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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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Cold Case: Psycho For Love: Jason Tibbs killed Rayna Rison when she refused to be his girlfriend, sentenced to 40 years in prison


Rayna Rison

Find-A-Grave: Rayna L Rison
Three cold cases heat up
Jason Tibbs arrested in 1993 murder of NW Indiana teen, Rayna Rison
LaPorte man arrested for murder in cold case of missing teen Rayna Rison
Charged
Jason Tibbs found guilty of murdering Rayna Rison
Jason Tibbs found guilty in cold case murder of Rayna Rison
Tibbs sentenced to 40 years in cold case murder of Rayna Rison
Murder appeal denied in 1993 Rayna Rison killing
Appeals court affirms conviction in Rison slaying

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects – Deadly Intent: Forget Me Not

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC Number 917757
First Name JASON
Middle Name
Last Name TIBBS
Suffix
Date of Birth 06/07/1975
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Pendleton Correctional Facility
Earliest Possible Release Date 08/22/2033

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 12/19/2014
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 40 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 46C01 1308 MR 000278
County of Conviction LAPORTE
Projected Release Date 08/22/2033

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Boyfriends From Hell: Mitchell Lee Vanryn charged with beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, Malakai Michael Garrett to death


Malakai Michael Garrett

Fort Wayne police investigate death of toddler
Man arrested for beating death of toddler in Ft. Wayne
2-year-old’s family says authorities failed them
Father, grandmother say deceased toddler was abused
Court docs: Indiana toddler died after he was severely beaten by his mother’s boyfriend
Mother’s boyfriend charged after Indiana toddler dies from beating
Court Documents: Boy died from injuries consistent with blows from a fist
Court Docs: toddler’s death ruled homicide, shows boy was beaten
Court Docs: toddler showed severe signs of internal, external injuries in beating death
Murder charge filed in toddler’s death
Father of toddler who was beaten to death speaks out
gofundme: Justice For Malakai
Facebook: Mitchell Livinni Van Ryn

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: VANRYN, MITCHELL LEE LYNN
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 27
Location: Allen County Jail
Race: White
Contact Facility: Allen County Jail
Offender ID: 553273
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 06/25/1990

Monsters Among Us: Charles Stephenson beat 67-year-old Leigh Cummings to death with a cast iron skillet and pepper mill; Sentenced to LWOP


Leigh Cummings

Friends of Leigh Jennings shocked at details of murder
Indiana Woman’s Friend Charged With Murder
Jury selection begins in Stephenson murder trial
Trial continues for murder of IN woman
Stephenson found guilty of beating woman to death
Man gets life in prison without parole in Ind. woman’s murder
Charles Stephenson v State of Indiana 2015 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Aurora Woman’s Killer Loses Supreme Court Challenge

Movies/Documentaries
Murder in the Heartland: Fear Travels Fast

INMATE INFORMATION

CHARLES R STEPHENSON
DOC Number 233024
First Name CHARLES
Middle Name R
Last Name STEPHENSON
Suffix
Date of Birth 10/04/1953
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Indiana State Prison
Earliest Possible Release Date 00/00/0000

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 07/02/2013
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days LIFE
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 15C01-1205-MR-001
County of Conviction DEARBORN
Projected Release Date 00/00/0000

Monsters Among Us: Daniel Kevin Seltzer killed George Lamphere and Gerald Gherardi; Sentenced to 50 years, and then 60 years in prison

Victims
Gerald G. Gherardi, 28 [3/29/1981]
George Lamphere, 34 [1983] (no picture)

Facebook: Remembering Gerry Gherardi and George Lamphire
Suspect charged 26 years after Mishawaka man’s murder
After 26 years, justice is served
Convicted killer sentenced in 1981 murder
Man gets 60-year term in 1981 Mishawaka murder
Convicted killer sentenced in 1981 murder
Daniel Kevin Seltzer v State of Indiana 1986 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Daniel Seltzer v State of Indiana 2010 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
1981 Mishawaka cold case is focus of Paula Zahn program this Sunday

Movies/Documentaries
On t he Case with Paula Zahn: Deadly Hymn

INMATE INFORMATION

DANIEL K SELTZER
DOC Number 194779
First Name DANIEL
Middle Name K
Last Name SELTZER
Suffix
Date of Birth 09/29/1960
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Deceased
Earliest Possible Release Date 06/09/2015

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 03/11/2009
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 60 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 71D080709MR00006
County of Conviction ST JOSEPH
Projected Release Date 06/09/2015

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 11/02/1983
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 50 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 23593
County of Conviction ST JOSEPH
Projected Release Date 09/23/2008

Deadly Women: Lisa Shuler shot & killed her lover, Charles Pierce, over some racy pictures he took of her; Sentenced to 45 years in prison


Charles Pierce

Police: man shot at Floyd Co. home
Woman who claimed she shot intruder facing murder charge
Woman charged with murder during sex fantasy pleads not guilty
Not guilty plea entered in New Albany rape fantasy murder case
Woman pleads not guilty in rape fantasy slaying
Rape fantasy, explicit photos lead to murder of Louisville man
Woman sentenced to 45 years after pleading guilty to “rape fantasy” murder
Woman sentenced to 45 years in prison after killing lover during sex fantasy
Indiana woman gets 45-year sentence in slaying
Murderpedia: Lisa Shuler

