Robert Ben Rhoades was a trucker whose big rig was equipped with a traveling torture chamber. He picked up prostitutes, hitchhikers and runaways, then chained them up, raped them, torture them, and even kill them. At home, he had a wife, Debra. He made her hand over her earnings to him, and forced her to go to swingers’ clubs and watch as he had sex with other women.
David Parker Ray called his trailer the ‘toy box,’ but the games he played in there were only fun for him. Inside the trailer, parked in Truth or Consequences, N.M., Ray kept a variety of torture devices, including whips, chains, pulleys, straps, clamps, leg spreader bars, and surgical blades and saws. The trailer also housed a gynecological table and an electricity generator he used to deliver shocks to his victims. The items found inside Ray’s trailer can be seen here.
It’s an unsolved mystery that continues to haunt New Orleans: the phantom, who for many years stalked the people of the Big Easy killing them in their sleep without any consistent pattern or motive. With illustrations by artist Nathan MacDicken.
At the 1992 trial of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the family members of some of the 17 men and boys Dahmer murdered spoke about the suffering they’ve gone through following the brutal loss of their loved ones. Dahmer was beaten to death in prison two years after being sentenced to 15 life terms.
On October 25, 2004, during Yoo’s trial, a spectator swore at him. Yoo lunged at the man, and ten guards plowed into the ensuing brawl. He was allowed to return after he signed a statement, “I will not cause any further agitation.” Back in the courtroom, Yoo stared at the victims’ families and said, “They were abnormal women. They deserved to be caught.”
The flags in this police photo mark the locations of the bodies he haphazardly buried in the crawlspace of Gacy’s Chicago-area home. Called the Killer Clown for the costume he wore to entertain kids and to kill his victims, Gacy confessed he buried only 26 of his victims here because he simply ran out of room.
On October 22, 1985, Nevada’s Supreme Court affirmed the death sentence of convicted serial killer Carroll Edward Cole. Cole had resisted all attempts to file appeals on his behalf, but given his crimes, there weren’t that many people interested in helping the confessed murderer of 16, and cannibal.
On October 22, 1998, Tamez spent the early part of the afternoon soliciting sex from truckers at the intersection of 6th and D in Victorville, Calif. After several hours she got her first response when a man in a large, black truck pulled up and propositioned her. Following a brief conversation, Tamez got into the truck and drove off with the man toward the highway. It would be her last trick.
Mary Bell was convicted of strangling toddler Martin Brown on May 25, 1968, the day before her 11th birthday. She later left notes that claimed responsibility for the murder, but police dismissed the incident as a prank. After all, who could look at the angelic face of this child and ever imagine her to be one of the youngest serial killers ever discovered.
From the evil genius to the depraved halfwit, we’ve put together a graphic displaying the I.Q.’s of ten well-known serial killers.