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FREED: Robert Taliaferro Fatally Stabbed Wife in Heart | Tony Evers’ Killers & Rapists #11

Since 2019, Gov. Tony Evers’ Parole Commission has released at least 884 convicted criminals, freeing them early on parole mostly into Wisconsin communities, including more than 270 murderers and attempted murderers, and more than 44 child rapists.

Robert Taliaferro was one of them.

11th in the series.


Elise Taliaferro thought her husband Robert Taliaferro was going to “make love” to her, she told police as she died. Instead, he brutally stabbed Elise through the upper chambers of her heart. He showed no remorse, according to court testimony. The crime occurred in Madison, Dane County.

“In that darkened room he got this knife…he opened the knife… and at that time attacked his unsuspecting victim, Elise,” the prosecutor said.

Taliaferro brutally stabbed Elise four times. He fractured Elise’s rib. The knife passed through her lung and into the upper chambers of her heart, killing her. She had multiple abrasions, bruises, and scratches on her body, an old newspaper article stated.


Evers’ Parole Commission Freed Robert Taliaferro Early

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Robert Taliaferro

Date paroled: 01/11/2022 [You can check his parole date yourself in the DOC database by putting his name in here and choosing “movement”]

The released killer now lives: Blooming Prairie, Minnesota

Age: 67

Convicted: First-degree intentional homicide, 1984

Sentence: Life sentenceScreenshot 2022 09 15 154758 Robert Taliaferro Screenshot 2022 09 15 154717 Screenshot 2022 09 15 154632


The Victim: Elise A. Taliaferro, 36

Worked at the Insurance Commissioner’s Office.

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What the Killer Did:

According to an April 27, 1984 Capital Times newspaper article accessed via Newspapers.com, Taliaferro murdered his 36-year-old wife at the Spence Motel. The prosecutor argued that he intentionally killed her. He claimed he stabbed her during a sexual bondage act, but a pathologist testified that there was no evidence that was true.

When police found her, Elise was dying, but she told police, “We were making love” when he stabbed her, according to a 1984 Capital Times newspaper article.

“In that darkened room he got this knife…he opened the knife… and at that time attacked his unsuspecting victim, Elise,” the prosecutor Robert DeChambeau told the jury, according to the Capital Times. “Elise was preparing to make love and Robert Taliaferro was preparing to kill her.” The prosecution argued that Elise was a battered wife and Robert had previously threatened to kill her.

A jail inmate testified that Taliaferro told him he “disliked his wife because she was dumb,” the Capital Times reported. The inmate testified that Taliaferro told him his wife “was always dogging him about a number of affairs and incidents she knew he was involved in.”

Robert told the inmate, who got a deal for the testimony, that they were fighting so he slapped and then killed her. The inmate said Taliaferro did not show any remorse and said he was glad she was dead, saying, “He didn’t regret it.”

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