Blurred Justice: The Murders of Corporal Irwin and Trooper Black
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Episode 223: On Friday, February 20, 1976, while on vacation in Florida OPP Corporal Donald R. Irwin, 39, a father of three from Kitchener, Ontario, went on a ride along with his good friend Florida State Trooper, Philip Black, also 39-years-old. Irwin was in civilian clothing and unarmed. At around 7:15 a.m. they checked an old Camaro parked in a rest area on I-95, north of Pompano Beach, Florida. Moments later, both officers were dead, and the five people who’d been in the Camaro had fled in Black’s cruiser.  Walter Norman Rhodes Jr., 26, 29-year-old, Jesse Joseph Tafero, Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs, 28, Tafero’s wife and two children, Jacobs’ 9-year-old son, Eric, and the couple’s 10-month-old daughter, Christina, were apprehended at a road block after having kidnapped another man, and stolen his Cadillac from a retirement home after abandoning Black’s cruiser. Rhodes’ life was spared as he pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the other two. Jacobs and Tafero were both sentenced to die in Florida’s electric chair, but was justice really served. The case eventually unravelled but not before Tafero had his date with Old Sparky in 1990. Promo:Podcast by Proxy Sources: 21 Feb 1976, Page 1 - Fort Lauderdale News at Killer of 2 Police Officers Executed in Florida - The New York Times Ontario Police Memorial Foundation — Donald R. Irwin FHP MEMORIAL — Phillip A. Black (1936-1976) In the Blink of an Eye - Essay Jesse Tafero - Case Chart - Grassroots Investigation Project by Claudia Whitman Sponsored by Equal Justice USA Jesse Tafero - Case Summary - Innocence Project by Claudia Whitman sponsored by Equal Justice USA Jesse Tafero - Wikipedia Exoneree, Center on Wrongful Convictions: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Tafero v. State, 223 So. 2d 564 | Casetext Search + Citator Jesse Tafero | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers Jesse Tafero - Wikipedia Jessie Joseph Tafero, Petitioner-appellant, v. Louie L. Wainwright, Respondent-appellee, 796 F.2d 1314 (11th Cir. 1986) :: Justia Home - The Sunny Center The Joys of Forgiveness on Death Row | Sunny Jacobs | TEDxGalway — YouTube ‘Exonerated’ blurs facts about death penalty case Former death row couple: ‘Life turned out beautifully’ | Family | The Guardian TIPS LEAD TO CAPTURE OF PAROLED MURDERER – Sun Sentinel Fugitive’s prosthetic leg gives him away | The Seattle Times WALTER RHODES JR v. HARDEE CI WARDEN FLORIDA PAROLE COMMISSION SECRETARY FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS | FindLaw Rhodes v. Fla. Parole Comm’n, CASE NO. 8:13-cv-1424-T-36AEP | Casetext Search + Citator Phillip Black and Donald Irwin murders 2/20/1976 Broward County, FL *Shot to death by Walter Rhodes, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; It is, actually, a complicated case* | Bonnie’s Blog of Crime Sunny Jacobs: Life Beyond Stretch of I-95 honors 2 fallen troopers   TRANSLATE with x English ArabicHebrewPolishBulgarianHindiPortugueseCatalanHmong DawRomanianChinese SimplifiedHungarianRussianChinese TraditionalIndonesianSlovakCzechItalianSlovenianDanishJapaneseSpanishDutchKlingonSwedishEnglishKoreanThaiEstonianLatvianTurkishFinnishLithuanianUkrainianFrenchMalayUrduGermanMalteseVietnameseGreekNorwegianWelshHaitian CreolePersian TRANSLATE with COPY THE URL BELOW Back EMBED THE SNIPPET BELOW IN YOUR SITE Enable collaborative features and customize widget: Bing Webmaster PortalBack Support the show: See for privacy information.
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