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ALABAMA

Patricia Blackmon

Patricia Blackmon was 29 years old when she committed the crime that landed her on death row. May 1999, in Dothan Alabama, Patricia Blackmon brutally murdered her two-year-old adopted daughter Dominiqua Bryant.


Tierra Capri Gobble

White. Convicted in 2005 of crushing her infant son's, Cody, head with a deadly strike against his crib. The baby suffered a fractured skull, five broken ribs, broken wrists and numerous bruises. An autopsy showed that he died from head trauma consistent with child abuse. 

 

Louise Harris

Harris approached her lover, Lorenzo "Bo Bo" McCarter, with a proposition that led to an agreement to kill her husband. Harris and McCarter paid Michael Sockwell and Alex Hood one hundred dollars to carry out the gruesome killing. In her trial the jury recommended life imprisonment without possibility of parole. The judge ignored this and sentenced Louise Harris to death.


Shonda Nicole Johnson (A.K.A. Richards)

Johnson was convicted in 1999 of the shooting death of Randy McCullar in a church parking lot in rural Walker County on Nov. 30, 1997. The capital murder charge involved killing a person who had been a grand jury witness. Testimony at the trial showed that Johnson was still married to McCullar when she married William Howard McIntyre Jr. in 1995 and when she married Tim Richards in 1997. McCullar testified before a grand jury and got Johnson prosecuted for bigamy. He also filed for divorce and custody of their child three weeks before he was killed. Johnson was so mad that she tried to get a former boyfriend she lived with between the McIntyre and Richards weddings to kill McCullar, but he wouldn't. Then she persuaded Richards to cut McCullar's tire while he was in a lounge. According to testimony, Richards and Johnson followed McCullar to a church parking lot, where Johnson gave Richards a loaded gun and got him to kill McCullar. In a plea deal, Richards testified against Johnson.

ARIZONA

Wendi Andriano

Convicted of poisoning and stabbing her terminally ill husband, who had a rare form of cancer.  



Debra Jean Milke

Milke persuaded Mr. Styers and his friend Roger Mark Scott to kill the boy because she didn't want him to grow up to be like his father. Mr. Styers then shot the boy 3 times in the back of the head. His body was left in the desert.


CALIFORNIA

Maria Delrioaro Alfaro,  (Rosie)

Rosie was sentenced in 1992 for stabbing to death Autumn Wallace in her Anaheim home during a burglary that netted only $300 in goods. Alfaro had been a friend of Wallace's sister and easily convinced Autumn, who was home alone, to open her door on June 15, 1990. Alfaro later admitted killing the little girl to eliminate a witness.The girl was stabbed 57 times and her body was found in a pool of blood by her mother Linda when she returned home from work.


Dora Luz Buenrostro

Buenrostro murdered her two daughters (ages 4 and 9) and son (age 8). She then tried to frame her husband for the crime.


Socorro Caro

Socorro, according to testimony by several witnesses, including her husband Dr. Xavier Caro, had violently attacked her husband or others on eight occasions prior to the night of November 22, 1999, when she shot and killed three of her four sons (ages 5, 8, and 11).


Celeste Simone Carrington

Carrington was convicted for the murders of a Hispanic man (34) on Jan 26, 1992 in San Carlos and a Hispanic woman (36) on Mar 11, 1992 in Palo Alto during burglaries. A third robbery victim, shot by Carrington three times, survived and testified against her. Carrington claimed that her lover forced her to commit the crimes so that she could give him money.


Cynthia Lynn Coffman

Team killer, with her boyfriend, robbed and killed at least 4 women (raped at least 2).Sentenced to death, and additionally to life imprisonment at a 2nd trial.



Kerry Lynn Dalton

In 1988, Dalton murdered a woman, because she thought the woman had stolen her jewelry. Dalton confessed to torturing the woman with electrical wires, a cast-iron skillet and injections of battery acid. The victims body was never found.


Susan Eubanks

Eubanks murdered her four sons, ages 4, 6, 7 and 14.




