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Offender Information

 

 

Name

Basso, Suzanne Margaret

TDCJ Number

999329

Date of Birth

05/15/1954

Date Received

10/28/1999

Age (when Received)

45

Education Level (Highest Grade Completed)

12

Date of Offense

08/25/1998

 

Age (at the time of Offense)

44

 

County

Harris

 

Race

White

 

Gender

Female

 

Hair Color

Grey

 

Height

5' 2"

 

Weight

141

 

Eye Color

Blue

 

Native County

Albany

 

Native State

New York

Prior Occupation
office clerk, seamstress, laborer

Prior Prison Record
None

Summary of Incident
On 08/26/1998, Basso and co-defendants kidnapped a 59-year old retarded white male and intentionally caused his death by beating him with belts, baseball bats, steel-toed boots, hands, and feet. Basso was the leader of the group and encouraged all the co-defendants to abuse the victim. The murder was committed for proceeds from an insurance policy on the victim (in which Basso was named the beneficiary) as well as other assets in which Basso was named heir. Basso had wooed the victim into leaving his family and friends in New Jersey and moving to Texas, under the guise that she would marry him. The victim was found in a ditch with injuries so horrendous that the body was unrecognizable.

Co-Defendants
O'Malley, James
Ahrens, Greg
Ahrens, Bernice
Ahrens, Hope
Singleton, Terrance

Race and Gender of Victim
White male

 

http://tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_info/bassosuzanne.html

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Woman executed for 1998 murder of mentally handicapped man

 

By Allan Turner | February 5, 2014 | Updated: February 5, 2014 10:50pm

 

HUNTSVILLE – Harris County killer Suzanne Basso, condemned for murdering a developmentally disabled man to claim his life insurance benefits, was executed in Texas' death House Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review issues presented in a final death-day appeal.

 

Basso, 59, a one-time seamstress from New York, led a group of five accomplices in brutally beating and kicking Louis "Buddy" Musso, 59, to death in August 1998. Basso had lured Musso to Texas from New Jersey with the promise of marriage. Scissors-32x32.png

Basso was the 510th killer and fifth woman executed in Texas since the state reinstituted capital punishment in 1982.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Woman-executed-for-1998-murder-of-mentally-5208635.php

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