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Alton Coleman and Debra Brown -- Serial Killers
« on: April 23, 2011, 02:25:13 PM »
Serial Killer - Debra Brown

"I killed the bitch and I don't give a damn. I had fun out of it."

By Charles Montaldo, About.com Guide



"Debra Brown"

Debra Brown

FBI's Most Wanted

In 1984, at age 21, Debra Brown became involved in a master/slave relationship with habitual killer and rapist Alton Coleman and the two went on a massive killing, raping and torture spree across the midwest.

A Change in Plans
At age 21, Debra Brown ended a marriage engagement, left her family and joined Alton Coleman, a sadistic rapist and murderer. During the summer of 1984, in what her attorneys described as a slave-master relationship, the two went on a burglary, rape and killing spree in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Targeting African-Americans, the couple would often befriend strangers, then assault, sometimes raping and murdering their victims, including children and elderly.
FBI Ten Most Wanted
On July 17, 1984, Alton Coleman became the 388th fugitive listed by the FBI on the Ten Most Wanted list. Three days later the pair were caught and a multi-state coalition of police formed to strategize on how to best prosecute Coleman and Brown. Wanting the pair to face the death penalty, authorities selected Ohio as the first state to prosecute the couple.
No Remorse
In Ohio Coleman and Brown were sentenced to death in each case of the aggravated murders of Marlene Walters and Tonnie Storey. During the sentencing phase of the trial, Brown sent the judge a note which read in part, "I killed the bitch and I don't give a damn. I had fun out of it."

In separate trials in Indiana, both were found guilty of murder, rape and attempted murder and received the death penalty. Coleman also received 100 additional years and Brown received an additional 40-years on charges of kidnapping and child-molesting.

Alton Coleman was executed on April 26, 2002.

Brown's death sentence in Ohio was later commuted to life because of her low IQ scores and non-violent history prior to meeting Coleman and her dependent personality, making her susceptible to Coleman's control.

Currently in The Ohio Reformatory for Women, Brown still faces the death penalty in Indiana.
http://crime.about.com/od/serial/a/debra_brown.htm
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Alton Coleman and Debra Brown -- Serial Killers
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 02:46:54 PM »
BLACK SERIAL KILLER COUPLE-ALTON COLEMAN AND DEBRA BROWN




   
March 19, 2009. Accompanied by his girlfriend Debra Brown, Alton Coleman went on a six-state raping and killing spree in 1984.

Early Years:

Alton Coleman was born on November 6, 1955 in Waukegan, Illinois, about 35 miles from Chicago. His elderly grandmother and his prostitute mother raised him. Mildly retarded, Coleman was often teased by schoolmates because he sometimes wet his pants. This problem earned him the nickname of "Pissy" among his young peers.

Insatiable Sex Drive:

Coleman dropped out of middle school and became known to local police for commiting petty crimes involving property damage and setting fires. But with every passing year, his crimes grew from petty into more serious charges of sex crimes and rape.
He was also known for having an insatiable and dark sex drive which he sought to satisfy with both men, women and children. By the age of 19, he was charged six times for rape, including that of his niece who later dropped the charges. Remarkably, he would convince jurors that the police had arrested the wrong man or intimidate his accusers into dropping the charges.

The Mayhem Begins:

In 1983, Coleman was charged with rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who was the daughter of a friend. It was at this point Coleman, along with his girlfriend Debra Brown, fled Illinois and began their brutal rape and murder spree across six mid-western states.
Why Coleman decided to flee this time is unknown since he strongly believed he had voodoo spirits that protected him from the law. But what really protected him was his ability to blend into African American communities, befriend strangers, then turn on them with vicious brutality.

Vernita Wheat:

Juanita Wheat was living in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with her two children, Vernita, age nine, and her seven-year-old son. In early May 1984, Coleman, introducing himself as a nearby neighbor, befriended Wheat and visited her and her children often over a period of a few weeks. On May 29, Wheat gave permission for Vernita to go with Coleman to his apartment to pick up stereo equipment. Coleman and Vernita never returned. On June 19, she was found murdered, her body left in an abandoned building in Waukegan, Illinois. Police also found a fingerprint at the scene which was matched to Coleman.

