Monsters Among Us: Curtis Warren Dawkins, high on drugs, forced his way into Thomas Bowman’s home and killed him; He was convicted and sentenced to LWOP*

Thomas James Bowman obituary
Find-A-Grave: Thomas James “Tom” Bowman
Man sentenced to life in prison for murder
An Addict, a Confessed Killer and Now a Debut Author
Man convicted of 2004 Kalamazoo murder publishes book
Michigan inmate’s published book raises ethics questions
From Convicted Murderer to Debut Author
Break-out stories: the murderer who hopes writing fiction will set him free
Should acclaimed prison writer profit from tragedy?
Convict wrote a hit book, now state wants to collect

The Graybar Hotel: Stories


Murder In The Family: Daniel James Sougstad charged with killing his parents and brother

John Sougstad,
Barbara Sougstad,
Ryan Sougstad,

Michigan State University: John Sougstad Clinical Assistant Professor
Facebook: John Sougstad
Police arrest Eaton County triple murder suspect
Eaton County triple murder suspect in custody
Man in custody after 3 of his family members found murdered inside Michigan home, police say
Eaton County Sheriff has alleged suspect in triple murder in custody
Eaton County triple murder suspect now in custody
Michigan man arraigned in fatal shooting of 3 relatives
Man charged after 3 of his family members found murdered inside Michigan home, police say
“He touched the lives of hundreds”: Father who died in triple homicide remembered as ‘special person’
Eaton County man charged with murder in deaths of parents, brother
Windsor Twp. suspect Daniel Sougstad charged with killing his parents and brother, pleads not guilty
Bond denied for Eaton County triple-homicide suspect, parents and brother are victims
Michigan man arraigned in fatal shooting of 3 relatives


Age 23
Gender Male
Race White

Date of Birth Mar 09, 1998
ID Number 174909
Custody Status Date Sep 25, 2021 08:58 AM EDT
Custody Status In Custody
Custody Detail Eaton County Jail
Book Date Sep 25, 2021 08:16 AM EDT

Eaton County Jail
1025 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, MI 48813
(517) 543-3512

Deadly Babysitter: Kellie Jean Barthel, high on drugs and alcohol, beat 1-year-old, Vayda Kay Vasquez, to death; Faces life in prison

Vayda Kay Vasquez

Vayda-Kay Vasquez obituary
Toddler dies at babysitter’s home near Stanton
Grandmother: Girl’s life happy despite parents’ troubles
Mich. Toddler Found Dead in Home — Grandma Says Girl Was ‘Basically Murdered’ as Police Investigate
Michigan woman arrested for murder in toddler’s death
Michigan babysitter killed toddler by ‘using her as a punching bag’ after getting high on rum and meth
Woman charged with murder of 1-year-old girl
Babysitter pleads to murder in 2020 death of Stanton-area toddler
Michigan Babysitter Accused of Treating Toddler ‘Like a Punching Bag’ While on Meth Pleads No Contest to Child’s Murder


Age 37
Gender Female
Race White

Date of Birth Mar 12, 1984
ID Number 44164
Custody Status Date Sep 14, 2021 07:14 PM EDT
Custody Status In Custody
Custody Detail Montcalm County Jail
Book Date Apr 08, 2020 05:02 PM EDT

Montcalm County Jail
649 N State St
Stanton, MI 48888
(989) 831-7592

Mothers From Hell: Justine Marie Johnson charged with killing her 3-year-old daughter and putting her body in a trash bag

Woman who police say killed her own daughter arraigned for felony murder
Suspect charged for death of 3-year-old girl found in a garbage bag in Oscoda Township
Iosco County mom charged in connection with stabbing death of her daughter
Woman arraigned on murder charge in death of 3-year-old found in trash bag
Oscoda mother arrested in death of 3-year-old child
Michigan Mother Charged After 3-Year-Old Daughter Found Stabbed to Death, Stuffed in ‘Trash Bag’ Inside Her Home


Age 22
Gender Female
Race White

Date of Birth Apr 25, 1999
ID Number 29602
Custody Status Date Sep 18, 2021 10:41 PM EDT
Custody Status In Custody
Custody Detail Iosco County Jail
Book Date Sep 17, 2021 04:08 PM EDT

Iosco County Jail
428 W. Lake Street
Tawas City, MI 48763
(989) 362-6164

Parents From Hell: Steffani Jones and her boyfriend, Michael Deshawn Lewis, charged with the child abuse homicide of her 5-year-old daughter, Lyric Jones 5-year-old

Lyric Jones

Girl, 5, found dead at Redford motel died from blunt force trauma
Police investigating death of 5-year-old girl in Redford Township
5-year-old girl’s death in Redford Township motel ruled homicide by investigators
Woman, boyfriend charged with child abuse, murder of her 5-year-old in Redford motel
Press Release – Charges Issue in Redford Homicide of Five-Year-Old Girl
Mother, boyfriend charged with murder in 5-year-old’s death at motel
Court filings: Girl, 5, beaten to death in Redford motel was abused daily
Attorney: Man accused of killing Redford girl now in psych ward
Prosecutor: Couple accused of Redford girl’s murder had turbulent home life
Judge: Death of girl, 5, was ‘horrific, shameful, selfish and despicable’
State moves to terminate parental rights for mother of 3-year-old boy, 5-year-old girl who were victims of horrific abuse
gofundme: Burial for Lyric Jones

