Anna Mae Cox ~ July 12, 1935- December 1, 1975 (Age 40)
Missed by her Mother, Mema, Daughter, Sister and Believer
"Beaten to death by her husband in the presence of 5 of her children. Her seven children were left motherless - Johnny, Debbie, Mary, Rhonda, Randy, Ronnie and Ruthi. Marty Williams, her killer, was arrested for 2nd degree murder, but was allowed to plea bargained down, and served 1 year in prison for her murder. Within a year of his release from prison, he was seen driving his car into a neighborhood canal, after an argument with a lady friend, resulting in his death."
Karen Stoker-Anderson ~ October 19, 1984
Janice Marie Jones ~ March 5, 1952- April 8, 1985
Stalked, raped, and murdered by an ex-boyfriend. The murder took place in front of her two children, ages 11 and 13 at the time. Although the autopsy and death certificate states the cause of death as homicide, her killer was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter Without Malice. He served 18 months and is now free because he murdered her with his fist and not a "weapon" and thus why it was considered "without malice".
was murdered by her ex-husband/Officer Clarence Ratliff [Grand Rapids PD]
murdered by her ex husband in 1989, the jury convicted her husband, a former police officer, of manslaughter, punishable by only a maximum 15-year prison term. For firing his gun at two police officers who intervened, he received an attempted murder conviction, carrying a maximum life sentence.
“He got less time for killing his wife than he did for shooting at the police,”
Sharon Kaye Flick ~ December 27, 1988
Beloved Mother. She was stabbed 40+ times by her husband with an ice pick after enduring beatings all day.
Jan Duffy ~ May 1, 1964 - July 12, 1989 (Age 25)
Jan was stalked, beaten, and dragged to an empty house by her ex husband where he held her at gun point for 22 hours, he ended the torture and Jan’s life by shooting her in the chest. After killing Jan, he shot himself in the head.
Carol Stuart ~ October 23, 1989
Charles Stuart and his pregnant wife Carol left a maternity class at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on Oct. 23, 1989. As they drove home, Charles drove to Mission Hillsand and shot Carol in the head. Charles then shot himself in the abdomen and called 911, saying that he and his wife had been shot. A film crew for CBS’ “Rescue 911,” which had been shooting at the Boston Emergency Medical Services, captured the entire event on camera.
Wendy Ann Croote ~February 28, 1966- June 24, 1990 (Age 24)
Baby David Croote ~ June 24, 1990- June 24, 1990
Wendy, was a wife and mother of a young son, pregnant with another son. A victim of domestic violence, she was shot to death by her husband.
Michelle Marie Warren ~ November 24, 1966 - October 9, 1990 (Age 23)
Lured to the home she had once shared with her ex-boyfriend, to pick up some of her belongings, she was shot and killed before he killed himself.
Vicenta Sanchez-Orellana ~ January 4, 1990 (Age 24)
Badly beaten and burned, her body was found in a ravine off Palomares Canyon Road near the border of Sunol and Castro Valley, Ca. Her husband Oscar Manuel Orellana, was later charged when he filed a missing person report. The report was only filled because he needed paperwork to marry someone else.
Carol Spadoni ~ April 23, 1991 (Age 47)
Was fatally shot by Philip Jablonski . He also raped, sodomized and shot her mother Eva Petersen (72). A day earlier he had killed Fathyma Vann in Riverside County. He was on parole after serving 12 years for the 1978 murder of his girlfriend Melinda Kimball. In 2006 the California Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.
Donna Ann Morrow ~ December 19, 1991 (Age 37)
Was murdered in Menlo Park, Ca., following an argument with her husband, Joseph Morrow, who fled the country. Her body was found in 2003 in the Santa Cruz Mountains on property that had been owned by Joseph Morrow. Police tracked Morrow to Manila, where he was arrested in Jan, 2003. Morrow’s trial began in 2006. In 2007 Morrow (59) agreed to be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Kerry O’Neill ~ December 1, 1993
Distraught over their recent breakup, Ensign George Smith, 24, showed up at the door of the Wyoming Valley West grad’s apartment at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, Calif., with a 9-millimeter Ruger. When Lt. jg. Alton L. Grizzard, 24, a former Navy quarterback and mutual friend, answered the door for O’Neill, Smith fired four shots, killing Grizzard. Smith then shot O’Neill in the head as she hid behind a chair, before turning the gun on himself. She was a former star athlete at the U.S. Naval Academy
Kathleen Schurer Wood ~ September 25, 1993
Stabbed to death by estranged husband. She leaves behind 2 small children.
