Deadly Women Premiered ‘Dark Secrets’ on ID: Black Widow Judy Buenoano Murdered Family Members for Life Insurance Benefits (October 30, 2008)

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Dark Secrets are the stock-in-trade of Deadly Women (S2,E4)

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LA Times Published ‘Pvt. John Bennett is the Only U.S. Soldier Executed for Rape in Peacetime’ by Richard A. Serrano (September 10, 2000)

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Pvt. John Bennett is the Only U.S. Soldier Executed for Rape in Peacetime. He Was Mentally Troubled and Black. Six White Murderers Were Also on Military Death Row. They Were Spared.

Richard A. Serrano is a Staff Writer in The Times’ Washington, bureau. He last wrote for the magazine about the bombing of the Oklahoma, City federal building, which was also the subject of his book, “One of, Ours,” published in 1998 by W.W. Norton

“Rain always frightened him, and on the night he was hanged in a military prison in Kansas, a rolling prairie thunderstorm was kicking up outside. That was four decades ago. Pvt. John Bennett had just turned 26. He went to his death perhaps more terrified of the thunder and lightning than of the gaunt hangman waiting upon the gallows.

News of the hanging scarcely made the papers. Executions then, like today, were commonplace, so much so that his story has never been told. But he is the last member of the U.S. Armed Forces to be executed. And he is the only serviceman hanged for rape during peacetime.

America is once again examining the death penalty, spurred by the most damning evidence in history that innocents have been sentenced to die. Advances in DNA testing and other revelations have overturned scores of death sentences in recent years, raising fresh doubts about American criminal justice, especially for minorities, who make up the majority of death row prisoners.

As a result, the death penalty issue looms larger in presidential politics than it has for a generation. Both major party candidates favor death sentencing, and Republican nominee George W. Bush has given it special emphasis. He expresses confidence in his state’s handling of capital cases and says that not one innocent man has been executed on his watch as governor of Texas.

The issue also has landed in the Oval Office, where President Clinton delayed by four months the federal government’s first scheduled execution since 1963. Juan Raul Garza will now have until Dec. 12–a date notably after the presidential election–to seek clemency. Garza’s attorneys say they will argue that the criminal justice system discriminates against minorities.

Amid the chatter, national opinion polls have found that while most Americans still favor death sentencing, the support is diminishing. Even its proponents question the role that race, mental illness, poverty, politics and the quality of legal representation play in death penalty cases. All those factors were present on that stormy night in April 1961 inside the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth. Was the system broken back then? Has it been fixed since?

Read more from Richard A. Serrano (LA Times) here or here and check out Serrano’s book ‘Summoned at Midnight: A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth’ here.

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Ex-Army Drill Sergeant Earl Richmond, Jr. was Sentenced to Death for Murder of Army Specialist at Fort Dix and a Mother & Two Children in North Carolina (1991)

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Earl Richmond, Jr., Army veteran, was executed in 2005.

Sgt. Earl Richmond, Jr was stationed at Fort Dix from 1988 until he was discharged for misconduct in the fall of 1990 for taking money from trainees.

On April 15, 1989, a female Air Force officer stationed at Fort Dix and her male companion were held at gunpoint and robbed at a bus stop. The Air Force officer was sexually assaulted as well. Richard Stevens was a civilian who worked at the base. He was charged, convicted of the crimes, and sentenced to fourteen years by a federal court. Eventually it was determined that he was wrongfully convicted of these crimes. He served more then three and a half years in jail before he was exonerated. Stevens resembled Earl Richmond Jr. who was identified as a suspect in this case yet never officially charged. While Stevens was getting out of jail in 1992, Richmond was awaiting trial on state charges for the rape of a 17-year-old girl at a motel near Fort Dix in April 1989. The burglary and rape case involving the Air Force officer at Fort Dix is considered unsolved.

Shortly after the rape accusations surfaced, Earl Richmond, Jr. was charged with four murders. In 1991, Richmond raped and murdered both Army Spc Lisa Nadeau in Fort Dix, New Jersey and Helisa Hayes in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He murdered Helisa Haye’s two children who were witnesses to the crime as well. DNA evidence helped solve these four cases and tied him to the 1989 rape of the 17-year-old girl at the motel near Fort Dix.

  1. Spc. Lisa Nadeau, 24, raped & strangled on April 4, 1991 in base housing.
  2. Helisa Hayes, 27, raped and strangled in her home in November 1991.
  3. Phillip Hayes, 8, stabbed 60 times with a pair of scissors.
  4. Darien Hayes, 7, strangled with an electric cord.

Earl Richmond, Jr. was sentenced to death for the four murders and executed by lethal injection in North Carolina on May 6, 2005.

