Monsters Among Us: Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Supervisor Dan White, who invented the “twinkle defense”; Convicted and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison; killed himself when he got out of prison

Harvey Milk, 48
Mayor George Moscone, 49

Find-A-Grave: Harvey Milk
Find-A-Grave: George Richard Moscone
San Francisco leaders George Moscone and Harvey Milk are murdered
S.F. mayor, supervisor slain
‘All-American’ ex-city official formally charged in S.F. slayings
40 years later: Remembering the assassinations of George Moscone, Harvey Milk
Dan White Trial (1979)
Harvey Milk
The Dan White (Harvey Milk Murder) Trial: A Chronology
Anniversary of Milk, Moscone slayings to be focused on housing affordability
Myth of the ‘Twinkie defense’ / The verdict in the Dan White case wasn’t based on his ingestion of junk food
A Look Back At The Trial For Harvey Milk’s Assassin — And His Light Sentence
Dan White urged to stay away
Wikipedia: Harvey Milk
Wikipedia: Dan White
Wikipedia: Moscone–Milk assassinations
Mythology As History

48: The Times of Harvey Milk

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words

Biography: Harvey Milk
The Times of Harvey Milk

Daniel James White

Cold Case: Glenn Edward Williams killed Fernando Calleros and left him in the back of a truck; Sentenced to 10 years in prison

Fernando Calleros

Find-A-Grave: Fernando F Calleros
Man arrested in 1979 homicide, sexual assault cold case in Phoenix
Arrest Made in 42 Year Old Cold Case
Suspect arrested in 1978 beating death and sexual assault
Phoenix cold case solved 40 years after murder and assault
Evidence Preservation Key to Arrest Made in 42-Year-Old Murder Case
Case & Reward Info


Fathers From Hell: Simon Peter Nelson killed his 6 children because their mother was divorcing him; Sentenced to 100-200 years in prison

Nelson Family

Jennifer Nelson, 12
Simon Nelson III, 10
Andrew Nelson, 9
Matthew Nelson, 7
Roseann Nelson, 5
David Nelson, 3
Pretzel, family dog

Find-A-Grave: Jennifer “Jenny” Nelson7
Find-A-Grave: Simon Peter Nelson III
Find-A-Grave: Andrew Nelson
Find-A-Grave: Matthew Nelson
Find-A-Grave: Roseann Nelson
Find-A-Grave: David Nelson
From the Archives: Simon Peter Nelson murders his six children, family dog
Rockford father slays six children: beats wife
Dad charged with slaying his six sleeping children (part 1)
Slaying (part 2)
Accused murderer’s wife was planning a divorce
Murderpedia: Simon Peter Nelson
Simon Peter Nelson, who killed his six kids in 1978, has died
Notorious Rockford Murderer Dies in Prison
Rockford Man Who Murdered His Six Children In 1978 Has Died In Prison
Wikipedia: Simon Nelson
Find-A-Grave: Simon Peter Nelson
What Happened at 1425 Camp Avenue?

Mask of Sanity: No One Heard A Thing: The Simon Peter Nelson Murders – Rockford IL

Simon Peter Nelson

Psycho For Love: Howard “Buddy” Jacobson killed John “Jack” Tupper, who started dating Jacobson’s ex-girlfriend; Sentenced to 25 years to life in prison

Jack Tupper

Find-A-Grave: John J. Tupper Jr.
Victim – Jack Tupper
Murder trial of former horse trainer delayed for two weeks
The Odyssey of Buddy Jacobson: Horses, Models and a Murder Sentence
Murder is final curtain in love triangle drama (part 1) (scroll to the left)
Triangle (part 2)
Howard Jacobson; Noted Horse Trainer Imprisoned for Murder
Buddy Jacobson, Horse Trainer And Convicted Slayer, Dies at 58
Love and Death on the Upper East Side (good article)
The Odyssey of Buddy Jacobson: Horses, Models and a Murder Sentence

