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Deadly Wives: Serial Wife Sharon Anne Maxwell killed her 10th husband (yes, you read that right), Gordon Lynn Maxwell; Sentenced to life in prison


Gordon Lynn Maxwell

Gordon Lynn Maxwell obituary
Find-A-Grave: Gordon Lynn “Shag” Maxwell
Ore City woman charged with murder after body found in Upshur County
Investigator retracts statements in Upshur County murder trial
Sharon Anne Maxwell: Life Sentence for Shooting, Torching Body of Tenth Husband
Wife found guilty of husband’s murder
Woman gets life sentence in husband’s death
Maxwell Gets Life Sentence for Murder of Husband
Court upholds guilty verdict for woman accused of shooting husband, burning body
Upshur County: Court upholds conviction

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Burning Love

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 08902840
TDCJ Number: 01804716
Name: MAXWELL,SHARON ANNE
Race: W
Gender: F
DOB: 1968-01-14
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: HOBBY
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2041-08-29

Offense History:
Offense Date: 2011-08-30
Offense: MURDER
Sentence Date: 2012-08-27
County: UPSHUR
Case No.: 16,037
Sentence: Life w/possibility of parole

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Murder In The Family: Dawson Andrew McGehee stabbed his mother, Kathleen Karen “Katy” McGehee, to death; Sentenced to 16 years to life in prison

From McGehee’s appeal: In October 2011, defendant lived with his mother and father, Kathleen and Thomas McGehee, in Manteca.2  He was 26 years old.  While defendant previously worked as a music instructor and server at a local restaurant, his employment “ground to a halt” earlier in the year.  Defendant’s younger sister, Katelyn, also lived at the house, having moved back home the previous month after completing a master’s degree program.  Thomas frequently traveled for business and was out of town during the latter part of October.

On Friday, October 28, Katelyn went to a weekend church retreat with her friend, Samantha.  Defendant was home when Samantha came to pick Katelyn up.  Despite the fact defendant and Samantha “had been good friends and he had previously been a groomsman in her ․ wedding,” defendant “seemed like he wasn’t very comfortable” talking to her and “ended up leaving pretty quickly.”  Before Katelyn left for the retreat, her mother agreed to pick her up at the University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton the following Sunday, October 30.  The plan was for Katelyn to call her mother about an hour before she arrived at the school.

The morning of October 30, Kathleen went to church with one of defendant’s older brothers, Justin, and his family.  Sometime during the day, she called another of defendant’s older brothers, Colin, and left him a voicemail.  Colin returned her call around 4:00 p.m. She was making jambalaya for a potluck the following day and needed instructions on how to use the rice cooker Colin left at his parents’ house when he moved out.  The potluck was part of a victims advocacy training program;  Kathleen signed up to become a volunteer advocate in the program through her church.  Colin provided his mother with the requested instructions.  Kathleen mentioned during the phone call that she planned to pick Katelyn up that evening.  Colin described his mother’s mood as “very good.”

Around 5:00 p.m., Katelyn called her mother to let her know she was about an hour away from UOP. There was no answer so Katelyn left a message on the home answering machine.  A few minutes later, she received a call from defendant’s cell phone, but the call ended “almost immediately.”  Katelyn thought the call was a mistake because defendant “almost never” called her, so she did not try to call him back.  Instead, she called her mother’s cell phone, which also went unanswered.  Katelyn left a voicemail.  About a minute later, she received another call from defendant, who claimed he was “just calling to see how [she was].”  Katelyn told him she had been trying to reach their mother to pick her up.  Defendant responded:  “Oh, yeah, I think the home phone hasn’t really been working.”  Katelyn said she also tried their mother’s cell phone.  Defendant responded:  “Oh, yeah, I don’t think that’s been working, either.  I think she’s having trouble with those two.”  Assuming defendant was home, Katelyn asked him to find out whether their mother was still coming to pick her up.  Defendant replied sternly:  “I’m not at home, Katelyn.  I’m not at home.”  Katelyn then asked defendant whether their mother asked him to pick her up.  Defendant denied having been asked to do so before ending the call.  Katelyn found the conversation to be “bizarre” because defendant rarely called her, and especially not “to just chat.”  A couple minutes later, Katelyn tried the home phone again and left another message.

