Robert Ben Rhoades.
In the early hours of April 1st, 1990, an officer came upon a truck parked on the hard shoulder of I-10 with its hazard lights on. He knocked on the cab door, then opened it to a nightmare. A woman was chained to the bed in the sleeper area. She was covered in bruises, cuts and whip marks, and was gagged with a horse bit. The driver, identified as Robert Ben Rhoades, was calm and co-operative, handing over the gun he carried and allowing the officer to cuff him. Rhoades insisted his treatment of the girl was consensual.
But this wasn’t the case.
Digging deep into Rhoades’ past, authorities linked him to the disappearance and abductions of many young women. One picture found at his home depicted a young teenage girl in a barn. She was identified as 14-year-old Regina Walters, who’d disappeared whilst hitchhiking with her boyfriend in February 1990. This is the picture Rhoades took of Regina after cutting off her hair. He killed her shortly after and left her body in the barn. Rhoades is believed to have anywhere from 4-50 victims over a killing career of 15 years.
He’s currently serving time at Menard Correctional facility. He’s 71-years-old.
On June 28, 1993, State troopers spotted a pickup truck on Southern State Parkway with no licence plates. The driver refused to pull over and a short high-speed chase ensued. The truck crashed and the driver, identified as Joel Rifkin, was placed in handcuffs. As the trooper inspected the truck, he detected a foul odour coming from the back. Further inspection revealed the decomposing body of Rifkin’s latest victim.
In 1994, Rifkin was sentenced to 203 years in prison for 9 counts of second-degree murder. Joel Rifkin is also a strong suspect for some of the bodies attributed to the Long Island Serial Killer, who remains at large.
Have you ever seen the Rake? Probably not, as legend says once you see it, it will stalk you until you go insane. Or die, whichever comes first. I’ve collected two terrifying stories about the Rake, just in case you’re sleeping well at night and need something to keep you awake.
Our first story is about a young woman called Kerrie. Her parents sent her to boarding school to ‘bring her out of her shell’. She was a shy timid girl and her parents felt that standing on her own two feet would help build character. She met a boy whilst there and soon they became an item. Though forbidden, Kerrie snuck out of her dorm at night to meet with him on a park bench at the back of the school. It was fairly dark back there and somewhat hidden from view. If the teens were quiet, they probably wouldn’t be caught.
The Colonial Parkway killer.
A serial killer suspected of murdering 8 victims between 1986-1989. All the victims were murdered in couples with cause of death ranging from strangulation, gunshots and stabbing. The third couple’s bodies have never been found. Some suspected these crimes were the work of different killers, not one serial killer.
The Freeway Phantom.
An unidentified serial killer who abducted, raped and strangled six young African-American females between April 1971 through to September 1972. The youngest victim was just 10-years-old. Among the suspects were some members of a gang called the Green Vega Rapists. One gang member pointed the finger at another and provided information only the killer would know. He also gave a solid alibi for the time the murder occurred, proving that he could not have committed the crime. He was promised anonymity for the information, but when the press learnt of an inmate’s co-operation, the gang member refused to co-operate further for fear of retaliation.
The case remains open as a cold case.
Maldon Williams was nine years old when he saw a clown murder his parents. The clown used a kitchen knife to cut their throats from ear to ear, and blood dripped down the walls in thick, oozing rivers.
Ben Night was once a successful author, whose career now seems washed up. But his horror novel ‘Clownz’ is about to become all too real. Real enough to break into his own home.
Jane Brady is the police detective investigating a string of monstrous killings, connected only by Night’s book. Has its villain, Sparkles The Clown, inspired these real-life atrocities?
From the pages of fiction, Sparkles walks the world, leaving behind only the flayed faces of his victims and a single word written in blood:
Mary Elizabeth Wilson.
Mary Elizabeth Wilson was a serial killer and the last woman to be sentenced to death in England in 1958, though her sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
Known as the merry widow of Windy Nook, Mary came to the attention of the police when her fourth husband in four years died suddenly. In addition to the alarming death rate of her spouses, Mary’s morbid humour regarding the deaths made her the centre of local gossip. At her fourth wedding, Mary was asked by a family member about the leftover sandwiches from the reception. Mary joked that they should be saved for the husband’s funeral. She also joked with the local undertaker, asking him for a trade discount because of all the work she was providing for him. Her two latest husbands were exhumed, and their bodies held high levels of phosphorus, a chemical contained in beetle killer. She was tried and convicted of two murders. Her first two husbands were later exhumed and also showed signs of phosphorus poisoning, though she wasn’t tried for these murders.
Mary Elizabeth Wilson died at Holloway prison in 1963.
All the stories in this collection are true and were submitted to me via the
The Haunted House Clown.
Four friends encounter a creepy clown at a carnival, but all is not as it seems.
The Man in the Dark Car.
A girl leaves a party and walks home alone. It isn’t long before she realises that the night holds many dangers.
The Picture Book.
A man breaks into a house with the intention to steal items to fund his drug habit. He finds a picture book. The images contained within haunt him to this day…