Murder of the Horse Trainer’s Rival: The Bitter Breakup of Buddy Jacobson and the Model
Bad Dreams
Murder In The Penthouse


Identifying and Location Information
As of 09/27/21
DIN (Department Identification Number) 80A3899
Date of Birth 12/10/1930
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status DISCHARGED
Housing / Releasing Facility ATTICA
Date Received (Original) 11/07/1980
Date Received (Current) 11/10/1980
Admission Type
County of Commitment BRONX
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only) 05/16/89 DECEASED

Crimes of Conviction
Class A1

Class D

Class D

Class D

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 09/27/21
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0025 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date
Earliest Release Type
Parole Hearing Date 01/2005
Parole Eligibility Date 03/03/2005
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Cold Case: Donald F. McQuade charged with the 1978 murder of Shelley Connolly due to DNA and genetic geneology

Shelley Connolly

Find-A-Grave:: Shelley Connolly
Anchorage Cold Cases: Mother of teen murdered in 1978 still searches for answers
Details about Gresham suspect emerge from 1978 Alaska cold case
Oregon man arrested, charged with teen’s murder in 41-year-old Anchorage cold case
Must Read Alaska: Cold case arrest in Shelley Connolly murder
Arrest made regarding 41 year old cold case murder of Shelley Connolly
Arrest made in cold case murder of Shelley Connolly
Oregon man arrested in 1978 cold-case murder of Alaska teen, authorities say


Age 63
Gender Male
Race White

ID Number 273300
Custody Status Date Oct 20, 2019 11:42 PM AKDT
Custody Status In Custody
Custody Detail Anchorage Correctional Complex

Anchorage Correctional Complex
1400 East 4th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-4100

Alaska Department of Corrections
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1800
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-7384

Monsters Among Us: Mario “Risita” Tauro Coto killed Pedro Luis Machado and Alberto Ramirez over a bad drug deal; Finally found again in 1981, sentenced to life in prison, but escaped again in 1984; Finally found again in 2014

Pedro Luis Machado, 30
Alberto Ramirez, 25

Escape prompts tightened security
Mario Tauro Coto FBI Wanted Poster
Mario Tauro Coto v State of Florida 2017 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Mario Tauro Coto v State of Florida 2019 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Murderers Among Us: Unsolved Homicides, Mysterious Deaths and Killers at Large

America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back: Mario Coto


DC Number: 820861
Birth Date: 05/05/1948
Initial Receipt Date: 04/28/1981
Current Facility: COLUMBIA ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE
Scheduled Release Date: 10/02/2054

Monsters Among Us: Gregory Bowman killed 3 teenage girls, but managed to escape true justice

Velda Joy Rumfelt, 16 [6/6/1977 Brentwood, MO]
Ruth Ann Jany, 21 [1978 Belleville, IL]
Elizabeth West, 14 [1978 Belleville, IL]

Find-A-Grave: Velda Joy Rumfelt
DNA Match Leads to Arrest of Suspect in 1977 Murder
Gregory Bowman guilty of capital murder
Man may now face death penalty for 1977 Brentwood murder
Bowman sentenced to death in 1977 killing of Missouri teen
Gregory Bowman Sentenced to Death in 1977 Missouri Murder
Missouri Supreme Court reverses death sentence for Bowman
Prosecutors still seeking death penalty for St. Louis County killer, despite delays, terminal illness
Death penalty sought again for St. Louis County killer
Killer of St. Louis County teen, once also convicted in 2 Belleville murders, dies in prison
64-year-old convicted killer dies in Missouri prison
The People of the State of Illinois v Gregory Bowman 2002 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Missouri v Gregory Bowman 2011 (sentence overturned)
St. Louis-area 1977 murder explored on Investigation Discovery show
State of Missouri Death Row

On the Case with Paula Zahn: A Stranger Among Us

Gregory Bowman

Parents Gone Wild! Gail Trait mutilated and killed her 4 children; conviction overturned and declared insane – sent to psychiatric hospital and released in 1998