Gina Maria ~ June 1, 1967-June 9, 1993 (Age 26)
Shaun Edwards ~ December 1, 1989-June 9, 1993 (Age 4)
Joshua Lee ~ November 10, 1992-June 9, 1993 (Age 1)
"The cycle of domestic violence was now complete — he now had the ultimate form of control — Gina, Shaun, Joshua — they were now the silent witnesses to murder".
"It was seconds of terror that forever changed the world — That's when their lives ended — and when the nightmare for our family began."
"Gina had gotten the little house, the two cars, the kids, and even the dog. The only thing is — she married a man that needed total power and control over her — he made his choice and he never thought of the consequences".
"My son-in-law is no longer in control of my daughter. As he sits in his brown cell dressed in his brown clothes the only one he can control now is himself. He isn't controlling our lives any more. The world's violence has leaked into our home which is to be a safe place. Through all this we are forever changed but we are continuing. We know our son-in-law is no longer in control of my daughter and grandsons — they are now sleeping with the angels".
Anne Scripps Douglas ~ January 6, 1994
Scott Douglas (38) beat his wife, with a claw hammer in their Bronxville home, Dec.32, 1993. She went into a coma and died Jan 6, 1994.
Wylea Estee' Smith ~ March 31, 1966- August 19, 1994 (Age 28)
Beloved Daughter, Granddaughter, Niece, Cousin, "Lil Girl", Friend
Stalked and Murdered by an ex- boyfriend.
Anne Morgan ~ February 28, 1958 - January 1, 1995 (Age 37)
"Murdered by her husband Brian at their home in Berkshire in 1995. He repeatedly hit her over the head with a hammer. She left 2 children behind, Dawn and Carla
Tammy Lea Pugh-Schaefer-Jones-Bryant ~ March 3, 1966 - February 7, 1996 (Age 30)
Beloved Mother, Daughter, Sister
She was shot while sleeping by her husband Vince, who also turned the gun on himself. Her children were upstairs at the time. Her 9 year old daughter found them and carried her younger sister to a neighbor to get help
Karen Joy ~ February 10, 1997 (Age 38)
Beaten to death by her boyfriend with a marble rolling pin. She leaves behind three young children and is sadly missed. An argument ensued, police said, and in the ensuing scuffle Austin grabbed a rolling pin from a kitchen counter and hit her with it. Joy died at the home around 12:30 a.m.. Neighbors said the couple quarreled frequently. "They would fight a lot," said Christine Norton, who lives across the street. "The cops would show up on weekends, talk to them and go away five minutes later." Joy had two young daughters from a previous marriage, but the children were with their father at the time of the slaying, they said. Patrick Austin, was charged with second-degree murder.
Reyzjohn William Allen Rominoff ~ July 24, 1994
"Stillborn son of Alisha Allen Rominoff July 24, 1994 delivered at 8 1/2 months after Alisha was thrown down a flight of stairs and then left to suffer for 2 days while her husband, a police officer, refused to get help for her or the baby.
Alisha Allen Rominoff ~ Last Seen 1997
Alisha has been missing since 1997. “Alisha's husband has said she left of her own free will, however Alisha's friends and family suspect foul play."
Patricia Mary (McCulloch) Straiton ~ June 15, 1953 - August 13, 1997 (Age 44)
Beloved mother of 5 children and 3 grandchildren.
"Murdered by James Straiton, her then husband of two years; he brutally attacked her whilst she was sleeping then strangled her. He then sent her young son upstairs to speak to her knowing she was dead and on the bedroom floor. James Straiton served four years in prison after plea bargaining. He killed her because she threatened to divorce him after years of humiliation and beatings".
Sabrina Bebb-Jones ~ September 18, 1997 (Age 31)
Was reported missing by fellow employees in 1997. Sabrina’s remains, skull, where not found and identified until 2004. Marcus Bebb-Jones, her husband, was found and arrested in 2009.