Closer to 6:00 p.m., as Katelyn was approaching UOP, she called the home phone three more times, leaving a final message, and also tried her mother’s cell phone once more.  Two minutes after Katelyn’s last message on the answering machine, defendant again called her.  This time, defendant said:  “Oh, you know what?  We actually sort of talked about that, like maybe we had talked about maybe I could come pick you up.”  Defendant also “made a few remarks about how [their mother] had just been seeming kind of tired that day.”  Katelyn agreed to have defendant pick her up and hung up the phone.

Kathleen was murdered in her bedroom sometime between her conversation with Colin and Katelyn’s missed calls.  She was stabbed ten times in the neck, chest, and abdomen.  There was also evidence of neck compression.  Strong circumstantial evidence pointed to defendant as the murderer, including the fact the jacket defendant was wearing when he was arrested two days later had his mother’s blood on it, there was no sign of a break-in at the house, Kathleen’s bedroom was “neat, orderly, nothing appeared to have been taken or broken,” defendant was the only other family member at the house that weekend, the strange phone calls between defendant and Katelyn described above, and his equally strange and incriminating behavior after he picked her up at UOP, which we recount immediately below.

Defendant’s Attempts to Prevent Discovery of the Body

Katelyn’s friend Samantha and Samantha’s husband, Ben, waited with Katelyn until defendant arrived at about 6:30 p.m. Katelyn and Samantha were walking another girl to her apartment near the UOP campus when defendant pulled into the parking lot.  Defendant engaged in “small talk” with Ben while he waited for Katelyn to get back, but Ben “got the impression he didn’t want to really talk.”  When Katelyn and Samantha returned and joined the conversation, defendant “started looking elsewhere” and “seemed uncomfortable.”  Samantha and Ben then helped Katelyn get her bags loaded into defendant’s car.

As defendant and Katelyn drove away, defendant said he had “some errands” to run, including picking up his “medicine,” which Katelyn understood to be marijuana.  Katelyn assumed these would be local errands.  Instead, defendant got on the freeway and headed north to Sacramento.  During the drive, defendant seemed “more social” than he had been in recent years.  Katelyn described:  “He actually seemed like he was in a good mood.  He seemed cheerful.  He was talkative and chatty and just seeming like very casual.”  Defendant talked “positively” about their mother, saying:  “Oh, yeah, she’s been doing great on her diet.  She’s lost 21 pounds in the last four weeks, but this diet she’s doing it’s only like 500 calories a day.  She’s been acting really tired lately.  I think it’s not enough calories for her.  She’s been seeming really tired.”

At some point, Katelyn mentioned her lips were chapped.  Defendant offered to stop at a drugstore so she could pick up some Blistex, which surprised Katelyn because defendant rarely offered to do things for people, at least during the previous few months.  When defendant stopped at a Walgreens in Sacramento, Katelyn went inside, bought the Blistex, and used the restroom at the store.  She then returned to the car, but defendant was not there.  Katelyn found defendant inside the store, “sort of pacing the aisles.”

After Walgreens, defendant and Katelyn drove to a fast food restaurant to get some food.  They ate in the car on the way to pick up the marijuana, but defendant appeared to be lost.  He apologized and said:  “I usually come out here in the daylight, but it’s dark this time, so I’m—it’s throwing me off a little bit.”  After about an hour of “driving up and down ․ the same few streets,” Katelyn asked defendant:  “Is there a specific street that you’re looking for?”  They arrived at the apparent destination soon thereafter, which was “maybe a minute or two away” from where they started at the Walgreens.  Defendant parked at a Mexican restaurant and said:  “I know this might seem a little strange, but Mom understands.  We’ve done this before.  I need to park here and walk to where I’m going to go.”  Katelyn stayed in the car and locked the doors.  Defendant returned from wherever he went about 20 minutes later and said he vomited during the walk back to the car.

Defendant then drove Katelyn back to their home in Manteca, arriving just before 11:00 p.m., about four hours after they left UOP. Katelyn unloaded her bags in her room and then walked to the bathroom.  Defendant stopped her in the hallway and said:  “Katelyn, Mom’s asleep.”  Katelyn described his tone as “abrupt and urgent.”  She found the warning to be strange since she assumed their mother was asleep and did not normally bother her in the middle of the night.  Katelyn used the bathroom and then returned to her room.  At various points later in the night, she left her room and found defendant “sort of pacing in the hallways.”

