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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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Psycho For Love: Vincent Bauer killed his estranged wife, Susan Bauer; Sentenced to life in prison

From Bauer’s appeal: In the early morning hours of March 20, 1996, 5-year-old Jonathan Bauer knocked on the back door of his neighbors’ house in Saint Paul. After being let into the house, Jonathan told his neighbor that something was wrong with his mother, Susan Bauer.   The neighbor’s husband went next door to investigate.

The front door to Ms. Bauer’s house was open and a set of keys was in the outside lock.   Upon entering the house, the neighbor found appellant, Ms. Bauer’s estranged husband, standing in the doorway between the living room and kitchen with appellant’s and Ms. Bauer’s other two children.   He then saw Ms. Bauer, obviously injured or dead, lying on a sofa bed in the living room.   The neighbor called 911 from the phone in Ms. Bauer’s kitchen.   The paramedics arrived at Ms. Bauer’s house shortly thereafter.   After briefly examining Ms. Bauer, they concluded that she was already dead.

Saint Paul police and Dr. Michael McGee, an Assistant Ramsey County Medical Examiner, were called to the scene.   They found Ms. Bauer on the sofa bed in the living room.   A telephone cord and a metal coat hanger had been wrapped tightly around her neck.   In addition to the injuries caused by these ligatures, investigators observed multiple soft tissue injuries on Ms. Bauer’s face, neck, chest, and hands, and an L-shaped abrasion on her left calf.   After conducting an autopsy, Dr. McGee determined that the cause of Ms. Bauer’s death was “[a]sphyxia due to ligature strangulation” and that Ms. Bauer was most likely killed between 10:00 p.m. on March 19 and 12:00 midnight on March 20, 1996.

Appellant did not testify at trial, but in several interviews with police gave his version of the events surrounding Ms. Bauer’s killing.   Appellant and Ms. Bauer began dating in 1984, were married in 1988, and separated in early 1996.   They had three children.   In January 1996, Ms. Bauer filed for and was granted an order for protection prohibiting appellant from having contact with her.   Despite this order, Ms. Bauer willingly continued to have contact with appellant and permitted him to have contact with the children.

Appellant said that he was at Ms. Bauer’s house on the afternoon of March 19, 1996 but left at approximately 2:30 p.m. He said that from there, he went to a dentist’s office in Newport where Ms. Bauer had a dentist appointment.   Appellant stated that from the dentist’s office, he went to a shopping mall in West Saint Paul where he purchased clothes for his children and then went to a bar in North Saint Paul where he played pool until late in the night.   After leaving the bar, he went to the trailer home of a friend in Oakdale, where he was residing.   One of the other tenants of the trailer confirmed that appellant returned there at approximately 12:15 a.m. on March 20.

Appellant said that he went to Ms. Bauer’s house on the morning of March 20 to drop off the clothes he had purchased for his children.   According to appellant, when he arrived at Ms. Bauer’s house he saw the front door open.   Appellant said that he then entered the house and saw Ms. Bauer lying on the sofa bed.   He touched Ms. Bauer’s face to see if she was all right, but found that she was already dead.   Appellant said that he then sent one of his children to the neighbor’s house for help while he got the other children dressed.

When asked if he knew who had killed his wife, appellant told the police that he suspected Quang Tran, the boyfriend of Rebecca Haas, a friend of Ms. Bauer’s.   Appellant suggested that Tran was upset with Ms. Bauer for interfering in Tran’s and Haas’ relationship.

At appellant’s trial, the jury heard of several instances of Tran’s past violent behavior.   Both the defense and the state placed particular emphasis on the events of March 17, 1996, two to three days before Ms. Bauer’s killing.   On that date, Tran called Ms. Bauer’s house several times looking for Haas. When Ms. Bauer informed him that Haas was not there, Tran became angry and threatened to kill both Haas and Ms. Bauer.   Ms. Bauer then called the police, who arrived and took a statement from Ms. Bauer.   Sometime after the phone calls, Haas and her children arrived at Ms. Bauer’s house for dinner.   After dinner, as Haas was preparing to leave, Tran arrived at Ms. Bauer’s house and began smashing the windows of Haas’ car with a hammer.   Ms. Bauer called the police, but Tran fled before they arrived.   Haas gave the police Tran’s address, but Tran was not at home when officers went there to investigate.

