Ronald Gene Simmons
|Ronald Gene Simmons|
|Service/branch|| United States Navy (1957-63)|
United States Air Force (ca. 1965-79)
|Years of service||1957-1963 (USN)|
ca. 1965-1979 (USAF)
|Rank||Master sergeant (USAF)|
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal|
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Airforce Ribbon for Excellent Marksmanship
Ronald Gene Simmons, Sr. (July 15, 1940 – June 25, 1990) was an American spree killer, who killed 16 people over a week-long period that started December 28, 1987, by shooting and/or strangling, primarily in Russellville, Arkansas and all occurring in Arkansas. A retired military serviceman, Simmons murdered 14 members of his family, including a daughter he had sexually abused and the child he had fathered with her, a former co-worker, a stranger, and wounded four others.
Simmons was sentenced to death 16 times on February 10, 1989, and after refusing to appeal his sentence, was executed by Arkansas in 1990.