|THE MASS MURDERER HIT LIST - PART 2|
All mass murderers are listed according to the number of hits tallied in their fifteen minutes of homicidal fame. Check the morgue for the latest rampages. Because of its ever-increasing size, the Mass Murderer Hit List has been broken into three sections according to number of hits.
Larry Gene Ashbrook (7+) Three adults and four teen-agers were killed on September 16, 1999, when Larry Gene Ashbrook -- armed with two handguns and shouting anti-Baptist rhetoric -- opened fire in Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Seven others were wounded. Minutes after the rampage the killer sat in a pew towards the back of the church and blew his brains out.
Armed with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and a .380-caliber handgun, Ashbrook reloaded several times as he calmly walked down the aisle shooting and spewing out mocking comments about the Baptist religion. Three empty gun clips were found at the crime scene. He also set off a homemade pipe bomb but it did not harm anyone.
The victims were attending a concert by Forty Days, a Christian rock group from Dallas, as part of an annual "See You at the Pole" prayer event organized by local schools. The Forty Days band was playing a song called "Alle," short for "alleluia," when "we heard a couple of pops and we thought it was the speakers," said Drue Phillips, 19, the group's bass player and backup singer.
According to his neighbors Ashbrook was a jobless loner who exposed himself, screamed obscenities and kicked doors during fits of rage. They said he was often seen carrying a blue gym bag. Occasionally his temper flared, though no one knew if he had any particular religious convictions. He "has been strange as long as I can remember," a 38-year-old neighbor said.
Investigators picking through his modest, wood-frame home, found bomb-making equipment. Previous to his murderous rampage, Ashbrook ransacked his house, breaking holes in the walls, pouring concrete in the toilets, overturning furniture and slicing up family photos. "He virtually destroyed the interior of his house," said Robert Garrity, the FBI's special agent in charge. "This has the appearance of being a very troubled man, who, for whatever reason in his own mind, sought to quiet whatever demons that bothered him."
Old journals revealed that he was very disturbed and particularly upset about his difficulty in finding and keeping a job, the agent said. "I think he was just somebody who was a social outcast," Garrity said. "This has the appearance of being a very troubled man, who for whatever reason in his own mind, sought to quiet whatever demons that bothered him."
Ashbrook never married or had children, and had peculiar habits like leaving home for an hour each morning carrying a blue canvas bag. Elderly residents would retreat into their homes when Ashbrook walked down the street, intimidated by his menacing appearance. He invariably opened and closed doors to houses and cars with violent kicks.
He became more erratic after his mother died nine years ago. Ashbrook lived for many years with his father, Jack D. Ashbrook, a retired railroad switchman, who died two months ago at age 85. Across the street from the Ashbrooks' home, longtime neighbors said they saw Larry Ashbrook push his father down more than once, but did not call police because they feared retaliation.
Days before the shooting rampage at a Baptist church, Ashbrook wrote two letters to the editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram complaining about the CIA, psychological warfare, assaults by co-workers, being drugged by police and being suspected of being a serial killer. He even came by the newspaper's offices and visited city editor Stephen Kaye, who described the killer as "the opposite of someone you'd be concerned about... He couldn't have been any nicer."
He repeated his concerns in an Aug. 19 telephone call to FW Weekly, a Fort Worth alternative newspaper. Ashbrook said he was being targeted by authorities and that he was innocent of any crime, the newspaper said. "I want someone to tell my story," he told the newspaper. "No one will listen to me; no one will believe me."
The two letters, dated July 31 and August 10, read as follows
Lt. Sibusiso Madubela(7+) A black army officer in South Africa army base went on a shooting spree killing six white soldiers and a female South African National Defence Force employee. Lt. Sibusiso Madubela, 28, of the 1st South African Infantry Battalion, moved from building to building at the Tempe military base in Bloemfontein randomly shooting at white soldiers with an R4 semiautomatic rifle. The base is located in Bloemfontein, the largest city in Free State, a sparsely populated farming province 220 miles south of Johannesburg.
Killed in the shooting were Major Jacques Coetzer, 31, Warrant Officer Reg Sieberhagen ,38, Warrant Officer Johan Lombard, 49, Staff Sergeant Doughie Douglas, 30, Sergeant Willie Nell, 27, Sergeant Tertius Lombard, 26, and a female defence force employee, Marita Hamilton, 57. Five more people were wounded, including one in critical condition. Madubela died in a shoot out with one of the wounded soldiers.
South Africa's Defense Minister Patrick Lekota announced a wide-ranging probe into problems in South Africa's defense force following Madubela's shooting rampage. Perhaps in reaction to the killings suspected members of the AWB,the neo-Nazi African Resistance Movement, broke into the army base, stole a minibus and painted the words "We shall be back," on a wall.
Highlighting racial tensions in the post-apartheid military, South African police launched an inquiry into the killings to determine whether they were racially motivated. One soldier at the base, who said he was a close associate of Madubela, said the killings were a result of racial tensions. Allegedly the lieutenant had been angered by news that his pay for the month had been cancelled after he left the base to attend his father's funeral.
"Anybody who thinks these killings are not part and parcel of apartheid is mistaken," said the soldier, who declined to be identified. "This guy went to bury his father and he comes back to be told that he went AWOL. What is that? He had sought permission before he went."
"I think we're going to see the army split into two -- one section for whites and another one for blacks -- if there are still people dragging their feet when it comes to progress. We've fought for this country and we don't need that to happen."
Gary Gene Tison & Randy Greenawalt (7+) On July 30, 1978, Gary Gene Tison and Randy Greenawalt had enough of their life sentences at the Arizona state prison . The imposing Tison, feared and respected by fellow inmates, had killed a policeman for shoving his wife. Greenawalt, a pudgy man with a very high IQ, was doing time for serial-killing at least two, maybe four truck drivers, by shooting them in the head while they slept in their cabs.
Transferred to the low-security Trusty Unit for excellent behavior, Tison and Greenawalt pulled off a daring escape in broad daylight. They were aided by Gary's young and near-brainwashed sons Donny, Ricky and Ray. After suffering two flat tires on rough Arizona back roads, they kidnapped a family of four for their car, then shotgunned the whole family to death. A week later, a game warden discovered the sun-bloated corpses in the desert. One of the victims had crawled a thousand feet before dying.
Failing to obtain a plane in which to fly to Mexico as planned, the gang tried to drive across the border in a stolen van. The owners of the van, a couple vacationing in Colorado, were later found dead in the woods. On the night of August 10 they met by a hail of gunfire that killed Donny, the van was forced off the road. Randy, Ricky and Ray were captured and sent to prison, but Gary, who had sworn he wouldn't be taken alive, died of dehydration in the desert, while hiding only a few feet away from a building where he could have turned himself in.
Mauro Antonello (7) On October 16, 2002, a man in the northern Italian town of Chieri shot and killed his ex-wife and six others relatives and neighbors before turning the gun on himself. The gunman, Mauro Antonello, a 40-year-old construction worker, former security guard and gun collector, reportedly had a bitter breakup two years ago with his wife, 40-year-old Carla Bergamin. Antonello left a videotaped message for the couple's 7-year-old daughter, who was at school when the slayings occurred, to "explain why you have been left without me," the Turin-based La Stampa newspaper reported Wednesday. "It was all mom's fault. It was she who didn't want to go back with me, who didn't want to reunite our family."
The man also reportedly left notes in the trailer he rented last week and where he spent the night before carrying out the massacre. "I kill you because I love you," he reportedly wrote to the people he would shoot. Chieri, a relatively well-off suburb of about 32,000 people, near the norhtwestern industrial city of Turin. The victims were Bergamin, her mother, brother, sister-in-law, as well as two neighbors and a woman who worked in the Bergamin family textile factory.
A day before the family rampage, a former customs police official in the northern town of Reggio Emilia videotaped himself shooting and killing his wife and daughter and injuring his daughter's boyfriend. The gunman then unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide, but eventually died in the hospital two days later. Two weeks before, in the northern suburb, Leno, near Brescia, police found the body of a missing 14-year-old, Desiree Piovanelli, who had been stabbed to death in what allegedly had been planned as a gang rape. Three teenagers, including one who lived next door, and a 36-year-old neighbor who lived across the street were arrested and charged with the murder.
Adam Moss (7) On August 31, 2001, the day after mass murderer Nikolay Soltys was captured in Sacramento, another man, 23-year-old Adam Matthew Moss, was arrested in Sioux City, Iowa, for the murders of two adults and five children. The suspect, 23-year-old Adam Matthew Moss, is believed to have been the boyfriend of Leiticia Aguilar, the 31-year-old female victim and mother of the five murdered children. The other adult victim, 58-year-old Ronald Earl Fish, was found dead in the entryway of his home on the north side of town. Authorities believe Moss, who had worked in Fish's tire company, murdered him to steal his car. The bodies of Aguilar and her children were discovered by a babysitter who came looking for them after they did not show up at her house after school. Apparently the family had been dead for several days.
According to authorities, this murder rampage is the worst crime committed in Sioux City history. Once the bodies of Aguilar, her children and Fish were found, police identified Moss -- who had been living with Aguilar -- as their primary suspect. After an frantic, all-night search for Moss throughout the city, police found him hiding behind a pile of plywood outside a shack they had been watching.
Neighbors said Moss could be friendly and helpful but had a history of violence. His own brother filed a restraining order against him last week; court officials would not explain the cause. Fred Scaletta, spokesman for the Iowa Corrections Department, said Moss was sentenced to a year of probation in 1995 for assault. The next year, he was placed on two years' probation for burglary and theft. Moss and Aguilar had worked at Smurfit-Stone Container Co., which makes cardboard and paper products.
Nikolay Soltys (7) For reasons unknown, Nikolay Soltys, a 27-year-old Ukrainian immigrant, stabbed to death his 22-year-old pregnant wife, Lyubov, in their outside Sacramento. Twenty minutes later he went to his uncle's home in nearby Rancho Cordova were he killed his aunt and uncle, Galina Kukharskaya, 74, and Petr Kukharskiy, 75, and two of their grandchildren, Tatyana Kukharskaya and Dimitriy Kukharskiy. The two cousins were 9 years old. About an hour later Soltys went to his mother's house in Citrus Heights, another Sacramento suburb, from where he left with Sergey, his 3-year-old son. According to the mother Soltys seemed fine, and showed no sign of anything wrong. The next day police found the child in a bloodied with his throat slit... (Continued)
Craig Godineaux & John Taylor (7) Craig Godineaux, 30, and John Taylor, 36, are accused of entering a Wendy's in Flushing, Queens, on May 24, 2000, and ordering seven employees into a basement freezer. There, they allegedly bound and gagged their victims with duct tape, placed bags over their heads, then shot them one by one in the head during a robbery.
"[The victims] were marched single file into a big freezer box. They were told to get on their knees, and they were each shot by the defendants once in the head," said Lasak Assistant District Attorney Greg Lasak. Two of the employees survived the attack, in which $3,200 was stolen from the eatery. Police say most of that money was found at Taylor's home.
Craig Godineaux told the cops he didn't wear a mask during the robbery that left five dead and two wounded because "nobody was going to be left." The suspect also allegedly told cops that he put a coat on victim Anita Smith to keep her warm in the basement freezer before she was murdered on May 24. The new information came out in the Queens courtroom of Supreme Court Justice Robert Hanophy as Godineaux and Taylor were arraigned on five murder charges. Taylor, a former co-worker of some of the victims, was also arraigned on unrelated indictments, charging him with three robberies of McDonald's restaurants in June of last year.
After his arrest on Long Island Taylor told two detectives while en route back to Queens that they should arrest Godineaux. "Please get Craig," Taylor allegedly said. "Please get Craig because I was the only one who saw him shoot those people. I knew three of those people. It was supposed to be a robbery."
In reading the charges against Godineaux, the suspect made it clear to detectives he did not wear a mask because the murders were part of the robbery plan. "This is that fat bastard's [Taylor's] fault," Godineaux allegedly said. "I only shot the survivors." Godineaux later allegedly added. "I shot five of them. I didn't shoot the girl. That fat bastard shot Anita [Smith]. I liked her. I put a coat on her before she went into the freezer."
On January 22, 2001, Craig Godineaux pleaded guilty to murdering three people and wounding two others. According to prosecutors Godineaux, who will be sentenced to five consecutive life sentences without parole, was spared from the death penalty because he is mentally retarded. "I know my apologies to the families will never bring their loved ones back," he said at his sentencing hearing on February 22. "I do deserve what I get. I don't expect nobody to accept my apology." As for Taylor, prosecutors plan to push for the death penalty in his trial.
