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    FL - GERALD STANO -confessed to murdering 41 victims, 1973-80

    Does anyone know any details about Gerald Stano? Gerald Stano confessed to murdering 41 girls in the 1970's through the early 80's. He was executed in 1998 for the murder of a 17 year old hitchhiker. Many of his victims are still unknown.
    He admitted to killing teenagers, hitchhikers, and prostitutes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. I believe he lived in all three states during his life. I was wondering what areas of each state he was connected to and what time frames.
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    Ah yes...I remember Stano well...he has one of those infamous names. He was convicted in Volusia County...Daytona Beach area. I am not sure what other areas he was connected with but you can read about his crimes at Crime Library

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    does anyone know if he pryed on children. and if he did what states was he linked to? was he ever in the ct area. what struck me about this thread was the time he did the killings and such. one of the cases that im really trying to solve is the janice pockett case and anything that would link someone to the area and time helps a little. or maybe even alot or might not help at all. but anything is worth a shot

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    Long before he downed his farewell steak dinner and went to the Florida electric chair in 1998, serial killer Gerald Stano confessed to murdering three women and dumping their bodies in rural Pasco County in the 1970s.

    But did Stano - blamed for strangling, stabbing and shooting 41 women across three states - actually kill Diana Valleck, Gail Foster and Emily Grieve?

    Homicide detectives have their doubts and are reopening the cases with the help of a team of 21 criminology students at Saint Leo University.

    Combining the resources of the Sheriff's Office and the university was the idea of Barry and Kimberley Glover, professors of criminal justice.

    The husband-and-wife team figured the students, using modern crime-solving techniques such as DNA analysis, could help heat up investigations that have long gone cold.

    The Glovers will divide their weekend class into three groups, one for each victim. A Pasco deputy will advise each group and give members unprecedented access to evidence pulled from storage.

    http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/10/Pa...nts_to_r.shtml
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    This can give some degree of peace to the relatives of the missing and murdered. Just to know that someone can explain a modicum will go a long way. Hooray, for people who keep trying and never forget the ones that are lost and the families that loved them.

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    Blind Fury

    There was a book titled "Blind Fury" written by Anna Flowers in 1993, which detailed the story of Gerald Eugene Stano. Stano confessed to the murders of 42 women, 33 of whom had been identified by name. Most, if not all, of his murders were committed in Florida. Gerald Stano lived in Pennsylvania and Florida at various times.

    Stano had no relationship with any of his victims before their murders. He often did not live near the victim or murder scene. None of the victims were related in any way. All were female.

    No one knows exactly how or why Stano chose his victims. Most got into his car (a green Plymouth Duster) willingly. All but two were alone when he picked them up. The majority were picked up at night. Almost half of them were picked up with the intended purpose of obtaining sex, the rest either had car trouble or were hitchhiking. Over ninety percent of Stano's victims wore blue.

    Gerald Stano committed his abductions and murders between 1973 and 1980. He was captured by police on 25 March 1980 when an intended victim, Donna Hensley, escaped and informed police. From 1981 thru 1982, Stano made his confessions and led investigators to some graves and crime scenes. In 1983 he was convicted on nine counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death in Florida's electric chair. After 15 years of appeals at taxpayer expense, he was finally executed.

    Here is a list of 22 of those women and girls and their ages identified in the book:
    Ann Arceneaux, 17
    Janine Marie Ligotino, 19
    Barbara Bauer, 17
    Cathy Lee Scharf, 17
    Nancy Heard, 24
    Diana Lynn Valleck, 18
    Susan Basile, 12
    Linda Ann Hamilton, 16
    Susan Bickrest, 24
    Bonnie Hughes, 34
    Ramona Neal, 18
    Emily Branch, 21
    Joan Gail Foster, 18
    Molly Newell, 20
    Emily Grieve, 38
    Phoebe Winston, 23
    Mary Kathleen Muldoon, 23
    Sandra DuBose, 34
    Christine Goodson, 17
    Dorothy Williams, 17
    Mary Carol Maher, 20
    Toni Van Haddocks, 26

