Date of Alleged Crime
|Choctaw County, AL
In Feb. 1999, Victoria Bell Banks was in the county jail and pretended to be
pregnant as a ploy to get released. She had two doctors check on her, the
second of which claimed to have heard a fetal heartbeat. Victoria was
released on bond in May 1999, after she threatened to sue the jail for
failing to provide prenatal care. In August, the sheriff, Donald Lolly,
stopped Victoria and questioned her about the baby that was due in June.
After Victoria told him she miscarried, the sheriff took her to the second
doctor who examined her before, and he could find no evidence she had ever
been pregnant. The sheriff then had officials with the Alabama Bureau of
Investigation question her to find out where was the missing baby. Victoria
could not have been pregnant because she had had her tubes tied in 1995.
After being questioned for extended periods of
time, Victoria, her husband Medell Banks Jr., and her sister, Dianne Bell
Tucker all reportedly confessed to participating in the killing of the
non-existent child. They were charged with capital murder in Sept. 1999.
Rather than face the electric chair, Victoria pleaded guilty to manslaughter
after her trial had begun in Nov 2000, and the other two did likewise six
months later as their trial dates approached. All were sentenced to 15
years in prison. A nationally known fertility doctor examined Victoria and
concluded she was sterile. The prosecutor filed perjury charges against
Victoria for telling a judge she had not been pregnant. The charges were
dismissed in Jan. 2003 when Victoria signed a statement that said, “I,
Victoria Banks, hereby state that I lied when I said I didn't have a baby.
I am sorry.” Medell Banks faced retrial on capital murder charges in Jan
2003, but all charges were dropped after pretrial hearings established that
Medell never admitted to killing a baby. (Justice: Denied)
(ForeJustice) (IDE) (Small
Town Justice) (P2)
Mar 28, 1986
After 28-year-old Laura Henderson
Ibach disappeared, her ex-husband, Jack Anton Ibach, was charged with her
murder. It was alleged that Jack employed Donald “Mac” McDonald and James
Kerwin to commit the actual murder. Laura was last seen with these men, and they were charged with her murder as well. Jack and Laura shared
custody of their daughters, an arrangement Jack approved of. Laura was
seeking full custody of the daughters, so she could take them to Oregon. Two
of Laura's coworkers stated that she talked about picking up a “tape” on the
day of her murder to use against her ex-husband in the custody dispute.
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Apr 23, 1996
Thirty-one-year-old Doris Faye
Lentz disappeared on Apri1 23, 1996 after telling a friend she was driving
from her Arlington, VA home to pick up her 4-year-old daughter, Julia, at
her ex-husband's home in Fort Washington, MD. Her ex-husband, Jay E.
Lentz was a naval intelligence officer. Doris was once an aide to
Senator James Sasser of Tennessee. Doris's blood spattered automobile
was found a week after her disappearance in southeast Washington, DC.
Federal prosecutors suspected Jay murdered her. They did not have sufficient
evidence to bring murder charges against him as there was no body, no
weapon, no eyewitnesses, and no crime scene.
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Clinton County, OH
Aug 29, 1996 (Blanchester)
was convicted of the kidnapping and murder of his girlfriend, Clarissa
Culberson, also known as Carrie. He was sentenced to 888 years in prison.
Culberson, then 22, mysteriously disappeared one night and is presumed dead. Neither
her body nor her car have ever been found. The case against Doan was based
on speculation, guesswork, and hearsay, with no hard evidence.
In 2004, police received a tip that Culberson's body was buried on the
property of Jarrod Messer. Cadaver detecting dogs were brought in and hit
on a scent. Seven items were found buried under the concrete floor of
Messer's barn. They included a piece of duct tape, a sock, and a shirt.
Culberson's mother identified the shirt as her daughter's. Police said the
concrete was poured just days after Culberson's disappearance.
Messer and even introduced him to her mother. Messer associated with
Michael Fogt, who was later convicted of the 1998 murder of his wife. The
father of Fogt's wife believes his daughter was killed because she knew too
much. Fogt also shot Messer in the back in 1998, but Messer refused to
press charges. In addition to the murder of his wife, Fogt was also
convicted of a 1994 rape and the 2003 murder of a Hillsboro woman.
Culberson knew Fogt because he lived next door to her best friend's
parents. (Justice for Vincent)
(Justice for Vince & Tracey) [3/08]
Ward & Fontenot
Apr 28, 1984 (Ada)
Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot were
convicted of murdering Denice Haraway. Haraway, 24, worked part-time at
McAnally's convenience store. She was last seen leaving the store with a
man who had his arm around her waist. The two appeared to be a pair of
lovers. The store was found deserted with the cash register drawer opened
and emptied. Haraway's purse and driver's license were found inside, and
her car nearby.
