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    September 20: 1983: Laurie Stout, 22, was found sexually assaulted, strangled and suffocated in the office building that she cleaned. Robert Van Wisse pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Deadly Neighbors murder-suicide: After 2 years of feuding, Fred Heilman shot & killed Michael Zagars, then killed himself after a standoff with police


East Porcupine Trail

Find-A-Grave: Michael Lawrence Zagars, Sr
Families rocked by deadly shooting, standoff
Fatal feud highlights law officers’ dilemma
Wasilla man suspected in killing shoots self
Dog dispute results in Wasilla murder
Fatal Encounters: Fred D. Heilman Jr. (4271)

Movies/Documentaries
Fear Thy Neighbor: Feud on the Frontier

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Christopher and Danielle Brooks murders 12/24/2016 Anchorage, AK *Jaylynn Franklin, Anthony Malik Harris and Lamarkus Jayquann Mann charged with their murders*

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Christopher and Danielle Brooks

Family, friends mourn couple killed on Christmas Eve
Murder victims’ family mourns; killers wanted drugs and money, police say
APD seeking ‘armed’, ‘dangerous’ suspect for Christmas Eve double homicide
Suspect in fatal shooting of Anchorage couple arrested
Anchorage police arrest man in Christmas Eve double homicide
Anchorage police arrest suspected shooter in double homicide
3rd suspect in Christmas Eve double homicide arrested at Spenard hotel
‘Ninjas came to my home and killed my family’: Suspect on the loose after boy sees murders
‘Ninjas came to my home and killed my family’: Boy, 6, tells police his parents were murdered on Christmas Eve by masked men as one ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect is still on the run

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Defendants
Jaylynn Franklin
Lamarkus Jayquann Mann
Anthony Malik Harris

Stephen Shane Welch murder 8/18/1986 Fairbanks, AK *Patrick Harrington was convicted of his murder; sentenced to 99 years in prison*

remembering the victimsFrom lawsuit filed by Stephen Welch’s parents: Stephen Welch, age fourteen, lived with his mother in Waco, Texas. While visiting his father and stepmother in Fairbanks on August 18, 1986, he was sexually assaulted and shot to death by Patrick Harrington.

A search began for Stephen when he failed to return to his father’s house on August 18. His body was found on August 23, following a massive search. Harrington was arrested on August 29, and indicted by a grand jury on charges of first degree murder and first degree sexual assault on September 9.

Initially Harrington pleaded not guilty as charged, but on February 5, 1987, he changed his plea to guilty of first degree murder in exchange for dismissal of the first degree sexual assault charge. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison on April 30, 1987.

State of Alaska v. James Welch & Linda Kay Smith
Transcript: Lockup – Inside Alaska

Movies/Documentaries
Lockup: Inside Spring Creek Alaska

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: HARRINGTON, PATRICK
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 52
Location: Goose Creek Correctional Center
Race: White
Contact Facility: Alaska Department of Corrections

Monsters Among Us: Thomas M. Cottam Jr. killed Steven Garcia; Sentenced to 60 years in prison, with 15 years suspened – should have been life!

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Steven Garcia

Man accused of machete killing appears in Palmer court
Farm worker accused of killing employer, 81, with machete
Anchorage man convicted of Butte machete murder
Jury convicts man in 2014 Butte machete murder
Palmer DA questions ‘light’ sentence for man convicted of killing Butte raspberry farmer with machete

INMATE INFORMATION

ThomasCottam

Offender Name: COTTAM, THOMAS M
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 25
Location: Spring Creek Correctional Center
Race: White
Contact Facility: Alaska Department of Corrections

Deadly Girlfriends: Gina Virgilio set her boyfriend, Michael Gonzalez, on fire as he slept

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Michael Gonzalez

Woman Charged With Murder After Pouring Gas On Boyfriend, Setting Him On Fire (GREAT article)
Woman accused of burning roommate alive
Anchorage woman charged with murder in boyfriend’s burning
Alaska woman doused boyfriend with gas in arson killing, police say
Gina Virgilio, Alaska woman, threw gasoline on roommate in arson slaying, police say
Alaska woman, 25, kills fiancée, 24, by pouring gas on sleeping man and setting him on fire in couple’s apartment
Facebook: Michael Gonzalez
Facebook: Gina Virgilio

INMATE INFORMATION

GinaVirgilio

Offender Name: VIRGILIO, GINA M
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 29
Location: Hiland Mountain Correctional Center
Race: African American
Contact Facility: Alaska Department of Corrections

Cold Case: Toni Lister murder 3/6/1982 Seward, AK *Jimmy Lee Eacker convicted of her murder; Sentence to 20 years in prison*

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Toni Lister

Arrest Made In 1982 Murder
Man Charged with 25-year old Murder
1st witness called: Investigator testifies in murder case
Guilty: Jury rules Eacker murdered Toni Lister
Fairbanks man convicted in cold case murder
Kenai man gets 99 years for cold case murder
Judge Orders New Trial in Cold Case Murder
Conviction of Fairbanks man in 1982 murder closes chapter in family’s life
Eacker awaits sentence for manslaughter
Man gets maximum 20-year sentence
Man Sentenced in Seward Cold Case
Prosecutor Suspended for Withholding DNA Evidence in Murder Trial
Seward Cold Case featured in Discovery Channel’s Did He Do It?

