Wesley Wayne Miller – Repeat Sex Offender – Killer heads back to prison

FORT WORTH — Wesley Wayne Miller, one of Tarrant County’s most notorious sexual predators and killers, is headed back to prison.

Miller, 46, violated terms of his civil commitment order by having a romantic relationship with a female jailer at a Tarrant County facility where he was housed after his release from prison.

For that violation and two others, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday under a plea agreement.

Before the plea was finalized, prosecutors consulted with the sister of Miller’s 1982 murder victim and with another woman he attempted to rape, said prosecutor Alana Minton.

Miller, a former Castleberry High School football star, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the stabbing death of Retha Stratton, an 18-year-old Castleberry cheerleader. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on an unrelated charge of burglary with intent to commit rape.

Over two decades, he was repeatedly released on mandatory supervision under a state law in effect when he was sentenced. Each time, he was sent back because he refused to participate in sex-offender counseling or was accused of another crime, including stalking a Wichita Falls woman.

In 2006, Miller became the first convicted murderer to be civilly committed under a 1999 law, which was expanded in 2006 to include killers with sexually motivated conduct.

That meant that Miller, after he was released from prison in 2007, had to live in supervised housing, follow a long list of rules and be supervised by the Council on Sex Offender Treatment.

After initially being sent to another facility, he was housed in Tarrant County’s Cold Springs unit. Last May, he was charged with violating the rules by having a relationship with a 21-year-old jailer. He was then transferred to the county’s downtown facility, where he was charged with two other violations — visiting with his father and brother, who had been taken off his approved-visitors list.

Miller’s attorney, Curtis Fortinberry, contended that the charges should be thrown out because the civil commitment rules did not apply because he was living in a secure facility.

Judge Mike Thomas denied Fortinberry’s motion to quash the indictments.

After his ruling, Fortinberry said Miller agreed to plead guilty to all three charges in exchange for concurrent 10 years sentences. If he had been convicted by a jury, he faced 20-year sentences on each of the three charges because of his prior convictions, Fortinberry said.

Because prosecutors were asking that the three sentences be served consecutively, Miller was looking at 60 years in prison if he hadn’t taken the plea, he said.

However, Miller will not be eligible for parole on his 10-year sentence under terms of the civil commitment law, Minton said. That means he will have to serve all 10 years, she said.

Miller will be allowed to appeal the judge’s ruling on the motion. Fortinberry said he hopes an appellate court will rule that the civil commitment law is unconstitutional.

“We’re looking for some appellate court to clarify the law,” he said. “If they declare it unconstitutional, the Legislature will clean it up and make it right. It’s a good law. It serves its purpose, but the way it’s written does not.”

Minton disagrees.

“He’s saying that because Mr. Miller is housed at Cold Springs, he is being confined; therefore the rules don’t apply,” she said. “But the law doesn’t say that. It says he can be housed in any facility the Council of Sex Offender Treatment say he can and he has to follow the civil commitment rules.

“Mr. Miller was aware of what his requirements were under his civil commitment. He knowingly violated those requirements and this is the consequence.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Richard Raymond Babinski, unrepentant rapist and murderer – Psychopathic Propaganda Terrorist – ENABLED by WARDEN

Here’s a keynote speaker for the next meeting of your earnest community group: Richard Raymond Babinski, unrepentant rapist and murderer.

A National Parole Board hearing for Babinski, who raped and killed 27-year-old Windsor native Eva Marie Mead in 1988, was shocked to learn recently that he has been speaking to community groups.

Babinski, a lifer at Pittsburgh Institution near Kingston, plans to speak at schools, too, he told the hearing, all the while blithely denying or saying he couldn’t remember sexually assaulting and strangling Mead.

Let’s look at the gruesome details of this case.

Babinski broke into Mead’s apartment in Toronto and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint, in front of her son, Jeremy. He was only six. He still remembers the gun pointed at his head, Babinski’s face, even what Babinski was wearing.

