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Serial Killer: Andrew Dillon killed 5 elderly women; For one of them, he let 2 innocent men go to prison for 10-12 years


M. Geneva Long

Victims
Goldy Snyder, 86 [10/4/1994]
M. Geneva Long, 67 [3/11/1994]
Lucy Crable, 81 [7/4/1995]
Agnes Deluca, 86 [10/30/1990]
Neda Hoerner, 77 [3/13/1995]

Is David Gladden innocent? (3 parts)
New evidence for a new trial?
National Registry of Exoneration: David Gladden

Movies/Documentaries
The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead: Internal Trauma

Wrongfully Convicted:

David Gladden and James Carson

INMATE INFORMATION

Inmate Number: CA6024
Name Name Type
X COUNTRY Also Known As
ANDREW DILLON Commit Name
Age: 53
Date of Birth: 06/27/1964
Race: BLACK
Height (in): 5′ 08″
Gender: MALE
Citizenship: USA
Complexion: DARK
Current Location: HUNTINGDON
Permanent Location: HUNTINGDON
Committing County: LACKAWANNA
Last Updated Time: 7/31/2017 4:00:16 AM

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The Tom Monfils Murder: Were six innocent men convicted? Or did they take revenge for his whistle-blowing?


Tom Monfils

The Tom Monfils Case Revisited
Timeline: Key events in the Thomas Monfils murder case:
Joan Treppa (a blog with a lot about this case)
State of Wisconsin v Dale M. Basten, et all 1997 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Reporting a Crime, Then Dying for It
For a mill worker, blowing the whistle had deadly results ‘Justice for Tom’
Man admitted killing Monfils, woman says
1st Of 6 Defendants Takes Stand In Paper Mill Murder Trial
State of Wisconsin v Michael L. Piaskowski 1997 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Group defends six convicted in paper mill death
Arguments heard in new fight over Monfils conviction
Detective still confident Wis. murder case is solved
Michael Hirn’s request for parole denied
Kutska denied 1st bid at parole in Monfils murder
Prosecutors: Kutska has no basis for new trial
Kutska defense responds to state in appeal
Wisconsin Supreme Court won’t hear Kutska appeal
The other Wisconsin murder case that haunts many
Trailer released for documentary on Monfils’ murder
Beyond Human Nature
Facebook: Beyond Human Nature

Books
The Monfils Conspiracy: The Conviction of Six Innocent Men
Reclaiming Lives

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Alibis or Accomplices?
Beyond Human Nature

Defendants
Keith Kutska – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; denied parole; eligible again 4/01/2018
Michael Hirn – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; denied parole; eligible again 7/01/2017
Reynold Moore – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; denied parole; eligible again 10/01/2017
Michael Piaskowski – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; overturned and released
Dale Basten – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; denied parole; eligible again 12/17/2017
Michael L. Johnson – convicted, sentenced to life in prison; ?


Michael L. Johnson

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: KUTSKA, KEITH
DOC #: 00304566
Birth Year: 1951
Age: 66
Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 218
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: GRAY
Eye Color: GREEN
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: LEFT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Jackson Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 406
Region Unit Agent: 4 06 03
200 Jefferson ST
Suite 328
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 448-5383
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 04/01/2018

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: HIRN, MICHAEL
DOC #: 00304725
Birth Year: 1964
Age: 53
Height: 6′ 1″ Weight: 233
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Oakhill Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 403
Region Unit Agent: 4 03 01
200 Jefferson ST
Suite 328
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 448-5406
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 07/01/2017

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: MOORE, REYNOLD
DOC #: 00023717
Birth Year: 1946
Age: 70
Height: 6′ 2″ Weight: 225
Race: BLACK
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Prairie Du Chien Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 414
Region Unit Agent: 4 14 16
2000 American BLVD
Suite B
De Pere, WI 54115
(920) 337-4560
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 10/01/2017

INMATE INFORMATION

Name: BASTEN, DALE
DOC #: 00304567
Birth Year: 1941
Age: 76
Height: 5′ 11″ Weight: 223
Race: WHITE
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Sex: MALE
Dexterity: RIGHT HANDED

