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

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

Books
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)

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

RogerColeman
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

Movies/Documentaries
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

Victims
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

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

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

INMATE INFORMATION

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

Victims
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

Movies/Documentaries
Dead of Night: Favorite Son

INMATE INFORMATION

WilliamBrowning prison mug

DC Number: 085526
Name: BROWNING, WILLIAM W
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
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

Aliases:
WILLIAM W BROWNING WILLIAM WARREN BROWNING

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO BACK DRAGONS, WIZARDS
TATTOO LEFT ARM M ON LEFT LOWER ARM
TATTOO LEFT ARM RUNES WIZARDS LORE
TATTOO RIGHT ARM A SKULL/SNAKE ON RT LOWER ARM
TATTOO RIGHT ARM RUNES DRAGONS LORE

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

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