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The former nursing home worker accused of killing eight elderly residents came across as a doting daughter, an animal lover and a Harry Potter fan, according to her social media profile.

But Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer’s Facebook page also hinted at personal struggles.

The 49-year-old faces eight charges of first-degree murder over the deaths in southern Ontario between the years of 2007-14.

The victims were all residents in two long-term care facilities where Ms Wettlaufer worked and were between 75 and 96 years-old.

Earlier today, a spokesperson for Caressant Care, the facility in Ms Wettlaufer’s hometown of Woodstock where seven of the residents died, said the accused had not been their employee for about two and a half years.

Neighbours in the apartment building where Ms Wettlaufer resided described her as a pleasant person who lived alone with her dog.

“We would chat and have laughs. She seemed like an everyday, normal kind of person,” Derek Gilbert told CBC.

On the Ontario College of Nurse’s website, her profile states that she became a registered nurse in June 1995 but that she resigned on 30 September 2016.

The profile also lists her former surname as Parker, and notes that she is facing murder charges and in currently being held in custody.

Ms Wettlaufer listed on Facebook that she studied religious education in the province of Ontario.

She said she was at London Baptist Bible College before going to nursing school at Conestoga College in Kitchener.

Ms Wettlaufer listed Lifeguard Homecare as her current employer. A representative from Lifeguard Homecare did not return the BBC’s request for comment.

In the past, she was also an employee at Christian Horizons, the long-term care facility confirmed.

A spokesperson for the organisation, which was not named in the police investigation, said she left in 2007.

“Christian Horizons fully intends to cooperate with the authorities in their investigation in this matter,” said chief executive Janet Noel-Annable in a statement.

On Facebook Ms Wettlaufer frequently posted pictures of herself with her elderly parents, a dog and cats.

“Father’s day is a great reminder of how blessed I am to still have my Dad alive and able to spend time with me,” she wrote beneath a picture of her father.

In another post, dated 28 September 2015, Ms Wettlaufer spoke about her difficulties with alcoholism.

“My own voice called to me in the darkness. Others hands lifted me when I chose the light. One year ago today I woke up not dead. 365 days clean and sober,” she wrote.

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Toxicology tests suggest a German former nurse murdered at least 100 people at two hospitals where he worked, prosecutors say.

Detectives believe Niels Hoegel, who is already serving a life sentence for two murders, systematically administered fatal doses of heart medication to people in his care.

He wanted to impress colleagues by resuscitating them but many died.

Fresh charges against him are expected next year.

Hoegel is now said to have killed 38 patients in Oldenburg and 62 in Delmenhorst, both in northern Germany, between 1999 and 2005.

Investigators say he may have killed more but potential victims have been cremated.

If found guilty of all the deaths, he would become one of Germany’s worst post-war serial killers.

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The investigation into Hoegel was widened when he admitted killing up to 30 people during his 2015 trial, when he was convicted of two murders, two attempted murders and harming patients.

Investigators exhumed 130 former patients, looking for traces of medication that could have shut down their cardiovascular systems. They also pored over records in the hospitals he worked at.

Records at the Oldenburg clinic showed rates of deaths and resuscitations had risen when Hoegl was on shift, Der Spiegel magazine reports (in German)

Yet he received a good reference and went on to work at a hospital in nearby Delmenhorst, where an unusual number of patients began dying while he was on shift.

Hoegl was caught when a nurse saw that a patient previously stable had developed an irregular heartbeat. He was already in the room when the patient had to be resuscitated and the nurse found empty medication containers in the waste bin, Der Spiegel says.

During his trial in 2015 he said he was “honestly sorry” and hoped families would find peace. He said the decisions to carry out his crimes had been “relatively spontaneous”.

Hoegl said that each time someone had died, he had resolved never to do it again but his determination would then slowly fade.

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A Catholic deacon accused of killing at least 10 people – including his own mother – has gone on trial in Belgium.

Former nurse Ivo Poppe is suspected of killing his victims by injecting air into their blood, causing a fatal embolism.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at a clinic in Menen, where he had worked as a nurse – and later, after being ordained, in a pastoral role.

Belgian newspapers have crowned the 61-year-old man as the “deacon of death”.