Byran Uyesugi(7) On November 2, 1999, Byron Uyesugi, a Xerox copy repairman who believed his coworkers were plotting gainst him, showed up at the offices of Xerox in Honolulu and hunted down seven of his coworkers.
In the opening statements in the Byran Uyesugi trial City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle described murder defendant Byran Uyesugi as a calculating, disgruntled employee out to settle a grudge and defense attorney Rodney Ching described the gunman as sick individual with a history of mental illness who was legally insane at the time of the shootings.
According to Ching the rampage was the product of a delusional mental disorder fueled by the belief that his co-workers were spying on him and sabotaging his work. Uyesugi, Mr. Ching said, believed for years that unseen demons stalked and tormented him, and that the FBI and co-workers bugged his bedroom, mutilated his prized fish, stole his woodwork and put sugar in his gas tank. Against such odds, who can blame the man for going on a shooting spree.
In the first day of testimony in the trial of Uyesugi coworker George Moad described his horror and disbelief as he ran to the second floor of Xerox warehouse to see what was going on and stumbled over the bleeding and lifeless bodies of coworkers as he looked for a phone to call 911. "I saw bodies and I couldn't understand, fathom," he testified. "I felt sick."
In fact Moad sued both Uyesugi and the Xerox Corporation for the emotional distress he suffered after seeing the carnage. Attorneys for Xerox argued that the multinational conglomerate could not be held liable for an employee acting outside the scope of his employment. Uyesugi's actions were "privately and personally motivated acts of violence," said lead attorney Crystal Rose. "Xerox didn't hire Byran Uyesugi to murder his co-workers."
According to David Gierlach, Moad's attorney, Xerox knew before the slayings that Uyesugi had threatened to kill co-workers, that he suffered from delusional disorder and that he had a collection of guns. Furthermore the killing spree was motivated in part by Uyesugi's desire to serve Xerox because he thought co-workers were sabotaging his repair work. Xerox denied all charges and tried to have two of the six counts against them dismissed.
During the second week of the trial of rampage killer Byran Uyesugi a psychiatrist who treated him in 1993 said the Xerox copy repairman suffered from deep rooted delusions. In 1993, Uyesugi spent five days in the psychiatric ward at Castle Hospital after he kicked in an elevator door at a customer's building. Upon evaluation, Dr. Denis Mee-Lee found Uyesugi suffered from a major mental illness. "Somewhat of a suspicious distrustful, what we might overall typically call paranoid types of feelings," says Mee-Lee.
According to testimony from co-workers Hawaian rampager Byran Uyesugi was ostracized and isolated at work. One day he told Xerox service technician Clyde Nitta, "I'll take care of them. I'll shoot all of them." Uyesugi one day told co-worker . Nitta described Uyesugi as mild-mannered and quiet. But when Uyesugi spoke of his co-workers, "he got very upset and his demeanor changed," Nitta said. Nitta said he thought of Uyesugi, who police revealed owned 25 firearms at the time of the shooting, was "a little strange" but not crazy. Russell Inaba, another repair technician, testified he stayed home from work for a week in 1993 after Uyesugi's boss notified him that Uyesugi made threats on his life. When he eventually returned to work, he tried to avoid Uyesugi as much as possible, Inaba said.
Uyesugi told the psychiatrist about co-workers sabotaging his copiers, fellow employees posing as FBI agents and that the government would kidnap his child if he ever had one. Despite his condition, prosecutors argued Uyesugi knew right from wrong. "Individuals have ability to make choices," said Mee-Lee. "And even the most mentally disturbed individuals will usually have some understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it."
On June 13, 2000, a circuit court jury found Xerox Uyesugi guilty as charged of seven first-degree murder charges. He faces life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Sentencing was scheduled for August 8. The jury also found Uyesgui guilty of attempted second-degree murder for shooting and narrowly missing Steven Matsuda in the stairwell of the Xerox building. Defense attorneys had sought an acquittal by reason of insanity. The defense argued that Uyesugi suffered from delusions that began about 10 years ago in which he believed his coworkers were conspiring to discredit him. The state argued although he suffered from a mental disorder, he knew what he was doing what was wrong when he gunned down his seven coworkers. The 12 jurors took less than two hours to deliberate.
Following the conviction, the XEROX Corporation said that although they are sorry for what happened, they accept no blame for the copier repairman's deadly rage. Alluding to how they handled Uyesugi's worsening relationship with his co-workers, Xerox public relations manager Terry Dillman said: "No matter what you do, taking every precaution and taking every step, there will never be a guarantee that something like this won't happen... We believe that Xerox acted as responsibly and reasonably as it possibly could have at each and every turn." Xerox's post-verdict message did not surprise Honolulu attorney Michael Green, who remarked: "This is called cover your ass," Green said. "The corporate strategy is coming out now, and I would suggest that the families seek attorneys."
On October 12, 2000, Uyesugi asked the Oahu public defender's office to file an appeal to overturn his seven murder convictions because he was denied a fair trial. In June, a jury rejected defense arguments that a delusional disorder had convinced Uyesugi that co-workers were sabotaging his career, spying on him for the federal government and mutilating his prize goldfish that led to his November 2, 1999, deadly workplace massacre. Uyesugi, however, still believes he was wronged and the massacre was justified.
On July 6, 2001, The widow of one of the seven men killed during the rampage filed suit against Uyesugi and three Xerox executives, alleging the three knew or should have known that Uyesugi showed violent tendencies as far back as 1993. The suit has been the first filed in behalf of family members of the seven killed during the Uyesugi's workplace rampage. The suit was filed by Honolulu attorneys Michael Green, David Gierlach and Debra Kagawa on behalf of Merry Lynn Balatico, whose husband, Jason, was gunned down by Uyesugi who feared he was about to be fired.
The three executives named in the lawsuit were Glenn Sexton, vice president and general manager of Xerox Corp.; James Hughes, identified in the suit as Western region manager of investigations for Xerox ; and Tom Trittipo, listed as Western region manager of human resources for Xerox. The suit seeks general, special and punitive damages, the amount of which is to be determined at trial.
Michael McDermott (7) Chalk this one to the IRS. On December 26, 2000, a Massachussets software tester allegedly gunned down seven co-workers at their Internet consulting company because he may have been upset by a request by the IRS to garnisheed his wages to pay back taxes. Michael McDermott, 42 -- wielding a semiautomatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol -- made his way through the offices of Edgewater Technology on the day after Christmas, leaving in his wake a stream of spent shells and the bodies of four women and three men.
Pvt. Oleg Naumov (7) On January 28, 1998, Pvt. Oleg Naumov -- a glue-sniffing Russian soldier on guard duty in the far eastern island of Sakhalin -- went on a rampage killing seven soldiers. Zonked on acetone fumes, Pvt. Oleg Naumov pick-axed one comrade -- who escaped alive -- before picking up his army-issued AK and killing his commander and a six others. The rampaging private -- who had been addicted to drugs since age 13 -- was detained five hours later and hospitalized under heavy sedation.
Illustrating the murderous epidemic plaguing the Russian army, a day before the rampage, a soldier shot a fellow serviceman to death and deserted his post on the outskirts of Moscow. Such episodes have become increasingly common.
Ahmad Dakamseh (7) In 1997 Jordanian soldier Ahmad Dakamseh shot to death seven Israeli schoolgirls on a field trip. The soldier was sentenced to life in prison by a military tribunal after he opened fire on a group of Israeli girls in Baqoura in the northern Jordan Valley, a small piece of land the kingdom retrieved from Israel under their 1994 peace treaty. Six other girls were wounded in the rampage. On May 26, 1999, sources at the Jordan Bar Association said that Prime Minister Abdul Raouf Rawabdeh recently told the association's president that the "government may decide to free " the incarcerated rampager.
Zurab Chkheidze (7) On June 25, 1997, Zorab, a Russian soldier, shot and killed four other guards and a technician at a gasoline storage depot 12 miles east of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Zurab then fled with Petre Kamkamidzean -- another soldier -- taking with them two Kalashnikov rifles. Later they killed a couple and stole their car before being arrested at a nearby roadblock.
Roland Smith (7) On December 8, 1995, Ronald Smith, an overzealous black activist, turned the white-owned Freddy's Fashion Mart across the street from Harlem's famous Apollo Theatre into a flaming grave for seven low-wage workers and himself. Fueled by a bitter dispute stemming from the clothing store's planned expansion that would result in the eviction of the black-owned Record Shack next door Ron grew tired of picketing and decided to take matters into his own hand. On that fateful morning he entered Freddy's with a .38-caliber revolver and a bag of lighter fluid, yelled for everyone to leave and started firing wildly wounding four people who managed to stumble out of the shop.
Then he proceeded to set up barricades trapping seven people inside. After exchanging gunfire with police the mad activist set several fires in the store. Ronnie, who liked to call himself Abubunde Mulocko, feeling he had done his job for the cause, ended his morning rampage by putting a bullet in his head. The seven others trapped in the store burned to death. Police are still investigating the reasons for his attack.
Richard Farley (7) A computer technician obsessed with a female coworkers, Richard Farley killed 7 people -- including the object of his obsession -- in one day. On the positive side, Rich single-handedly forced a revision of the California law against stalking.
Ramón Salcido (7) After a night of heavy drinking and snorting cocaine, Ramón pondered his impending unemployment and divorce. On April 14, 1989 --the next morning --he decided what to do. First he took his three daughters to a municipal dump and slit their throats. One survived, two died. Then he went looking for his wife in his in-laws house. There he killed his mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. When he returned home he found his wife, Angela, and smoked her too. He finished the day's work by murdering his boss whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife.
Jorjik Avanesian (7) On February 6, 1996, this 40-year-old Iranian immigrant, killed his wife and six children by torching their Glendale, California apartment. Jorjik, after years of anger at his wife, set the lethal fire out of jealousy because "his wife was involved with drugs and had been with another man." The lethal familicide fled the one-room inferno with burns on his hands and headed to the offices of Asre Emrooz, a Farsi-newspaper in Encino, to tell his side of the story. Jorjik, unaware of having charred his wife and six children, ages 4 to 17, said that he burnt down their home to scare his wife. He was hoping to get a divorce and get her deported.
However, as news came that the whole family was dead, Houshiar Nejad, the publisher, called the cops. Later, his sister Maro Ovanesyan told authorities that he had been arrested in Iran for trying to stab his wife. He was also arrested in the United States for using excessive force disciplining one of his children. His wife complained to police that he threw a chair at one fo the children and brandished a knife. He served no jail time but received counseling.
Fire officials could not explain why the Avanesians where trapped in their one-bedroom apartment and could not escape the fire. Three bodies were found in the bathtub and another on the bathroom floor. The bodies of two small children and a teenager were found in the bedroom.
Mattias Flink (7) Sweden's premier mass murderer. In June, 1994, Mattias killed seven and wounded two during a one-night rampage through the town of Falun. Matt, an army man, was distraught over the impending break-up with his girlfriend. After a night of serious drinking he returned to his barracks, grabbed his AK-5, extra ammunition clips, and went back to town to mow down citizens. After killing seven people he climbed on a crane and waited for the police. Two hours later he got bored, climbed down, and was spotted by the police who tracked him to a railway station. When he saw the cops he tried to fire at them but his AK-5 jammed with a casing caught in the ejector. The two lucky cops shot him on the buttocks before arresting him. Now Mattias spends his times in Sweden's premier prison wishing he had stayed on the crane.
Raymond Ratima (7) In June 1992, a month after the Schlaepfer family massacre, 25-year-old fellow New Zealander Raymond Ratima bludgeoned and stabbed to death seven relatives, including five children, in the quiet rural town of Masterton, north of Wellington.
Joseph Wesbecker (7) At 8:30 a.m., September 14, 1989, Joe entered the Kentucky printing plant where he worked, armed to his teeth with an AK-47, two Mac-10s and two other pistols. After testing out all his weapons and killing seven, he put a bullet in his head. A former co-worker thought that Joe was argumentative, confrontational and paranoid. "This guy's been talking about this for a year." He went in looking for bosses but ended up shooting at anyone that moved.
Daniel Patric Lyman (7) In July, 1987, Danny boy, a thirty-six year-old resident of Tacoma, Washington, decided his family had bothered him long enough. He proceeded to kill the whole lot: his parents, his parents-in-law, his wife, his two children, and then, himself.
