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    December 10: 1994: Darrel Cooley was shot several time in Jethroe’s Steakhouse in Erie, PA. Vance Haskell was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Curtis Mathis convicted of being an accomplice, sentenced to 3-7 years in prison.

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Psycho For Love: Salvador Gonzalez charged with killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Diana Rios, mother of his children


Diana Cristina Rios

Diana Cristina Rios obituary
Woman strangled, killed in Las Vegas apartment identified
Man arrested for death of woman in apartment knew her
Arrest made in slaying of expectant Vegas mom
Woman murdered inside central valley apartment was a pregnant mother of two
2018 trial set for man accused of strangling girlfriend after Christmas

INMATE INFORMATION

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Cold Case: Psycho For Love: Scott Purk killed his pregnant wife, Margaret, trying to make it look like a suicide; Sentenced to life in prison


Margaret Purk

Husband Scott Purk charged with murder in 1985 death of Akron woman
Stow arsonist fighting charges that accuse him of killing his pregnant wife in 1985
Violent strangling detailed in 1985 cold-case murder of pregnant Akron woman as trial begins
Trial to begin for man accused of killing wife 30 years ago
Witness in trial of man charged with killing his pregnant wife 30 years ago says she was not suicidal
Jury finds Scott Purk guilty of strangling his wife in 30-year-old crime
Man found guilty of murdering pregnant wife in 1985 cold case
Ohio jury convicts man for 1985 murder of pregnant wife
Man sentenced for strangling pregnant wife in 1985 cold-case murder

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Speaking From the Grave

INMATE INFORMATION

SCOTT DAVID PURK
Number A634667
DOB 10/12/1962
Gender Male
Race White
Admission Date 02/01/2013
Institution Pickaway Correctional Institution
Status INCARCERATED

Monsters Among Us: Brian David Steckel *The Driftwood Killer* raped and killed Sandra Lee Long then set her bed on fire; He also confessed to at least 2 other murders – Executed 11/4/2005

Victims
Sandra Lee Long, 29
Frances Mary Kiefer, 44 [confessed to]

Brian Steckel was a despicable excuse for a human being. He raped and killed Sandra Lee Long, then set the bed she was on on fire. She actually died of smoke inhalation. During his trial, he sent a copy of her autopsy report to her mother, with a note saying, “Read it and weep. She’s gone forever. Don’t cry over burnt flesh.” During his trial, mind you. And there were death penalty opponents who thought he could do some good if he was allowed to live. But of course, none of those people said anything about Sandra Lee Long and what she suffered. What her loved ones continue to suffer to this day. Sometimes punishment just needs to be punishment. Not something to hope he can make good. He proved that he was not a good person and he even said several times that he deserved the death penalty.

While he was in prison he also mailed confessions to another murder [Frances Kiefer, a neighbor] but nothing has come of it that I am aware of. I am still including her as a victim of his, since he willingly and voluntarily confessed to her murder.

In Loving Memory of Sandra Lee Long
CharleyProject: Frances Mary Kiefer
Pennsylvania Missing Persons: Frances Mary Kiefer
Whatever Became Of … Frances Kiefer Who Myseriously Disappeared From Her Fountain Hill Home?
State of Delaware v Brian Steckel 1996 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Brian D. “Red” Steckel #991
Murderpedia: Brian David Steckel
Wikipedia: Brian Steckel

Movies/Documentaries
Shattered: The Driftwood Killer


Brian David Steckel

Final Words: “I want to say I’m sorry for the cruel things I did. I’m not the same man I was when I came to jail. I changed. I’m a better man…I walked in here without a fight and I accept my punishment. It is time to go. I love you people.” He told his cousin and a friend, who were witnesses at his execution, to tell his 12 year old daughter, “I said no excuses.”

Psycho For Love: Tyler Tessier charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend, Laura Elizabeth Wallen, who has been missing since Sept. 3


Laura Elizabeth Wallen

I just watched part of the press conference on this. Wow. Tyler Tessier was engaged to another woman as well and he tried to make Laura’s sister believe he was not the father of her baby. Cell phone records show that he went to the field where she was found several times between when she went missing and when she was found.

