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Monsters Among Us: Ming Sen Shiue beat to death 8-year-old Jason Wilkman after he witnessed the abduction of Mary Stauffer and her daughter Beth

Shiue victims

Jason Wilkman, 6 [5/16/1980]
Mary Stauffer, [5/16/1980]
Beth Stauffer, 8 [5/16/1980]

Stalking Mary
Search for young boy
Kidnapping laid to bad grade 15 years ago
Murder defendant stabs witness in court (part 1)
How defendant smuggled knife in court leaves officials baffled (part 2)
Defendant cuts witness as she testified at trial
Man accused of holding teacher for 7 weeks
Judge: No freedom for Shiue
Court denies appeal by Anoka County killer, rapist
Murderpedia: Ming Sen Shiue
Wikipedia: Ming Sen Shiue

Stalking Mary

Your Worst Nightmare: High School Revenge
20/20: Mind Games


Ming Sen Shiue

Register Number: 00499-041
Age: 65
Race: Asian
Sex: Male
Located at: Marion USP
Release Date: LIFE

Jack Croasdale murder 8/15/1980 Salt Lake City, UT *Daniel Edward Shaffer convicted, sentenced to life in prison*

East CanyonOn August 23, 1980, the naked, partially decomposed body of Jack Croasdale was found in a brushy area 20-30 feet off the road in East Canyon in Salt Lake County. The medical examiner performed an autopsy on the body and concluded that the cause of death was a single bullet wound to the forehead. Approximately four months later, on December 12, 1980, the defendant was arrested in Portland, Oregon. At the time of arrest, the defendant was driving Mr. Croasdale’s van and was using the name and identification of the victim.

The defendant testified at trial that he met Mr. Croasdale in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Croasdale had stopped in Reno on his way from San Francisco to his home in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The defendant had hitchhiked to Reno several days earlier from Omaha, Nebraska. The defendant, who had only eighty cents, arranged to drive with the victim back to Omaha in search of better work and to collect several minor debts. At the time they met, the defendant was using the identification of Joseph Lucero, a former roommate at St. Andrews Abbey in Denver, Colorado. The defendant took Lucero’s identification when the defendant left the abbey because he feared the police would stop him and discover a probation violation related to an Arizona conviction. On August 5, 1980, the defendant had used Lucero’s identification to obtain a gun permit, a.38 caliber handgun, and ammunition in Omaha, Nebraska.

The defendant testified that on August 15, 1980, he and Mr. Croasdale drove east on I-80 in Croasdale’s van and arrived in Salt Lake City that evening. After drinking several beers in a local bar, they went to sleep in the back of Croasdale’s van. The defendant testified that early the next morning he was awakened by a homosexual attack by Croasdale. The defendant claims he stated that he wished to leave and then picked up his backpack, clothing, and sleeping bag. In the course of events, the backpack fell over, and the defendant’s loaded gun slipped out of the pack and partially out of the holster. According to the defendant, Croasdale then picked up the gun and threatened the defendant. In the ensuing struggle, the gun fired and the bullet struck Croasdale just above the right eyebrow. Although the defendant was unsure of the exact distance between the gun and the victim’s forehead, a courtroom demonstration suggested that the defendant’s version of the events required the distance to be about twelve inches.

The defendant admitted that he dumped Croasdale’s body in East Canyon that night; took Croasdale’s van and identification; spent Croasdale’s money in Salt Lake City; drove the van to Las Vegas, where the defendant used Croasdale’s name, identity, credit card, and checks; and later drove to Portland, where the defendant assumed Croasdale’s identity. Throughout the trial, the defendant insisted that Croasdale died of an accident and that the defendant made the decision to take Croasdale’s van after his death.

The State presented testimony from several witnesses to substantiate a theory of murder. The state medical examiner performed an autopsy and carefully examined and photographed the body to determine the cause of death. Based on the perpendicular entry and downward trajectory of the bullet, the clean entry wound, and the absence of stippling or other sooty deposits around the wound, the medical examiner concluded the death of Jack Croasdale was a homicide as the fatal bullet was fired from a distance at least eighteen inches from the head and from a point outside the *1304 reach of the victim. That opinion was corroborated at trial by officers from the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office, who compared standard test fire patterns from a .38 caliber police special with the wound of the victim. The officers concluded that since there was no powder stippling or scorching, the wound was not caused by a gun fired at close range.

