Reign of terror: April 1981 - 28 June 1984
|12/05/81||Murder||Dzung Ngoc Tu||25||Cornell University|
|25/08/81||Attempted murder||-||-||Rolesville, N. Carolina|
|28/09/81||Unlawful restraint||-||16||LaSalle City, Illinois|
|04/01/82||Murder||Tammy Lee Williams||17||Brooklyn, New York|
|25/04/82||Assault||Susan Aldrich||-||Johnstown, Ohio|
|01/05/04||Murder||Paula Perrera||16||Ithaca, New York|
|15/06/82||Murder||Debra Taylor||23||Danielson, Connecticut|
|16/11/83||Murder||Robin Dawn Stavinsky||19||Norwich, Connecticut|
|22/04/84||Murder||Leslie Shelly||14||Griswold, Connecticut|
|22/04/84||Murder||April Brunais||14||Griswold, Connecticut|
|15/06/84||Murder||Wendy Baribeault||17||Norwich, Connecticut|
Method: Strangulation either manually or with his belt
Sentence: For the murders of Williams & Taylor, Ross received two consecutive life sentences. For the murders of Stavinsky, Shelly, Brunais and Baribeault, Ross was given a sentence of death.
Interesting facts: Ross was never charged with the murders of Dzung Ngoc Tu and Paula Perrera, although he was the prime suspect for Perrera's murder. He only confessed to these murders whilst being interviewed on Death Row.
April and Leslie were friends and were both picked up by Ross at the same time. He raped and killed April first, before he killed Leslie and then anally raped her. All the victims were raped, either before or after death.
When Baribeault was picked up, Ross was witnessed by several people, who were able to give a description of his car. Subsequently, the police made routine enquiries of local owners of blue foreign cars, including Ross. He showed a lot of interest in the questioning, and as the police officer was about to leave, asked him a question. Having spoken a bit more, the police officer turned to leave again, but instead asked Ross what he had done on the day of Baribeault's murder, a fortnight before. Ross replied with a detailed description of all his actions that day, complete with timings. However, he was unable to give the slightest indication of what he had been doing on the surrounding days. This alerted the police officer, and Ross was arrested. Once at the police station, he rapidly confessed to 6 murders.
Since his incarceration on Death Row, Ross's psychiatric state has been widely discussed and ruled upon. For a while, it was decided that he was not psychiatrically fit to receive the death sentence. However, this decision was overruled. He stated that he wanted to die, and his wish was granted, as on 13th May 2005 Ross was executed by lethal injection, the first man to be executed in Connecticut since 1960.