10 of The Most Depraved and Disturbing Acts of Murder….Ever

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Murder has an interesting place in our society. Unfortunately, murder has become an accepted part of the reality in which we live. On one hand we have become desensitized to murder. Hearing about a drive-by shooting no longer receives so much as a raised eyebrow when announced. However, the taboo placed upon the act of murder stirs up a morbid curiosity within us. Something inside of us craves hearing about the facts that surround the case. We want to know who the victim was, how did they die and if possible; who did it. When words and terms such as rape, pedophilia and murder of a child or parent are attached to the case, it strikes a chord within the reader and the emotional response is heightened. Most of us are sickened by these acts and we empathize and sympathize with the victims and their families. Part of us however still look to the perpetrator, hoping to find some redeeming quality within the individual.

Conversely, when the words mutilation, dismemberment, cannibalism and necrophilia are used to describe the state of the victim or the actions of the perpetrator, a fire within us is ignited and a sense of disgust is awakened, even in the most insensitive individuals. No longer is the perpetrator looked at with any level of humanity. At this point the individual guilty of the offense is now deemed a monster. A monster that should receive no mercy and most be stopped at all costs and by any means. In our hearts, the deprave acts of this person is not even worthy of a trial as we fervently wish for the guilty party to be executed immediately utilizing the most inhumane manner possible.

As a writer, my ardent wish is to invoke emotions within the hearts and minds of my readers. The following cases brought me to tears, caused me to swear and brought me to a point of anger that caused me to take several research breaks during the creation of this post. The cases highlighted in this post may cause you to look differently at just who you share this planet with.
That being said, I bring to you; 10 of The most depraved and disturbing acts of murder…ever.

Victoria Martens

10) The Murder of Victoria Martens
On 08/24/2016, police officers were called to an apartment building in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The officers were responding to neighbor’s reports of screaming coming from the apartment. After entering the residence, officers reported seeing smoke coming from behind the closed bathroom door. Cautiously, the officers opened the door and were horrified to find the dismembered body of Victoria Martens partially wrapped in a burning blanket. The child was pronounced dead at the crime scene and the child’s mother Michelle Martens, her boyfriend Fabian Gonzales; and Gonzales’ cousin Jessica Kelley were immediately arrested.

No one present during the questioning of Michelle Martens was prepared for her next statement. Martens testified to officers that she actively sought out men to rape her daughter. She met Gonzales through am online dating service approximately four months prior to the murder. She further informed investigators that her daughter had been sexually assaulted every day for a month by several men; and that she enjoyed watching it happen. Martens told authorities that she had given her daughter alcohol and methamphetamine to calm her down so that Fabian Gonzales and Jessica Kelley could have sex with her.

Autopsy results showed that Victoria Martens had been viciously raped,, strangled to death, and then stabbed and dismembered. Her remains were then wrapped in a blanket and set on fire. Adding insult to injury, authorities said the child was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease known as human papillomavirus (HPV) at the time of her death. Her time of death was determined to be between 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. on August 23rd, the evening of her 10th birthday.

Michelle Martens, Fabian Gonzales, and Jessica Kelley were arrested and charged with the murder of Victoria Martens as well as other charges including kidnapping, child abuse, child rape charges. The three suspects are in jail awaiting trial; held on a USD $1 million cash-only bond. They have all pleaded not guilty thus far.

Junko Furuta

9) Murder of Junko Furuta
In 1989 Junko Furuta was a student at Yashio-Minami High School in Japan. A classmate, Hiroshi Miyano had a crush on the young lady but each time he approached her for some level of companionship, Junko respectfully declined. On the evening of November 25th, 1988 Miyano and his friend Nobuharu Minato were out trolling the area actively looking foe unsuspecting young women to sexually assault. At approximately 8:30 that night, their paths crossed with that of young Ms. Furuta. Unbeknownst to her, Miyano had already spotted Junko as she rode her bike home from work. His plan was for Minato to act as a bully and kick Junko off of her bike and ran away while he hid. Minato. Pretending to be a true friend, Miyano would come out of hiding, console Junko and walk her home. The plan worked and during the walk Miyano tricked Junko into walking with him to a nearby warehouse where he then raped her.

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Miyano informed to Junko that he was a member of the Yakuza and threatened to kill her and members of her family if she did not accompany him to a hotel in the area. Arriving at the hotel, Miyano called Minato and two other friends; Jō Ogura and Yasushi Watanabe. At about 3:00 am. the two proceeded to a nearby park and met with the other three boys. Once they arrived, the four young men gang raped Junko into the early morning hours of the following day. The four boys took Junko to a home owned by Minato’s parents.

On November 27th, fearing that Junko’s parents had contacted authorities, Miyano forced Junko to call home. She explained to her worried parents that she had run away but was now safe at a friend’s house and there was no need to continue with any investigation. Initially, Junko was made to pretend to be a girlfriend of one of her assailants while in the presence of Minato’s parents. However, Minato’s parents lived in fear of their son and his connections therefore, it became obvious that his parents would not be contacting authorities so the rouse was soon dropped.

For forty four days Junko Furuta was held captive at this home and faced unimaginable tortures. During that time Miyano, Minato, Ogura and Watanabe invited their other yakuza friends to torment Furuta. According to their trial statements, the four of them raped her over 400 times, beat her, starved her, hung her from the ceiling and used her as a “punching bag”, dropped barbells onto her stomach, forced her to eat live cockroaches and drink her own urine, and forced her to masturbate in front of them. They further degraded the child by inserting foreign objects such as a lit light bulb and fireworks into her vagina and anus. They burned her vagina and clitoris with cigarettes and lighters, scalded her eyelids with hot wax; they also tore off her left nipple with pliers and pierced her breasts with sewing needles.

During her ordeal, Furuta had an opportunity to call the police; unfortunately, she was discovered by Hiroshi before she could say anything. When the police phoned back, Miyano snatched the phone and informed them that the call had been a mistake. The kidnappers punished Junko by dousing her legs and feet in lighter fluid and setting them on fire. They then pushed a large bottle into her anus, causing severe bleeding and convulsions. Believing that Junko may have been faking a seizure, so they set her on fire again.

