Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams

Wayne Bertram Williams was born on May 27th, 1958 and was raised in the Dixie Hills neighborhood of southwest Atlanta, Georgia to Homer and Faye Williams. Both of his parents were teachers. Williams graduated from Douglass High School and developed an interest in raido and journalism. He eventually made his own carrier current radio station. He also began spending time at the radio stations WIGO and WAOK where he befriended a number of the annoucing crew and began dabbling in becoming a pop music producer and manager.

Williams was first a suspect in the Atlanta Child Murders in May of 1981 when a police surveillance team watching a bridge spanning the Chattahoochee River (where several bodies had been dumped previously) heard a loud splash which suggested someone had thrown something large over the bridge into the water. The first vehicle to leave the bridge after the splash was Williams’. When he was stopped by the police he told them that he was on his way to a neighboring town to audition a young singer named Cheryl Johnson for his music business but the number he gave police was fictional, along with Cheryl Johnson.

On May 24th, the nude body of Nathaniel Cater, a 27-year-old who had been missing for three days, was discovered by the river. He had died of possible asphyxiation. It was never clear if he had been strangled or not. Police had a theory that Williams had killed Cater and that him throwing the body over the bridge was the loud splash they heard. Williams was brought in for questioning and took three polygraph tests which he failed. Hair and fibers were taken from another victim and were consistent with his home, car, and dog. A coworker told police that they had seen Williams with scratches on his face and arms at around the time of the murders which police believe was caused by the victims during a struggle.

There began a several week long investigation where Williams taunted the police officers staking out his parents’ home with insults and jokes. During a press conference that Williams held outside his home he proclaimed his innocence, and told the press that he failed his three polygraphs, which was inadmissible in court. On June 21st, 1981, Williams was arrested for the murders of Cater and 29-year-old Jimmy Ray Payne.

Williams’ trial began on January 6th, 1982 in Fulton County. During the two month trial, prosecutors matched nineteen sources of fibers from his home and car to a number of victims. Other evidence included eyewitness testimony placing Williams with several victims while they were alive, which showed inconsistencies in his account of his whereabouts. Williams took the stand in his own defense, but alienated the jury by becoming angry. After just twelve hours of deliberation the jury found him guilty on February 27th of the murders of Cater and Payne. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. In the late 1990s he filed a habeas corpus petition and requested a retrial. The Butts County Superior Court Judge Hal Craig denied his appeal. In early 2004 he sought retrial again. In the 146 page federal court filing, his attorneys argued that there should be a retrial because law enforcement officers were covering up evidence of involvement by the Ku Klux Klam and that the carpet fibers linking him to the crimes would not stand up to scientific scrunity. A federal judge rejected it once more.

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The Ice Box Murders/Charles Rogers

The Ice Box Murders/Charles Rogers

The Ice Box Murders is an unsolved murder case involving the Rogers family. Fred Rogers and his wife Edwina were both found dismembered and put into the refrigerator. Their son, Charles, was the main suspect, but he fled and was never found, leading this crime to remain unsolved and eventually Charles was declared dead after not being found for years.

Charles Rogers in 1942 enrolled at Texas A&M University but he later dropped out and then enrolled at the University of Houston where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear physics. During WWII, he was a pilot in the United States Navy and also worked in the Office of Naval Intelligence. After the war, he worked as a seismologist for Shell Oil for nine years, but then in 1957 he abruptly quit his job with no explanation. Friends and associates of Rogers would later say that he was extremely intelligent and had a talent for finding gas, oil, and gold for the companies he worked for. He spoke several languages and had an interest in ham radios. In the mid-1950s he joined the Civil Air Patrol where he met David Ferrie (Ferrie was later named a conspirator in the assassination of JFK by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison).

By the year 1965 Rogers was unemployed and living with his elderly parents in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston. Rogers was described as reclusive and would often communicate with his parents by slipping notes under the door. Neighbors weren’t really aware that he was living there since he would leave home before dawn and return after dark.

