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Psycho For Love: Vincent Bauer killed his estranged wife, Susan Bauer; Sentenced to life in prison

From Bauer’s appeal: In the early morning hours of March 20, 1996, 5-year-old Jonathan Bauer knocked on the back door of his neighbors’ house in Saint Paul. After being let into the house, Jonathan told his neighbor that something was wrong with his mother, Susan Bauer.   The neighbor’s husband went next door to investigate.

The front door to Ms. Bauer’s house was open and a set of keys was in the outside lock.   Upon entering the house, the neighbor found appellant, Ms. Bauer’s estranged husband, standing in the doorway between the living room and kitchen with appellant’s and Ms. Bauer’s other two children.   He then saw Ms. Bauer, obviously injured or dead, lying on a sofa bed in the living room.   The neighbor called 911 from the phone in Ms. Bauer’s kitchen.   The paramedics arrived at Ms. Bauer’s house shortly thereafter.   After briefly examining Ms. Bauer, they concluded that she was already dead.

Saint Paul police and Dr. Michael McGee, an Assistant Ramsey County Medical Examiner, were called to the scene.   They found Ms. Bauer on the sofa bed in the living room.   A telephone cord and a metal coat hanger had been wrapped tightly around her neck.   In addition to the injuries caused by these ligatures, investigators observed multiple soft tissue injuries on Ms. Bauer’s face, neck, chest, and hands, and an L-shaped abrasion on her left calf.   After conducting an autopsy, Dr. McGee determined that the cause of Ms. Bauer’s death was “[a]sphyxia due to ligature strangulation” and that Ms. Bauer was most likely killed between 10:00 p.m. on March 19 and 12:00 midnight on March 20, 1996.

Appellant did not testify at trial, but in several interviews with police gave his version of the events surrounding Ms. Bauer’s killing.   Appellant and Ms. Bauer began dating in 1984, were married in 1988, and separated in early 1996.   They had three children.   In January 1996, Ms. Bauer filed for and was granted an order for protection prohibiting appellant from having contact with her.   Despite this order, Ms. Bauer willingly continued to have contact with appellant and permitted him to have contact with the children.

Appellant said that he was at Ms. Bauer’s house on the afternoon of March 19, 1996 but left at approximately 2:30 p.m. He said that from there, he went to a dentist’s office in Newport where Ms. Bauer had a dentist appointment.   Appellant stated that from the dentist’s office, he went to a shopping mall in West Saint Paul where he purchased clothes for his children and then went to a bar in North Saint Paul where he played pool until late in the night.   After leaving the bar, he went to the trailer home of a friend in Oakdale, where he was residing.   One of the other tenants of the trailer confirmed that appellant returned there at approximately 12:15 a.m. on March 20.

Appellant said that he went to Ms. Bauer’s house on the morning of March 20 to drop off the clothes he had purchased for his children.   According to appellant, when he arrived at Ms. Bauer’s house he saw the front door open.   Appellant said that he then entered the house and saw Ms. Bauer lying on the sofa bed.   He touched Ms. Bauer’s face to see if she was all right, but found that she was already dead.   Appellant said that he then sent one of his children to the neighbor’s house for help while he got the other children dressed.

When asked if he knew who had killed his wife, appellant told the police that he suspected Quang Tran, the boyfriend of Rebecca Haas, a friend of Ms. Bauer’s.   Appellant suggested that Tran was upset with Ms. Bauer for interfering in Tran’s and Haas’ relationship.

At appellant’s trial, the jury heard of several instances of Tran’s past violent behavior.   Both the defense and the state placed particular emphasis on the events of March 17, 1996, two to three days before Ms. Bauer’s killing.   On that date, Tran called Ms. Bauer’s house several times looking for Haas. When Ms. Bauer informed him that Haas was not there, Tran became angry and threatened to kill both Haas and Ms. Bauer.   Ms. Bauer then called the police, who arrived and took a statement from Ms. Bauer.   Sometime after the phone calls, Haas and her children arrived at Ms. Bauer’s house for dinner.   After dinner, as Haas was preparing to leave, Tran arrived at Ms. Bauer’s house and began smashing the windows of Haas’ car with a hammer.   Ms. Bauer called the police, but Tran fled before they arrived.   Haas gave the police Tran’s address, but Tran was not at home when officers went there to investigate.

