Described by the FBI as one of the most intelligent criminals the world has ever known, David Parker Ray stands out in the twisted world of depraved people enjoying the pain and tears of others. From rape to torture to murder, the American serial killer has done it all. Before his arrest in 1999, the man was said to have committed more than 60 murders, most of which were committed by young women.
David Ray received a long sentence in 2001 after a court found him guilty of torture and kidnapping, but a year later nature had an alternative sentence for him when he died of a heart attack while still in prison. His death may have done little to calm his victims and their families, but one thing is certain, the world was one less monster loose.
10 Disturbing Facts About David Ray
1. His Childhood Was Rough
David Ray had a pretty difficult childhood. He was born in November 1939, grew up with his grandfather, and was rarely visited by his violent alcoholic father. As a teenager, he was often physically abused by his father, who also supplied him with magazines containing sadomasochistic pornography. These are probably responsible for the everyday sexual fantasies that the young man eventually developed and which he pursued throughout his life.
2. He Owned a Sex Torture Chamber Called a Toy Box
The serial rapist and alleged murderer owned a mobile home which he turned into a torture chamber where he committed most of his heinous crimes. This chamber, known as a toy box, was equipped with a selection of torture equipment and weapons, including whips, chains, clamps, pulleys, leg spreaders, sex toys, surgical blades, saws, syringes and much more.
Ray also made sure that the RV was soundproof so as not to attract attention, and it also had its own power generator, which he used to administer electric shocks to his victims.
3. David Ray Had Accomplices
It is assumed that some serial killers usually operate alone, nevertheless, quite a number of them are able to get support from other depraved minds like theirs. Ray belonged to the latter group, which not only had the brains to think up the most unimaginable crimes, but also had the necessary personnel to carry out his terror.
Among his known accomplices were his girlfriend Cindy Hendy and a young man named Dennis Roy Yancy. Cindy Hendy helped Ray use drugs and lure unsuspecting victims into the toy box. After his arrest, Yancy admitted to strangling one of his own former girlfriends who Ray had kidnapped and tortured.
Cindy Hendy received a prison sentence of 36 years, while Dennis Yancy was sentenced to 15 years twice in a row.
4. His Daughter Was Also An Accomplice
This shows that evil may just be a legacy. Glenda Jean Ray, known only as Jesse, is the daughter of David Ray. Jesse helped her father with most of his evil deeds, although she had initially warned the authorities of her father’s alleged criminal activities. The police later found the accusations to be unfounded and therefore did not pay any further attention to them. Jesse later switched sides to become her father’s accomplice and helped him lure women into his toy chest where their suffering began.
5. He Usually Targeted People of Low Social Standing
In order to protect himself, the notorious sadist and serial rapist usually targeted a group of women whom he believed would be less likely to be sought by anyone if they disappeared. He also found it much easier to get these women to come with him to his torture chamber.
Furthermore, David Ray also found that even if these women were brave enough to accuse him of any wrongdoing, their social status made them less likely to be believed by the authorities.
6. Ray Kept His Victims Informed
Information is power, they say, but for the notorious sadist, rapist, and torturer it was just another instrument of torture. Among other things, his toy box contained a homemade gynecologist’s chair with an overhanging mirror. With the mirror, Ray’s helpless victims could see exactly what was happening to them.
He also had a hideous pre-recorded audio cassette that he played to his victims the first day. The tape usually contained a vivid description and a detailed explanation of the horror that awaited them.
7. David Ray Lived a Normal Life Despite His Activities
There is nothing normal about a sadist who spends his spare time torturing and killing women. To the uninformed, however, David Ray was a normal guy who had a job like any other. In contrast to the creepy, sinister-looking, idle monster you imagine him to be, Ray had a day job as a mechanic.
He had previously served in the military as a mechanic, after which he received an honorable discharge. In fact, his technical skills as a mechanic helped him turn his trailer into the perfect torture dungeon.
8. He Had Sex Parties
Although one of his neighbors facilitated the escape of his first known victim and his eventual arrest, some of them knew of his heinous activities. It turned out that David Ray was also hosting sex parties in his torture trailer. Present were his equally depraved friends and neighbors, who were also allowed to have sex with some of his victims. The sex shows also included dogs raping the victims to the perverse delight of his guests.
9. He Was a Very Intelligent Man
Many would agree with the fact that David Ray had nothing good in him, but one thing is for sure, he was very good at covering his tracks. Although he is alleged to have committed over 60 murders, Ray was never convicted of murder. In fact, the only evidence linking him to all these murders was found in his journals after his arrest. In the diaries, he wrote detailed reports about all the women he allegedly tortured and murdered.
After his arrest in 1999, about 100 FBI agents were assigned to search his property and surroundings. However, not a single trace of human remains was found. Almost two decades later, the FBI still has not been able to link him to any of the murders.
10. His Last Victim Brought About His Waterloo
Fortunately, David Ray’s long series of terror ended on March 22, 1999, after his very last victim Cynthia Vigil was lucky enough to escape from the toy box. Before that, Ray had let many of his victims go, but he made sure that he completely erased the memories of their nightmare. However, this was not the case with Vigil, as she remembered what happened well.
That fateful morning, Ray went to his day job and left Vigil in the toy box with his girlfriend, Cindy Hendy. Vigil, who had already spent three days in the torture chamber, was able to defend herself against Cindy after she had loosened the chains on her hands. Then she ran out of the trailer with nothing on her except the iron dog collar around her neck. She made her way to a nearby house where the residents took her in and gave her a robe. They quickly called 911, and the rest, as they say, is history.