WKRC reported yesterday that parole for Ohio convicted murderer, James Albert Findley, was denied release by an Ohio parole review board. Findley was found guilty and convicted of the brutal murder and mutilation of 16-year-old, Cheryl Segal, a junior at Cincinnati’s Woodward High School in 1970. Butler County, Ohio prosecutor, Mike Gmoser, was relieved to have been able to contribute his letter of parole denial, in addition and thanks to Columbus victims advocate, Bret Vinocur‘s “head’s up” that Findley was due to meet the parole review board. Turns out the prosecutors office did not receive official notification of the convict’s parole hearing, which very well may have led to his release, without contesting opinions presented. Vinocur‘s letter proved effective, helping to sway the review board, keeping Findley imprisoned for at least another five years, on top of the forty-three years he’s already served.
October 17, 1970, teen victim Cheryl Segal, and her best friend (a senior), Karen Bulvanker, innocently accepted a ride from ex-con Findley, after enjoying a night out at what used to be the Firefly on West McMillan Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. After dropping Bulvanker off, James Findley proceeded to shoot Segal in the head with a .25 caliber gun, and mutilate her body postmortem, cutting out a capitol letter “Z” from her left shoulder to her right thigh, and more. Findley‘s only motive for the crime appeared to be obtaining a “patch” for his motorcycle jacket, as he was a member of the Iron Horsemen. He cut and removed her nipples, keeping them as “trophies”, and has denied the killing to this day, showing no remorse whatsoever. After family reported she didn’t come home, authorities searched for the teen to no avail. Two horseback riders discovered the horrendous mutilation where Findley left Segal‘s naked body on the banks of Butler County’s Gregory Creek, according to Block Parole (an online resource that gives the public an opportunity to help block the parole of dangerous Ohio convicts).
Prosecutor Mike Gmoser supports SB160, which would require lawful and timely notification of upcoming parole hearings for all Ohio convicts. WKRC reports it also happened in February when child killer, Jonathan Anders, was coming up for parole. And last year when child killing predator, Jeffrey Hubbard, was due for potential release.
Prison Talk is an online communications, support and information nexus for inmates’ families & friends. LatestPenpals has even posted an online advertisement trying to help convicted murderer Findley to find pen pals. Doting a photograph of the killer with a beautiful Golden Retriever (that he helped rehabilitate), Findley‘s biography starts out by him saying,
“I really don’t know what to say other than I’ve always tried to be myself and treat people as I want to be treated.“
Websites like these are absurd and may enrage people, but the truth is, there seems to be folks that enjoy talking with people who can senselessly take the life of another human being. If you want to get involved to help keep prisoners incarcerated, please visit Block Parole online or join them on facebook.
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