 

Veronica Gonzalez

The Superior Court jury found Gonzales, 28, guilty of 1st-degree
murder with special circumstances of torture and mayhem in the 1995 death of Genny Rojas (her daughter).  The girl died after she was submerged in a bathtub of water so hot it peeled the skin from her body.

 

McDermott, Maureen

McDermott, a former nurse, hired an orderly at the hospital where she worked to kill her male roommate so she could collect mortgage insurance on a house they co-owned.

 

 

Michelle Lyn Michaud

Michaud (39) confessed to FBI agents that she and her lover, James Anthony Daveggio (37) had also kidnapped Samson. Vanessa Lei Samson (22) was kidnapped while walking to work at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 2. She was found strangled and sexually assaulted on a snow bank in remote Alpine County. The couple had trolled the city looking for a victim. Michaud admitted that they parked outside Foothill High School, where Daveggio was briefly a student in the 1970s, drove past elementary schools, and were poised to nab two young girls before spotting Samson.

 

Sandi Dawn Nieves

Sandi Nieves killed her four daughters (5,7,11 & 12) by setting fire to their Santa Clarita home in 1998 to avenge two former husbands and other men who abused and abandoned her.  

 

Angelina Rodriguez

Used antifreeze-spiked Gatorade to kill her newlywed and fourth husband (41) in an effort to collect $250,000 in life insurance proceeds. Rodriguez used extract of the oleander plant to sicken her husband, then finished him in the hospital off by putting antifreeze in his Gatorade while supposedly nursing him back to health. Presented during the trial's penalty phase was testimony from a Caltech expert who questioned the September 1993 death of Rodriguez's 13-month-old daughter, who was found with a pacifier nipple in her throat. Rodriguez and her then-husband received a $710,000 settlement from the company that made the pacifier, according to the prosecutor.

 

Mary Ellen Samuels

White; age 40 at crimes and now age 56; murder (she hired killer) of white male age 40 (her husband) on 12-8-1988 in Northridge (Los Angeles County) and of white male age 27 (her husband's killer) on 6-?-1989 in Ventura County.

 

Janeen Marie Snyder

Snyder and Michael Forrest Thornton were convected of the rape, torture and slaying of Michelle Curran (16), who disappeared April 4, 2001, while on her way to school. Curran's bruised, nude body was discovered April 22, 2001, crammed in a compartment of a horse trailer in Rubidoux. Ligature marks on her wrists and ankles indicated that she had been somehow strung up using harnesses and other equestrian equipment stored in a tack room on the property. She had been shot once in the head and her body was found stuffed in a horse trailer five days later.. Special circumstances of kidnapping, rape, torture and of committing the murder during a burglary made them eligible for the death penalty.


Catherine Thompson

The mastermind behind her husband's murder in Los Angeles, She was sentenced to death in 1993 after a jury found she had conspired to kill Melvin Thompson to collect on his life insurance policy. 3 other co-defendants in Thompson's murder plan were convicted and given lengthy prison sentences for their involvement.

 

FEDERAL

Valerie Suzette Friend 

Convicted with George "Porgy" Lecco of plotting and carrying out the murder of Carla Collins (33), taking a life to protect an extensive Mingo County drug ring. Collins was shot and beaten to death by Friend on orders from Lecco to protect a cocaine ring he ran out of a Red Jacket drive-thru pizza parlor. Lecco was the manager of the Pizza Plus in Red Jacket,where Carla and people she thought were her friends used to hang out, a place where cocaine was served up as much as pepperoni. A federal jury agreed that when Lecco learned Carla Collins had been talking to the feds, he ordered her murder to protect that drug operation, and that Valerie Friend carried out the killing.


Angela Jane Johnson

Johnson is the first woman sentenced to death by a United States Federal jury since Bonnie Brown Heady was executed by the gas chamber in 1953.  Johnson lured four of the victims to their death by posing as a lost sales person in need of a phonebook, gained entrance into the victim's home, allowing access for Honken. Honken then videotaped a forced confession from one of the victims in hopes of exoneration from a previous drug charge. The victims were then taken to a remote location before being murdered (including 2 children).

