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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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Monsters Among Us: Robert Leroy Nelson killed Michelle Yvette Busha in 1980 in MN then sexually assaulted a child in TX; Sentenced to life in prison


Michelle Busha

Ruben Rosario: She refused to fold until slain Minnesota ‘Jane Doe’ was ID’d
35 years later, woman slain by state trooper in southern Minnesota is ID’d
Bay City woman missing since 1980 reportedly killed by former MN State Trooper
Nelson’s confession and conviction information
Minnesota state trooper raped, murdered teen while on duty in 1980, investigators say
Minn. trooper’s murder victim ID’d 35 years later
Father of missing teen, found dead in Minnesota, finally finds closure
Arguing against parole for ‘Jane Doe’ killer

Movies/Documentaries
Who Killed Jane Doe?: Runaway Jane

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 04082389
TDCJ Number: 00494359
Name: NELSON,ROBERT LEROY
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1946-08-08
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Current Facility: WYNNE
Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2008-01-02

Parole Review Status
Offender is currently in the Parole Review Process

The parole review process begins approximately six months before the parole eligibility date for a first review and four months before the eligibility date in additional reviews. The process begins with the offender’s file being reviewed for all appropriate documents, including letters of support and protest. An Institutional Parole Officer reviews the file and interviews the offender before preparing a case summary for the Board voting panel. The Board normally will vote on the case just prior to the parole eligibility date.

Offenders eligible for mandatory supervision who committed an offense since September 1, 1996 are reviewed for Discretionary Mandatory Supervision (DMS). An offender who has received a Serve All vote is reviewed for possible release to DMS by a Board panel prior to being released on the projected release date.

Last Parole Decision
Denied on 01/22/2015

NEXT REVIEW (01/2018)- Deny favorable parole action and set for next review.

Denial reason(s): 2D

* Note: One or more of the components indicated in each paragraph may apply, but only one is required for denial (D).

2D NATURE OF OFFENSE – THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE INMATE COMMITTED ONE OR MORE VIOLENT CRIMINAL ACTS INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS; OR THE INSTANT OFFENSE OR PATTERN OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM’S VULNERABILITY SUCH THAT THE INMATE POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY; OR THE RECORD INDICATES USE OF A WEAPON.

Next Parole Review Date
01/2018

Offense History:
Offense Date: 1986-03-31
Offense: AGG SEX ASLT
Sentence Date: 1988-08-31
County: SMITH
Case No.: 188-165
Sentence: life

Monsters Among Us: Alberto Palmer killed Brittany Clardy and Klaressa Cook; Will be at least 85 years old if he ever gets out of prison

Victims
Brittany Clardy, 18
Klaressa Cook, 24

Facebook: The Brittany Clardy Foundation
Mom hopes Brittany Clardy’s tragic story helps others
Woodbury man arrested in connection with the death of 18-year-old Brittany Clardy
Family, friends struggle with St. Paul teen’s slaying
Friends Mourn Teen Found Dead In Impound Lot
Woodbury Man Arrested as Suspect in Brittany Clardy Murder Case: Twin Cities East
Second woman’s body found in a towed car is tied to same suspect
Police: Teen Murdered, Left In Towed Car Was A Prostitute
Man charged with homicide of second woman found in trunk
Alberto Palmer told police he killed Brittany Clardy during postcoital “tussle”
Alberto Palmer agrees to guilty pleas in the deaths of 2 young Twin Cities women
Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Woman, Hiding Body In Car
Man Pleads Guilty In 2nd Body In Car Case
Minnesota rapist, murderer finally speaks up about two killings
Minn. man sentenced to life in second “body in car” case
Killer of 18-year-old Brittany Clardy gets 40-year sentence
MN – Brittany Clardy, 18, & Klaressa Cook, 24, murdered, Twin Cities, 2013

Movies/Documentaries
Grave Mysteries: A Secret Life

INMATE INFORMATION

Demographic Information
MNDOC Offender ID: 245004
Name: Alberto Prece Palmer
Birth Date: 04/30/1989
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 09/23/2014. Currently at MCF Rush City.
Sentence Date: 09/22/2014
Anticipated Release Date: Life – Contact co-records.doc@state.mn.us for release information.
Expiration Date: Life
Caseworker: Margo McKenzie (320) 358-0512
Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide
Court File Number(s): Hennepin – 27-CR-13-40710

Psycho For Love: Corey Dean Thomas strangled his girlfriend, Megan Sheree Neely, to death; Sentenced to 34 years in prison


Megan Neely

Megan S. Neely obituary
Police: 27-Year-Old Woman Found Dead In St. Paul
After 6 Months, Charges Come Down In St. Paul Woman’s Murder
Person Of Interest Found In St. Paul Woman’s Death
Boyfriend of St. Paul homicide victim Megan Neely arrested in Miami
Slain woman’s ex-boyfriend said he was ‘tired of Minnesota women,’ say charges in St. Paul
Man Pleads Guilty To 2011 Murder Of St. Paul Woman
St. Paul man admits he hid girlfriend’s body in crawlspace
Ex-con gets 34 years for strangling St. Paul woman
Man Gets 34 Years For Killing Girlfriend, Hiding Body
Corey Thomas gets 34 years for strangling girlfriend, stuffing her in St. Paul crawl space

