Robert Anthony Buell

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Robert Anthony Buell
Robert Anthony Buell.jpg
Mugshot taken near the time of execution
Born (1940-09-10)September 10, 1940
Died September 24, 2002(2002-09-24) (aged 62)
Cause of death
Lethal injection
Other names Bob Buell
Criminal penalty
121 years in prison plus Death
Victims 3+
State(s) Ohio, United States
Date apprehended

Robert Anthony Buell (September 10, 1940 - September 24, 2002) was a former Akron, Ohio Planning Department worker, convicted of the murder of 11-year-old Krista Lea Harrison on July 17, 1982.[1]

Buell died by lethal injection on September 24, 2002. His final meal was a single black unpitted olive.[2]

Murder Case[edit]

Police sketch of Buell at the time of Krista Harrison's abduction on 17 July 1982

On 17 July 1982, Buell was reportedly seen abducting Krista Harrison in a park in Marshallville, Ohio. Harrison's body was found six days after her kidnapping. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.[3] Two other young girls have been thought to have also been victims of Buell. Tina Marie Harmon, age 12, murdered in 1981 and Debora Kaye Smith, aged 10, murdered in 1983. Although strong evidence is present from both cases, Buell was only charged with the death of Krista Harrison in 1984.[4] He has since been linked by DNA evidence in the murder of Tina Harmon. [5] Prior to these murders, Buell had previously been known as a serial rapist, having at least one victim before the death of Krista Harrison and one in 1984, where his victim was able to escape and notify police. This event ultimately lead to his arrest.[6]


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