Gina Barnett ~ November 17, 1997 (Age 25)
Was killed by her husband James Nivette, their son was found a day before abandoned in another county. James Nivette had fled the country, but was found and arrested in France on Nov 20.
Was murdered by her soon to be ex husband, just 3 days before Christmas.
She suffered 19 year of abuse before she raised the curage to finally leave. During the course of the divorce proceedings, she obtained several EPO's, for threats he made on her life. She tried several times to get help from authorities, to no avail. She was scared for her life. He followed her home and shot her through the window in the back of the head while she sat on the couch, in front of our Christmas tree. He took a plea barging and receiving a short 20 years. He is eligible for parole this December 2007”.
Janne L. Walters ~ August 3, 1957- September 13, 1998 (Age 41)
Beloved Daughter, Sister, Mother, Grandmother and Best Friend
Janne's neck was broken when she told her abusive boyfriend to move out.
From Mansfield, N.J., told her Greek boyfriend George Skiadopoulos
she was leaving. George freaked out; he told Julie she was not leaving him. They argued some more, until George, in a rage, choked Julie. Julie struggled, and George just choked her harder. He finally strangled her to death. George Skiadopoulos mutilated and disposed of her body. January 26, 1999 George confessed to her murder and was sentenced to life in prison. A Greek appeals court in 2002 reduced his life sentence to 23 years in prison
Nancy Richards-Akers ~ June 5, 1999
Was shot twice in the back of the head by her abusive husband, Jeremy Ray Akers,
as she sat in her Jeep Wrangler outside her former home. The couple's school-age children witnessed their mother's murder, and 11-year-old Zeb called 911. Ninety minutes later, as police approached him across the grassy area in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Jeremy Akers put the barrel of a shotgun in his own mouth and pulled the trigger. In the February before her death Nancy Richards-Akers characterized her husband in e-mail correspondence as a "violent, possessive, terrorist control-freak."
Heather Lynne Williamson ~ May 21, 1976- April 19, 1999 (Age 23)
Matthew James Williamson ~ Heather’s Stillborn child, died as a result of a hard blow to his pregnant mother's stomach by his father.
Cynthia Rena Williamson ~ 6 1/2 month old fetus, died as a result of her pregnant mother being kicked in the stomach with steel tipped work boots by her estranged father.
Lauren Elizabeth Hafford ~ February 17, 1977 - April 13, 1999 (Age 22)
Beloved Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter, Niece, Cousin, and Friend
Physically and emotionally abused by the man she loved, her husband. At age 22, she left him, after he did not follow through on promises of getting the counseling he needed. Lauren was at work, talking to her sister on the phone, when her husband shot her in the back of the head at point-blank range.
Kim Krebs ~ May 11, 1977- November 11, 1999 (Age 22)
Beloved Mother and Cousin
"Her boyfriend, and the father of her 2 children, stabbed her 21 times and left her to bleed to death the day she told him she wanted to end the relationship. Her boyfriend did this horrible act in front of his 6 year old daughter and their 2 year old. He was sentenced to life in prison and he hung himself after just 3 months in the state penitentiary. As of now, his mother has custody of Kayla."
Nichole Francine Garrett ~ February 12, 1969- November 7, 1999 (Age 30)
Beloved Daughter, Mother, Friend
Former battered wife, now deceased.
Shot one time in the back of the head with a 9mm, by her husband. He also killed two others, before he took his own life. "
Domestic Violence causes a rippling effecting, spreading and impacting those close to the victims.
Tyler Edmond Daniels Miller ~ May 17, 1989 - June 11, 2001
Rachel’s Son, killed himself because he could not bear the pain of his mother's murder, from Domestic Violence, by his biological father, Bruce Daniels. Tyler was 12 years old.
Rachel’s Words: As a victim of the most extreme forms of physical and verbal domestic abuse for six years - having been beaten bloody and unconscious on a regualr basis, having been raped and tortured almost daily, Rachel came to a point where she knew that, while she had the support of family and friends, it was ultimately her alone who would and could make the final decision to walk away from something that wasn't right and could no longer continue.