According to police records, at 11:45 p.m. that same evening, Ms. Bauer called 911 and reported having just heard a window break in the front of her house.   Police records indicate that an officer was dispatched to Ms. Bauer’s house at 11:53 p.m. and arrived at 11:56 p.m. The officer discovered that a piece of brick with a note attached had been thrown through Ms. Bauer’s window.   The unsigned note read:

My Family not you bisness.   You F**k with me to much time.   My kid say you no have husband no mor So you lonely me and my Friend come F**k you OK? He have long hair you like him. you stay away bich or I F**k you OK. I not joking.

Ms. Bauer said that she suspected Tran had written the note.   The officer attempted to locate Tran at Haas’ house, but Tran was not there.

On the morning of March 20, after discovering Ms. Bauer’s body, the police located Tran and interviewed him in connection with the March 17 brick throwing incident and Ms. Bauer’s killing.   Tran told the officers that he was at work from approximately 11:00 p.m. on March 17 to approximately 7:00 a.m. on March 18.   Tran’s employer verified that computer records from March 17 indicated that Tran’s electronic access card had been used at Tran’s place of employment multiple times during that time period.   As for the evening of Ms. Bauer’s killing, March 19, Tran told the police that he was at home watching videos.

Tran was arrested but was released shortly thereafter because of a lack of evidence.   Prior to releasing Tran, the police obtained a blood sample, searched his residence, and seized his jacket, which appeared to have a small amount of blood on the sleeve.

From Ms. Bauer’s house, the police seized several pieces of evidence including the sheets from the sofa bed, a piece of cardboard that had been lying on or near the sofa bed, and samples of what appeared to be blood from the wall and floor of a bedroom adjoining the room where Ms. Bauer’s body was found.   The police also took samples of what appeared to be blood from several locations on Ms. Bauer’s body.

With appellant’s consent, the police searched his residence and obtained blood, hair, and saliva samples from him.   In appellant’s residence, the police found and seized a pair of men’s underwear with what appeared to be blood on it.   In the course of their investigation the police also seized three leg braces-two for the right leg and one for the left leg-that belonged to appellant.   Appellant had polio as a child and needed the braces to walk.

Tests conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) showed the presence of blood on the piece of cardboard, sheets, wall sample, and floor scraping taken from Ms. Bauer’s house as well as on several swabs from Ms. Bauer’s body.   Tests also confirmed the presence of blood on Tran’s jacket sleeve and on the underwear taken from appellant’s residence.   No blood was discovered on any of the leg braces.

The BCA conducted DNA testing of the blood.   The sample from Tran’s jacket yielded no interpretable results.   DNA from the blood on appellant’s underwear “matched” Ms. Bauer’s DNA profile.   A BCA analyst testified that such a profile occurs in approximately 1 in 339,000 Caucasians.   At least some of the DNA from the samples from Ms. Bauer’s right hand, her left hand, the sheets, the cardboard, and the wall also matched Ms. Bauer’s DNA profile.   Tests indicated that some of these items also contained the blood of a second person.   Neither Tran nor appellant could be positively identified as the source of any of the blood on any of these samples.   According to the BCA, however, Tran, but not appellant, could be excluded as the second source of blood on the sample from Ms. Bauer’s left hand.

Dr. McGee’s autopsy revealed additional evidence linking appellant to Ms. Bauer’s killing.   During the autopsy, Dr. McGee observed and photographed an L-shaped abrasion on Ms. Bauer’s left calf that had been inflicted near the time of Ms. Bauer’s death.   Subsequent to his autopsy, Dr. McGee compared the scaled photograph of this abrasion to the hinges of the right leg braces seized from appellant.   From this comparison, Dr. McGee concluded that the L-shaped abrasion was caused by “either [appellant’s] brace or one of similar configuration and manufacture.”

