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Tampa Bay area has a long history of violent, heinous crimes

A comprehensive list of some of the most notorious crimes around Tampa Bay since 1980:

 

NICHOLAS LINDSEY: The 16-year-old prowler is accused of killing St. Petersburg police Officer David Crawford on Feb. 21, 2011, while Crawford tried to question him. Crawford, 46, was holding his notebook when he was killed. Lindsey is awaiting trial as an adult.

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HYDRA LACY JR.: The fugitive killed two St. Petersburg police officers Jan. 24, 2011. Hiding in an attic and vowing never to return to prison, Lacy killed police Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, 39, and injured a deputy U.S. marshal. Then Lacy fatally wounded police Sgt. Thomas Baitinger, 48, when he tried to rescue the other officers. Lacy, 39, fired wildly at police from inside the attic for the next several hours. He was found dead in the rubble of the house where he made his last stand.

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DONTAE MORRIS: Morris is accused of killing Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab during a June 29, 2010, traffic stop. But the officers, both 31, were actually the last of his five victims, according to police. Morris got out of prison in April 2010, police say, then spent the summer robbing and killing Derek Anderson, 20; Rodney Jones, 42; and Harold Wright, 25. He was arrested after the largest manhunt in Tampa history. Morris, 26, now faces five counts of murder and the death penalty.

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JULIE SCHENECKER: Tampa police say the 50-year-old New Tampa mother was sick of her teenagers talking back at her. So, they say, on Jan. 27, 2010, she fatally shot her son Beau, 13, when they got home from soccer practice and her daughter Calyx, 16, as she did her homework. The mother has a history of mental illness. She also faces the death penalty if convicted.

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JOHN KALISZ: Kathryn Donovan had long feared her brother, Kalisz, who tormented and threatened her family. On Jan. 14, 2010, authorities say he stormed into Donovan's Brooksville home business and killed his 61-year-old sister and her office manager, Deborah Tillotson, 59. Kalisz also wounded his own niece, Manessa Donovan, 18, and his sister's employee, Amy Wilson, 33. Then he fled north on U.S. 19, killing Dixie County sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed, 33, in a shootout with police. Kalisz, 57, was sentenced to life for Reed's murder. He still faces the death penalty if convicted of the other murders.

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HUMBERTO DELGADO: He was a military veteran and former St. Croix police officer who ended up living on the streets. Then police say he attacked and killed Tampa police Cpl. Mike Roberts, 38, on Aug. 19, 2009. Roberts was trying to question Delgado, who police say was carrying a large cache of weapons. Roberts struggled with Delgado, who hit the officer with a handgun and then shot him, police say. Delgado, 36, went on trial Friday.

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RICHARD McTEAR JR.: Authorities say McTear attacked his former girlfriend, 17-year-old Jasmine Bedwell, and her 3-month-old son, Emanuel Wesley Murray, on May 5, 2009. McTear, who was not the boy's father, is accused of kidnapping and injuring the baby and throwing him out of his car window onto Interstate 275 in Tampa. The state is seeking the death penalty for McTear, 24.

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VINCENT BROWN: He had long been abusive to the mother of his children. Then police say he kidnapped 31-year-old Jennifer Johnson Nov. 15, 2008. He locked her in the trunk of her car, drove her to Polk County, strangled her and left her body in an abandoned Lakeland home, police say. Johnson called 911 from inside the trunk but no help was sent. A Plant City police dispatcher was fired and three others resigned. Brown, 41, is now on trial.

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JOVANY EDGARDO RIVERA: He ended an acrimonious dispute between his pregnant sister and their mother by killing them, according to Hillsborough deputies. Yesenia Rivera, 18, and her 50-year-old mother Sara Rivera were found dead in August 2009. Deputies found Rivera sitting in a church pew. The 30-year-old was declared incompetent to stand trial in 2010.

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JORGE BELLO GARCIA: He killed his estranged wife, Gina Marie Lamantia-Bello, 44, and two of her friends: Hillsborough Fire Rescue Capt. Chris Artigas, 45, and Regina Ann Coffaro, 44 on June 7, 2008. Then Garcia got into a shootout with Hillsborough deputies, injuring two of them. The 54-year-old Garcia was trying to wrest away the gun of one of the wounded deputies when he was fatally shot in the head by Deputy Malachi McCoy.

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EDWARD ALLEN COVINGTON: Covington faces the death penalty for the 2008 Mother's Day massacre of his live-in girlfriend, Lisa Freiberg, 26, and her two children, Zachary, 7, and Heather Savannah, 2. Covington is accused of choking, beating, stabbing, dismembering and mutilating the family and their dog on May 11, 2008. The family was found dead the next day in their Lutz mobile home. Covington, 39, is awaiting trial.

