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Monsters Among Us: David Allen Raley killed 16-year-old Jeanine Grinsell and tried to kill her friend; Sentenced to death

Victims
Jeanine Grinsell, 16
Laurie McKenna, 17

Living Terror : Stabbing Victim Survives on Sheer Willpower, Small Victories
Teen-ager lives long enough to describe attacker to cops
A security guard was charged Wednesday with the murder…
Authorities Say Police Buff Ran His Own Disneyland to Attract Girls
Guard to Be Arraigned in Attack That Left One Dead
Trial set to start in torture-murder case
Former Security Guard Convicted in Mansion Murder
Carolands killer’s appeal denied
Death penalty upheld in teen’s ’85 slaying
Yesterday’s Crimes: The Hillsborough Mansion Murder
Wikipedia: David Allen Raley

Books
The Murders That Made Us: How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers, and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name RALEY, DAVID ALLEN
CDCR Number D86900
Age 59
Admission Date 05/24/1988
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: Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr killed at least 4 people in Idaho and Washington; Sentenced to death

Victims
Rita Drury, 51 [3/16/1985 WA]
John Jones, 31 [3/30/1985 WA]
Alberta Herndon, 58 [7/26/1985 ID]
Del Dean Herndon, 37 [7/26/1985 ID]

Find-A-Grave: Berta Louise Herndon
Find-A-Grave: Del Dean Herndon
State of Washington v Gerald Pizzuto Jr 1989
Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr v State of Idaho 2008 (convictions and sentences affirmed)
State of Washington v Gerald Pizzuto Jr 1989 (convictions and sentences affirmed)
Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr v Keith Yordy 2020 (habeas corpus denied)
Judge issues death warrant for Idaho death row inmate Gerald Pizzuto
Idaho sets June execution date for Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr.
Idaho death row inmate asks Supreme Court to stop execution
Idaho death row inmate Pizzuto asks state for clemency
Idaho death row inmate asks Supreme Court to stop execution
Murderpedia: Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr

Defendants
Gerald Pizzuto Jr – convicted of all 4 murders, sentenced to death in Idaho, scheduled for June 2, 2021
John Theodore Rodewald – pled guilty, sentenced to 41 months in prison, testified for State; Incarcerated in CA for unrelated crimes

INMATE INFORMATION

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name RODEWALD, JOHN THEODORE
CDCR Number F71839
Age 62
Admission Date 05/02/2007
Current Location California Health Care Facility – Stockton
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 01/2019
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. The inmate is eligible for a parole suitability hearing as an indeterminately-sentenced nonviolent offender under Proposition 57.

Monsters Among Us: Steven Benson killed his mother, Margaret, and brother Scott, with a car bomb so he could inherit the Benson fortune; Sentenced to life in prison, but then killed in prison

Victims
Margaret Benson, 63
Scott Benson, 21
Carol Lynn Kendall (survived)

Find-A-Grave: Margaret Hitchcock Benson
Find-A-Grave: Scott Benson
Car blast kills two
Pipe bomb suspected cause of blast that killed heiress, son
Murder of “quiet” heiress, son stuns exclusive area
Florida resort shocked over car bomb slayings
Victims of Naples car bombing buried Sunday in Pennsylvania
Benson attorney continue attack on defendant’s brother
Tobacco heir Steven Wayne Benson broke into tears at…
Benson gets 50 years for bombing murders
In Florida, Murder Most Malevolent
Tobacco Heiress’ Estate Go to Daughter, Convicted Son’s Children
The Bensons: Lancaster family ripped apart by greed and murder 30 years ago
Medical Examiner says Benson was stabbed to death in prison
Murderpedia: Steven Wayne Benson
Wikipedia: Steven Benson (murderer)
Find-A-Grave: Steven Wayne Benson

Books
The Serpents Tooth
Blood Relations/the Exclusive Inside Story of the Benson Family Murders

Movies/Documentaries
New Detectives: Short Fuse
Power, Privilege, and Justice: Blood Money
Florida Man Murders: Killer Succession

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 104033
Name: BENSON, STEVEN W
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Birth Date: 07/26/1951
Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: DECEASED

Execution Alert: Billy Ray Irick for the murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer


Paula Dyer

Looking back at the1985 murder of Paula Dyer
Remembering Why: Rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer
‘He knew what he was doing:’ Looking back on Paula Dyer’s last day on Earth
Tennessee convicted child killer Billy Ray Irick picks deluxe burger combo as last meal before execution
Countdown to execution: Why it took over 30 years to execute Billy Ray Irick
Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade
Paula Dyer Killed 32 Years Before Potential Death Penalty Will Be Carried Out
A Look Back: Billy Ray Irick to be executed for 1985 murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer
U.S. Supreme Court will not stop Irick’s execution; Sotomayor says we have ‘accepted barbarism’
Detective in death row inmate’s case: ‘How could you do that to a 7-year-old child?’
Tennessee execution: What will happen on the day of Billy Ray Irick’s execution?
Watch live: Billy Ray Irick’s execution press conference
Billy Ray Irick execution: Inmate says “I’m really sorry” before death

INMATE INFORMATION

IRICK, BILLY RAY
Alias: IRICK, BILLY

TOMIS ID: 00113945
Birth Date: 08/26/1958
Race: W
Sex: M
Supervision Status: INCARCERATED
Location: RMSI
Sentence Begin: 11/03/1986
Sentence End:
Parole Eligibility :
Parole Hearing:
Hearing Result:

Deadly Wives: Carolyn Sue Krizan-Wilson killed her husband, Roy Joe McCaleb, in 1985; Sentenced to 6 months in jail and 10 years probation


