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David Parker Ray Essay

1342 words - 6 pages

1. Childhood

David Parker Ray was born on November 6, 1939 and died May 28, 2002. David was suspected to be a serial killer and well-known torture killer of many women, although no bodies were ever recovered. David was eventually discovered when many of his accomplices came forward with accusations regarding the murder of around eight women. On top of these known victims, police also believe that Ray may be responsible for the murders of up to sixty women near and around Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
Ray had a very disturbed and violent childhood. Many have speculated that this was the road that led him to his life of torture and murder. Ray resided with his grandparents. While ...view middle of the document...

Along with all of this, the FBI found devices such as alternators to generate electricity in a standalone fashion to torture his victims, and to power his torture playground.

2. The Escape/Arrest
Cynthia Vigil escaped the confines of Ray’s facility on March 22, 1999. Cynthia escaped only because she waited till Ray went to work. After he left, it was just her, and Rays accomplice Cindy Hendley. Cynthia grabbed the keys that were left on a nearby table by Hendley. After she had the keys in hand, Hendley noticed she was trying to escape. After she was free of her chains a fight ensued resulting in Cynthia stabbing Cindy in the neck with an ice pick. Cynthia ran naked to town and went inside the closest police station she could find.

Ray was arrested the very next day. All throughout the entire trial two of the living victims were present to testify, and the mother of another victim who eventually succumb to her wounds. Cynthia and Kelly Garret gave testimony against David Parker Ray, each victim gave their own separate accounts of the pain, suffering, and horror they experienced while confined by Ray. Garret insisted that he not be given the penalty of death, but instead life. She knew it would be more suffering and pain for him to endure the rest of his god given life in prison, so that he may eventually understand what his victims endured for his own personal satisfaction.
3. The Conviction
Ray was eventually convicted, and finally was sentenced to two-hundred, twenty-four years in state prison. The first trial he went through was by a hung jury within Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. After the first trial he was going to another in a small town near the place he grew up as a small boy. He was found guilty and was convicted of his crimes perpetrated against Angie Montaño after which he admitted the majority of his crimes perpetrated against Cynthia Vigil and two other young women, the only reason for his confession was for a lesser sentence for his accomplice daughter. After eight months post sentencing Ray died. Hendley received thirty-six years in prison for testifying against Ray.

4. Mental Study/Observation
One of the main FBI specialists assigned to the Ray Case was Mary Ellen O’Toole. She is world’s foremost expert in criminal sexual sadism. She gave testimony that with a previous inspection of Ray’s home, the toy box, and the sexual paraphernalia and drawings within surely suggested Ray to in fact be a criminal sexual sadist.

O’Toole stated that Ray’s toy box were pretty impressive in relation to other sexual sadism predators, the potential to be lethal and the standard of time, and the money invested to keep all of it a secret. O’Toole stated that there isn’t a known treatment for Ray’s disorder. Also the behavior displayed by others with this...

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