Robert Anthony Buell

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Robert Anthony Buell
Robert Anthony Buell.jpg
Mugshot taken on October 13, 2000
Born(1940-09-10)September 10, 1940
DiedSeptember 25, 2002(2002-09-25) (aged 62)
Cause of deathExecution by lethal injection
Other namesBob Buell
Criminal status Executed
Conviction(s) Aggravated murder
Kidnapping (x3)
Rape (x3)
Felonious sexual penetration (x3)
Felonious assault (x2)
Criminal penalty Death sentence
Span of crimes
CountryUnited States
State(s) Ohio
Date apprehended

Robert Anthony Buell (September 10, 1940 – September 25, 2002) was an American serial killer, child murderer, serial rapist, and former planning department worker from Akron, Ohio. He was convicted of the July 17, 1982 murder of 11-year-old Krista Lea Harrison. [1]


Buell was executed by lethal injection on September 25, 2002. His final meal was a single black unpitted olive. [1] In 2010, eight years after his death, he was found to have also killed Tina Marie Harmon. [2]

Murder cases

Police sketch of Buell at the time of Krista Harrison's abduction on July 17, 1982 Buell Sketch.jpg
Police sketch of Buell at the time of Krista Harrison's abduction on July 17, 1982

On July 17, 1982, Buell was reportedly seen abducting Krista Harrison in a park in Marshallville, Ohio. Harrison's body was found six days after her kidnapping. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Two other young girls have been thought to have also been victims of Buell: Tina Marie Harmon, age 12, murdered in 1981; and Deborah Kaye Smith, age 10, murdered in 1983. [3]

Although strong evidence is present linking Buell to all three cases, Buell was only charged with the murder of Krista Harrison. [3] He has since been linked by DNA evidence to Tina Harmon's murder. [4] Buell was also a serial rapist. In 1983, Buell raped and tortured a woman who was able to escape and notify police, an event that ultimately led to his arrest. [5] He also raped another woman. Buell pleaded no contest to these crimes and received a 121-year sentence.

Buell was sentenced to death for Krista Harrison's murder on April 11, 1984. Eighteen years later, on September 25, 2002, he was executed by lethal injection, still denying involvement in the Harrison murder. [6]

This case was presented as "Material Evidence" in Forensic Files , season 5, episode 8, made before Buell's execution. Information regarding the 2010 DNA match was later added to the end of the episode.

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  3. 1 2 "Family of Tina Harmon, abducted and killed in 1981, wants police to reopen the case". Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
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Preceded by
Alton Coleman – 2002
Executions carried out in Ohio Succeeded by
Preceded by
  Rex Mays – Texas – September 24, 2002  
Executions carried out in the United States Succeeded by
Calvin King – Texas – September 25, 2002