Deadly Duo: Ronald Tri Tran and Noel Jesse Plata tortured, robbed, then killed Linda Young Park during a home invasion; Both sentenced to death


Linda Young Park

Find-A-Grave: Linda Young Park
2 Charged in Brutal 1995 Killing
Killer apologizes before he is sentenced to death
Two get death in torture killing
Two sent to death row for ’95 killing of student
Condemned Inmate Noel Plata Dies
3rd Death Row Inmate To Die In A Week
Man Sentenced to Death for 1995 Torture Killing of OC Teen Dies in Prison
Noel Jesse Plata – California
Ronald Tri Tran – California Death Row

Defendants
Noel Jesse Plata – convicted, sentenced to death, died in prison 12/15/2020
Ronald Tri Tran – convicted, sentenced to death


Noel Jesse Plata

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name TRAN, RONALD TRI
CDCR Number G30920
Age 46
Admission Date 08/26/2008
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.

Cold Case: Clayton Bernard Foreman charged with the 1995 rape and murder of former classmate, Mary Catherine Edwards, linked by DNA


Mary Catherine Edwards

Find-A-Grave: Mary Catherine Edwards
Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Details: Mary Catherine Edwards
DNA helps crack cold case in unsolved murder of Beaumont teacher
Trash and DNA evidence lead to arrest in 1995 murder of Beaumont teacher
New details about arrest in 1995 Beaumont teacher rape and murder
Arrest made in connection with 1995 Beaumont slaying
Suspect in custody out-of-state in connection to Mary Catherine Edwards murder
Reynoldsburg man charged with capital murder in 1995 death of Texas teacher
Man in custody in Ohio charged with 1995 murder of Beaumont teacher
Man Accused Of 1995 Cold Case Killing Of Beloved Teacher Who Once Served As A Bridesmaid In His Wedding
Man Accused in Cold Case 1995 Drowning Murder of Teacher Who’d Been Bridesmaid at His Wedding

INMATE INFORMATION

Clayton Bernard Foreman
Credit: Beaumont Police Department

CLAYTON B FOREMAN
Age 61
Gender Male
Race White

Date of Birth Apr 22, 1960
ID Number 0416995
Custody Status Date May 04, 2021 01:35 PM EDT
Custody Status In Custody
Custody Detail Franklin County Corrections Center II
Book Date Apr 29, 2021 05:57 PM EDT

LOCATION
Franklin County Corrections Center II
2460 Jackson Pike
Columbus, OH 43223
(614) 525-7100

Cold Case: Johnny Dwight Whited, a terminally ill man, called police to confess to the 1995 murder of Christopher Alvin Dailey


Christopher Alvin Dailey

Find-A-Grave: Christopher Alvin “Chris” Dailey
Alabama man arrested in 1995 slaying after calling police
Alabama Man Arrested in 1995 Slaying After Calling Police
Decatur man charged after confessing to 25 year old murder
Arrest made in 25-year-old Decatur cold case
Alabama murder case goes unsolved for 25 years. Then police got a phone call.
Terminally Ill Man Allegedly Calls Police, Confesses to 1995 Alabama Cold Case Murder
Terminally ill Alabama man confesses to 1995 cold-case killing
Decatur police arrest suspect in 1995 cold case slaying of Huntsville man

INMATE INFORMATION

Serial Killer: Rory Enrique Conde killed at least 6 women; Sentenced to death *The Tamiami Trail Strangler*

Victims
Lazaro Comesana, 26 [9/17/1994]
Elisa Martinez, 44 [10/08/1994]
Charity Fay Nava, 22 [11/20/1994]
Wanda Dawn Crawford, 38 [11/25/1994] (no picture)
Necole Schneider, 27 [12/17/1994]
Rhonda Dunn, 20 [1/12/1995]

Find-A-Grave: Lazaro Comesana
Find-A-Grave: Elisa “Daphne” Martinez
Find-A-Grave: Charity Fay Nava
Find-A-Grave: Wanda Dawn Crawford
Find-A-Grave: Necole Christina Schneider
Find-A-Grave: Rhonda Dunn
Victims bound in life, death
Latest victims show Tamiami serial killer won’t be held to pattern
Attorney: Too much evidence allowed against Tamiami Strangler
Serial prostitute killer sentenced for 5 more slayings
State of Florida v Rory Enrique Conde 2003 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Radford University profile: Rory Conde
Rory Conde – The Tamiami Trail Strangler
Murderpedia: Rory Enrique Conde
Wikipedia: Rory Enrique Conde
Rory Conde – Florida Death Row

