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Glen Edward ROGERS






"The Cross-Country Killer" - "The Casanova Killer"
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape - Robberies
Number of victims: 5 + (70 claimed)
Date of murders: 1993 / 1995
Date of arrest: November 13, 1995
Date of birth: July 15, 1962
Victims profile: One elderly man and  four women age 33-37
Method of murder: Strangulation / Stabbing with knife
Location: California/Mississippi/Kentucky/Florida/Luisiana, USA 
Status: Sentenced to death on July 11, 1997 (Florida) and June 21, 1999 (California)

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A charming, handsome and volatile individual, Glen was the focus of an all-points national manhunt after a cross-country rampage that left at least four women dead in four separate states. The consummate ladies man, Glen liked to pick up blond and redheaded women in bars and ask them for a ride home. Then he would try to spend the night with them. All those charmed by his redneck good looks are now stretched out in the morgue. The killings came usually as a drunken afterthought. Glen is an example of a spree killer who, unlike serial killers, does not have cooling off periods between kills. His killings were the consequence of impromptu bursts of rage.

His first victim is believed to be a former house mate whose corpse was found in January 1993 under a pile of furniture in an abandoned house owned by the Rogers family. His next known kill was a woman he met at a bar in Van Nuys, California. On September, 1995, she was found raped and strangled inside her burning pickup truck. The third victim, another barfly, was found stabbed to death in her bathtub in Jackson, Mississippi on November 3. Yet another woman's body was found in a bathtub in Tampa, Florida on November 5. His last victim was found stabbed to death in her bedroom on November 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana.

"He's getting to be like one of your serial killers," said a Hamilton, Ohio, police detective. Rogers, a construction worker, grew up in Hamilton where he had frequent run-ins with the law. Once he poked a lit blowtorch through the peephole of his front door when police came in response to a domestic violence call. Authorities believe that he might be linked to as many as twelve deaths. In California, Rogers is a suspect in four unsolved killings in Ontario and Port Hueneme. Two days before his arrest he told his sister that he was responsible for more than 70 deaths. Later he recanted the number and said he was merely joking. According to authorities Glen was being cooperative during a six-hour interview after his arrest on November 13.

On May 7, 1997 Glen was convicted of murder in a Tampa court for killing a woman he had met in a bar. The jury took eight hours to find him guilty of the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs and the next day, just three hours to recommend the death penalty. After the Tampa trial, Rogers faces three more trials in separate states. However, none of these states have filled charges yet.

Rogers and the victim met at a bar where Ms. Cribbs was waiting for her mother, Mrs. Mary Dicke. Mrs. Dicke was late, and Ms. Cribbs left a beer at the bar and asked friends to tell her mother she would be back shortly. She drove Rogers to a motel in Tampa and the two went inside and had sex. In a fit of rage the ex-carnival worker stabbed Ms. Cribbs twice, twisting the knife as he pulled it out from eight- and nine-inch wounds in her chest and buttocks before leaving her to a slow, agonizing death in a motel bathtub.

During the seven-day trial the defense maintained that Rogers wasn't the murderer. Furthermore Hamilton, Ohio Police Sgt. Tom Kilgore testified that Rogers had worked for the department as a paid undercover narcotics informant, making hundreds of cases over the years without ever breaking his cover. In his closing argument, defense attorney Nick Sinardi said the state rushed to judgment. "Glen Rogers is a thief, not a murderer." A thief, it seems, with a nasty habit of leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.

On July 11, 1997, Glen was sentenced to Florida's temperamental "Old Sparky" for the stabbing death of Tina Marie Cribbs. Glen's brother Claude, a real estate agent from Palm Springs, California, said after the sentencing: "If you watch my brother -- he's been sitting watching a movie. I don't think reality has set in." Glen, through his lawyer, is still claiming he is innocent.


Glen Edward Rogers

DC# 124400  
DOB: 07/15/62

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Case #95-15314
Sentencing Judge: The Honorable Diana M. Allen
Attorney, Trial: Nick Sinardi – Esquire
Attorney, Direct Appeal: A. Anne Owens – Assistant Public Defender
Attorneys, Collateral Appeals:  Richard Kiley and James Viggiano – CCRC-M

Date of Offense: 11/05/95

Date of Sentence: 07/11/97

Circumstances of Offense: 

Glen Edward Rogers was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Tina Marie Cribbs.

On 11/05/95, Tina Marie Cribbs was seen leaving the Showtown Barn in Tampa with Glen Edward Rogers.  On 11/07/95, a cleaning person found Cribbs in a Tampa motel room.  She had been stabbed in the chest and the buttocks.  According to Cribbs’ mother, Tina always wore a sapphire and diamond ring and a gold watch.  These pieces of jewelry were not found with Cribb’s body. 