Kylia Trait, 8
Amina Trait, 6
Inez Trait, 4
Demario Trait, 2

Slain Children Just Released To Mother From Foster Home
Voodoo made her do it: The bizarre case of Gail Trait (GREAT site, has many articles about the case)
People of the State of New York v Gail Trait 1988 (conviction overturned)
Trait, convicted of killing her 4 children, fights new trial
Insanity ruled in 4 Trait murders
What prompted this mom of four to butcher her children in 1978? The bizarre case of Gail Trait
Murderpedia: Gail Trait
Murder Most Foul: Gail Trait
Excerpt from “The Loss of Innocents: Child Killers and Their Victims”

Gail Trait

Monsters Among Us: Stephen William Beattie “The Spa Murderer” – killed 3; One for the insurance money

remembering the victims

John Mitchell, 33
Patricia Beck, 18
Carol Raduazzo, 34

John Mitchell, Stephen Beattie (GREAT article)
The World of Health Spa Murders
Murderpedia: Stephen William Beattie
Steve Beattie
John Mitchell, Stephen Beattie: Miami Spa Murders Of 1978 Head ID’s ‘Truth Is Stranger Than Florida’
Kera Lynn Rocks In “Truth Is Stranger Than Florida!”

Truth Is Stranger Than Florida: Scandal at the Spa

Cold Case: Clinton Avenue Five *Five young men killed, but their remains never found; Philander Hampton pled guilty, sentenced to 10 years in prison *Where is the justice*

Michael McDowell, 16
Alvin Turner, 16
Melvin Pittman, 17
Randy Johnson, 16
Ernest Taylor, 17

Find-A-Grave: Michael McDowell
Find-A-Grave: Alvin Turner
Find-A-Grave: Melvin Pittman
Find-A-Grave: Randy Johnson
Find-A-Grave: Ernest Taylor
Baffling Case of 5 Missing Teens Still Unsolved
Vanished boy’s aunt criticizes police probe
Still Waiting Still Praying; Newark struggles to keep alive the memory of 5 missing teens
A DNA quest to find 5 vanished Newark teens
Pair Charged With Murder of 5 Teens Missing Since ’78
Two men are charged with killing five teens who vanished 30 years ago in Newark
Authorities identify second man charged with killing five Newark teens 30 years ago
Two men charged in 30-year-old Newark cold case
2 charged with killing 5 teens missing since 1978
Philander Hampton Admits To Murdering Newark Teens In 1978
Suspect in 1978 slaying of 5 Newark teens gets a 10-year prison sentence in plea deal
Man Cleared of 1978 Newark Killings; He Says Doubts Will Linger
Witness Says He Gave Defendant a Match, Then Left as 5 Died in a ’78 Fire
Lee Anthony Evans acquitted of murder in deaths of 5 Newark teens
Jury Acquits N.J. Man Who Defended Himself in Multiple Homicide Trial
Wikipedia: Clinton Avenue Five

Lee Anthony Evans – acquitted at trial
Philander Hampton – pled guilty, sentenced to 10 years in prison


PhilanderHampton prison mug

Philander Hampton
SBI Number: 000853393A
Sentenced as: Hampton, Philander
Race: Black
Ethnicity: Black
Sex: Male
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 168 lbs.
Birth Date: December 4, 1956
Admission Date: September 1, 2011
Current Facility: ECCF – CRAF
Current Max Release Date: April 15, 2017
Current Parole Eligibility Date: N/A


Offense: 5 counts of: 2C:11-3*1 Murder/1
Offense Date: August 20, 1978
Sentence Date: October 3, 2011
County of Commitment: Essex
Commitment Order: ESX10-07-1728-I
Mandatory Minimum Term: None
Maximum Term: 10 Yers

Date In Custody: September 1, 2011
Date Out of Custody: Currently In Custody

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