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2001 Feb 5
In Illinois William D. Baker (66), shot and killed 4 employees at the Navistar factory in Melrose Park and then shot and killed himself. He was about to begin serving a 5-month sentence for conspiring to steal engines and parts.
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2001 Feb 6
Gus Boulis (51), founder of the Miami Subs restaurant chain and SunCruz gambling cruises, was shot and killed in Fort Lauderdale. In 2006 it was reported that Boulis was killed by John Gurino, a man with mob connections, who was himself killed by a business partner in 2003.
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2001 Feb 17
Lynsie Ekelund (20), a Fullerton College student, disappeared after going to a club with Christopher McAmis. In 2010 her body was found in a canyon north of Los Angeles. McAmis had used a tractor to dig her grave after he killed her during an attempted rape.
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2001 Feb 22
Jose Juarez Rosales (24) was arrested in Dallas for alleged multiple sexual assaults and murders in Ciudad Juarez.
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2001 Feb 22
Ashley Ellerin (22), former girlfriend of actor Ashton Kutcher, was found dead in her Hollywood Hills home. In 2008 police matched DNA linking Michael Gargiulo (32), an air conditioning repairman, to her murder and to another fatal stabbing of a Monterey Park woman in 2005. They also suspect Gargiulo in the 1993 killing of a high school girl in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, where Gargiulo lived at the time. Tricia Pacaccio, a senior at Glenbrook South High School, was found stabbed to death on her front doorstep, clutching her door key.
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2001 Mar 9
A judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., sentenced 14-year-old Lionel Tate to life in prison for the 1999 killing of Tiffany Eunick, a 6-year old girl. Tate, who had been convicted of first-degree murder, said he was imitating pro-wrestling moves. Tate's first-degree murder conviction and sentence were later overturned; he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received a new sentence of probation, but is now accused of violating that probation.

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2001 Mar 13
In Costa Rica Shannon Martin (23), a student from Topeka, Kan., was stabbed to death, after she left a nightclub in Golfito, 100 miles south of San Jose. In 2003 Kattia Cruz, 28, and Luis Alberto Castro, 38, were found guilty of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison for the killing.
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2001 Mar 15
Federal authorities confirmed that remains found on a Texas ranch were those of missing atheist leader Madalyn Murray O'Hair and two of her relatives. David Waters, the key suspect in the slayings, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on a federal extortion charge in connection with the case.
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2001 Apr 5
Michelle Curran (16) was reported missing in Las Vegas. She was kidnapped as she hitchhiked, sexually abused for three weeks, and then shot in the head. In 2006 Michael Thorton (50) and Janeen Snyder (26) were both found guilty of murder, rape with a foreign object, and burglary. The pair were sentenced to death.
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2001 Apr 28
A young girl’s decapitated body was found near an intersection in Kansas City, Mo. In 2005 “Precious Doe” was identified as Erica Michelle Marie Green. Her mother and stepfather were charged with murder. In 2009 a park was dedicated in her honor.
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2001 Apr 30
Chandra Levy (24), an intern from Modesto, Ca., was last seen at a health club near her apartment in Washington, D.C. On July 5 the aunt of Chandra Levy reported that her niece told her of a relationship with US Rep. Gary Condit before she disappeared. Levy’s remains were found May 22, 2002, in Rock Creek Park, Washington DC. In 2009 Ingmar Guandique (27), a Salvadoran immigrant already serving a 10-year sentence for attacking 2 women in the same park, was charged in her murder. In 2010 Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz authored “Finding Chandra: The True Washington Murder Mystery.” In Nov 22, 2010, a jury found Guandique guilty of 2 counts of 1st d2gree murder. He face life in prison.
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2001 May 4
Bonny Lee Bakley (44), the wife of actor Robert Blake (67), died from a bullet wound to the head as she sat in a car near a restaurant in Los Angeles. Blake and his bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, were arrested April 18, 2002, in connection with Bakley's death. Blake, accused of the killing, was acquitted in a 2005 criminal trial but was found liable by a civil jury and ordered to pay damages.
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2001 May 11
A jury in Pittsburgh sentenced Richard Baumhammers to death for killing five people in a racially motivated shooting rampage.
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2001 May 21
The body of Quetzalcoatl Alba (15) was found in a storage room in the carport area of the Park Plaza Drive apartment complex in Daly City, Ca. Suspects Carlos Maldonado Erick Morales Murder denied involvement and left the area. In 2007 police found evidence of the crime and tracked down Carlos Maldonado in Miami. He attempted to escape police on arrival at the SF Airport and jumped a railing plunging 25 feet to the arrival area of the airport, suffering serious, but non-life threatening injuries. In 2009 police arrested Erick Morales (25) in NY state and planned to extradite him to San Mateo.