Movies/Documentaries
Deadly Women: Tipping Point

INMATE INFORMATION

LISA M SHULER
DOC Number 246009
First Name LISA
Middle Name M
Last Name SHULER
Suffix
Date of Birth 10/27/1981
Gender Female
Race White
Facility/Location Indiana Women’s Prison
Earliest Possible Release Date 03/09/2036

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 03/05/2014
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 45 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 22D03 1305 MR 00930
County of Conviction FLOYD
Projected Release Date 03/09/2036

Deadly Wives: Barbara Garcia poisoned her husband, Cipriano Garcia, with insulin to kill him so he could not take her off of his bank accounts, due to her gambling; Sentenced to 55 years in prison

From Barbara Garcia’s appeal: On October 30, 2003, Garcia and her husband, Cipriano Garcia (Cipriano), began arguing at their residence in Hobart. Cipriano eventually told Garcia that he was going to leave in the morning and remove her name from his bank accounts and that she would never receive another “dime” from him. Tr. p. 661. Garcia became afraid that, upon going to the bank, Cipriano would notice that she had withdrawn approximately $4,000 to give to Tammy, Garcia’s daughter and Cipriano’s stepdaughter.

Garcia prepared a cup of coffee for Cipriano, dissolving Klonopin and Artane in the beverage to cause him to fall asleep. After he drank the coffee and fell asleep, Garcia retrieved insulin that she had previously taken from Tammy, who is diabetic, and injected Cipriano with a lethal amount of the drug. Garcia—a Licensed Practical Nurse—intended to inject enough insulin into Cipriano to kill him because she did not want him to go to the bank the next day.

Once Cipriano was dead, Garcia tried to move his body by using a rug. While Garcia was dragging the body, Tammy entered the house. Garcia told Tammy that Cipriano had
died from a heart attack and that they needed to dispose of the body so that Garcia could still receive his retirement and social security checks. Tammy agreed to help, and the two women dragged the body into the garage. They were unable at that time to lift the body into the back of Garcia’s truck, however, so they went inside and watched television. The following day was Halloween, and after Garcia and Tammy handed out candy to the children in the neighborhood, they again attempted—and again failed—to lift the body into the truck. The following night, they again failed in moving the body. The following day, after going to a party, Garcia and Tammy finally succeeded in moving the body into the truck by using a blue tarp, a board, electrical cords, and another vehicle.

Garcia drove Cipriano’s body to a lake in Illinois, where she moved the body out of the truck and down the edge of a slope alongside the lake. Because it was beginning to rain
and the slope was becoming slippery, Garcia left the body halfway down the slope covered in a rug, a blue tarp, and electrical cords and tied to cinder blocks. Subsequently, a passerby discovered the body and notified police.

Cipriano Garcia obituary
Wife charged with murdering 71-year-old husband
Police: Wife poisoned husband, went to salon
Daughter charged with moving dead dad
Barbara Garcia guilty of murder
Barbara Joy Garcia v State of Indiana 2006 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Sins of a Hobart wife
Tammy Garcia pleads guilty to moving body

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Barbara Garcia
Deadly Women: The Liar’s Club

Defendants
Barbara Garcia – convicted, sentenced to 55 years in prison
Tammy Garcia – pled guilty to helping move his body, sentenced to 18 months in prison

Deadly Wives: Constance Tomich got 2 teens to kill her husband, Ronald Tomich, so she would not have to divorce him; She was sentenced to 85 years in prison

Ronald M. Tomich obituary
Find-A-Grave: Ronald M Tomich
Ronald Tomich’s family offers insight
16-year-old girl charged in murder of Linton man
Zitterman, Bixler’s lives have changed
16-year-old girl admits to murder
Zitterman receives 30 years in prison
Teen Sentenced To 20 Years For Role In Murder Plot
Tomich’s daughter subject of courtroom talk
Judge rules Tomich competent
Constance Tomich sentenced
Zitterman offers details of murder
Inside prison walls, volunteers change inmates’ lives and their own

Movies/Documentaries
Killer Kids: Mommie Dearest
Blood Relatives: Bloody Valentine

Defendants
Constance Tomich – pled guilty but mentally ill to murder and conspiracy; sentenced to 55 + 30 years consecutively
Melissa Zitterman – pled guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison; released 05/12/2012
Aaron Issac Bixler – pled guilty to conspiracy; sentenced to house arrest and probation

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC Number 139970
First Name CONSTANCE
Middle Name B
Last Name TOMICH
Suffix
Date of Birth 02/21/1968
Gender Female
Race White
Facility/Location Indiana Women’s Prison
Earliest Possible Release Date 03/08/2042

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 01/29/2004
Description AIDING / MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 55 00 00000
Type of Conviction FA
Indiana Citation Code 35-41-2-4
Cause Number 28C01-0303-MR-35
County of Conviction GREENE
Projected Release Date 03/08/2027

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 01/29/2004
Description CONSPIRACY/MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 30 00 00000
Type of Conviction FA
Indiana Citation Code 35-41-5-2
Cause Number 28C01-0303-MR-35
County of Conviction GREENE
Projected Release Date 03/08/2042

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC Number 122974
First Name MELISSA
Middle Name C
Last Name ZITTERMAN
Suffix
Date of Birth 09/10/1986
Gender Female
Race White
Facility/Location Returned to court authority on release
Earliest Possible Release Date 05/12/2012

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 07/28/2003
Description CONSPIRACY/MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 20 00 00000
Type of Conviction FA
Indiana Citation Code 35-41-5-2
Cause Number 28C01-0303-MR-38
County of Conviction GREENE
Projected Release Date 05/12/2012

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