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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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Update: Golden State Serial Killer: Joseph James DeAngelo arrested & charged with the Golden State Killer murders

Murder Victims
Brian Maggiore [2/2/1978]
Katie Maggiore [2/2/1978]
Dr. Robert Offerman, 44 [12/30/1979]
Dr. Debra Alexandra Manning, 35 [12/30/1979]
Charlene Smith, 33 [[3/13/1980]
Lyman Smith, 43 [3/13/1980]
Keith Harrington, 24 [8/19/1980]
Patrice Harrington, 27 [8/19/1980]
Manuela Witthuhn, 28 [2/6/1981]
Cheri Domingo, 35 [7/27/1981] (aka Cheryl Grace “Cheri” Smith)
Gregory Sanchez, 27 [7/27/1981]
Janelle Lisa Cruz, 18 [5/4/1986]
Rhonda Wicht, 24 [11/11/1978] possible victim
Ronald Wicht, 4 [11/11/1978] possible victim

News Archive: Golden State Serial Killer – Joseph James DeAngelo
The victims of the Golden State Killer
With Taunts and Guile, the Golden State Killer Left a Trail of Horror
‘Golden State Killer,’ Suspected Of Terrorizing California For Years, Arrested
The final hours of the Golden State Killer’s final victim
Capital Murder Charges Filed Against Suspected ‘Golden State Killer’ in Southern California
Golden State Killer is also the Visalia Ransacker, and Former Exeter PD Officer
The sadistic Golden State Killer terrorized California 40 years ago. Here’s what we know
New genetic sleuthing tools helped track down the Golden State Killer suspect
Has The Golden State Killer Been Arrested?
After Arrest Of Suspected Golden State Killer, Details Of His Life Emerge
Suspected Golden State Killer’s ex-fiancee revealed as travel blogger
New Revelations Show Golden State Killer Had Toxic History With Women
Wikipedia: Golden State Killer

Books
Hunting a Psychopath: The East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker Investigation – The Original Investigator Speaks Out
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Movies/Documentaries
People Magazine Presents: The Golden State Killer
The Golden State Killer: It’s Not Over
48 Hours: The Golden State Killer
Cold Case Files: The Original Night Stalker
Dark Minds: The Original Night Stalker (you can watch it here)
On the Case With Paula Zahn: East Area Rapist

INMATE INFORMATION

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Monsters Among Us: Gang member Brian Cooks pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 9-year-old Janessa Ramirez; Sentenced to 21 years in prison


Janessa Ramirez

Hundreds hold vigil for Janessa Ramirez
Funeral held for slain 9-year-old Fresno girl
2 arrested in shooting death of Janessa Ramirez
Fresno Police Chief Announces Arrests In Janessa Ramirez Murder
1 of 2 suspects charged in Janessa Ramirez murder case
One suspect in Janessa Ramirez murder freed from jail; the other pleads not guilty
This gang member’s gunfire killed a young girl. His lawyer fears jurors will want revenge
Details of girl’s death from stray bullet revealed in Fresno courtroom
New revelation in murder of Janessa Ramirez
Gang member feared public outrage would deny him a fair murder trial. Judge disagreed
Chief Dyer reflects on Janessa Ramirez’s death as suspect faces sentence
Fresno Man Convicted Of Manslaughter In 9 Year-Old Janessa Ramirez’s Death
Cooks pleads to manslaughter in the death of 9-year-old Janessa Ramirez
Gang member gets 21 years for killing 9-year-old girl

INMATE INFORMATION

Monsters Among Us: Thomas Coalt Young raped and killed 15-year-old Stacy Knappenberger in 1980; In 2015 he was sentenced to LWOP


Stacy Knappenberger

DNA revives murder case, more than 30 years old, in Ventura County
Judge finds enough evidence to charge man in Oxnard killing
Witness describes how Oxnard girl was killed 33 years ago
Alabama man, 67, gets life without parole in 1980 murder of California teen girl
The People of California v Thomas Coalt Young 2017 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
TV show to focus on Oxnard girl’s 1980 slaying

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Stacy’s Story

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name YOUNG, THOMAS COALT
CDCR Number AW3055
Age 70
Admission Date 04/01/2015
Current Location High Desert State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

Roberto Ayala murder 7/16/2011 Colusa County, CA *Paul Moore convicted of killing him with a bomb on the Moore Brother’s Farm; Sentenced to LWOP*

Murder Arrest Made In Death Of Colusa County Man In July
Arrest made in connection to Ayala homicide
Bomb Maker Convicted of Murder Sentenced to Life
The People of the State of California v Paul Roger Moore 2016 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
BOMBING: Rice Farm
Civil Suit in California Farm Murder
Family of Colusa bombing victim awarded $20M judgment
NBC ‘Dateline’ Farmers born into money, leads to murder in ‘Family Business’

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: Family Business
Unusual Suspects – Deadly Intent: Fatal Impact

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MOORE, PAUL ROGER
CDCR Number AR6973
Age 53
Admission Date 10/25/2013
Current Location Pleasant Valley State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

Movie Producer Roy Alexander Radin murder 6/10/1983 Gorman, CA *The Cotton Club Murder* Hitman William Mentzer and 3 other sentenced to prison for his murder*