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2001 Jun 12
Gov. Jebb Bush signed into law a bill banning the execution of mentally retarded killers. Florida became the 15th state to do so.
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2001 Jun 13
In the USA Virgin Islands police Corporal Wendell Williams (49) disappeared after ending his midnight shift. On Feb 10, 2012, a team of 70 police officers arrested five suspects in the case, including one in Georgia with the help of federal agents.
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2001 Jun 14
In Chicago Paul Frederick Runge (31) was charged with the murders of 6 women and an 11-year-old girl between 1995-1997.
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2001 Jun 20
Andrea Yates (36) of Houston, Texas, drowned her 5 children, ages 6 months to 7 years, at her home near the Johnson Space Center. Yates had been under medication for post-partum depression. In 2002 a jury found Yates guilty of capital murder and sentenced her to life in prison. Her conviction was overturned in 2005 by an appeals court which ruled a prosecution expert witness gave false testimony at her trial. In 2006 a jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity.
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2001 Jun 22
The British government announced that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, two teen-agers who were 10 years old when they kidnapped and killed a toddler (1993), had been granted parole.

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2001 Jul 7
In Puerto Rico Parmenio Medina (62), a Colombian-born journalist, was gunned down in his car. He ran a radio program called "La Patada," or "The Kick," which denounced fraud at a religious radio station. In 2007 a court convicted Omar Chaves, a businessman, of ordering the murder of the journalist. Chaves also got a 12-year prison sentence on a fraud count. His partner, Father Minor de Jesus Calvo, was acquitted of the killing, but was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
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2001 Jul 14
In Australia British backpacker Peter Falconio (28) was murdered and his girlfriend, Joanne Lees. Murdoch was assaulted while they backpacking in the Outback. In 2005 Bradley John Murdoch (47), was convicted and given a mandatory life sentence.
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2001 Jul 20
Ira Einhorn, convicted in absentia of killing his girlfriend, was flown from France and handed over to Philadelphia police.
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2001 Jul 27
Jeanine Sanchez Harms was last seen alive in Campbell, Ca. In 2004 San Jose architect Maurice Xavier Nasmeh was arrested for her murder. In 2007 a judge dismissed murder charges against Nasmeh due to lack of evidence. On Jan 15, 2011, Wayne Sanchez (52), the brother of Harms, shot and killed Nasmeh at the El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center, and then killed himself. In August, 2011, evidence linked Nasmeh to the murder of Harms and the case was closed.
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2001 Jul
Michele Breault (38) was stabbed and battered to death with a hammer in the Stanford Hotel on Kearny Street in SF. In 2006 David Cooper was sentenced to life without parole for the murder. His girlfriend, Debra Soler, was also convicted of murder but faced a new trial. In their 2004 trial each blamed the other for the murder.
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2001 Aug 20
Near Sacramento, Ca., Nikolay Soltys (27), a Ukrainian immigrant, stabbed to death his pregnant wife and 4 other relatives including 2 young cousins. He fled the area with his 3-year-old son. The body of Sergey Soltys (3) was found the next day in a blood-soaked carton in Placer County. Soltys was caught in his mother’s backyard near Sacramento Aug 30. Soltys committed suicide Feb 13, 2002.
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2001 Aug 29
George Rivas, the ringleader of the biggest prison breakout in Texas history, was sentenced to death for killing an Irving, Tx., policeman, Aubrey Hawkins, while on the run.
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2001 Aug 30
Nikolay Soltys was captured hiding under a desk in his mother's back yard in Citrus Heights, Calif., after a ten-day nationwide manhunt for the Ukrainian immigrant accused of butchering six relatives. Soltys committed suicide in his jail cell in February. [see Aug 20]
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2001 Aug 30
In Iowa Leticia Aguilar (31) was found dead with her 5 children at her home in Sioux City. A 7th victim, Ronal Fish (58) was also found. Adam Matthew Moss (24) was arrested the next day and charged in the murders. Moss pleaded guilty on Sep 25 and was sentenced to 7 consecutive life terms.
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2001 Sep 5
In Mexico Maria de los Angeles Tames, attorney and daughter of a former senator, was killed. On Mar 5, 2002, Juan Antonio Dominguez, mayor of Atizapan, was arrested in connection with the slaying of the city council member, who had planned to reveal evidence of corruption and drug trafficking. On Apr 10, 2002 Dominguez and his former chief of staff Daniel Garcia were charged with masterminding the murder.
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2001 Sep 9
In Sacramento Joseph Ferguson (20), a suspended security guard, killed a 5th victim in 24 hrs. He shot himself to death the next day following a police chase and shootout that injured 2.
