Fathers From Hell: Ronald “Silly the Clown” Schroeder charged with the cold case murder of his 7-week-old daughter, Catherine

Find-A-Grave: Catherine Marie Schroeder
Former professional clown charged with killing infant daughter 30 years ago
‘Silly the Clown’ charged with first-degree reckless homicide in daughter’s 1991 death
Greenfield child death cold case; man charged 30 years later
Cold case solved: Former Milwaukee clown charged with killing newborn daughter in 1991
‘Silly the Clown’ Charged with Murdering His Infant Daughter 30 Years Ago
Wisconsin Man Formerly Known as ‘Silly the Clown’ Charged With Cold Case Killing of 7-Week-Old Daughter
Former Professional Clown Charged in 30-Year-Old Cold Case Killing of Daughter

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Wives: Patricia Brown hired her sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Leroy Wentzel, to kill her husband, Frederic Brown; All sentenced to prison

From Patricia Brown’s appeal: At trial, the evidence tended to show that in March or April of 1990, defendant contacted her sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Leroy Wentzel, in New Hope, Alabama, and asked if they knew anyone who would shoot and kill her husband, Fred Brown, in High Point, North Carolina.   Leroy Wentzel volunteered.   Defendant met with the Wentzels in Alabama to discuss how her High Point house was arranged and to plan the murder.   Defendant paid the Wentzels $1,000 up front to kill her husband and offered to pay them an additional $30,000 upon completion of the killing.   After this initial meeting, Leroy Wentzel started driving to North Carolina.   On his way, Wentzel decided that he could not continue with the murder plans, and he called defendant and told her that he “couldn’t do it at that time.”

Several months later, Leroy and Sheila Wentzel visited defendant in her High Point home and met defendant’s husband, Fred Brown.   After this visit, on 23 April 1991, Leroy Wentzel again spoke with defendant, and they made arrangements for the murder of defendant’s husband.   Wentzel testified that they planned that he would call Fred Brown at his house on 24 April 1991, under the pretext that Wentzel’s car had broken down.   Defendant made arrangements to be at a real-estate meeting and to have her daughter out of the house so that her husband would be the only one home to receive Wentzel’s phone call.   At approximately noon on 24 April 1991, Wentzel called defendant and told her that he was on his way.

Wentzel drove to High Point.   He took a .22-caliber revolver and wore a yellow and black sweatshirt.   At approximately 9:30 p.m., Wentzel arrived in High Point and, from a dark area along Highway 68, called defendant’s home and told defendant’s husband that his car had broken down.   After learning Wentzel’s location, the victim said he would be out in a few minutes to assist him.   Wentzel opened the hood of his car and pulled the coil wire off so the vehicle would not start.   When the victim arrived, he turned the hazard lights of his vehicle on, and he and Wentzel looked under the hood of Wentzel’s vehicle and discussed what to do next.   Wentzel then suggested that they walk away from the car a distance.   While doing so, he told the victim that the victim’s wife wanted him dead and showed him the gun from under the sweatshirt.

The victim begged Wentzel not to kill him and started to run.   Nonetheless, Wentzel shot the victim once in the back, and he fell to the ground;  Wentzel then shot the victim twice more in the head from close range to make certain he was dead.   Wentzel returned to his car and proceeded to drive down the road.   However, upon remembering that defendant had told him to make the murder look like a robbery, Wentzel returned to the crime scene, removed the victim’s wallet from his back pocket, turned the hazard lights of the victim’s vehicle off and then started home to Alabama.   As he drove home, Wentzel threw the victim’s wallet away.   Several months later, he threw the gun into the Coosa River.   A passerby discovered the victim’s body lying facedown in a ditch beside Highway 68, with a sweatshirt wrapped around his right arm.   A pool of blood surrounded the victim’s head.   An autopsy indicated that the victim had sustained three gunshot wounds, one to the back and two to the left side of the head.   Over the course of the next few months, defendant paid Wentzel approximately $3,500.

Thereafter, in June 1994, when Leroy Wentzel was on the verge of suicide, he wrote two letters which he gave to his daughter, Janelle, with instructions to open only after his death.   In these letters, Wentzel stated that he “shot Fred Brown by his wife, Pat,” and that he was to be paid $30,000.   On 13 July 1994, Wentzel was arrested and jailed in Pennsylvania for failure to pay child support.   Also, on 13 July 1994, Janelle Wentzel gave her father’s letters to the police in Reading, Pennsylvania, and she confirmed that her father also had told her about the murder of Fred Brown and that he did it for his wife’s sister, the defendant.   The Reading Police Department contacted the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department with regard to the alleged homicide.   In November 1994, detectives from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department talked with Wentzel regarding the killing of Fred Brown.   Wentzel gave statements to the detectives about the murder and his involvement.   Both of Wentzel’s sons confirmed that their father also had told them about the murder and that it was done for defendant, who was to receive insurance money as a result of her husband’s death.

