Monsters Among Us: Roger Keith Coleman raped and killed his sister-in-law, Wanda Faye Thompson McCoy; He claimed innocence up to his execution, but DNA proved his guilt

Wanda Fay Thompson
Wanda Fay Thompson (McCoy)

Find-A-Grave: Wanda Faye Thompson McCoy
Roger Keith Coleman v Charles E. Thompson, Warden 1992 (habeas corpus denied)
Roger Keith Coleman #175
Killing Roger Coleman: Habeas, Finality, and the
Innocence Gap

DNA tests confirm executed man’s guilt
DNA Testing Proves Executed Va. Prisoner’s Guilt
Murderpedia: Roger Keith Coleman
Wikipedia: Roger Keith Coleman
DNA Tests Confirm Guilt of Executed Man
A&E Documentary on Roger Keith Coleman
American Justice – An Execution in Doubt transcript

May God Have Mercy: A True Story of Crime and Punishment (this book is a bit old and does not have the DNA results in – results that proved his guilt)

Did He Do It? Execution in Question
American Justice: An Execution in Doubt

Roger Keith Coleman

Monsters Among Us: Convicted Violent Sex Offender Kenneth Rasmuson charged in the murder of 6-year-old Jeffrey Vargo

Jeffrey Vargo
Jeffrey Vargo

Convicted sex offender arrested in 1981 death of Anaheim boy
Convicted Child Molester Arrested in 1981 Killing of 6-Year-Old Boy in Pomona
33 years after Anaheim Hills boy was killed, a DNA match leads to an arrest
Idaho man arrested for 1981 murder of 6-year-old boy
Kenneth Rasmuson: Sex Offender Arrested In 6-Year-Old Boy, Jeffrey Vargo, Cold Case Murder In Pomona In 1981
Sandpoint man arrested for 1981 murder of 6-year-old boy
Violent sex offender charged in 1981 killing of 6-year-old

Kenneth Rasmuson
Kenneth Rasmuson

Monsters Among Us: Stuart Willis Knowlton killed 6-year-old Cassandra “Cassie” Hansen, then threw her body in a dumpster

Cassie HansenFrom Stuart Knowlton’s appeal: At approximately 6:40 p.m. on November 10, 1981, Cassandra Hansen, age 6, accompanied by her mother and sister, arrived at a church in St. Paul’s Midway area for a “family night” program which was to begin at 7 p.m. Sometime between 6:50 and 7 p.m., Cassandra received her mother’s permission to use the bathroom. Although there was a bathroom on the lower level of the church where the auditorium was located, the evidence revealed that Cassandra most probably intended to use another bathroom on the upper level. Three witnesses saw her in the lower hallway and on the stairway leading upstairs. Two of those witnesses also identified defendant as a man they had seen walking in the hall and heading up the stairs shortly after they saw Cassandra. Shortly after 7 p.m., Cassandra’s mother realized Cassandra had not returned to the auditorium. A subsequent search of the premises by church staff members revealed no sign of the child and the police were called.
Shortly before 11 a.m. on the following day, November 11, Cassandra’s body was
[383 N.W.2d 667]
found in a dumpster behind the Auto Clinic located on the corner of Grand and Grotto in St. Paul’s Crocus Hill area. The cause of death was determined to be ligature strangulation having occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight on November 10. The victim had been beaten about the face, head, ribs, and shoulder, and marks found on her face were consistent with someone’s hand tightly placed over her mouth. A sexual assault examination revealed no signs of sexual penetration, but police investigators discovered the presence of semen on the victim’s clothing.
Defendant was working on the evening of November 10 at his normal job as a taxicab driver. His cab contained a two-way radio over which he communicated with his dispatcher on a regular basis. The dispatchers on duty that evening were not able to make contact with nor did they receive any communications from defendant that evening between 5 or 6 p.m. and approximately 3 a.m. the following morning. Both dispatchers testified this was unusual, especially for defendant.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on November 10, defendant was seen in an Arthur Treacher’s Restaurant at Grand and Grotto. A witness observed defendant for nearly 30 minutes in the restaurant and testified that defendant had made him nervous. As the witness left the restaurant, he saw defendant standing outside staring in the direction of the Auto Clinic.

Defendant was later seen sitting in a parked car on Milton between Goodrich and Fairmount by another witness. The same witness was bicycling down Milton the following morning and noticed a girl’s black patent leather shoe in the street in the area where he had seen the parked car and defendant the previous evening. This shoe was later identified as a shoe Cassandra Hansen had worn to the church on November 10. Her other shoe was found November 12 in the same vicinity.

