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    Aug. 22: 2011: Kathryn Benoit was shot to death in her Moscow, ID apartment by her former boyfriend, Ernesto Bustamante, who was also an assistant professor in her department at the University of Idaho. He killed himself the next day at a hotel room in Moscow, ID.

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    Please remember when leaving a comment on my blog that all comments are subject to the blog owners discretion. I do believe in freedom of speech, however, that right is not absolute. Here are the rules: 1 - Please remember the victim(s) first and foremost. Do not come here to comment only on the offender(s). My blog focuses on the victim(s). Do not glorify the killer(s). No negative comments about the victim. NO VICTIM BLAMING. 2 - I will not tolerate hate filled speech, vulgar or derogatory remarks about a victim. I will remove comments that go against this. I will not remove comments just because they do not match my beliefs, in fact, I welcome them! However, that being said, I will remove those that I find offensive, argumentative just for the sake of starting an argument that does not add to the post, hate-filled speech, etc. 3-No comments in ALL CAPS, or CoMeNtS. They are rude and difficult to read. I have had many complaints about it so no more. 4-Comments must be in English only and easy to read (meaning no text language, shortening words, etc.). Have respect for those who don't do text messaging or other lingo. 5 - ALL COMMENTS LEFT BY COMMENTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND THEIR OPINIONS. THEY DO NOT CONSTITUTE FACTS. NOR IS THE BLOG OWNER RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYONE'S OPINIONS OR FEELINGS. STATEMENTS MADE AS COMMENTS ARE OPINIONS, GIVEN FREELY BY THE COMMENTORS. If you have a question or problem with this, please feel free to email me (there is a link to my email above).

Psycho For Love: Donald Wayne Southworth made an Alford plea to the beating death of his wife Umi, who was preparing to divorce him; Sentenced to 15 years in prison

Umi Southworth

Arrest made in Umi Southworth case
Lexington police acknowledge ‘failure’ in Umi Southworth’s death
Ky. Woman Umi Southworth’s Death: Murder Victim was Alive
Defense Releases New Details In Ky. Beating Death
Daughter takes the stand in Southworth trial, says she thought mother wanted divorce
Testimony describes day Umi Southworth found
The Umi Southworth case
Jury finds Southworth guilty; recommends life in prison
Court overturns Lexington man’s conviction for wife’s beating death
Donald Southworth v Commonwealth of Kentucky 2014 (conviction reversed)
Man whose murder conviction was overturned awaits new trial
Donald Southworth enters Alford plea to manslaughter in 2010 death of his wife
Man sentenced to 15 years after life sentence overturned
Southworth sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter in wife’s beating death
Donald Southworth sentenced to 15 years in wife’s 2010 slaying

Fatal Vows: Death Knows No Borders


Active Inmate
PID # / DOC #: 321282 / 251065
Institution Start Date: 3/11/2016
Expected Time To Serve (TTS): 12/18/2024
Classification: Medium (Level 3)
Minimum Expiration of Sentence Date (Good Time Release Date): 12/18/2024
Parole Eligibility Date: 2/06/2024
Maximum Expiration of Sentence Date: 5/06/2026
Location: Roederer Assessment Cntr
Age: 55
Race: White
Gender: M
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5′ 09″
Weight: 155
Risk Assessment Rating: Low

Alias Name

Conviction Information
Offense 1

Time service requirement: MANSLAUGHTER-1ST DEGREE
(Violent Crime) Must serve minimum of 85% of Sentence (Violent Offense)
Indictment #: 11-CR-0644
<>Crime Date: 6/09/2010
Conviction Date: 3/17/2016
Conviction County: Fayette
Indictment Count: 001
KRS Code: 507.030
Felony Class: B
Sentence Length: 15 years 0 months 0 days
Historic Percentage of Time Served for Similar Offenders: 86 %
( 12 year(s) 10 month(s) )
Parole Information
(Parole Hearings are conducted 60 days prior to Parole Date)


Psycho For Love: Keith Griffith shot and killed his wife, Julie Griffith, and set their home on fire; Sentenced to 30 years in prison

Julie Griffith

Julie Griffith obituary
Reidland Man Charged with Wife’s Murder
McCracken Co. man charged in connection with wife’s murder
Man indicted in death of wife found in burned home
Keith Griffith could face death penalty
Keith Griffith Trial
Keith Griffith on trial for the death of his wife
Keith Griffith’s love interest takes stand in murder trial
Witness describes reaction of Griffith
Defendant Takes the Stand in Murder Trial
Mistrial declared in Keith Griffith murder trial
Griffith Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 30 Years
Griffith Pleads Guilty to Multiple Charges, Including Murder
Keith Griffith talks about killing his wife in Friday episode of Dateline

Fatal Vows: Reduced to Ash
Dateline: Consumed


Active Inmate
PID # / DOC #: 447088 / 281552
Institution Start Date: 1/19/2016
Expected Time To Serve (TTS): 1/5/2042
Classification: Medium (Level 3)
Minimum Expiration of Sentence Date (Good Time Release Date): 1/05/2042
Parole Eligibility Date: 1/14/2034
Maximum Expiration of Sentence Date: 1/14/2044
Location: Western KY Corr. Complex
Age: 58
Race: White
Gender: M
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Gray or Partially Gray
Height: 6′ 01″
Weight: 245
Risk Assessment Rating: Medium
Alias Name