Movies/Documentaries
Did He Do It?: Burden of Proof

INMATE INFORMATION
Jimmy Eacker

Offender Name: JIMMIE L EACKER
Offender ID:2958
Date of Birth:01/03/1954
Age: 61
Race: White
Gender: Male

Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:Goose Creek Correctional Center

Scheduled Release Date: 09/03/2019

Psycho For Love: Carl Brown killed girlfriend Judy Burgin when she tried to leave him; He was sentenced to

Judy BurginFrom Carl Brown’s appeal: Brown and Judy Burgin met in August 1992. By January 1993, Burgin spent most of her time at Brown’s house. Both Brown and Burgin were extensively involved in drugs. Brown had been dealing drugs for some time prior to meeting Burgin, and Burgin was a user of drugs, primarily cocaine and heroin. Burgin occasionally assisted in Brown’s drug-dealing and invested her own money in some of Brown’s heroin deals. Brown controlled access to the drugs, cash proceeds, and Burgin’s personal funds by locking them in a safe.

Brown and Burgin also had a history of domestic violence. Brown hit Burgin on a number of occasions, leaving bruises and cuts on her arms, face and back. On one occasion, her face was swollen, her lip was split and her shirt was torn. Twice Burgin visited her friend Leta Belardi after fighting with Brown, and both times she exhibited signs of physical abuse. Burgin would also visit other friends, including Leah Blue and Willette and Vance Nelson, after her fights with Brown.

Approximately one month before Burgin disappeared, she called her mother in the middle of a fight with Brown, saying that Brown was assaulting her. Burgin’s mother advised her to come home, but Brown grabbed the phone from Burgin and said that nothing was going on.

In early April, Burgin appeared at a 7-11 store on Arctic Boulevard in Anchorage “covered with blood,” shaking and crying. She was carrying a plastic bag with what appeared to be clothes. The clerk, Virgil Brevak, asked if he should call the police, but Burgin said no. Shortly thereafter, Brown walked in the store, took Burgin by the arm, and they walked out. Brevak, who recognized both Brown and Burgin because they regularly came to the store, said this was the last time he saw Burgin.

Burgin told friends and family members that she feared Brown and wished to leave him. In the days preceding Burgin’s disappearance, her drug use contributed to a serious decline in her physical condition.

On the afternoon of April 22 or 23, 1993, Burgin was drinking at O’Toole’s restaurant at the Samovar Inn with two women, Simone Greenway and another woman known only as “Monique.” Both women left Burgin after about forty-five minutes. At one point, Burgin took the bartender, Sheryl Peterson, aside to the bathroom. Burgin showed Peterson bruises and told Peterson she was upset and afraid. Burgin said that she had left Brown, had taken some money, and had a ticket to Hawaii. Burgin continued to drink with other patrons at the bar and later went to one of the rooms to visit with a man who sold scrimshaw knives. When Burgin returned from that visit, she seemed intoxicated and under the influence of some drug. Burgin attempted to serve herself a salad from the waitress station, but Peterson removed her from there and gave Burgin some food. Burgin again expressed fear that Brown was going to hurt her.

Peterson got off work at 7:00 p.m. and called a Checker Cab for Burgin. While Peterson cautioned Burgin to go directly to the airport, Burgin insisted on going to Brown’s residence to pick up belongings. Knowing that Burgin had a large sum of cash on her person and the “business” that Brown was in, Peterson believed that Burgin had stolen either money or drugs from Brown. At approximately 8:00 p.m., Peterson put Burgin in the cab, heading for Brown’s residence.

On April 24, Burgin called her friend Simone Greenway at approximately 11:30 a.m. and spoke for twelve minutes; phone records showed that Burgin called from Brown’s house. Burgin agreed to come to Greenway’s residence in Big Lake the following day to help take care of Greenway’s children because Greenway was scheduled to have wrist surgery on April 26. Burgin never showed up at Greenway’s residence.

dvawareness3When Burgin did not arrive, Greenway made several calls to Burgin’s friends and family, including calls to Brown, to determine Burgin’s whereabouts. Brown told Greenway that Burgin took off while he was in the shower and that she had “just vanished” with no explanation and he had no idea where she had gone. Burgin’s mother began making calls to friends and to jails and hospitals, but could find no trace of her daughter. At no time did Brown offer to help find Burgin.

