Monsters Among Us: Timothy Gonzales killed Lora Beth Williamson because she refused to have any kind sex with him

Lora Beth Williamson
Lora Beth Williamson

The body of Lora Beth Williamson was found in a Kansas cornfield on August 17, 1986. Williamson was last seen alive by witnesses the evening before at the Finney County free fair. At the fair, Gonzales and Adam Flores (“Flores”) had been spending time “checking out the scenery and checking out the women.” After Flores and Gonzales noticed Williamson, Gonzales said “he was going to try to get it,” and approached her. The two started a conversation and walked together while Flores followed behind. When they reached the parking lot, Flores stopped following them because “three’s a crowd.” The fair was ending, and that was the last Flores saw of Gonzales and Williamson that night. The next morning, Williamson’s body was found.

Petitioner-Appellant Timothy Gonzales (“Gonzales”) challenges his convictions for attempted rape and felony murder under 28 U.S.C. 2254. We conclude that under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (“AEDPA”) we must accept the finding of the Kansas court that Gonzales was not prejudiced by his counsel’s error in failing to exclude hearsay evidence of a confession from his trial. We also hold that certain evidence that was wrongfully withheld by the State was exculpatory but, considered by itself, was not material. Moreover, when we aggregate the prejudice from Gonzales’s counsel’s error with prejudice flowing from the State’s suppression of evidence, the cumulative effect of these mistakes was not prejudicial. Therefore, we AFFIRM the district court’s order denying Mr. Gonzales’s petition for writ of habeas corpus.

The body of Lora Beth Williamson was found in a Kansas cornfield on August 17, 1986. Williamson was last seen alive by witnesses the evening before at the Finney County free fair. At the fair, Gonzales and Adam Flores (“Flores”) had been spending time “checking out the scenery and checking out the women.” After Flores and Gonzales noticed Williamson, Gonzales said “he was going to try to get it,” and approached her. The two started a conversation and walked together while Flores followed behind. When they reached the parking lot, Flores stopped following them because “three’s a crowd.” The fair was ending, and that was the last Flores saw of Gonzales and Williamson that night. The next morning, Williamson’s body was found.

Flores testified that he had been in Gonzales’s car a few weeks before the murder and noticed a lock-blade knife on the console of the car. He stated that Gonzales had the same knife in a leather pouch fixed to his belt the night of the fair. The doctor who performed the autopsy testified that the victim died of knife wounds inflicted by a single-edged blade with a minimum length of two inches.

Officer Abundio Munoz (“Munoz”) was on the night shift patrol when the victim was killed. Investigating a bonfire in close proximity to where the body was found, he noticed a car traveling in the area. Officer Munoz testified that his attention was drawn to the car because it was unusual to see any traffic in the area at that time of night. He followed the car, called in the license plates, and discovered that it was registered to Ernest Campos, Gonzales’s brother-in-law. Campos testified that Gonzales had possession of the car that night because he was in the process of purchasing it.

Munoz was personally acquainted with Campos. He noticed that it was not Campos driving the car, and described the driver as a wet or sweaty Hispanic male with no shirt. Munoz did not pull the car over because the driver was neither driving erratically nor in violation of a traffic law.

Williamson had been stabbed numerous times and her throat had been cut. Though the upper portion of the body was soaked with blood, it was relatively clean from the waist down. Police found a semen stain on the victim’s leg, which was collected and sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (“KBI”) for analysis. The semen was examined by KBI serologist Kelly Robbins (“Robbins”), who found no sperm in the sample. Robbins noted that a complete absence of sperm was somewhat unusual, and told investigators that one explanation for this might be if the murderer and attempted rapist had a vasectomy. The fact that there was no sperm evident in the sample was not disclosed to defense counsel and was not introduced by the State at trial. Gonzales has not had a vasectomy and has a normal sperm count.

Blood, hair, and saliva samples were taken from Gonzales. Robbins testified that based on the genetic markers in the saliva and blood, Gonzales could be the donor of the semen found on the victim’s leg. Within the group of potential donors, approximately 26% of the Hispanic population would have all of the serological markers found in the sample, and 24% of the Caucasian population would have these markers.

Gonzales’s car was searched and samples were taken. The tires were removed from the car and sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“F.B.I.”) in Washington, D.C. A tire tread expert testified that the tires from Gonzales’s car matched the tracks from the crime scene in size and design, and at least one of the tires matched the wear of the tracks at the scene.

Two fibers found on the victim’s jeans matched fibers from the seat of Gonzales’s car in color and microscopic characteristics. Additionally, investigators sprayed a substance called Luminol on the interior of the car to detect traces of blood not visible to the naked eye. Though the Luminol test indicated traces of blood, the source of the blood was inconclusive.

In November 1986, the police obtained a warrant and searched Gonzales’s home. Under his bed, officers found a box containing pornographic magazines and a Garden City Telegram newspaper from August 18, 1986. The front page article was about Williamson’s murder. When interviewed by a KBI agent, Gonzales explained that he had the paper in his room because his sister used newspaper to wrap her baby’s diapers. Though Gonzales lived in the house with his sister, there were no diapers or baby supplies found in the room.

