DR - Glenn Helzer - sentenced to five death sentences. The Helzer brothers were sentenced to death by a Contra Costa County Superior Court jury for killing an elderly couple, Ivan and Annette Stineman of Concord; 22-year-old Selina Bishop, the daughter of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop; Bishop’s mother Jennifer Villarin, 45, of Novato; and Villarin’s friend, James Gamble, 54.
Belle Sorenson Gunness (1859-1908?) was a serial killer who had moved from Norway to Chicago in 1881. She killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. She may also have killed both of her husbands and all of her children, on different occasions. Her apparent motives involved collecting life insurance, cash and other valuables. Reports estimate that she killed between 25 and 40 people over several decades. She became known as "Hell's Belle".
Marcus Delon Wesson (born 8-22-46) is an American man convicted of 9 counts of first-degree murder & 14 sex crimes, including the rape & molestation of his underage daughters. All victims were his own children, fathered by incestuous relationships with his daughters, nieces, as well as the children by his wife. It is to date Fresno, California's worst mass murder. After Mar 12, 2004 standoff with police over a child custody issue, the 9 bodies were discovered, all shot through the eye.
In 1925 Ruth Snyder decided to have her husband killed by his would-be replacement, Judd Gray, a corset salesman. The couple garroted Albert and when they failed to kill him quickly enough they stuffed rags soaked in chloroform up his nose. After Albert died in agonizing death, the couple failed to make the place seem as if it had been broken into. Cornered, the pair told on one another and both received the death penalty.
Melinda Loveless - 16, Laurie Tackett - 17, Hope Rippey and Toni Lawrence, both 15. The murder of Shanda Renee Sharer (June 6, 1979 – January 11, 1992) involved a 12-year-old girl who was tortured and burned to death in Madison, Indiana by four teenage girls. Lawrence was released in 2000, Rippey in 2006. Loveless and Tackett each received a 60-year prison sentence.
Diane Downs with her three children (L to R, Stephen, Christie and Cheryl). Cheryl died and the others were very nearly killed when someone shot them. Mom was convicted of killing them to clear the way for her boyfriend to leave his wife for her. She still denies everything.