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The victims of Danny Rolling
Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:32am (XFF:

The victims of Danny Rolling
Associated Press
Five college students were slain in late August 1990 in Gainesville by Danny Harold Rolling. The background of his victims:

Sonja Larson, 18, of Deerfield Beach, was a second semester University of Florida freshman, studying science and pre-engineering. She graduated from Pompano Beach's Ely High School in 1989. She was a member of Students Against Drunk Driving and a manager for the girl's varsity basketball team. Her body was found in her upstairs bedroom at Williamsburg Village Apartments on Aug. 26, 1990.

Christina Powell, 17, of Jacksonville, was a second semester UF freshman after attending summer school. She planned to study architecture. She graduated from Episcopal High School in 1990 and was editor of the high school yearbook and worked on the school's literary magazine. She also participated in a church youth group. Her mutilated body was found downstairs in the apartment she shared with Ms. Larson on Aug. 26, 1990. She had been raped.

Christa Hoyt, 18, of Archer. Hoyt was a chemistry honors student at Santa Fe Community College and planned to attend UF. She worked as a records clerk at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and was a police explorer. Ms. Hoyt, whose nickname was "Glowworm," graduated from Newberry High School in 1989 and was a member of the band. Her decapitated body was discovered Aug. 27, 1990 in a duplex where she lived alone. She had been raped.

Manuel R. Taboada, 23, of Carol City. Attended Metro-Dade Community College and Santa Fe Community College. He graduated from American High School in 1984 and was president of the Thespians club and played high school football. His body was found in his bed at Gatorwood Apartments. Authorities believe Taboada was attacked as he slept.

Tracy Inez Paules, 23, of Miami, studied pre-law at UF. Paules was a member of the National Honor Society and 1984 homecoming queen at Miami's American High School, where she played soccer and softball. Her body was found in the Gatorwood Apartments unit she shared with Taboada. She had been sexually assaulted.