A bartender told police that Rogers had bought Cribbs and her friends drinks.  Later, Rogers asked Cribbs for a ride.  Cribbs told her friends that she would be back shortly to meet her mother.  Cribbs’ mother arrived at the bar and paged Cribbs because she had not returned to the bar. 

A motel clerk said that Rogers had arrived in a cab at the motel a few days prior to the murder.  On 11/05/95, Rogers paid for another night and asked that no one clean his room.  The clerk then observed Rogers packing suitcases into a White Ford Festiva.  On 11/13/95, Rogers was arrested in Kentucky driving Cribb’s car, which he claimed a girl had loaned him.  Rogers also claimed that the girl was alive when he left.

Several days earlier, on 11/06/95, Cribbs wallet was found at a rest area on Interstate-10 in North Florida.  Fingerprints lifted from the wallet and the Tampa motel room were matched to Rogers.

Additional Information:

On 07/09/97, the State of California indicted Rogers on counts of First-Degree Murder and Arson.  The governors of California and Florida reached an extradition agreement that would extradite Rogers to California to stand trial.  Rogers would then be transported to Florida to serve his sentence once the trial in California was completed. 

Rogers was extradited to California in October of 1998.  He stood trial for strangling Sandra Gallagher and leaving Gallagher’s body in her burning automobile.  Rogers was convicted of First-Degree Murder and Arson on 06/22/99 and sentenced to death on 07/16/99.  He then was transported back to the control of Florida’s Department of Corrections in August of 1999.

Trial Summary:

12/13/95          Glen Rogers was indicted on the following counts:

Count I:           Murder in the First-Degree (Tina Marie Cribbs)

Count II:          Robbery with a Weapon

Count III:         Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle

05/07/97          Rogers was found guilty on all counts charged in the indictment.

05/09/97          Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by a 12 to 0 majority, voted for the death penalty.

07/11/97          Glen Rogers was sentenced as follows:

Count I:            Murder in the First-Degree (Tina Marie Cribbs) Death

Count II:          Robbery with a Weapon Natural Life

Count III:         Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle 5 years

Case Information:

Glen Rogers filed his Direct Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court on 09/11/97.  He raised several issues on appeal.  One issue was that the State of Florida did not present sufficient evidence to support the charges.  Another issue was that the trial court erred in the handling of mitigating circumstances.  Rogers also argued that the trial court should have granted the defense’s motions for a mistrial because a witness was allowed to testify about a misdemeanor for which Rogers was convicted in California; the prosecution was allowed to present an improper argument during closing arguments, and because the Hillsborough State Attorneys’ office was allowed to prosecute the case.  Rogers also contended that there was newly discovered evidence and that the sentence of death was not proportionate to the crime committed. 

The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence on 03/01/01.  Rehearing was denied on 04/24/01.  A mandate was issued on 06/06/01.

Rogers filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus on 10/13/97 with the Bradford County Circuit Court.  The Circuit Court denied the petition and granted the extradition of Rogers to California in order to stand trial for First-Degree Murder and Arson on 12/08/97.

Rogers filed an Appeal of the Habeas Corpus Denial and the Order of Extradition to California on 01/05/98.  The Florida Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the Circuit Court to deny the Petition of Habeas Corpus and to grant extradition to California on 05/14/98.  Rehearing was denied on 07/10/98.  A mandate was issued on 11/13/98.

Rogers filed a 3.850 Motion with the circuit court on 09/28/01.  He filed amended motions on 07/18/02 and 05/08/03.  The motion was denied on 03/08/05

On 04/11/05, Rogers filed a 3.850 Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court.  The appeal is currently pending.

On 09/21/05, Rogers filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Florida Supreme Court.  The petition is currently pending.


Death row inmate convicted of another killing

Found Guilty of Slaying Woman in California

June 22, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man already sentenced to die in Florida was convicted today of first-degree murder for strangling a woman in Los Angeles.

The same jury that convicted Glen Rogers was to decide later whether he also should face a death sentence in California or get life in prison without chance of parole.

Rogers, 38, was convicted of killing Sandra Gallagher in September 1995. The 33-year-old mother of three met Rogers in a bar, and her body was found later in a burning truck.

Prosecutors claimed that was the first of several killings by Rogers during a month-long, cross-country crime spree in 1995.

In addition to his 1997 Florida conviction in the killing of a woman stabbed in a Tampa, Fla., motel room, charges against him are pending in Jackson, Miss. Another alleged victim was found in Bossier City, La., but no charges were filed in that case.

An automatic appeal of his Florida death sentence is pending, and no execution date has been set.


Rogers, Glen Edward


AKA: Casanova Killer


DATE(S): 1994-95

VENUE: Calif./Ky./Miss./La./Fla.

VICTIMS: Five+ (70 claimed)

MO: Random slayer of one elderly man and women age 33-37

DISPOSITION: Condemned on one count in Fla., 1997.



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