That was probably the most difficult thing for Rachel to do in her whole life. She always believed that marriage was something you do not take lightly. She took the words "till death do us part" literally up to that point. Rachel's children, whom she loved and cherished more than anything in the world, were the product of this marriage. Before she made this difficult decision, Rachel thought it was her duty to God, and to her family, to continue things as they were. Then she realized that "till death do us part" took on a whole new meaning! If she stayed, this man would kill her. Each beating escalated to the point that she was convinced this man would end her life if she stayed.
Imagine how Rachel felt the day she decided to walk away for her own safety and for the safety of her children. She didn't sneak out of the house. She waited for the father of her children to come home. She looked him in the face and told him she was leaving, and with escorts, she did so with her children and ran for three years in fear.
The above account was told by Rachel one month before her ex-husband stalked and murdered her. Rachel died 13 days after the brutal assault.
Claire Tempongko ~ October 22, 2000 (Age 28)
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Cynthia Cruz ~ January 13, 1969 - November 3, 2001 (Age 32)
Beloved mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, friend.
"After escaping her abuser twice and having a reprieve of only one month of hospitalization, Cindy was convinced by her abuser that he was in therapy, and he was so sorry, and that the violence he had committed against her was now at an end. Three days after returning to him, she was murdered. He stabbed her 21 times. Jason Michael Hernandez is awaiting trial at this time."
Chantel Elicia Maragno ~ July 31, 1975 - June 7, 2001 (Age 26)
Beloved Daughter, Sister, and Friend; Beloved Mother to Breaunna, Dylan, Devyn
"Victim of a murder - suicide. Her estranged boyfriend, the father of her 3 children committed this cowardly act in front of her 3 yr. old daughter just 6 short weeks after ending their relationship."
Beloved Wife, Mother, Daughter, Friend
Beaten to death by her husband, author Michael Peterson.
Peterson was convicted and sentenced to life in prison on October 10, 2003
Martha Ellen Shallenbarger ~ February 10, 1957 - Aug. 8, 2001 (Age 44)
Loving sister, daughter, friend to many.. She was beaten at the hands of her live in boyfriend, and then drowned. At this time the family has been told by a good source from the police department that it was definitely murder. They are still waiting for an arrest.
Mary Rae Pieti Guerin ~ July 25, 1953 - January 1, 2002 (Age 48)
Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Auntie, Friend.
Brutally tortured and beaten to death by the man she was married to.
Pamela Stafford ~ Died November 6, 2002
A preliminary hearing for aggravated assault was scheduled for November 8, 2002 for an incident involving a 2-3 inch cut Fredrick Milan had sliced into Pamela arm. November 6, 2002 Pamela returned to the apartment. They were later seen by several witnesses. One witness Lisa Turner testified “that about 9:30 a.m. on November 6, 2002, she was stopped at the intersection of Highway 64 and Houston Levy Road. She heard a gunshot and called 9-1-1. While she was on the telephone, Turner saw the victim get out of a white Escalade. Turner thought the victim had been shot inside the truck because the victim was holding a pillow to herself like she was trying to stop bleeding. Fredrick, who had been driving the Escalade, got out and was “walking around pretty rapidly with a gun.” The victim walked in front of Turner’s car, and Fredrick came up from behind and shot the victim again from a few feet away. Turner said that the victim had her back to Fredrick when he shot her and that the victim had been trying to get away from him. The victim fell onto her back and tried to get up. Fredrick walked around, waved the gun, stood over the victim, and shot her in the chest. Turner said that the appellant did not have an expression on his face and that he looked “like he had a job to do and he did it.” Fredrick walked to the nearby Citgo gas station and talked to a man. Then he got back into the Escalade and turned onto Highway 64”, leaving Pamela to die. The victim was taken in to surgery, where she later he died later that day. Fredrick Milan was convicted of first degree premeditated murder and aggravated assault, and the trial court sentenced him to consecutive sentences of life and five years, respectively.
Seven-year-old Janna Dantzer came outside that afternoon and proudly showed
her mother and a few of their neighbors the $10 bill the woman's estranged husband had just given their child. Kimberly Dantzer, 30, then accompanied her daughter back inside the rented home they shared . A few minutes later, neighbors said they heard gunshots and watched in horror as Mrs. Dantzer - fatally wounded - staggered out the front door of the home onto the porch. She collapsed and died on the front lawn.
