This is the story of two jail house lawyers (Robert Noel and Marjorie
Knoller ) who get involved with convicts, drugs and killer dogs. They
keep the dogs in a upscale San Francisco apartment,
and one day the dogs kill a neighbor.
Marjorie Knoller is walking her dogs when she runs into Dianne
Whipple, who is entering her apartment , there is a confrontation, and
the dogs attack. Whipple is ripped to pieces, as Knoller calmly watches.
Whipple was carrying groceries into her apartment,
when she ran into Knoller, and her dogs. The
male dog sniffed Whipple, and nuzzled her
crotch.Whipple pushes the dog away, and it
explodes in a ragewhere it ripped her
throat, bit her all over and dragged her body around the hallway. While
all of this happened, Marjorie Knoller, the owner, stood by.
After the attack Knoller
stepped over Diane's body to get back into her apartment. She left one of
the dogs in the hallway, one was brought inside.
Whipple sustained a total of 77 bite wounds, the most
serious ones being severe bites to her neck. The dogs severed her
The first police officer on the scene described how Whipple laid in a
pool of blood and was crawling to her apartment, bleeding profusely. She
on operating table waiting for paramedics.
The dog that killed Whipple
The dog is lead out of the apartment building after the attack.
San Francisco police learn that the two lawyers were working with a
Pelican Bay prisoner named Paul "Cornfed" Schneider,
who was raising killer attack dogs to
guard methamphetamine labs for the
These two lawyers represented convicts in lawsuits
against the prisons, and that's where they met
Paul John Schneider, a Aryan white supremacist. Cornfeld was in prison
for attempted murder, and needed someone to
handle his dogs and these two agreed.
Investigation takes bizarre twist
The lawyers later adopted
their "lawful son." Noel is Jewish, while
Schneider is an Aryan Brotherhood member. Knoller takes a sexual interest
in Cornfed, and is said to have given him
pictures of her
nude with Bane ( dog ).
Marjorie Is The Poster Girl At Pelican Bay
Schneider (Marjorie Knoller's adopted son) turns her
into the Betty Grabble of Pelican bay prison. The
pictures of her and Bane was the
talk of every cell block.
Schneider bragged that Bane,
“loved the ladies”, and discussed how the
dog developed an erection the first time he met Marjorie.
Documents found in Schneider's cell, including letters and nude
photographs of Knoller, provided evidence of
sexual activity between the couple and
Bane, according to an investigator in the San Francisco District
In March, Marjorie Knoller was charged with second-degree murder, and
Noel and Knoller both were charged with manslaughter,
and keeping a mischievous animal. The trial was moved to Los Angeles
because of the massive publicity surrounding the case.
Judge blocks evidence
The case could involve evidence that the couple, a pair
of San Francisco lawyers who got the Presa
Canario dogs from a pair of convicts they defended and befriended,
engaged in "inappropriate sexual
conduct" with the animals, according to prosecutors.
" They blurred the boundaries between
dogs and humans
, with fatal consequences," San Francisco prosecutor Jim Hammer testified
during a hearing earlier this month. Judge James Warren ruled on Jan. 15
that any evidence related to sexual activity would only be admitted if
prosecutors can show how it affected the way the dogs behaved.
"If there is sex that is relevant in this case, either with dogs or
with humans, it would be scrutinized outside the presence of the media,"
Warren said at that hearing.
The most damning evidence was never presented to the
The judge in the case, refused to allow prosecutor
Jim Hammer to present
evidence suggesting that
Knoller and Noel had engaged in
with the dogs, and this abuse may have
triggered the attack.
He cited Knoller's statements that her dog
Bane was sniffing at Whipple's crotch
just before the attack and may have instigated the mauling after being
sexually aroused by her. Hammer argued that any sexual conduct between the
couple and the dogs would therefore be relevant since by Knoller's
account, a sexual attraction may have sparked the attack.
Prosecutor is hampered
Police find photos but Judge bans evidence
While seeking evidence in the mauling, police found
risqué photos of Knoller in Schneider’s cell. Police will not discuss
other evidence, but their search warrant said they were after material
"describing sexual acts by
Noel or Knoller that involved dogs."
The Infamous Pictures
Schneider( Marjoie's adopted son ) had pictures of his "Momma
Knoller" being very risqué with "Bane the doggie" and readily
share them with
other convicts. Rumors flew that there were
pictures of Robert Noel
performing oral sex with Bane, but
they couldn't be produced at trial.
Police officer Carlos Sanchez who reports that "…investigators
believed the dogs, Hera [female] and Bane [male] were being sexually
assaulted by Noel and Knoller. Noel has said the issue is
Robert Noel's lust was public knowledge
A Pelican Bay guard said he saw Noel change. "I'd get on the phone
with Bob to ask him about a case," Keith Whitley said, "and all he did was
talk about how big
Bane's balls were."
had been with Marge Knoller, and was attracted
At a grand jury hearing in March,
Hammer testified that Bane, the male dog who was determined to be the
primary aggressor in the attack, "put his head in Miss Whipple's crotch"
and responded to her the way he would have to a "bitch in heat."
Jewish lawyers blame the victim and then claim anti semitism
Robert Noel insinuated that Whipple, a university lacrosse coach,
was on steroids and that triggered the attack.
Noel and Knoller (Holocaust survivors),
compared a surprise police search of his apartment to Nazi Gestapo
tactics, angering several survivors.
San Francisco District Attorney Terrance Hallinan "chose a time
when we were out of town to come over and kick down the doors of a
Jewish home," Robert Noel was quoted as saying in the San Francisco
Chronicle. "My relatives went through this in
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The Holocaust Card
When asked if she was an associate of the Aryan Brotherhood,
Knoller responded, "I'm Jewish and my family
were survivors of the Holocaust. So, no."
Knoller is convicted
Marjorie Knoller, 46, is convicted of second degree Murder.
being read to the court, Knoller looked shocked, taking several deep
breaths. Noel, who
refuses to stand, showed no reaction.
Marjorie Knoller had been convicted by a Los Angeles jury of both
murder and manslaughter, but the trial judge later reversed the murder
Had the murder conviction stood, Knoller would have faced a maximum
term of 15 years to life in prison. Judge James Warren, who set aside the
jury's verdict on the murder charge, ordered that Knoller be
retried on just on that count.
Sentenced to country club prison and
received early parole
Jewish interests push for an early
Marjorie Knoller was
released on parole from the Central California Women's Facility in
Chowchilla, Calif., on Friday, after serving 33 months for involuntary
Robert Noel was released September 2003 after serving little more than
half his four-year sentence. Noel, who served most of his time in Oregon
( Country Club prison ), was transferred last week to a state prison in