On June 23rd, 1965, two Houston police officers entered the Rogers’ home by force when Edwina’s nephew Marvin became concerned when his calls to his aunt went unanswered for several days. When they got inside, police didn’t find anything out of the ordinary but did notice food sitting on the dining room table. One officer opened the fridge and found what was thought to be numerous cuts of washed and unwrapped meat neatly stacked on the shelves. He thought it was the meat of a butchered pig, but as he was closing the door he noticed two human heads in the vegetable bin. Upon further inspection, he discovered it was the heads of Fred and Edwina Rogers. What the officer thought was hog meat in the fridge was actually the cut up body parts of the elderly couple. Police later discovered the organs were removed from both victims, cut up and flushed down the toilet while other remains were never found. It was determined that the couple was killed on June 20th. An autopsy showed Fred Rogers was killed by multiple blows to the head with a claw hammer. His eyes had been gouged out and his genitalia removed. Edwina Rogers was beaten and shot, execution style. Police said that the bodies were dismembered in the upstairs bathroom by someone with “some knowledge of anatomy”. There was little blood in the house and the only amount that was found led to Charles Rogers’ bedroom. In it, police found a keyhole saw but no trace as to where Rogers was. A search for Rogers was launched with a warrant saying he was a material witness to the murder but he was never found.

Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight is the first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. She was charged with the murder of her partner John Charles Thomas Price in October of 2001 and is currently imprisoned at Silverwater Women’s Correctional Centre in New South Wales.

Knight was born in an unconventional and dysfunctional family. Her mother, Barbara Roughan, was married to Jack Roughan and was living with him in a small town of Aberdeen in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley. They had four sons before Barbara started having an affair with Ken Knight, a friend, and coworker of her husband. Both the Roughans and the Knights were well known in the town. The affair caused a major scandal and so Barbara and Ken left Aberdeen and moved to Moree, New South Wales. None of her sons went with her as two of the older sons stayed with their father and the two younger ones were sent off to live with their aunt in Sydney. With Ken Knight, Barbara had four more children which included a pair of twin girls in 1955. Katherine was the younger of the twins. In 1959, Jack Roughan died and the two boys that were living with him moved in with Barbara and Ken.

Ken was an alcoholic who used violence openly and intimidation to rape Barbara up to ten times a day. Barbara would then tell her children intimate details of her sex life and talked about how much she hated sex and men (later in Katherine’s life when she complained to her mother about her partner wanting her to take part in a sex act she didn’t want to do her mother told her to just put up with it and stop complaining). Katherine claims that she was often sexually assaulted by several family members (not her father) which continued until she was 11. There were many doubts about these statements but family members have confirmed these events did happen.

Barbara’s great-grandmother was supposedly an Indigenous Australian from the Moree area who had married an Irishman. She was proud of this and like to think of her own family as Aboriginal. This was kept a family secret due to considerable racism at the time in the area and it was a source of tension for the children. Apart from her own twin, Knight was close to her uncle, Oscar Knight, who was a champion horseman. She was absolutely devastated when he committed suicide in 1969 and believed his ghost was visiting her. The family moved back to Aberdeen that same year.

When Knight was attending Muswellbrook High School she became a loner and was known to be a bully.  She assaulted at least one boy at school with a weapon and was injured by a teacher who acted in self-defense. When Knight wasn’t in a fit of rage, she was known as a model student and often would earn rewards for her good behavior. She left school at the age of 15 without learning how to read or write and gained employment as a cutter in a clothing factory. A year later she left that job and started what she called her “dream job” which was cutting up offal at a local abattoir where she was quickly promoted to boning and given her own set of butcher knives. She would hand the knives over her bed in case she needed them which was a habit she continued until her incarceration.

Knight first met her first husband David Kellett in 1973. He was a coworker and a hard-drinking one at that. She completely dominated him. If Kellett got into a fight she would step in and back him up with her fists without any problem. In Aberdeen, she was known for fighting anyone who upset her. Knight and Kellett got married in 1974 and to her request, the couple arrived at the service on her motorcycle with Kellett intoxicated. As soon as they arrived Barbara gave Kellett advice, basically saying that Knight was crazy and that she’d kill him if he crossed her wrong. On their wedding night, she tried to strangle Kellett because he fell asleep after they only had intercourse three times. The marriage was violent, and on one occasion a heavily pregnant Knight burned all of Kellett’s clothes and shoes before hitting him across the head with a frying pan just because he had arrived home late from a darts competition. He feared for his life, so he fled to a neighbor’s house and collapsed onto the floor and was later treated for a fractured skull. Police wanted to charge her, but Knight talked Kellett into dropping the charges. In May 1976, shortly after Knight gave birth to their first daughter, Melissa Ann, Kellett left her for another woman and moved to Queensland, apparently unable to cope with Knight’s possessive and violent behavior. The next day Knight was was pushing her baby in a pram down the main street and throwing the pram side to side. She was admitted to St. Elmo’s Hospital in Tamworth where she was diagnosed with postnatal depression and spent several weeks recovering. After she was released she put her two-month-old baby on a railway line right before the train was due, stole an ax, and went into town and threatened several people. A man known as “Old Ted” was foraging near the railway line and found and rescued Melissa right before the train came. Knight was arrested and again taken to St. Elmo’s but apparently recovered again and signed herself out the following day.

