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20070403: Settlement reached in serial killer case KS Overland Park Serial Killer News
Lawsuit leads to settlement money for daughter of a woman who was murdered by John E. Robinson in the early 1980s

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit claiming a hospital social worker helped steer serial killer John E. Robinson to one of the women he was convicted of killing.

A lawsuit against Truman Medical Center, the social worker and Robinson claimed that he learned of Lisa Stasi and her infant daughter, Tiffany, from the social worker in the early 1980s. The baby, now known as Heather Robinson, testified in court last week that she has been pursued by the media ever since her story was revealed seven years ago.

Robinson was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1985 death of 19-year-old Lisa Stasi. Her body has never been found. Robinson was given a life prison sentence for killing Stasi. He also was sentenced to five to 20 years in prison for interfering with parental custody after arranging for the baby to be raised by his brother in another state. Robinson's brother and sister-in-law, according to court testimony, thought they had legally adopted the infant.

Heather Robinson said in Jackson County Court that the settlement money will be split between her and her biological grandmother.

In addition to his conviction in Stasi's death, Robinson was sentenced to death in Johnson County District Court in 2003 for murdering 28-year-old Suzette Trouten of Newport, Mich., and 19-year-old Izabela Lewicka, a former Purdue University student, and stuffing their bodies in barrels. Their bodies were found June 3, 2000, on his property northwest of La Cygne.

In all, he was convicted in Kansas and Missouri of the murders of seven women and a girl. Robinson received life in prison for six of those deaths.

The bodies were discovered on Robinson's property following an investigation into the disappearances of three Overland Park women and a baby many years ago. The cases were reopened after Trouten was reported missing in March 2000.

Two days after their bodies were found, three more were discovered in barrels in a Raymore, Mo., storage unit rented by Robinson.

He also received sentences of up to 20 1/2 years for kidnapping Trouten and seven months for theft.

Robinson, 63, is imprisoned at the El Dorado Correctional Facility and is appealing his sentence.

 

20070323: Daughter Of Serial Killer's Victim Settles Lawsuit MO Kansas City Serial Killer News

The daughter of one of John E. Robinson's victims has settled a lawsuit that claimed the convicted serial killer was led to her mother by a hospital social worker.Robinson was convicted in Johnson County, Kan., in 2002 of murdering three women there from early 1985 through early 2000. As with five other women he later admitted killing in western Missouri, Robinson was acquainted with all of the victims. Many of the victims were found stuffed in barrels in the two states.The first Kansas victim, 19-year-old Lisa Stasi, left behind a 4-month-old daughter named Tiffany when she disappeared in January 1985. Robinson created fake documents to arrange for the infant's adoption by his brother and sister-in-law -- in what the couple believed was a legitimate transaction -- and they raised her as Heather Robinson.

Now 22, Heather Robinson testified in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday that she had been hounded by journalists and media since she and others learned her story about seven years ago. The lawsuit said she suffered depression, anxiety and other mental problems.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit were John E. Robinson, social worker Karen Gaddis and the Kansas City hospital where she worked, Truman Medical Center.The lawsuit contended that Gaddis told Robinson about Stasi and her newborn daughter in 1984 after he said he wanted women for his home for unwed mothers of white babies.Robinson often lured his victims from troubled or unsettled lives by presenting himself as a successful Johnson County businessman who wanted to give back to the community.Robinson placed Stasi and the baby in an Overland Park, Kan., motel. On Jan. 9, 1985, Stasi was picked up by Robinson at her sister-in-law's home, leaving the baby behind. Stasi's remains have never been found.Terms of the settlement of Heather Robinson's lawsuit are confidential. In court Thursday, she said she will split the settlement with her biological grandmother, Patricia Sylvester.She and her lawyer declined to comment after Thursday's hearing. A Truman Medical Center official and the hospital's lawyer also declined to comment.Robinson, 63, is in prison in El Dorado, Kan., and appealing his death sentence on two of the killings in that state. He remains a defendant in the lawsuit by Heather Robinson, who will probably get a default judgment against him.In Missouri, Robinson was sentenced to five life sentences without parole for the killings in Cass County.

 

 

20060303: Serial killer who buried bodies in barrels indicted on federal charge MO Kansas City Serial Killer News

A serial killer given life sentences in two states was indicted on a federal charge in one of the murders and may face the death penalty, authorities said Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Todd Graves said the charge arose because John E. Robinson Sr. tricked 27-year-old Suzette Trouten into moving to Kansas from Michigan, and their path took them through Graves' western Missouri district.

Graves said the federal charge of kidnapping resulting in death is different enough from the state convictions that it does not violate Robinson's right not to be tried twice for the same crime.

"It is certainly an expansive reading of the statute," Graves acknowledged during a news conference. "This office and I have been aggressive in seeking the death penalty where it is appropriate. Justice seeks the ultimate penalty for the ultimate crime."

Robinson, 62, originally was sentenced to death in Kansas state court for the capital murders of Trouten and Izabela Lewicka, 21, of West Lafayette, Ind. But Kansas' death penalty law was tossed out by the state's highest court in December 2004; the death sentence would be reinstated if the U.S. Supreme Court decides the law is constitutional.

