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    December 10: 1994: Darrel Cooley was shot several time in Jethroe’s Steakhouse in Erie, PA. Vance Haskell was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Curtis Mathis convicted of being an accomplice, sentenced to 3-7 years in prison.

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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.

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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
Parole Eligible Date Information
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Serial Killer: Terry Childs has killed at least 5 people, says he is “haunted by the ghosts of his victims”; Sentenced to LWOP

Victims
Penny Rickenbaker, 30 [1974 Aptos, CA]
Rulan McGill, 32 [8/1979 Reno, NV]
Linda Ann Jozovich, 19 [11/1979 Santa Cruz Mtns, CA]
Joan Mack, 28 [10/1984 Beer Can Beach, CA]
Christopher Hall [2/1985 San Lorenzo Park, CA]
Lois “Jeanine” Lynette Sigala, 17 [1987 Scotts Valley, CA]

Find-A-Grave: Lois Lynnette Sigala
Inmate to Undergo Tests On Claim of 12 Killings
Suspect in 1979 murder returned to Reno
Man pleads guilty to killing teacher
Authorities: Inmate confesses to 1979 slaying of Cupertino woman
1 Killer admits to ’79 slaying of Cupertino woman
Serial killer admits to unsolved murders in Aptos and Santa Cruz
Serial killer Terry Childs convicted of two new Santa Cruz County murders from 1980s
Serial Killer admits to unsolved murders in California, says victims’ ghosts haunt him in prison

Movies/Documentaries
Dead Silent: Secrets of the Santa Cruz Mountains

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name CHILDS, TERRY
CDCR Number D46552
Age 62
Admission Date 03/10/1987
Current Location Salinas 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.

Parents Gone Wild! Connie Escamilla and Kylie Beasley charged with the torture and murder of Escamilla’s 3-year-old son, Gilbert


Gilbert Escamilla

Gilbert Anthony Rolando Escamilla obituary
Modesto couple arrested in 3-year-old’s death
Modesto Couple Arrested for Murder, Torture of 3-Year-Old Child
Mother, fianceé arrested in death and torture of 3-year-old son
Modesto mom, fiancée arrested in toddler’s death
Neighbors: Mother, Fiance Suspected of Torturing, Killing 3-Year-Old Seemed ‘Normal’

Defendants
Connie Escamilla
Kylie Beasley

Fathers From Hell: Mark Edward Mesiti drugged, sexually abused and killed his 14-year-old daughter, Alycia Augusta Mesiti-Allen; Will be sentenced to LWOP on Nov. 28


Alycia Augusta Mesiti-Allen

Alycia Augusta Mesiti-Allen obituary
Find-A-Grave: Alycia Augusta Mesiti Allen
Tragic Santa Clara County custody case: Dad suspected in girl’s death
Father charged with killing 14-year-old found buried in yard
Death penalty sought for former South Bay man accused of killing his daughter
Murder suspect asks for more delays
Jury in place, Mesiti murder trial to begin
DA: Mesiti deserves death for killing daughter, 14
Father pleads guilty to avoid death row after rape, murder of teen daughter
11 years after daughter disappears, dad admits to drugging, abusing and killing her
Mesiti pleads guilty in exchange for dropping of death penalty
CA – Alycia Mesiti, 14, Ceres, 14 Aug 2006

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: MESITI, MARK EDWARD
Booking #: 1284051
DOB: 12/07/1967
Arr Agency: CPD
Arr Time: 12:00
Facility: SC
Booking Date: 06/02/2011

Charge: 1209 CP Case No: 3 Bail: $25,000 CourtDt:
Charge: 187(A) PC Case No: 1457251 Bail: NOBAIL CourtDt: 11/28/2017
Charge: 288(A) PC Case No: 1457251 Bail: NOBAIL CourtDt: 11/28/2017
Charge: 289(E) PC [CNTS=2] Case No: 1457251 Bail: NOBAIL CourtDt: 11/28/2017

Monsters Among Us: John William Kelley cleared 2 cold cases when he pled out to the murders of 3 people; Sentenced to LWOP


Victims
Annette Thur, 17 [12/6/1986 Ben Lomond, CA]
Douglas Neal Anderson, 26 [8/14/1988 Crescent City, CA]
Rozina Marie Anderson, 31 [8/14/1988 Crescent City, CA]

Find-A-Grave: Douglas Neal Anderson
Find-A-Grave: Rozina Anne Rousett Anderson
DNA evidence in 1986 killing ends mother’s 25-year wait for an arrest
After DNA match, man pleads no contest to ’86 killing of girl, 17
Placerville man pleads no contest to San Mateo County cold-case rape, murder
Man sentenced to life in killing of Boulder Creek teen; also faces murder charges in Del Norte County
Steve Duin: A confession in the 1988 murders of a Lake Oswego couple
27 years later, killer’s confession solves murders of Lake Oswego couple
Killer admits 1988 murder of Lake Oswego couple
Kelley receives 2 life sentences
John Kelley sentenced to life in double murder cold case
CA – Annette Thur, 17, raped & murdered, Ben Lomond, 6 Dec 1986
CA – Douglas, 26, & Rozina Anderson, 31, Crescent City, 15 Aug 1988

Movies/Documentaries
Dead Silent: Till Death Do Us Part

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name KELLEY, JOHN WILLIAM
CDCR Number AY7518
Age 54
Admission Date 01/07/2016
Current Location California Correctional Institution
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.

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