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Deadly Duo: Alaina Mercer and her wife, Christina Brown, killed her mother, Nancy Lynne Mercer; Sentenced to 60 years in prison


Nancy Lynne Mercer

D.C. Nurse Nancy Mercer Was Targeted, Police Say
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Nancy Mercer: Daughter charged in murder of Spotsylvania nurse mother
Daughter who killed Spotsylvania nurse called ‘monster’ by aunt
Daughter of slain nurse pleads guilty to being an accessory to murder
Trial of two women set for February in slaying of Spotsylvania nurse
Daughter admits role in Spotsylvania nurse’s killing
King George woman pleads guilty to killing mother-in-law
Family: Daughter who killed mom deserves ‘special place in hell’
Assistance to Elise Mercer and Family

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Alaina Mercer

Defendants
Alaina Mercer – pled guilty, sentenced to 75 years in prison with 15 years suspended
Christina Brown – pled guilty, sentenced to 75 years in prison with 15 years suspended

INMATE INFORMATION

OFFENDER ID NUMBER: 1632002
OFFENDER NAME: Alaina Maureen Mercer
SEX: Female
RACE: White
VADOC RELEASE DATE: 10/25/2066
LOCATION: Fluvanna Correctional Center

INMATE INFORMATION

OFFENDER ID NUMBER: 1631999
OFFENDER NAME: Christina Diana Brown
SEX: Female
RACE: Black
VADOC RELEASE DATE: 8/23/2066
LOCATION: Fluvanna Correctional Center

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Murder In The Family: Mitchell and Brandon Bracknell killed their uncle, Thomas Bracknell, because they blamed their grandmother’s death on him

Thomas Eugene Bracknell obituary
Montgomery Police investigating 23rd homicide of 2013 after body was found in storage shed
Montgomery Police charge two nephews, another man in the beating, stabbing death of their uncle on May 13
Man pleads guilty to beating, stabbing uncle to death
Montgomery man pleads guilty to uncle’s 2013 murde
Man sentenced for killing his uncle
Trial Begins for Third Man Accused of Killing His Uncle
Trial set to begin for man accused of participating in uncle’s slaying
Man found not guilty of uncle’s killing
Meth operation dismantled in Prattville neighborhood
Facebook: Kyle Richards
Facebook: Brandon Bracknell

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: Deadtime Stories

Defendants
Brandon Bracknell – pled guilty, sentenced to 19 years & 6 months in prison
Mitchell Bracknell – pled guilty, sentenced to 41 years in prison
William Kyle Richards – acquitted at trial

INMATE INFORMATION

Deadly Daughters: Jennifer Pan set up a home invasion at her parent’s home which was meant to kill both of them, however, her father Huei Hann Pan survived

Victims
Huei Hann Pan, 57 (survived)
Bich-Ha Pan, 53

Arrests made in fatal Markham home invasion
4th arrest in Markham home invasion homicide
Jennifer Pan plotted to have parents killed, says Crown
Pan played ‘sickest games’ with boyfriend, trial told
Jennifer Pan’s father testifies at murder trial
Jennifer Pan found guilty in attack on parents that left her mother dead
Jennifer Pan, Toronto woman whose plot to kill parents left mother dead, gets life in prison
Jennifer Pan: Life with no parole for 25 years in murder of mother, attempted murder of father
Carty gets 18 years for his part in Markham’s Pan murder
Regina vs. Pan et al
Jennifer Pan’s Revenge: The inside story of a golden child, the killers she hired, and the parents she wanted dead
A murder in Toronto and the dark side of the Asian immigrant dream
The story behind the confession of Jennifer Pan
Wikipedia: Jennifer Pan

Books
A Daughter’s Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped – Killer Couples: Jennifer Pan & Daniel Wong
Deadly Women: Keep in the Family

Defendants
David Mylvaganam – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, no parole for 30 years
Eric Carty – convicted, sentenced to 18 years in prison, on top of 25 years for another murder, of Kirk Matthews)
Daniel Chi-Kwong Wong – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, no parole for 30 years
Jennifer Pan – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, no parole for 25 years
Lenford Crawford- – convicted, (no picture)

