Parole Denied For Woman Convicted In OKC Steakhouse Killings

Jun 23, 2011 Full story: News9 Oklahoma City 22

A woman who was convicted for her role in the 1978 deaths of nine people, including six workers at an Oklahoma City steakhouse, has been denied parole.

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#1 Jun 24, 2011
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A woman who was convicted for her role in the 1978 deaths of nine people, including six workers at an Oklahoma City steakhouse, has been denied parole.

Pardon and Parole Board Executive Director Terry Jenks says the board voted unanimously on Thursday to reject parole for Verna Stafford.

Stafford's former husband, Roger Dale Stafford, was found guilty of six slayings at a Sirloin Stockade steakhouse and the deaths of an Air Force airman, his wife and son. Roger Stafford was executed in 1995.

Verna Stafford pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors to two second-degree murder charges and is serving two life sentences.

The board was considering paroling her from the first life sentence.

Jenks says she won't be eligible for parole again for three years.

The hot, quiet night of July 16, 1978 exploded when bodies were found in a Sirloin Stockade meat locker.

The older victims were closest to the door: Sirloin Stockade restaurant manager Louis Zacarias, 43, and Isaac Freeman, 56.

The others were teenagers not yet old enough to vote: David Lindsey, 17; David Salsman, 16; and Anthony Tew, 17.

One of the boys sat slumped between stacked boxes of beef, blond hair peeking out from his trucker cap as his head dipped toward his chest.

He looked almost as if he'd fallen asleep in church.

Moments before, paramedics had taken a sixth victim from the room.

Life still fluttered within 15-year-old Terri Horst's body, but soon, she too would die.

"We had no suspects, said Chambers, 66, now retired and living in Arizona.

"It was just a brutal killing, one of the worst that ever happened in Oklahoma City. And the killers were still at large.

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#2 Jun 24, 2011
1978
June 22 The bodies of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Melvin Lorenz, 38, and his wife, Staff Sgt. Linda Lorenz, 31, are found near Purcell. Their pickup and son are missing.
June 24 Authorities find Richard Lorenz, 12, about a mile from where his parents were found.
July 16 Six employees of the Sirloin Stockade restaurant at SW 74 and Pennsylvania are herded into a walk-in freezer and shot about 10:45 p.m.
July 23 Harold Stafford dies in a motorcycle accident in Tulsa. Verna Stafford later testifies that he was involved in both the Lorenz and steakhouse murders.
July 24 Police begin checking for links between the two cases.
1979
Jan. 2 The OSBI releases three composite sketches.
Jan. 3 A drunken Roger Dale Stafford makes an anonymous call to the OSBI, saying he met two of the people in the composites. He gives names: Verna and Harold Stafford.
March 13 Roger Dale Stafford is arrested in a YMCA lobby in Chicago. He is returned to Oklahoma City the next day.
Aug. 2 Roger Dale Stafford is ordered to stand trial for the steakhouse murders.
Oct. 17 An Oklahoma County jury convicts him and sentences him to death.
Dec. 20 The Court of Criminal Appeals grants the first of numerous stays of execution.
1980
March 7 A jury convicts Roger Dale Stafford of the Lorenz killings and sentences him to death.
1984
April 2 Fifteen hours before he is to be executed for the Lorenz killings, Roger Dale Stafford wins a delay from the U.S. Supreme Court.
1989
Aug. 7 A judge tells Verna Stafford: "There's one of the hottest corners of hell vacant, with your name right above it," and sentences her to two consecutive life terms. Previously serving an indeterminate sentence of 10 years to life, she had sought a resentencing.
1995
May 30 Prison officials notify Roger Dale Stafford that his execution date is 30 days away and urge him to make arrangements.
July 1 Stafford is executed after 15 1/2 years on death row.
The Sirloin Stockade murders are among Oklahoma's most infamous and senseless crimes. Even now, after all this time, there is no real explanation for what led Roger Dale Stafford; his wife, Verna Stafford; and his brother, Harold Stafford, to launch their attack. What is clear is that it wasn't the first time the Staffords had killed.
Less than a month before the restaurant slayings, the Staffords fatally shot a North Dakota family. Verna Stafford lured them in by pretending to be a stranded motorist along Interstate 35 north of Purcell. When Air Force Tech. Sgt. Melvin Lorenz, 38, shot when he failed to turn over all his money, and his wife, Staff Sgt. Linda Lorenz, 31, knocked to the ground and shot while running to help her husband, of San Antonio, stopped to help her, the male Staffords emerged from hiding behind their car with guns stolen from a Purcell pawnshop. Melvin and Linda Lorenz were executed. Their pickup and their 12-year-old son were missing.
The killers then heard Richard Lorenz crying for help from the family pickup's camper shell. Stafford stuck a gun through the window and shot the boy. Still alive, Richard Lorenz was driven about a mile, removed from the camper and shot again. Richard Lorenz, 12, was found dead about a mile from his parents. The blond-haired boy wearing a bloodstained T-shirt with the slogan, "Old Fords never die, they just go faster! lay on his back in the weeds, his hands resting loosely on his chest. The truck was found two days later near Will Rogers World Airport. The Lorenz killings were still unsolved on July 16, 1978, the night the Staffords robbed the Sirloin Stockade.

