Category Archives: Spree Killers

Police believe Las Vegas spree killer Stephen Paddock planned more attacks

The gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas on Sunday planned to commit further atrocities, including car bombings, and may have scouted other music festivals, evidence suggests.

The weekend before Stephen Paddock attacked the Route 91 Harvest country music festival he had rented a flat six miles away in a high-rise building overlooking the Life Is Beautiful music festival, where Gorillaz, Lorde, and Chance the Rapper were among the featured acts.

A memorial has been created on Las Vegas Boulevard about a mile from the scene of Sunday’s mass shootingNICK OTTO/REX

In early August he had a room in Chicago in a hotel across the street from the park where the Lollapalooza music festival was taking place, with Arcade Fire as one of the headliners. Barack Obama’s daughter Malia was among the 100,000 who attended.

Sunday’s massacre stopped only after an unarmed hotel guard…

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Spree killer Nicholas Sheley pleads guilty to killing couple in Missouri

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — A man who killed six people in Illinois before killing two people in Missouri wept and begged the victims’ families for forgiveness Wednesday before he was sentenced to life in prison for the Missouri deaths.

Nicholas Sheley, who initially faced the death penalty, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 2008 deaths of Jill and Tom Estes. The Arkansas couple were killed while staying at a hotel in Festus, about 30 miles south of St. Louis, after they left a graduation party.

Investigators said Sheley happened upon the couple during a drug- and alcohol-fueled rampage that began in his Illinois hometown.

Sheley dropped to his knees during the sentencing hearing, saying he wished he could take back what he did. He also apologized to law enforcement and others touched by the crimes, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported .

“What I did about 10 years ago was wrong

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Spree killer pleads guilty to killing couple in Missouri

“What I did about 10 years ago was wrong on every level, unjustified, completely uncalled for, cowardly acts,” Sheley said, weeping as he read.

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Spree killer caught in Granite City to spend life in prison – Belleville News

A spree killer caught in Granite City after eight murders dropped to his knees to apologize as he was sentenced to life in prison in Missouri.

Nicholas Sheley, 38, was convicted of six murders in Illinois and pleaded guilty Wednesday to two more: Tom and Jill Estes, whom Sheley murdered outside a hotel in Festus, Mo., in June 2008.

Wednesday’s hearing was the first time Sheley had spoken publicly. He read a 20-minute statement in which he expressed a desire to go back in time and talk to “the disgruntled young man” that he had been, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He dropped to his knees to apologize for the murders, wept and begged for forgiveness, stating that he hoped “God would use me” to help other prisoners.

Sheley had killed an elderly man in Sterling and four people in Rock Falls, as well as a

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Spree killer pleads guilty to murdering Arkansas couple at hotel; he weeps, begs for forgiveness at hearing

HILLSBORO, Mo. — A man who killed six people in Illinois before killing two people in Missouri wept and begged the victims’ families for forgiveness Wednesday before he was sentenced to life in prison for the Missouri deaths.

Nicholas Sheley, who initially faced the death penalty, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 2008 deaths of Jill and Tom Estes. The Arkansas couple were killed while staying at a hotel in Festus, about 30 miles south of St. Louis, after they left a graduation party.

Investigators said Sheley happened upon the couple during a drug- and alcohol-fueled rampage that began in his Illinois hometown.

Sheley dropped to his knees during the sentencing hearing, saying he wished he could take back what he did. He also apologized to law enforcement and others touched by the crimes, The

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Spree killer Nicholas Sheley pleads guilty to killing couple in Missouri

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) – A man who killed six people in Illinois was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing an Arkansas couple at a Missouri hotel.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Nicholas Sheley was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to killing Jill and Tom Estes of Sherwood, Arkansas. Police say the couple was attacked outside a hotel in Festus after leaving a graduation party in 2008. Investigators say they were random victims.

After a nationwide manhunt, Sheley was arrested in July 2008 in Granite City, Illinois.

He was already serving six life sentences in Illinois for killing six people in that state.

Prosecutors say the string of drug- and alcohol-induced killings began June 26, 2008, in Sheley’s hometown of Sterling, Illinois.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

Reading from a multi-page statement Nicholas Sheley fights back tears and

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Killer of 8 drops to knees to apologize for bi-state murder spree, but families of victims scoff

HILLSBORO • A man who killed six people in Illinois nine years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a couple at a hotel in Festus — and then dropped to his knees to apologize for what he did.


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Nicholas Sheley has been convicted of six murders in Illinois and is charged with killing a couple in Festus.

Judge Gary Kramer sentenced Nicholas Sheley to life without

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Killer of 8 drops to knees to apologize for bi-state murder spree, but …

HILLSBORO • A man who killed six people in Illinois nine years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a couple at a hotel in Festus — and then dropped to his knees to apologize for what he did.


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Nicholas Sheley has been convicted of six murders in Illinois and is charged with killing a couple in Festus.

Judge Gary Kramer sentenced Nicholas Sheley to life without

Read more at: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/spree-killer-pleads-guilty-of-murdering-couple-in-festus-offers/article_ea8a0f2b-ad70-5840-947c-5b4f93f13df9.html

Spree killer pleads guilty of murdering couple in Festus, offers courtroom apology

UPDATES throughout with Sheley’s apology, family reaction

HILLSBORO • A man who killed six people in Illinois nine years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a couple at a hotel in Festus — and then dropped to his knees to apologize for what he did. 

Judge Gary Kramer sentenced Nicholas Sheley to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of Tom and Jill Estes. He also sentenced Sheley to 75 years for two counts of armed criminal action. 

But the sentence wasn’t enough for some of the couple’s survivors, who say Missouri prosecutors dashed their hope for a chance at the death penalty. About 40 people filled the courtroom for the hourlong hearing, most of them relatives and friends of his eight victims.

When Sheley was asked if he had something to say, he spoke publicly for the first time in his court proceedings.

He read a 20-minute statement that said he

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