A few days later, Knight slashed the face of a woman with a knife and demanded that she be driven to Queensland to find where Kellett was. The woman managed to escape after they stopped at a service station, but by the time the police arrived Knight had taken a young boy hostage and was threatening him with a knife. She eventually was disarmed when police attacked her with brooms and she was admitted to the Morisset Psychiatric Hosptial. Knight confessed to nurses that she had meant to kill the mechanic at the station because he had repaired Kellett’s car which she thought that had allowed Kellett to escape, and then she was going to kill her husband and his mother when she got to Queensland. Kellett was informed by police of the incident and so he left his girlfriend and moved to Aberdeen with his mother to support Knight. Knight was released on August 9th, 1976 into the care of her mother-in-law and with Kellett they all moved to Woodridge where she got a job at the Dinmore meatworks in nearby Ipswich. On March 6th, 1980 they had another daughter, Natasha Maree. In 1984, Knight left Kellett and moved in with her parents first in Aberdeen and then to a rented house in Muswellbrook. She returned to work at the abattoir but she injured her back the following year and went on a disability pension. The government gave her a Housing Commission house in Aberdeen.

In 1986, Knight met 38-year-old miner David Saunders. A few months later he moved in with her and her two daughters even though he kept his apartment in Scone. Knight soon became extremely jealous regarding what he did when she wasn’t around him and would often throw him out. He would go back to his apartment and she would follow him and beg him to return. In May of 1987, she cut the throat of Saunders’s two-month-old dingo puppy in front of him for no more of a reason than to show what would happen if he ever had an affair and then she knocked him out with a frying pan. In June of 1988, she gave birth to her third child Sarah which caused Saunders to put a deposit on a house which Knight paid off with her workers’ compensation in 1989. She decorated the house with animal skins, skulls, horns, rusty animal traps, leather jackets, old boots, machetes, rakes, and pitchforks. There was no space in the house that wasn’t covered.

After she had an argument with Saunders she stabbed him in the stomach with a pair of scissors. He moved back to Scone but then returned back because she had cut up all his clothes. He then took a long service of leave and went into hiding. Knight tried to find out where he was but no one was telling her. Several months later he returned to see his daughter and found out that Knight claimed she was afraid of Saunders and they issued an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against him.

In the year of 1990, Knight got pregnant by John Chillingworth, a 43-year-old former abattoir coworker. She gave birth the following year to a boy that they named Eric. The relationship lasted three years before she left Chillingworth for a man she was having an affair with named John Price.

John Charles Thomas Price was the father of three of Knight’s children while she was having an affair with him. He was liked by everyone and his own marriage ended in 1988. His two-year-old daughter remained with his ex-wife and his two older children lived with him. Price knew Knight had a violent reputation and still allowed her to move into his house in 1995. His children seemed to like her and he was making a lot of money and his life seemed to be going in an upward direction. In 1998, they had a fight over Price’s refusal to marry Knight and in retaliation to that she videotaped Price stealing from his place of work and sent it to his boss. Although the items were out of date medical kits he had scavenged from the rubbish pile he was fired from his job that he held for 17 years. That same day, Price kicked out Knight and the news of what she had done spread throughout the town. A few months later Price started the relationship again with Knight but did not let her move in this time around. The fighting became even more frequent and his friends wanted nothing to do with him as long as he was in a relationship with her.