Murder In The Family: Anthony Sena killed his 77-year-old grandmother, Susan Hernandez – Why you ask? Well, he wanted her money but did not to do the job for her


Susan Hernandez

Susan Hernandez obituary
Pueblo family looking for answers after woman’s death Pueblo family looking for answers after woman’s death
House fire turned murder investigation leaves family in shock
New evidence revealed in a Pueblo grandmother’s murder
Jury: Anthony Sena Killed His Grandma Rather Than Fix Her Roof
Grandson caught in heinous murder of grandmother after body doesn’t fully burn
Family memorializes murdered grandmother one year after death
Susan Hernandez, Anthony Sena: ‘Blood Relatives’ Grandmother, Grandson Pueblo, Colorado Murder Case On ID Documentary Series

Movies/Documentaries
Blood Relatives: A Killing in Rotation

INMATE INFORMATION

Murder In The Family: Dawson Andrew McGehee stabbed his mother, Kathleen Karen “Katy” McGehee, to death; Sentenced to 16 years to life in prison

From McGehee’s appeal: In October 2011, defendant lived with his mother and father, Kathleen and Thomas McGehee, in Manteca.2  He was 26 years old.  While defendant previously worked as a music instructor and server at a local restaurant, his employment “ground to a halt” earlier in the year.  Defendant’s younger sister, Katelyn, also lived at the house, having moved back home the previous month after completing a master’s degree program.  Thomas frequently traveled for business and was out of town during the latter part of October.

On Friday, October 28, Katelyn went to a weekend church retreat with her friend, Samantha.  Defendant was home when Samantha came to pick Katelyn up.  Despite the fact defendant and Samantha “had been good friends and he had previously been a groomsman in her ․ wedding,” defendant “seemed like he wasn’t very comfortable” talking to her and “ended up leaving pretty quickly.”  Before Katelyn left for the retreat, her mother agreed to pick her up at the University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton the following Sunday, October 30.  The plan was for Katelyn to call her mother about an hour before she arrived at the school.

The morning of October 30, Kathleen went to church with one of defendant’s older brothers, Justin, and his family.  Sometime during the day, she called another of defendant’s older brothers, Colin, and left him a voicemail.  Colin returned her call around 4:00 p.m. She was making jambalaya for a potluck the following day and needed instructions on how to use the rice cooker Colin left at his parents’ house when he moved out.  The potluck was part of a victims advocacy training program;  Kathleen signed up to become a volunteer advocate in the program through her church.  Colin provided his mother with the requested instructions.  Kathleen mentioned during the phone call that she planned to pick Katelyn up that evening.  Colin described his mother’s mood as “very good.”

Around 5:00 p.m., Katelyn called her mother to let her know she was about an hour away from UOP. There was no answer so Katelyn left a message on the home answering machine.  A few minutes later, she received a call from defendant’s cell phone, but the call ended “almost immediately.”  Katelyn thought the call was a mistake because defendant “almost never” called her, so she did not try to call him back.  Instead, she called her mother’s cell phone, which also went unanswered.  Katelyn left a voicemail.  About a minute later, she received another call from defendant, who claimed he was “just calling to see how [she was].”  Katelyn told him she had been trying to reach their mother to pick her up.  Defendant responded:  “Oh, yeah, I think the home phone hasn’t really been working.”  Katelyn said she also tried their mother’s cell phone.  Defendant responded:  “Oh, yeah, I don’t think that’s been working, either.  I think she’s having trouble with those two.”  Assuming defendant was home, Katelyn asked him to find out whether their mother was still coming to pick her up.  Defendant replied sternly:  “I’m not at home, Katelyn.  I’m not at home.”  Katelyn then asked defendant whether their mother asked him to pick her up.  Defendant denied having been asked to do so before ending the call.  Katelyn found the conversation to be “bizarre” because defendant rarely called her, and especially not “to just chat.”  A couple minutes later, Katelyn tried the home phone again and left another message.

