On the morning of March 27th, 2010 Kevin Davis asked his mother Kimberly for permission to commit suicide, shocked and upset at this revelation Kimberly told her son that she couldn’t control what he does and this reaction made Kevin decide that instead of taking his own life he would kill his mother.
Whilst Kimberly was sitting on the couch watching TV her son came up behind her and strangled her with a cord from his video game system, he then went to get a hammer when his mother started to kick and scream, Kevin then hit Kimberly with the hammer 20 times which ended up cracking her skull, he then moved his mother’s body into her bedroom where he stabbed her in the head, then he pulled out her brain with his fingers and then he raped her dead body.
Afterwards, Kevin turned himself into the police and during questioning, he was asked what his mother had done to him to deserve this and he responded by saying “Absolutely nothing. I’m just a terrible, disgusting person” he then added that he was bored with life, had no friends and that Kimberly was “the best mother” who didn’t deserve to die and that he lost his virginity to her corpse.
Kevin admitted to the police that he didn’t regret murdering his mother and that he was going to also wait for his sister to come home and do the same to her. However, he later decided against killing his sister because he had his “fill of killing”.
Kevin Davis was charged with first-degree murder but bizarrely he originally pleaded not guilty, even though he had confessed on tape and during his confession, he had stated that he would kill again because he doesn’t “have standards. I don’t have morals. A body is a body – a piece of meat”.
During his trial, Kevin changed his plea to guilty which ended his trial. He was sentenced to life in prison and he will be eligible for parole in 2044.
In June 2015, Dr Teresa Sievers, her husband Mark Sievers and their two daughters aged 8 and 11 years old were in upstate New York visiting Teresa’s family. However, Teresa ended up leaving the family holiday a couple of days early to fly back home to Florida for work.
Teresa was a holistic doctor with her own medical practice, she combined western and eastern medicine to give her patients the best care and treatment possible. She was extremely dedicated to her work and patients so when she failed to turn up to work on June 29th, her colleagues were concerned.
Her colleagues tried to call Teresa and Mark but got no response so they decided to go over to her home to make sure she was okay. Upon their arrival at her home, they found Teresa dead on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood with a hammer laying next to her, she had been violently attacked and hit 17 times with a hammer causing her skull to be crushed.
Detectives found signs of forced entry into the home but no valuables or cash had been stolen. Police then started to come up with a list of people who would have a motive to kill Teresa. They started with her husband Mark but he was in a different state so they didn’t look into him any further. They then looked into her patients but came up empty-handed. Strangely enough, there was a theory circulating since numerous holistic doctors had been dying in suspicious circumstances in the United States, so they were wondering if they were all connected but they weren’t.
Teresa’s husband Mark was reportedly acting very strange by inviting people back to his house for a pool party the day before his wife’s funeral, this was concerning behaviour with some believing his grief was making him act out of character.
Then police finally caught the break they needed, a tip came in about a guy named Curtis Wayne Wright and this is where the story gets odd. Wright was Mark’s best friend, they grew up together and they both had an uncanny resemblance to each other.
Police looked into Wright and soon realised that he had rented a car and driven over 1,600kms from his home in Missouri to the Sievers home in Florida, police also learnt that he didn’t travel alone, during a stint in prison Wright met Jimmy Ray Rodgers and he went with him to the Sievers home. The pair were arrested for Teresa Sievers murder but this isn’t where the story ends.
The pieces of what had happened to Teresa had finally been put together. Wright hired a car in Missouri then picked up Rodgers, they drove all day and all night to Florida where they arrived at the Sievers home, they then left the home and went to a local supermarket where they were seen on CCTV buying garbage bags, wet wipes, a lock picking set and black coloured towels. The men then returned to the Sievers home and hid in the garage until Teresa arrived home, Wright then attacked Teresa hitting her with the hammer 3 times and then Rodgers grabbed the hammer and continued to hit her with the hammer 14 times, then the men left the home in the early hours of the morning and drove 17 hours straight back to Missouri.
