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    August 18: 1987: Ember Kimberly Mars, 27, was raped and murdered in her Kearns, UT apartment by David Franklin Young.  He was convicted and sentenced to death.  His conviction and sentence was overturned. He was reconvicted and sentenced to LWOP.  He was also convicted of murders in Illinois and Indiana.  He is serving his sentences out of the State of Utah.

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Cindy Baillee murder 7/4/1982 Sequoyah County, OK *Lois Nadean Smith convicted, executed 2001;

Find-A-Grave: Cynthia Loucille “Cindi” Baillie
Lois Nadean Smith v Neville Massey 2000 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Oklahoma News In Brie: Sallisaw (scroll to the right and up a bit)
Lois Nadean Smith #746
‘Mean Nadean’ becomes third woman executed this year
Woman executed for 1982 murder
Documentary aims camera at 1982 murder in Gans
Murderpedia: Lois Nadean Smith
Local man convicted of ‘80s murder arrested for holding woman hostage

Movies/Documentaries
Women on Death Row V
Deadly Women: Mommy’s Little Helpers

Defendants
Lois Nadean Smith – convicted, sentenced to death; executed 2001
James Gregory Smith – convicted, sentenced to life in prison, released in 2009

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender: James G. Smith
OK DOC#: 131102
Status: ACTIVE

Appearance
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Weight: 150 lbs
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Alias
Greg Smiht
IDs
OK DOC#: 131102
Birth Date: 4/28/1964

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Psycho For Love: Jerry Dale Meek killed his wife, Hope Danielle Meek; Sentenced to LWOP


Hope Meeks

Charley Project: Hope Danielle Meek
Missing Woman: Hope Danielle Meek – OK – 02/21/2002
Agents arrest McCurtain County man 10 years after wife disappeared
McCurtain County man charged with murdering wife a decade ago
Kiamichi Country Man Arrested in 10-Year-Old Homicide Case
Husband found guilty in 2002 McCurtain Co. murder
Jerry Dale Meek Sentenced To Life In Prison
Oklahoma court affirms life sentence in missing wife’s death
Deceased/Not Found OK – Hope Meek, 25, Valliant, 21 Feb 2002 *J. Meek guilty
Bad Blood spotlights the disappearance and murder of free spirit Hope Meek

Movies/Documentaries
Bad Blood: Losing Hope

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender: Jerry D. Meek
OK DOC#: 694069
Status: ACTIVE

Appearance
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 185 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue

IDs
OK DOC#: 694069
Birth Date: 5/26/1973

Suspected Serial Killer: William Felix Vail killed his first wife, Mary, sentenced to LWOP; Suspected of killing his girlfriend and 2nd wife

Victims
Mary Horton Vail, 22 [10/28/1962 Calcasieu Parish, LA]
Sharon Hensley, 24 [2/1973 Key West, FL]
Annette Craver Vail, 18 [10/22/1984 Tulsa, OK]

Find-A-Grave: Mary Elizabeth Horton Vail
Sharon Hensley Memorial
Charley Project: Sharon Hensley
Charley Project: Annette Michelle Craver Vail
Gone
Suspect in 1962 Louisiana slaying arrested in Canyon Lake
Suspected serial killer Felix Vail arrested in death of wife
More details released in Felix Vail arrest
Outlining the murder case against William Felix Vail
Could Skull Belong to Serial Killer Suspect’s Wife?
Mysterious disappearances linked to man on trial in wife’s 1962 death
Suspected serial killer stands trial in 1962 murder of first wife
Jury: Felix Vail guilty of murder
Felix Vail Found Guilty of Murder in Wife’s 1962 Death, While Disappearances of 2 Other Women Remain a Mystery
Local woman’s push for justice in daughter’s death subject of TV show
OK – Annette Craver Vail, 18, Sulphur, 5 Oct 1984

Movies/Documentaries
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas: A Mother’s Quest

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: VAIL, WILLIAM F
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 77
Location: Louisiana State Penitentiary
Race: White
Contact Facility: Louisiana Department of Corrections

Barry Van Treese murder 1/6/1997 Oklahoma City, OK *Richard Glossip and Justin Sneed convicted, Glossip sentenced to death – but is he really guilty?


