Daniel William Marsh

Daniel Marsh

Daniel Marsh. Enterprise photo

Crimes: Murder

Daniel William Marsh of Davis, California, scares the crap out of me. He’s a bottom dwelling creature who feeds off of terror and pain to feel good. He’s a sadistic, monstrous hellbeast who is willing to torture and murder for his own pleasure. And he’s still a teenager.

When Daniel Marsh was 15 years old, he decided the time had come to kill for thrills. He’d done his research on serial killers. He’d surfed the Internet for pictures of beheadings and disembowelment. He considered himself ready to become a killer. In fact, he’d been fantasizing about torturing his peers for months already — cutting off their eyelids and peeling their skin.

Daniel Marsh had been receiving mental health services for years since he was 11 years old. He’d had issues with anorexia, depression, and suicidal feelings.

In early 2013 Daniel Marsh spent a week in a Sacramento psychiatric hospital where he was prescribed meds for depression, anger and anxiety. The stay in hospital and the powerful medications did nothing to dispel his urge to commit violent acts. It didn’t help that he indulged in frequent marijuana use and binge drinking.

In April 2013 Daniel Marsh was finished with fantasizing and researching about killing. The time had come to act. To prepare himself to kill, the sick bastard wore a black ski mask he’d shoplifted and a black pilot’s jacket. He also got himself a hunting knife.

Daniel Marsh wandered around neighbourhoods at nighttime in Davis, checking for unlocked doors and open windows. Apparently he’d checked 40 to 50 homes before he found one with an open window. It was in the wee hours of April 14, 2013, and the home belonged to 87-year-old Oliver “Chip” Northup and his 76-year-old wife Claudia Maupin. Their house was only 2 doors down from the condo where Daniel Marsh lived.

Aww hell, you know what’s going to happen, but I still have to write about it. I wish I didn’t.

Daniel Marsh snuck into the home and made his way to the bedroom where the elderly couple was sleeping. He stood watching them for a while. I doubt he was having second thoughts — probably he was relishing the carnage that was to come.

Carnage, that’s the word for it. Daniel Marsh launched a ferocious attack on those helpless senior citizens. He stabbed and slashed repeatedly as Claudia Maupin begged him to stop. Her cries only served to motivate him to step up the attack on her.

Daniel Marsh plunged his knife into each of his victims more than 60 times, with the intent to cause them as much pain as possible before they died. Have no doubt – he tortured those two unfortunate people before he finally murdered them.

Still not satisfied, Daniel Marsh set about mutilating the bodies. He even removed their organs. And finally, not only was this POS hellbeast satisfied, he was euphoric.

The murders were discovered after Chip Northup and Claudia Maupin failed to show up for a memorial service and a gig where Chip Northup was to perform with his folk band.

Claudia Maupin’s youngest daughter, Victoria Hurd, went with Davis police to the elderly couple’s home and discovered the bodies. I feel terrible for her — nobody should have to see such horror as that ever.

Residents of Davis were shocked and terrified in the weeks after the murders. I don’t know how police could have known where to start — the victims had been chosen randomly.

Fortunately for justice, Daniel Marsh was so thrilled by his evil deeds that he couldn’t keep it to himself. He felt he just had to share. He chose to tell his best friend and his girlfriend. Unfortunately for him, they were not thrilled but shocked and appalled by his horrific crime. They did the right thing and turned him in to police.

I don’t know if investigators ever interviewed such a monster as Daniel Marsh before. He confessed all about the torture, murder and mutilation. He told them, “It felt right,” “It felt amazing,” and “It felt great.” He told them he felt “pure happiness” when he stabbed those poor people. He said he knew it was wrong but he did it anyway.

Daniel Marsh even admitted to investigators that he’d been planning his next murder — to kill a random person with a baseball bat. I told you he was scary.

Even though Daniel Marsh was only 15 when he murdered Chip Northup and Claudia Maupin, he was charged as an adult.

Daniel Marsh crying at sentencingAt his trial in September 2014, the defense couldn’t deny the little bastard had murdered the victims. Instead their strategy was to blame his actions on his parents’ divorce and his use of antidepressants. They sought to have him found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Too bad for the teenaged terror, the juror didn’t agree with the defense. They determined him to be sane when he slaughtered his victims. Daniel William Marsh was convicted on 2 counts of 1st-degree murder. He was also found guilty on all enhancements including torture, multiple murders and lying in wait.

On December 12, 2014 Yolo Superior Court Judge David W. Reed sentenced the teenaged killer to 52 years to life. That made Daniel Marsh cry.