Tamika and Annie:

Seven-year-old Tamika Turkes and her nine-year-old niece Annie were walking home from a candy store when Brown and Coleman led them into nearby woods. Both children were then bound and gagged with strips of cloth torn from Tamika's shirt. Annoyed by Tamika's crying, Brown held his hand over her nose and mouth while Coleman stomped on her chest, then strangled her to death with elastic from a bedsheet.
Annie was then forced to have sex with both adults. Afterwards they beat and choked her. Miraculously Annie survived, but her grandmother, unable to deal with what happened to the children, later killed herself.

Donna Williams:

On the same day that Tamika and Annie were attacked, Donna Williams, age 25, of Gary, Indiana, came up missing. She only knew Coleman for a short time before she and her car disappeared. On July 11, 1984 Williams was found strangled to death in Detroit. Her car was found parked close to the scene, four blocks from where Coleman's grandmother lived.

Virginia and Rachelle Temple:

On July 5, 1984, Coleman and Brown, now in Toledo, Ohio, gained the trust of Virginia Temple. Temple had several children, the oldest being her daughter, nine-year-old Rachelle. Both Virginia and Rachelle were found strangled to death.

Tonnie Storey:

On July 11, 1984, Tonnie Storey, age 15, from Cincinnati, Ohio, was reported missing after she failed to return home from school. Her body was found eight days later in an abandoned building. She had been strangled to death.
One of Tonnie's classmates testified that she saw Coleman talking to Tonnie the day she disappeared. A fingerprint at the crime scene was also linked to Coleman and a bracelett was found under Tonnie's body, which was later identified as one missing from the Temple home.

Harry and Marlene Walters :

On July 13, 1984, Coleman and Brown bicycled to Norwood, Ohio, but left almost as soon as they arrived. They made a stop before leaving to Harry and Marlene Walter's home under the pretense of being interested in a travel trailer the couple was selling. Once inside the Walter's home, Coleman struck the Walters with a candlestick, bound, then strangled them.
Mrs. Walters was struck up to 25 times and mutilated with a pair of vice grips on her face and scalp. Mr. Walters, survived the attack, but suffered brain damage. Coleman and Brown stole the couple's car which was found two days later in Lexington, Kentucky.

Oline Carmichael Jr.:

In Williamsburg, Kentucky, Coleman and Brown kidnapped college professor Oline Carmichael, Jr., forced him into the trunk of his car, and then drove it to Dayton, Ohio. Authorities found the car and Carmichael still alive in the trunk.

The End of the Killing Spree:


By the time authorities caught up to the deadly pair on July 20, 1984, they had committed at least eight murders, seven rapes, three kidnapping and 14 armed robberies.

After careful consideration by authorities from six states, it was decided that Ohio would be the best place to first prosecute the pair because of its death penalty. Both were found guilty for the murder of Tonnie Storey and Marlene Walters and received the death penalty.

Brown's death sentence was later commuted by Ohio Governor Celeste.

Coleman Fights for His Life:

Coleman's appeal efforts were unsuccessful and on April 25, 2002, while reciting, "The Lord is my shepherd," Coleman was executed by lethal injection.
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Alton Coleman and Debra Brown -- Serial Killers
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2011, 03:04:55 PM »
COLEMAN Alton             *1955           USA                           8
BROWN Debra Denise    *1959    ...    IL IN MI OH



Alton Coleman, a black man, thought other blacks were forcing him to kill members of his race, and he was happy to comply. He was diagnosed by a prison psychiatrist as having pansexual propensities, that is, willingness "to have intercourse with any object, women, men, children, whatever." In the summer of 1984, he teamed up with twenty-one year old Debra Brown for a brutal 54-day rampage across the Midwest.