Janna, who would have been eight on Thursday, and her father, 37-year-old Robert Dantzer, who had been living elsewhere, were found dead later in an upstairs bedroom.
Beloved Mother, Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter, Neice, Friend
Shot by her ex-boyfriend (her daughter's father) three months after
leaving him, who then shot himself.
Rebecca Ramirez ~ July 30, 2002
Lopez Orozco called Ramirez on July 30, 2002, who later picked her up along with her two sons Twelve days later, fishermen found the abandoned, burned-out shell of the car that Lopez Orozco had been driving. The charred remains of Ramirez and the two boys, Ricardo and Miguel, were inside. Investigators later determined they had been shot.
Renee Morris ~ December 21, 2002 (Age 31)
Bryant Morris (Age 10)
Alexis Morris (Age 8)
Jonathan Morris (Age 4)
Edward Morris murdered his wife and three children, dumping their bodies in Tillamook State Forest. Edward was later arrested and charged with their murders.
Nancy Parrilla-Cirilo ~ January 27, 1971 - September 26, 2003 (Age 31)
Beloved, friend and sister
She died from multiple stab wounds. A knife blade was found broken off in her chest. Bruises on her body indicate she had been beaten before being stabbed to death. Her husband Sandro Cirilo was found dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to his head – an apparent suicide. She leaves behind two children.
Joy Risker ~ September 21, 2003 (Age 25)
Joy’s marriage paired her with a man now in prison for murdering her, Sean Goff , who mutilating her body and burying it beneath a stack of rocks in a remote stretch of Arizona desert.
Crystal Judson ~ April 24, 1968 –April 26, 2003 (Age 35)
was fatally shot by the husband she was divorcing - Tacoma Washington's Police Chief David Brame. The shooting came one day after city officials publicly announced that Crystal's claims of abuse and threats would not be investigated because it was a "private matter." It was a very public murder-suicide though, executed in a shopping center parking lot with their 2 young children running to them. . Chief Brame died that day but Crystal lingered. All of us here in Tacoma held our breath for that week, praying for a miracle that just could not be. She had taken a contact headshot with a police-issue glock. Her family stayed with her in the hospital until she died, and it was during that time Lane was given the time to whisper to his daughter...”Crystal, I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure this doesn’t ever ever ever happen to anyone again” Lane has done an amazing job, regarding this promise to his little girl.
Sandra Kay Pearson ~ August 3, 1956 - October 8, 2004 (Age 48)
Stabbed 3 times in the back by her estranged husband.
Angela Marie Coppersmith ~ January 25, 2004
Beloved Mother and Daughter
Beaten and strangled to death by her husband, Charles Ryan Coppersmith, who then killed himself.
Beloved Son of Angela Marie Coppersmith. Angela was pregnant at the time of her death.
Ryan decided to kill his entire family, including his pregnant wife Angela Marie and their two children, a ten-year-old son and a five-year old daughter. On January 25, 2004, he began by cutting the telephone line to the house so nobody could call for help, and opened the natural gas line, filling the house with gas. Finally, he strangled his pregnant wife to death, then killed himself
Sandra Oshunkentan ~ July 24, 2004 (Age 33)
Stabbed to death by her boyfriend
Debra R. Taylor ~ February 5, 1961-May 16, 2004 (Age 43)
Killed by her husband of 5 years Daniel H. Taylor. She was beaten by him almost all that day. He hit her with a bed post that he had broke off their bed and she was unconscious, he then dragged her to the bed and choked her to death.
Donna Denise Shatley Winters ~ November 26, 1962 - November 12, 2003 (Age 31)
A beloved daughter, sister and friend.
"Donna was shot once in the side and then twice in the head as she walked to her car after work by her estranged husband Billy. She left behind a 10 year old son named Devan, and two older children that she had lovingly raised for years who were the biological children of her estranged husband. Billy took his own life after killing Donna.
Sharen May ~ March 25, 2004 (Age 40)
Sharen and her ex-husband were seeing a professional mediator who was helping resolve custody issues for the couple’s three children. Her ex husband stormed out of the session and returned to the building with a pair of scissors. Sharen May, was stabbed in an elevator. He stabbed his wife more than 100 times The couple had three children together. They are now 14, 11 and 8.