Police were still trying to understand what the motive was for both men to kill an innocent woman and then Wright admitted that Mark and Teresa were having marital and financial problems, with Mark taking out life insurance on Teresa for up to 4 million dollars and that’s when Mark asked Wright to murder his wife for $10,000. Mark Sievers was arrested for the murder-for-hire plot against his wife.
Wright told police everything they wanted to know and agreed to testify against Mark and Rodgers, as long as he could plead guilty to a lesser sentence than what they were all facing. Police agreed and Wright ended up pleading guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years, Rodgers was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison and Mark Sievers was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death.
Jamie Rose Bolin was a 10-year-old girl who lived in an apartment with her father Curtis Bolin. They lived in the same apartment complex as 26-year-old Kevin Ray Underwood, what they didn’t know is that Underwood had a perverse fantasy to kidnap, rape and murder a child.
On April 12th, 2006 Bolin was riding her bike past Underwood’s place when he lured the 10-year-old up to his apartment to meet his pet rat and watch cartoons. Once Bolin was inside the apartment Underwood bashed in her skull with a chopping board, he then choked her, slit her throat and then sexually assaulted her. It’s believed he was trying to decapitate the young girl but he was unsuccessful. Underwood then stashed Bolin’s body in a plastic tub, taped the lid shut and placed it in his closet. He also took apart her bike and hid the parts under his bed.
Two days after Bolin’s disappearance police put together a search party and that’s when they first became suspicious of Underwood because he offered to help look for the missing girl. Then after police stopped Underwood at a roadblock they noticed he was acting strange so they decided to take him down to the police station for questioning and that’s when they got their first big break of the case.
Whilst at the police station Underwood stated that he had seen Bolin riding her bike the day she went missing then later on after further questioning Underwood let slip that his father was a butcher and that he had personally fantasized about butchering a human. Police then conducted a search of Underwood’s apartment where they found Bolin’s body in the plastic tub, her dismantled bike under his bed, skewers, meat tenderizer, numerous knives, swords, a video on serial killers and rolls of duct tape.
After the discoveries at Underwood’s home police chief David Tompkins stated that “this appears to have been part of a plan to kidnap a person, rape them, torture them, kill them, cut off their head, drain the body of blood, rape the corpse, eat the corpse, then dispose of the organs and bones”.
After a trial and just 20 minutes of jury deliberations, Kevin Ray Underwood was found guilty of Jamie Rose Bolin’s murder in 2008 and sentenced to death.
Robyn Davis and Carol Saltzman had a 20-year long friendship, they were inseparable but what would drive them to murder Robyn’s husband Brian Davis just one year into their marriage?
Robyn met Brian in 2001 when they were both working at the same insurance company but they didn’t start dating until 3 years later. Then after 4 years of dating the couple married in 2008, this was Brian’s third marriage and Robyn’s second marriage.
Brian had a history of being unfaithful and a flirt during his relationship with Robyn, including his two-year affair with a married woman named Fannie Dietz but that affair ended just a few months before Brian’s murder. Aware of his extramarital affairs Robyn would often confide to her best friend Carol about the troubles in her relationship.
Then on June 29th, 2009 Robyn and Brian went shopping for boats since Brian was a keen fisherman, Robyn said that she got bored and made Brian drive her back home where he swapped cars and went out again. Robyn told police that this was the last time she saw her husband and that she assumed he had gone to meet another woman.
Police began searching for Brian and two days later a man test driving a car found Brian’s body on a secluded road next to his car that was jacked up as if he was changing a tyre. He didn’t have any shoes on, his belt had been taken off and the gun he carried on him was missing. Brian had been shot four times with a gun that was a match to the one he owned.
When police informed Robyn that her husband had been murdered she was overheard joking with police and she also kept mentioning Carol, this made police suspicious of both women. Police decided to bring them both in for questioning whilst they continued their investigation.
Police attempted to play each of the best friends off of each other but neither would turn on the other. Brian’s ex-lover Fannie was brought in for questioning and she told authorities that he enjoyed having sex outside but that he would never have taken his car down a secluded dirt road because he was a clean freak.
