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                On this date, January 7, 2010, Gerald Bordelon was executed by lethal injection in Louisiana for the November 15, 2002 murder of 12-year-old Courtney LeBlanc

     

    Gerald Bordelon


    The victim, Courtney Leblanc
    (June 5, 1990 to November 15, 2002)



    Summary: Bordelon was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in 1982 to sexual battery, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 1990 conviction for forcible rape and two counts of aggravated crime against nature. While on parole, he met Jennifer Kocke over the Internet and married her a year later. They separated after 12 year old Courtney LeBlanc and her sister told their mother that Bordelon touched them inappropriately. Bordelon abducted LeBlanc in 2002 from his estranged wife's trailer with a knife from the kitchen, took her to Mississippi where he forced her to perform oral sex on him, then drove back to Louisiana and strangled her. When LeBlanc's body was found 11 days later, she was wearing only a pair of shorts and one tennis shoe. Bordelon led police to her body in a wooded area by the Amite River in Livingston Parish, about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. A state Supreme Court opinion upholding Bordelon’s right to waive all appeals says Bordelon had a “diagnostic profile of sexual sadism” and he told psychiatrists his crimes involved an escalating pattern of violence.

    Kocke was later convicted of child abuse by a Mississippi jury for failing to keep Bordelon away from her children. Kocke received a suspended five-year sentence, with five years of probation.

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                On this date, January 7, 2014, Thomas Knight AKA Askari Abdullah Muhammad, was executed by lethal injection in Florida. Thomas Knight had converted to Islam and changed his name to Askari Abdullah Muhammad.

      
    Thomas Knight AKA Askari Abdullah Muhammad


    Officer Richard James Burke





    Summary:
    Knight worked for Sydney Gans at a paper bag company in Miami before abducting him in the business parking lot with a rifle. He ordered Gans to drive home, pick up his wife and then head to a bank to withdraw $50,000. While at the bank, Gans asked a manager to alert authorities. Both the FBI and police were able to follow the car for a while, including use of aircraft, but lost track of it for a short time in a rural area of Miami-Dade County. That's when Muhammad shot the couple and tried to hide by burying himself, the rifle and the money in mud and weeds. 


    While awaiting trial, he and 10 other Florida inmates escaped from jail in 1974, leading to a nationwide manhunt including a top 10 fugitives listing by the FBI. During the escape, Knight was in the armed robbery of a liquor store in Cordele, Georgia where two clerks were shot, one fatally. He was never tried in that case. 

    Back on death row in Florida, in 1980 Knight became angry that he had to shave his beard before seeing a visitor and used a sharpened spoon to stab to death prison guard Richard Burke. 

    Citations:
    Knight v. State, 338 So.2d 201 (Fla. 1976). (Direct Appeal-Gans)
    Knight v. State, 394 So.2d 997 (Fla. 1981). (PCR-Gans)
    Muhammad v. State, 494 So.2d 969 (Fla. 1986). (Direct Appeal-Burke)
    Knight v. State, 746 So.2d 423 (Fla. 1998). (Direct Appeal-Gans-After Resentencing)
    Muhammad v. Secretary, Florida Dept. of Corrections, 733 F.3d 1065 (11th Cir. 2013). (Habeas-Gans-Reversing Granting of Writ)


    Final / Special Meal:
    1½ slices of sweet potato pie, one piece of coconut cake, half a loaf of banana nut bread, a quarter bottle of Sprite, two tablespoons of strawberries, butter-pecan ice cream, a small container of vanilla ice cream and a handful of Fritos corn chips.


    Final Words:
    None.


    Internet Sources:
    Florida Department of Corrections
    DC Number: 017434
    Name: KNIGHT, THOMAS
    Race: BLACK
    Sex: MALE
    Hair Color: BLACK
    Eye Color: BROWN
    Height: 6'01"
    Weight: 206 lbs.
    Birth Date: 02/04/1951
    Aliases: ASKARI ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD, EDWIN VAN WILLIAMS
    Current Prison Sentence History:
    07/17/1974 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 04/21/1975 MIAMI-DADE 7405978 DEATH SENTENCE
    07/17/1974 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 04/21/1975 MIAMI-DADE 7405978 DEATH SENTENCE
    10/12/1980 1ST DG MUR/PREMED. OR ATT. 01/20/1983 BRADFORD 8000341 DEATH SENTENCE