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#3 Jun 24, 2011
Roger's ex-wife, Verna, who proved to be the key in their conviction, was denied parole in May.

She is serving two concurrent, 10-years-to-life sentences at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center for Women in Oklahoma City.

\Andy Coats, the Oklahoma County District Attorney who was chief prosecutor in the Sirloin Stockade murders, became Oklahoma City's mayor.
"Certainly, it was the worst case in Oklahoma, as far as its violence," Coats said. "The nightmare for the families is visibly the saddest part. And the knowledge of how senseless it all was."

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#4 Jun 24, 2011
Coats says Stafford might not have been convicted without his estranged wife's testimony.

The couple was separated at the time of Stafford's arrest and Mrs. Stafford filed for divorce shortly after her husband's trials.

In the decree granted in June 1982, she resumed her own surname of Monk.

The couple's three children are living in Chicago.

Coats said he stressed the importance of Verna's testimony to the Pardon and Parole Board.

"I felt she should be given all consideration.

I was convinced she was not the person who did the killing.

I wanted the parole board to know she had cooperated," Coats said.

Verna had testified she, her husband and another man planned to rob the restaurant because they were having money troubles.

During Stafford's trial, she described their nomadic lifestyle and her concerns that her husband would not settle down for the sake of their children.

Her testimony that her husband was the gunman in the slayings was the key to the convictions.

After serving as state's witness in the two trials, she pleaded guilty to two second-degree murder charges in March 1980.

“I'm a racist's worst nightmare”

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#5 Jun 24, 2011
And why do you care about this story Sue? Why do you pry in Oklahoma mess? Aint you from California?

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#6 Jun 24, 2011
does it matter why she cares? i used to come onto topix to find out what was going on in oklahoma, b/c my work took me to many other states.

if someone wants to bring to our attention things going on in oklahoma, i have no problem with that.

“I'm a racist's worst nightmare”

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#7 Jun 24, 2011
wishing1 wrote:
does it matter why she cares? i used to come onto topix to find out what was going on in oklahoma, b/c my work took me to many other states.
if someone wants to bring to our attention things going on in oklahoma, i have no problem with that.
Because her fascination with Oklahoma started with the Kelsey Briggs case, and anytime it has to do with women in jail, she wants to start a topic on it or make it seem the like woman who deserves to be in jail is "innocent"

Though I do agree with you, it should not matter, but her focus is always on some woman or women who is in Oklahoma Jail

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#8 Jun 24, 2011
I have family from Missouri and Oklahoma,

and I lived in Oklahoma city and Spencer, Midwest city

I have dear friends who still live in Oklahoma city, and Midwest city...

Patrick Henry Sherrill (November 13, 1941 August 20, 1986) was a United States Postal Service employee who, on August 20, 1986, in Edmond, Oklahoma, killed 14 employees with two .45 caliber pistols at his work place before turning one of the guns on himself and committing suicide. Six other employees were wounded. Security expert Gavin de Becker said that postal authorities ignored numerous signs of Sherrill's unstable and hostile attitude.

Sherrill was a relief carrier who would work routes on different days. He was making delivery errors and frequently delivered mail later than the customers were used to getting it. On the afternoon of Aug. 19, 1986, Sherrill was reprimanded by two supervisors in a glassed-in office. On the afternoon before the killings, he approached a female clerk who had been kind to him (while most people ignored him or hassled him) and asked her if she was coming to work the next day. She replied, "Of course." He told her she should stay home.

