What did Dana Sue Gray do?
Dana Sue Gray is an American serial killer who murdered three elderly women in 1994. Her first known victim was 86-year-old Norma Davis, the mother-in-law of the woman who married Gray’s father, Russell Armbrust. On the 16th February, 1994, Davis was found dead by a neighbour with a knife sticking out of her neck and another knife in her chest. The detectives found no forced entry into her property.
Gray’s second victim was June Roberts, who was killed on the 28th of February after the killer gained access to her apartment, claiming she wanted to borrow a book. Gray strangled her with a phone cord, stole her credit cards and went on a shopping spree. Gray always claimed that her motivation for murder was always linked to supporting her spending habits.
Victim number 3 was Dora Beebe, an 87-year-old who had just come home from a doctor’s appointment when Gray pulled up in front of her house and knocked on her door to ask her for directions. Beebe invited Gray in to look at a map, and once she had gained access to the property, she attacked and killed her. This murder took place on the 16th March, and once again, Gray stole a credit card and went on another spending spree.
How was Dana Sue Gray caught?
Gray was caught after being identified by various shopping merchants as the person who used the stolen credit cards of her victims. Gray was brought in for questioning and claimed she never took the credit cards, despite the police having evidence of her using them. She then claimed she found the cards, after sticking to her initial story for hours.
Gray was later charged with murder, and at a hearing on the 23rd July, 1994, the DA requested the death penalty, to which Gray then pleaded insanity on all counts. After a witness came forward claiming to see Gray at Roberts’ house on the day she died, Gray later changed her plea to guilty of robbing and murdering two women and the attempted murder of another. Gray avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty and was instead sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Where is Dana Sue Gray now?
Dana Sue Gray is serving her life sentence at the California Women’s Prison in Chowchilla. She has shown no remorse for the murders she committed. She is 65 years of age.
The case was the subject of a Lifetime Movie Network episode of Diabolical Women in 2015, and a 2017 episode of It Takes A Killer.
In addition to this, the Discovery Channel featured Gray’s case in two of their programmes: a season 7 episode of The New Detectives in 2001, and an episode of Forensic Factor in 2010.
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