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Deadly Duo: James David Majors and Robert Reese killed 3 people for their drugs, money and jewelry; Majors sentenced to death

remember-the-victimsFrom Major’s appeal: Donald Hobbs, who was 10 years old at the time of trial, lived in a house on Kaula Drive in the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks with his mother, Jeanine Copeland (Copeland), and Thomas Probst (Probst), her live-in companion.   On the morning of January 26, 1989, after finishing his breakfast, Hobbs found Copeland lying on the floor and noticed blood next to her head.   When Hobbs was unable to awaken her, he called “911.” 2  Sheriff’s deputies responding to the scene discovered the bodies of Copeland, Probst, and Patrick Mungavin (Mungavin).

 Copeland was lying facedown on the living room carpet.   She had been struck by a gunshot, fired at close range, that entered at her right temple and exited on the left side of her neck.   A forensic pathologist testified that such a wound would have caused an immediate loss of consciousness and that death would have ensued within a matter of minutes.   In his opinion, Copeland had been killed between midnight and 6 a.m. on January 26.   Tests of Copeland’s blood showed evidence of methamphetamine use.

Mungavin was seated on the living room couch with his hands folded in his lap, his head over to one side, and blood coming from his right nostril.   He had a loaded .22-caliber handgun under his left armpit, but there was no evidence that the handgun had been fired.   Mungavin had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including a fatal wound to the back of his head.   The forensic pathologist estimated the time of Mungavin’s death to be between midnight and 6 a.m. on January 26;  he could not determine to a medical certainty that Mungavin had been shot at the location where his body was found.   Although Mungavin had methamphetamine on his person, there was no evidence of either drugs or alcohol in his system.   A criminalist testified that .38-caliber bullets removed from Mungavin’s body had most likely been fired from either a “.38 special” or a .357 magnum.   A hollow-point slug found underneath Mungavin’s right leg, between his leg and the couch, appeared to have been fired from the same weapon.

Probst was lying on the floor of a bedroom that had been turned into an office.   Probst had sustained a fatal wound to his left cheek by a gunshot fired at close range.   He also suffered an abrasion to the right side of his face consistent with falling as a result of the gunshot wound.   The forensic pathologist estimated the time of Probst’s death to be between midnight and 5 a.m. on January 26;  he could not be certain that Probst had been shot at the location where his body was found.   Probst’s blood tested positive for Valium and methamphetamine.   A criminalist testified that an expended .32-caliber bullet removed from the right side of Probst’s neck had been fired from either a .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol or a .32-caliber revolver.   The contents of a wallet were strewn about the office, and Probst’s pants pockets were pulled out.

In the office where Probst’s body was found, deputies found evidence of drug sales, including a scale, packaging material, a cutting agent, a pay-owe sheet, and powder residue on the surface of a mirror.   Deputies also found a loaded, sawed-off .12-gauge shotgun leaning up against the wall in the corner of the room.   A number of witnesses confirmed that Probst was a methamphetamine and marijuana dealer.

In the hallway of the residence, deputies found a screwdriver, a hammer, and a strongbox or safe that appeared to have been pried open.   They also  noted a depression in the carpet of the office closet floor that was approximately the same size as the strongbox or safe.   Probst was known to keep a safe in this location, where he stored jewelry, drugs, and proceeds from drug sales.   Although both Probst and Copeland were known to wear jewelry, there was no jewelry on their bodies except for an anklet around Copeland’s ankle.   Jewelry boxes in the residence were empty, and there was evidence of ransacking.   There was no sign of forced entry into the residence itself and no evidence of a struggle.

During the course of their investigation, deputies alerted Probst’s parents to the possibility of an Arizona connection to the homicides.   Subsequently, while going through Probst’s belongings, his mother found a note with the name “Robert Reese” and the address 14031 North 72d Lane in Peoria, Arizona.   According to Probst’s mother, the note was not in his handwriting.

At trial, the prosecution theorized that the three victims had been killed by defendant and Robert Reese (Reese) during the course of a drug-related robbery.   The prosecution offered extensive circumstantial evidence in support of this theory.