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MICHAEL ALLEN PHILLIPS: The troubled young man pulled alongside the cruiser of Hillsborough sheriff's Sgt. Ronald "Ron" Harrison, 55, and shot him dead in an ambush-style attack on Aug. 15, 2007. Phillips, 24, always told his mother he wanted to kill a cop — then he said he would die in a police shootout. Phillips got his wish: He was killed by a sniper during a standoff with the SWAT team.

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LUC PIERRE-CHARLES AND TYREE JENKINS: Wesley Chapel High School students Derek Pieper, 17, and Raymond Veluz, 18, were forced to kneel along a Trilby road and beg for their lives on July 28, 2006. Then they were executed. The murders went unsolved until 2009, when Pasco detectives arrested Charles and Jenkins. They were accused of killing the teens to protect their drug turf. Charles, 23, had his conviction overturned and will get a new trial. Jenkins, 25, is awaiting trial. But he is already serving a life sentence for the 2008 death of Willie Cherry, 21, in Tampa. The 2006 murder of Jeremy Henry, 20, in Dade City was also linked to this case. The hitman said Charles paid him to silence Henry, who knew about the teens' murders.

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RICHARD ROBARDS: The former bodybuilder was sentenced to die for the Aug. 1, 2006 murders of Linda and Frank Deluca, 59 and 60, killed in their Clearwater home during a botched safe robbery. They were both clients of Robards. Both victims had their throats slit. Robards, 44, is still on death row.

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JOHN COUEY: He was already a sex offender when he kidnapped, raped and killed 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford in 2005. She disappeared from her Citrus County home on Feb. 24. Couey lured his neighbor out of her home, hid her and then buried her alive. He was sentenced to death in 2007, but cancer got him first. He died on Sept. 30, 2009 at the age of 51.

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JOSEPH P. SMITH: Carlie Brucia was walking home from a sleepover when the 11-year-old Sarasota girl was kidnapped by Joseph P. Smith on Feb. 1, 2004. The nation was horrified and captivated by the surveillance video showing Smith grabbing her arm and leading the child away to her death. He was sentenced to death in 2005 for her kidnapping, rape and murder. Smith, 45, is now on death row.

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JUSTIN CUDAR: A traumatic childhood left Cudar with a penchant for violence. Then he walked into a St. Petersburg RadioShack on Nov. 18, 2004, with a .40-caliber Glock and started firing. He shot James Dolan, 30, in the head, then 19-year-old Joana Cruz, then customer Kenneth Powell, 23. Cudar, 25, then killed himself. Dolan, a father of three, was the only one to survive the attack. But a bullet to the head robbed him of his sight.

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STEVEN LORENZO AND SCOTT SCHWEICKERT: Lorenzo and Schweickert fantasized about terrorizing gay men in Tampa — then went out and did it. In 2005 Lorenzo was sentenced to 200 years in federal prison for sexually torturing and drugging nine men. Schweickert got 40 years in 2007. Both Lorenzo, 52, and Schweickert, 46, have been linked to the deaths of Jason Galehouse and Michael Wachholtz, two 26-year-olds who disappeared over the same 2003 weekend. Schweickert told a federal jury that he helped Lorenzo dismember the body of Galehouse, who was never found. Wachholtz was found dead in his Jeep.

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WILLIAM DEPARVINE: The St. Petersburg steel worker and career criminal was out of prison for seven months when he executed a Tierra Verde couple. Deparvine killed Richard Van Dusen, 58, and his 49-year-old wife, Karla, on Nov. 26, 2003. He pretended to buy their refurbished red 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne truck, then killed them. Deparvine, 59, was sentenced to die in 2006 but found a way to torture his victims' families: he sued to get the truck back, saying it was rightfully his. He even wrote to Van Dusen's daughter, demanding payment. In 2010 an appeals court rejected Deparvine's claim.

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ALFREDIE STEELE JR.: Steele was sentenced to life in prison for the death of Pasco sheriff's Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison on June 1, 2003. Steele was 19 and seeking revenge against the Pasco County Sheriff's Office when he drunkenly fired an SKS rifle at the back of a sheriff's cruiser on stakeout. He killed Harrison, 57, the agency's highest-ranking black official. Harrison was two weeks from retirement. The deputy was known to Steele's family and had helped them out in the past. "I didn't mean to kill Mr. BoBo," a weeping Steele told detectives in a taped interview. Steele is now 27.