Edward Charles Allaway (7) In 1976 Ed shot nine people, seven fatally, in a homicidal rampage at the library at Cal State Fullerton where he worked as a janitor. Not a marksman, Eddie used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot his victims at close range. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, the killer has been confined to the Atascadero State Hospital. In 1992 he was transferred to the less restrictive Napa State Hospital and has been deemed well enough to be released into the community. Dr. Paul Blair, a state psychiatrist and UC Irvine professor said that Allaway's psychopathic behavior appears "to be in full remission." If released maybe Dr. Blair could give him some work in the UC Irvine campus. However, he should stay clear of the library.
Mark Essex (7) Mark Essex left the U.S. Navy because he thought the white man did not care about his problems. He moved to New Orleans where he brooded over racism a little too long. On a Sunday morning in January, 1973, Mark stormed into a Howard Johnson's Motel with his rifle in his hand and a private race war on his mind. A black maid spotted him but he reassured her, "Don't worry. We're not killing blacks today, just whites. The revolution is here." With that, he torched the drapes of his room and started shooting at the white folk.
He spent the rest of the day on the roof of the hotel shooting people.He killed two hotel workers, three cops, a newlywed couple, and wounded twenty-six others. Eventually he was shot down by Marine sharpshooters who were called in to take him out.
James Schnick (7) Another from the family-annihilator file. In September, 1987, this Elkland, Missouri, resident wasted seven family members, including four of his children. He then tried to blame his14n-year-old nephew for the crime.
Josef Gautsch (6) On November 22, 1997, Josef Gautsch shot and killed his ex-wife, her 3-year-old daughter and four other people in a central Austrian town before turning the gun on himself. The dead included the ex-wife's live-in companion and a school principal, who also served as deputy mayor of the town. The gunman, identified as 36-year-old mechanic Josef Gautsch, killed himself shortly after the shootings.
Robert Bryant (6) On March 16, 2002, Robert Bryant shot and killed his four children, his wife and himself in the family hillside home in Yamhill County, Oregon. The children -- ages 8 to 15 -- were found in their beds, dressed in their night clothes. Their mother, 37-year-old Janet Ellen Bryant, was found on the floor in the master bedroom. Robert Bryant, the 37-year-old familicidal dad, was found in the living room dead from an apparent self-inflicted shotgun wound. Authorities believe the family was dead for several days before they were discovered. The Bryant home sits on about two acres in a rural subdivision outside McMinnville, a prosperous town in Oregon's vineyard country about 35 miles southwest of Portland.
The children were last at school on Feb. 22, and the shootings are believed to have occurred the following night. Karen Richey, assistant superintendent for the McMinnville School District, said teachers had noticed the children's absence from school and several attempts were made to contact the Bryants. "We had people knocking on the door several times," but no one ever answered. When two Yamhill County sheriff's deputies were in the area on an unrelated call, neighbors asked them to check on the family. The deputies used a ladder to look into a window in the rear of the house and spotted Robert Bryant's body.
The Bryants moved last summer to Oregon from the Sacramento, California, area, where they had lived for nearly a decade, according to Mark Messier, a family friend. Court records show that before they moved, Bryant had filed for bankruptcy. Messier said the family's move came as a surprise. "Their uncles and aunts and grandparents all loved those kids, and they wanted to maintain contact, but Rob wouldn't let them," Messier said. "We don't even know when they moved. They just up and went."
Pvt. Yevgeny Gorbunov (6) Police and federal agents in the Chita region of Siberia announced an all-points bulletin for Pvt. Yevgeny Gorbunov. While on guard duty at a military installation Gorbunov ran amok killing five fellow soldiers and an officer.
Poor morale, mental abuse, severe hazing, and underfunding in the Russian military have led to a series of shooting incidents involving soldiers.
Forestry worker Feng Guohui, 25, born with both male and female sexual organs, became a man through a series of operations four years ago, but his neighbors kept making fun of him. In a fit of rage, Feng attacked them with a long knife, killing three women aged 81, 59 and 27, along with two 4-year-old boys and another 5-year-old boy. An 8-year-old girl survived the vengeful rampage.
On March, 30, 1997, the angry father waited outside the gates of Al-Tallai private high school, which his two daughters attended, for the headmistress, Asma al-Nomaan. When she arrived, he fatally shot her in the head. He then killed a cafeteria employee who rushed to cover her body and wounded a bus driver who tried to block him from entering the school.
Once inside the schoolhouse, he went from classroom to classroom, shooting at hundreds of students killing three and wounding one teacher before walking 500 yards to the nearby Moussa bin Nussair High School. There he killed three more students and wounded another teacher before being wounded and arrested. An Interior Ministry statement said 11 pupils from the two schools and three other people were wounded.
A day after his deadly rampage, the disgruntled Yemeni father was sentenced to death by firing squad. Nazari told the court that he worked as a bus driver for the two schools where he rampaged and that the headmistress he killed had him fired. The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that Hassan intended to kill a headmistress and her husband because of the couple's part in the alleged rape of his daughter.
On April 7, 1997, as crowds yelled "God is greatest,"the vengeful father was publicly executed in front of the two schools were the rampage took place with a single bullet from a sharpshooter. His corpse was then nailed to a cross and left displayed in public for three days.
Sergei Lepnev (6) On March 8, 1997, a first-year cadet at a Russian military school opened fire on his classmates killing six people and wounding two others. The rampager, 18 year-old Sergei Lepnev, decided that a career in the military was not his calling and at 4 a.m., after the changing of the guard, he shot and killed the officer on duty, a 32-year-old captain who had served in Afghanistan, and then opened fire on his fellow students.
After the shooting, the cadet and a friend fled the Kamyshin Higher Military Construction School with two automatic rifles and ammunition. 12 hours later, the gunman and his buddy were arrested hiding inside a home in Kamyshin.
Stephen Anderson (6) A 24-year-old native of Wellington, New Zealand, Stephen went berserk during a family reunion in a small ski resort killing six people and wounding five others. The shotgun wielding maniac was tracked down by authorities through the surrounding rugged terrain using helicopters and planes. Within an hour he surrendered to police commandos naked and unarmed close to the ski lodge where many of the victims were blasted to death.
The suspect, described by local residents as a former psychiatric patient, vented his lethal anger against mostly relatives, although several passers-by were also hit by the gunfire. 18 members of the Wellington family gathered at the ski lodge in Raurimu for a reunion. After a family argument, Stephen picked up his shut gun and started blasting away. Unconfirmed reports include his father and three other relatives among the casualties. After his arrest,Stephen was formally charged with the death of Hendrick Derek Young Van de Wetering, a local resident, and ordered the killer to undergoe psychiatric testing at the Tokanui Mental Hospital. On February 12, he was charged with five additional counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a 12-gauge shotgun when his firearms licence had been revoked.
New Zealand, known mostly for its sheep and butter exports, is now in danger of becoming the homeland of the mass killer. Since 1990 there have been five massacres. Before that there was just one other incident. A decade ago just one murder was enough to send the nation into a state of shock. Now there is an average of more than one homicide a week. Psychologists and criminologists are baffled by the rising body count.
The fact that most mass murders occur in rural areas has led experts to believe they are the result of families living in isolated surroundings. Some say that contributing to the mayhem is the "settler" mentality which has bred a macho culture, in which men can only express their anger through extreme violence. Perhaps New Zealand's lax gun control might also be contributing to the slaughter. New Zealanders own a gun for every household. After the massacre there was an outcry for tighter gun control. However, a coalition of firearm users lashed back saying that the government should be looking at improving the mental health system instead of changing the gun laws.
Brian Schlaepfer (6) Another in a long list of New Zealand rampagers. In May, 1992, 64-year-old wealthy farmer Brian Schlaepfer shot or stabbed six members of his family before killing himself with a shotgun at Pukekohe, near the northern city of Auckland. Only his granddaugher Linda, then nine, survived the massacre.
Eugen Berwald (6) In 1996 a Frankfurt court convicted Russian immigrant Eugen Berwald for the murders of four Russian prostitutes and the husband-and-wife team that pimped them in a high-class brothel. Eugen's wife, Sofia, was handed a six-year sentence for robbery after the court determined that she did not participate in the killings.
Four days after massacre was uncovered, Eugen was caught during a routine inspection with checks, a golden watch, plane tickets and passports belonging to the dead brothel owners. When he was arrested he claimed that Russian Mafiosis had killed the couple and their four maids. However, the judge and jury didn't believe him. They sentenced him to 25 years in prison. His wife Sofia came away with six years for robbery. The jury assumed that she did not help him with the murders and found out about them the next morning when she read about them in the paper.
Colin Ferguson (6) On December 7, 1993, Colin decided to ignite his own race war and started firing at white people on the Long Island Commuter Train. His rampage left six dead and several injured. Colin defended himself at his trial claiming that he was the victim of a racist conspiracy.
Alexi Polevoi (6) According to supporters, evidence failed to show how Alexi Polevoi could single-handedly have murdered his father, stepmother, her parents and two friends in the family house at Louveciennes. One of the victims was a former army officer turned bodyguard and the killings appeared to be professional hit -- 15 shots fired, from three different guns, with only one round missing its target. On March, 1998 -- eight years after the carnage -- investigators have been accused of turning a blind eye to evidence of Russian mafia involvement.
Although Alexi -- who was 16 at the time of the killings -- admitted his guilt after police found his fingerprints on the murder weapons, he retracted his confession nine months later, claiming that he had been forced to load the guns by a masked Russian who had threatened to kill him, his mother, his girlfriend and his baby sister unless he "confessed" to the crime.
However, magistrates and police maintained that Alexi was a fantasist as well as a mass-murderer. His dream-scenario linking the killings with the business dealings of his father - Yevgeni Polevoi, 42 - was dismissed as irrelevant by the judge ruling over the case. Alexi, the prosecutor insisted, was motivated purely by rage against his heavy-drinking father, who delighted in humiliating him in public. As for the other victims, they died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The prosecution failed to take into account dad's own fears of assassination by unscrupulous business contacts.
Mr Polevoi, a Soviet apparatchik turned entrepreneur, was fired at in Moscow shortly before his death and again while out hunting. Five months after the Louveciennes killings, dad's key business associate was found dead in his Moscow office. In December 1995, Polevoi's brother, Dmitri, who had inherited his business affairs, also died from bullet wounds, in Belorussia.
Leo Held (6) On morning in the fall of 1967, Leo, a devout Christian, woke up and decided to take care of his problems. He drove his kids to school, dropped his wife at her job and showed up at the paper mill where he worked packing heat. There he wasted five supervisors. Then he went to a local airport and wounded a switchboard operator that was part of his car pool. Next he went home and shot his neighbors, the Quiggles, while they slept. One died, the other survived.
When he returned home, the police had surrounded his house and shot him. He died in the hospital but not before saying why he shot each person. All the victims had irked him in some way or another. There was one person he couldn't get to, a seventy-year-old neighbor, a fact which he lamented on his death bed.
1957 - Ford, with only a high school education, takes a job as teacher in a one-room school house Dowagiac, Mich. School board officials are at first skeptical of Ford's abilities and nervous because she is the first black teacher in the area. But they are soon singing her praises as a gifted, caring teacher. She keeps the job for more than seven years and earns a bachelor's degree in education in 1966.
1970 - Family and friends report Ford's behavior has become increasingly bizarre. She reports seeing her dead husband across the street from her home in Buffalo, N.Y. and talks about having the soul of Adam and Jesus Christ.
1972 - Ford's son returns from the Army and reports she is delusional and an alcoholic.
1973 - Ford, now living in Reno, voluntarily commits herself to the Nevada Mental Health Institute, where she is treated and released. The diagnosis: passive-aggressive personality with hysterical episodes.
1974 - Ford is arrested for trespassing and is again sent for a mental health evaluation. Her daughter, Wynter Scott, 11, is taken away by social workers and placed in Wittenberg Hall. Ford considers her daughter a kidnapping victim. Ford moves back to New York, where she seeks help from Catholic Charities in Buffalo. A nun describes her as delusional.
1978 - Ford is treated at a mental hospital in Blackfoot, Idaho.
1979 Ford is treated at a mental hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., where she is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
May 1980 - Now living in Maine, Ford asks an attorney for help in getting her daughter back. She allegedly tells the lawyer that if she isnt helped, she will "drive across the state and kill every body she saw along the way."
November 1980 - Ford, en route to San Francisco, stops in Reno to cash a check and decides to remain in the city. She gets a temporary job as a package wrapper at Macy's.
