Paroled Murderers Who Were Freed Only to Kill Again

One of the most fundamental concepts in the criminal justice system is that of recidivism, a formally incarcerated person’s relapse into criminal behavior. The rates vary from crime to crime, but the sad truth is that many murderers who were released from jail turned around and committed crimes on parole. This list looks at some of those disgusting crimes committed after murderers were given a new lease on life. Some of the killers in these stories seem to be a product of the prison cycle that refuses to allow ex-convicts to escape the Groundhog Day of crime and drug abuse they’re stuck in. But most of the terrifying tales are simply the stories of murderers who couldn’t bring themselves to live a normal life. Prepare to cover your eyes as you read these stories of paroled murderers who were freed only to kill again.

This list of parolees who murdered is quite astounding. They aren’t from one country, of one race or creed, but they were all imprisoned for long periods of time, and most of them were allowed back into society after the death penalty was thrown out, allowing the convicts to be paroled. One of the eerie similarities in all of the cases on this list of inmates who murdered when they were released is how quickly each ex-con murdered someone. Some waited days, some a few months, but the longest hold out in all of these stories is only a couple of years.

  • Kenneth McDuff
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    Kenneth McDuff brutally murdered three teenagers. After the death penalty was outlawed in Texas, McDuff received a life sentence, but was released after just 11 years. Allegedly, three days after his release he began to kill again in the Temple, TX, area before moving to other areas in Texas and beyond. He was ultimately arrested for the murder of multiple women.

  • David Edward Maust
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    While stationed in Germany, Maust killed a boy and was ultimately convicted of manslaughter. After being released, Maust stabbed a friend in his sleep, drowned a 15 year old in a quarry, and slayed three teens and attempted to bury them under his home.

  • Steven Pratt

    Two days after being released from prison for shooting and killing his next-door neighbor in 1984, Steven Pratt beat his mother to death during an argument.

  • Arthur J. Bomar Jr.

    Arthur J. Bomar Jr. is a repeat offender who was in and out of the justice system multiple times. After being paroled from a Nevada prison in 1990, following a second-degree murder conviction, he may have been in involved in three murders that occurred in Pennsylvania. Then, a few years later, he used a fake police badge to stop a female college athlete on the interstate and brutally murdered her. After he was finally caught in 1997, Bomar was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, rape and abuse of corpse, and he was formally sentenced to death by legal injection.

  • Dwain Little

    Dwain Little was only 17 years old when he murdered Oria Fipps, a 15-year-old girl in 1964. He received a life sentence, but was paroled in 1974 - the same year that he murdered the entire Cowden family while they were on a camping trip. Despite overwhelming evidence pointing to Little, he never confessed to their murder. However, in 1980 he was convicted for raping a woman in Tigard, OR, and his parole was revoked.

  • Desmond Lee

    After spending 14 years in jai for murdering a woman in 1989, Desmond Lee killed his romantic partner by breaking his voice box and a bone in his neck. He then maxed out his lover's credit cards before dumping the body in the moors. During the trial, Lee said he accidentally killed the man during sex while reaching for poppers.