Roy Radin

Find-A-Grave: Roy Alexander Radin
Roy Radin

The Cotton Club Murder
The ‘Cotton Club’ Killing : Five years after the bullet-riddled body of a flamboyant New York producer was discovered in a remote canyon of Los Angeles County, sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested a woman and four men in the case linked to a squabble over financing the movie, ‘Cotton Club.’
3 Ordered to Stand Trial in ‘Cotton Club’ Murder Case
Evans Linked for First Time in Court to Radin’s Murder
‘Cotton Club’ Murders: Two Jakes and a Jill : Life mimics art in Depression-style saga of gangsters and violence set in Hollywood
‘Cotton Club’ Defendant Says Evans Not Involved
‘Cotton Club’ Jury Convicts 4 of Murder
‘Cotton Club’ Jury Urges Life Terms
Greenberger Draws Life Without Parole for ‘Cotton Club’ Slaying
Wikipedia: Roy Radin

Books
Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood and the Cotton Club Murder

Movies/Documentaries
People Magazine Investigates: Once Bitten

Defendants
William Molony Mentzer – convicted, sentenced to LWOP (also for another murder)
Karen Greenberger (aka Lanie Jacobs) – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Alex Lamota Marti – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Robert Lowe – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MENTZER, WILLIAM
CDCR Number H33181
Age 69
Admission Date 04/30/1992
Current Location California State Prison, Los Angeles County
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name GREENBERGER, KAREN DELAYNE
CDCR Number W43338
Age 70
Admission Date 03/12/1992
Current Location California Institution for Women
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MARTI, ALEX
CDCR Number H19004
Age 56
Admission Date 12/16/1991
Current Location Mule Creek State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name LOWE, ROBERT
CDCR Number H33065
Age 71
Admission Date 04/27/1992
Current Location California Health Care Facility – Stockton
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

Monsters Among Us: William Wayne Nix Jr. had one of his salesmen, Salvatore Thomas Ruscitti, killed because of a lawsuit; Sentenced to LWOP


Salvatore Thomas Ruscitti

Death Knocked on Door : Killing of Car Salesman Embroiled in Lawsuit Baffles Many
Ex-San Diego Car Dealer Arrested After Murder-for-Hire Indictment
Ex-Car Dealer Indicted in Murder Plot
Ex-Car Dealer Pleads Not Guilty in Plot to Kill Salesman
Ex-Car Dealer, Others Indicted in Slaying
3 to Face Death Penalty in Murder-for-Hire Trial
Three Plead Guilty in Murder-for-Hire Plot
Suspect in Murder for Hire Due to Be Released on Bail
Hit Man Hired, Prosecutor Charges2 to Testify in Car Salesman’s Death
Nix Bragged About Hit, Witnesses Say
Mechanic Testifies That Car Dealer Gave Him $10,000 to Hire Hit Man
Nix: Worker Planned Hit on His Own
Car Dealer Found Guilty of Murder
Car Dealer Is Given Life Sentence for Hired Murder
Mechanic Is Given 11 Years in Killing of Car Salesman
Once a Felon, Is Man Now a Victim?
Death of a Salesman
United States of America v William Wayne Nix Jr and Ralph Osborn 1994
TV Crime Show Retells 1988 Encinitas Murder

Movies/Documentaries
The Prosecutors: Deadly Commission
On the Case with Paula Zahn: That’s Him!

Defendants
William Wayne Nix Jr. – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Jose Tonto Miranda (actual gunman) (not found yet)
Paul A. Gonzalez Sr. – pled guilty (arranged the murder)
Paul Gonzalez Jr. – pled guilty,
Albert Vargas – pled guilty,
David Charles Hernandez
Steven Vernon Gates- pled guilty (accessory after the fact), sentenced to 3 years in prison, served 17 months
Timothy Rocky Holton – pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 11 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name NIX, WILLIAM WAYNE
CDCR Number H46218
Age 64
Admission Date 08/27/1992
Current Location California State Prison, Los Angeles County
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

Psycho For Love: Dennis Ott killed his wife, Phonthip Ott; Sentenced to 25 years to life; Stepdaughters vow to fight parole


Phonthip Ott

Calif. sisters fight to keep mother’s killer behind bars
Phonthip Ott Discovered Dead in California River; Spouse Dennis Ott, US Coast Guard, Convicted of Murder and Sentenced to Life in Prison (1992)
Notebook: The possibility of parole
California Sisters: Keep our mom’s killer behind bars!
Sisters fight to keep their mother’s killer behind bars as he comes up for …

Movies/Documentaries
48 Hours: Crime and Punishment

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name OTT, DENNIS SANDELL
CDCR Number J78934
Age 65
Admission Date 10/03/1995
Current Location California State Prison, Solano
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 11/2010
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The parole eligible date shown above is the first date the inmate is (or was) eligible for a parole suitability hearing by the Board of Parole Hearings to determine if the inmate should be released. Inmates may earn credits for participating in rehabilitative programming, which may move their parole eligible dates to an earlier date. Inmates could also be found guilty of an institutional rules violation, which could result in a loss of credits that may move their parole eligible dates further into the future. Parole eligible dates may also change based on a variety of other reasons, including court orders, changes in law, and routine audits. Parole eligible dates displayed on this website are updated regularly.

For more information about the parole suitability hearing process, please visit the Board of Parole Hearings’ Parole Suitability Hearing Overview

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