    Incarceration History: 04/23/1975 to 01/07/2014
    Detainers: 05/19/1982 SO BRADFORD CO FL. DETAIN 02/02/1983

    Miami Herald
    "Thomas Knight, who killed Miami couple and a prison guard, executed," by David Ovalle (01.07.14)

    STARKE -- Over a staggering four decades in Florida’s criminal justice system, Thomas Knight repeatedly staved off execution for the brutal 1974 murders of a Bay Harbor Islands couple — breaking out of jail, murdering a prison guard and disrupting court hearings with angry outbursts. But when all the appeals had finally run out Tuesday evening, Knight exited the world without an apology to the families of his victims or any statement at all. “No,” is all Knight muttered when a corrections official asked if he had any last words. “He absolutely went out like a lamb, nothing like how he was in the courtroom,” said retired Miami-Dade homicide detective Greg Smith, who attended the execution with Miami-Dade prosecutor Gail Levine. “In the end, today was some measure of justice for the families.”

    At 6:31 p.m. Tuesday at the Florida State Prison, his home for most of the past 40 years, Knight was injected with a lethal cocktail of drugs. The execution warrant was technically issued for the fatal stabbing of corrections officer Richard Burke in 1980. But he also had been sentenced to death for the brutal slayings of Sydney and Lillian Gans, who he had kidnapped and shot to death in the woods of South Miami-Dade six years earlier . Knight’s blinking eyes snapped shut. Covered in a sheet, his hands wrapped in gauze, his arms pierced by IV’s, Knight seemed to drift into slumber. His breathing slowed. A prison official tapped his eyelids and slightly shook his shoulders. At 6:45 p.m., a doctor pronounced the triple murderer — who had spent more time on death row than all but two other killers — dead.

    Behind a glass pane, Burke’s daughters, who were raised near this same prison, watched in tears. So did two former co-workers of the slain officer. “It’s hard to say this is where my dad took his last breath,” Carolyn Burke Thompson, 47, of Tennessee, told reporters afterward. “But I’m at peace now.” Said Burke’s other daughter, Margaret Dela Vega: “My daddy can finally rest in peace.”
    The execution caps Knight’s 40-year slog through the criminal justice system, which led one federal court to blast the “gridlock and inefficiency of death penalty litigation.” Even on Tuesday, the possibility of another delay hung over the final minutes – the execution was pushed back about a half-an-hour as the U.S. Supreme Court mulled, but denied, a final attempt at a stay. “It doesn’t bring my grandparents back … but it’s over. At least, in some sense, it allows us for move forward,” said Judd Shapiro, the grandson of the Ganses. Shapiro and his mother declined to attend an execution they believed would be too draining emotionally. “I’d like to hope, in some fashion, this helps other people, that they realize that sooner or later the right thing does happen,’’ he said. “But it shouldn’t take this long. It shouldn’t take 40 years.”

    At rifle-point, Knight kidnapped Sydney Gans, a prominent businessman, and his wife in July 1974, forcing them to withdraw $50,000 from a downtown Miami bank. Gans was able to alert police, who covertly tailed their car as Knight forced them to drive south. But in a remote wooded area, Knight shot each of his hostages with a bullet to the neck before he was captured. He was found hiding in the woods, caked in mud, with the murder weapon and money.

    While awaiting trial, Knight escaped from the Dade County jail. Police say he killed a shopkeeper in Georgia before his re-capture 101 days later. Knight was convicted of the Ganses’ murders in 1975 and sent to Death Row. It was there that Knight fatally stabbed Burke in the chest. He was later convicted and sent back to Death Row for the crime.

    Years of appeals followed and his death sentence in the Gans case was reversed in 1986. One decade later, Knight was again sentenced to death for the Miami-Dade case. A federal judge again reversed his death sentence in the Gans case, only to have it reinstated by a federal appeals court in September. A December execution was again delayed by a month after Knight alleged that a new drug used in the lethal injection process amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. The state’s high court did not agree.

    On Tuesday, the beard Knight grew for the 1996 re-sentencing was gone. So were his outbursts. His final meal, unlike his life, was mostly sweet: portions of sweet potato pie, coconut cake, banana nut bread, vanilla ice cream, strawberry-and-butter pecan ice cream and Fritos corn chips — all washed down by a quarter of a bottle of Sprite. 

