A California man said this week he had no apologies and no remorse for murdering his cellmate — who was an accused child molester.
Gary Dale Poole, 67, was sentenced on Tuesday to 75 years to life in prison for the April 2014 murder of Michael Stauff, 62, according to The Fresno Bee. Stauff was awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges at the time of his death, the Associated Press reported.
“Mercy was mixed with justice. He met his maker,” Poole said during the sentencing, calling the killing a public service.
His admission was surprising because he had denied his role in Stauff’s death at the Fresno County jail throughout his trial in March. He claimed that Stauff had commited suicide with torn bed sheets wrapped around his neck. The jury didn’t buy it — finding Poole guilty in less than an hour, the Fresno Bee reported.
Superior Court Judge Jonathan
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Britain’s newest royal may have an infamous serial killer in her family tree.
A new television documentary on Britain’s Channel Four called “Meet the Markles” explores Meghan Markle’s life and family history. While researching the Duchess of Sussex’ family, the show’s producers discovered that one of America’s first documented serial killers, H.H. Holmes, may be a distant relative — at least according to Holmes’ great-great-grandson.
H.H. Holmes was the pseudonym of physician Herman Webster Mudgett, who confessed to 27 murders in Chicago between 1888 and 1894. Some believe he could have killed as many as 200 people after creating a house of horrors dubbed the “Murder Castle” in a building he owned, according to Biography.
The three-story, block-long building included rooms that had gas jets to asphyxiate victims. There were also trapdoors and chutes so that he could move the bodies down to the basement and dispose of them in a kiln.
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A class of Tennessee high school students — who created a suspect profile for a serial killer, dubbing him the “Bible Belt Strangler” — may help make a break in a series of cold cases from the 1980s.
In Alex Campbell’s sociology class at Elizabethton High School in northern Tennessee, the students used information from the Doe Network of missing people and examined a series of real-world unsolved murders for their semester-long project.
Campbell asked his students to take a look at at least 11 unsolved killings in Tennessee and surrounding states that had become known as the Redhead Murders.
The students were able to find close similarities in six of the homicides — where the victims were all slim white women with red or reddish hair, killed between 1983 and 1985. The victims, who died by being suffocated or strangled, were found close to major roadways, according to Knox News in
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Calling the New York City nanny who stabbed a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl to death “pure evil,” a judge sentenced Yoselyn Ortega on Monday to life in state prison, without the possibility of parole.
Ortega stabbed Leo and Lucia Krim to death with a 13-inch kitchen knife in the bathroom of their family’s Upper West Side apartment on October 25, 2012. In April, she was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder.
Ortega was hired by the children’s’ parents, Marina and Kevin Krim, in 2010, when Marina became pregnant with the couple’s third child, Leo, according to evidence presented during Ortega’s trial. Kevin Krim, a digital media executive at CNBC, believed hiring the nanny was necessary, he testified, because he was working 12-hour days.
On the day of the murders, Krim was on a plane returning from a business trip to the West Coast
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A woman whose mother and stepfather were allegedly bludgeoned to death in 1980 by the Golden State Killer faced the suspect for the first time in a Sacramento court Monday.
Jennifer Carole told ABC News that alleged serial killer Joseph DeAngelo “looked just like an old man.”
“From his orange Crocs to his orange outfit, his shoulders are sagging, he had whiskers on his face,” she said.
But as feeble as the 72-year-old DeAngelo appeared, Carole said she believes there is evil under his surface.
“He looked incredibly ordinary, which I think is the part that all of us are struggling with,” she said, referring to the families of other victims. “From the outside, he looks particularly ordinary and yet we know on the inside there’s a monster there.”
DeAngelo was arrested last month and has been charged with 12 murders across California from the 1970s and 1980s, including Charlene and Lyman Smith, Carole’s parents.
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Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo, who is accused of a crime spree including dozens of rapes, watched his own younger sister get raped by two men when they were children, according to a report.
Jesse Ryland, a son of DeAngelo’s sister Constance, told BuzzFeed News Friday that DeAngelo witnessed the rape when he was 9 or 10 and his sister was 7. The rape happened in an abandoned warehouse on an Air Force base in Germany, Ryland said.
“That’s pretty crazy for a kid to see his sister be violated,” he said.
Constance died from cancer last year, and Ryland said she told him about the rape before her death. Ryland hinted that witnessing the rape could have led, in part, to the rapes and murders that his uncle is accused of committing.
“Maybe that was the start of Joe going wacko,” he said.
Kenneth Ryland Sr., Jesse’s father, told BuzzFeed News that his wife never mentioned the
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Doctors and medical professionals are taught to take care of people, but Charles Cullen was a nurse with a dark side. Known as the Angel of Death, he confessed to killing more than 40 patients — believing that he acted mercifully — but investigators believe that the real number of victims could be in the hundreds. That would make the 58-year-old the most prolific serial killer.
Oxygen’s “Snapped Notorious: Prescription for Death” delves into the crimes of Charles Cullen and his complex motives on Saturday, May 12 at 6/5c.
Cullen was a nurse who worked at nine hospitals (and one nursing home) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the course of 16 years. He suffered from mental illness and was known for his “erratic” behavior, according to The New York Times. Charles Graeber, who penned “The Good Nurse,” is the only journalist to have interviewed Cullen in prison. He noted a
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New murder charges were filed against Joseph DeAngelo, the ex-cop turned serial rapist and murderer suspect, on Thursday which means he is now charged with all 12 murders attributed to the Golden State Killer.
Santa Barbara District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced the new murder chargers on Thursday. Previously, he had not been charged in Santa Barbara County.
“I have decided to file four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances against Joseph James DeAngelo. Each of the four counts carries multiple allegations each of the four counts carry the potential for a sentence of life without possibility of parole or the death sentence,” she said during a press conference.
DeAngelo is accused of murdering two couples in Santa Barbara County: Robert Offerman and Alexandria Manning in 1979 and Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez in 1981.
RELATED: A Timeline Of The Golden State Killer’s Crimes
DeAngelo, 72, had previously been charged with eight counts of
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EXCLUSIVE: CNN spin-off network HLN is developing a follow up to Joke Productions’ Golden State Killer documentary series Unmasking A Killer after police arrested and charged 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo for a number of the murders.
Joke Fincioen, who runs the eponymous production company, tells Deadline that it was a “privilege to witness this moment in history” after spending years on the high-end doc project.
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced the arrest last week, coming after Paul Holes, a retired investigator with the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and long-time investigator on the case, is thought to have made a break on the case by searching a free genealogy website.
Fincioen says it is now working on a follow-up for the Time Warner-backed broadcaster. “There is a lot to cover and still uncover in terms of the offender
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A man who spent nearly four decades behind bars for murder may have been wrongly convicted of a crime that was, in fact, committed by the Golden State Killer.
Police are investigating whether Joseph DeAngelo, the suspected Golden State Killer, is the true culprit behind the killing that put Craig Coley, 70, behind bars until last November.
“(It’s) within the realm of possibility that (DeAngelo) could be a suspect in our case,” Simi Valley Deputy Chief Joseph May told CBS KCAL 9 in Los Angeles.
Coley was convicted in the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her 4-year-old son in 1980. Rhonda Wicht, 24, was found raped, beaten and strangled with a macramé rope in her Los Angeles apartment. Her son Donald was smothered and suffocated in his own bed, according to prosecutors.
Coley was pardoned after police found new DNA evidence that didn’t place him at the crime scene, and he was released only
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