Leslie Ballard lived a privileged life. Her parents Les and Janie Ballard ran a successful printing business in Little Rock, Arkansas and paid for her master’s degree, her condo, her cars, and her vacations. Then she met and married Mike MacKool who was 23 years older than her!!!! He also had numerous ex-wives. It didn’t take Leslie’s parents too long to figure out that Mike MacKool (who was far from cool) was just using their daughter for her money. It didn’t hurt that she was quite attractive which for a dork looking guy like Mike MacKool has many people baffled what she seen in a loser like him.
Her parents eventually ended up supporting her less while she was married to Mike. When Leslie’s father died in his will she only received $25,000 of his multi million dollar estate. The majority obviously went to her mother.
Leslie and Mike then came up with a plan to kill Leslie’s mother. Believing that if Janie Ballard died within 30 days of her fathers death she would automatically inherit all the money. Which was false as Mike Mackool has issues reading and understanding.
On September 12th, 2003 Leslie went to her mothers home. She waited in the bushes with a wig and black face for almost 20 minutes until her mother came home. When she arrived Leslie stabbed her mother Janie over 70 times. Her throat had also been slit in what appeared to be attempt at decapitation. She also took a car, a coin collection, and jewelry to make it look like a robbery. She dressed in all black to appear like a black male, then dumped the get away car in a black neighborhood. As bad of an attempt as that was it was pointless as the police already knew of them as suspects the second they found Jeanie Ballard dead. Jeanie had told numerous people that she feared Leslie and Mike would kill her for her money.
Leslie and Mike were arrested for Janie Ballard’s murder. They were interviewed separately. Mike denied the whole thing, while Leslie admitted to the crime right away saying she was forced to do it by Mike Mackool.
While Leslie was cracking to the police and Mike was panicking in the hallway of the police station, he snapped and barricaded himself in a police interview room where he slit his wrists. The police had to use pepper spray to enter the room. (Should of left the tough guy in there).
She pleaded not guilty to a mental disorder.
Mike was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 45 years in prison.
In January of 2006 two men Ray Joseph Dandridge and Ricky Javon Gray went on a murderous rampage killing 7 people. They are also linked to 2 other murders that occurred in late 2005 which brings their kill count to 9.
The Harvey Family Murders On January 1st 2006 Dandridge and Gray along with a female accomplice 21 year old Ashley Baskerville were looking for a house to rob. They found the home of Bryan 49 and Kathryn 39 Harvey. Bryan was a well known local musician and Kathryn owned a local toy shop. They were at home with their 2 children daughters Stella 9 and Ruby 4.
When the police arrived at the Harvey’s home which at this time was on fire the fire department put the fire out. They found 4 dead bodies in the basement which were those of Bryan, Kathryn, Stella, and Ruby. It was determined that Bryan and Kathryn died of blunt force trauma to the head. Bryan was hit over the head with a hammer a total of 6 times and his neck was cut in a sawing like motion. Kathryn was stabbed and also had saw like motions to her neck. Stella 9 died of smoke inhalation and blunt force trauma to the head. Stella was also stabbed in the neck but was alive when the fire started. Ruby 4 died of stab wounds one which punctured her lung she was also stabbed in the throat. While Dandridge and Grey were inside robbing and killing the Harvey’s Ashley Baskerville was waiting outside as a look out. Stella the oldest daughter was not actually in the home when Dandridge and Gray first entered the home through the front unlocked door. She was at a friends house at a slumber party. There was a knock on the door and a family friend dropped off Stella. Gray allowed Kathryn to answer the door but told her if she said anything he would kill her family.
Home Invasion: 2 days later on January 3rd, 2006 at 7pm Dandridge, Gray, and Baskerville entered an elderly couples home owned by the Gollsbys in Chesterfield, Virginia. They entered the house by pretending to ask for directions. Once inside they stole several items including a computer, television, DVD player, and $800 in cash. They never harmed the couple physically.
