Ahead of Miller parole hearing, a victim speaks

Aug 29, 2016

This week, serial killer Donald Miller meets with the parole board about a possible release from prison. Miller confessed to killing four people. We talk with Lansing State Journal reporter Beth LeBlanc and with Randy Gilbert, who survived one of the attacks.


A painful chapter of Lansing history is being reopened this week. Donald Miller, whose deadly crimes gripped the Lansing area in 1977 and 1978, is scheduled to meet with state parole officials about his possible release from prison after 37 years behind bars.

In July of 1979, Don Miller confessed to killing four young women, one of them an employee of WKAR-TV.

Many critics have warned against parole, but Miller’s former attorney, for one, says he’s earned a chance at it.

Current State talks with reporter Beth LeBlanc, who has been re-visiting the Donald Miller story in the Lansing State Journal, and a Lansing area man who survived a brutal attack by Donald Miller. As a 13-year old, Randy Gilbert encountered Miller immediately after Miller had attacked and raped Mr. Gilbert’s sister at their Canal Road home in Delta Township in August, 1978. The Gilberts’ survival was important in prosecuting Donald Miller.