E54: Elroy Chester

This week Beth and Wendy discuss a black serial killer named Elroy Chester was convicted in 1998 of fatally shooting Willie Ryman III, after he raped Ryman’s two nieces in Port Arthur, TX. Then he confessed to four other murders. DNA (Wendy’s favorite) was linked to three rapes, including that of a ten-year-old girl. Chester said that he committed his crimes due to an intense “hate for white people” after an incident he had involving a white man.  We also have a frank discussion on racism and the myth of “reverse racism” (8:43).  Join the conversation, you know where to find us.

First we intro the subject (12:50) then the stats (13:32).  Next, we dive into the setting (10:35), the killers early life (1817) and the timeline (24:34).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest(36:35) followed by “Where are they now?”(48:40 ). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made the perp snap (49:43).  

As usual we close out the show with some shout outs (57:09 ), crime news (55:27) and of course, some tips on how not to get murdered(54:20).  

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Elroy Chester

Wikipedia contributors. (2019, August 26). Elroy Chester. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08/28/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Elroy_Chester&oldid=912605780

Office of the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney. (n.d.). Elroy Chester #1334. Clarkprosecutor.org. Retrieved 08/28/2019 from http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/chester1334.htm

Smith, Jordan. (04/19/13). Smart Enough to Die. The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 08/28/19 from https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2013-04-19/smart-enough-to-die/

Carson, David. (06/13/13). Texas Execution Information Center: Execution Report: Elroy Chester.  Texas Execution Information Center. Retrieved 08/31/19 from http://www.txexecutions.org/reports/499-Elroy-Chester.htm

Murderpedia, The Encyclopedia of Murderers. (n.d.). Elroy Chester. Retrieved 08/31/19 from https://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/chester-elroy.htm

Orlansky, Susan. (n.d.). The Execution of Elroy Chester. Unitarian Universalists for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Retrieved 08/31/19 from https://www.uuadp.org/resources-essays-orlansky.html

Diament, Michelle. (06/03/14). In Shift, Supreme Court Moves Away From ‘Mental Retardation’. Disability Scoop. Retrieved 08/31/19 from https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/06/03/in-shift-supreme-retardation/19411/

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Diseases. (03/29/17). Supreme Court Finds that Reliance on Briseño Factors is Incompatible with the Eighth Amendment. Retrieved 09/01/19 from https://aaidd.org/news-policy/news/releases/2017/03/29/supreme-court-finds-that-reliance-on-brise%C3%B1o-factors-is-incompatible-with-the-eight-amendment

McCullough, Jolie. (11/29/16). Justices debate definition of intellectual disability in Texas death row case. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 09/01/19 from https://www.texastribune.org/2016/11/29/supreme-court-split-texas-case-intellectual-disabi/

Segura, Lilliana. (08/06/12). Updated: Texas Executes Man With IQ of 61. The Nation. Retrieved 09/01/19 from https://www.thenation.com/article/updated-texas-executes-man-iq-61/


I Survived…  (12/26/14). S6 E3 Kim/Erin & Claire. [Lifetime TV Series]. Retrieved 08/31/19 from https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00R9AFP5Y/ref=atv_dl_rdr

About Port Arthur

Draper, Robert. (09/30/92). O Janis. Texas Monthly. Retrieved 09/01/19 from https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/o-janis/

Wikipedia contributors. (06/28/19). Texas oil boom. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09/01/19 from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Texas_oil_boom&oldid=903937230

Kibbe, Tina M. (Oct 2006). School Desegregation in Port Arthur: The Battle Between the Community, the Board, and the Justice Department. East Texas Historical Journal, Volume 44 Issue 2 Article 6. Retrieved 09/01/19 from https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/72737955.pdf

Greene, Mary; Kelderman, Keene. (08/07/17). PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS: The End of the Line for an Economic Myth. The Environmental Integrity Project. Retrieved 09/01/19 from http://www.ourenergypolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Final-Port-Arthur-report_final.pdf

Crime News

Karimi, Faith; Lavandera, Ed; Maxouris, Christina. (09/02/19). West Texas gunman was fired from job hours before massacre, law enforcement official says. CNN. Retrieved 09/02/19 from https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/02/us/west-texas-shooting-monday/index.html

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