Graves said his office hasn't decided whether to pursue the death penalty but added, "You can follow the logic." Asked if he would abandon the case if the Supreme Court reinstates Kansas' death penalty, Graves said, "That's something we'd have to consider."

An attorney representing Robinson in his appeal of his Kansas death sentences did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Trouten's and Lewicka's bodies were discovered in June 2000 in barrels on Robinson's property 60 miles south of Kansas City. Robinson was also sentenced to life in Kansas in the 1985 disappearance of a 19-year-old woman whose body was never found.

In Missouri, he avoided trial and a possible death sentence by admitting in October 2003 that he had killed two women and a teenage girl whose bodies were found in barrels in a rented storage locker, as well as two other women whose bodies were never found. He was sentenced to five life terms without parole in those cases.

Authorities have said Robinson lured some of his victims, including Trouten, with promises of work or sadomasochistic sex. Graves said luring Trouten to Kansas under false pretenses amounted to kidnapping.

 

20060302: Victim's mom eager to see convicted serial killer get death penalty MI Detroit Serial Killer News

The nation's first Internet serial killer may yet die for his crimes, and the Michigan mother of one of his victims is eager to see it happen.

Carolyn Trouten said she's relieved that a federal grand jury Thursday indicted John E. Robinson Sr. for the murder of her daughter, 27-year-old Newport resident Suzette Trouten.

Robinson already has been convicted of the killing in 2000, but the new charges could result in the death penalty -- a fate he appeared to avoid when Kansas' highest court tossed out the state's death penalty.

"It's a shame we even have to feed him," said Trouten, 63, of Newport. "My main concern is that he's out of circulation and can no longer kill."

Robinson -- the so-called "Slavemaster" -- was sentenced to die in Kansas for killing Trouten and Izabela Lewicka, 21, of West Lafayette, Ind. The new charge of kidnapping Trouten and causing her death is different enough from the state conviction that it doesn't violate his double-jeopardy rights, said U.S. Attorney Todd Graves.

A lonely nurse, Trouten met Robinson on Internet sites devoted to submissive sex and sadomasochism. He posed as a wealthy businessman -- "JR" -- who promised to pay her $60,000 per year to come work with him in Kansas.

Her mother reported Trouten missing in 2000 after receiving suspicious typewritten notes supposedly sent from her daughter from around the country. Police tracked down Robinson because Suzette Trouten left his phone number with her mother.

In June 2000, police found the bodies of Trouten and Lewicka buried in 55-gallon drums on his farm near Kansas City. Robinson also was sentenced to life in the 1985 disappearance of a 19-year-old woman whose body was never found. He avoided trial in Missouri by confessing to killing another two women and a teenage girl whose bodies were found in barrels in a storage locker, and two other women whose bodies were never found.

Although the new charges guarantee another trial, Carolyn Trouten said she expects authorities to convict Robinson. She called the prospect of testifying "horrible," but said she'd do whatever it takes.

"It's a shame he's still alive," she said. "He should have been dead 20 years ago when he killed that first girl."

 

20050225: Wife seeks divorce from serial killer MO Kansas City Serial Killer News

Some differences are more irreconcilable than others. Having a convicted serial killer for a husband has to be right up there.

John E. Robinson Sr.'s wife, Nancy J. Robinson, cited incompatibility and the above-mentioned differences Wednesday when she filed for divorce in Johnson County District Court.

Nancy J. Robinson, who still lives in Johnson County, according to the divorce petition, has been married to Robinson for almost 41 years. They have four adult children.

John Robinson, 61, is in the special management unit at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Nancy Robinson's attorney did not return phone calls Thursday.

The Robinsons were living in Olathe in 2000 when he was arrested and charged with killing two young women who had traveled to the area after meeting him online. Eventually, Robinson was convicted of killing eight women and girls in Kansas and Missouri over a span of 15 years.

He was sentenced to death after his trial in Johnson County, but the Kansas Supreme Court ruled late last year that the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional. If the U.S. Supreme Court does not overturn that ruling, Robinson will spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

20031016: Prosecutor: Bodies Of John Robinson's Victims May Never Be Found MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Convicted Killer Says Acquaintances Helped Dispose Of Bodies

Convicted murderer John E. Robinson pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of murder in a Cass County courtroom, KMBC's Peggy Breit reported.

Robinson, 59, has already been convicted of three murders in Kansas and faces the death penalty. But when three bodies were found in barrels in Raymore, Mo., he was charged with those murders as well.

The bodies were later identified as those of Sheila Faith, her daughter Debbie Faith and Beverly Bonner.

Robinson avoided trial and a possible death sentence in Missouri by admitting that he killed the three females whose bodies were found in the Raymore storage locker and two others whose bodies have never been found.

Wearing a suit and tie, Robinson stood before Circuit Judge Joseph Dandurand and replied matter-of-factly to questions about the murders.Robinson, of Olathe, Kan., had been charged with first-degree murder in three of the Missouri killings. But Cass County Prosecutor Chris Koster had said he would be willing to drop his pursuit of a death sentence if Robinson were cooperative in clearing up two other cases dating to the 1980s.

In his pleas Thursday, Robinson admitted that he killed Bonner, 49, of Cameron, Mo., and Sheila Faith, 45, and her paraplegic daughter, both formerly of California.