St. Paul man denies he killed wife as he’s sentenced to life in prison
State of Minnesota v Vincent Stephen Bauer 1999 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
St. Paul man denies he killed wife as he’s sentenced to life in prison (about 1/2 down, within the article)

Movies/Documentaries
Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen: Killers Imprint

INMATE INFORMATION

Demographic Information
MNDOC Offender ID: 195884
Name: Vincent Stephen Bauer
Birth Date: 01/25/1962
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 02/03/1998. Currently at MCF Rush City.
Sentence Date: 02/02/1998
Anticipated Release Date: Life – Contact co-records.doc@state.mn.us for release information.
Expiration Date: Life
Caseworker: William Aagaard (320) 358-0510
Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide
Court File Number(s): Ramsey – KX971838

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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

Dave Schultz murder 1/26/1996 Newtown Square, PA *John Du Pont shot & killed him in his driveway; Pled guilty but mentally ill, sentenced to 13-30 years in prison*


Dave Schultz

Dave Schultz remembered as a friend to all wrestlers
Remembering The Horrifying Murder Of Wrestler Dave Schultz, 20 Years Later
Du Pont Accused of a Killing Holds Off Police at His Home
Police talk to du Pont, but standoff drags on
Du Pont attorneys challenge insanity rule
Jury picked in murder trial of John du Pont
John du Pont goes on trial in death of star wrestler
Du Pont guilty but mentally ill in Olympic wrestler’s murder
Heir Sentenced Up to 30 Years For Killing of Olympic Wrestler
Justice Story: Millionaire John du Pont kills Olympic wrestling gold medalist David Schultz
The Story Behind Foxcatcher: The Real-Life Murder of Dave Schultz
A millionaire madman murdered my Olympic champion brother
Wikipedia: Dave Schultz (wrestling)
Inside Foxcatcher: Widow of slain wrestler Dave Schultz pleased with movie portrayal
Biography: John du Pont
Wikipedia: John du Pont
‘Team Foxcatcher’: Dave Schultz’ widow says John Du Pont stalked family even from jail
John E. du Pont, Heir Who Killed an Olympian, Dies at 72

Books
Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold

Movies/Documentaries
Team Foxcatcher
30 for 30: The Prince of Pennsylvania
Foxcatcher
Guilty Rich:


John du Pont

Monsters Among Us: Kevin Brian Dowling sentenced to death for killing Jennifer Myers, so she would not testify against him in a robbery case


Jennifer Myers

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v Kevin Brian Dowling 2005
Dowling execution stayed
Dowling faces execution next month for 1997 murder
Evidence Photos: ‘Shadow of a Doubt”
Kevin Brian Dowling – Pennsylvania Death Row

Movies/Documentaries
Solved: Truth in Shadows
Forensic Files: Shadow of a Doubt
American Monster: The Wrong Man

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Number: DY6243
Name Name Type
KEVIN BRIAN DOWLING Commit Name
Age: 59
Date of Birth: 06/12/1958
Race: WHITE
Height (in): 5′ 11″
Gender: MALE
Citizenship: USA
Complexion: LIGHT
Current Location: GREENE
Permanent Location: GREENE
Committing County: YORK
Last Updated Time: 9/10/2017 4:00:15 AM

Deadly Duo: Gary Carl Simmons Jr. and Timothy Milano killed & dismembered Jeffrey Wolfe and raped his girlfriend; Simmons was executed and Milano was sentenced to life in prison


Jeffrey Wolfe

Texas man found dismembered in Miss.
Timothy John Milano v State of Mississippi 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Another Condemned Man Seeks Reprieve
Gruesome murder, rape case recalled: Gary ‘The Butcher’ Simmons scheduled to be executed June 20
Gary Carl Simmons Jr. #1299
Murderpedia: Gary Carl Simmons Jr.

