American Monster Premiered ‘Stages of Grief’ on Investigation Discovery: Dennis Dawley & Brandita Taliano Murdered Joan Dawley for Cash (July 8, 2018)


In suburban California, an intruder brutally attacks and kills Joan Dawley. As the Dawley family grieves, it’s up to LAPD detectives to crack the case. Secret home movies uncover a shocking tale of deceit, and a monster lurking behind the scenes. -Stages of Grief, American Monster (Investigation Discovery)

Air Force retiree Dennis Dawley, 61, with the help of prostitute and mistress, Brandita Taliano, bludgeoned to death his wife Joan Dawley of 35 years for financial gain in Van Nuys, California. Joan wanted a divorce and Dennis and Brandita wanted her inheritance money. The 1991 case went cold for years until DNA technology under Joan’s fingernails yielded a match to Brandita Taliano. Both Dennis and Brandita were charged with murder, conspiracy & solicitation and faced the death penalty. On April 15, 1997, a California jury sentenced Dawley and Taliano to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The pair were spared the death penalty because they didn’t have any prior violent felony records and the jury heard the emotional pleas from Dawley’s daughters.

Editor’s note: With a cable subscription, you can download the free ID Go app and watch all of the Investigation Discovery programming at your convenience. And for those who do not have cable, you can watch “unlocked” episodes on the ID Go app including the latest premieres. Download the ID Go app and binge away. For those who prefer commercial free programming during your binge session, Prime Video has an ID channel: ‘True Crime Files by Investigation Discovery” available for $2.99 a month. It’s a compilation of older seasons but totally worth the cost if you are a true crime addict.


There’s an old saying that a burden shared is a burden halved. But when people team up to commit murder, the weight of their guilt remains just as heavy. Investigators must rely on forensic science to capture partners in crime. -Partners in Crime, New Detectives (Season 5, Episode 2)


Preview: Brandita Taliano of Los Angeles, California wanted to live the high life. -Deadly Women, Investigation Discovery


Seeking freedom from his controlling wife, Joan, Dennis Hawley begins seeing drug-addicted prostitute Brandita Taliano and supporting her financially. -Female Killers (Deadly Women)


Being the ‘other woman’ is a lonely life. Some turn rejection into rage. A call girl craved the high life, a teen mom eradicated her rival, and a lesbian love affair ripped a family apart. These Deadly Women refused to play ‘Second Best’. -Deadly Women, Investigation Discovery

Related Links:
Murder Suspects’ Trip Tipped Off Police : Slaying: Widower visited Las Vegas with mistress two days after his wife’s death. The pair are now charged in the killing. (1997)
American Monster: Meet Dennis Dawley – Air Force Vet, Golf Pro & Brutal Wife Killer
Man, 61, Testifies in Wife’s 1991 Slaying (1997)
Husband, Former Mistress Get Life in Wife’s Slaying (1997)
BRANDITA TALIANO, Plaintiff, v. D. L. JOHNSON, et al., Defendant. | United States District Court, E.D. California. | May 14, 2014
The New Detectives: Season 5 – Ep 2 “Partners in Crime”
Mistress Kills Her Lover’s Wife to Escape | Deadly Women (S8, E10, ID)
They Killed His Wife Then Decided To Go On A Las Vegas Holiday | Deadly Women
Second Best | Deadly Women | Investigation Discovery (Season 8, Episode 10)
Brandita Taliano Documentary | Female Killers (Deadly Women)
Stages of Grief | American Monster | Investigation Discovery (Season 3, Episode 1)
Psycho For Love: Dennis Dawley and his mistress, Brandita Taliano, killed his wife, Joan Dawley for the money
Monstresses: Katie Belflower & Brandita Taliano (Season 1: Ep. 2) (2013)
Killer Call Girl: The True Story of Brandita Taliano by Greta Harris (book)

Deadly Women Premiered ‘Souls of Stone’ on Investigation Discovery: Donna Trapani Hired 3 Hitmen to Kill Lover’s Wife; Sentenced to Life, No Parole (November 15, 2013)

Selfish women will sometimes sell their souls to the devil to get what they want. A scorned lover weaves a web of lies, a teenage Goth orders a reign of terror, and a gold-digger buries secrets in her basement. These Deadly Women have “Souls of Stone.” -Souls of Stone, Deadly Women (S7, E18)

“Donna Kay Trapani is a home health care nurse who falls in love with a married man named George Fulton. After a brief fling, George breaks off with Donna and returns to his wife, but his scorned ex-mistress decides to have his wife, Gail, gunned down. Donna is now serving a life sentence without parole.”