Roy Joe McCaleb

Find-A-Grave: Roy Joe McCaleb
A woman who was raped twice by a man..
23 years later, widow charged in husband’s death
Houston widow admits guilt in husband’s ’85 slaying
Prosecutor: Houston woman changed story in 1985 death
Wife receives 6 months in jail for husband’s murder in 1985
Black Widow’ convicted in 1985 slaying featured on national TV

Movies/Documentaries
Evil Stepmothers: As Bad as it Gets


Carolyn Sue Krizan-Wilson

Fathers From Hell: John Albert Rairdon killed his 13-year-old daughter, Sarah Ann, as she fought off his sexual advances; Sentenced to life in prison


Sarah Ann Rairdon

Father’s arrest deepens a small-town mystery
Accused killer’s wife says she won’t move
A farm equipment repairman accused of killing his daughter…
Prosecutor says confession led to guilty verdict
Minnesota girl disappeared 25 years ago today
60 on 6 tells the story of a child abduction and murder back in 1985
30 years ago, father’s evil act shocked small Otter Tail County town
John Albert Rairdon v State of Minnesota 1996 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Underwood: No parole for Rairdon
Murder of MN teen Sarah Rairdon to be chronicled on Investigation Discovery show

Movies/Documentaries
The 1980’s – The Deadliest Decade: The Milk Carton Murder

INMATE INFORMATION

Demographic Information**
MNDOC Offender ID: 137878
Name: John Albert Rairdon
Birth Date: 02/05/1947
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 03/14/1986. Currently at MCF Moose Lake.
Sentence Date: 03/07/1986
Anticipated Release Date: Life – Contact co-records.doc@state.mn.us for release information.
Expiration Date: Life
Caseworker: Sharon White (218) 485-5024
Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide
Court File Number(s): Otter Tail – 85 3953

Cold Case: Psycho For Love: Scott Purk killed his pregnant wife, Margaret, trying to make it look like a suicide; Sentenced to life in prison – to be served after his arson sentence, not eligible for parole until 2057


Margaret “Meg” Purk

Find-A-Grave: Margaret Anne “Meg” Metcalf Purk
Husband Scott Purk charged with murder in 1985 death of Akron woman
How an exhumation helped solve the murder of a pregnant Akron woman, decades later
Stow arsonist fighting charges that accuse him of killing his pregnant wife in 1985
Violent strangling detailed in 1985 cold-case murder of pregnant Akron woman as trial begins
Trial to begin for man accused of killing wife 30 years ago
Witness in trial of man charged with killing his pregnant wife 30 years ago says she was not suicidal
Jury finds Scott Purk guilty of strangling his wife in 30-year-old crime
Man found guilty of murdering pregnant wife in 1985 cold case
Ohio jury convicts man for 1985 murder of pregnant wife
Man sentenced for strangling pregnant wife in 1985 cold-case murder
Man Who Murdered Pregnant Wife And Staged Her Suicide Caught After Exhumation

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Speaking From the Grave
Forensic Files II; Buried Secrets
Exhumed: Poison In The Plot
Dateline: Secrets From the Grave

INMATE INFORMATION

SCOTT DAVID PURK
Number A634667
DOB 10/12/1962
Gender Male
Race White
Admission Date 02/01/2013
Institution Pickaway Correctional Institution
Status INCARCERATED

Monsters Among Us: Robert Acampora raped and killed Virginia “Ginny” Bulger in a conference room at the University of South Florida; Sentenced to life in prison

A computer engineering student at the University of South…
Students Didn’t Suspect Murder, Rape
A Tragedy Of Error Costs A Life
Case of unknowing witnesses goes to State Attorney
Only two prior murders have occurred on USF’s campus, in 1994 and 1985
The Dark Side of Florida: Robert Acampora

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 104899
Name: ACAMPORA, ROBERT
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GRAY
Height: 5’05”
Weight: 130 lbs.
Birth Date: 01/13/1957
Initial Receipt Date: 11/07/1986
Current Facility: R.M.C.- WEST UNIT
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Monsters Among Us: Duane Edward Hiser killed 11-year-old Carolyn Ann Hahn; Sentenced to 99 years in prison


Carolyn Ann Hahn

Find-A-Grave: Carolyn Ann Hahn
Facebook: Friends of Carolyn Hahn
Duane Edward Hiser v State of Texas 1992 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
The Low-Rent Zodiac Killer and the Mysteries of Texas (EXCELLENT article, mostly on the murder of Mary Stiles)

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 04007120
TDCJ Number: 00572044
Name: HISER,DUANE EDWARD
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1961-05-16
Maximum Sentence Date: 2089-09-12
Current Facility: ESTELLE
Projected Release Date: 2023-11-06
Parole Eligibility Date: 2010-09-11
Parole Review Status: Not in Parole Review

Last Parole Decision: Denied on 04/05/2017

NEXT REVIEW (04/2020)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.

Denial reason(s): 2D

NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THE INSTANT OFFENSE HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS, SUCH THAT THE OFFENDER POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Next Parole Review Date: 04/2020

Offense History:
Offense Date 1985-09-10
Offense MURDER W/DEADLY WPN
Sentence Date 1990-11-19
County CHAMBERS
Case No. 6517
Sentence (YY-MM-DD) 99-00-00

Monsters Among Us: Joseph Lee Fordham killed 11-year-old Mary Stiles on Halloween 1985; Sentenced to 25 years in prison


Mary Stiles

The Low-Rent Zodiac Killer and the Mysteries of Texas (EXCELLENT article)
National TV show focuses on murder of San Antonio journalist’s sister
Program To Feature Baytown Murder

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case With Paula Zahn: Deadly Riddle


Joseph Lee Fordham

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