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Deadly Duo: Robert Smothers and Samantha Johnson charged with the torture and murder of his childhood friend, Jeremy Lind


Jeremy Scott Lind

Jeremy Scott Lind obituary
Man found dead ‘as a result of foul play’ in alley near Taylor Boulevard, LMPD says
Officials identify man found dead in Jacobs neighborhood alley
Louisville family searches for answers after police discover man’s body in alley
Kidnapped man held naked and force-fed dog food in grisly killing, Kentucky cops say
Bond set at $1M for suspect in brutal torture, murder of childhood friend
‘ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING’: Suspects arrested after kidnappings, torture and murder of Louisville man
‘It’s like being in hell’: Mother of tortured murder victim says son was killed by childhood friend
Louisville man, woman charged in kidnapping, torture that led to man’s death
Louisville woman accused of kidnapping, torturing man before murder

Defendants
Robert Lee Smothers
Samantha Leigh Johnson

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name:SMOTHERS, ROBERT L
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 40
Location: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections
Race: White
Contact Facility:
Offender ID: 463822
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 11/30/1980

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: JOHNSON, SAMANTHA L
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 31
Location: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections
Race: African American
Contact Facility:
Offender ID: 578996
Gender: Female
Date of Birth: 02/03/1989
Additional Information:

Psycho For Love: Melvin Martin charged with killing and dismembering his girlfriend, Ladawndra Ellington, and transporting her remains in a suitcase over state lines


Ladawndra Ellington

Victim of heinous murder in Louisville remembered for gentle soul, helping others
Authorities identify woman found dismembered in luggage in Markham
Coroner identifies Louisville woman who police said was killed, dismembered by boyfriend
Woman whose severed head found in luggage in Markham identified by coroner’s office
Victim in horrific cross-state dismembering identified
Another Former Girlfriend Says She Was Once Held Hostage By Martin Melvin Jr., Man Suspected Of Killing Girlfriend And Hauling Body Parts On Bus/
Documents: Man extradited back to Louisville after body parts of ex-girlfriend found in his bag in Illinois
Friend of dismembered Louisville woman continues push for justice
Bond doubled for man accused of dismembering girlfriend, stuffing body parts in luggage
Man accused of having body in bags extradited to Kentucky

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: MARTIN, MELVIN JEROME
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 30
Location: Louisville Metro Department of Corrections
Race: African American
Contact Facility:
Offender ID: 604262
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 01/16/1990
Additional Information:

Pervert Alley: Jessica Dietz and Billy Holt wanted for child rape and sodomy


Jessica Dietz and Billy Holt

Erlanger Police Department (there are a couple of posts on this)
Pair wanted for rape of a child and sexual abuse in Erlanger
Pair wanted by police in Northern Kentucky for rape of child, sexual abuse
Kentucky pair wanted by police for rape of child, sexual abuse
Wanted by the Erlanger Police Department

Update: Gabbi Doolin murder *Timothy Madden pled guilty to her murder; He is facing LWOP at his sentencing on Oct. 23*


Gabriella ‘Gabbi’ Corine Doolin

Judge orders mental evaluation of man accused of killing 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin
Suspect in Gabbi Doolin murder due in court before September trial
Timothy Madden pleads guilty to the murder of Gabbi Doolin
Timothy Madden pleads guilty to the murder of Gabbi Doolin
Madden pleads guilty to murder in Gabbi Doolin death
Timothy Madden pleads guilty to four felony counts
Timothy Madden pleads guilty to murder, kidnapping of 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin: report

INMATE INFORMATION


Offender Name: MADDEN, TIMOTHY WAYNE
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 42
Location: Hardin County Detention Center
Race: White
Contact Facility:
Offender ID: 42500
Gender: Male

Family Annihilator: I am having a bad day… *Parole denied in 2019, must serve at least 10 more years*

Victims
Walter Harvey Shrout, 43
Becky Shrout, 44
Kristen Shrout, 14
Lauren Shrout, 12

Find-A-Grave: Walter Harvey Shrout
Find-A-Grave: Rebecca Johnson Shrout
Find-A-Grave: Kristen Elizabeth Shrout
Find-A-Grave: Lauren Rebecca Shrout
Honors Student Kills Family, Goes to Class
Honor student charged in shooting deaths of family
Teen Remains Jailed as Four Family Members Are Buried
Youth Spared in 4 Slayings
Schoolhouse Rocked
Clay Shrout: An Analysis
Clay Shrout: Florence teen killed his parents, sisters in their home almost 20 years ago
The Clay Shrout killings, 20 years later
The story of Clay Shrout and is his old house haunted?? (There is a nice article about what happened and possible haunting – read the comments, very insightful)
Class Held Hostage: Clay Shrout
Murderpedia: Clay Nathaniel Shrout
Clay Shrout tells board ‘I hate what happened. I hate the way my life has turned out’
Parole denied: Clay Shrout, who killed family, faces at least 10 more years in prison
Parole denied for NKY man convicted of killing parents, holding class hostage

