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    Kim Marie Swann

    November 9: 1984: Kim, 21, was raped and killed in Tampa, FL by serial killer, Bobby Joe Long, who now resides on FL death row.

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Execution Alert: Keith Leroy Tharpe for the murder of his sister-in-law, Jaquelyn Freeman

From Tharpe’s appeal: Tharpe’s wife left him on August 28, 1990 and moved in with her mother. Following various threats of violence made by the defendant to and about his wife and her family, a peace warrant was taken out against him, and the defendant was ordered not to have any contact with his wife or her family. Notwithstanding this order, Tharpe called his wife on September 24, 1990 and argued with her, saying if she wanted to “play dirty,” he would show her “what dirty was.”

On the morning of the 25th, his wife and her sister-in-law met Tharpe as they drove to work. He used his vehicle to block theirs and force them to stop. He got out of his vehicle, armed with a shotgun and apparently under the influence of drugs, and ordered them out of their vehicle. After telling the sister-in-law he was going to “f––– you up,” he took her to the rear of his vehicle, where he shot her. He rolled her into a ditch, reloaded, and shot her again, killing her.

9/27/2017 – He was granted a temporary stay of execution.

Tharpe then drove away with his wife. After unsuccessfully trying to rent a motel room, Tharpe parked by the side of the road and raped his wife. Afterward, he drove to Macon, where his wife was to obtain money from her credit union. Instead she called the police.

Tharpe v Head 2000 (habeas corpus remanded for a decision)
Keith Tharpe v Warden 2016 (habeas corpus denied)
Execution Date Set for Keith Leroy Tharpe, Convicted of Murder
Execution date set for man convicted in decades-old grisly murder
Tharpe Execution Media Advisory – Last Meal
With his execution date set, Jones County killer requests final meal
Georgia plans to execute man who killed sister-in-law
Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror’s racial bias
The Latest: Board Denies Clemency for Condemned Prisoner
Parole board declines to spare life of inmate set to die
Condemned Georgia man loses clemency bid after lawyers cite juror’s racial bias
Georgia plans to execute man who killed sister-in-law
GA Supreme Court rejects stay of execution; killer set to die tonight
Keith Leroy Tharpe – Georgia Execution – September 26, 2017
Murderpedia: Keith Leroy Tharpe
The Latest: Supreme Court grants temporary stay of execution
U.S. Supreme Court grants stay of execution to Georgia killer

INMATE INFORMATION

NAME: THARPE, KEITH LEROY
GDC ID: 0000173325

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1958
RACE: BLACK
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’09”
WEIGHT: 195
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: BLACK
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: GA DIAG CLASS PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: DEATH

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE

KNOWN ALIASES
A.K.A. THARPE,KEITH L
A.K.A. THARPE,KEITH LEROY
A.K.A. THORPE,KEITH L

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN: 01/18/1991
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 04/04/1988
INCARCERATION END: 06/23/1988

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Execution Alert: Ricky Jovan Gray for the murders of the Harvey Family

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Victims
Treva Terrell Gray, 35 (Ricky’s wife) [11/5/2005] (no one has been charged with her murder)
Sheryl Ann Embrey Warner, 37 [12/18/2005]
Ryan Carey, 26 [12/18/2005] (survived) no picture
Bryan Harvey, 49 [1/1/2006]
Kathryn Harvey, 39 [1/1/2006]
Stella Harvey, 9 [1/1/2006]
Ruby Harvey, 4 [1/1/2006]
Mary Baskerville-Tucker, 46 [1/6/2006]
Percyell Tucker, 55 [1/6/2006]
Ashley Baskerville, 21 [1/6/2006]

Harvey Family murders 1/1/2006 Richmond, VA *Ricky Gray and Ray Dandridge arrested for the murders of Richmond family*
Ricky Gray Set to Be Executed for Virginia Family Murders
Ricky Gray’s execution day has arrived — 11 years after murder spree
Governor won’t stop Ricky Gray execution; lawyers file emergency request to Supreme Court
Ricky Gray set to be executed for 2006 murder wave that claimed two Richmond families
Ricky Gray to be executed Wednesday for 2006 murders
Gov. McAuliffe says he won’t stop Wednesday’s execution of Ricky Gray
Ricky Gray apologizes; more than 50 mental health experts urge clemency
Ricky Gray makes last-minute appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to stay execution
Ricky Gray executed by lethal injection for Harvey family killings
Virginia executes convicted family killer Ricky Gray
Virginia executes inmate convicted of murdering family of four

Movies/Documentaries
Wicked Attraction: Evil in the Blood

INMATE INFORMATION

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OFFENDER ID NUMBER: 1100057
OFFENDER NAME: Ricky Jovan Gray
SEX: Male
RACE: Black
VADOC RELEASE DATE: Death Sentence
LOCATION: Greensville Correctional Center

INMATE INFORMATION

ray-danridge

OFFENDER ID NUMBER: 1159354
OFFENDER NAME: Ray Joseph Dandridge
SEX: Male
RACE: Black
VADOC RELEASE DATE: Single Life Sentence
LOCATION: Keen Mountain Correctional Center

Execution Alert: Christopher Chubasco Wilkins scheduled for execution tonight for the murders of Willie Freeman and Mike Silva

wilkins-victims

Victims
Gilbert Vallejo, 47 [10/27/2005]
Willie Ladell Freeman, 40 [10/28/2005]
Mike Silva, 33 [10/28/2005]