According to police records, at 11:45 p.m. that same evening, Ms. Bauer called 911 and reported having just heard a window break in the front of her house.   Police records indicate that an officer was dispatched to Ms. Bauer’s house at 11:53 p.m. and arrived at 11:56 p.m. The officer discovered that a piece of brick with a note attached had been thrown through Ms. Bauer’s window.   The unsigned note read:

My Family not you bisness.   You F**k with me to much time.   My kid say you no have husband no mor So you lonely me and my Friend come F**k you OK? He have long hair you like him. you stay away bich or I F**k you OK. I not joking.

Ms. Bauer said that she suspected Tran had written the note.   The officer attempted to locate Tran at Haas’ house, but Tran was not there.

On the morning of March 20, after discovering Ms. Bauer’s body, the police located Tran and interviewed him in connection with the March 17 brick throwing incident and Ms. Bauer’s killing.   Tran told the officers that he was at work from approximately 11:00 p.m. on March 17 to approximately 7:00 a.m. on March 18.   Tran’s employer verified that computer records from March 17 indicated that Tran’s electronic access card had been used at Tran’s place of employment multiple times during that time period.   As for the evening of Ms. Bauer’s killing, March 19, Tran told the police that he was at home watching videos.

Tran was arrested but was released shortly thereafter because of a lack of evidence.   Prior to releasing Tran, the police obtained a blood sample, searched his residence, and seized his jacket, which appeared to have a small amount of blood on the sleeve.

From Ms. Bauer’s house, the police seized several pieces of evidence including the sheets from the sofa bed, a piece of cardboard that had been lying on or near the sofa bed, and samples of what appeared to be blood from the wall and floor of a bedroom adjoining the room where Ms. Bauer’s body was found.   The police also took samples of what appeared to be blood from several locations on Ms. Bauer’s body.

With appellant’s consent, the police searched his residence and obtained blood, hair, and saliva samples from him.   In appellant’s residence, the police found and seized a pair of men’s underwear with what appeared to be blood on it.   In the course of their investigation the police also seized three leg braces-two for the right leg and one for the left leg-that belonged to appellant.   Appellant had polio as a child and needed the braces to walk.

Tests conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) showed the presence of blood on the piece of cardboard, sheets, wall sample, and floor scraping taken from Ms. Bauer’s house as well as on several swabs from Ms. Bauer’s body.   Tests also confirmed the presence of blood on Tran’s jacket sleeve and on the underwear taken from appellant’s residence.   No blood was discovered on any of the leg braces.

The BCA conducted DNA testing of the blood.   The sample from Tran’s jacket yielded no interpretable results.   DNA from the blood on appellant’s underwear “matched” Ms. Bauer’s DNA profile.   A BCA analyst testified that such a profile occurs in approximately 1 in 339,000 Caucasians.   At least some of the DNA from the samples from Ms. Bauer’s right hand, her left hand, the sheets, the cardboard, and the wall also matched Ms. Bauer’s DNA profile.   Tests indicated that some of these items also contained the blood of a second person.   Neither Tran nor appellant could be positively identified as the source of any of the blood on any of these samples.   According to the BCA, however, Tran, but not appellant, could be excluded as the second source of blood on the sample from Ms. Bauer’s left hand.

Dr. McGee’s autopsy revealed additional evidence linking appellant to Ms. Bauer’s killing.   During the autopsy, Dr. McGee observed and photographed an L-shaped abrasion on Ms. Bauer’s left calf that had been inflicted near the time of Ms. Bauer’s death.   Subsequent to his autopsy, Dr. McGee compared the scaled photograph of this abrasion to the hinges of the right leg braces seized from appellant.   From this comparison, Dr. McGee concluded that the L-shaped abrasion was caused by “either [appellant’s] brace or one of similar configuration and manufacture.”