INMATE INFORMATION


FLORIDA PRISON

ID Photo

DC Number: M25274
Name: CONDE, RORY E
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Birth Date: 06/14/1965
Initial Receipt Date: 07/12/2001
Current Facility: OUT OF DEPT. CUSTODY BY COURT ORDER
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: PENDING

Cold Case: James Watkins charged with the 1995 murder of Christine Susan Munro on the Sacramento River Trail

Find-A-Grave: Christine Susan Munro
25 years later, Redding police say they know who killed woman in River Trail cold case
DNA cracked 1995 cold case murder of nurse, California police say
Man charged in 1995 murder of nurse and mother on Sacramento River Trail
California police solve cold case of female jogger killed 25 years ago
Decades after nurse & mom-of-four is found dead along California trail, police arrest suspect for rape & murder
Calif. Nurse Was Found Dead Along Hiking Trail in 1995, and Suspect Is Charged with Rape, Murder
DNA cracked 1995 cold case murder of nurse, California police say
Suspect in Christine Munro cold case makes first court appearance
Texas Teen Committed 1995 Redding Murder of Christine Munro, Police Say

INMATE INFORMATION

Personal Statistics
DOB: 01-17-1978
Age: 42
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 170 lbs.

Eyes: GRN
Hair: RED
Race: W
Sex: M

Booking Information
Booking #: 20012237
Arrest Date: 11-13-2020
Booking Date: 11-13-2020
Arresting Agency: RPD

Bail: No Bail
Cell #: 2C09

Monsters Among Us: James William “Animal” Begley kidnapped and killed Erica Miller, then buried her in a shallow grave: Originally sentenced to death, changed to LWOP


Erica Miller

Find-A-Grave: Erica M. Miller
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v James William Begley 2001 (conviction affirmed, sentence overturned)
Man reveals how he was conned into letting his friend bury the body of a 19-year-old girl he’d murdered in his back garden by telling him he was hiding ‘insurance papers’

Movies/Documentaries
Buried in the Backyard: Fatal Secret<s/a>

INMATE INFORMATION

Psycho For Love: Steven Vargas killed his wife, Rebecca; Convicted, sentenced to 5 years to life; Up for parole now

From Vargas’ appeal: In January 1994, Steven and Rebecca Vargas married each other for the second time.   Less than a month into the second marriage, Vargas was eating lunch at an Ogden restaurant with his aunt, Vicki Pubela.   Pubela noted her pleasure at seeing the couple back together and asked him what he would do if his marriage failed again.   Vargas told her he “would kill Rebecca first.”   Pubela then replied that he did not really mean that, to which he responded, “Oh, yes, I do.”

Similarly, about eight months later, the Vargases had a fight at the North East Flagging Company, where the couple worked.   Immediately afterward, Steven Vargas told several witnesses, “If she ever leaves me again, I’ll kill her.”   Finally, in October of 1995, Steven Vargas and Gary Heward, a deputy Weber county attorney were discussing the O.J. Simpson murder trial, when Vargas stated, “If a black man can do that and get away with it, so can a Mexican.”

A month before Vargas’s conversation with Heward, Rebecca Vargas told Melinda McClain, Steven Vargas’s youngest sister, that she was considering leaving her husband.   Two months later, in November 1995, the couple told the Vargas family that they were divorcing.

On December 22, 1995, Robert Escobel, Steven Vargas’s half-brother, called Steven Vargas to arrange a visit.   During the conversation, “out of the blue,” Vargas asked Escobel if he would kill his wife:  “All you gotta do is, I’ll fly you down here, you can hit her over the head with a bat a couple of times.   She’s so small, she’ll die.   I’ll fly you right back.   You’ll be in and out in a few hours.”   Escobel refused, and his brother responded, “If you don’t do it, I’ve got something else in the works.”

Rebecca Vargas met with McClain three days later, on Christmas, at a local bowling alley and bar, Ben Lomond Lanes, for drinks.   The two were joined by Monty Vorwaller, a police officer whom Rebecca Vargas was dating.   Rebecca Vargas told McClain that in three days (December 28) she would be moving out of the trailer house in which she was then living with her husband and Mike Reid, his nephew, and into an apartment.

On December 27, Rebecca Vargas called Vorwaller and told him she was moving that day.   Around noon, Reid helped her load some cleaning supplies into her Jeep. She then drove to her new apartment, which was one of three apartments she and her husband maintained and managed.   After cleaning there for several hours, she returned to the trailer house, and Reid drove the Jeep to work.

After working until about 5:00 p.m. on that same day, Steven Vargas went to the Sand Trap, a private club, and then to Ben Lomond Lanes, where he talked with Garrett Bell and told him he was breaking up with his wife.   At about 6:15, Steven Vargas went home.   Before leaving, he told Bell he would be back at around 7:30 that evening to meet a woman;  however, he did not return.