Three days later, Mead was supposed to take Jeremy to hockey practice when she returned home from her job as a stenographer and customer relations officer at the Bank of Nova Scotia. But she never came home. Jeremy, now 27 and living in Windsor, also remembers that long night.

Babinski, a 28-year-old maintenance mechanic from near North Bay, abducted Mead when she left the bank. Her naked, skeletal remains were found seven months later in a marshy field behind a factory where Babinski worked. Her ankles and one arm were bound with black wire. She had been raped again and strangled so violently that her larynx was broken.

Babinski, who had been charged after breaking into Mead’s apartment and already had a long criminal record, had been out on bail.

Jeremy, whose father had died 18 months earlier from a reaction to a prescription drug, was left an orphan, to be raised by his grandmother and uncle.

Tried three times for first-degree murder, Babinski, who had lived in the same apartment building as Mead and had stalked her for months, was eventually convicted of second-degree murder. One of the judges called it a cold-blooded, brutal and heinous crime.

Now 49, behind bars for more than 20 years, his appeals exhausted, no one fighting an alleged wrongful conviction for him, Babinski still doesn’t admit he killed Mead. Over and over at his parole hearing in Kingston, says Heidi Illingworth, executive director of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, Babinski either denied or claimed he couldn’t recall abducting, raping or killing Mead.

Is this the kind of person you want speaking to your community group?

He told the parole board he has spoken to 300 or 400 people at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. These meetings are filled with vulnerable people.

He also attends AA conferences and native powwows and cultural events.

And he plans to speak to schools. Can you imagine? “Hello boys and girls. My name is Richard Babinski…”

What does he tell people?

He’s probably not telling them he raped a mother in front of her young son, that he held a gun to the little boy’s head. He’s probably not telling them he abducted, raped and murdered the young widow and dumped her body in the reeds, leaving her son an orphan.

It can’t be one of those sobering I-turned-my-life-around speeches because he doesn’t even admit he did it.

Who made the inane decision to allow Babinski to speak to community groups? Wardens can grant escorted temporary passes, but acting warden Cathy Gelineau wouldn’t discuss the Babinski case because of the privacy law. She wouldn’t say what other groups Babinski might be addressing or what he’s telling them.

The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime wants to know.

“It’s very concerning to us,” said Illingworth. “We want to know what he’s saying when he goes out. Why is this man permitted to go out and speak to vulnerable people?”

“We find it very offensive that an offender who accepts no responsibility for his actions is allowed to speak in public forums,” she wrote in a letter to Pittsburgh warden Lynne VanDalen this week. “Our agency firmly believes that given the nature of Mr. Babinski’s crimes, he should not be given the opportunity to negatively impact any more lives.”

Jeremy never even knew Babinski was speaking to the public. Next time your group arranges for a speaker, better check references.

The parole board denied Babinski’s request for three-day unescorted passes. Somebody should scuttle the speeches, too.

Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 7:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Arnold T. Ross – Juvenile Baby Raper – Raped and murdered 8 month old


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office says an autopsy of an 8-month-old boy led them to arrest the boyfriend of the baby’s mother.

According to Sheriff Newell Normand, police responded to a call in the 1600 block of Gary Court in unincorporated Gretna to a call of an infant who was unresponsive.

Normand said that officers found the lifeless body of the infant, Da-Von Lonzo. The baby was taken to Ochsner Westbank, where doctors pronounced him dead at the scene.

After an autopsy showed the death to be a homicide, Normand said that police interviewed 17-year-old Arnold T. Ross, who described himself as the boyfriend of the baby’s mother.

Police say the autopsy report also noted multiple fractures throughout the body consistent with that of a beating. The child also had tears in the anus.

According to Normand, Ross initially told detectives the infant fell down the stairs while he was babysitting the child and stopped breathing.

Investigators say that a neighbor had heard loud noises coming from the apartment where the baby was later found dead.

