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Cold Case: Douglas Donald DeBruin killed Gregory John May, whose remains were never found except his head; Sentenced to life in prison

Gregory John May

Find-A-Grave: Greg May
Head in concrete could be missing antiques dealer’s
Missing Man Was Barely Missed
Vivid Testimony In Bellevue Chainsaw Murder Case
DeBruin lames ex-girlfriend in slaying
DeBruin guilty of Bellevue murder
DeBruin gets life sentence
The Dark Side of Iowa: Douglas DeBruin #6606305
United States of America v Julie Miller 2007
Woman likely won’t face more charges in killing of Bellevue antiques dealer
Websleuths: IA – Gregory May, 55, slain, dismembered, Bellevue, Jan 2001
May case in spotlight again
The Head in the Bucket: The Murder of Gregory May

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases (chapter 12; good book)

Extreme Forensics: Road Trip Killers
48 Hours: The Girl Next Door (not exclusively about Greg May)

Douglas Donald DeBruin – convicted, sentenced to life in prison
Julie Miller –


Name Douglas Donald DeBruin
Offender Number 6606305
Sex M
Birth Date 7/27/1950
Age 66
Location Iowa State Penitentiary
County Of Commitment Jackson
Commitment Date 5/13/2008
Duration LIFE

Supervision Status: Prison
Offense Class: A Felony
County of Commitment: Jackson

Supervision Status: Prison
Offense Class: C Felony
County of Commitment: Jackson


Register Number: 08955-029
Age: 56
Race: White
Sex: Female
Released On: 02/11/2011

Frances Elizabeth “Beth” Johnson murder 7/26/1984 *Husband, Paul Anthony Johnson, convicted, sentenced to life in prison; Conviction overturned*

dv awarenessFrom Johnson’s 1991 appeal: During the early morning hours of July 26, 1984, the body of Frances Elizabeth Johnson, hereinafter “the victim,” was found in the bedroom of the home she shared with the appellant. She was nude, and a towel was draped across her chest. She had been severely beaten about her face and body, strangled, and repeatedly stabbed in the chest. The bedroom had been ransacked; the dresser drawers had been pulled out; and clothing had been scattered about. The victim’s class ring and wedding band, which she normally wore, were missing. However, she was wearing a gold necklace when her body was discovered. The appellant subsequently reported to the police that $600 in cash was missing from her checkbook, which was on the kitchen counter.

Diane Nance, a coworker of the victim, last saw the victim alive when the two of them returned from work at 1:40 a.m. on the date of the homicide. As Nance drove away from the victim’s house, she observed the victim calling her dog, and she heard the dog barking in the distance.

At approximately 3:00 a.m., the appellant arrived at his parents’ house. He was visibly upset, and was screaming and hollering. The appellant’s father called the sheriff’s department and informed someone that there had been a burglary at the appellant’s home and that his wife had been hurt. (However, the dispatcher’s log book does not have a notation regarding this call.) The appellant and his parents then drove to the appellant’s home. While the appellant and his mother waited outside, the appellant’s father went into the house, felt for the victim’s pulse and, finding none, concluded that she was dead. He returned and told his wife and son to go to a neighbor’s house and to call the police. They went to the house of Monroe Harcrowe and called the sheriff’s department. The records of the dispatcher show that this call was received at 3:15 a.m.

As a result of this call, Sheriff Louie Coleman went to the scene. When he arrived, he observed the appellant, the appellant’s parents, and several other people outside the house. He noticed that the appellant was wearing blue jeans, but that he was not wearing a shirt or shoes. He entered the house and observed the victim’s body. He could find no pulse when he touched the body. He noticed that a towel was draped across the upper portion of the body, covering her chest. He additionally noticed blood running from her mouth and bruises on her face and neck. It was obvious that the victim had been severely beaten about the face, neck, and chest area, strangled, and stabbed three times in the upper body region. A butcher’s knife was on the floor next to the body. The tip of the knife was missing, but was later found embedded in the carpeted floor beneath the body.

A subsequent examination of the body indicated that two of the stab wounds penetrated the entire body. The third stab wound did not penetrate the entire body; however, the knife struck the aorta, causing the victim’s death.

It appears that there has not been justice in this case. Please remember Beth, as she lived and had a life before it was cut short.

Find-A-Grave: Frances Elizabeth “Beth” Ezelle
Defendant set up wife’s killing, prosecutor claims in Carrollton
Carrollton man testifies offer made to kill wife (part 1)
Offer (part 2)
Testimony is nearing an end in Pickens County slaying case
Pickens man convicted in killing (part 1)
Pickens (part 2)
Paul Anthony Johnson v State of Alabama 1988 (conviction and sentenced overturned)
Court overturns area murder conviction
Pickens decision disputed
Pickens man freed while awaiting new murder trial
Venue change made in Johnson murder retrial (part 1)
Johnson (part 2)
Pickens murder retrial to begin
Testimony in Pickens trial opens (part 1)
Trial (part 2)
Witness: Slaying suspect father of my child
State rests case in Pickens slaying
Paul Anthony Johnson v State of Alabama 1991 (conviction and sentenced overturned)
Court rules to let convicted killer go free (part 1)
Johnson (part 2)

News Archive: Loretta Jones murder

Loretta Jones

Cold Case: Loretta Jones murder 7/30/1970 Price, UT *Still unsolved over 45 years later; Can you help?*
Update: Loretta Jones murder *Thomas Edward Egley charged with her murder*