The next morning, defendant was already up when Katelyn emerged from her room.  He asked whether she got his text message.  Katelyn’s cell phone died the night before, so she had not.  Defendant explained he texted her earlier in the morning to say their mother got up at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. and told him she had not slept well so she would be staying in bed for the day.  When defendant went outside for a few minutes, Katelyn knocked lightly on their mother’s door and called for her, but did not receive a response.  She tried to open the door, but it was locked.  Concerned, but also conflicted because of what defendant told her about their mother not sleeping well the night before, Katelyn knocked a little louder and again called for her mother, but again received no response.  Katelyn then went outside to try to look into her mother’s window, but the shutters were closed.  Feeling like she was being “paranoid” because she did not have any reason to disbelieve defendant, Katelyn returned to her room.  She then went about her day.

At defendant’s suggestion, which he claimed was a request their mother made earlier that morning, defendant drove Katelyn to the bank so she could take care of an errand there.  Katelyn described his demeanor as “much like the previous night,” explaining:  “He was being unusually, you know, cheerful, seeming—being chatty and just, you know, eager to have conversations, and just being very casual.”  After Katelyn was done at the bank, defendant asked if she needed to go anywhere else, suggesting Target.  Katelyn said she did not need to go to Target and asked if he did.  Defendant answered:  “Not really.  Just for fun.  Just to go walk around Target.”  Katelyn then asked to go to the AT & T store located on the way back to the house to buy a phone charger.  Defendant suggested they go to a different AT & T store farther away from the house.  After picking up the charger, they returned home.  Katelyn then went out to lunch with a friend.  When she returned later in the afternoon, defendant was not home.

Around 5:30 p.m., still seeing no sign of her mother, Katelyn decided to check on her again.  Knocking on her door and calling for her, progressively louder with each attempt, Katelyn again received no response.  She then called her brother Justin, who told her to call 911, which she did.  Emergency responders arrived a short time later, broke the lock off the bedroom door, and found Kathleen’s body in the condition previously described.  Police were then dispatched to the scene.  Defendant was arrested early the next morning.  As mentioned, his mother’s blood was on his jacket when he was taken into custody.

Manteca Woman Stabbed To Death; Son Accused
Family grieves for slain mom, struggles to understand the son who killed her
Police recover bloody mask
Jury finds man sane in mother’s stabbing death
Man gets life for killing his mom
16 years to life for man who killed his mom
The People of the State of California v Dawson Andrew McGehee 2016 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Dawson McGehee

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MCGEHEE, DAWSON ANDREW
CDCR Number AN4127
Age 32
Admission Date 02/05/2013
Current Location Mule Creek State Prison
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 09/2024

Paul Lewis Horn murder 3/11/2011 Grove City, OH *Business partner, Daniel Teitelbaum, convicted; Sentenced to LWOP*


Paul Horn

Paul Horn obituary
Find-A-Grave: Paul Lewis Horn
Man lived, died by poker
Poker-club partner convicted of murder
Grove City Man Found Guilty Of Murdering Business Partner
Jury spares convicted killer’s life
Judge sentences man to life in prison for murdering business partner
Grove City Man Sentenced To Life For Murdering Business Partner
Daniel Teitelbaum Gets LWOP in 2011 OH Capital Murder of Paul Horn
State of Ohio v Daniel Teitelbaum 2016

Movies/Documentaries
Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen: The Odds are Murder

INMATE INFORMATION

Monsters Among Us: Cliff Douglas Parker set fire to Betty Roberts home after being asked to leave the home, she died later in the burn unit; Sentenced to life in prison

From Parker’s appeal: Officers Lindsey Stewart and Carson Bell were dispatched to a house fire. The officers could see the flames “all the way down the block.” They arrived before any other officers or firefighters. When they arrived at the scene, a woman screamed that someone was still inside the burning house. Stewart and Bell ran to the house. They saw Appellant standing on the porch, “nonchalantly” smoking a cigarette. The officers ignored Appellant and kicked the door open. As the officers entered the house, they saw an unconscious woman (Betty Roberts) lying face down on the floor.

As the officers attempted to remove Roberts from the burning house, Appellant came inside and put his hands on Stewart’s back, blocking her progress and causing her to drop Roberts. Stewart pushed Appellant and resumed her attempt to remove Roberts from the burning building. Again, Appellant blocked Stewart, causing her to drop Roberts a second time. Out of
concern for Bell’s, Roberts’s, and her own safety, Stewart pushed Appellant as hard as she could. He fell outside onto the porch. The officers were then able to remove Roberts from the house. Once outside, the officers tried to move Roberts to a safer location. Appellant straddled Roberts and held her against the ground, blocking the officers’ efforts. The officers grabbed him by the shoulders and pulled him off of Roberts, and eventually they were able to move Roberts to the yard.