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    Richard, thank you for the background on the story.
    One thing that is not clear in the article I posted, is why LE is now questioning whether Stano killed Grieve, Foster, and Valleck. Do you have any idea why they are now questioning it?
    I know that some serial killers will sometimes take "credit" for murders they did not commit. But LE seems to have strong questions about whether he actually killed these three.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Stano's Confessions

    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew
    Richard, thank you for the background on the story.
    One thing that is not clear in the article I posted, is why LE is now questioning whether Stano killed Grieve, Foster, and Valleck. Do you have any idea why they are now questioning it?
    I know that some serial killers will sometimes take "credit" for murders they did not commit. But LE seems to have strong questions about whether he actually killed these three.
    I do not have much information on the murder of Dianna Lynn Valleck (18), who was murdered in Tampa, Florida in 1975. Neither do I have much information on Emily Grieve (38) and Joan Gail Foster (18), who were both murdered in Pasco County, Florida in 1977.

    The book "Blind Fury" is pretty good at detailing the crimes for which Stano was convicted, because those details were brought out in public trials and are part of the public record. Ms. Flowers used the trial records extensively in researching her book. She also drew heavily on the assistance of Detective Paul Crow and of the Volusia and Brevard County Sheriff's Department for information about the investigation, arrest, and interrogation of Stano.

    As the book points out, Stano's confessions took place at widely separated times and over numerous interrogations. They also involved crimes committed in many different jurisdictions.

    Stano was initially charged with three counts of first degree murder after confessing to six murders - in exchange for life in prison. After entering prison, he felt that he could obtain a higher standing in the pen if he continued with his confessions. He did so without any grants of immunity or promises of life in prison. He was subsequently tried on several more counts of first degree murder, over several years.

    By January 15, 1984, Stano entered Death Row with three death sentences and eight life terms from murder convictions in five different Florida counties for the deaths of fourteen women - although he had confessed to murdering many more.

    Stano was never charged with the murders of Valleck, Grieve, or Foster. I do not know specifically why, but the book mentions in general many conflicts between jurisdictions, sometimes lack of bodies, sometimes improper police procedures, etc.

    The answers as to why these cases are being reconsidered may lie in the police files.

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    Stano's attacks on Children...

    Quote Originally Posted by smile22
    does anyone know if he pryed on children. and if he did what states was he linked to? was he ever in the ct area. what struck me about this thread was the time he did the killings and such. one of the cases that im really trying to solve is the janice pockett case and anything that would link someone to the area and time helps a little. or maybe even alot or might not help at all. but anything is worth a shot
    Stano's confessions only include the states of Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. His known murder spree went from 1973 to 1980. His Florida victims were spread over a very large area - about a third of the state. So, yes, he did do a lot of traveling.

    Perhaps by comparing the cases of other missing persons with his known travels and dates, one might be able to compare. There was a big problem, however, even with cases that Stano confessed to. Many victims bodies were hard to find, and many have still not been found.

    Stano murdered 12 Year-old Susan Basile in June 1975 at Port Orange, Florida. He confessed to that murder on 1 October 1982, late in his confession series. He did not want it known that he had killed a child, and was reluctant to give information on it. Susan's body has never been found.

    He also confessed to murdering 13-year-old Gail Joiner, but later retracted that confession. If he was lying about this murder, it is quite possible that he was lying about other murders, or refusing to confess about others that he had committed.

    Stano was trying to "move up" in the prison hierarchy, and may have wanted to eclipse Ted Bundy who was also in the same prison and on Death Row. But Stano knew that child killers and rapists are despised and ostracized in prison. So he was being careful in how he went about his confessions.

    Although, Stano could give interrogators graphic details about his crimes, he was often off by several years when trying to establish the dates of those crimes.

