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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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Monsters Among Us: David Harley Brown killed Jacqueline, Gabriella and Isabella Nieves murders 11/04/2012 Lockport, LA

Victims
Jacqueline Gautreaux Nieves
Gabriella Nieves, 6
Isabella Nieves, 20 months

Jacqueline Nieves obituary
Police investigate murder of woman and her two children
Jacqueline Nieves, La. mom, and two daughters found stabbed in apartment set ablaze
Arrest made in death of Lockport mother, 2 daughters
Suspect arrested in murder of Lockport mother, daughters
Suspect charged with murder, rape in 2012 triple homicide
Prosecutor to seek death penalty against man accused in triple slaying
Triple murder conviction in David Brown case
Houma man receives death penalty for killing a woman and her two daughters, newspaper reports
Brown sentenced to death by Lafourche jury
Triple-murder suspect faces new felony charge
LA – Jacquelin Nieves, 29, & two daughters slain, Lockport, 4 Nov 2012


David Harley Brown

Monsters Among Us: Javier Righetti raped and killed 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba, because he “was bored”; Sentenced to death


Alyssa Otremba

Alyssa Page Otremba obituary
Facebook: In Loving Memory of Alyssa Otremba
Family and Former Neighbors Remember Alyssa Otremba
Metro Police investigating body found in northwest valley
Investigators return to scene of desert slaying
Vegas police: Slain teen randomly attacked
Police: Man confessed to rape, murder of 15-year-old girl
Man arrested in fatal attack on 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba in Las Vegas
Community Mourns the Loss of Murdered Teen
Alyssa Otremba’s accused killer confessed, Vegas police say
October hearing set for man accused in girl’s rape, stabbing death
No bail for suspect in Alyssa Otremba slaying
Testimony reveals slain Arbor View student was near safety
Judge tosses plea in slaying of Arbor View freshman
Opening statements started Thursday in Javier Righetti’s capital murder trial

Witnesses testify on day two of Javier Righetti’s teen murder trial
Death penalty trial for a man accused in rape, murder of 15-year-old postponed
Javier Righetti found GUILTY in Alyssa Otremba murder trial
Righetti found guilty in 2011 murder of Alyssa Otremba
Las Vegas jury in Javier Righetti murder case hears about prior attacks
Jury recommends death penalty for Javier Righetti
Javier Righetti sentenced to death in murder of Alyssa Otremba
Jury sentences Javier Righetti to death in murder of Alyssa Otremba

INMATE INFORMATION

Monsters Among Us: James Mitchell “Mike” DeBardeleben II – Sexual sadist, convicted kidnapper, rapist and counterfeiter; Also suspected of many murders in many states

Known Victims
Terry McDonald [1971 Barrington, RI] (charged but not tried)
Phillipa Voliner [1975] survived
Lucy Alexander [9/3/1978 DE] survived
Elizabeth Mason, 31 [2/4/1979 Fayetteville, NC] survived
Laurie Jensen, 20 [6/1/1979 Maryland] survived
Unnamed woman [10/10/1979] survived
Dianne Overton, 25 [11/1/1980] survived
Maria Santini, 27 [11/12/1980] survived
Jean McPhaul [4/27/1982 Bossier City, LA] (charged but not tried)
David Starr [4/13/1983 Greece, NY] survived
Joe Rapini [4/13/1983 Greece, NY] (suspected)

A Trail of Murder, Rape, Kidnapping
Man wanted for murder, rape gets 180-year kidnap sentence
United States of America v James M. DeBardeleben 1984 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
United States of America v James M. DeBardeleben 1987 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Profile: James Michael DeBardeleben
Murderpedia: James Mitchell DeBardeleben II
Criminal Minds Wiki: Mike DeBardeleben
Wikipedia: Mike DeBardeleben
TX – DeBARDELEBEN, James Mitchell “Mike”
Find-A-Grave: James Mitchell “Mike” DeBardeleben

Books
Beyond Cruel: The Chilling True Story of America’s Most Sadistic Killer

Movies/Documentaries
Hear No Evil: The Sound of Terror
Cruel Deception
The New Detectives: Mind Hunters

INMATE INFORMATION

JAMES MITCHELL DEBARDELEBEN
Register Number: 09671-074
Age: 70
Race: White
Sex: Male
Deceased: 01/26/2011

