Kansas Killer Up for Parole

By: Jeanene Kiesling Email
By: Jeanene Kiesling Email

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A man convicted of one of the states most notorious killing sprees has a chance at being a free man. Donald Nemecheck, serving multiple life sentences for a string of murders in the mid 70’s is up for parole. The murders took place between 1974 and 1976 across four counties in western Kansas.

1n 1974 Donald Nemecheck and his wife divorced, by 1967 Nemecheck had murdered three women, a 16-year-old girl, and a 2 ½ -year-old boy. During his confession Nemecheck said that he killed the women because they made him mad just like his wife used to, but Nemecheck didn’t know the women. Now the victim’s families and friends, along with former sheriffs, prosecutors, and many others, are fighting to keep the killer in prison.

Brokenhearted families, those who caught the killer, and even those who once called Donald Nemecheck a friend, all showed up to make sure he stays in prison. They all believe he is still a danger despite his good behavior behind bars.

21-year-old Cheryl Young, her son Guy, and her friend 19-year-old Diane Lovette, were driving down I-17 near Ogallah when Nemecheck shot out a tire on their car. At gunpoint, he took them to an abandon house near Hill City where he raped one, if not both of the women, and shot them. 2 ½ -year-old Guy crawled outside, his frozen body was found a month later.

On June 30, 1976 Nemecheck kidnapped 20-year-old Carla baker. He took to the Cedar Bluff Reservoir, tried to rape her, and then stabbed her to death. Less than two months later, Nemecheck kidnapped 16-year-old Paula Fabrizius from the reservoir where the teen worked. Her body was found the next day. She too had been raped and stabbed.

Nemecheck was sentenced to five life sentences. 30-years-later, he’s up for parole, again. This is Nemecheck’s fourth time up for parole. The last time was 10-years-ago. The families asked the board to pass him over for another ten years. They say making them come back and relive this any sooner is cruel. The decision isn’t expected for at least a few months.

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