Robert Lee YATES Jr, Spokane, Washington, USA

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    A.K.A.: "Spokane serial killer"

    Classification: Serial killer
    Characteristics: Rape
    Number of victims: 16 - 18 +
    Date of murders: 1975 / 1988 / 1996 - 1998
    Date of arrest: April 20, 2000
    Date of birth: May 27, 1952
    Victims profile: Women aged between 16 and 47 (prostitutes) and one man
    Method of murder: Shooting
    Location: Washington, USA
    Status: Sentenced to death October 3, 2002
     
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    Robert Lee Yates, Jr. (born May 27, 1952) is an American serial killer from Spokane, Washington. From 1996 to 1998, Yates is known to have murdered at least 13 women, all of whom were prostitutes working on Spokane's "Skid Row" on E. Sprague Avenue. Yates also confessed to two murders committed in Walla Walla in 1975 and a 1988 murder committed in Skagit County. In 2002, Yates was convicted of killing two women in Pierce County. He currently is on death row at the Washington State Penitentiary.




    Background

    Yates grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington in a middle-class family that attended a local Seventh-day Adventist church. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1970, and in 1975, he was hired by the Washington State Department of Corrections to work as a prison guard at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
    After working there for six months, Yates enlisted in the United States Army, in which he became certified to fly civilian transport airplanes and helicopters. Yates was stationed in various countries outside the continental United States, including Germany and later Somalia during the United Nations peacekeeping mission of the early 1990s. He earned several military awards and medals during his 19-year military career, including three Army achievement medals, three Army commendation medals, two Armed Forces expeditionary medals, and three meritorious service medals.

    Murders



    The murders Yates committed between 1996 and 1998 in Spokane all involved prostitutes in Spokane's "Skid Row" area on E. Sprague Avenue. The victims were initially solicited for prostitution by Yates, who would have sex with them (often in his 1979 Ford van), sometimes do drugs with them, then kill them and dump their bodies in rural locations.
    All of his victims died of gunshot wounds to the head; eight of the murders were committed with a Raven .25-caliber handgun, and one attempted murder was linked to the same model of handgun. One particularly bizarre detail of Yates' murders involved the case of Melody Murfin, whose body was buried just outside of the bedroom window of Yates' family home.
    On August 1, 1998, Yates picked up prostitute Christine Smith, who managed to escape after being shot, assaulted and robbed. On September 19, 1998, Yates was asked to give a DNA sample to Spokane police after being stopped; he refused, stating that it was too extreme of a request for a "family man".

    Convictions


    Yates was arrested on April 18, 1999, for the murder of Jennifer Joseph. After Yates' arrest a search warrant was served on a 1977 white Corvette that he had previously owned. A white Corvette had been identified as the vehicle that one of the victims had last been seen in. Ironically, Yates had been pulled over in this vehicle while the Task Force was searching for it, but the field interview report was misread as saying "Camaro" not "Corvette", thus the incident was not realized until after Yates had been arrested. After searching the Corvette police discovered blood that they linked to Jennifer Joseph and DNA from Yates that they then tied to 12 other victims.
    In 2000, he was convicted of 13 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder in Spokane County Superior Court. The judge sentenced Yates to 408 years in prison, essentially a life sentence. Yates avoided the death penalty by confessing to the Spokane County murders in exchange for the life sentence.
    In 2001, Yates was charged in Pierce County with the murders of two additional women. The prosecution sought the death penalty for the deaths of Melinda L. Mercer in 1997 and Connie Ellis in 1998, which were thought to be linked to the killings in Spokane County. In October 2002, Yates was convicted of those murders and sentenced to death by lethal injection.
    On September 5, 2008, a judge signed Yates' death warrant, with September 19, 2008 given as the execution date. On September 11, 2008, Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry L. Alexander issued a stay of execution to allow the defense time to file additional appeals. Yates currently is on death row at the Washington State Penitentiary.
     