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SILVIO IZQUIERDO-LEYVA: He is responsible for one of the worst workplace shootings in Tampa Bay history. Leyva shot dead four co-workers at the Radisson Bay Harbor Hotel and then killed a fifth victim during a carjacking on Dec. 30, 2000. His victims: Jose R. Aguilar, 40; George C. Jones, 44; Eric E. Pedroso, 29; Barbara Carter, 55; and Dolores Perdomo, 56, who was killed last when the suspect stole her car. He was mentally ill and smiled during the rampage. Leyva is now 47 and serving 14 life sentences.

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PEDRO HERNANDEZ-ALBERTO: He doted on his 2-year-old daughter but couldn't stand his stepdaughters. He blamed them for his failing marriage, and Hillsborough deputies say that's why he killed them in 1999. He shot and killed 11-year-old Donna Berezovsky at home, then killed 29-year-old Isela Gonzalez where she worked. He was captured in Texas a 1,000 miles away. He was sentenced to death in 2001. He is 48 and on death row.

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NESTOR LUIS DEJESUS: He and his girlfriend botched a South Tampa bank robbery on July 6, 2001, and then found themselves on the run. He lay in wait until Tampa police Officer Lois Marrero approached, then he ambushed and killed the 40-year-old officer. DeJesus, 25, and girlfriend Paula Gutierrez barricaded themselves in an apartment, then DeJesus took his own life after a four-hour standoff with police. At trial, Gutierrez's lawyer argued that she was a prisoner of the abusive DeJesus. But she was convicted, and now at the age of 34 is serving three life sentences for her role in the robbery and murder. Marrero was the first female Tampa police officer to die in the line of duty.

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FAUNCE PEARCE AND LAWRENCE JOEY SMITH: Pearce was the mastermind and Smith the gunman in the execution-style shootings of two Land O'Lakes teens over a bad drug deal on Sept. 14, 1999. Robert Crawford, 17, died. But Stephen Tuttle, 16, survived when the bullet grazed his fingers before it entered his brain. Left for dead, he would have to relive that day again and again in court. The death sentences of both men were overturned. Smith became a jailhouse lawyer behind bars and helped get his second death sentence overturned. Eventually both men received life sentences. Pearce is now 49; Smith is 34.

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KRISTINA GAIME: The Land O'Lakes mother was in the midst of a custody dispute with ex-husband Stephen Rotell when she drugged their young sons with morphine, loaded them into the minivan in the garage, started the engine and piped carbon monoxide fumes into the vehicle on April 12, 1999. Her youngest, 6-year-old Mathew, died. But Adam, 8, survived and so did his mother. The mother's suicide attempt and confession were thrown out of the criminal case against her, so in 2005 the state struck a deal with her: 20 years in prison. Now 47, Gaime has been fighting that plea deal ever since. She could be freed in 2017.

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WILLIE CRAIN SR.: The crabber was sentenced to die for killing 7-year-old Amanda Brown, who disappeared on Sept. 9, 1998. Crain spent the night with her mother, kidnapped the daughter, and is suspected of putting her body in a crab trap in Tampa Bay. Blood was found on his underwear and his toilet. Amanda's father, Roy Brown, has spent years trying to get the truth from Crain. The condemned man wrote the father in 2009 and said he would answer his questions. But in another letter, Crain wrote: "I just want to clear my name." Said Roy Brown: "If he wants to see me, tell me where Amanda is. Otherwise, I'll see him in the death chamber." Crain, 69, is still on death row.

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ADAM DAVIS, VALESSA ROBINSON AND JON WHISPEL: Davis was sentenced to death for the June 27, 1998 murder of his girlfriend's mother, Vicki Robinson, a 49-year-old real estate agent and divorced mother of two teenagers. But it was his accomplice who earned all the headlines: Valessa Robinson, the victim's daughter. Valessa was 15 when they conspired to kill her mom. Vicki Robinson was killed with a syringe and a knife in her Carrollwood home and her body dumped in the woods. Valessa was 17 when she was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to 20 years. The third co-conspirator, Whispel, is serving 25 years. Months after the verdict, Valessa Robinson told CBS she didn't kill her mother — and that her mom could have done a better job of raising her. Valessa Robinson is set to be released in 2014; Whispel in 2021.

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HANK EARL CARR: The deadliest day in Tampa Bay law enforcement history was May 1,1998. Carr was taken in for questioning after he fatally shot his girlfriend's 4-year-old son, Joey Bennett. But Carr hid his identity, and his violent record, from police. His hands cuffed in the front, Carr used a hidden handcuff key to escape and kill Tampa Detectives Rick Childers, 46, and Randy Bell, 44. Then he fled north, killing Florida Highway Patrol Trooper James "Brad" Crooks, 23, in Land O'Lakes. Carr got as far as Brooksville. That night, holed up in a gas station, he killed himself as the SWAT team came for him. Carr was 30. His girlfriend, Bernice Bowen, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for helping conceal Carr's identity before the rampage. Now 37, her release is set for 2016.

