Monsters Among Us: Wallace Norrell Thomas, Eddie Bernard Neal and Jerry Lee Jones kidnapped, raped and killed Quenette Shehane

Quenette Shehane
Quenette Shehane

Guilty verdict returned in kidnap-murder case
Slaying suspect convicted
Defendant gets life in 1976 slaying of coed
Eddie Barnard Neal v State of Alabama 1979
Wallace Norrell Thomas v State of Alabama 1987
Ex-frat president to die for murder
Inmate Executed in Alabama For 1976 Murder of Woman
Murderpedia: Wallace Norrell Thomas
Wallace Norrell Thomas – Alabama – July 13, 1990
Siegelman doesn’t want Jones paroled
Parole request denied for man convicted in 1976 slaying of Birmingham-Southern College graduate, 21
Mom had to endure six murder trials
‘Fatal Errand': Brutal rape, murder of Birmingham-Southern coed featured on Paula Zahn show
National crime show focuses on brutal AL murder case

On The Case With Paula Zahn: Fatal Errand

Wallace Norrell Thomas – convicted, executed 1990
Eddie Bernard Neal – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Jerry Lee Jones – convicted, sentenced to life in prison



Summary of Offense: Convicted for the abduction and fatal shooting of Quenette Shehane, 21, on December 20, 1976. Miss Shehane, who had graduated from Birmingham-Southern College just a few days before, was kidnapped at a convenience store near the campus. One of the two other men later charged in the case, both of whom are now serving life sentences, implicated Mr. Thomas in the actual shooting.

Victim(s): Quenette Shehane

Time of Death: Shortly after midnight

Manner of execution: Electric Chair

Last Meal:

Final Statement: ”Let my death serve as an instigator that will awaken a nation to fight and adopt the philosophy of the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”’


Eddie Bernard Neal

AIS: 00122084


Race: B
Sex: M
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 190
Birth Year: 1957
Custody MEDIUM
Scars, Marks and Tattoos:
No known scars, marks, or tattoos
Admit Date: 06/07/1979
Total Term: 999Y 99 M99D
Time Served: 037Y 01M 15D
Jail Credit: 129
Good Time Received: 0Y 0M 0D
Case No.: CC1978-000639
Sentenced: 08/07/1978
Offense: MURDER 1
Term: 999Y 99 M99D
Type: Consecutive
Commit County: JEFFERSON


Jerry Lee Jones

AIS: 00131136


Race: B
Sex: M
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 162
Birth Year: 1956
Custody MEDIUM
Scars, Marks and Tattoos:
No known scars, marks, or tattoos

Admit Date: 03/05/1982
Total Term: 999Y 99 M99D
Time Served: 038Y 02M 26D
Jail Credit: 1841
Good Time Received: 0Y 0M 0D
Good Time Revoked: 0Y 0M 0D
Parole Consideration Date: 09/01/2018
Parole Status: DENIED, W/RESET
Case No.: CC1977-000625
Sentenced: 03/04/1982
Offense: MURDER
Term: 999Y 99 M99D
Type: Consecutive
Commit County: JEFFERSON

Monsters Among Us: Charles “Crazy Eddie” Reddish killed 2 women, sentenced to life in prison

Dede RosenthalOn Friday, February 22, 1991, Dede Rosenthal reported to work at the Elwyn Institute in Vineland, New Jersey, where she trained  staff to work with autistic children.   At 4:47 p.m., on the way home from work, she withdrew eighty dollars from an automatic teller machine (ATM).   Later that evening, she spoke on the phone with a friend, Sherri Klemow.   She also spoke with John Bristol, whom she had been dating.   Bristol worked at Somerset Towers in Cherry Hill, the apartment complex where Rosenthal lived.

Early the next morning, a loud noise emanating from Rosenthal’s apartment awoke Lucy Faricelli, Rosenthal’s elderly downstairs neighbor.   Although she would later express some confusion about the exact date she heard the noise, Faricelli told police in March 1991 that she heard a “thump” on the floor above her late Friday night.   She also heard Rosenthal’s patio door open and close, and heard a cat crying on the balcony.   Prior to that night, she had never heard any noises from Rosenthal’s apartment.