Thomas Edward Egley
Thomas Edward Egley

Update: Loretta Jones murder *Thomas Edward Egley charged with her murder*

Loretta Jones

News Archive: Loretta Jones murder
Man arrested and charged 46 years later in rape and murder of Carbon County woman
Man arrested, charged 46 years later in rape and murder of Carbon County woman
Arrest made in 46-year-old Utah rape and murder cold case
Arrest made in cold case 46 years after rape, murder of Utah woman
Arrest made in 45 year old cold case
Colorado man arrested, charged in 1970 murder in Utah
Colorado man arrested in woman’s 1970 rape, murder in Utah
Colorado man arrested in the 1970 rape and murder of Utah woman

Thomas Edward Egley
Thomas Edward Egley

Monsters Among Us: Brian Eugene Jones killed Brook Baker and Erika Norman; Sentenced to LWOP

Brook Baker and Erika Norman

Brook Elizabeth Baker, 19 [9/7/1997]
Erika Elaine Norman, 21 [7/4/1999]

Find-A-Grave: Brook Elizabeth Baker
Find-A-Grave: Erika Elaine Norman
`If It Can Happen Here, It Can Happen Anywhere’
Unsolved Mysteries Wiki: Brook Baker
Unsolved Mysteries Wiki: Erika Elaine Norman
Student’s body found in field
Police Await Id On Found Body
Positive Id Made Of Found Body
Student named as suspect in woman’s death
Man sentenced in slaying of fellow college student
Local jurors to hear Vincennes murder case
Indiana man pleads guilty in strangling of student
Vincennes man sentenced to life in jail
Brian E. Jones v State of Indiana 2002 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Brook Baker: ID’s ‘Six Degrees of Murder’ Airs Death of Indiana Journalism college coed
Amateur Sleuth: Brook Baker wanted to be a journalist

Six Degrees of Murder: Crime Writer
Motives & Murders: Where Murders Go Unsolved


Brian Jones

DOC Number 102703
First Name BRIAN
Middle Name
Last Name JONES
Date of Birth 09/03/1976
Gender Male
Race White
Facility/Location Wabash Valley Level 4 Facility
Earliest Possible Release Date 00/00/0000

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 01/12/2001
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days LIFE
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 42D01-9907-CF-034
County of Conviction KNOX
Projected Release Date 00/00/0000

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 01/12/2001
Description RAPE
Term in Years / Months / Days 20 00 00000
Type of Conviction FB
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-4-1
Cause Number 42D01-9907-DF-034
County of Conviction KNOX
Projected Release Date 06/16/2009

Sentence Information
Date of Sentence 09/08/2000
Description MURDER
Term in Years / Months / Days 60 00 00000
Type of Conviction M
Indiana Citation Code 35-42-1-1
Cause Number 42C01-9912-CF-53
County of Conviction KNOX
Projected Release Date 11/10/2029

Deadly Duo: Maria Teresa Ceja Robles and Jose Augustine Velarde killed Ana Lila Diaz De Ceja and then kidnapped her 2-month-old son, Anthony Ceja-Diaz; Both sentenced to prison

Ana De Ceja and Anthony
Ana Lila Diaz De Ceja

Planada family welcomes home baby
Police Arrest Couple in Baby-Snatching and Murder Case; Ana Diaz de Ceja`s body found burned, baby returned to father.
Couple Pleads Not Guilty to Mom Murder, Kidnapping Baby
Merced County murder, kidnap suspects pitted against each other
Maria Ceja and Jose Velarde guilty of murder, kidnapping
Planada couple sentenced in murder, kidnapping case
Maria Ceja and Jose Velarde get maximum sentence in murder, kidnapping case
The People of The State of California v Jose Augustine Velarde 2016 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
The People of the State of California v Maria Ceja 2016 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
CA – Ana De Ceja, 26, slain, infant son abducted, Planada, 2 Dec 2010
Ana Diaz De Ceja: Hispanic mother kidnapped, killed, found burning in orchard by baby snatchers, Maria Teresa Ceja Robles, Jose Velarde on ‘Killer Instinct’

Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen: A Kid To Kill For

Maria Teresa Ceja Robles – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Jose Augustine Velarde – convicted, sentenced to 27 years to life in prison


Teresa Robles

CDCR#: WE7274
Age: 39
Admission Date: 08/16/2013
Current Location: Womens Facility


Jose Velarde

CDCR#: AR1099
Age: 42
Admission Date: 08/22/2013
Current Location: Chino

Monsters Among Us: Convicted sex offender Gerald Bordelon kidnapped and killed his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney LeBlanc; He was executed 1/7/2010

stand up for children

Courtney LeBlanc

Find-A-Grave: Courtney Michelle Leblanc Kocke
Two men accused in killings escape from Louisiana jail, remain at large
Gerald Bordelon and John Priest CAUGHT
Death sentence for molester who killed stepdaughter
Murderer apologizes before his execution at Louisiana State Penitentiary
Gerald J Bordelon #1191
Bordelon convicted for exposing daughter to killer
Gerald Bordelon Raped & Killed 12 Year Old Courtney LeBlanc..Social Services FAIL
Murderpedia: Gerald J. Bordelon
Gerald Bordelon – Louisiana Death Row
State of Louisiana v Gerald Bordelon 2009 (appeal dismissed, remanded for execution of sentence)

Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Missing Blue Eyes

Gerald Bordelon
Gerald Bordelon

Final Words:
Just before his execution, Bordelon apologized to LeBlanc’s mother, uncle and sister, who witnessed the execution, and he asked for their forgiveness. “I’m sorry. I don’t know if that brings any closure or peace. It should have never happened, but it did, and I’m sorry,” he said, choking up and halting to collect himself. His eyes red-rimmed from crying, Bordelon added, “I’d like to apologize to my family and tell them that I love them.”


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