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    December 10: 1994: Darrel Cooley was shot several time in Jethroe’s Steakhouse in Erie, PA. Vance Haskell was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Curtis Mathis convicted of being an accomplice, sentenced to 3-7 years in prison.

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Execution Alert: Keith Leroy Tharpe for the murder of his sister-in-law, Jaquelyn Freeman

From Tharpe’s appeal: Tharpe’s wife left him on August 28, 1990 and moved in with her mother. Following various threats of violence made by the defendant to and about his wife and her family, a peace warrant was taken out against him, and the defendant was ordered not to have any contact with his wife or her family. Notwithstanding this order, Tharpe called his wife on September 24, 1990 and argued with her, saying if she wanted to “play dirty,” he would show her “what dirty was.”

On the morning of the 25th, his wife and her sister-in-law met Tharpe as they drove to work. He used his vehicle to block theirs and force them to stop. He got out of his vehicle, armed with a shotgun and apparently under the influence of drugs, and ordered them out of their vehicle. After telling the sister-in-law he was going to “f––– you up,” he took her to the rear of his vehicle, where he shot her. He rolled her into a ditch, reloaded, and shot her again, killing her.

9/27/2017 – He was granted a temporary stay of execution.

Tharpe then drove away with his wife. After unsuccessfully trying to rent a motel room, Tharpe parked by the side of the road and raped his wife. Afterward, he drove to Macon, where his wife was to obtain money from her credit union. Instead she called the police.

Tharpe v Head 2000 (habeas corpus remanded for a decision)
Keith Tharpe v Warden 2016 (habeas corpus denied)
Execution Date Set for Keith Leroy Tharpe, Convicted of Murder
Execution date set for man convicted in decades-old grisly murder
Tharpe Execution Media Advisory – Last Meal
With his execution date set, Jones County killer requests final meal
Georgia plans to execute man who killed sister-in-law
Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror’s racial bias
The Latest: Board Denies Clemency for Condemned Prisoner
Parole board declines to spare life of inmate set to die
Condemned Georgia man loses clemency bid after lawyers cite juror’s racial bias
Georgia plans to execute man who killed sister-in-law
GA Supreme Court rejects stay of execution; killer set to die tonight
Keith Leroy Tharpe – Georgia Execution – September 26, 2017
Murderpedia: Keith Leroy Tharpe
The Latest: Supreme Court grants temporary stay of execution
U.S. Supreme Court grants stay of execution to Georgia killer

INMATE INFORMATION

NAME: THARPE, KEITH LEROY
GDC ID: 0000173325

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1958
RACE: BLACK
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’09”
WEIGHT: 195
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: BLACK
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: GA DIAG CLASS PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: DEATH

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE

KNOWN ALIASES
A.K.A. THARPE,KEITH L
A.K.A. THARPE,KEITH LEROY
A.K.A. THORPE,KEITH L

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN: 01/18/1991
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 04/04/1988
INCARCERATION END: 06/23/1988

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Monsters Among Us: Dennis Earl Bradford kidnapped and raped 8-year-old Jennifer Schuett, who survived; He was convicted, but hung himself in the jail before sentencing

Justice for Jennifer
A letter to my rapist: you stole my innocence but not my voice
Justice at Last: Arrest in 19-Year-Old Cold Case
Alleged rapist back in Texas
Man Confesses To Schuett Rape Before Suicide
Raped at 8 and left for dead, a victim raises her voice
Child raped, left to die gets justice 20 years later
Raped and Left for Dead at 8, Texas Woman Details How She Found Her Attacker 20 Years Later
Dickinson mom’s amazing survival story featured on ’48 Hours’

Movies/Documentaries
48 Hours: Live to Tell: Afraid of the Dark


Dennis Earl Bradford

Psycho For Love: Steven Sherer killed his wife, Jamie Hagel-Sherer, Sentenced to 60 years in prison; Her body has never been found


Jami Sue Hagel-Sherer

Find-A-Grave: Jami Sue Hagel Sherer
CharleyProject: Jami Sue Sherer
JAMI SHERER: Missing from Redmond, WA – 30 September 1990 – Age 26
The Doe Network: Case File 276DFWA
Verdict enrages Sherer
Bizarre revenge plot is alleged
Paper ran fake story to nab murderer
Sherer appeals murder conviction in wife’s death
Gregoire pardons inmate who reported murder-for-hire plot
Steven F. Sherer v Stephen Sinclair 2012 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Excerpt from “When the Husband is the Suspect”

Books
Empty Promises (Ann Rule’s Crime Files Book 7)

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case With Paula Zahn: Under Suspicion
Deadly Sins: Next of Sin

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC Number: 929130
Offender Name: SHERER, STEVEN F
Age: 59
Race: White
Location: Clallam Bay Corrections Center

Psycho For Love: Melvin Green had his wife, Anita, killed her due to financial issues with their divorce; Sentenced to LWOP