 

Lisa Marie Montgomery

Montgomery was convicted of strangling a woman eight months pregnanton on Dec. 16, 2004, and using a kitchen knife to cut the baby from her womb. The baby, Victoria Jo Stinnett, survived. Bobbie Jo Stinnett was found by her mother dead, and in a pool of blood. The killer, Lisa Montgomery, had performed a caesarian section, removing and taking Bobbie Jo's unborn child. "There was a struggle," said Nodaway County Sheriff Ben Espey, the first law enforcement officer to respond to an emergency call at Stinnett's home. "You could see swirls in the floor in the blood, showing there was a struggle. "Bobbie Jo had jagged wounds on her lower abdomen. I noticed her stomach had been jaggedly cut open and some intestines were protruding from the body," he said. Montgomery contacted Bobbie Jo Stinnett through the RATTERRIERS. discussion group, regarding a rat terrier for sale. Both Bobbi Jo Stinnett and Lisa Montgomery were long time posters in the Ratterriers discussion forum. Montgomery was concerned that her ex-husband was threatening to expose her faked pregnancy and use it against her in a custody dispute. Whitworth told jurors Montgomery was concerned about losing child support payments if she lost custody of her children. The night before Bobbie Jo Stinnett was killed in her Skidmore home and had her baby cut from her womb, Montgomery told her ex-husband, "I'll show you, I'll prove you wrong, I'm pregnant," Whitworth said.


FLORIDA

Tiffany Cole

Tiffany Cole was sentenced to death after being found guilty of the murders of Carol and Reggie Sumner. Court records indicate that the Summers' both 61, were robbed in their Duval County, Florida home in July 2005. With a telephone wrapped around his neck, Reggie Sumner was forced to give the robbers his ATM card and access number. He and his wife were then pushed into a shallow grave and buried.

 

Rhonda Norman

Jury recommended Death Sentence, judge awaiting accomplice sentence - Norman, 36 years old, convicted of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the death of Tackaberry, 53, and the stabbing of Tackaberry's 6-year-old grandson, Elijah. Norman told police it was an act of revenge because she was furious at Tackaberry's son, John, her former boyfriend, for cheating on her.

 

GEORGIA

Kelly Renee Brookshire (Gissendaner)

Gissendaner was convicted in 1998 of recruiting her lover to kill her husband, Doug Gissendaner, 30. Her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, testified against her as part of a plea bargain that landed him a life sentence but spared him from the death penalty.


IDAHO

Robin Lee Row

Row went to the duplex where her estranged husband, Randy (34), and their children, Joshua (10) and Tabitha (8), were sleeping. She flipped the circuit breaker to the fire alarm. Then she started two fires on the first floor. They died of smoke inhalation. It turns out that Mrs. Row had recently insured their lives for more than a quarter million dollars. It also so happened that Mrs. Row had two other children who met sad fates: a daughter who died of SIDS in 1977 and a son Keith who was killed in a house fire in 1980. 


INDIANA

Debra Denise Brown

Team killer, with her boyfriend. Bludgeoned, shot, tortured and sexually molested at least eight persons ranging in age from seven years to adult. She is serving a life sentence in Ohio, but sentenced to death in Indiana.

 

KENTUCKY

Virginia Susan Caudill

Sentenced to death March 24, 2000 in Fayette County for murder, robbery I, burglary I, arson II and tampering with physical evidence. On March 15, 1998, Caudill and accomplice Johnathan Wayne Goforth entered the home of a 73 year old female, beat her to death and then burglarized her home. They then placed her body in the trunk of her own vehicle and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire.


LOUISIANA

Antoinette Frank

This former New Orleans police officer was convicted of one of the most notorious crimes in recent New Orleans history. The robbery of a restaurant where she worked and the murders of three people, (which included her partner on the police force).


Brandy Holmes

Holmes and boyfriend Robert Coleman shot and stabbed retired minister Julian Brandon after he answered a knock on his front door. His wife Alice Brandon survived a gunshot wound. Defense provided testimony that Brandy suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome and an antisocial disorder. Her own mother testified at the sentencing that she drank the entire time she was pregnant and Brandy suffered from mental disorders as a result. Coleman was convicted of the murder and also sentenced to death. The gun used in this slaying was also used to kill Terrance Blaze. Holmes has been indicted for his murder.