Their bodies were discovered in 55-gallon drums in the Raymore storage locker on June 5, 2000 -- two days after authorities dug up two larger barrels containing women's bodies on rural property Robinson owned just over the state line in Linn County, Kan.Dandurand said he accepted Robinson's plea because "it is time for these victims to get some peace.""This is a reasonable plea agreement recommendation made by the state because it saves these victims from any further turmoil. And had they not all unanimously advised the prosecutor that they were in support of this arrangement, I can tell you it wouldn't have happened here today," the judge said.Robinson also admitted Thursday that he killed Paula Godfrey, of Olathe, who disappeared in 1984 when she was 19, and Catherine Clampitt, who had moved from Texas to Johnson County and was working for Robinson when she disappeared at age 27. She was last seen by her family in 1987.No charges had ever been filed in the disappearances of Godfrey and Clampitt.Robinson told Dandurand that he met Godfrey at the Belton Inn, argued with her over $800 she owed him, and then struck and killed her with a lamp, Breit reported. Robinson said an acquaintance, who is now dead, disposed of the body. Robinson told the court he killed Clampitt by striking her on the head with a bat at an apartment in Belton, Mo. The convicted killer again said a different acquantaince -- identified only as G.T. -- disposed of the body.Koster said his office is investigating Robinson's claims."We do have an idea who G.T. is, we are going to investigate that immediately. But I have to be up front and admit that the best evidence we have against G.T. is John Robinson, which is pretty poor evidence," Koster said.The prosecutor said he has considered that Robinson might be falsifying the truth in order to avoid the death penalty in Missouri."I believe that we are close to the correct version of events. I can't swear that this is gospel, what we have, but I do believe that the important test of credibility is whether we could convict John Robinson of five homicides in the state of Missouri. And I believe unquestionably that the answer to that is 'yes,'" Koster said.The prosecutor added that he spent months trying to get Robinson to say where the bodies of Clampett and Godfrey are."Rightly or wrongly, I came to the conclusion about four weeks ago that the remains were unrecoverable, and in all likelyhood would never be found," he said.Godfrey's father spoke in court after Robinson entered his guilty plea."Your honor, it's my wish that John Robinson spend the rest of his life in prison (with) no parole, no special treatment. I want him to think every day of the heartache he has caused our family, and all the other families involved," Bill Godfrey said.Authorities in both states have said that Robinson -- whose criminal record of theft, embezzlement and other offenses dates to 1969 -- lured some of his victims to northeastern Kansas with promises of work or sadomasochistic sex.The Johnson County jury that tried the Kansas case last year sat through three weeks of often lurid, grisly testimony before convicting him of murdering Suzette Trouten, 27, and Izabela Lewicka, 21, whose bodies were found in barrels on the Linn County property, and Lisa Stasi, 19, whose remains have never been found.

 

 

 

 

20031015: John Robinson Reportedly Tries To Strike Plea Bargain MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Robinson Faces Possible Death Penalty If Convicted In Missouri

Cass County Prosecutor Chris Koster met with the defense team of John Robinson on Wednesday, reportedly to hammer out the final details of a plea agreement, KMBC's Peggy Breit said. A court hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, and the expectation is that a deal will be presented to the presiding judge.

Robinson has already been convicted of three murders in Kansas, and faces the death penalty. But when three bodies were found in barrels in Raymore, Mo., he was charged with those murders as well.

The bodies were later identified as those of Sheila Faith, her daughter Debbie Faith and Beverly Bonner.

Robinson was convicted of killing Lisa Stasi in 1985, but her body has never been found. In addition, two other women -- Paula Godfrey and Catherine Clampett -- also had ties to Robinson and have been missing since the mid 1980s.

Paul Morrison, who prosecuted the Kansas cases, said he hopes whatever Robinson claims Thursday in court can be proved."I would just be very skeptical about anything John Robinson says, and relying on that to be the truth. I think anything you get from John Robinson needs to be corroborated," Morrison said.At about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Koster and the capital defense team left the main building at the Justice Center and walked into the jail were Robinson is being held. Breit reported that they will presumably talk about a plea deal with Robinson, which could exchange guilty pleas in three to five cases for dropping the death penalty.Robinson still faces the death penalty in Kansas. Breit reported that any plea deal would not change anything that happened in the Johnson County trial.

 

 

 

20030401: John E. Robinson Makes First Missouri Court Appearance MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Convicted Killer May Avoid Death Penalty If He Reveals Locations Of Bodies

Serial killer John E. Robinson Sr., already sentenced to death in Kansas, was arraigned Tuesday in Missouri on charges of killing two women and a teenage girl. Despite concerns from some local residents, Cass County Prosecutor Chris Koster seems determined to go ahead with a trial.

Robinson, 59, sat silently through his first appearance in Cass County Circuit Court as Associate Circuit Judge William Collins entered not guilty pleas for murder, fraud and forgery. Collins also scheduled a preliminary hearing May 14 for Robinson. Prosecutors have the option of presenting the case to a grand jury instead of holding the preliminary hearing, Koster said.

Robinson faces capital murder charges in Cass County for the deaths of Beverly Bonner, 49, of Cameron; Sheila Faith, 45; and her paraplegic daughter, Debbie, 16, both formerly of California. Their bodies were found on June 5, 2000, stuffed in barrels in a Raymore storage locker rented by Robinson.

