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    Aug. 22: 2011: Kathryn Benoit was shot to death in her Moscow, ID apartment by her former boyfriend, Ernesto Bustamante, who was also an assistant professor in her department at the University of Idaho. He killed himself the next day at a hotel room in Moscow, ID.

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Monsters Among Us: Christopher Matthew Henderson and Rhonda Jean Carlson charged with killing Kristen Smallwood (his other wife), children and other family members

Kristen Smallwood Henderson, 35 (9 months pregnant)
Loryn Brooke Smallwood (the unborn child)
Clayton Daniel Chambers, 8
Carol Jean Smallwood, 67
Eli Reed Sokolowski, 1

Kristen Meredith Chambers obituary
Clayton Daniel Chambers obituary
Carol Jean Smallwood obituary
Eli Reed Sokolowski obituary
Estranged husband, previous wife arrested in deaths of family members
Details of Maysville murders exposed during hearing
Madison Co. man charged with 7 counts of capital murder faces judge
2 charged with capital murder in relation to house fire deaths; 1 suspect married to victim and co-suspect
More charges made in Madison County bigamist family murder; unborn baby counts as 5th victim
1st wife of bigamist in New Market family murders to face grand jury
Bigamist couple indicted in Madison County slayings of husband’s 2nd wife, children, relatives
Bigamist couple indicted on capital murder charges in killing of five family members
Bigamist couple murder pregnant second wife, family – Christopher Henderson and wife Rhonda Carlson ‘cut out the unborn baby out of Kristen Henderson’s womb and stabbed multiple times’
Bigamist couple indicted in Madison County slayings of husband’s 2nd wife, children, relatives




Monsters Among Us: Lisa Graham hired a hitman to kill her 20-year-old daughter, Stephanie Shea Graham; Sentenced to death

Stephanie Shea Graham

Lisa Graham Killed her 20 YO Daughter Because She was an Embarrassing Pain in the Ass (EXCELLENT article)
Two arrests made in Cottonton woman’s murder
Killer testifies to sordid details in Lisa Graham’s murder-for-hire trial in daughter’s death
Childhood friend of the victim testifies in Lisa Graham Murder Trial
Husband and neighbor testifies in Lisa Graham Murder Trial
Sentencing for Lisa Graham, Alabama mother convicted of daughter’s murder, set for May
Lisa Graham sentenced to death for hiring man to kill her daughter
Alabama mother sentenced to death for hiring hit man to kill her daughter
Lisa Carpenter Graham – Alabama Death Row

Snapped: Lisa Graham

Lisa Graham – convicted, sentenced to death
Kenneth Walton – pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP


AIS: 0000z803
Race: W
Sex: F
Hair Color: RED / AUBURN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Height: 5′ 4″
Weight: 232
Birth Year: 1967
Custody CLOSE
No known Aliases
Scars, Marks and Tattoos:
No known scars, marks, or tattoos


AIS: 00284261
Race: B
Sex: M
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 220
Birth Year: 1971
Custody MEDIUM
No known Aliases
Scars, Marks and Tattoos:
No known scars, marks, or tattoos

Deadly Wives: Cynthia Reese killed her husband, Michael Reese; Sentenced to 40 years in prison

Michael Reese

Morris PD finds man, 40, shot dead in home
Victim’s wife and her boyfriend charged with Morris man’s murder
Alabama woman and her alleged lover are charged in husband’s murder
Neighbors and coworkers stunned by Morris murder charges
Morris woman charged with husband’s murder testifies, says affair with pastor was physical
Investigators: Couple having affair committed murder to be together
Jury deliberates 90 minutes before finding Morris woman guilty of killing husband
Former pastor sentenced for role in love-triangle murder
Wife sentenced to prison in love-triangle murder
Cindy Reese sentenced to prison for 2015 murder of her Morris husband

Six Degrees of Murder: The Happy Groom

Cynthia Reese – convicted, sentenced to 40 years in prison
Jeffrey Brown – pled guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison


Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 42
Location: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
Race: White
Contact Facility: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office


Jennifer Raven Nevin murder 7/17/2017 Tuscaloosa, AL *Her body left by the side of the road, 3 people have been charged with her murder*

Jennifer Raven Nevin

Body of young mother found in Alabama county woods
Body found in Tuscaloosa County
‘She didn’t deserve this’: Body of young mother found in Tuscaloosa County woods
3 suspects – including teen – charged in murder of Tuscaloosa County mother
3 charged with murder after woman found dead on Watermelon Road in Tuscaloosa
Three arrests made in Jennifer Nevin homicide case
Jennifer Raven Nevin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
3 arrested in murder of Alabama mom, 23, found dead on side of road
Jennifer Nevin’s brother: “We don’t take care of people with invisible problems”
Motive released in Jennifer Nevin shooting death

Koran Rashad Lewis
Kendrick Ky’Andre Marshall
Vida Milagros Confetti

Monsters Among Us: Robert Bryan Melson and Cuhuatemoc Peraita killed 3 people when they robbed the Gadseden, AL Popeye’s

Nathaniel Baker, 17 (no picture)
Tamika Collins, 18
Darrell Collier, 23 (no picture)
Bryant Archer, 17 (survived)

Find-A-Grave: Darrell K. Collier
Three Restaurant Workers Shot to Death in Cooler // Fourth Employee Wounded, Left for Dead
19-Year-Old Gets Life in Robbery Killings
Robert Bryant Melson v State of Alabama 1999 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
20 years after Gadsden triple homicide, survivor hopes memories don’t fade
Execution date for man convicted of killing three in 1994
Robert Melson: Alabama Man Executed for Killing Three Fast-Food Workers
Robert Bryant Melson executed for 1994 triple slaying
Robert Melson executed for 1994 murders
Robert Bryant Melson – Alabama Execution – June 8, 2017

Cuhuatemoc Hinricy “Tempo” Peraita – convicted, sentenced to LWOP (later killed an inmate and sent to death row)
Robert Bryant Melson – convicted, sentenced to death; executed 6/8/2017

Robert Bryant Melson


Woody Dewey Woodard murder 12/1/2016 Birmingham, AL *Natasha Michelle Kendrick, Shannon Larae Hester and Bartholemew Shaid Williamson charged with his murder*

Woody Dewey Woodard obituary
67-year-old Oneonta man found slain in Birmingham hotel
Woman charged with murder in strangle death of man at hotel
Woman arrested, police seeking another suspect in connection with Birmingham hotel homicide
Lawmen capture Jeffco murder suspect in Blount County woods
3rd person charged in strangulation death of 67-year-old man at Birmingham hotel
Trio indicted in strangulation death of 67-year-old man at Birmingham hotel

Shannon Larae Hester
Bartholemew Shaid Williamson
Natasha Michelle Kendrick

Execution Alert: Thomas Douglas Arthur executed for the murder of Troy Wicker Jr. on 2/1/1982 in Muscle Shoals, AL

Troy Wicker Jr

Find-A-Grave: Eloise Bray West
Find-A-Grave: Troy L Wicker Jr
Niece of victim: Tommy Arthur execution delays have put family through ‘living hell’
Judy Wicker breaks silence after 27 years
Murderpedia: Tommy Arthur
Thomas D. Arthur v State of Alabama 1984 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Ex Parte Arthur 1985 (denied)
Thomas D. Arthur v State of Alabama 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Thomas D. Arthur v Kim Tobias Thomas 2014 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Thomas Arthur to be executed Thursday evening
Alabama Inmate Tommy Arthur Faces Eighth Execution Date
Alabama Death Row inmate Tommy Arthur asks US Supreme Court to stop execution for 8th time
Clock ticks down for Tommy Arthur execution
Alabama executes Tommy Arthur: Inmate dies for 1982 murder-for-hire
Alabama executes man for 1982 murder

Judy Wicker – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; released in 1992
Thomas Douglas Arthur – convicted 3 times, sentenced to death


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