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Monsters Among Us: Stuart Willis Knowlton killed 6-year-old Cassandra “Cassie” Hansen, then threw her body in a dumpster

Cassie HansenFrom Stuart Knowlton’s appeal: At approximately 6:40 p.m. on November 10, 1981, Cassandra Hansen, age 6, accompanied by her mother and sister, arrived at a church in St. Paul’s Midway area for a “family night” program which was to begin at 7 p.m. Sometime between 6:50 and 7 p.m., Cassandra received her mother’s permission to use the bathroom. Although there was a bathroom on the lower level of the church where the auditorium was located, the evidence revealed that Cassandra most probably intended to use another bathroom on the upper level. Three witnesses saw her in the lower hallway and on the stairway leading upstairs. Two of those witnesses also identified defendant as a man they had seen walking in the hall and heading up the stairs shortly after they saw Cassandra. Shortly after 7 p.m., Cassandra’s mother realized Cassandra had not returned to the auditorium. A subsequent search of the premises by church staff members revealed no sign of the child and the police were called.
Shortly before 11 a.m. on the following day, November 11, Cassandra’s body was
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found in a dumpster behind the Auto Clinic located on the corner of Grand and Grotto in St. Paul’s Crocus Hill area. The cause of death was determined to be ligature strangulation having occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight on November 10. The victim had been beaten about the face, head, ribs, and shoulder, and marks found on her face were consistent with someone’s hand tightly placed over her mouth. A sexual assault examination revealed no signs of sexual penetration, but police investigators discovered the presence of semen on the victim’s clothing.
Defendant was working on the evening of November 10 at his normal job as a taxicab driver. His cab contained a two-way radio over which he communicated with his dispatcher on a regular basis. The dispatchers on duty that evening were not able to make contact with nor did they receive any communications from defendant that evening between 5 or 6 p.m. and approximately 3 a.m. the following morning. Both dispatchers testified this was unusual, especially for defendant.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on November 10, defendant was seen in an Arthur Treacher’s Restaurant at Grand and Grotto. A witness observed defendant for nearly 30 minutes in the restaurant and testified that defendant had made him nervous. As the witness left the restaurant, he saw defendant standing outside staring in the direction of the Auto Clinic.

Defendant was later seen sitting in a parked car on Milton between Goodrich and Fairmount by another witness. The same witness was bicycling down Milton the following morning and noticed a girl’s black patent leather shoe in the street in the area where he had seen the parked car and defendant the previous evening. This shoe was later identified as a shoe Cassandra Hansen had worn to the church on November 10. Her other shoe was found November 12 in the same vicinity.

Defendant was next seen at 3 a.m. on November 11. He had gone to a massage parlor in St. Paul purportedly to get acquainted with employees and to give them his business card. Dorothy Noga noticed defendant was hunched over, breathing heavily, shaking, and talking “real fast.”
Shortly thereafter, defendant called his dispatcher on the cab radio and reported that a fare had stolen his briefcase which contained his trip sheets. Trip sheets are records that the city requires cabdrivers to maintain. The following morning, defendant telephoned the owner of a cab company for whom he had previously worked and asked if he could buy trip sheets from her. He told her his new employer did not supply them. His new employer, however, disputed this representation and stated that several hundred trip sheets were on hand and available to defendant on the evening in question.

Three occupants of a fourplex located in the 900 block of Grand Avenue in St. Paul testified they saw defendant standing across the street throughout much of the morning of November 11, the morning the victim’s body was found. The witnesses noted his gaze was constantly fixed to the east, in the direction of the Auto Clinic a few blocks away. They observed defendant leaning against a retaining wall and he would walk from the wall to the curb, apparently to get a better view up the street. They testified defendant also seemed oblivious to passersby. Later that day, defendant went to work as usual. The dispatcher on duty testified that shortly after defendant took his cab out, defendant called in twice on the cab radio and “ranted and raved” about the Cassandra Hansen murder. Both times the dispatcher had to cut off defendant and explain it was an improper use of the cab radio.

The police investigation quickly focused on defendant. The police called defendant in for questioning on November 12, but he was released because the police had insufficient evidence at that time on which to charge him. Defendant was properly read his Miranda rights at that time.

