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    July 11: 2000: Sandra Tester, 25, was strangled to death and then her mobile home set on fire in Charlotte, NC. Her husband, Jimmy Tester, pled guilty and was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison. He was released on parole 6/8/2013 and ended parole on 3/5/2014.

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Monsters Among Us: Gregory Bowman killed 3 teenage girls, but managed to escape true justice

Victims
Velda Joy Rumfelt, 16 [6/6/1977 Brentwood, MO]
Ruth Ann Jany, 21 [1978 Belleville, IL]
Elizabeth West, 14 [1978 Belleville, IL]

Find-A-Grave: Velda Joy Rumfelt
DNA Match Leads to Arrest of Suspect in 1977 Murder
Gregory Bowman guilty of capital murder
Man may now face death penalty for 1977 Brentwood murder
Bowman sentenced to death in 1977 killing of Missouri teen
Gregory Bowman Sentenced to Death in 1977 Missouri Murder
Missouri Supreme Court reverses death sentence for Bowman
Prosecutors still seeking death penalty for St. Louis County killer, despite delays, terminal illness
Death penalty sought again for St. Louis County killer
Killer of St. Louis County teen, once also convicted in 2 Belleville murders, dies in prison
64-year-old convicted killer dies in Missouri prison
The People of the State of Illinois v Gregory Bowman 2002 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Missouri v Gregory Bowman 2011 (sentence overturned)
St. Louis-area 1977 murder explored on Investigation Discovery show
State of Missouri Death Row

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: A Stranger Among Us


Gregory Bowman

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Movies Based On True Crimes: In the Company of Darkness (Serial Killer Jon Dunkle)

Victims
John Davies, 15 [11/8/1981 Belmont, CA]
Lance Turner, 12 [10/2/1984 Belmont, CA]
Sean Dannehl, 12 [7/2/1985 Sacramento, CA]

High court OKs death for killer / Findings on mental competence stand
The cop that cried big time (great article)
People of the State of California v Jon Scott Dunkle 2005 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Jon Scott Dunkle profile
Murderpedia: Jon Scott Dunkle
Serial Killer’s Podcast: Jon Dunkle
Serial Killer’s Podcast: Victims of Jon Dunkle (interesting comments)
Serial Killer’s confession tapes uncovered
Jon Scott Dunkle – California Death Row

Books
The Boy Next Door

Movies/Documentaries
In the Company of Darkness

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: DUNKLE, JON SCOTT
CDCR#: D30423
Age: 56
Admission Date: 05/23/1986
Location: San Quentin

Unsolved Serial Murders: West Mesa Bone Collector – at least 11 victims around Albuquerque, NM; Will this killer be found?

Victims
Jamie Barela, 15
Monica Candelaria, 22
Victoria Chavez, 26
Virginia Cloven, 24
Syllania Edwards, 15
Cinnamon Eks, 32
Doreen Marquez, 24
Julie Nieto, 24
Veronica Romero, 28
Evelyn Salazar, 27
Michelle Valdez, 22

Who Is the West Mesa Bone Collector?
West Mesa Homicide Investigation
Police release photos to help solve West Mesa murders
Police give update on West Mesa Murders investigation
Still no arrests 6 years after West Mesa murders discovery
Seven years later, one detective remains on West Mesa killings
West Mesa murder mystery gets renewed national attention
APD seek women who may have info on West Mesa murders
Wikipedia: West Mesa murders
Accused serial rapist, West Mesa murder suspect sentenced to 36 years in rape case

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: Somebody’s Daughter
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas: Lost Girls of the Mesa

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

Serial Killer: Daniel J. Blank killed at least 6 elderly people; Sentenced to death *River Parishes Serial Killer*

Victims
Victor Rossi, 41 [10/17/1996 St. Amant, LA]
Lillian Philippe, 71 [04/09/1997 Gonzales, LA]
Barbara Bourgeois, 58 [05/18/1997 Paulina, LA]
Sam Arcuri, 76 [05/09/1997 LaPlace, LA]
Luella Arcuri, 69 [05/09/1997 LaPlace, LA]
Joan Brock, 55 [05/14/1997 LaPlace, LA]
Leonce Millet, 66 [07/07/1997 Gonzales, LA – survived]
Joyce Millet, 66 [07/07/1997 Gonzales, LA – survived]