Gilbert Vallejo obituary
Man tells jurors he killed 3 in Tarrant County
Fort Worth jury convicts man of capital murder
Convicted killer says death penalty is fine by him
Christopher Chubasco Wilkins v William Stephens 2014
Execution date put off for Fort Worth killer
Condemned Killer Of 2 In Fort Worth Gets January Death Date
Judge sets execution date for Fort Worth killer of three
First Texas execution of the year set in murders stemming from fake drug deal
Texas man Christopher Wilkins set to die for killing two men over $20 fake drug deal
Texas Killer Christopher Wilkins Tries to Stop Year’s First Execution
The Latest: Supreme Court declines to block Texas execution

INMATE INFORMATION

christopher-wilkins

SID Number: 03832220
TDCJ Number: 00999533
Name: WILKINS, CHRISTOPHER CHUBASCO
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1968-09-29
Maximum Sentence Date: DEATH ROW
Current Facility: POLUNSKY
Projected Release Date: DEATH ROW
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH ROW

Offense History:
Offense Date: 2005-10-28
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER(DEATH)
Sentence Date: 2008-03-11
County: TARRANT
Case No.: 1002038D
Sentence (YY-MM-DD)

Murder In The Family: Lowell Lee Andrews was executed for the murders of his parents and sister

andrews-family

Victims
William Lowell Andrews, 50
Opal Andrews, 41
Jennie Marie Andrews, 20

Find-A-Grave: W Lowell Andrews
Find-A-Grave: Opal Halley Andrews
Find-A-Grave: Jennie Marie Andrews
Held In Triple Slaying
Youth, 18, Guns Parents, Sister To Death
The nicest boy in Wolcott: ‘Polite’ Lowell Lee Andrews proved to be another ‘cold’ Kansas killer
A crime for all time
Murderpedia: Lowell Lee Andrews
Wikipedia: Lowell Lee Andrews
KS – William, 50, Opal, 41, & Jennie Andrews, 20, murdered, Wolcott, 28 Nov 1958

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Lowell Lee Andrews

Deadly Women: Betty Evelyn Butler killed Evelyn Clark with a handkerchief; Executed on 6/11/1954

Woman, 25, Doomed To Death In ‘Love’ Slaying
Trial Airs Story Of Female ‘Sweeties’
Betty Evelyn Butler
13 Female Murderers’ Last Meals Serve A Plate Of Bizarre Requests, From Sweet Peas To A Nice Bowl Of Apricots
Murderpedia: Betty Butler
Find-A-Grave: Betty Evelyn Butler
Excerpt from “Women and the Death Penalty in the United States, 1900-1998”

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: Friends to Foes

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Betty Evelyn Butler

Serial Killer: Paul Ezra Rhoades – killed at least 3, suspected of 3+

Rhoades victims

Victims
Stacy Baldwin Larson, 21 [2/27/1987 Blackfoot, ID]
Nolan Haddon, 20 [3/16/1987 Idaho Falls, ID]
Susan Michelbacher, 34 [19/1987 Idaho Falls, ID]
Christine Gallegos, 16 [5/1985 Salt Lake City, UT] – suspected (no picture)
Carla Maxwell, 20 [4/1986 Layton, UT] – suspected (no picture)
Lisa Strong, 25 [5/1986 Salt Lake City, UT] – suspected (no picture)

Remembering Rhoades’ Victims
Victims’ family members say Rhoades deserves death
Rhoades carried big bills day of murder
Rhoades gets half-hour defense
Rhoades found guilty
Federal judge in Idaho dismisses Rhoades’ death penalty appeals
Paul Ezra Rhoades v State of Idaho 2000
Paul Ezra Rhoades v Jeff Henry 2010
Paul Ezra Rhoades #1277
Murderpedia:Paul Ezra Rhoades
Serial Killer: RHOADES, Paul Ezra
Paul Ezra Rhoades’ crimes; looking back at 1987
Killer Paul Ezra Rhoades put to death in Idaho — state’s first execution in 17 years

Movies/Documentaries
Ice Cold Killers: Blizzard of Bullets
The Night Shift Nightmare

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Paul Ezra Rhoades

Execution Alert: Michael Shane Worthington to be executed for the rape and murder of Melinda “Mindy” Griffin

Mindy Griffin
Mindy Griffin

In Memory of our Daughter: Mindy Griffin
Judge sentences man to die for 1995 killing
Michael Shane Worthington v Don Roper (habeas corpus – denied)
17 years later, mother waits for murderer’s execution
Execution date set for Worthington in 1995 Lake Saint Louis murder
Mother of condemned man’s victim reacts to setting of his execution date
Parents of murdered Lake Saint Louis woman near end of 19-year wait for killer’s execution
Michael Shane Worthington – Missouri Execution – August 06, 2014
Convicted Missouri killer faces execution after stay denied in 5-4 vote
Missouri to execute man convicted in 1995 rape, murder
Stay denied: Missouri to execute man tonight
Nixon Denies Clemency for Michael Worthington
Missouri inmate executed for killing neighbor

INMATE INFORMATION

MichaelWorthington prison mug

DOC Id 1008100
Offender Name Michael Shane Worthington
Race White
Sex Male
Date of Birth 01/30/1971
Height/Weight 6’3″ / 181
Hair/Eyes Brown /Blue
Assigned Location Eastern Reception Diagnostic Corr Center
Address 2727 Highway K, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Assigned Officer Phone Number (573) 358-5516

Sentence Summary Death (Death, 30, Life CS) Registration Required
Active Offenses MURDER 1ST DEGREE;RAPE;BURGLARY 1ST DEG
Completed Offenses Completed sentence not found
Aliases Michael Shane Worthington

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