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Deadly Duo: Danelle Geier and George Ishler Jr charged with killing Ronald Bettig over his will

Ronald Bettig
Ronald Bettig

Penn State: Ronald Betting
Longtime communications faculty Ronald Bettig member dies
Penn State Professor Ronald Bettig Reported Missing
State College police turn over missing man case to state authorities
Missing Penn State Professor Ronald Bettig Murdered: Police
Second person charged in death of Penn State professor
Two suspects arrested following death of Penn State College of Communications professor Ronald Bettig
2nd person charged in death of professor found in quarry
Police: 2 plotted Penn State prof’s cliff-push murder over will
Penn State professor allegedly killed by friends who believed they were named in his will
Woman was allegedly ‘pissed off’ and ‘ready’ to kill professor

Geier and Ishler
Defendants
Danelle Geier
George Ishler Jr

Murder In The Family: Diana Nadell and her friend, Andrea Benson, killed Peggy Nadell, for money

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Peggy Nadell
Peggy Nadell

Peggy Nadell obituary
Hunt Is On For Killer In Rockland County Stabbing Death Of Peggy Nadell
Clarkstown police announce arrests in the murder of Peggy Nadell
Daughter-in-law and 3 others arrested in murder of Rockland County elderly woman
Complaint: Money Motivated Slaying Of Rockland County Grandmother
Nadell daughter reflects as murder trial nears
Peggy Nadell murder suspect charged with jailhouse plot to kill witnesses
Diana Nadell plotted in jail to have witnesses killed, D.A. says
Women Sentenced in Nadell Murder
Peggy Nadell slaying: Benson pleads to second-degree murder
Peggy Nadell slaying: ‘Accomplice’ pleads to lesser charge
Daughter-in-law pleads guilty to murder
Daughter-in-law sentenced in murder of Peggy Nadell
Peggy Nadell slaying: Killers sentenced, relative cuffed
The twisted tale of a daughter-in-law’s alleged murder-for-hire plot
‘Dateline’ to spotlight Peggy Nadell murder in Rockland

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: The Evil to Come

Defendants
Diana Nadell – pled guilty, 23 years to life in prison
Andrea Benson – pled guilty, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison
Tanisha Joyner – pled guilty to hindering prosecution, sentenced to time served
Elita Grant – pled guilty to hindering prosecution, sentenced to time served

INMATE INFORMATION

Diana Nadell

Identifying and Location Information
As of 05/15/16
DIN (Department Identification Number) 15G0410
Inmate Name NADELL, DIANA
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 12/05/1963
Race / Ethnicity OTHER
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility BEDFORD HILLS
Date Received (Original) 05/26/2015
Date Received (Current) 05/26/2015
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment ROCKLAND
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 05/15/16
Crime MURDER 1ST
Class A1

Crime ATT TAMPER W/ A WITNESS 1ST
Class C

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 05/15/16
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0023 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 05/18/2037
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 01/2037
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 05/18/2037
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

INMATE INFORMATION

Andrea Benson

Identifying and Location Information
As of 05/15/16
DIN (Department Identification Number) 15G0409
Inmate Name BENSON, ANDREA
Sex FEMALE
Date of Birth 09/18/1988
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility BEDFORD HILLS
Date Received (Original) 05/26/2015
Date Received (Current) 05/26/2015
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment ROCKLAND
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 05/15/16
Crime MURDER 2ND
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 05/15/16
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0020 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 05/19/2034
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 01/2034
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 05/19/2034
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Deadly Wives: Donna Marie Roberts had her ex-husband, Robert Fingerhut, killed for the insurance money; She now sits on the Ohio death row

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Robert Fingerhut
Robert Fingerhut (high school)

Ohio’s female death row inmate describes conditions
Ohio Supreme Court orders re-sentencing of state’s only woman on death row
State of Ohio v Donna Marie Roberts 2006
Trumbull judge resentences Donna Roberts to the death penalty
Howland woman returning to death row
Mental illness led woman to murder, justices told in review of death sentence
Death Row inmate who plotted ex-husband’s killing loses federal appeal
Arguments set in 15-year-old Howland murder case
Son of murder victim says Donna Roberts is evil and manipulative
Donna Marie Roberts – Ohio Death Row
Nathaniel Jackson – Ohio Death Row
Murderpedia: Donna Roberts
Wikipedia: Donna Roberts

Defendants
Nate Jackson – convicted, sentenced to death
Donna Roberts – convicted, sentenced to death

INMATE INFORMATION

DonnaRoberts prison mug

DONNA MARIE ROBERTS
Number: W055276
DOB: 05/22/1944
Gender: Female
Race: White
Admission Date: 06/26/2003
Institution: Ohio Reformatory for Women
Status: INCARCERATED

