No one suspected a pudgy, 23 year old self-employed talent scout and video cameraman of being the killer of more than two dozen young black men in Atlanta. Williams was intelligent and fascinated with electronics. He was known as a "scanner freak," because he would listen to the police scanner and rush to the scenes of spectacular accidents and disasters. He even sometimes sold his videotapes of these incidents to the news.
On May 22, 1981, a police recruit on the
FACES OF SOME OF THE VICTIMS
|Edward Smith||14||July 21, 1979|
|Alfred Evans||13||July 23, 1979|
|Milton Harvey||14||September 4, 1979|
|Yusef Bell||9||October 21, 1979|
|Angel Lenair||12||March 4, 1980|
|Jeffery Mathis||10||March 5, 1980|
|Eric Middlebrooks||14||May 18, 1980|
|Chris Richardson||12||June 9, 1980|
|Latoyna Wilson||7||June 22, 1980|
|Aaron Wyche||10||June 23, 1980|
|Anthony Carter||9||July 6, 1980|
|Earl Terell||11||July 30, 1980|
|Clifford Jones||13||August 20, 1980|
|Darren Glass||10||September 14, 1980|
|Charles Stephens||12||October 9, 1980|
|Aaron Jackson||9||November 2, 1980|
|Patrick Rogers||16||November 10, 1980|
|Lubie Geter||14||January 3, 1981|
|Terry Pue||15||January, 1981|
|Patrick Baltazar||11||February 6, 1981|
|Curtis Walker||15||February 19, 1981|
|Joseph Bell||15||March 2, 1981|
|Timothy Hill||13||March 12, 1981|
|Eddie Duncan||21||March 20, 1981|
|Michael McIntosh||23||March 25, 1981|
|Larry Rogers||20||April, 1981|
|John Porter||28||April, 1981|
|Jimmy Ray Payne||21||April 22, 1981|
|William Barrett||17||May 16, 1981|
THE COREY KING MURDERS
Corey Lynn King, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder with special circumstances and other related felonies in connection with the deaths of 43-year-old Sonya Durfield Harris and her daughters – Ebony Horton, Melinda Harris, and Kayla Clark. The jury heard opening statements from both sides on Wednesday. Prosecutor Robert Sherwood gave a graphic description of the victims’ injuries, as family members sobbed in the courtroom.
He said Sonya Durfield Harris was stabbed 68 times, her throat was slit and her skull was fractured; while 13-year-old Ebony was “ravaged with over 60 stab wounds,” including seven fatal stab wounds to her chest. Eleven-year-old Melinda was bashed in the head with a metal pot, and then stomped on the head with such force that a shoe imprint was left on her forehead; she was also stabbed at least 12 times, the prosecutor said. Nine-year-old Kayla’s body was so badly burned that the medical examiner couldn’t determine if she had been stabbed, but there was evidence to support that Kayla had been strangled, the prosecutor said.
The four bodies were found by firefighters on Sept. 9, 2008, all in separate areas of a burning home in the 1500 block of East Avenue J-3 in Lancaster, according to the prosecutor. During his opening statement Wednesday, Sherwood outlined the evidence he would present during trial to link King to the murders. King was a friend of Harris’ out-of-state son, and he had dropped by the family’s home on the eve of the murders, Sherwood told the jury. Harris’ close friend would testify to having drinks with Harris and King in the early morning hours of Sept. 9, 2008, and then leaving while King was still at the home, Sherwood told the jury.
The evidence would show that King inexplicably murdered everyone inside the home, sometime between 2 and 6:30 a.m., then set the home on fire to cover his crimes and fled in the family car, according to the prosecutor. A next door neighbor would testify to hearing screams coming from the home around 6 a.m., the prosecutor said. That same next door neighbor would testify that she saw King in the family’s driveway as she was leaving for work, Sherwood said.
After setting the home on fire, King drove Harris’ car to the East Lancaster Walmart, parked in front of a fire hydrant and left the keys in the ignition, Sherwood told the jury. Surveillance video from different angles would show King entering the Walmart around 7:05 a.m. and then going into the store’s bathroom carrying men’s clothing, Sherwood said. The evidence showed he changed out of bloodied clothes and into clothing he stole from Walmart.
The jury would hear from a resident in the neighborhood, who spotted Harris’ unlocked car with the keys still in the ignition and assumed the car was being used for a burglary, the prosecutor said. The resident would testify that he tried to thwart the thief’s getaway by moving the car down the street, removing the keys from the ignition and locking the vehicle, Sherwood told the jury.
Video surveillance would show King leaving Walmart carrying a plastic bag, setting off the store’s security alarm, and then being chased by Walmart staff, Sherwood said. Having no access to Harris’ now locked vehicle, King ran into the neighborhood on foot and later ended up in a neighborhood resident’s backyard, the prosecutor told the jury. That resident would testify that he drove King to Harris’ vehicle and saw King smash the window, remove bottles from the vehicle and take off on foot.