Conviction Information

Pervert Alley: “Pastor” Michael Orten blames victim in defense of hiring convicted sex offender Thomas Hopper at their church, Truth Apostolic Church

Orten and HopperI cannot believe what I have read! This “man of God” is blaming the victim of a sex crime for the rape and sodomy committed against her. Seriously, can this be real? I don’t care what age the victim is – RAPE IS RAPE. You absolutely do not blame the victim. However, in this case and multitudes of others, age is a factor. She is a minor, a child. She legally and morally CANNOT give consent. The comments by Mr. Orten makes me wonder if he is also a pedophile. In my opinion, that this the only other kind of person that can condone this kind of crime. He is being portrayed in the media as pro-rape, and I am quickly starting to believe that as well. Now, if Mr. Orten were to be raped (and I do not condone that in anyway), wouldn’t he be a victim to his own statement “It takes two to tango”?

As for this convicted sex offender, he spent 10 years in prison for this crime. Then he reoffended and was convicted of trespassing and criminal confinement. Then he was arrested for stalking a young girl. He is on the sex offender registry for life. This is not a man who made a mistake and wants to make amends. I do not care how long ago the rape and sodomy happened. It still happened. For the victim, it is a life sentence. For Mr. Hopper, maybe it is over and done with, but for her it is forever. But obviously Mr. Orten does not care about the victims of sex crimes. After all, they are to blame for the crime. Give me a break! If he was really a “man of God”, he would learn about compassion towards these victims and learn how to help them, as he is NOT helping them now, especially the victims of Mr. Hopper. Remember Mr. Orten, the victim should always come first and NEVER be forgotten.

[photo: Michael Orten and Thomas Hopper]

“She’s just as guilty as he is,” Pastor defends hiring sex offender convicted of rape, sodomy
Victim-blaming pastor isn’t concerned about hiring convicted rapist: ‘It takes two to tango’
Pro-rape pastor defends church’s hiring of child rapist
Kentucky pastor defends hiring of convicted sex offender: ‘It takes two to tango’
Kentucky Sex Offender Registry: Thomas E Hopper

Psycho For Love: Joseph A. Jones charged with murdering his wife, Rachel Jones, whose body was found at the bottom of a well

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Rachel Jones
Rachel Jones

Husband arrested after wife’s body found in a Wayne Co. well
Suspect Arrested In Connection To Wayne Co. Homicide
Husband of woman found dead in Wayne County well is charged with murder
Husband arrested after wife’s body found in a Wayne Co. well
Suspect arrested after body is discovered in Wayne County
Husband arrested after wife’s body found in bottom of Kentucky well
Husband arrested after wife’s body found in well

JosephJones jail mug
Joseph Jones

News Archive: Gabriella Doolin murder

Gabriella ‘Gabbi’ Corine Doolin

Gabriella ‘Gabbi’ Corine Doolin murder 11/14/2015 Scottsville, KY *Body of 7-year-old Gabbi disappeared during a football game after she was reported missing*
Update: Gabriella Doolin murder *Timothy Madden charged with her murder; May face the death penalty*

TimothyMadden jail mug
Timothy Madden

Update: Gabriella Doolin murder *Timothy Madden charged with her murder; May face the death penalty*

Gabriella ‘Gabbi’ Corine Doolin

News Archive: Gabriella Doolin murder
Kentucky town shaken by killing of 7-year-old girl
Funeral services held in Ky. for murdered 7-year old
Timothy Madden Allegedly Raped, Murdered 7-year-old Gabriella Doolin During High School Football Game (VERY good article)
Man charged with rape, murder in 7-year-old Ky. girl’s death
Man accused in 7-year-old Ky. girl’s death pleads not guilty
20-year-old son of murder suspect Timothy Madden arrested after allegedly threatening police
Man accused of raping, murdering 7-year-old pleads not guilty
Judge sets $1 million full cash bond in girl’s kidnapping, slaying
Murder suspect Timothy Madden speaks to WDRB News
Wife of Timothy Madden: ‘He’s not that kind of person’

TimothyMadden jail mug
Timothy Madden

Gabriella ‘Gabbi’ Corine Doolin murder 11/14/2015 Scottsville, KY *Body of 7-year-old Gabbi disappeared during a football game after she was reported missing*

Gabriella ‘Gabbi’ Corine Doolin

Gabriella ‘Gabbi’ Corine Doolin obituary
Gabbi Doolin Memorial Fund
Gabriella Doolin, 7, Was Victim of Homicide, Kentucky Police Say
Scottsville remembers Gabriella Doolin while police search for her killer
7-year-old cheerleader’s body found in pond minutes after she was reported missing at football game
Body of a 7 year old girl found in Scottsville
7-Year-Old Murder Victim Got ‘Lost in a Crowd’
News Archive: Gabriella Doolin murder

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