If found guilty of all the alleged murders, he would become one of the worst serial killers in Belgian history.

Mr Poppe was arrested in 2014 after telling his psychiatrist that he had “euthanised” dozens of people. All of the alleged victims were elderly patients.

He had, according to reports, initially made partial confessions during the investigation, saying he was acting compassionately for those who were terminally ill. However, he later retracted his statement and now refutes the charges made against him.

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Among those he is formally accused of murdering are several relatives: two great-uncles, his father-in-law, and his own mother – the most recent alleged victim, who died in 2011.

His mother had reportedly been suffering from depression – but her doctors have denied that she would have chosen to be euthanised.

Police prosecutors have alleged that the deacon killed many more, pointing to a list of deaths at the hospital he noted in his diary. *** They say at least 50 deaths are suspicious.

At Monday’s hearing in a court in Bruges, his lawyers downplayed any such suggestion. Instead, they said he simply noted deaths that happened around him, according to Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

The trial is expected to be heard over a week and testimonies from dozens of witnesses, including relatives of the deceased.

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Jalalabad, Afghanistan: Meena got chickenpox, measles and the mumps in prison. She was born there, nursed there and weaned there. Now 11 years old, she has spent her entire life in prison and will probably spend the rest of her childhood there as well.

The girl has never committed a crime, but her mother, Shirin Gul, is a convicted serial killer serving a life sentence, and under Afghan prison policy she can keep her daughter with her until she turns 18.

Meena was even conceived in prison, and has never been out, not even for a brief visit. She has never seen a television set, she said, and has no idea what the world outside the walls looks like.

Her plight is extreme, but not unique. In the women’s wing of the Nangarhar provincial prison here, she is one of 36 children jailed with their mothers, among 42 women in all. But none of the other children have spent such a long time in custody; most of their mothers’ sentences are much shorter.

Locking up small children with their mothers is a common practice in Afghanistan, especially when there are no other close relatives, or fathers are absent or estranged. Child advocates estimate that there are hundreds of imprisoned Afghan children whose only crime is having a convicted mother.

There is a program that runs orphanages for children whose mothers are imprisoned, but the women have to agree to let their sons and daughters be taken, and the program does not cover many areas of Afghanistan, including Jalalabad.

At Meena’s prison, the women’s cells are arranged around a spacious courtyard, shaded by mulberry trees, and the children have free rein of it. There is a set of rusting, homemade swings, monkey bars and slides that end in muddy puddles.

A schoolroom is in one of the cells, with a white board and a mixture of benches and chairs, seating 16 children at eight desks. A single teacher looks after three grades, first through third, an hour a day for each grade; at age 11, Meena has reached only the second grade.

When I met with Meena, she sat down, clutching a yellow plastic bag under her shawl. “My whole life has passed in this prison,” she said, during a tense interview in the women’s wing last month. “Yes, I wish I could go out. I want to leave here and live outside with my mother, but I won’t leave here without her.”

Meena was soft-spoken, composed and well-mannered, with a cherubic round face framed by a modestly drawn hijab. Her mother was chain-smoking, brash and outspoken, tattooed in a country where tattoos are considered irreligious, her headscarf askew to reveal henna-streaked hair.

“How do you think she feels?” Gul said, impatient at what she derided as stupid questions. “It’s a prison, how should she feel? A prison is a prison, even if it’s heaven.”

Meena, 11, with her mother Shirin Gul, a convicted serial killer serving a life sentence, at Nangarhar provincial prison, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Photo: Mauricio Lima/New York Times

A question about why Gul would not let her daughter leave infuriated the mother even more. She launched into a diatribe against the Afghan president. “You, Mr. America, tell that blind man Ashraf Ghani, your puppet, your slave, tell him to get me out of here,” she said. “I didn’t commit any crime. My only fault is that I cooked food for my husband who committed a crime.”

The man she calls her husband, Rahmatullah (they were never legally married), was convicted along with her son, her brother-in-law, an uncle and a nephew for their role in the murders and robberies of 27 Afghan men in 2001 to 2004. Afghan prosecutors said Gul was the ringleader.

