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Born: Aug. 18, 1984, Virginia, USA
Died: Jan 6, 2006, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Cause of death: Suffocation.
Notable because. Poor taste in men and low standards of moral conduct saw her contribute to the murder of the Harvey family including daughters Stella (9) and Ruby (4) and then wear the wedding ring stolen from the fathers dead hand. 5 days later she was killed by her boyfriend.
In the early afternoon of January 1, 2006, Kathryn, Bryan, Stella, and Ruby Harvey, a family of four, were found beaten, slashed and bound with electrical cord and tape in the basement of their burning house in the Woodland Heights district of Richmond, Virginia.
Kathryn Harvey, 39, was the co-owner of a popular local toy shop called "World of Mirth" in the Carytown district of Richmond, and the half-sister of actor Steven Culp. Bryan Harvey, 49, was an indie musician of note, a former member of House of Freaks, a two-man college rock band in Richmond. Their daughters Stella and Ruby were 9 and 4, respectively. Bryan and Kathryn died of blunt-force trauma to the head, Stella of smoke inhalation and blunt-force trauma to the head, and Ruby of stab wounds to her back, one of which punctured her lung.
On January 6, 2006, the police received a call from a Chesterfield resident who was concerned about her daughter's friend, a 21-year-old named Ashley Baskerville. The caller suspected that her former houseguests Ricky Gray and Ray Dandridge, respectively former and current boyfriends of Ashley, were involved in the Harvey murders. The police found items at the Chesterfield home linked to the Harvey case, and stormed the house on East Broad Rock Road where Ashley lived with her stepfather, 55-year-old Percyell Tucker, and her mother, 46-year-old Mary Baskerville-Tucker. Percyell worked as a forklift driver and Mary was employed at a dry cleaning establishment. All three members of the family were found gagged and bound with tape in their ransacked house. Percyell and Mary had also been slashed across the throat. The three had suffocated due to the layers of duct tape wrapped around their heads. Ashley had a plastic bag wrapped around her head as well, secured with duct tape
On the morning of January 7, 2006, Ricky Gray and Ray Dandridge were arrested in Philadelphia, where Dandridge's father Ronald Wilson lived. Approximately one hour after the arrest, Dandridge confessed to killing the Tuckers and Ashley Baskerville. Twelve hours after the arrest, Gray asked to speak with a detective, then proceeded to provide a detailed, 3-page confession in which he described using a kitchen knife and claw hammer to kill the Harveys, stating "I don't believe sorry is strong enough. None of this was necessary." In subsequent confessions, he admitted to beating his wife Treva to death while Dandridge held her down, to being an accomplice in the Tucker-Baskerville murders, and to the attack on Ryan Carey.
On January 8, 2006, the police formally identified Ashley Baskerville as a participant in the Harvey murders, the Chesterfield robbery and the robbery at her own home as a result of the above confessions as well as eyewitness testimony and other evidence. Baskerville had acted as the lookout in the parked car while Gray and Dandridge entered the Harvey home, and was found wearing Bryan Harvey's wedding band. Gray and Dandridge testified that she had posed as a victim and allowed herself to be bound as a part of the plan to rob her mother and stepfather, "but "things just went wrong" and "(Gray) got tired of the girl, so he decided to kill her and take her parents' car."
CHARACTERISTICKS OF MEN, MANNERS, OPINIONS, TIMES. In Three Volumes. The Fifth Edition. [First Baskerville Edition].
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CHARACTERSITICKS OF MEN, MANNERS, OPINIONS, TIMES. IN THREE VOLUMES. BY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE ANTHONY, EARL OF SHAFTESBURY. THE FIFTH EDITION
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Editorial Review: Photograph Description: Judgment of Hercules Published: 1773. Notes: Engraving by Gribelin. Illus. in: John Baskerville ed. of Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3d Earl of Shaftsbury's Characteristics of Men, Manners..., vol. 3, 5th ed., Birmingham, 1773, internal title page. Reference copy may be in LOT 4246. Caption card tracings: Artists, Publ. Index; Rare Bk. Div.; Gt. Brit. Misc.; Manners & customs; Ethics; PI Works; Shelf. Sources checked on verso of card.
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