“The murders in this case were brutal, the victims were random. He tortured them and took pleasure in what he had done. He told his friends. He slaughtered Northup and Maupin out of morbid curiosity,” Judge Reed said during sentencing.

“This is a sad case,” the judge continued. “They did not deserve to die. They did not deserve to be killed by Daniel.”

Nope, they sure didn’t. They led blameless lives and were only chosen to die because they’d left a window open.

“I’ve been a prosecutor for 28 years, and never have I seen a defendant with such an evil soul,” said Michael Cabral, Yolo County assistant chief deputy district attorney.

I am relieved that Daniel Marsh will be spending the next few decades behind bars, basically because I agree with Victoria Hurd who said, “If he is freed, people will die.”

Daniel Marsh was remanded to Yolo County juvenile custody. When he turns 18 he will be sent to state prison.

Chip Northup and Claudia Maupin

Chip Northup and Claudia Maupin


RIP, Oliver “Chip” Northup and Claudia Maupin.

Those lovely people deserve to be remembered for the lives they led and not their horrific deaths, so this is what I learned of them. Chip Northup was a folk musician whose band, the Putah Creek Crawdads, was locally popular. He was a lawyer and once was a Yolo County prosecutor. He was also a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather-to-be.

Chip Northup was married to Claudia Maupin for almost 18 years. She was a pastoral associate and a spiritual director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. She was much loved by her children and grandchildren.

Chip Northup and Claudia Maupin were good people, and they deserved to live their lives out in full, basking in the love and admiration of their family and their community. I extend my heartfelt sympathies to those who mourn their loss.

Sacramento CBS Local news article – trial begins
Sacramento CBS Local news article – defense wants torture charge dropped
Sacramento CBS Local news article – mutilation
Sacramento CBS Local news article – gruesome details
Sacramento CBS Local news article – defendant planned to kill again
David Enterprise News article – homicidal/suicidal thoughts
Sacramento CBS Local news article – closing arguments
Sacramento CBS Local news article – verdict
The Sacramento Bee article – sentencing

12 Responses to Daniel William Marsh

  1. Bengalpuss says:

    Cleo, i’m glad you wrote at the end of your article what these two lovely people did, I bet they were such an awesome couple who had loads of friends and will be sorely missed. As for this murdering cunt, i believe he should never see the light of day again because he will kill again if released. Evil fucker he is. Lets hope his life is miserable while incarcerated.

  2. Bengalpuss says:

    Im also glad that he started blubbering when he found out that he was fucked and going away for a long time, narcissistic cunt.

  3. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Truly and Utterly Evil Indeed

    Murder Most Fiendish

  4. Ashton says:

    Truly disgusted by this young man’s actions. I hope he never gets out.

  5. Rhonda says:

    He should have received 52 years for each murder. Someone like him, if they are not going to be executed, should never, ever, ever be let out of prison, have any possibility whatsoever at all of parole because if he’s this messed up already at only 15 there is no way he is ever going to be right in the head, or society safe were he ever again allowed to roam free.

  6. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Look how the Bulger Killers got off Lightly

    The Western World is Infested with Sickos

    • Kairi says:

      Except that the Bulger killers were from England… but still, there are so many sicko living everywhere in the world.

  7. moodymagic says:

    I feel sick for how this poor couple suffered and were killed. I my sympathy goes out to all those who loved this lovely couple. Marsh should have gotten a stiffer sentence for 2 murders. Burn in hell Marsh.

  8. killpedos says:

    Those poor old folks. The fear they must of felt must of been horrific. RIP.
    Now I bet that little murdering piece of rotten catshit won’t be feeling too big and tough when he gets put in with the real badass scary motherfuckers. Hehehe makes me laugh imagining him locked in the showers with a group of the real big bad boys.
    I don’t think too many of the prison boys will be shaking his hand for murdering two helpless old folks.
    Have fun in jail numbnutts.

  9. Jessica says:

    This one gives me chills. The couple just looks so sweet and clearly wanted to spend their days peacefully, enjoying things they loved.Even their picture made me say ‘aww..’ out loud because of their cuteness. Yay for the judge in this verdict, I just hope this POS never sees the sunlight as a free man. I hope this vermin, waste of space kid enjoys the juvenile detention center while it lasts..i’m sure he’s allowed to use markers and color, receive education and play with others, etc… can’t wait until he goes to big boy prison at 18 displaying his baby face that will be much sought after.

  10. DecentPeopleOnly says:

    Given the Do what You wanna Do mentality of too Many
    it shows the Evil Consequences in a Brutalised Society
    of ” Modern Times “

  11. IllNeverReadYourReply says:

    Little bastard

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