Next morning, her bullet-punctured body was recovered from a drainage ditch, and warrants were issued for Mansfield's arrest. He was captured days later, with year-old brother Gary Mansfield, in Winnemucca, Nevada. William was held on charges of first-degree murder, his brother accused as an accessory after the fact.
On March 16, , Hernando County deputies descended on the Mansfield home at Weeki Wachee Acres, bearing warrants for a search of the premises. Tipsters had informed them that a missing woman, year-old Sandra Graham, of Tampa, might be buried on the property, and officers came prepared for full-scale excavation. The first female skeleton, unearthed on March 17, was identified only as a white woman in her twenties.
Number two, discovered a week later, was that of year-old Elaine Zeigler, a tourist from Ohio who disappeared from a nearby campground on New Year's Eve Another "Jane Doe" surfaced on April 3, but authorities got lucky with the next skeleton, four days later, finally identifying the remains of Sandra Graham.
Two of the junkyard victims remain unidentified today, but Mansfield is also a suspect in other Florida homicides. Melinda Harder, 21, was a neighbor of Mansfield's, in St. Petersburg, when she disappeared on July 27, Another Ohio native, Carrol Barret, was abducted from her Daytona Beach motel room in , shot to death and dumped beside a highway near Jacksonville.
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Mansfield fit the description of her killer, but eyewitnesses could make no positive I. Ironically, police maintain that William Mansfield, Sr. Neither, apparently, is Mansfield's mother, who claims total ignorance of the corpses planted within 40 feet of her home. No further skeletons were found at Weeki Wachee, and the excavations were abandoned by police in mid-April I told my mom, 'I think daddy's having an affair. According to local newspaper Mansfield News Journal , Noreen filed for divorce in November after 22 years of marriage, citing extreme mental cruelty and gross neglect.
Just one month later, on the evening of December 30, , John came home late and fell asleep on the family's living room couch. In the early hours of December 31, Noreen woke her husband up and "started hollering about different things, Mansfield, money, Sherri, everything under the sun," John says during the prison visit with his son, as seen in the ID documentary.
I pushed her and she hit her head against that wooden table. He claims to have attempted to administer CPR, but "she was lifeless, she was dead. The story he'd recount in court during the trial a year later was quite different. According to a trial transcript obtained by Esquire. There's no hiding the fact that this was a premeditated murder.
The morning of December 31, Landry woke up and ran to his mother's bedroom. She wasn't there. When he asked his father where she went, John said, "Mommy took a vacation, we got into an argument," as Landry recalls. I didn't trust my father as far as I could throw him.
I snuck away with the portable phone and called Shelly [Bowden, Noreen's best friend]. Less than a month later, on January 25, , police discovered Noreen's body wrapped in tarp with a plastic bag covering her head in a home John recently purchased in Erie, Pennsylvania. She was buried two-feet below the basement in "soft, white clay," according to the Mansfield News Journal. A green carpet covered the floor. That was the type of guy he was.
He was diabolical. Landry was only 12 when he took the stand at his father's trial. He told the courtroom, "I was extremely afraid of my father. I always have [been]. The jury convicted John after six hours of deliberations. One of the key pieces of evidence that led to the decision was a jackhammer John leased before the murder. It was allegedly used to tear up the basement floor, where Noreen's body was found.
One of John's defense attorneys, Bob Whitney, told the Mansfield News Journal his client claimed it was for "ice on the brick sidewalk of his local home. He was afraid his wife and children would slip and fall. John was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for aggravated murder and 18 months for abuse of a corpse.
He is up for parole in Landry was placed in foster care for nine months before the Zeigler family, who lived in Ontario, adopted him. He was happy in his new life, but yearned for answers from his imprisoned father.
He wrote him often, even offering forgiveness in one letter:. For years, Landry had a recurring nightmare that he'd "stumble upon mom's body in the middle of a snowfield and dig it up," he says. It wasn't until recently, when he teamed up with two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple to make A Murder in Mansfield, that the graphic dreams finally ceased. Looking for total closure, he visited his father at Ohio's Marion Correctional Institution, and allowed Kopple to film the meeting. He walked into the prison hopeful to finally understand the motive behind the murder.
Associated Press. Characteristics: Rape. Just six months before the murder, they adopted a little girl named Elizabeth, from Taiwan. Want to Read saving…. Lists with This Book. Welcome back. The jury convicted John after six hours of deliberations.
I have told you the truth. Landry left unsatisfied and frustrated. He's forever done with his father's "bullshit," he says, and doesn't plan on speaking to him ever again. I want to inspire and motivate people. Type keyword s to search.