Rosenthal did not report to work on Monday, February 25, or Tuesday, February 26, nor did she call in sick or contact anyone at the Elwyn Institute.   Rosenthal had no prior unexplained absences from work during her previous six months of employment.   Two of her coworkers became concerned and, on Wednesday, February 27, reported Rosenthal missing to the Cherry Hill Police Department.

Police officers went to Rosenthal’s apartment to investigate the report.   They noticed that newspapers had accumulated outside the unlocked front door.   Upon entering her unit, the officers observed that the apartment was neat and showed no sign of a struggle or forced entry.   Rosenthal’s bed was made.   Her closets were orderly and full of clothes, and her luggage, passport, and personal appointment book were still in the apartment.   Rosenthal’s keys were on the kitchen counter and her cat was outside on the balcony.   The temperature inside the apartment was normal and the officers noted no unusual odors or smells.   Her car, containing her briefcase and topcoat, was still in the parking lot.   A subsequent search of the entire apartment complex and its  grounds by the officers, assisted by a dog trained to detect the scent of human decomposition, failed to locate Rosenthal.
remembering the victimsAs part of the investigation, police interviewed employees of the apartment complex, including Bristol, who told them he had last spoken with Rosenthal at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Friday night.   They also spoke with defendant, who worked as a porter in the building.   Defendant answered their questions but denied any knowledge of Rosenthal’s whereabouts.
Further efforts to locate Rosenthal proved unsuccessful.   The police contacted individuals named in Rosenthal’s personal appointment book, but nobody had heard from or seen Rosenthal since February 22, 1991.   The police confirmed that no one named Dede Rosenthal had purchased a plane, train, or bus ticket.   Discussions with employees at Rosenthal’s bank disclosed that one banking transaction occurred on March 1, 1991, but the police later discounted that as a pre-arranged, automated transaction.

On June 12, 1992, police in Burlington County arrested defendant on another, unrelated charge.   Hearing of the arrest, the officers investigating Rosenthal’s disappearance again questioned defendant.   He continued to deny any knowledge of, or involvement in, her disappearance.

Rosenthal’s family made additional attempts to locate her.   Private investigators hired by the family were unable to discover anything regarding her disappearance.   The family’s continuing efforts, however, did result in the feature of Rosenthal’s disappearance on an episode of the television show “Unsolved Mysteries.”   That episode aired nationally six times between April 1993 and October 1995.   In response to the broadcasts, the program received more than 150 calls from around the country, including Florida, Oklahoma, and California.   The Cherry Hill Police Department sent form letters to the police departments in each city from which the calls originated, requesting assistance in following up sightings reported by viewers in those areas.   Those local police departments then reported back to the Cherry Hill department.   None of those leads bore fruit.

 On October 6, 1995, more than four years after Dede Rosenthal disappeared, investigating officers of the Cherry Hill Police Department, still with no leads and no suspects, learned from a television news broadcast that defendant had been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Rebecca Wertz, and other charges, and was being held in Burlington County Jail. On October 11, detectives from the Cherry Hill Police Department interviewed defendant at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.   After waiving his Miranda1 rights, defendant provided a lengthy tape-recorded statement admitting that he had killed Rosenthal and disposed of her body in Salem County.   Later that evening, he placed a telephone call to John Knarr, a reporter for the Burlington County Times.   In an interview tape-recorded by Knarr, defendant again admitted to killing Rosenthal

Rebecca Wertz (no picture)
Yeda Sharon “Dede” Rosenthal

‘Crazy Eddie’ Snaps Charles Reddish Killed His Girlfriend With A Hatchet, Then Raped Her Daughter, N.j. Police Say Man Held In Ax-killing, Rape Neighbors Call N.j. Suspect ‘A Little Strange’
Murder Suspect Tied To ’91 Case Police Say Man Charged In Hatchet Murder Admits Killing Yeda Rosenthal
State of New Jersey v Charles E Reddish Jr 2004
State of New Jersey v Charles Reddish 2008 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Convicted killer who killed 2 South Jersey women denied new trial
Killer sentenced to die in ’91 Cherry Hill slaying Charles Reddish Jr. had been found guilty of suffocating Yeda Rosenthal.
Man begs killer: Say where my sister is Blain Rosenberg spoke at Charles Reddish’s sentencing for the suffocation of Yeda “Dede” Rosenthal in 1991
Cherry Hill murder to be featured on Investigation Discovery’s ‘On the Case with Paula Zahn’

