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Monsters Among Us: Joseph Reinwand charged with 2 different cold case murders; Convicted of both & sentenced to life in prison

Victims
Dale Meister, 35 [3/4/2008 Wisconsin Rapids, WI]
Pamela Reinwand [5/13/1984 Plover, WI]

Cold Case: The Unsolved Murder of Dale Meister
Family and friends remember Dale Meister
Wis. Rapids Man Charged in 2008 Slaying Accused of Violating Bond
Wisconsin Rapids man charged in 1984 death of wife
Wisconsin man charged with killing wife in 1984
Homicide defendant’s daughter takes stand
Meister’s brothers testify in homicide trial
Defense rests case in homicide trial
Reinwand sentenced to life in prison for homicide
Joseph Reinwand gets life in prison for killing Dale Meister
Reinwand’s second murder trial delayed by overwhelming amounts of documents, evidence
Trial begins for man accused of killing wife in 1984
Family, friends, experts testify in Joseph Reinwand murder trial
Jury finds Reinwand guilty of murder
Jury finds Reinwand guilty of murder
Reinwand gets life for wife’s 1984 death
Man gets life term for wife’s 1984 death
WI – Pamela Reinwand, 19, shot to death, Plover, 13 May 1984

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: REINWAND, JOSEPH B
DOC #: 00569593
Birth Year: 1959
Age: 57
Height: 5′ 8″ Weight: 156
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED
PhotoDate: 01/10/2013

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Columbia Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 804 WI Rapids
Region Unit Agent: 8 04 04
131 24th ST
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Maximum Discharge Date: 01/20/9999
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: 01/20/9999
Parole Eligibility Date:

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Child Serial Killer: David Eliot Penton

Christi Meeks and Nydra Ross

Victims
His 2-month-old son
Christi Lynn Meeks, 5
Christie Diane Proctor, 9 (no picture)
Nydra Ross, 9
Roxann Hope Reyes, 3 (no picture)

Find-A-Grave: Christi Lynn Meeks
Find-A-Grave: Roxann Hope Reyes
Roxann Hope Reyes
Jailed child killer serving sentence in Toledo eyed in Texas case
Man charged in area girls’ deaths
Girl’s killer extradited to Texas
Ohioan may face execution in Texas
Former Fort Hood soldier indicted in old slayings
Ohio inmate gets life in killings of 3 Texas girls
N. Texas mother finds peace decades after daughter’s murder
Murderpedia: David Eliot Penton
Serial Killer: David Penton
Photo Gallery for Bogeyman
Cold cases solved: ‘Bogeyman’ tells girls’ murder tale

Books
Bogeyman (very good book)

Movies/Documentaries
Most Evil: Predators

INMATE INFORMATION

DavidPenton prison mug

DAVID E PENTON
Number: A245242
DOB: 02/09/1958
Gender: Male
Race: White
Admission Date: 05/24/1991
Institution: Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
Status: INCARCERATED

Offense Information
KIDNAPPING Counts: 1 ORC: 2905.01 3
Committing County: Marion Admission Date: 05/24/1991 Degree of Felony: A1
AGG MURDER Counts: 1 ORC: 2903.01 3
Committing County: Marion Admission Date: 05/24/1991 Degree of Felony: AM

Sentence Information
Indefinite Sentence Min: 40 years
Indefinite Sentence Max: Life Sentence
Expiration of Max Sentence: Life Sentence

Parole Hearing Information
Next Parole Board Hearing/Review Month: March, 2027
Latest Parole Board Hearing/Review Type & Results: FIRST HEARING

Monsters Among Us: Elias Acevedo Sr charged with 293 criminal counts which include 2 murders, multiple rapes and kidnappings; He pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP – his total sentence is 445 years for all crimes

Pamela Pemberton and Christina Adkins

Victims
Pamela Pemberton [10/1994]
Christina Adkins, 18 [1995]

Sister of 1994 Cleveland murder victim Pamela Pemberton hopes for answers as case revisited
Elias Acevedo Sr., convicted Ohio sex offender, indicted on 293 counts, including murder, rape, kidnapping
Elias Acevedo Sr. indicted in murders of two Cleveland women
Medical Examiner: Human remains found last week in Cleveland belong to long-missing Christina Adkins
The longest of long shots: How authorities got Elias Acevedo to confess to two murders
Investigators return to former home of accused murderer Elias Acevedo, Sr.
Women’s underwear found in ceiling of Acevedo’s former home
Cold case investigation heats up after suspect is indicted
Justice: Elias Acevedo, Sr. charged with rape, murder and kidnapping
Cleveland man gets life for decades-old killings of 2 women
Elias Acevedo Sr. to serve life in prison for two murders and rapes of four family members