MISSISSIPPI

Michelle Byrom

Byrom was convicted in 2000 of killing her husband of 20 years and recruiting her son in the plot. Edward Byrom Sr., an electrician, was shot to death June 4, 1999, with a World War II weapon that had belonged to his father. In a rare move at her 2000 trial, Michelle Byrom asked Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner, instead of the jury, to decide whether she should serve life in prison or be put to death. Gardner sentenced her to death. Prosecutors said Byrom killed her husband for money. Defense attorneys argued she had been physically abused as a child and by her husband. Edward Byrom Jr. testified against his mother during the trial as part of a plea bargain arrangement. He later pleaded guilty to several charges in the murder-for-hire scheme, including conspiracy to commit murder. Gardner sentenced him to 50 years in prison with 20 years suspended.

 

Lisa Chamberlin

Chamberlin and Gillett had hoped, to let them run to Mexico to escape drug charges in Russell County, so they beat Gillett's cousin Vernon Hulett to death with a hammer, caving in his skull after hitting him so hard the metal handle on the hammer bent. Linda Heintzelman wasn't quite so lucky. It took her two days to die. She was beaten, stabbed, raped with an inanimate object; her throat was slit and a plastic bag pulled over her head to suffocate her. After all that, she died as a result of being suffocated with a pillow. Heintzelman was considered a person of special needs, Barrett said, somewhat learning disabled and simply couldn't remember the combination to a lockbox that Hulett had in the house. Hulett simply had refused to give them the combination. After killing them both, Gillett and Chamberlin hacked up the bodies, stuffed them in a chest freezer that had been loaded into Hulett's truck and drove 15 hours, almost 1,000 miles, bringing along seven bags of evidence they disposed of in the Russell County landfill.

 

Kristi Leigh Fulgham

Convicted of killing Joey Fulgham (husband) on May 10, 2003. Joey Fulgham had been shot in the back of his head while sleeping in his home. Kristi and her half-brother, Tyler Edmonds, were charged in the crime.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Melanie Anderson

She and her boyfriend fostered the boyfriend's niece Tabitha (3) for severalweeks, during which they beat and tortured her to death for wetting her pants. Child had numerous injuries including bite marks.


Patricia JoAnn Jennings (Wells)

Patricia JoAnn Jennings (Wells), White, born Aug 24, 1942 sentenced to death Nov 5, 1990 for the murder of her husband age 77) in Wilson County on Sep 19, 1989



Christene Kemmerlin

Kemmerlin was sentenced to death in October for organizing the murder. Kemmerlin had a brief affair with Johnson (the hit man) before the murder. It was her second affair during a 6-month search for a hit man to kill her husband.

 

Blanche Kiser Moore (Taylor)

Police became suspicious of Moore, and asked that the bodies of Moore's former boyfriend, Raymond Reid, and James N. Taylor, her first husband, who died 1973, be exhumed. It was determined that both men died of arsenic poisoning. Moore's father, P.D. Kiser, also died of symptoms similar to those that occur with arsenic poisoning. 


Carlette Elizabeth Parker

Carlette Parker was a home health-care worker who kidnapped Alice Covington (88), withdrew money from Covington's account, then drowned her in a bathtub. When examined, Covington had bruising around her ankles and legs, pepper spray on her clothing, and possible burns from a stun gun. At the time of her arrest, Parker had a stun gun and pepper spray in her possession. In 1985, Parker pled guilty to sixteen felony counts of obtaining property by false pretences from Catherine Stevenson (85), for whom the defendant provided care. She forged bank withdrawal slips in the amount of $44,000. Parker was convicted of kidnapping and murder of Alice Covington.


Christina S. Walters

Walters, as part of a gang-initiation, Walters randomly selected three teenaged girls and shot them. Two of the girls died, one survived. Walters was 20 at the time of the murders.  



OHIO

Nicole Ann Diar

The Ohio Supreme Court threw out the death penalty of Nicole Diar and ordered a resentencing. Diar incinerated the child with gasoline, because she found the boy a hindrance to her partying lifestyle. She was severely disfigured when her brother ignited her pajamas while playing with a lighter (she was 4 years old). Her son, Jacob, was the same age when he was burned to death in 2003.