In February of 2000, a series of assaults on Price led up to Knight stabbing him in the chest resulted in him kicking her out of his home permanently. On February 29th he stopped at the Scone Magistrate’s Court on his way to work and took out a restraining order on Knight in an attempt to keep her away from him and his children. That afternoon Price told his coworkers that if he didn’t show up to work the reason would be that Knight had killed him. They pleaded him not to go home but he said he thought if he didn’t Knight would harm his children. Price got home and saw that Knight had sent his children to a friend’s house for a sleepover, so he decided to spend the evening with his neighbors before going home and sleeping at around 11PM. Earlier that day Knight bought new lingerie and videotaped her all of her children while making comments that made it seem like her last will and testament. Knight arrived later at Price’s house while he was sleeping and sat and watched TV for a few minutes before having a shower. She then woke Price up and they had sex, which afterward he fell asleep.

At 6AM the next day neighbors from the day before became concerned when they noticed that Price’s car was still in his driveway and when he didn’t show up to work his employer sent a worker over to his house to see what was wrong. Both the neighbor and the worker tried to knock on his bedroom window to wake him up, but they noticed blood on the front door and alerted the police who arrived around 8AM. They broke down the back door and found Knight comatose from taking a large number of pills. She had stabbed Price while he was asleep. According to the blood evidence, Price was trying to turn the light on before trying to escape while Knight chased him through the house. He managed to open the front door and get outside but he either fell backward or was dragged into the hallway where he bled to death.

After killing Price, Knight went to Aberdeen and withdrew $1000 from Price’s ATM.

His autopsy showed he had been stabbed at least 37 times, in the front and back of his body with wounds going into vital organs. Several hours after Prince had died Knight skinned him and hung his skin from a meat hook on the architrave of a door to the lounge room. She also decapitated him and cooked parts of his body and it seemed that she was planning on serving his cooked body parts to his children along with a variety of sides. There were names of two of his children placed by the plates already set out on the table. It seems she tried to eat a meal but she threw it out onto the front lawn, possibly to support her later claim of having no memory of the crime. Price’s head was found in a pot with vegetables, and judging by the temperature of the pot it was concluded that it was used that morning. Sometime later Knight posed the body with the left arm draped over an empty soft drink bottle with his legs crossed. This was claimed in court to be an act of defilement. Knight wrote an accusatory note that had blood and small pieces of flesh covering it, and the accusations were found to be groundless.

Knight had an initial offer to plead guilty to manslaughter but she rejected it and she was arraigned on March 2nd, 2001 on a charge of murdering Price to which she pled not guilty to. Her trial was supposed to be on July 23rd, 2001 but was adjourned due to her counsel’s illness and it was set for October 15th, 2001. Two psychiatrists concluded she suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. She filed an appeal but was denied, thus leaving her as the first woman to be spending life in prison without parole for murder.

Ed Gein

Ed Gein

Edward Theodore Gein was born on August 27th, 1906 to George Philip Gein and Augusta Wilhelmine Gein. He had an older brother named Henry George Gein. His mother Augusta hated her husband as he was an alcoholic who couldn’t hold down a job and had worked various types of jobs including a carpenter, tanner, and insurance salesman. George owned a grocery store for a few years, but eventually sold the business and the whole family moved from the city to a 155-acre farm in the Town of Plainfield in the Waushara County of Wisconsin. That was the Gein family’s permanent place of residence.

Augusta was an extremely religious Lutheran, and she took advantage of the isolating farm to make sure her sons weren’t influenced by outsiders. Ed only left the farm to go to school and when he wasn’t in school he was doing chores on the farm. She preached to her sons about the immorality of the world, the evils of drinking, and her belief that all women were naturally prostitutes and were instruments of the devil. She set aside time every afternoon to read the Bible to them, but it was usually graphic verses from the Old Testament concerning death, murder, and divine retribution. Ed was an extremely shy person. In school, his classmates and teachers recalled him having extremely strange mannerisms such as laughing at random times as if he was laughing at his own jokes. His mother would punish him if he tried to make friends. Despite his lack of social skills and development, he did fairly well in school, particularly in reading.

On April 1st, 1940 his father died of heart failure due to his alcoholism. He was 66-years-old. Henrey and Ed started doing odd jobs to pay for living expenses. The brothers were considered reliable and honest by residents in the community. While both of them worked as handymen, Ed would often babysit for neighbors. He enjoyed babysitting which may have shown that he related better to children than adults.