In December 1988, Reese lived in a house on 72d Lane in Peoria, Arizona.   Defendant also had a room at the house, although it was not his primary residence.   Both defendant and Reese moved out shortly after Christmas of 1988.

According to a neighbor of Reese’s aunt, defendant and Reese visited the aunt at her apartment in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, sometime between December 27 and December 29, 1988, at approximately 10:30 to 11 p.m. Reese was acting in a hyperactive fashion and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.   Other witnesses confirmed that Reese sold and used methamphetamine.   Reese was also known to carry firearms.

Several witnesses testified that Probst was planning to conduct a drug transaction with someone from out of state the night he was killed.   Probst’s brother, Wayne Probst, who was at Probst’s house until about 9:20 or 9:30 p.m. on January 25, 1989, testified that Probst told him he had arranged a deal to sell a pound of methamphetamine later that evening.   According to Wayne Probst, his brother had an established clientele and dealt only with customers he knew.

James Pluskett, who talked to Probst on the telephone between 8 and 10 p.m. on January 25, offered similar testimony regarding Probst’s plans to sell $10,000 worth of methamphetamine to someone who was flying in from Las  Vegas.   Pluskett understood this to be about a pound of methamphetamine.   He thought two people were involved in the purchase, the person actually making the purchase and the person providing the money.   Pluskett assumed these were the same regular customers from Arizona who purchased a half-pound of methamphetamine from Probst every couple of weeks.

Freddie Gregg, who was at Probst’s house until about 11 or 11:30 p.m. on January 25, testified that Probst told him he was expecting a visit from someone from Arizona who would be bringing drug paraphernalia.   During Gregg’s visit, Probst took him into the kitchen and showed him a plastic freezer bag filled with methamphetamine.   The bag was approximately the size of a tissue box.

Sandra Morgera, who was at Probst’s house until about 11:15 or 11:30 p.m. on January 25, testified that Probst told her he had another two deals scheduled that night, one of which was a deal with Gregg, which occurred before she left.   The second deal was a $10,000 deal with people from Arizona for a pound or a pound and a half of drugs.   On cross-examination, Morgera admitted she might have gotten the $10,000 figure from newspaper articles about the case, admitted Probst had told her about both a drug purchase and a drug sale scheduled for that evening, and admitted it was not until trial that she stated one of the two deals was the deal with Gregg.

Catherine Bailey, who spent the day at Probst’s house on January 25, testified that Probst told her he had just bought a pound of methamphetamine and was planning to conduct a drug transaction with someone from Arizona.   According to Bailey, Probst told her he had completed another transaction with the same person about a month earlier and the person felt he had been “burned.”   Although she was unclear as to how she acquired the information, Bailey identified the person as Robert Reese of Peoria, Arizona.3  Before Bailey left, Probst had her sample the methamphetamine to make sure it was okay.   While Bailey was in Probst’s office, she saw a large amount of cash.   Probst told her it was about $2,000.

Several witnesses from Arizona offered details regarding a trip defendant and Reese had taken to California.   Michelle Blouir, Reese’s former girlfriend, testified that defendant and Reese had taken an evening trip to California sometime in January.   Shortly before they left, Blouir saw defendant with two brand new pairs of dark cotton garden-type gloves still in their  original packaging.   She watched defendant hand one of the pairs to Reese.4  Later, on Valentine’s Day, while Blouir was talking on the telephone to a detective from Sacramento, Reese asked whom she was talking to.   When she told him, he appeared frightened, bolted out of the apartment, and drove away.   To the best of her recollection, defendant and Reese’s trip to California had been about two weeks earlier.   Blouir also talked to defendant about a week after he came back from the trip.   He told her he had gone to California to get drugs and that Reese had left him in a motel room for six hours and had never come back, so defendant flew back home.

Kristi Crancer, a friend of Blouir’s, verified the timing of the trip, testifying that it had occurred about a week after her January 19, 1989, graduation.   When Reese returned from the trip, he showed Crancer jewelry, a plastic bag of drugs, and two handfuls of money.   Crancer also confirmed that Reese had left abruptly when he found out that Blouir was talking to a detective from Sacramento.