According to Sheriff Normand: ” Ross admitted that while he was watching the infant, the child began to cry. As the crying continued, Ross confessed to beating the infant repeatedly. According to Ross, the child began to defecate on himself. Ross claims he placed his fingers inside the infant’s rectum in an attempt to clean up the child.”

Police booked Arnold Ross with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Rape.

Normand says Ross has a lengthy criminal history with arrests for Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Obscenity, Battery on a Correctional Officer, 3 counts of Battery on a School Teacher, 3 counts of Theft, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon and Assault.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Lonnie Lee White – Repeat Sex Offender – On trial for murder

Convicted in 1992

Sexual Battery

Misty Dawn Wilmeth’s death during “kinky sex” was a tragic accident and doesn’t rate a reckless-homicide charge, a defense attorney argued Monday.

But the judge disagreed. Evidence against Lonnie Lee White may merit a tougher indictment, Roane County General Sessions Judge Jeff Wicks said.

Some of the facts troubled him, Wicks said as he sent the case to the grand jury after Monday’s preliminary hearing.

There were Wilmeth’s blackened eyes, he said, and testimony that White had dragged her nude body into his back yard after her death March 10.

The Rockwood woman would have been 29 years old the next day.

White, 46, a registered sex offender, is accused of killing the woman as they had what police say White described as “kinky sex.”

White told police he’d picked up Wilmeth earlier that evening and didn’t know her name, Russell testified.

“White told me she wanted rough sex, and he choked her, and she quit breathing,” Roane County Detective Greg Russell testified.

The act is called erotic asphyxiation and involves the intentional deprivation of oxygen to the brain for the purpose of sexual arousal.

Defense attorney Robert L. Vogel called Wilmeth a “risk-taker.” Vogel said: “This was a lady asking for kinky sex, and it went too far.”

According to Russell, White told him Wilmeth “got a blank stare on her face” as he choked her. “He (White) said he might have smacked her in the face to try to revive her.” “If you’re trying to wake someone up, you don’t black both eyes and put a knot on her head,” Russell testified.

Wilmeth’s body was found lying prostrate about 40 feet away from White’s home near a wooded area in his back yard.

Wicks did grant Vogel’s motion seeking a bond reduction; the judge dropped bail from $250,000 to $200,000. White remains in the Roane County Jail.

Wilmeth’s mother, Angela Anita Hagler of Rockwood, and her aunt, Delilah Crabtree of the Ozone community, cried quietly during Monday’s hearing.

“The police rang my doorbell on my daughter’s 29th birthday to tell me my only child had been murdered,” Hagler said.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

John Floyd Thomas Jr. – Repeat Sex Offender – Southland Strangler

Thomas served a six-year jail sentence for a 1957 burglary and attempted rape in Los Angeles and was jailed again in 1978 for a rape in Pasadena. He was released in 1983.

Los Angeles cold case investigators arrested John Floyd Thomas Jr., who had been working as an insurance adjuster, on April 2. The Los Angeles Police Department says they have “yet to reach the depths of what he has done,” but suspect that he is responsible for dozens of murders, mostly of elderly women, that were committed over a period of 20 years or more.

Nicknamed the “Southland Strangler” by the LAPD after the area of Los Angeles County where the murders took place, Thomas is suspected of about 30 murders and many more rapes. He is a registered sex offender, but was not arrested for any of the murders or rapes blamed on the “Westside Rapist” in the 1970s because “detectives did not have the technology to identify him as a suspect.”

Thomas served a six-year jail sentence for a 1957 burglary and attempted rape in Los Angeles and was jailed again in 1978 for a rape in Pasadena. He was released in 1983.

Deputy Chief Charlie Beck said that the case owes its leads to “tenacity and science.” According to LAPD Detective Richard Bengstan, until recently, Thomas “had never come up on the radar at all.”