Closer to 6:00 p.m., as Katelyn was approaching UOP, she called the home phone three more times, leaving a final message, and also tried her mother’s cell phone once more.  Two minutes after Katelyn’s last message on the answering machine, defendant again called her.  This time, defendant said:  “Oh, you know what?  We actually sort of talked about that, like maybe we had talked about maybe I could come pick you up.”  Defendant also “made a few remarks about how [their mother] had just been seeming kind of tired that day.”  Katelyn agreed to have defendant pick her up and hung up the phone.

Kathleen was murdered in her bedroom sometime between her conversation with Colin and Katelyn’s missed calls.  She was stabbed ten times in the neck, chest, and abdomen.  There was also evidence of neck compression.  Strong circumstantial evidence pointed to defendant as the murderer, including the fact the jacket defendant was wearing when he was arrested two days later had his mother’s blood on it, there was no sign of a break-in at the house, Kathleen’s bedroom was “neat, orderly, nothing appeared to have been taken or broken,” defendant was the only other family member at the house that weekend, the strange phone calls between defendant and Katelyn described above, and his equally strange and incriminating behavior after he picked her up at UOP, which we recount immediately below.

Defendant’s Attempts to Prevent Discovery of the Body

Katelyn’s friend Samantha and Samantha’s husband, Ben, waited with Katelyn until defendant arrived at about 6:30 p.m. Katelyn and Samantha were walking another girl to her apartment near the UOP campus when defendant pulled into the parking lot.  Defendant engaged in “small talk” with Ben while he waited for Katelyn to get back, but Ben “got the impression he didn’t want to really talk.”  When Katelyn and Samantha returned and joined the conversation, defendant “started looking elsewhere” and “seemed uncomfortable.”  Samantha and Ben then helped Katelyn get her bags loaded into defendant’s car.

As defendant and Katelyn drove away, defendant said he had “some errands” to run, including picking up his “medicine,” which Katelyn understood to be marijuana.  Katelyn assumed these would be local errands.  Instead, defendant got on the freeway and headed north to Sacramento.  During the drive, defendant seemed “more social” than he had been in recent years.  Katelyn described:  “He actually seemed like he was in a good mood.  He seemed cheerful.  He was talkative and chatty and just seeming like very casual.”  Defendant talked “positively” about their mother, saying:  “Oh, yeah, she’s been doing great on her diet.  She’s lost 21 pounds in the last four weeks, but this diet she’s doing it’s only like 500 calories a day.  She’s been acting really tired lately.  I think it’s not enough calories for her.  She’s been seeming really tired.”

At some point, Katelyn mentioned her lips were chapped.  Defendant offered to stop at a drugstore so she could pick up some Blistex, which surprised Katelyn because defendant rarely offered to do things for people, at least during the previous few months.  When defendant stopped at a Walgreens in Sacramento, Katelyn went inside, bought the Blistex, and used the restroom at the store.  She then returned to the car, but defendant was not there.  Katelyn found defendant inside the store, “sort of pacing the aisles.”

After Walgreens, defendant and Katelyn drove to a fast food restaurant to get some food.  They ate in the car on the way to pick up the marijuana, but defendant appeared to be lost.  He apologized and said:  “I usually come out here in the daylight, but it’s dark this time, so I’m—it’s throwing me off a little bit.”  After about an hour of “driving up and down ․ the same few streets,” Katelyn asked defendant:  “Is there a specific street that you’re looking for?”  They arrived at the apparent destination soon thereafter, which was “maybe a minute or two away” from where they started at the Walgreens.  Defendant parked at a Mexican restaurant and said:  “I know this might seem a little strange, but Mom understands.  We’ve done this before.  I need to park here and walk to where I’m going to go.”  Katelyn stayed in the car and locked the doors.  Defendant returned from wherever he went about 20 minutes later and said he vomited during the walk back to the car.

