Phillip Carl Jablonski

Phillip Carl Jablonski

Phillip Carl Jablonski
Background information
Born: 1946 (age 62–63)
Number of victims: 5
Span of killings: 1978–1991
Country: United States
State(s): California, Utah

Phillip Carl Jablonski (born 1946) is an American serial killer convicted of killing five women in California and Utah between 1978 and 1991.

Early life

Born in 1946, Jablonski grew up with an alcoholic father who beat and sodomized Jablonski’s mother and sisters.[1]

When he was 16, Jablonski attacked his 14-year-old sister by putting a rope around her neck and throwing her onto the bed. He had an erection and said, “I’m going to get some of that off of you.” She thought he was going to rape her; however, he suddenly stopped and started to cry. When she told their parents, his father beat him.[2]

Jablonski met his first wife, Alice McGowan, in high school. He joined the military after high school and was sent overseas. They married in 1968 when he returned to the U.S. While living in Texas, Jablonski became sexually violent. During sex he put a pillow over McGowan’s face and attempted to suffocate her. On several occasions, he strangled her until she was unconscious.[3]

Jablonski met Jane Sanders in November 1968, after McGowan left him. He raped Sanders on their first date, which she did not report. She became pregnant and they moved to California in July 1969, after Jablonski left the military. On one occasion, while having sex, Sanders wanted to stop. Jablonski pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot her if she did not continue. He hit her with the butt of the gun and she passed out. When she regained consciousness, he was having sex with her. She left him in 1972.[4]


Jablonski is charged with the April 22, 1991 death of Fathyma Vann, 38, in Indio, California. Vann was a fellow student at the local community college that Jablonski attended to satisfy conditions of his parole. Fathyma, a recently widowed mother of two teenage girls, was found shot in the head and sexually assaulted, lying naked in a shallow ditch in the Indio desert with the words “I Love Jesus” carved in her back. Her body had been subjected to other mutilations including removal of her eyes and ears.

The following day, April 23, 1991, Jablonski’s wife, Carol (nee Spadoni), 46, and her mother, Elizabeth Tuppeny, 72, were murdered at their home in Burlingame. Spadoni was shot, suffocated with duct tape, then stabbed, while Peterson was sexually assaulted and shot.

Carol Spadoni met and married Jablonski in 1982, after answering a newspaper ad placed while Jablonski was serving time for having murdered his first wife, Alice McGowan, in Palm Springs, California in 1978.

Jablonski was also charged with the robbery and subsequent murder of Margie Rogers, 58, in Grand County, Utah, on April 27, 1991. He was captured the following day in Kansas. He was found guilty of the murders and sentenced to death.

In January 2006, the California Supreme Court upheld Jablonski’s death sentence on appeal.


  1. ^ Wetsch, Elisabeth. “Phillip Carl Jablonski“. Archived from the original on 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  2. ^ Supreme Court of California, p. 16-17
  3. ^ Supreme Court of California, p. 17
  4. ^ Supreme Court of California, p. 17-18

NAME Jablonski, Phillip Carl

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