MI - MILLER, Donald Eugene, Serial Killer, East Lansing, Michigan 1976

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  1. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    This case was the subject of a CBS 48 Hours story

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    What causes someone to become a serial killer? And can such a person be rehabilitated? ...

    Donald Miller was the quintessential boy-next-door. Growing up in a quiet middle class neighborhood in East Lansing, Michigan, Don seemed completely normal. Although he grew up in the mid-70s, when many of his classmates were growing their hair long and dabbling in drugs, Don was a clean-cut straight arrow. He served as a youth minister at his church. He went to the local college, Michigan State University, where he played trombone in the school marching band. He dated a girl who went to his church, Martha Sue Young.

    But Don Miller wasn't the normal boy-next-door. He became a serial killer.

    In the winter of 1976, Don and Martha, who also went to Michigan State, became engaged. Just a few days before New Year's Eve, Martha had a change of heart, and broke off the engagement. Don convinced her to stay friends anyway.

    Two days later, Martha disappeared. Police suspected Don, but could find no evidence. Over the next 18 months, three other Lansing-area women disappeared. Two days after the last disappearance, Don attacked 14-year-old Lisa Gilbert and tried to kill her. When her younger brother Randy came home, Don tried to kill him. While Don was attacking Randy, Lisa ran out of the house and got help.

    Don was arrested, convicted of rape and attempted murder, and sentenced to 30 to 50 years in prison. He agreed to help authorities solve the four unsolved murders, in exchange for a plea bargain. With the help of the drug sodium amytol and skillful psychiatrists, Miller confessed to all four murders. In the end, that plea bargain ended up adding no time to his sentence. And with time off for good behavior, Don is due to get out after only 20 years in prison, at the relatively young age of 43...

    Source:
    The Killer Next Door, Beneath The Normal Exterior - CBS News

    LINKI:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/01/06/48hours/main27268.shtml?source=search_story
     
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  3. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    Miller was convicted of manslaughter for killing his girl friend, and of assault and attempted murder for his attatcks on the two children. He was sent to prison and just before his parole hearing, he was found to have a weapon in prison. It was a sort of garrot that had been fasioned from shoe strings and buttons.

    Convicted of that charge, his stay in the Michigan prison system was extended and parole will not be a possibility until 2018.

    While his lawyers and possibly others are crying about his extended stay and how this model prisoner was denied his right to early parole, one has to wonder how many others did he murder or attack before he was finally caught. Could he be the key to solving some unsolved murders or disappearances?

    Here is some information from the Michigan Inmate locator. His photo appears on the site.

    MDOC Number: 157793

    SID Number: 1007413T

    Name: DON GENE MILLER

    Racial Identification: White

    Gender: Male

    Hair: Brown

    Eyes: Unavailable

    Height: 5' 9"

    Weight: 160 lbs.

    Date of Birth: 12/28/1954 (54)


    Assigned Location: Gus Harrison Correctional Facility


    Link to Michigan Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS):

    http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/asp/otis2profile.asp?mdocNumber=157793
     
  4. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    Bumping case up. Anyone think he might be ready to return to society on parole?
     
  5. maggieo

    maggieo New Member

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    He was caught with a weapon right before his parole hearing? Hm, either he doesn't want to get out or some Good Samaritan planted it. MOO.

    Hope this guy never walks free. There's no cure for a serial killer.
     
  6. Marilynilpa

    Marilynilpa New Member

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    No, it certainly doesn't seem possible to me.
     
  7. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    Here are some links to more information on Don Gene Miller and his case.

    2007 Article on Don Miller:

    http://www.skcentral.com/news.php?readmore=2486


    LINK to 1999 CBS special report on Miller:

    http://www.skcentral.com/news.php?readmore=2486


    Link to review of Book about Victim's mother and her efforts to put and keep Miller in prison:

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Lethal-Friendship-Mothers-Put-Keep/dp/0595344224"]Amazon.com: Lethal Friendship: A Mother's Battle to Put--and Keep--a Serial Killer Behind Bars (9780595344222): Sue Young: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41mHZRwvfaL.@@AMEPARAM@@41mHZRwvfaL[/ame]
     
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    This guy should stay locked up forever.
     
  9. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    This killer will be elligible for parole in October 2018. He is currently serving time on a charge of possessing a weapon while in prison.

    Don Miller was convicted of murder and other charges from the 1977-78 time frame when he was 23-24 years old. Could he have committed other assults and murders prior to that time?
     
  10. Katiebalamucki

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    I wouldn't be surprised if the charge against him for possessing a weapon in prison was made up by authorities.
     
  11. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    From the Michigan Inmate Locator and Offender Website:

    Don Gene Miller
    Current Status: Prisoner
    Earliest Release Date: 10/06/2018
    Assigned Location: G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility
    Maximum Discharge Date: 03/24/2031

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    Don Gene Miller probably won't be out playing his trombone with the MSU Alumni Band any time soon.

    He only got only ten years for the murder of his girl friend (manslauter plea) and then 30 years for attacking and attempting to kill two young teenagers. Also sentences for other associated crimes. You can see specifics at the link below.

    Most sentences to run concurrently. This was part of a plea deal in which he confessed to the murders of four other women/girls - for which he was NOT prosecuted.

    When he was about to come up for early parole, a weapon (garrott made from shoelaces and buttons) was found in his cell. For that he was convicted and sentenced to a term of 20 to 40 years. He comes up for parole again 6 October 2018 - exactly five years from now. Be sure to let the Michigan Parole Board know your views on the subject.

    Does anyone have the names of his victims and specifics regarding their cases?

    LINK:

    http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/asp/otis...cNumber=157793
     
  12. Everyday Grace

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    Much more:
    http://www.wzzm13.com/mb/news/local...-keep-local-serial-killer-in-prison/278928077
     
  13. Marlin Mike

    Marlin Mike New Member

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    Katiebalamucki the charges were not "made up", Miller did have a garrote. I know the Corrections Officer who found it. I also know what a "pos" Miller is. He locked on B-2 at KCF for years. I dealt with him several times. He used to make me sick with his holier than thou bible thumping attitude and monotone voice. A prisoner who locked with him once told me "don't ever let him out. He's gonna kill again every chance he gets." Also the last time Miller went to the parole board at KCF the parole board member a female asked him point blank if he would like to kill her? His response was yes I would like to kill you. Here is an idea Katiebalamucki. If the state does let Miller out why don't you let Miller live with you so when he kills you or some other person you can ask if the charge "was made up by authorities".
     
  14. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    Miller came up for parole again this past September but was turned down, basically because it was felt by many that he would indeed kill again. He will come up again for parole in about 60 months.
     
  15. Richard

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    With a dirt bag like this, one wonders how many other people he killed or attempted to kill.
     

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