John’s Childhood Robinson was born and raised in Cicero, Illinois, the third of five children of an alcoholic father and a disciplinary mother. John was an Eagle Scout and he traveled to London in 1957 and performed upon Queen Elizabeth II.
John’s Adult Life John enrolled at Quigley Preparatory Seminary, in Chicago, a privateboys’ school for aspiring priests. A year later he dropped out due todisciplinary issues. In 1961 he enrolled in Morton Junior College in Ciceroto become a medical X-ray technician, but dropped out two years later. In1964 he moved to Kansas City and married Nancy Jo Lynch. In 1965 theythen had their first child John Jr. and fraternal twins in 1971, Christopherand Christine Early Crimes- Robinson was arrested for the first time in 1969, where he embezzled$33,000 from the medical practice of Dr. Wallace Graham, where heworked as an X-ray technician. He was sentenced to three years probation.In 1970 John violated probation by moving back to Chicago without hisprobation officers permission and took a job as a local salesman at R.BJones Company. In 1971 he was arrested once again for embezzled fromthat firm, and ordered back to Kansas City, where his probation wasextended. In 1979, he completed probation.
Motives for Killing In 1983, John’s crimes escalated. His brother, Don Robinson, and hiswife, Helen, had been unsuccessful on trying to conceive and formallyadopting a child. John “claiming” on having connections in the adoptionbusiness, John started looking for a single pregnant women who couldprovide them a baby. He went directly to the source and approached LisaStasi, the single mother of a four-month-old baby. Using the name “JoshOsborne” he convinced her that he would take her into a training programin Texas that included daycare and job training. John then killed Stasi. Twodays later, John handed the baby over to his brother and his wife alongwith legal documents about the adoption claiming that the child’s motherhad committed suicide.
Methods and Rituals In 1994, he made contact with Shelia Faith whose daughter, Debbie,had been confined with a wheelchair. Promising to give her work andprovide medical care for her daughter, they moved to Kansas City, wherehe killed them both. In 1997 Robinson met Polish immigrant IzabelaLewicka. After dropping out of college, she moved in with him and signed a115-year slave contract where she signed all of her belongings, includingher bank account to him. In 1987, Catherine Clampitt left her child with herparents and moved to Kansas City where John promised extensie traveland a new wardrobe. She vanished in June of that year. In 1999, she waskilled by him and disappeared. Robinsons last known victim was SuzetteTrouten, who worked as a nurse in her day life, and convinced her to workfor him as a caregiver for his elderly father. After moving to Kansas, shedisappeared. To cover it up, John sent her mother several typed letters, allwhich were post-marked in Kansas and written with better spelling thanwhat Suzette normally used. John became carless of what he was doingand how he was covering his tracks. He hijacked Suzette’s email and keptin touch with some of her friends to keep up the appearance of her beingalive. Then he met Beverly Bonner, the prison librarian, in which she lefther husband and began to work for John. She then disappeared. Forseveral years, Beverly’s mother had been forwarding her checks, and Johncontinued cashing them.
The Victims Shelia Faith, 45 Debbie Faith, Lisa Stasi, 19 Izabela Lewicka, 15 21Suzette Troutan, Paula Godfrey, 19 Catherine Clampitt, Beverly Bonner,28 27 49
Profile and Characteristics of theVictims All of them were women with children and they all were married, some left their husband. All wealthy women. All left their job to work with Robinson. All were very young. All lived in Missouri and left to live in Kansas.
How John was Caught Like many other serial killers, John became careless over time and did a poor job of covering up his tracks. By 1999, he had attracted the attention of authorities in both Kansas and Missouri and his name popped up more and more in the missing person investigation. Robinson was arrested in 2000 after a woman filed a sexual battery complaint against him and another for stealing her sex toys. The theft charge finally gave the investigators the probably cause they needed to obtain search warrants. All five woman were killed in the same way, by one or two blows to the head with a hammer or other blunt instrument.
Charged with and Sentenceto… In 2002, Robinson was sentenced to death in Kansas for the murders of Trouten and Lewicka, and life imprisonment for killing Stasi, because she had been murdered before Kansas reinstated the death penalty. Robinson could become the first convict by lethal injection in the state of Kansas.
Additional Questions Why are serial killers so difficult to spot? -Serial killers don’t know how to feel sympathy for others, instead they learn to stimulate normal behavior by observing others. They’re actors with a natural penchant for performance. List the characteristics that make up the four types of serial killer crime scenes? 1. Victim is a targeted stranger. 2. Body’s hidden. 3. Missing weapon or evidence. 4. Aggressive acts done before death. What are the most surprising pieces of information you learned from this web quest? -The most surprising thing I found out about doing this web quest is the way a serial killer can be so well to hid these things over a 15 year time period.