On this day
July 19th 1987
Daniel Cook, John Matzke, and Carlos Froyan Cruz-Ramos worked at a restaurant in Lake Havasu City, Arizona together and shared an apartment.
On July 19, Cook stole some money from Cruz-Ramos. When Cruz-Ramos began searching the apartment for the money, Cook and Matzke tied Cruz-Ramos to a chair and began beating him with their fists and a metal pipe.
Cook also cut Cruz-Ramos with a knife, sodomized him, and burned his genitals with cigarettes. After several hours of this torture, Matzke and Cook crushed Cruz-Ramos' throat with the pipe.
When Kevin Swaney, another co-worker, arrived at the apartment, Cook forced him upstairs and showed him Cruz-Ramos' body. Cook and Matzke then tied Swaney to a chair. Matzke went to sleep while Cook sodomized Swaney.
When Cook was finished, he woke Matzke and the two men strangled Swaney to death with a bed sheet.
Matzke later went to the police, confessed to the murders and implicated Cook. Matzke pled guilty to second-degree murder and testified against Cook, he was sentenced to 20 years and was released from prison in July 2007.
Cook was Sentenced to death on August 8, 1988. He was Executed by lethal injection in Arizona on August 8, 2012. Exactly 24 years after he was sentenced. One less maniac sucking up oxygen.
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