At about 6:30 p.m., the Vargases and their two children ate dinner at a buffet restaurant in Ogden.   From this point until about 10:30 that evening, there are two versions of events.1  According to Steven Vargas, after eating dinner, the family went to a theater and watched the movie “Toy Story.”   At 9:00 p.m., they went to another restaurant to get drinks and returned home at about 9:30 p.m. At this time, Rebecca Vargas left to go check on her apartment.

However, the State contends that between 6:30 and 7:00 that evening, Steven Vargas’s nephew, Ryan Hawley, arrived at the trailer house to babysit the couple’s two children so that they could go out for the evening.2  Because Reid had driven the Jeep to work, the Vargases left in their other vehicle, an Oldsmobile.   At trial, the State theorized that sometime that evening between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Steven Vargas attacked and seriously wounded his wife outside her new apartment, then left her for dead.   Afterward, he returned to the trailer house alone, arriving at about 10:00 p.m. He told Hawley that his wife had gone to make some minor repairs at her apartment.   Hawley left shortly afterward.

Both sides agree that at about 10:30 p.m., Steven Vargas telephoned Melinda McClain, asking if Rebecca Vargas was with her.   On learning that she was not there, Vargas asked McClain to check on her at the apartment, explaining he was unable to do so himself because Reid had taken the Jeep to work and his wife had taken the Oldsmobile to the apartment.   McClain agreed to go to the apartment.

At about 11:00 p.m., Melinda McClain and her husband David arrived at the Vargases’ trailer house.   Reid had just returned with the Jeep, as well.   The McClains told Steven Vargas that they had driven by the apartment and had seen the Oldsmobile parked out front. After talking for about forty-five minutes, the McClains prepared to leave, telling Steven Vargas they would drive by Ben Lomond Lanes to see if Rebecca Vargas had gone there, and, if they did not see her car there, they would again drive by the apartment.

Not finding the Oldsmobile at the bowling alley, Melinda and David McClain returned to the apartment.   They parked behind the Oldsmobile, which was still there, and knocked on the apartment door. When nobody answered, Melinda McClain began to walk around the building.   Before getting all the way around the building, however, she heard moaning.   She brought her husband to the northeast corner of the porch to listen.   In addition to the moaning, they also heard a low, calm, indiscernible, masculine voice.3  Melinda McClain also thought she saw somebody crouched over in the bushes;  however, her husband believed she was simply imagining things.   Based on what they heard, the McClains concluded Rebecca Vargas was having sexual relations with someone.   It was now about 12:30 a.m. The McClains left, went to a nearby convenience store, and called Steven Vargas, telling him his wife was at the apartment and “it sounded like she was having sex with someone.”   Vargas told them to “let her have her fun” and go home.

Instead of going home, the McClains returned to the apartment for the third time that night.   This time they heard nothing.   They went to Ben Lomond Lanes and then returned, once more, to the apartment.   It was now about 1:00 a.m. As the McClains approached the apartment, they discovered the Vargases’ Jeep parked next to the Oldsmobile.   They drove to an adjacent street and waited. Shortly afterward, Steven Vargas walked out from the east side of the apartment building wearing his robe and shaking his head.   As he approached the Jeep, he ducked down and appeared to wipe something off himself.   The McClains drove away without confronting him, but he saw the couple stopped at a nearby intersection.   Vargas pulled over in the Jeep, and the McClains got out of their car to speak with him.   He stated that he did not want his wife to think he was spying on her and asked them to not “tell anybody I was here.”   As they parted, he reiterated, “Don’t tell anybody I was here, and whatever happens, don’t tell anybody I was here.”   The McClains again returned to the apartment, for the fifth time that night, but heard nothing and went home.

At about 6:00 that morning, Vargas called the McClains and once more asked them to check on his wife.   Melinda McClain told him to call the police and ask them to go to the apartment.   He did so, but the police refused to send anyone over because Vargas said he had no reason to believe Rebecca was in danger.   He again called the McClains and they went to the apartment.

Melinda McClain knocked on the door and, after getting no response, entered the apartment.   She did not find Rebecca Vargas inside.   She then began searching outside the building.   As she came around the east side of the building, she found Rebecca Vargas’s body lying on the ground.   Rebecca Vargas was lying on her back.   Her sweatshirt and bra had both been pulled up to her chin, exposing her chest and abdomen.   The temperature that morning was about 20 degrees, and Rebecca Vargas’s hair, face, and clothes were covered with frozen blood.   There was a pool of blood by her head and a larger pool at her feet.   Nearby was a battery-operated lantern, a set of keys, and a cigarette lighter.   The lantern was covered in her blood and a clump of her hair.   Later investigation revealed that Steven Vargas owned a similar lantern;  however, it could not be found at his trailer house after the murder.   Steven Vargas’s fingerprints were identified on the lantern’s battery.

