Ricky Javon Gray is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, January 18th 2017 at the Greensville Correctional Center in Virginia, for his part in the Richmond spree murders. The murders occurred over the course of a week in January of 2006, and were preceded by three additional violent crimes that were discovered later. In November of 2005, the body of Treva Gray was found in a shallow grave in nearby Washington, Pennsylvania by a passersby. Treva had been married to Ricky for six months, and lived with him and Ricky’s nephew, Ray Dandridge. Dandridge had been released from prison several days before her death, after serving more than a decade in prison for armed robbery. Treva’s family alleged that Washington police were extremely lax in investigating her death, and that they suggested she might have died of a drug overdose, despite being found hastily buried. Her death was listed as suspicious but was not investigated as a homicide.
On December 18th, the body of Sheryl Warner was found hanging in the basement of her home, which had been set on fire, in Reva, Virginia. She had been on the phone with her father when she told him that a stranded motorist was asking to use her phone. Her father called the police when she did not call him back.
On New Year’s Eve, 26 year old Ryan Carey was attacked on the street in front of his parent’s home in Arlington, Virginia. He suffered an extensive beating and stab wounds to his chest, neck and arms, and spent two weeks in a coma. He eventually lost the use of his right arm. After the murder spree, It was determined that Gray and Dandridge were the perpetrators behind these three crimes.
On New Year’s Day 2006, the Harvey family of Woodland Heights, Virginia were found dead in their burning house. Kathryn and Bryan, and their daughters Stella and Ruby had been bound with electrical cord and were beaten and slashed to death. On January 3rd, an elderly couple in Chesterfield County Virginia were robbed by two men and a woman, who had come to their door pretending to be lost and asking for directions. The woman was later revealed to be Ashley Baskerville, Dandridge’s girlfriend.
On January 6th, the police received a call from the mother of one of Baskerville’s friends, who was concerned about her, and had heard a rumor that Gray and Dandridge were involved in the murders of the Harvey family. The police went to the Baskerville-Tucker home, where Ashley lived with her mother and stepfather. All three were found dead, bound and gagged, with several layers of duct tape wrapped around their head. The following day, Gray and Dandridge were arrested in Philadelphia, at Dandridge’s father’s house. Both men confessed to the crimes and offered detailed descriptions of all they had done. In Gray’s confession, he referred to the murder of the Harvey family and stated, “I don’t believe sorry is enough. None of this was necessary.” It was then that he confessed to beating his wife Treva to death while Dandridge held her down, as well as the Chesterfield robbery and the attack on Ryan Carey. He further stated that Ashley Baskerville had been their accomplice in the crimes leading to her death, and that she was going to allow herself to be bound along with her parents as part of the plan to rob them, but “things just went wrong”, and that he got tired of her, so he decided to kill her and take her parent’s car.
Both men were prosecuted in Richmond. Gray was charged with five counts of capital murder, with aggravating factors of killing more than one person in a single act, killing in commission of a robbery and killing a child under fourteen. Dandridge was charged with three counts of capital murder, which was later amended to include his role in the Harvey murders. Dandridge initially pleaded not guilty and went to trial, but prior to closing arguments changed his plea to guilty in a deal with prosecutors to receive a sentence of life without parole. Gray pleaded guilty but asked for leniency on the basis that he had suffered from extreme physical and sexual abuse during childhood, and was under the influence of PCP at the time of the murders. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe has received several requests for stays of execution by the ACLU, a group of mental health professionals and the Virginia Catholic Conference. His attorneys have also filed requests for a stay based on the constitutionality of execution methods in Virginia, and their questionable lethal drug cocktail used in executions. Gray requested to be executed via firing squad, claiming it is more humane. In recent interviews, Gray has apologized for his role in the murders, stating “Remorse is not a deep enough word for how I feel. I know my words can’t bring anything back, but I continuously feel horrible for the circumstances that I put them through. There’s nothing I can do to make up for that. It’s never left my mind, because I understand what I took from the world by looking at my two sisters. I’m reminded each time I see them that this is what I took from the world.”