      
    Thomas Knight AKA Askari Abdullah Muhammad


    Knight’s dark history

    July 17, 1974 – Thomas Knight kidnaps and murders Sydney and Lillian Gans of Bay Harbor Islands. He is immediately arrested.

    September 1974 – Knight and 10 other inmates escape from Dade County jail. He is placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.

    October 1974 – Police believe Knight and another man fatally shoot a liquor store clerk during a robbery for $641 in Crisp County, GA. He is not charged.

    December 1974 – FBI agents capture Knight in New Smyrna Beach. He is found with a shotgun and two pistols, all stolen.

    April 1976 – A Miami-Dade jury convicts Knight of murdering the couple. He is sentenced to death.

    October 1980 – Using a sharpened spoon, Knight stabs and kills corrections Officer Richard Burke at the Florida State Prison in Starke.

    March 1981 – Knight is scheduled to be executed after Gov. Lawton Chiles signs his death warrant. A federal judge stays his execution pending more appeals.

    January 1983 – Knight is convicted and sentenced to death for the Burke murder.

    January 1996 – A federal appeals court overturns his death sentence in the Gans case, ordering a new penalty phase trial.

    February 1996 – After a new sentencing phase, Knight is again sentenced to death. He is repeatedly banned from the courtroom because of his disruptive behavior.

    March 2006 – With state courts repeatedly affirming his conviction and sentence, Knight’s lawyers appeal to a Miami federal judge.

    November 2012 – Six years after the appeal was first filed, Miami U.S. Judge Adalberto Jordan reverses Knight’s death sentence. He orders a new sentencing hearing or life sentences for the convict.

    September 2013 – A federal appeals court reverses Judge Jordan, reinstating the death penalty for Knight. “To learn about the gridlock and inefficiency of death penalty litigation, look no further than this appeal,” the court writes.

    October 2013 – Gov. Rick Scott signs death warrant for Knight, not for the Miami-Dade murders but 
    for the slaying of Burke. The execution is scheduled for Dec. 3.

    November 2013 – The Florida Supreme Court delays the execution, ordering a Bradford judge to hold a hearing to consider whether a new drug used in the lethal injection procedure constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

    December 2013 – The state’s high court lifts the stay of execution after ruling Knight has failed to prove the drug is unsafe. Gov. Rick Scott re-schedules the execution for Jan. 7.













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                On this date, January 7, 2016, a serial killer, Oscar Ray Bolin Jr., was executed by lethal injection in Florida. 

     
    Oscar Ray Bolin
    Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. ( January 22,1962 - January 7,2016 ) was an American serial killerwho was sentenced to deathfor the murder and rape of three young girls in Florida .He was executed on January 7,2016, becoming the first defendant executed that year in the United States.

    Crimes
    On January 25,1986 , 25-year-old Natalie "Blanche" Holley was discovered dead in an orange field, her body showing sharp wounds.

    On November 5,1986 , 17-year-old Stephanie Anne Collins disappeared after being last seen in a pharmacy parking lot.Their remains were finally discovered near a rural road a month later (coincidentally, the same day that Teri Lynn Matthews's body was found in the neighboring Pasco County ).

    On the morning of December 5,1986 , the body dressed as Teri Lynn Matthews, 26, was discovered near railroad tracks in a rural area of Pasco County .She had been stabbed in the neck and chest, and repeatedly beaten in the head.Although it had not rained for several days, the victim and his clothes were reportedly wet.The autopsy revealed the presence of semen in her vaginal area, although there was no concrete evidence that Matthews had been sexually abused.

    Bolin was indicted in 1990 for the three murders and underwent three trials, one for each victim.In each case, he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death .Although each of these verdicts was revoked on appeal at least twice due to procedural errors, jurors systematically returned a guilty verdict (ten in all), although in the case of Natalie Holley for second degree murder, So that by this he did not finally receive a death sentence, but to life imprisonment.

    Execution

    Oscar Bolin was executed with a lethal injection on Thursday , January 7,2016 at Florida State Prison in Starke , becoming the first defendant executed in the year in the United States.His last meal consisted of meat , baked potatoes , salad , garlic bread , lemon cake with meringue and a soda .

