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"The Hangman of Florida"
(March 25, 1946 - December 3, 1995)
Gerard was a serial killer from Florida. He was imprisoned in
1973 for murders he committed as a police officer. While he was
convicted of two murders, he was suspected of many others. Schaefer
frequently appealed against his conviction, yet privately boasted
- both verbally and in writing - of having murdered over 30 women
On July 21, 1972, Schaefer, while
on patrol, picked up two teenage girls who were hitch-hiking.
He abducted them, took them to some remote woods and tied them
to trees where he threatened to kill them. The two girls managed
to escape their bonds and went to the nearest police station,
which was actually their kidnapper's own station. Schaefer was
stripped of his badge and charged him with false imprisonment
After posting bail, Schaefer was
released. Two months later, on September 27, 1972, Schaefer abducted,
tortured and murdered Susan Place, aged seventeen, and Georgia
Jessup, sixteen, and buried them on Hutchinson Island. He was
linked to the crime and his home searched.
In Schaefer's bedroom, police found lurid stories he had written
that were full of descriptions of the torture, rape and murder
of women, who the misogynistic Schaefer routinely referred to
as "whores" and "sluts." More damningly,
the authorities found personal possessions such as jewelry, diaries
- and in one case, teeth - from at least eight young women and
girls who had gone missing in recent years.
Schaefer was charged with two murders,
in October 1973, and was found guilty and given two life sentences.
Authorities soon stated that he was linked to around thirty missing
women and girls. On December 3, 1995, Gerard Schaefer was found
stabbed to death in his cell. He had been killed by a fellow
inmate named Vincent Rivera.
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