State Man Arrested, Fighting Extradition
Brown/Wentzel [news story about the murder, that day or the next]
Trial begins in 4-year-old murder case
Son gives jurors new perspective of Fred Brown
Convicted murderer testifies against sister
Jurors get two portraits of Patricia Brown
Wife convicted in murder for hire
State of North Carolina v Patricia Brown 1999
Prison houses veterans block

Movies/Documentaries
Twisted Sisters: Wentzel/Brown Sisters

Defendants
Patricia Brown – convicted, sentenced to life, died in prison
Sheila Wentzel – convicted, sentenced to 50 years in prison
Leroy Wentzel – convicted, sentenced to life, still in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

PATRICIA G BROWN
Offender Number: 0485109
Inmate Status: INACTIVE
Gender: FEMALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: UNKNOWN
Birth Date: 01/21/1948
Age: 71

INMATE INFORMATION

SHELIA WENTZEL
Offender Number: 0474960
Inmate Status: INACTIVE
Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
Gender: FEMALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: UNKNOWN
Birth Date: 10/06/1956
Age: 63

INMATE INFORMATION

LEROY W WENTZEL
Offender Number: 0473193
Inmate Status: ACTIVE
Gender: MALE
Race: WHITE
Ethnic Group: EUROPEAN/N.AM./AUSTR
Birth Date: 03/08/1943
Age: 76

 

Parents Gone Wild! Brook Graham charged in the cold case murder of her newborn daughter, Julie Valentine, who was discarded in a box in a field


The Julie Valentine Center

**Update 5/26/2019** Brook Graham has now been linked by DNA to another newborn that was found dead in 1989, so she will have new charges added.

The Julie Valentine Center
Vigil honors infant known as Julie Valentine
Community holds vigil after break in Julie Valentine cold case
Greenville police make arrest in Julie Valentine homicide case
Police: Julie Valentine cold case cracked
Greenville police announce arrest of woman in homicide of infant known as Julie Valentine
SLED lab results confirm Brook Graham is biological mother of Julie Valentine
Greenville police arrest woman believed to be baby’s mother in Julie Valentine killing, father not charged
Greenville police solve ‘Julie Valentine’ cold case, arrest mother decades after baby found in field
Birth mother of ‘Julie Valentine’ now faces murder charge 29 years after infant’s body found, police say
Mother of Julie Valentine charged in connection with death of son in 1989
Charges against Julie Valentine’s mother are now amended to murder
Mother in Julie Valentine case to be freed on bond
Brook Graham, the woman charged in deaths of 2 babies found in Greenville in 1989 & 1990, released on bond
Detective: Julie Valentine’s father spoke of another incident where Brook Graham put baby in toilet


The baby was found here in this box

INMATE INFORMATION

Psycho For Love: Bradford King shot & killed his wife, Diane Newton King because he was upset that she wanted to quit her job to be with her children;


Diane Newton King

Find-A-Grave: Diane Marler King
TV Anchor Is Slain in Michigan
Clues hunted for TV anchor’s killer Woods combed after slaying of newscaster.
Ex-Policeman Gets Life Term For Killing Wife, a TV Anchor
Ex-cop Guilty In Murder Of Tv News-anchor Wife
Death in a Small Town
A Small-Town Murder Solved
Diane Newton King murdered – Ex officer Bradford King – Pontiac PD
Shot in cold blood Loving mother ruthlessly killed in her own driveway

Books
Eye of the Beholder: The Almost Perfect Murder of Anchorwoman Diane Newton King
Love Kills: The Stalking of Diane Newton King

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Sins: Kiss ‘n Kill
Forensic Files: News at 11

INMATE INFORMATION

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
MDOC Number: 228745
SID Number: 1642698J
Name: BRADFORD J KING
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 208 lbs.
Date of Birth: 01/15/1947 (70)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Thumb Correctional Facility
Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE

ALIASES
None

MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Scar- Left Eye
Scar- Stomach – APPENDIX SCAR
Tattoo- Left Arm
Tattoo- Right Arm

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Open Murder – Statutory Short Form
Minimum Sentence: LIFE
MCL#: 750.316C
Maximum Sentence: LIFE
Court File#: 92949
Date of Offense: 02/09/1991
County: Calhoun
Date of Sentence: 01/06/1993
Conviction Type: Jury

Sentence 2
Offense: Weapons – Felony Firearms
Minimum Sentence: 2 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.227BA
Maximum Sentence: 2 years 0 months
Court File#: 92949
Date of Offense: 02/09/1991
County: Calhoun
Date of Sentence: 01/06/1993
Conviction Type: Jury