She survived these injuries and continued to be raped and tortured. Furuta’s appearance had been drastically altered as a result of the sheer brutality of the attacks. Her face was so swollen that it was difficult to make out her features. Her body was also severely crippled, giving off a rotting smell. One of the kidnappers testified that her hands and legs were so badly damaged that it took her over an hour to drag herself downstairs to use the washroom. Junko eventually lost bladder and bowel control; no longer able make to the bathroom, she began soiling the carpets. Toward the end of her tortured existence she was unable to drink water or consume food and would vomit after each attempt. Regardless, no sympathy was shown by the kidnappers and the torture continued. During questioning the kidnappers told investigators that Furuta asked her captors on several occasions to kill her and get it over with. The demented cowards refused; instead, they forced her to sleep out on the balcony in the winter cold or locked her in a freezer. On 4 January 1989, Junko Furuta’s injuries was so severe that it caused her brain to shrink. As a result, she went into shock, succumbed to her wounds and died that day.

After finding her unresponsive Nobuharu Minato’s brother called to tell him that Furuta appeared to be dead. Afraid of being caught for murder, they wrapped her body in blankets and shoved it into a travel bag. They then put her body in a 55-gallon (208 liters) drum and filled it with wet concrete. Around 8:00 pm, they loaded and eventually disposed the drum into a cement truck in Kōtō, Tokyo.

None of the people responsible for her death received more than 20 years in prison for the rape, kidnapping, torture and murder of Junko Furuta.

8) The Murder of Tanya Byrd
It’s about 4:30 a.m. on a brisk February morning in the Bronx, New York City back in 2013. A dog walker comes to bags of trash at the intersection of Eagle Avenue and 158th street. As they normally do, a dog sniffs around the pile of garbage. The dog walker becomes curious when the dog just won’t leave a particular bag alone. Investigating to see just what the dog is after, the dog walker opens the bag and is horrified to find a human leg wrapped in a trash bag. The horrified dog-walker soon regained composure and called police.

Mother & Grandmother
Tanya Byrd

Upon their arrival authorities began a search of other area garbage piles. Not long after the search began, most of the remains were found in trash heaps in between 156th and 158th streets and between Eagle and Cauldwell avenues. Witnesses reported a seeing a suspect dump the bags and their gruesome contents on the curb for collection and then flee the scene in a silver SUV.

The identity of the deceased was found to be 45-year-old Tanya Byrd, a Morrisania neighborhood resident. Officers went to Byrd’s Westchester Avenue apartment and were immediately overwhelmed by the strong stench of bleach. Bahsid McLean, who had reported his mother missing; was arrested for the murder as well as his friend, 26-year-old William Harris.

During questioning, McLean initially attempted to blame Harris for his mother’s murder though admitted to the dismemberment. However, upon further interrogation, he confessed to the crime. Tanya told her son to grow up and move out of her apartment. She simply wanted her son to become a responsible individual and an argument ensued. After the spat, Tanya is said to have laid on the couch for a nap. On Sunday evening or early Monday, Bashid McLean hit his mother, 45-year-old Tanya Byrd, on the head with a heavy object while she was sleeping. He then stabbed his mother to death in the bedroom of the apartment they shared. He then stole cash from her purse and went to a GED class that he attended with his friend, 26-year-old William Harris; whom he enlisted to help dispose of his mother’s remains.

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A hardware store’s closed caption camera show McLean purchasing the saw with cash. The two men returned to the apartment and dismembered Tanya’s corpse. Piece by piece they placed the body parts in garbage bags, placed some of the garbage bags inside of luggage type bags. McLean posed in front of the bathroom mirror and took a selfie, holding the bloody head of his slain mother like a trophy. He said that he had planned to keep the grisly photo as a keepsake. The image was somehow leaked to the New York Post.

Bahsid McLean suffered from mental illness, some diagnosed other symptoms not yet revealed. As a result of his mental issues and his mother’s drug abuse in his youth, McLean spent much of his life in mental hospitals and foster homes. During this period an internal hatred for his mother grew. At the age of 18 he returned to live with his mother, despite eventually marrying. His aunt and father testified that McLean had been off of his meds for years, though no one seemed to know exactly what meds he was taking. He showed no remorse for the murder of his mother and tried to deny culpability completely. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” McLean insisted adamantly and repeatedly. McLean, whose Twitter handle is @killtanyabyrd, had been planning his mother’s murder for years, according to Byrd’s sister.
Bahsid McLean was found guilty of second-degree murder and unlawful dissection of a human being. He was sentenced to 25 years to life.

7) The Hello Kitty Murder
“I’m being haunted by a woman that I helped to kill,” were the words spoken by a 14-year-old Japanese girl. The child would go on to tell a story of sex, drugs and depravity. A tale that would help authorities solve one of the most gruesome murders ever.
Fan Man-yee also known as Ah-Map, was a 23-year-old night club hostess, exotic dancer and part-time prostitute in 1997. Fan Man-yee met 34-year-old Chan Man-lok, aka Big Brother that year and they embarked on somewhat of a friendship. Despite the fact that Ah Map was married with a small child, she was addicted to ice, something that Big Brother kept in mass quantities.

Fan Man-yee aka Ah-Map,

Ah-Map would see her clients at the Romance hotel and soon Big Brother became a frequent guest of hers. Though she was fully aware of his underworld ties as well as his violent tendencies, Ah-Map stole a wallet containing $4,000 from Big Brother. Swearing to repay him as soon as possible, Ah-Map did just that, she even tacked on interest in the amount of 10,000 additional dollars. Chan Man-lok took the money but felt that he had to set an example of Ah-Map.

Man-lok. (Big Brother) had his henchman abduct Ah-Map from her home on March 17th, 1999. Leung Shin-Cho 27 and Leung Wai-Lun 21 were the foot soldiers that were sent to carry out the mission. The plan was to kidnap Ah-Map, torture her and make her prostitute for him. Leung Shin-Cho and Leung Wai-Lun abducted Ah-Map and brought her to an apartment they shared with Man-lok at 31 Granville Lane. Fan would never leave the apartment alive.

For approximately one-month Fan was beaten and tortured regularly and mercilessly. The men would piss on her face or into her mouth, beating her when she failed to swallow their urine. Fan was forced to eat her own feces. They bound young Fan Man Yee’s wrists together with electrical wire, hung her from a hook on the ceiling and beat her with water pipes and metal bars. They set drinking straws alight, held down Fan and dripped melted plastic on the soles of her feet until her skin blistered and oozed pus. At times the men lit her feet directly, then beat them with a stick causing Fan to experience excruciating pain.

Chan Man-lok gave up on the idea of pimping her. No longer would anyone find Ah-Map desirable; much less pay her for sex. It was more fun to play video games, doing ice and concoct more and more depraved methods of torturing Ah-Map.