On the Case with Paula Zahn: A Mystery on Cherry Hill


CharlesReddish prison mug

Charles E Reddish
SBI Number: 000932598A
Sentenced as: Reddish, Charles E
Race: White
Ethnicity: White
Sex: Male
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 193 lbs.
Birth Date: March 17, 1961
Admission Date: March 19, 1999
Current Facility: NJSP
Current Max Release Date: N/A
Current Parole Eligibility Date: N/A

Reddish crimes

Monsters Among Us: Joseph Peter Smith abducted, sexually assaulted and killed 11-year-old Carlie Brucia; Now he is on death row

Carlie Brucia

Carlie Brucia
A Child Is Abducted on Videotape
Guest Book for Carlie Brucia
Carlie Brucia Portrait
Carlie Brucia 1992 – 2004
Friends and family facing loss
Wikipedia: Carlie’s Law
Key evidence missing in Carlie’s killing
Judge: ‘I did my job’ in Smith case
Suspect arrested in Florida missing girl case
Housemate tips police to Smith after seeing video
Warrant: Suspect told witness he killed girl
No bond for suspect in Carlie case
Suspect in girl’s killing pleads not guilty
Judge: No gag order in Brucia murder case
Murder charge filed in Carlie Brucia’s death
Surveillance video to be Exhibit A at Florida murder trial
Guilty on all 3 counts in child’s murder
Jury recommends death for child killer
Family says girl’s murder tore them apart
Killer apologizes for strangling child
Murderpedia: Joseph Peter Smith
Wikipedia: Carlie Brucia
A Child Is Abducted on Videotape

Carlie Brucia Carlie’s abduction


JosephSmith prison mug

DC Number: 899500
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birth Date: 03/17/1966
Initial Receipt Date: 03/20/2006
Current Facility: UNION C.I.
Current Custody: MAXIMUM
Current Release Date: DEATH SENTENCE


Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
01/09/2003 COCAINE – POSSESSION 03/15/2006 SARASOTA 0300415 5Y 0M 0D
02/01/2004 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 03/15/2006 SARASOTA 0402129 DEATH SENTENCE
02/01/2004 SEX BAT BY ADULT/VCTM LT 12 03/15/2006 SARASOTA 0402129 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
12/13/2001 01/01/2003
03/20/2006 Currently Incarcerated

Monsters Among Us: Vaughn Ross killed Douglas Birdsall and Viola Ross McVade after an argument

Viola McVade and Doug Birdsall
Viola McVade and Doug Birdsall

Find-A-Grave: Douglas George Birdsall
Find-A-Grave: Viola Leanne Ross McVade
Former student convicted in deaths of dean, woman
Dean’s killer given death
Vaughn Ross v Rick Thaler (habeas corpus denied)
Blood, sweat and shells led police to Vaughn Ross
Convicted murderer Vaughn Ross executed>
Texas Execution Information Center: Vaughn Ross
Vaughn Ross #1340
Former Texas Tech student Vaughn Ross executed for brutal 2001 double-slay, last words were ‘I don’t fear death’
Murderpedia: Vaughn Ross
Wikipedia: Vaughn Ross
Offender Information: Ross, Vaughn

Forensic Files: Shattered Dreams


Final/Last Words:
“Who are they? I know this is hard for y’all, but we are going to have to go through it. You know I don’t fear death. I know we weren’t expecting this, but this is what it is. We know the lies that were told against me in court. We know it’s not true. I want y’all to be strong and keep going.”

Vaughn Ross

Name Ross, Vaughn
TDCJ Number 999429
Date of Birth 09/04/1971
Date Received 10/01/2002
Age (when Received) 31
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 12
Date of Offense 01/31/2001
Age (at the time of Offense) 29
County Lubbock
Race Black
Gender Male
Hair Color Black
Height 5 ft 6 in
Weight 150
Eye Color Brown
Native County Saint Louis
Native State Missouri
Prior Occupation Architecture Design, Clerical

Prior Prison Record

Summary of Incident
On 01/31/2001, in Lubbock, Ross shot and killed an 18 year old black female and a 53 year old white male. The bodies of the victims were found in a car in a ravine.


