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Harvey Miguel Robinson

On death row
Background information
Birth name: Harvey Miguel Robinson
Born: December 6, 1974
Number of victims: three
Span of killings: 1992–1993
Country: USA
State(s): Pennsylvania
Date apprehended: 1993

Harvey Miguel Robinson is a prisoner on death row in Pennsylvania, thought to be one of the youngest serial killers in history; he was only 18 years old when he was apprehended for his crimes. He is also the first serial killer in the history of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

He raped and killed three women. Their names are:

  • Joan Burghardt, a 29-year-old nurse's aide (August 1992)
  • Charlotte Schmoyer, a 15-year-old newspaper carrier (June 1993)
  • Jessica Jean Fortney, a 47-year-old grandmother (July 1993)

He raped and brutalized his fourth victim, Denise Sam-Cali, but she escaped. Robinson returned to her home several nights later and attempted to break in. A police officer was posted at the home, and when Robinson attempted to break in again, the police officer shot him. Robinson was tracked to a local hospital, and was arrested.

Harvey also had a 5th victim, who was only 5 years old when Harvey broke into her house. He intended to rape (and possibly kill) the child's mother, but changed his mind when he saw her in bed with a boyfriend. Instead, Harvey crept into a room shared by the 5 year old and her younger sister. There, he raped the 5-year-old, choked her, and left her for dead. It is believed that Harvey had stalked the mother for several days beforehand, as he did his other victims.

The story of his crimes, especially that of Denise Sam-Cali, was filmed in 1996 as No One Could Protect Her, with Joanna Kerns playing the part of the victim.

Robinson was sentenced to death for his crimes. As of April 2006, his execution has been stayed.




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