Update: 1984 Hammer Murders – Bennett Family *Alex Christopher Ewing sentenced to 3 consecutive life sentences*

Victims
Patricia Louise Smith [1/10/1984 Lakewood, CO]
Bruce Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Debra Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Melissa Bennett, 7 [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Vanessa Bennett, 3 [survived]
Donna Holm [survived]

News Archive: 1984 Hammer Murders – Patricia Smith and Bennett Family murders
Alex Ewing Ordered To Serve 3 Life Sentences For 1984 Murder Of Aurora Family
Ex-Nevada inmate gets life for 1984 Colorado hammer killings
‘An unspeakable orgy of violence’ — Aurora hammer murderer gets 3 life sentences for 1984 killings
Flight attendant who lived through 1984 hammer attack found peace, even without justice
Man Gets 3 Life Sentences for Killing 7-Year-Old Girl and Her Parents in 1984 Hammer Attack
Man Sentenced to Life for Killing Two Parents and Their 7-Year-Old Daughter Amid 1984 ‘Unspeakable Orgy of Violence’

INMATE INFORMATION

Update: 1984 Hammer Murders Bennett Family *Jury finds Alex Christopher Ewing guilty on all counts*

Victims
Patricia Louise Smith [1/10/1984 Lakewood, CO]
Bruce Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Debra Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Melissa Bennett, 7 [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Vanessa Bennett, 3 [survived]

News Archive: 1984 Hammer Murders – Patricia Smith and Bennett Family murders
‘It’s been a long time waiting’: Connie Bennett sees justice 37 years after murder of 3 family members
Jury Finds Alex Ewing Guilty On All Counts In 1984 Murder Of Aurora Family
Jury finds man guilty in ‘hammer killer’ murders of Aurora family members in 1984
Alex Ewing found guilty in 1984 hammer attack murders
Jury finds Alex Ewing guilty on all counts in 1984 Aurora ‘Hammer Murders’
Jury finds Alex Ewing guilty in 1984 “Hammer Killer” murders of Aurora family

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Scattered Clues

INMATE INFORMATION

News Archive: 1984 Hammer Murders – Patricia Smith and Bennett Family murders

Victims
Patricia Louise Smith [1/10/1984 Lakewood, CO]
Bruce Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Debra Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Melissa Bennett, 7 [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Vanessa Bennett, 3 [survived]
Donna Holm [survived]

Monsters Among Us: Alex Christopher Ewing charged with at least 4 murders from 1984 *The Hammer Killer*
Update: 1984 Hammer Murders – Bennett Family *Alex Christopher Ewing on trial – jury deliberating*
Update: 1984 Hammer Murders Bennett Family *Jury finds Alex Christopher Ewing guilty on all counts*
Update: 1984 Hammer Murders – Bennett Family *Alex Christopher Ewing sentenced to 3 consecutive life sentences*

Podcasts
Crime Junkies: CAPTURED: Denver Hammer Killer

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Scattered Clues

INMATE INFORMATION

Update: 1984 Hammer Murders – Bennett Family *Alex Christopher Ewing on trial – jury deliberating*

Victims
Patricia Louise Smith [1/10/1984 Lakewood, CO]
Bruce Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Debra Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Melissa Bennett, 7 [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Vanessa Bennett, 3 [survived]

Ewing’s trial for the murder of Patricia Louis Smith is scheduled for October.

News Archive: 1984 Hammer Murders – Patricia Smith and Bennett Family murders
Alex Ewing Murder Trial: Opening Statements Set For Tuesday
Complaint and Information sheet
Sole survivor of 1984 Aurora hammer attack testifies on opening day of murder trial
Jurors hear about Lakewood murder linked by DNA to 1984 killing of Bennett family
Alex Ewing trial: Mother of man killed in Colorado hammer attack testifies
Bennett family murders: Jurors hear about DNA evidence
Biological evidence found inside Bennett home center of testimony Friday
Prosecution rests case against man suspected in 1984 slaying of Bennett family
Ewing says he won’t testify, as defense notes fingerprints found in Bennett home aren’t his
Defense blasts shoddy job by police in 1984 hammer killings
‘At an impasse’: Jury deciding fate of suspect in 1984 killing of Bennett family heads home for the day
Alex Ewing Murder Trial: Jury To Resume Deliberations After Telling Judge They Reached ‘Impasse’
Jury deliberations to resume Friday in Alex Ewing 1984 hammer murder trial

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Scattered Clues

INMATE INFORMATION

Monsters Among Us: Robert Austin Jr. killed 79-year-old Anna Luella “The Cookie Lady” Houston; Sentenced to LWOP


Anna Luella Houston

Find-A-Grave: Anna Luella “The Cookie Lady” Shores Houston
Anna L. Houston obituary
Woman fatally stabbed in her Lakeland home (part 1)
No clues in brutal Lakeland stabbing (part 2)
Few clues found to senseless murder
Police still searching for clues in Lakeland woman’s murder
Sex abuse ruled out in slaying
Suspect still sought in 1984 slaying
Slaying (part 2)
Trial Begins In 1984 Killing
Georgia mom’s boyfriend charged in toddler’s beating death
Man Is Convicted in 1984 Murder

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 361531
Name: AUSTON, ROBERT
Race: BLACK
Sex: MALE
Birth Date: 11/04/1968
Initial Receipt Date: 09/20/1991
Current Facility: MARION C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Fathers From Hell: Jackson Villarta shot his stepson, Christopher Allen DeNoyer, to death and buried him under the kitchen crawlspace; Sentenced to life in prison


Chris DeNoyer

Find-A-Grave: Christopher Allen “Chris” DeNoyer
Appeals court affirms Villarta murder verdict
Jackson Villarta v Swarthout 2012 (habeas corpus denied)
Detectives Believed Teen Ran Away From Home — Until His Body Was Discovered In The Kitchen Floor

Books
The First PoliceWoman: A History of The Salinas Police Department (just a few mentions)

Movies/Documentaries
Buried in the Backyard: Under the Crawlspace
New Detectives: Grave Secrets

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name VILLARTA, JACKSON CARRAON
CDCR Number P75967
Age 66
Admission Date 04/10/2000
Current Location California State Prison, Solano
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 04/2008
Parole Eligible Date Information
The Parole Eligible Date displayed above is subject to change.