Race and Gender of Victim
black female, white male

Monsters Among Us: Roger Keith Coleman raped and killed his sister-in-law, Wanda Faye Thompson McCoy; He claimed innocence up to his execution, but DNA proved his guilt

Wanda Fay Thompson
Wanda Fay Thompson (McCoy)

Find-A-Grave: Wanda Faye Thompson McCoy
Roger Keith Coleman v Charles E. Thompson, Warden 1992 (habeas corpus denied)
Roger Keith Coleman #175
Killing Roger Coleman: Habeas, Finality, and the
Innocence Gap

DNA tests confirm executed man’s guilt
DNA Testing Proves Executed Va. Prisoner’s Guilt
Murderpedia: Roger Keith Coleman
Wikipedia: Roger Keith Coleman
DNA Tests Confirm Guilt of Executed Man
A&E Documentary on Roger Keith Coleman
American Justice – An Execution in Doubt transcript

May God Have Mercy: A True Story of Crime and Punishment (this book is a bit old and does not have the DNA results in – results that proved his guilt)

Did He Do It? Execution in Question
American Justice: An Execution in Doubt

Roger Keith Coleman

Monsters Among Us: Jason Massey killed Brian King and Christina Benjamin in his quest to be a serial killer; Executed 4/3/2001

Brian King and Christina BenjaminFrom Texas Attorney General Media Advisory: In the early morning hours of July 27, 1993, James King was awakened by the sound of a car pulling up to his house, beeping its horn twice and driving away.

When the car passed by again, he looked out his window and observed a tan car turn off its headlights and park in front of his house. King got out of bed and went to the front door.

Looking outside, he saw his 14-year old son, Brian, approach the car on foot and talk to the people in the car. At this point, King went to the restroom. When he returned, both Brian and the car were gone.

King waited for about an hour for his son to return before going back to bed. When he got up the next morning, King found that Brian and his 13-year old stepdaughter, Christina, were not in the house.

King woke his common-law wife, Donna Benjamin, and although worried, they decided to wait to see if they would return home. When the children did not appear, James and Donna searched for them and subsequently filed a missing persons report.

Approximately 10 days earlier, Christopher Nowlin had been riding in a car with Jason Massey, who was 20 years old and lived in Canton, Texas. Nowlin convinced Massey to drive over to see Christina, a friend of Nowlin’s.

Jason MasseyMassey flirted with Christina, and she told him that she would like to “sneak out” sometime. Massey agreed, and told Christina that he would drive by her house around midnight some night and honk his horn and that she was to go to the old Fina station on I-45 and wait.

When Massey and Nowlin left Christina’s house, Massey told Nowlin in sexually explicit language what he wanted to do to Christina, including killing her and cutting her up. Nowlin testified that he didn’t pay much attention to what Massey said, because it was weird and Massey talked about killing girls all the time.

On July 29, 1993, law enforcement authorities found two bodies in a field near Telico, in Ellis County. The first body discovered was that of a nude female whose head and hands were missing. She had been shot in the back and parts of her body mutilated.

When the authorities began searching for the victim’s missing body parts they discovered the body of a young boy, identified as Brian King. Two small caliber bullets were later removed from his brain and the cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds to the head. No other wounds were discovered on his body.

It was more difficult to identify Christina. A deep wound transected her torso like an autopsy incision, exposing her internal organs. Due to the extensive nature of her injuries and several days of decomposition in the intense summer heat, initial identification was impossible.

Eventually, the body was confirmed to be Christina’s based on recent hospital records. Based on samples of fly larvae from both bodies, it was estimated that Brian and Christina had been killed between the late evening of July 26, 1993, and the morning of July 27, 1993. Bullet fragments recovered from both bodies appeared to be .22 caliber in size.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Massey’s cousin owned a .22 caliber pistol that he stored at his grandmother’s house before leaving on a trip. Massey took the gun unbeknownst to his cousin.

Several witnesses testified to seeing the gun on Massey’s person. The Walmart sales clerk, who sold bullets for a .22 caliber gun, two knives, and handcuffs to Massey, picked him out of a line-up after his arrest.

Late in July, the owner of a local car wash observed Massey pull in about 11:30 p.m. in a tan-colored Subaru. Massey dumped items in the trash bin and started to back out, but stopped when he saw the owner watching him. He pulled his car back into a bay and started vacuuming.

Shortly after this incident, the owner recognized Massey’s picture in the paper as someone who might be involved with the murders.