Since Brian was still wearing his watch and jewellery, police didn’t believe it was a robbery so they decided to look a little deeper into Robyn and Carol by obtaining their mobile phone records. Although Carol had told police that she was home at the time of the murder her phone records indicated that she was actually near the crime scene.
After being questioned by police Carol admitted that she had borrowed the car that Brian was found dead next to the day before his murder. This led police to believe that Robyn had lied about Brian dropping her home and then leaving their home in a different car to continue to look at boats.
Since there was a lack of physical evidence police hypothesised that Carol had Brian’s car and drove out to a secluded road where she jacked up the car as if she had a flat tyre, she then called Brian to come to help her and Robyn went with him, it’s then believed that when he was there one of the women shot and killed him then got into the car that Brian and Robyn drove there in and left.
Two weeks after her husband’s murder Robyn who had recently lost her job and had racked up a significant amount of online poker debt, tried to claim Brian’s life insurance of more than $700,000. Then six months after Brian’s murder police arrested and charged Robyn Davis and Carol Saltzman with murder. This shocked many people in the community because there was a lack of evidence so they couldn’t understand how someone could be charged with murder based on practically nothing.
The case went to trial in May 2012 with a jury finding them both guilty of second-degree murder and sentencing them to life in prison without parole. Although the two women told the media that being accused of murder was a living nightmare, the jury believed the women lacked emotion during the trial and they found that concerning and odd behaviour.
The women have stated they will appeal their sentences and that their friendship will survive this traumatic event.
After a night out on January 20th, 2008 Brianna Denison slept over at a friends house on the couch whilst the rest of the friends slept in their rooms upstairs. The next morning Denison was nowhere to be seen but her phone, clothing and shoes were still in the home but the most concerning thing was the discovery of a dark stain that was believed to be blood on the pillow she had used. One of the friends called Denison’s mother and the police were called.
After the police arrived they began looking for evidence and they found an unknown males DNA on the front doorknob and they confirmed that it was Denison’s blood on the pillow. Soon after, detectives realised that the unknown males DNA on the doorknob was also linked to two unsolved sexual assaults in the area. And then another sexual assault victim who was assaulted at gunpoint in October 2007 came forward and police believed that they had a sexual predator on their hands.
To track down the perpetrator police began interviewing all the known sex offenders in the area but they were unable to find any link between them and Denison’s disappearance. Police then decided to began a physical search that covered 260 square kilometres with over 1,700 volunteers to help but they found nothing. On January 29th, police released a sketch of a suspect that they had drawn up from the three sexual assault victims.
Then on February 15th, 2008 Albert Jimenez was walking back to work after his lunch break when he noticed what he thought was a mannequin with orange socks on under some tree branches but once he got closer he realised that it was a human body. Jimenez didn’t have his mobile on him so he ran to work and called the police who came out and confirmed that the body was Brianna Denison. A pair of underwear with the DNA of an unknown male and an unknown female was found next to Denison’s body. An autopsy revealed that Denison had been assaulted then murdered.
Then there was a huge break in the case when police were given a tip from a woman who said that her friend had found an unknown woman’s pair of underwear in her boyfriend’s car, police then realised that they had a DNA sample from the man in question. That man was James Biela and he had been arrested in 2001 for threatening someone with a knife. Police tested the DNA and it was a match to the DNA from the unsolved sexual assault cases so police went to see Biela to get a new DNA sample from him but he refused so detectives tried something different, they asked Biela’s girlfriend if they could take a DNA sample from their son and she agreed. The DNA from their son showed that Biela’s DNA was a match to the DNA found at the Denison crime scene.
On November 25th, 2008 James Biela was arrested whilst dropping his son off at daycare. Biela was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and murder. Biela was found guilty on May 27th, 2010 after the jury deliberated for nine hours. Although Biela tried to avoid the death penalty by saying he had been abused as a child, the jury still gave him the death penalty and four life sentences.