Because of decomposition and the fact that the body remained unclaimed for one and one-half months, it was released to the University of Utah Medical Center for disposal on October 1, 1980, and was subsequently cremated. Prior to releasing the body, the state medical examiner did not perform tests on the hands of the victim to determine the presence of chemical compounds commonly found on the hands of a person who has fired a pistol. According to the medical examiner, the presence of gunpowder residue would not have affected his opinion that the death was caused by homicide in light of all the circumstances in this case. The testimony of Mr. Donald Havekost, an FBI employee, supported the medical examiner’s opinion. He noted that after exposure and decomposition as in this case, it is “highly unlikely” that powder residue would have been found on the victim’s hands. Mr. Havekost further testified that a positive finding would not be significant in rendering an opinion as to whether the victim’s hands were on the gun when it was fired.

Hitchiker convicted of murder
1st degree murder conviction upheld by Utah Supreme Court
State of Utah v Daniel Edward Shaffer 1986

Deadly Women: Jean Harris killed her lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower; Sentenced to 15 years to life in prison

dv awareness

Dr. Herman Tarnower
Dr. Herman Tarnower

Diet Doctor Fatally Shot
Diet doctor buried
Jean Harris fails to ban letters in Tarnower case
Housekeeper says Tarnower juggled dates with women
Witness Says Tarnower Asked Harris To ‘Quit Bothering Him’
Defendant in Tarnower Slaying Tells of Relationship
Mrs. Harris, telling of struggle, denies she meant to kill Tarnower
Jean Harris Testifies She Wanted To Kill Herself At Tarnower Home
Prosecution sums up: Jealousy drove Harris to kill Tarnower
Lawyers sum up Harris case: jealousy, suicide try
Final Arguments Are Heard In Tarnower Murder Trial
Jean Harris found guilty
Jury: Jean Harris guilty of murder
Jean Harris sentenced to 15 years to life
Jean Harris Sentenced To Minimum f 15 Years
Thought-provoking ‘Stranger’ shuns lurid details
Court rejects Harris appeal
Slain diet doctor tyrant, sadistic bully, book says
Biography: Jean Harris
Jean Harris, ‘Scarsdale Diet’ doctor killer, dies
Headmistress, Jilted Lover, Killer, Then a Force for Good in Jail
Jean Harris, killer of Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower, dies at 89
Murderpedia: Jean S. Harris
Wikipedia: Jean Harris

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet
Love Gone Wrong
Very Much a Lady: The Untold Story of Jean Harris and Dr. Herman Tarnower
They Always Call Us Ladies: Stories From Prison
Mrs. Harris: Death of the Scarsdale Diet Doctor
Stranger in Two Worlds

Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals: Jean Harris” The Headmistress Murderer
Mrs. Harris


Jean Harris

Identifying and Location Information
As of 11/16/15
DIN (Department Identification Number) 81G0098
Inmate Name HARRIS, JEAN
Date of Birth 04/27/1923
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status RELEASED
Housing / Releasing Facility BEDFORD HILLS
Date Received (Original) 03/20/1981
Date Received (Current) 03/20/1981
Admission Type
County of Commitment WESTCHESTER
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only) 01/22/93 PAROLE DIV OF PAROLE

Crimes of Conviction
Class: A1

Class: C

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 11/16/15
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0011 Years, 10 Months, 06 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date
Earliest Release Type
Parole Hearing Date 07/1993
Parole Eligibility Date 12/29/1992
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date 03/10/2004

Cold Case: Candace Rough Surface murder 8/2/1980 Mobridge, SD *Nicholas Scherr and James Stroh pled guilty, sentenced to prison*

Candace Rough Surface

A tale too late to satisfy
Confession ends 16-year murder mystery, but revives racist claims
Brutal 1980 Murder Raises Racial Tensions — Indians Say Bail, Long Delay Before Arrest Are Evidence Of Prejudice
Non-Indian Men Arrested for Murder, Racial Tensions Rise
Confession ends 16-year murder mystery, but revives racist claims
Suspect finally pleads guilty after 16 years
16-year Murder Mystery Ends In Tears
Websleuths: Citizens Against Pedophiles Early Release (CAPER)

Swamp Murders: Murder in the Badlands

James E. Stroh II – pled guilty, sentenced to 15 years in prison
Nicholas Scherr – pled guilty, sentenced to 100 years in prison

Age: 50
Race: White
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 191 lbs.

Transaction #31569

Sentence Date: 05/22/1996
County: Walworth
Crime: Manslaughter 1st
Sentence Length: 100 years


Age: 50
Race: White
Gender: Male
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 182 lbs.
Alias(es) Stroh, James E
DOC Number #2491
Current Facility Outside
Parole Office NA
Correctional Status Completed Sentence
Additional Info NA

Discharged 10/13/2004

Sunny von Bülow: Accidental insulin overdose or an attempt to kill her by her husband Claus von Bülow?