Stuart Willis Knowlton died in prison in 2006

Find-A-Grave: Cassandra L Hansen
State of Minnesota v Stuart Willis Knowlton 1986

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Church Disappearance (sometimes called Cause of Death)

Monsters Among Us: Convicted Sex Offender Christopher Leon Smith raped and killed Carol Davidson; 28 years later, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison in addition to the 50 years he was serving for raping a child

Carol Davidson
Carol Davidson

Man Charged With 1986 Tacoma Cold Case Homicide
Murder charge comes nearly 27 years after death of Tacoma woman
Man charged in 1986 ‘cold case’ homicide
Convicted rapist gets 33 years for 1986 murder of Tacoma woman
Family of 1986 murder victim says they can move on now
Inmate already serving 50 years to life sentenced to another 33 years for 1986 Tacoma cold-case murder
State of Washington v Christopher Leon Smith 2011 (for child rape case – affirmed)
State of Washington v Christopher Leon Smith 2013 (for child rape case – affirmed)
Tacoma cold case to be featured on TV show

Movies/Documentaries
On the Case With Paula Zahn: Blurred Truth

INMATE INFORMATION

Christopher Leon Smith

DOC Number: 291523
Offender Name: SMITH, CHRISTOPHER L
Location: Monroe Corrections Center
16550 177th Avenue SE
PO Box 777
Monroe, WA 98272
(360) 794-2600 Main Number

Parents Gone Wild! Mitchelle Blair charged with several counts of child abuse; Murder charges for the deaths of Stephen Berry & Stoni Blair (both found in freezer) have not been filed yet

Say NO to Child Abuse

Stephen and Stoni

Victims
Stephen Gage Berry, 9
Stoni Ann Blair, 13

Bodies of two children discovered in freezer in Detroit townhouse, mother in custody
Detroit police chief says case involving two kids found dead in freezer is very complex
Medical Examiner: Homicide ruled as manner of death for two Detroit children found in freezer
Report details abuse in Detroit home of Mitchelle Blair, mom of two children found dead in freezer
Cops: Woman says boy, girl killed to stop abuse
Records: Mom forced daughter to put dead sister in freezer
Mitchelle Blair, Detroit Mom Who Allegedly Put Kids in Freezer, Given $1M Bail
Authorities: Years of abuse in house of horrors
Wayne County Prosecutor charges Detroit mother of dead children found in freezer with abuse
Medical examiner: Detroit kids found in freezer died of blunt trauma, thermal injuries
Reports: Detroit mom kept children’s bodies in freezer for years
Children found in freezer were tortured and beaten to death, say sources

MitchelleBlair
Mitchelle Blair

Monsters Among Us: Tracy Beatty killed his mother, Carolyn “Callie” Click; Sentenced to death

dvawareness3From Tracy Beatty’s appeal: Appellant and Click had a volatile and combative relationship. Appellant moved into Click’s house in early October 2003. Although Click told her next-door neighbor and close friend, Betty McCarty, that appellant had assaulted her several times in the past, Click said that she was excited about appellant’s arrival. Click’s excitement, however, vanished shortly after appellant moved in. McCarty testified that Click told her that she asked appellant to leave sometime in October and a second time on November 25, 2003–two days before Thanksgiving and the last day Click was seen alive. Around 4:00 p.m. on November 25th, Click went to McCarty’s house. Click was “stressed out and crying.” Click told McCarty that she was unhappy about the way things were going with appellant and that she had asked appellant to leave:

[Prosecutor:] What did [Click] tell you?

[McCarty:] That she had asked him to leave that day, and that – she said, “I put up with all I’m going to put up with, and I had asked him to leave,” and she was upset about it. And that’s the last time I saw her.

[Prosecutor:] Did she tell you what time that day she had told [appellant] to leave?

[McCarty:] No, sir.

Although McCarty initially testified that Click said that she “asked” appellant to leave, she later clarified that Click said, “I told [appellant] to leave today.” McCarty did not know exactly when the conversation with appellant had occurred that day or when appellant was supposed to leave:

[Defense counsel:] Did [Click] say specifically when . . . she had that conversation with [appellant] or when he was supposed to leave by?

[McCarty:] No, sir. I saw her at 4:00, and I didn’t know anything about it until that time. So I don’t know what time she told him.

Appellant’s cousin, Stacey Killough, testified that appellant arrived at her house later that day between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. driving Click’s car. Killough testified that the drive from Click’s house to her house takes approximately forty-five minutes. Appellant smelled of alcohol but was not intoxicated. Noting Click’s absence, Killough became suspicious because Click was “very protective” of her car and never let anyone else drive it. In fact, Killough had previously seen Click refuse to let appellant drive the car. When Killough asked appellant where Click was, appellant told her that Click was out of town with a friend and would not be back for a few weeks. Because Killough was busy, appellant stayed at Killough’s house for only five to ten minutes.