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|Delaware County, PA
Aug 10, 1999
Robert Norman Rivera was convicted in
2002 of murdering his 20-month-old daughter, Katelyn Rivera. On Aug. 10, 1999, Robert picked
up Katelyn at her day care in Boothwyn, PA, took her to the zoo, to a
fast-food restaurant, and to other places. Technically, Aug. 10 was
not a scheduled day for Robert to have custody of Katelyn. Robert then repeatedly tried to return
her to her mother, Jennifer Helton, but Helton refused to take her.
Apparently, Helton wanted greater custody rights and wanted to prolong
Rivera's care of her so she could argue that he did not return her.
Later that night Rivera took Katelyn to a tourist location (Longwood
Gardens) and while there said he met a couple and ended up giving them custody of
Katelyn as he had no money to continue caring for her.
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|Grant County, WV
Feb 17, 1988
Paul William Ferrell, a rookie
sheriff's deputy, was convicted of the murder of Cathy Ford, a 19-year-old
waitress from nearby Maryland. Her body has
never been found and no one had ever seen her with Ferrell. Some time after
Ford's disappearance, her boyfriend, Darvin Moon, discovered her badly
burned truck 75 yards from Ford's trailer home. Some believed
that the truck was burned elsewhere because there was no scorching on
the vegetation surrounding the vehicle.
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June 19, 1990 (Toronto)
convicted in 1992 of murdering his 22-year-old girlfriend, Elizabeth Bain, even though her body
was never found. Bain was last seen Tuesday June 19, 1990 on the
University of Toronto's Scarborough Campus. Her car was found the
Friday, parked at an auto body shop near campus. Blood was pooled on
the floor in the back, suggesting she was murdered.
evidence connects Baltovich to the alleged murder. According to the
crown, Baltovich killed Bain by 7 p.m. on the day of her disappearance.
However, Baltovich was seen waiting to meet her outside a 9 p.m. class that
she took. The crown also argued that Baltovich drove Bain's car after
1 a.m. Friday morning to Lake Scugog, an hour's drive north of Toronto.
He then allegedly buried her body in the mud of the lake before returning to
Toronto by 6 a.m. However, Baltovich reportedly could not drive Bain's
car because it had a manual transmission.
Since Baltovich's conviction, his
lawyers have argued that
serial killer Paul Bernardo is a stronger suspect than Baltovich in Bain's
murder. At the time of Bain's disappearance, Bernardo was known as the
Scarborough rapist. An award winning book called No Claim to Mercy
by Derek Finkle was written about Baltovich's case in 1998. Following
a hearing in September 2004, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a new
trial, citing an unfair and unbalanced charge to jury during the first
trial. At retrial in 2008, the crown presented no evidence and urged
the jury to acquit Baltovich, which the jury promptly did.
The crown's sudden decision not to retry Baltovich was apparently prompted
by one of its witnesses. Four days before the retrial, the victim's
father, Rick Bain, told the crown that his daughter told him of an imminent
rendezvous with Baltovich on the day of her murder. Since the witness
had never mentioned this conversation before, he presumably was planning to perjure himself in an
effort to convict Baltovich. Disclosure rules forced the crown had to inform the defence of
the conversation. Even if the witness stuck to his previous testimony,
the defence could use his reported conversation to undermine his
Pinfold & MacKenney
Nov 1974 (Dagenham, Essex)
and Harry MacKenney were convicted of murder based on the testimony of a
sole witness. This witness testified the pair murdered a man, but this man
was later known to be alive three years after his alleged slaying.
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Aug 17, 1980
Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murdering her 10-week-old daughter Azaria.
Lindy claimed Azaria was snatched by a wild dog, known as a dingo, from a
campsite in central Australia. Azaria was never seen again. (www.lindychamberlain.com)
(A Cry in the Dark)
Jan 4-5, 1983
Raymond John Geesing was convicted of the abduction and murder of
10-year-old Louise Bell. Bell was last seen at 10 p.m. on Jan 4, 1983
in the bedroom of her family home at 5 Meadow Way in Hackham West, an
Adelaide suburb. She was discovered missing the next morning and her body has never been found. Geesing was convicted of the crime in
1983 due to the testimony of four prison informants who alleged he had
confessed to them. One informant later retracted his original
statement and the testimony of another informant was declared inadmissible.
In 1985 an appeals court overturned Geesing's conviction after ruling that the
prison informants were unreliable and untrustworthy witnesses. The
court also ordered that there be no retrial. Geesing was released
after serving 17 months of a life sentence. (JD33
Morning Herald) (Video)
Part 2) [11/09]
Nov 15, 2001
Rory Christie was convicted of the murder of his wife, Susan Christie.
He was charged nearly a year after her disappearance. On retrial he
was judicially acquitted because the evidence was insufficient to convict
v. The Queen) (Regina