Chan Man-lok had a teenage girlfriend called Ah-Fong that frequented the apartment. During questioning, Ah Fong admitted to taking part in the torturing of Ah-Map. On one occasion she remembered pouring chili oil onto the burns made by the melted plastic, On another occasion, Chan Man-lok instructed the girl to deficate into a shoebox. Shin-Cho and Leung Wai-Lun then made Ah Map eat it. Af Fong told investigators of an instance when Chan Man-lok kicked Fan repeatedly for 50 times. On each day of her torture the men would make Ah Map laugh out loud and pretend to be happy while being tortured. When she simply could not pretend to be “happy” they would beat her harder.

At the end of Ah Map’s life, she was just a shell of her former self. Totally consumed by ice and torture; she drifted in and out of consciousness. Fan laid shiftless on the bathroom floor as her tormentors went about the life of getting high off ice and playing video games. After a month of unspeakable torture, she made her final transition laying on the floor; lifeless and broken. Ah-Fong discovered that Fan Man-lee had died. Even after being notified of the death, Man-lok, Shin-Cho and Wai-Lun went about their normal daily activities. Days later, after an ice binge, Chan Man-lok demanded the body of Fan Man-yee be destroyed and erased from existence.

The three men lifted Ah Map’s corpse into a bathtub and there she was dismembered. Chan himself cut off the head with a wood saw while his triad underlings stripped and bagged the flesh, storing it in a refrigerator. Chan took Ah-Maps head and placed into a large pot of boiling water. They soon became hungry and placed another pot of boiling water next to the one containing her head and poured in noodles. It is said that both pots were stirred with the same spoon. Though the apartment was occupied by gangsters, it was heavily decorated with Hello Kitty merchandise. Fan Man-lee’s skull was placed inside of a life-sized Hello Kitty doll.

Despite being responsible for one of the most heinous murders in modern history; a jury refused to find Chan Man-lok, Leung Shin-Cho and Leung Wai-Lun guilty of murder. In December 2000, the three men were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after just 20 years. Though she admittedly took part in the torture, Ah Fong was not charged with a crime because of her testimony to authorities.

Gabriel Kuhn

6) The Murder of Gabriel Kuhn
Though I’ve covered this murder in a previous post titled, Tibia; A Game So Fun You’ll Kill Somebody, due to the sheer depravity and evil of this murder, the list wouldn’t be complete without it.

It’s Brazil in 2007, 12-year-old Gabriel Kuhn is playing Tibia online. For those that don’t know, Tibia is a MMORPG, (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). Initially, I didn’t know anything about the game. It has been explained to me that the difference between Tibia and other games is the number of players that are able to interact together. Another difference in Tibia is that the game’s persistent world continues to exist and evolve while the player is offline and away from the game.
I also learned that within the game there is money. No, not real money but money that can be used within the confines of the game. Money that can be earned, spent and unfortunately, as in this case; loaned. As I said earlier, young Gabriel Kuhn is playing Tibia. At some point he runs short of “cash”. Fellow Tibia player and friend of Gabriel, Daniel Petry is also playing. As frriends do, Kuhn hits Petry for a loan. Mind you, this is not real cash of any sort. The money can only be used within the game. Petry agrees to the loan, the money is transferred and that is that.

Daniel Petry was a rebellious teenager that found peace within the world of video games. Unfortunately, Petry dealt with day-to-day situations with extreme violence and was under psychiatric treatment because of it. Fully expecting to receive his game currency from Kuhn, Daniel Petry experienced what can only be called a “psychotic break”, when he didn’t receive the money.

Daniel Petry went to Gabriel Kuhn’s home. After gaining entrance, Petry began to beat the younger and much smaller Gabriel Kuhn mercilessly. Petry then raped/sodomized Gabriel and proceeded to strangle his former friend to death. Wanting to hide the body in the attic, Petry attempted to hoist Kuhn’s body up on his shoulders nut Kuhn was too heavy. Assuming Kuhn was dead and wanting to conceal the murder, Daniel began to hacksaw Gabriel’s legs off. The pain of being dismembered woke the child, previously unconscious from his beating and strangling. Gabe’s mother and brother returned home to find her 12 year old son murdered with legs cut off.

Daniel Petry was tried in court and after his conviction was sent to a young/juvenile offenders facility. Due to laws in Brazil regarding youths and murder Daniel Petry was only sentenced to three years in prison for this heinous murder.

The Alcasser Girls

5) The Alcàsser Girls Murder
It’s Friday, November 13th 1992, and Miriam García, Toñi Gómez, and Desirée Hernández are ready to party. These three young ladies from Alcàsser, Valencia, Spain are headed to a secondary school party being held at Coolor, a popular nightclub located on the outskirts of Picassent, Spain. Neither of the girls have a car so they resort to hitchhiking to get to the nightclub in the nearby town. Unfortunately, this decision would cost them their lives and become three of the most heinous and sadistic murders of our time.

Anxious about that evenings activities, the girls set out on their mission. Picassent was approximately 2.5 miles away, and they had successfully hitchhiked to a previous function, so the girls felt safe. As they set out, a young couple from Alcàsser dropped them off at a gas station near Picassent. A witness told authorities that the girls got into a four door car with two men. That is the last time the girls were seen alive.

Miguel Ricart and Antonio Anglés were the men seen picking the girls up at the gas station. Speeding past Coolor, the girls soon realized that they had been kidnapped and began to kick and scream. The brutality began when Anglés started pistol-whipping the girls. The car came to a stop when they reached a seemingly uninhabited house, in a remote mountain area near La Romana, close to the Tous dam. The three girls were forced from the vehicle and into the dilapidated house, where two of the girls were raped. Later the men forced the three teens back in to the car and drove to nearby Catadau for food. Upon their return, Ricart and Anglés took turn raping the third girl.

All through the night the girls were tortured in every conceivable manner. Miguel Ricart provided the accounts of the brutality that the girls endured. Admitting his presence at the crime, yet downplaying his involvement in what happened to the three teenagers; Ricart claimed that Angeles alone was responsible for the girl’s torture and subsequent murder. investigators would fill in the blanks of the girl’s evening when the remains were found.

On January 27, 1993 two beekeepers found their bodies when they came across the horrific sigtht of an arm sticking out of the ground. Their remains were buried in a shallow grave in a ditch in a rural area located near La Romana, Catadau. The two men called police immediately. The discovery came exactly 75 days after the search for the girls had commenced.