After firefighter discovered the bodies in the burning home, homicide detectives set up multiple crime scenes and soon linked King to the crimes, Sherwood said. Hours later, King contacted authorities after seeing a news broadcast that named him.
THE DAMAS CHILDREN
Mesac Damas - the Father of these children, told investigators that his rage started after Guerline Damas - his wife, told him on two different occasions that she was leaving and taking the kids with her. Damas told her “only death will separate us, only death,” according to the sworn statement. He said they started arguing in the home on September 17, 2009. He told her “never” when she said she was leaving.
Mesac Damas then went to work at the Miller’s Ale House, only to leave early. When he arrived home, Guerline Damas asked Mesac Damas to sign some immigration papers and then told him again that she was leaving. That’s when he became angry, grabbing a knife and some rope and tying her up, according to the sworn statement.
He said in the sworn statement that he contemplated many scenarios including killing the kids in front of her and burning down the house with him and the kids inside. He also said in the sworn statement that he thought about sparing the childrens’ lives until he realized that if he did, the custody of his children would go to his mother-in-law, who he could not stand ... So instead, he slashed the throats of each of these five Angels.
THE ROBINSON CHILDREN
Eric Robinson - the Father of these children, was going through a divorce and the children were with him for a "normal visitation." Robinson and his wife were involved in an "ongoing domestic violence relationship." Alabama court records show the divorce papers had been filed in February, but the divorce was not yet final. A series of domestic violence reports were filed and protection orders had been issued. Court records show Robinson apparently threatened his wife, prompting her to ask for a Police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide. Brenda Robinson - the children's Mother, identifed the murder victims as 4-year-old Ereal Robinson, 6-year-old Ehren Robinson, and 11-year-old Evin Robinson. Their father shot all three of these Angels in the head at point blank range.
THE LUPOE CHILDREN
Ervin Antonio Lupoe - the Father of these children, fatally shot his wife and five young children to death. He had faxed a note to a television station in which he claimed that he and his wife Ana - the Mother of these children, had just been fired from their hospital jobs and had planned the killings as a final escape for the whole family.
THE JONES CHILDREN
In the early hours of July 22, within the walls of the family's apartment in Staten Island, N.Y., Leisa Jones, 30 did the unthinkable. She slashed the throats of three children, set the apartment ablaze and allowed the smoke to overcome her and her youngest child, Jermaine.
When authorities entered Jones's charred apartment, they found her and Jermaine in the living room. Brittney and Melonie lay nearby, their throats cut. Fourteen year old C.J. was kneeling over a bed in a bedroom, his throat slit, too. Investigators later discovered a note with the words "am sorry" written in a hand that matched the writing in Jones's diary. A medical examiner classified her death as a suicide through smoke inhalation. She had killed the others.
THE TUNSTALL CHILDREN
By all accounts, Tiffany Hall and Jimella Tunstall were like sisters, survivors in a US city defined by crime, poverty and crumbling buildings. They were quiet loners who gravitated toward each other at school. They both became teenage mothers. Years later, with two children of her own, Hall would baby-sit Tunstall's three kids.
With numbing grief, both families are trying to fathom how things went so horrifically wrong for the women who made East St Louis, in the US state of Illinois, their home. Hall, 24, remains in custody today, after killing 23-year-old Tunstall and her unborn baby by using a pair of scissors to tear the fetus from her womb. But things became so much darker yesterday when a furious two-day search for Tunstall's three missing children ended in the worst possible way.
Authorities found the decomposing bodies of the children stuffed in the washing machine and dryer at the apartment they shared with their mother, apparently after being drowned. The oldest, seven-year-old DeMond Tunstall was found in the dryer. The younger two children, 2 year old Ivan Tunstall-Collins, and one year old Jinela Tunstall were in the washer.
While in custody, Hall told investigators she killed the children at another location, then hauled them home and hid them in the washer and dryer. As authorities waited for toxicology tests that would show if the children were drugged or poisoned, investigators were tracing back over a 10-day stretch that appeared to get darker by the second. Refusing to discuss a motive, prosecutors say Hall killed Tunstall, who was seven months pregnant. The scissors used to cut her fetus from her womb were found beside her body.
THE LARRY CHILDREN
A woman and three children were found shot to death in the bedrooms of a Marquette Park bungalow, part of a crime scene police described as "incomprehensible." Two other people were critically wounded and a suspect - a relative of the victims - was in custody.
The children were Jihad, the 7-month-old son of the alleged gunman, his 3-year-old niece, Keleasha Larry, and his 16-year-old niece, Keyshai Fields, who a friend said was four months pregnant. Keyshai and Keleasha were found shot to death in the same bed. The fourth victim was a 19-year-old woman identified by family members as the alleged gunman's wife, Twanda Thompson, who he married just weeks ago and who was expecting their second child. She and Jihad were found in bed in a separate bedroom with gunshot wounds to their heads. The suspect was arrested several miles away about an hour and a half after the shootings.
