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    October 12: 1999: 10-year-old Pamela Butler was raped and killed by Keith Dwayne Nelson, who is now on federal death row. She was kidnapped in Kansas and murdered in Missouri. Nelson was tried under the Lindbergh Law.

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Monsters Among Us: Chester Lee Wicker killed Suzanne Clydene Knuth after a failed sexual assault; He was executed 8/26/1986


Suzanne Knuth

LU librarian found dead near beach
Buried alive on the Bolivar Peninsula (GREAT article)
Chester Lee Wicker v State of Texas 1984 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Chester Lee Wicker, who kidnapped and buried a woman…
Texas Executes Killer Of College Student
Murderpedia: Chester Lee Wicker
Chester Lee Wicker – Texas – August 26, 1986
1980 murder of Beaumont woman recounted on TV’s ‘Swamp Murders’
Suzie Knuth, Chester Wicker: Investigation Discovery’s ‘Swamp Murders’ Profiles Texas Woman Who Vanished From Mall, Buried Alive On The Beach

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Good Friday, Deadly Friday


Chester Lee Wicker

Final Statement: “I love you,” he told his friend Judith Lamblion – his sole personal witness.

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Monsters Among Us: Robert Leroy Nelson killed Michelle Yvette Busha in 1980 in MN then sexually assaulted a child in TX; Sentenced to life in prison


Michelle Busha

Ruben Rosario: She refused to fold until slain Minnesota ‘Jane Doe’ was ID’d
35 years later, woman slain by state trooper in southern Minnesota is ID’d
Bay City woman missing since 1980 reportedly killed by former MN State Trooper
Nelson’s confession and conviction information
Minnesota state trooper raped, murdered teen while on duty in 1980, investigators say
Minn. trooper’s murder victim ID’d 35 years later
Father of missing teen, found dead in Minnesota, finally finds closure
Arguing against parole for ‘Jane Doe’ killer

Movies/Documentaries
Who Killed Jane Doe?: Runaway Jane

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 04082389
TDCJ Number: 00494359
Name: NELSON,ROBERT LEROY
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1946-08-08
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: WYNNE
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2008-01-02

Parole Review Status
Offender is currently in the Parole Review Process

The parole review process begins approximately six months before the parole eligibility date for a first review and four months before the eligibility date in additional reviews. The process begins with the offender’s file being reviewed for all appropriate documents, including letters of support and protest. An Institutional Parole Officer reviews the file and interviews the offender before preparing a case summary for the Board voting panel. The Board normally will vote on the case just prior to the parole eligibility date.

Offenders eligible for mandatory supervision who committed an offense since September 1, 1996 are reviewed for Discretionary Mandatory Supervision (DMS). An offender who has received a Serve All vote is reviewed for possible release to DMS by a Board panel prior to being released on the projected release date.

Last Parole Decision
Denied on 01/22/2015

NEXT REVIEW (01/2018)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.

Denial reason(s): 2D

* Note: One or more of the components indicated in each paragraph may apply, but only one is required for denial (D).

2D NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE INMATE COMMITTED ONE OR MORE VIOLENT CRIMINAL ACTS INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS; OR THE INSTANT OFFENSE OR PATTERN OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY SUCH THAT THE INMATE POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY; OR THE RECORD INDICATES USE OF A WEAPON.

Next Parole Review Date
01/2018

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1986-03-31
Offense: AGG SEX ASLT
Sentence Date: 1988-08-31
County: SMITH
Case No.: 188-165
Sentence: life

Monsters Among Us: Jay Kelly Pinkerton – Raped and killed 2 women; Executed 5/15/1986

Victims
Sarah Donn Lawrence, 30
Sherry Welch, 25

Find-A-Grave: Sarah Donn Lawrence
Mug Shot Monday! Jay Kelly Pinkerton, 1979
Town still chilled by brutal crime
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 1)
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 2)
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 3)
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 4)
Body of Evidence: The Sarah Donn Lawrence Murder (Part 5)
Rape-slayer Pinkerton put to death by TDC
Two-time murderer executed
Murderpedia: Jay Kelly Pinkerton