  • Rolling, suspect in '89 triple slaying here, to die in Florida September 23, 2006 Former Shreveport drifter Danny Rolling, convicted of the 1990 slayings of five college students in Gainesville,... more
    • The victims of Danny Rolling — Britta, Mon Sep 25 9:32am
      • Sonja Was Great!!Jeff G., Thu Jan 22 9:21pm
        Sonja was a good friend of mine from high school. I miss her dearly and not a day goes by that I don't harbor anger in my heart for what happened to her. Danny Rolling isn't a name that deserves to... more
      • hideous monsterMurphyMobile, Wed Oct 25 11:05pm
        Imagine walking on the crime scene of Christa Hoyt, 18, on August 27, 1990? Rolling cut her head off and put it on a shelf with mirrors surrounding it. I guess he wanted to make a statement. For the... more
        • Danny RollingsPam, Thu Oct 26 12:17am
          Only God has the right to take a life, not we.
          • Re: Danny RollingsBill A, Fri Oct 27 5:37am
            I agree wholeheartily, that only God has a right to take a life, but this guy is an exception. From what I've read about him over th years; if there's a such thing as evil, he's it. Society may need... more
            • EvilMurphyMobile, Sun Oct 29 1:13am
              Bill A- What Danny Rolling did to Gainsville, FL is not forgiveable. He was evil. It came out in the court hearing. I am just surprised that Britta or Carol Scott has not BLASTED you for your... more
              • EvilBill A, Mon Oct 30 5:19am
                Don't get me wrong here now. I truely believe that only God has a right to take a life and murder is murder no matter who does it; including the State. However; in this case, I don't know. I had... more
                • To BillCarol, Tue Oct 31 2:00am
                  I read your post with deep thought before I decided to reply. God does not create people the way the are today, He created us as an innocent harmless baby. What we turn into is OUR doing we are... more
                  • Re: To BillPam, Wed Nov 1 9:36am
                    Hi Carol, I totally agree with you, it is the devil that lives in us and makes us act the way we do. And if we would just let God into our lives, and our America, Or where ever we live, and quit... more
                  • Re: To BillBill A, Wed Nov 1 5:18am
                    As a person who found God after many many years and who tries to live a Christian life which means respect for all people, I couldn't agree more, but I'm also a realist who's lived the dark side.
                  • Re: To BillJudy Aldridge, Tue Oct 31 3:58am
                    Dear Carol, I am not going to get into a discussion about God and the Devil as we do not really know either. I would have to say here that not everybody is born an innocent harmless baby because we... more
                    • Re: To BillBill A, Wed Nov 1 5:21am
                      This is probably true too, as I met guys during the war who lived for the killing and raping. Unlike most of us, some loved it.
            • Danny RollingsPam, Fri Oct 27 7:32am
              Ok, I have been thinking about it, and you are right, he was an evil person, who never seemed to repent. This is a hard thing for me to admit, that maybe he is an exception, I hope I haven't offended ... more
              • mobilemurphyPam, Sat Oct 28 6:12am
                I am sorry about Carols response to your post. She truly is a good woman, she's just very upset. Thank you for your last Post to me, God Bless you my friend, Pam
          • Re: Danny RollingsMurphyMobile, Thu Oct 26 2:06am
            What gave Danny Rolling the right to take 5 lives in FL and 3 in LA?
            • Danny RollingsPam, Thu Oct 26 7:23am
              Nobody, nothing gave him the right to take any life. It was wrong, and he did need punishment, I am only saying, God gives us our lives, He is the One that should take our lives away, not us. I don't ... more
              • I agree to some extentMarie Blankenship, Mon Jul 2 12:20am
                Yes your right, however in the bible it also speaks of those whom were stoned to death for murders and for being thieves even... God did condone this.. So, do we as taxpayers pay for this man to just ... more
                • Exactly right you are!Pam, Thu Jul 5 12:37pm
                  You hit the nail on the head there. If people would just understand we would have less people murdered.
                • ye without sin cast the first stonefrank, Tue Jul 3 4:05am
                  being a good non- beliver thats right i do not belive in any god no matter whos view of a god it may be would like to point out your great profits(LOL) words-he with out sin cast the first stone.... more
                  • Cast the first stoneterrylynne, Wed Jul 4 10:00am
                    Fine. Let's go by the Bible. How about an eye for an eye? If someone brutally murdered a family, and it was proven by DNA, why should the victims family members have to have their tax dollars used to ... more
                    • re your lastfrank sheehan, Thu Jul 5 8:12am
                      did you not get the point one in eight people on death row are innocent-that means that one in eight people put to death in the usa did not commit the crime-ask their families. also it is well known... more
              • beliefsMurphyMobile, Thu Oct 26 7:38pm
                Pam- You state you believe in God. Now, you do not mention whether you are a Christian. There is a difference. God is part of the Old Testament in the Bible. And that is where "an eye for an eye"... more
                • Re: beliefsJudy Aldridge, Fri Oct 27 5:20am
                  If I had a pound for every simple person who is able to read a few words in the Bible but who is completely unable to understand it, I would be richer than John Paul Getty by now.
                  • The BibleMurphyMobile, Sat Oct 28 11:00pm
                    Judy, How can you address me as a simple person when you have never met me. But I would rather be that than a complicated one. I only picked out the few words in the Bible simply because there is not ... more
                    • Re: The BibleJudy Aldridge, Sun Oct 29 7:09am
                      We are just simple people, we do not have any superhuman powers. It takes a person of great wisdom to fully understand the Bible and very few people can do that. Best wishes, Judy
                • Danny RollingsPam, Thu Oct 26 8:55pm
                  Hi, I am a Christian, I believe in God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit. I just want to say that you do have your opinion, just as I have mine. But you believe in the death penalty, I don't. I am sure... more
                  • death penaltyMurphyMobile, Thu Oct 26 9:53pm
                    Pam- Thank you for responding. I was not trying to put you on the spot re: your faith. I enjoy your reply about your faith. I live in an area where people claim to be Christians but cite "an eye for... more
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