Serial Killer Ronald Bailey
EP36: Killing the Man in the Mirror
In the summer of 1984, 14-year-old Kenny Myers left his home to go for a bike ride. However, he never returned home. His mother reported him missing. Not long after, some kids found his strangled body in a park. A year later, 13-year-old Shawn Moore disappeared while riding his bike. Like Kenny, they later found his body. In addition, other teen boys reported being kidnapped in a similar fashion. Soon tips began pouring. They led to 26-year-old Ronald Bailey. He was convicted of the murders. However, no one will ever know the true count of Ronald’s murdered victims. But authorities are convinced Shawn and Kenny weren’t the only ones. They suspect Ronald killed three young men in Florida too.
In the summer of 1984, 14-year-old Kenny Myers left his home to go for a bike ride when he failed to return, his mother reported him missing. His strangled body was found 30 miles away in a park. A year later, 13-year-old Shawn Moore disappeared while riding his bike and like Kenny, his body was found decomposed two weeks later, 150 miles from his house. Other teen boys reported being kidnapped in a similar fashion, but after their assaults, they were released. Tips began pouring in and eventually the killer, 26-year-old Ronald Bailey, was arrested. His background showed a history of kidnapping and homosexual rapes, starting when he was only 13 years old. Eventually, Ronald opened up to FBI forensic profiler John Douglas about how he chose his victims and his method of murder. Ronald killed boys that reminded him of his younger self. He rationalized that If he could kill his teen self, then he could prevent the monster he grew up to be from hurting others. No one will know the true count of Ronald’s murdered victims, but authorities are convinced Shawn and Kenny weren’t the only ones.
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Journey into Darkness by John Douglas
Serial Killer Ronald Bailey
In 1972, 13-year-old Ronald Bailey kidnapped a boy on his bike. He then molested the child. Afterward, he set him free. Eventually, police caught Ronald. A judge sentenced him to Hawthorne center, a psychiatric hospital. After his release, Ronald continued kidnapping and raping boys. Because of the homosexual nature of the crimes, he continued to be sent to Hawthrone. At the time, homosexuality was deemed a mental illness of sorts.
Ronald Bailey’s Murders
Kenny Myers was kidnapped and murdered in 1984. A year later, Shawn Moore disappeared. Two weeks after his disappearance, the police found his decomposed body. Eventually, they were able to link the killing to Ronald Bailey. Ronald. However, by the time they did, he had fled to Florida. Having lived there for a few years, Ronald had friends there that he crashed with. After a large man-hunt, Ronald was capture.
FBI Profiler John Douglas
Ronald met with FBI profiler John Douglas. After talking for a few hours, he told John a secret. Ronald’s therapist at Hawthorne Psychiatric Center, Dr. Tombo, molested him This last for five years. During some of his therapy sessions, Dr. Tombo raped sexual Ronald. In addition, he choked him with a belt and other ligatures. Ronald mimicked this during his killings.
Who Else Did Ronald Kill?
Three young men were murdered in Florida at the time Ronald lived there. All of them were last seen in the same area where Ronald stayed. Since their description fits Ronald’s victim profile, investigators are convinced he killed them.
Listen to this Crimes & Consequences podcast episode to learn more about Ronald’s crimes.