1981: Thomas Francis Edwards, 51, picked up his rifle and shot and killed 12-year-old Vanessa Iberri and wounded her friend Kelly Carter as they walked along a trail in the Cleveland National Forest on Sept. 19, 1981.
No motive was suggested, except for Edwards’ depression over his wife’s plans for divorce.
He was tried three times, including one trial at which he represented himself and asked for the death penalty.
He got that wish in 1986. Edwards died of natural causes at age 65 on Death Row in February 2009.
Pictured above: Murder suspect Thomas Francis Edwards listens to charges against him on November 13, 1981. Register File Photo