of America -
The Deadliest Of The Deadly
By Devvy Kidd
This is the third installment of my Killing Fields of America .
The subject of this series is very difficult to write about;
emotionally draining. The level of brutality escalates every year. I
know the FBI keeps statistics, but when it comes to the subject of
serial killers, in most cases, unless there's a full confession, we
don't know just how many more murders were done by a serial killer
before being apprehended. Too many like the Zodiac Killer who has never
been caught; five confirmed killings, he bragged it was 37.
Most people hear about heinous killers only after they've been caught.
Sadistic sociopaths like Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy,
Gary Ridgeway (Green River Killer) and Jeffrey Dahmer. Their
psychopathy (lack of interest in or caring for the sanctity of human
life) was off the scales. They are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of human beings. Serial
killer of young girls, Rodney Alcala, was not only a sociopath, he was
a malignant narcissist, meaning he had a feeling of grandiosity,
completely devoid of any conscience.
They are the deadliest of the deadly because they blend in with a
neighborhood and seem "normal" until caught. For years, America is
their hunting ground. I have no doubt many are still out there because
of cold cases that don't get tied together until years, if not decades
later. They are worse than rabid dogs who should not be allowed to take
one more breath on this earth. There are no redeeming factors to spare
their lives. You don't coddle evil, you destroy it.
Many might recall Truman Capote's chilling book, In Cold Blood. In 1959, four
members of the Clutter family were murdered in Holcomb, Kansas. A
random home invasion that took the lives of innocents: mom, dad, son,
daughter. Senseless slaughter by two drifters who wanted something for
nothing taking four lives in the process. They were caught and executed
in short order. Capote's book, In
Cold Blood, brought to an innocent America something almost
incomprehensible: the random killing of a completely innocent family in
a small rural town in America.
In 2007, another horrific home invasion. Two animals entered the home
Dr. William Petit in Cheshire, Connecticut at 3:00 am on July 23, 2007.
They had followed the mother and youngest daughter home from the
grocery store and waited. Dr. Petit was beaten to a pulp; he's not sure
how long he was unconscious. While struggling to get out of the house
barely alive, the two animals in the house raped and strangled the
mother. They then raped and murdered the 11-year old daughter, then
killed the 17-year old daughter and set them on fire. Dr. Petit was
able to get to his neighbors home. Steven Hayes, age 49 and Joshua
Komisarjevsky, age 32 and father of a daughter, were both found guilty
and sentenced to death. There is no doubt about their guilt. They were
caught fleeing in the Petit family car. Two more animals who don't
deserve to take one more breath in this life. I am familiar with these
cases I write about and I can tell you, it's a wonder Dr. Petit could
ever recover from such unimaginable horror.
The other night I watched a 48 Hours Mystery hour long segment on the
tube at the end of a long day: Lived to Tell - 3 Days Before Christmas.
Another home invasion in 1990. Two males, Von Lester Taylor and Edward
Deli entered the Tiede family cabin in Summit County, Utah. Taylor was
on parole for an aggravated burglary conviction. They shot
and left for dead the father, murdered the mother and grand mother and
then kidnapped the two young daughters. Before those two animals left
with the girls, they sat and opened the Christmas presents under the
tree making jokes. They actually filmed themselves having a great time.
They got all of $105 in cash. One of the daughters started praying.
Taylor laughed at her and said it wouldn't do any good because he
worshipped the devil.
Fortunately, the uncle saw the vehicle passing and saw his two nieces
with the strange men. He knew something was wrong. The father,
heroically, dragged himself and managed to get to his brother's house
who immediately called 9-11 requesting a helicopter. The father lived.
Mom and grandma buried and two young girls living through absolute
terror. The two were caught later that day; the girls alive. Taylor was
convicted and sentenced to death; the last posting I found, he's still
vegetating on death row two decades later. For whatever reason I cannot
fathom because there's no question of guilt, Edward Deli was only
convicted of second-degree murder. I would have had no trouble putting
a bullet through his head. Animals like Taylor and Deli don't deserve
three hots and a cot for even one day.
