Serial Killer Gerard Schaefer rekindled the romance he once had with his high school sweetheart, Sondra London, while on death row in the Florida State Penitentiary. Coincidentally, Sondra was a true crime writer, so she was able to get the rights to the short stories that Gerard had written, along with his drawings. She published two books then broke off their engagement with him, moving on to serial killer Danny Rolling. The first book, Killer Fiction, which is the basis for this episode, includes the writings of Gerard found by police while exercising their search warrant of his home in 1972. In addition, the book contains new writings created by Gerard while in prison. It is believed by most experts that these writings are not fiction, but actual accounts of Gerard’s murders. Warning: this is a very graphic episode.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s in Southern California, over 43 males were murdered, mutilated and dismembered in the home of a seemingly harmless engineer with the IQ of 180. This man’s thrills didn’t come from killing, but what he did after he murder his victims. Listen to learn more about the heinous monster who could have easily been anyone’s neighbor: Serial Killer Patrick Kearney.
Jennifer Joyce Kesse was 25 years old on the day she disappeared in Orlando, Florida on January 24, 2006. She was beautiful, successful, and had everything to live for. However, an extremely lucky person of interest could not be positively identified. Her case is still unsolved and maybe you know information that could help police and Jennifer’s family finally solve this case.
In 2007, 11 year old Jodi was riding when she was kidnapped, murdered and disposed of in a cemetery. The police focused on a local reserve officer, Raymond, who eventually was arrested and convicted of perjury in regards to the murder investigation. Eight years after Jodi’s murder, a similar crime took place five miles from where Jodi was killed, only this young girl escaped. The man as caught and his DNA was linked to Jodi’s death. It wasn’t Raymond who was after little girls, but a respected member of the community…
Diane Chorba went missing in the spring of 1979. She was reportedly on flight 191 that crashed in Chicago on May 25 of that year. Twenty-two years later, a close friend of Diane’s contacted the police and told them a chilling story of her account of Diane’s death and it had nothing to do with a plane.
On January 19, 1983, while working in the pet department of a busy store, Janette Roberson was savagely raped, mutilated and murdered. The killer’s attack was slow and brutal, yet no employees or customers saw or heard anything. Police are baffled as to how such a sadistic killer has remained under their radar for over 35 years as DNA has failed to yield a match. It is time the killer is brought to justice…
From 1984 to 1988 there was a serial killer loose in the streets of Kansas City. The victims were mostly male sex workers, street kids, and drug addicts. The killer knew, after getting away with the first murder, that the police were not quick to solve these crimes involving this often forgotten about population. Fueled by his fantasies, Robert Berdella brutally tortured and murdered six men. His would-be seventh victim was able to escape and expose the world to a story that is fuel for nightmares.
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Virginia Tech , Colombine and Sandy Hook school murders, but I bet you’ve never heard of the largest school massacre in U.S. history: The Bath School Massacre. What made a well-respected man of the community thread 900 lbs of explosives throughout the ceilings and walls of the school and then slaughter 37 children, four adults and his wife? In the words of the killer: Criminals are made, not born.