Rebecca Vargas died from repeated blows to the top of her head, which extensively fractured her skull and resulted in swelling of the brain and loss of blood, as well as hypothermia.   Some of the blows were inflicted while she was either standing or sitting upright.   These injuries were located toward the back half of the top of the skull, and the weapon that inflicted these injuries was not found.   The more serious injuries, however, were located toward the front of the skull and were inflicted while she was lying on the ground or pressed against a stationary object, such as a wall.   Dr. Maureen Frikke, a forensic pathologist and the State’s expert witness, testified that these injuries could have come from the lantern found at the scene.   Dr. Frikke could not determine whether the injuries were all inflicted in one attack or in two separate attacks, as the State contended at trial.4

Dr. Frikke concluded that Rebecca Vargas likely survived for several hours after the initial attack and was lying on her stomach for some time.   She was discovered lying on her back, however, and the pool of blood at her feet was several feet away from any of her injuries at the time she was discovered.   Thus, someone had moved her body after the initial attack but before Melinda McClain discovered it.   Again, at trial, the State contended that this occurred when Vargas returned to the scene of the crime at about 1:00 a.m. Additionally, Dr. Frikke found that some of the injuries to Rebecca Vargas’s face occurred after her death.

Shortly after the discovery of the body, the McClains went to the Ogden police station.   At about 8:30 that same morning, Steven Vargas also went to the police station, explaining that he was there to pay traffic tickets and fees for expired license tags for the McClains.   Upon Vargas’s arrival, Officer Scott McGregor told him that he needed to talk to him.   Vargas agreed to answer questions, but was not informed of his wife’s death.

For six hours, the police intermittently, but extensively, questioned him about his whereabouts the previous night and his relationship with Rebecca Vargas.   He never asked about his wife or why he was being questioned, although he was read his rights and asked how to contact Rebecca’s family.   Vargas confirmed that he had driven by the apartment the previous night, but asserted that he had remained in his car and not stopped.   Later, however, he stated that he did get out of the car and went around to the east side of the building.

A subsequent search of the trailer house and Jeep revealed that the clothes Steven Vargas wore to the apartment the night before had been cleaned.   Additionally, in the Jeep, police noted that the driver’s side floor mat was “unusually free of leaves and cleaner than the rest of the jeep’s floor areas, including the other floor mats.”   Nevertheless, the police found leaf fragments under the driver’s side floor mat.   On one of the fragments, they found blood that matched Rebecca’s DNA.

Steven Vargas was later arrested and held in the county jail.   While there, two inmates alleged that he confessed to the killing.   Don Baize was in jail on a charge of attempted murder.   Following a conversation with Vargas, Baize asked his probation officer to talk to prosecutors about a plea bargain in exchange for information.   The State agreed, and Baize gave a statement that Vargas had told him, “I knew Becky was going to leave, she was seeing someone else, it drove me crazy, and that is why I killed the f* * *ing bitch, I beat the f* * * out of the bitch.”   The other inmate, Jeff Combe, was a previous acquaintance of Vargas’s and was in jail on forgery charges.   According to Combe, Vargas confessed the killing to him to “get it off his chest.”   He allegedly told Combe that “I won’t put up with her leaving me for a cop [i.e., Vorwaller].   I warned her if you ever leave me again I will kill you.”

A jury convicted Vargas of murder, and he appeals.

Ogden man arrested in wife’s bludgeoning death
Vargas found guilty of 1st-degree murder in December 1995 beating death of wife
Man seeking parole in wife’s death says he killed her
Man gets 5-to-life term for killing his wife a year ago
Stephen Vargas admits to killing wife years after her beating death in 1995
Next parole hearing for Ogden killer Stephen Vargas set for 2026
State of Utah v Stephen 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
American Monster: Backyard Daddy

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 121479
Offender Name: STEPHEN ELLIARD VARGAS
DOB: Tue, 6 Sep 1955
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches
Weight: 230
Sex: M
Location: UTAH STATE PRISON
Housing Facility: WASATCH
Parole Hearing:
Aliases:
LEFT FIELD
STEPHEN ELLIARD VARGAS

Monsters Among Us: Bruman Stalin Alvarez savagely killed his boss, Mark Richard Aldridge, and then 4 members of the Goff family; Sentenced to 6 consecutive terms of LWOP