St. Paul man denies he killed wife as he’s sentenced to life in prison
State of Minnesota v Vincent Stephen Bauer 1999 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
St. Paul man denies he killed wife as he’s sentenced to life in prison (about 1/2 down, within the article)

Movies/Documentaries
Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen: Killers Imprint

INMATE INFORMATION

Demographic Information
MNDOC Offender ID: 195884
Name: Vincent Stephen Bauer
Birth Date: 01/25/1962
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 02/03/1998. Currently at MCF Rush City.
Sentence Date: 02/02/1998
Anticipated Release Date: Life – Contact co-records.doc@state.mn.us for release information.
Expiration Date: Life
Caseworker: William Aagaard (320) 358-0510
Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide
Court File Number(s): Ramsey – KX971838

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Deadly Girlfriends: Sheyanna Lisa Ray strangled her boyfriend, David Lowell White, and then cut up his body and tried to burn it; Sentenced to life in prison

David L. White obituary
Dismembered body discovered in San Bruno
Woman allegedly killed and cut up neighbor in Oregon, arrested in Redding
Klamath Falls murder investigation continues
Woman accused of murdering Oregon man waives extradition
Klamath Falls woman pleads guilty to homicide, burning the body
Klamath Falls woman pleads guilty to killing, cutting up boyfriend
Oregon woman pleads guilty to killing, cutting up boyfriend
Klamath Falls Woman Sentenced for Murder
Ray gets life with chance for parole

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: RAY, SHEYANNA LISA LENAE
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 27
Location: Klamath County Jail
Race: White
Contact Facility: Klamath County Jail

Movies Based On True Crimes: Midwest Obsession aka Beauty’s Revenge [Murder of Lisa Cihaski]

Lisa Anne Cihaski obituary
Find-A-Grave: Lisa Anne Cihaski
Midwest Obsession aka Beauty’s Revenge (GREAT site)
Dairy Town`s Golden Girl Charged In Slaying Of Rival
Dairy princess charged with strangling former friend
Friend describes obsessive love
Jilted Beauty Queen Killed Rival Over Dairy Farmer, Jurors Told
Ex-Dairy Princess, 20, Faces Life in Prison : Murder: College student guilty of strangling former homecoming queen in quarrel over man
Wisconsin is talking…
Ex-Beauty Queen Gets Life Term for Jealousy Murder
Appeals court upholds murder conviction of former dairy princess
Excerpt from “Got Murder?: The Shocking Story of Wisconsin’s Notorious Killers”
Chiaski, Lisa – Murdered by Lori Esker

Movies/Documentaries
Beauty’s Revenge (aka Midwest Obsession)

INMATE INFORMATION

DOC: 00215936
Name: ESKER, LORI K
Birth Year: 1969
Age: 47
Sex: FEMALE
Race: WHITE
Weight: 150
Height: 5′ 5″
Eye Color: BROWN
Hair Color: BROWN
Dexterity: UNKNOWN

STATUS
Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Robert E. Ellsworth Center
Region Unit Office: Unit 614
Region Unit Agent: 6 14 09
500 Forest ST
Wausau, WI 54402
(715) 261-1600
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 08/06/2017
Case Number 1989CR001148

Monsters Among Us: Jack Harold Jones raped and killed Mary Phillips in front of her 11-year-old daughter; Sentenced to death

From Jones’ appeal: On the afternoon of June 6, 1995, seventeen-year-old Darla Phillips dropped her eleven-year-old sister Lacy off at Automated Tax and Accounting Service in Bald Knob, where their mother, thirty-four-year old Mary Phillips, worked as a bookkeeper.   Mary was planning to take her daughter to a 3:00 p.m.   dentist appointment.   Darla and her fifteen-year-old brother Jessie were expecting their mother and little sister to return to their home in Bradford around 4:30 p.m.   or 5:00 p.m.   They never arrived.