Status: INCARCERATED
Institution: Dodge Correctional Institution
Region Unit Office: Unit 406
Region Unit Agent: 4 06 03
200 Jefferson ST
Suite 328
Green Bay, WI 54301
(920) 448-5383
Maximum Discharge Date: Life Sentence
Mandatory Release/Extended Supervision Date: Life Sentence
Parole Eligibility Date: 12/17/2017

Monsters Among Us: Achim Josef Marino killed Nancy DePriest, but let 2 innocent men go to prison before confessing

nancy-depriest
Nancy DePriest

Lethal Rejection
The Framing of Christopher Ochoa and Richard Danziger
Texas Inmate’s Confession Slips Through the Cracks
Mother of murder victim says exonerations revealed a broken system
Man Convicted of Murder Freed After DNA Test
DNA evidence exonerates two Texas inmates imprisoned since 1988
Innocence Project: Richard Danziger
Innocence Project: Christopher Ochoa
Freed Man Gives Lesson on False Confessions

Movies/Documentaries
Forensic Files: Forever Hold Your Peace
Shadow of Doubt: Right Place, Wrong Time
I Didn’t Do It: Nancy DePriest Murder

INMATE INFORMATION

SID Number: 02354339
TDCJ Number: 00573514
Name: MARINO,ACHIM JOSEF
Race: W
Gender: M
DOB: 1959-03-12
Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE CUMULATIVE OFFENSES
Current Facility: ROBERTSON
Projected Release Date: NOT AVAILABLE
Parole Eligibility Date: 2025-11-04
Next Parole Review Date 11/04/2025

Monsters Among Us: Steven Cunningham killed Patricia Morrison and Angela Correa; Sentenced to two life sentences

Victims
Angela Correa, 15 [11/15/1989]
Patricia Morrison, [1993]

Indictment unsealed in Angela Correa homicide
Cunningham admits in 2006 to the murder of Peekskill girl in 1989
Inmate Enters Guilty Plea in ’89 Killing
Sentencing in Angela Correa homicide
Real killer sentenced in Peekskill wrongful-imprisonment case
Why I Speak Out About Wrongful Convictions
NY – Angela Correa, 15, raped & murdered, Peekskill, 15 Nov 1989
Two ‘victims’ – freed man visits girl’s grave
Deskovic awarded $40M in wrongful conviction case
Wikipedia: Jeffrey Mark Deskovic
The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice

Movies/Documentaries
Shadow of Doubt: New Girl in Town


Jeffrey Deskovic 1993 and now

INMATE INFORMATION

stephen-cunningham

Identifying and Location Information
As of 12/19/16
DIN (Department Identification Number) 94A7533
Inmate Name CUNNINGHAM, STEVEN
Sex MALE
Date of Birth 04/18/1960
Race / Ethnicity BLACK
Custody Status IN CUSTODY
Housing / Releasing Facility ATTICA
Date Received (Original) 11/04/1994
Date Received (Current) 11/04/1994
Admission Type NEW COMMITMENT
County of Commitment WESTCHESTER
Latest Release Date / Type (Released Inmates Only)

Crimes of Conviction
If all 4 crime fields contain data, there may be additional crimes not shown here. In this case, the crimes shown here are those with the longest sentences.
As of 12/19/16

Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Crime MURDER 2ND
Class A1

Sentence Terms and Release Dates
Under certain circumstances, an inmate may be released prior to serving his or her minimum term and before the earliest release date shown for the inmate.
As of 12/19/16
Aggregate Minimum Sentence 0040 Years, 00 Months, 00 Days
Aggregate Maximum Sentence LIFE Years, 99 Months, 99 Days
Earliest Release Date 04/17/2033
Earliest Release Type PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
Parole Hearing Date 12/2032
Parole Hearing Type INITIAL RELEASE APPEARANCE
Parole Eligibility Date 04/17/2033
Conditional Release Date NONE
Maximum Expiration Date LIFE
Maximum Expiration Date for Parole Supervision
Post Release Supervision Maximum Expiration Date
Parole Board Discharge Date

Kent Heitholt murder 11/01/2001 Columbia, MO *Ryan Ferguson and Charles Erickson convicted, sentenced to prison; However, Ryan Ferguson released after 10 years due to innocence; He is also working to free Charles Erickson, who he says is also innocent

