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    September 20: Mark Mueller, 32, was fishing in Waukegan, IL when Jared Fitch and Walter Hains beat him to death with a baseball bat. Fitch was sentenced to 54 years in prison (on parole now on Interstate Compact – probably in Barberton, OH) and Hains was sentenced to 70 years in prison (still incarcerated)

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Monsters Among Us: Gary Gampfer killed 8-year-old Jessica Buckler; Sentenced to 40 years in prison, released from prison on 9/1/2017 – barely 24 years later, not 40


Jessica Buckler

Find-A-Grave: Jessica Lynn Buckler
Justice for Children
News Articles
Garry Gampfer, convicted in ’93 of murdering 8-year-old girl, released from prison


Gary Gampfer

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Cold Case: Rudy Gaytan killed Tammera Tatum in 1993; Sentenced to 72 years in prison to be served along with a sentence for rape


Tammera “Tammy” Tatum

Husband: Murder Suspect Came To Funeral With Me
Gaytan’s trial set to move forward
Boulder judge: 1996 rape facts allowed at Rudy Gaytan’s murder trial
Longmont murder suspect Rudy Gaytan pleads guilty in 1993 slaying
Woman Sues Longmont Officer Over Rape Investigation
Victim asks for review of cold case after crime show profiles rapist, murderer
‘Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen’ to revisit 1993 Longmont murder case

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Expert Witness
Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen: Deadly Compulsive

INMATE INFORMATION

Cold Case: Jahala Watson murder 6/20/1993 Mulberry, FL *Son, Christopher Shane Knight, pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 6 years in prison; Released 2015*


Jahala Ann Watson

Find-A-Grave: Jahala Ann Knight Watson
Killer Could Be Charged For Death Of Fetus
Joint Investigation Leads To Suspect’s Arrest in 19-Year-Old Cold Case Homicide
Sheriff: 1993 Fla. murder solved – the son did it
Woman’s Son Arrested; Is a Suspect in 19-Year-Old Cold Case
Arrest made in 19-year-old homicide
FL – Jahala Watson, 39, pregnant, murdered, Mulberry, 22 June 1993

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: C08935
Name: KNIGHT, CHRISTOPHER S
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 146 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/20/1973
Custody: MINIMUM
Release Date: 10/30/2015

Family Annihilator: Ricky Forsyth killed his estranged wife, Jolene, their 3 kids and 2 other children

Victims
Mary Jolene Forsyth, 39
Brian Forsyth, 18
Nikki Forsyth, 17
Jessica Forsyth, 11
Martina Napodano, 9
Helen Napodano, 8

Find-A-Grave: Mary Jolene Rinehart Forsyth
Find-A-Grave: Brian Sean Forsyth
Find-A-Grave: Nikki Ann Forsyth
Find-A-Grave: Jessica Michelle Forsyth
Six found slain in Iowa
Six people found dead in home
Six killed, one critically wounded in apparent domestic dispute
Slain Girls Were More Than Just Sisters
Ricky Wayne Forsyth v John Ault II 2008 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Rick Wayne Forsyth
The Dark Side of Iowa: Ricky Forsyth

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Ricky Wayne Forsyth
Offender Number 1057661
Sex M
Birth Date 06/30/1950
Location Anamosa State Penitentiary
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
TDD/SDD * LIFE
Commitment Date 05/31/1994
Recall Date
Mandatory Minimum (if applicable)

Charges
SUPERVISION STATUS: Prison
OFFENSE CLASS: A Felony
COUNTY OF COMMITMENT: Warren

Psycho For Love: John Wesley Selvy shot & killed his girlfriend, Shekelia Shree Johnson; Sentenced to life in prison