The deadliest of the deadly that strike out of no where killing
multiple victims. Mentally diseased whether they kill one, two, ten or
dies and two friends wounded after they are 'lined up and shot
in the head execution style during home invasion one day before
they were to testify against suspects in May break-in
beautiful family destroyed when gunman killed father and four-year-old
son in deadly home invasion that left mother and two children
"Desmond John Moses, 55, was wearing a painter's mask and a bulletproof
vest when he entered the Lamas family home in Inglewood, California,
in the early hours of Saturday morning." Fortunately, that animal
tiny survivor of a family massacre: Heartbreaking moment cop
tenderly cradles baby after mother and two siblings are murdered.
Home invasion. The carnage so bad, chaplains were called in for
first responders. Mother in her 20s, a 3-year-old girl, a 2-year-old
boy. The six month old baby was found crying in another room,
but unharmed. Murderer: Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 19.
charged with murdering girl, 17, and her Iraq War veteran boyfriend,
22, who vanished on camping trip. 36-year-old Danny Coston charged
with five counts of murder, rape assault and other felonies. Apparently
in Illinois, a person can be charged with murder several different
Those are just a minuscule sampling of the wanton, senseless killing
going on in this country. Statistically,
the numbers should make anyone sick. I predict it will get worse as
our society continues to melt down with moral decay right along with
the economy. Most are not as deadly as the examples above, but one
death is one too many. Such agony for the families that never really
The FBI does profiling where they look at the psychological,
behavioral, and legal profile of a criminal. While I do believe they
are an important part of trying to catch serial killers with absolutely
no conscience or remorse, cold-blooded serial killers remain out there
on the hunt until they are caught, drop dead from old age, jailed for
something else or killed by someone else.
I don't know how anyone, much less a vet, could go camping without
carrying adequate fire power. Not just because you might attract the
attention of a rather large bear, mountain lion or even a rattle snake,
but we know the predators are out there looking for women to rape and
if necessary, take out the male first; maybe get a little cash and
credit cards. Fore sure, leave no witnesses. I'm not criticizing the
victim in the story above, God rest his soul. But in this violent
world, you have to protect yourself and the person you're with -
especially out in the wild.
The headlines the past few months carry warnings from sheriffs around
the country: Due to budget cuts, we
can't protect you. Calling 9-11 is fine, but you'll probably be
dead two minutes later. One case I looked at involved a woman who heard
someone in the house. That poor soul got into the bathroom, locked the
door and called 9-11 on her cell phone. The operator could hear her
begging while the shots rang out. The intruder simply shot her through
the bathroom door to shut her up. He has never been caught. Cell phones
won't stop a bullet.
I do an awful lot of research. It doesn't matter if you live in a very
upscale neighborhood like Dr. Petit and his family. He was in a
downstairs room (fell asleep watching tv) while the daughters and
mother were up on the top floor. If Mrs. Petit had firearm training and
a semi-automatic, she and her daughters might have had a chance. It no
longer matters what economic level, the killers are out there.
Many Americans have never been around guns. Not like the "old days"
when kids grew up with responsible stewardship from their dads about
gun responsibility. I remember the Randy Weaver case in Idaho. Why, the
sissy media were appalled Randy and his wife, Victoria, not only taught
their children how to shoot, those youngsters wore their guns when
outside. They lived very rural with neighbors like mountain lions and
bears. The media no doubt thought it better if the children were lunch
for a predator in the wild. Last week the headlines carried a story
about an intern at a big cat sanctuary being killed; she was only
22-years old. That lion took one swipe at the back of her neck. Tragedy
happens in seconds.
I honestly don't know how anyone can sleep at night without a gun(s) in
the house. Not in this violent world no matter where you live. We have
the God-given, not government given, right to protect our life and the
lives of our family. If you don't own a gun, perhaps it's time to
rethink your position before death visits your door. Proper training
and regular trips to a firing range will help you become proficient and
confident you will live another day and so will your family.
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