Nov. 27, 1980 - Ford goes on a five-block-Thanksgiving-Day-rampage in her 1974 Lincoln, killing six people and injuring 23. Arrested at the scene, she later tells a jailer she "did what she had to do" and that the people she hit were "just pigs, animals let out in a wild place." She is indicted in December on six counts of murder and 23 counts of attempted murder.
January 1981 - A judge orders that Ford receive mental health treatment so that she will be competent for trial. She pleads not guilty by reason of insanity in August 1981.
March 20, 1982 - A jury of seven men and five women find Ford guilty on all counts. She is sentenced to death on March 29 and says "I would like to be left alone to die in peace." For the next 18 years Ford goes through appeals process while she remains in death row in Ely, Nevada.
Frederick Cowan (6) Nazi-lover and amateur weightlifter Freddie Cowan shocked the New Rochelle community on Saint Valentine's Day, 1977, when he shot 10 people at the Neptune Worldwide Moving Company. Five died on the spot, a sixth person died weeks later.
From all accounts, people thought that Freddie was a regular guy with a couple of chips on his broad shoulders. A hardworking ex-GI, Freddie lived with his parents and fantasized about being "like Hitler." He kept a collection of Nazi weapons and other memorabilia and enjoyed wearing his German tanker helmet and pretending he was in the SS. In one of his Nazi books found by authorities in his attic bedroom he had written "There is nothing lower than black and Jewish people unless it's the police who protect them."
Once, when he was drunk, he kicked a puppie to death because it was black. On another occasion he smashed a TV in a bar after finding out the woman he was talking to was Jewish. He also threatened a neighbor with his rifle for dating a black man. Freddie claimed to have no interest in women and told an acquaintance, "If you want to be a man, buy a gun." Surprisingly, people were stunned when this bigoted maniac went on a killing spree.
The rampage started at 7:45 when he arrived at the moving company, gun in hand, looking for Norman Bing, a Jewish supervisor who previously had him suspended. On his way through the lobby and the cafeteria of the office complex, Cowan killed three black employees and a dark-skinned Indian immigrant. Bing, the object of his anger, saw the crazed white supremacist entering the building, left his office and hid under the table in another room.
Within 10 minutes of the first shot being fired a police officer arrived at the scene. He was shot and killed by Cowan, who also wounded three other officers. By noon, surrounded by 300 officers, Cowan called the New Rochelle police headquarters and asked for a potato salad. "I'm not going to hurt anyone at this point. I get very mean when I'm hungry." He apologized for what he had done. A couple of hours later, he committed suicide. Police, unsure whether he had any hostages, waited until dusk until entering the building. Inside they found 14 scared employees hiding for their lives along with the dead rampager.
Ronnie DeFeo (6) Ronnie DeFeo shot and killed the six family members at 3:15 a.m. on the morning of November 13, 1974 with a .35 caliber rifle. In court he testified to being possessed by Satan whom he blamed for the murders. The house itself, located in Amityville, New York, was believed to be under demonic attack. When the new owners of the house started seeing signs of demonic possession, they fled the house in complete terror and fear, never to return to it again. Later, it all turned out to be a publicity seeking hoax.
The house was rumored to have been torn down, but it was just a remodelling project. The most recent owners, a family of five, are very happy in the house and have not experienced any paranormal activity. On a lighter note, the DeFeo murders and its subsequent haunting became part of pop culture with the brilliant "Amityville Horror" film series.
A reader of the Archives, Lisa_Marie, wrote to us leting us know that there is still paranormal activity in the house:
William B. Cruse (6) Retired librarian and delusional paranoiac William Cruse always thought his Palm Bay, Florida, neighbors thought that he was gay. He felt that the clerks at the local supermarket gossiped about him everytime he went shopping. He also felt that the neighborhood kids enjoyed taunting him and tresspassing into his property.
Not the easiest going person in the world, 60-year-old Billy would scream obcenities and shoot his rifle in the air to warn of any tresspassers. Things turned from bad to worse on April, 1987, when two young boys accused him of making obcene remarks and sexually provocative gestures. When he was taken in by the police for questioning, Cruse told them that a man had stuck his tongue at him in the store. That, he reasoned, "was his way of saying I was queer." Obviously uncomfortable with his sexuality, Cruse was a timebomb ready to explode.
For Cruse the shit hit the proverbial fan at around 6 p.m. on April 23, 1987, when he felt the taunting of two kids outside his door was too much. Cruse grabbed three guns and went after them. He shot an innocent bystander -- a 14-year-old kid who was playing basketball in his drivewave accross the street -- jumped into his white Toyota and headed for the nearest Publix supermarket.
He killed three people in the parking lot, two Kuwaiti students and a woman, but was unable to get into the store to kill more. Cruse got back into his car and headed for the nearby Winn-Dixie supermarket. As he started firing at the store, a cop arrived at the scene. Cruse sprayed the patrol car with seven rounds mortally wounding the officer. A second officer unloaded his weapon on Cruse without hitting him. Cruse, on the other hand, first hit him on the leg before finishing him off as the frantic officer desperately tried to reload his weapon.
On a roll, Cruse proceeded into the supermarket shooting at anyone he saw. By the time he was done, Cruse had killed six people and wounded ten others. As police surrounded the store he took a 21-year-old woman hostage who he found hiding in the women's restroom. After six-hour siege, he let her go. A little later police swarmed into the store and arrested him.
William Cook (6) Billy Boy had tattooed HARD LUCK on his left hand. As a child he grew up in a mine shaft, then reform school, and then the pen. While in jail he nearly killed an inmate with a baseball bat. In 1950, a short time after being released from prison, he flagged down a car and forced a family of five to drive aimlessly through four states. After seventy-two hours of driving he shot all five family members and their dog. When he got to California he commandeered another car and shot the driver in Yuma, Arizona. He was finally arrested by Mexican police six hundred miles south of Tijuana. Before getting gassed in 1952 he stated he hated "everybody's guts."
Alexander Pogosyan & Michael Martinez (5+) Authorities believe Alexander Pogosyan and Michael Martinez are responsible for a shooting rampage that left six people dead in Aurora over Labor Day, 1998. Pogosyan is accused of killing five of the six people who died in the September 7 shootings. Authorities say the sixth victim, Michael Martinez, helped Pogosyan carry out the crime. Martinez later was found shot to death in a field, but no one has been charged in his death.
Authorities believe Pogosyan and Martinez went on a shooting spree that day and gunned down Ed Morales Jr. and Zack Obert, both 18, at the Morales home. Then they went to another home and killed Greg Medla, 18, Penny Bowman Medla, 37, and Marissa Avalos, 16. Martinez was killed later the same day. His body was found in a field with 13 gunshot wounds.
Their alleged getaway driver Artur Martirosyan, who fled Colorado after the Labor Day murders and is still at-large, told police that after the killings Martinez announced he wanted to find his girlfriend and kill her, too. "They all snitched on me, and I'm going to get them," Martinez told Martirosyan. About 9:30 p.m. that night, Martirosyan said Alex Pogosyan called him, sounding dejected. "They got Mike. I'm just sitting here at home waiting for Mike,'' Pogosyan told him. Who "they" are is still uncertain.
Michael Martinez's father, Miguel Martinez, testified that he drove his son to Denver Health Medical Center early Sept. 7 to be checked for a sexually transmitted disease. He left the teen with $20 to take a cab home, but Pogosyan picked him up. When they returned to his house, Martinez said he found his son in the kitchen taking knives but disarmed him. "He told me everyone was going to die,'' the elder Martinez said. "I told him nobody was going to die. Then he left and slammed the door on me."
Esther Martinez said she and her husband had returned home that weekend to find their son had broken a rule prohibiting him from having friends over when no adults were present. Martinez broke into tears as she described finding Pogosyan's clothing on her son's bed, along with a duffel bag that contained shotgun shells. She also found surgical gloves among the clothing.
When the teens returned moments later, Esther Martinez said she demanded that Pogosyan leave, but he refused. "He say I just came here to protect Michael. They are going to come to kill Michael, blast out your windows and kill you and your husband." She testified that Pogosyan gave her a telephone number of the alleged enemy. When she called the number, a teenage girl answered, and Martinez said she told her to "leave the boys alone and don't call my house anymore."
John Wolfenbarger & and Dennis Lincoln (5) - Two men were charged with murdering five family members during a December 21, 2002, robbery at their suburban Detroit home. John Wolfenbarger, 31, and Dennis Lincoln, 27, were charged with five counts each of premeditated murder and felony murder. Jeweler Marco Pesce, 38, his mother, Maria Vergati, 68 and Pesce's three children, Melissa, 6, Sabrina, 9, and Carlo, 12, were gunned down execution-style in Pesce's home. Police said the safe was open and the house ransacked. The killings happened after Pesce dropped his children off at his house in Livonia, then went to his office without entering the home, prosecutors said.
"We believe these three children walked into a home where the armed killers waited for them," Prosecutor Michael Duggan said. The burglars may have forced Carlo Pesce to call his father and ask him to come home after realizing the children didn't know the combination of the safe. Wolfenbarger and Dennis, who had been cellmates also were charged with armed robbery, home invasion, being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The uncle of John Wolfenbarger testified in a preliminary hearing that his nephew bragged that he had done something that would make the national news. Wolfenbarger's uncle, William Smith, 36, of Detroit, testified that he went to police after his nephew came to his home late on the night of the killings looking for a change of clothes and bragged that something he did would be shown on CNN.
Investigators suspect the two men began zeroing in on Pesce's house sometime in early December 2002. Pesce's 3,000-pound safe was filled with jewels, watches and other valuables. The men were believed to have been cellmates in a Carson City prison and were paroled earlier in the year. Lincoln served nine years for armed robbery, and Wolfenbarger served eight years for a series of burglaries.
Joseph Ferguson (5) - On September 9, 2001, Sacramento police launched a nationwide manhunt for former security guard Joseph Ferguson after he shot and killed three former co-workers and a park employee. Ferguson, 20, was allegedly despondent over breaking up with his girlfriend, 20-year-old Nina Susu, and being suspended from his job for vandalizing Susu's car. The heavily armed suspect then made several cell phone calls to Burns Security employees saying he was going to Old Sacramento, a downtown entertainment district, were he was going to kill more people than fellow Sacramento rampager, Nikolay Soltys.
According to Authorities, Ferguson began killing people because he was despondent over getting suspended from his supervisor's job at Burns Security a week earlier. Burns officials said Ferguson was suspended after his ex-girlfriend, fellow security guard Nina Susu, said he vandalized her car after their breakup. The officials also notified the FBI that Ferguson might be dangerous because he made threats after the suspension. An FBI check revealed Ferguson had no history of violence and nothing was done.
Susu and and Marsha Jackson, a 32-year-old single mother of three, were the first to die. They were shot as they worked at a city maintenance yard. Then Ferguson headed to a city-run marina where he shot and killed 48-year-old George Bernardino, another Burns employee, and 19-year-old John Glimstad, who just started working for the marina. All four vicitms were unarmed and riddled with gunshot wounds. Police found AK-47 rounds, shotgun rounds and 9 mm handgun shells at the crime scenes. Police found a handgun at the first shooting scene and recovered an assault weapon at the marina. Ferguson then headed to the Sacramento Zoo where he handcuffed another former co-worker to a tree and fled in her car. Police Chief Arturo Venegas Jr. said the woman was spared because "he thought she was just a nice person."
Police searched the south Sacramento house where Ferguson had been living with his father and brother and found a cache of weapons, including two shotguns, two assault rifles, two revolvers, a ballistic helmet, a flak jacket and a gas mask. They also discovered an undisclosed assortment of white supremacist paraphernalia.
As Sacramento authorities frantically searched for rampaging killer Joseph Ferguson, police and Burns officials evacuated employees from their homes and escorted them to safe houses. However Ferguson did appear in the home of a Burns supervisor who had not been evacuated where he filmed a video suicide note before killing the supervisor and stealing his car. In the video, Ferguson said he would soon kill himself. "I've taken four victims, this should be good enough to last about a week on the news. It's time to feed the news media."
After disappearing all day, Ferguson was spotted by a highway patrolman at 11:30 p.m., triggering a 40-minute high-speed chase through suburban Sacramento. Ferguson fired more than 200 rounds at the pursuing officers before smashing his car into a light pole. The lovestruck killer then committed suicide inside the stolen car. In the video Ferguson bragged about putting on "a hell of a show," adding, unambiguously, "I giveth and I taketh away, that's how it goes in fucking life."