Born into a poor family Jeffrey MacDonald was the middle child of 3 siblings. His father demanded obedience and was very strict with his children and wife. During his time at Patchogue High School MacDonald was voted most popular, most likely to succeed and prom king by his peers.
MacDonald’s high school grades were good enough for him to earn a 3-year scholarship to Princeton University, he enrolled in premed. During his second year at Princeton MacDonald reunited with his high school girlfriend Colette Kathryn Stevenson but since they would only see each other on the weekends MacDonald would date other girls without Stevenson knowing. In 1963, Stevenson fell pregnant and the couple decided to marry. Their daughter Kimberley was born on April 18th, 1964.
After MacDonald finished his scholarship at Princeton he moved his family to Chicago where he was accepted at Northwestern University Medical School. Then on May 8th, 1967 the couples second daughter Kristen was born. After MacDonald graduated from
Medical School in 1968, he moved his family to New Jersey so he could complete a one-year internship in thoracic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
On June 28th, 1969 MacDonald decided to enlist in the United States Army and was sent to Fort Sam, Texas to undertake a six-week basic training course. After volunteering he was assigned to be a special forces physician. MacDonald was then assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia where he completed a paratrooper training course. Then he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as a surgeon, this was also where his wife and kids were reunited with him and they all lived in the barracks that were for married couples.
On February 17th, 1970 at 3:42 am Fort Bragg dispatchers received a call from MacDonald where he said “Help! Five forty-four Castle Drive! Stabbing! … Five forty-four Castle Drive! Stabbing! Hurry!”. Ten minutes later the military police arrived and found a dark house with the front door locked, they walked around to the back of the house when there was no answer at the front door and they found the back door open. The sergeant entered the house and found a pregnant Colette MacDonald on the floor of the bedroom floor, she had been brutally beaten, stabbed 21 times in the chest with an ice pick and stabbed 16 times in her neck and chest with a knife. The word “PIG” was written in Colette’s blood on the couple’s headboard.
Laying next to Colette was her husband Jeffrey MacDonald who was wounded but still alive and he told the military police to check for his kids who he said he heard crying. Police then searched the rest of the house for the children and they found a lifeless 5-year-old Kimberley in her bed with a fractured skull and 10 stab wounds to her neck. Across the hall police found a lifeless 2-year-old Kristen in her bed with 33 stab wounds from a knife to her chest, neck, hands and back, she also had 15 shallow stab wounds from an ice pick with 2 of the knife wounds penetrating her heart.
After being resuscitated Jeffrey MacDonald was taken to hospital where the extent of his injuries was revealed and suspicious to doctors. MacDonald had cuts, bruises and scratches to his face and chest, he also had a mild concussion and a single stab wound to his torso between two ribs which caused his lung to partially collapse. A doctor would later describe this stab wound as a “clean, small, sharp” incision.
After nine days in the hospital, MacDonald was questioned by police as to the events of the evening his pregnant wife and two daughters were murdered. MacDonald said he was woken up by his daughters screaming and when he went to help them he was attacked by two white men, one black man and a white woman.
The murder weapons were found the morning after the attack
just outside the back door of the home. The weapons found included a knife, ice pick and a 31-inch piece of timber. Police discovered that all three weapons had come from the MacDonald household and had been wiped clean, Jeffrey MacDonald denied ever seeing any of the weapons before.
Army investigators soon started to become suspicious of MacDonald’s account, especially since he was trained in unarmed combat. Also, the home didn’t show any real signs of a struggle. Police then questioned MacDonald’s neighbours who reported that they heard no yelling or commotion coming from the home.
Further forensic testing found that it was highly likely that MacDonald was telling the truth. Colette’s blood was found in Kristen’s room and Kimberley’s blood was found in the master bedroom which seemed unusual since all 3 were found in separate rooms. Investigators also found fibres from MacDonald’s pyjama top under Colette’s body, under her nails and in both daughters bedrooms.
On May 1st, 1970 MacDonald was formally charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. After the completion of an army hearing, it was recommended on October 13th, 1970 that the charges against MacDonald be dropped due to insufficient evidence. Later that same month the charges were formally dropped.