Jay Kelly Pinkerton

Monsters Among Us: Sexual Predator Edward Frances Boyle Jr sexually assaulted and killed Louisa Scott; Sentenced to 15-30 years in prison


Louisa Scott

A Killer Prepares To Go Home
Family Fights To Keep Killer In Prison
Boyle Likely To Get Less Time Than He Deserves
Officials Revoke Parole Of Repeat Rapist Edward Boyle
Killer, Rapist To Remain In Prison Until At Least 2016
Victim’s family fights parole of murderer, says he’ll do it again
Boyle, a serial rapist and killer, once again eligible for parole
Parole board decides serial rapist, killer Boyle will remain incarcerated
Conn. serial rapist and killer denied parole
“Final chapter” of 1980 homicide victim’s story to be told on TV

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: River of Tears

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Number: 97482
Inmate Name: BOYLE,EDWARD FRANCIS JR
Date of Birth: 12/5/1960
Latest Admission Date: 11/18/2004
Current Location: BROOKLYN CI
Status: OTHER
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: SPECIAL PAROLE
Date of Sentence: Not Applicable
Maximum Sentence: 0 Year(s) 0 Month(s) 0 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: 11/15/2024
Detainer: NONE

Parents Gone Wild: Stella Delores Almarez killed her 4 daughters; Found not guilty by reason of insanity – sent to a mental hospital, released in 1985

Victims
Odella, 10
Antoinette, 7
Stella Loraine, 2
Gloria Irene, 2

Accused mother of murder in death of 4 daughters
Mother arrested on suspicion of murdering four daughters
‘It’s the little kids that come back to haunt you’
Woman accused of killing children found innocent due to insanity
Excerpt from “A Calendar of Miseries”
Nebraska and Iowa mass Murders
Stella Delores Almarez v Klaus Hartmann 1982
Almarez, Stella Delores

Cold Case: Airtight Bridge Murder: Thomas Small charged with the 1980 murder and dismemberment of his wife, Diana Marie Riordan-Small

Airtight Bridge murder victim honored by daughter who barely knew her
Airtight victim’s sister never thought she was runaway
The Airtight Bridge Murder
Police make arrest in 1980 Airtight Bridge murder in Coles County
Arrest announced in 1980 Airtight Bridge murder
Man arrested nearly 40 years after wife’s dismembered remains found near bridge
Arrest Made In Nearly 40 Year Old Cold Case Murder
Bradley man accused of killing wife in 1980 cold case
Cox long thought husband was ‘prime suspect’ in Airtight Bridge case

INMATE INFORMATION

General Inmate Information
Facility Jerome Combs Detention Center
Name Thomas A Small
Age 70
Inmate ID 482081

Charges and Bail Information

Charge Murder/intent To Kill/injure
Bail Amount $2,000,000

Monsters Among Us: Fernando Eros Caro killed at least 4, is also a suspect in other child murders; Sentenced to death

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Victoria Ann DeSantiago

Victims
Mary Booher, 15
Mark Hatcher, 15
Jack Lucchesi,
Victoria Ann DeSantiago, 8 (charged)

Find-A-Grave: Victoria Ann DeSantiago
Mystery of Slain Girls Is Finally Laid to Rest
Double Murder Case Drags On for 9 Years and It Isn’t Over Yet
Fresno Police Solve 30 Year-Old Murder of Victoria De Santiago
DNA leads to charges in 30-year-old child rape, murder
DNA evidence unlocks 30-year-old Fresno cold case
Fernando Eros Caro v Arthur Calderon, Warden 1999 (habeas corpus)
Fernando Eros Caro v Jeanne Woodford, Warden 2002 (habeas corpus)
Condemned Inmate Fernando E. Caro Dies of Unknown Causes
California death row inmate dies; convicted in San Jose murder trial
2nd Condemned Inmate On San Quentin Death Row Dies In 1 Week

INMATE INFORMATION

fernando-caro

Inmate Name: CARO, FERNANDO EROS
CDCR#: C40800
Age: 67
Admission Date: 01/05/1982
Current Location: San Quentin

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