Elias Acevedo Sr
Elias Acevedo Sr

Update: Lena Triano murder *Carlton Franklin convicted of her murder, faces up to 20 years in prison*

Lena Triano 1937
Lena Triano in 1937

Cold Case: Lena Triano murder 3/15/1976 Westfield, NJ *Neighbor Carlton Franklin on trial for her murder*
Guilty verdict handed down in Westfield cold case murder trial
Carlton Franklin Found Guilty of 1976 Murder of Lena Triano
Truck driver convicted in 1976 N.J. murder
52-year old truck driver tried as juvenile in 1976 New Jersey murder
Lena Triano’s Family Grateful for Guilty Verdict

Carlton Franklin 1979 Carlton Franklin 2012
Carlton Franklin in 1979 and 2012

Monsters Among Us; Thomas Evan Noffsinger convicted for 1 murder, now charged with another, and person of interest in another

Victims
Victor Aguilar [3/3/1990] Marie Callender’s downtown 52 W. 200 South (no picture)
Felicia Pappas [4/6/1989] found at 4511 S. 600 East
Annette Hill [missing since 5/5/1989]

Victor Aguilar murder
Thomas Evan Noffsinger aka Thomas Trujillo – convicted of Victor Aguilar’s murder; sentenced to life in prison; parole board decided he will spend natural life in prison
Grant David Stensrud – convicted; sentenced to 5 years to life in prison; paroled 2007

VIOLIN CONCERT WILL BENEFIT FAMILY OF VICTOR AGUILAR
Parole board orders killer to stay in prison until he dies
Is suspect in murder linked to other case? (part 1)
Missing (part 2)
Lawyers want confessions inadmissible in chef’s slaying
Murder trials delayed
Co-defendant pleads guilty in slaying of W.V. man
Grant D. Stensrud pen pal ad
Killer faces victim’s family, questions about other missing woman
Killer apologizes for 1990 murder; denies knowledge of other slaying
Man to spend life in prison for 1990 murder
Family thinks murderer is responsible for woman’s disappearance
Unified Police Solve a 23 Year Old Cold Case Homicide
Convicted murderer charged with cold case murder
UTAP: Cold Case Files: Felicia Pappas
Missing Persons: Annette Hill (Annette Cundiff) (almost to the bottom)
The Doe Network: Annette A. Hill
Is convicted murderer Thomas Noffsinger a serial killer?
Golden Gloves boxer fights in murdered dad’s memory

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: Grant David Stensrud
Location: Community Supervisor (paroled 2007)

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Number: 60345
Offender Name: THOMAS E NOFFSINGER
DOB: Sat, 8 Jul 1967
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inches
Weight: 185
Sex: M

Aliases: THOMAS EVAN TRUJILLO THOMAS E NOFFSINGER RUANER KERSERNER

Guest Post: Sarah Russel *Five High-Profile Murders That Are Still Unsolved*

Today I present to you an article written by Sarah Russel. This is the first guest post I have had. I hope to continue doing this!

Five High-Profile Murders That Are Still Unsolved

If you’ve ever watched Cold Case Files you know how many cases out there, murder or otherwise, that go unsolved. Sometimes there’s just not enough evidence or things never come together in a way that allows justice to be done. The same holds true for even high profile cases that attract a lot of media attention. Here are five major cases, in no particular order, that remain unsolved to this day.

1. JonBenét Ramsay:  The media and the American public were captivated by the murder of this tiny beauty queen. Found hidden in the basement of her Colorado home along with a ransom note demanding $118,000, the murder offered little in the way of evidence as there were no signs of forced entry and DNA results found no matches. Suspicion turned to her parents, both of whom were accused through ultimately excluded as suspects due to lack of evidence. Despite a supposed lead with Mark Karr in 2006, the case remains unsolved to this day.

2. Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls:  Occurring only months apart, many have suspected that the deaths of these two rappers are in fact connected. Both occurred in highly public settings but no witnesses or definitive evidence was ever found to bring a suspect to justice. Many have theorized that police corruption or a larger conspiracy within the rapper’s circle may have purposely stalled the case. Regardless, their deaths still attract a large amount of media and public attention to this day.