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2001 Sep 10
In Switzerland nurse Roger Andermatt (32) was reported to have confessed to killing of 27 elderly and ailing patients over a 6-year period (1995-2001). In 2005 he was sentenced to life in prison for killing 22 elderly nursing home residents.
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2001 Sep 25
A Texas man allegedly shot and killed his wife and neighbor, who had become her boyfriend. On March 7, 2012, Keith Thurmond was executed for the murders and continued to express his innocence unto death.
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2001 Sep 28
In Northern Ireland Martin O’Hagan (51), a Catholic journalist, was killed in a driveby shooting in Lurgan. O’Hagan had written exposes of Protestant extremists and their criminal activities. In 2008 police charged 3 suspected members of the outlawed Protestant paramilitary group, the Loyalist Volunteer Force, with the murder.
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2001 Oct 3
In NYC Nathan Powell killed and dismembered Jawed Wassel, an Afghan émigré and filmmaker. Powell claimed anger over the Sep 11 attacks and pleaded guilty in 2003.
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2001 Oct 4
In Texas Mark Stroman (b.1969), in the wake of 9/11, went on a shooting spree targeting people of Middle Eastern descent killing 2 people and wounding a third. The victims were from South Asia. Stroman was later convicted and sentenced to death. He was executed on July 20, 2011.
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2001 Oct 9
A Pakistani serial killer, Javed Iqbal, committed suicide rather than face his sentence. He was to be chopped up and dissolved in acid for having abused and killed over 100 children.
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2001 Oct 11
Tom Wales (49), a Seattle federal prosecutor, was gunned down in his home office.
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2001 Oct 16
Robert Durst failed to appear for a court hearing in the dismemberment death of Morris Black (71) in Galveston, Texas. Durst was also a suspect in the Dec, 2000, shooting death of author Susan Berman. In 1982 Kathleen Durst (29) had disappeared after spending a weekend at the family cottage in South Salem. Robert Durst, her husband, reported her missing Feb 5. Durst was arrested Nov 30, 2001, in Bethlehem, Pa., for shoplifting. A Texas jury acquitted Durst of Black's murder in 2003.
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2001 Oct 17
Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli tourist minister, was shot dead at the Hyatt Regency in East Jerusalem. The PFLP claimed responsibility and Yasser Arafat promised to hunt down the perpetrators. Hambi Quran, Basel al-Asmar, Ahmed Gholmy and Majdi Rimawi were later convicted for the murder. Ahmed Saadat, head of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was imprisoned in Jericho. In 2007 Hamdi Quran was sentenced to 100 years in prison for gunning down the minister as well as bombing and shooting attacks against Israelis. In 2008 Bassel Asmar was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, attempted murder and belonging to a terror organization.
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2001 Oct 26
In Fort Worth, Texas, Chante Jawan Mallard (25), a nurse's aide, ran into Gregory Biggs (37), a homeless man, after a night of partying. Biggs was left to die in the windshield. In 2003 Mallard was convicted of murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison.
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2001 Oct 28
In California Jeffrey Fontana (24), a rookie police officer, was shot and killed during an apparent traffic stop in San Jose’s Almaden Valley neighborhood. DeShawn Lee Campbell (22) was suspected in the murder. Campbell was caught Nov 7. In 2009 Campbell, a mentally disabled man, was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
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2001 Nov 6
Authorities in Ciudad Juarez found the bodies of 3 young women. 5 more bodies were found the next day. Mexican authorities later built a somber memorial of concrete benches, a circular water fountain also made of concrete and a cement plaque with the names of the eight victims. The families of three of the women appealed in 2003 for the court, which is a body of the Organization of American States, to take up the case. On Nov 7, 2011, Mexico's government publicly apologized for failing to prevent the killings of the three women and for the negligence of officials in investigating the crimes.
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2001 Nov 17
In SF Hunter McPherson (27) was shot and killed on Potrero Hill’s Mariposa St. during a robbery as he returned home with a girlfriend. He was the son of state Sen. Bruce McPherson. Clifton Terrell Jr. (18) and Dwayne Curtis Reed (22) were later charged in the murder. In 2005 Terrell was convicted of 1st degree murder and robbery. Reed was freed in 2005 following a plea bargain in which he agreed to testify against Terrell. In Oct 2005 Reed killed a man in Belmont.
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2001 Nov 24
Mathew Hardman (17) killed widow Mabel Leyshon (90) at her home in the north Wales town of Llanfairpwll. Prosecutors later said he wanted to be a vampire. In 2002 Hardman was convicted of fatally stabbing Leyshon, cutting out her heart and drinking her blood.
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2001 Nov 26
In Pensacola, Fla., Terry Lee King was murdered and his house set afire. His 2 sons, Derek (14) and Alex (13) confessed to the murder, but later said Rick Chavis (40), a local handyman, killed the father and had gotten the boys to take the blame. Derek and Alex were convicted of 2nd degree murder on Sep 6, 2002. Rick Chavis was acquitted. Derek was sentenced to 8 years in prison and Alex was sentenced to 7 years.