A black-haired male entered the business before Lacy and her mother could leave for the dentist’s office.   According to Lacy’s testimony at trial, the man had a teardrop tattoo on his face and more tattoos on his arm.   The man had come into the business earlier that day to borrow some books.   When he returned, he complained that he had been given the wrong book.   He then told Lacy and her mother that he was “sorry,” but that he was “going to have to rob (them).”   He ordered Mary to lay down on her stomach, and then made Lacy lay down on top of her mother.   After retrieving the cash out of the register, he took them into a small break room.   The man took Lacy into a bathroom off of the break room, tied her to a chair, then left.   When he returned, Lacy, now crying, asked the man not to hurt her mother, to which he replied, “I’m not.   I’m going to hurt you.”   He began to choke Lacy until she passed out.   After Lacy lost consciousness, Jones struck her at least eight times in the head with the barrel of a BB gun, causing severe lacerations and multiple skull fractures.   When Lacy woke up, she saw blood and began to vomit.   She went back to sleep and awakened later when police, seeing her bloodied body and thinking she was dead, were taking photographs of her.

Police found Mary’s body nude from the waist down.   A cord from a nearby Mr. Coffee pot was wrapped around her neck and wire was tied around her hands, which were positioned behind her back.   Bruises on her arms and back indicated that she had struggled with her attacker prior to her death.   According to autopsy results, Mary died from strangulation and blunt-force head injuries.   Rectal swabs indicated that she had been anally raped before she was killed.

Victims
Lorraine Anne Barrett, 32 [6/1/1991 FL]
Mary Phillips, 34 [6/6/1995 AR]

Find-A-Grave: Lorraine Anne “Lori” Barrett
Lawmen recall Jack Jones’ chilling murder, rape of Mary Phillips
Jack Jones Jr v State of Arkansas 1997
Victim’s family urges no mercy for Arkansas death-row inmate
Parole board recommends denying clemency to Arkansas death row inmate
For killer, death only answer; inmate says he would decline clemency
Jack Harold Jones & Marcel Williams: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
No stay for Jones
Tourist`s Slaying Stuns Family Woman In Town Just 5 Hours
Suspect found in 1991 killing
Man expected to plead guilty to 1991 rape, murder
Murderpedia: Jack Harold Jones Jr
Jack Harold Jones, Jr. – Arkansas Execution – April 24, 2017
Arkansas death row inmate Jack Jones executed
Arkansas executes another inmate
Jim Jones, Arkansas inmate, executed; 2nd lethal injection planned
Listen to the Full Interview from One of the Media Witnesses of Jack Jones Execution
Death Row Inmate Jack Jones’ Last Words (includes written statement)

INMATE INFORMATION

Final Words: “Well, I just want to let the James family and Lacey how sorry I am. I can’t believe I did something to her. I tried to be respectful from the time I took and become a better person. I hope I did better. I hope over time you could learn who I really am and I am not a monster. There was a reason why those things happened that day. I am so sorry Lacey; try to understand, I love you like my child.”

ADC Number: 000940
Name: JonesJr, Jack H
Race: CAUCASIAN
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 71 inches
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 08/10/1964
Initial Receipt Date: 04/17/1996
Current Facility: Cummins Unit
Facility Address: 3001 Hwy. 388, Grady, AR 71644-0500 Map
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 500 Grady, AR 71644-0500
Custody Classification: SK
Good Time Class: I-C
PE / TE Date*: Death
Total time*:

Psycho For Love: Loyd Dejohn killed his wife, Kimberly Dejohn, to be with his cousin (that he was in a relationship with); Sentenced to LWOP


Kimberly Dejohn

Body Found Up North Believed To Be Missing Warren Woman
Medical examiner: Suspected body of missing Warren woman was strangled
Loyd Dejohn Accused of Assault, Found Body Still to be Identified
The secret life of Loyd Dejohn (video)
Prosecutors Say Warren Man Admitted Involvement In Wife’s Murder
Husband of slain Warren woman now faces murder charge in her death
Husband deemed fit for trial in Dejohn murder
Man Found Competent Again To Stand Trial In Wife’s Death
Prosecutor: Dejohn planned brutal murder of wife
Prosecutor: Suspect had sex with cousin after killing wife
Warren man charged with murder told lover three versions of wife’s whereabouts
Man’s girlfriend-cousin testifies in Macomb Co. slaying
Kimberly DeJohn murder case goes to jury
Dejohn convicted of first-degree, premeditated murder in wife’s death
Family: No winner as lurid murder trial ends in conviction
Man Accused In Wife’s 2014 Death Sentenced To Life In Prison
Warren man accused in wife’s death sentenced to life
Warren man sentenced to life for killing wife, stuffing her in a closet
MI – Kimberly Dejohn, 51, Warren, 14 May 2014

