Described as a mild-mannered loner, Suff worked as a county stock clerk who allegedly delivered supplies to the task force investigating his killing spree.
In 1974, a Texas jury convicted Suff and his then-wife, Teryl, of beating their two-month-old daughter to death. W.2d 814, finding insufficient evidence to convict her as either the primary actor or a principal in their baby's murder.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals later reversed Teryl’s conviction but upheld Suff's in Suff v. Though Suff was sentenced to 70 years in a Texas prison, he served only 10 years before his 1984 release on parole.
He added in the statement a male friend of Hawkins had slept in the vehicle outside a residence in Riverside Drive but did nothing to help the children.
Police said she had originally told them the children fell unconscious after smelling flowers but later confessed she had left them in her car for at least 15 hours.
On July 19, 1995, a Riverside County jury found Suff guilty of killing 12 women and attempting to kill another, though police suspected him responsible for as many as 22 deaths.
During the penalty phase that followed, the prosecutor presented evidence linking Suff to the 1988 murder of a San Bernardino sex worker, as well as evidence that despite his prior Texas prison term for murdering his first daughter, he abused and violently shook his three-month-old daughter by his second wife.
On August 17, 1995, after deliberating for only 10 minutes, the jury returned verdicts of guilty on all 12 murder counts.
Suff resides on death row at San Quentin State Prison.
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