Michael Deshawn Lewis –
Steffani Jones –



Mothers From Hell: Suzanne Kay Jacobson charged with the murder of her 5-year-old daughter

5-year-old girl dies of gunshot wound in Northern Michigan
Benzie County Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting of five-year-old
Michigan mother charged in fatal shooting of 5-year-old daughter
Michigan mom charged with murder in fatal shooting of daughter, 5
Woman charged in shooting death of 5-year-old, fought with boyfriend, fled scene
Woman Charged For Shooting Child In Benzie County
Mother charged with shooting 5-year-old in Benzie County

Suzanne Kay Jacobson jail mug

Boyfriends From Hell: Ryan Allen Berry shot and killed Evan Richard Yonker, who was dating Berry’s ex-girlfriend

Evan Richard Yonker

Evan Richard Yonker obituary
Man pulled from Lake Michigan charged with murder
Murder victim was ambushed, killed with own shotgun, judge told
Father of two shot and killed; suspect arrested after jumping in Lake Michigan
Details of homicide, Lake Michigan suicide attempt outlined by prosecutor
Prosecutor: Man was ‘jealous’ victim was dating ex
The Murder of Evan Yonker of Muskegon Michigan
Trial begins for man pulled from Lake Michigan following murder in Muskegon County
Muskegon County man convicted in shooting death of man who housed his ex-girlfriend
Jury finds Muskegon County man on trial for murder guilty on all counts
Man who surrendered to police in Lake Michigan found guilty of murder
Man found guilty in murder of ex’s boyfriend near Muskegon

Michigan and Other Mayhem: Episode 58 Evan Yonker’s Murder


Deadly Duo: Jennifer Pruitt and Donnell Miracle robbed and killed 75-year-old Elmer Heichel; Both sentenced to prison

Find-A-Grave: Elmer A Heichel
Imprisoned at 17, Jennifer Pruitt of Pontiac learns her fate today
Woman gets shorter sentence, chance at parole for ’92 death
Juvenile lifer, convicted at 16, gets reduced sentence
The judge and the inmate

Donnell Miracle – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Jennifer Pruitt – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, reduced to 30-60 years in prison, released in 2020



Monsters Among Us: Kenny Wayne McBride killed then decapitated his step-grandmother, 79-year-old Cecilia Gibson; Sentenced to LWOP

Cecilia “Nickie” Gibson

Cecilia “Nickie” Miracle Gibson obituary
Bedford Township police identify 79-year-old murder victim, arrest suspect
Temperance woman’s head found in backyard, body in living room
Police identify murder victim found in living room of Bedford Township home
Competency of Temperance man charged in gruesome murder to be evaluated
Temperance man found guilty of killing woman with piggy bank, child gate, beheading her body
Michigan man found guilty of killing, beheading grandmother
Temperance man found guilty of murdering, beheading step-grandmother
‘Pure evil exists’: Man gets life in prison for brutal beheading of grandmother
Temperance man sentenced for murdering woman with piggy bank, child gate, beheading her body
Mich. Man Who Beheaded Step-Grandma Curses at Judge During Sentencing, Gets Life in Prison: ‘Pure Evil’
Michigan man sentenced to life in prison after he murdered, beheaded step-grandmother


Deadly Brothers: Matthew Wayne Jones and Paul Michael Jones killed Shannon Siders when she rejected their sexual advances; Both sentenced to prison

Shannon Siders
Shannon Marie Siders

Find-A-Grave: Shannon Marie Siders
Into The Dark: The Murder Of Shannon Marie Siders
A father’s mission
Documentary about Shannon Siders’ murder, ‘Into the Dark,’ to air on WGVU
Brothers’ murder trial starts in Shannon Siders cold case; here’s recap of case
2 brothers charged with premeditated murder of Shannon Siders in 1989 cold case
Brothers charged in 1989 Siders murder
Two West Michigan Brothers Jailed for 25-Year-Old Murder
Shannon Siders’ father, reliving his daughter’s murder: ‘There are people who thought I did it.’
Documents Reveal Details in Shannon Siders’ Murder
Father of Shannon Siders on arrest of daughter’s alleged killers: ‘It’s the beginning of the end’
Brothers arrested in 1989 murder of Michigan teen
Shannon Siders 1989 murder case against one brother goes to jury
Convictions upheld for brothers in ‘grisly’ 1989 Newaygo County murder
1989 Shannon Siders murder, solved by cold-case team, subject of national TV show

Hole in the Woods (fictionalized)

On the Case with Paula Zahn: Deadly Silence
Into The Dark
Cold Case Files: Circle of Friends

Matthew Wayne Jones – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Paul Michael Jones – convicted, sentenced to 30-75 years in prison



Convictions upheld for brothers in ‘grisly’ 1989 Newaygo County murder

On the Case with Paula Zahn: Deadly Silence
Into The Dark
Cold Case Files: Circle of Friends

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