Carey, 19 [1/15/1979]
Arleen Salcedo, 24 [1975]
Yolanda Torres Madison, 24 [1/15/1979]
Jessica Madison, 10-months-old
Floyd Beatty [3/1/1979]
Daniel Staggs [1986]

Cold case: After 31 years, police believe Carey-Madison murders solved
Imprisoned Michigan man admits to 1979 slayings
Man who killed six people, including inmate in Jackson prison, sentenced to three life terms behind bars
Anthony Walker sentenced to life; families describe pain of murders
Michigan man ordered to serve 3 life sentences, admits to more deaths

TV program to explore local 30-year-old murder case

Murder Book: Rising from the Ashes


Anthony Guy Walker

MDOC Number: 144726
SID Number: 0839840X
Racial Identification: Black
Gender: Male
Hair: Black
Eyes: Green
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 251 lbs.
Date of Birth: 11/07/1957

Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Michigan Reformatory Maximum
Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: IV


Sentence 1
Offense: Homicide – Open Murder – Statutory Short Form
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316C
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 1015077-FC
Date of Offense: 01/15/1979
County: Lenawee
Date of Sentence: 01/21/2011
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 2
Offense: Homicide – Open Murder – Statutory Short Form
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316C
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 1015077-FC
Date of Offense: 01/15/1979
County: Lenawee
Date of Sentence: 01/21/2011
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 3
Offense: Homicide – Open Murder – Statutory Short Form
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316C
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 1015076-FC
Date of Offense: 03/01/1979
County: Lenawee
Date of Sentence: 01/21/2011
Conviction Type: Plea

Sentence 4
Offense: Criminal Sexual Conduct, 1st Deg (Weapon Used)
Minimum Sentence: 15 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.520B1E
Maximum Sentence: 30 years 0 months
Court File#: 95475901
Date of Offense: 12/20/1994
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 04/24/1996
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 5
Offense: Criminal Sexual Conduct, 1st Deg (Weapon Used)
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.520B1E
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 95475901
Date of Offense: 12/20/1994
County: Wayne
Date of Sentence: 04/24/1996
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 1
Offense: Assault With Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct
Minimum Sentence: 10 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.520G
Maximum Sentence: 15 years 0 months
Court File#:
Date of Offense: 09/11/1979
County: Lenawee
Date of Sentence: 09/11/1979
Conviction Type: Jury
Discharge Date:06/08/1993
Discharge Reason: Offender Discharge

Sentence 2
Offense: Criminal Sexual Conduct, 2nd Deg (Multiple Variables)
Minimum Sentence: 2 years 6 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.520C
Maximum Sentence: 5 years 0 months
Court File#:
Date of Offense: 03/19/1976
County: Date of Sentence: 03/19/1976
Conviction Type: Unknown
Discharge Date:12/04/1979
Discharge Reason: Order Terminated, Continued on Additional Order(s)

Monsters Among Us: Markum Duff-Smith, Allen Wayne Janecka, and Walt Waldhauser planned and carried out the murders of members of Duff-Smith family

John and Diana Wanstrath
John and Diana Wanstrath

Gertrude Duff-Smith Zabolio, 57 [10/15/1975]
John Wanstrath [7/5/1979]
Diana Wanstrath [7/5/1979]
Kevin Wanstrath [7/5/1979]

Murderpedia: Markham Duff-Smith
Johnny Bonds, a Cop Who Wouldn’t Quit, Breaks the Murder Case That Became His Obsession
Making a Killing
A Killer By Any Other Name
Markham Duff-Smith v Texas Dept of Criminal Justice (habeas corpus denied)
Killer confesses before his execution
Texas executes man who had mother killed
Killers executed in Georgia, Texas
Harris Officials Fight Release Of Triggerman in 3 Deaths
Ex-officer tries to keep man linked to Texas murders locked up
Hitman who killed Houston toddler executed
Allen Wayne Janecka #869
An investigator who simply won’t quit his case

The Cop Who Wouldn’t Quit

On The Case With Paula Zahn: Unmistakable Truth

Walt Waldhauser
Walt Waldhauser aka Michael Lee Davis

Markham Duff-Smith – convicted, sentenced to death; Executed on 6/29/1993
Walt Waldhauser – convicted, sentenced to 30 years in prison [new name Michael Lee Davis]
Allen Wayne Janecka – convicted, sentenced to death; Executed on 7/24/2003
Paul MacDonald – sentenced to 16 years, paroled 11/04/1984


Markham Duff-Smith

Last Statement:

I am the sinner of all sinners. I was responsible for the ’75 and ’79 cases. My trial was not just; it was not fair; they lied against me. I love all of those on Death Row, and I will always hold them in my hands. Those who stood by me, I will always love you. Jim and Judy Peterson and Chaplain Lopez, I thank you for staying by my side.

Inmate Information: Markham Duff-Smith


Allen Wayne Janecka

Last Statement:

First of all, I want to say God bless everyone here today. For many years I have done things my way, which caused a lot of pain to me, my family and many others. Today I have come to realize that for peace and happiness, one has to do things God’s way. I want to thank my family for their support. I love you. I am taking you with me. You all stay strong. I love you. I also want to say thanks to the Chaplains who I have met through the years and who have brought me a long way. And I cherish you as my family and at this time…oh, Ken, my little son, I am coming to see you. Oh Lord, into your hands I commit my spirit. Thy will be done.

Inmate Information: Allen Wayne Janecka

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