But some Cass County residents wonder why the community should pay to try Robinson when he's already been convicted and sentenced to death in Kansas, KMBC's Peggy Breit reported. But Koster said Robinson must be tried."What would be unprecedented is if I just let these files lay stagnant in the office," Koster said. Robinson was sentenced in January to die in Kansas for the murders of Suzette Trouten, 27, of Michigan, and Izabela Lewicka, 21, a former Purdue University student. Their bodies were found on his rural Linn County, Kan., property. Both women were killed after being lured to Kansas by Robinson to engage in sadomasochistic sex. Johnson County Judge John Anderson III also sentenced Robinson to life in prison for the 1985 death of Lisa Stasi, a 19-year-old whose body was never found. The door may remain open for Robinson to avoid the death penalty in Missouri if he leads law enforcement to Stasi's body and the bodies of two other missing women who have been linked to him. Stasi, Catherine Clampitt and Paula Godfrey disappeared in the 1980s. The women's families and law enforcement officials want those cases resolved as well, Koster said. "I want to try this case," Koster said. "But my desire to try it takes a back seat to important law enforcement goals."Although some have estimated the cost to be between $500,000 and $700,000 more than any other kind of murder case to try Robinson in Missouri, Koster said the cost should actually be about $30,000 to $50,000 more, Breit reported. That estimate does not include extra security costs to transport the well-known killer to and from the court house.

 

 

 

20030220: Juror Describes Evidence In Robinson Murder Trial MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Images Seared Into Memory, Juror Says

It took more than four weeks to present all the evidence the trial of John E. Robinson, who was convicted of capital murder in 2002. Jurors took two days to reach a guilty verdict. Robinson was sentenced to death for his crimes.

KMBC's Peggy Breit got an exclusive look at the evidence presented to jurors in the trial.Sexually explicit videotapes and e-mails were shown during the proceedings. Juror Skip Skipper said almost everyone in the court room squirmed as the tapes were played. Everyone that is, except Robinson.

"He sat there and watched it like it was fine," Skipper said.

The tapes showed sadomasochistic sex sessions between Robinson and Suzette Trouten, whose body was found inside a barrel on Robinson's Lynn County property.Skipper said he was shocked by "how (Robinson) could use them, get everything he could get out of them and then do away with them."Testimony from the coroner who examined the women's bodies showed that Robinson's victims died of blunt trauma to the head.Skipper said the images he was shown during the trial are seared into his memory."It was like he took a hard-boiled egg and cracked it. I don't think I'll ever eat another hard-boiled egg," Skipper said.There was evidence that Robinson had women fill out cards months before the cards were sent to family members. Robinson sent the cards after the women were dead."It was just like a movie script almost, the way it was presented to us," Skipper said.At the end, jurors were convinced Robinson killed three women in Kansas and three in Missouri, Breit reported. They were confident Robinson lured the women to his Lynn County home with promises of high-paying jobs and world travel.Because of the evidence, the jury came to see Robinson through the eyes of his victims, Breit said."To think that their families thought they were world travelers and having the best time of their life, and here they were out behind some shed in a barrel," Skipper said.Jurors say they believe they made the right decision that Robinson should die by lethal injection, Breit said.

 

 

 

20021030: Jury Finds Robinson Guilty MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Jury Begins Penalty Phase Of Trial Thursday

Jurors in the John E. Robinson serial murder trial returned a guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon.

The verdict was announced around 3:30 p.m., after approximately 11 hours of deliberation over two days.

KMBC's Kris Ketz reported that Robinson was found guilty on all counts, including two counts of capital murder and one count of first-degree murder.

Robinson showed virtually no reaction as the verdict was read.

Robinson, 58, was charged with capital murder in the deaths of Suzette Trouten, of Michigan, and Izabela Lewicka, a former Purdue University student. Both were found in barrels on Robinson's rural property in Linn County, about 60 miles south of Kansas City.

Robinson was also charged with first-degree murder in the case of Lisa Stasi, who was last seen with Robinson before she disappeared in 1985. Stasi's baby, Tiffany, was later adopted by Robinson's brother.

Robinson was also found guilty of arranging the bogus adoption of Tiffany by his brother.Karen Moore, Lisa Stasi's Aunt, spoke with KMBC about Tiffany."She's a beautiful young woman. She's an adult now, and she's our family," Moore said. When asked how Tiffany might view the conviction, Moore replied, "I think she'll be glad."Robinson is also charged with three counts of capital murder in Missouri for the deaths of Beverly Bonner, Sheila Faith and Debbie Faith. Their bodies were discovered in a Raymore, Mo., storage locker rented by Robinson. Cass County Prosecutor Chris Koster told KMBC over the weekend that he would request the earliest possible trial date for those charges, perhaps in the spring.Breit reported that jurors were allowed to go home after the verdict was read. They are no longer sequestered, but the judge ordered them not to watch any media coverage or to discuss the case with anyone.Jurors will be back Thursday morning to begin the penalty phase of the trial. The capital murder conviction could bring the death penalty.