The two went on a six-state spree of murders, rapes and kidnappings in which every day they committed a new act of violence. By the time of their arrests, they left eight dead in their wake. Coleman was sentenced to death for the July 13, 1984, beating 44-year-old Marlene Walters to death in her Norwood, Ohio, home. Walters, 44, had just served lemonade to Coleman and Brown when she was attacked. He and Brown had said they wanted to buy the Walters camper. Coleman and Brown also were sentenced to die for the torture and slaying of Tonnie Storey, 15, of Cincinnati two days before the Walters attack.

In Illinois, Coleman received the death penalty for strangling Vernita Wheat, 9, whose body was found in his hometown of Waukegan, Ill. In Indiana, Coleman and Brown were sentenced to death for stomping and strangling 7-year-old Tamika Turks of Gary, Indiana. Tamika's 9-year-old aunt was also attacked but survived.

Debra Brown, who was 21 at the time of the rampage, was sent to Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, and sentenced to death for the Tonnie Storey murder. In 1991 the sentence was commuted to life without parole. Currently she is trying to overturn her second death sentence in Indiana, where she is the only female among 51 people under active death sentences. As of this writing, Indiana but that state has not sought her extradition.

Coleman was the third of five children of a Waukegan prostitute and was raised by his maternal grandmother. He was nicknamed "Pissy" by playmates because he was a bedwetter. In court his lawyer claimed he was abused as a child and his brain was affected by his mother use of drugs and alcohol while pregnant. Police and prosecutors, though, saw Coleman as a charismatic man who charmed his way into his victims' lives.
On April 26, 2002, Coleman was put to death by lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. The Waukegan, Illinois, native received an injection of sodium thiopental, which sent him into deep sleep, pancuronium bromide to relax his muscles, followed by a final dose of potassium chloride to stop his heart. He was declared dead at 10:13 a.m. Because of the number of victims, Ohio prison officials decided to broadcast an execution via closed circuit to another prison room to accommodate additional witnesses.

Coleman spent his last hours watching religious tapes of Dallas-based evangelist T.D. Jakes and listening to music after a special meal of filet mignon and fried chicken breasts. When asked if he had a final statement, he began to recite the 23rd Psalm, saying, "The Lord is my shepard, I shall not want. He leadeth me to green pastures." As he repeated it, the warden pulled the microphone away from him and Coleman could be seen speaking until he lost consciousness.

In the summer of 1984, he teamed up with twenty-one year old Debra Brown for a brutal 54-day rampage across the Midwest.

The two went on a six-state spree of murders, rapes and kidnappings in which every day they committed a new act of violence. By the time of their arrests, they left eight dead in their wake.

Debra Brown, who was 21 at the time of the rampage, was sent to Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, and sentenced to death for the Tonnie Storey murder. In 1991 the sentence was commuted to life without parole. Currently she is trying to overturn her second death sentence in Indiana, where she is the only female among 51 people under active death sentences. As of this writing, Indiana but that state has not sought her extradition.

http://www.crimezzz.net/serialkillers/C/COLEMAN_BROWN.php

 
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Alton Coleman and Debra Brown -- Serial Killers
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2011, 03:12:36 PM »
Alton Coleman and Debra Brown



Born Elton Coleman in November 1955, the middle of five children from a prostitute in the Waukegan ghetto, the future terror of the Midwest was raised by his maternal grandmother. Dubbed "Pissy" by his playmates, for a childhood tendency to wet his pants, Coleman grew up running with street gangs, cultivating an unsavory reputation. A black who preferred blacks as victims, his numerous arrests were concentrated in the area of sex crimes, a propensity which led him on a lethal crime spree and, eventually, to the death house.

In January 1974, Coleman was arrested for the abduction, rape, and robbery of an elderly woman in Waukegan. A bargained guilty plea to simple robbery earned him a sentence of two to six years in Joliet prison, where he was later accused of molesting male inmates. A prison psychiatric profile dubbed Coleman a "pansexual, willing to have intercourse with any object, women, men, children, whatever." Free on parole, he was charged with rape again in 1976 and 1980, winning acquittal each time when a jury believed that his victims consented to sex. His record reveals a total of four rape charges, two counts of deviate sexual assault, five of unlawful restraint, and one count for indecent liberties with a child. The latter victim was a niece of Coleman's; an angry mother filed the charge, but later changed her mind in court. The judge, dismayed, branded her new story "completely implausible." "I think," he declared, "the woman as she stands here today is terrified by this man."

