Winford Stokes Biography
Winford LaVern Stokes, Jr. (March 21, 1951 – May 11, 1990) was an American criminal and serial killer. Between his multiple escapes from prison, he murdered three people, for which he would later sentenced to death and subsequently executed in 1990.
Winford Stokes is a famous Killer, who was born on March 21, 1951 in United States.
According to Astrologers, Winford Stokes zodiac sign is Aries
Stokes’ first recorded crime occurred on April 30, 1969. Together with David H. Richards and Allen E. Smith (17 and 18, respectively), they entered a tavern on 3044 Easton Avenue in St. Louis, posing as customers before drawing their pistols and announcing that it was a robbery. The customers and the owner, Ignatius DiManuele, were forced to lay down on the ground as the three men emptied the cash register. While doing this, one of the robbers pointed their gun at DiManuele and proceeded to shoot him. When questioned about his reasons, the killer simply replied that he “wanted to get a whitey.” After that, Stokes and other two escaped in his vehicle. About two weeks later, Winford was stopped for questioning by Detectives Brian Graft and Edward DeVere, during which he threw a pistol out of his car. Both men noticed this, and immediately arrested him. After some questioning, they learned about Richards and Smith, who were captured soon after as well. Witnesses to the robbery identified all three of them as ones behind the DiManuele robbery.
Winford Stokes Net Worth
Winford Stokes is one of the richest Killer. Winford Stokes is also listed on the elit list of Richest Killer born on March 21 . According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Winford Stokes net worth is approximately $1.5 Million.
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Only a few days later, on December 12, Stokes broke into the apartment of 73-year-old widow Marie Montgomery while looking for a place to rob. He shot her in the neck and right arm, killing her, and thereafter ransacked the premises, stealing a wrist watch. Montgomery’s body would later be found by her niece, who had come to check up on Marie because she had missed the Sunday church services. Stokes was later arrested on January 15, 1978 on charges of armed robbery and armed criminal action, and sent for pre-trial mental evaluation at the Malcolm Bliss Mental Health Center. That same afternoon, Stokes managed to escape from the facility, with authorities right on his tail.
On February 21, 1978, Stokes was at a bar in northern St. Louis County when he met a 33-year-old Washington University faculty waitress named Pamela R. Benda. Both of them went back to her apartment in University City, whereupon Winford started beating and stabbing Pamela with a kitchen knife, before eventually strangling her. He took off her clothes and left her body in the bedroom, before rummaging through her drawer and pocketing some jewelry. He then got into her 1974 Plymouth Scamp and drove to South Bend, Indiana, where he was currently living with his wife Ramona, and later pawned the jewelry. Initial investigations focused on Benda’s boyfriend, with whom she had had scuffles the previous months, but he was cleared later on. It was determined that Pamela had likely been killed by somebody she knew, as there were no signs of forced entry into her home. The case would later be named the ‘Mr. Goodbar’ case, after a copy of the 1975 novel Looking for Mr. Goodbar by Judith Rossner was found on a bedside table in Benda’s apartment.
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Stokes was sent off to await his for his trial at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, but several months later, along with four other inmates, he managed to escape. On October 23, 1970, when the Sheriff’s Deputy John Curtis entered the ward to collect the supper dishes, Stokes grabbed his revolver and forced him to the center. He had Curtis strip off his clothing and take off his shoes, taking them, as well as the keys to his car. He then tied up the deputy with pieces of a bedsheet and fled with the other prisoners. Two other prisoners were left behind, who turned back and released Curtis from the restraints. Three of the convicts were later recaptured, with the exception of Stokes and 18-year-old Joseph Wallace. He was arrested not long after, and sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for manslaughter and three other felony charges.
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After some years, Stokes was released from prison. On December 7, 1977, he knocked on the door of 71-year-old Erssie Lucas, intent on robbing him. When Lucas opened, he began beating him with a claw hammer, leaving the old man on the ground and stealing an undetermined amount of cash. Erssie survived the assault.
On September 20, 1979, in open court, Stokes refused a plea bargain and instead opted to go to trial on October 1.`During the trial, the prosecution sought the death penalty, with prosecutor John Walsh pointing out that the evidence included fingerprints from the victim’s apartment and car matching those of Winford Stokes, as well as the fact that Montgomery’s wrist watch was found at the pawn shop in South Bend. On October 24, he was found guilty of Benda’s murder.
The execution was temporarily stayed by Justice Harry A. Blackmun in 1982, but Stokes’ appeal was later turned down by the Supreme Court. Six years later, the federal appellate court rejected his appeal for a final time, a decision which later affected another death row inmate, George C. Gilmore. On May 11, 1990, Winford Stokes was executed by lethal injection in the Potosi Correctional Center, an event noticed only by five reporters. He offered no final statement.