The parties stipulated that if Karen Brott were called as a witness she would have testified that Reese showed her a plastic bag of drugs, a large amount of cash, and two items of jewelry after he returned from Sacramento.   Reese told her the bag contained a quarter- or half-pound of methamphetamine and that he had approximately $12,000 in cash.   Reese later called Brott on February 14, 1989, and asked her if anyone was looking for him.

Richard Hartley, a housemate of defendant’s at the residence on 72d Lane, testified that defendant was involved in both the methamphetamine and gun trades.5  When defendant used methamphetamine, he ingested the drug by sprinkling it on tissue paper, which he then wadded up and ate.   Hartley acknowledged he had previously told investigators only about “suspicions” defendant used methamphetamine and had not told them about being involved in several drug transactions with defendant.   On February 14, 1989, detectives from Sacramento came looking for Reese as a suspect in a triple homicide.   After meeting with the detectives, Hartley met with defendant, who told him about a trip he and Reese had taken to Sacramento.   According to defendant, he had sold a pound of marijuana there.   Defendant told Hartley he had stayed in a motel room with a prostitute and that Reese was gone overnight with their rental car.   When Reese returned the next day, he was acting in a paranoid fashion and said he wanted to go home.   Defendant and Reese ended up taking separate flights home.

Victims
Thomas Kenneth Probst, 30
Jeannine Annette Twiggy Copeland, 30
Patrick James Mungavin, 24

A blast from the past
People of the State of California v James David Majors 1998 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
San Quentin inmate dies of unknown causes on death row
Condemned Inmate James Majors Dies of Unknown Causes

Defendants
James David Majors – convicted, sentenced to death; died on death row 1/26/2017
Robert Reese – shot to death a month after the murders in Arizona

INMATE INFORMATION

jamesmajors

Inmate Name: MAJORS, JAMES DAVID
CDCR#: E86700
Age: 69
Admission Date: 02/14/1991
Current Location: San Quentin

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Cold Case: Sarah De Leon murder 12/29/1989 Kansas City, KS *Carolyn J. Heckert charged with her murder*

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Sarah De Leon

Facebook: Justice for Sarah
Arrest Made in 1989 Murder of Kansas Teenager Sarah De Leon
Woman arrested in 1989 cold-case murder of Kansas City college student Sarah DeLeon
Smithville woman charged with 1989 murder of 18-year-old woman
Woman arrested in connection with 1989 cold-case homicide
Woman charged in 1989 KCK homicide will not fight extradition from Clay County
Mother of 1989 murder victim Sarah DeLeon ‘elated’ over news of arrest in cold case
Sarah De Leon’s family says arrest of murder suspect is a surreal wave of relief after years of waiting
Suspect in 1989 KCK murder moved to Wyandotte County jail after waiving extradition

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Carolyn J. Heckert

Monsters Among Us: Robert Golub beat 13-year-old Kelly Ann Tinyes to death; Sentenced to 25 years to life in prison; Parole denied so far

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Kelly Ann Tinyes

Robert Golub has a parole hearing in November 2017. If you would like to send in a letter to oppose his parole, there are currently 2 ways to do this:

1 – Send in a letter (I have created one that you can use: Golub parole opposition Here is a copy of what it says:

Fishkill Correctional Facility
Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator
18 Strack Drive
Beacon, New York 12508-0307
(845) 831-4800 (Dutchess County)

New York Parole Board:
Re: Parole Hearing Planned for Robert Golub, Inmate 90A8024

Please DO NOT grant parole to Robert Golub, Inmate 90A8024. As a concerned citizen, I am writing to protest the projected parole of this convicted murderer.

On March 3, 1989, Robert Golub lured 13 year old Kelly Ann Tinyes to his home, where he beat, stabbed, mutilated and strangled her. He then put her body in a garbage bag, like she was trash, and hid her in his basement. She was found the next day. It was a horribly heinous crime, one he should spend the rest of his life in prison for.