Movies/Documentaries
Shattered: The Box

Defendants
Gary Carl Simmons Jr – convicted, sentenced to death; executed 6/20/2012
Timothy Milano – convicted, sentenced to LWOP


Gary Carl Simmons Jr

INMATE INFORMATION

Serial Killer: Daniel J. Blank killed at least 6 elderly people; Sentenced to death *River Parishes Serial Killer*

Victims
Victor Rossi, 41 [10/17/1996 St. Amant, LA]
Lillian Philippe, 71 [04/09/1997 Gonzales, LA]
Barbara Bourgeois, 58 [05/18/1997 Paulina, LA]
Sam Arcuri, 76 [05/09/1997 LaPlace, LA]
Luella Arcuri, 69 [05/09/1997 LaPlace, LA]
Joan Brock, 55 [05/14/1997 LaPlace, LA]
Leonce Millet, 66 [07/07/1997 Gonzales, LA – survived]
Joyce Millet, 66 [07/07/1997 Gonzales, LA – survived]

Find-A-Grave: Barbara Guidry Bourgeois
Find-A-Grave: Salvador Joseph “Sam” Arcuri, Sr
Find-A-Grave: Luella Anne Babin Arcuri
Mechanic Held in Series of Killings; Police in Louisiana Say Gambling Habit Motivated Suspect
Man Who Fled From Crime Admits 6 Killings, Police Say
Blank to die for murder
Daniel Blank gets death for Brock murder
State of Louisiana v Daniel Blank 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Louisiana v Daniel Blakn 2009 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Convicted serial killer Daniel Blank pleads guilty to murder; avoids new trial
River Parishes serial killer’s appeal of death penalty still before courts 18 years after Gonzales slaying
Judge denies serial killer Daniel Blank’s appeal in murder of Gonzales woman
River Parishes serial killer’s death penalty appeal being heard
Judge upholds first-degree murder conviction of serial killer Daniel Blank
Serial killer Daniel Blank is given March execution date
Execution of River Parishes serial killer on hold
Profile of Daniel Joseph Blank
Murderpedia: Daniel Joseph Blank
Serial Killers Podcast: Daniel Blank
Serial Killers Podcast: Victims of Daniel Blank

Movies/Documentaries
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case: Gambling with Death

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: BLANK, DANIEL J
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 54
Location: Louisiana Department of Corrections
Race: White
Contact Facility: Louisiana Department of Corrections

Parents Gone Wild! Leroy Dickerson and Carla Lockwood starved to death their 4-year-old daughter, Nadine Lockwood, but they called her “IT”; Both sentenced to prison


Nadine Lockwood

Find-A-Grave: Nadine Lockwood
In The Arms Of The Angels: Nadine Lockwood
Girl, 4, Is Dead in Manhattan And Her Mother Is Charged
Review begins in case of starved girl
Girl, 4, Is Dead in Manhattan And Her Mother Is Charged
Accused mother pregnant again charged in starving child to death, now she’s sick in hospital
Did little Nadine have to die? Shocking revelations in the mishandling of starved girl’s case
From Jailed Mother’s Lips, How Child Lived and Died
The People of the State of New York v Leroy Dickerson 2007 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
NY – Nadine Lockwood, 4, starved to death, New York City, 3 Aug 1996
Starved Child – Sentencing
Wikipedia: Nadine Lockwood

Defendants
Carla Lockwood – pled guilty, sentenced to 15 years to life in prison
Leroy Dickerson – convicted, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 04/12/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 97G1603
Inmate Name LOCKWOOD, CARLA
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 10/26/1963
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility ALBION
Date Received (Original) 11/12/1997
Date Received (Current) 11/12/1997
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment NEW YORK
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
Crime: MURDER 2ND
Class: A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 04/12/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0015 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 04/2017
Earliest Release Type PAROLE HEARING DATE
Parole Hearing Date 04/2017
Parole Hearing Type REAPPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 08/29/2011
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

INMATE INFORMATION

Identifying and Location Information
As of 04/11/17
DIN (Department Identification Number) 02A5115
Inmate Name DICKERSON, LEROY
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 08/15/1959
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility FISHKILL
Date Received (Original) 09/26/2002
Date Received (Current) 09/26/2002
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment NEW YORK
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
Crime: MURDER 2ND
Class: A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 04/11/17
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0025 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 06/05/2022
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 02/2022
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 06/05/2022
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

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