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Murder In The Family: Robert and Kathryn Swartz murder 1/16/1984 Cape St. Claire, MD *Adopted son Lawrence “Larry” Swartz convicted, sentenced to 20 years in prison*


Lawrence “Larry” Swartz spent about 9 years in prison and was released in 1993. He got married and they had a child. He was doing really well. In December 2004, he had a heart attacked and passed away. From what I have read, the Swartz’ were very strict and sometimes abusive to their adopted children. I believe that for Larry, it got too much and he snapped. I do wish he had resolved it in a better way, but sometimes teenagers do not think before acting, especially when drugs or alcohol is involved (Larry was drinking a lot). I do not blame the victims. Larry made a choice, the wrong choice. But I do believe he snapped and he regretted it afterwards.

Find-A-Grave: Robert Lee Swartz
Find-A-Grave: Kathryn Ann Sullivan Swartz
It Happened To Me: My Parents Adopted A Murderer
Lawrence J. Swartz, 38, convicted in killing of parents
Second Swartz Murder Trial Opens
The second life of Larry Swartz: Florida friends remember murderer
Find-A-Grave: Lawrence “Larry” Swartz
Robert Austin Bell murder 7/9/1990 Crownsville, MD *Michael David Swartz and Ronald Lamar Scoates convicted, sentenced to LWOP* (Larry’s brother is Michael Swartz)
Larry Swartz – How it all Begar

Sudden Fury: A True Story of Adoption and Murder (very good book)

A Family Torn Apart
Killer Kids: Redemption

Larry Swartz
Lawrence “Larry” Swartz

Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead murder 1/13/2010 Conyers, GA *Daughters, Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead, charged with her murder*


Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead

Jarmecca Whitehead obituary
Find-A-Grave: Jarmecca Whitehead
Jarmecca Whitehead Facebook
Twin Girls Charged In Mother’s Death
Twin Teenage Girls Charged with Mother’s Murder
Georgia Teen Twins Charged With Mother’s Murder
Did Twins Kill Mother? Victim “Afraid” of Girls, Says Neighbor
Whitehead twins plead ‘not guilty’ in mother’s murder
No bond given to Whitehead
Whitehead lawyer challenges jury pool
Murder suspects moved
Update: Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead murder *Daughters, Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead, pled guilty, sentenced to 30 years in prison*

Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead

Murder In The Family: Ernest Scherer III killed his parents, Ernest Scherer Jr. & Charlene Abendroth in their Pleasanton, CA home because of his gambling debts. He was sentenced to LWOP

Ernest Scherer Jr. & Charlene Abendroth

Pro poker player suspected in double murder
Grandfather, Financier Testify About Scherer III’s Poker Debts
Scherer’s ex-wife testifies about strange behavior after his parents’ murders
Defendant in Pleasanton Murders Admits to Numerous Lies
Scherer III Testifies About Surveillance Video The Night of Parents’ Murder
Scherer testifies about surveillance video
Prosecutor Questions Scherer III’s Credibility
Ernest Scherer III, Bay Area Gambler, Killed Parents to Get Inheritance, Jury Says
Ernest Scherer III guilty of killing parents
Scherer III Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Murdering Parents
Pleasanton Poker Pro Gets 2 Life Terms For Murdering Parents
Poker Pro Ernie Scherer Loses Appeal on Murder Conviction

Married with Secrets: Gambling with Death
Deadly Sins: Lethal Entitlement (Sloth)
Dateline: The Player
48 Hours Mystery: The Country Club Murders
Who The(Beep) Did I Marry?: Gamble on Love
In Ice Cold Blood: High Stakes Homicide


CDCR Number AH4581
Age 39
Admission Date 05/27/2011
Current Location High Desert State Prison
Location Link Directions
Parole Eligible Date (Month/Year) LWOP
Parole Eligible Date Information
The inmate shown above is serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and is, therefore, not eligible for parole consideration at this time.

Parents Gone Wild! Andrew Mendoza beat his 3-month-old son to death; pled guilty, sentenced to 15 years in prison*

Angel Alexander Mendoza

Andrew Mendoza Beat His three-month-old Son
Angel Alexander Menodoza
Father charged with murder by child abuse in 3-month-old son’s death
Father Arrested for Child Abuse of a 3-Month-Old
Man Faces Hearing on Child Abuse Charge
Police say father admits biting, using fist to harm 3-month-old
Mother Speaks Out About Baby’s Death
Las Vegas man sentenced for abusing infant

Andrew Mendoza

William and Charmagne Sharp murder 10/21/2009 Castle Dale, UT *Shot to death by their mentally ill son, Peter Sharp*

I have to say, this is sad all around. Peter Sharp, 26, has a long history of mental illness and is now on suicide watch in the Emery County Jail. The family was not having any kind of issues, according to the other siblings who live there, and were present during the shooting. (Unfortunately, our news outlets here do not report things very accurately at all. KTVX prints the names of those who are accused and even confess to raping their own daughters, knowing that it releases the name of the victim. KUTV is hours behind the rest in this story, saying the names have not been released, when they have been hours ago.) **Update* Prosecutors have dropped the charges at this time due to mental issues.