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2001 Nov 30
Gary Leon Ridgway (b.1949) was arrested in connection with 4 of 7 Green River serial killings in Washington state. Four murders were linked to him through DNA and three through paint he used at his job. In 2003 he pleaded guilty to 48 counts of aggravated murder, although the estimates ran much higher. On December 18, 2003, King County Superior Court Judge Richard Jones sentenced Ridgway to 48 life sentences with no possibility of parole and one life sentence, to be served consecutively.
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2001 Nov 30
In Georgia, former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey and two other men were arrested and charged with murder in the slaying of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, who had defeated Dorsey in a bitter runoff election. Dorsey was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the two other men were acquitted of murder in a separate trial.
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2001 Dec 4
In South Africa Marike de Klerk (64), former wife of former Pres. F.W. de Klerk, was found stabbed and strangled in her luxury apartment near Cape Town. Police arrested Luyanda Mboniswa (21), a security guard, on Dec 5. The guard confessed Dec 7. In 2003 DNA evidence linked him to the murder.
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2001 Dec 5
Sir Peter Blake (53) of New Zealand, 2-time America’s Cup winner, was killed on the research vessel Seamaster by gunmen at Macapa, Brazil, near the mouth of the Amazon. 7 men were arrested 2 days later and an 8th was still sought. The final 2 suspects were arrested Dec 9.
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2001 Dec 6
In Indiana Robert L. Wissman, an employee of the Nu-Wood Decorative Millwork plant on the edge of Goshen killed manager Greg Oswald, wounded 6 others, and then killed himself. A love triangle was later aid to be the cause.
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2001 Dec 18
Cuba reported that attackers killed a visiting Florida couple, their 8-year-old grandson and 2 others during a highway robbery in Matanzas province.
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2001 Dec 24
Christian Michael Longo (27) killed his wife and 3 children. The bodies of Mary Jane Longo and 2-year-old daughter were found in an inlet along the central Oregon coast a week after the bodies of 2 other Longo children were found. Longo was arrested in Mexico Jan 13. Longo was convicted and sentenced to death Apr 16, 2003.
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2001 Dec 28
Lawrence Singleton (74), rapist, died at a Florida prison hospital where he was awaiting execution for a 1997 murder. Singleton had raped Mary Vincent (15) in 1978 and chopped off her forearms. He was paroled in 1987.
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2001
In South Carolina Christopher Pittman (12) killed his grandparents with a shotgun and then torched their rural home. He later blame the anti-depressant zoloft for his actions. In 2005 he was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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2002 Jan 6
Christa Worthington (46), fashion writer, was found dead at her home in Truro on Cape Cod, Mass. Her 2-year-old daughter was next to her, covered in blood but unharmed. In 2005 DNA evidence identified Christopher McCowen, a local trash collector, as the murderer. In 2006 McCowen was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
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2002 Jan 8
Cecilia Garcia (24) was found dead by her father in the shower of her home in Livermore. In 2010 Bryan Vulgamore (34) of Modesto was charged with her murder.
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2002 Jan 9
Ashley Pond (12) was last seen in Oregon City, 20 miles south of Portland, Or. Miranda Gaddis (13) disappeared from the same neighborhood on Mar 8. The remains of Gaddis were found Aug 24 behind the house of Ward Weaver (39), who lived across the street. Weaver was arrested Aug 13 for the rape of his 19-year-old son's girlfriend. Pond's remains were found Aug 25.
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2002 Jan 30
In Italy Samuele Lorenzi (3), was found bludgeoned to death in the family's Alpine home. His mother Anna Maria Franzoni, who denied the murder, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison. In 2007 a Turin appeals court upheld the conviction but reduced her sentence to 16 years.
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2002 Feb 1
Danielle van Dam (7) went missing from Sabre Springs, her San Diego suburban home. David Westerfield (49), a neighbor, was arrested Feb 22 after her blood was found on his clothing and in his motor home. Her body was found Feb 27 some 25 miles northeast of San Diego at Dehesa. Westerfield was convicted of her kidnapping and murder on Aug 21 and was sentenced to death Jan 3, 2003.
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2002 Feb 5
In Canada a police raid on the farmstead of Robert and David Pickton in Port Coquitlan, BC, turned up evidence of 2 missing women. Since 1984 at least 50 prostitutes had vanished from the streets of Vancouver. Robert Pickton was arrested Feb 22. In 2003 the murder charges against Pickton rose to 22. Pickton’s trial began Jan 22, 2007, with prosecutors saying the he had confessed to killing 49 women.
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