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    June 26: 1997: Betsy Nutt, 41, and her son Cody, 15, were shot to death execution style in their Refugio, TX home. Jermaine Herron and Derrick Wayne Frazier were both convicted and executed for their murders.

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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

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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

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

Psycho For Love: John Russell Raue killed his wife, Sonya Rene Holsey Raue and then dismembered her; Sentenced to 70 years in prison

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Woman slain, then dismembered
$2 Million Bond Set For Man In Slaying Of Wife In Lockport
Lockport man pleads not guilty to killing, mutilating his wife
Pathologist Gives Details Of Raue`s Wife`s Slaying
Raue`s Wife Lived In Fear, Jury Is Told
Raue Tells Of Troubled Marriage
Defense Tries To Show Wife Unfaithful
Grisly Details Tinted Murder Trial
Man Gets 70 Years For Murdering, Dismembering Wife
People of the State of Illinois v John Raue 1992 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Books
Till Death Do Us Part: True Stories of Newlywed Murder Cases

INMATE INFORMATION

john-raue-prison-mug

B15382 – RAUE, JOHN R.
Parent Institution: ROBINSON CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: ROBINSON

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 12/15/1963
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Blue

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT – V.H.
TATTOO, BACK – EAGLE
TATTOO, CHEST – WIZARD

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 07/17/1991
Projected Parole Date: 01/07/2023
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: 01/07/2026

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 90CF2606
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 07/12/1990
SENTENCE: 60 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: WILL
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 90CF2606
CLASS: 3
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: CONCEAL HOMICIDAL DEATH
CUSTODY DATE: 07/12/1990
SENTENCE: 5 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: WILL
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

Monsters Among Us: Alfred Swinton killed Carla Terry, sentenced to 60 years in prison; Linked to at least 4 other murders

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Victims
Carla Terry, 28 [1/13/1991 Hartford, CT] (no picture)
Mary Shirley, 29 [7/15/1987 Hebron, CT]
Patricia Thompson, 22 [11/28/1988 Keney Park, CT] (no picture)
Tameika Mayo, 15 [3/11/1990 Rocky Hill, CT]
Deidra Dancy, 19 [6/10/1990 South Windsor, CT]

Alfred Swinton has only been tried and convicted for one victim, Carla Terry. **Update 6/2017** Swinton’s conviction has been overturned. He has been released pending his new trial. His next court date is 7/20/2017. He has not yet been exonerated. That will apparently be decided by a new jury. DNA evidence points to him not being the killer of Carla Terry. There is other evidence that has called his guilt into question.

Killings Of 5 Women Probed
5 Women, All Dead, All Linked To 1 Man
Man Charged For Second Time In Woman’s Death
Swinton Murder Case Goes To The Jury
Swinton convicted; may face more charges
Family of woman murdered and Hartford police chief share special bond
Cold Case File Of Mary Shirley
Facebook: What Happened to Tameika D Mayo
Cold Case: Diedra Dancy
State of Connecticut v Alfred Swinton 2004
State Agrees On New Trial For Convicted Murderer Swinton, Once A Suspected Serial Killer
Judge Releases Alfred Swinton, Convicted Of Murder In 1991, Pending New Trial
Swinton gets new trial, released to house arrest
Man convicted of murder in 1991 given new trial

Movies/Documentaries
Ice Cold Killers: Last Call

INMATE INFORMATION

alfred-swinton

Inmate Number: 206457
Inmate Name: SWINTON, ALFRED
Date of Birth: 9/28/1948
Latest Admission Date: 10/13/1998
Current Location: MACDOUGALL-WALKER (MACDOUGALL BUILDING)
Status: SENTENCED
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: MURDER AF
Date of Sentence: 5/21/2001
Maximum Sentence: 60 Year(s) 0 Month(s) 0 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: 9/21/2051
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: Not Applicable
Detainer: NONE

Psycho For Love: Jason Richard Garcia killed girlfriend, Monica Nacole Vigil; Sentenced to 1-15 years in prison, but escaped custody; Added another 1-15 years sentence consecutive to the manslaughter sentence

DV

monica-vigil
Monica Nacole Vigil

Find-A-Grave: Monica Nacole Vigil
Key witness in murder case is shot, killed at Murray home
Teen admits that he killed Monica Vigil
Inmates escape from Utah prison
Romance with jailer linked to escape of 2
Suspect detained in officer-involved shooting in Salt Lake City

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 77630
Offender Name: JASON RICHARD GARCIA
DOB: Wed, 15 Oct 1975
Height: 5 Feet 11 Inches
Weight: 210
Sex: M
Location: UTAH STATE PRISON
Housing Facility: OQUIRRH
Parole Date: 04/04/2017
Aliases:
JASON RICHARD GARCIA

Deadly Duo: Billy Ray Riggs and Hilda Sims Riggs killed Jamie Michele Bowie; Billy Ray Riggs sentenced to death

remembering the victims

Couple Sought in Slaying of Van Nuys Woman Arrested
Couple Charged in Slaying of Woman
Death Penalty Ordered in Ex-Yukon Woman’s ’90 Slaying
Conviction and sentence overturn sought in 23-year-old slaying
Television Excerpt Properly Shown to Jury, S.C. Rules
The People of the State of California v Billy Ray Riggs 2008 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
USC Law Students, Alum Fight for Battered Woman Convicted of Murder
USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project Welcomes Home Longtime Client
Billy Ray Riggs – California Death Row
Billy Ray Riggs pen pal request

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Unfinished Journey

Defendants
Billy Ray Riggs – convicted, sentenced to death
Hilda Sims Riggs – pled guilty, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison; released 11/6/2014

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Hilda Riggs

INMATE INFORMATION

billy-ray-riggs

Name: RIGGS, BILLY RAY
CDCR#: J41800
Age: 69
Admission Date: 11/15/1994
Current Location: San Quentin

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