A 2004 California law “calls for officials to collect DNA samples from convicted sex offenders.” Thomas reported to a patrol station in October 2008 to have the inside of his cheek swabbed. His DNA was found to match evidence from the 1972 murder of 68-year-old Ethel Sokoloff and the 1976 murder of 67-year-old Elizabeth McKeown. Both were killed by the same person, according to DNA analysis, and since then, other victims have also been linked to the same killer.

Profiles of the victims (mostly white elderly women), the proximity of Thomas’ homes to those of the murder victims and Thomas’ criminal record are all helping make the case that he fits the profile of the “Westside Rapist.”

“The pattern is perfect,” Bengtsan told The New York Times. “He moves, and there are murders and rapes there. Then he moves again, and they stop there and start where he moved to. When he’s in prison, they stop.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Anthony Kirkland – Repeat Sex Offender – Murderer

“These are innocent, innocent victims being hunted down by a predatory animal”


A state prosecutor said Tuesday he’ll seek the death penalty for a registered sex offender indicted in the deaths of a woman and two teenage girls whose bodies were found burned.

“He needs to be executed,” prosecutor Joseph Deters said at a news conference Tuesday announcing the Hamilton County grand jury indictment of Anthony Kirkland on 12 counts involving the slayings.

Kirkland faces two counts of aggravated murder and one count each of attempted rape, aggravated robbery and gross abuse of a corpse in the death this month of 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

Kirkland, 40, was arrested on a murder charge after Cincinnati police found him near Kenney’s partially burned body in woods near her home March 8. Police say she had left her home the day before to go jogging and was strangled.

The indictment charges Kirkland with the same offenses in the death of 14-year-old Casonya Crawford, whose body was found May 9, 2006, in a Cincinnati neighborhood.

Kirkland also was charged in the indictment with one count of murder and one count of gross abuse of a corpse in the death of 45-year-old Mary Jo Newton, of Cincinnati. Her body was found in the same Cincinnati neighborhood as Crawford’s body on June 15, 2006.

Before Kirkland’s arrest in the Kenney case, he had been questioned about the 2006 deaths.

The charges in the deaths of Kenney and Crawford carry the possibility of the death penalty upon conviction, and the charges in Newton’s death carry the possibility of life in prison.

Deters described Kirkland as “a serial killer” and said he would seek the death penalty in the Kenney and Crawford cases.

Kirkland, who has pleaded not guilty in Kenney’s death but hasn’t entered pleas in the other two cases, was being held at the county jail on $5.3 million bail. A message was left Tuesday for his attorney, John Keller.

Deters said he couldn’t comment on motives in the killings, but he said Kirkland deserved “nothing less than execution.”

“These are innocent, innocent victims being hunted down by a predatory animal,” Deters said.

Kirkland was accused in 1987 of setting a woman on fire and killing her. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to seven to 25 years in prison. He was released in 2003.

Court records also show he was convicted in March 2008 of soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl and was jailed until Oct. 20, 2008. He was convicted of two counts of unlawful restraint in 2007.

Since 2005, he has been acquitted of charges of public indecency, inducing panic, endangering children, rape and aggravated burglary.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Casey Perkins – Sex Offender on trial for murder


A jury heard a daughter’s anguish Tuesday as she described finding her mother’s body in their Chester County home.

In August of 2005, 57-year-old Judy Hinson was found dead at her Debruhl Road home. Her two daughters, then 25 and 15, came home around 1 a.m. They knew Ginson would be angry because they stayed out past curfew.

Danielle Brodeur, now 31, testified that she and her sister, Amanda Hinson, entered the house quietly, trying not to wake their mother.

When they noticed one of the dogs kept barking at their mother’s bedroom door, Brodeur went to check.

“I called out for my mom, and I didn’t hear anything,” she said on the stand.

She turned on the light and saw her mother’s body.

“She was naked from the waist down, and there was a pool of blood,” Brodeur said.

After calling 911, Brodeur noticed a window near her mother’s bedroom was open with the blinds and curtains hanging out.