Defendant then drove Katelyn back to their home in Manteca, arriving just before 11:00 p.m., about four hours after they left UOP. Katelyn unloaded her bags in her room and then walked to the bathroom.  Defendant stopped her in the hallway and said:  “Katelyn, Mom’s asleep.”  Katelyn described his tone as “abrupt and urgent.”  She found the warning to be strange since she assumed their mother was asleep and did not normally bother her in the middle of the night.  Katelyn used the bathroom and then returned to her room.  At various points later in the night, she left her room and found defendant “sort of pacing in the hallways.”

The next morning, defendant was already up when Katelyn emerged from her room.  He asked whether she got his text message.  Katelyn’s cell phone died the night before, so she had not.  Defendant explained he texted her earlier in the morning to say their mother got up at 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. and told him she had not slept well so she would be staying in bed for the day.  When defendant went outside for a few minutes, Katelyn knocked lightly on their mother’s door and called for her, but did not receive a response.  She tried to open the door, but it was locked.  Concerned, but also conflicted because of what defendant told her about their mother not sleeping well the night before, Katelyn knocked a little louder and again called for her mother, but again received no response.  Katelyn then went outside to try to look into her mother’s window, but the shutters were closed.  Feeling like she was being “paranoid” because she did not have any reason to disbelieve defendant, Katelyn returned to her room.  She then went about her day.

At defendant’s suggestion, which he claimed was a request their mother made earlier that morning, defendant drove Katelyn to the bank so she could take care of an errand there.  Katelyn described his demeanor as “much like the previous night,” explaining:  “He was being unusually, you know, cheerful, seeming—being chatty and just, you know, eager to have conversations, and just being very casual.”  After Katelyn was done at the bank, defendant asked if she needed to go anywhere else, suggesting Target.  Katelyn said she did not need to go to Target and asked if he did.  Defendant answered:  “Not really.  Just for fun.  Just to go walk around Target.”  Katelyn then asked to go to the AT & T store located on the way back to the house to buy a phone charger.  Defendant suggested they go to a different AT & T store farther away from the house.  After picking up the charger, they returned home.  Katelyn then went out to lunch with a friend.  When she returned later in the afternoon, defendant was not home.

Around 5:30 p.m., still seeing no sign of her mother, Katelyn decided to check on her again.  Knocking on her door and calling for her, progressively louder with each attempt, Katelyn again received no response.  She then called her brother Justin, who told her to call 911, which she did.  Emergency responders arrived a short time later, broke the lock off the bedroom door, and found Kathleen’s body in the condition previously described.  Police were then dispatched to the scene.  Defendant was arrested early the next morning.  As mentioned, his mother’s blood was on his jacket when he was taken into custody.

Manteca Woman Stabbed To Death; Son Accused
Family grieves for slain mom, struggles to understand the son who killed her
Police recover bloody mask
Jury finds man sane in mother’s stabbing death
Man gets life for killing his mom
16 years to life for man who killed his mom
The People of the State of California v Dawson Andrew McGehee 2016 (conviction and sentence affirmed)

Movies/Documentaries
Snapped: Dawson McGehee

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name MCGEHEE, DAWSON ANDREW
CDCR Number AN4127
Age 32
Admission Date 02/05/2013
Current Location Mule Creek State Prison
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) 09/2024

Lawrence County, OH Rampage: Arron Lee Lawson charged with killing 4 people in Pedro, including an 8-year-old child (whose body was hidden); There was one survivor as well

Victims
Donald McGuire, 50
Tammie L. McGuire, 43
Staci M. Jackson, 28 (no picture)
Devin Holston, 8

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Search for answers continues in Lawrence County after quadruple murder
Suspect in custody in slayings of boy, 8, and three relatives in Ohio home
Suspect in Ohio quadruple murder arrested; victims identified
Suspect wanted in Ohio slayings captured
Sheriff: Ohio quadruple murder suspect didn’t put up fight during arrest
Suspect in 4 Ohio slayings arrested while walking along road
Arron Lawson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
3 Dead Adults and Victim Stabbed in the Head Are ‘Related’, Police Say
Quadruple homicide suspect arraigned
Death penalty sought for quadruple homicide suspect