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    Robert Black mugshot
    Robert Black (21 April 1947 – 12 January 2016) was a Scottish serial killer and paedophilewho was convicted of the kidnap, rape, sexual assault and murder of four girls aged between 5 and 11 in a series of killings committed between 1981 and 1986 in the United Kingdom.
    Black was convicted of the kidnapping, rape and murder of three girls on 19 May 1994. He was also convicted of the kidnapping of a fourth girl, and had earlier been convicted of the kidnapping and sexual assault of a fifth. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of 35 years.
    Black was further convicted of the 1981 sexual assault and murder of nine-year-old Jennifer Cardy in 2011, and at the time of his death was regarded as the prime suspect in the 1978 disappearance and murder of 13-year-old Genette Tate. Black may also have been responsible for several other unsolved child murders throughout Britain, Ireland and continental Europe between 1969 and 1987.
    The nationwide manhunt for Black was one of the most exhaustive UK murder investigations of the 20th century. He died in prison in 2016.

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    On Monday, January 12, 1998, near the end of his shift, Deputy Kyle Dinkheller of the Laurens County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) in the U.S. state of Georgia, pulled over motorist Andrew Howard Brannan, for speeding. A verbal confrontation escalated to a shootout resulting in Brannan murdering the Deputy. Dinkheller's murder continues to get national attention (e.g., training in police academies) because the stop and shootout were captured on a personal video recorder Deputy Dinkheller had placed on his patrol car dashboard and activated when he stopped Brannan.
    In the shootout, Dinkheller was armed with his semi-automatic service handgun, and Brannan had an M1 Carbinerifle. Dinkheller shot and wounded Brannan. Despite this, Brannan fired the rifle, reloaded it, fired a lethal shot into Dinkheller's eye, and fled the scene in his Toyota truck. The next morning, police found Brannan still in Laurens County, Georgia, hiding in a sleeping bag beneath a camouflage tarp. Police arrested Brannan for the murder of Deputy Kyle Dinkheller.
    Brannan pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming in part that he suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stemming from his military service as a soldier in the Vietnam War. Because Deputy Dinkheller's video recorded most of Brannan's actions, the jury found he murdered Dinkheller in a premeditated, torturous, and cruel manner. Two years following the murder, on January 28, 2000, the jury found Brannan guilty of murder. On January 30, 2000, Brannan was sentenced to death. Nearly fifteen years later, on January 13, 2015, the State of Georgia executed Brannan by lethal injection.


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    Mugshot of Phillips after his 2005 arrest.

    Lawrence Lamond Phillips (May 12, 1975 – January 13, 2016) was a professional American football and Canadian footballrunning back. A two-time college football national champion at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Phillips played in the National Football League for the St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers from 1996 through 1999, and for the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 2002 and 2003.
    Phillips' career was overshadowed by his inability to stay out of trouble off the field; he was arrested several times. In 2015, Phillips was charged with the murder of his former cellmate, Damion Soward. Phillips died by suicide on January 13, 2016, at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California, where he was serving a seven-year term for felony assault with a deadly weapon and was set to serve an additional twenty-five years once that sentence elapsed for domestic assault on his girlfriend.

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    Ten years ago On this date (15 January 2007), Two Iraqi War criminals were executed by hanging, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar. Please go to this blog post to learn more.


    Awad Hamed al-Bandar, left, former head of Iraq's Revolutionary Court; and Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam's half brother and former intelligence chief.


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                On this date, January 16, 1936, a Serial Killer, Albert Fish was executed by the electric chair in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, New York. 


    Mugshot from 1903

    Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish(May 19, 1870 – January 16, 1936) was an American serial killer. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, and The Boogey Man. A child rapist and cannibal, he boasted that he "had children in every state", and at one time stated the number was about 100. However, it is not known whether he was talking about rapes or cannibalization, less still whether he was telling the truth. He was a suspect in at least five murders during his lifetime. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide, and he confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was put on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed by electric chair.

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    On this date, January 16, 2013, a double Prison Killer, Robert Gleason Jr. was executed by the electric chair in Virginia. Please go to this blog post to see my comments on this killer.

    Robert Gleason Jr.


    Victim, Aaron Cooper



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