Donna Tripani

Donna Kay Trapani

Name: Donna Trapani
Occupation: Health care nurse
Pathology: Murderer by proxy
Dates: October 4, 1999
Location: Lake Orion, Michigan
Motive: Jealousy and revenge
Victims: Gail Fulton
M.O. Hired contract killer
Conviction: Life without parole
Status: Incarcerated
Appearance: Souls of Stone

Source: Donna Trapani | Deadlywomen Wiki | FANDOM

Full Episode: Gail Fulton, a librarian living in a Detroit suburb, was gunned down in a parking lot by a trio of Florida killers. Donna Trapani, a nurse from Pensacola, hired the three because she had been jilted by Gail’s husband. This documentary goes on the road, re-riding the death trip from the deep south. It’s a crime of passion that leaves behind a ruined family. -Red Neck Revenge, Mugshots (TruTV)

Editor’s note: With a cable subscription, you can download the free ID Go app and watch all of the Investigation Discovery programming at your convenience. And for those who do not have cable, you can watch “unlocked” episodes on the ID Go app including the latest premieres. Download the ID Go app and binge away. For those who prefer commercial free programming during your binge session, Prime Video has an ID channel: ‘True Crime Files by Investigation Discovery” available for $2.99 a month. It’s a compilation of older seasons but totally worth the cost if you are a true crime addict.

Related Links:
Martha Gail Garza Fulton | Find A Grave
Donna Trapani | Deadlywomen Wiki | FANDOM
Four Charged in Murder of Michigan Library Worker
Sentencing Date Set in Contract Killing of Michigan Library Clerk
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, Plaintiff-Appellee, v DONNA KAY TRAPANI, Defendant-Appellant (2003)
Fulton and his Fatal Faux Pas | Killers Without Conscience
Two’s Company, Three’s a Deadly Crowd: The Cruel Killing of Martha Gail Fulton
Mugshots: Donna Trapani – Red Neck Revenge | FilmRise
Mugshots: Donna Trapani – Red Neck Revenge | FilmRise True Crime
Mugshots: Donna Trapani – Red Neck Revenge | Amazon.com
Souls of Stone | Deadly Women | Investigation Discovery (S7, E18)
List of Deadly Women episodes | Wikipedia
Martha Fulton was Gunned Down in a Parking Lot in Michigan; Donna Trapani Guilty of Hiring 3 Hitmen to Kill Lover’s Wife, Sentenced to Life in Prison, No Parole (October 4, 1999)

Martha Fulton was Gunned Down in a Parking Lot in Michigan; Donna Trapani Guilty of Hiring 3 Hitmen to Kill Lover’s Wife, Sentenced to Life in Prison, No Parole (October 4, 1999)

Full Episode: Gail Fulton, a librarian living in a Detroit suburb, was gunned down in a parking lot by a trio of Florida killers. Donna Trapani, a nurse from Pensacola, hired the three because she had been jilted by Gail’s husband. This documentary goes on the road, re-riding the death trip from the deep south. It’s a crime of passion that leaves behind a ruined family. -Red Neck Revenge, Mugshots (TruTV)

“Donna Kay Trapani is a home health care nurse who falls in love with a married man named George Fulton. After a brief fling, George breaks off with Donna and returns to his wife, but his scorned ex-mistress decides to have his wife, Gail, gunned down. Donna is now serving a life sentence without parole.”

Martha Fulton

Martha Gail Garza Fulton, Lake Orion, Michigan

Name: Donna Trapani
Occupation: Health care nurse
Pathology: Murderer by proxy
Dates: October 4, 1999
Location: Lake Orion, Michigan
Motive: Jealousy and revenge
Victims: Gail Fulton
M.O. Hired contract killer
Conviction: Life without parole
Status: Incarcerated
Appearance: Souls of Stone

Source: Donna Trapani | Deadlywomen Wiki | FANDOM

Selfish women will sometimes sell their souls to the devil to get what they want. A scorned lover weaves a web of lies, a teenage Goth orders a reign of terror, and a gold-digger buries secrets in her basement. These Deadly Women have “Souls of Stone.” -Souls of Stone, Deadly Women (S7, E18)

Related Links:
Martha Gail Garza Fulton | Find A Grave
Donna Trapani | Deadlywomen Wiki | FANDOM
Four Charged in Murder of Michigan Library Worker
Sentencing Date Set in Contract Killing of Michigan Library Clerk
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, Plaintiff-Appellee, v DONNA KAY TRAPANI, Defendant-Appellant (2003)
Fulton and his Fatal Faux Pas | Killers Without Conscience
Two’s Company, Three’s a Deadly Crowd: The Cruel Killing of Martha Gail Fulton
Mugshots: Donna Trapani – Red Neck Revenge | FilmRise
Mugshots: Donna Trapani – Red Neck Revenge | FilmRise True Crime
Mugshots: Donna Trapani – Red Neck Revenge | Amazon.com
Souls of Stone | Deadly Women | Investigation Discovery (S7, E18)
List of Deadly Women episodes | Wikipedia
Deadly Women Premiered ‘Souls of Stone’ on Investigation Discovery: Donna Trapani Hired 3 Hitmen to Kill Lover’s Wife; Sentenced to Life, No Parole (November 15, 2013)