OKLAHOMA

Brenda E. Andrew

Andrew lured her estranged husband to her home to pick up their two children. Brenda told him that the pilot light of the furnace was out and while he bent to fix it James Pavatt came quietly up behind Rob and shot him in the side with a 16 gauge shotgun. In vain, Rob grabbed at a garbage bag full of empty soda cans trying to protect himself, but Brenda took the gun from Pavatt and blasted her husband in the chest. Afterwards she used a .22 caliber pistol to shoot herself in the arm and told policethat she and Rob had been the victims of masked intruders. 

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Carolyn Ann King (Ewell; Kline)

Carolyn King was sentenced to death for her role in the killing of Guy Goodman, 74, a Palmyra, Lebanon County, florist. King also received a life sentence in Nevada for aiding in the kidnapping and killing of a Bismarck, N.D., woman.


Michelle Sue Tharp

Little Tausha was only 7 years old and weighedless than 12 pounds when she died. She was barredfrom eating sandwiches or snacks, Tausha was sohungry that she would steal food from the pet's bowls.When she got caught doing that she was slapped orstruck with a long handled spoon. When she would cryout from being beat she was barricaded in a tiny alcove whichwas off  kitchen or she was locked in her bedroom.Her little body was found on the side of a road,wrapped in a sheet inside garbage bags.An autopsy concluded that she died from,severe malnutrition due to starvation. Convicted of murder in the death of her 7 year old daughter Tausha Lee Lanham, who weighed less than 12 pounds when she died in 1998 (mother starved her to death). The girl's body was dumped along a West Virginia road. 


Shonda Dee Walter

Convicted for killing her neighbor, James Sementelli (83), with a hatchet and stealing his car and some $500 in quarters. Sementelli tried to defend himself from the 66 blows to his body, but succumbed to “brutal injuries, many broken bones, skull injuries … and blood all over the place.” Walter first struck Sementelli with the hatchet, he asked her why she was doing that. “Because I can,” the prosecutor quoted Walter. Sementelli pleaded for Walter to call 9-1-1, “hoping for some mercy, but she struck him again and again,” McGettigan said. “She said, ‘Just die.’ and then she took a break, smoked a cigarette while Sementelli remained alive. His body wasn’t discovered until six days later.

 


TENNESSEE

Gaile Kirksey Owens

Owens was convicted in 1988 in Shelby County of hiring Sidney Porterfield to murder her husband, Ronald Owens. In 1985, her allegedly abusive husband was beaten to death in a gruesome murder-for-hire scheme in by a man Owens paid $17,000. Both sit on death row for a crime court records suggest was violent and savage. The crime began with Gaile Owens openly soliciting men to kill her husband. Owens met with Sidney Porterfield at least three times. Ronald Owens was found in the family’s den, with his skull smashed from at least 21 blows from a tire iron. He had been beaten with so much force that fragments of his skull had been driven into his brain and his face had been driven into the floor. Blood was splattered over the walls and floor. A pathologist’s report showed extensive injuries to his hands, indicating that he had been trying to cover his head with his hands during the savage attack.


Christa Gail Pike

One of the youngest women on Death Row at age 21, in 1995 Christa used a box cutter and rocks to torture and murder a 19 year old girl she suspected of being interested in her boyfriend. She also carved a pentagram into the victim's chest.


TEXAS

Suzanne Margaret Basso

On Aug. 26, 1998, Basso and co-defendants kidnapped a 59-year old retarded white male and intentionally caused his death by beating him with belts, baseball bats, steel-toed boots, hands, and feet. Basso was the leader of the group and encouraged all the co-defendants to abuse the victim. The murder was committed for proceeds from an insurance policy on the victim (in which Basso was named the beneficiary) as well as other assets in which Basso was named heir. Basso had wooed the victim into leaving his family and friends in New Jersey and moving to Texas, under the guise that she would marry him. The victim was found in a ditch with injuries so horrendous that the body was unrecognizable. 