“That’s when I knew someone had killed my mother,” she said through tears.

Chester County sheriff’s deputies found a cigarette lighter and a knife outside that open window, as well as a bloody handprint on the wall. They also found blood in the bathroom sink and a trail across the floor.

On Tuesday, a pathologist described in detail how he believes Hinson was killed. Those details are too disturbing to report. He concluded she bled to death after suffering a severed aorta.

A day after the murder, deputies charged 37-year-old Casey Perkins with murder in Hinson’s death. He was a registered sex offender who lived with his parents on the same street, a few doors down from Hinson and her daughters. Brodeur testified that she didn’t know Perkins.

The defense raised questions about Hinson’s health and the many medications she was taking at the time of her death, including drugs for depression and high blood pressure. They raised the possibility that Hinson could’ve died from an aneurism caused by high blood pressure or medication, and thus her death was not a homicide.

Perkins’ lawyers also made the point that there is no forensic evidence putting him at the crime scene.

However, within hours after Hinson’s death, police dogs ran a trail from the house to a nearby camper. A neighbor testified earlier that Perkins had been at that camper visiting him on the night of the murder.

Perkins’ attorney asked Hinson’s two daughters if they received any insurance money after their mother’s death. Both of them replied, “no.”

The younger daughter, Amanda, was also asked if she had told anyone at school that she was glad her mother was gone. She denied ever saying anything like that.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 10:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Casey Perkins – Sex Offender on trial for murder


A jury heard a daughter’s anguish Tuesday as she described finding her mother’s body in their Chester County home.

In August of 2005, 57-year-old Judy Hinson was found dead at her Debruhl Road home. Her two daughters, then 25 and 15, came home around 1 a.m. They knew Ginson would be angry because they stayed out past curfew.

Danielle Brodeur, now 31, testified that she and her sister, Amanda Hinson, entered the house quietly, trying not to wake their mother.

When they noticed one of the dogs kept barking at their mother’s bedroom door, Brodeur went to check.

“I called out for my mom, and I didn’t hear anything,” she said on the stand.

She turned on the light and saw her mother’s body.

“She was naked from the waist down, and there was a pool of blood,” Brodeur said.

After calling 911, Brodeur noticed a window near her mother’s bedroom was open with the blinds and curtains hanging out.

“That’s when I knew someone had killed my mother,” she said through tears.

Chester County sheriff’s deputies found a cigarette lighter and a knife outside that open window, as well as a bloody handprint on the wall. They also found blood in the bathroom sink and a trail across the floor.

On Tuesday, a pathologist described in detail how he believes Hinson was killed. Those details are too disturbing to report. He concluded she bled to death after suffering a severed aorta.

A day after the murder, deputies charged 37-year-old Casey Perkins with murder in Hinson’s death. He was a registered sex offender who lived with his parents on the same street, a few doors down from Hinson and her daughters. Brodeur testified that she didn’t know Perkins.

The defense raised questions about Hinson’s health and the many medications she was taking at the time of her death, including drugs for depression and high blood pressure. They raised the possibility that Hinson could’ve died from an aneurism caused by high blood pressure or medication, and thus her death was not a homicide.

Perkins’ lawyers also made the point that there is no forensic evidence putting him at the crime scene.

However, within hours after Hinson’s death, police dogs ran a trail from the house to a nearby camper. A neighbor testified earlier that Perkins had been at that camper visiting him on the night of the murder.

Perkins’ attorney asked Hinson’s two daughters if they received any insurance money after their mother’s death. Both of them replied, “no.”

The younger daughter, Amanda, was also asked if she had told anyone at school that she was glad her mother was gone. She denied ever saying anything like that.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 10:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Rodney Elmore Joseph – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist/Murderer


Baltimore police have charged a 38-year-old registered sex offender with first-degree murder and rape in the February 2000 strangulation of a 19-year-old woman inside her Cherry Hill home, according to charging documents.