On April 30th, 1974 MacDonald’s stepfather in law Alfred Kassab along with his attorney Richard Cahn and criminal investigation agent Peter Kearns presented a citizen’s complaint to the US Chief District Court Judge Algernon Butler, requesting the assembly of a grand jury to indict MacDonald for the three murders. A month later Justice Department attorney Victor Woerheide ruled that the case should be prosecuted.
On August 12th, 1974 a grand jury was assembled in North Carolina before U.S. District Judge Franklin Dupree. Seventy-five witnesses testified including MacDonald himself whose testimony lasted five days, he also refused to take a polygraph test to back up his version of events. Five months later on January 21st, 1975 MacDonald was recalled to testify in front of the grand jury once again, he was reportedly arrogant and sarcastic during questioning.
On January 24th, 1975 the grand jury formally indicted MacDonald on three counts of murder and he was arrested within an hour. He was released a week later on a $100,000 bail which was raised by his friends and colleagues. MacDonald was arraigned on May 23rd, 1975 where he pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
After years of legal battles from MacDonald’s defence attorneys his trial finally began on July 16th, 1979 then on August 29th, 1979 after six and a half hours of deliberations the jury returned with their verdict. Jeffrey MacDonald was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his daughter Kristen and he was found guilty of the second-degree murder of his wife Colette and daughter Kimberley. MacDonald was given three life sentences by Judge Dupree.
In 2002, MacDonald married Kathryn Kurichh after the two met when Kurichh sent MacDonald a letter offering to help him with his case and after forming a friendship it then turned romantic and they decided to wed. MacDonald had his parole rejected in May 2005. It’s unknown if he applied for parole in 2020 but in March 2021 MacDonald applied for released from prison on compassionate grounds with his attorney arguing that he will only have three years left to live once he starts kidney dialysis.
On January 26th, 2011 Philadelphia teacher Ellen Greenberg was found dead in her apartment. She had suffered 20 stab wounds but her death outrageously was ruled a suicide, even though she had 11 bruises on her right arm, abdomen and right leg and 10 of the stab wounds were to her back and neck.
Following an autopsy, the death was ruled a homicide but in February 2011 the case was reversed and ruled a suicide. Highly respected forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht reviewed the case and determined that it was a strong case for homicide, he also stated “I don’t know how they wrote this off as a suicide”. Forensic scientist Henry Lee also reviewed the case and he concluded that “the number and types of wounds and bloodstain patterns observed are consistent with a homicide scene”.
Dr Wayne Ross concluded that the stab wounds that penetrated Greenberg’s brain and spinal cord would have caused severe pain, a traumatic brain injury and cranial nerve dysfunction. However, the original medical report was done by neuropathologist Dr Lucy Rourke never mentioned any wounds to her brain or spinal cord but when Dr Rourke was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer she said that she never observed Greenberg’s body and therefore she has no records of the examination.
In October 2019, Ellen Greenberg’s family sued the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office and Dr Marlon Osbourne who has conducted the original autopsy. The family wanted the manner of death to be changed from suicide to either homicide or undetermined because Dr Osbourne admitted that she had changed the manner of death back to suicide based on the insistence of the police.
A new technology that wasn’t available at the time the crime occurred was used to create a 3D anatomical recreation of all 20 stab wounds and it was determined that it would have been impossible for some of those wounds to be self-inflicted.
A trial to determine if the manner of death should be changed from suicide to homicide or undetermined is set to take place sometime this year. More than 27,000 signatures on a petition are in support of the case being reopened and investigated as a homicide.
Someone who many have viewed as a potential suspect is Ellen Greenberg’s fiancé Sam Goldberg. He reportedly lied to police about his actions at the scene and his whereabouts during the murder. Goldberg told police that he had gone to the gym but the buildings security guard said that he was wearing boots, not runners, he also said that the security guard helped him kick the front door down but again the security guard said that was false and he was never with Goldberg. Another questionable thing is that Goldberg called his parents and his uncle who was a lawyer before he called the police.