Briefly married, Coleman was abandoned by his teenaged wife, who sought police protection when she went to claim her various belongings from their home. She "just couldn't take it no more," and years later, in court, she would offer descriptions of Coleman's obsession with bondage, young girls, and perverse, violent sex.

In February 1980, Coleman was accused of raping a Waukegan girl at knife point, and while never indicted, he was also suspect in the rape and strangling of Gina Frazier, age 15, in 1982. Reduction of his bail in the Waukegan case put Coleman on the street in time to launch a rampage which would place him on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list.

Coleman's young accomplice in the weeks to come was Debra Denise Brown, age 21. The fifth of eleven children from a respectable home, she had been engaged to marry another man when she met Coleman and fell into a semblance of love. Breaking off her engagement, she became Coleman's live-in lover -- and, later, his confederate in crime. On May 29, 1984, Vernita Wheat, age nine, convinced her mother to let her accompany "Robert Knight" and his girlfriend to Waukegan, fifteen miles from their home in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The purpose of the trip was to retrieve a stereo, described by Vernita and "Knight" as a belated Mother's Day present. When the three had not returned the next morning, officers were notified. A photo lineup readily identified "Robert Knight" as Alton Coleman; his companion had been Debra Brown.

With Coleman's sinister record in mind, a federal grand jury indicted both suspects on kidnapping charges, and the FBI went to work. On June 18, Tamika Turks, age seven, and her nine-year-old aunt were walking near their home in Gary, Indiana, when Coleman and Brown pulled in to the curb, asking directions. Money was offered in exchange for help, and both girls climbed into the car. Confronted with a knife, they were driven to a wooded area twelve miles away, where Coleman raped and choked Tamika Turks, while Debra held her down. Tamika's aunt was also raped and beaten, but she managed to escape. Selection of familiar photographs by the survivor added further charges to the growing list, and still the fugitives remained elusive. The strangled body of Vernita Wheat was found on June 19, in an abandoned building in downtown Waukegan. That same afternoon, police in Gary received a missing-person report on Donna Williams, 25, a local beauty operator. She had last been seen en route to pick up a "nice young couple from Boston," who had agreed to visit her church. None of them showed for the service, but witnesses identified photos of Coleman and Brown as recent visitors to the salon where Williams worked. On June 27, the missing woman's car was located in Detroit, but Coleman and Brown had already surfaced in Motor City, with a vengeance.

On June 24, the couple accosted a Detroit woman outside her home, brandishing knives and demanding that she drive them to Ohio. The intended victim saved herself by deliberately crashing into a parked truck, fleeing on foot while the killers took off in her damaged vehicle.

On June 28, Coleman and Brown invaded the home of Palmer and Maggie Jones, in Dearborn Heights, surprising the middle-aged couple at breakfast. The latest victims were beaten with a club, robbed of $86, and left bleeding on the floor while the fugitives fled in their car. Two days later, a pair of Detroit men offered the couple a ride. When Coleman drew a gun, the driver grappled with him briefly and escaped. His passenger, an invalid, was tossed out on the street, amazingly unharmed. Verified sightings of Coleman and Brown were recorded every day between July 2 and 7. On July 2, a middle-aged Detroit couple were attacked in their home, beaten with a pipe and subjected to Coleman's incoherent harangue on how blacks were forcing him to murder other members of his race. The victims' stolen car was dropped off in Toledo, where another couple was assaulted, handcuffed in their home, relieved of transportation. A Toledo bartender reportedly exchanged shots with Coleman, after the fugitives tried to abduct one of the bartender's patrons.

On July 7, Coleman and Brown spent the night with Virginia Temple, 30, and her ten-year-old daughter, Rochelle, in Toledo. Before they left next morning, both were strangled, the girl raped, their bodies stuffed into a crawlspace beneath the looted home.