The Baskerville-Tucker Family Murders:3 days after the home invasion Dandridge, Gray, and Baskerville entered the home of Ashleys mother and step-father Percyell Tucker and Mary Baskerville-Tucker. Purcyell 55 was a forklift operator and Mary 46 worked at a dry
cleaners. It is unknown if Ashley was forced into the house or thought of killing and robbing her mother and step father. Although Dandridge and Gray did say in confessions that she was willingly pretending to be bound to pretend like she was a victim also. She thought they would let her live. Then Gray said he got tired of her and decided to kill her and steal her parents car. Either way all 3 were ended up dead. Purcyell and Mary were found with their throats slashed and had plastic bags duct taped around their heads. Ashley was found with a plastic bag duct taped around her head. Percyell and Ashley were also found with socks stuffed into their mouths. Ashley was also the one who provided Dandridge and Gray with a key so they could enter her parents residence.
Captures:One day after the Baskerville-Tucker murders on January 7th, 2006. Dandridge and Gray were arrested in Philadelphia. They were arrested at Dandridges fathers house. Right after being arrested Dandridge confessed to the Baskerville-Tucker murders. Then 12 hours later Gray asked to talk to a detective and provided him with a 3 page long confession on how he killed the Harvey’s with a knife and a claw hammer. He then admitted to a 2005 murder of his wife Treva who was killed while Dandridge held her down.
Other Crimes:November 5th, 2005 the badly beaten body of 35 year old Treva Terrell Gray was found by a passerbyer in a shallow grave in Washington, Pennsylvania. Dandridge held Treva down while Gray beat her with a pipe. She was married to Gray whom she knew was a former convict and lived in a home that her family owned with her husband Gray and Dandridge. Police questioned Gray and Dandridge about Trevas death but did not consider them suspects at the time. Trevas parents said that the police did a horrible job with investigating their daughters death even going as far as to say that she died of a drug overdose. A homicide investigation was not even launched into Trevas death until Gray’s confession. Then a little more than a month later Sheryl Warner a 37 year old legal secretary and mother of 3 was found dead. She was found shot and hanging by an electrical cord while her house was on fire in the town of Reva, Virginia. She was on the phone with her father and left telling him that there was a motorist outside having car problems. Then the day before the Harvey’s murder on new years eve 2005. Ryan Carey 26 was attacked by Dandridge and Gray. The beating occurred in front of his parents house and he was beaten and stabbed in the chest and neck. He spent 2 weeks in a coma. He also lost the use of his right arm. Their motive appeared to be robbery.
Trials: Dandridge went on trial in Pennsylvania while Gray went on trial in Virginia. On February 9th, 2006 Gray was charged with 5 counts of capital murder. He was charged in the Harvey’s killing and the murder of his ex wife. Dandridge was charged with 3 counts of capital murder for the Baskerville-Tucker murders. A case where Gray pleaded not guilty to. Gray was sentenced to death. Dandridge got a life sentence.
Ashley Baskerville (Born August 18th, 1984): Ashley Baskerville was 21 at the time of her murder and the murders committed. She acted as a look out for the Haves murder. She was also identified by the homeowners as being in the house during the home invasion in Chesterfield, Virginia. At the time of her death she was also wearing Bryan Harvey’s wedding band. It is believed that she was romantically involved with both Dandridge and Gray. Ashley had a history of drug abuse and was also just released from jail. She was known to be very disrespectful and referred to many as a loud mouth. She had a very bad relationship with her step father Percyell Tucker.
Ray Joseph Dandridge (1977):Ray Joseph Dandridge was 28 years old at the time of the murders. Ray Dandridge was just released from prison in Early November of 2005 after serving a 10 year prison sentence for robbery. Dandridge is Gray’s nephew.
Ray Dandridge is currently serving a life sentence at Red Onion State Prison.