Kent Heitholt
Kent Heitholt

Find-A-Grave: Kent William Heitholt
Facebook: Justice for Kent Heitholt
Remembering Kent Heitholt
Lawrence native slain in Missouri
Sports editor beaten to death
Still no answers one month after sports editor’s slaying
Suspects arrested in 2001 murder of Columbia sports editor
21-year-old guilty of killing editor
Jury suggests sentence for man in slaying of editor
Man sentenced to 40 years in sports editor’s death
Man convicted in death of Columbia sports editor seeks new trial
Columbia Daily Tribune: Ryan Ferguson
Co-worker denies role in Heitholt murder
An Examination of the evidence in Kent Heitholt murder
Ryan Ferguson’s murder, robbery convictions vacated by appeals court
Ryan Ferguson freed from prison after murder conviction overturned
Police Seek New Leads in Murder Case After Ryan Ferguson Freed From Jail
Free Charles Erickson
Ryan Ferguson thinks he knows who really killed Kent Heitholt (video)
Wikipedia: Ryan W. Ferguson
Ryan Ferguson: Wrongfully Convicted
Kent Heitholt murder: Crime scene & suspect

Movies/Documentaries
Dream Killer
48 Hours: Ryan Ferguson: Wrongfully Convicted

Ryan Ferguson
Ryan Ferguson

INMATE INFORMATION

CharlesErickson prison mug

DOC Id 1138775
Offender Name Charles T Erickson
Race White
Sex Male
Date of Birth 06/23/1984
Height/Weight 5’8″ / 148
Hair/Eyes Brown /Brown
Assigned Location Northeast Correctional Center
Address 13698 Airport Road, Bowling Green, MO 63334
Assigned Officer Phone Number (573) 324-9975
Sentence Summary 25 YRS {<(15, 15 CC), 10 CS> 5, 7 CC}
Active Offenses MURDER 2ND DEGREE;ROBBERY 1ST DEGREE;ARMED CRIMINAL ACTION;VIOL EMP DOC TO INMATE
Completed Offenses VIOL EMP DOC TO INMATE
Aliases Charles Timothy Erickson; Charles Erickson; Charles T Erickson

Update: Maria Ridulph murder *Jack McCullough’s conviction thrown out, McCullough freed*


Maria Ridulph

News Archive: Maria Ridulph murder
Jack McCullough 1957 murder conviction vacated; released on bond until new trial
Jack McCullough freed after conviction vacated in ’57 Sycamore murder
Jack McCullough walks free after conviction in 1957 Sycamore murder vacated
Jack McCullough To Go Free After Judge Orders New Trial In 1957 Murder Of Maria Ridulph
Man wrongly convicted in 1957 Illinois murder to be released
Judge overturns 1957 cold case murder conviction, Jack McCullough goes free
Judge frees ex-cop given life sentence in 2012 for killing girl in 1957; new trial ordered
Man wrongfully convicted in 1957 cold case killing ruled innocent

JackMcCullough
Jack McCullough in court

Wrongfully Convicted: Susan Mellon was convicted of killing Richard James Daly, mostly on the word of June Patti, who lacked all credibility

remembering the victims

National Registry of Exonerations: Susan Mellon
Innocence Matters: Susan Mellen (several videos and a timeline)
Petition for writ of habeas corpus 2014
Witness’ dubious history puts a 16-year-old murder conviction in doubt
The June Patti brief
Judge Releases Woman He Believes Is Innocent 17 Years After Her Murder Conviction
Calif. woman exonerated in murder case after 17 years

June Patti
June Patti

Movies/Documentaries
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Murder in the Mellen Patch

susanmellen
Susan Mellen

Defendants
Susan Mellen – wrongfully convicted, released 2014
Chad “Ghost” Landrum – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Santo Alvarez – never charged

INMATE INFORMATION

Chad Landrum

Name: LANDRUM, CHAD ERIC
CDCR#: J53474
Age: 41
Current Location: Sacramento
California State Prison-Sacramento
100 Prison Road
Represa, CA 95671
(916) 985-8610

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