Cold Case: Thomas Elvin Darnell charged with the 1983 rape and murder of Laura Marie Purchase, whose burning body was found in a field


Laura Marie Purchase

Arrest made in 1983 cold case murder in Montgomery County
Conroe cold case murder cracked after 38 years, police say
Arrest Made In Case Of Rape, Murder Of Laura Marie Purchase 38 Years Ago
75-year-old man arrested for 1983 murder in Montgomery County
DNA Leads to 1983 Murder Suspect After Authorities Debunk Previous Admission of ‘Confession Killer’ from Netflix Docuseries
Serial Killer Falsely Confessed to Woman’s 1983 Rape and Murder — and Suspect Was Just Arrested
Kansas Man Arrested For 1983 Murder That Was Falsely Attributed To A Notorious Serial Killer
TX – Laura Marie Purchase (Found 3/17/83, Conroe, Montgomery County) – *ARREST*
Montgomery County cold case murder suspect dies of natural causes

INMATE INFORMATION

Died in jail on 7/26/2021

Movie Producer Roy Alexander Radin murder 6/10/1983 Gorman, CA *The Cotton Club Murder* Hitman William Mentzer and 3 other sentenced to prison for his murder*


Roy Radin

Find-A-Grave: Roy Alexander Radin
Roy Radin

The Cotton Club Murder
The ‘Cotton Club’ Killing : Five years after the bullet-riddled body of a flamboyant New York producer was discovered in a remote canyon of Los Angeles County, sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested a woman and four men in the case linked to a squabble over financing the movie, ‘Cotton Club.’
3 Ordered to Stand Trial in ‘Cotton Club’ Murder Case
Evans Linked for First Time in Court to Radin’s Murder
‘Cotton Club’ Murders: Two Jakes and a Jill : Life mimics art in Depression-style saga of gangsters and violence set in Hollywood
‘Cotton Club’ Defendant Says Evans Not Involved
‘Cotton Club’ Jury Convicts 4 of Murder
‘Cotton Club’ Jury Urges Life Terms
Greenberger Draws Life Without Parole for ‘Cotton Club’ Slaying
Wikipedia: Roy Radin

Books
Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood and the Cotton Club Murder

Movies/Documentaries
People Magazine Investigates: Once Bitten

Defendants
William Molony Mentzer – convicted, sentenced to LWOP (also for another murder)
Karen Greenberger (aka Lanie Jacobs) – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Alex Lamota Marti – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Robert Lowe – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MENTZER, WILLIAM
CDCR Number H33181
Age 69
Admission Date 04/30/1992
Current Location California State Prison, Los Angeles County
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name GREENBERGER, KAREN DELAYNE
CDCR Number W43338
Age 70
Admission Date 03/12/1992
Current Location California Institution for Women
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MARTI, ALEX
CDCR Number H19004
Age 56
Admission Date 12/16/1991
Current Location Mule Creek State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name LOWE, ROBERT
CDCR Number H33065
Age 71
Admission Date 04/27/1992
Current Location California Health Care Facility – Stockton
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

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

Serial Killer: H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer, and the Murder Castle “I was born with the devil in me.”


The Pitezels

Victims: 9-20+ (confessed to 27, but some of those victims were, in fact, still alive!)

Known:
Pitezel Family: 1894
Ben Pitezel, 38 – father [convicted, sentenced to death]
Alice Pitezel, 15 – daughter
Nellie Pitezel, 11 – daughter
Howard Pitezel, 8 – son

Assumed:
Julia Connor – 1891
Pearl Connor – 1891
Emeline Cigrand – 1892
Minnie Williams – 1893
Nannie Williams – 1893
George H. Thomas – 1894