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GARY CANNON AND GARY COCHRAN: Both men were sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of Cochran's niece, 9-year-old Sharra Ferger, on Oct. 3, 1997. She was stabbed 46 times. But another life was also destroyed in the quest to find her killers: neighbor Dale Morris Jr. was arrested after experts said his teeth matched bite marks left on the victim. But the analysis was flawed, and DNA later cleared Morris. After spending four months in jail, he sued the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for false arrest. He later settled and forgave the detectives. Cannon and Cochran were indicted in 2001 and convicted years later. Cannon is now 31 and Cochran 45. Morris died at 52 in 2005.

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LAWRENCE SINGLETON: In California in 1978, he raped 15-year-old Mary Vincent, cut off her forearms and left her naked in a ditch to die. She survived, but California paroled him in 1987 after he served eight years of a 14-year term. A pariah out west, he moved back home to Tampa. Then in 1997 he stabbed to death Roxanne Hayes, 31. His California victim testified against him in Florida and he was sentenced to death in 1998. Cancer took his life at the age of 74 in 2001.

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RAY LAMAR JOHNSTON: The 54-year-old is still on death row for killing two Tampa women in 1997. He beat and strangled Janice Nugent, 47, and left her in the bathtub of her Seminole Heights home in February 1997. Then he abducted, raped and killed LeAnne Coryell, a 30-year-old dental assistant he took from her Northdale apartment that August.

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SAMUEL SMITHERS: He was sentenced to die for the 1996 murders of two Tampa women. Denise Roach, 24, disappeared that May and was found dead a month later. She had been beaten and stabbed in the head. Smithers was the caretaker of the abandoned Plant City home where the body was dumped. Then detectives found Christy Cowan in a pond. The 31-year-old was strangled and bludgeoned with an ax — like the bloody ax neighbors saw Smithers washing in his garage. Now 58, he is still on death row.

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MICHAEL GRIFFIN AND JUAN LOPEZ: Both men were sent to prison for slaying a couple while robbing their Oldsmar vending machine business in 1995. Griffin and Lopez drove to the warehouse on Oct. 7, 1995. Griffin wounded owner Thomas McCallops, 47, and his wife, Patricia, 51. Then they herded the couple into a freezer, where Griffin ordered Lopez to finish them. Griffin pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 1997 and gambled that he could convince a Pinellas judge to spare his life. He was wrong. Lopez was initially found incompetent to stand trial, but convicted in 2003. Griffin, now 40, is still on death row. Lopez, 38, is serving life.

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JAMES RANDALL: He was sentenced to death in 1997 for beating and strangling two Clearwater women, then dumping their nude bodies in an industrial area. The body of Wendy Evans, 42, was found in Oldsmar on Oct. 20, 1995, while Cynthia Pugh, 27, was found in Palm Harbor on Jan. 18, 1996. The Florida Supreme Court overturned both of his death sentences in 2000. Randall is now 57 and serving life.

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GLEN EDWARD ROGERS: Rogers became known as the "Cross-Country Killer" for picking up women and then slaying them in Mississippi, Louisiana, California and Florida. His Florida victim was from Tampa. Tina Marie Cribbs was last seen leaving a Gibstonton bar with Rogers on Nov. 5, 1995. The 34-year-old mother of two was later found stabbed to death in a motel room. Rogers, 49, is still on death row.

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NATHAN RAMIREZ AND JONATHAN GRIMSHAW: The two teens said they wanted to steal Mildred Boroski's birthday presents. But Ramirez, 17, and Grimshaw, 18, did much more than that to the 71-year-old widow on March 10, 1995. They cut her phone lines and broke into her home. They tied her up and raped her. They beat her poodle, Chippy, to death with a crowbar. Then they drove Boroski to a field and executed her with her husband's own gun. Two different Pasco County juries thought Ramirez should be put to death, but the U.S. Supreme Court spared his life when it ruled in 2005 that juveniles cannot be executed. Ramirez and Grimshaw are now both 34 and serving life sentences.

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DENISE DAVIDSON, MERYL MCDONALD AND ROBERT GORDON: Dr. Louis Davidson was beaten, bound and drowned in his St. Petersburg bathtub on Jan. 25, 1994. The culprit: his estranged wife, Denise Davidson, a former swimsuit model who was arrested at Tampa International Airport as she was about to fly to Jamaica. They also arrested the two bumbling hit men she hired to end her contentious divorce, Meryl McDonald and Robert Gordon. The wife, now 51, got life in prison. McDonald, 65, and Gordon, 48, are still on death row. But one conspirator got away: Leo Cisneros, the Kingston nightclub owner who was dating the victim's wife. He went into hiding the night of the murder. He was never caught and may have fled to Jamaica.

