Daniel Lee Siebert
|Born||June 17, 1954|
|Died||April 22, 2008|
|Cause of death||Natural causes|
|Number of victims||10 known, he estimated 13|
|Span of killings||1979–1986|
Daniel Lee Siebert (17 June 1954 – 22 April 2008) was an American serial killer on Alabama's death row. He was convicted of three murders and confessed to at least five. During questioning he indicated that he was responsible for at least 12 deaths. Siebert died on April 22, 2008 in Holman Prison near Atmore of complications from cancer.
Siebert was born in Mattoon, Illinois. He joined the Marines in 1972 under the name of Daniel Marlow, and early on left with a dishonorable discharge. Between 1973 and 1975 he fathered two children, a girl and a boy.
Siebert's first known killing took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was convicted of manslaughter.
Siebert was charged with the 1985 murders of two women in Los Angeles, California.
In 1986, when he murdered a student at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega and her two children. Sherri Weathers had missed classes for over a week, and the school had worried that she had not contacted them with an explanation. A search of her apartment found her dead body, along with those of her two children. Investigation also revealed another student who was missing from the institute. Linda Jarman was found dead in her apartment, also murdered. He was also charged with the murder of Linda Odum, a waitress who he had been dating. She was reported missing in February and her remains discovered in March. Fingerprints linked Siebert to her stolen car. Police believed Siebert was also involved in the death of Sheryl Evans of Calhoun County, whose body was found around the same time. Finally, Siebert was charged with the death of Beatrice McDougall in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1986. In custody, Siebert said he had committed 12 or more murders.
An art teacher using the name "Daniel Spence" was questioned in connection with the crime after police were notified that he had an interest in Sherri Weathers. A check of Spence's fingerprints revealed that he was in fact Daniel Siebert, who had a previous conviction of manslaughter in 1979 and was wanted on assault charges in San Francisco, California.
Siebert spent the next six months on the run. He was apprehended in Nashville, Tennessee, after placing a phone call to a friend who reported him to the police. His next call was traced to a phone booth near a restaurant he was working at, and he was arrested the following day when he showed up for work.
Siebert was convicted in the capital cases involving Jarman, and the case of Weathers and her children. Seibert's execution date was set for October 25, 2007 for the murders of Weathers and her children. Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said Siebert had exhausted all of his appeals for the killing of Weathers and her children. Siebert had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. Siebert's execution was delayed hours before it was to occur.
He had the Alabama Institutional Serial #00Z475.
In December 2007, Siebert was investigated in relation to a recent pornography case. While no action was taken against him or charges filed, a personal correspondent of Daniel's was charged for multiple sex crimes due to the investigation's findings.
Seibert died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, apparently of complications from cancer. Prison system spokesman Brian Corbett said Siebert was pronounced dead at 1:35 p.m. at Holman Correctional Facility near Atmore, where he had been awaiting execution for more than 21 years.
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