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Crime Trackers: Ohio man convicted of killing Tucson mother is up for parole

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TUCSON - A Tucson mother and a retired Cleveland Ohio homicide detective are on a quest to keep a convicted murderer behind bars.

61-year-old Jeffery Mann is up for parole for the third time. 

Detectives were able to prove that he used his dog, a pit bull, as the murder weapon.

In September 1992, Mann and Angela “Dolly” Ragels Kaplan fought. 

Police said he commanded Mack, his 8-year-old pit bull, to attack the 90-pound woman.

Officials said she had 351 bite marks on her body. 

Detectives said Mann waited four hours to call for help.

Joyce Ragels, the victim’s mother, said Mann watched her daughter bleed to death.

She said she is determined to get the public involved to write letters to the parole board.

Ragels told News 4 Tucson, she didn’t want another family to go through the pain and suffering they’ve gone through.

She believes if Mann is freed he will do the same thing.

Michaelene “Mikey” Taliano is a retired homicide detective from the Cleveland Ohio Police Department.

She spent over 33 years as a police officer.

Taliano spoke to News 4 Tucson over the phone and she said Mann should stay in prison.

Since he’s been there, he threatened her life and her two dogs.

The last parole hearing was in 2013. 

According to Ragels, “Jeff showed no remorse, and blamed the dog saying it was the dog’s fault.”

Taliano said when she first arrived at the crime scene in 1992 it looked like a “butcher shop”. 

There was blood on the walls, carpet and bedding.

She also told her partner back then the dog didn’t intend to kill the victim.

She proved that with evidence and expert testimony.

There were pictures of the victim and the dog and in one of the pictures the dog laid his head on the victim’s lap. 

Also pictured was the dog taking a nap with the two young girls.

The mother said she knew the dog and he loved her daughter and granddaughters. 

Now, 25 years later, her daughter is gone, the children are grown and have children of their own. 

She added there have been a lot of losses and Mann is the man responsible.

Ragels feel strongly that he should remain in prison so that the public can be protected.

The retired detective agreed.

Both urge the public to contact the websites below to keep Jeffery Mann behind bars.

For more information click here.


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