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Bryan Drew Boone
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Birth: May 30, 1966
San Fernando
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: May, 1986
Texas, USA

In 1979, Jerry Walter "Animal" McFadden was convicted of a double rape for which he spent less than five years behind bars. Released on parole, he hastened to rape again. McFadden's second prison stay also lasted less than five years, after which he was again placed on parole. Within a year, he murdered two teenagers, and raped and then murdered an eighteen-year old girl. Jerry "Animal" McFadden - a thrice-convicted sex offender whose 1986 jail escape resulted in the state's largest manhunt - was sentenced to die the murder of a Hawkins High School cheerleader. McFadden, 39, appeared emotionless when state District Judge F.L. "Tiny" Garrison read the jury's verdict, reached after only 45 minutes of deliberation. The same jury took four hours earlier to find that McFadden, a former oil field worker and construction worker from Ore City, beat, raped and strangled Suzanne Denise Harrison, 18, in May 1986. Harrison's family members in attendance were pleased with the verdict. "At this point, we're starting to get well," said Glyndia Lane, the girl's aunt, after the court recessed. "We're going to try to put this behind us." Harrison and two friends - 19-year-old Brian Boone and 20-year-old Gena Turner - disappeared from a Lake Hawkins park May 4, 1986. Harrison's body was found the next day by maintenance workers at Barnwell Mountain park, 30 miles from the lake. The decomposed bodies of Brian and Gena, each shot to death, were found six days later near Ore City. Although McFadden was suspected in their deaths, he was not officially charged. Gena's aunt, Ginny Person, at the courthouse when the sentence was announced about 8 p.m., said the death sentence was necessary. "It's not revenge," she said. "It's removal." Standing in the court hallway, she wept. "It's not worth the mental torture to go through this again. Even though a part of us is missing, it's over and we need to go on." Stephen Tokoly, a former assistant district attorney and special prosecutor in the case, said he expected the verdict, calling the evidence overwhelming. But Vernard Soloman, McFadden's appointed defense attorney, said he still believes his client is innocent. Because of the guilty verdict, however, he said he expected the penalty. "It (the verdict) was 10 minutes later than I thought it would be," he said. Dorothy McFadden, the condemned man's mother, was absent when the sentence was read aloud but was visibly shaken when told the news, said a courthouse spectator. McFadden's 17-year-old daughter Rhonda, who begged for his life, declined comment. Arguments and testimony in McFadden's trial took 90 hours over 16 days. The trial was moved here from Gilmer because of pre-trial publicity. Presentation of evidence in the punishment phase of the trial took only 90 minutes. The most damning evidence introduced during that part of the trial, say attorneys for both sides, was court records from McFadden's three previous convictions. The first, in 1973, were two rapes in Denton and Haskell Counties that netted a 15-year prison sentence from which he was paroled in 5 and a half years. After being released, he received a cumulative life sentence for aggravated robbery and was paroled under mandatory release in July of 1985. The last case involved a three-county spree in 1979 in which McFadden kidnapped, raped and sodomized a Shackelford County secretary. The crimes resulted in a 15-year sentence, and a half-dozen charges stemming from the same incident went untried. Less than one year after his release in July of 1985, he killed Suzanne, Gena and Brian. McFadden's lawyer called as his only witness Rhonda McFadden, who lives with her mother in Levelland. "I want to ask you not to give him the death penalty," she said to jurors in a breaking voice. "That's murder. No man has a right to commit murder. He's on trial for that. How can you do that?" The jurors were apparently unmoved, as they were at Solomon's contentions that because of sloppy police work, the real killers went free. That possibility was based on testimony that a nervous, jumpy hitchhiker covered with scratches was seen near the vicinity when the murders occurred, Solomon said. He also cited other testimony that showed differing descriptions of the the vehicle McFadden was driving. When arrested in connection with the Lake Hawkins crime spree, the heavy-set McFadden sported a heavy beard, and shoulder-length hair with its ends bleached. During the trial, he wore conservative clothing. He was clean-shaven, had cut his hair and had lost about 60 pounds. McFadden made national headlines last summer when he escaped for three days from the Upshur County Jail, taking a woman jailer hostage. She escaped unharmed the day after her abduction, and McFadden surrendered when authorities surrounded the vacant house where he was holed up in nearby Big Sandy.)



Roselawn Memorial Gardens
Wood County
Texas, USA
Created by: Nancy Jane Faulk White ...
Record added: Aug 01, 2002
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Bryan Drew Boone
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Bryan Drew Boone
Added by: James & Cheryl Graham
Bryan Drew Boone
Added by: Nancy Jane Faulk White Adams
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