Henry began dating a divorced single mother of two and was planning on moving in with her. He grew concerned with Ed’s attachment to their mother and often spoke ill of her around Ed, in which he would often respond in shock and hurt. On May 16th, 1944, Henry and Ed were burning away marsh vegetation on their property when the fire got out of control and the fire department showed up. At the end of the day when everyone left, Ed reported his brother missing. A search party was formed and they searched where the fire was and found Henry’s body. It seemed he was dead for a while before being discovered. The cause of death of ruled as asphyxiation by the county coroner, but some people believed Ed had killed his brother, possibly relating to him speaking ill of their mother. After the death of Henry, it only left Ed and his mother on the farm.

Shortly after Henry’s death, Augusta suffered a stroke that paralyzed her and Ed devoted all his time to taking care of her. Sometime in 1945 Ed and his mother visited a man named Smith to buy some straw and while there Augusta witnessed him beat a dog to death. A woman came out of Smith’s house and yelled at him to stop, and Augusta was very upset at this scene. She wasn’t upset at the death of the dog, but more upset with the woman who apparently wasn’t married to Smith being there. She said that she had no business being there and angrily called her “Smith’s harlot”. After this event, Augusta suffered another stroke and ultimately died on December 29th, 1945 at the age of 67. Gein was devastated and left all alone. He held onto the farm and earned money from odd jobs. He also boarded up the rooms his mother used and left them untouched while the rest of the house became squalid. He resided in a small room next to the kitchen, and also around this time he became interested in death-cult magazines and adventures stories, particularly ones that involved cannibals or Nazi atrocities.

On the morning of November 16th, 1957 a hardware store owner by the name of Bernice Worden mysteriously vanished. A Plainfield resident reported that the store’s truck has been driven out the back of the building at around 9:30 AM. The store was closed the whole day and people thought it was because of deer hunting season. Worden’s son, Deputy Sheriff Frank Worden, went into the store around 5 PM and found the cash register open and blood stains on the floor. It was discovered that Gein was in the store the night before his mother’s disappearance and said he would come back in the morning for a gallon of antifreeze. A sales receipt of said gallon of antifreeze was the last receipt written by Worden on the morning she disappeared. On that same night, Gein was arrested at a West Plainfield grocery store and the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department searched his farm. A deputy found Worden’s decapitated body in a shed on the property. She was hung upside down by ropes at her wrists and a crossbar at her ankles. The torso was “dressed out like a deer” and she had been shot with a .22-caliber rifle and the mutilations happened after her death. While searching his house the authorities found many more atrocities: whole human bones and fragments, a wastebasket made of human skin, chair sets covered in human skin, skulls on his bedposts, female skulls some with the tops sawn off, bowls made from human skulls, a corset made from a female torso skinned from shoulders to the waist, leggings made from human leg skin, masks made from the skin of female heads, Mary Hogan’s face mask in a paper bag and her skull in a box, Bernice Worden’s entire head in a burlap sack, Worden’s heart in a plastic bag in front of Gein’s potbellied stove, nine vulvae in a shoe box, a young girls’ dress and the vulvas of two females judged to have been about 15-years-old, a belt made from human nipples, four noses, a pair of lips on a window shade drawstring, a lampshade made from the skin of a human face, and fingernails from female fingers. All these artifacts were photographed but then destroyed.

When Gein was questioned, he stated that between 1947 and 1952 he made as many as 40 visits to three local graveyards at night to exhume recently buried bodies while he was in a daze-like state. On about 30 of those visits, he said he came out of the daze and left the grave without taking anything. On other occasions, he dug up graves of recently married middle-aged women who he thought resembled his mother. He would take the bodies home and tanned the skin to make his paraphernalia. Gein did choose his victims that resembled his mother, but the only difference was that how they presented themselves was totally against what his mother thought. An example would be Mary Hogan was a tavern owner with a sailor’s mouth. Gein knew his mother would disapprove of her entirely, and it seemed that Gein killed these types of women to satisfy his mother in some delusional way.