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EDWIN "MIKE" KAPRAT III: The Hernando County handyman became known as the "Granny Killer" for a seven-week reign of terror in 1993: He befriended, raped and killed elderly women and burned them along with their homes. He was sentenced to death in 1995 for the murders of Sophia Garrity, 80, and Alice Dawe, 87. Kaprat was also linked to a similar attack on William and Alice Whitney, 84 and 83, which the husband did not survive; and the deaths of Ruth Goldsmith, 72, and Lydia Riddell, 79. He was killed on death row, but not by the state. He was stabbed to death by other inmates during a fight over a volleyball game in 1995. Kaprat was 30.

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MARK KOHUT AND CHARLES ROURK: The two white laborers and roommates kidnapped black tourist Christopher Wilson of New York City from a Valrico shopping center, doused him with gasoline and them set him on fire while laughing and yelling racial slurs on New Year's Day 1993. Wilson suffered burns on 40 percent of his skin. Both men were sentenced to life in prison and sent to New Mexico for their safety. They lost a 2010 appeal. Kohut is 45; Rourk, 57.

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LORENZO JENKINS: The burglar shot and killed Belleair police Officer Jeffrey Tackett, 28, with his own weapon on June 13, 1993. Tackett was trying to arrest Jenkins when they struggled over the officer's handgun, then a gunshot pierced Tackett in an artery. The officer bled to death before rescuers could find him. His wife, Alice Tackett, later settled a lawsuit with the city that accused the Belleair Police Department of being poorly trained and equipped. She also spurred the legislature to pass the Jeffery Tackett Law Enforcement Safety Act to require back-up for officers. Jenkins was sentenced to death but it was later overturned. Now 50, he is serving a life sentence.

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PAUL CALDEN: Co-workers at Fireman's Fund Insurance were already afraid of Calden when he was fired in 1992. Then on Jan. 27, 1993, he walked into a nearby cafeteria, approached a table of his former managers and pulled out a 9mm pistol. Calden fired 11 shots, killing three men and wounding two women involved in his firing. Calden first killed Ronald Ciarlone, 46. Then he shot and killed Frank Ditullio, 43, and Donald Jerner, 46. Later that day, Calden, 33, took his own life at Cliff Stephens Park in Clearwater. He left no note.

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ALVIN MORTON, BOBBY GARNER AND TIM KANE: Morton, the ringleader of the infamous "pinkie finger murders," has twice been sentenced to death for his role in the Jan. 26, 1992 slaying of a son and mother in Hudson. Morton was 20 when he put a sawed-off shotgun to the back of 55-year-old John Bowers' head and killed him. Accomplice Bobby Garner was 17 when he nearly severed the head of Bowers' 75-year-old mother, Madeline Weisser. The third suspect, Tim Kane, was just 14. The murders became infamous because the killers severed Bowers' little finger and kept it as a trophy. Kane is 34 and serving a life sentence but is eligible for parole in 2017. Garner, 37, is serving two life sentences. Morton, 39, is still on death row.

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BRUCE ALAN YOUNG: The ex-nurse pleaded guilty to raping seven female patients at Citrus Memorial Hospital while they were sedated. The rapes started in July 1991 and the final victim was a 15-year-old girl. Young agreed to a 17-year sentence in 1994 but then he violated his probation by escaping from a commitment center in 2008. He was recaptured and sentenced to a 210-year sentence. He is now 62. His release date: 2137.

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PATRICK HANNON AND JAMES ACKER: Hannon was sentenced to die for the Jan. 10, 1991, murder of two men near USF: roommates Brandon Snider, 27, and Robert Carter, 28, were found dead in their Cambridge Woods Apartment. Snider was stabbed 14 times and his throat was cut open; Carter was shot six times after he begged for his life and tried to hide in an upstairs bedroom. Hannon, 47, is still on death row. Acker, also 47, won a new trial but in 2001 was sentenced to life in prison plus 22 years. A third accomplice, Ronald Richardson, testified against the other two and was sentenced to five years in prison.