After Gonzales’s arrest, he was placed in custody in the county jail. He was held in the same cell as Jack Spears, who was incarcerated for another crime but was also under suspicion for the Williamson murder. During the investigation of Gonzales’s case, the KBI discovered that Spears had written a letter to another inmate alleging that Gonzales had confessed to killing Williamson. At trial, the letter was admitted into evidence before the State called Spears to testify and without objection by Gonzales’s defense counsel, Dennis Bahr (“Bahr”). Because Spears invoked his Fifth Amendment right and refused to testify, Bahr was unable to question him about Gonzales’s alleged confession. Spears testified at a hearing held after the trial that the letter was untrue, and that he wrote it to deflect suspicion for the crime away from himself.

A jury convicted Gonzales of one count of felony murder and one count of attempted rape. Gonzales was sentenced to life imprisonment on the felony murder charge, and, pursuant to the Habitual Criminal Act, Kan. Stat. Ann. 21-4504, ten to forty years on the attempted rape. The sentences were ordered to run consecutively. A motion to modify the sentence was denied, and Gonzales appealed.

In December 1989, the Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Gonzales’s convictions. See State v. Gonzales, 783 P.2d 1239 (Kan. 1989). In August 1992, Gonzales filed a motion for state habeas relief pursuant to Kan. Stat. Ann. 60-1507 in state district court in Kansas. In January 1994, the state district court denied him relief. In December 1994, the Kansas Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s denial of the 60-1507 motion. Gonzales v. State, No. 71,217 (Kan. Ct. App. Dec. 30, 1994) (unpublished opinion). Review was denied by the Kansas Supreme Court in March 1995.

In April 1997, Gonzales sought federal habeas relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254 in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. In November 1999, the district court denied Gonzales habeas relief as well as a certificate of appealability. Gonzales v. McKune, 76 F. Supp. 2d. 1222, 1229 (D. Kan. 1999). In December 1999, Gonzales filed notice of appeal seeking review by this court.

Find-A-Grave: Lora Beth Williamson
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Monsters Among Us: Alexander Hung Tran charged with killing his 3 neighbors, which included a 2-month-old infant

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Lynk Poike, 2 months

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Alexander Tran

Sex: M
Age: 32
Height: 600
Weight: 165
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN

Inmate Information
Booking #: 15053135
SO#: 388178
State ID:
COB: California

Incarceration Information
Current Location: MAIN
Current Housing Section: 06
Current Housing Block: B
Current Housing Cell: 24
Current Housing Bed: B
Booked Date: 09/19/2015

Alias Information

Bond Information
Case #: Amount: $1,000,000.00 Status: Open Posted By: Post Date: 09/19/2015
Case #: 155421292 Amount: $1,110.00 Status: Open Posted By: Post Date: 09/19/2015

Charge Information
Case # Offense Date Code Description Grade Degree
09/19/2015 76-5-202 AGGRAVATED MURDER UT F1
155421292 08/27/2015 41-6A-528 RECKLESS DRIVING UT MB
155421292 08/27/2015 12.24.016 NO FAULT INSURANCE (OWNER) 1ST OFFENSE SLC MB

Cold Case: Diana Deso murder 8/20/1987 North Greenbush, NY *Convicted sex offender, Rae Kellar pled guilty, sentenced to 22 years to life in prison, along with his sentence for another rape*

remembering the victims

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Identifying and Location Information
As of 09/16/15
DIN (Department Identification Number) 90A8820
Inmate Name KELLAR, RAE T
Date of Birth 07/09/1961
Race / Ethnicity WHITE
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility AUBURN
Date Received (Original) 07/02/1990
Date Received (Current) 07/02/1990
County of Commitment RENSSELAER
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
If all 4 crime fields contain data, there may be additional crimes not shown here. In this case, the crimes shown here are those with the longest sentences.
As of 09/16/15
Crime RAPE 1ST
Class B

Class D

Crime RAPE 3RD
Class E

Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 09/16/15
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0022 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 07/04/2027
Parole Hearing Date 03/2027
Parole Eligibility Date 07/04/2027
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Monsters Among Us: Mary Ann Adams and her brother John Barrett killed Mary Ann Woolf for the insurance

remembering the victimsMary Ann Adams and her brother, John Barrett, were tried together and convicted of murder by a Lauderdale County Circuit Court jury.   They were each sentenced to life in prison. Following the denial of their post trial motions each has perfected an appeal in which they have asserted various allegations of error. Finding no reversible error, this Court affirms their convictions and sentences..

FACTS (from the appeal of the defendants)
The body of Mary Ann Woolf, was found lying face down in a creek bed in Lauderdale County.   Her automobile was perched on an embankment about fifteen feet above the location of her body.   Law enforcement authorities immediately suspected that the scene had been staged to look like an accident.   Woolf’s automobile was dusted and processed for fingerprints and an autopsy was performed on her body.   The state medical examiner who performed the autopsy testified that the cause of Woolf’s death was fresh water drowning.   He testified that, in his professional opinion, the manner of death indicated a homicide.   He testified that certain marks and bruising on the body were evidence that Woolf had been forcibly held under water when she drowned.   Also, there was expert testimony that there was very little damage to Woolf’s car and the minor impact of the car going down the embankment was not enough to have caused Woolf to be ejected from the automobile.