 

 

20070403: Settlement reached in serial killer case KS Overland Park Serial Killer News
Lawsuit leads to settlement money for daughter of a woman who was murdered by John E. Robinson in the early 1980s

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit claiming a hospital social worker helped steer serial killer John E. Robinson to one of the women he was convicted of killing.

A lawsuit against Truman Medical Center, the social worker and Robinson claimed that he learned of Lisa Stasi and her infant daughter, Tiffany, from the social worker in the early 1980s. The baby, now known as Heather Robinson, testified in court last week that she has been pursued by the media ever since her story was revealed seven years ago.

Robinson was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1985 death of 19-year-old Lisa Stasi. Her body has never been found. Robinson was given a life prison sentence for killing Stasi. He also was sentenced to five to 20 years in prison for interfering with parental custody after arranging for the baby to be raised by his brother in another state. Robinson's brother and sister-in-law, according to court testimony, thought they had legally adopted the infant.

Heather Robinson said in Jackson County Court that the settlement money will be split between her and her biological grandmother.

In addition to his conviction in Stasi's death, Robinson was sentenced to death in Johnson County District Court in 2003 for murdering 28-year-old Suzette Trouten of Newport, Mich., and 19-year-old Izabela Lewicka, a former Purdue University student, and stuffing their bodies in barrels. Their bodies were found June 3, 2000, on his property northwest of La Cygne.

In all, he was convicted in Kansas and Missouri of the murders of seven women and a girl. Robinson received life in prison for six of those deaths.

The bodies were discovered on Robinson's property following an investigation into the disappearances of three Overland Park women and a baby many years ago. The cases were reopened after Trouten was reported missing in March 2000.

Two days after their bodies were found, three more were discovered in barrels in a Raymore, Mo., storage unit rented by Robinson.

He also received sentences of up to 20 1/2 years for kidnapping Trouten and seven months for theft.

Robinson, 63, is imprisoned at the El Dorado Correctional Facility and is appealing his sentence.

 

20070323: Daughter Of Serial Killer's Victim Settles Lawsuit MO Kansas City Serial Killer News

The daughter of one of John E. Robinson's victims has settled a lawsuit that claimed the convicted serial killer was led to her mother by a hospital social worker.Robinson was convicted in Johnson County, Kan., in 2002 of murdering three women there from early 1985 through early 2000. As with five other women he later admitted killing in western Missouri, Robinson was acquainted with all of the victims. Many of the victims were found stuffed in barrels in the two states.The first Kansas victim, 19-year-old Lisa Stasi, left behind a 4-month-old daughter named Tiffany when she disappeared in January 1985. Robinson created fake documents to arrange for the infant's adoption by his brother and sister-in-law -- in what the couple believed was a legitimate transaction -- and they raised her as Heather Robinson.

Now 22, Heather Robinson testified in Jackson County Circuit Court on Thursday that she had been hounded by journalists and media since she and others learned her story about seven years ago. The lawsuit said she suffered depression, anxiety and other mental problems.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit were John E. Robinson, social worker Karen Gaddis and the Kansas City hospital where she worked, Truman Medical Center.The lawsuit contended that Gaddis told Robinson about Stasi and her newborn daughter in 1984 after he said he wanted women for his home for unwed mothers of white babies.Robinson often lured his victims from troubled or unsettled lives by presenting himself as a successful Johnson County businessman who wanted to give back to the community.Robinson placed Stasi and the baby in an Overland Park, Kan., motel. On Jan. 9, 1985, Stasi was picked up by Robinson at her sister-in-law's home, leaving the baby behind. Stasi's remains have never been found.Terms of the settlement of Heather Robinson's lawsuit are confidential. In court Thursday, she said she will split the settlement with her biological grandmother, Patricia Sylvester.She and her lawyer declined to comment after Thursday's hearing. A Truman Medical Center official and the hospital's lawyer also declined to comment.Robinson, 63, is in prison in El Dorado, Kan., and appealing his death sentence on two of the killings in that state. He remains a defendant in the lawsuit by Heather Robinson, who will probably get a default judgment against him.In Missouri, Robinson was sentenced to five life sentences without parole for the killings in Cass County.

 

 

20060303: Serial killer who buried bodies in barrels indicted on federal charge MO Kansas City Serial Killer News

A serial killer given life sentences in two states was indicted on a federal charge in one of the murders and may face the death penalty, authorities said Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Todd Graves said the charge arose because John E. Robinson Sr. tricked 27-year-old Suzette Trouten into moving to Kansas from Michigan, and their path took them through Graves' western Missouri district.

Graves said the federal charge of kidnapping resulting in death is different enough from the state convictions that it does not violate Robinson's right not to be tried twice for the same crime.

"It is certainly an expansive reading of the statute," Graves acknowledged during a news conference. "This office and I have been aggressive in seeking the death penalty where it is appropriate. Justice seeks the ultimate penalty for the ultimate crime."

Robinson, 62, originally was sentenced to death in Kansas state court for the capital murders of Trouten and Izabela Lewicka, 21, of West Lafayette, Ind. But Kansas' death penalty law was tossed out by the state's highest court in December 2004; the death sentence would be reinstated if the U.S. Supreme Court decides the law is constitutional.