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    Victims
    Name
    Date of discovery

    Patrick Oliver July 13, 1975
    Susan Savage July 13, 1975
    Stacy E. Hawn December 28, 1988
    Patricia Barnes August 25, 1996
    Shannon Zielinski June 14, 1996
    Heather Hernandez August 26, 1997
    Jennifer Joseph August 26, 1997
    Darla Scott November 5, 1997
    Melinda Mercer December 7, 1997
    Shawn Johnson December 18, 1997
    Laurie Wason December 26, 1997
    Sunny Oster February 8, 1998
    Linda Maybin April 1, 1998
    Melody Murfin May 12, 1998
    Michelyn Derning July 7, 1998
    Connie LaFontaine Ellis October 13, 1998
     
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    Chronology
    May 27, 1952 - Born in Anacortes to Anna Mae and Robert Lee Yates.
    1965 - Anna Mae Yates and Robert Lee Yates Sr. are baptized into Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oak Harbor.
    1970 - Robert Lee Yates graduates from Oak Harbor High School.
    Fall 1970 - Goes to Skagit Valley Community College. Meets Shirley Nylander from Fall City.
    August 1972 - Marries Nylander in Fall City at the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
    October 1972 - Enrolls at Walla Walla College, a Seventh-day Adventist school, majoring in pre-med. He almost had enough credits to be a junior there.
    March 1974 - Nylander and Yates separate. He stays in College Place, home of Walla Walla College. She moves home to Fall City with her parents.
    May 1974 - Nylander files for divorce. Yates leaves Walla Walla College without a degree.
    June 1974 - Yates and Linda Brewer, of Benton County, apply in Walla Walla County for a marriage license.
    July 1974 - Yates and Brewer marry in Walla Walla County. His divorce from Nylander is not yet final.
    August 1974 - Yates' and Nylander's divorce is official. Nylander takes back her maiden name.
    December 1974 - Linda Yates gives birth to a daughter. The couple later have three more children. The youngest - the only boy - is now 11.
    May 1975 - Yates gets an associate-of-arts degree from Skagit Valley.
    July 1975 - Yates takes a job as a prison guard in Walla Walla. He lasts four months. He later works as a janitor in a hospital and as a theater usher.
    July 1976 - Robert and Linda Yates have another wedding ceremony, in Oak Harbor, with her parents as the witnesses.
    October 1976 - Anna Mae Yates dies after a long bout with cancer.
    1977 - Yates enlists in the U.S. Army.
    1980 - Yates attends a warrant-officer basic course to become a helicopter pilot.
    October 1981 to February 1984 - Yates is a helicopter pilot in the 503rd Aviation Unit in Europe.
    February 1984 to October 1984 - Yates is a support aviator in the Brigade Support Company, Aviation Training Brigade, Fort Rucker, Ala., the Army's flight training center.
    October 1984 to October 1987 - Yates is a support aviator in a different unit in Fort Rucker. While there, he learns to teach soldiers to fly Huey helicopters.
    October 1987 to May 1988 - Yates is a support aviator and a standardization pilot at Fort Rucker. He takes an advanced aviator course. During this school year, Sasha Yates, his oldest daughter, was enrolled in a middle school in Walla Walla. It's not clear where Linda Yates or the other children lived at this time.
    May 1988 to May 1991 - Yates teaches soldiers to fly helicopters and serves in the 1st Infantry Division, Goeppingen, Germany. In 1990, he returns to the United States to take a survival course.
    May 1991 to June 1995 - As a platoon leader, he teaches soldiers to fly Kiowa helicopters in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, Assault Helicopter Battalion, Fort Drum, N.Y. Yates takes another warrant-officer course. He goes to Somalia in late 1992 and early 1993. He takes vacation in Washington in September 1994, to buy a white 1977 Corvette from Sarah Marsh in Walla Walla. He has to rush back to New York to go to Haiti.
    July 1995 to March 1996 - Yates is a flight leader in the 1st Battalion, 212th Aviation Regiment at Fort Rucker, Ala.
    March 1996 - A chief warrant officer 4, the highest rank he could attain at the time, Yates accepts early retirement from the Army with about $20,000 a year in retirement pay. At this point, he has 32.5 days of unused leave.
    April 1996 - Yates moves to Spokane without a job, rents a house with his wife and five children. The four youngest children enroll in the public school system. He is unemployed for several months.
    September 1996 - Yates is hired to assemble circuit boards at Pantrol, a Spokane company.
    April 1997 - He joins the Washington National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer 4, assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation, a component unit of the 66th Aviation Brigade Headquarters at Fort Lewis near Tacoma.
    September 1997 - Driving a white Corvette, Yates is stopped for a traffic violation near East Sprague Avenue, the strip of town where prostitutes work. He is not cited.
    November 1997 - Yates is cited for speeding in his Corvette, about 2.5 miles from where a slain woman's body was found three weeks earlier.
    March 1998 - The Yateses buy a home a mile away from their rental house.
    May 1998 - Yates sells his Corvette to Rita Jones in Spokane.
    September 1998 - Yates is laid off from Pantrol as part of a reduction in force.
    November 1998 - Yates and a known prostitute are pulled over by a police officer at 1:25 a.m., near the area where women are disappearing. He's driving a Honda Civic. He says the prostitute is a friend's daughter he's driving home. Two days later, his middle daughter complains to police that her father "hits me all the time." He's charged with a misdemeanor assault.
    December 1998 - Yates crosses picket lines to go to work at Kaiser Aluminum as a carbon setter.
    January 1999 - He's told the misdemeanor charge for striking his daughter will be dropped if he doesn't do anything similar for two years.
    March 1999 - He applies to fly helicopters for the only air ambulance service in Spokane. There are no openings.
    March 1999 - Yates picks up a prostitute in his Honda Civic for oral sex, according to court documents.
    September 1999 - Investigators interview Yates in connection with the serial slayings. He is one of hundreds interviewed and asked for blood samples. Yates refuses to give a blood sample for a DNA test. He sweats, police say.
    January 2000 - Detectives track down the white Corvette, parked in the garage of Jones' sister, who works for the Spokane police. They take some carpet fibers for testing.
    March 26-April 1, 2000 - Yates trains with his National Guard unit in Eagle County, Colo.
    April 2-15, 2000 - Yates trains with the National Guard at the Yakima Training Center.
    April 5, 2000 - The fibers removed from the white Corvette match fibers found on Jennifer Joseph's shoes and a towel found near her body, police say.
    April 10, 2000 - A search warrant is signed for the Corvette. Police later say they found a button matching one missing from Joseph's jacket and traces of blood on a seat and seat-belt buckle.
    April 18, 2000 - Yates is arrested on the way to work.
    April 19, 2000 - He is charged with murdering Joseph. The Spokane County sheriff says he is suspected in the deaths of 12 to 18 women.
    October 6, 2002 - Yates death penalty.
     