Andrea Yates (5) - On June 21, 2001, housewife Andrea Yates decided she had caused irreparable damage to her kids and the best thing for her to do was to kill all five of them. And that's exactly what she did by systematically drowning them after her husband left their suburban Houston home and went to work. As news of her infanticide trickled through the air waves, a Houston-area radio disk jockey called her a bitch and said she should be shot. Ironically the squad car taking her into custody was playing that very station and the arresting officer said that only then he saw her show any emotion over what she had done. Her husband, Russell Yates, said that his wife Andrea was driven to commit infanticide because she was suffering from a severe case of post-partum depression... (Continued)
Larry Dame (5) - On October 20, 2000, Police in Minnesota have arrested an ex-convict Lawrence Scott Dame for the murders of his sister, her husband and their three young children. Dame, had been released the day before the killings from the Anoka County jail where he was being held for allegedly stealing one of the family's cars.The victims were identified as Donna Mimbach, 29; her husband, Todd Mimbach, 32; and their children, Daniel Mimbach, 22 months; Amber Duval, 9, and John Mimbach, 12. The bodies were found in the family's suburban Minneapolis home after a concerned co-worker of the father's called police because he hadn't shown up to work.
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported that as a condition of his release, Dame was supposed to report to a hospital for a mental health crisis intervention. Don Ilse, director of field services for Anoka County Community Corrections, told the newspaper that Dame spoke with a mental health professional at the hospital. Family members said they unsuccessfully tried admitting Dame to the hospital. Hannah Dame told the Pioneer Press her son had been acting strangely and recently claimed to hear voices. She quoted her son as saying, "The spirits said your family is going to kill you. Well, I better kill everyone before they kill me."Police said that Donna Mimbach called Lino Lakes police for help the night before she and her family were killed by her brother. "We did everything legally possible to assist Donna Mimbach on the night of October 18," said Lino Lakes Police Chief Dave Pecchia addressing the fact that officers could not legally arrest Larry S. Dame from her home unless she evicted him. According to the police report the morning after Dame beat the Mimbach family with a hammer and stabbed all but his sister with a kitchen knife as they slept.
According to friends Donna loved her brother. Their other brother, Walter Dame, 23, said Larry drank to quiet the voices. The voices told Larry Dame that his family was out to kill him because they were trying to commit him to a mental hospital, his brother said. Dame had been jailed for a week this month after taking one of the Mimbachs' cars. He was released the day before the killings. Todd and Donna Mimbach picked him up at the jail late that afternoon. After taking his wife home, Todd Mimbach took Dame to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids hoping to have Dame admitted to the hospital. Instead, Dame was sent back to the Mimbach home.
At 9:26 p.m. Donna called 911 for help: "Um, it's regarding, OK my brother got discharged from the um jail today and the consequences were that he was supposed to go to the hospital because he hears voices and he stole my car and all this stuff. My husband brought him to the hospital and the hospital will not take him, and so my husband is bringing him back here because we can't get ahold of his parole officer. Well, I can't have him stay here. He has to go back to jail or something." The next day, after relatives could not gain access to the house, police were called and the massacre was discovered
Richard Scott Baumhammers (5) - On April 29, 2000, racist immigration lawyer, Richard Scott Baumhammers, went on a one-hour ethnically-motivated shooting rampage leaving five dead in four different locations around the city of Pittsburg. The victims were a Jewish woman, an Indian grocer, two Asian employees in a Chinese restaurant and an African-American man in a karate school. A second Indian man was critically wounded. The 34-year-old rampager, reportedly was trying to form a political party to act against immigrants. Not surprisingly he had unspecified mental problems that led to a recent voluntary hospitalization. The killings took place within a 20-mile range through suburbs surrounding Pittsburgh. Baumhammers used a .357- caliber handgun for the rampage... (Continued)
Dexter Alonzo Levingston (5) - On October 21, 2000, authorities believe Dexter Alonzo Levingston killed five people killed in a suburban Tampa home. The victims were 57-year-old Nancy Marlins, her sister and brother-in-law, Lillie and Barry Cacciamani, Lillie's adult daughter, Connie, and Marlins' grandson, Dexter Levingston. police arrested, Levingston, 25, after a three-hour standoff at the home. Neighbors said Levingston was the grandson of Lillie Cacciamani. The suspect was charged with three counts of aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at authorities who approached the house and was being questioned about the victims, said Hillsborough County Sheriff's spokesman, Sgt. Rod Reder.
Marlins and the Cacciamanis were described by friends as warm and kindhearted people. Since April 1993 Marlins has been a school bus aide for disabled children, helping them on and off the bus. Her sister was a school bus driver since October 1997. It was their failure to report to work that prompted school security officers Harry Pasquale and Thomas Klecka to visit the home, which led to the standoff with Levingston. It is unclear why the suspect killed the five victims.
Larry Keith Robison (5) - On August 13, 1999, aTexas panel refused to commute the death penalty of Larry Keith Robison, a mentally ill man who is scheduled to die next week for decapitating his roommate and killing four other people in 1982. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously to reject Larry Keith Robison's request for a commutation of his death penalty to life imprisonment.
If other appeals fail, Robison will be given a lethal injection August 17 for the 1982 slaying of Bruce Gardner. Found dead with gunshot and multiple stab wounds were Gardner, his girlfriend Georgia Ann Reed; her son, Scott; and her mother, Earline Barker. The slayings immediately followed the decapitation, sexual mutilation and partial cannibalization of Robison's roommate, Ricky Lee Bryant, next door. Robison was arrested for the crimes the following day in Kansas, where he was stopped while driving Gardner's car. Blood evidence, a .22-caliber handgun and stolen property found in the car linked him to the slayings, trial testimony showed. He was convicted of capital murder in Tarrant County in 1987 when jurors rejected his insanity defense and sentenced him to death.
In recent months, Robison's supporters, including family members, mental health activists and the U.S. papal nuncio, have pleaded publicly for Bush to grant Robison clemency to verify his compassion. But only if the parole board had endorsed Robison's request could Bush have commuted his death sentence to a term of life imprisonment. Robison, 42, along with some of his family members, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, indicates a case summary compiled by Attorney General John Cornyn. Robison's trial defense was based on a claim that he was chronically schizophrenic, delusional and legally insane at the time of the crimes, Cornyn said. Prosecutors countered that Robison was feigning mental problems. And although Robison had a history of abusing illegal drugs, there was no evidence that he was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol when he went on the killing spree on Aug. 10, 1982.Gunter Hermann Ewen (5) Police in three countries, France, Germany and Luxemburg, launched an all-points search for Gunter Hermann Ewen, aderanged killer of five people. The fugitive, provisionally identified as Gunter Hermann Ewen, 36, murdered the five people, including a British woman, in a series of shootings in Germany and France. He was believed to have fled on foot into thick woodland east of the town of Sierck-les-Bains. The fugitive eventually killed himself when police stormed the hotel room where he was hiding.
The trail of bloodshed began in the southwest German town of Dillingen on May 15, 1999, when the presumed killer walked into a discotheque around 4:30 a.m. and fired into a crowd of 20 people, killing the managerand a customer, and wounding three others. He then broke into a nearby flat, where he killed a Frenchman and his British wife. The couple's daughter, 11, was shot in the face, but survived. Investigators said the couples' murder may have been prompted by revenge. The husband had recently testified against the suspected gunman in a court case involving theft charges.
Two hours later he crashed his car near the small spa town of Sierck-les-Bains across the border in France. Then he held up a motorist at gunpoint and hijacked his Peugeot, before breaking into a house and murdering a 39-year-old Frenchman. He escaped on foot after failing to start his victim's car. Near a retirement home in Sierck, he fired at and wounded a nurse and shot at another vehicle, injuring its driver, a fireman. He then hijacked another car, but abandoned it about six miles further on.
On May 18, 1999, Ewen committed suicide as police stormed his Luxembourg hotel room.The international spree-killer was already slightly injured from a car crash while fleeing police.
Richard Gary Beach (5) On April 7, 1999, Gary Beach, a 56-year-old limousine-driving mass murderer, was charged with first-degree murder for one of five bodies found decomposing in his house. The rational type, Gary left behind a handwritten card listing the names of the dead and how they could be identified. Gary was charged in the death of his step-nephew, 45-year-old Kenneth Gulley, who was shot in the face.
Beach was captured without a struggle at a hotel parking lot just five blocks from the crime scene after he called his other Kenny's brother and said: "Tell that (expletive) nephew of mine he is next. Tell him I am going to get him." Beach previously allegedly called The Kansas City Star and left a voice-mail message for a reporter, talking about some of the victims: "I think you're on the wrong track. You kept emphasizing about men, men, men. It was all a crazy crack situation, where crack suppliers wouldn't leave certain people alone, and I finally got fed up with it. And two of the boys there, Mark Nelson and Mike Davis, I just didn't want them to live with the shame on their conscience of what they were."
Beach's series of telephone calls alerted police to his whereabouts. Detectives directed all available patrol cars to saturate the midtown area, especially hotels. Police believed Beach was staying at a hotel after he moved out of his house over the weekend.
A rookie and his field training officer who were first at Beach's house after the relatives discovered the bodies were the officers who found Beach. Officer Marty Lyons said he and Paul Myers, who graduated from the academy three weeks ago, decided to check the parking lot of Embassy Suites, 220 W. 43rd St., a few blocks from Beach's house. "When he saw we were behind him, he pulled up behind a Dumpster, stopped his car and got out," Lyons said. Then Beach told them, "You got me. You got me. No resistance. I have a gun in the front seat and it's unloaded."
Beach's longtime friends depict him as the hard-working driver of an airport limousine, a large, gentle man who wore pressed black suits and loved to trade jokes with other chauffeurs. Friends said he was unusually close to Davis, his stepson from a marriage that failed more than 20 years ago. Beach ate meals and vacationed with Davis, who was among the victims found at Beach's home.
Reporter Christine Vendel. A relative of Gary Beach's and a long-time neighbor, identified the voice on the message as Beach's.
"Christine, this is Gary Beach calling. I understand that people are looking for me about the bodies that were found at 4275 Jefferson. Reading the article in the newspaper yesterday, I'm going to call the police department next, I think you're on the wrong track. You kept emphasizing about men, men, men. It was all a crazy crack situation, where crack suppliers wouldn't leave certain people alone and I finally got fed up with it. And two of the boys there, Mark Nelson and Mike Davis, I just didn't want them to live with the shame on their conscience of what they were, and Mark was about ready to go back to jail. The rest of it was strictly-crack related, nothing else at all."
It took investigators more than nine hours to locate all of the bodies because of the complicated crime scene: The bodies were in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, a basement stairwell and the basement. Police said their reluctance to disturb bloody footprints delayed their search of the basement, where the fifth body lay. Detectives called in carpenters to build a platform so they could walk over the footprints.
"I've never seen anything like it," said Capt. Jerry Gallagher. "We have no idea why this occurred. It's hard enough to tell one family their relative is dead. We are going to have to tell five."
Richard Ivan DeLong, Stacy Leffingwell & Harold R. Lingle(5) Two men and a woman have been arrested in connection with the murders of Erin Vanderhoef, her three children -- Darlene Vanderhoef, 9, Chris Franklin, 10, and Jimmy Vanderhoef, 11 -- and her unborn baby, 40-week-old female fetus, who the medical examiner says would have been born healthy.
On January 20, 1999, the victims were found dead inside their Springfield, Missouri home, by a neighbor who came to borrow a cup of sugar. The first arrested for the bloodbath was Rick DeLong, a police informant out on parole with a long record of drug convictions. The Springfield News-Leader reported that DeLong confessed to strangling the very pregnant Erin Vanderhoef and her three children. DeLong is also believed to be the father of the unborn baby girl, who, according to friends, Erin planned to call Hannah.
Stacy Leffingwell and Harold R. Lingle were also charged with five counts of murder. Lingle was DeLong's neighbor in Joplin. Liffingwell was DeLong's old girlfriend. Springfield Police chief Lynn Rowe hasn't ruled out the chance that someone else could be arrested. "We are still verifying details from witnesses and suspects," Rowe told a news conference. According to a court affidavit filed by Prosecutor Darrell Moore, Lingle admitted to police that he allowed Delong to drive his car to the Vanderhoef home on the morning of January 19, about 36 hours before the bodies were found.
Lingle said that he and Leffingwell went with Delong and discussed the killings on the way there. Once at the house, Delong and Leffingwell stayed while Lingle drove Vanderhoef to the store to buy donuts. While the two were gone, the three children were killed by Delong with the help of Leffingwell. Upon returning to the home, Lingle helped restrain Vanderhoef while Delong strangled her with help from Leffingwell.
