Cold Case: Convicted sex offender James Lee Mayfield raped and killed Jenny Read in 1976; Sentenced to life in prison

Jenny Baldwin Read

Find-A-Grave: Jenny Baldwin Read
Murder kept wish from coming true
Trash & Treasure: The Rediscovered Life of Jenny Read
SF cold case unit cracks cases with DNA help
Church deacon arraigned in 1976 murder
Man convicted of 1976 San Francisco murder thanks to DNA cold case hit
James Mayfield, Church Deacon, Guilty of 1976 Rape and Murder of Jenny Read
Cold Case murder conviction did not violate the Confrontation Clause by admitting an autopsy report without testimony from the pathologist
People of the State of California v James Lee Mayfield 2015 (conviction and sentence affirmed)


CDCR Number AS6479
Age 75
Admission Date 02/19/2014
Current Location California Health Care Facility – Stockton
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 08/2015

Monsters Among Us: David Leroy Washington – executed for killing 3 people in Florida in September 1976

Rev. Daniel Pridgen [9/20/1976] (co-defendant, Johnnie Gary Mills)
Katrina Birk [9/23/1976]
Frank Meli [9/27/1976] (had 2 co-defendants, Nathaniel Taylor and Johnnie Gary Mills)

Find-A-Grave: Rev Daniel Pridgen

Kidnapped student is found dead
House Scene Of Second Grave
Kidnapped Student’s Death Termed ‘Cold Blooded Murder’
Student’s Death Was No Accident
Tearful slayer admits 3 murders
Judge condemns killer of 3
Inmate Is Refused New Murder Trial
Johnnie Gary Mills v State of Florida 1981
Graham Signs Death Warrant
Court Backs Four Death Sentences
Federal Judge Stays Killer’s Execution
Did Washington get legal help
Execution Warrant Is Signed
David Leroy Washington v State of Florida 1978 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Florida v David Leroy Washington 1984
David Leroy Washington v Charles E Strickland 1982 (writ of habeas corpus)
Killer apologizes before his execution
Confessed murderer of 3 executed in Florida
Mass killer meets death in Florida
David Leroy Washington, a former choirboy who stabbed three…
Prisoner challenges daughter moments before his execution
Murderpedia: David Leroy Washington
David Leroy Washington – Florida Execution – July 13, 1984

David Leroy Washington – convicted, sentenced to death, executed 7/13/1984
Johnnie Gary Mills – convicted of killing Rev. Daniel Pridgen and Frank Meli, sentenced to life in prison
Nathaniel Taylor – convicted of killing Frank Meli, sentenced to life in prison

David Leroy Washington


DC Number: 058673
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 6’04”
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birth Date: 12/11/1954
Initial Receipt Date: 03/16/1977
Current Facility: LAKE CI
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE



ID Photo

DC Number: 058248
Birth Date: 05/17/1956
Initial Receipt Date: 02/09/1977
Current Facility: DADE C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Monsters Among Us: Richard Joseph Turner killed the Hardin family after he escaped from the Fremont County Jail; After a 200 mile manhunt, he shot & killed himself rather than be captured

John E. Hardin, 37
Antoinette “Toni” Hardin, 37
Lori Sanchez, 15
Carol Ann Sanchez, 13
James Aubrey Hardin, 2

Find-A-Grave: John Carroll Hardin
Find-A-Grave: Antoinette Marie “Toni” Baca Hardin
Find-A-Grave: Laura Sanchez
Find-A-Grave: Carol A. Sanchez
Find-A-Grave: James Aubrey Hardin
The Tri-County Obituary Project (scroll down a bit)
Work Release Killer ‘Classic Rapist’
Escapee Kills Five; Takes His Own Life (about 1/2 way down)

Serial Killer: Francis Donald Nemechek killed 5 people in Kansas; Sentenced to 5 consecutive terms of life in prison