It had been two and a half months of sheer torture for the parents of the missing girls. The search for the girls began shortly after their scheduled return time had come and gone. Fernando García, Miriam García’s father was the first to search for the girls on the night that they went missing. He stopped by the Civil Guard, (Police) station, to tell them that the girls had disappeared. The desk sergeant informed Mr. Garcia that it was only 11 p.m. and maybe the kids were out enjoying themselves, oblivious to the hour of day. They also informed Mr. Garcia that until 24 hours had passed,the girls couldn’t be reported missing. The following day however, shit got real.

José Manuel Alcayna, the former deputy mayor of Alcásser, organized a search party with 12 vehicles. Police officers began dispersing missing person flyers across the entire Valencian community. The case of the three missing girls from Alcásser soon received unprecedented levels of media coverage. Parents weren’t the only ones affected by the case. The girl’s disappearance struck fear into the hearts of area teens. Until the beekeepers made their grisley discovery.

The girl’s remains showed investigators that the girl’s had suffered dearly at the hands od their captors. Desirée Hernández’ corpse indicated that alomg with severe beatings she suffered a traumatic amputation of the right nipple and areola with a sharp object. She was then stabbed twice in the back. The other girls were beaten with sticks and stones, before finally being shot and buried. Miriam’s corpse displayed vaginal wounds caused by an object provided with sharp edges, possibly produced postmortem. Each girl died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Near the bodies, authorities found other items as well, including a glove, binoculars, three belts and clothing items. It would be these items. along with witness testimony from the gas station that brought law enforcement to their suspects. Miguel Ricart was sentenced to 170 years in prison for his role in the murders although he was later released in 2013. Antonio Anglés has never been found and is wanted by INTERPOL as well as Spanish authorities.

Canny Ong

4) The Murder of Canny Ong Lay Kian On the 13th of June 2003, Canny Ong Lay Kian was in Malaysia visiting her ailing father. Canny, an IT-analyst had been in Malaysia for quite a while and was anxious to return to the United States and her husband Brandon the next day. That evening Canny decided to go out for dinner with family and friends and to do some last minute shopping at the Bangsar Shopping Complex in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

After the meal, at approximately 10:30 p.m. she went to retrieve her parking ticket from her car. The parking garage was rather dark and spooky looking. Canny didn’t want her mother to have to walk such a long distance nor be left alone so she asked her mother and sister to wait for her by the autopay machine. Canny never made it to the autopay. CCTV cameras recorded her car speeding out of the garage and crashing through the barrier at 10:45 p.m.. Canny’s mother reported her missing about 20 minutes later at the Brickfields police station.

Ahmad Najib Aris

Investigators identified the kidnapper as Ahmad Najib Aris, an unemployed, aircraft cabin cleaner. Ironically, later that night two motorcade patrol officers pulled Canny’s car over near Kelana Jaya. During the routine traffic stop, one officer took their id cards to check for wants, warrants and holds. While running the cards, Najib attempted to drive off. The officer shot one of the tires out, however Najib managed to get away. In the early hours of the following morning he raped and tortured Canny. He then stabbed her twice and dumped her body in an open manhole at a construction site then left by taxi. He returned later and saturated Canny’s body with gasoline and set it ablaze. The following morning Canny Ong Lay Kian’s remains were discovered by a construction site manager.


On Feb 23, 2005, the Shah Alam High Court sentenced Ahmad Najib to death for the torture, rape and murder of Canny Ong Lay Kian. After spending 11 years on death row and having exhausted all of his appeals, Ahmad Najib Aris was finally executed for the 2003 murder shortly after dawn on Friday, September 24, 2016,

Eno Fariha

3) The Murder of Eno Fariha
On Thursday May 14, 2016; Eno Fariha had retired to her dorm room after work. The 19-year-old factory worker at PT Polyta Global Mandiri had just finished her shift and planned to relax in her employer provided housing unit. Unbeknownst to her, Eno Fariha was about to be a victim of one of the most sadistic murder cases in Indonesia.

Eno had been dating Rahmat Arifin bin Hartono for approximately a month. Rahmat come to see Eno that evening. Expecting sex, Rahmat was angered when Eno refused. Furiosly he left, but only to return with two other males. Rahmat Arifin bin Hartono, Imam Hapriadi and a minor called RA returned to the victim’s quarters and beat and gang raped Eno. The men then proceeded to rape the young woman with a garden hoe. The killing blow was dealt when one of the perpetrators kicked the hoe that was inside of Ms. Fariha. The tool was kicked with such force that in chest x-rays, the handle can be seen as high as fifth rib. behind the right upper lung. The handle damaged the abdominal cavity and pelvis, ripped the heart, tore the right chest cavity bulkhead and caused internal bleeding in the chest cavity.

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017; The Tangerang District Court sentenced Rahmat Arifin bin Hartono and Imam Hapriadi to death for the 2016 rape and murder of Eno Fraiha. The men were implicated through DNA evidence that ruled out any other potential perpetrators. The judges found that the two defendants knowingly committed premeditated murder. The judges unanimously agreed that the death penalty was necessary citing that the defendants’ acts were sadistic and vile. Their actions caused trauma to the victim’s family. The judges also noted that the defendants refused to plead guilty throughout the court proceedings, and at no point did they express any remorse or regret in their actions.

2) The Murder of Robert Beckowitz
Robert Beckowitz, shared his basement apartment in the 19300 block of Woodbine in northwest Detroit with his girlfriend Jeanine Clark. On Wednesday, July 14, 1982, neighbor, friend and unbeknownst to Robert; Jeanine’s lover, James Edward Glover stopped in as they prepared to catch the Benny Hill show. Beckowitz, who is said to be an avid gun collector, kept a small arsenal in his apartment. Utilizing a 45 caliber pistol, Glover ended the life of his friend, Robert Beckowitz with a single gunshot to the head. Adding insult to injury Beckowitz was then stabbed more than 80 times.

Excited by the murder, Glover and Clark had sex near the remains of Beckowitz. Unsatisfied and expecting more from the experience; the drug fueled couple decided to include Robert into their session.

The two excited lovers, intoxicated by lust, perversion and a wide assortment of drugs; enthusiastically dismembered Beckowitz. They used body parts for sex and posed nude with the remains of Beckowitz in demeaning and sexually exploitative positions; capturing the sessions on camera. Glover and Clark continued this behavior for three days.

