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Looking Back At Rhoades’ Victims

Before you get too weepy re: 3X killer Paul Ezra Rhoades and his date with the needle Friday, you might want to think about his victims:

  • Susan Michelbacher was the last of Rhoades' victims in March of 1987. The 34 year old was discovered roughly eight miles west of Idaho Falls in lava rock and sage brush shot to death. Later an autopsy revealed Rhoades shot her eight times before she bled to death.
  • In February of that year, before he kidnapped and killed Michelbacher, 21 year old Stacy Baldwin was shot after being abducted while working at the Red Mini Barn a convenience store in Blackfoot. She put up a fight against her attacker, Rhoades tried to sexually assault her but she was able to flee, as she ran, he shot her in the back.
  • On March 17th Nolan Haddon was shot while working at Buck's convenience store in Idaho Falls. The 23 year old was a student at the time at a technical-vocational school. His body was found in the store's walk in cooler. More here.

Question: Do protests against the death penalty and extraordinary efforts to save the life of condemned individuals minimize their victims?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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