Cheryl Lynn Young, 21 [12/13/1974 Hays, KS]
Guy William Young, 2 [12/13/1974 Hays, KS]
Diane Lynn Lovette, 19 [12/13/1974 Hays, KS]
Carla Joan Baker, 20 [6/30/1976 Hays, KS]
Paula Sue Fabrizius, 16 [8/21/1976 Gove County, KS]

Find-A-Grave: Cheryl Lynn Young
Find-A-Grave: Guy William Young
Find-A-Grave: Diane Lynn Lovette
Find-A-Grave: Carla Joan Baker
Find-A-Grave: Paula Sue Fabrizius
Graham County Historical Society: Francis Donald Nemechek
Winter of discontent
State of Kansas v Francis Donald Nemechek 1978 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Memories of murder victims still strong after 42 years
35 years ago – Colorado trip ends in tragedy for 3 Lee County residents
Man convicted of five murders in NW Kan. scheduled for parole hearing
Relative weighs in on Nemechek parole hearing
Family seeks to keep serial killer in prison
Nemechek denied parole; next hearing deferred to 2027
Murderpedia: Donald Nemechek

50 American Serial Killers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Volume 3


Cold Case: Cynthia May Hernandez murder 8/26/1976 Covina, CA *Larry James Allred pled guilty, sentenced to life in prison*

Cynthia May Hernandez

Photos: Cynthia Hernandez, 1976 murder victim, buried in Glendora
San Bernardino County DA’s Office Announces Arrest In 1976 Cold Case Murder
Authorities Formally Charge Suspect In Glendoran’s Cold Case Murder
Elderly mother in tears as felon pleads guilty to 1976 murder of Glendora woman
Felon pleads guilty to 1976 murder of Glendora woman
Felon faces life sentence for 1976 murder of Glendora woman
Family of Glendora teen killed in 1976 confront killer before life sentence
Man sentenced in 1976 cold case murder
CA – Cynthia Hernandez, 18, Glendora, 26 Aug 1976
Program to feature 1976 cold case murder
40 Years Later, Justice Is Served

On the Case with Paula Zahn: A Deadly Omen


CDCR Number AP9142
Age 66
Admission Date 11/03/2016
Current Location California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 12/2020

Cold Case: Johnny Zera murder 2/20/1976 Franklin, WI *Still Unsolved; Is a local pedophile to blame?*

Johnny Zera

Have you seen Johnny?
Wisconsin Death Trip: Somethin’ in the Curd Ain’t Clean
Sex assault suspect befriended family of murdered boy
On 40th anniversary of John Zera murder, police pin their hopes on DNA
WI – John Zera, 14, Franklin, 20 February 1976

Walter Carl Splitt murder 2/13/1976 Deland, FL *James Joseph O’Brien, Vincent Paul O’Connor and Charles Wilbur Marcum convicted

Both the victim, Walter Carl Splitt, and one defendant, Charles Wilbur Marcum, spent time in Alcatraz Prison.

Alcatraz Inmate List (inmates 1407 and 1408)
Phone Calls Link Three Shootout Principals
Dead Man’s Wife Takes The Stand
Defense Ready In Green Trial
Marcum Denies Green Link
Witnesses Frightened, Attorneys Silenced
Marcum Swaps Plea For 5 Years
Charles Wilbur Marcum v State of Florida 1979 (actually covers all co-defendants)

Charles Wilbur Marcum
James Joseph O’Brien – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, died in prison 12/30/2015
Vincent Paul O’Connor


Register Number: 36654-019
Age: 99
Race: White
Sex: Male
Released On: 09/20/1988


Cold Case: Karen Klaas 1/30/1976 Hermosa Beach, CA *DNA proves Kenneth Eugene Troyer raped and killed Karen Klaas*