Linda Anita Carty

On May 16, 2001, Carty and three co-defendants invaded the home of a 25 year old female.  The victim and her three day old baby were kidnapped and two other victims were beaten, duct taped, and left in the residence.  The 25 year old female was hog-tied with duct tape, a bag was taped over her head, and she was placed in the trunk of a car.  This victim died from suffocation.


Lisa Coleman

On July 26, 2004 in Tarrant County, authorities were called to Coleman's residence where they found a nine year old black male deceased.  An autopsy of victim concluded that the child was severely malnourished and underweight.  Coleman and co-defendant were found to have restrained the child over a period of time depriving him of food.


Cathy Lynn Henderson

Convicted in the abduction and murder of 3 month old Brandon Baugh. Henderson had been baby sitting the infant and his 2 1/2 year old sister for 3 months prior to the murder without incident. Henderson later told police that Brandon died after she dropped him accidentally on his head. She said she panicked, buried the boy and fled to her native Missouri, where she was later arrested. Using a map drawn by Henderson, authorities found Brandon's body in an empty wine box buried in a shallow grave outside of Temple on Feb. 8, 1994. An autopsy determined that Brandon died of a fractured skull.


Brittany Marlowe Holeberg

On Nov. 13, 1996, Holberg robbed and murdered an 80 year old white male in his home. The victim was struck with a hammer and stabbed nearly 60 times. The weapons used were: a paring knife, a butcher knife, a grapefruit knife, and a fork. A lamp pole had been shoved more than 5 inches down the victim's throat.


Melissa Elizabeth Lucio

Lucio convicted of beating her 2½-year-old daughter to death in February 2007 in a Lee Street apartment. When the sentence was read, Melissa Elizabeth Lucio, 39, maintained the same blank stare she exhibited during most of the two-week trial, except for occasional sobbing as witnesses testified about the last 88 days of Mariah Alvarez's life.


Kimberly Legayle McCarthy

McCarthy entered the residence of a 70-year old white female in Lancaster with the intent to rob the victim. A struggle took place and victim was stabbed numerous times resulting in her death. McCarthy then used the victim's credit cards and used the victim's vehicle for transportation.


Chelsea Lea Richardson

On Dec. 11, 2003, in Tarrant County, Texas, Richardson and three co-defendants entered the residence of a 46 year old white male and a 46 year old white female.  Richardson and co-defendants fatally shot and stabbed both victims.


Darla Lynn Routier

Convicted in the June 1996 murder of her 5 year old son Damon inside the family's suburban Dallas home. Damon and his 6 year old brother, Devon, were stabbed to death while they slept with their mother in the down stairs family room of their Rowlett home. Routier's husband, Darin, and infant son Drake, slept through the attack in an upstairs bedroom and were not harmed. Routier, who also suffered stab wounds that police claimed were self inflicted, testified that she too slept through the attack on herself and her children and woke only to see a back of a man fleeing the residence. Prosecutors argued that Routier killed her children because they interfered with the life style she wanted to live. She was arrested after making inconsistent statements to police.   


Erica Yvonne Sheppard

Convicted in the robbery and murder of Marilyn Sage Meagher in Huston. Sheppard and co-defendant James Dickerson spotted Meagher carrying clothing from her car into her apartmentat 4655 wild Indigo and decided to rob her of her car. The pair tackled Meagher inside the apartment, and while she begged for her life, slashed her throat with knives 5 times. They then wrapped her head in a plastic bag and struck her head with a 10 pound statue. Sheppard and Dickerson then fled in Meagher's 1993 Mazda 626 which was later recovered in Bay City.


VIRGINIA

Teresa Michelle Lewis

Teresa Lewis was arrested for murder in the death of her husband, Julian Clifton Lewis, 51, and her stepson, Charles J. Lewis, 26, on Nov. 7, 2002[i]  She was sentenced to death for the murder for hire on June 4, 2003.  Lewis pleaded guilty to two counts of capital murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder after admitting that she hired two men to kill the two victims. 


About this page:

 The intent of this page is for information only. The decision of posting only female Death Row convicts was based on the ease of maintaining this page. I would not be able to maintain a page of all death row convicts as there are over 3 500 convicts on death row.