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Deadly Wives: Patricia JoAnn Wells Jennings killed her husband, William Henry Jennings; Sentenced to death which was overturned and changed to life in prison

Woman removed from NC death row
NC Coalition: Patricia Jennings
Murderpedia: Patricia JoAnn Wells Jennings
Excerpt from “Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States, 2d ed.’

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: The Dark Side

INMATE INFORMATION

PATRICIA W JENNINGS
Offender Number: 0207779
Inmate Status: ACTIVE
Gender: FEMALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: UNKNOWN
Birth Date: 08/24/1942
Age: 75
Current Location: NCCI WOMEN

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Deadly Duo: Jared Fitch and Harold Hains III beat Mark Mueller to death with a baseball bat; Both sentenced to 54+ years in prison

2 AWOL sailors charged in killing
Police tell how they linked 2 sailors to fisherman’s slaying
Police tell how sailors were found
Lake County Jury Indicts 4 In Slayings
2 Navy Men Plead Not Guilty In Killing
2nd Ex-sailor Enters Guilty Plea In Slaying
Sailor Is Sentenced In Slaying
Ex-sailor Seeks A Lighter Sentence
Plea In Slaying Stands, Judge Says
New Trial Denied In 1989 Killing

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Deadliest Catch

Defendants
Jared Lee Fitch – pled guilty, sentenced to 54 years in prison; paroled 11/03/2016 to Interstate Compact (probably Barberton, OH)
Harold Francis Hains III – pled guilty, sentenced to 70 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

B11823 – FITCH, JARED
Alias: None Reported
Parent Institution: CENTRALIA CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: PAROLE
Location: INTERSTATE COMPACT

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 09/17/1970
Weight: 220 lbs.
Hair: Black
Sex: Male
Height: 6 ft. 01 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Hazel

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT UPPER – TRIBAL ART WITH FEATHERS
TATTOO, ABDOMEN – TATTOO STOMACH SHIELD W/NS
TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT UPPER – CROSS WITH CROSSING SWORDS
TATTOO, THIGH, RIGHT – HILLBILLY”GARFIELD”

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 02/22/1991
Parole Date: 11/03/2016
Projected Discharge Date: 11/03/2019

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 89CF2238
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 11/08/1989
SENTENCE: 54 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: LAKE
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

INMATE INFORMATION

B07921 – HAINS, HAROLD III
Parent Institution: ILLINOIS RIVER CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: ILLINOIS RIVER

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 11/01/1970
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Blue

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, BACK – DRAGON AND MAN WITH SWORD
TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT – TWO HEARTS AND LOCK “HFH”
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT – ROSE AND BUTTERFLY “LOVE MOM”
SCAR, FACE, NONSPECIFIC –

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 10/26/1990
Projected Parole Date: 11/18/2024
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: 11/18/2027

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 89CF2238
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 11/08/1989
SENTENCE: 70 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: LAKE
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

Monsters Among Us: Mark Vincent Olvera raped and killed Tina Hendricks; Sentenced to life in prison

From Olvera’s appeal: In June 1989, an eighteen year old girl named Tina Hendricks was sexually battered and then murdered by strangulation, and her body was thrown into a canal in a Lake County park.   Evidence accumulated by law enforcement authorities revealed that, on the night of the murder, the victim was in a bar dancing and drinking into the early hours of the morning.   Olvera was also in the bar and witnesses testified that he attempted to dance and talk with the victim.   Certain eyewitness testimony also indicated that the victim left the bar with Olvera.   Forensic evidence indicated that the semen retrieved from the victim’s vagina matched the DNA provided by Olvera’s blood samples, and hairs found in the car he was driving that night were indistinguishable from the victim’s.   The hair was not DNA tested, however.

Olvera was charged in the death of Tina Hendricks and the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder 1 and sexual battery.2  The trial court sentenced him to a term of life imprisonment, with a mandatory term of twenty-five years on the murder conviction and a consecutive life sentence on the sexual battery conviction.

Before trial, DNA testing was done on at least four individuals:  Olvera (who is Hispanic);  Tom Hopwood, the victim’s boyfriend;  “Johnny” Lockerd, an individual who was also at the bar that night and who some witnesses identified as being the individual who left with the victim;  and a fourth individual, Ken Bowles, a friend of Olvera’s.

Olvera Gets 2 Life Terms In Hendricks Rape-murder
Mark Vincent Olvera v State of Florida 2004 conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Lethal Attraction

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 122766
Name: OLVERA, MARK V
Race: HISPANIC
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’06”
Weight: 147 lbs.
Birth Date: 05/07/1961
Initial Receipt Date: 12/23/1991
Current Facility: CHARLOTTE C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE

Movies Based On True Crimes: Midwest Obsession aka Beauty’s Revenge [Murder of Lisa Cihaski]