Barry Van Treese

Find-A-Grave: Barry Alan Van Treese
Barry Van Treese (December 3, 1942 to January 7, 1997)
Ex-Motel Manager Found Guilty in Murder
Richard Glossip case: Here’s the story of his victim
Wife Of Husband Murdered By Richard Glossip Speaks Out
The Troubling Case of Richard Glossip
Gov. Mary Fallin postpones Richard Glossip’s execution until Nov. 6
Oklahoma to Richard Glossip: STAY a little bit longer
Two truths and a lie: What records, interviews reveal about Richard Glossip’s murder conviction
Wikipedia: Richard Glossip
Facebook: Richard Glossip is Innocent

Movies/Documentaries
Killing Richard Glossip: This is Pointing to Me
Killing Richard Glossip: An Obvious Homicide

Defendants
Richard Glossip – convicted, sentenced to death; overturned – retried and convicted again – sentenced to death again
Justin Sneed – pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP (testified against Glossip)

INMATE INFORMATION

OK DOC#: 267303
Name: Richard E Glossip
RaceGenderLocation: White/Male/OKLAHOMA STATE PENITENTIARY MCALE

Appearance
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 10 in
Weight: 209 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue

IDs
OK DOC#: 267303
Birth Date: 2/9/1963

INMATE INFORMATION

OK DOC#: 265681
Name: Justin B. Sneed
RaceGenderLocation: White/Male/JOSEPH HARP CORRECTIONAL CENTER, LEXIN

Appearance
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 138 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel

Alias
Justin Taylor

IDs
OK DOC#: 265681
Birth Date: 9/22/1977

Donald “Joe” Neff murder 5/14/2009 Poteau, OK *Ex-brother-in-law, Raymond Larry Nichols, convicted, sentenced to LWOP*


Joe Neff

Joe Neff obituary
Find-A-Grave: Joe Neff
Poteau bar owner’s slaying haunts family
Ex brother-in-law arrested in Okla. bar owner’s death
Arrest In 2009 LeFlore County Murder Of Bar Owner
Arrest Made In 2009 Slaying Of LeFlore County Bar Owner
Arrest In 2009 LeFlore County Murder Of Bar Owner
Guilty Verdict For Poteau Bar Owner’s Killer
Man Found Guilty Of Poteau Bar Owner’s Murder
Oklahoma Man Gets Life Sentence In 2009 Murder
LeFlore County Man Gets Life Without Parole For Fatal 2009 Shooting
OK – Donald ‘Joe’ Neff, 61, Poteau, 14 May 2009 – #1

Movies/Documentaries
Murder Comes To Town: Say It Ain’t So

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender: Raymond L. Nichols
OK DOC#: 698110
Status: ACTIVE

Appearance
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Weight: 200 lbs
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Blue

Alias
Nick Nichols
Raymond O. Nichols
Nick

IDs
OK DOC#: 698110
Birth Date: 9/23/1952

Sentences
CRF# 2013-378
Court LE FLORE COUNTY COURT
Offense MURDER FIRST DEGREE (85 PERCENT)
Conviction Date 7/10/2014
Term LIFEWOP
Term Code Life w/o Parole
Reception Date 7/16/2014
Discharged Date Active

Dunce’s Corner: Randy McDowell charged with murder after he allegedly drove drunk and killed Wayne Stroud Jr

remembering the victims

Deadly Hit-And-Run Ends In Crash, Driver In Custody
Suspected drunk driver arrested in death of Oklahoma City man
Police Identify Suspect, Victim In Deadly SW OKC Hit-And-Run
Man arrested for second degree murder in fatal crash

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Deadly Wives: Delpha Spunaugle, along with Edwin David Woodward, killed her husband, Dennis Leon Spunaugle; Both sentenced to life in prison

dv awareness

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Dennis Spunaugle

Find-A-Grave: Dennis Spunaugle
Witnesses Tell of Cult, Affair Edmond Wife Offered Hit Money, Man Says
Edmond Woman Given Death Penalty in Murder
Delpha Jo Spunaugle v State of Oklahoma 1997 (conviction and sentence overturned)
Woman Admits Role in Husband’s Death
Excerpt from “Women and the Death Penalty in the United States, 1900-1998”

Books
Women and the Death Penalty in the United States, 1900-1998
Women and Capital Punishment in the United States: An Analytical History

Movies/Documentaries
Women Behind Bars: Delpha Spunaugle & Carmen Ortiz
Deadly Women: Unspeakable Acts

Defendants
Delpha Jo Spunaugle – convicted, sentenced to death; overturned; pled guilty, sentenced to LWOP
Edwin David Woodward – convicted, sentenced to life in prison

INMATE INFORMATION

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DELPHA J SPUNAUGLE
ODOC# 233059
Alias
Delpha J Spunaungle

IDs
ODOC#: 233059
Birth Date: 08/10/1949

spunaugled-info

INMATE INFORMATION

edwinwoodward-prison-mug

EDWIN D WOODWARD
ODOC# 233398
IDs
ODOC#: 233398
Birth Date: 05/26/1964

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