Find-A-Grave: Benjamin Freelon Pitezel
Find-A-Grave: Alice Pitezel
Find-A-Grave: Nellie Pitezel
Find-A-Grave: Howard Robert Pitezel
Hotel of Horrors: The Murder Castle of Dr. H.H. Holmes
1896: How a Philadelphia murder led to discovery of H.H. Holmes’ Chicago ‘House of Horrors’
Master List of HH Holmes Victims
9 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s First Serial Killer, H.H. Holmes
Mysterious Chicago
The Master of the Murder Castle
Crime Museum: H.H. Holmes
Biography: H.H. Holmes
Wikipedia: H. H. Holmes
Exhumation confirms gravesite of notorious Chicago serial killer H.H. Holmes

Books
H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil
Holmes: A serial killer in his own words
The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America
The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes

Movies/Documentaries
H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer
Slaughtered at the Murder Hotel
American Ripper
The Murder Castle

Name: Herman Webster Mudgett
aka Dr. Henry Howard Holmes
aka H.H. Holmes

Cold Case: Laurie Stout murder 9/20/1983 Austin, TX *Robert Van Wisse pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison*

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laurie-stout
Laurie Stout

Suspect in 1983 murder still on the loose
Suspect in 1983 Austin murder added to FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list
FBI: Man wanted in strangling of Austin mother more than 30 years ago
UT student accused of killing janitor in 1983 added to FBI’s most wanted list
FBI Most Wanted: Robert Francis Van Wisse
‘Ten Most Wanted’ Fugitive wanted for murder in Austin arrested
Tense wait at Mexican border before Austin cold case fugitive appeared
Fugitive former UT student surrenders in 1983 rape, killing of young Austin mom
Wanted murder suspect captured 30 years later
Robert Van Wisse sentenced to 30 years in 1983 murder
Van Wisse pleads guilty in 1983 murder, gets 30 years

INMATE INFORMATION

robert-van-wisse

SID Number: 16796495
TDCJ Number: 02127950
Name: VANWISSE,ROBERT
Race: H
Gender: M
DOB: 1965-02-03
Maximum Sentence Date: 2047-01-26
Current Facility: GARZA WEST
Projected Release Date: 2035-01-26
Parole Eligibility Date: 2027-01-26

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1983-09-20
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2017-03-28
County: TRAVIS
Case No.: D-1-DC-96-964355
Sentence: 30 years

Catherine Louise Tucker Whitehead murder 4/14/1983 Rockdale County, GA *Hazel Louise Short and Donald Glen Everett convicted of her kidnapping and murder; Sentenced to life in prison*

From Hazel Short’s appeal: On the night of Thursday, April 14, 1983, Donald Glen Everett knocked at the door of Catherine Louise Tucker Whitehead’s apartment in Rockdale County and told her that she had an emergency phone call at a nearby pay telephone from her fiance, John Short. Ms. Whitehead and Short had been dating for some time and were planning to be married in June of that year.

The next morning Ms. Whitehead’s mother discovered Ms. Whitehead’s car next to the pay telephone. The receiver was off the hook and dangling by its cord. The car’s door was open and the keys were missing. Both the GBI and FBI became involved as kidnapping was suspected.

The appellant became the primary suspect. The investigation indicated that the appellant had a grudge against the 21-year-old Ms.
Whitehead because the younger woman’s fiance, John Short, was the appellant’s former husband of approximately 21 years. The investigation also indicated that the appellant and Ms. Whitehead had been involved in a fight. Police suspicions heightened when during an interview the appellant contended that she did not know Ms. Whitehead. Despite the efforts of the authorities, Ms. Whitehead was not located and no charges were brought.

Almost one year later, Donald Glen Everett was arrested based on statements he had made to others regarding Ms. Whitehead. On March 15, 1984, he admitted his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Ms. Whitehead, and took the authorities to an abandoned well in Gwinnett County where he stated that he had thrown the lifeless body of Ms. Whitehead.

The remains of a partially, though severely, burned and badly decomposed body were removed from the well. Some clothing and a blue blanket were also removed. The remains and the clothing removed from the well were determined to be those of Ms. Whitehead. The precise cause of death could not be determined due to the decomposition of the remains, but it was determined that the death was a homicide.

