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Cold Case: Diane Marie Schofield murder 7/7/1975 Des Moines, IA *Found in the trunk of a car; Still unsolved – can you help?*


Diane Marie Schofield

Facebook: Justice For Diane Schofield
Iowa Cold Case: Diane Marie Schofield
Gone Cold: Diane Schofield, killed in 1975
The Dark Side of Iowa: Diane Marie Schofield
We seek Justice for Diane Schofields murder in 1975, Des Moines, Iowa (old petition)
IA – Diane Schofield, 21, Des Moines, 7 July 1975

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Deadly Women: Betty Lou Haber got her son, Arnold Jefferson McEver, and his friend, James Joseph Brandt, to kill her husband, Albert Haber so she could get his insurance money; All sentenced to prison

From Haber’s appeal: James Joseph Brandt was the admitted killer of Albert Haber. Brandt pled guilty to first degree murder, and pursuant to a plea bargain he received a life sentence. Brandt testified that Betty Lou Haber engaged him and her son by a previous marriage, Arnold Jefferson McEver, to kill her husband in the Haber home on the night of January 24, 1975. The plan was to make it appear as though the murder had occurred during the commission of a burglary. Brandt said that before Mrs. Haber went out for the evening, she left open a sliding glass door to facilitate the entry into the Haber residence that night. Brandt explained that he and McEver went to the residence as planned and put some fake pry marks on the door to make it look like a forceful entry had occurred. The house was placed in disarray in order to make it appear that it had been burglarized. Then Brandt and McEver lay in wait for Mr. Haber to enter the house.

When Haber came home, Brandt struck him with a rifle butt. Then Brandt and McEver beat him several times in the head. The men took some guns and other items from the house with them when they left. Brandt later decided that Mr. Haber might not be dead so he returned alone and shot him in the mouth with a revolver. An autopsy later revealed that the beating rather than the gunshot wound caused Mr. Haber’s death. While Brandt was the only witness who directly implicated the appellants in the killing, there was other substantial evidence which corroborated the fact that McEver participated in the murder and that Mrs. Haber was active in the planning of how it was to be accomplished.

The pool man with a past
Habers Convicted Of Murder
Mrs. Haber, Sons Given Life
Parole denied ex-socialite in 1975 murder
Tampa socialite to be paroled for 1975 murder of husband
‘Black Widow’ is freed 28 years after murder
Ex-Tampa socialite paroled after 27 years
Arnold Jefferson McEver III v State of Florida 1978
Betty Lou Haber v State of Florida 1981 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Betty Lou Haber v Louie L. Wainwright 1985
Woman gets award for prison work: Women’s Peacepower Foundation honors Betty Lou Haber for her years of work on behalf of other inmates at Florida Correctional Institute (about 1/2 way down)
Ex-Tampa socialite paroled after 27 years habeas corpus

Movies/Documentaries
Evil Stepmothers: The Price of Greed

Defendants
Betty Lou Haber – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; released on parole 3/07/2007
Arnold Jefferson McEver – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; scheduled for parole 2020
James Joseph Brandt – pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison; killed in jail

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 149904
Name: HABER, BETTY L
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’05”
Weight: 197 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/09/1935
Custody: MINIMUM
Release Date: 03/07/2007

Stated Residence Upon Release:
21572 LANCASTER RD.
LIVE OAK, FL. 32060-5885320605885

Aliases:
BETTY HABER
BETTY L HABER

Current Prison Sentence History
Offense Date: 01/24/1975
Offense: 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT.
Sentence Date: 07/21/1975
County: HILLSBOROUGH
Case No.: 7500518
Prison Sentence Length: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody: 09/29/1975
Date Out-Custody: 03/04/2003

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 049487
Name: MCEVER, ARNOLD S
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 197 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/17/1952
Initial Receipt Date: 10/01/1975
Current Facility: UNION C.I.
Current Custody: MEDIUM
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

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

remember-the-victims

Victims
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

INMATE INFORMATION

Last Name: BLACKWELL
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

Victims
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

Movies/Documentaries
Cold Case Files: The Accidental Killer

DennisLarson
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

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn Darkness After Dawn

INMATE INFORMATION

Edward George Dees

Name: DEES, EDWARD
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

Victims
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
a href=”http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61855945″>Find-A-Grave: Deanna Lynn Kellie
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
#30312

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

INMATE INFORMATION

Erwin Simants 1975 and 2014

DCS ID: 30312 — ERWIN SIMANTS

Demographics
Inmate Committed Name
Last: SIMANTS
First: ERWIN
Middle: CHARLES
Suffix:

Details
Gender: MALE
Race: WHITE
Date of Birth: 10/04/1945
Facility:

Sentence Information
Sentence Dates
Facility:
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

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

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