Working as a prostitute, Gul brought home her customers, many of them taxi drivers, and served them drugged kebabs, after which her family members robbed, killed and then buried them in the yards of two family homes.

All six were sentenced to death, and the five men were hanged. Gul, however, got pregnant while on death row, so her own hanging was delayed. After she gave birth to Meena, her sentence was commuted to life in prison by the president at the time, Hamid Karzai, according to Lt. Col. Mohammad Asif, head of the women’s cellblock here.

Gul first claimed that she had never confessed to the crimes, then said she had been tortured into confessing to them. Frustrated, she made clawing gestures across a table and hissed, “I’ll kill you. I’m going to come over there and take out your eyes.”

Meena touched her lightly on the shoulder to try to calm her down, put a forefinger to her lips and said, “Shh.” Her mother subsided, briefly.

The girl was still holding the yellow plastic bag; inside was a bundle wrapped in a carefully folded red and white kitchen towel.

“What’s in there, Meena?” I asked.

“Pictures of my father.”

She proudly unwrapped them to show them off. Meena and her mother rarely get visits, and never from family members or friends, all of whom are either dead or estranged. Part of the reason Meena is still behind bars is that she has no surviving relatives who would take her, even if her mother allowed it.

Or as Gul explained it: “I have many enemies. I wouldn’t trust anyone to take Meena outside.”

The photos were of Rahmatullah, whom Meena calls her father: portraits, snapshots on holiday, pictures of him with Gul.

Rahmatullah (who like many Afghans had only one name) was also convicted of killing Gul’s legal husband, a police colonel, when Gul and Rahmatullah were having an affair. The colonel’s body was among those found buried in the yards of the family homes in 2004. Rahmatullah was also a convicted paedophile and thief and reputedly a former Taliban commander.

What he almost certainly was not, however, was Meena’s biological father; the dates do not fit. He was already in jail when he implicated Gul in the murders, and they were in different prisons in different cities at the time of Meena’s conception. Afghan officials said that an unknown prison officer was Meena’s birth father, and officials accused Gul of deliberately getting pregnant to avoid the gallows.

Meena went through the photographs one after another, lingering over some, including two of Rahmatullah dead, after his hanging, in a burial shroud but with his face visible; it was not a pretty sight.

Under Afghan prison policy, Shirin Gul she can keep her daughter with her until she turns 18. Photo: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

In a 2015 interview with The New York Times, Gul admitted that she and Rahmatullah had killed her husband together.

She denied it when I spoke to her. “It was all Rahmatullah’s fault,” Gul said. “I would not be here if it wasn’t for him. They should execute me, then Meena would have cried for one day, and it would be over. Instead I am crying every day; it’s a slow death, dying all the time.”

In her calmer moments, Gul had a simple, chilling message to convey: Meena deserves her freedom. But she won’t get it unless her mother does, too.

“Tell Ashraf Ghani that!” she demanded.

Children in jail is a scandal without an easy solution, advocates say. “When you didn’t commit a crime, you shouldn’t be punished for it, and those children did not commit any crimes,” said Bashir Ahmad Basharat, director of the Child Protection Action Network, a quasi-governmental agency.

Keeping the children in prison is against both international norms and Afghan law, Basharat said, despite the practice being so widespread. “But it’s something where we don’t have other alternatives.”

The country’s approximately 30 women’s prisons have several hundred children accompanying their mothers, he said. The women’s wing at the Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul now has 41 children who are younger than 5.

As Afghan prisons go, Nangarhar’s women’s facility appeared to be comparatively uncrowded and well maintained. The 36 children there on the day I visited ranged in age from three days to 11 years; Meena was the oldest.

The women and their children share 10 relatively large cells, with two double bunk beds each, so many of them sleep on mattresses on the floor. Only the compound as a whole was locked up, not the individual cells, so it did not appear prisonlike, aside from the huge steel gates to the outside and the coils of barbed wire atop two rows of surrounding double walls.

Meena sat through her mother’s tirades impassively, sometimes with a thin, sweet smile. She became more animated talking about her best friend, Salma, 10. She said their favourite pastime was playing with their dolls.

“Dolls?” her mother shrieked at an Afghan reporter. “This stupid person is asking about her dolls? These foreigners are only interested in childish things.”

