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Monsters Among Us: Reinol Vergara and Edson Benitez charged with robbing and killing 90-year-old Earl Olander

Earl Olander
Earl Arthur Olander

Earl A. Olander obituary
Obituary Earl A. Olander
90-year-old man found dead, with hands bound, in San Francisco Township
Carver County Pursuing Leads in Murder of 90-Year-Old Man
Mysterious death of 90-year-old Earl Olander ruled a homicide
Sheriff: more than one killer in 90-year-old’s murder
Suspects named in Olander murder
2 Men Charged With Murder In Rural Carver County Man’s Death
2 arrested in murder of 90-year-old farmer

Vergara and Benitez
Reinol Vergara
Edson Benitez

Monsters Among Us: Roger Caldwell killed Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse, Velma Pietila; He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, his wife, Marjorie Congdon, was acquitted at trial

Elisabeth Mannering Congdon

Victims
Elisabeth Congdon
Velma Pietila (no picture)

Find-A-Grave: Elisabeth Mannering Congdon
Granddaughter honors Congdon heiress with memoir
Suspect Arrested In Millionaire’s Murder
‘Struggling Rancher’ Held In Killing Of Duluth Heiress
Minnesota Man Guilty In Slaying Of In-Law, Nurse
Caldwell convicted of murder
Roger Caldwell; Murder Figure in 1977 : Suicide Notes Claimed Innocence, Blamed Problems on Notoriety
Wikipedia: Elisabeth Congdon
Wikipedia: Glensheen Historic Estate
Twists, turns never end for Congdon murder case figure
Minnesota’s Most Infamous Heiress: The Newest Chapter

Books
Nightingale: A Memoir of Murder, Madness, and the Messenger of Spring
Glensheen’s Daughter: The Marjorie Congdon Story

Movies/Documentaries
Mansions & Murder: Goodnight Nurse

Marjorie and Roger Caldwell
Marjorie Congdon Caldwell
Roger Caldwell

Murder-Suicide: Paul Crawford killed the Schloegl Family and then himself in a dispute over property lines

Sauk Centre home

Victims
Warren Schloegl, 41
Marcella Schloegl, 39
Jodi Schloegl, 12
Eric Schloegl, 11

Find-A-Grave: Warren Leo Schloegl
Find-A-Grave: Marcella Esther Theisen Schloegl
Find-A-Grave: Jody Schloegl
Find-A-Grave: Eric Schloegl
Man kills family over land dispute
Man kills 4 neighbors, self
Man kills 4 neighbors, himself, over land feud

Movies/Documentaries
Fear Thy Neighbor: Lake of Madness

Parents Gone Wild! Pierre Barlee Collins charged with the murder of his 10-year-old son, Barway Edwin Collins

child abuse prevention

Barway Collins
Barway Edwin Collins

Crystal Police: Missing Boy’s Father Is A Suspect
Focus Of Search For Missing Boy Remains On Miss. River
Sources: Body Found In Mississippi River Believed To Be Barway Collins
Police: 10-Year-Old Boy’s Death A Homicide Investigation
Police: Father is primary suspect in Barway investigation
Barway Collins, 10, died by homicide, police say
Barway Collins’ father, Pierre Collins, arrested
Dad arrested in murder of 10-year-old Barway Collins
Minn. dad charged with murder of son, 10, found in river
Crystal Police: Pierre Collins Arrested In Son’s Death
Charges expected Tuesday against Barway Collins’ father
Ex-wife’s allegations of Pierre Collins ‘coming to light now’
Warrant: Silver knife found near slain Minnesota boy’s body

Pierre Collins
Pierre Barlee Collins

Monsters Among Us: Stuart Willis Knowlton killed 6-year-old Cassandra “Cassie” Hansen, then threw her body in a dumpster

Cassie HansenFrom Stuart Knowlton’s appeal: At approximately 6:40 p.m. on November 10, 1981, Cassandra Hansen, age 6, accompanied by her mother and sister, arrived at a church in St. Paul’s Midway area for a “family night” program which was to begin at 7 p.m. Sometime between 6:50 and 7 p.m., Cassandra received her mother’s permission to use the bathroom. Although there was a bathroom on the lower level of the church where the auditorium was located, the evidence revealed that Cassandra most probably intended to use another bathroom on the upper level. Three witnesses saw her in the lower hallway and on the stairway leading upstairs. Two of those witnesses also identified defendant as a man they had seen walking in the hall and heading up the stairs shortly after they saw Cassandra. Shortly after 7 p.m., Cassandra’s mother realized Cassandra had not returned to the auditorium. A subsequent search of the premises by church staff members revealed no sign of the child and the police were called.
Shortly before 11 a.m. on the following day, November 11, Cassandra’s body was
[383 N.W.2d 667]
found in a dumpster behind the Auto Clinic located on the corner of Grand and Grotto in St. Paul’s Crocus Hill area. The cause of death was determined to be ligature strangulation having occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight on November 10. The victim had been beaten about the face, head, ribs, and shoulder, and marks found on her face were consistent with someone’s hand tightly placed over her mouth. A sexual assault examination revealed no signs of sexual penetration, but police investigators discovered the presence of semen on the victim’s clothing.
Defendant was working on the evening of November 10 at his normal job as a taxicab driver. His cab contained a two-way radio over which he communicated with his dispatcher on a regular basis. The dispatchers on duty that evening were not able to make contact with nor did they receive any communications from defendant that evening between 5 or 6 p.m. and approximately 3 a.m. the following morning. Both dispatchers testified this was unusual, especially for defendant.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on November 10, defendant was seen in an Arthur Treacher’s Restaurant at Grand and Grotto. A witness observed defendant for nearly 30 minutes in the restaurant and testified that defendant had made him nervous. As the witness left the restaurant, he saw defendant standing outside staring in the direction of the Auto Clinic.