Arron Lawson

Execution Alert: Keith Leroy Tharpe for the murder of his sister-in-law, Jaquelyn Freeman

From Tharpe’s appeal: Tharpe’s wife left him on August 28, 1990 and moved in with her mother. Following various threats of violence made by the defendant to and about his wife and her family, a peace warrant was taken out against him, and the defendant was ordered not to have any contact with his wife or her family. Notwithstanding this order, Tharpe called his wife on September 24, 1990 and argued with her, saying if she wanted to “play dirty,” he would show her “what dirty was.”

On the morning of the 25th, his wife and her sister-in-law met Tharpe as they drove to work. He used his vehicle to block theirs and force them to stop. He got out of his vehicle, armed with a shotgun and apparently under the influence of drugs, and ordered them out of their vehicle. After telling the sister-in-law he was going to “f––– you up,” he took her to the rear of his vehicle, where he shot her. He rolled her into a ditch, reloaded, and shot her again, killing her.

9/27/2017 – He was granted a temporary stay of execution.

Tharpe then drove away with his wife. After unsuccessfully trying to rent a motel room, Tharpe parked by the side of the road and raped his wife. Afterward, he drove to Macon, where his wife was to obtain money from her credit union. Instead she called the police.

Tharpe v Head 2000 (habeas corpus remanded for a decision)
Keith Tharpe v Warden 2016 (habeas corpus denied)
Execution Date Set for Keith Leroy Tharpe, Convicted of Murder
Execution date set for man convicted in decades-old grisly murder
Tharpe Execution Media Advisory – Last Meal
With his execution date set, Jones County killer requests final meal
Georgia plans to execute man who killed sister-in-law
Lawyers: Death sentence tainted by juror’s racial bias
The Latest: Board Denies Clemency for Condemned Prisoner
Parole board declines to spare life of inmate set to die
Condemned Georgia man loses clemency bid after lawyers cite juror’s racial bias
Georgia plans to execute man who killed sister-in-law
GA Supreme Court rejects stay of execution; killer set to die tonight
Keith Leroy Tharpe – Georgia Execution – September 26, 2017
Murderpedia: Keith Leroy Tharpe
The Latest: Supreme Court grants temporary stay of execution
U.S. Supreme Court grants stay of execution to Georgia killer

INMATE INFORMATION

NAME: THARPE, KEITH LEROY
GDC ID: 0000173325

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

YOB: 1958
RACE: BLACK
GENDER: MALE
HEIGHT: 5’09”
WEIGHT: 195
EYE COLOR: BROWN
HAIR COLOR: BLACK
SCARS, MARKS, TATTOOS

INCARCERATION DETAILS

MAJOR OFFENSE: MURDER
MOST RECENT INSTITUTION: GA DIAG CLASS PRISON
MAX POSSIBLE RELEASE DATE: DEATH

ACTUAL RELEASE DATE: CURRENTLY SERVING
CURRENT STATUS: ACTIVE

KNOWN ALIASES
A.K.A. THARPE,KEITH L
A.K.A. THARPE,KEITH LEROY
A.K.A. THORPE,KEITH L

STATE OF GEORGIA – CURRENT SENTENCES

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: MURDER
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE

CASE NO: 271622
OFFENSE: KIDNAPPING
CONVICTION COUNTY: JONES COUNTY
CRIME COMMIT DATE: 09/25/1990
SENTENCE LENGTH: NOT AVAILABLE
STATE OF GEORGIA – PRIOR SENTENCES

STATE OF GEORGIA – INCARCERATION HISTORY

INCARCERATION BEGIN: 01/18/1991
INCARCERATION END: ACTIVE
INCARCERATION BEGIN: 04/04/1988
INCARCERATION END: 06/23/1988

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