Photos: Ten Most Shocking Colorado Crimes of 2014

A MySpace photo of Keith Rohracker. More images below.
A MySpace photo of Keith Rohracker. More images below.

To conclude our recent roundup of memorable 2014 mug shots (one that has featured women's booking photos, the top tattoo pics and the strangest mugs), we offer a twist: images and excerpts from the ten most shocking crime stories we covered last year. Check them out below, and be sure to click on the links and captions to learn more about each disturbing incident, listed in chronological order.

See also: 25 Most Memorable Mug Shots of 2013

Eric Garcia convicted of three sex-assault attempts in one hour

January 6, 2014

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Around this time last year, we told you about the arrest of Eric Garcia for allegedly attempting to sexually assault two women in a twenty-minute period. Turns out Garcia had been even busier than originally reported.

He's now been convicted of sexual assault tries against three women during a one-hour period....

To read more, click here.

James Scott, serial rapist, charged with killing woman praying at church -- in 1979

February 28, 2014

In October 1979, nineteen-year-old Martha Guzman was found naked and bleeding in the sanctuary of a Denver church. She died a few days later.

Now, after well over three decades, James Scott, a convicted serial rapist, has been formally accused of the crime. And according to an arrest warrant, he actually confessed to killing Guzman in 2007, more than six years ago....

To read more, click here.

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William Costello, accused serial rapist, ends his trial by killing himself

March 7, 2014

In November 2012, we told you about the arrest of William Costello, a successful real estate broker with powerful political ties, on accusations of serial rape -- and the next month, he was linked to two more sex assaults.

This week, prosecutors finally began laying out their case against Costello, only to have a mistrial declared -- because Costello had apparently committed suicide....

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Update: Timothy Baca allegedly killed his mom because she was 'possessed by demons' (47)

April 1, 2014

Update: Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of 41-year-old Timothy Baca for allegedly killing his mother and then wounding two police officers as they tried to take him into custody; see our previous coverage below.

Now, more details are emerging about the crime itself, with Baca quoted in a police report as saying that he committed the murder because his mom had been possessed by demons and he needed to "make things right with God...."

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Photos: Ten Most Shocking Colorado Crimes of 2014

Warrant: Richard Kirk may have been on pain meds, pot edible when he killed his wife (50)

April 18, 2014

During our last update about the tragic murder of Kristine Kirk (see our previous coverage below), we shared a probable-cause statement that made no mention of marijuana use by Richard Kirk, Kristine's husband, who's accused of killing her, despite multiple reports from law-enforcement sources to that effect. Now, however, a search warrant has surfaced that cites a specific pot edible Richard is said to have consumed prior to pulling the trigger....

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Photos: Eric Jackson, five brothers charged with years of abuse against girl now living in Colorado

May 15, 2014

In December 2012, North Carolina's Eric Jackson reportedly went to a church elder to make a confession: He and his five brothers had abused a young girl over the course of a decade. He reportedly said he needed to "walk in the light and confess his sin."

More than a year later, Eric's decision to clear his conscience has resulted in charges against him and his siblings, as well as their parents, who are suspected of knowing about what was happening to the girl, who's now sixteen and living in Colorado, but did nothing to stop it....

To read more, click here.

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Report: Teens Brendan Johnson and Cassie Rieb burned, tried to dismember his grandma's body

June 5, 2014

Update: Our original post about the arrest of Sterling teens Brendan Johnson and Cassandra Rieb for allegedly murdering his grandparents, Charles and Shirley Severance, contained plenty of unsettling information.

But claims from a newly released arrest affidavit in the case are infinitely more shocking. Among the assertions: Shirley begged for her life while being repeatedly stabbed, and after she was killed, Johnson and Rieb tried but failed to chop up her body while she was being incinerated. Moreover, the murders were committed nine days before they were reported....

To read more, click here.

Jaacob Vanwinkle to enter guilty plea in murder of mom and two kids, rape of surviving teen

June 26, 2014

Back in March, we told you about the arrest of sex offender Jaacob Vanwinkle following the murder of a woman and her two kids in Canon City. The person who led to Vanwinkle's arrest was a sixteen-year-old who he'd allegedly raped.

Now, court documents reveal Vanwinkle's plan to enter a guilty plea on all 36 counts against him in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Continue for details about that development and the crime itself as outlined in a now-unsealed arrest affidavit....

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Daniel Stetzel, Escapee, Reportedly Killed Mom Before Authorities Started Looking for Him

September 4, 2014

Last week, we told you about the arrest of Daniel Stetzel for the brutal murder of his mom, Grand Junction resident Kathleen Stetzel. Now, however, information has emerged revealing that Stetzel, a multiple arrestee for violent offenses, had actually escaped from a halfway house weeks before the killing -- but the state's fugitive unit didn't start looking for him until the day after Kathleen died....

To read more, click here.

Keith Rohracker Ripped by Judge for 'Living Off Your Mom's Money While She Festered.'

October 21, 2014

Following Keith Rohracker's conviction for neglecting his elderly mother on an epic scale, a judge told him he would receive one year less than the maximum sentence -- but only because his mom didn't die.

It was touch-and-go for a while. When Rohracker was finally taken to medical professionals to treat a life-threatening malady, her clothes were reportedly fused to her skin with human waste....

To read more, click here.

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