Offense Information
COMPLICITY AGG MURDER
Counts: 1
ORC: 2903.01 4
Committing County: Trumbull
Admission Date: 06/26/2003
Degree of Felony: AM

COMPLICITY AGG BURGLARY
Counts: 1
ORC: 2911.11 4
Committing County: Trumbull
Admission Date: 06/26/2003
Degree of Felony: First

COMPLICITY AGG ROBBERY
Counts: 1
ORC: 2911.01 4
Committing County: Trumbull
Admission Date: 06/26/2003
Degree of Felony: First

Sentence Information
Mandatory Sentence: Death Sentence
Gun Specification: 3 years
Indefinite Sentence Min: Death Sentence
Indefinite Sentence Max: Death Sentence
Expiration of Max Sentence: Death Sentence

INMATE INFORMATION

NathanielJackson prison mug

NATHANIEL E JACKSON
Number: A440891
DOB: 02/13/1972
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Admission Date: 12/11/2002
Institution: Chillicothe Correctional Institution
Status: INCARCERATED

Offense Information

AGG BURGLARY
Counts: 1
ORC: 2911.11 4
Committing County: Trumbull
Admission Date: 08/14/2012
Degree of Felony: First

AGG ROBBERY
Counts: 1
ORC: 2911.01 4
Committing County: Trumbull
Admission Date: 08/14/2012
Degree of Felony: First

AGG MURDER
Counts: 1
ORC: 2903.01 4
Committing County: Trumbull
Admission Date: 08/14/2012
Degree of Felony: AM

Sentence Information
Mandatory Sentence: Death Sentence
Gun Specification: 3 years
Indefinite Sentence Min: Death Sentence
Indefinite Sentence Max: Death Sentence
Expiration of Max Sentence: Death Sentence

Howard Witkin murder 3/22/1980 Santa Clara, CA *Ex-wife’s husband, Robert Howard Singer, convicted of his murder; Sentenced to LWOP*

remembering the victimsWitkin was shot to death on the evening of March 21, 1980, at his home in San Jose. Evidence from the crime scene showed that he was struck nine times in a hail of gunfire from a .22-caliber Marlin brand rifle at his front door. Bullet holes through the door suggested that he was first shot outside and then retreated behind the door, where he was hit by more rounds. An alert neighbor had earlier noticed two people in a faded gold, 1970’s model car with an out-of-state license plate (VNM 530) in the neighborhood.

Witkin, an executive at a Santa Clara glass and mirror factory, had been married to Judith Singer (defendant’s wife at the time of the killing), but the union, which produced three children, ended in divorce. At the time of the killing, Judith was married to defendant and had moved with him and the children to Flint, Michigan, where defendant that past December opened a soup-and-sandwich place called the Onion Crock Restaurant, in the Genessee Valley Mall.

Richard Powell, a security guard at the mall who had gotten to know defendant, testified that in late January or early February (all dates are in 1980 unless noted otherwise), defendant asked him if he knew someone who did “contracts,” explaining that his ex-wife was “soaking” him for money and that he would like to kill her. He seemed serious, asking again a couple weeks later, and apparently wanted the contract executed in California. Powell said he was not looking for anyone.

Kevin McCarthy, general manager at the Onion Crock, helped defendant open the restaurant and did all of the hiring and firing. He testified that in late February to early March defendant asked him where he could find a “hit man,” someone who could “waste another person.” McCarthy did not know what to say but did not turn him down. A couple days later, defendant had McCarthy accompany him to a local night club, the Aladden, where McCarthy knew the manager. Defendant told McCarthy to ask the manager where they could get a hit man. McCarthy obliged. Upon returning with apparently disappointing news, defendant said, “Let’s go,” and [226 Cal. App. 3d 29] they left. Then, a day or two later, defendant began pressuring him to help get a hit man. He mentioned money-as much as $10,000 to $25,000. McCarthy told him he would “take a wild chance and make a phone call.” He tried to call a friend in Detroit (who was not a hit man) but could not reach him. McCarthy was concerned for his job and so was trying to “humor” defendant, who appeared serious. He told him on a later occasion that he had gone back to the Aladden “to check again,” but in fact he had not gone for that reason.

One of the people hired by McCarthy was Gary Oliver, who started as a busboy and quickly worked his way up to cook. Defendant kept telling McCarthy “from day to day that he had to get that problem solved” and seemed obsessed with the idea. Eventually, though, he quit bringing it up. Then, on returning to work after taking St. Patrick’s Day (the 17th) off, McCarthy was surprised to learn from defendant that he had personally fired Oliver. (This was odd because McCarthy did all the hiring and firing.) That same month, sometime before defendant and his wife were to leave on a planned trip to California, McCarthy overheard defendant talking on the phone to someone about buying a low-priced car. Defendant and his wife left for California on learning that Witkin had died. While they were gone, McCarthy saw Oliver at the restaurant. Oliver was tanned, had money and nice clothes, and said he had been to California, where his car had blown up and had to be deserted. Defendant telephoned from California and, in the course of a conversation, said “that his problem had been taken care of.” McCarthy went to Michigan state police with his suspicions on April 1st.