The drugs must have worn off after the third day. On Saturday night Clark left the house and contacted police. Clark told authorities that she had been forced under a death threat to pose for photographs with Beckowitz’s mutilated body. She also told authorities that she had been forced to take place in the murder and desecration of Robert Beckowitz. However, once the pictures that had been taken during the binge surfaced, they told a totally different story. The photographs illustrated a naked and smiling Clark taking an active role in the mutilations and necrophilia. Investigators also found that she went outside the home alone to buy more film for the camera never once attempting to leave or contact police.

Jeannine Clark, already on parole for bank robbery, was initially being held as a witness to the murder and dismemberment of Robert Beckowitz. However, after the prosecution viewed the pictures and took into account other evidence, Clark was charged with mutilating Beckowitz’s corpse. She was held at Wayne county jail and given a $10,000 bond. Conviction for mutilating a corpse carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

James Edward Glover was sentenced to 30 to 50 years in prison for the murder and dismemberment of Robert Beckowitz. Jeannine Clark, was given the maximum term -80 months to 10 years.

1) The Murder of Tim McLean
On July 30, 2008, Tim McLean, a carnival barker by trade caught Greyhound bus 1170 to Winnipeg after working at a fair in Alberta. The exhausted McLean took a seat in the rear, one row ahead of the toilet. returning home to Manitoba. At some point, Vince Weiguang Li boarded the bus. Li, a tall man, 40ish, sported a shaved head and sunglasses. took a seat in the front area of the bus when he boarded. As the trip ensued, Li manuevered to the back and found himself seated next to McLean. Sleeping with his headphones on, Tim opened his eyes briefly and gave Li a nod and immediately went back to sleep.

Tim McLean

Out of his coat Li produced a large knife and began stabbing McLean in the neck and chest. The bus driver pulled to the side of the road so that he and all the other passengers could exit the vehicle. At that point McLean had succumbed to his injuries.The attacker proceeds to using the knife like a saw and decapitates McLean. Li then displayed the severed head as if it were a trophy of sorts.
The depravity continued as Li began slicing strips of skin from McLean’s body and consuming them. During the course of this atrocity several passengers and even the driver attempted to be of some assistance to McLean. Each attempt ended with Li chasing the would be helpers away and off of the bus.

Vince Li

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, (RCMP) received an emergency call about a stabbing on a Greyhound bus at approximately 8:30 p.m.. The first wave of officers immediately answered the call and found the suspect still on board the bus. Other passengers had prevented Li from escaping. The bus driver engaged the emergency immobiliser system. The system, utilized by commercial passenger vehicles renders the vehicle inoperable in case of vehicular hijacking or other emergency situations. A truck driver, who had seen the situation unfold, aided the other passengers and provided a crowbar and a hammer as weapons.

A standoff had ensued at approximately 9:00 p.m.,. Li paced the length of the bus, muttering inaudibly and eating parts of McLean’s body. Officers began clearing out passengers from the crime scene, taking them to safety and to be interviewed about what they had witnessed. For some unknown reasons the RCMP officers never pressed forward to apprehend Li even though he was the only living person that remained on the bus. At about 1:30 a.m. the following morning, Vince Li attempted to deboard the bus from a window. Officers tased Li and subsequently took him into custody.

Officers were horrified when they entered the bus. Blood splatter covered the rear portion of the bus. Officers recovered numerous plastic bags containing McLean’s body parts. His ear, nose and tongue were found in Li’s pockets. Tim McLean’s eyes and a part of his heart were never recovered and are presumed to have been eaten by Li. To this day it is a mystery why RCMP officers never attempted gain entry to the bus by force. Officers seemed content to watch and sit idly while Li ate and defiled the remains of Tim McLean for hours.

Investigators searched for a reason for Li’s actions leading up to that fateful day. He had been fired from Wal-Mart four weeks earlier, though he also had two other jobs. One of them was at a fast-food restaurant, the other being newspaper delivery. Friends, associates and co-workers told authorities that Li never exhibited any signs of aggression or mental imbalance. Oddly, Vince Li had arrived at the bus stop that he boarded the Greyhound 24 + hours before his bus was scheduled. Witnesses say he sat stoicly on a bench at the bus stop for the whole time.Vince Li’s murder trial began on March 3, 2009. As expected, Li plead not guilty be reason of insanity.Li testified to the court that God’s voice told him McLean was a force of evil and that he must execute him. Judge, John Scurfield, accepted the plea ruling that Li was not criminally responsible for the murder.

Vince Li’s “sentence” was carried out as follows:

  • On June 3, 2010, Li was granted supervised outdoor walks within his mental health facility.
  • On May 30, 2011, his doctor had recommended that he receive more freedoms, phased in over several months.
  • On May 17, 2012, Li began to receive passes that allowed him out of the Selkirk Mental Health Centre for visits to the town of Selkirk; He would be supervised by a nurse and peace officer at all times.
  • On March 6,2014, Li began receiving unsupervised visits to Selkirk, starting at 30 minutes and expanding to full-day trips.
  • On February 27, 2015, Li was given unsupervised day passes to visit Winnipeg with the stipulation that he carry a functioning cellular telephone while out.
  • On May 8, 2015, Li was granted passes to group homes in the community.
  • In February 2016, Li had legally changed his name and was given authority to live independently upon the recommendation of the Criminal Code Review Board.
  • On February 10, 2017, the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board granted Li an absolute discharge with no legal obligations or restrictions pertaining to Li’s independent living.

In other words,. not even a decade after murdering, mutilating and consuming an innocent man. Vince Li was now a free man.

In each case the already despicable act of murder has been commited with the added the elements of rape, dismemberment, mutilation, necrophilia and cannibalism. Evil beyond comprehension committed by people that we share our planet with. Some were able to hide behind the guise of being mentally ill. Other’s punishment were minimized by loopholes in the law. In those instances I truly believe that the lawmakers of the time could not conceive nor prepare for the level of evil that would eventually manifest.

For the most part I’ve always been a bit of a skeptic in terms of the paranormal or supernatural. However, the more I research and write about the true crime genre and subject matter; the more I believe in……..something. These acts of evil have got to leave some sort of spiritual residue in this world. I find it impossible to believe that perpetrators of this level of evil doesn’t leave some level of evil imprint on the world.