Anita M. Green

Anita M. Green; Reform Congregation President
Man Accused of Arranging the Slaying of Estranged Wife
Man Pleads Not Guilty in Ambush Killing of Wife
Investigators Say Husband Killed in Fear
Encino Man Ordered to Stand Trial on Charges of Setting Up Wife’s Killing
Man on Trial in Killing of Estranged Wife
Green’s Threats to Slay Wife Related in Court
Man Says Green Talked of Scenario in Wife’s Death
Jury Convicts Encino Man in Wife’s Slaying
Encino Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Having His Wife Killed
Unsolved Mysteries Wiki: Anita Green

Books
No Sanctuary: The True Story of a Rabbi’s Deadly Affair

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Sins: Killer Grudge


Melvin Green

Monsters Among Us: Tim Boczkowski killed his 2 wives, in similiar fashion, for the insurance money; Sentenced to LWOP

Victims
Mary Elaine Boczkowski, 34 [11/4/1990 Greensboro, NC]
Maryann Fullerton-Boczkowski, 35 [11/7/1994 Pittsburgh, PA]

Find-A-Grave: Mary Elaine “Elaine” Pegher Boczkowski
Find-A-Grave: Maryann Fullerton Boczkowski
Children gave information about mom’s tub death
Court vacates wife-killer’s death sentence
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Timothy Boczkowski 2004 (death sentence overturned)
Judge denies new trial for Ross man serving life for deaths of 2 wives
Murderpedia: Timothy Boczkowski
Death Sounded Familiar
Timothy Boczkowski pen pal ad
The Devil You Know

Books
Please Don’t Kill Mommy!: The True Story of a man who killed his wife, got away with it, then killed again

Movies/Documentaries
Fatal Vows: Drowning in Tears
Forensic Files: All Wet
American Justice: While the Children Slept
The New Detectives: Family Plots
City Confidential: Pittsburgh, PA: Til Death Do Us Part
The Devil You Know: Devil of a Dad

INMATE INFORMATION

TIMOTHY BOCZKOWSKI
Offender Number: 0553913
Inmate Status: ACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: EUROPEAN/N.AM./AUSTR
Birth Date: 06/12/1955
Age: 62
Current Location: NASH CI

Most Recent Incarceration Summary

Incarceration Status: ACTIVE
Total Incarceration Term: LIFE
Conviction Date: 11/12/1996
Projected Release Date: LIFE
Primary Crime: MURDER FIRST DEGREE (PRINCIPAL)
Primary Crime Type: FELON
Special Characteristics: LIFE
Current Status: FELON
Admission Date: 11/14/1996
Admitting Location: CENTRAL PRISON
Control Status: REGULAR POPULATION
Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
Custody Classification: MEDIUM
Next Custody Review: 10/01/2017
Number Of Infractions: 0
Last Infraction Date: N/A
Current Location: NASH CI
Previous Location: PAMLICO CI
Last Movement : RECEIVED FROM PAMLICO CI
Last Movement Date: 02/27/2014

Monsters Among Us: Don William Davis shot & killed 62-year-old Jane Martha Daniel after robbing her house; Sentenced to death

From Davis’ appeal: Sharon Haley, who with her husband Mike were also victims of a burglary and neighbors of the murder victim, testified that at about 4:15 p.m. on October 12, 1990, she returned home and found that her screen door was taped open and the wooden door between the garage and the kitchen standing open. When she entered the house, she noticed that a hand gun that had previously been on the bed table was gone and that a console television was pulled away from the wall and the wires disconnected. Fearful, she called the 911 emergency number from the garage phone and went to a neighbor’s house.

Once the police arrived, they asked her to take an inventory of her property. She noted the following items missing:

several guns and appliances, a videocassette recorder, a large Sharp convection/microwave, a thirteen inch Sharp television set, both of her jewelry boxes, an Amish quilt, an older model Realistic brand stereo component set, her wedding ring, antique locket, a small gold chain, a couple of ladies watches, a Mickey Mouse watch, diamond earrings, a set of sapphire earrings, pearls, pearl earrings, and a couple of costume black onyx earrings; her husband’s two high school class rings and one college rings; a cluster ring with pearls and rubies missing, a couple of silver rings with turquoise stones and a matching silver bracelet; silver herringbone chain; while gold ring with a pink zircon; costume choker; tools from the garage; a crossbow; her husband’s collection of Harley-Davidson t-shirts & leather jacket; Yankee and Penn State t-shirts; special run bottle of Wild Turkey liquor wrapped in a wooden box; and a bottle of Crown Royal.
Mike Haley testified concerning the many firearms and weapons stolen from their home during the burglary. His list included: a 410 shotgun, a .22 rifle, Marlin Model 39-A, with a banner scope, a Ruger M-77 6 mm deer rifle, a Stevens double barrel shotgun, a .44 magnum pistol with a scope and a Winchester Model 50, 20 gauge shotgun. Also missing were a crossbow and crossbow arrows as well as numerous types of ammunition for the firearms.