Meena said she and Salma created their own dolls, named Mursal and Shakila, out of bits of cloth and string. “Both of them are girls,” she said.

This was too much for Gul to bear. “What you should do, Mr. America, is get her a TV. You’re my visitor, you came to talk to me. We don’t even have a TV. I should get ISIS to come and cut off your head.”

When it was time to say farewell, Meena shook hands with everyone politely, then went to the other end of the courtyard with Salma, arm in arm, still carrying her yellow plastic bag.

Gul, who had calmed down by then, shook hands politely as well, her gaze bold and challenging. “Give me some money,” she said.

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AN AMERICAN youth pastor has been arrested in the shooting deaths of his wife, stepdaughter and the stepdaughter’s boyfriend in their home on Thanksgiving Day, police said.

Virginia man Christopher Gattis, 58, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

jeanett Gattis and her daughter Candice Kunzeg were killed. Picture: Facebook

Police arriving at the family’s home in the small town of Chester around 11:30pm and found the women’s bodies inside and the man’s body in the front yard, officials said.

Authorities identified the victims as Jeanett Gattis, 58; her daughter Candice “Candy” Kunze, 30; and Kunze’s boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn, 36. All of them lived together in the home, police said.

Neighbours said Kunze recently moved back home from Oregon, with Buthorn joining her. Neighbours also said the family runs a furniture store in nearby Petersburg, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported.

Andrew Buthorn was murdered by his girlfriend’s stepfather, police say. Picture: Facebook

Gattis was a youth pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, where he was a ministries coordinator for middle school and high school students.

“Members of Grace Lutheran Church are deeply saddened by the loss of life last night as a result of three individuals being shot in Chester, and this tragedy included members of Grace Lutheran Church,” the church said in a statement.

Gattis was being held at Chesterfield County Jail without bond. He was scheduled to appear in General District Court on Monday and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.

Former Bosnian Croat general shocks UN tribunal seconds after his sentence is upheld

A former Bosnian Croat general has died after drinking a phial of poison at a UN tribunal in The Hague. Seconds after his sentence of 20 years was upheld at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, former commander Slobodan Praljak shouted angrily: “Praljak is not a criminal. I reject your verdict.” The 72-year-old then raised a small brown bottle to his lips, and drank it in full view of the cameras filming the hearing. “I just drank poison,” he said. “I am not a war criminal. I oppose this conviction.” The Croatian prime minister, Andrej Plenković, said: “His act, which we regrettably saw today, mostly speaks about a deep moral injustice towards six Croats from Bosnia and the Croatian people … We voice dissatisfaction and regret about the verdict.”

Dutch police have turned the courtroom into a crime scene while they investigate the death, who supplied him with the poison and how he could have smuggled the bottle into court. The unprecedented scenes came as judges were handing down judgment in the appeals case of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders. They are the court’s final verdict on war crimes committed during the bloody 1990s break-up of Yugoslavia. Praljak was charged with ordering the destruction of Mostar’s 16th-century bridge in November 1993, which judges in the first trial had said “caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim civilian population”. Praljak had already completed a significant proportion of his sentence and before the Bosnian conflict had been a writer and film director.

Riasat Khan claimed he acted in self-defence but was convicted of murder

A man found guilty of murdering a restaurant owner in Aberdeen in 1978 has been jailed for a minimum of 16 years.

Riasat Khan, 63, stabbed Kazi Ahmad, 41, at a flat in the city’s Rosemount Viaduct before fleeing abroad.

A jury found Khan, from Cardiff, guilty of murder after a five-day trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 16 years before he can be considered for parole.

‘Justice delayed’

Lord Beckett, at the High Court in Glasgow, said: “Justice has been delayed but justice has not been denied.

“The excellent work done by police officers, forensic scientists and pathologists in 1978 stood the test of time leading to your conviction for murder in 2017.

“Had you been arrested in 1978 you would no doubt have been convicted of murder with the sentence of life imprisonment and may well have been released by now.

“Instead, your actions have allowed you to spend the best years of your adult life in freedom.”

Khan was a chef at the Raj Dulal restaurant, owned by Mr Ahmad, in the city’s Dee Street.