How do we protect ourselves and loved ones against the evil that permeates our communities like the plague? How do we identify the depravity that may lie the hearts and minds of people that we encounter on a regular basis? Unfortunately I don’t have an answer or solution to these very real questions. The only thing that I can suggest is that we hold tight to our belief system and lean on to the God of our understanding. We keep ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually fit to combat and conquer the forces of evil that are an ever present threat.

Cleveland, the Home of the Indians, Cavaliers, Browns, and A Lot of Damn Serial Killers

Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns, Indians and…..Serial Killers?
Michael Madison

Earlier this week I was watching YouTube videos instead of working as I’m sure many, if not most of us do from time to time. I came across a name; Michael Madison. According to the video I was watching, Madison is a serial killer from Cleveland that had recently been sentenced to death. As a true crime writer, this piqued my interest. As I read about Mr. Madison, I found that his death sentence came as a result of a conviction of murdering 18-year-old Shirrellda Terry, 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley and 38-year-old Angela Deskins in a series of strangulations that occurred between October 2012 and July 2013.

Madison Victims

Responding to reports of a foul odor, authorities investigated a garage leased by Madison. From the findings of the investigation, Madison was arrested on July 19, 2013. The body of Shirrellda Terry was found in the garage behind his apartment building on the corner of Hayden and Shaw avenues in East Cleveland. Authorities believe that 18-year-old Shirrellda Terry was his first victim.  Madison originally lived with the corpse of Ms. Terry in the apartment with him until the smell overpowered him. At that point, Madison moved the body from the hall closet in his apartment to the garage. The bodies of Shetisha Sheeley and Angela Deskins. were also kept close to him.  One corpse was kept in bushes outside and a third in the basement of a nearby vacant home. Wrapped in duct tape and garbage bags, all three bodies were visible from the second-floor balcony of his apartment.

Anthony Sowell

I read on, taking in more and more information regarding this case and thought to myself, “serial killer in Cleveland, why does that seem familiar?” In amazement, (not like utter amazement, just a bit surprised) I realized that this was the second known serial killer in Cleveland in a matter of fewer than five years. I’d suddenly remembered Anthony Sowell.

Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler was arrested in October 2009 after the bodies of eleven women were discovered by police. Sowell was raised in East Cleveland. After a seven-year stint in the Marines, Sowell was convicted for kidnapping and rape in 1989. On September 22, 2009, Latundra Billups reported to police that after a few drinks Sowell became angry, hit, choked and raped her. On October 29, police arrived at his home with a warrant for Sowell’s arrest. Authorities did not find Sowell at home; however, what they did find shocked Cleveland to its core.

Anthony Sowell Victims

Police found the bodies of two women buried in a shallow grave in the basement. The remains of four other women were found on the 3rd floor of the home, in crawl spaces in the house. After more digging in the backyard, the corpses of three women were found as well as the partial remains of a fourth. A bucket inside the house containing a skull brought the body count to eleven victims. Sowell, arrested two days later; was charged with eleven counts of aggravated murder and 74 counts of rape, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse. On July 22, 2011, Sowell was convicted on all but two counts against him, including the murders of the eleven women whose bodies were found in his house. On August 12th Anthony Sowell was sentenced to death.

Cleveland Torso Murderer aka
Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run

Initially amazed to find that the city of Cleveland had been faced with back to back serial killers; further research brought me to the conclusion that serial murder was nothing new to Cleveland, Ohio. By my count, Cleveland had at least 10 serial killers who either got their start or finish there. The first known instance of serial murder in Cleveland started back in the 1930s. The suspect was known to have killed at least 12 victims with some accounts believing the number may be closer to 40 victims during his run. During his reign of terror, he was known to gruesomely decapitate his victims with his bare hands. Many times he would do so while the victim was still alive. Newspapers dubbed this individual the Cleveland Torso Murderer.

Famous Lawman
Eliot Ness

From 1935-1938, the Cleveland Torso Murderer also known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run; dismembered at least 12 victims and dumped the remains in the area of Kingsbury Run, an area on the southeast side of Cleveland, Ohio. Despite being pursued by Cleveland’s Public Safety Director, famous lawman, Eliot Ness, as well as lead detective Peter Merylo, he was never apprehended.

The victims of the Torso Murderer were normally drifters, runaways and prostitutes. Of the 12 known victims, only 3 were identified; Edward Andrassy, Florence Polillo, and Rose Wallace. The sinister acts of depravity that earned the killer his title were the beheading and dismembering of his victims. At times he would cut the victim’s torso in half or remove their appendages. As stated earlier, many times the victim was still alive during mutilation making the decapitation or dismemberment the excruciatingly painful cause of death. Most of the victims’ remains were found long after they had been murdered, this contributed greatly to the inability to identify them. Especially since the heads were often missing.

The official body count of the Torso Murderer was 12, however area murders that fit the profile of other victims go as far back as 1921 when dismembered bodies were found in swamps and boxcars near New Castle, Pennsylvania. On July 22, 1950, the decapitated body of 41-year-old Robert Robertson was found in Cleveland.  This means that crimes fitting the same modus operandi as those of the Torso Murderer were occurring years after they were thought to have ended.

I was totally taken back by the sheer number of serial killers that have called Cleveland Ohio home at some point. Most of society remember being sickened by the despicable exploits of Ariel Castro, however many are unaware that Cleveland has ties to the Milwaukee cannibal Jeffery Dahmer. As I concluded my studies of this otherwise booming metropolis I came to the conclusion that the Rock and Roll Capital of the World may also be the Serial Killer Capital of America.

Tibia; A Game So Fun You’ll Kill Somebody

Sorry, it’s been so long between posts. As a matter of fact, this wasn’t even meant to be a post but it just disturbed me so much. As a youth I witnessed the birth of video games, Atari was the main home game console of the era. The first game that I recall was tennis or “Pong” as it was called way back then. Two small lines parallel to each other at opposite ends of the tv screen. The object was to bounce the ball across the screen using the two lines. The rave of the day were game rooms or arcades as they were often called. As a child, I would gather all the quarters I could, join up with friends then hit the arcade. Occasionally one of us would run short or get too involved in one game and need to borrow some change from one another. Centipede, Pacman, and Asteroids were my absolute addictions at the time. At no point during my childhood gamer career do I recall anybody being killed for their inability to return borrowed quarters; and I’m talking about real money.

Recently I read about an incident that disturbed me to the core. Why you ask; well for one, the heinousness of the crime. For two, the fact that the circumstances surrounded a particular video game; Tibia. When I first heard about this incident, I thought to myself; “Isn’t a Tibia a part of the body?” As I read, I was in utter disbelief. I just knew that this was a creepypasta or a Reddit submission. For anybody that is like me and knew nothing of the game, Tibia is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The gameplay of Tibia involves advancing levels while training to improve skill levels, hunting monsters using weapons and magical spells, gathering treasures, doing quests and exploring the Tibia world. Players interact with each other in character so they can have conversations, trades, and group battles and partake in guilds for more role-playing opportunities. No that’s not me, I stole the last two sentences from Wikipedia.

Evidently, within the confines of this game, there is the usage of some type of game currency. Money that I assume can be used to buy …… game shit, (I don’t know). Well anyway, down in sunny Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil back in 2007 there lived 16-year-old Daniel Petry. As a child, Petry was a rebellious, aggressive boy who seemed to

Daniel Petry
Daniel Petry

deal with everyday situations with extreme violence. He was under psychiatric treatment, but regularly missed appointments or left his ordered therapy sessions early. Video games seemed to be one of the few things that kept him calm. In the same town lived Gabriel Kuhn. The 12-year-old Kuhn was by all accounts a decent kid that enjoyed playing the game. The two were friends that did the video game thing together. Gabriel wanted to progress in his game but he was short on game money, (not real currency) so he asked Petry if he could borrow 20,000 Tibia money from his account. Daniel agreed and transferred the funds to Gabriel’s account.

 

When it was time for Gabriel to return the borrowed funds, Gabriel

Gabriel Kuhn
Gabriel Kuhn

was unable to pay his friend back. Petry was beyond livid. Daniel stormed Gabriel’s house, finding no one home but Gabriel; Petry beat the living daylights out of the younger and smaller Kuhn. If this was the end of the story it would be fucked up; unfortunately, there’s more. He then raped/sodomized Gabriel and proceeded to strangle his friend to death. In an effort to conceal his crime; Petry attempted to hoist Kuhn’s lifeless body to the attic before anyone came home. Finding the body too heavy, Petry found a hacksaw and began cutting Gabriel’s legs off. Gabriel regained consciousness due to the pain of the amputation and screamed aloud i agony but soon passed out again from the pain; this time for good. Still unable to hide the body, Petry simply ran home. It is unclear which family member came home first and found the dismembered remains of this child.  NOTE The crime scene photos are not for the faint of heart. If you click on the link, please do so knowing that what you are about to see is quite disturbing.

Some accounts have his mother coming home first, others have his brother coming home to this horror. In either case I could never begin to understand the horror and hurt that was felt when they hit the door that evening.

Daniel Petry was tried in court and after his conviction was sent to a young/juvenile offenders facility. Due to laws in Brazil regarding youths and murder he was only sentenced to three years in prison for this heinous murder.

I will save my comments and personal opinions for the next post which will be. “5 Murders Over Video Gameplay” or some shit similar to that but yal know what I’m trying to say.

City of Brotherly Love, I Beg to Differ

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; home of the Phillies and the Eagles and nicknamed, “The City of Brotherly Love”. For those that are familiar with my blog you already know that here, the word “love” probably isn’t going to be the topic we will be discussing.  Founded in 1682 I’m sure that this great city has earned its popular nickname but through research I’ve found several incidents in Philadelphia’s history that paralyzed the citizens of this city in fear as well as horrified the nation.

Harrison Graham
Harrison Graham

In my book, ”The Darker Side of Evil” we analyzed the exploits of some of the most prolific serial in modern American history. One of the subjects of the book was Harrison Graham, “The Corpse Collector,” a 28-year old mentally retarded drug abuser who lived in a slum district of Philadelphia and rented a third floor apartment. In August of 1987, Graham engaged in a heated argument with his landlord concerning the neighborhood’s complaints of an intolerable stench emanating from his two room apartment.  Later Graham left the apartment but not before nailing the entry door shut. Afraid of what may be causing the overwhelming odor police were enlisted to gain access to the residence. Once inside, the officers found two strangled women’s bodies, three more skeletons beneath a mound of garbage on the floor, another tied up in the closet. Further investigation yielded the skeletal remains of victim number seven on the roof of Graham’s building. On August 14, another skull and partial skeleton were excavated from the dirt floor of a row house three doors down from Graham’s building. He surrendered two days later and confessed to seven murders since the winter months of 1986.

Gary Heidnik
Gary Heidnik

In March of the same year police apprehended Gary Heidnik. Heidnik is often referred to as a serial killer, although having been convicted of only two murders. This fact does not lessen the depravity of his crimes.  Gary Heidnik held 6 women captive in the basement of his house of horrors located at 3520 North Marshall Street in North Philadelphia. The captives were sexually abused, beaten, and tortured in front of each other. The first off the two women that Heidnik was convicted of murdering died of a combination of starvation, excess torture, and an untreated fever. Sandra Lindsay was dismembered, ground with a food processor and mixed it with dog food, which he then fed to the surviving victims. Having a problem dealing with the arms and legs; Heidnik put them in a freezer and marked them “dog food”. He then cooked her ribs in an oven and boiled her head in a pot on the stove. The second woman that died, Deborah Dudley was fatally electrocuted.  Heidnik disposed of her body in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Convicted of two counts of murder in 1988, Heidnik was sentenced to death and incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh. Heidnik was executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999.

Mary Noe
Mary Noe

These two cases caught my attention initially but after further research I found several other intriguing crimes out of this city. Mary Noe, born Mary Liddy on August 23, 1928 in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia met and married Arthur Allen Noe in 1948. From this union ten children were born, all of whom died between the ages of 5 days and 14 months. Oddly enough, it wasn’t until the book The Death of Innocents, was published in 1997 and an article in 1998 concerning the book’s subject matter that brought interest in this case. After receiving information concerning the death of the Noe children decades earlier police questioned Mrs. Noe. During her interrogation Mrs. Noe admitted to suffocating four of her children. She went on to state that she could not remember what happened to the other four children who died under similar circumstances. Noe was charged with first-degree murder and as a result of a plea agreement Mrs. Noe was convicted of eight counts of second-degree murder and in June 1999 she was sentenced to 20 years of probation.