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SCOTT BURNSIDE AND JOHN BARRETT: Burnside pulled the strings and Barrett pulled the trigger in the botched Floral City murder-for-hire plot. Barrett executed Jerry Lee Clark, Roger Wilson, Robert Hemmingway and Lawrence Johnson on Aug. 3,1990. But he missed the intended target: Jo Ann Sanders. Authorities said Burnside organized the plot on orders from her ex-husband, Dorsey "Doc" Sanders Jr., and his son Dorsey Sanders III. But the husband was later acquitted in the case and his son was freed in 2001 after serving 10 years. Both Burnside, 50, and Barrett, 46, are serving life sentences. Burnside escaped capture for 20 months and ended up on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. He was caught in the Cook Islands, 1,800 miles northeast of New Zealand, because he sent his mom a postcard. "When you run and hide," said then-Citrus County Sheriff Charles Dean, "don't tell your mama where you're going."

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BRIAN ROSENFELD: The sadistic nurse spent years going from nursing home to nursing home poisoning patients. He may be the most prolific serial killer in Tampa Bay history. Authorities discovered that 29 people died under his care and a jailhouse snitch said he admitted to 23 murders. He was convicted of killing three patients, one in 1987 and two more in 1990. During the investigation authorities reexamined 201 nursing home deaths and exhumed bodies in five states. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1992. He is 58.

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DOROTHY DIANNE ROSE: The mother feared that she was going to lose custody of her two children to her husband and his girlfriend. So on Jan. 23, 1990 she did the unthinkable: she strangled her 13-month-old daughter Jessica and her 2-year-old son Michael, then slit her wrists and stabbed herself. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Rose, 53, is being treated at a state facility.

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ANTHONY WASHINGTON: The convicted rapist was staying at a Largo work release center when he broke into 93-year-old Alice Berdat's home on Aug. 17, 1989. He beat and sexually assaulted her, causing 17 rib fractures. He then strangled her. He also stole a watch her deceased husband had given to her in the 1940s and sold it to a co-worker for $5. Washington raped a Largo woman eight days before the murder. Now 55, he is still on death row.

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THOMAS COE AND SHERYL McGEE COE: Bradley McGee was born on June 6, 1987. Four months later, his mother and stepfather abandoned him at a Lakeland mall. As he got older his parents continued to abuse the boy, cursing at him, dressing him in girl's clothes, making him stand with his arms out. The abuse was reported but the state took no action. Then on July 27, 1989, his stepfather dunked Bradley head-first into a toilet after he soiled himself. Then both parents beat him with pillows until the child had a seizure. Bradley died the next day at the age of 2. The stepfather, now 44, is serving a life sentence. The mother was sentenced to 30 years but only served nine. She was released in 1999 to relieve overcrowding and is now 43. In 1989, the Legislature passed the Bradley McGee Act, which paid for 628 new child welfare workers.

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OBA CHANDLER: After his brother died and his father committed suicide, Chandler grew up to become a career criminal who left behind a trail of broken marriages and eight children. Then he met the Rogers family. Joan "Jo" Rogers, 36, and her daughters, Michelle, 17, and Christe, 14, were visiting the bay area from their Ohio farm. They hated water, but somehow Chandler lured them onto his boat. He bound, raped and drowned each one, throwing them overboard with concrete blocks tied to their necks. After one of the most extensive and complex investigations in bay area history, St. Petersburg police arrested Chandler three years later. Now 65, he is set to be executed Nov. 15.

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NEWTON "NEWT" SLAWSON: As a child he dreamed of mutilation. Then on the night of April 11, 1989, Slawson fulfill his fantasies. He fatally shot Gerald Wood, 23, and his pregnant wife Peggy, 21, with a .357-caliber Magnum. Then he executed their children, Jennifer, 4 and Glendon, 3. He also cut out the pregnant mother's 8-month-old fetus. Peggy Wood crawled to her brother's house next door. "Newt done it. Newt done it," she said as she died in her mother's arms. Slawson never showed remorse and was annoyed when his lawyers delayed his execution. He had nothing to say when he died of lethal injection on May 16, 2003. He was 48.

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AILEEN WUORNOS: Authorities believe she killed seven men between 1989 and 1990. Her first victim was Richard Mallory, 51, of Clearwater. "Well, Richard, this is a robbery and you're not going to be living through it," Wuornos recalled telling him. She would leave victims all over Florida: David Spears, 43; Charles Carskaddon, 40; Peter Siems, 65; Troy Burress, 50; Charles Humphreys, 56; and Walter Antonio, 60. She was convicted and sentenced to death for Mallory's murder in 1992. She pleaded to the rest of the murders, including Carskaddon's murder in Pasco County. Siems' remains were never found and she was never charged with his death. She became the second woman to be executed by Florida on Oct. 9, 2002, put to death at the age of 46. Charlize Theron won an Academy Award for portraying Wuornos in the 2003 movie Monster.