Deadly Wives: Joann Curley poisoned her husband, Bob, to death with rat poison; Sentenced to 20 years in prison


Bob Curley

POMC: Robert Curley “Bobby”
With The Iced Tea Came A Painful Death — Wife Accused Of Poisoning Her Husband – Even In Hospital
Woman who poisoned, killed husband denied parole
Notorious killer Joann Curley denied last chance at parole
Joann Curley will eventually get out of prison but Bobby’s sentence will never end
Murderer Joann Curley Freed from Prison
Woman who killed husband with rat poison released from prison
Woman who killed husband with rat poison in food released from prison
The Joann Curley Case: The making of a plea agreement

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: ‘Til Death Do Us Part
Autopsy 5: Dead Men Do Tell Tales
The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead: Touch Me and Die
A Wedding and a Murder: The Lovesick Groom


Joann Curley

Monsters Among Us: Jack Harold Jones raped and killed Mary Phillips in front of her 11-year-old daughter; Sentenced to death

From Jones’ appeal: On the afternoon of June 6, 1995, seventeen-year-old Darla Phillips dropped her eleven-year-old sister Lacy off at Automated Tax and Accounting Service in Bald Knob, where their mother, thirty-four-year old Mary Phillips, worked as a bookkeeper.   Mary was planning to take her daughter to a 3:00 p.m.   dentist appointment.   Darla and her fifteen-year-old brother Jessie were expecting their mother and little sister to return to their home in Bradford around 4:30 p.m.   or 5:00 p.m.   They never arrived.

A black-haired male entered the business before Lacy and her mother could leave for the dentist’s office.   According to Lacy’s testimony at trial, the man had a teardrop tattoo on his face and more tattoos on his arm.   The man had come into the business earlier that day to borrow some books.   When he returned, he complained that he had been given the wrong book.   He then told Lacy and her mother that he was “sorry,” but that he was “going to have to rob (them).”   He ordered Mary to lay down on her stomach, and then made Lacy lay down on top of her mother.   After retrieving the cash out of the register, he took them into a small break room.   The man took Lacy into a bathroom off of the break room, tied her to a chair, then left.   When he returned, Lacy, now crying, asked the man not to hurt her mother, to which he replied, “I’m not.   I’m going to hurt you.”   He began to choke Lacy until she passed out.   After Lacy lost consciousness, Jones struck her at least eight times in the head with the barrel of a BB gun, causing severe lacerations and multiple skull fractures.   When Lacy woke up, she saw blood and began to vomit.   She went back to sleep and awakened later when police, seeing her bloodied body and thinking she was dead, were taking photographs of her.

Police found Mary’s body nude from the waist down.   A cord from a nearby Mr. Coffee pot was wrapped around her neck and wire was tied around her hands, which were positioned behind her back.   Bruises on her arms and back indicated that she had struggled with her attacker prior to her death.   According to autopsy results, Mary died from strangulation and blunt-force head injuries.   Rectal swabs indicated that she had been anally raped before she was killed.

Victims
Lorraine Anne Barrett, 32 [6/1/1991 FL]
Mary Phillips, 34 [6/6/1995 AR]

Find-A-Grave: Lorraine Anne “Lori” Barrett
Lawmen recall Jack Jones’ chilling murder, rape of Mary Phillips
Jack Jones Jr v State of Arkansas 1997
Victim’s family urges no mercy for Arkansas death-row inmate
Parole board recommends denying clemency to Arkansas death row inmate
For killer, death only answer; inmate says he would decline clemency
Jack Harold Jones & Marcel Williams: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
No stay for Jones
Tourist`s Slaying Stuns Family Woman In Town Just 5 Hours
Suspect found in 1991 killing
Man expected to plead guilty to 1991 rape, murder
Murderpedia: Jack Harold Jones Jr
Jack Harold Jones, Jr. – Arkansas Execution – April 24, 2017
Arkansas death row inmate Jack Jones executed
Arkansas executes another inmate
Jim Jones, Arkansas inmate, executed; 2nd lethal injection planned
Listen to the Full Interview from One of the Media Witnesses of Jack Jones Execution
Death Row Inmate Jack Jones’ Last Words (includes written statement)

INMATE INFORMATION

Final Words: “Well, I just want to let the James family and Lacey how sorry I am. I can’t believe I did something to her. I tried to be respectful from the time I took and become a better person. I hope I did better. I hope over time you could learn who I really am and I am not a monster. There was a reason why those things happened that day. I am so sorry Lacey; try to understand, I love you like my child.”

