Phillip Carl Jablonski

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Phillip Carl Jablonski
Phillip Jablonski mug shot.jpg
Born (1946-01-03) January 3, 1946 (age 72)
Criminal charge First-degree murder
Criminal penalty Death
Victims 5
Span of crimes
Country United States
State(s) California, Utah

Phillip Carl Jablonski (born January 3, 1946) is an American serial killer convicted of killing five women in California and Utah between 1978 and 1991.

Early life[edit]

Jablonski met his first wife, Alice McGowan, in high school. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and was sent overseas. They married in 1968 when he returned to the U.S. While living in Texas, Jablonski became sexually violent. During sex he put a pillow over McGowan's face and attempted to suffocate her. On several occasions, he strangled her until she was unconscious.[1]:17

After McGowan left him, Jablonski became involved with Jane Sanders, who he met in November 1968. He raped Sanders on their first date, which she did not report. She became pregnant and they moved to California in July 1969, after Jablonski left the military. On one occasion, while having sex, Sanders wanted to stop. Jablonski pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot her if she did not continue. He hit her with the butt of the gun and she passed out. When she regained consciousness, he was having sex with her. She left him in 1972.[1]:17–18

In late 1972, Jablonski raped a female acquaintance at knifepoint in her home, while her infant child was in the room. The woman escaped and ran to a neighbor's house, who called the police. Jablonski was arrested and convicted for the rape.[2]


In February 1977, Jablonski met Linda Kimball and by August they were living together. Kimball gave birth to their daughter in December 1977.

On the evening of July 6, 1978, Kimball's mother Isobel Pahls, who lived nearby, was awakened by Jablonski. He told her he had come to rape her but did not go through with it because when he looked at her face "all he could see was Linda's face." Pahls managed to escape to a neighbor's house and did not report the incident to police. A few days after the incident, Kimball left Jablonski and she and their daughter moved in with Pahls.

On the morning of July 16, Kimball returned to the apartment she had shared with Jablonski to pick up belongings for their baby.[1] That afternoon she was found dead inside the apartment. She had been beaten, stabbed, and strangled. Jablonski was arrested 11 days later.

He served 12 years in prison for Kimball's murder, and was released in 1990.

Carol Spadoni met and married Jablonski in 1982, after answering a newspaper ad placed while Jablonski was serving time in prison. On April 23, 1991, Spadoni, 46, and her mother, Eva Petersen, 72, were murdered at their home in Burlingame. Spadoni was shot, suffocated with duct tape, then stabbed, while Petersen was sexually assaulted and shot.[1][3]

Jablonski was charged with the April 22, 1991, death of Fathyma Vann, 38, in Indio, California. Vann was a fellow student at the local community college that Jablonski attended to satisfy conditions of his parole. Vann, a recently widowed mother of two teenage girls, was found shot in the head and sexually assaulted, lying naked in a shallow ditch in the Indio desert with the words "I Love Jesus" carved in her back. Her body had been subjected to other mutilations including removal of her eyes and ears.[1]

Jablonski was also charged with the robbery and subsequent murder of Margie Rogers, 58, in Grand County, Utah, on April 27, 1991. Rogers had been sexually assaulted and shot twice in the head.

He was apprehended on April 28, 1991 in Kansas. He was found guilty of the murders and sentenced to death.[1]

In January 2006, the California Supreme Court upheld Jablonski's death sentence on appeal.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g People v. Jablonski, S041630 (California Supreme Court 23 January 2006).
  2. ^ "FindLaw's Supreme Court of California case and opinions". Findlaw. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  3. ^ Mike McPadden (14 February 2018). "Married In Prison: 8 Serial Killers Who Got Married Behind Bars". CrimeFeed. Discovery Communications, LLC. Retrieved 23 September 2018. 8. PHILLIP CARL JABLONSKI