According to Lingle, Stacy Leffingwell, wass dying of cancer. Suppossedly DeLong wanted to make her life, her last days onspaceship Earth, as comfortable and loving as possible, which make point at a motive for the killings.
As for Erin Vanderhoef who police believe that Delong strangled to death, Lingle says she also knew Delong's former girlfriend. "She called Stacy a really bad name, said she wished she'd hurry up and die so she'd have Rick and the baby," Lingle said.
Court records reveal some facts about Delong's past, however, that might point to a motive. Delong was the subject of two child support cases involving four of his children by two other women. A judge ordered him to pay $137 a month each to support a seven-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son from one previous marriage. He also was ordered to pay $101 a month each for two daughters, ages 11 and 12, from another previous marriage.
When this unemployed man was arrested, he was delinquent on his child support to the tune of nearly $19,000 for the four children. Springfield Police Chief Lynn Rowe said Sunday night that detectives believe Delong is the father of the unborn daughter of Erin Vanderhoef who died in her womb. That would have been Delong's fifth child. Police and prosecutors won't say if this growing child support debt might be part of the motive.
Delong's history shows a man who has been in and out of trouble with the law for more than a decade. Delong also had a history of probation violations, including one in which he blew up part of an apartment building while on parole for burglary in the early 1980s. The previous times that Delong spent in jail, he often wrote judges and prosecutor asking for their help. In 1983, Delong wrote Judge John Appelquist, a Greene County circuit judge at the time, about a job offer he had while in jail.
Seth Stephen Privacky (5) On November 30, 1998, police arrested 18-year-old Seth Stephen Privacky and accused him along with a friend of methodically shooting to death five people -- his father, mother, grandfather, brother and his brother's girlfriend.
Authorities said the shootings were stretched out across Sunday afternoon, with the victims probably shot one by one at the family's home. The crime was discovered around midnight Sunday, when the body of the father, an elementary school teacher, was found in his driveway.
Familicidal teen, Seth Privacky, pleaded no contest to shooting five people to death before his family's Thanksgiving dinner, guaranteeing himself a lifetime prison term with no chance at parole. Seth will be formally sentenced May 27 for the Nov. 29 shootings of his father, mother, grandfather, brother and his brother's girlfriend. Police said Privacky confessed to systematically shooting each victim point-blank in the head, then calling best friend Steven Wallace, also 18, to help him move bodies around the house to make it look like a robbery.
Privacky has said he was angry because his father had threatened to kick him out of the house. Like one of the homicidal Columbine teens, Seth had been prescribed anti-depressant medication at the time, but it was not known if he was taking it. The father, Stephen Privacky, 50, taught fifth grade. His wife, Linda Privacky, 49, was a receptionist at a medical office. Her father-in-law, John Privacky, was 78 and lived nearby. Seth's brother, Jedidiah Privacky and April Boss, both 19, were studying at Muskegon Community College to be teachers.
The brother was shot while watching television, the mother when she got out of the shower, the father and grandfather were killed when they arrived home, and the girlfriend died when she arrived. Wallace remains charged with being an accessory and disposing of the firearm Privacky used in the killings. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Kuang Yingxue (5) Chinese police said that Kuang Yingxue, a disgruntled schoolteacher at Micheng's No. 3 Primary School, set off a bomb at a citation ceremony for outstanding instructors in China's southwestern Yunnan province in April, killing himself and five other teachers. The April 3 attack also wounded 41 teachers, the Communist Party boss of Micheng town in Midu county and a town vice-mayor. Kuang Yingxue, 38, had been recommended to receive an award for outstanding teachers but was frustrated after he was passed over for citation.
Mitchell Johnson & Andrew Golden (5) In a disquieting trend that is turning rural schools into the postal office of the 90s, on March 24, 1998, two heavily armed kids dressed in camouflage opened fire on classmates and teachers in the Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing five and wounding 10. The snipers -- cousins Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11 -- lay hiding in the woods behind their school and started taking students down as they exited during a fake fire drill. (cont.)
Reco Jones (5) At the age of 23 Reco Jones was convicted of stabbing an ex-girlfriend, Yolanda Bellamy, and four children to death because she threatened to abort his child. Yolanda was killed August 13, 1997, after telling him that she was breaking off their relationship and getting an abortion. Jones became enraged and lunged at her with a butcher knife. Yolanda -- who was not pregnant -- was stabbed 11 times. Her sons, ages 3 and 5, her 5-year-old nephew and her 3-year-old niece were stabbed a total of at least 17 times. The niece also was tortured, with 30 shallow puncture wounds.
Jones at first blamed the murders on another girlfriend but admitted helping destroy evidence and clean up the scene. During cross-examination, Jones went through a series of sarcastic admissions, denials, contradictions, and at one point, he pulled out a piece of paper, called it a script, and said: "I've been acting this out all long. This script I had is just putting me farther in the hole."
Daniel Remeta (5) On March 31, 1998, Daniel Remeta -- convicted of killing five people in a tri-state crime spree -- took a seat on Old Sparky. Twelve minutes later, he was pronounced dead Remeta had no last statement. He was calm and expressionless when strapped into the chair. Before the hood was lowered, he nodded to someone on the other side of a glass partition.
More of a rampage killer than a mass murderer, Daniel collected five dead over six days in February 1985 .His first victim was the convenience store clerk, 60-year-old Mehrle Reeder. Within six days, he had gunned down Linda Marvin and Larry McFarland in Arkansas, and Glenn Moore and John R. Schroeder in Kansas. Three more were wounded. The violence ended in a gun battle with police in an unoccupied farmhouse in Atwood, Kansas. Remeta was sentenced to life for the Kansas murders and to death in both Arkansas and Florida.
Remeta once said he wanted to be extradited to Florida because it imposes capital punishment. "I want them to pull the switch," he said. "I'm not afraid. Death is only as ugly as you make it.''
Ricky & Barbara Brown and Janette Ables (5) Three adults -- Ricky Brown, 23; his wife, Barbara, 32; and Janette Ables, 22 -- killed their five children in a November, 1997, arson fire they set in their own home to cash in on an insurance policy. Following the fire that killed five children ages 3 to 10, suspicion of the two parents and a stepfather mounted partly because the house was immediately engulfed in flames before firefighters arrived from just two blocks away. Horrified neighbors in Weston, West Virginia, called for burning them alive after finding out they had killed their kids.
Killed in the fire were Barbara Brown's three children, Seronica Castner, 10, Kimberly Castner, 9, and Brandon Castner, 8, along with Ables' two children, Rayshell, 5, and Jimmy, 3. Ricky Brown was stepfather of the Castner children. "People don't understand how they got their dog, guns and food stamps out of the fire but not one of their kids," said Pat Vankirk, a member of a team that helped residents cope with the children's deaths.
State Fire Marshal Walter Smittle would not say whether the three meant to kill the youngsters or if they died in an arson plot gone horribly wrong. He refused to disclose the amount of the policy on the house. Brown, whose three stepchildren died, has said one of the children started the fire by playing with matches. He said his fire extinguisher didn't work. Neighbor Scott Hathaway said the children were often neglected while their parents partied late into the night. He said he believes the children are better off now.
On September 18, 1998, the lethal parents were indicted on 15 federal counts, including arson resulting in death, mail fraud and conspiracy, and could get the death penalty. According to the federal indictment, the fire was set with gasoline to cash in on a $91,000 homeowners' insurance policy and $5,000 life insurance policies that Ms. Brown had taken out on each of her three children. She also took out a $10,000 policy for herself. Ricky Brown blamed the fire on children playing with matches and a faulty fire extinguisher.
David Gorton (5) As the family of Heidi Challand wiped their tears, David Gorton, her fiancee, pleaded guilty on December 11, 1997, to murdering her and her four children. David, 37, told police he "snapped" because he thought his fiancee -- who he was to marry a month later -- was being unfaithful. Not one to hold back bludgeoned to death her and four of her children with an ax.
A veteran in bloody manhandling of his lovers, evidence presented in the British Columbia Supreme Court showed that in 1977 David lured his 16-year-old girlfriend to a secluded spot and stabbed her 19 times. She was hospitalized for a month. In 1983, he attacked his then-wife with a knife and served two years for aggravated assault.
Pvt. Vladimir Maltsev (5) On November 22, 1997 -- in what's becoming a routine event -- a Russian teen-age conscript allegedly shot to death five fellow servicemen. Authorities in Siberian city of Chita arrested Border Guard Vladimir Maltsev for opening fire on his unit, killing five soldiers and wounding a sixth.
Jose Luis & Alonso Cruz Osorio (5) On October 6, 1997, brother Jose Luis and Alonso killed their five migrant worker roommates in an apparent robbery at their home in Magnum, North Carolina. A sixth worker, known by his last name, Benitez, survived and identified the attackers. The killers -- Jose Luis,28, and his 18-year-old brother, Alonso -- were each charged with five counts of murder and five of robbery.
More than 32 shell casings from a Chinese-made SKS assault rifle and some kind of .22-caliber weapon were found on the blood-smeared hardwood floors of their sparsely furnished home. Some of the victims were shot in the head. The survivor ran to a neighboring house and collapsed, in a pool of his own blood, on the concrete front steps.
Kitty Hamilton, who lives across the road from the home where the slayings happened, said the bloodied survivor, Jorge Benitez, came banging on her door. "We didn't realize he was as scared as he was... It was more of a scream of terror. I thought he was going to bust the door down. It was out in the country and there were no lights." The Hamiltons called 911 but stayed out of sight, peering through windows.
All eight men had worked together harvesting pumpkins on a farm about 50 miles east of Charlotte. Each had been paid $200 before the lethal robbery. One neighbor, Kim Chandler, said the men were polite and respectful. One man she knew only as Jose used her telephone to call his mother and family in Mexico City, where he sent much of his pay.
Jean-Pierre Allain (5) For reasons unknown, on August 6, 1996, Jean-Pierre, a divorced 55-year-old fuel-trader, shot to death his girlfriend's family and two police officers. In what investigators call a "crime of passion" Jean-Pierre walked to the house of his girlfriend, Solange Briet, in the hamlet of Val, near Rennes, in Brittany and started blasting away with a shotgun at her, her parents and her handicapped younger brother.
Although wounded, Solange managed to flee to a neighbor's house and call the police. Her brother and parents died instantly. When two policemen arrived they found Jean-Pierre standing on the lawn outside the house. Witnesses say he put his hands in the air and agreed to give himself up. But moments later he picked up the shotgun, which he had hidden in a bush, and fired at the officers killing them both.
A third policeman, who had been interviewing neighbors, arrived when Jean-Pierre was reloading and was attacked with a knife. After a brief struggle, the policeman brought Jean-Pierre down with a shot which left him seriously wounded. Both Solange and Jean-Pierre were sent the hospital where their conditions were reported to be stable. Like always, neighbors described Jean-Pierre as a quiet man.
Mark Storm (5) Chalk this one up to the troubled outpatient treatment file. On March 7, 1997, Mark Storm checked himself out of a psychiatric ward in Wheeling, West Virginia, and proceeded to blow away five family members and himself.
Storm, a riverboat pilot on leave from his job, checked into the Ohio Valley Medical Center the Sunday before the killings complaining of stress and panic disorder. Four days later, he checked out of the facility after making plans for a follow-up visit. That afternoon Mark talked on the telephone with his brother and mother who were concerned about his well being and wanted him committed. Then he went with his family to a party for a neighbor's daughter. According to the party's host, Storm -- who was taking three different types of medication -- seemed "stressed-out" and left after only half an hour.
Back home that night Marky went blood simple. Police said Storm first killed his wife, Betty, 26, in the living room, then shot his two daughters, Jessica, 8, and Megan, 3, as they lay in their bunk beds. He then drove about 2 miles to his mother's house where he shot his brother, Benjamin Storm, 32, and their 59-year-old mother, Roberta Nyles. Then he went to his favorite childhood fishing spot on the Ohio River and shot himself in the head with the last bullet in his 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol. In the trunk of his car, police found a load of Girl Scout cookies awaiting delivery by his older daughter.
Jean-Michel & Jean-Louis Jourdain (5) On February 21, 1997, French police found the lifeless bodies of two pairs of sisters -- Audrey and Isabelle Lamotte and Amelie and Peggy Merlin, ages 17 to 20, -- who had disappeared 11 days earlier after going out together in the English Channel port town of Boulogne to celebrate carnival. The corpses, wearing fancy carnival dresses, were discovered in shallow graves in the dunes near a bunker built by the Nazis during World War Two in Sainte-Cecile, a seaside resort ten miles south of Boulogne. Investigators soon suspected two brothers who led the officers to the graves of the four girls who had been sexually assaulted before being strangled to death.