Mark and Lori recently learned that she was five weeks pregnant. While preparing to move to North Carolina, Mark came across a .22-caliber rifle. Then at around 1 a.m., he went into the bedroom where Lori was sleeping and shot her in the head. The authorities later found her remains in the Salt Lake County landfill. By that afternoon police had confirmed that the remains were those of Lori Hacking.
Marisa Corpuz ~ September 24, 2004
Her huabsnd William Corpuz slashed her throat using a fishing knife. He had recently attended his 39th weekly session of a 52-week domestic abuse program.
Maria Theresa Rentsch ~ September 20, 1965 - May 15, 2004 (Age 39)
"Brutally murdered by Israel Nunez in Rochester, NY. Over a course of hours, Maria suffered terrible beatings, some in the presence of her 6 year old son. Maria was brought home after being beaten in her car, with her son in the back seat watching. After arriving home, she was dragged through her bedroom window and beaten again. After being left in her bed all night, her killer called 911 because she was unresponsive.
In 2005, in California alone, 181 women were killed by husbands, boyfriends or family members.
Kristi Black ~ May 8 2005
Kristi called 911 around 1 o`clock that Mother`s Day afternoon with a domestic dispute between Ivan Villa and herself. She had just moved back in with her husband the Sunday before. She was later found after a friend called 911 only hours later who found her strangled in the apartment she shared with Ivan Villa. Villa disappeared with Justin, Kristi 16-month-old son, Justin was later recovered and on Oct 5, 2006, Villa turned himself in to authorities.
Karen McGowan ~ May 10, 2005
Chase, 14, Paige, 10, Rayne, 8 ~ May 10, 2005
David McGowan, a 44-year-old investigator for prosecutors in California, shot his family members in the head as they slept in their rural Riverside County ranch home and left song lyrics which may have indicated his motive. He then killed himself.
Vanished after going to a prenatal checkup with Stephen Poaches,
the father of her unborn child. Her body was later found dumped in Chester County. On October 17, 2006, Judge M. Teresa Sarmina found Stephen Poaches, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old LaToyia Figueroa and her fetus. LaToyia was also the mother of a 7 year old daughter.
Nicole Marie Richards (Age 54) August 18, 2005
Alexa Richards (Age 17)
TessaRichards (Age 13)
Anastasia Melnitchenko ~ October 22, 2005 (Age 21)
McAlpin stalked, harassed and threatened his former girlfriend for
three years, once even carrying her down the street in an attempted kidnapping until someone maced him. Anastasia was murdered by her ex boyfriend who through her lifeless body in the trunk of his car. Scott McAlpin was arrested the next day. Anastasia did what she could as a victim. At the time of his arrest, McAlpin had eight prior felony convictions, all for domestic violence, and had been in and out of jail as recently as the week before the murder. Yet he had never been sentenced to state prison. Anastasia said she always believed Mr. McAlpin would kill her. In 2008 McAlpin was convicted of first degree murder.
Sally Jessop ~ June 4, 1957 - December 31, 2005 (Age 54)
"Strangled by her estranged partner, Peter George Hutchings, with a scarf after luring her to the house on the premise of paying her some rent. He was sentenced to life in prison."
Robin D. Shaffer ~ June 15, 2005
Robin lost her life at the hands of her abusive husband. Less than twenty four hours after Robin escaped to live a life free from abuse she was murdered. Based on her estranged husband’s past and not knowing his history of previous abuse Robin felt she had no reason to fear for her life. Tragic and devastating, Robin’s family found out that her abuser was a repeat domestic violence offender who once tried to kill his first wife. Tragically, Robin lost her life to a single gunshot to her neck at close range. Her estranged husband later killed himself.
Kimberly Garnett ~ May 17, 2005
Her life was beginning to change, when the 30-year-old woman was beaten to death in her home on May 17. The killer was the father of Kimberly's 3-year-old daughter. They'd been together for five years and shared a home. Robert Thompson, 42, punched and kicked Kimberly, dragging her through the house by her hair, Robert Thompson beat Kimberly Garnett to death with a 2-by-4. The medical examiner testified that she had been struck at least 30 times on her face, chest, abdomen, back, arms, legs and buttocks. Some of the blows left bruises in the shape of the board. One surrounded a bite mark. Her eyelids were so swollen they had to be pried open for the exam.The bruises and two fractured ribs caused such extensive blood loss that her internal organs had failed. It had taken her between a half-hour and a few hours to die, and she would have died in pain. Her body was so badly battered the family was unable to have an open- casket funeral.
Cindy L. Hicks ~ February 6, 2006
Shot by her estranged husband with a 12 gauge shotgun. She was on the phone with police to report a violation of the protection order. Her killer shot himself to death a week later.
Berna Samara Judge Ellington ~ Died May 17, 2006 (Age 31)
Cameron Noah and Christian Caleb Ellington ~ Died May 17, 2006 (Ages 2)
Ashley Ann Lynn ~ September 21, 1987 - July 26, 2006 (Age 19)
Murdered by her ex boyfriend. She had ended the relationship because she found out he was getting into drugs. He shot her twice with 2 different guns and then set her on fire, and burning her house down.
Beth Ramirez ~ March 30, 1965- September 16, 2006
"Murdered by her boyfriend of 2 years. Stabbed 6 times. She leaves behind a twin sister, 12 brothers, 4 sisters, nieces and nephews.
Stacey Jane Plummer ~ Sept. 24, 2006 (Age 43)
She had served him with divorce papers two weeks prior. He shot her at their home and then killed himself. She had three children, Jake (6), Jane (9), Julia (12). She adopted her daughters, Julia, 12, and Jane, 8, and her son, Jacob, 6, from different orphanages in Russia. Her sister said she decided to adopt older children because they needed more help than babies.
At the courthouse, she took pride in showing off photographs of the children.
On Aug. 24, a sheriff’s deputy issued a trespass warning for Reid when he got into an argument with Plummer. Reid wanted more time to move his things out of the house.But Julie Plummer said her sister decided to give Reid another chance, and he stayed inside the house. They were going to get couple’s counseling, she said. Then, on Sunday, her oldest daughter came home to find her mother dead and Reid critically wounded.
Rene' Nicole Zarnick-Eury ~ July 28, 1969 - April 9, 2006 (Age 37)
Murdered by her ex-husband who then killed himself..leaving behind their son Zane(16).
Mary Brownell – October 21, 2006 (Age 40)
On October 21, Mary Brownell's ex-husband came to the side door of her home. Her boyfriend, Lawrence Allen, answered the door and was immediately shot and killed by the ex-husband who then entered the home and also shot and killed Mary. The couple had a 12-year-old daughter who was in the home at the time of the murders. They also had a 9-year-old son who was not at home. The ex-husband then called his parents to say what he had done and that he planned to kill himself. Police found the suspect in a nearby cemetery where he wounded himself with a shotgun.
Kimberly L. Butler – March 14, 2006 (Age 29)
On March 13, investigators believe that Kimberly Butler was killed by her boyfriend, Osborn Broadnax, who then set fire to her body. Broadnax is charged with first degree murder.
Markeda Byas –July 20, 2006 (Age 31)
On July 20, when Markeda Byas did not go to work, the police began looking for her. They found her in her burned apartment bedroom dead of a gunshot wound to her head and her 2-month-old daughter, Arctavia Reed, dead of smoke inhalation. Byas and her infant daughter where both asleep in the bed when her boyfriend, Jimmie Reed Jr., entered the house. Jimmie Reed Jr., is charged with both murders. Police believe that Reed shot Markeda and then set fire to her apartment to make her death appear accidental. Police allege that Reed did not want to pay child support and did not want his other girlfriends to know of his relationship with Markeda.
Lynne Chapman – May 7, 2006 (Age 35)
On May 7, Lynne Chapman and her husband, Daniel Lee Chapman, were arguing about their impending divorce. Police believe that Daniel shot Lynne twice and then turned the gun on himself. The couple's 12-year-old son discovered the bodies.
David Clark – May 8, 2006 (Age 34)
On May 8, David Clark was stabbed to death by his live-in girlfriend. The couple had 4 children who were all in the home at the time of the stabbing.
