Costa Rica Coffee Guide

North American Fugitive Extradited

March 3, 2006

One of the FBI s most-wanted fugitives, U.S. citizen Russell Earl Winstead, 41, was extradited from Costa Rica last week.

Winstead is charged with murdering his 85-year-old aunt, Anne Mae Branson, and stealing $12,000 from her in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Costa Rican authorities arrested Earl on May 3, 2005, as he was leaving the casino at the Hotel Del Rey in downtown San José.

Branson was a successful U.S. businesswoman with various accounts and financial investments. Financial records show she was lending her nephew Winstead an inordinate amount of money (TT, May 6, 2005).

Police discovered Winstead to be a gambling aficionado who had lost more than $1 million throughout 2002 and accumulated a large debt, according to a statement from the International Police (INTERPOL).

Winstead arrived in Costa Rica in 2003, before he was charged with murder and robbery on July 15 of that year, the statement said.

INTERPOL began investigating Winstead in 2003 after receiving information that the suspect had entered Costa Rica June 5, 2003. Agents found and arrested him through an investigation conducted in conjunction with the Public Security Ministry.

Winstead, who was featured on the television show America s Most Wanted, entered the country under his own name but later began using the name Jeffrey Dan Fish, another U.S. citizen who has Costa Rican residency and was living in Limón.

Winstead left Costa Rica Feb. 24 aboard American Airlines fight 1700 to Miami under custody of U.S. Marshals.

 

 

You may be interested

IMF predicts ‘partial and uneven’ recovery in Latin America due to Covid-19
Costa Rica
823 views
Costa Rica
823 views

IMF predicts ‘partial and uneven’ recovery in Latin America due to Covid-19

AFP and The Tico Times - September 24, 2020

The International Monetary Fund foresees a "partial and uneven" recovery in Latin America after the Covid-19 crisis, and it anticipates…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Wednesday, September 23
Costa Rica
5492 views
Costa Rica
5492 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Wednesday, September 23

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 23, 2020

Costa Rica announced 21 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 781, according to official data…

Costa Rica’s Playa Hermosa named as World Surfing Reserve
Costa Rica
11834 views
Costa Rica
11834 views

Costa Rica’s Playa Hermosa named as World Surfing Reserve

Alejandro Zúñiga - September 23, 2020

Save The Waves Coalition has named Playa Hermosa in Garabito, Puntarenas as a World Surfing Reserve (WSR), the non-profit announced…