Rodney Elmore Joseph is accused of killing Chontrell Sample, who lived in the 2300 block of Round Road. Genetic material recovered from the woman’s body matched a DNA sample taken from Joseph after a 2004 rape conviction, authorities said.

Joseph has been in the city jail since January, after being arrested for failing to change his address in the state sex offender database. His most recent residences include an apartment in Catonsville, an apartment in Edgewood and a public housing complex in Northeast Baltimore, according to court records.

He is being held without bail in the Sample case.

On Feb. 12, 2000, police found Sample inside her locked apartment, her hands tied behind her back and her ankles bound, according to charging documents. Police submitted evidence from her body to the state DNA database. On Feb. 23, 2007, Maryland State Police told city police that the evidence had matched Joseph’s DNA profile.

Asked about the 18-month gap between the database hit and Joseph’s arrest, police spokesman Sterling Clifford said police “needed to gather more evidence.”

Joseph’s criminal record shows a 20-year history of rape allegations.

In 1987, he was charged in District Court with several counts of rape and sexual abuse. He was 17 at the time. There is no Baltimore Circuit Court record of that case; it is possible that it was moved to juvenile court, where records are private.

In 2003, he was again charged with rape, this time accused of sexually assaulting a relative with severe mental disabilities, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in January 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with all but five suspended.

Assistant State’s Attorney Katherine Moxley said she struck the plea deal, with the family’s approval, to protect the victim from the ordeal of testifying at a trial. Joseph was released from prison in September 2006. Although he initially registered as a sex offender, he failed to submit updated information to the registry.

In a violation-of-probation hearing Tuesday, Judge John C. Themelis revoked Joseph’s probation and sentenced him to serve the 15 years he had previously suspended. No mention was made of the new allegations. The next day, police served Joseph with an arrest warrant in the Sample case.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Rodney Elmore Joseph – Repeat Sex Offender – Rapist/Murderer


Baltimore police have charged a 38-year-old registered sex offender with first-degree murder and rape in the February 2000 strangulation of a 19-year-old woman inside her Cherry Hill home, according to charging documents.

Rodney Elmore Joseph is accused of killing Chontrell Sample, who lived in the 2300 block of Round Road. Genetic material recovered from the woman’s body matched a DNA sample taken from Joseph after a 2004 rape conviction, authorities said.

Joseph has been in the city jail since January, after being arrested for failing to change his address in the state sex offender database. His most recent residences include an apartment in Catonsville, an apartment in Edgewood and a public housing complex in Northeast Baltimore, according to court records.

He is being held without bail in the Sample case.

On Feb. 12, 2000, police found Sample inside her locked apartment, her hands tied behind her back and her ankles bound, according to charging documents. Police submitted evidence from her body to the state DNA database. On Feb. 23, 2007, Maryland State Police told city police that the evidence had matched Joseph’s DNA profile.

Asked about the 18-month gap between the database hit and Joseph’s arrest, police spokesman Sterling Clifford said police “needed to gather more evidence.”

Joseph’s criminal record shows a 20-year history of rape allegations.

In 1987, he was charged in District Court with several counts of rape and sexual abuse. He was 17 at the time. There is no Baltimore Circuit Court record of that case; it is possible that it was moved to juvenile court, where records are private.

In 2003, he was again charged with rape, this time accused of sexually assaulting a relative with severe mental disabilities, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in January 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with all but five suspended.

Assistant State’s Attorney Katherine Moxley said she struck the plea deal, with the family’s approval, to protect the victim from the ordeal of testifying at a trial. Joseph was released from prison in September 2006. Although he initially registered as a sex offender, he failed to submit updated information to the registry.

In a violation-of-probation hearing Tuesday, Judge John C. Themelis revoked Joseph’s probation and sentenced him to serve the 15 years he had previously suspended. No mention was made of the new allegations. The next day, police served Joseph with an arrest warrant in the Sample case.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte