Date of Alleged Crime
|Los Angeles County, CA
O. J. Simpson
June 12, 1994 (Brentwood)
Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson was
found civilly liable for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson,
35, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25. He had earlier been acquitted
of the murders in criminal court, but he is perceived by many
as guilty despite his
acquittal. The victims, who were white, were found outside Nicole's home at 875 S. Bundy
Drive in Brentwood, CA. O.J.,
who was black, was a Heisman trophy winner, a Hollywood movie actor,
a network TV football commentator, and
was known for the TV commercials he made for the Hertz Rental Car Agency. He was the most famous American ever charged with
murder. O.J.'s criminal trial was dubbed the “Trial of the Century,”
although that designation had previously been used to describe the 1935
trial of the alleged Lindbergh baby killer.
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|Larimer County, CO
Feb 11, 1987 (Fort Collins)
Tim Masters was convicted in 1999 of the
1987 murder of Peggy Hettrick. Hettrick's
body had been found in a south Fort Collins field just hours after she was
last seen leaving a nearby restaurant. This location was 100 feet
north of the mobile home of Tim Masters. Masters' father
told police that his 15-year-old son had walked through the field as he did
every day to take a bus to school.
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May 23, 1984 (Gulfport)
George Allen Lewis was convicted
of the rape and murder of a 36-year-old neighbor, Karen Gregory. Gregory
lived at the corner of 27 Ave. and Upton St. in Gulfport, FL. Around 1 a.m.
on May 23, 1984, more than a dozen of Gregory's neighbors heard a loud
piercing scream. Most paid little attention, but on the morning of the 24th,
Gregory was found raped and brutally murdered. When interviewed later,
Lewis said that upon hearing the scream he walked towards Gregory's house to
investigate, but turned around after he failed to see anything suspicious.
Lewis was a firefighter and a neighborhood crime watch volunteer. He had a
crime watch sign in his yard. Lewis had a sterling reputation and was
friends with the case investigator, Detective Larry Tosi.
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|Kootenai County, ID
June 21, 1980 (Post Falls)
Donald Manuel Paradis was sentenced to death for the murder of 19-year-old
Kimberly Anne Palmer. Paradis was a leader of the Gypsy Jokers
motorcycle gang. Prior to the murder he allowed a number of people to use his
home in Spokane, WA. On June 21, 1980, Palmer was strangled to death
in his home and her boyfriend, Scott Currier, was beaten to death.
Paradis was not home at the time of the crime. The victims' killers
have since been established, and both the killers and other witnesses made
it clear that Paradis had nothing to do with the killings.
came home and found the bodies, he feared he would be accused of the
murders. So he and two other men wrapped the bodies in sleeping bags
and put them in a car. He then drove the bodies across the state line
and dumped them in Post Falls, Idaho.
Paradis was tried in Washington for the murder of Currier, but was
acquitted. William Brady, the pathologist who performed an autopsy on
Palmer, fostered the impression that Palmer had been killed in Idaho.
Brady's improbable theory became the basis for Idaho authorities to
prosecute Paradis for the murder of Palmer. Brady was later fired from
his job as a medical examiner in nearby Oregon. An investigation showed that
he had used state facilities to perform private autopsies, had sold human
tissue for profit, and had saved human blood collected during autopsies
for use in his garden.
At trial, Paradis's court-appointed lawyer was William Brown. Brown
had never studied criminal law, never tried a felony case, and never tried a
case before a jury. He was also working as a police officer in Coeur
D'Alene at the same time he was representing Paradis at his Coeur D'Alene
trial. Some of the prosecution witnesses were Brown's fellow police
officers. Brown's defense of Paradis lasted three hours.
In 1996, Idaho Governor Batt commuted Paradis's
death sentence to life without parole.
In April 2001, a federal judge vacated Paradis's conviction because
prosecutors withheld potentially exculpatory evidence. Prosecutors
then dropped charges against Paradis after he pled guilty to moving a corpse.
He was sentenced to five years in prison and released for time served as he had
already served 21 years. (NY
|Stark County, OH
Apr 23, 1963
Robert K. Domer was sentenced to death for the murder of
a corpse that he used to stage his own suicide.
Domer owned a Canton, OH mortgage company which was going through hard times due to an
economic downturn and because an employee had made loans that went bad
because he did not follow proper procedures. This employee then ran off with some of the
company's funds. Domer himself had illegally manipulated the company
funds to keep the company afloat. After auditors came to look at his
books, Domer faced disgrace and possible criminal charges.
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|Montgomery County, PA
Dec 6, 1946 (Pottstown)
Wentzel was convicted in 1947 of the strangulation murder of Mrs. Miriam
Green, a 29-year-old divorcee. Green was last seen entering her apartment at
358 Chestnut St. in Pottstown on
the early evening of Friday, Dec. 6, 1946. Green's mother said her daughter
had planned to visit her that Friday, but she did not visit, nor did she
call to say why. Green did not report for work Saturday morning, nor did
she call in sick. The thermostat for her apartment building was located in
her apartment. She had diligently taken care of resetting the thermostat
after the furnace went off, but had not that weekend. Because of the cold,
neighbors had knocked on her door several times during the weekend, but had
gotten no response. Finally, on Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, neighbors entered
her apartment and found her dead.
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