Howard Allen

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Not to be confused with William Howard Allen.
Howard Allen
Howard Arthur Allen.jpg
Born (1949-02-10) February 10, 1949 (age 66)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Criminal penalty
Victims 3
Span of killings
Country United States
State(s) Indiana
Date apprehended
August 4, 1987

Howard Arthur Allen (born February 10, 1949) is a serial killer from Indianapolis, Indiana. He was found to be responsible for the deaths of three elderly people, as well as assault, burglary, and arson.


In August 1974, Allen beat Opal Cooper, age 85, to death in her home during a robbery. He was sentenced to 2–21 years for manslaughter and paroled in January 1985.

On May 18, 1987, he choked and beat a 73-year-old woman in her home, who survived. Two days later, he assaulted Laverne Hale, age 87, resulting in her death nine days later.

On June 2, 1987, he burglarized the house of an elderly man just five blocks from the scene of Laverne Hale's murder. This time the tenant was absent; Allen vented his anger by setting the house on fire.

On July 14, 1987, he killed Ernestine Griffin, age 73, with a ten-inch butcher knife, and repeatedly struck her on the head with a kitchen toaster. He stole a camera and $15. He was arrested later that day.

Arrest and trial[edit]

Allen was arrested on August 24 on multiple charges. Witnesses linked him with the May 18 attack, leading to Allen's indictment on charges of battery, burglary, and unlawful confinement. He was also charged with arson and burglary (from the June 2 incident), as well as the murder of Ernestine Griffin. As it happened, Lavern Hale had been a neighbor of Allen's, living directly behind his house, and he remains a suspect in her murder, based upon the killer's modus operandi. He was also a suspect in 11 other cases, each involving robbery or assault of elderly victims in their homes around Indianapolis.[1]

He was found guilty of burglary and felony battery of the May 18 assault, and sentenced to 88 years in prison. On June 11, 1988, he was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the murder of Ernestine Griffin. On August 30, 1988, he was placed on death row, where, as of 2010, he remains awaiting ruling by a U.S. District Court on a petition for writ of habeas corpus.[2][3] Allen is currently on death row awaiting execution at Indiana State Prison.

As of 07/25//2014 According with the Indiana DOC, Mr. Allen's possible and earliest release will not be until 04/23/2035, so if he is ever released, by the time he will see the streets again he will be over 86 years old. For more details on the offender's date please check Indiana DOC website at

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Howard Arthur Allen". Frances Farmers Revenge. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "ALLEN, HOWARD A. # 56". Indiana Death Row. Prosecuting Attorney Clark County Indiana. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2007. 
  3. ^ Newton, Michael (2006). The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (2nd ed.). Checkmark Books. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-8160-6196-9. 

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