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    Quoting Richard, He also confessed to murdering 13-year-old Gail Joiner, but later retracted that confession. If he was lying about this murder, it is quite possible that he was lying about other murders, or refusing to confess about others that he had committed.


    This adds some info to a case mentioned in another thread. Shadow205 had found a brief mention about Gail, but none of us could find any other info. I spoke to a Hillsborough deputy who told me they had a confession, but Gail's body had never been located.




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    Gail Joiner

    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel
    Quoting Richard, He also confessed to murdering 13-year-old Gail Joiner, but later retracted that confession. If he was lying about this murder, it is quite possible that he was lying about other murders, or refusing to confess about others that he had committed.


    This adds some info to a case mentioned in another thread. Shadow205 had found a brief mention about Gail, but none of us could find any other info. I spoke to a Hillsborough deputy who told me they had a confession, but Gail's body had never been located.


    Unfortunately, Gail Joiner is only mentioned briefly in the book "Blind Fury". No specifics about her from Stano's confession are mentioned. I wonder if Stano, on the eve of his execution, might have revealed more information to investigators.

    Also, Stano was making "confessions" to many different investigators and to fellow convicts. It is possible that somewhere, more information about her is available - if in fact Stano killed her.

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    Mention of Gail Joiner...

    I am bumping this up from the vault because of recent discussion/interest in Gerald Stano on another thread about Gail Joiner.

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    Gerald Stano had also signed confessions to the murders of Elizabeth Perry and Susan Davis who were found stabbed to death in New Jersey in 1969, but the police there don't believe he did it, because he was unable to provide details of the murders. The Perry and Davis families believe Bundy killed Susan and Elizabeth.

    Did anyone mention that Stano is a " neat freak "? Investigators have said when they would interrogate him he would fidget around , arranging and cleaning their desks.

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    Daily Herald
    Tuesday October 25th 1977
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    DADE CITY , FLA (UPI)__Nine women have been killed in unsolved slayings in just over six months in the Tampa Bay area and police said Monday the cases have very many similarities.
    The latest victim--whose body was found in a rural area of Pasco County Friday-- was identified as Emily Eileen Grieve, 38, of Fort Lauderdale. She was shot in the head with a .22 caliber weapon and her body was clad only in a bra and a print blouse pulled up around her neck.
    The body discovered by a father and son who were hunting, was hidden behind a dune like piles of fill dirt about 500 yards from where the body of another woman was found in December 1973.
    The 1973 murder remains unsolved, as well as similar slayings in 1975 and 1976 in which one body was found in rural Pasco County and the other in Hillsborough County.
    Three of the nine women killed this year were shot to death with a .22 caliber weapon, one was killed with a .38 caliber weapon, three were strangled and one burned to death in a motel room fire which police said was started deliberately.
    The cause of death of the ninth victim has not yet been determined, and there is strong feeling among investigators her death is not connected with the others.
    At least five of the women are believed to have been either killed in Tampa and dumped in rural Pasco County or taken to the remote areas after being picked up in Tampa.
    In addition, three others were found in rural Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.
    Mrs. Grieve had been in Tampa three weeks and was reported missing by her sister Oct. 10. She was last seen at a bus stop.
    At least six of the other victims were known to frequent bars and to hitchhike for transportation. Some were go-go dancers and some had prostitution records, of the three murders prior to this year, one was a prostitute and the other two were topless dancers.
    Mrs. Grieve had just been hired as a maid at a north Tampa motel and was believed to have been headed for work when she disappeared. One of the earlier victims had stayed at the same motel the day she disappeared, stopping there after her car had broken down.

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    You know, it just occurred to me as I was about to retire for the night, that Stano was a suspect in a woman named Mary Carol Maher's death in Datona Beach. She was found stabbed to death in 1980. Her clothes were piled neatly beside her at the scene. In my research of the Elizabeth Perry, Susan Davis murders, the same was true. Maybe he did do it.

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