Vaughn Ross

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Vaughn Ross
Born (1971-09-04)September 4, 1971
Died July 18, 2013(2013-07-18) (aged 41)
Huntsville, Texas
Criminal charge Murder
Criminal penalty Death
Victims Douglas Birdsall
Viola Ross McVade
Location(s) Lubbock, Texas

Vaughn Ross (September 4, 1971 – July 18, 2013) was a Texas murderer with a prior doctorate degree in architecture, who was convicted for the January 31, 2001, murders of Douglas Birdsall, 53, and Viola Ross McVade, 18, in Lubbock County, Texas, United States.[1][2][3]


Viola was the sister of Ross' girlfriend. Douglas Birdsall had been the associate dean at the Texas Tech library. Ross shot both victims. Later the same day, a mountain biker came across the murder scene and found both Douglas' and Viola's bodies in a car.[4] DNA on a latex glove found in Birdsall's car and a sweatshirt found in Ross' apartment were two things that linked Ross to the double murder.[4] In 2002 Ross was found guilty and sentenced to death by lethal injection by a jury.[5]

Ross received attention in Sweden after he agreed to be part of a special theme week about the death penalty in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.[6] Aftonbladet covered his case and his last week alive before his execution and reported live from outside the prison on the day of the execution.[7]

Ross left a final statement before being executed which was revealed to Aftonbladet reporter Carina Bergfeldt.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Vaughn Ross final statement. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.
  2. ^ Cooper, Robbie (2013-07-17) EXECUTION WATCH: Vaughn Ross (TX). UrbanGrounds. Retrieved on 2013-07-19.
  3. ^ Lubbock man scheduled to be executed for double murder | | FOX 34 News Lubbock, Texas. (2013-07-17). Retrieved on 2013-07-19.
  4. ^ a b Vaughn Ross Execution: Ex-grad student set to die for killing 2 in Texas – Crimesider. CBS News (2013-07-13). Retrieved on 2013-07-19.
  5. ^ Jury deliberates fate of Ross | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Lubbock Online (2002-09-24). Retrieved on 2013-07-19.
  6. ^ Om en vecka ska Ross dö | Nyheter | Aftonbladet. (2013-07-11). Retrieved on 2013-07-19.
  7. ^ Bergfeldt, Carina (2013-07-18) I dag ska Vaughn Ross dö | En vecka med döden. Retrieved on 2013-07-19. Archived July 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.