Lieanna Wilkerson testified that she lived across the road from Click and that they had become close friends. Click told Wilkerson that appellant had assaulted her on several occasions in the past. Once appellant had “beaten her so severely that he had left her for dead.” Click was nevertheless excited that appellant was coming to live with her and hoped that she and appellant could mend their relationship. After appellant moved in with Click, Wilkerson hired him to do odd jobs around her house because he was unemployed. The two became friends, and Wilkerson referred to appellant as “Trey.” Appellant went to her house when he and Click would argue, which was daily. Toward the end of October and the first part of November, appellant house-sat for Wilkerson while she was out of town for several days. Wilkerson extended the offer to appellant because she was concerned about appellant and Click fighting, and she thought it would give them an opportunity to separate from each other. When Wilkerson returned home, appellant’s suitcase was sitting in the living room. Appellant told Wilkerson that Click had packed his things and brought them over. Wilkerson understood this to mean that Click had packed appellant’s suitcase in an effort to kick him out. Appellant, however, returned to Click’s house and continued to live with her. According to Wilkerson, appellant and Click fought daily in November.

Wilkerson described a conversation that she had with appellant in the middle of November in which he expressed his anger with Click. Appellant told Wilkerson about missing a job interview with an electric company that he had been very excited about. Click refused to drive him to the interview, saying that “she just didn’t feel like it.” Wilkerson knew that appellant could not drive himself because Click refused to let appellant, who did not have a driver’s license, borrow her car. Around the same time, appellant told Wilkerson that he thought about harming Click:

[Wilkerson:] I know [appellant] had said they were underpinning her house, and he had gotten upset . . . . And they had gotten into a huge fight, and she was yelling at him, and he just made an offhand comment, “I can’t believe she handed me that hammer.” He said, “Because all I could think about was hitting her in the head with it.” And I said, “Trey,” and he goes, “Well, I couldn’t do it.” He said, “If I shoved her under there, she would have just started stinking.”

Tracy Beatty v State of Texas 2009 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Man on Death Row for Mother’s Slaying Loses Appeal
Tracy Lane Beatty v William Stephens 2014 denied COA (certificate of appealability)
Murderpedia: Tracy Lane Beatty
Tracy Lane Beatty – Texas Death Row
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Movies/Documentaries
The Mind of a Murderer: Bad to the Bone

INMATE INFORMATION

TracyBeatty

SID Number: 02579594
TDCJ Number: 00999484
Name: BEATTY,TRACY
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1961-01-23
Maximum Sentence Date: DEATH ROW
Current Facility: POLUNSKY
Projected Release Date: DEATH ROW
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH ROW

Offense History:
Offense Date: 2003-11-25
Offense: CAPITAL MURDER (DEATH)
Sentence Date: 2004-08-10
County: SMITH
Case No.: 241-0978-04
Sentence (YY-MM-DD) death

News Archive: Petit Family murders


Petit Family

Victims
William Petit, (survived)
Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48
Hayley Petit, 17
Michaela Petit, 11

Three killed in Connecticut home invasion 7/23/2007 Cheshire, CT *2 men, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, arrested*
Update: Deadly Home Invasion in CT *Suspects named: Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steve Hayes; charges include Aggravated Sexual Assault *
Update: Petit Family murders *Deaths ruled homicides, more charges expected; suspects arraigned in court, bail set at $15 million each*
Update: Petit Family murders *State is seeking the death penalty*
Update: Petit Family murders – Private funeral held for family
Update: Petit Family murders *Search warrants released – new details given*
Update: Petit Family murder *Trial for Steven Hayes begins Monday*
Update: Petit Family murders *Steven Hayes convicted; faces death penalty*
Update: Petit Family murders *Both defendants convicted and sentenced to death*

Books
Murder in Connecticut: The Shocking Crime That Destroyed A Family And United A Community

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: The Family on Sorghum Mill Drive
The Cheshire Murders

INMATE INFORMATION

StevenHayes

Inmate Number: 97425
Inmate Name: HAYES,STEVEN JOSEPH
Date of Birth: 5/30/1963
Latest Admission Date: 5/5/2003
Current Location: NORTHERN CI
Status: SENTENCED
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: CAPITAL FELONY F
Date of Sentence: 12/2/2010
Maximum Sentence: 999 Year(s) 99 Month(s) 999 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: Not Applicable
Detainer: NONE