According to the dispatch officer, Goldberg was calm during the call and when he was asked to perform CPR before authorities arrive he replied with “do I have to?” And he also said that Ellen had probably fallen on the knife that was in her chest.
Evidence showed that the front door had no damage and therefore was not kicked down, the only damage the door had was the fact it was missing one screw from the lock. There was also a lack of blood at the crime scene which made some people believe someone had tried to clean up the scene and since police failed to complete a luminol test we will never know if that’s true or not. It was also discovered that two different knives had been used to stab Ellen, one was serrated and the other was smooth.
On July 5th, 2012 Skylar Neese who was 16 years old at the time had just finished her shift at Wendy’s, she arrived home and gave her parents a kiss goodnight and that would be the last time they would see her alive. When Neese’s parents woke up the next morning, she was missing.
Authorities started an investigation and they got a hold of some surveillance footage from an apartment complex near her home. After reviewing the surveillance footage they realised that Neese had climbed out of her bedroom window just after midnight on July 6th and then she got into a friends car. The friend who picked her up was interviewed but she told police that she dropped Neese off about an hour after she picked her up. There is no surveillance footage of Neese returning home.
Police started to believe that this was a runaway case but her parents strongly disagreed since her mobile phone charged, toothbrush, hairbrush and contact lenses were still at home. The FBI quickly got involved in the investigation of her disappearance and they started by interviewing her school friends.
The friend who had picked up Neese the night she disappeared was her close friend Sheila Eddy and when interviewed by the FBI she insisted that she had dropped Neese back home that night but she dropped her off down the street so they didn’t wake up Neese’s parents.
Then on January 3rd, 2013 another one of Neese’s closest friends Rachel Shoaf shocked everyone when she admitted to authorities that she and Sheila Eddy had planned and carried out the murder of Skylar Neese. Shoaf took police to the remote area in the woods where they had buried Neese’s body and on January 16th, 2013 the police identified the remains they had found in the woods as Skylar Neese.
It was alleged that Eddy convinced Neese to leave her home the night she was murdered and then Eddy, Shoaf and Neese drove around 48kms away from Neese’s home where Eddy and Shoaf agreed that at a specific time they would stab Neese to death. The girls reportedly murdered their close friend because they no longer liked her.
In 2013, Rachel Shoaf pled guilty to second-degree murder. Then in 2014, Sheila Eddy also pled guilty to first-degree murder. On January 27th, 2014 Sheila Eddy was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2029. On February 26th, 2014 Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to 30 years in prison with the possibility of parole in 2024.
Eddy never apologised or addressed the court during her sentencing but Shoaf did make a statement reportedly saying “the person that did that was not the real me. I became scared, caught up in something that I did not want to do”.
As a child Herbert Baumeister had a pretty uneventful upbringing but once he hit his teenage years things started to take a creepy turn. His behaviour, once he was a teenager, was erratic and he had an unhealthy obsession with death, Baumeister would leave dead animals on his teachers desks at school and he had also been caught urinating on a teachers desk.
Due to his behavioural issues at school, the parents were alerted to these problems and they decided to have Baumeister psychiatrically evaluated where he was diagnosed with being schizophrenic with multiple personalities. Despite this diagnosis, he received no treatment.
In 1972, just 6 months after Baumeister married his wife Julie his father Herbert Snr had him committed to a mental hospital for an unknown reason and he stayed there for two months. After being released Baumeister’s father helped him get a job as a copy boy at the Indianapolis Star but not long after getting the job he began irritating his coworkers and became extremely needy constantly needing praise for his work. He eventually quit that job and started a new job at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles where he continued to irritate his coworkers with his unpredictability. Whilst at this job he managed to work hard enough to earn himself a promotion to program director but he was fired after he urinated on a letter that was addressed to Robert Orr, the Governor of Indiana.
Baumeister was arrested numerous times after losing his job, including the time when he was arrested for a hit and run whilst drunk driving and the time where he stole a friends car. He never served any prison time for any of these charges.