Everett’s confession implicated the appellant, Tina Short, and Nickie Ford. Ford was apprehended and confessed his involvement in the crimes. Tina Short was apprehended in Nashville, Tennessee, and also confessed her involvement in the crimes. All of the confessions were basically similar. All parties confessed that they were involved in a plan to abduct Ms. Whitehead, and that the plan was carried out. Tina Short and Everett also confessed to differing degrees of complicity in the murder and concealment of the crime.

Find-A-Grave: Catherine Louise “Cathy” Tucker Whitehead
Hazel Louise Short v State of Georgia 1986 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Tina Louise Short v State of Georgia 1986 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
Your Worst Nightmare: Cooking With Fire

Defendants
Donald Glen Everett – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, released on parole 6/11/1993
Hazel Short – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, released on parole 07/25/2018
Tina Short – convicted, sentenced to 20 years in prison, served 6 years
Nickie Ford – acquitted

INMATE INFORMATION

INMATE INFORMATION

Serial Killer: David Franklin Young – killed at 3-5 people

remembering the victims

Victims
Teresa [1983]
Teresa Ann Young, 32 [7/1987 Indiana]
Ember Kimberly Mars, 27 [8/18/1987 Kearns, UT]
unidentified woman
unidentified man

Indianian charged in Utah death faces new counts
Murder trial Aug. 30
Jury finds Young guilty of first-degree murder
Jury may consider prior crime in Young sentence
Jury sentences Young to die for torture slaying
Courts side with 3 sentenced for Utah crimes
State of Utah v David Franklin Young 1993 (conviction and sentence overturned)
Ex-death row inmate wants trial in ’87 slaying
Deal to swap inmates turns sour
Murderpedia: David Franklin Young

INMATE INFORMATION

(Indiana)
DAVID F YOUNG
DOC Number 880106
First Name DAVID
Middle Name F
Last Name YOUNG
Suffix
Date of Birth 11/07/1959
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Out-of-state Facilities

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 12/21/1987
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 35 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 88CO1-8710-CF-473CV
County of Conviction WASHINGTON
Projected Release Date 00/00/0000

(Utah)
Offender Number: 53084
Offender Name: DAVID FRANKLIN YOUNG
DOB: Sat, 7 Nov 1959
Height: 6 Feet 0 Inches
Weight: 275
Sex: M
Location: N/A
Housing Facility: N/A
Parole Date: N/A
Aliases:
JOHN GREEN
DON JONES
MIKE SMITH
DAVID FRANKLIN YOUNG
Sentence: LWOP

Deadly Duo: Leonard Thomas Lake and Charles Chi-Tat Ng killed between 11 and 25 people; Lake committed suicide and Ng is on death row

lake-and-ng-victims

Victims
Charles Gunnar, 36 [5/22/1983]
Harvey Dubs, 29 [7/1984]
Deborah Dubs, 33 [7/1984]
Sean Dubs, infant [7/1984]
Randy Johnson, 23 [10/1984]
Clifford Peranteau, 24 [1/1985]
Robin Scott Stapley, 24 [4/22/1985]
Jeffrey Askren, 30 [4/1984]
Paul Steven Cosner, 39 [11/2/1984]
Lonnie Bond Sr., 27 [1985]
Brenda O’Connor, 19 [1985]
Lonnie Bond Jr., infant [1985]
Jeffrey Dean Gerald, 25 [2/1985]
Michael Carroll, 23 [4/12/1985]
Kathleen Allen, 18 [4/1985]
Donald Giuletti, 38 (no picture)
Donald Lake (Leonard Lake’s brother; missing)

