On this episode of Murderous Minors, we look at the crimes of confessed serial rapist and murderer Brent Koster, paroled after 5 decades in prison, who will be released from custody in Michigan on January 21, 2021. Serial killers Danny Arthur Ranes, Koster’s accomplice, and his brother Larry Lee Ranes, aka Monk Steppenwolf are also detailed.

Show Notes

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Sources:
Brent Koster transcript of September 10, 2020 Public Hearing https://www.scribd.com/document/482137968/Brent-Koster-Transcript#from_embed
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