A search of the car wash trash bin and vacuum containers resulted in discovery of a red bandana with blond hair on it, broken car glass, and a payroll receipt from Kentucky Fried Chicken with Massey’s name on it.

Police searched Massey’s house and found two newspaper articles about the murders, handcuffs and a knife box.

After a search of Massey’s car, the console, steering wheel, step to the car, and spots in the passenger seat tested positive for blood, as did a knife in the glove box and items in the trunk, including duct tape, tissue paper, electrical tape, a wrench, a screwdriver, a denim shirt, the head of a hammer, and a jacket. DNA testing revealed a genetic match between Christina’s blood and the blood found on the car seat, duct tape and hammer.

A subsequent comparison of blond hairs found in the car, hairs on the red bandana recovered from the car wash and hairs found near Christina at the crime scene revealed a microscopic match.

Carpet fibers from Massey’s car matched a fiber found on one of Brian’s shoes.

In addition, hair found on Brian’s pant leg was microscopically matched with Massey’s. An arrest warrant was issued; when placed under arrest, Massey smiled. He was indicted for the capital offense of murder of two persons. He pled not guilty, but was convicted by a jury on Oct. 6, 1994.

Brian King, 14
Christina Benjamin, 13

Man held in killing of teens
Very accurate
Court denies appeals in murder cases
Convicted murderer Jason Massey executed
Murderpedia: Jason Eric Massey
Texas Execution Information Center – Jason Massey
Jason Eric Massey #706
Wikipedia: Jason Massey

Born Bad

Forensic Files: Pure Evil

Final words: Yes, first I would like to speak to the victims’ family. First of all, I would like to say that I do not know any of y’all and that is unfortunate, because I would like to apologize to each and every one of you individually. I can’t imagine what I have taken from y’all, but I do want to apologize and I want to let you know that I did do it. You guys know that I am guilty and I am sorry for what I have done. I apologize and I know that you may not be able to forgive me and I know that may not be able to forgive me in this life and in this world, but I hope sometime in the future you will be able to find it in you to forgive me. And I want you to know that Christina, she did not suffer as much as you think she did. I promise you that. I give you my word. I know you guys want to know where the rest of her remains are. I put her remains in the Trinity River. I have said that since I have come to death row. I want to apologize to you again. I hope sometime in the future you can forgive me. Okay, now I want to speak to my mom and my family. Brother Anderson, Kathy, I want you to know that I appreciate all these years that you have been coming to see me on death row and Daddy, I love you. I appreciate y’all being here and being strong for me, and Mama, you know I love you, and I appreciate all of these visits, the letters and everything y’all have done for me. Y’all have been wonderful. You too, Granny. I love y’all and you know, I want to apologize to y’all too for what I have done. For all of the pain that I have caused, but all of this pain has brought us closer together and all of this suffering that we have been through has brought us all closer to the Lord and in the end that is what counts. Isn’t it? That’s what counts in the end; where you stand with Almighty God. I know that God has used this to change my life. And it’s all been worth it because of that. If I lie here today where I lie, I can say in the face of death, Jesus is Lord. He has changed my life and I know that when I leave this body, I am going home to be with the Lord forever. That is all I want to say. I love y’all and I won’t say goodbye, I will say I will see you again. I love you, Daddy. Tonight I dance on the streets of gold. Let those without sin cast the first stone.

Offender Information: Jason Eric Massey

Serial Killer: Anthony Joe LaRette

Mary Fleming
Mary Michelle “Mickey” Fleming

Mary Michelle “Mickey” Fleming, 18 [7/25/1980]
Tracey Miller, 26 [11/2/1976]
Jeanette Wade [1976]
Betty Brunton, 52 [1976]
plus several others

Find-A-Grave: Mary M Fleming
End Violence Against Women (a blog by Mary Fleming’s brother)
State of Missouri v Anthony Joe LaRette
Missouri faces Manhattan murder charge
Pain and Healing
Anthony J LaRette v Michael Bowersox 1995 (habeas corpus denied, stay of execution lifted)
LaRette executed by lethal injection
Missouri Executes a Confessed Serial Killer
Six years of ‘befriending’ killer pays off with murder solution

She Had No Enemies: How I Turned My Sister’s Death By A Serial Killer Into A Positive Force In My Life

On The Case With Paula Zahn: A Window to Murder


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