A law enforcement source said the man told police he had been hearing voices that told him to bring his family to Allah. He also told police he didn't have enough ammunition, the source said. In recent days, the suspect had been arguing with his wife because he wanted her to dress in Muslim garb and she refused. The suspect had become a Muslim while in federal prison on a gun charge..
THE WESSON CHILDREN
An African-American man was arrested after murdering nine (9) of his children, after a custody dispute. Police found the bodies stacked in a pile of clothes at a house in Fresno, California after a stand-off. They also found ten coffins. The victims are said to be a woman in her 20s, a 17-year-old girl and seven young children aged between one and eight years old. Police arrested Marcus Delon Wesson age 57, after he gave himself up. He shot each one of the following of his children in the head at point blank range, and piled them next to the coffins that he had pre-purchased for them. The young victims' names were as follows:
Elizabeth Breani Kina Wesson, Age 17
Illabelle Carrie Wesson, Age 8
Aviv Dominique Wesson, Age 7
Jonathan St. Charles Wesson, Age 7
Ethan St. Laurent Wesson, Age 4
Sedona Vadra Wesson, Age 1-1/2
Marshey St. Christopher Wesson, Age 1-1/2
Jeva St. Vladensvspry Wesson, Age 1
THE HARRIS CHILDREN
LaShuan Harris sacrificed her three children in the name of "spiritual warfare," the young murder defendant said in a taped police interview hours after she threw her three children in the San Francisco Bay. "Give Jesus your babies," Harris said a voice in her head was telling her on Oct. 19, 2005, when she stripped each child of their clothes and flung them over the railing at Pier 7. "If God wouldn’t have called them, I wouldn’t have sent them," Harris said. "It was spiritual warfare. If he calls me to do something, I’m going to do it, I guess." She admitted to crying after throwing her children into the water.
Harris pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Harris said the voices confused her mind and that she did what "I’m supposed to do, what God ordered." She said she started hearing voices the night before the day of the killings. "It’s my life or the kids’, I guess," she said the voices told her. "Like I had to give a living sacrifice, I guess." When asked whether she thought about taking her own life instead of the children’s, she said, "coulda, shoulda."
As she removed Trayshawn’s clothing, the 6-year-old yelled, "No, what are you doing, Mama? No," Harris recounted. He tried to run away, she said. "I just picked him up." On Monday, a witness testified that he saw Harris hold Trayshawn up by one arm and one leg and swing him back and forth several times before flinging him over the railing to his death. The bodies of two of LaShuan Harris’ three children were never found, possibly due to a swift current flowing out of the Golden Gate the day she allegedly threw them in.
The San Francisco Bay water was just over 50 degrees Fahrenheit and moving toward the Golden Gate in a swift ebb-tide current when Harris, by her own admission, dropped her children in. The tide was especially dramatic, dropping 7 feet from high tide to low tide. That means that an amount of water 7 feet deep covering the entire surface of the Bay rushed out to sea in the roughly six hours during the change in tides. The cold temperature and strong current likely reduced the children’s chances of survival, as well as searchers’ chances of finding their bodies.
For two weeks, police participated in a search with Coast Guard and Fire Department units, but only the body of 2-year-old Taronta Greely Jr. was found, fished from the water off the Golden Gate Yacht Club just hours after his mother allegedly threw him in.
THE DAWSON FAMILY
Angel Dawson (wearing the shades) tried to do the right thing: She told police about the drug dealing going on in East Baltimore's Oliver area. But the neighborhood thugs struck back against the woman they deemed a snitch. In October 2002, they vandalized her house, firebombed it, and then firebombed it again. The second time, she and her husband Carnell Davis along with their five children died in the fire. A convict out on probation confessed to the crime.
THE GILPIN COURT MURDERS
On October 14, 1994. 9:30 a.m. in the Gilpin Court housing project located 1008 St. James Street - Apartment C. - Christopher “Pops” Goins, a 20-year-old crack dealer from New York City, pretty much wiped out an entire family with a Glock 45 caliber pistol. Close range shots, and as cold as it gets. He was mad because the 14-year-old girl who lived in that apartment, Tamika Jones, got pregnant with his child and his main girlfriend had found out about it - so in he walked that morning, killing adults and children in their pajamas:
James Randolph, 35, Daphne Jones, 29, Nicole Jones, 9, David Jones, 4, Robert Jones, 3. One child was slaughtered in the crib. Another died clutching Daphne’s leg. Tamika heard their screams. Then the screams stopped, she later testified. Then Goins - her lover, came in her room and emptied his pistol into her belly, with her 7-month-old fetus taking most of the bullets and saving her life. She hugged and shielded her 9-month-old sister, who was shot in the arm.
Tamika was able to call 911 and identify the shooter. She lost her ability to have children. More than 3,000 people turned out for the funeral at the Arthur Ashe Center. There were six gleaming-white caskets – with one being for the unborn girl. Goins was caught a month later in Brooklyn, with his girlfriend. He was executed by lethal injection in December of 2000.