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Mistaken Identity? Rape Case Is Dropped Richard Stevens Served Three Years For Assaulting An Air Force Officer At Ft. Dix. Now Prosecutors Say He May Be Innocent
A Case Of Mistaken Identity Landed Him In Jail For 3 1/2 Years Richard Stevens Is Trying To Rebuild His Life. He Served Time For A Charge That Has Been Dismissed
Murder Suspect Charged Again
Former Drill Sergeant Arraigned in Slaying of Army Payroll Clerk
Murder Defendant Implicated In Sex Assaults, Attorney Says
Trial Opens In Fort Dix Murder Case A Neighbor Described The Scene. As Her Mother Lay Dead, The 3-year-old Wandered The House
Attorney Says Suspect Was Insane The Ex-drill Instructor Killed The Fort Dix Woman, All Agree. His Mental State Is The Issue
Ex-Soldier From Fayetteville Guilty In New Jersey Slaying
Killer Of Ft. Dix Woman Gets Life Without Parole Earl Richmond Jr. Shattered Many Lives. Another Murder Trial In North Carolina Is Still To Come
Former Drill Sergeant Sentenced To Death For N.c. Slayings Earl Richmond Jr. Was Convicted Of Three 1991 Deaths. He Had Killed A Ft. Dix Clerk Months Earlier
Evidence from 2002 slaying of Ft. Dix worker is detailed Jurors heard what was taken from the home of the man accused of killing a neighbor he had called “a nice lady.”
Killer goes quietly, with apology
‘I understand why you hate me’
Execution vigils planned
Earl J. Richmond Jr. Executed May 6, 2005 02:19 a.m. by Lethal Injection in North Carolina
STATE of North Carolina v. Earl RICHMOND, Jr. (Feb 6, 1998)
Earl RICHMOND, Jr., Petitioner-Appellant, v. Marvin L. POLK, Warden, Central Prison, Raleigh, North Carolina, Respondent-Appellee (May 4, 2004)
Murderpedia: Earl Richmond, Jr.

Army Pvt. John Bennett Executed by Hanging at U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth for Raping White Girl in Austria (April 13, 1961)

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“John Bennett, a black man, was hanged for raping a white girl in Austria. During the six years between his trial and death, eight other soldiers were executed, all of them black. Six white prisoners were on death row during those years. Some had killed little girls or had killed more than once. None were executed. President Dwight Eisenhower commuted the sentences of four. Two were spared by the courts. Today, six soldiers are on military death row–four black, one Asian, one white.” (update: 4 soldiers are on death row now)

Evidence in Bennett’s case revealed mental defects in the young man and his family, defects that today would probably spare his life. He also almost certainly suffered from epilepsy, which his defenders cited as further evidence of mental illness. Even Dr. Karl Menninger, the country’s preeminent psychiatrist, twice sought to save the life of this ‘undistinguished epileptic Negro soldier.The court-martial was held in Austria. The trial lasted five days, with little defense. The jury deliberated just 25 minutes.

Read more from Richard A. Serrano (LA Timeshere or here and check out Serrano’s book ‘Summoned at Midnight: A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth’ here.

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Pvt John Arthur Bennett (April 13, 1961)
Pvt. John Bennett is the Only U.S. Soldier Executed for Rape in Peacetime
Pvt. John Bennett Is the Only U.S. Soldier Executed for Rape in Peacetime
Bush OKs Execution for Army Private on Death Row 
1961: John A. Bennett, the last American military execution (so far)
The Rare Case Of The Military Execution 
A look at the last U.S. soldier executed by the military 
Soldiers Sentenced to Die, but No Executions on Military Death Row Since 1961 
A look at the 6 inmates on US military death row
Servicemen on Death Row; 6 killers await as mil­i­tary jus­tice crawls
Judge lifts execution stay for ex-soldier in military prison
U.S. Military Could Execute Ex-Soldier for First Time Since 1961 
Army moves closer to first execution in 50 years; Ronald Gray on death row since 1988 
These are the 4 inmates on the military’s death row 
Haunted by the Story of John Bennett and Other Black Soldiers’ Lives on Death Row
Resuming federal executions unlikely to affect military death row
Summoned at Midnight: A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth 
Crimelines True Crime Podcast w/ Death’s Door Podcast Featured the Last Military Execution of Army Private John Bennett in 1961 (April 22, 2018)
Four U.S. Service Members on Military Death Row at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Army Private John Bennett was Last Military Execution by Hanging in 1961
Seven Intriguing True Crime Podcasts Spotlighting Active Duty Military Suicide, Missing, and Murder Cases