INMATE INFORMATION

Joshua Komisarjevsky

nmate Number: 299047
Inmate Name: KOMISARJEVSKY,JOSHUA A
Date of Birth: 8/10/1980
Latest Admission Date: 3/11/2002
Current Location: NORTHERN CI
Status: SENTENCED
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: CAPITAL FELONY F
Date of Sentence: 1/27/2012
Maximum Sentence: 999 Year(s) 99 Month(s) 999 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: 10/5/2017
Detainer: NONE

Update: Petit Family murders *Both defendants convicted and sentenced to death*


Petit Family

Victims
William Petit, (survived)
Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48
Hayley Petit, 17
Michaela Petit, 11

News Archive: Petit Family murders
Petit Family Murders: “I just snapped,” says Stephen Hayes, convicted in deadly Conn. home invasion
Confession: Read the transcript of what Joshua Komisarjevsky said to police
Petit: Komisarjevsky Conviction ‘A Relief’
Joshua Komisarjevsky Gets Death
Joshua Komisarjevsky, Cheshire home invasion killer, asks for new trial
Joshua Komisarjevsky’s Death Sentence Gives Massacre Survivor Peace
Murderpedia: Steven Joseph Hayes
Wikipedia: Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders

Books
Murder in Connecticut: The Shocking Crime That Destroyed A Family And United A Community

Movies/Documentaries
Dateline: The Family on Sorghum Mill Drive
The Cheshire Murders

INMATE INFORMATION

StevenHayes

Inmate Number: 97425
Inmate Name: HAYES,STEVEN JOSEPH
Date of Birth: 5/30/1963
Latest Admission Date: 5/5/2003
Current Location: NORTHERN CI
Status: SENTENCED
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: CAPITAL FELONY F
Date of Sentence: 12/2/2010
Maximum Sentence: 999 Year(s) 99 Month(s) 999 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: Not Applicable
Detainer: NONE

INMATE INFORMATION

Joshua Komisarjevsky

nmate Number: 299047
Inmate Name: KOMISARJEVSKY,JOSHUA A
Date of Birth: 8/10/1980
Latest Admission Date: 3/11/2002
Current Location: NORTHERN CI
Status: SENTENCED
Bond Amount: 0
Controlling Offense*: CAPITAL FELONY F
Date of Sentence: 1/27/2012
Maximum Sentence: 999 Year(s) 99 Month(s) 999 Day(s)
Maximum Release Date: Not Applicable
Estimated Release Date: Not Applicable
Special Parole End Date: 10/5/2017
Detainer: NONE

Monsters Among Us: Daniel Damien Martinez sentenced to LWOP after he killed Lorena Gonzalez after trying to rape her

remembering the victimsOn May 25, 2005, Martinez was pushing a basket of bottles or cans near the corner of Ralston and Johnson in Ventura. Alfred Leon offered him some food. Martinez hit Leon on the head with a bottle. Leon called the police who arrested Martinez.

While Martinez was in jail, he was placed in the same cell as Luis Rios. Sheriff’s deputies noticed that Martinez was hunched over Rios. When the deputies went into the cell, they saw that Martinez was choking him. The deputies pulled Martinez off Rios. Rios was visibly shaken and had a mark on his neck.

On May 25, 2005, around 5:20 a.m., John Perez was driving along an alley on his way home in Oxnard. Perez noticed a body lying in the dirt, and called the police. The victim, Lorena Gonzalez, had been strangled. Her tank top and bra had been pushed up, exposing her breasts. Video surveillance cameras showed Gonzalez leaving an apartment with Martinez at 12:47 a.m. on May 25, 2005.

Between May 26 and June 13, 2005, the police interviewed Martinez four times. Each time the police advised him of his Miranda rights, and he agreed to waive his rights and talk to the police. The interviews were either audiotaped or videotaped. During the interviews, Martinez admitted that he asked Gonzalez to have sex with him but she refused. He strangled her into unconsciousness and removed her pants. He had sex with her before she died. While taking off her clothes, he was thinking he was going to murder her.

Oxnard Man Arrested in Slaying of Woman
Closing arguments in murder trial
Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of mother of three
People of the State of California v Daniel Damien Martinez (affirmed conviction and sentence)

Movies/Documentaries
See No Evil: Lorena Gonzalez

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: MARTINEZ, DANIEL DAMIEN
CDCR#: G04367
Age: 30
Admission Date: 01/23/2008
Current Location: Kern Valley
3000 West Cecil Avenue
Delano, CA 93216-6000
(661) 721-6300

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