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JACKIE LEWIS SIMPSON: He shot and killed Tampa police Officer Porfirio Soto Jr., 25, on Dec. 30, 1988 when the officer and his partner, Charlotte Rowse Johnston, tried to serve an arrest warrant. Johnston was bitter that Simpson was spared the death penalty for Soto's death. Simpson, 45, hung himself in prison on April 13, 1997 but still claimed two more lives: Johnston and her sister Jennifer Rowse. The sisters left the force after the incident. Their lives spiraled into drugs and arrests until they were found dead in a Lakeland motel room on April 8, 2005. The twins died at the age of 44.

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JASON HARLESS AND JASON MCCOY: Before Jonesboro and Columbine there was Pinellas Park High School. Administrators confronted two students in the cafeteria on Feb. 11, 1988, over rumors that someone had a gun. Jason Harless, 15, pulled out a stolen .38 and shot a student-teacher in the leg, hit assistant principal Nancy Blackwelder in the arm, stomach and leg, then fatally shot assistant principal Richard Allen in the head. Harless was wounded by police as he shot at police while fleeing the school. Harless' friend, Jason McCoy, 15, also took a gun to school that day. He served 14 months of a six-year sentence and was freed in 1990. Harless served eight years of a 17-year sentence and was freed in 1996.

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OSCAR RAY BOLIN JR.: Six times, Bolin has been convicted and sentenced to death for the 1986 murders of three women. Each time, his sentence was vacated and he won a new trial. But now he's back on death row, convicted for a third time in the stabbing and beating of Stephanie Collins, 17; Natalie Blanche Holley, 25; and Teri Lynn Matthews, 26. He's also been linked to other murders in Tampa Bay and 26 other states. In 1991 he was recorded plotting to kidnap the wives of top Hillsborough officials and trade them for his freedom. In 1996 he married a member of his defense team, Rosalie Martinez, by phone from death row. She left her husband, a prominent South Tampa attorney, for the condemned man. Bolin, now 49, is once again appealing.

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TODD MENDYK: He kidnapped Spring Hill store clerk Lee Ann Larmon from her convenience store off U.S. 19 on April 9, 1987. He took her into the woods, tied her to a sawhorse and then tortured and raped her. Her left her hanging in a tree, until he returned later and strangled the 23-year-old. Mendyk was sentenced to death but cancer got him first on March 2, 2002. He was 35.

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DOMINICK OCCHICONE: He was sentenced to death for the June 10, 1986, slaying of his ex-fiancee's parents. Occhicone was a drunk who became obsessed with his ex-fiancee and angry at her parents after the end of their relationship. First Occhicone cut the phone line, then he shot Raymond Artzner, 66, outside the front door. Then he went into the house and killed Evelyn Artzner, 62. His ex-fiancee, Anita Gerrety, and her 11-year-old neighbor ran to a neighbor's house. Occhicone, 66, is still on death row.

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JOSEPH FREDRICK GLOVER: The neighborhood kids said they always stayed away from Glover. He said evil spirits controlled him, and he legally changed his name to "Learn Soul." Then a mother came home on April 21, 1986 and found the bodies of her two children in the bathtub. Michelle Norris, 14, and her 12-year-old brother, Eddie, were nearly decapitated, their home stained with blood. Glover, who lived 20 steps away, was arrested. After being found incompetent to stand trial, in 1989 he was sentenced to two life terms. He is now 55.

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JOHN RUTHELL HENRY: He was first convicted and sentenced to die at age 36 for two 1985 murders: the stabbing of his 29-year-old wife, Suzanne, in Zephyrhills and his 5-year-old stepson, Eugene Christian, near Plant City hours later. After both sentences were overturned, he was again sentenced to death in 1991 and 1992. Henry, who once did time for killing his first wife, is still on death row at the age of 60.

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BOBBIE SUE DUDLEY TERRELL: A Pinellas County nurse who was the night supervisor when 12 of her patients at a St. Petersburg nursing home fell ill and died in 1984. She admitted injecting elderly patients in her care with fatal doses of insulin. She was charged with killing four and almost killing a fifth. She was sentenced to 65 years in prison, but died in 2007.

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BOBBY JOE LONG: He started in the early 1980s as the "Classified Ad Rapist" and attacked dozens of women in South Florida. Then he moved to Tampa in 1983 and moved on to murder. In 1984 he kidnapped, raped and killed his first victim. He confessed to killing 10 women that year and hinted at even more victims. His conviction for the murder of 18-year-old Virginia Johnson of Pasco County was thrown out three times, but it didn't matter. Now 58, he is serving 28 life sentences and the death sentence for the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Denise Simms. Long once told CBS that killing "was like A, B, C, D."