Gein admitted to stealing from 9 graves and led investigators to the locations. Authorities were uncertain if Gein was capable of robbing so many graves single-handedly in one night and so they exhumed two of the graves and found them empty except for one that had a crowbar instead of a body in it. Soon after his mother’s death, Gein started making a “woman suit” so that he could become his mother and actually crawl into her skin in a way. He denied having sex with the bodies and said they smelled too bad. He also admitted to shooting Mary Hogan who was missing since 1954.

A 16-year-old whose parents were friends of Gein reported that Gein kept shrunken heads in his house which were supposedly sent by a cousin who had served in the Philippines during WWII. Upon investigation, it was determined that these were human facial skins that were carefully peeled from the corpses and used by Gein as masks.

On November 21st, 1957 Gein was arraigned on one count of first-degree murder in Waushara County Court where he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and found mentally incompetent and therefore he was unfit for trial. He was sent to Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane (it is now known as the Dodge Correctional Institution) located in Waupun, Wisconsin. He was later transferred to Mendota State Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1968 doctors determined Gein was able to stand trial. Gein’s trial was held without a jury by request of the defense. He was found guilty on November 14th. A second trial dealt with Gein’s sanity. He was found “not guilty by reason of insanity” once again and committed to Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane for the rest of his life.

Gein’s house and property were scheduled to be auctioned March 30th, 1958 but on March 27th the house was destroyed by a fire. Arson was suspected but the cause was never determined. Ed Gein died at the Mendota Mental Health Institute due to respiratory failure secondary to lung cancer on July 26th, 1984 at the age of 77. Over the years souvenir seekers have chipped pieces from his gravestone until the stone itself was stolen in 2000. It was recovered the year after near Seattle and was placed in storage at teh Waushara County Sheriff’s Department. The gravesite itself is now unmarked, but not unknown to people. Gein is buried with his parents and his brother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almas

Almas

The Almas is generally believed to be wild people in appearance and in habits than compared to apes. They are usually described as human-like bipedal animals that are between five and six and a half feet tall with reddish-brown hair covering their whole bodies. Their facial features are anthropomorphic including a pronounced brow ridge, flat nose, and weak chin. It’s also described as hairy, stinky, mute, and living in “paleolithic squalor” at the base of the Himalayas. Many cryptozoologists believe that there is a similarity between the Almas and the modern reconstructions of how Neanderthals might have looked, but there is no physical evidence to support that statement.

Grootslang

Grootslang

The Grootslang, also known as the Grote Slang (which means “big snake” in Afrikaans and Dutch language) is a legendary cryptid that supposedly lives in a deep cave in Richtersveld, South Africa. According to legend it is as old as the world itself. Centuries ago, the gods made a terrible mistake when they created Grootslang. They gave it incredible strength, made it cunning, and made it intelligent. After they realized their mistakes, they turned the Grootslang into several animals, resulting in the first snakes and elephants. However, one escaped and that is where the other Grootslang were born from it. It supposedly devours elephants that it lures into it’s cave. The cave is known as “Wonder Hole” or “Bottomless Pit” and it’s supposedly filled with diamonds. The Grootslang is said to be able to live in warm rivers as well as lakes. In Benin, it is supposedly a large elephant-like creature with a serpent’s tail.

The Murder of Shanda Sharer

The Murder of Shanda Sharer

Shanda Sharer was a young 12-year-old American girl who was tortured and burned to death in Madison, Indiana by four teenage girls.

Shanda Renee Sharer was born on June 6th, 1979 in Pineville, Kentucky to Stephen Sharer and Jacqueline. After her parents divorced, her mother remarried and they all moved to Louisville, Kentucky. She attended fifth and sixth grade at St. Paul School and was on the cheerleading, volleyball, and softball teams. Her mother divorced again and moved to New Albany, Indiana in June of 1991 where Sharer went to Hazelwood Middle School. Early in the school year, she transferred to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.

In 1990, Melinda Loveless was dating a girl named Amanda Heavrin. After Loveless’ father left her family she started behaving erratically. She got into fights, complained of depression which caused her to get counseling. In March 1991, she came out to her mother who at first was furious but eventually did accept it. As the year went by, her relationship with Heavrin got worse.

Heavrin and Sharer met in the fall semester at Hazelwood Junior High when they got into a fight. They became friends however after spending time in detention together and eventually they started giving each other romantic letters. Loveless was angered and jealous of their relationship. At a school dance, she confronted them about it. Heavrin and Loveless never formally ended their relationship, but Loveless started dating another girl.

