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    Kim Marie Swann

    November 9: 1984: Kim, 21, was raped and killed in Tampa, FL by serial killer, Bobby Joe Long, who now resides on FL death row.

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Monsters Among Us: Karl Myers killed 2 women, Shawn Marie Williams and Cindy Michelle Marzano; Sentenced to death; Also a suspect in others

Victims
Shawn Marie Williams, 22 [4/16/1993]
Cindy Michelle Marzano, 29 [3/15/1996]
Lori Lee Farmer, 8 [6/13/1977] suspect
Michelle Heather Guse, 9 [6/13/1977] suspect
Doris Denise Milner, 10 [6/13/1977] suspect

From Myers’ appeal: The victim, Cindy Marzano, and Appellant were acquaintances. She left home for work on March 14, 1996, bearing no bruises or wounds on her face or head.   She drove her 1984 silver Chevrolet Impala to work for her 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. shift.   While at work she spoke to Appellant twice between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and was overheard agreeing to meet Appellant after work.   She checked out at 9:09 p.m. and was seen thereafter at Denny’s restaurant where she and a man remained about thirty (30) minutes.

At 11:51 p.m., Appellant was at a convenience store, where he had been a regular customer, and remained two to two and one-half hours.   He washed his truck while there and told the clerk he had been at a relative’s house.   At 12:30 a.m., Cindy Marzano was found floating face down in the water at the Highway 33 Landing on the navigation channel near the Port of Catoosa.   Her blouse and bra were pulled up and she had bruises on her forehead, upper left arm and neck.   She had cuts on her face and an abrasion between her shoulder blades.   She had bruises on her right thigh and left leg.   These injuries were suffered prior to death.   Asphyxiation was determined to be the cause of death.   DNA testing established that spermatozoa found in her vagina matched Appellant’s DNA.

Appellant first denied that he had seen the victim that night.   He finally admitted talking to the victim that night at her work.   He said they agreed to meet at Denny’s for coffee, and he was home by 11:45 p.m. He denied any physical contact with the victim.   He later admitted to having consensual sex with the victim that night.

Inmate Sidney Byrd testified that Appellant admitted killing two women, and further admitted that (concerning Cindy Marzano) “he was fucking her from behind when he strangled her and she died.”

Find-A-Grave: Shawn Marie Williams
Find-A-Grave: Cindy Michelle Miller Marzano
Hunch Leads to Slaying Suspect’s Arrest
Arrest Puts Light on Unsolved Killings
Myers Found Guilty in Murder of Marzano
Jury convicts man of woman’s death
Karl Lee Myers v State of Oklahoma 2000 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Oklahoma death-row inmate dies of suspected natural causes
Man Convicted Of Broken Arrow Murder Dies In Prison
Murderpedia: Karl Lee Myers
Karl Myers – Oklahoma
The Girl Scout Murders
Girl Scout Murders: 40 years later and new eyes are looking at the notorious case

Movies/Documentaries
Swamp Murders: Lost Highway

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender: Karl L. Myers
OK DOC#: 78224
Status: INACTIVE

Appearance
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 6 ft 0 in
Weight: 182 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown

Alias
Earl L. Myers

IDs
OK DOC#: 78224
Birth Date: 3/29/1948

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Monsters Among Us: Lawrence Horn hired a hitman, James Edward Perry, to kill his wife, son, and his son’s nurse so he could inherit his son’s life insurance money

Victims
Mildred Horn, 43 (ex-wife)
Trevor Horn, 8 (son, who was severely mentally challenged)
Janice Roberts Saunders, 38 (son’s nurse)

Find-A-Grave: Mildred M. “Millie” Horn
Find-A-Grave: Trevor Horn
Find-A-Grave: Janice Y Roberts Saunders
Disability Day of Mourning: Trevor Horn
In Memoriam: Trevor Horn
Father arrested in 3 murders
Man Held in Deaths of Son and Ex-Wife
Case against murder-for-hire suspect to unfold today
Horn Convicted for Three Murders
Ex-Motown Sound Engineer Gets Life In Murder Plot
Man Gets Life in Killing of 3 for Insurance
Rice v ABC 1997 (reversed and remanded)
Triple murder trial begins for James Edward Perry
Perry murder-for-hire trial goes to jury in Rockville
Perry guilty in triple slaying
Publisher of ‘Hit Man’ Manual Agrees to Settle Suit Over Triple Slaying
How The Man Behind Motown’s Sound Conspired To Kill His Family For Money
James Edward Perry v State of Maryland 1996
James Edward Perry v State of Maryland 2002 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murder by the Book
Hit man, hired by quadriplegic’s father in Silver Spring triple slaying, dies
Murderpedia: Lawrence Horn
Wikipedia: Lawrence Horn
Strong Words: The Book That Went on Trial for Murder
The Day They Came to Sue the Book

Movies/Documentaries
American Justice: Blueprint for Murder
The F.B.I. Files: Hired Gun

Defendants
Lawrence Horn – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
James Edward Perry – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

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

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

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