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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

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

remember-the-victims

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

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
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

Parents Gone Wild! Martha Ann Johnson killed 4 of her children; Sentenced to life in prison

stand up for children

Victims
James William Taylor, 23 months [9/23/1977]
Tabitha Jenelle Bowen, 3 months [11/30/1980]
Earl Wayne Bowen, 31 months [2/15/1981]
Jenny Ann Wright, 11 [2/21/1982]

Police Charge Mother Murdered 4 Children Between 1977 and 1982
Woman charged with killing children years after police gave up on case
Mother faces charges in deaths of her children
Police say woman admitted smothering 2 of 4 children
Trial begins for mother in kids’ deaths
Serial Killers Podcast: Martha Ann Johnson
Victims of Martha Ann Johnson
Murderpedia: Martha Ann Johnson
Wikipedia: Martha Ann Johnson
Crimezzz: Johnson, Martha Ann
Martha Ann Johnson, Georgia Serial Killer Mom who Wanted to Get Back at Hubby – 1989 (nice write-up)
Excerpt from “Murders in the United States: Crimes, Killers and Victims of the Twentieth Century”
Excerpt from “Serial Murder”

INMATE INFORMATION

MarthaAnnJohnson prison mug

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1955
RACE: WHITE
GENDER: FEMALE
HEIGHT: 5’01”
WEIGHT: 235
EYE COLOR: GREEN
HAIR COLOR: SLT&PEP
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: PULASKI STATE PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: LIFE

Important Release Information
ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE
KNOWN ALIASES

A.K.A. BOWEN,ANN
A.K.A. BOWEN,MARTHA
A.K.A. BOWEN,MARTHA A
A.K.A. BOWEN,MARTHA ANN
A.K.A. JOHNSON,MARTHA ANN
A.K.A. STANDARD,MARTHA
A.K.A. STANDARD,MARTHA ANN
A.K.A. TAYLOR,MARTHA
A.K.A. TAYLOR,MARTHA ANN
A.K.A. WRIGHT,MARTHA
A.K.A. WRIGHT,MARTHA ANN

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES
CASE NO: 259730
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: CLAYTON COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 02/21/1982
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 06/15/1990
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE

Cold Case: Willie Lee Shannon killed Jamey Walker in 1981; Sentenced to 15 years in prison

Jamey Walker
Jamey Walker

She’s a true victim
LVMPD: Case #: 81-47366 *SOLVED* (almost the bottom)
Suspect held in Florida in LV slaying 29 years ago
Man rejects plea deal in teen girl’s cold case killing
Man takes plea deal in Las Vegas cold-case murder
GUILTY NV – Jamey Walker, 18, abducted & murdered, Las Vegas, 9 May 1981

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: We’ve Got Your Daughter

INMATE INFORMATION

ShannonW info

Monsters Among Us: Charles Cross killed Denise Lucic and her 2 children; Sentenced to death; Died in prison 2008

remembering the victims

Victims
Denise Lucic, 27
Danielle Lucic, 8
John Jeffrey Lucic, 4

Lucic family, friends mourn murder victims (part 1)
Lucic (part 2)
Cross murder case begins
Cross guilty of killing family
Ambridge man found guilty of killing woman, children
Life-death decision up to jury (part 1)
Cross (part 2)
Man gets death in 3 murders
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Charles Eugene Cross 1985
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Charles Eugene Cross 1993
The makings of a murder
Inmate in infamous murders dies in prison

Charles Cross
Charles Cross

Monsters Among Us: Roy Clifton Swafford killed Dianne Markland and Brenda Rucker; Pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP

remembering the victims
Victims
Dianne Elizabeth Markland, 17 [2/15/1981]
Brenda Rucker [2/14/1982

OBPD: Warrant obtained for suspect in Ormond Beach homicide
Death sentence overturned, officials advance 2nd Ormond murder case against Roy Swafford
DNA links death row inmate to 1981 killing of 17-year-old girl
Former Death Rower Pleads Out In 2 Ormond Murders
Swafford pleads guilty to slayings of 2 women
Roy Swafford gets life in prison for 2 Volusia County murders
Roy Swafford gets life for murdering 2 women
Murderpedia: Roy Clifton Swafford

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Same Crime Next Year

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 087905
Name: SWAFFORD, ROY C
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 152 lbs.
Birth Date: 04/12/1947
Initial Receipt Date: 01/24/1983
Current Facility: HAMILTON ANNEX
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Aliases:
LARRY SWAFFORD
LEROY SWAFFORD
ROY C SWAFFORD
ROY CLIFTON SWAFFORD

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT ARM FLOWERS,69,CHEROKEE

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
06/19/1982 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 01/10/1983 BAY 8200710 30Y 0M 0D
09/11/1985 ESCAPE 01/30/1986 VOLUSIA 8504290 15Y 0M 0D
09/11/1985 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 01/30/1986 VOLUSIA 8504290 SENTENCED TO LIFE
09/11/1985 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 01/30/1986 VOLUSIA 8504290 SENTENCED TO LIFE
09/11/1985 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 01/30/1986 VOLUSIA 8504290 SENTENCED TO LIFE
09/11/1985 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 01/30/1986 VOLUSIA 8504290 SENTENCED TO LIFE
09/11/1985 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 01/30/1986 VOLUSIA 8504290 SENTENCED TO LIFE
09/11/1985 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 01/30/1986 VOLUSIA 8504290 SENTENCED TO LIFE
09/11/1985 KIDNAP;COMM.OR FAC.FELONY 01/30/1986 VOLUSIA 8504290 SENTENCED TO LIFE
02/14/1982 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 01/17/2014 VOLUSIA 8303425 SENTENCED TO LIFE
02/14/1981 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 01/17/2014 VOLUSIA 1430226 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.

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
01/30/1986 NTFY:VOLUSIA BD.COMM NTFY/P&P 04/12/1999
07/06/1983 SO.VOLUSIA CO,FLA DETAIN 09/09/1983

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
01/24/1983 09/11/1985
09/11/1985 Currently Incarcerated

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