Movies/Documentaries
Fatal Attraction: Behind Closed Doors

INMATE INFORMATION

Demographic Information
MNDOC Offender ID: 229632
Name: Corey Dean Thomas
Birth Date: 08/27/1980
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 12/12/2012. Currently at MCF Stillwater.
Sentence Date: 12/11/2012
Anticipated Release Date: 05/16/2034
Expiration Date: 08/14/2045
Caseworker: Abby Domagalski (651) 779-2754

Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide
Court File Number(s): Ramsey – 62CR122630

Update: Jenny Gamez and Laura Simonson murders *Steven Mark Zelich pled guilty to each, sentenced to 35 years in prison on each, to be served consecutively*

Laura Simonson and Jenny Gamez

Victims
Laura Simonson, 37 [2013 Farmington, MN]
Jenny Gamez, 19 [2012 Cottage Grove, WI]

Ex-Wisconsin policeman pleads guilty to Minnesota killing
Ex-Officer Pleads Guilty In Suitcase Slaying
Fmr. cop pleads guilty to killing teen, ditching body in suitcase
35 years in prison for Steven Zelich, who pleaded guilty in death of Jenny Gamez
Zelich Gets 35 Years In Wisconsin Suitcase Murder, Minnesota Case Ahead
Ex-officer sentenced for killing woman, dumping body
“Laura and Mr. Zelich were not strangers:” Police in Rochester provide new details in death of Laura Simonson
Former Wisconsin police officer pleads guilty to murdering Minnesota woman
Ex-cop pleads guilty to 2nd murder in suitcase bodies killings
Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Death Of Minn. Woman Found In Suitcase

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: ZELICH, STEVEN M
DOC #: 00641646
Birth Year: 1961
Age: 55
Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 200
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: HAZEL
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Dodge Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 217
Region Unit Agent: 2 17 09
1212 60th ST
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 653-7150
Maximum Discharge Date: 06/16/2059
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: 06/16/2049
Parole Eligibility Date:

Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady murders 11/22/2012 Little Falls, MN *Teens killed when they broke into Byron David Smith’s home; He convicted, sentenced to LWOP


Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady

This is a controversial case. Byron Smith’s home had been broken into several times before this incident. Apparently he was waiting for the intruders and shot and killed them when they came in. The issue that comes into play here is whether it was self-defense or defending his home or murder. If he had just shot them to stop them there would not have been an issue. However, he shot each of them multiple times, especially Kifer, who he even admitted to giving a “finishing shot” and he knew that he shot them more than necessary. Another thing to remember is that Smith did not call the police right away. Far from it – it was several hours before he made a call and that was to a neighbor.

Minnesota Teens Killed While Burglarizing Home Laid to Rest
Remembering Haile Kifer
Two Minn. cousins fatally shot on Thanksgiving Day
Minnesota Man Who Shot Burglars Fired ‘More Shots Than I Needed’
Questions tear at those who knew two slain Little Falls teens
Little Falls teens were not fatally wounded initially, M.E. testifies
Recording of shooting, scene photos revealed in Little Falls murder trial
‘Stand your ground’ law tested in recent shootings
Graphic audio released by courts of Byron Smith as he guns down two teens in his Minnesota basement
Byron Smith guilty
Little Falls Man Found Guilty On All Four Counts Of Murder
Byron Smith gets life sentence for murdering two Little Falls teens
Byron Smith’s attorneys file appeal in Little Falls murder case
Wikipedia: Byron David Smith killings

Movies/Documentaries
Hear No Evil: Breakdown at Daylight
12 Minutes on Elm Street

INMATE INFORMATION

Demographic Information
MNDOC Offender ID: 243835
Name: Byron David Smith
Birth Date: 06/11/1948
Current Status: Incarcerated as of 04/29/2014. Currently at MCF Oak Park Heights.
Sentence Date: 04/29/2014
Anticipated Release Date: Life without Parole
Expiration Date: Life
Caseworker: Nikki Fossey (651) 779-1366
Current Offense Information
Highest Ranked Offense: Homicide
Court File Number(s): Morrison – 49-CR-12-1882

Psycho For Love: Yevgeniy “Eugene” Savenok stabbed his pregnant wife, Lyuba Savenok, to death killing her and their child; Sentenced to 65 years in prison

dv awareness

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Lyuba Savenok

Eden Prairie’s Lyuba Savenok remembered as compassionate friend, mother
Facebook: Remembering Lyuba Savenok
A life of mere ‘minutes’ for Eden Prairie homicide victim Ellis Eugene Savenok
Mother of 2 stabbed to death inside home
Eden Prairie woman stabbed to death was pregnant, family says
Minnesota man charged in stabbing death of pregnant wife
Family identifies Eden Prairie mom, victim of weekend stabbing
Lyuba Savenok reported abuse to family, church before murder
Charges Possible Tuesday Against Husband in Stabbing Death of Wife, Mother of 2
Man charged in pregnant wife’s murder
Paramedic Recalls Frantic Effort to Save Eden Prairie Mother and Infant after Stabbing
Plea agreement reached in Eden Prairie murder case
Savenok pleads guilty to brutal Eden Prairie domestic murder
Eden Prairie Man Will Get 65 Years after Guilty Plea in Stabbing Death of Pregnant Wife
Man pleads guilty in pregnant wife’s murder
gofundme: Lyuba Savenok: Funeral & Kids Fund

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Yevgeniy “Eugene” Savenok

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