Stewart asked Appellant if anyone else remained in the house. He did not answer. Stewart demanded that Appellant tell her if anybody was still in the house. Finally, Appellant told her that someone was still in the back bedroom. As the officers prepared to re-enter the house, the fire department arrived. Stewart told them that someone was still in the house. The firemen entered the house and retrieved the second person.

Another officer brought Appellant to Officer James Minter. Because of the chaos of the still-active fire scene, Minter asked Appellant to wait in the back of his police cruiser, and Appellant complied. Minter testified that he did not place
Appellant under arrest. He did not handcuff Appellant; he did not tell Appellant that he was under arrest; he did not tell Appellant that he could not leave; and he would have allowed Appellant to leave had Appellant asked to do so.
About twenty-three minutes after Minter directed Appellant to wait in the police cruiser, Lieutenant Steve Larison of the Fort Worth Fire Department interviewed Appellant. In an attempt to learn details that might help his investigation and identify residents of the burning house, Larison talked to Appellant for about twenty minutes. At this point, Larison had yet to determine the cause of the fire. The cruiser’s video camera recorded the interview. After more investigation, Appellant was charged with arson.

Roberts later died from injuries she suffered during the fire. Appellant was then re-indicted for arson-based capital murder. The trial court determined that Appellant was not in custody when the interview occurred and that the video of
the interview was therefore admissible as a matter of law

Man sentenced to life for setting fire that killed Fort Worth widow
Arsonist Receives Life Sentence For Setting Fatal Fire
Man sentenced to life in prison for Fort Worth house fire that killed woman
Texas Arsonist Receives Life Sentence
Cliff Douglas Parker v State of Texas 2015 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 05981646
TDCJ Number: 01913823
Name: PARKER,CLIFF DOUGLAS
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1957-12-29
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: ALFRED HUGHES
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2041-09-19

Cold Case: William Carl Schick charged with the murder of Lisa Marie Talarico after DNA links him to the murder


Lisa Marie Talarico

Lisa Marie Talarico obituary
DNA Match Leads Authorities to 2011 Murder Suspect
Rapist serving life sentence in Utah charged with murder in California
Convicted Utah rapist tied to 2011 murder of California woman
DA files murder charge against suspect in 2011 Barstow cold case
Barstow cold case murder suspect appears in court

INMATE INFORMATION

Murder In The Family: Marcus Mario Razario and Ruth Ruffalo charged with the murder of Michael Samuel Ruffalo; Trial has started


Michael Ruffalo

Michael Ruffalo obituary
Son arrested for beating 90-year-old father
Man arrested in beating of his dad, 90
Son charged with murder after beaten dad dies
2011 death, torture case headed to trial
Barstow woman fit to answer to husband’s torture, death
Barstow murder case drags on
Murder trial begins after six years
Murder trial begins after six years
Facebook: Marcus M. Razario

Defendants
Ruth Ruffalo (wife)
Mark Michael Ruffalo (aka Marcus Mario Razario) (son)

INMATE INFORMATION

INMATE INFORMATION

Garrett Phillips murder 10/24/2011 Potsdam, NY *Oral Nicholas Hillary was acquitted at trial for the murder of the 12-year-old boy*


Garrett Phillips

Garrett J. Phillips obituary
The Murder of Garrett Phillips: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Garrett Phillips Murder Trial
Judge tosses key cutting-edge DNA before Potsdam trial in 12-year-old boy’s murder
Opening Statements to Start in Trial, Without Jury, Over Potsdam Boy’s Murder
Deputy testifies he ‘absolutely did not’ kill Garrett Phillips
Trial Over Potsdam Boy’s Killing Begins With Focus on Credibility
Inside the Apartment Where 12-Year-Old Garrett Phillips Was Murdered
Oral Nicholas Hillary Acquitted in Potsdam Boy’s Killing
Churchill: Answers unlikely in Garrett Phillips killing
Potsdam Won’t ‘Ever’ Forget Slain 12-Year-Old Garrett Phillips, Deputy Says

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Home Alone


Oral “Nick” Hillary

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