Scrap metal dealers Jean-Michel and Jean-Louis Jourdain, who lived near were the girls had been hastily buried, were arrested after it was determined that their red van was seen near where the girls vanished. No strangers to violence and sexual assault, both men served time in jail. Jean-Michel, 35, the younger man was freed in 1995 after serving 11 years of a 15-year prison term for strangling his companion. His older sibling Jean-Louis, 38, was released a year earlier after serving eight years of a 10-year term for rape. After their arrest investigators said they blamed each other for the killings.
After hearing of their arrest, thousands of neighbours clamoured for the reinstatement of the guillotine -- abolished 16 years ago -- for the two rapist-killers and threatened to torch the home of two killers and lynch members of their family.
Danny Keith Hooks (5) A convicted rapist and known drug addict, Hooks was arrested in California on February 4, 1997, for the murders of five women whose bound, gagged and stabbed bodies were found in a Oklahoma City drug house in 1992. After years of fruitless leads, investigators cracked the case when California authorities called to say that a DNA sample found at the 1992 crime scene matched one that Hooks gave in California.
Hooks was mentioned once in the many reports on the Oklahoma City investigation but was never a suspect. After making the DNA match, police linked a bloody palm print found at the scene with a print taken from Hooks in a drunken driving arrest in Oklahoma. Not your model citizen, Hooks, a transient with relatives in Oklahoma, went to prison in California in 1988 for rape, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. He was released in 1991.
Theofilos Sechidis (5) In May, 1996, 24-year-old, Greek law school student Theo Sechidis confessed to murdering his parents, sister, grandmother and an uncle on the northeastern Aegean island of Thasos. Theo told police he murdered each one separately over a five-day period, hacking up their bodies and placing the remains in black plastic garbage bags and leaving them in a garbage dump. During his trial Theo said he thought his family members were plotting against him and he had to act in self defense. On June 20, 1997 he was found guilty of five counts of murder.
Jean-Claude Romand (5) After maintaining a bogus identity as a medical expert for 20 years Eurotrash "Doctor" Romand killed his wife, children and parents because they were about to discover his counterfeit existence. To his friends and family Jean-Claude Romand, 42, seemed to be a brilliant doctor specializing in cardiovascular diseases. The good "Doctor" had all the trappings of success: a beautiful wife, two children, an elegant home in the town of Prevessin-Mons near the Swiss border and a wealthy mistress in Paris.
Sadly, it was all a lie. Unscrupulously, Romand turned to murder rather than face exposure. Records show he went no further than the first year of medical school in Lyons. Instead of admitting it to his doting parents and his future wife, "Doctor" Romand invented his credentials and the life to go with them. He maintained his successful lifestyle by borrowing money from his rich mistress and others and carried on as a respected member of the community . His con began to unravel in 1992 when his mistress demanded her money back.
On January 10, 1993, the shit hit the fan when the Romand family home burst into flames. Inside, firemen found the partly burnt bodies of Florence, his wife, who had been killed by a blow to the head while sedated, and their two children, ages five and seven, who had both been shot. Romand lay near them after unsuccessfully trying to kill himself with a combination of sleeping pills and gasoline. Later the bodies of Romand's elderly parents were discovered shot dead in their home in the Jura. All dead because Jean-Claude could not get past the first year of medical school.
Phan Thi Ai (5) The only Vietnamese entry to the archives. . On January 20, 1997, 27 year old Phan Thi Ai was sentenced to death by the People's High Court in the City of Ho Chi Minh for killing five in a "crime passionelle". In February, 1996, while she was having an affair with a married man, she was overcome by jealousy and decided to pour two liters of gasoline into the man's home and torch the place. The fire charred the adulterer, his wife and their three children.
Alejandro Perez de la Rosa, Martin & Josefina Hernandez (5) On December 3, 1996, Yolanda Figueroa, a prominent Mexican journalist, her husband and three children were found brutally beaten to death in their home in Mexico City. Yolanda had been very outspoken about the alleged ties between the government and powerful Mexican drug lords therefore authorities assumed that the family had been a victim of a narco hit.
The lone survivor of the massacre, the family driver, was left in critical condition by the assailants. However, when Alejandro Perez de la Rosa -- the driver -- regained consciousness he told a wild tale of sex, revenge and murder rivaling anything a Hollywood writer could concoct. The murders of Yolanda Figueroa, her husband, Fernando Balderas -- former anti-drug agent -- and their three children, had nothing to do with the drug cartels and were, in fact, a simple act of revenge.
According to de la Rosa, Fernando Balderas became a sexual monster following the success of his and his wife's muckraking book on the narco lord Juan Garcia Abrego. For months following the release of the book Fernando sexually abused two maids within their stately home in Mexico City's tony Pedregal district.
Balderas, publisher of the weekly scandal sheet Cuarto Poder (Fourth Estate), had been under investigation for alleged links to drug traffickers. Arrest warrants had also been issued in the past but never served for rape, and for trying to extort account holders of a bank. During an investigation, police also reported discovering possessions such as expensive cars that would seem beyond the family's earnings.
With no hope for justice, the two family chauffeurs and one of the victimized maids decided to kill the torturing couple. On the fateful night of the murders, the suspects only intended to kill the parents, but went blood simple and killed the children too. After, the two men argued over cash and jewelry they found inside the home. Martin and Josefina, who both share the last name of hernandez but are unrelated, attacked their accomplice Alejandro and left him for dead.
On May 15, 1998, one of the lethal chauffeurs, Alejandro Perez de la Rosa, was sentenced to 118 years in prison for the grisly murder binge. Judge Jose Eligio Rodriguez Alba said the 118-year sentence was a symbolic gesture because of the brutality of the crime, even though Mexican law allows only a 50-year sentence. As of this report, his two other accomplices Martin and Josefina remain at large.
Shane Harrison & Esther Beckley (5) 28-year-old Shane Harrison was been charged with five first-degree murder counts and more than 20 other charges for killing five people in a March 3, 1996, botched armed robbery that turned into Albuquerque's worst mass slaying.
Harrison's co-defendant Esther Beckley, pleaded guilty in March, 1997, to two first-degree murder counts in the deaths of the couple and eight other charges. She was sentenced to 95 1/2 years in prison and agreed to testify against Harrison as part of a plea bargain that spared her the death penalty. Police say 77-year-old George McDougall and 72-year-old Pauline McDougall -- the grandparents of one of the video store workers -- were kidnapped outside the store as they waited for their grandson, 19-year-old Zachary Blacklock, to get off work.
Beckley testified that she had talked her way into the McDougalls' car at the video store by telling them she knew their grandson and that she just needed to keep warm while waiting outside the store. She said she had been led to believe no one would get hurt during the robbery. While Beckley and the McDougalls sat in the car they could hear popping sounds as Harrison allegedly shot and killed Blacklock and two of his fellow employee, 30-year-old Mylinh Daothi and 18-year-old Jowanda Castillo. She thought it sounded like someone beating on concrete with a hammer, but then she "realized that it was gunshots." Police say the McDougalls were then driven to a remote mountain area and killed.
At Shane's murder trial Esther testified that she thought they would be armed with nothing more than a BB guns when they went to rob the video store. Instead, Harrison had a pump-action shotgun and a Tech-9 semiautomatic pistol. In court she said that Shane pumped off shotgun blasts "as fast as he could cock the gun" and finished off the elderly couple with a pistol. "He said something about, 'They're still making noises.' I said, 'Leave them alone, they're dead. They're dead.'"
Girley Logsdon Crum (5) On May 10, 1996, Crum, an ex-con with an extensive rap sheet, was charged with the murder of three adults and two children at a trailer park in Bandon, a town of 2,400 people along the Oregon coast. His numerous previous offenses included assault, robbery, driving under the influence, carrying a concealed weapon and overall criminal mischief. Recently Girley--a curious name for a slasher --had served three years in prison for attacking someone with a screwdriver during a robbery.
The convicted robber was released the Monday before the killings after serving 21 days on a parole violation. Three days after his release he slit the throats of the Jacobs family in their trailer home. It seems that Girley knew the victims. Police say they have no motive for the slaying.
Kenneth Tornes (5) Tornes, a Jackson, Mississippi fire fighter and walking time-bomb, joked about rampaging through the firehouse killing "the chiefs". On April 24, 1996, his fantasies became reality when, after gunning his wife at home, he went to the fire department to hunt "the bosses". Before leading police in a high-speed chase, Kenny, an eight-year fire department veteran, killed four supervisors in the fire station.
Police chased the fuming fire fighter from the downtown Jackson Fire Department to the parking lot of a suburban shopping center causing many wrecks on the way. There, after exchanging gunfire with the cops and wounding an officer, Ken was hit in the left eye. Last we heard of him Tornes was in serious but stable condition after they surgically removed the bullet from his eye.
Clifton McCree (5) A fired Fort Lauderdale, Florida, beach maintenance crew worker, Cliff returned a year later to extract revenge from his co-workers. At 5:00 AM on February 9, 1996, Clifton returned to a temporary trailer office a block from the beach and systematically started firing on the beach cleaning crew he once worked with as they sat around a table preparing for work. McCree entered the trailer carrying a .9 mm semi-automatic handgun and said: "Everyone is going to die." He then started shooting, killing five co-workers and wounding another who survived by playing dead. After the rampage, the gunman killed himself. When police arrived, they found an empty 10-round magazine, another partly loaded magazine in the gun next to his body and 12 spent shell casings. The killer also had a .32-caliber loaded pistol under his coat.
A longtime maintenance crew worker, McCree, 41, was fired after a 20-day suspension for failing a drug test, "threatening and harassing" his co-workers and making "insulting remarks" to tourists and residents on the beach. At the time he said his threats were a joke. For a year his co-workers never heard from him until he showed up at the trailer at dawn. After the massacre his family expressed their condolences in a statement that said, "We knew he was distraught, but not to that extent." In a semi-coherent suicide note he left behind, McCree said the shootings were "to punish some of the cowardly, racist devils" that got him fired. Nonetheless, by noon of the very day of the massacre the yellow crime-scene tape around the murder site was taken down to allow a fund-raising go-cart race to take place.
Josh Jenkins (5) 15-year-old Josh, the poster boy for family dysfunction, allegedly killed his adoptive parents, grandparents and sister during a visit to his grandparents' condominium in San Diego County because he was unhappy about being sent to the Vista del Mar boarding school for troubled youths in West Los Angeles. On February 2, 1996, his family -- who lived in Las Vegas -- picked him up from school and took him to his grandparent's condominium in the exclusive community of The Terraces to spend the weekend. There, after an argument with his mother, he bludgeoned his parents and grandparents to death with a hammer. Inexplicably, somehow he kept his 10-year-old sister Megan from discovering the carnage.
The next morning he took her with him to buy an axe which he used to kill her once they returned to the condo. That afternoon, Megan's friend Phaedra telephoned to speak to her pal, but Josh told her "something has come up. Megan's really busy right now and can't talk."
Shortly after, Josh torched the condo to cover up the crime and sped away in the family's silver Mercedes Benz. The youth was arrested the next morning after he stopped at an AM/PM Minimarket off California 78 where he inquired about what route to take to Las Vegas. The clerk at the market recognized the youth from the description in the local paper and called 911. When police arrested him, Josh was verbally abusive. Curiously, he had his grandparent's white poodle with him.
Initially Josh pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Although all psychologist and psychiatrist who have examined the troubled youth agree that he is mentally ill, some do not consider him insane. On April 16, 1997, a day before his trail was set to begin, Josh changed his plea to guilty. Jenkins' defense lawyer, Jack Campbell, said the plea change was in the teen-ager's best interest but was unusual because neither the judge nor the prosecutors made concessions. If found insane, he could be sentenced to a state hospital. If found sane, he faces a maximum of 140 years in prison.
Michael Vernon (5) On December 19, 1995, at the peak of the holiday shopping season, Mike, a gun-toting shopper seeking to buy a pair of size 13 1/2 boots, opened fire in a crowded store killing five people and critically wounding three others. Police arrested the 22-year-old mass murderer and possible foot fetishist after a chase through the snowy streets of the Bronx, New York. Displeased with the service at the Little Chester Shoe Store, a small shop near the Bronx Zoo, short-tempered Mike pulled out his automatic 9mm. pistol and started firing at close range when an assistant gave him a hard time. "It looks like he had an argument with one of the employees," said a police spokes person. Maybe a little too much eggnog and one too many rude attendants fueled his deadly Christmas rage.
