Renée Y. Butler
22 Years Old

Renée Butler, of Chicago, Illinois, was a sweet and loving young lady. She adored children, especially her nieces and nephews.

She loved volleyball, was on her high school volleyball team and won numerous trophies. Renée loved to dance and imitate television stars. At the time of her death, she was working as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

She was very photogenic and photographers loved to take her picture. Renée loved the Lord and enjoyed gospel music.


On the night of February 1, 1989, the door to Renée Butler's apartment was found unlocked and slightly ajar. Renée's family searched the apartment building and surrounding area for any trace of her. Nothing in her apartment had been touched or appeared out of the ordinary; however, they did find a hat of Renée's in the hall. The family also questioned people in the apartment building. As they were leaving the building, a man told them that Renée had an argument with a man in a green jacket.

The next morning, Renée was found outside the back of the apartment building. That same day, Berry Lacy was picked up for questioning. He told them that he saw Renée going into her apartment. He approached her and offered her marijuana, but she declined his offer. He then put Renée in a headlock from behind and dragged her into his apartment, which was next to hers. Once inside, he robbed and strangled her. Lacy claimed to have thrown Renée's body out of his window when he heard people calling out for her. Lacy had taken Renée's clothes to the incinerator to burn, but dropped the hat that the family later found. Her belt, which Lacy used to strangle her, and watch were found in his apartment. The man who told the family about the guy in the green jacket turned out to be lacy himself.

Lacy was convicted of first degree murder and robbery, and sentenced to natural life in prison without parole, plus seven years.

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