Adams was the last person known to have seen the victim alive and came under early suspicion.   Fingerprints found on the victim’s car were later matched to Adams’s brother and co-defendant, John Barrett.

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Swamp Murders: Mississippi Black Widow


MDOC ID Number: K5568

Date of Birth: 06/20/1950
Height: 5′ 3”
Weight: 145
Complexion: FAIR
Eye Color: BROWN
Hair Color: BROWN
Entry Date: 02/22/2001
Location Change Date: 09/24/2012
Number of Sentences: 1 Total Length: LIFE

Sentence Length: LIFE
County of Conviction: LAUDERDALE
Sentence Date:


MDOC ID Number: 27578
Date of Birth: 03/28/1955
Height: 5′ 10”
Weight: 200
Complexion: FAIR
Eye Color: BLUE
Hair Color: BROWN
Entry Date: 02/27/2001
Location: EAST MISS. CCF
Location Change Date: 12/24/2014
Number of Sentences: 1 Total Length: LIFE

Sentence Length: LIFE
County of Conviction: LAUDERDALE
Sentence Date:

Monsters Among Us: Darius Kimbrough raped and killed Denise Collins; He was executed 11/12/2013

Denise CollinsFrom Kimbrough’s appeal: Kimbrough was convicted of first-degree murder on July 1, 1994, and was sentenced to death on December 9, 1994.   His conviction and sentence were affirmed by this Court on direct appeal.   The relevant facts as taken from the opinion on direct appeal are:  Kimbrough was convicted of first-degree murder, burglary of a dwelling with a battery therein, and sexual battery with great force and was sentenced to death consistent with a jury recommendation of eleven to one.   The victim, Denise Collins, was found nude and semi-conscious in her bathroom by paramedics;  she was covered with blood.   The sliding glass door to her second floor apartment was partially open, and there were some ladder impressions under the balcony.   Collins was rushed to the hospital, where she died soon thereafter.

The officers took semen evidence from the bedsheets, took blood evidence from the victim, and found pubic hairs in the bed and in a towel.   The samples were sealed in a bag and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab for analysis.

A resident of the apartment complex-Lee-told officers that he had twice seen a man in the vicinity of the apartment and had seen a ladder on the apartment’s balcony.   Officers were unsuccessful in searching for the man, but later Lee identified Kimbrough from a picture lineup.   A workman in the complex-Stone-identified Kimbrough as a man who had watched him putting away a ladder in the complex around the time of the murder.

The DNA evidence showed that the semen taken from the bedsheets was compatible with Kimbrough’s, and some of the pubic hairs matched his.   There were, however, additional pubic hairs from another unidentified black man and a caucasian male.   The DNA evidence indicated that the blood samples taken from the bed matched Kimbrough’s.

In Loving Memory of Denise Collins
Darius Mark Kimbrough v State of Florida 1997
Darius Mark Kimbrough v State of Florida 2004
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Nightmare Next Door: Left for Dead



DC Number: 374123
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’09”
Weight: 237 lbs.
Birth Date: 12/04/1972
Custody: MAXIMUM
Release Date: DECEASED

Note: This offender meets the criteria for designation as a sexual offender under s. 944.606 F.S., or s. 944.607 F.S., or both, and may be on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Sexual Offender/Predator web site.


Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
03/09/1992 BURGLARY ASSAULT ANY PERSON 12/15/1993 ORANGE 9202630 10Y 6M 0D
03/09/1992 SEX BAT/INJURY NOT LIKELY 12/15/1993 ORANGE 9202630 10Y 6M 0D
10/03/1991 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 12/09/1994 ORANGE 9210868 DEATH SENTENCE
10/03/1991 SEX BAT/ WPN. OR FORCE 12/09/1994 ORANGE 9210868 SENTENCED TO LIFE

Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.

Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 12/19/1994
Date Out-of-Custody 11/12/2013

Monsters Among Us: Former federal prosecutor, Paul Bergrin, sentenced to 6 life sentences for murder and racketeering

Kemo Deshawn McCray

Kemo Deshawn McCray

Ex-U.S. prosecutor faces murder, other charges
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Paul Bergrin sentenced to six life sentences for murder, racketeering
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United States of America v Paul W. Bergrin 2014
Wikipedia: Paul Bergrin

Untouchable: Power Corruption: Courtroom Killer


Paul Bergrin

Register Number: 16235-050
Age: 59
Race: White
Sex: Male
Located at: Terre Haute FCI
Email: THA/
Phone: 812-238-1531
Fax: 812-238-3301
Release Date: LIFE

Monsters Among Us: Antoine Watkins charged with the murder of 13-month-old Dillan Harris, after hitting him with his car during a chase with police

Dillan Harris,
Dillan Harris

Man charged with fatally striking toddler while fleeing shooting
Antoine Watkins charged with murder for running down 1-year-old Dillan Harris
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‘You killed my baby!’ relative shouts at court hearing in fatal crash

Antoine Watkins
Antoine Watkins


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