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Jacob Shelton
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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 sick, and 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 allows 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. If this list of parolees who were freed only to murder again doesn’t make you lose faith in the human race, you’re a saint.

Kenneth McDuff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Paroled Murderers Who Were Freed Only to Kill Again
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Kenneth McDuff brutally raped and murdered three teenagers, one with a broomstick. McDuff received three death sentences, but was released after 11 years. Allegedly, three days after his release he began to kill again in the Waco and Temple, TX areas before moving to Kansas City, where he was arrested for the murder of multiple prostitutes. see more on Kenneth McDuff

David Edward Maust is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Paroled Murderers Who Were Freed Only to Kill Again
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While stationed in Germany, Maust killed a 13-year-old boy and was court-martialed, ultimately convicted of manslaughter and larceny. After being released, Maust stabbed a friend in his sleep, drowned a 15 year old in a quarry, beat a friend with a lead pipe, and strangled three teens, attempting to bury them under his home in a style similar to John Wayne Gacy. see more on David Edward Maust

Steven Pratt


Steven Pratt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Paroled Murderers Who Were Freed Only to Kill Again
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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 listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Paroled Murderers Who Were Freed Only to Kill Again
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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, in 1996, he used a fake police badge to stop a star lacrosse player on the Interstate and brutally murder her. After he was finally caught in 1997, Bomar was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, rape and abuse of corpse, and was formally sentenced to death by legal injection.