Karen Klaas

After four decades, Righteous Brothers singer and sons ‘close the book’ on brutal killing solved by DNA
Sheriff’s Department Says They’ve Solved 1976 Cold Case Murder Of Ex-Wife Of Famous Singer
Authorities ID Alleged Killer of Karen Klaas, the Ex-Wife of Righteous Brothers Singer
Sheriff: Suspect in Righteous Brothers wife slaying is dead
Murder of ‘Righteous Brothers’ Singer’s Ex-Wife Karen Klaas Solved 40 Years Later
Man ID’d in Killing of Righteous Brothers Wife Shot Decades Ago
DNA yields long-awaited answers in 1976 slaying of Righteous Brothers singer’s ex
How Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley Is Coping with the Truth of His Ex-Wife’s Cold Case Murder

Kenneth Eugene Troyer

Monsters Among Us: Cameron Hooker kidnapped Colleen Stan and then kept her as a sex slave for 7 years


Marie Elizabeth Spannhake, 19 (not charged due to no physical evidence)
Colleen Stan, 20

Colleen Stan is a survivor and a hero. She survived an unimaginable nightmare and, just like the Cleveland girls, just wants to help others who have endured similar situations.

Janice Hooker told police that Cameron Hooker killed missing young woman Marie Elizabeth Spannhake. Her remains could not be found, so no charges were able to be filed. However, Cameron Hooker was sentenced to 104 years in prison, eligible for parole in 2030. With this case being a high profile case and the victim still able to testify against him, I doubt he will get parole.

Charley Project: Marie Elizabeth Spannhake
Hitchhiker kept as sex slave for seven years as ‘Girl in the Box’ under captors’ bed
Man suspected in second kidnapping
Held as Sex Slave, Woman Still ‘Sweet’
Millworker pleads innocent to imprisoning woman 7 years
Woman confronts accused in sex slavery case
Sex slave thought ‘master’ was part of a company
Wife says she, slave sought sex from men
California man accused of keeping woman as sex slave is to stand trial
‘Slave’ case trial ordered for California man
Final arguments in sex slave case
Jury: Hooker guilty in sex slave case
Bondage case defendant is convicted
Hooker sentenced to 104 years
CA – Marie Elizabeth “Marliz” Spannhake, 19, Chico, 31 Jan 1976
The Doe Network: Case File 2047DFCA
Wikipedia: Kidnapping of Colleen Stan
Transcript: American Justice – The Girl in the Box
Man who tortured ‘girl in the box’ denied parole
Girl in the Box: Colleen Stan “Did Great” At Cameron Hooker Parole Hearing
Real-life ghost whisperer
Woman Imprisoned in Coffin for 7 Years Has Special Message for Jaycee Dugard
How the ‘Girl in the Box’ Became a Lifetime Movie – Nearly 40 Years After Her Kidnapping
The Shocking Stories Of The Cleveland Strangler And The Girl In The Box Will Be Told In New Oxygen Specials
Where Is Colleen Stan, The Kidnapping Survivor Known As ‘The Girl In The Box,’ Today?
Where Are Cameron And Janice Hooker, The Couple That Abducted ‘The Girl In The Box,’ Now?

Janice Hooker

Colleen Stan: The Simple Gifts of Life
Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box

American Justice: The Girl in the Box
Wicked Attraction: Kidnapped
Girl in the Box
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (loosely based on)
Snapped: Notorious: The Girl in the Box



CDCR Number D18324
Age 67
Admission Date 11/26/1985
Current Location California Institution for Men
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 10/2014
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Deborah Ann Gardner murder 10/14/1976 Tonga, South Pacific *Fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Dennis Priven, charged with her murder, found not guilty by reason of insanity*

Deborah Gardner
Deborah Ann Gardner

Find-A-Grave: Deborah Ann Gardner
Corpsman Is Judged Not Sane
Island Jury Acquits U.S. Man
Peace corpsman cleared of slaying
Murderer freed for treatment
Stalking Her Killer
Murder taints ex-Peace Corps volunteer’s Tonga stint
Lost In Paradise
Murder of Deborah Gardner
Not so peaceful / A book reopens memories of a Peace Corps volunteer’s time in Tonga — and matters of life and death
A true story of death and deception in the South Pacific

American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps

48 Hours: American Taboo
Passport to Murder: The Devil In Paradise

Dennis Priven
Dennis Priven

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