Monsters Among Us: Carloss Darnell Robinson raped and killed his new neighbor, Christina Sanoubane; Sentenced to life in prison


Christina Sanoubane

Find-A-Grave: Christina Sanoubane
Arrest made in Cedar Rapids murder
Cedar Rapids murder trial opens with many questions
State of Iowa v Carloss Darnell Robinson 2003 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Judge denies inmate’s request for DNA testing in 2000 death
Killers Convicted With The Most Unlikely Evidence
The Dark Side of Iowa: Carloss Robinson
Cedar Rapids murder case featured on truTV tonight

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Purebread Murder
Six Degrees of Murder: A Fresh Start

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Carloss Darnell Robinson
Offender Number 1095521
Sex M
Birth Date 07/29/1971
Location Iowa State Penitentiary
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
TDD/SDD * LIFE
Commitment Date 04/15/2002
Recall Date
Mandatory Minimum (if applicable)
* TDD = Tentative Discharge Date
* SDD = Supervision Discharge Date

Charges
SUPERVISION STATUS Prison
OFFENSE CLASS A Felony
COUNTY OF COMMITMENT Linn
END DATE

Monsters Among Us: War Machine convicted of the brutal beating and sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack, and her boyfriend, Corey Thomas; Sentenced to 36 years to life in prison


Christy Mack and Corey Thomas

Documents Reveal Disturbing Details Of War Machine’s Alleged Assault
Christy Mack Posts Photos, Account Of Alleged Beating By War Machine
War Machine’s suicide note: ‘Society has killed men. I was never meant to live in this era’
Christy Mack Reads Graphic, Emotional Testimony At War Machine Trial
War Machine laughs as ex describes brutal ‘assault’
Las Vegas jury convicts War Machine of sexual assault
War Machine releases statement following conviction on 29 charges in Christy Mack trial
War Machine sentenced to 36 years to life in prison in assault case
Ex-MMA fighter War Machine sentenced for beating, sexually assaulting ex
Wikipedia: War Machine (mixed martial artist)

Movies/Documentaries
Sin City Justice: Rage Against the Machine

INMATE INFORMATION

JONATHAN PAUL KOPPENHAVER
Age 35
Gender Male
Race White
NV: Clark County Detention Center
Offender ID 02519422
Custody Status In Custody

Monsters Among Us: Craig Jacobsen (aka John Flowers) killed Ginger Rios, sentenced to life in prison; Now awaiting trial in AZ for the murder of Christina Marie Martinez

Victims
Ginger Rios, 20 [4/4/1997 Las Vegas, NV]
Christina Marie Martinez, 15 [5/3/1997 Phoenix, AZ]

Facebook: Christina Marie Martinez
Store owner charged in killing.
Flowers pleads guilty to murder
Rios family braces for more pain
Does spy store harbor secrets about a murder?
Former spy shop owner pleads guilty to murder
Man arrested in 1997 Phoenix cold-case murder
Arizona murder defendant convicted of separate killing in Nevada ruled incompetent
Arizona murder defendant ruled incompetent to stand trial
Judge: Man convicted in ’97 Vegas murder faking mental issues to avoid Arizona trial
Nevada murder suspect caught faking mental incompetence
AZ – Christina Martinez, 15, abducted & murdered, Phoenix, 3 May 1997 *Arrest*
Excerpt from “The Rough Guide to True Crime”

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case with Paula Zahn: Darkness in the Desert

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: JOHN FLOWERS
Offender ID: 76844
Gender: Male
Ethnic: CAUCASIAN
AGe: 46
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 150lb
Build: MEDIUM
Complexion: MEDIUM
Hair: BROWN
Eyes: BLUE
Institution: OUT OF STATE CONFINEMENT
Custody Level: UNASSIGNED
Aliases: CRAIG JACOBSEN
Prior Felonies: YES

Booking Information
Offense Code: 92
Offense Description: MURDER 1ST DEGREE
Sent. Status: Active
Sent. Min: 0 yr 240 mo 0 days
Sent. Max:
Sent. PED: 2019-01-01
Sent. MPR:
Sent. County: CLARK COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Sent. PEXD:
Sent. Type: LIFE WITH PAROLE
Sent. RRD:
Sent. Start Date: 1999-01-02

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