Glen Edward Rogers
|Glen Edward Rogers|
Death Row mugshot
July 15, 1962 |
Hamilton, Ohio, USA
|Years active||1995 - 1999|
|Convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs|
Glen Edward Rogers (born July 15, 1962), also known as "The Cross Country Killer" or "The Casanova Killer", is an American serial killer convicted of two murders and a suspect in several others throughout the United States that began on September 28, 1995. Rogers grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, where he had an extensive criminal record for charges that included assault and arson.
Rogers was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio. He was one of seven children born to Edna (née Sears) and Claude Rogers. Claude was a pump operator at the local Champion paper company. Claude became an alcoholic after marrying Edna. He was fired from his job, forcing the family to move into a lower income neighborhood. His mother was forced to lie to the landlord, stating that she had only four children, in order rent the home; it was difficult to find a landlord willing to rent to a large family. Rogers had a difficult childhood where he would shoot and make moonshine with his dad. His older brothers started stealing food or money from neighbors and sometimes stores. Rogers soon became involved as his older brother started using him to break into houses. As a teenager, he became known as a troublemaker with a quick temper, constantly getting in and out juvenile prison systems until his sentence to TICO, where three guards sexually molested him. By the time he was 16, he was expelled from Wilson Junior High School and married his pregnant childhood sweetheart, Deborah Ann Nix. Although the child was not his, Rogers adopted him and moved with his family to Southern California, where he got a job at the Highland Press printing company in Pasadena. Nix and Rogers had a second child together but divorced in 1983. Nix became the first of many women to accuse him of physical abuse. Rogers returned to Hamilton in 1986 or 1987, where he became stuck in a pattern of holding down menial jobs and accumulating a criminal record including public drunkenness, theft, assault and arson.
Authorities suspected Rogers in the stabbing or strangling of an elderly man from Ohio in 1993 and four women in California, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana. He originally claimed the number of murders was closer to 70, but then recanted his statement, claiming he was joking and had not committed any murders.
- Mark Peters (Hamilton, Ohio) - suspected victim
- On January 10, 1994, Police recovered the remains of 71-year-old Mark Peters, a retired electrician and veteran, in a cabin belonging to the family of Glen Rogers in Beattyville, Kentucky. Peters had taken Glen Rogers in and allowed him to live in his home prior to October 1993 when Mark Peters was reported missing along with his car and several valuable personal items including antiques, guns, and a collection of coins. Rogers had disappeared as well and it was reportedly his brother, Clay, who led police to search the family cabin for clues, leading to the discovery of Mr. Peters' skeleton, which was found bound to a chair and covered by a pile of furniture.
- Sandra Gallagher (Los Angeles, California)
- On September 28, 1995, Sandra Gallagher, a 33-year-old mother of three, crossed paths with Rogers at McRed's, a Van Nuys bar. The next day, Gallagher's strangled and badly burned corpse was found in her car near Rogers' Van Nuys apartment. Authorities allege that after murdering Gallagher, Rogers moved on to Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, killing a woman in each state. On June 22, 1999, Rogers was convicted of murdering Gallagher and on July 16, 1999 the state of California sentenced him to death.
- Linda Price (Jackson, Mississippi)
- Kathy Carroll, Price's sister, said Price had met Rogers at a tent where beers were being served at the Mississippi State Fair. She remembered that her sister would repeatedly say, "Ain't he good-looking?" Rogers and Price briefly shared an apartment in Jackson. The last time Carroll saw her sister was the night before Halloween 1995, when the two were planning to have Carroll's grandchildren go trick-or-treating at Price's apartment. However, the next day, Price did not answer her door and Rogers was gone. Similar to the other killings, Price and Rogers met over drinks; and, like the other women, Price was in her 30s and had red hair. Like Cribbs, she was also found dead in a bathtub.
- Tina Marie Cribbs (Tampa, Florida)
- On November 5, 1995, Cribbs was seen leaving the Showtown Barn in Tampa, Florida, with Rogers. A bartender told police that Rogers had bought Cribbs and her friends drinks and that Cribbs was later asked for a ride by Rogers. Two days later, a member of the cleaning staff in a Tampa motel found Cribbs' body; she had been stabbed in the chest and the buttocks. A clerk at the motel told authorities that Rogers had arrived at the motel a few days before the murder. On November 5, Rogers paid for an extra night and asked that his room not be cleaned. The clerk then saw Rogers putting his belongings into a white Ford Festiva. The next day, Cribbs' wallet was discovered at a rest area in North Florida; the fingerprints lifted from her wallet and the motel room were matched to Rogers. On November 13, Rogers was arrested in Kentucky driving Cribbs's car, which he claimed had been loaned to him. He also said Cribbs was alive when he left. On July 11, 1997, Rogers was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs.
- Andy Jiles Sutton (Bossier City, Louisiana)
- Sutton was a known acquaintance of Rogers. Her slashed body was found on November 9, 1995, on a punctured waterbed in her apartment.