Baumeister’s wife Julie ended up going back to work as a teacher whilst her husband became a stay at home dad to their 3 young children. Eventually, he would go back to work at a thrift shop and 3 years later he and Julie decided to open up a thrift shop which was so successful they opened up a second location. They made so much money from their thrift shops that they began making annual donations to children’s charities and then they purchased a million-dollar home known as Fox Hollow Farm.
Despite Baumeister trying to portray that he was living his best life without any worries, this was far from the actual truth. He had become lazy and the stores began to fail, his marriage was falling apart and he would dress up mannequins and place them around the pool to give the illusion that he was throwing a fancy pool party.
Julie would often take the children to Baumeister’s mothers home to get away from her husband and that’s when he started attending gay bars regularly. Around this time, numerous men started to go missing from these gay bars. All the missing men had similar features, were white and were between the ages of 20 and 46 years old.
Three years later in 1994, Baumeister’s son Erich who was 13 years old at the time was playing in the woods surrounding the Fox Hollow Farm property when he discovered a human skull. He took the skull into the home where he showed his mother and then he took his mother to the part of the woods where he had found it, the two began looking around where they found more bones.
A retired Marion County Sheriff turned private investigator named Virgil Vandagriff was contacted by two of the mothers who had sons that went missing from a gay bar in downtown Indianapolis. Vandagriff started his investigation by going to the gay bars where all these men were disappearing from and he realised that this was most likely the work of a serial killer as opposed to numerous one-off killings. Vandagriff went to the police with his theory but they didn’t take him seriously.
Just when Vandagriff thought his investigation was going nowhere he was contacted by a man that went by the fake name Tony Harris and his story changed everything. Harris said that he was friends with one of the men that disappeared named Roger Goodlet and one night when Harris was out at a gay bar he met a man named Brian Smart, the two spent the night chatting and drinking together at the bar, Smart invited Harris back to his employers place where he was staying and they left the bar.
Harris said that they drove around 30 minutes before getting to a large secluded property and they went into the pool house where there were mannequins all around the room. Smart then asked Harris if he had ever engaged in erotic asphyxiation and if he would like to try it, fearful of the situation he had found himself in he agreed. Harris choked Smart with a hose whilst he masturbated and then they swapped positions, Harris said that he felt the hose getting tighter and tighter around his neck so he decided to pretend to pass out to stop Smart from continuing to choke him, he also said that when he opened his eyes Smart looked shocked because he thought he had killed Harris. The two ended the night agreeing to meet up again but Harris had no intentions of seeing him again, he just wanted to leave the house.
Vandagriff was convinced that Smart was the serial killer and along with Harris, they searched for Smart for nearly 12 months until finally in August 1995, Harris ran into Smart at a gay bar. Harris then went outside and wrote down his number plate and gave it to Vandagriff who ran the plates and found out that the man’s name wasn’t Brian Smart it was Herbert Baumeister.
In November 1995, police went to Fox Hollow Farm and asked Baumeister if they could willingly search the property but he said no. Detective Mary Wilson tried to get a warrant to search the Baumeister’s property but she was unsuccessful because she didn’t have enough evidence.
Then in June 1996, Baumeister’s wife Julie showed up at the police station to report that her husband who she had decided to divorce was having a nervous breakdown. She also decided to finally report the fact that her son had found a skull two years earlier and then she gave permission for Detective Wilson to search Fox Hollow Farm.
Whilst Baumeister was away, Julie let the police onto the property so they could begin their search. Over the next few days, the property was excavated and authorities found over 5,000 bone fragments and teeth. There were enough bones for 11 victims but only 8 victims were able to be identified. Forensic testing also showed that the gravel in the backyard was charred and crushed up human bones.
Police put out a warrant for Herbert Baumeister’s arrest but he fled the country crossing the border into Canada. On July 3rd, 1996 a group of hikers at Pinery Provincial Park found the dead body of Baumeister. He had shot himself in the head with a .357 magnum revolver, he also left a suicide note stating that the breakdown of his marriage and failed businesses is why he took his life.
