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Ted Bundy raped and killed more than 100 young women.
I just stumbled across this article from the Seattle Times, published in 2003, and written by Alex Tizon. When reading about serial killers, you can't help wondering if there is just something special about the Pacific Northwest. This article puts those thoughts into some context.
Victoria (Tori) Stafford
Victoria ‘Tori’ Stafford was only eight years old when she was abducted, raped, and murdered by a psychopathic duo. She may still have been alive as she was being stamped on and beaten with a hammer before her body was stuffed into plastic bags and buried beneath a pile of rocks. 16 of her 24 ribs were broken and her liver was lacerated. Of four areas of her head that had been smashed, three were from a hammer’s claw and one with its blunt end.
Terri-Lynn McClintic pleaded guilty in April 2010 to murdering Tori. Michael Rafferty, 31, pleaded not guilty to murder, sexual assault and abduction, but was found guilty of all counts.
Omaima Aref Nelson, 24-year-old nanny and model.
On Thanksgiving weekend 1991, Nelson bludgeoned pilot William Nelson, her much-older husband whom she married after a four-week courtship, in their Costa Mesa apartment.
Then she skinned the torso, cooked the decapitated head and fried the hands in oil. She was arrested after she stuffed some of her husband’s body parts into garbage bags and offered a friend $75,000 to help her with the disposal.
Omaima Nelson contended her husband beat and raped her regularly, and said she killed him after a particularly brutal assault. A psychologist testified that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and said she was psychotic.
She was convicted of second-degree murder in January 1993 and sentenced to 28 years to life.
The background story: Omaima was born in Saudi Arabia. When she was just six years old, her father ordered her circumcision. She said she screamed and screamed until some older brothers had to tie her down for them to perform this terrible ceremony. She immigrated to the US and married the very cruel Mr. Nelson. Consummating her marriage was excruciatingly painful. As time went on, her husband’s drinking problem became worse and each time he would beat her and sexually assault her. The last time, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, she said she snapped and broke a glass lamp over his head that disabled him. The rest is history…
Pictured above: Omaima Aref Nelson in court in 1992. File Photo by Bruce Chambers, The Orange County Register
Dennis Rader confessed to ten murders over a span of nearly 30 years upon his capture in 2005. In between murders, he lived a remarkably normal outward life with a wife and two children. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and had been elected president of the Congregation Council. He was also a Cub Scout leader. His killings all took place in Kansas.
As a child, he tortured animals. He also harbored a sexual fetish for women’s underwear and would later steal underpants from his victims and wear them himself.