ADC Number: 000940
Name: JonesJr, Jack H
Race: CAUCASIAN
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 71 inches
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/10/1964
Initial Receipt Date: 04/17/1996
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*:

Deadly Duo: Dan Willoughby and Yesenia Patino killed Dan’s wife, Patricia “Trish”, so that they could be together; Both sentenced to prison


Trish Willoughby

Find-A-Grave: Patricia “Trish” Toland Willoughby
Murder at Rocky Point
Turning Tale
Transsexual ex-lover testifies in murder case
Man sentenced to death for murder of wife in Mexican resort town
Mom of slain woman upset by retrial
Man sentenced to two life terms in wife’s killing
State of Arizona v Daniel Hayden Willoughby 1995 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Yesenia Patino Gonzalez

Books
Damaged Goods

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Yesenia Patino
Investigation Discover: Lethal Lover
Dateline: Killer Women

Defendants
Dan Willoughby – convicted, sentenced to death; conviction overturned, convicted again, sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison – parole eligibility after 50 years
Yesenia Patino – convicted in Mexico, sentenced to 35 years in prison


Yesenia Patino

INMATE INFORMATION

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

Victims
Dijanet Jawn Suff, his 2-month-old daughter [9/25/1973 Tarrant County, TX] (no picture)
Michelle Yvette Gutierrez, 23 [10/30/1986 Rubidoux, CA](no picture)
Charlotte Jean Palmer, 24 [12/11/1986 Anna, IL]
Linda Ann Ortega, 37 [1/1987 Lake Elsinore, CA]
Martha Bess Young, 27 [5/2/1987 Lake Elsinore, CA]
Linda Mae Ruiz, 37 [1/17/1989 Lake Elsinore, CA] (no picture)
Kimberly Lyttle, 28 [6/28/1989 Cottonwood Canyon, CA]
Judy Lynn Angel, 36 [11/11/1989 Lake Elsinore, CA]
Christina Tina Leal, 23 [12/13/1989 Riverside County, CA]
Daria Jane Ferguson, 27 [1/18/1990 Lake Elsinore, CA]
Carol Lynn Miller, 35 (no picture) [2/8/1990 Riverside, CA]
Cheryl Coker, 33 [11/6/1990 Riverside, CA]
Susan Melissa Sternfeld, 27 [12/21/1990 Riverside, CA]
Kathleen Leslie Milne, 42 [1/19/1991 Lake Elsinore, CA]
Cherie Michelle Payseur, 24 [4/27/1991 Riverside, CA]
Sherry Ann Latham, 37 [7/4/1991 Riverside, CA]
Kelly Marie Hammond, 23 [8/16/1991 Riverside, CA]
Catherine McDonald, 30 (no picture) [9/13/1991 Riverside, CA]
Delliah Zamora Wallace, 35 [10/30/1991 Riverside, CA]
Eleanor (Eleanore) Ojeda Casares, 39 [12/23/1991 Riverside, CA]

Find-A-Grave: Dijanet Suff
Find-A-Grave: Kim Lyttle
Find-A-Grave: Judy Lynn Angel
Find-A-Grave: Christina Tina Leal
Find-A-Grave: Cherie M. Payseur
Find-A-Grave: Delliah Zamora Wallace
Find-A-Grave: Eleanor O Casares
Suspect in Serial Murders Charged With 2 Killings
Nice-Guy Neighbor: Could He Really Be Serial Killer?
Suff’s First Wife Not Surprised by Charges
William Lester Suff and Teryl Rose Suff v State of Texas 1976 (conviction and sentence affirmed for William Suff; conviction overturned for Teryl Suff)
Baby-killer suspect in serial murder case
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
Profile: 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 Number J83402
Age 70
Admission Date 11/01/1995
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.

Deadly Wives: Melissa Friedrich ‘Internet Black Widow’ killed her husband, Gordon Stewart, by running him over with their car; Sentenced to 6 years in prison *Justice???*

dv awareness

gordon-stewart
Gordon Stewart

Melissa Ann Friedrich: Canada’s “Internet Black Widow”
Alex Strategos: ‘Millie Weeks’, aka Melissa Friedrich, the Internet Black Widow (great article)
Melissa Friedrich, the ‘Internet Black Widow,’ returning to Canada
Internet Black Widow sentenced to 3½ years in jail
Canada’s Black Widow: the rosy-cheeked killer is back on the streets
‘Black Widow’s’ ex-boyfriend warns men as she gets out of prison: ‘Watch out’
The internet black widow: Is this Canada’s most dangerous woman?
Murderpedia: Melissa Ann Friedrich
Wikipedia: Melissa Ann Shepard

Movies/Documentaries
The Fifth Estate: The Widow’s Web (you can watch it here)
When Women Kill
Web of Lies: Tainted Love

melissa-friedrich-then-and-now
Melissa Friedrich, then and now

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

remember-the-victims

swinton-victims

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

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