Defendant was next seen at 3 a.m. on November 11. He had gone to a massage parlor in St. Paul purportedly to get acquainted with employees and to give them his business card. Dorothy Noga noticed defendant was hunched over, breathing heavily, shaking, and talking “real fast.”
Shortly thereafter, defendant called his dispatcher on the cab radio and reported that a fare had stolen his briefcase which contained his trip sheets. Trip sheets are records that the city requires cabdrivers to maintain. The following morning, defendant telephoned the owner of a cab company for whom he had previously worked and asked if he could buy trip sheets from her. He told her his new employer did not supply them. His new employer, however, disputed this representation and stated that several hundred trip sheets were on hand and available to defendant on the evening in question.

Three occupants of a fourplex located in the 900 block of Grand Avenue in St. Paul testified they saw defendant standing across the street throughout much of the morning of November 11, the morning the victim’s body was found. The witnesses noted his gaze was constantly fixed to the east, in the direction of the Auto Clinic a few blocks away. They observed defendant leaning against a retaining wall and he would walk from the wall to the curb, apparently to get a better view up the street. They testified defendant also seemed oblivious to passersby. Later that day, defendant went to work as usual. The dispatcher on duty testified that shortly after defendant took his cab out, defendant called in twice on the cab radio and “ranted and raved” about the Cassandra Hansen murder. Both times the dispatcher had to cut off defendant and explain it was an improper use of the cab radio.

The police investigation quickly focused on defendant. The police called defendant in for questioning on November 12, but he was released because the police had insufficient evidence at that time on which to charge him. Defendant was properly read his Miranda rights at that time.

Stuart Willis Knowlton died in prison in 2006

Find-A-Grave: Cassandra L Hansen
State of Minnesota v Stuart Willis Knowlton 1986

Forensic Files: Church Disappearance (sometimes called Cause of Death)

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 –

Monsters Among Us: William Browning killed 2 men, one case, the murder of Ralph Whittemore, went cold for 31 years, but DNA rules!

Ralph Whittemore

Ralph Whittemore [12/11/1981]
Judson Clements [1/08/1982] (no picture)

31-year-old DNA match identified in murder case
Man charged in 31-year-old murder case of Ralph Whittemore
Murderer gets another life term in 1981 cold case
Sentencing marks end to 3-decades-old St. Johns murder case
Man accepts life sentence in 1981 murder

Dead of Night: Favorite Son


WilliamBrowning prison mug

DC Number: 085526
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 6’04”
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/23/1957
Initial Receipt Date: 08/19/1982
Current Facility: UNION C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE


Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
01/08/1982 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT 08/13/1982 DUVAL 8203485 150Y 0M 0D
12/11/1981 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 11/08/2013 ST. JOHNS 1300281 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 08/19/1982
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

Monsters Among Us: Joseph Lewis Miller aka Roy Eugene Eubanks spent 33 years as a fugitive, hiding from his second murder charge, which was committed while on parole for murder

remembering the victims

John H. Lumpkins [6/12/1959]
Donna Lumpkins [6/12/1959] survived
Thomas Waller [1/15/1981]

Mineola church deacon arrested, connected to 1981 homicide
Man, 78, arrested in Texas for 1981 Harrisburg homicide
Sister of 1981 murder victim relieved her brother’s alleged killer was finally caught
Ex-con, wanted for murder, found living as church deacon
Fugitive charged with 1981 murder found serving as Texas church deacon
Harrisburg man, on the lam for decades for 1981 murder, found in Texas
Two-time Pennsylvania killer, 78, found living in tiny Texas town more than 30 years after murder: police
Harrisburg murder suspect’s wife had heard, and believed, husband’s account of 1981 slaying

Joseph Lewis Miller
Joseph Lewis Miller

Unsolved Serial Murders: Lewiston Civic Theater Murders aka Lewis-Clark Valley Serial Killer

Lewis-Clark Valley Serial Killer victims

Christina White, 12
Kristen David, 22
Former Air Force Cpl. Steven Pearsall, 35
Kristina Nelson, 21
Jacqueline Brandi Miller, 18

According to the Lewiston Police Department in the documentary, Confluence, the only suspect in these murders as been Lance Jeffrey Voss.

Murder Stories I Can Never Forget: Snake River Serial Killer Still at Large? (EXCELLENT article)
Charley Project: Christina Lee White
Charley Project: Steven R. Pearsall
NamUs: MP #2071 Steven Pearsall
ID – Steven R. Pearshall, 35, Lewiston, 14 Sept 1982
Northern Idaho authorities not ready to drop 1981 dismemberment case
Lewiston-Clarkston couple create documentary on late 70’s serial killer
‘Confluence:’ On the trail of a Northwest serial killer
Common Denominator
Murder victim’s family wants Civic Theatre floor examined
Facebook: Lewis-Clark Valley Serial Killer
Television show to revisit Lewiston Civic Theatre murders

Dark Minds: The Phantom of Civil Theater


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,638 other followers

%d bloggers like this: