If you were conscious of such things back in 2001, you may recall Diane Whipple, the lacrosse coach who was attacked and killed by dogs right outside the door of her own apartment, her keys still in the lock.
The Presa Canario dogs, Bane and Hera, belonged to Knoller and Noel. Well, that's who was looking after them, anyway. The "kids", as Marjorie referred to them in letters, actually belonged to Paul Schneider, an inmate serving a life sentence whom the couple met while doing legal work.
|Illustration by Schneider|
Shortly before the dog attack Knoller and Noel legally adopted Schneider as their son. Their 38-year-old son.
Shortly after the dog attack they insisted the dogs had never shown aggression towards humans but many neighbors contradicted this.
|Knoller and Noel|
Both dogs were put down. Robert Noel, who was not present during the attack, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. His wife was additionally found guilty of second-degree murder. The legal system has gone back and forth since on the murder conviction but after several appeals the California Supreme Court let it stand. She is still in prison.
Robert Noel has become a baker since being disbarred.
|Whipple's keys in her door|