The trial heard the pair would visit a casino after shifts.

Riasat Khan is photographed as a younger man

Khan claimed Mr Ahmad wanted him to perform sex acts on him, and he had stabbed him in self-defence.

The chef told the court that, after the attack, he left Aberdeen and travelled to Edinburgh, where he placed high-stake bets at a bookmakers shop, using money he had taken from his alleged victim.

Khan said he then travelled to Birmingham and London, before catching a ferry from Dover to France.

From there, he travelled on to Italy before catching a boat to Greece.

The court heard that, after he stayed there for about eight months, Khan travelled back to Pakistan and remained there before travelling back to the UK in the early 1990s.

Kazi Ahmad was found in Rosemount Viaduct

He was arrested at Birmingham Airport in May last year as he attempted to board a flight to Pakistan.

A police officer discovered that Scottish colleagues had issued a warrant for Khan’s arrest in the days following Mr Ahmad’s death.

Police Scotland said it was a “brutal” murder.

President Sisi pledges extreme force in revenge for Egypt’s worst atrocity

Burnt-out cars line the streets of al-Arish in northern Sinai on Saturday after the terror attack on the mosque.

Egypt was reeling on Saturday from the worst atrocity it has suffered in recent years, with officials putting the death toll from the bomb and gun assault on a Sinai mosque at 305. The figure includes 27 children.

A further 128 people were wounded in the attack on the Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, north Sinai. A bomb ripped through the mosque as Friday prayers were finishing, before militants opened fire on worshippers. In response, airstrikes were directed at “terrorist” locations, said military sources.

Egypt’s chief prosecutor, Nabil Sadeq, said the attack was carried out by 25-30 militants who had stationed themselves at the mosque’s main door and 12 windows before opening fire on those inside. More than 50 ambulances ferried casualties from the mosque, about 25 miles west of the city of Arish, to nearby hospitals. Pictures from the scene showed rows of bloodied victims inside the mosque.

Theresa May yesterday told the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, that the UK “stands ready to help in any way possible”. Downing Street added that the two leaders agreed that international co-operation was needed to tackle the problem of terrorism.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it marks a significant escalation in a region where, for the past three years, Egyptian security forces have battled an Islamic State insurgency that has killed hundreds of police and soldiers. It was reported yesterday that the assailants were carrying the Islamic State flag. The attack was not only one of the worst terrorist incidents in Egyptian history, but also the first on a mosque. The justification for assaulting a Muslim place of worship appears to be that the mosque was frequented by Sufis, a sect considered by many Islamist extremists to be heretical.

There are, however, many conspiracy theories circulating, which suggest the atrocity has provided the president with a convenient opportunity to demonstrate his security credentials. In a nearby outdoor cafe, in the shadow of another mosque frequented by Sufis, Sayeda Zeinab, most patrons were adamant on Saturday that the attack was purely politically motivated. “This was all because of the elections,” said one customer.

Sisi is widely expected to stand in elections due to be held early next year to try to retain the presidency. When he first ran in 2014, the message of his campaign was that the former army general was the only man who could bring stability to the country and prevent the chaos that has engulfed neighbouring Libya and Syria from ever reaching Egypt.

“I supported him,” said the customer. “But I would never vote for him again. I’ll take just about anyone else; he can’t win.” With a sharp drop in tourism, following the 2011 Arab Spring, Sisi has presided over a period of economic instability, in addition to one with a sustained terrorist threat. “Do any of us live as well as we used to?” said the customer. “My salary is a third of what it used to be.”

All around the cafe and in the street are signs of the upcoming elections. Posters draped from the lamp-posts show Sisi’s smiling face, accompanied with an appeal for him to “Build it” – meaning to re-run for office. This is supposedly a grassroots movement, although some community figures have reported being given petitions to hand out, sent to them by the interior ministry.

With the elections drawing closer, this attack seems to have shaken the nerves of the government. The president has reacted swiftly, promising to meet the attack with extreme force, as well as declaring three days of public mourning. In a press release on Saturday, the state information services said he had ordered that 200,000 Egyptian pounds (£8,478) be paid to the families of victims for every member killed. Within hours of the attack, security forces also reported airstrikes in the vicinity of the attack.

