The Serial Homicide Case of the Day, from "Hunting Humans, the Encyclopedia of 20th Century Serial Killers" , by Michael Newton
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Greeson, Lloyd Donald, Jr.
Lloyd Greeson liked to see himself in uniform, but he could never get the hang of military discipline. During World War II, as a volunteer member of the Canadian army, he was convicted of several crimes while stationed in England. Between 1946 and 1950, he was dishonorably discharged from both the United States Army and the Marine Corps on charges of desertion. Returning to civilian life, he logged arrests for auto theft, aggravated robbery, vagrancy, carrying a weapon, unlawful entry, and theft. Somewhere along the way, perhaps while serving time, he graduated into homicide.
Lola Cotton, age 44, of Miami, Florida, was last seen alive -- in Lloyd Greeson's company -- on the night of May 16, 1964. Her naked, lifeless body was discovered nine days later, at her home. In the meantime, her car had been recovered at Bonita Springs, on May 18. The coroner's report attributed her death to alcohol and barbiturate poisoning , but further investigation revealed that the woman had never voluntarily used drugs. On learning that a valuable ring was missing, homicide investigators obtained warrants charging Lloyd Greeson with grand larceny and auto theft.
On June 16, 37-year-old Margaret Ayoub, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was found dead in a ditch outside Bloomsburg. Investigation revealed that she had last been seen alive on the night of June 13, when she left a local tavern on Lloyd Greeson's arm. Suspected in two murders and charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, Greeson was added to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list on September 18, 1964.
Four days later, at Perris, California, in Riverside County, an alert citizen recognized Greeson from his photograph, published in a local newspaper. As "Don Francis Merrow," Greeson had been living in nearby Elsinore for the past six weeks, employed as a house painter. Arrested on September 23, the fugitive was held under $25,000 bond on each of the two federal charges against him. On October 30, he pled guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Lola Cotton, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on November 3. Two months later, Pennsylvania authorities indicted him for the murder of Margaret Ayoub, but he was never brought to trial.
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