Castle Dale man in custody accused of killing his parents
Couple killed in Castle Dale, son in custody
Son held in Emery County custody after parents are killed
Police tape seals off area of double homicide in Castle Dale
Husband and wife found dead in Castle Dale; son in custody
Couple Found Dead In Central Utah
Prosecutors dropping murder charges against man accused of shooting parents
Murder Charges Against Peter Simon Sharp Dismissed

Peter Simon Sharp

Murder In The Family: Walter Farley murder 12/31/2008 Lakeland, FL *Son, Robert Farley pled guilty, sentenced to life; Said his father made is life hell*


Walter Farley
Walter Farley

Authorities Searching For Clues In Death of 93-Year-Old
Son arrested in New Year’s Eve slaying of 93-year-old Polk man
Son of 93-year-old murder victim arrested
Man shot his father dead, then went dancing, Polk cops say
Son Charged With Killing Father
Son Admits To Slaying Farley, 93
Sheriff: Lakeland man killed 93-year-old father in fight over leaving wife
Robert Farley Pleads Guilty to Killing Father

Elder Skelter: Death, Lies and Security Tape


RobertFarley prison mug

DC Number: 131585
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’08”
Weight: 171 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/06/1945
Initial Receipt Date: 06/15/2009
Current Facility: UNION C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE


Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
12/31/2008 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 05/22/2009 POLK 0900059 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.

Incarceration History:
Date In-Custody 06/15/2009
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated

James and Marian Soares murder 7/9/2008 Warren, RI *Victims bodies found in septic tank at their home; Son, James Soares Jr. pled guilty, sentenced to two consecutive life sentence*

Marian and James Soares

Police Find Bodies of Missing R.I. Couple in Septic Tank
Missing couple’s bodies found in septic tank
RI police: 24-year-old son killed parents with hoe
Son Charged in Warren Double-Homicide
Son Arrested After Missing Rhode Island Couple Found in Septic Tank
Son now charged with killing Warren couple
Son charged with killing parents with garden hoe
Prosecutors: R.I. man killed parents, went shopping
RI man admits to burying parents in backyard cesspool
Man says he killed parents, put bodies in cesspool
RI man who put dead parents in cesspool gets life
RI – James, 60, & Marian Soares, 53, found in septic tank, Warren, July 2008
Murderpedia: James Soares Jr.


Breaking News: Teen arrested for the shooting deaths of his family in Easley, SC

            153 Pine Lake Drive

Samuel Andrew Dickson Jr., 46 (father)
Martiza Hurtado Dickson, 46 (stepmother)
Melissa Giliam Salazar, 19 (stepsister)
Taylor Alex Dickson, 14 (brother)

Four bodies found at Easley home
Teen Arrested After 4 Family Members Found Dead at S.C. Home
Teen arrested after 4 family members found dead at SC home
Teen arrested after 4 family members slain
Son charged in 4 deaths
Neighbors ‘scared’ by killings
Deputies name “person of interest” in quadruple homicide

Matthew Booth Sr. murder 7/30/2007 Elizabeth Township, PA *13 year old daughter kills father to end years of sexual abuse; receives probation*

 the squalid home the Boothes lived in where the shooting happened

Girl slays father
Elizabeth Twp. girl, 13, kills dad, alleges sex abuse
Girl, 14, Gets Probation for Killing Father With Shotgun
Girl Gets Probation in Father’s Killing
Several good posts on this by Crime Scene Blog (one of my favorite blogs)
All signs pointed toward tragedy for family

Syrja and Safo Shehu murder 1/07/08 Villa Park, IL *police looking for their son, Artur Shehu *

                            Artur Shehu

Son Sought In Shooting Deaths Of Villa Park Couple
Son sought after parents are fatally shot in Villa Park
Bodies found in Villa Park home after standoff
Cabdriver sought in slaying of his parents
Murder Suspect’s Taxi Found on N. Side
Police Locate Second Vehicle Of Suburban Murder Suspect

                            46 W. Ridge Villa Park, IL

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