Sunny von Bulow
Sunny von Bülow

Sunny Memories
Wikipedia: Sunny von Bülow
Claus von Bülow
Sunny von Bülow, 76, Focus of Society Drama, Dies
Sunny von Bulow dies after 28 years in coma
The Life and Mysterious Death of Sunny von Bülow
Fatal Charm: The Social Web of Claus von Bülow

Mansions & Murders: Iron Maid
Reversal of Fortune
Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice The Von Bülow Affair
American Justice: Von Bulow: A Wealth of Evidence
Biography: Claus von Bülow: A Reasonable Doubt

Claus von Bülow
Claus von Bülow

Serial Killer: Anthony Joe LaRette *Killed at least 4 people, probably more*

Mary Fleming
Mary Michelle “Mickey” Fleming

Mary Michelle “Mickey” Fleming, 18 [7/25/1980]
Tracey Miller, 26 [11/2/1976]
Jeanette Wade [1976]
Betty Brunton, 52 [1976]
plus several others

Find-A-Grave: Mary M Fleming
End Violence Against Women (a blog by Mary Fleming’s brother)
State of Missouri v Anthony Joe LaRette
Missouri faces Manhattan murder charge
Pain and Healing
Anthony J LaRette v Michael Bowersox 1995 (habeas corpus denied, stay of execution lifted)
LaRette executed by lethal injection
Missouri Executes a Confessed Serial Killer
Six years of ‘befriending’ killer pays off with murder solution
Murderpedia: Anthony Joe LaRette Jr

She Had No Enemies: How I Turned My Sister’s Death By A Serial Killer Into A Positive Force In My Life

On The Case With Paula Zahn: A Window to Murder

Anthony Larette
Anthony Joe LaRette

Serial Killer: Randall Brent Woodfield *The I-5 Killer or The I-5 Bandit*

Woodfield victims
Julie Reitz, Doug Altic, and Darci Fix

Marsha Weatter, 19 [3/1980]
Kathy Allen, 18 [3/1980]
Cherie Ayers [10/9/1980]
Darci Fix [11/1980]
Doug Altic [11/1980]
Shari Hull [1/18/1981]
Beth Wilmot [1/14/1981] (survived)
Donna Eckard, 37 [2/3/1981
Janell Jarvis, 14 [2/3/1981]
Julie Reitz [2/15/1981]
Lisa Garcia [?] (survived)

‘I-5’ suspect faces charges of killing two
Interstate bandit identified in lineup
Bullets link Woodfield to crime
Woodfield tells court he did not kill Salem woman
‘I-5’ suspect convicted
Woodfield lawyer claims police brainwashed survivor of attack
The I-5 Killer
Serial killer Randy Woodfield’s legacy: pain, preening and pointlessness
Portland detectives definitively link I-5 killer Randy Woodfield to 5 more deaths
‘I-5 Killer’ connected to five more deaths
Child killer claims she’s planning to marry Interstate 5 Bandit
Murderpedia: Randall Brent Woodfield
Wikipedia: Randall Woodfield
Victims of Randall Woodfield
Two killers leave a trail of bodies along Interstate 5 in California in the 1980s
Woodfield, Randall Brent

The I-5 Killer
Trace Evidence: The Hunt for the I-5 Serial Killer

Hunt for the I-5 Killer
Motives & Murders: Highway to Hell


Randall Woodfield

Offender Name: Woodfield, Randall Brent
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Height: 6′ 01”
Weight: 170 lbs
DOB: 12/1950
Race: White Or European Origin
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Caseload: 00105
Phillippi, Lindy
Location: Oregon State Penitentiary
Status: Inmate
Institution Admission Date 09/24/1981
Earliest Release Date: Life

Docket Number County Crime Sentence Type Begin Date Termination Date
75030742/01 MULT ROBBERY II Inmate Sentence 06/10/1975 11/18/1983

125510/01 MARI MURDER Inmate Sentence 10/12/1981 –

125511/01 MARI MURDER ATTEMPT Inmate Sentence 10/12/1981 –

125512/01 MARI SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 10/12/1981 –

125513/01 MARI SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 10/12/1981 –

38434/01 BENT SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 12/17/1981 –

38491/01 BENT FIREARM – FELON POSSESS Inmate Sentence 12/17/1981 –

810541/01 LINN SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 07/22/1982 –

810541/03 LINN SODOMY I Inmate Sentence 07/22/1982 –


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