Further investigations into Baumeister’s background found that between 1980 and 1990, the bodies of 9 gay men all with similar features to Baumeister’s other suspected victims had been dumped along Interstate-70. Witnesses began to come forward and say that they saw Baumeister with some of the victims on the night they disappeared.
Rest In Peace Roger Goodlet, Stephen Hale, Richard Hamilton, Manuel Resendez, Mike Kiern, Johnny Bayer, Allen Broussard and Jeff Jones.
Born in Xanthi, Greece Kyriakos Papaxronis had his first sexual experience at 14 years old with a prostitute who belittled him and questioned his manhood. After Papaxronis graduated from high school he moved to Athens where over time he was declared to be a champion in boxing and karate. By the time Papaxronis turned 19 years old he was serving in the Greek army as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Greek city of Drama.
On September 5th, 1981 Papaxronis attended a brothel where he picked out a 46-year-old prostitute. After she questioned his sexual competence the two got into an argument and Papaxronis left the brothel. A couple of hours later he returned to the brothel with a knife and stabbed the prostitute to death in anger.
On December 20th, 1981 Papaxronis stalked a prostitute that was walking along a street looking for customers when he snuck up on her and stabbed her in the back, after she screamed for help and witnesses started running towards them he fled the scene.
On December 30th, 1981 a 19-year-old student was leaving a theatre where she had just watched a pornography movie when Papaxronis attacked her and stabbed her in the cervix. Her father was nearby and saw the attack which led to Papaxronis fleeing the scene.
On January 15th, 1982 a nurse was walking to the train station when Papaxronis grabbed her, pulled her under a bridge and knocked her unconscious. He attempted to rape her but was unable to get sexually aroused so he fled the scene. She was the first victim who was able to give the police enough information so that they could produce a sketch.
On August 15th, 1982 a 20-year-old student was leaving the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki when she ran into Papaxronis who was an acquaintance. He followed her home and asked her if she’d like to have sex with him but she decline. Papaxronis grabbed her and dragged her into a nearby grove where he stabbed her in the cervix and then raped her. He then left her to die over the next two hours, her cause of death was internal hemorrhage and pulmonary asphyxia.
On September 21st, 1982 a 23-year-old woman was attacked by Papaxronis but she managed to escape. Then on October 1st, 1982 an 18-year-old woman was seriously injured outside of her home by Papaxronis but she survived. Then on October 25th, 1982 a 32-year-old prostitute was violently assaulted by Papaxronis but she survived.
On December 9th, 1982 Papaxronis stalked a 32-year-old cleaner for 4 days before stabbing her in the face and carotid artery before leaving her to bleed to death.
Papaxronis surviving victims described the perpetrator as a man in a military uniform which led the police to speak to the military so they could narrow down their list of suspects. Eventually, police brought Papaxronis in for questioning but he originally denied being involved in the attacks, however, once the police showed him all the evidence they had against him he ended up confessing to the attacks, rapes and murders.
But it didn’t end there, he also confessed to being a bomber. Papaxronis admitted to planting two bombs on March 12th, 1982, one at the National Bank of Greece’s Xanthi Branch and one at the Post Office in Xanthi. He also planted two bombs the next day in Kavala, at the Alpha Bank Branch. He also admitted that on June 16th, 1982 he planted a bomb at his military base in Drama. The last thing he admitted was to starting a fire at the Kavala International Airport.
Papaxronis’ trial took place between June 14th to 18th, 1983 he was found guilty and sentenced to death with 20 years imprisonment for the charges of manslaughter, attempted homicide and illegal possession and repeated use of weapons. During his second trial in 1984, where he was charged with seven attempted murders and eight attempted rapes. He was found guilty and sentenced to 27 years in prison. His sentences were eventually reduced to life imprisonment.
In 2004, after 22 years in prison, Kyriakos Papaxronis was released under tight conditions. Still to this day he lives in rural Greece with no more run-ins with law enforcement.
Rest In Peace Gr. Theocharidou, Anastasia Alexandridou and E. Papadopoulou.