Graves said his office hasn't decided whether to pursue the death penalty but added, "You can follow the logic." Asked if he would abandon the case if the Supreme Court reinstates Kansas' death penalty, Graves said, "That's something we'd have to consider."

An attorney representing Robinson in his appeal of his Kansas death sentences did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Trouten's and Lewicka's bodies were discovered in June 2000 in barrels on Robinson's property 60 miles south of Kansas City. Robinson was also sentenced to life in Kansas in the 1985 disappearance of a 19-year-old woman whose body was never found.

In Missouri, he avoided trial and a possible death sentence by admitting in October 2003 that he had killed two women and a teenage girl whose bodies were found in barrels in a rented storage locker, as well as two other women whose bodies were never found. He was sentenced to five life terms without parole in those cases.

Authorities have said Robinson lured some of his victims, including Trouten, with promises of work or sadomasochistic sex. Graves said luring Trouten to Kansas under false pretenses amounted to kidnapping.

 

20060302: Victim's mom eager to see convicted serial killer get death penalty MI Detroit Serial Killer News

The nation's first Internet serial killer may yet die for his crimes, and the Michigan mother of one of his victims is eager to see it happen.

Carolyn Trouten said she's relieved that a federal grand jury Thursday indicted John E. Robinson Sr. for the murder of her daughter, 27-year-old Newport resident Suzette Trouten.

Robinson already has been convicted of the killing in 2000, but the new charges could result in the death penalty -- a fate he appeared to avoid when Kansas' highest court tossed out the state's death penalty.

"It's a shame we even have to feed him," said Trouten, 63, of Newport. "My main concern is that he's out of circulation and can no longer kill."

Robinson -- the so-called "Slavemaster" -- was sentenced to die in Kansas for killing Trouten and Izabela Lewicka, 21, of West Lafayette, Ind. The new charge of kidnapping Trouten and causing her death is different enough from the state conviction that it doesn't violate his double-jeopardy rights, said U.S. Attorney Todd Graves.

A lonely nurse, Trouten met Robinson on Internet sites devoted to submissive sex and sadomasochism. He posed as a wealthy businessman -- "JR" -- who promised to pay her $60,000 per year to come work with him in Kansas.

Her mother reported Trouten missing in 2000 after receiving suspicious typewritten notes supposedly sent from her daughter from around the country. Police tracked down Robinson because Suzette Trouten left his phone number with her mother.

In June 2000, police found the bodies of Trouten and Lewicka buried in 55-gallon drums on his farm near Kansas City. Robinson also was sentenced to life in the 1985 disappearance of a 19-year-old woman whose body was never found. He avoided trial in Missouri by confessing to killing another two women and a teenage girl whose bodies were found in barrels in a storage locker, and two other women whose bodies were never found.

Although the new charges guarantee another trial, Carolyn Trouten said she expects authorities to convict Robinson. She called the prospect of testifying "horrible," but said she'd do whatever it takes.

"It's a shame he's still alive," she said. "He should have been dead 20 years ago when he killed that first girl."

 

20050225: Wife seeks divorce from serial killer MO Kansas City Serial Killer News

Some differences are more irreconcilable than others. Having a convicted serial killer for a husband has to be right up there.

John E. Robinson Sr.'s wife, Nancy J. Robinson, cited incompatibility and the above-mentioned differences Wednesday when she filed for divorce in Johnson County District Court.

Nancy J. Robinson, who still lives in Johnson County, according to the divorce petition, has been married to Robinson for almost 41 years. They have four adult children.

John Robinson, 61, is in the special management unit at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Nancy Robinson's attorney did not return phone calls Thursday.

The Robinsons were living in Olathe in 2000 when he was arrested and charged with killing two young women who had traveled to the area after meeting him online. Eventually, Robinson was convicted of killing eight women and girls in Kansas and Missouri over a span of 15 years.

He was sentenced to death after his trial in Johnson County, but the Kansas Supreme Court ruled late last year that the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional. If the U.S. Supreme Court does not overturn that ruling, Robinson will spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

20031016: Prosecutor: Bodies Of John Robinson's Victims May Never Be Found MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Convicted Killer Says Acquaintances Helped Dispose Of Bodies

Convicted murderer John E. Robinson pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of murder in a Cass County courtroom, KMBC's Peggy Breit reported.

Robinson, 59, has already been convicted of three murders in Kansas and faces the death penalty. But when three bodies were found in barrels in Raymore, Mo., he was charged with those murders as well.

The bodies were later identified as those of Sheila Faith, her daughter Debbie Faith and Beverly Bonner.

Robinson avoided trial and a possible death sentence in Missouri by admitting that he killed the three females whose bodies were found in the Raymore storage locker and two others whose bodies have never been found.

Wearing a suit and tie, Robinson stood before Circuit Judge Joseph Dandurand and replied matter-of-factly to questions about the murders.Robinson, of Olathe, Kan., had been charged with first-degree murder in three of the Missouri killings. But Cass County Prosecutor Chris Koster had said he would be willing to drop his pursuit of a death sentence if Robinson were cooperative in clearing up two other cases dating to the 1980s.

In his pleas Thursday, Robinson admitted that he killed Bonner, 49, of Cameron, Mo., and Sheila Faith, 45, and her paraplegic daughter, both formerly of California.