On October 25, 1997 Michael, who has a history of mental illness, was found guilty of all five counts of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder. During the trial it was uncovered his disgruntled shopper killing spree was in fact more of a bungled robbery attempt.
David Bain (5) In June 1994 New Zealander David Bain shot to death his two parents and three other siblings in the village of Dunedin, in the South Island. . Although he was convicted for the mass killing, David contended that his father carried out the murders before committing suicide.
John Lindley Frazier (5) Along with big Ed Kemper and Herbert Mullin, Frazier was the third cog in the legendary Triumvirate of Evil of Santa Cruz in the early seventies. As a young man Johnny Boy dropped out of society because he didn't want to participate in the killing of the planet.
On October 19, 1970, this acid-dropping environmentalist set out to settle a score with an eye doctor who hated hippies. After entering the home of the doctor, he found the wife and shot her with her own gun. He then proceeded to bound and kill everyone as they arrived. By the time he was done, he had killed the doctor, his wife, his secretary and his two children. Frazier wrote a rambling letter on the doctors typewriter about how World War III had started and that anyone who misuses the environment would be executed. He then tossed the bodies into the swimming pool and torched the place.
His hippie friends thought he had gone a bit to far and turned him in to the police. During his trial Johnny showed up with half of his head, half of his beard and one eyebrow shaved. He got the death sentence before his hair could grow back in.
Geoff Ferguson (5) Geoff Ferguson is currently on trial in Danbury, Connecticut, for shooting five people and setting a house on fire. Geoff had a rent dispute with the tenants of his house in Redding, Connecticut. He threatened his three tenants repeatedly, and on the night of April 18, 1995, after they were late with the rent, he decided to take action. Geoff allegedly came to the house, shot the three tenants, two guests, and set the building on fire. One of the tenants, Scott Aurbach, managed to crawl out of the blaze and tell the emergency workers that, "Ferguson did it." Unfortunately Scott later died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
On June 11, 1998, disgruntled landlord Geoffrey Ferguson, was sentenced to life in prison for killing three tenants and two of their friends. "May you rot from the inside out," Dale Gartrell told Ferguson. Ms. Gartell's 25-year-old son, David, was one of the friends killed.
Bruman Alvarez (5) On Friday July 21, 1995, Bruman, a twenty-year-old Potomac, Maryland, resident was charged with the murders of a podiatrist, his three daughters and a house painter. Bruman, day laborer, was hired to assist the painter with the doctor's house. On that fateful Thursday Bruman, tired of working and wacked-out on paint fumes, went ballistic and bludgeoned and stabbed everyone in the house. Then called 911 and pretended someone else did it.
Gustavo "Tavinho" Pissardo (5) On the night of September 29, 1994, Tavinho, a 22-year-old Brazilian student in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil had a bad headache. His father took him to the hospital where he was given an injection and sent back home to bed. At midnight he woke up and found his mother and his sister watching TV. Maybe he didn't like what they were watching. Who knows? In any case, he took a .32-caliber revolver from the top of the fridge and killed them both with a bullet to the head. Then he killed his father. He proceeded to mess up the house and undressed the women to make it look like a robbery and an attempted rape.
He then took his father's pickup truck and drove 94 miles to Campinas to visit to his grandparents. There he confessed to the killings and apparently didn't like their reaction. He killed both his grandparents and drove back to São Jose where he picked up his girlfriend. Before turning himself to the police Tavinho spent four days with his girlfriend enjoying the beaches of São Paulo.
Michael Stevens (5) Fearing that his girlfriend Brenda Chevere's family was trying to end their relationship, Michael sent six booby-trapped mail bombs to Brenda's relatives across Upstate New York. Four of the bombs exploded, one failed to detonate and another was intercepted by the police. Brenda's mother, sister and stepfather were killed as well as two unlucky bystanders. Three more people were injured.
Patrick Purdy (5) Patrick Purdy, a mentally disturbed flophouse habitue with a penchant for toy soldiers, thought Asians where at the root of all his problems. In January 17, 1989, he decided it was time for resolution. He left his flea bag motel wearing the customary army fatigues with "Death to the Great Satin" (a typo or perhaps a strange fixation with fancy evening wear) scribbled on his sleeve and headed for the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California.
In the next six minutes the the lethal drifter opened fire in the schoolyard with an AK-47 killing five youngsters of Southeast Asian descent and wounding 29 children and a teacher. Purdy, 24, ended the attack by turning his gun on himself.
Arson investigator Marty Galindo was at a nearby car wash when he got a radio call of a vehicle fire near Cleveland Elementary School. Purdy, in what detectives later said was a diversion attempt, had stuffed his station wagon with fireworks and set the car ablaze moments before he walked onto the campus and opened fire.
"I can still smell the gunpowder. That's what I remember most -- the gunpowder. There were bullet casings everywhere. And I remember walking by a little girl's shoe, it couldn't have been more than a few inches long, that was sitting there on the ground. There was flesh on it. It had to have been cut off. I walked around the corner of a building and saw all those kids down. It was surreal. This was supposed to be where kids are playing games, happy," Galindo said.
When the smoke settled, Michael Jackson, the Peter Pan of auto-erotica, descended on the school to spread goodwill (and maybe something else) among the surviving kids. Four of the dead children were Cambodian, one was Vietnamese. Most were born in Thailand in refugee camps as their parents fled the genocidal regime of Cambodian ruler Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
Brad Bishop (5) In 1976 Brad seemed to have it all. A family , a home in Bethesda, Maryland, and a good job at the State Department. One day, after telling his psychiatrist that a "voice inside me" was the only thing he was answerable to," he took off early from work and bought a gallon of gas and a small sledgehammer at a local mall.
That night, while his mother-in-law was out walking the dog, he hammered to death his wife and three sleeping sons. When his mother-in-law came back, he killed her too. Then he drove the bodies out to a remote forrest in North Carolina 300 miles away and torched their corpses with gasoline. Since then he has been seen only once --a former neighbor spotted him in a bathroom in Serano, Italy. No one knows where he is today. A former U.S. Foreign Service officer, Bishop speaks Italian and Serbo-Croatian.
Robert Benjamin Smith (5) Bobbie just wanted to be known, to carve a name for himself. Following the leads of his two heroes, Richard Speck and Charles Whitman, this high-school senior from Mesa, Arizona, headed to the Rose-Mar College of Beauty ready to gun down someone for his 15 minutes of homicidal fame. At the College he forced five women and two children into a back room and systematically shot them in the head killing five of them. When the police arrived at the scene, he gleefully confessed to everything.
John Emil List (5) The deeply religious John List must have had a religious epiphany before killing his mom, wife and three teenage children. In 1971 this fastidious accountant executed all members of his family, left their bodies neatly laid in the ballroom of his mansion (except for his mom who was too fat to drag down the stairs), arranged photos and books he had borrowed from a neighbor on a table, and disappeared.
Seventeen years later, after his story was detailed on the TV show, "America's Most Wanted", a caller sent authorities to Richmond, Virginia, where they found him living as Robert P. Clark. The Lutheran matricide was leading a normal life there very much like the one he finished off in Westfield, New Jersey, seventeen years before.
Robert Coulson (5) A cold-hearted killer motivated by greed, Robert Coulson killed five family members because he thought his parents were carelessly "spending his inheritance." On Friday June 13, 1992 Bob snuck into his adoptive parent's home and systematically killed everyone inside. Curiously, together with five other unrelated murders, that Friday proved to be the deadliest day in Houston history.
24-year-old Bob started his murderous rampage with his mother with whom he often bucked heads. He first shocked her with a stun gun and bound her hands and feet. Then he smothered her with a pillow. Next came his frail father whom he asphyxiated with a plastic bag wrapped around his head. He moved upstairs to his younger sister's room who was recuperating from a cesarean. Soon after, his biological sister and her husband arrived and were met by Bob at gun point. After being whacked on the head with a crowbar, they were tied and smothered with plastic bags. Before leaving the crime scene, Bob doused his parents bodies with gasoline and set the house on fire.
A few blocks away, his roommate and alibi, Jared Lee Althaus, waited for him in a truck. As planned, they took off to Bob's grandparents cabin to go fishing in a remote area in Central Texas disposing of the incriminating evidence on the way as Bob told him that he botched the job. Later, in court, Althaus testified that they both had carefully planned out the killings and had meticulously bought everything necessary over a period of a month. Althaus, who got 20-years for being accessory to the murders, testified that Bob promised to take care of him financially once he collected his inheritance. Dimwitted Althaus went along with Bob's murder scheme because, "Bob took care of me. He made beds and did laundry... He was my leader, my protector."
Lethal Bobbie's cover-up began to unravel after his parent's funeral when several relatives noticed how he was more interested in the money he was about to inherit and the $600,000 life insurance policy of his parents than in grieving the dead. According to a family friend he was very anxious about how much of the inheritance would go to his sister Sarah's newborn. He was also overheard by a cousin gleefully describing where the bodies were found as he walked through the charred remains of the house with a group of local teen-agers.
The very night of the funeral Bob was arrested after a guilt-ridden Althaus spilled his guts to the police. During the trial Bob tried to blame his roommate for everything, but all evidence contradicted what he said. Many of his friends testified hearing Bob wishing that his parents would die and stop spending his money. A couple of times he suggested that he would have to do something about it himself. After all was said and done, a jury of his peers found Bobbie responsible for the killings and sentenced him to death by lethal injection. Presently Bobbie sits in death row as his case is on its final appeals before he has to face death.
Archives reader Trysha Hatton-Mann believes Bob is innocent of of all charges. On Febrary 3, 2002, in no uncertain terms, she told us what thinks of what we wrote:
Gang Lu (5) A Chinese graduate physics student, Gang Lu resorted to a killing rampage when his department did not reward his dissertation with the award he believed it deserved. On the afternoon of November 1, 1991, Lu went to the physics department of the University of Iowa and shot at three dissertation-committee professors and a student. Then he went to the administration building and shot the vice president for academic affairs who supervised the award-giving and a student-secretary before turning the gun on himself.
The only survivor of his academic tantrum was the student-secretary working in the administration building who is now a quadriplegic. If only Gang Lu's space-plasma theory had been a little more engaging all this would have never happened.
James Simpson (5) Another one from the disgruntled-ex-employee-returns-on-a-rampage file. On April 3, 1995, 28-year-old James Simpson walked into the Walter Rossler Co., a refinery inspection company in Corpus Christi, Texas, and killed his former boss, his wife and three other employees. He then walked out the back door and shot himself.
Leonardo Morita (5) Leo, a 46-year-old electrician, wanted to collect on the insurance policies he took out on each member of his family. To expedite matters, in May, 1995, he set his San Marino, California, home ablaze killing his wife, three children and housekeeper. He poured so much gasoline on the stairs to make sure no one got out alive, it leaked to the basement igniting the water heater's pilot flame and sparking a massive explosion. Greedy Leonardo died two months later from injuries suffered during the blaze.
Michael Perry (5) In the early 1990s Michael Perry, an escapee from a mental hospital, began to stalk Olivia Newton-John. He was convinced the Australian star was responsible for the dead bodies that were floating up through his floor at home. He also knew that she was communicating with him by changing the colour of her eyes.
Perry, from Louisiana, was twice turned away from Newton-John's California home by her security company. Not long afterwards, he killed five people, including his mother and father, shooting out their eyes. He fled and was finally captured in a hotel room in Washington.
Remy Lecrenier (5) Angry over his girlfriend meeting another man, Remy Lecrenier, 29, killed her with a crossbow and a Colt-45, then killed her mother and her two sisters. Remy, a weapons freak and karate expert, lived with his girlfriend -- Vinciane -- and her family in the small village of Bas-Oha, 50 miles from Brussels.
Remy's July 7, 1997, murderous rampage is believed to have been triggered when Vinciane told him that she had met another man, and that he would have to move. Police believe Vinciane, 24, and her two sister, ages 21 and 19, were probably drugged before the massacre because there were no signs of struggle. Vinciane was found dead in her bedroom. Her two younger sister were found in their bedroom. They were naked and one had been sexually assaulted. The mother was found in the garage. Apparently she was shot after she returned from work. The father, Philippe Resbouxi, was in Spain at the time of the massacre preparing their upcoming vacation.
Remi, the king of the understatement, left a note on the fridge for the mother saying "You daughter drives me crazy." The lethal Romeo escaped after the massacre. Following a four-day southern international manhunt, Remy was arrested at a camping ground close to St. Tropez after being recognized by Belgian tourists.