Yet the mood in Cairo is one of calm. The number of people killed and injured in the Sinai attack is much higher than in past terrorist atrocities. However, north Sinai remains a no-go area for journalists, making it difficult to confirm details.

Cairo’s residents are used to stories of violence from the Sinai region. “It feels like a long way away,” says Ahmed Yousef, 30, a telecoms engineer. “They can’t even get into Cairo, it’s too crowded.”

In July, at least 23 soldiers were killed when suicide car bombs were detonated at two military checkpoints in the Sinai. Isis claimed responsibility. The local Isis affiliate, Wilayat al-Sinai (the governorate of Sinai), also carried out the previous deadliest attack in the region when, in 2015, it brought down a Russian passenger jet that was carrying tourists back from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing 224 people.

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Outside Truth or Consequences, N.M., David Parker Ray is believed to have tortured and killed over 50 women in his soundproof trailer.

On March 19, 1999, 22-year-old Cynthia Vigil was hooking in a parking lot in Albuquerque, N.M., when a man claiming to be an undercover cop told her she was under arrest for solicitation of sex work, and put her in the back of his car.

David Parker Ray, the “Toy Box Killer.”

“He told me I was under arrest and he put handcuffs on me,” Vigil said.

The man was David Parker Ray, and he brought Vigil to his nearby soundproof trailer, which he called his “Toy Box.”

He then chained her to a gynecologist-type table in the center of the trailer, and over the next three days, raped and tortured Vigil, with help from his girlfriend and accomplice Cindy Hendy.

The two of them used whips, medical instruments, electric shock, and sexual instruments to torture Vigil. Before her torture, Ray would play a cassette tape with a recording detailing exactly what she would be forced to endure.

Chair found in Ray’s trailer.

On the cassette, Ray explained that she was to refer to him only as “master” and the woman with him as “mistress” and never to speak unless spoken to first. He went on to explain exactly how he would rape and torture her.

“The way he talked, I didn’t feel like this was his first time,” Vigil said in a later interview. “It was like he knew what he was doing. He told me I was never going to see my family again. He told me he would kill me like the others.”

On the third day, while Ray was at work, Hendy accidentally left the keys to Vigil’s restraints on a table near where she was chained while she left the room.

Seizing the opportunity, Vigil lunged for the keys, and was able to free her hands. Hendy attempted to stop her, but Vigil stabbed her in the neck with an icepick when she approached.

She ran out of the trailer naked, wearing only a slave collar and padlocked chains.

In desperation, she knocked on the door of a nearby mobile home. The owner of the house brought Vigil in and called the police, who promptly arrested both Ray and Hendy.

Cynthia Virgil talking to reporters in 2011 about being tortured by David Parker Ray in 1999.

David Parker Ray, the infamous “Toy Box” serial killer, was born in Belen, New Mexico in 1939. Little is known about his childhood, outside of the fact that he was mainly raised by his grandfather, but regularly saw his father, who beat him.

As a kid, Ray was bullied by his peers for his shyness around girls. These insecurities drove Ray to drink and abuse drugs.

He served in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge at the end of his enlistment. Ray was married and divorced four times in his life.

It is believed the Ray began his killing spree sometime during the mid-1950s, which only came to light with the escape of Vigil.

After arresting Ray, the police gained a warrant to search his home and trailer, and what they found shocked and disturbed them.

Ray’s “Toy Box” contained a gynecologist-type table in the middle, with a mirror mounted to the ceiling so his victims could see the horrors delivered upon them. Littering the floor where whips, chains, pulleys, straps, clamps, leg spreader bars, surgical blades, and saws, as well as numerous sex toys.

There was a wooden contraption used to bend over and immobilize Ray’s victims while he and his friends would rape them.

Items found in Ray’s trailer.

On the walls were detailed diagrams showing different methods and techniques for inflicting pain.

In the trailer, the police also discovered a videotape from 1996, showing a terrified woman being raped and tortured by Ray and his girlfriend.