Ricky Javon Gray (Born March 9th, 1977):Ricky Javon Gray was 28 years old at the time of the murders. Gray is Dandridges uncle. Gray was known to go by the street name Cooley. Gray was also charged with robbery in 1996, distribution of crack cocaine in 2000, and possession of crack cocaine in 2002. Ricky Gray is currently on death row at Sussex State Prison. There is actually a scumbag lawyer is is trying to get this piece of shit waste of skin spared the death penalty. He should be lethally injected too. His lawyer must be just as cold and heartless as Gray. Because Gray keeps trying to fight this death penalty.
Virginia authorities said 39-year-old inmate Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. Asked if he had any final words before the death sentence was carried out, Gray responded, “Nope.”Gray was sentenced to death in 2006 for the murders of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and 4-year-old sister Ruby, and to life in prison for the slayings of their parents, Bryan and Kathryn Harvey.
Crimes:On July 18th, 2003 Christine Paolilla (17) and her boyfriend Christopher Snider (Both heroin addicts) entered a home in Clear Lake, Texas (Tiffany Rowell) and fatally shot 4 of her friends inside. The weapons they used were a 9mm semi automatic pistol and a 38-calibre revolver. It made national headlines in the US known as “The Clear Lake Murders”.
The victims in the house were Tiffany Rowell, Rachael Koloroutis, Marcus Precella, and Adelbert Sanchez. They were all shot multiple times. Koloroutis tried to call 911 and was repeatedly struck in the head with a gun by Paolilla. After the beating with the butt of the gun Paolilla apparently shot Koloroutis in the crotch. Police also stated that they noticed extreme overkill in the female victims.
An hour after the murders Snider drove Christine to her job at Walgreens.
The crimes went unsolved for over three years. Until an anonymous tipster who phoned in changed that. A man who Paolilla went to drug rehab with stated he met a woman there. This woman was braging about how she killed 4 people.
Christine Marie Paolilla (Born Mar 31st, 1986): Christine Paolilla was born in Long Island, NY. She developed alopecia at a young age which causes you to lose your hair. Which is hence why she has no eyebrows and wears wigs. She had poor eye sight and often had to wear thick coke bottle like glasses. She was born to Charles a construction worker and Lori a stay at home mom. Christine’s father passed away when she was 2 years old. She also had an older brother. At a young age her mother began abusing drugs and Christine and her brother went to live with their grand parents. Once her mother got clean and remarried Christine moved back in with her mother and moved to Clear Lake, texas which is a suburb of Houston.
Two of the more popular students at the school Rachael Kolorotuis and Tiffany Rowell befriended Christine in high school. The helped her improve her appearance and she was later named “Miss Irresistable” by her fellow students.
Christine was also known to be very jealous. Snider apparently even called the police on Christine several times. After a fight one night Christine spent the night outside of Snider’s family home. While doing so threatened to kill his family..
In March of 2005 Christine married a fellow heroin addict that she met in rehab named Justin Rott.
Christopher Lee Snider: Committed suicide in August 2006 from overdosing on pain killers once he realized that the police were coming to capture him for the murders. At the time he was at his parents house in Greenville, South Carolina. Police found his decomposing body in the forest near his parents house.
Capture:Paolilla and Snider split in 2004 when Snider went to jail for car theft. Paolilla entered rehab and met her husband Justin Rott.
On July 19th, 2006 Paolilla and Rott were in a hotel room in San Antonio, Texas when the police arrested her. Officers said the room was the grossest thing they have ever seen the room was full of drug paraphenilia and their was blood mist from syringes sprayed on the walls. There was 70 vials of heroin and over 100 syringes in the room when Paolilla was arrested.
Sentencing:On October 13, 2008 Paolilla was convicted of 4 counts of capital murder. Due to the fact that she was only 17 at the time of the murders she escaped the death penalty instead she got 40 years to life in prison.
Appeal:November 29th, 2008 Paolilla filed an appeal due to the fact that her court set her bail at $500,000 claiming the court abused its discretion.
Incarceration:Paolilla is currently at The Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas. She will be eligible for parole in 2046.