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JOHN WILLIAM "BILLY" FERRY JR.: Inside the Clair Mel Winn-Dixie, shoppers were getting ready for the holiday weekend on July 2, 1983. Then Billy Ferry walked in with a bucket of gasoline. He splashed the checkout counter with four gallons, sparked his lighter and then ran out, laughing. Eighteen people were burned in the ensuing fireball. Five eventually died: Martha Vance, 23, and her 4-year-old daughter, Jennifer; Melody Darlington, 27, and her niece Misty McCullough, 16; and Leigh Carter, 20. Ferry, a paranoid schizophrenic who lived in a nearby tent, said he thought he was bombing a Soviet command bunker. The jury rejected his insanity defense, but his death sentence was later overturned. Ferry, now 58, will serve five consecutive life terms — after his 30 year sentence for arson expires in 2015.

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ROBERT DALE HENDERSON: In 1982 he turned himself in and confessed to 12 murders in 19 days all across the southeast. But this was the crime he was executed for: Henderson picked up Robert Lee Dawson, 18; Frances Bell Dickey, 23, and Vernon D. Odom, 27, in Panama City. Henderson was driving the pickup of a man he killed in Louisiana. They partied together, then Henderson killed them and hid their bodies in a Hernando County field. He died in the electric chair at the age of 48 on April 21, 1993.

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HILL WILLIAMS AND JOHN HOSEY: They conspired to kill Hillsborough County sheriff's Deputy Lemon Harvey. The 34-year-old deputy was killed on Dec. 15, 1981 after returning home from his shift, shot three times with a rifle wielded by Hosey. Williams arranged Harvey's murder over a personal dispute over a woman. Hosey testified against Williams so he could escape the death penalty. Now Hosey, 65, and Williams, 67, are both serving life terms.

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CARLOS BELLO: He was a psychiatric patient from Cuba who came to Florida during the Mariel boat lift. A year later, Bello was taking part in an Ybor City drug deal when he shot and killed an undercover officer, Tampa police Detective Gerald Rauft, 38, on July 24, 1981. Bello, 53, is technically on death row. But since 1987 he has avoided 13 sentencing hearings by refusing to take his psychotropic medications.

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WILLIAM "BILLY" MANSFIELD JR.: The son of a child molester, Mansfield committed even worse crimes at the family farm in Weeki Wachee in 1981: He strangled four women with wire and buried their bodies in his back yard. Only two victims were identified: Sandra Jean Graham, 21, and Elaine Ziegler, 15. In his plea deal, he also admitted to trying to rape a woman in 1982. Mansfield, now 55, is serving his Florida sentences in California, where he was also convicted of strangling a 29-year-old woman.

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ROBERT WATERHOUSE: He was convicted of killing 29-year-old Deborah Kammerer in September 1980. He sexually assaulted Kammerer, beat her with a tire iron and then left her to drown when the morning tide came in at Lassing Park in St. Petersburg. Waterhouse, 64, is still on death row.

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BILL HAAKE AND SAMMIE LEE MATHIS: The two drug dealers were both convicted of the Aug. 18, 1980 murder of St. Petersburg police Detective Herbert Sullivan. Haake paid Mathis $12,000 to kill and rob Sullivan, but the drug dealers didn't know he was an undercover officer. Mathis killed Sullivan with two .38-caliber hollow point bullets to the chest and then ran off with $65,000. Mathis was caught right away but Haake eluded capture for seven years. He was caught in Spain, then extradited to the United States with the promise that he would not face the death penalty. Haake is now 63, Mathis is 54 and both are serving life sentences.

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LARRY EUGENE MANN: He kidnapped 10-year-old Elisa Vera Nelson as she rode her bicycle to Palm Harbor Middle School on Nov. 4, 1980. He drove her to an orange grove to rape her, then crushed her skull and cut her throat. Security for the trial was so tight there were metal detectors outside the courtroom. He was sentenced to death in 1981, had it overturned in 1987, then was sentenced to die again in 1990. Mann, now 58, is still on death row.

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GERALD STANO: Once deemed "unadoptable" as a child by the state, Stano would go on to become one of the nation's most prolific serial killers. On April Fool's Day 1980 he confessed to 25 murders, including 15 women from the Tampa Bay area. Authorities believe his body count may have been even higher. He was sentenced to death for the murder of 17-year-old Cathy Lee Scharf and was executed on March 23, 1998, at the age of 47.

 

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This list was compiled from the archives of the St. Petersburg Times, the Evening Independent and other news sources. For corrections or suggestions, contact Jamal Thalji at thalji@sptimes.com.

 

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