At about 10:00 p.m., the same day as the Haley burglary, the Haleys’ neighbor, Richard Daniel, returned home from a business *261 trip and noticed the door of his garage into the kitchen hallway was open. As he entered the house, he saw a rice pan and bowl out in the kitchen, and it startled him when he noticed a Kool cigarette butt in the rice bowl (especially since neither he nor his wife smoked). Noting that the storeroom door was ajar, he entered to find his wife, Jane, lying on the floor in a pool of blood. She was lying with her head face down in a cardboard box towards the wall, obviously, dead. Like Mrs. Haley, Mr. Daniel called 911 for help.

Police attempted to trace Mrs. Daniel’s activities during the day. An employee of the Rogers Diagnostic Clinic testified that the victim came into the clinic around lunchtime to get a flu shot. Mrs. Daniel’s beautician, Gaye Tarron, testified that Mrs. Daniel had a standing appointment every Friday at 2:30 p.m. and had never skipped an appointment without calling first. On October 12, 1990, for the first time in ten years, Mrs. Daniel missed her appointment and did not call.

About two weeks after his wife’s death, Daniel and his daughter searched the house for missing items. They found that an expensive Lucien Piccard watch was gone as well as a couple of pearl necklaces, a gold rope necklace, and a matching gold necklace and bracelet. Also missing were a jewelry bag and a Nikon camera.

At the time of the murder, the appellant, Don Davis, was living with three roommates in a house in Bentonville. One of the roommates, Renee Davis, testified that during the time they were living together, Don Davis had been bringing stolen merchandise home. On the day of the murder, the appellant had come home sometime between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. acting frightened, according to his roommates, telling his girlfriend and roommate, Susan Ferguson, that “somebody got hurt.” Property seen in his possession that day included a Realistic stereo, a number of guns, a black motorcycle jacket, a videocassette recorder, a television, a microwave, numerous t-shirts, and tools. Later that day the appellant allegedly admitted to Renee and Susan that “somebody had gotten killed” but emphasized that he did not do it claiming that he had been next door when the murder occurred. He said that he “didn’t know why he shot her, she was cooperating.” Among the many items of property Davis had in the car was a gun covered by a white towel. He told Renee that if she touched the “towel it would be her death sentence.”

According to Susan, Renee told appellant to get rid of the stolen property because she did not want it in her house; Davis left and returned about thirty minutes later explaining that he had dumped the property in the woods in a remote area. Four days after the murder a number of the items taken in the Haley burglary, as well as Mrs. Daniel’s house and car keys, were found in a remote area of Benton County. Renee told her other roommate, Dwayne, about Davis’s suspicious behavior and the stolen property. He urged her to go to the police.

Ultimately, the police arrived at Davis’s home to question Renee, and she and the other two roommates agreed to let them search the house. Among the many items discovered in the house was a .44 magnum Redhawk revolver, which the State later alleged was the murder weapon that killed Jane Daniel. Also discovered was the Amish quilt taken from the Haley residence. Inquiries at pawn shops in the area revealed that Davis had pawned many items taken from both the Haley and Davis residences.

By this time, Davis had fled the state by taking a bus to Las Vegas, Nevada and ultimately arriving in California. Witnesses from several pawn shops in Las Vegas testified that they had loaned the appellant money on goods he had pawned. These goods matched the description of goods stolen from the Davis and Haley households. Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the appellant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and arrested him. While being arrested, Davis asked the agents for the cigarettes that had been in his car; he described them as Kool filter kings, the same brand of cigarette found at Mrs. Daniel’s house. Investigators also found Davis in possession of the black leather jacket stolen from the Haley house. Detective Steven Mark Russell testified that he travelled to Albuquerque to transport Davis back to Rogers, Arkansas, *262 and once they arrived in Rogers, Davis specifically asked for some Kool cigarettes.

Waiting for Justice: One Family Reacts to Arkansas’ Execution Stay
Waiting to Die: Arkansas Death Row Inmate Interview
Don William Davis v State of Arkansas 1993
Murderpedia: Don William Davis
State of Arkansas hoping to execute Don Davis by lethal injection if SCOTUS overturns ruling
Man convicted of killing Rogers woman transported to execution site
Last meal request granted for Don Davis

INMATE INFORMATION

ADC Number: 000920
Name: Davis, Don W
Race: CAUCASIAN
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 75 inches
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 11/23/1962
Initial Receipt Date: 03/10/1992
Current Facility: Cummins Unit
Facility Address: 3001 Hwy. 388, Grady, AR 71644-0500 Map
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 500 Grady, AR 71644-0500
Custody Classification: SK
Good Time Class: I-C
PE / TE Date*: Death
Total time*:
* may be affected by other laws and regulations

Aliases
Don The Juan

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

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