I found the next case, known in Philly as, “The Boy in the Box” especially disturbing, even now, as I type, an uneasy feeling comes over me. On February 25, 1957; a boy approximately 4 to 6 years old was found in the Fox Chase community ofBoy in the Box 1 Philadelphia. The boy was found nude, badly bruised and wrapped in a blanket inside a cardboard box. Police in 1957 took the fingerprints of the boy and were initially confident about a quick resolve to the boy’s identity as well as to his murderer.  Hundreds of promising leads were tracked down and several likely suspects were identified and interrogated however 58 years later and having been adopted by the country as “America’s Unknown Child,” authorities are no closer to closing the case now than they were then. Since the child’s discovery, several theories have arisen. Accusations ranging from foster home abuse to the outright purchase of the child by a woman but to date, none has been proven. The boy was originally buried in a potter’s field but in 1998 the body was exhumed in hopes of retrieving DNA. The child was then reburied at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Cedarbrook, Philadelphia, which donated a large plot. The coffin, headstone and funeral service were also donated by the son of the man who had originally buried him in 1957.  Sadly, since 1957, Philadelphia has had at least two other unknown children have been found murdered.

In 1982, the decomposed remains of a young girl were found inside a steamer trunk under the Platt Memorial Bridge in southwest Philadelphia. As in the Boy in the Box case, no one came forward to identify the victim. It took investigators five years to solve the mystery. She turned out to be a five-year-old West Philadelphia girl named Aliyah Davis who had been beaten to death by her stepfather in 1981, seven months before her body was discovered. The girl’s mother Maria Davis Fox and stepfather Charles  Fox were charged for Aliyah’s death.

There was another unknown child who remained unidentified for more than a decade after his battered, decomposed remains were discovered stuffed inside a nylon duffel bag in a vacant lot in 1994. This unknown child came to be known as “The Boy in the Bag.” Buried in 2001 the child’s gravestone simply read, “unknown boy.” However in 2005 the boy’s name and how he died was In 1994, a four year old Jerell Willis, actually from East Camden, New Jersey; was beaten to death then stuffed into a duffel bag that was dumped in a trash-strewn lot in Philadelphia. For years, family members that inquired about young Jerrell’s whereabouts and well-being was given the run around by his mother and father. In 2005, the boy’s mother, Alicia Robinson was arrested at her Southwest Philadelphia home. During her interrogation Mrs. Robinson admitted to officers that she and her husband, Lawrence Robinson, also known as Jevon Willis; struck Jerell numerous times in their apartment. The boy became lethargic and then unconscious. The husband, Lawrence Robinson, during this time was incarcerated in Riverfront State Prison in Camden, serving the second year of an eight-year sentence for sexual assault. Alicia Robinson was sentenced to five years in prison in 2007.

Dolores Della Penna was born on December 13, 1954. The honors graduate from St. Hubert’s Catholic High School known for her quiet, friendly nature. Shortly before midnight on July 11, 1972 Dolores Della Penna was abducted from her home in the 4900 block of Rawle Street in Philadelphia. Witnesses informed authorities that they saw the young lady being beaten and dragged, apparently unconscious, into a car. It turns out that the 17-year-old Philadelphia schoolgirl was tortured, gang raped, murdered by dismemberment and beheaded.  Della Penna’s torso and arms were later located in Jackson Township, New Jersey, while her legs were found in neighboring Manchester Township near the border with Jackson. The head has not been found.

Dolores Della Penna
Dolores Della Penna

This gruesome crime has remained unsolved over the years. However, one explanation has been constantly retold and reported to the police. It seems that a drug dealing biker gang fronted one of Della Penna’s acquaintances with drugs. The acquaintance blamed Della Penna for stealing a cache of those drugs and informed the dealers. In 1992 a Graterford inmate reaffirmed the story and added he actually witnessed the beating of Della Penna by drug dealers at a Kensington garage on the night of July 11, 1972. The inmate, who was 16 at the time of the murder, gave his account to a Graterford prison guard who passed the information on to authorities. In 1994 the witness, approximately 38 years old at the time described the homicide to detectives at Philadelphia Police headquarters and testified before the grand jury. In his testimony, the inmate confessed to witnessing the murder but out of fear for his own life decided to remain silent concerning the crime. Through this testimony and with the assistance of corroborators, detectives identified six suspects in the murder, three of which having died since the 1972 killing.

From 1972-1977 Ira Einhorn and Holly Maddux shared an apartment in Philadelphia. In 1977 Maddux broke up with Einhorn and moved to New York. On Sept. 9, 1977, Maddux returned to collect her things from the apartment and was never seen again. Weeks later during questioning, Einhorn claimed that Holly left the apartment heading to the store and never returned.  During the following months several of Einhorn’s neighbors complained of foul smells emanating from his apartment. On March 28, 1979, police searched Einhorn’s apartment and were horrified to find Maddux’s decomposing corpse was found in a trunk stored in a closet. In 1981, just days before his murder trial was to begin, Einhorn skipped bail, and fled to Europe. Over the next 17 years Einhorn remained in Europe and began a new life, eventually marrying even. Unbeknownst to Einhorn, Philadelphia courts had tried and convicted the murderer in absentia. On July 20, 2001, after a lengthy extradition battle, Einhorn was returned to the states to serve his prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Lastly, during Harrison Graham and Gary Heidnik’s reign of terror there was another serial killer on the loose in the streets of Philly. Dubbed “The Frankford Slasher” by the media, this perpetrator sexually assaulted and stabbed to death at least 9 women in and around the Frankford area of Philadelphia from 1985-1990.  These murders as well as the exploits of Heidnik and Graham paralyzed the city with fear.  In turn, Philly residents placed a great deal of pressure on the police to solve the crimes and put an end to the murders. Carol Dowd was one of the 9 women found slain during this time. On April 28, 1990 her body of was found behind a Frankford Avenue seafood market. As a result of an comment, fish market employee Leonard Christopher became the prime suspect. Despite witness’s testimony that several of the women were seen in the company of a middle aged white man before their disappearances, Christopher was questioned concerning all of the murdered women. Lacking evidence linking him to any murder, Christopher was tried and convicted of the murder of Carol Dowd and on December 12, 1990, sentenced to life in prison.

Every major metropolitan city in our country has endured its share of evil. Despicable acts that the residents care not to remember but will never forget. Wickedness of an unspeakable nature seeps in and unhinges communities while changing the lives of all parties involved; forever. The crimes reported in this post occurred in Philadelphia, PA and is forever a part of its history, however, in no way are they exclusive to this city nor are they indicative of the residents of this fine city as many of these acts and worse have occurred in cities across the country and around the world. To my readers in Philadelphia, Chicago and around the globe, I thank you for your time and implore you to let brotherly love continue.