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    I put up his documentary in my serial killer docu thread last week.
     
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    O.K. Get this.....My husband went to School with this psycho, and played basketball with him! I guess he was in my hubby's older bro's class and seemed NORMAL as hell. Which I guess isn't all that odd, but I remember when this story broke and my husband got out his Oak Harbor year book's and we were looking at his Grad. pic and some others in the book. I guess his brother and Yates used to hang out and smoke the occasional doobie down at the beach! Small world, but as I have said before, I think Washington State breed's serial killer's!!:merp:
     
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    he looks like a professor..pffffffffff and he have a hump ;maybe teeth pain.
     
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    Robert L. Yates Jr.


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    Robert L. Yates Jr., right, looks through a door cracked-open, before his arraignment
    at Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma, Wash., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000.



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    Robert Lee Yates Jr. stands emotionless as he is sentenced to a 408-year prison term in
    a Spokane County Superior courtroom, in Spokane, Washington, October 26, 2000.






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    Robert L. Yates Jr., right, talks with his attorney, Spokane County public defender Jay Ames,
    during his arraignment in Spokane, Wash., May 31, 2000.


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    Robert Yates addressed the family and friends
    of his victims during his sentencing.


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    Robert Yates pleaded guilty to 13 murders,
    and one attempted murder.


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    Robert L. Yates Jr., right, stands beside defense attorney Roger Hunko, during Yates' arraignment, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, at Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma, Wash. Robert L. Yates Jr. pleaded innocent in the slayings of two women in Pierce County, where the prosecutor has filed charges that could lead to the death penalty. Yates, who last week pleaded guilty to 13 counts of murder in Spokane County, was arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court on two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of Melinda L. Mercer in 1997 and Connie Ellis in 1998.



