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Monsters Among Us: Justin Eugene Thurber raped, tortured and killed Jodi LeAnn Sanderholm; Sentenced to death


Jodi LeAnn Sanderholm

Ark City man charged with murder of student
Jury recommends death penalty for Justin Thurber
Killer of Cowley County college student gets death penalty
Man on death row for rape, murder of Kansas woman appeals sentence
Man convicted for 2007 murder of Jodi Sanderholm appeals conviction
Kansas Supreme Court reviews death sentence for murderer of Arkansas City teen
Family of Jodi Sanderholm joins effort to oust four Supreme Court justices
Justin Thurber Sentenced to Death in 2007 Kansas Murder
Justin Eugene Thurber – Kansas Death Row
Inmate pens letter to editor

Movies/Documentaries
Your Worst Nightmare: Every Step You Take

INMATE INFORMATION

THURBER, JUSTIN EUGENE (KDOC# 0093868)
Names
Name Type Name
Conviction THURBER, JUSTIN EUGENE
True THURBER, JUSTIN EUGENE
Alias THURB,
Alias TMURDER,

Birthdate: Mar 14, 1983
Age: 34

Demographics
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Brown
Height 6′-2″
Weight 181
Gender Male
Race White

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Serial Killer: Terry Childs has killed at least 5 people, says he is “haunted by the ghosts of his victims”; Sentenced to LWOP

Victims
Penny Rickenbaker, 30 [1974 Aptos, CA]
Rulan McGill, 32 [8/1979 Reno, NV]
Linda Ann Jozovich, 19 [11/1979 Santa Cruz Mtns, CA]
Joan Mack, 28 [10/1984 Beer Can Beach, CA]
Christopher Hall [2/1985 San Lorenzo Park, CA]
Lois “Jeanine” Lynette Sigala, 17 [1987 Scotts Valley, CA]

Find-A-Grave: Lois Lynnette Sigala
Inmate to Undergo Tests On Claim of 12 Killings
Suspect in 1979 murder returned to Reno
Man pleads guilty to killing teacher
Authorities: Inmate confesses to 1979 slaying of Cupertino woman
1 Killer admits to ’79 slaying of Cupertino woman
Serial killer admits to unsolved murders in Aptos and Santa Cruz
Serial killer Terry Childs convicted of two new Santa Cruz County murders from 1980s
Serial Killer admits to unsolved murders in California, says victims’ ghosts haunt him in prison

Movies/Documentaries
Dead Silent: Secrets of the Santa Cruz Mountains

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name CHILDS, TERRY
CDCR Number D46552
Age 62
Admission Date 03/10/1987
Current Location Salinas Valley State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

The Dixie Mafia and Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife Margaret – Why were they executed in their own home?


Vincent and Margaret Sherry

Murder and the Dixie Mafia
The Dixie Mafia Murders
At A Loss
An ‘ice cold’ murder conspiracy ended Margaret and Vincent Sherry’s lives 30 years ago
Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat released from prison after serving time for conspiracy that led to murders
Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat released from halfway house, ending sentence in murder plot
Biloxi’s Tale of Murder, Extortion and Racy Photos
Angola Calling
Dixie Mafia

Books
Mississippi Mud

Movies/Documentaries
City Confidential: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0971464/
The 1980’s – The Deadliest Decade:

Defendants
Pete Halat – acquitted of murder, convicted of conspiracy, sentenced to
Kirksey McCord Nix Jr. – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, sentenced to life in federal prison
Mike Gillich Jr – sentenced to life in prison (released from prison 2012, died of cancer)
Thomas Leslie Holcomb – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, died in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

PETER HALAT
Register Number: 20918-077
Age: 75
Race: White
Sex: Male
Released On: 04/24/2013

INMATE INFORMATION

KIRKSEY MCCORD NIX
Register Number: 20921-077
Age: 74
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: El Reno FCI
Release Date: LIFE

INMATE INFORMATION

MIKE GILLICH
Register Number: 02624-043
Age: 87
Race: White
Sex: Male
Released On: 07/25/2000

INMATE INFORMATION

THOMAS LESLIE HOLCOMB
Register Number: 72967-079
Age: 52
Race: White
Sex: Male
Deceased: 04/08/2005

Monsters Among Us: Glendon Carl Gouker killed Ethan James Walton, raped his girlfriend and another in WI; PLUS he is a person of interest in a double homicide in WI

Victims
Ethan James Walton, 19
Amanda Burney (survived)
Timothy Mumbrue, 35 (person of interest)
Tanna Togstad, 23 (person of interest)