Their bodies were discovered in 55-gallon drums in the Raymore storage locker on June 5, 2000 -- two days after authorities dug up two larger barrels containing women's bodies on rural property Robinson owned just over the state line in Linn County, Kan.Dandurand said he accepted Robinson's plea because "it is time for these victims to get some peace.""This is a reasonable plea agreement recommendation made by the state because it saves these victims from any further turmoil. And had they not all unanimously advised the prosecutor that they were in support of this arrangement, I can tell you it wouldn't have happened here today," the judge said.Robinson also admitted Thursday that he killed Paula Godfrey, of Olathe, who disappeared in 1984 when she was 19, and Catherine Clampitt, who had moved from Texas to Johnson County and was working for Robinson when she disappeared at age 27. She was last seen by her family in 1987.No charges had ever been filed in the disappearances of Godfrey and Clampitt.Robinson told Dandurand that he met Godfrey at the Belton Inn, argued with her over $800 she owed him, and then struck and killed her with a lamp, Breit reported. Robinson said an acquaintance, who is now dead, disposed of the body. Robinson told the court he killed Clampitt by striking her on the head with a bat at an apartment in Belton, Mo. The convicted killer again said a different acquantaince -- identified only as G.T. -- disposed of the body.Koster said his office is investigating Robinson's claims."We do have an idea who G.T. is, we are going to investigate that immediately. But I have to be up front and admit that the best evidence we have against G.T. is John Robinson, which is pretty poor evidence," Koster said.The prosecutor said he has considered that Robinson might be falsifying the truth in order to avoid the death penalty in Missouri."I believe that we are close to the correct version of events. I can't swear that this is gospel, what we have, but I do believe that the important test of credibility is whether we could convict John Robinson of five homicides in the state of Missouri. And I believe unquestionably that the answer to that is 'yes,'" Koster said.The prosecutor added that he spent months trying to get Robinson to say where the bodies of Clampett and Godfrey are."Rightly or wrongly, I came to the conclusion about four weeks ago that the remains were unrecoverable, and in all likelyhood would never be found," he said.Godfrey's father spoke in court after Robinson entered his guilty plea."Your honor, it's my wish that John Robinson spend the rest of his life in prison (with) no parole, no special treatment. I want him to think every day of the heartache he has caused our family, and all the other families involved," Bill Godfrey said.Authorities in both states have said that Robinson -- whose criminal record of theft, embezzlement and other offenses dates to 1969 -- lured some of his victims to northeastern Kansas with promises of work or sadomasochistic sex.The Johnson County jury that tried the Kansas case last year sat through three weeks of often lurid, grisly testimony before convicting him of murdering Suzette Trouten, 27, and Izabela Lewicka, 21, whose bodies were found in barrels on the Linn County property, and Lisa Stasi, 19, whose remains have never been found.

 

 

 

 

20031015: John Robinson Reportedly Tries To Strike Plea Bargain MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Robinson Faces Possible Death Penalty If Convicted In Missouri

Cass County Prosecutor Chris Koster met with the defense team of John Robinson on Wednesday, reportedly to hammer out the final details of a plea agreement, KMBC's Peggy Breit said. A court hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, and the expectation is that a deal will be presented to the presiding judge.

Robinson has already been convicted of three murders in Kansas, and faces the death penalty. But when three bodies were found in barrels in Raymore, Mo., he was charged with those murders as well.

The bodies were later identified as those of Sheila Faith, her daughter Debbie Faith and Beverly Bonner.

Robinson was convicted of killing Lisa Stasi in 1985, but her body has never been found. In addition, two other women -- Paula Godfrey and Catherine Clampett -- also had ties to Robinson and have been missing since the mid 1980s.

Paul Morrison, who prosecuted the Kansas cases, said he hopes whatever Robinson claims Thursday in court can be proved."I would just be very skeptical about anything John Robinson says, and relying on that to be the truth. I think anything you get from John Robinson needs to be corroborated," Morrison said.At about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Koster and the capital defense team left the main building at the Justice Center and walked into the jail were Robinson is being held. Breit reported that they will presumably talk about a plea deal with Robinson, which could exchange guilty pleas in three to five cases for dropping the death penalty.Robinson still faces the death penalty in Kansas. Breit reported that any plea deal would not change anything that happened in the Johnson County trial.

 

 

 

20030401: John E. Robinson Makes First Missouri Court Appearance MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Convicted Killer May Avoid Death Penalty If He Reveals Locations Of Bodies

Serial killer John E. Robinson Sr., already sentenced to death in Kansas, was arraigned Tuesday in Missouri on charges of killing two women and a teenage girl. Despite concerns from some local residents, Cass County Prosecutor Chris Koster seems determined to go ahead with a trial.

Robinson, 59, sat silently through his first appearance in Cass County Circuit Court as Associate Circuit Judge William Collins entered not guilty pleas for murder, fraud and forgery. Collins also scheduled a preliminary hearing May 14 for Robinson. Prosecutors have the option of presenting the case to a grand jury instead of holding the preliminary hearing, Koster said.

Robinson faces capital murder charges in Cass County for the deaths of Beverly Bonner, 49, of Cameron; Sheila Faith, 45; and her paraplegic daughter, Debbie, 16, both formerly of California. Their bodies were found on June 5, 2000, stuffed in barrels in a Raymore storage locker rented by Robinson.