If the execution proceeds as scheduled, Ricky Gray will be the second person to be put to death in the United States in 2017.
first year that the young personal assistant of Tony Stark accompanied
him to the grave of his parents, she stayed in the car with Happy Hogan,
the driver/bodyguard/friend. They had been on their way to a meeting
when Tony made Happy stop by the cemetery. Virginia “Pepper” Potts
didn’t know what they were doing her and she waited for her boss to be
out of the car before asking to Happy . Happy told her that today was
the anniversary of Tony’s parent death and that every year, on that day,
he was visiting their grave. Pepper felt immediately sad for him, and
she made a note for herself to remember every year this date.
The ladies loved him. Women fought to have him come to their parties and swooned when he read his poems. One woman thought she’d clear her way to Poe’s heart by blowing the whistle on his affair with the married Frances Osgood–a particularly ineffective way to get your man.
“The Raven” made him a star. Almost overnight, Americans were chanting the catchword ‘nevermore.“ Parodies popped up in newspapers across the country and kids followed him down the street, flapping their arms.
He was a cat fancier. In spite of his tale about the murdered black feline, Poe loved cats and they loved him. His devoted tortoiseshell, Caterina, went into a depression whenever Poe traveled. Upon his death, their psychic tie was broken. She died two weeks later.
He couldn’t afford to pay the rent. He cleared around $400 in 1845, the year of "The Raven”–a banner year for his wallet. Most years he made far less, forcing him to constantly beg friends and family for “loans."
He was a looker. Forget the images of baggy-eyed lunatic so familiar to us all. They were taken in the year of his death, when he was ill, never a good time for one’s close-up. His portraits from the time of "The Raven” depict a dapper and handsome ladies’ man. Said one admirer, “Gentleman was written all over him.”
He was as athletic as he was handsome. Besides holding a record for swimming six miles up the tidal James River in Virginia, he enjoyed rowing around Turtle Bay in New York City and hiking through the countryside. He was a champion long jumper, bursting his only pair of shoes during a contest. He won.
He went from champ to chump within the space of a year. The success of “The Raven” made him the toast of the New York literati in February 1845. By February 1846, the same literary circles had shown him the exit after they could no longer ignore his attachment to Frances Osgood. Osgood saved her reputation by denying the relationship and reuniting, even though pregnant, with her estranged husband. Poe, on the other hand, sent her a valentine to be read at a party from which he’d been banned. Not a good way to plead one’s innocence.
He clutched during the biggest event of his life. Born in Boston, Poe dreamed of coming back and taking the town by storm. He got his chance the year of 'The Raven’, when he was asked to present at the Lyceum. To a packed house, he delivered a lame poem he had written as a youth. Not even its spiffy new name, “The Messenger Star,” could redeem it. The Bostonians were not amused.
He robbed the family cradle under duress. When Poe’s rich cousin, Neilson Poe, bid another of Poe’s cousins, 13 year-old Virginia Clemm, to come stay in his plush Baltimore mansion, Edgar panicked. He had recently lived with Virginia and her mother and now thought of their poverty-stricken home as his own. To keep Virginia from running off to Neilson, Edgar, 26, and still suffering from an orphan’s fear of being abandoned, offered her his only asset: himself. The resulting marriage between first cousins was thought to have been more brotherly than romantic. Some modern scholars doubt if it was ever consummated.
He attended his local book club. In 1845, literary fan Anne Charlotte Lynch invited writers and other artists to her New York City home to discuss books and ideas. She kept it casual, unlike other hostesses, offering only tea and Italian ices for refreshment and insisting that guests dress informally. The guests entertained themselves with their discussion. Lynch’s Saturday night “conversazione” was a hit. Poe went often–until the Frances Osgood scandal got him promptly uninvited.
He had bad PR. The image of the hard-drinking drug addict that we know today comes to us courtesy of Poe’s archrival, Rufus Griswold. In reality, Poe’s strict work ethic allowed him little time to drink. The small dose of an opiate that he took once for an illness made him so sick that he swore it off for life. But destroying Poe’s reputation didn’t bring Griswold happiness. He spent his final illness alone in a room hung with three portraits: His own, Frances Osgood’s, and Poe’s.
BOLDED, UNDERLINED, ETC. THAT LAST ONE BECAUSE IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT PLS FREAKING PAY ATTENTION I’VE READ IT IN LIKE 50 OTHER BOOKS TOO