Shekelia Shree Johnson

The Case of the Teenage Killer
Shekelia Johnson obituary
Youth accused of killing his girlfriend part 1
Shooting (scroll to the right) part 2
Friends and family of deceased girl tell of fatal night
Trial: Friends, family of deceased girl tell of fatal night
Witness: Dying words named Selvy
Trial: witness says dying words named Selvy
Selvy found guilty (scroll to the right)
Trial: Selvy found guilty of killing Shekelia Johnson
Gunshot residue may be key to case (second half of article)
State of Missouri v John Wes Selvy 1996
Excerpt from “Scoundrels to the Hoosegow: Perry Mason Moments and Entertaining Cases from…”

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC ID 507877
Offender Name John W Selvy
Race Black
Sex Male
Date of Birth 06/28/1977
Height/Weight 5’7″ / 136
Hair/Eyes Black / Brown
Assigned Location Jefferson City Correctional Center
Address 8200 No More Victims, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Assigned Officer Phone Number (573) 751-3224
Sentence Summary Life (Life, 50 CS)
Active Offenses MURDER 2ND DEGREE; ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION
Completed Offenses Completed sentence not found
Aliases Shorty G Nickname; John W Selvy; John WES Selvy

Parents Gone Wild! Jessica Schwarz beat and then drowned her stepson, Andrew Joseph “AJ” Schwarz; Sentenced to 70 years in prison

From Jessica Schwarz’ appeal: Defendant’s husband found Andrew dead in the family swimming pool around 6:30 a.m. He was nude, and his body was covered with bruises. The pool was less than four feet deep, and Andrew, who was taller than that, was a good swimmer. Defendant, who would normally have slept late on Sunday, the morning that Andrew’s death was discovered, awakened her husband around 6:00 a.m. when she couldn’t find Andrew.

In her trial, defendant’s counsel attempted to show that Andrew’s death was either a suicide, an accident, or that defendant’s husband, Andrew’s father, murdered him. She argues that the largely circumstantial evidence of her involvement was insufficient, and that the court should have granted her motion for judgment of acquittal.

Although Andrew’s life had been made miserable by the defendant, who had abused him physically and mentally on many occasions, the pathologist who performed an autopsy on Andrew, Dr. Burton, testified that “there’s a medical certainty that this is not a suicide.” Dr. Burton testified that Andrew had bruises on his buttocks, the insides of his thighs and one arm, and in the small of the back, none of which could have resulted from falling down. He also had other soft tissue injuries, including to his lip and cheek. More specifically, he had lacerations behind each ear almost in the same place, which were consistent with pressure from fingers having forced him into the pool and holding him underwater.

Find-A-Grave: Andrew James Schwarz
AJ’s Place
A.J.’s Story — Facts
Schwarz Denies Killing Stepson, Accuses Others On Tv Talk Show
Jessica Schwarz v State of Florida 1997 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Books
No One Can Hurt Him Anymore

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: 391272
Name: SCHWARZ, JESSICA
Race: WHITE
Sex: FEMALE
Hair Color: GRAY OR PARTIALLY GRAY
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’02”
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birth Date: 12/07/1954
Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: DECEASED

Serial Killer: Gerald Patrick Lewis killed at least 6 women; Sentenced to death in 2 States; Died in prison

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Peggy Lynn Grimes

Victims
Peggy Lynn Grimes, 22 [9/1993 Douglas County, GA] (and her unborn child)(death)
Kathleen Bracken, 32 [4/11/1998 Baldwin County, AL] (LWOP)
Misty McGugin, 22 [1/31/1998 Mobile, AL] (death)
unidentified girl near Charlie Brown Airport [Fulton County, GA]

Police charge parolee with fifth woman’s slaying
Alabama, Georgia officials line up to try convicted killer again
Witnesses say Gerald Patrick Lewis showed first signs of remorse at sentencing
Serial killer given additional sentence of life without parole
Convicted serial killer, Gerald Patrick Lewis, dies on Alabama’s death row
Murderpedia: Gerald Patrick Lewis
Gerrald Patrick Lewis v State of Alabama 2003
Gerald Patrick Lewis v State of Georgia 2005
20 YEARS LATER: Serial killer made Douglas County his killing field

Movies/Documentaries
Evil Lives Here: My Brother’s Secrets

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Gerald Patrick Lewis

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