Lisa Anne Cihaski obituary
Find-A-Grave: Lisa Anne Cihaski
Midwest Obsession aka Beauty’s Revenge (GREAT site)
Dairy Town`s Golden Girl Charged In Slaying Of Rival
Dairy princess charged with strangling former friend
Friend describes obsessive love
Jilted Beauty Queen Killed Rival Over Dairy Farmer, Jurors Told
Ex-Dairy Princess, 20, Faces Life in Prison : Murder: College student guilty of strangling former homecoming queen in quarrel over man
Wisconsin is talking…
Ex-Beauty Queen Gets Life Term for Jealousy Murder
Appeals court upholds murder conviction of former dairy princess
Excerpt from “Got Murder?: The Shocking Story of Wisconsin’s Notorious Killers”
Chiaski, Lisa – Murdered by Lori Esker

Movies/Documentaries
Beauty’s Revenge (aka Midwest Obsession)

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC: 00215936
Name: ESKER, LORI K
Birth Year: 1969
Age: 47
Sex: FEMALE
Race: WHITE
Weight: 150
Height: 5′ 5″
Eye Color: BROWN
Hair Color: BROWN
Dexterity: UNKNOWN

STATUS
Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Robert E. Ellsworth Center
Region Unit Office: Unit 614
Region Unit Agent: 6 14 09
500 Forest ST
Wausau, WI 54402
(715) 261-1600
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 08/06/2017
Case Number 1989CR001148

Serial Killer: Alfredo R. Prieto – killed up to 9 people; Sentenced to death in Virginia and California – Executed in VA on 10/1/2015

Victims
Rachael A. Raver, 22 [12/1988 Reston, VA]
Warren H. Fulton III, 22 [12/6/1988 Reston, VA]
Veronica “Tina” Jefferson, 24 [5/10/1988 Arlington, VA]
Manuel F. Sermeno, 27 (no picture) [9/2/1989 Prince William, VA]
Yvette Woodruff, 15 [9/2/1990 Ontario, CA]
Stacey Siegrist, 19 [5/5/1990 Rubidoux, CA]
Tony Gianuzzi, 21 [5/5/1990 Rubidoux, CA]
Herbert Farley, 65 (no picture) [6/2/1990 Ontario, CA]
Lula Farley, 71 (no picture) [6/2/1990 Ontario, CA]

DNA Leads to Suspect in 1988 N.Va. Killings
Prieto sentenced to death for Fairfax murders
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/man-sentenced-to-death-in-fairfax-murders/article/108463
Two Death Sentences In ’88 Fairfax Killings
Alfredo Rolando Prieto summary
Convicted serial killer linked to cold case of murdered young couple
3 murder victims’ families prepare for Alfredo Prieto’s execution
McAuliffe declines to issue stay for convicted Fairfax killer Alfredo Prieto
The execution of Alfredo Prieto: Witnessing a serial killer’s final moments
Triple murderer Alfredo Prieto is executed in Virginia
Murderpedia: Alfredo Rolando Prieto


Alfredo Rolando Prieto

Grandparents From Hell: Theda Darlene Rice beat and tortured her 4-year-old grandson, Daniel Hillman, to death; Sentenced to 31 years to life in prison

Grandmother Charged With Murder of Boy, 4
When Cries for Help Go Unheeded
Woman Sentenced to Life in Murder of Grandson
20 inmates show the heartbreaking cost of growing old behind bars (very interesting; however, Theda is still blaming her family for her being in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: RICE, THEDA DARLENE
CDCR#: W40643
Age: 81
Admission Date: 08/15/1991
Current Location: Women’s Institution

Serial Killer: William Lester Suff *Riverside Prostitute Killer* or *Lake Elsinore Killer*

Victims
Janet Suff, his 2-month-old daughter
Michelle Yvette Gutierrez, 23 [10/1986](no picture)
Charlotte Jean Palmer, 24 [12/1986]
Linda Ann Ortega, 37
Martha Bess Young, 27
Linda Mae Ruiz, 37 (no picture)
Kimberly Lyttle
Judy Lynn Angel, 36
Christina Tina Leal, 23
Daria Jane Ferguson, 27
Carol Lynn Miller, 35 (no picture)
Cheryl Coker, 33
Susan Melissa Sternfeld, 27
Kathleen Leslie Milne, 42
Cherie Michelle Payseur, 24
Sherry Ann Latham, 37
Kelly Marie Hammond, 23
Catherine McDonald, 30 (no picture)
Delliah Zamora Wallace, 35
Eleanore Ojeda Casares, 39

Suspect in Serial Murders Charged With 2 Killings
Nice-Guy Neighbor: Could He Really Be Serial Killer?
Parolee Indicted in Killings of 14 Women
A Trail of Death : 3 Years After Arrest, Man to Go on Trial in 13 Slayings
Witness Says Accused Serial Killer Choked Her
Riverside Man Convicted in Serial Slayings
Serial Killer Sentenced to Death : Court: Judge follows jury’s recommendation for Willi
Serial Killers Podcast: William Lester Suff
Murderpedia: William Lester Suff
Wikipedia: William Suff
William Lester Suff – California Death Row
The People of the State of California v William Lester Suff 2014 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Books
Cat and Mouse: Mind Games With a Serial Killer
The Riverside Killer

Movies/Documentaries
Real Detective: The Riverside Killer

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: SUFF, WILLIAM LESTER
CDCR#: J836402
Age: 66
Admission Date: 11/01/1995
Current Location: San Quentin

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