Find-A-Grave: Robin Scott Stapley
3 bodies found on coast ranch; key suspect dies
Human Bones Found In Isolated Cabin
More Bone Pieces Found At House
Cabin horror unfolds; 25 possibly murdered
Peranteau, Clifford, 1985, Calif
Charley Project: Clifford Raymond Peranteau
Missing Person: Clifford Raymond Peranteau
Police, relatives stumped as family quietly vanishes
CA – Deborah, 34, Harvey, 30 & Sean Dubs, 1, San Francisco, 25 July 1984
Charley Project: Deborah Ann Dubs
Charley Project: Jeffrey Dean Gerald
Ng remains in Canada
Ng declared fit to stand trial
Authorities find another grave behind Leonard Lake’s cabin
California judge may sign Ng extradition
Mass murderer can represent self
Ng Murder Trial Opens With Chilling Videos
Videos Continue in Ng Prosecution
Accused California serial killer convicted
Ng Convicted Of Serial Killings
Father of Serial Killer Ng Says He Severely Beat Son as Child
As Jury Meets to Decide His Fate, Ng Expects Death
Killer Charles Ng Sentenced to Death
Murderpedia: Leonard Lake
Wikipedia: Leonard Lake
bio: Leonard Lake
Murderpedia: Charles Chi-tat Ng
Wikipedia: Charles Ng
bio: Charles Ng
Lake and Ng.jpg

Books
Die For Me: The Terrifying True Story of the Charles Ng & Leonard Lake Torture Murders
Leonard Lake & Charles Ng – Serial Killers
No Kill, No Thrill: The Shocking True Story of Charles Ng – One of North America’s Most Horrific Serial Killers
A Long Way To Death Row

Podcasts
All Crime All the Time: Leonard Lake and Charles Ng
Leonard Lake & Charles Ng, Part I: Operation Brownie Pockets
Leonard Lake & Charles Ng, Part II: What I Bring to Friendship
Leonard Lake & Charles Ng, Part III: Jocular-Type Talk
Leonard Lake & Charles Ng, Part IV: Roughly Ten Cats
There are several more than these

Movies/Documentaries
Wicked Attraction: Blood Brothers
Journey Into Evil
The Prosecutors: In Pursuit of Justice: The Bone Yard
Pandora’s Box: Unleashing Evil: Dungeon of Dread
Ng (short, can be watched at the link)
It Takes a Killer: Partners in Evil
The Miranda Murders: Lost Tapes of Leonard Lake and Charles Ng
House on the Hill

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Leonard Lake

INMATE INFORMATION

charles-ng

Inmate Name NG, CHARLES CHITAT
CDCR Number P46001
Age 60
Admission Date 06/30/1999
Current Location San Quentin State Prison
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) CONDEMNED
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a death sentence and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration.

Monsters Among Us: Martin James Kipp “Dr. Crazy” sentenced to death after killing 2 young women

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Victims
Tiffany Gwen Frizzell, 19
Antaya Yvette Howard, 19 (no picture)

Student’s Murderer Sentenced to Death
Man, Given Death for Rape, Murder, Praises Prosecutor
Murderpedia: Martin James Kipp
The People of the State of California v Martin James Kipp 2001 1998 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
The People of the State of California v Martin James Kipp 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Martin Kipp v Ron Davis, warden 2016 (habeas corpus denied)
Serial Killers podcast: Martin Kipp
Martin James Kipp – California Death Row
True crime show to feature North Kitsap woman’s murder

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Dreams and Nightmares

INMATE INFORMATION

martin-james-kipp

Name: KIPP, MARTIN JAMES
CDCR#: D67100
Age: 58
Admission Date: 09/24/1987
Current Location: San Quentin

Cold Case: Gary Dawson murder 8/28/1983 Peoria, IL *Three men charged with his torture and murder*

remembering the victims

Osage man indicted on murder charge
Charges pending in 1993 slaying
Two Chillicothe brothers arrested in 1983 slaying; each held on $1 million bond
Brothers charged in 1983 beating death of man found bound in hog pen
Two arrested in 32-year-old murder
Cold Case Arrest

Dawson suspects

Defendants
Steven Watts
Terry Bobell
Gordon Bobell

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