Defendant was later seen sitting in a parked car on Milton between Goodrich and Fairmount by another witness. The same witness was bicycling down Milton the following morning and noticed a girl’s black patent leather shoe in the street in the area where he had seen the parked car and defendant the previous evening. This shoe was later identified as a shoe Cassandra Hansen had worn to the church on November 10. Her other shoe was found November 12 in the same vicinity.

Defendant was next seen at 3 a.m. on November 11. He had gone to a massage parlor in St. Paul purportedly to get acquainted with employees and to give them his business card. Dorothy Noga noticed defendant was hunched over, breathing heavily, shaking, and talking “real fast.”
Shortly thereafter, defendant called his dispatcher on the cab radio and reported that a fare had stolen his briefcase which contained his trip sheets. Trip sheets are records that the city requires cabdrivers to maintain. The following morning, defendant telephoned the owner of a cab company for whom he had previously worked and asked if he could buy trip sheets from her. He told her his new employer did not supply them. His new employer, however, disputed this representation and stated that several hundred trip sheets were on hand and available to defendant on the evening in question.

Three occupants of a fourplex located in the 900 block of Grand Avenue in St. Paul testified they saw defendant standing across the street throughout much of the morning of November 11, the morning the victim’s body was found. The witnesses noted his gaze was constantly fixed to the east, in the direction of the Auto Clinic a few blocks away. They observed defendant leaning against a retaining wall and he would walk from the wall to the curb, apparently to get a better view up the street. They testified defendant also seemed oblivious to passersby. Later that day, defendant went to work as usual. The dispatcher on duty testified that shortly after defendant took his cab out, defendant called in twice on the cab radio and “ranted and raved” about the Cassandra Hansen murder. Both times the dispatcher had to cut off defendant and explain it was an improper use of the cab radio.

The police investigation quickly focused on defendant. The police called defendant in for questioning on November 12, but he was released because the police had insufficient evidence at that time on which to charge him. Defendant was properly read his Miranda rights at that time.

Stuart Willis Knowlton died in prison in 2006

Find-A-Grave: Cassandra L Hansen
State of Minnesota v Stuart Willis Knowlton 1986

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Church Disappearance (sometimes called Cause of Death)

Pervert Alley: Antoine Devon Pettis charged with raping 101-year-old woman (and smiles for the camera)

sexual violence

Milwaukee man allegedly rapes woman, 101, smiles at cameras in court
Milwaukee man charged in rape of 101-year-old woman
01-year-old woman sexually assaulted, DNA leads to suspect’s arrest
Man charged with sexual assault of 101-year-old woman
20-year-old man accused of raping 101-year-old woman in Milwaukee
Man, 20, charged with raping 101-year-old woman in her home
Milwaukee man accused of raping 101-year-old woman

Antoine Pettis
Antoine Devon Pettis

Update: Angel Ross (Baby Beecroft) murder *Nicole Beecroft convicted again, sentenced to 14.5 years in prison*

Say NO to Child Abuse

Baby Beecroft murder 4/9/2007 Stillwater, MN *Minnesota Teen,Nicole Marie Beecroft, Allegedly Stabbed Newborn 135 Times *
Update: Infant girl Beecroft murder *Mother, Nicole Beecroft convicted; sentenced to LWOP*
State of Minnesota v Nicole Marie Beecroft 2012
New trial for Nicole Beecroft, mother accused of killing baby
Stillwater jail friend: Beecroft said she killed baby
Nicole Beecroft found guilty again of killing her newborn
Mother convicted of killing newborn to be sentenced
Oakdale mom who stabbed baby to death will stay in prison, judge decides
Oakdale mother who stabbed newborn sentenced to 7 years
Oakdale mom who killed baby accused of “subversive” behavior in jail

Nicole Beecroft 2014
Nicole Marie Beecroft

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