Heavrin and Sharer attended a festival together and Loveless began talking about killing Sharer and was even threatening her in public. She had to transfer to a Catholic school because of her parents’ concern about her relationship with Heavrin.

On January 10th, 1992, Toni Lawrence, Hope Rippey, Laurie Tackett, and Melinda Loveless drove to Sharer’s house and told her that Heavrin was waiting for them at the “Witch’s Castle”, also known as Mistletoe Falls which is located on an isolated hill overlooking the Ohio River. Sharer said she couldn’t go because her parents were awake, but to wait until midnight when they were asleep. Loveless was angry, but Rippey and Lawrence assured her they would return for Sharer later. After a few hours, the four girls went back to Sharer’s house. Loveless couldn’t wait to kill Sharer, but also stated that she just wanted to scare her. As Tackett and Rippey went to get Sharer, Loveless hid under a blanket in the back seat with a knife.

Sharer was reluctant to go with them but agreed to after she got changed. Once she got into the car Loveless came up with a knife and held it against Sharer’s throat. She then questioned her on her sexual relationship with Hearvin. When they arrived at the Witch’s House, Sharer was sobbing and tied up. Loveless took off Sharer’s rings and gave them to each of the girls. They told her that the Witch’s Castle was full of sacrifices and that she would be the next. To threaten her even more they got a t-shirt from the car and lit it on fire, but they worried that the light would attract people, so they all piled back into the car and put Sharer under a blanket. They had to stop into a gas station and ask for directions and later ended up near Tackett’s home in Madison, Indiana.

Tackett took them to a garbage dump in a densely wooded area. Lawrence and Rippey were scared and stayed in the car. Tackett and Loveless made Sharer strip naked, and then Loveless began to beat her brutally with her fists. She even slammed Sharer’s face into her knee, causing Sharer’s mouth to be cut on her braces. Loveless then tried to slash her throat, but the knife was too dull to do anything. They then strangled her until she was unconscious, and took her back to the car and threw her into the trunk. They drove to Tackett’s home to clean up. When they heard Sharer scream in the car, Tackett took a paring knife and stabbed her several times. At 2:30 AM, Tackett and Loveless went driving and heard gurgling sounds coming from the trunk. They stopped the car and opened the trunk. Sharer sat up covered in blood with her eyes rolling into the back of her head and unable to speak. They beat her with a tire iron until she was quiet again. Loveless and Tackett returned to her house and told the other girls about the torture. This caused Tackett’s mother to wake up and to yell at her for being out late and bringing home her friends. She then said she’d take them home and went to the burn pile. They opened the trunk and looked at Sharer, but Lawrence refused to look at her. Rippey sprayed Windex on her and said, “You’re not looking so hot now, are you?”

They drove down to a nearby gas station and used a two-liter bottle of Pepsi as a container to fill up with gasoline. They drove north of Madison where they wrapped Sharer in a blanket and carried her to a nearby field. Lawrence remained in the car. Rippey poured gasoline on Sharer and lit her on fire. Loveless wasn’t convinced she was dead, however, so they went back after a couple minutes and poured the rest of the gasoline on her.

After the murder, they went to have breakfast McDonald’s and discussed the murder. Lawrence called one of her friends told them about the murder, and afterward Loveless told Heavrin that they killed Sharer and begged her not to tell anyone. She agreed not to.

In the late morning of January 11th, 1992 two brothers from Canaan, Indiana were driving to go hunting and noticed a body on the side of the road. They called the police and waited by the corpse. They initially suspected a drug deal gone wrong and didn’t believe the crime was committed by anyone local. Stephen Sharer noticed his daughter was missing early that morning and called his ex-wife and together they filed a missing person report.

That night, Lawrence went to the police with her parents and confessed the crime and named the other three girls who were involved. They were quickly apprehended and found guilty. All four girls were tried as adults. To avoid the death penalty, they all agreed to a plea bargain. In exchange for her cooperation, Lawrence was guilty of one count of Criminal Confinement and given 20 years. Tackett and Loveless were sentenced to 60 years and Rippey was sentenced to 60 years. Loveless and Tackett are still imprisoned, but Lawrence and Rippey have since been released with Rippey still remaining on parole.