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Death Row Information

Inmate Information

Picture of Inmate Name Basso, Suzanne Margaret
TDCJ Number 999329
Date of Birth 05/15/1954
Date Received 10/28/1999
Age (when Received) 45
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 12
Date of Offense 08/25/1998
  Age (at the time of Offense) 44
  County Harris
  Race White
  Gender Female
  Hair Color Grey
  Height (in Feet and Inches) 5′ 2″
  Weight (in Pounds) 141
  Eye Color Blue
  Native County Albany
  Native State New York

Prior Occupation
office clerk, seamstress, laborer

Prior Prison Record

Summary of Incident
On 08/26/1998, Basso and co-defendants kidnapped a 59-year old retarded white male and intentionally caused his death by beating him with belts, baseball bats, steel-toed boots, hands, and feet. Basso was the leader of the group and encouraged all the co-defendants to abuse the victim. The murder was committed for proceeds from an insurance policy on the victim (in which Basso was named the beneficiary) as well as other assets in which Basso was named heir. Basso had wooed the victim into leaving his family and friends in New Jersey and moving to Texas, under the guise that she would marry him. The victim was found in a ditch with injuries so horrendous that the body was unrecognizable.

O'Malley, James
Ahrens, Greg
Ahrens, Bernice
Ahrens, Hope
Singleton, Terrance

Race and Gender of Victim
White male