The Goff family, from left: Andrea, Scott, Irma, David, Alyse and Sheri

Victims
Dr. David Marc Goff, 46
Andrea Robyn Goff, 22
Sheri Helene Goff, 19
Alyse Renee Goff, 14
Mark Richard Aldridge, 30 (no picture)

Find-A-Grave: Dr. David Marc Goff
Find-A-Grave: Andrea Robyn Goff
Find-A-Grave: Sheri Helene Goff
Find-A-Grave: Alyse Renee Goff
5 found slain in D.C. suburb
Five bodies found in upscale suburb, laborer held
Painter held in bloodbath; Doc, 4 others slaughtered
2,000 mourn a family’s loss
Handyman is charged in slayings of 4 Potomac family members, painter
Court papers outline slayings in Potomac
For Potomac family, the unspeakable came home
Painter pleads guilty, gets life in 5 slayings at Potomac home
Killer asks for a new trial in 1995 Bethesda murders
How the Goffs Moved On
Wife, Mother of Goff Murder Victims Talks About the Killer

INMATE INFORMATION

Last Name: ALVAREZ
First Name: BRUMAN
Middle Name: S
Date of Birth: 04/09/1975
DOC ID: 257455
Holding Facility: Western Correctional Institution

The Jenny Jones Show murder: Jonathan Tyler Schmitz shot & killed Scott Bernard Amedure after he announced that he had a crush on Jonathan on The Jenny Jones Show and Schmitz felt humiliated; Released from prison 8/21/2017


Scott Amedure

Find-A-Grave: Scott Bernard Amedure
Talk-Show Guest Is Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder
‘Jenny Jones’ talk-show killer gets 25-50 years
Jenny Jones defends her show in lawsuit
Sword and Scale: The Talk Show Murderer
‘Jenny Jones’ killer, Jonathan Schmitz, to be released from prison
‘Jenny Jones’ killer to be released from prison
Jonathan Schmitz Killed A Man For Revealing A Crush On Him On TV — Where Is He Now?
Findadeath: Scott Amedure
Online Exhibits: Scott Amedure
Murderpedia: Jonathan Schmitz
Murder of Scott Amedure

Podcast
Morbid: Episode 160: The Jenny Jones Secret Crush Murder Case

Movies/Documentaries
The Jenny Jones Show

INMATE INFORMATION

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
MDOC Number: 253222
SID Number: 1791696W
Name: JONATHAN TYLER SCHMITZ
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 160 lbs.
Date of Birth: 07/18/1970 (47)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: 08/21/2017
Assigned Location: Parnall Correctional Facility
Maximum Discharge Date: 12/17/2037
Security Level: I

ALIASES
None

MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Tattoo- Upper Left Shoulder – harley davidson

PRISON SENTENCES
ACTIVE
Sentence 1

Offense: Homicide – Murder, Second Degree
Minimum Sentence: 25 years 0 months 0 days
MCL#: 750.317 Maximum Sentence: 50 years 0 months
Court File#: 95138448-FC
Date of Offense: 03/09/1995
County: Oakland
Date of Sentence: 09/14/1999
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#: 95138448-FC
Date of Offense: 03/09/1995
County: Oakland
Date of Sentence: 09/14/1999
Conviction Type: Jury

Monsters Among Us: Convicted sex offender, Danny Ross Giles, raped and killed Patti Berry; Sentenced to 47.5 years in prison; Also linked to Tracey Brazzel disappearance – are there any others?

Victims
Patti Berry, 26 [7/31/1995]
Tracey Elizabeth Brazzel, 22 [5/27/1995 Everett, WA]

Rapist, murder suspect near release may be confined
Arrest Made in Two 17 year-old Cold Cases
Major Break in 2 South Everett Cold Case Murders – Patti Berry and Tracey Brazzel
Sex offender charged in 2 Everett killings from 1995
Sex offender arrested in 1995 Snohomish County killings
Man arrested in 1995 cold case murders
Man convicted in 1995 Wash. murder
Man convicted in 1995 Wash. murder
Serial sex offender sentenced to 47.5 years for ‘brutal, savage’ murder
Man convicted of murder denied new trial in 1995 death
Washington Supreme Court won’t review 1995 murder of Everett mother
State of Washington v Daniel Ross Giles 2016 (affirmed conviction and sentenced)
CharleyProject: Tracey Elizabeth Brazzel
Judge affirms murder charge in 1995 disappearance
WA – Tracey Brazzel, 22, Mill Creek, 26 May 1995

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Unanswered Questions

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC Number: 923602
Offender Name: GILES, DANIEL R
Age: 49
Race: White
Location: Clallam Bay Corrections Center

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