|Terry A. Blair|
Terry Blair Booking Photo
|Born:||16 September 1961
|Number of victims:||At least 7|
|Span of killings:||1982 – 2004|
|State(s):||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Date apprehended:||September 14, 2004|
Terry Blair was born into a family which would have many encounters with the criminal justice system. He was the 4th eldest of 10 siblings, born to a mother who had only finished the 9th grade and suffered from mental illness.
Brother, Walter Blair Jr: while in jail for a separate incident Walter met a man who offered to pay him $6,000 to kill a woman so she could not testify at his rape trial. Katherine Jo Allen, 21, was the alleged victim. He confessed to abducting Allen from her apartment before taking her to a vacant lot and shooting her as she pleaded with him to spare her life. He was convicted of murder and was executed in 1993.
Half Brother, Clifford Miller: was convicted in the 1992 abduction of a woman from a bar. He shot the woman in the arm and drove her to an abandoned house before raping her repeatedly and beating her until she passed out. She suffered a gunshot wound, fractured skull, broken jaw and smashed cheek bones. She spent two months in the hospital, recovering. Clifford Miller was sentenced to two life sentences plus 240 years for charges including kidnapping, and forcible sodomy.
Mother, Janice Blair: fatally shot Elton E. Gray, but got off with probation after entering an Alford plea, meaning she did not admit wrongdoing but acknowledged the government had enough evidence to convict her.
Terry Blair had already spent 21 years incarcerated for murdering the mother of his two children (Angela Monroe), pregnant with a third, prior to being charged with these additional 6 murders. According to court records he was angry with her for performing acts of prostitution. Incidentally, Blair was released from prison for two months committing his second murder after Monroe before heading back to prison for a parole violation.
Blair was also accused in 2 other murders (Sandra Reed and Nellia Harris), an assault, and three rapes. Since convictions were gained in the original six murders, there will probably never be a trial on the remaining charges.
Blair avoided the possibility of the death penalty by agreeing to waive his right to a jury trial. He was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the murder of his first known victim, Angela Monroe. After being released early (after 21 years) he was convicted of killing six more women. For these additional six murders he received a life sentence, with no possibility of parole.
Blair is currently housed in the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point, Missouri.
The case of the seven homicides he was convicted of is featured in the episode "A Serial Killer Calls" of the TV show The First 48. The episode follows detectives as they receive information of the death of the first woman all the way up until his capture.