Virginia Caudill and Johnathan Wayne Goforth

Caudill

Virginia Caudill, then and now.

Female/White, 39 years old at the time


Victim:  Lonetta White

In Fayette County on March 15, 1998, Virginia Caudill and accomplice Jonathon Goforth entered the home of a 73-year-old female and beat her to death, shattering her skull. The victim was the mother of Caudill’s estranged boyfriend and the two had gone to her home to ask her for money, supposedly to buy crack cocaine. Caudill and Goforth then ransacked her home and stole numerous items of valuable personal property, including guns, jewelry and a mink coat.  They then wrapped her body in a rug and placed it in the trunk of her own car and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire.  The victim was burned so badly that she could not be recognized.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  murder which occurred during the commission of a burglary and robbery.

 Virginia Caudill was sentenced to death March 24, 2000.

GOFORTH

Johnathan Wayne Goforth Then and Now

Male/White, 39 years old at the time

Victim: Lonetta White

On March 15, 1998, Johnathan Wayne Goforth and his accomplice, Virginia Caudill, entered the home of 73 year oldLonetta White and beat her to death. Her skull was shattered. After killing her, they burglarized her home. They then placed her body in the trunk of her own car and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire. The victim was burned so badly that she could not be recognized.

Johnathan Wayne Goforth was sentenced to death March 24, 2000.




Thomas Clyde Bowling
Lexington Death Row Inmate Thomas Bowling will be removed from “Killers on Kentucky’s Death Row”. Bowling died while residing on Kentucky’s Death Row. His appeal was allowed to drag on for 23 years!

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Thomas Clyde Bowling, then and now.

Male/White, 37-years-old at the time


Victims:  Tina and Eddie Earley, 2-year-old son shot but survived

In Fayette County in 1990, this killer, Thomas Clyde Bowling, caused his vehicle to collide with a vehicle occupied by Tina and Eddie Earley and their two-year-old son while they were parked in front of their small dry cleaning business.  Bowling exited his vehicle, approached the Earley’s vehicle, and intentionally fired gunshots at them at point-blank range, killing Tina and Eddie Earley and wounding their child.  Bowling then returned to his car but walked back to the Earley’s car to make sure they were dead, and then drove away.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  multiple murders.

Was previously scheduled to be executed in 2004.




Ralph Baze: this guy was convicted in 1994 of murdering two law enforcement officers. He was scheduled to be executed in 2007. His never-ending (21 years) appeals continue today.

You Death Penalty opponents might be interested in Ralph Baze’ plea for LOVE.

This killer wants pen pals.  This is part of his webpage request.  What a guy!

“Hi my name is Ralph and I am a Death Row inmate. I am looking for a few pen pals that like to write and maybe help get some of my paper work transferred to computer disk. Trying to work with and through the system is not getting me anywhere so I need to be able to find a voice on the outside of these walls to help me get my story out. Hopefully finding a friend or 2 along the way too. Would like a relationship with the right lady that could be more then Pen pals. Times get lonely in here.”

Baze

 

Ralph Baze, then and now.

Male/White, 36-years-old at the time


Victims:  Sheriff Steve Bennett & Deputy Arthur Briscoe

Ralph Baze resided in Powell County, Kentucky.  He had been convicted twice of felonies and was wanted in Ohio for Assault of a Police Officer, Bail Jumping, Receiving Stolen Property, and Flagrant Nonsupport. On January 15, 1992, the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office in Toledo, Ohio, notified the Powell County authorities that they wished to extradite Baze on the felony counts. When Deputy Sheriff Arthur Briscoe arrived at Baze’s cabin to arrest him, Baze escaped through a trapdoor, retrieved his SKS assault rifle from behind the cabin, and fled into the woods. Deputy Briscoe left to recruit additional officers to assist in the arrest. He came back, followed by Sheriff Steve Bennett.

Gunfire ensued. Later, Baze testified that Deputy Briscoe had shot him first, striking him in the leg. Baze shot back at the officers. Sheriff Bennett opened the back door of the police cruiser, crossing directly into Baze’s line of fire. Baze shot him three times in the back and then started to walk toward Deputy Briscoe, who continued to shoot at Baze over the hood of the cruiser until he ran out of ammunition. Baze was too close to give him time to reload. Deputy Briscoe attempted to escape, but he was shot in the back by Baze, who then approached the injured officer and shot him in the head at point-blank range. Baze then fled on foot to adjoining Estill County where he surrendered without incident that evening. Ralph Baze was tried in Rowan County, convicted, and sentenced to death February 4, 1994 for shooting the officers.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstance which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  the murder of a sheriff and deputy sheriff, while in the line of duty, and multiple murders.

Was previously scheduled to be executed in 2007.

This killer wants pen pals.  This is part of his webpage request.  What a guy!

“Hi my name is Ralph and I am a Death Row inmate. I am looking for a few pen pals that like to write and maybe help get some of my paper work transferred to computer disk. Trying to work with and through the system is not getting me anywhere so I need to be able to find a voice on the outside of these walls to help me get my story out. Hopefully finding a friend or 2 along the way too. Would like a relationship with the right lady that could be more then Pen pals. Times get lonely in here.”