The heinous nature of the murder of Kelly Ann Tinyes, the multiple crimes committed and the age of the victim call for him to never be released. His actions have shown that he is extremely volatile and that he has no regard for human life. For this heinous crime, Golub was sentenced to 25 years to Life in prison but he sentenced the Tinyes family and friends to a lifetime of grief and sorrow.

In the interests of justice, public safety, and to lessen the emotional trauma for the victim’s family, please consider giving Golub the longest time before any future parole reviews.

Thank you for your consideration,
Sincerely,
____________________________________________________ Date____________________
City _______________________________________ State ___________ Zip _________

2 – Fill out the online letter: Letters in Support or Opposition to the Board of Parole

What Happened On Horton Road
An Echo of Murder
Transcripts Say Man Admitted to Murdering 13-Year-Old
Convicted ‘Hell On Horton Road’ Murderer Admits To Crime Nearly 25 Years Later
Robert Golub admits to killing 13-year-old neighbor in 1989
Robert Golub parole hearing transcript
Tinyes family: Keep killer in prison
Kelly Ann Tinyes’ family makes online appeal in bid to keep her killer, Robert Golub, behind bars
Valley Stream girl’s killer Robert Golub denied parole for 2nd time
Parole denied for man convicted in 1989 slaying of Valley Stream teen
Wikipedia: Murder of Kelly Ann Tinyes
End of a resident ‘evil’
Families of Both Victim and Killer Remain on Same Street 20 Years After Teen Slaying

Books
Against Her Will

INMATE INFORMATION

robert-golub

Identifying and Location Information
As of 01/14/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 90A8024
Inmate Name GOLUB, ROBERT
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 08/07/1967
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility FISHKILL
Date Received (Original) 06/15/1990
Date Received (Current) 06/15/1990
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment NASSAU
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 01/14/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0025 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 11/2017
Earliest Release Type PAROLE HEARING DATE
Parole Hearing Date 11/2017
Parole Hearing Type REAPPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 03/20/2014
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Monsters Among Us: Steven Cunningham killed Patricia Morrison and Angela Correa; Sentenced to two life sentences

remembering the victims

Victims
Angela Correa, 15 [11/15/1989]
Patricia Morrison, [1993]

Indictment unsealed in Angela Correa homicide
Cunningham admits in 2006 to the murder of Peekskill girl in 1989
Inmate Enters Guilty Plea in ’89 Killing
Sentencing in Angela Correa homicide
Real killer sentenced in Peekskill wrongful-imprisonment case
Why I Speak Out About Wrongful Convictions
NY – Angela Correa, 15, raped & murdered, Peekskill, 15 Nov 1989
Two ‘victims’ – freed man visits girl’s grave

Movies/Documentaries
Shadow of Doubt: New Girl in Town

INMATE INFORMATION

stephen-cunningham

Identifying and Location Information
As of 12/19/16
DIN (Department Identification Number) 94A7533
Inmate Name CUNNINGHAM, STEVEN
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 04/18/1960
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility ATTICA
Date Received (Original) 11/04/1994
Date Received (Current) 11/04/1994
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment WESTCHESTER
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
If all 4 crime fields contain data, there may be additional crimes not shown here. In this case, the crimes shown here are those with the longest sentences.
As of 12/19/16

Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 12/19/16
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0040 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 04/17/2033
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 12/2032
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 04/17/2033
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Psycho For Love: Gaylynn Earl “Rusty” Morris killed his wife, Ruby Morris; Sentenced to LWOP

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Ruby Morris’ bizarre last ride
Her Mother’s Avenger
Ariz. jury convicts accountant in wife’s murder
Man Who Burned Wife’s Body on Boat Is Convicted of Murder
Wife murderer sentenced to life
Jury rejects man’s story about death
Deep Family Secrets (great site)
‘Deep Family Secrets’ true story of Ruby Morris-Gaylynn Earl Morris (another great article by the previous author)
Forensic Files – Season 2 ep 4 – Sex, lies, and DNA transcript
Excerpt from “Murder Two: The Second Casebook of Forensic Detection”

