Marjorie Knoller Dog Mauling Conviction Upheld -- Husband Foresees Appeal

Categories: Law & Order
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We may yet still have Marjorie Knoller to kick around...
A state appeals court on Friday upheld the second-degree murder conviction received by Marjorie Knoller after the woman's hulking presa canario dogs in 2001 mauled Diane Whipple to death.

Knoller was imprisoned in 2002; she was paroled in '04, but returned to jail in 2007 after superior court judge Charlotte Woolard reinstated a verdict of second-degree murder. Reached for comment about a potential appeal, Knoller's husband, Richard Noel -- who served time for involuntary manslaughter in the wake of Whipple's death -- told SF Weekly, "That's up to Marjorie and her lawyer, you expect them to, but I don't really have any comment on it." 

Knoller's legal maneuvering resurrected one of San Francisco's most bizarre and sickening stories of recent years.

The case was replete with mind-boggling details, including the ownership of the dogs by an imprisoned white supremacist named Paul "Cornfed" Anderson; Noel and Knoller's adoption of the thirtysomething racist; Noel claiming he was being persecuted because of his alleged Judaism despite his adoption of a member of the Aryan Brotherhood; and the couple blaming Whipple for her own demise because, as a lesbian, her biological makeup somehow spooked killer dogs Bane and Hera.

Friday's ruling validated the court's most recent sentence of 15 years to life for Knoller.

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