Shortly after Burgin’s disappearance, Brown changed the carpet in his bedroom from a red-toned multicolored shag to a gray pile. Brown’s sons helped move furniture, rip up the old carpet and carry the carpet out of the house. According to friends and Brown’s sons, Brown changed the carpet because it was old, ugly, worn, torn, or stank and was stained because the pets had urinated on it. When Brown was later interviewed by the state troopers, Brown did not say that he changed the carpet or the pad due to heavy use, wear and tear, or pet urination.

Sometime during the summer of 1993, Brown, Theodore (“Tee”) Flack, and Leah Blue, friends of Burgin and Brown, drove to Portage. During the ride, Brown scared Blue by complaining that she was too nosy and asking too many questions about Burgin, and by commenting how people can have a way of disappearing. Both Brown and Flack told Blue not to speak to Greenway about Burgin, because Greenway was asking too many questions about Burgin’s disappearance. Flack had also previously warned Blue not to go over to Brown’s house because she might end up like Burgin.

On August 28, 1993, several bicyclists discovered a body in the woods near Grey’s Creek at mile 81.5 of the Parks Highway. The body was wrapped in sheets and covered with leaves. One of the bicyclists stopped a truck and asked the occupants to call the troopers. Alaska State Trooper Michael Sears was the first to arrive at the scene. Trooper Dallas Massie, who was assigned to investigate the case, arrived approximately an hour later. The body was decomposed and it was apparent that it had been there for awhile.

An autopsy of the body was conducted on August 31 – September 1, 1993, at the state crime laboratory in Anchorage. The remains were identified as Burgin’s by examination of fingerprints. The sheets that were wrapped around Burgin’s head and body were a white or off-white Martex brand with orange stitching at the hem, a type of sheet used at the Sheraton hotel in Anchorage in the early- to mid-1980s. Brown worked at the Sheraton Hotel in the early 1980s. A long strand of red shag carpet fiber was found between the sheets.

The medical examiner determined that Burgin died as a result of multiple blows to the head by a blunt object that caused numerous fractures, and that her death was a homicide.

Trooper Massie contacted Brown on September 4, 1993. At that time, the discovery of a body at Grey’s Creek was public information, but the identification of the remains as Burgin’s had not been announced. When Trooper Massie interviewed Brown, he introduced himself as an officer from missing persons. Brown inquired if the officers were there to investigate Burgin’s death, even though knowledge of her demise was not yet publicized. That information was not publicly released until September 14, 1993.

On September 9, 1994, the troopers learned that Brown no longer lived in the house that he owned when Burgin disappeared. The troopers obtained permission to search his former house and found two tufts of red shag carpet underneath the newer grey pile carpet in the bedroom to compare with the sample found on Burgin’s body. Analysis of the fibers established that the fiber found with Burgin’s body and the fiber found at Brown’s residence had the same fiber, dye, and dye color patterns. The State’s expert testified that the carpet fragments could have only come from a single sheet of carpet, in a “once in a lifetime” combination of fibers and dye.

In June 1996, Troopers Massie and Jerry Graham re-interviewed Brown. Brown explained how Burgin left and why he thought she left. Brown told the troopers that he and Burgin were very close, that they never fought and that he never hit her. Brown provided theories why Burgin left and discussed why and how he had changed his carpet.

The troopers asked Brown if he knew how Burgin had died. Brown said that he had read in the paper that she had been bludgeoned to death. That information had not been released to the press nor was it in the paper or on television. When the troopers pointed this out, Brown said that he learned this from a brother of a former girlfriend, Russell Evans. Evans testified that he assumed that he learned that Burgin had been bludgeoned from Brown.

The troopers told Brown that they had enough evidence to prove that Burgin died in the bedroom where the carpet was changed. Since Brown had previously stated that other occupants of the house could not have harmed Burgin, the troopers asked who else could have done the killing and Brown said, “Me.”

The grand jury indicted Brown for first-degree murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Carl E. Brown v State of Alaska 2001
Anchorage man tried again for 1993 homicide

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Northern Exposure (Also known as Cause of Death)

INMATE INFORMATION

Carl Brown

Offender Name: CARL E BROWN
Offender ID:66096
Date of Birth:10/18/1951
Age: 63
Race: African American
Gender: Male
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:Spring Creek Correctional Center

Scheduled Release Date: 10/11/2054

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