Police Continue Search For Missing Pregnant Teacher
Missing pregnant teacher’s car found in apartment complex near her Maryland high school, but still no sign of her
Police continue to search for missing pregnant teacher in Maryland
Pregnant Maryland teacher who went missing found dead; boyfriend arrested
Missing Pregnant Teacher Found Dead; Boyfriend Charged With Murder
Boyfriend of missing pregnant Maryland teacher found dead charged in her murder
Boyfriend arrested in slaying of missing pregnant Maryland teacher, police say
Pregnant teacher found dead, police say; boyfriend charged with murder
Police: Howard County teacher was shot in the back of the head
Pregnant Howard County teacher contacted boyfriend’s other girlfriend before police say he killed her
Boyfriend of slain Maryland teacher, charged in her death, also engaged to another woman, reports say
Man charged in slain pregnant teacher’s death won’t face charges in child’s death
Boyfriend of slain Maryland teacher reportedly indicted for murder
Boyfriend indicted on murder charges in death of Wilde Lake teacher

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: TESSIER, TYLER LEWIS
Custody Status: In Custody
Age:
Location: Montgomery County Detention Center
Race:
Contact Facility: Montgomery County Detention Center

Rockwell Gardens Rampage: James Ealy convicted of killing 4, including a pregnant woman and a 3-year-old; Conviction overturned due to police errors

Victims
Christine Parker, 33
Mary Ann Parker, 15
Cora Parker, 13
Jontae Parker, 3

8/16/1982
Rockwell Gardens Apts 150 S. Western Ave.

Conviction In 1982 Slaying Of 4 Voided By Police Error

Cold Case: Jahala Watson murder 6/20/1993 Mulberry, FL *Son, Christopher Shane Knight, pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 6 years in prison; Released 2015*


Jahala Ann Watson

Find-A-Grave: Jahala Ann Knight Watson
Killer Could Be Charged For Death Of Fetus
Joint Investigation Leads To Suspect’s Arrest in 19-Year-Old Cold Case Homicide
Sheriff: 1993 Fla. murder solved – the son did it
Woman’s Son Arrested; Is a Suspect in 19-Year-Old Cold Case
Arrest made in 19-year-old homicide
FL – Jahala Watson, 39, pregnant, murdered, Mulberry, 22 June 1993

INMATE INFORMATION

DC Number: C08935
Name: KNIGHT, CHRISTOPHER S
Race: WHITE
Sex: MALE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 5’07”
Weight: 146 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/20/1973
Custody: MINIMUM
Release Date: 10/30/2015

Psycho For Love: Christopher Kalb killed his pregnant girlfriend, Shannon Nicole DiTillio; Sentenced to 30 years in prison


Shannon Nicole DiTillio

Shannon DiTillio obituary
Shannon DiTillio Memorial
Police ask for public’s help after pregnant woman found dead in Longs
WNY woman found dead in Myrtle Beach; Police search for answers
Accused killer of pregnant woman found in Longs refuses extradition to Horry County
Murder warrant obtained for ex-boyfriend of pregnant woman found dead in Horry County
Man accused of killing pregnant ex-girlfriend extradited to Horry County
Ex-boyfriend allegedly admitted to shooting pregnant NY woman found dead in Longs lot, warrants state
Murdered NT woman had ‘turbulent’ relationship with ex-boyfriend
Suspect in NT woman’s shooting death near Myrtle Beach confesses
Ex-boyfriend confesses to murder of NT woman in South Carolina
Police: Man says ex-girlfriend “got in my head so I blew hers the f*** off”
Brunswick County dad admits murdering pregnant girlfriend
NC man sentenced in murder of pregnant girlfriend
N Carolina man gets 30 years for killing pregnant girlfriend
SC – Shannon DiTillio, 22, pregnant, murdered, Myrtle Beach, 11 April 2016

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: KALB, CHRISTOPHER FRANCIS
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 26
Location: J. Reuben Long Detention Center
Race: White
Contact Facility: J. Reuben Long Detention Center

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