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Alton Coleman and Debra Brown
Serial Killers Alton Coleman and Debra Brown

Alton Coleman and Debra Brown

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Alton Coleman and his girlfriend Debra Brown went on a six-state raping and killing spree in 1984 in the Heartland of the United States. By the time authorities caught up to the deadly pair on July 20, 1984, they had committed at least eight murders, seven rapes, three kidnapping and 14 armed robberies.

Almost all of their victims were African-American leaving some to wonder if the killings were racially motivated or if the couple selected victims in neighborhoods where they could be less noticeable.

Death Sentence

After careful consideration by authorities from six states, it was decided that Ohio would be the best place to first prosecute the pair because of its death penalty. Both were found guilty for the murder of Tonnie Storey and Marlene Walters and received the death penalty.

Brown's death sentence was later commuted by Ohio Governor Celeste.

Coleman's appeal efforts were unsuccessful and on April 25, 2002, while reciting, "The Lord is my shepherd," Coleman was executed by lethal injection.

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