Jack Henry Abbott

Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Author
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 1965 / 1980
Date of birth: January 21, 1944
Victims profile:: A fellow inmate / Richard Adan, 22
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Utah/New York, USA
Status: Sentenced to fifteen years to life on April 15, 1982. Hanged himself in his prison cell on February 10, 2002

He was born on a U.S. Army base in Michigan to an American soldier and a Chinese woman. As a child Abbott was in trouble with teachers and later the law, and by the age of sixteen he was sent to a reform school. In 1965 at 21 years old, Jack Abbott was serving a sentence for forgery in a Utah prison when he stabbed a fellow inmate to death. He was given a sentence of three to twenty years for this offense, and in 1971 his sentence was increased by a further nineteen years after he escaped and committed a bank robbery in Colorado.


Burton W. Abbott

Burton W. Abboot

Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Kidnapping – Rape
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: April 28, 1955
Date of arrest: July 16, 1955
Date of birth: February 8, 1928
Victim profile: Stephanie Bryan (female, 14)
Method of murder: Beating
Location: Alameda County, California, USA
Status: Executed by asphyxiation-gas on March 15, 1957

Burton W. Abbott was a 27 year old University of California at Berkeley accounting student living in Oakland, California who was tried for the rape and murder of 14-year old Stephanie Bryan in November of 1955. He was convicted and sentenced to death in California’s gas chamber in March of 1957. But as he was being executed, a stay of execution was granted.

Stephanie Bryan, 14 years old, was last seen on April 28, 1955 on the way home from school taking her usual short cut through the parking lot of the Claremont Hotel. A large-scale search failed to find her. in July 1955 Georgia Abbott reported that she found purse and an ID card belonging to the girl, in the basement of the home she shared with her husband, Burton Abbott, and his mother, Elsie Abbott. In interviewing the Abbotts, the police found that Elsie Abbott had found the purse earlier but did not connect it with the case.