Movies/Documentaries
Shattered: A Very Bad Day

INMATE INFORMATION

Missing: Crystal Rogers since 7/4/2015 from Bardstown, KY *Boyfriend, Brooks Houck, considered person of interest, but never charged

Facebook: Let’s Pray for Crystal’s Safe Return
Mother of 5 missing in Kentucky
Nearly a Year Later, Answers Still Elusive in Disappearance of Kentucky Mother of Five Crystal Rogers
Crystal Rogers: Missing for 1 year
Car possibly involved in Crystal Rogers disappearance analyzed
Reward now $40k for info on Crystal Rogers; police, family searches continue
Timeline: The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers
Crystal Rogers’ family hopeful police are getting closer to solving her case
Community holds out hope in finding missing Bardstown mom
2 years after Crystal Rogers’ disappearance, family and friends continue to fight for answers
Family and friends keep memory of missing Bardstown woman alive
Woman accused of stealing signs related to Crystal Rogers’ disappearance
Bardstown family marks three years since disappearance of Crystal Rogers
Missing Kentucky woman Crystal Rogers is focus of two national TV shows
Crystal Rogers disappearance to be featured on Investigation Discovery
Search For Missing Mom Crystal Rogers Eerily Similar To Aunt’s 1979 Disappearance
Brooks Houck, suspect in disappearance of Crystal Rogers, indicted on unrelated theft charges

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Where’s Crystal
The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers

Update: ABC Gold Games and More Pawn Shop Murders *Kenneth Allen Keith pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP*

Michael and Angela Hockensmith

Victims
Michael Hockensmith
Angela Hockensmith
Daniel P. Smith (no photo)

News Archive: ABC Gold Games and More Pawn Shop Murders
Trial date set in case of pastor charged in Boyle Co. triple murder
Triple Murder Suspect Speaks Out From Jail
Ex-preacher pleads guilty to murder of three in pawn shop, will serve life without parole
Keith pleads guilty to triple murder, sentenced to life without parole
Kenneth Allen Keith Sentenced to Life in 2013 KY Triple Slayings

Movies/Documentaries
Broken Trust: Gold, Guns and Gold

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: KEITH, KENNETH
PID # / DOC #: 468626 / 291614
Institution Start Date: 5/26/2017
Expected Time To Serve (TTS): LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Classification: Medium (Level 3)
Minimum Expiration of Sentence Date (Good Time Release Date): LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Parole Eligibility Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Maximum Expiration of Sentence Date: LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE
Location: Eastern KY Corr. Complex
Age: 52
Race: White
Gender: M
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 270

Aliases
Alias Name KENNETH KEITH

Deadly Duo: Willa Blanc and Louis Wilkinson kidnapped and killed Walter Sartory before burning his body – all because they stole at least $200,000 from him (and tried for more); Both sentenced to prison


Walter Sartory

Walter Sartory obituary
Burned, Dismembered Remains Found; 2 Arrested
Boone County Sheriff press release
Prosecutors to seek death in Boone Co. murder trial
A Bell Tolls for Walter Sartory
A mad scheme to kill a scientist
Mother, Son Indicted In Millionaire’s Death
Cleaning lady plead guilty for the murder of a KY millionaire
Death and the Maid
Murderpedia: Willa Glendora Blanc
Willa Blanc was Greedy
KY – Walter Sartory, 73, abducted & murdered, Hebron, 16 Feb 2009

Books
The Killer Cleaning Lady & Other Stories: An anthology of True Crime

Movies/Documentaries
Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen: The Death of a Scientist

Defendants
Willa Blanc – pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP
Louis Wilkinson – pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

INMATE INFORMATION

Ruthie Carolyn New murder 8/24/2017 Somerset, KY *Beloved member of of Denham Street Baptist Church where she was found murdered*


Ruthie Carolyn New

Somerset community in shock over woman’s murder
Police investigating death of Somerset woman
Somerset Police Investigating Woman’s Death
Woman found dead inside Somerset church
Woman’s body found in Somerset church
70-year-old Kentucky woman killed in her church
Police: Woman found dead in Somerset church was murdered
Death of former pastor’s widow in Somerset church ruled murder
Autopsy: elderly woman found dead in church was murdered
Police following leads in murder of woman found in Somerset church hall


Denham Street Baptist Church

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

Movies/Documentaries
Fatal Vows: Death Knows No Borders

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: SOUTHWORTH, DONALD JR
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

Aliases
Alias Name
DONALD SOUTHWORTH JR
DONALD WAYNE SOUTHWORTH

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)

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