With the publicity surrounding the arrest of Ray, considering the disturbing circumstances of his crime, another woman came forward with a similar story. Angelica Montano was an acquaintance of Ray’s who, after visiting his house to borrow cake mix, had been drugged, raped, and tortured by Ray, before being drugged and left by a highway out in the desert.

Ray would often use drugs that would induce amnesia and memory loss in his victims like sodium pentothal and phenobarbitol, so they could not properly remember what had happened to them.

There she was found by police, but there had been no follow-up on her case.

With this stronger case, with two victims testifying to the crimes, the police were able to press Hendy, who quickly folded and began telling what she knew of the murders. Her testimony led the police to discover that Ray been helped in the abductions and murders by his daughter, Glenda “Jesse” Ray, and friend, Dennis Roy Yancy.

Glenda “Jesse” Ray, daughter and accomplice of David Parker Ray

Yancy admitted to participating in the murder of Marie Parker, a woman who was abducted, drugged, and tortured for days by Ray and his daughter, before Yancy strangled her to death in 1997.

After releasing some details about the woman in the video, she was identified by her ex-mother-in-law as Kelli Garrett, a former friend of Ray’s daughter.

On July 24, 1996, Garrett, after getting in a fight with her then-husband, decided to spend the night playing pool at a local saloon with Jesse.

Jesse roofied Garrett’s beer, and she and her father placed a dog collar and leash on her and brought her to his trailer.

He then raped and tortured her for two days, keeping her on date-rape drugs the while. After these two days, Ray slit her throat and dumped her on the side of the road.

Miraculously, Garrett survived the encounter, but no one, neither her husband nor police believed her story. In fact, her husband, believing she had cheated on him that night, filed for divorce that year.

Due to the effects of the drugs, Garrett had limited recollection of the events over those two days, but remembered being raped by Ray.

Items found in Ray’s trailer.

These drugs, as well as the socioeconomic standing of many of the women involved, made it difficult for their testimony to be readily accepted by jurors.

Though he was able to beat two of the cases put against him, he was ultimately sentenced to 224 years in prison for numerous offenses involved in the abduction and sexual torture of these three women.

Jesse Ray received a sentence of nine years, and Cindy Hendy was given 36 years in prison.

David Parker Ray died of a heart attack on May 28th, 2002, three years into his sentence.

In their investigation of Ray’s trailer, police had found evidence of several more killings, including diaries written by Ray where he detailed the murder of at least 50 other women. Despite the evidence, the authorities were unable to create cases from them.

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Items found in Ray’s trailer.

Though Hendy and Yancy both identified areas they believed Ray disposed of these bodies, police found no human remains in any of these locations.

It is believed that a man who put this amount of effort into his horrifying “Toy Box,” and who killed numerous women over many years, would likely have had a greater number of victims. The many unidentified personal effects and jewelry found in his trailer also point to a greater number of victims.

However, that hasn’t prevented the FBI from continuing to investigate David Park Ray and his potential murders.

“We’re still getting good leads,” FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said in 2011. “As long as we’re getting those leads, and as long as the exposure in the press keeps generating interest in the case, we’re going to keep investigating this.”


Now that you’ve read about David Parker Ray, learn the horrifying story of Rodney Alcala, the serial killer who won ‘the dating game’ during his murder spree. Then read the bizarre but true story of Hungary’s “vampire” serial killer.

 

Nicholas Baxter is accused of murdering six-week-old baby Matthew in November 2011

NICHOLAS Baxter has been convicted of killing his six-week-old baby Matthew.

Baxter, an ex-army corporal, had pleaded not guilty to murdering his son, by shaking or striking him on November 3, 2011.

The jury of eight women and four men found him not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter.

They took 11 hours of deliberations before reaching the verdict in Townsville Supreme Court.

Baxter was supported by his wife Tenae, her family and his extended family during the lengthy six-week trial.

Ms Baxter gasped, said “No, no, no” then cried after the verdict was read out. Baxter did not show emotion.

During the trial, the jury heard from 40 prosecution witnesses and 19 defence witnesses.

Baxter will be sentenced at 10am tomorrow.

BY THE NUMBERS

• It took six years for Nicholas Baxter to face trial after his son’s death.

• The jury heard from 40 prosecution witnesses

• Matthew died at 43 days old.

 

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