Find-A-Grave: Ethan James Walton (aka Ethan James Dorand “E-man” Kline)
Pottawatomie County siblings arrested in killing, kidnapping
Mother of Pottawatomie Murder Suspect Says Son Acted in Self-Defense
Prague woman sentenced to 20 years in kidnapping case
Woman is sentenced
Man Pleads Guilty To Pottawatomie County Murder, Rape
Prague man takes plea deal in 2010 killing, sexual assault
Man pleads guilty to murder, kidnapping and rape
Old Waupaca County murders back on front burner
Weyauwega farmhouse murders unsolved after 25 years
Facebook: Waupaca County Cold Case
OK – Ethan Walton, 19, slain, girlfriend raped, Prague, 8 Sept 2010
WI – Timothy Mumbrue, 35, & Tanna Togstad, 23, Weyauwega, 21 March 1992

Movies/Documentaries
I Survived: Amanda
Dead Silent: Run For Your Life

Defendants
Glendon Carl Gouker – pled guilty to all charges, sentenced to LWOP
Michele Gouker – pled guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender: Glendon C. Gouker
OK DOC#: 682582
Status: ACTIVE

Appearance
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Weight: 187 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Alias Glendon Gouker

IDs
OK DOC#: 682582
Birth Date: 4/20/1971

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender: Michele E. Gouker
OK DOC#: 664826
Status: ACTIVE

Appearance
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 4 in
Weight: 152 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Alias

IDs
OK DOC#: 664826
Birth Date: 8/27/1981

Monsters Among Us: Dale Lash raped and killed Lori Em Kotzbauer Hayes after carjacking her; Sentenced to LWOP


Lori Hayes

Find-A-Grave: Lori Em Kotzbauer Hayes
Lori Hayes, Dale Lash (GREAT article)
Lash was rape suspect before murder
Shirt in Hayes case may have been victim’s
Rape suspect charged in young mother’s killing
Defense works to spare Lash the death penalty
Court reaffirms Lash’s conviction
Lash loses second appeal

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects: Field of Nightmares

INMATE INFORMATION

K98128 – LASH, DALE
Parent Institution: MENARD CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: MENARD

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 10/01/1962
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Hazel

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT UPPER – GIRL ON BEACH

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 01/24/2003
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: INELIGIBLE

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 99CF992
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 06/22/1999
SENTENCE: LIFE
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF992
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: AGG VEHICLE HIJACKING/FIREARM
CUSTODY DATE: 06/22/1999
SENTENCE: 30 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF992
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: KIDNAPING ARMED WITH FIREARM
CUSTODY DATE: 06/22/1999
SENTENCE: 30 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF992
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/FIREARM
CUSTODY DATE: 06/22/1999
SENTENCE: 30 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF843
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/WEAPON
CUSTODY DATE: 08/12/1999
SENTENCE: 30 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF843
CLASS: X
COUNT: 4
OFFENSE: AGG CRIM SEX ASSAULT/WEAPON
CUSTODY DATE: 08/12/1999
SENTENCE: 6 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF843
CLASS: X
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: ARMED ROBBERY
CUSTODY DATE: 08/12/1999
SENTENCE: 6 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 99CF843
CLASS: 3
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: AGGRAVATED UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT
CUSTODY DATE: 08/12/1999
SENTENCE: 3 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: SANGAMON
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

Monsters Among Us: Bruman Stalin Alvarez savagely killed his boss, Mark Richard Aldridge, and then 4 members of the Goff family; Sentenced to 6 consecutive terms of LWOP


The Goff family, from left: Andrea, Scott, Irma, David, Alyse and Sheri

Victims
Dr. David Marc Goff, 46
Andrea Robyn Goff, 22
Sheri Helene Goff, 19
Alyse Renee Goff, 14
Mark Richard Aldridge, 30 (no picture)

Find-A-Grave: Dr. David Marc Goff
Find-A-Grave: Andrea Robyn Goff
Find-A-Grave: Sheri Helene Goff
Find-A-Grave: Alyse Renee Goff
5 found slain in D.C. suburb
Five bodies found in upscale suburb, laborer held
Painter held in bloodbath; Doc, 4 others slaughtered
2,000 mourn a family’s loss
Handyman is charged in slayings of 4 Potomac family members, painter
Court papers outline slayings in Potomac
For Potomac family, the unspeakable came home
Painter pleads guilty, gets life in 5 slayings at Potomac home
Killer asks for a new trial in 1995 Bethesda murders
How the Goffs Moved On
Wife, Mother of Goff Murder Victims Talks About the Killer

INMATE INFORMATION

Last Name: ALVAREZ
First Name: BRUMAN
Middle Name: S
Date of Birth: 04/09/1975
DOC ID: 257455
Holding Facility: Western Correctional Institution

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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