Siraquana Cotton –June 22, 2006 (Age 25)
Marissa Mosley – (Age 2 )
On June 22, Siraquana Cotton was styling her sister's hair in the kitchen of her home. Her estranged boyfriend, Charles “Eastwood” Epperson, knocked down her front door and appeared in the home with a gun. He shot Siraquana in the head and then shot her 2-year-old daughter, Marissa Mosley, killing her as well. Epperson fled the house threatening to kill the other seven people who were in the home at the time. There were several domestic violence calls to the home prior to the murder. Eastwood was convicted of felonious assault and assault with a deadly weapon in a previous domestic violence case for which he served five years in prison. A few hours after the murders, police received a call that a man had jumped into the Detroit River. They dragging the river and found Epperson's body.
Johnny Carolyn Fielder – January 2, 2007 (Age 63)
On January 2, James Fielder entered his wife's (Johnny Carolyn Fielder) bedroom and shot her in the head as she slept. He then allegedly returned to his own bedroom and shot himself.
Cynthia Below – October 2006
The battery pack on Bobbie Jean Dressel’s GPS unit, which was cort ordered in part of an order of protection, was destroyed or lost power, allowing him to murder his ex-girlfriend, Cynthia Below.. Dressel is serving a life sentence.
Rachel Johnson –December 21, 2006 (Age 22)
Nelda Grant – (Age 50)
On December 21, Nelda Grant came home and found her granddaughter, Rachel Johnson, dead. She called 911 and while she was on the phone, the murderer, Donnell Ramon Johnson, also shot and killed her. Johnson is believed to be the boyfriend of Rachel who, according to friends, was trying to break off her relationship with him. Rachel's 3-year-old daughter was home at the time of the shooting. Johnson was charged with two counts of first degree murder.
Lulja Kolbucaj – March 31, 2006 (Age 39)
On March 31, police were called to the home of Lulja Kolbucaj. Her husband, Gjin Kolbucaj, had shot her to death and also had shot himself. He recovered from the suicide attempt and was charged with the first degree murder of Lulja. The couple has two children.
Kizzy R. Laury – June 10, 2006 (Age 25)
On June 10, Kizzy Laury's boyfriend, Alvin D. Frazier, beat her and then shot her to death. Kizzy and Frazier had two sons and she was pregnant with a third child at the time of the murder. Kizzy's aunt stated that she believed Frazier killed Kizzy because she announced that she was leaving him. Frazier was arrested and charged with the murder.
Ebony Lee - December 2, 2006 (Age 24)
On December 2, Ebony Lee was walking down a street near her home when her boyfriend, Arenza Hubbard, ran her over with his car, killing her. He fled the scene and a murder warrant for his arrest was filed.
Natasha Miller –April 27, 2006 (Age 19)
On April 27, Natasha Miller agreed to take a ride with her ex-boyfriend, John Anderson. Anderson strangled Natasha, removed her clothing, and dragged her dead body into a river. Anderson's lawyer reported that Anderson was “desperate to keep Natasha in his life.” Natasha was engaged to be married to another man. Anderson was convicted of second degree murder.
Dennis Mitchell – September 6, 2006 (Age 46)
On September 6, Dennis Mitchell was with his girlfriend, Lisa Upchurch, when his cell phone rang and it was another woman. Upchurch allegedly pulled a gun and fired two shots into Dennis, killing him. Upchurch then got her teenage son and a friend of his to help her dump the body into the Flint River. Upchurch was charged with the murder.
Melissa Morgan – November 26, 2006 (Age 20)
On November 26, David Brown, Melissa Morgan's ex-boyfriend, stabbed Melissa to death and seriously wounded her male friend. Melissa and Brown had a 5-month-old daughter together and had separated about a month prior to the murder. Brown was charged with first degree murder and with assault with intent to murder.
Juanita L. Richardson – June 22, 2006 (Age 43)
On June 22, Juanita L. Richardson and her husband, Thomas Richardson, were at a popular overlook on Lake Superior when Juanita was plunged 140 feet to her death. Originally reported as an accidental fall, police later determined that Richardson killed his wife in hopes of collecting a life insurance policy. He was charged with her murder. Investigators learned that Richardson had physically and verbally abused his wife prior to the murder.