But some Cass County residents wonder why the community should pay to try Robinson when he's already been convicted and sentenced to death in Kansas, KMBC's Peggy Breit reported. But Koster said Robinson must be tried."What would be unprecedented is if I just let these files lay stagnant in the office," Koster said. Robinson was sentenced in January to die in Kansas for the murders of Suzette Trouten, 27, of Michigan, and Izabela Lewicka, 21, a former Purdue University student. Their bodies were found on his rural Linn County, Kan., property. Both women were killed after being lured to Kansas by Robinson to engage in sadomasochistic sex. Johnson County Judge John Anderson III also sentenced Robinson to life in prison for the 1985 death of Lisa Stasi, a 19-year-old whose body was never found. The door may remain open for Robinson to avoid the death penalty in Missouri if he leads law enforcement to Stasi's body and the bodies of two other missing women who have been linked to him. Stasi, Catherine Clampitt and Paula Godfrey disappeared in the 1980s. The women's families and law enforcement officials want those cases resolved as well, Koster said. "I want to try this case," Koster said. "But my desire to try it takes a back seat to important law enforcement goals."Although some have estimated the cost to be between $500,000 and $700,000 more than any other kind of murder case to try Robinson in Missouri, Koster said the cost should actually be about $30,000 to $50,000 more, Breit reported. That estimate does not include extra security costs to transport the well-known killer to and from the court house.

 

 

 

20030220: Juror Describes Evidence In Robinson Murder Trial MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Images Seared Into Memory, Juror Says

It took more than four weeks to present all the evidence the trial of John E. Robinson, who was convicted of capital murder in 2002. Jurors took two days to reach a guilty verdict. Robinson was sentenced to death for his crimes.

KMBC's Peggy Breit got an exclusive look at the evidence presented to jurors in the trial.Sexually explicit videotapes and e-mails were shown during the proceedings. Juror Skip Skipper said almost everyone in the court room squirmed as the tapes were played. Everyone that is, except Robinson.

"He sat there and watched it like it was fine," Skipper said.

The tapes showed sadomasochistic sex sessions between Robinson and Suzette Trouten, whose body was found inside a barrel on Robinson's Lynn County property.Skipper said he was shocked by "how (Robinson) could use them, get everything he could get out of them and then do away with them."Testimony from the coroner who examined the women's bodies showed that Robinson's victims died of blunt trauma to the head.Skipper said the images he was shown during the trial are seared into his memory."It was like he took a hard-boiled egg and cracked it. I don't think I'll ever eat another hard-boiled egg," Skipper said.There was evidence that Robinson had women fill out cards months before the cards were sent to family members. Robinson sent the cards after the women were dead."It was just like a movie script almost, the way it was presented to us," Skipper said.At the end, jurors were convinced Robinson killed three women in Kansas and three in Missouri, Breit reported. They were confident Robinson lured the women to his Lynn County home with promises of high-paying jobs and world travel.Because of the evidence, the jury came to see Robinson through the eyes of his victims, Breit said."To think that their families thought they were world travelers and having the best time of their life, and here they were out behind some shed in a barrel," Skipper said.Jurors say they believe they made the right decision that Robinson should die by lethal injection, Breit said.

 

 

 

20021030: Jury Finds Robinson Guilty MO Harrisonville Serial Killer News

Jury Begins Penalty Phase Of Trial Thursday

Jurors in the John E. Robinson serial murder trial returned a guilty verdict Tuesday afternoon.

The verdict was announced around 3:30 p.m., after approximately 11 hours of deliberation over two days.

KMBC's Kris Ketz reported that Robinson was found guilty on all counts, including two counts of capital murder and one count of first-degree murder.

Robinson showed virtually no reaction as the verdict was read.

Robinson, 58, was charged with capital murder in the deaths of Suzette Trouten, of Michigan, and Izabela Lewicka, a former Purdue University student. Both were found in barrels on Robinson's rural property in Linn County, about 60 miles south of Kansas City.

Robinson was also charged with first-degree murder in the case of Lisa Stasi, who was last seen with Robinson before she disappeared in 1985. Stasi's baby, Tiffany, was later adopted by Robinson's brother.

Robinson was also found guilty of arranging the bogus adoption of Tiffany by his brother.Karen Moore, Lisa Stasi's Aunt, spoke with KMBC about Tiffany."She's a beautiful young woman. She's an adult now, and she's our family," Moore said. When asked how Tiffany might view the conviction, Moore replied, "I think she'll be glad."Robinson is also charged with three counts of capital murder in Missouri for the deaths of Beverly Bonner, Sheila Faith and Debbie Faith. Their bodies were discovered in a Raymore, Mo., storage locker rented by Robinson. Cass County Prosecutor Chris Koster told KMBC over the weekend that he would request the earliest possible trial date for those charges, perhaps in the spring.Breit reported that jurors were allowed to go home after the verdict was read. They are no longer sequestered, but the judge ordered them not to watch any media coverage or to discuss the case with anyone.Jurors will be back Thursday morning to begin the penalty phase of the trial. The capital murder conviction could bring the death penalty.

 

 


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