Shortly after 8am, he began the rampage by shooting one of the two supervisors who had spoken to him the previous day. The other supervisor had, for the first time ever, overslept and was an hour late to work, by which time the shootings were already underway. The second victim was Mike Rockne, grandson of legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. Fourteen people died during the attack, and six others were wounded. Some of the wounded survived because they played dead. The incident lasted between 15 and 20 minutes.

The incident is credited with inspiring the American phrase "going postal".
[edit] Sherrill's victims

* Patricia Ann Chambers, 41, part-time clerk
* Judy Stephens Denney, 41, part-time clerk
* Richard C. Esser Jr., 38, supervisor
* Patricia A. Gabbard, 47, clerk
* Jonna Gragert Hamilton, 30, clerk
* Patty Jean Husband, 48, supervisor
* Betty Ann Jarred, 34, clerk
* William F. Miller, 30, rural carrier
* Kenneth W. Morey, 49, rural carrier
* Leroy Orrin Phillips, 42, rural carrier
* Jerry Ralph Pyle, 51, rural carrier
* Paul Michael Rockne, 33, letter carrier
* Thomas Wade Shader Jr., 31, part-time clerk
* Patti Lou Welch, 27, clerk

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#9 Jun 24, 2011
well, obviously you 2 have a history and i'll just leave it alone.

as far as the kelsey briggs case is concerned it's my opinion that there is much more we need to know regarding that case

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#10 Jun 24, 2011
YaMeVoy wrote:
1978

July 24 Police begin checking for links between the two cases.
1979
Jan. 2 The OSBI releases three composite sketches.
Jan. 3 A drunken Roger Dale Stafford makes an anonymous call to the OSBI, saying he met two of the people in the composites. He gives names: Verna and Harold Stafford.
What a sick man....

Roger Dale Stafford (November 4, 1951-July 1, 1995) was a convicted spree killer sentenced to death and executed for the 1978 Lorenz-Sirloin Stockade murders.

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Stafford began his killing spree along with his wife, Verna, and brother, Harold, on June 22, 1978. His wife flagged down the Lorenz family on the side of Interstate 35 near Purcell, Oklahoma when Melvin Lorenz, 38, his wife, Linda, 31, and their son Richard, 12, were traveling to North Dakota for the funeral of Melvin Lorenz's mother. Stafford then robbed and murdered the entire family.

Three weeks later, he murdered six employees at a Sirloin Stockade restaurant in Oklahoma City during a robbery.

Capture and trial

Six days after the Sirloin Stockade robbery, Harold Stafford died in a motorcycle accident in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Police traced a woman who went to see his body at a local funeral home to Chicago, Illinois, where they found and arrested Verna Stafford.

They soon apprehended Roger Stafford as well.

[1] He was tried and convicted of all nine murders, and sentenced to death. His wife Verna testified against him, and divorced him while he was on death row.(She was sentenced to two life terms for her part in the crimes.) He remarried while awaiting execution.

Execution

Stafford was executed in Oklahoma by lethal injection on July 1, 1995. In his last words, he proclaimed his innocence and his love for the wife he married in prison.

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#11 Jun 24, 2011
The Staffords netted about $600 in the crime.

They dumped the bodies in a field and took the pickup, which they drove until after the July 16, 1978, killings at the Oklahoma City steakhouse in what Oklahoma Crime Bureau Agent Arthur Linville called a "joy killing."

"They could have gotten more from selling drugs or stealing cars," Linville testified about the steakhouse murders, adding that the victims were doing exactly as they were told before the robbers herded them into a freezer and shot them to death. The robbers got away with about $1,200.

At Stafford's trial in the steakhouse murders, Verna Stafford testified that her husband became upset when the restaurant manager told the gunmen that he couldn't understand why people couldn't work for a living.

Verna, who had divorced Roger, had married again, to a man named Monk. She said Roger Stafford first killed a janitor, Isaac Freeman, and then he and his brother began shooting the others.

Finally, she claimed, Roger Stafford gave her a gun and insisted that she shoot one of the victims, which she said she did with his help. The other victims were the manager, Louis Zacarias, and four teenage employees -- Terri Horst, David Salsman, Anthony Tew and David Lindsey.

The Staffords fled in the Lorenzes' pickup, but a teenager waiting to pick up his girlfriend, Horst, at the steakhouse gave police a description of the vehicle.

The killers then went to Stillwater, where a man was able to identify the pickup and give police descriptions of the occupants.

Ironically, Roger Stafford was responsible for identifying the sketches that were drawn from the Stillwater man's descriptions. After they were published, he called police to say that he had partied with Verna Monk and Harold Stafford at a Tulsa motel. He gave their names.