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    Robert L. Yates Jr., left, wipes away tears as he pleads guilty to killing 13 people, dating back a quarter century, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, in Spokane, Wash. Scott Mason, an assistant public defender for Spokane County, looks on at right. Robert L. Yates Jr., a 48-year-old father of five, will be sentenced next week to spend the rest of his life in prison. He still could face the death penalty if he is convicted of two Tacoma-area slayings and an additional murder in Spokane County.



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    Robert Lee Yates Jr. wipes tears from his eyes while appearing at a Spokane County
    Superior courtroom in Eastern Washington, October 19, 2000.


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    Yates sentenced to over 400 years in jail.


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    Serial killer Robert L. Yates Jr. enters a
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    Robert Lee Yates Jr. (C) gestures while apologizing to the families of his murder victims before he is sentenced to a 408-year prison term in a Spokane County Superior courtroom, in Spokane, Washington, October 26, 2000. Yates is flanked by his public defenders Richard Fasy (L) and Jay Ames (R). Yates pled guilty to 13 murders and one attempted murder in order to escape the death penalty. Yates, a former Washington Army National Guard helicopter pilot, will appear in Tacoma, Washington October 31 where he is charged with two counts of first-degree and could still face the death penalty.




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    Robert Lee Yates Jr. (R) is unhandcuffed after entering a Spokane County Superior courtroom in Eastern Washington, October 19, 2000 where he pled guilty to 13 murder charges and one attempted murder charge as part of a plea bargain agreement to avoid the death penalty.


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    Serial killer Robert L. Yates Jr., center, is escorted into a
    courtroom for his sentencing, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000.



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    Robert L. Yates Jr., center, speaks to relatives of his victimsThursday, Oct. 26, 2000, before being
    sentenced in a courtroomin Spokane, Wash. Yates' attorney Richard Fasy, stands at right.


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    Robert L. Yates Jr. pleads guilty to 13murders, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000,
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    Defense attorneys for Robert Yates say a not guilty plea
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    Robert Yates appeared in court in Tacoma.


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    Robert L. Yates Jr.


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    Billboard of slaying victims on Sprague Avenue in Spokane



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    The home of Robert L. Yates Jr.
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    Robert Yate's home is a police investigation site.

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    Law enforcement officers examine the back yard of the home of Robert Yates in Spokane, Wash., Monday, Oct. 16, 2000. Yates will plead guilty to 13 murders and one attempted murder under a plea agreement that would allow him to escape the death penalty, officials said Monday. A body was found Monday buried in the yard of Yates' home, less than a foot under the ground and exactly where Yates said it would be found. Yates has admitted some of the Spokane serial killings in a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty.



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    Spokane County detective Ben Estes, right, and an unidentified official search for new evidence in the yard outside the home of Robert L. Yates Jr., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in Spokane, Wash. Law enforcement officers scrambled Tuesday to identify a body found in the yard of the home owned by Yates, a confessed serial killer. Officials in two counties were resurrecting the cases of three murders during the 1970s that Yates admitted to. In confessing to 13 murders, Yates is moving up on the list of the nation's worst serial killers.


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    A Spokane Sheriff's deputy, left, Spokane County Sheriff's Sgt. Cal Walker, center, and a Washington State Patrol officer talk outside the home of Robert L. Yates Jr., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in Spokane, Wash.



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    Law enforcement officers prepare to dig in the yard of the home ofRobert Yates, the man charged
    in the serial killings of 10 women,Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, in Spokane, Wash.


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    Blue tarps are part of the scenery once again around the former home of Robert Yates.
    The police found the body of Melody Murfin.




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    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker works in his office in
    Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000.


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    Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker is shown
    Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, in Spokane, Wash.


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    Robert Yates daughter Sasha spoke in court Thursday,
    along with her grandfather Robert Yates Sr.


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    Kathy Lloyd, the sister of Shawn McClenahan, and
    Robert Yates Sr. exchange a hug after Thursday's guilty pleas.


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    Unidentified spectators and relatives of victims allegedly killed by serial killer Robert L. Yates Jr. react during Yates' arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma, Wash., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000.



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    Unidentifed family members of murder victims killed in Pierce County weep as Washington State serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr. enters a Pierce County Superior Courtroom in Tacoma, Washington, October 31, 2000.