Oliver, who had not testified at the first trial, testified at the second. Midway through the People’s case, he entered a plea to solicitation of murder (§ 653f), with a maximum sentence of six years expected, and agreed to testify. He recounted that defendant asked him in March if he would be interested in making $10,000 for killing someone for him. He kept “pestering” Oliver, who refused at first, and eventually gave him a slip of paper with Howard Witkin’s name and address on it.

Oliver in turn solicited Andrew Granger, saying he was getting $5,000 and would give him half. Furnished with money by defendant, they bought a shotgun for $300 and a 1970 or 1971 gold Chevrolet Malibu (license plate VNM 530) for $450. They registered the car in the name of Dennis Liquia, a friend who accompanied them there, and promised to give him the car when they were through with it. (Liquia testified to the sale and arrangement, and a Michigan sales clerk testified to Granger’s purchase of a 12-gauge shotgun.) The car ultimately had to be abandoned in San Jose, but Granger and Oliver brought back the license plates and gave them to Liquia. [226 Cal. App. 3d 30]

Oliver and Granger drove to California with the newly bought shotgun and a .22-caliber gun which Granger had. They reached San Jose on Thursday, March 20 and drove around Witkin’s home to stake it out that night. The car broke down the next day, and Oliver had Granger place a long-distance call to ask defendant for more money. Defendant spoke with Oliver and told him they would get no money until the job was done. While stranded there, they met Tom Maciolek and Maciolek’s girlfriend Heather. They stayed with them that night (Friday the 21st), explaining their plans.

Maciolek gave them a ride to Witkin’s house that night. They dropped Granger off near the house and parked. Granger returned saying he thought he had done it. He related ringing the doorbell, shooting Witkin when he emerged and then, when Witkin went back in and slammed the door shut, shooting through the door, trying the door and finding it locked.

The next morning, Oliver and Granger called defendant from a phone booth. Defendant asked Oliver if he did it, and Oliver said he thought so. Granger asked for money to get home, and defendant sent a Western Union Moneygram the next day. They left the shotgun with Maciolek and returned to Michigan by bus. After they got back, defendant called Oliver from California to congratulate him and said he would “take care of” (meaning pay) him when he got back. Defendant thereafter sent Oliver $500 a week, part of which Oliver gave to Granger. (Western Union employees and records verified that a “Stewart Granger” in Flint, Michigan wired $600 to Andrew Granger in San Jose on March 22. Public records did not show a Stewart Granger living at the address given by the sender.)

Granger did not testify live. When called to the stand, he invoked his privilege against self-incrimination, apparently because his appeal was pending in this court, and was ruled unavailable. His testimony from the first trial was read into evidence.

Granger’s account closely tracked Oliver’s except that Granger was kept in the dark about the target of the enterprise until he and Oliver reached California. Until then, Oliver had said that they were after a dope dealer who sold to kids. Once across the California border, Oliver showed Granger pictures of Witkin and a piece of paper with Witkin’s name and address on it. Also, Granger had no direct contact with defendant until he spoke with him on the phone just before the murder, after the car broke down in San Jose. Granger came to know that the one hiring them (referred to as “Bob” or “Mr. Big”) was Oliver’s boss in Michigan and that the victim was the boss’s wife’s ex-husband. “Bob” told him on the phone, after the murder, that he would send the money in Granger’s name so that there would be no record of his employee Oliver being in San Jose. Granger used a .22-caliber [226 Cal. App. 3d 31] Marlin-Glenfield rifle which he brought along as a backup to the shotgun they bought.

Killer Says Lawyer Had Sex With Wife, Asks New Trial
Attorney says his impotency made alleged affair impossible
People of California v Robert Howard Singer 1990
Lawyer’s Affair Wins Man a New Trial

Movies/Documentaries
Unusual Suspects: Kill Now Pay Later

Defendants
Robert Howard Singer – convicted, sentenced to 25 years to life; released in 2004
Judi Singer – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Andrew Lee Granger – convicted,

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: GRANGER, ANDREW LEE
CDCR#: C36469
Age: 56
Admission Date: 10/01/1981
Current Location: Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
Main Phone: (619) 661-6500
Physical Address:
480 Alta Road, San Diego, CA 92179

Deadly Wives: Brenda Dossett got her daughter’s boyfriend, Mason James Hughes, to kill her husband, Gilbert Dossett, while he slept