Four days later, on July 11, the remains of Donna Williams were discovered in Detroit. She had been strangled with a pair of pantyhose. That afternoon, the FBI announced that Coleman had been elevated to a most unusual eleventh place on its "Most Wanted" list, an option used when vicious crimes in progress mark a suspect as particularly dangerous.

And the body-count kept rising. In Cincinnati, Tonnie Storey, age 15, had last been seen with individuals resembling Brown and Coleman; four days later, when her corpse was found, she had been stabbed repeatedly, with two shots in the head. On July 13, Marlene Walters, 44, became the first white victim of the crime spree, bludgeoned in her home at Norwood, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb. Harry Walters, gravely injured, managed to describe the killers of his wife as two young blacks who had arrived on ten-speed bikes and talked their way inside the house, expressing interest in the purchase of a camper. When they fled, they had been driving Harry's car.

On July 16, Coleman and his sidekick abducted Oline Carmichal, a Lexington college professor, driving him back to Dayton, Ohio, where they left him unharmed, locked in the trunk of his car. Rescued on July 17, Carmichal described his kidnappers as two black men and a woman. The mystery was cleared up shortly, with the arrest of Lexington native Thomas Harris, who explained that he was "kind of forced" to help the fugitives. Harris claimed he had talked Coleman and Brown out of killing their latest prisoner. A half hour after Carmichal was freed, an elderly minister and his wife were found, battered but breathing, in their Dayton home. Investigation showed that Coleman and Brown, using pseudonyms, had met the couple a week earlier, spending two nights in their home and parting on amiable terms when the minister drove them to Cincinnati "for a prayer meeting." On July 17, the couple had returned, beating their former hosts severely and making off with the minister's station wagon.

The latest stolen vehicle was dumped the next day in Indianapolis, beside a car wash, where owner Eugene Scott, 77, and his car were reported missing. Scott was found by searchers hours later, in a ditch near Zionsville; he had been stabbed repeatedly, shot four times in the head.

The long trail reached its end in Evanston, Illinois, on July 20, 1984. An anonymous tip from a "friend" of the fugitives alerted police to their presence in the neighborhood, and they were soon spotted at a local park. Five officers surrounded the couple, relieving Coleman of two bloody knives and lifting an unloaded .38 from Brown's purse. That afternoon, Eugene Scott's missing car was found in Evanston, five blocks from where the suspects were arrested. Debra Brown had left her fingerprints inside.

In Chicago, a federal magistrate set bond in the Wheat case at $25 million cash. "This nation has been under a siege," he declared. "This nation has been under a reign of terror not knowing when the next victim was going to be taken. I am going to make sure no other victim will be subject to this man." Another bond of $20 million cash was set for Debra Brown.

The magistrate need not have worried. Tried separately for the murders of Marlene Walters and Tonnie Storey, in Cincinnati, both were convicted and sentenced to death in each case. In Indiana, Coleman picked up another death sentence for the murder of Tamika Turks; l00 years was added for the rape and the attempted murder of her aunt. Debra Brown was also convicted in that case, hoping for a lighter sentence when she slipped the judge a note that read: "I am a more kind and understanding and lovable person than people think I am." Unmoved, the judge pronounced matching sentences of death, on the murder charge, and consecutive 40-year terms on charges of kidnapping and child-molesting. Illinois supplied the coup de grace, sentencing Coleman to die for the kidnap and murder of Vernita Wheat.

"I'm dead already," Coleman told the court before pronouncement of his sentence in Waukegan. "You are talking to a dead man." Satisfied that he was right, authorities declined to prosecute the couple in their four outstanding homicides.


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Re: Alton Coleman and Debra Brown -- Serial Killers
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2011, 03:21:41 PM »
Debra needs to get the electric chair. Fucking sick  >:( >:( >:(
My reason for supporting the death penalty? A murderer has less of a right to live than his victim and already presents a danger while incarcerated for life. They have nothing to lose when the most they can get is Life in prison without parole.