The parole eligible date shown above is the first date the inmate is (or was) eligible for a parole suitability hearing by the Board of Parole Hearings to determine if the inmate should be released. Inmates may earn credits for participating in rehabilitative programming, which may move their parole eligible dates to an earlier date. Inmates could also be found guilty of an institutional rules violation, which could result in a loss of credits that may move their parole eligible dates further into the future. Parole eligible dates may also change based on a variety of other reasons, including court orders, changes in law, and routine audits. Parole eligible dates displayed on this website are updated regularly.

Cold Case: Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Steven Dana Pankey indicted in the 1984 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Jonelle Renee Matthews


Jonelle Renee Matthews

Jonelle Matthews obituary
Find-A-Grave: Jonelle Renee Matthews
Remains found in Weld County belong to girl missing for 34 years, Jonelle Matthews
Remains at Greeley oil, gas site identified as Jonelle Matthews, who went missing about 34 years ago
Former candidate for ID governor investigated in 1984 Colorado cold case killing
Suspect indicted for murder in 1984 disappearance and death of Greeley’s Jonelle Matthews
Steve Pankey Arrested in 1984 Murder Of Jonelle Matthews From Greeley
Man indicted on murder, kidnapping charges in connection with 1984 murder of Jonelle Matthews
Man in custody in connection with 1984 death of Jonelle Matthews
Indictment for Steven Dana Pankey
Police: Former candidate for Idaho Gov. indicted on 1984 killing of Jonelle Matthews
Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate charged with murder, kidnapping in 1984 Colorado case
Wikipedia: Disappearance of Jonelle Matthews

INMATE INFORMATION

Cold Case: Timothy Lee Williams charged with the 1984 rape and murder of 14-year-old Wendy Lynn Jerome


Wendy Jerome

Find-A-Grave: Wendy Lynn Jerome
Police: Arrest made in Wendy Jerome cold case from 1984
Suspect arrested in 1984 rape and murder of 14-year-old Wendy Jerome
Timothy Williams of Melbourne Charged With Cold Case Murder, Rape of 14-Year Old Wendy Jerome
‘We Finally Did It’: Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Murdered 14-Year-Old Girl in 1984 Cold Case
Arrest made in 1984 Wendy Jerome murder, rape investigation in Rochester
DNA leads to arrest in NY cold case murder of girl, 14

INMATE INFORMATION

Monsters Among Us: Alex Christopher Ewing charged with at least 4 murders from 1984 *The Hammer Killer*

Victims
Patricia Louise Smith [1/10/1984 Lakewood, CO]
Bruce Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Debra Bennett [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Melissa Bennett, 7 [1/16/1984 Aurora, CO]
Vanessa Bennett, 3 [survived]

Find-A-Grave: Patricia Louise Combs Smith
Find-A-Grave: Bruce Allen Bennett
Find-A-Grave: Debra Lynn Bennett
Find-A-Grave: Melissa Marie Bennett
Nevada inmate’s DNA links him to Colorado killings, authorities say
Nevada prisoner to be charged in connection to 1984 Colorado cold case murders
Nevada inmate charged in deadly 1984 Lakewood hammer attack
Nevada inmate charged in 1984 hammer killings near Denver
Man eyed in Colorado hammer attacks serving prison sentence in Nevada for similar crime
Hammer murder suspect says he’ll fight extradition to Colorado
Man accused of vicious hammer attacks in 1984 fighting extradition
Ax Handle Attacker Alex Ewing Named Suspect in Bennett Family Murders
Hammer murder suspect’s lawyer lashes out at Nevada court in ongoing effort to block extradition to Colorado
Suspect in ’84 hammer attacks claimed he hitchhiked out of Denver
Hammer murder suspect extradited to Colorado to face charges in January 1984 Lakewood, Aurora killings
News Archive: 1984 Hammer Murders – Patricia Smith and Bennett Family murders

INMATE INFORMATION

Psycho For Love: Carol Ege viciously killed Cindy Thompson, who was 7 month pregnant, because she “stole her man”; Convicted twice, sentenced to LWOP

People of the State of Michigan v Carol Ege 1996 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
People of the State of Michigan v Carol Ege 2007
Second conviction in 1984 slaying
Woman convicted in ’84 death of romantic rival
People of the State of Michigan v Carol Ege 2009 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Carol Ege

Movies/Documentaries
The Perfect Suspect: Triangles and Tribulations

INMATE INFORMATION

MDOC Number: 235484
SID Number: 1747999L
Name: CAROL EGE
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Female
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5′ 7″(61)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Huron Valley Complex/Women’s
Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: II

ALIASES
CAROL MARIE SANDERS

MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Mark- Right Ankle
Mark- Right Leg –

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Open Murder – Statutory Short Form
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316C
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 93125655-FC
Date of Offense: 02/22/1984
County: Oakland
Date of Sentence: 11/28/2007
Conviction Type: Jury

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