Find-A-Grave: Barbara Guidry Bourgeois
Find-A-Grave: Salvador Joseph “Sam” Arcuri, Sr
Find-A-Grave: Luella Anne Babin Arcuri
Mechanic Held in Series of Killings; Police in Louisiana Say Gambling Habit Motivated Suspect
Man Who Fled From Crime Admits 6 Killings, Police Say
Blank to die for murder
Daniel Blank gets death for Brock murder
State of Louisiana v Daniel Blank 2001 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Louisiana v Daniel Blakn 2009 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Convicted serial killer Daniel Blank pleads guilty to murder; avoids new trial
River Parishes serial killer’s appeal of death penalty still before courts 18 years after Gonzales slaying
Judge denies serial killer Daniel Blank’s appeal in murder of Gonzales woman
River Parishes serial killer’s death penalty appeal being heard
Judge upholds first-degree murder conviction of serial killer Daniel Blank
Serial killer Daniel Blank is given March execution date
Execution of River Parishes serial killer on hold
Profile of Daniel Joseph Blank
Murderpedia: Daniel Joseph Blank
Serial Killers Podcast: Daniel Blank
Serial Killers Podcast: Victims of Daniel Blank

Movies/Documentaries
Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case: Gambling with Death

INMATE INFORMATION

Offender Name: BLANK, DANIEL J
Custody Status: In Custody
Age: 54
Location: Louisiana Department of Corrections
Race: White
Contact Facility: Louisiana Department of Corrections

Serial Killer: Dana Sue Gray – killed 3 elderly women to support her spending habits

Victims
Norma Davis, 86 [2/14/1994]
June Roberts, 66 [2/28/1994]
Dorinda Hawkins, 57 [3/10/1994] (survived)
Dora Beebe, 87 [3/16/1994]

Find-A-Grave: Dora Marguerite Price Beebe
To Die For
Justice Story: Serial killer Dana Sue Gray offed elderly women so she could shop with their credit cards
Murderpedia: Dana Sue Gray
Wikipedia: Dana Sue Gray
Dana Sue Gray, Californian Lady-Killing Lady Serial Killer – 1994

Books
To Die For: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Dana Sue Gray
Girl Strangler : The True Story of Serial Killer Dana Sue Gray
Dana Sue Gray: Serial Killer: When Greed Turns To Murder
2016 Serial Killers: True Crime Anthology

Movies/Documentaries
Diabolical Women: Dana Sue Gray
20/20 on ID: Gold Girl Gone Wrong
Deadly Women: The Disturbed
Unusual Suspects: Overkill
F2: Forensic Factor: Shopping Spree Murders
The New Detectives: Bloodlust

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Name: GRAY, DANA SUE
CDCR#: W76776
Age: 59
Admission Date: 10/28/1998
Current Location: Womens Facility

Serial Killer: Alfredo R. Prieto – killed up to 9 people; Sentenced to death in Virginia and California – Executed in VA on 10/1/2015

Victims
Rachael A. Raver, 22 [12/1988 Reston, VA]
Warren H. Fulton III, 22 [12/6/1988 Reston, VA]
Veronica “Tina” Jefferson, 24 [5/10/1988 Arlington, VA]
Manuel F. Sermeno, 27 (no picture) [9/2/1989 Prince William, VA]
Yvette Woodruff, 15 [9/2/1990 Ontario, CA]
Stacey Siegrist, 19 [5/5/1990 Rubidoux, CA]
Tony Gianuzzi, 21 [5/5/1990 Rubidoux, CA]
Herbert Farley, 65 (no picture) [6/2/1990 Ontario, CA]
Lula Farley, 71 (no picture) [6/2/1990 Ontario, CA]

DNA Leads to Suspect in 1988 N.Va. Killings
Prieto sentenced to death for Fairfax murders
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/man-sentenced-to-death-in-fairfax-murders/article/108463
Two Death Sentences In ’88 Fairfax Killings
Alfredo Rolando Prieto summary
Convicted serial killer linked to cold case of murdered young couple
3 murder victims’ families prepare for Alfredo Prieto’s execution
McAuliffe declines to issue stay for convicted Fairfax killer Alfredo Prieto
The execution of Alfredo Prieto: Witnessing a serial killer’s final moments
Triple murderer Alfredo Prieto is executed in Virginia
Murderpedia: Alfredo Rolando Prieto


Alfredo Rolando Prieto

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