Movies/Documentaries
Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris: Hearses & Lies

INMATE INFORMATION

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
MDOC Number: 272591
SID Number: 2116944L
Name: LOYD SABASTIAN DEJOHN
Racial Identification: White
Gender: Male
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 182 lbs.
Date of Birth: 11/02/1967 (49)

MDOC STATUS
Current Status: Prisoner
Earliest Release Date: LIFE
Assigned Location: Chippewa Correctional Facility
Maximum Discharge Date: LIFE
Security Level: IV

MARKS, SCARS & TATTOOS
Other- Lower Right Leg – Steel rod in lower right leg
Scar- Right Head – Metal plate & scars on right side of head
Tattoo- Back – A skull w/ a hat & two guns
Tattoo- Back Neck – “LSD. 1967”
Tattoo- Back Right Calf
Tattoo- Back Right Shoulder
Tattoo- Chest – “DNR”
Tattoo- Left Bicep – “Emily RIP” w/ a clown car
Tattoo- Right Arm – A tombstone w/ “RIP Kim” & a scorpion
Tattoo- Right Bicep
Tattoo- Right Calf – A skeleton

Cold Case: Brenda Marie Gerow murder 4/8/1981 Tucson, AZ *No arrests yet; Convicted murderer, John Joseph Kalhauser, is a person of interest*

remember-the-victims

brenda-gerow
Brenda Gerow

Find-A-Grave: Brenda Marie Gerow
New Hampshire Woman Identified As Arizona Cold Case Victim
Brother of missing Nashua woman identified as Arizona murder victim speaks out
Victim in 34-year-old AZ cold case identified as Nashua woman
Identified: Brenda Marie Gerow
Pima Jane Doe: Her name was Brenda Gerow
Wikipedia: Murder of Brenda Gerow

Movies/Documentaries
Who Killed Jane Doe?: Brenda Gerow

Psycho For Love: John Russell Raue killed his wife, Sonya Rene Holsey Raue and then dismembered her; Sentenced to 70 years in prison

dv awareness

Woman slain, then dismembered
$2 Million Bond Set For Man In Slaying Of Wife In Lockport
Lockport man pleads not guilty to killing, mutilating his wife
Pathologist Gives Details Of Raue`s Wife`s Slaying
Raue`s Wife Lived In Fear, Jury Is Told
Raue Tells Of Troubled Marriage
Defense Tries To Show Wife Unfaithful
Grisly Details Tinted Murder Trial
Man Gets 70 Years For Murdering, Dismembering Wife
People of the State of Illinois v John Raue 1992 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Books
Till Death Do Us Part: True Stories of Newlywed Murder Cases

INMATE INFORMATION

john-raue-prison-mug

B15382 – RAUE, JOHN R.
Parent Institution: ROBINSON CORRECTIONAL CENTER
Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
Location: ROBINSON

PHYSICAL PROFILE
Date of Birth: 12/15/1963
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hair: Brown
Sex: Male
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Race: White
Eyes: Blue

MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
TATTOO, ARM, LEFT – V.H.
TATTOO, BACK – EAGLE
TATTOO, CHEST – WIZARD

ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO
Admission Date: 07/17/1991
Projected Parole Date: 01/07/2023
Last Paroled Date:
Projected Discharge Date: 01/07/2026

SENTENCING INFORMATION
MITTIMUS: 90CF2606
CLASS: M
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
CUSTODY DATE: 07/12/1990
SENTENCE: 60 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: WILL
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

MITTIMUS: 90CF2606
CLASS: 3
COUNT: 1
OFFENSE: CONCEAL HOMICIDAL DEATH
CUSTODY DATE: 07/12/1990
SENTENCE: 5 Years 0 Months 0 Days
COUNTY: WILL
SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

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