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    Unidentifed family members of murder victims killed in Pierce County console each other as Washington state serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr. (unpictured) stands at a Pierce County Superior Courtroom in Tacoma, Washington, October 31, 2000. Yates pleaded not-guilty to two counts of aggravated first degree murder. On October 26, Yates received a 408-year prison sentence for the 13 murders he plead guilty to in Spokane County, Washington.



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    Sonja Yates, a daughter of Robert L. Yates Jr., leaves a courtroom with an unidentified man
    in Spokane, Wash., after her father pleaded guilty, Oct. 19, 2000.



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    Audrey Oster, sister of Sunny Gail Oster, a victim of serial killer Robert L. Yates Jr., embraces Robert L. Yates Sr. after the senior Yates spoke to victim's family members and his son in a Spokane, Wash. courtroom, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000.


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    Laurie Wason sister, Shari Flores, left, wipes away a tear during the court appearance
    of Robert L. Yates Jr., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000.
     
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    Audrey Oster, right, sister of Sonny Gail Oster, a victim of Robert L. Yates Jr., comforts Ondraya Smith, Sonny Gail Oster's mother, while other relatives of Yates' victims speak at the serial killer's sentencing, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000.


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    Ondraya Smith, right, is hugged by Laurie Anne Murray, a victims advocate, outside a Pierce County courtroom before the arraignment of Robert L. Yates Jr., in Tacoma, Wash., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000. `My feeling are so mixed,'' said Smith, whose daughter, Sunny Oster, was one of Yates' Spokane County victims. Yates, who last week pleaded guilty to 13 counts of murder in Spokane County, was arraigned in Pierce County Superior Court on two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the deaths of Melinda L. Mercer in 1997 and Connie Ellis in 1998.


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    Wendy Engeldinger, right, comforts Ann Davis with a kiss, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, in a courtroom in Spokane, Wash., during the sentencing of serial killer Robert L. Yates Jr. Engeldinger and Davis are daughters of one of Yates' victims, Melody Murfin. Yates offered apologies, but no motive.



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    Daughters of murder victim Melody Murfin, Wendi Engeldinger (L) and Ann Davis (R) console one another as serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr. is sentenced to a 408-year prison term in a Spokane County Superior courtroom in Spokane, Washington, October 26, 2000. Yates buried Murfin's body in his home backyard in Spokane.



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    Robert Yates Sr. is now starting to accept what his son has done.


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    Robert L. Yates Sr., center, attends the court appearance of his son, Robert L. Yates Jr.,
    who pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, in Spokane, Wash.



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    Family members of Melinda Mercer
    gasped when Robert Yates entered a not guilty plea.



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    Yates may face the death penalty for the
    murders of Connie LaFontaine Ellis and Melinda Mercer.


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    Robert's second wife Linda Brewer Yates.


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    Sasha Yates says her father was moody,
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    Victims

    The Walla Walla Killings

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    Name: Susan Savage
    Killed: July 13th 1975
    Cause of death: Two gunshots in the head


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    Name: Patrick Alan Oliver
    Killed: July 13th 1975
    Cause of death: Three gunshots in the head

    They were just two months out of college in 1975 when they set out for a Sunday afternoon swim and a picnic. At some point, the childhood friends crossed paths with another young man on a hunting trip -- 23-year-old Robert Lee Yates, Jr. For Oliver, fresh from studies in France, and Savage, a recent graduate of Washington State University, the chance encounter marked a tragic end. Yates killed both.


    The Skagit County Murder

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    Name: Stacy Elizabeth Hawn
    Age: 23
    Killed: She was last seen alive on July 7, 1988.
    Cause of death: Single gunshot in the head


    Her skeletal remains were found five months later in Skagit County. Yates confessed to that crime
    as part of the plea bargain to spare his life.




    The Spokane Killings

    In the Spokane killings, all the victims were shot one, two or three times in the head with a .25-caliber gun.
    The victims' bodies were found in remote locations near well-traveled roads, according to authorities.
    Almost all the victims had been transported to the locations where they were found -- referred
    to as "dump sites" in police parlance. Authorities do not know where they were killed.
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    Almost all had two to four small plastic grocery bags covering their heads. Investigators suggest that
    the bags were a "signature" -- things serial killers do to their victims that are not necessary for murder.



