John Edward Robinson (born December 27, 1943) is a convicted serial killer, con man, embezzler, kidnapper, and forger who was found guilty in 2003 of three murders and received the death sentence for two of them.
He subsequently admitted responsibility for five additional homicides, and investigators fear that there might be other, undiscovered victims as well.
In 1961 he enrolled at Morton Junior College in Cicero to become a medical X-ray technician, but dropped out after two years.
In 1964 he moved to Kansas City and married Nancy Jo Lynch, who bore their first child, John Jr., in 1965, followed by a daughter, Kimberly, in 1967, and twins Christopher and Christine in 1971.
Robinson was arrested for the first time in Kansas City in 1969, after embezzling $33,000 from the medical practice of Dr. In 1971 he was arrested once again for embezzling firm funds, and ordered back to Kansas City where his probation was extended.
Wallace Graham, where he had secured a job as an X-ray technician using forged credentials. In 1970 Robinson violated probation by moving back to Chicago without his probation officer's permission, and took a job as an insurance salesman at the R. In 1975 it was extended again after another arrest, this time on charges of securities fraud and mail fraud in connection with a phony "medical consulting" company he had formed in Kansas City.
Godfrey told friends and family that Robinson was sending her away for training.
After hearing nothing further from her, Godfrey's parents filed a missing persons report.Police questioned Robinson, who denied any knowledge of her whereabouts.Several days later her parents received a typewritten letter, with Godfrey's signature at the bottom, thanking Robinson for his help and asserting that she was "OK" and did not want to see her family.During this period, Robinson cultivated and maintained the outward appearance of a community-minded citizen and family man; he became a Scoutmaster, a baseball coach and a Sunday school teacher.In 1977 he talked his way onto the board of directors of a local charitable organization and forged a series of letters from its executive director to the mayor of Kansas City, and from the mayor to other civic leaders, commending his generous volunteer efforts and generally singing his praises.Eventually he had himself named the organization's Man of the Year, and threw a festive awards luncheon in his own honor.