Harold Stafford was killed in a motorcycle accident near Tulsa six days after the steakhouse murders. A woman who visited the funeral home to see his body was traced to Arkansas, and she provided information that led investigators to Chicago, where Verna Monk was arrested. Stafford was arrested later in Chicago.

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#12 Jun 24, 2011
the killers got $600 from the family who was on the way to the husband's father's funeral,
and 1,200 from the other killing.

again, the love of money ruined the lives of many
Anna

Palatine, IL

#13 Jul 3, 2011
I attended this trial in 1980 and these people were as about low life as ever walked. This trial was the first televised and the first trial where a wife testified against her husband. From her own testimony she stated that her husband -in an effort to include her in the killing - put the gun in her hand, put his hand over hers and "made" her pull the trigger on two of the victims.
She should absolutely rot in prison! She should NEVER be allowed out. I can only imagine the horror of these people - all lined up in this cooler and individually shot - awful!!

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#14 Jul 3, 2011
remember that when the guy in line in front of you robs the store and kills someone and they put you in jail for not stopping him
because he was your neighbor, son, friends dad and you gave him a ride to the store, or he was so kind as to give you a ride to the store.
ELH

Portland, OR

#15 Jul 4, 2011
YaMeVoy wrote:
remember that when the guy in line in front of you robs the store and kills someone and they put you in jail for not stopping him
because he was your neighbor, son, friends dad and you gave him a ride to the store, or he was so kind as to give you a ride to the store.
you are so f*cking stupid. Why do you bother posting this nutty crap. This bitch belongs in prison just like your beloved raye dog. if there was any real justice for victims they would both be on death row.

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#16 Jul 4, 2011
just be careful the next time you give your neighbor a ride to the store, or they give you a ride to the store.
raye dawn is completely innocent in the death of her daughter kelsey ,
the killer mike porter was mean to kelsey when no one was around,

erika halfpenny
i'm just wondering the kind of man that would want you as a wife,
certainly says something about his mental health.
of course having you a wife with all your verbal abuse would make a man want to work overtime.
and not have time to address his mental problems.

is he working overtime, honey?
I thought so.

I just want to get a little more out of my payday
Finally own a car that doesn't break down on the freeway
A little vacation
Ain't asking very much
I hate comin' home to this old broken down apartment
I wish I had a dime for every hole that's in the carpet
I don't want it all
But I ain't got enough

All I want is a life
To drink from a glass from a well that ain't dry
I'm sick of the crumbs I want a piece of that pie
All I want is a life

I don't mind the hours and the pain that comes from workin'
But it's enough to kill me when I see my baby hurtin'
Wanna give her that diamond I never got to buy
[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/t/tim-mcGraw-lyri... ]
She keeps tellin' me that everything is gettin' better
But one step up the rung and someone knocks me off the ladder

Just wanna break even
Someday before I die

All I want is a life
To drink from a glass from a well that ain't dry
I'm sick of the crumbs I want a piece of that pie
All I want is a life

All I want is a life
To drink from a glass from a well that ain't dry
I'm sick of the crumbs I want a piece of that pie
All I want is a life

All I want
Is a life
All I want
Is a life
ELH

Portland, OR

#17 Jul 4, 2011
LOL, Why change your MO now? Just find another loser and trap him into marrying you!

And thanks for FINALLY admitting that your husband NEVER actually raped you. That it really was some crazy fantasy you cooked up to sooth yourself when he left you. I hope her reads your posts here and sues you dirty lying ass. I might even friend him on face book and tell him myself.
Question

Oklahoma City, OK

#18 Jul 4, 2011
Sue, did you ride the short bus to school? Just askin'...
Sally Pounders

Phoenix, AZ

#20 Oct 1, 2012
Well its nice you all having such a good laugh here. MY best friend is Sheri Lorenz,Melvin's Daughter and Ricki's big sister by 3 years.

I would think that you would have some respect for people who are victims that may be reading thes things.

Please.
deb

Muskogee, OK

#21 Oct 30, 2013
Sally Pounders wrote:
Well its nice you all having such a good laugh here. MY best friend is Sheri Lorenz,Melvin's Daughter and Ricki's big sister by 3 years.
I would think that you would have some respect for people who are victims that may be reading thes things.
Please.
This was a horrible crime these people did. I went to the Purcell trial with my dad who was the man who spotted these people in Stillwater.

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