Sentence and appeals
Rogers was scheduled to be put to death on Valentine's Day, 1999, in Florida, but he immediately appealed to the Florida Supreme Court claiming that the State had not presented enough evidence to support the charges. Rogers also argued that the trial court should have granted the defense's motions for a mistrial because a witness was allowed to testify about a misdemeanor for which Rogers was convicted in California; the prosecution was also allowed to present an improper argument during closing arguments. His appeal was delayed until March, 2001, and was ultimately denied. In April 2005, Rogers filed another appeal, which is still pending. Should his death sentence ever be overturned based on a charge of prosecutorial misconduct, he will no longer be eligible for execution in the State of California.
Simpson and Goldman murder
In November 2012, American cable channel Investigation Discovery ("ID") aired a documentary titled My Brother The Serial Killer. During this documentary, it was alleged that Rogers told his family by phone in early 1994 that he was "partying" with Nicole Brown Simpson just before her murder; he also allegedly stated that she had money and he was “going to take her down.” Alleged copies of receipts from his working for a construction company near Van Nuys, which was close to the residence of Simpson, were shown.
Further allegations included that Rogers was acquainted with O. J. Simpson, that Simpson paid Rogers to break into Nicole's house and steal a pair of $20,000 earrings O.J. had given to Nicole, and that Rogers should kill her if necessary. He purportedly later confessed to killing both Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman shortly after being convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs. The purported confession is dimly viewed by independent investigators that have worked the Simpson case for 18 years and believe that stating that Rogers had a direct relationship with O. J. Simpson was simply a false ploy by the British Film producer, who they turned down for an appearance, and the unscrupulous brother, Clay Rogers, to sell the documentary to the Investigation Discovery Channel. Clay allegedly has an extensive criminal record that involves theft and swindle, and according to other Rogers family members cannot be trusted.
Glen Rogers told OMIG investigators there was no O. J./Rogers relationship and that he had not spoken to his brother Clay since 1997 when he was convicted of murder in Florida and that there are no telephones on Florida's death row. Investigators who have been on to the Rogers/Simpson connection since 1999 from OMIG (Ocean Medical Investigative Group) say that there is nothing on record, hidden or open, that ties OJ Simpson to Glen Rogers, but that there are documents on record that tie Nicole Brown Simpson to Rogers. OMIG investigators said that attention should be paid to what a woman stated in the documentary "My Brother the Serial Killer" by the name of Lea P. D'Agostino. According to the documentary and OMIG investigators, D'Agostino, a former L.A. deputy district attorney, cited the relationship of a Glen Rogers/Nicole Brown Simpson relationship found by her investigators as far back as 1995 and when she brought it to the attention of her superiors in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office she was removed as the lead prosecutor in the subsequent Roger's "high profile" murder trial in Los Angeles in 1999. D'Agostino protested in a 1997 civil service grievance proceeding, in transcript documents that were redacted by magic marker in which she appears to mention the relationship between Rogers and Brown Simpson. This document was sealed by Judge John H. Reid, who used the color of authority to conceal two other important documents associated with the Simpson case.
The first was granting a court order to an ex parte motion filed by the lead prosecutor in the Simpson case, now Assistant Attorney William Hodgeman, to permanently remove all of the evidence from the O. J. Simpson criminal case file in April 1998. The importance of this was that investigators believed that the actual telephone records of Nicole Brown Simpson's mother, Juditha Brown, are going to reflect a time much closer to 11 p.m. than to 9:37 p.m. as the time of the last phone call to the Mezzaluna Restaurant when the Browns arrived home at Dana Point, Orange County, and the last call subsequently to Nicole. A time of 11 p.m. would exonerate Simpson by placing him in the back seat of a chauffeured limousine to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at the same time his ex-wife was still alive.
The third document, concealed by Judge John H. Reid acting under the color of authority, are the California pre-trial medical records of Glen Edward Rogers, indicating that Rogers has been afflicted with a congenital affliction since childhood called Mad King George's Disease, or Acute Intermittent Porphyria. All of the symptoms of this disease are psychiatric and become so when the toxic effects of the over-production of an iron rich enzyme called heme spontaneously attacks the brain. The afflicted person can act in a very dangerous and violently psychotic state from a spontaneous attack on his brain with little time for the unaware partner to react. It was more cogently discussed by doctors in the sentencing phase of Rogers' Florida murder trial, but probably too little, too late to save him from execution.
A British doctor attempted to make it more understandable for those to comprehend the impact of the potential violent nature of this disease by associating it with the basis for authors fabled horror stories for the movies in a research paper he wrote back in 1963 and subsequently published in the January 1964 edition of the British Medical Journal for the Royal Society of Medicine. The British Neurologist, Dr. Leon Sebastian Illis, entitled his research paper "On Porphyria and the Aetiology of Werewolves". One of the investigators from OMIG, T. H. Johnson also wrote about his discovering this concealed medical information in 2000 placed in the death row appeal files of Glen Rogers by doctors in the Los Angeles Superior Court in the 2011 book he wrote, titled "Pursuit of Exhibit 35 in the OJ Simpson Murder Trial and its Hidden Secrets", as well as in a documentary he produced in 2004 titled "SERPENTS RISING: An Independent Investigation of the OJ Simpson Murder Trial". The disease is named for the afflicted King George III, in power at the time of the American Revolution, and subsequently placed behind bars in Windsor Castle for his safety and that of others from 1809-1820 when he finally died.
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