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Gilbert Dossett
Gilbert Dossett

Gilbert Dossett obituary
Two arrested in murder-for-hire scheme
Prosecutor will seek life-without-parole sentences in Evansville man’s death
Prosecutors seek life sentence for Dossett and Hughes
Evansville woman to testify against Anderson man in murder case
Plea agreement expected in Evansville murder for hire case
Indiana woman gets 60 years in murder-for-hire
Indiana woman gets 60 years in murder-for-hire
Man pleads guilty in Evansville murder for hire case
Evansville man pleads guilty in murder case, gets 60 years

Movies/Documentaries
I’d Kill For You: Deadliest Catch

Defendants
Brenda Dossett – pled guilty, sentenced to 60 years in prison
Mason James Hughes – pled guilty, sentenced to 60 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Brenda Dossett

DOC Number 253785
First Name BRENDA
Middle Name L
Last Name DOSSETT
Suffix
Date of Birth 04/18/1967
Gender Female
Race White
Facility/Location Indiana Women’s Prison
Earliest Possible Release Date 05/22/2044

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 12/17/2014
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 60 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 82D02 1405 MR 00701
County of Conviction VANDERBURGH
Projected Release Date 05/22/2044

INMATE INFORMATION

Mason Hughes

DOC Number 255103
First Name MASON
Middle Name J
Last Name HUGHES
Suffix
Date of Birth 01/26/1995
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Pendleton Correctional Facility
Earliest Possible Release Date 05/23/2044

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 04/24/2015
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 60 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 82D02 1405 MR 00700
County of Conviction VANDERBURGH
Projected Release Date 05/23/2044

Murder In The Family: Aris Manoloules was killed by Robert Upton and his nephew, Christopher Manoloules; Brother, Treefon Manoloules, was acquitted

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Aris E. Manoloules obituary
Alleged murder plot detailed
Car salesman: Upton texted him regarding debt night of slaying
Prosecutor: Brother Masterminded Murder Plot
Son says his father plotted Cape Cod murder
Christopher Manoloules convicted of manslaughter
Southborough man pleads guilty to manslaughter
Robert Upton convicted of murder in 2009 Hyannis slaying
Robert Upton gets life for 2009 murder of Aris Manoloules
Nephew pleads guilty in 2009 Hyannis killing
Southboro man pleads guilty to manslaughter
Manoloules sister: Brother won’t repay loan for defense

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: It’s Your Funeral

Treefon Manoloues
Treefon Manoloules

Defendants
Robert Upton – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Treefon Manoloules – acquitted
Christopher Manoloules – pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 12-15 years in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

Robert Upton

Offender Name: ROBERT L UPTON
Offender ID:W101943
Date of Birth:
Age:
Race:
Gender: Male
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:Souza Baranowski Correctional (Maximum Security)

INMATE INFORMATION

Christopher Manoloules

Offender Name: CHRISTOPHER MANOLOULES
Offender ID:W102699
Date of Birth:
Age:
Race:
Gender: Male

Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:NCCI Gardner (Medium Security)

Deadly Duo: Monique Kitts and Karl Michael Howard killed Monique’s husband, Corey Kitts, for the insurance money; They are now sentenced to LWOP

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Corey Kitts
Corey Kitts

Corey Carl Kitts obituary
Victim identified in homicide
Addis continues murder investigation
Pair sought in 2010 West Baton Rouge murder
Third suspect in 2010 Addis murder arrestedMurdered man’s wife and 2 others indicted by grand jury
Assistant D.A.: ‘Monique Kitts, you are guilty of killing your husband’
District attorney: Monique Kitts’ motive in killing husband Corey Kitts was $549,000 life insurance
Accusations of infidelity aired out in day 2 of murder-for-hire trial
Star witness in murder-for-hire trial: ‘I knew they wanted someone dead at that house’
Jury finds Monique Kitts, Karl Howard guilty in murder-for-hire case
Monique Kitts cries out after hearing guilty verdict in murder of husband
Monique Kitts sentenced to life in prison for her role in the ‘murder for hire’ plot to kill her husband

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: For Better, Or for Murder

Defendants
Monique Kitts – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Karl Michael Howard – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Corey Knox – getaway driver, co-operated, pled guilty, sentenced to time served

Corey Knox
Corey Knox

INMATE INFORMATION

Monique Kitts

Offender Name: MONIQUE O KITTS
Offender ID:633804
Date of Birth:04/27/1969
Age: 46
Race: African American
Gender: Female
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women

INMATE INFORMATION

Karl Howard

Offender Name: KARL M HOWARD
Offender ID:633805
Date of Birth:12/01/1983
Age: 31
Race: African American
Gender: Male
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender:Louisiana State Penitentiary

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