3. Black Dahlia:  It was the gruesome nature of the murder of young Elizabeth Short, later to be known as the Black Dahlia, which attracted a lot of attention to her case. Short’s body was found severely mutilated, having been cut in half at the waist and slashed multiple times. Despite numerous confessions to the murder (over 60 on record) there has been no conclusive evidence to link any one person to her murder. Some point the finger at Mark Hansen, a nightclub owner, others at Dr. Walter Bayley who lived a block away from the crime, but no real leads were ever found in the case despite intense media and popular attention.

4. Jack the Ripper:  In 1888, London was terrorized by a man, later to be known as Jack the Ripper, who attacked prostitutes throughout the city. The Ripper didn’t just kill his victims however, instead choosing to mutilate them, elaborately slicing them up and even keeping parts of their bodies as souvenirs. Police received several letters claiming to be from the Ripper himself, but many believed these to be faked and no leads were ever found in the case. The Ripper was such a mysterious figure that there was never even a lead suspect and the murders remain one of the great unsolved crimes of the modern era.

5. The Zodiac Killer:  This killer has gained renewed attention due to a recent movie made about the 1968 and 69 murders. Even with an investigation that led police to question thousands of suspects, and numerous coded letters from the killer himself, there was not enough evidence to definitively link any one person to the crime, leaving five or more murders (he claimed 37 but only five have been definitely linked) unsolved to this day, and the Zodiac Killer as one of the most mysterious serial killers never to be caught.

This post was contributed by Sarah Russel, who writes about the criminal justice masters. She welcomes your feedback at SarahRussel1234 at gmail.com. Her website is Masters In Criminal Justice.

Serial Killer: Timothy Krajcir *Confessed to 9 murders in at least 2 states, Missouri and Illinois, and is a suspect in a Pennsylvania murder*

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(clockwise) Margie Call Deborah Sheppard Sheila Cole Mildred Wallace Brenda Parsh Mary Parsh

Victims
Margie Call (1/82)
Deborah Sheppard (4/8/82)
Sheila Cole (11/77)
Mildred Wallace (6/21/82)
Brenda Parsh (8/15/77)
Mary Parsh (8/15/77)
Myrtle Rupp (4/79) he is a suspect in her murder, so she is currently a possible victim

Former Lehigh Valley Resident Admits to 9 Murders
Illinois inmate Timothy Krajcir confesses to 5 unsolved Cape murders
Rapist Hid Killing Spree for Decades
DNA links sexual offender to nine slayings, police say
Sex Offender Who Admitted to Killing 9 in Missouri, Illinois Studied Law Enforcement
Serial Killer Learned Police Techniques At SIU
Krajcir Confesses to Murder in Williamson County
Confessed serial killer had law enforcement degree
Killer charged in 5 more deaths
Man Admits to Nine Cold Case Murders
Confessed killer has long history of crime, sexual deviancy
Krajcir’s Criminal Background
Serial killer’s confession comforts murdered woman’s son
Pennsylvania Authorities Say Krajcir a Murder Suspect
Murderpedia: Timothy Wayne Krajcir
Wikipedia: Timothy Krajcir
TV show to focus on 1977 Parsh murders
Deborah Sheppard murder 4/8/1982 Carbondale, IL *Cold case solved by DNA, Timothy Krajcir charged with her murder*
Update: Deborah Sheppard murder *Timothy Krajcir pleads guilty and is sentenced to 40 years in prison*

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Timothy Krajcir 1979

Movies/Documentaries
Personal Justice: Deadly Obsessions
Very Bad Men: 911 to Murder
First Kill: Beauty Queen Killer
Beauty Queen Murders: Fashionista Fatality

INMATE INFORMATION

C96201 – KRAJCIR, TIMOTHY W.
Parent Institution: PONTIAC CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: PONTIAC
Sex Offender Registry Required
PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 11/28/1944
Weight: 198 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Brown

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, FOREARM, RIGHT – DAGGER, “DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR”
TATTOO, FOREARM, RIGHT – “USN” W/2 STARS
TATTOO, CHEST – “MARLENE” W/RED ROSE
BIRTHMARK, OTHER – CIRC. BIRTH MARK BACK OF NECK 1″
SCAR, THIGH, LEFT – SCAR 5″

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 01/29/1988
Projected Parole Date: 08/18/2047
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: 08/18/2050

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 07CF471
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 08/18/2007
SENTENCE: 40 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: JACKSON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 07CF562
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 08/18/2007
SENTENCE: 40 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: WILLIAMSON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 79CF42
CLASS: U
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: SEXUALLY DANGEROUS PERSON
CUSTODY DATE: 08/23/1979
SENTENCE: SDP
COUNTY: JACKSON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

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