November 11, 1992
Eleftherios Eleftheriou is bludgeoned to death with a hammer and dismembered
Allegedly, Eleftheriou was lured by Kelly O’Donnell (25, pictured) to her home for sex in exchange for $10 she had borrowed from him. She claimed she “just got carried away” and beat the man to death with a hammer and dismembered his corpse with a saw. In a detailed account she told police, she mentioned it took around an hour and a half to two hours to dismember the body which she then placed in plastic bags. O’Donnell also mentioned she severed Eleftheriou’s penis in retaliation for masturbating in front of her, placed it in a plastic pencil holder to keep the blood from seeping out, and intended to send it to her father “just to bust his balls.”
O’Donnell’s boyfriend at the time, Bill Gribble (28), attempted to take sole blame for the murder. His account was much less detailed; he claimed he flew into a rage when he saw Eleftheriou “all over” O’Donnell and struck him with a hammer, though he could not remember how many times he hit the man. Gribble estimated hitting Eleftheriou 5 times, but the autopsy revealed closer to 20 strikes were inflicted.
Eleftheriou’s body parts were found shortly after his murder: his severed arms, torso, and decapitated head missing its left eye were found on November 13; his severed penis and missing eyeball were found in a pipe on the 14th. The medical examiner in charge of the case noted red marks where Eleftheriou’s head and right arm were severed, indicating his heart was still beating at the time they were cut. The examiner testified that for both the arm and head to be removed before the victim bled to death (approximately 15 minutes), more than one person would need to be involved.
Because both defendants claimed sole responsibility, and because of the examiner’s testimony, both O’Donnell and Gribble were convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Since that time, both have been re-sentenced to life terms.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 26, 1999