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    January 16: 1936: Serial Killer Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish was executed in the electric chair in Sing Sing Prison. He was responsible for at least 5 murders, including 10-year-old Grace Budd whose murder he was sentenced to death for.

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The Investor Murders: The biggest unresolved murder case in Alaska history – 8 people were murdered aboard The Investor boat

The Coulthurst Family

Mark Coulthurst, 28
Irene Coulthurst, 28
Kimberly Coulthurst, 5
John Coulthurst, 4
Michael Stewart, 19
Jerome Keown, 19
Dean Moon, 19
Chris Heyman, 19

Lot At Sea: Remembering the Victims of the F/V Investor Murders
After a Two-Year Manhunt Police Arrest a Suspect in Alaska’s Brutal Fishing Boat Murders
Suspect had worked on boat where 8 died in ’82
New Witness to Testify in Alaska’s Costliest Case
Ex-Crewman Acquitted in 8 Boat Killings in 1982
8 killed in 1982 Investor murders remembered in Blaine exhibit
A Look Back At Alaska’s Worst Unsolved Mass Murder
Cold Case – Alaska’s Worst Unsolved Mass Murder
33 years later, a tribute for slain family members
Fisherman Settles Case Over Trials In Slayings — Man Gets $900, 000; State Admits No Wrongdoing

People Magazine Investigates: Murder at Sea

John Kenneth Peel (acquitted at trial)


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)

Fear Thy Neighbor: Feud on the Frontier

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

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

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

Lockup: Inside Spring Creek Alaska


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!

Steven Garcia
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



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

dv awareness

Michael Gonzalez
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



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*

Toni Lister
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?

Did He Do It?: Burden of Proof

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

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