Archive for May, 2009

Brandon Reed

Brandon Reed

Brandon Reed

Today Mr. Reed was transported to his new home in El Dorado. Brandon found himself the subject of a countrywide manhunt at the end of 2008. According to court records Brandon, who has a history of domestic violence, violated a protection order filed by his now ex-wife in early 2008. Lucky for her she got out of an abusive relationship when she did, because his murder victim didn’t. 

Christina Osburn, 21, who was pregnant at the time of her slaying was found dead in her Shawnee apartment early Friday, November 28, 2008. Reed was then sought in connection with the crime. His 2002 Pontiac Grand Am took him to Catarina, Texas before he was apparently involved in and ran from an accident that started his car ablaze.  Hours after the accident, police received calls of a suspicious looking man hitch-hiking along a dirt road in Catarina. That was the end of his running.

On April 9, 2009, to avoid the death penalty, Reed plead guilty to Capitol Murder and was sentenced to Life in Prison without parole.

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Bob Berdella

 
 
 
Bob Berdella

Bob Berdella

Robert Berdella (January 31, 1949 – October 8, 1992) was an American serial killer in Kansas City, Missouri who raped, tortured and killed at least six men between 1984 and 1987.

I was only an early teen when the news reported a man had escaped Bob’s home nude by jumping through a second floor window. But I remember this story vividly. Maybe because we didn’t have the internet yet, and we were unable to find out just what freaks are in the world so easily without it. This story was weird when it came out.
 
Bob ran a novelty shop called Bob’s Bizarre Bazaar in Westport that catered to “occult-type” tastes. I am guessing he sold sex toys and such. Now we call that Precilla’s Cerrilla’s and there’s one on every corner in KCMO and Independence. But back then, it had mystique.
 
Bob evidently would simply put the dismembered bodies in the trash, except for a few parts left behind that the police would find buried in his yard and in the walls of his house. The house was eventually razed and the lot still sits vacant. It would also become known that he kept extensive diaries and Poloroids documenting his activities.
 
Bob died in prison in 1992 of a heart attack.
 
 
 
 
Victims
Name Age Date of disappearance
Jerry Howell 20 July 5, 1984
Robert Sheldon 18 April 19, 1984
Mark Wallace 20 June 22, 1985
James Ferris 20 September 26, 1985
Todd Stoops 21 June 17, 1986
Larry Pearson 20 July 9, 1987

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