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    December 10: 1994: Darrel Cooley was shot several time in Jethroe’s Steakhouse in Erie, PA. Vance Haskell was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Curtis Mathis convicted of being an accomplice, sentenced to 3-7 years in prison.

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Monsters Among Us: Daniel Kevin Seltzer killed George Lamphere and Gerald Gherardi; Sentenced to 50 years, and then 60 years in prison

Victims
Gerald G. Gherardi, 28 [3/29/1981]
George Lamphere, 34 [1983] (no picture)

Facebook: Remembering Gerry Gherardi and George Lamphire
Suspect charged 26 years after Mishawaka man’s murder
After 26 years, justice is served
Convicted killer sentenced in 1981 murder
Man gets 60-year term in 1981 Mishawaka murder
Convicted killer sentenced in 1981 murder
Daniel Kevin Seltzer v State of Indiana 1986 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Daniel Seltzer v State of Indiana 2010 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
1981 Mishawaka cold case is focus of Paula Zahn program this Sunday

Movies/Documentaries
On t he Case with Paula Zahn: Deadly Hymn

INMATE INFORMATION

DANIEL K SELTZER
DOC Number 194779
First Name DANIEL
Middle Name K
Last Name SELTZER
Suffix
Date of Birth 09/29/1960
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Deceased
Earliest Possible Release Date 06/09/2015

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 03/11/2009
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 60 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 71D080709MR00006
County of Conviction ST JOSEPH
Projected Release Date 06/09/2015

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 11/02/1983
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 50 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 23593
County of Conviction ST JOSEPH
Projected Release Date 09/23/2008

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Movies Based On True Crimes: In the Company of Darkness (Serial Killer Jon Dunkle)

Victims
John Davies, 15 [11/8/1981 Belmont, CA]
Lance Turner, 12 [10/2/1984 Belmont, CA]
Sean Dannehl, 12 [7/2/1985 Sacramento, CA]

High court OKs death for killer / Findings on mental competence stand
The cop that cried big time (great article)
People of the State of California v Jon Scott Dunkle 2005 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Jon Scott Dunkle profile
Murderpedia: Jon Scott Dunkle
Serial Killer’s Podcast: Jon Dunkle
Serial Killer’s Podcast: Victims of Jon Dunkle (interesting comments)
Serial Killer’s confession tapes uncovered
Jon Scott Dunkle – California Death Row

Books
The Boy Next Door

Movies/Documentaries
In the Company of Darkness

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: DUNKLE, JON SCOTT
CDCR#: D30423
Age: 56
Admission Date: 05/23/1986
Location: San Quentin

Christine Schultz murder 5/28/1981 Milwaukee, WI *Ex-husband’s girlfriend, Lawrencia Ann “Bambi” Bembenek, convicted, sentenced to life – and that was just the beginning…


Christine Schultz

Ex-Cop Lawrencia Bembenek Claims She Was Wrongly Convicted of Murder in the Case of the Unsmoking Gun
Laurie Bembenek Info
Fiance convicted in ‘Bambi’ escape
Update: Laurie ‘Bambi’ Bembenek, a former Playboy bunny convicted of murder, dies in Portland; attorney vows to seek pardon
Ex-Playboy bunny convicted of murder dies in Ore.
State of Wisconsin v Lawrencia Bembenek 1983 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Wisconsin v Lawrencia Bembenek 1987 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Wisconsin v Lawrencia Ann Bembenek 2006 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Lawrencia Bembenek: Innocent?
Convicted murderer ‘Bambi’ Bembenek reportedly near death in hospice care
Murderpedia: Laurie Bembenek
Lawrencia “Bambi” Bembenek – Infamous Wisconsin
Wikipedia: Laurie Bembenek
Find-A-Grave: Lawrencia “Bambi” Bembenek
Excerpt from: 50 Wisconsin Crimes of the Century

Books
Woman on Trial
After the Verdict: A History of the Lawrencia Bembenek Case
The Thirteenth Juror at the Lawrencia Bembenek Murder Trial

Movies/Documentaries
Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story
Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story
The Perfect Murder: Deadly Divorce
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Run Bambi Run


Lawrencia Ann “Bambi” Bembenek

Movies Based On True Crimes: Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word [based on the murder of Sister Tadea Benz]


Sister Tadea Benz

Find-A-Grave: M. Tadea (Sister) Benz
Nun, 76, raped, slain in an Amarillo convent
Nuns who found Sister Tadea Benz dead in her…
Texas executes killer of a nun
Halloween murder resurrected 30 years later
‘The Last Word’: A film by Jesse Quackenbush – Documentary seeks truth
Murderpedia: Johnny Frank Garrett
Wikipedia: Johnny Frank Garrett
Wikipedia: Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word
The Last Word

Movies/Documentaries
Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word
The Last Word

INMATE INFORMATION

Serial Killer: Paul Michael Stephani killed 3 women, tried to kill 2 others; Called the police to confess *The Weepy-Voiced Killer*

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Victims
Karen Potack (survived)[12/31/1980]
Kimberley Compton, 18 [6/3/1981]
Kathleen Greening, 33 [7/21/1982]
Barbara Simons, 40 [8/5/1982]
Denise Williams, 21 [8/21/1982] (attempted, escaped)

The Remorseful Serial Killer
Murderpedia: Paul Michael Stephani
Paul Michael Stephani
Wikipedia: Paul Michael Stephani
Case questions use of voice analysis
Serial Killer Communiques: Helpful or hurtful? (about 1/2 way down)
State of Minnesota v Paul M. Stephani 1985 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
True Crime and Stuff: Paul Michael Stephani

Movies/Documentaries
Cold Case Files: Weepy-Voiced Killer
Murder Calls: Seeing Red

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Paul Michael Stephani

Monsters Among Us: William Ernest ‘Mild Bill’ Leasure killed at least 3 people, hiding behind his police badge

remembering the victims

Victims
Gilberto Cervantes [3/20/1977]
Anne Smith [5/29/1980]
Tony de los Reyes [9/10/1981]

Terrified of Officer Accused in Three Killings, Hit Man Testifies at Hearing
Killer Says Policeman Ordered Murders
Mistrial Ruled in Ex-Officer’s Murder-for-Hire Case
Is Bill Leasure The Most Corrupt Cop In L.a.?
Leasure Pleads No Contest to Murder Counts
Ex-Officer Sentenced in Murder-for-Hire Case
Officer Gets 2 Terms of 15 Years to Life in 2 Murders
Murderpedia: William Ernest Leasure

Books
Murderer With a Badge: The Secret Life of a Rogue Cop

Movies/Documentaries
Married With Secrets: The Mastermind

INMATE INFORMATION

william-leasure

Inmate Name LEASURE, WILLIAM ERNEST
CDCR Number H21376
Age 71
Admission Date 01/13/1992
Current Location Mule Creek State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 05/1995
Parole Eligible Date Information
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Murder In The Family: Linda Susan Park Martin killed her mother, Ruie Ann Park; Sentenced to 20 years in prison

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Ruie Ann Park

Find-A-Grave: Ruie Ann Smith Park
Rue Ann Park: Adopted daughter used gavel to murder overbearing mother in Van Buren, Arkansas
Local Woman Writes Book About 1981 Van Buren Murder
Blind Rage (a blog on the book)
‘Blind Rage’: Murder and family intrigue in an Arkansas City

Books
Blind Rage: A True Story of Sin, Sex, and Murder in a Small Arkansas Town

Movies/Documentaries
Betrayed: Family Fatale

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