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Sex, Lies and DNA
Deep Family Secrets

INMATE INFORMATION

MorrisG info

Pervert Alley: Vance Roberts and his brother, Paul Erven Jackson, charged with kidnapping, rape and torture; Roberts convicted, sentenced to 108 years in prison

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Victims
Michaelle Dierich
Andrea Hood

Fugitive surrenders in Hillsboro sex-slavery case
Second victim in Hillsboro sex slave case hopes for fugitive Paul Jackson’s capture
Survivors of kidnapping, rape and torture join ‘The Hunt’ for justice
Fugitive in Hillsboro sex slave case still at large after 23 years
Fugitive wanted for 24 years in Oregon torture case arrested in Mexico
Fugitive in Oregon Kidnapping, Torture Case Arrested After Decades on the Run
Oregon fugitive arrested in Mexico after 25 year search
AMWfans: Paul Jackson- Oregon- 1991 (CAPTURED!!!!!)

Movies/Documentaries
House of Horrors: Kidnapped: Unbroken
The Hunt with John Walsh

Defendants
Vance Jay Roberts – convicted, sentenced to 108 years in prison
Paul Erven Jackson – arrested in Sept. 2015 after being on the run for 25 years

INMATE INFORMATION

VanceRoberts prison mug

Offender Name: Roberts, Vance Jay
Age: 62
Gender: Male
Height: 5′ 02”
Weight: 135 lbs
DOB: 11/1953
Race: White Or European Origin
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Caseload: 14001 Abbott, Doug
Location: Two Rivers Correctional Institution
Status: Inmate
Institution Admission Date 11/23/2011
Earliest Release Date: 05/11/2069 Tentative

INMATE INFORMATION

Paul Erven Jackson

Name: JACKSON, PAUL E
Sex:M”
Race:W
DOB:1969-12-31
Height:6′ 00″
Weight:190
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 46
Location: Washington County Jail
Race: White
Contact Facility: Washington County Jail

JID:PO********
MNI:303637
FBI:986062LA8
SID:8308031

Serial Killer Richard Grissom Jr. – Four victims confirmed, but there are more (at least 4 that have not been found)

Grissom victims

Victims
Hazel Meeker (no picture)
Joan Butler, 24
Theresa Brown, 22
Christine Rusch, 22

Charley Project: Joan Marie Butler
Doe Network: Joan Marie Butler
Charley Project: Theresa Brown
The Doe Network: Theresa Brown
Charley Project: Christine Rusch
The Doe Network: Christine Rusch
Autopsy report: Beasley shot four times
Prosecutor prepares for Grissom case
Grissom trial continues (part 1)
Grissom trial continues (part 2)
Families of victims hope Grissom will speak up
D.A. says women killed for $3,600
Missing women’s items found in Grissom’s car
Witness may link Grissom, Brown
Former prosecutor recalls Grissom case
Serial Killers Podcast: Richard Grissom Jr
3 Kids Were Home When Mom Sarah Beasley & BF John Salazar Were Murdered
Murderpedia: Richard Grissom Jr.
20 Years Later, Killer Refuses to Reveal Bodies’ Location
Victims are still missing 20 years after trial
Excerpt from Bitter Harvest: A Woman’s Fury

Books
Suddenly Gone: The Terrifying True Story of a Serial Killer’s Grisly Kidnapping-Murders of Three Young Women

Movies/Documentaries
On The Case With Paula Zahn: Gone in an Instant

INMATE INFORMATION
Richard Grissom Jr.

GRISSOM, RICHARD JR
(KDOC# 0033728)
Names
Name Type Name
Conviction GRISSOM, RICHARD JR
True GRISSOM, RICHARD
Alias T MONEY,
Alias TAKE MONEY,

Birthdates
Birthdate Type Birthdate Age
True Nov 10, 1960 55

Demographics
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Height 5′-11″
Weight 223
Gender Male
Race Black

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