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    Name: Shannon Zielinski
    Found: June 1996
    Cause of death: Multiple gunshots



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    Name: Jennifer A. Joseph
    Date of birth: October 6, 1980
    Age: 16
    Killed: July 1997
    Cause of death: Multiple gunshots


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    Name: Heather Hermandez
    Found: August 1997
    Cause of death:
    Multiple gunshots


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    Name: Darla Sue Scott
    Date of birth: September 18, 1968
    Cause of death: Two gunshots in the head

    Her decomposing body was found on November 5, 1997 near South 12600 Hangman
    Vally Road, Spokane County, Washington.


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    Name: Shawn L. Johnson
    Date of birth: March 27, 1961
    Cause of death: 2 gunshots in the head.

    Her body was found Dec. 18, 1997. Two plastic bags covered her head.

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    Name: Laurie A. Wasson
    Date of birth: January 22, 1966
    Cause of death: Two gunshots in the head.

    Her body was found December 26, 1997 at approxmately East 4800 14th, Spokane County, Washington.

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    Name: Sunny Gail Oster
    Date of birth: August the 7th 1956
    Cause of death: Two gunshots in the head.

    Her body was found February 8, 1998, along Graham Road, Near Tyler, in remote western Spokane County. She had been shot in the head and her body dumped by the side of the road, just like five other victims. And like the other victims, she lived a high risk lifestyle that may have included involvement with drugs and prostitution. Oster’s family lives in Auburn, on the western side of Washington. Her father says she came to Spokane last September 1997, trying to turn his daughter’s life around by placing her in a drug treatment center. But Oster left the treatment center early. Her father Ed says that “more than anything in the world” he would prefer to have her with him. “I don’t care what shape she was in, just here alive.”

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    Name: Linda M. Maybin
    Date of birth: April 25, 1963
    Cause of death: Single gunshot in the head.

    Her body was found April 1, 1998 at approxmately East 4800 14th, Spokane County, Washington.
    Whitin fifty yards of where Wason's and McClenahan's bodies were recovered on December 26, 1997.


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    Name: Melody Ann Murfin
    Age: 43
    Cause of death:
    Two gunshots in the head.


    Police said she has an extensive history of drug abuse. She was reported missing on June 4, 1998. Her body was found 2000. Yates directing investigators to a body buried in his own side yard, evidence investigators missed in more than a month of searching his home.
    An autopsy failed to positively identify the body, and investigators said DNA samples would be required. However, jewelry found with the corpse matched jewelry that Murfin's family members described. "The family members verified the rings she had on and the necklace," "Everything matches. [Yates] hasn't told us anything that is not true yet."


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    Name: Michelyn J. Derning
    Date of birth: February 14, 1951
    Age: 47
    Killed: 3 or 4 July 1998
    Cause of death: One shot in the head.

    Her body was found July 7, 1998 at North 218 Creatline, Spokane County, Washington.


    He admited he killed also

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    Name: Shawn A. McClenahan
    Date of birth:
    May 30, 1958
    Cause of death:
    Two gunshots in the head.

    Her body was found December 26, 1997 at approxmately East 4800 14th, Spokane County, Washington.


    The Tacoma murders

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    Name: Melinda L. Mercer
    Age:
    24
    Date of Birth:
    June 27, 1973
    Cause of death:
    Three gunshots in the head

    Her body was found nude on December 7, 1997 at approxmately 3800 South 50th,
    Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.


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    Name: Connie Lafontaine Ellis
    Date of birth:
    August 28, 1953
    Age:
    35
    Cause of death:
    Single gunshot in the head.


    Her body was found October 13, 1998 near the 1700 block of 108th Street South, Tacoma, Pierce
    County, Washington. In January 1999, LaFontaine was officially added to the serial killer cluster.

     
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  13. Airbornemama

    Airbornemama I am a Bitch sweet as pie!

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    Again I love this post and thank you also to b2ux for adding to it! Didn't I read somewhere that one of his victims was buried underneath his and his wifes bedroom window? And he put their bed in front of it so when he was doing his wife he could look out the window a foot away from their heads and the grave was right below them?
     
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  15. Eat Shit And Die

    Eat Shit And Die ★ Son Of A Bitch ★

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    I thought it was below his teenage daughters window, maybe you're right...
     
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