Ronnie Lee Bowling

Ronnie L. Bowling, then and now.

Male/White, 20 years old at the time


Victims:  Marvin Hensley & Ronald Smith

In Laurel County in 1989, this killer, Ronnie L. Bowling, executed two service station attendants in separate robberies. He shot and killed a service station attendant during the early morning hours of January 20, 1989, shooting the victim six times in the head, chest and back. In the early morning hours of February 22, 1989, Bowling shot and killed a service station owner in the head and hand. Bowling was arrested after attempting to rob a third service station on February 25, 1989. Bowling entered the station and had a brief conversation with the owner. As he turned to leave, he pulled out a revolver and began shooting at the owner, who was able to avoid the gunfire.  The Kentucky State Police were notified and they followed Bowling for some thirty miles before he finally stopped and was arrested.

Additional facts about the case:
Aggravating circumstances which made this case eligible for the Death Penalty:  multiple murders and murders which occurred during the commission of a robbery.

Ronnie Lee Bowling was sentenced to death December 9, 1992.




Ralph Baze

Ralph Baze, then and now.

Male/White, 36-years-old at the time


Victims:  Sheriff Steve Bennett & Deputy Arthur Briscoe

Ralph Baze resided in Powell County, Kentucky.  He had been convicted twice of felonies and was wanted in Ohio for Assault of a Police Officer, Bail Jumping, Receiving Stolen Property, and Flagrant Nonsupport. On January 15, 1992, the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office in Toledo, Ohio, notified the Powell County authorities that they wished to extradite Baze on the felony counts. When Deputy Sheriff Arthur Briscoe arrived at Baze’s cabin to arrest him, Baze escaped through a trapdoor, retrieved his SKS assault rifle from behind the cabin, and fled into the woods. Deputy Briscoe left to recruit additional officers to assist in the arrest. He came back, followed by Sheriff Steve Bennett.

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Robert Keith Woodall

Robert Keith Woodall Then and Now

Male/White 24 years old at the time

Victim: Sarah Hansen

On January 25, 1997 Robert Keith Woodall abducted a popular 16-year-old, Sarah Hansen, from a local convenient store as she returned a rented movie in Muhlenburg County in 1997. Woodall took the victim from the parking lot to a wooded area where he raped her, beat her, and used a box-cutter knife to slash her throat. Woodall then dragged and discarded her body in the icy Luzerne Lake. Results of an autopsy revealed that water was found in Sarah Hansen’s lungs and reports that she died as a result of drowning.

Robert Keith Woodall was sentenced to death September 4, 1998 in Caldwell County for Capital Murder, Capital Kidnapping and First Degree Rape.




Gregory L. Wilson

Gregory L. Wilson Then and Now

Male/Black 31 years old at the time

Victim: Deborah Pooley

On May 29, 1987 Gregory L. Wilson kidnapped, robbed, raped and executed Deborah Pooley in Kenton County. After raping her, he strangled her to death despite her begging him not to kill her. The defendant went on a shopping spree with the victim’s credit cards. Her body was found weeks later near the Indiana-Illinois border. The date of her death had to be established by the extent of blowfly maggot development on her body.

Gregory L. Wilson previously served a prison sentence in Ohio on two counts of rape. He was sentenced to death October 31, 1988 in Kenton County for the kidnapping and murder of Deborah Pooley.




Mitchell Willoughby

Mitchell Willoughby Then and Now

Male/White 25 years old at the time

Victims: Jacqueline Greene, Joe Norman, Joey Durham

In Fayette County on January 13, 1983 Mitchell Willoughby, along with Leif Halvorsen, executed a teenage female,Jacqueline Greene, and two male victims, Joe Norman, and Joey Durham, inside a home they were remodeling. These killers shot the female eight times in the back of the head. They shot the younger male five times– in the back, the testicles, the right arm, the left leg, and the right temple. They shot the other male three times– in the back, the chest, and in the back of his neck. That night the killers attempted to dispose of the bodies by throwing them from the Brooklyn Bridge in Jessamine County, Kentucky.

Mitchell Willoughby was sentenced to death September 15, 1983 in Fayette County.




Karu Gene White

White

Karu Gene White Then and Now

Male/White 21 years old at the time

Victims: Charles Gross, Lula Gross, Sam Chaney

On February 12, 1979 Karu Gene White and two accomplices entered a Haddix, Kentucky store operated by two elderly men and an elderly woman. This killer beat Charles Gross, Lula Gross, and Sam Chaney, to death in the course of a robbery in Breathitt County. They were ages 74, 75, and 79. White and his accomplices took a billfold containing $7,000, coins, and a handgun. Due to the brutal nature of the fatal beatings, the victims had to be buried in body bags.

Karu Gene White was arrested on July 27, 1979. He was sentenced to death March 29, 1980 in Powell County for the murder of three Breathitt County residents.



 
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