Former pro skateboarder Mark Anthony “Gator” was sentenced to 31 years in prison on March 6, 1992 for the murder and rape of Jessica Bergsten. Bergsten reached out to Gator hoping he could show her around the San Diego area. They spent the day together March 21, 1991 and shortly after Jessica was reported missing. The two went back to Gators house to watch movies and drink wine and soon after Gator hit Jessica in the head with a club. After striking her several times he took her to the upstairs bedroom and sexually assaulted her for 3 hours. He then decided to place her in a surfboard bag because she was being super loud and that’s when he decided to suffocate her with his hand. Gator drove to Shell Canyon desert to get rid of the body and it wasn’t until April 10, 1991 that the body was discovered. He turned himself in the next day. There’s a pretty good documentary on YouTube about his skateboarding career “Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator”. I won’t bore you with the skateboarding details but in short the higher you climb, the harder you fall. Take care of yourself.
August 16, 1957
15-year-old Judith Mae Anderson disappears while walking home from a friend's home
Anderson was last seen on August 16. Six days later, a 55-gallon drum (pictured) was discovered, containing the her body minus the head, right arm, and left hand. On August 24, a 5-gallon bucket with the missing remains was discovered.
Anderson was fatally shot with a .32-caliber revolver four times: twice in her brain, once in back of her neck, and once in her left jaw. The coroner determined her death was instantaneous.
No valuable evidence was found under her fingernails, no drugs or alcohol was found in her system, and no evidence was found to suggest sexual assault. Her dismemberment was "the work of an amateur without any knowledge of anatomy" and subjected to cuts from a saw, sharp knife, and possibly an ax.
Though an extensive search was conducted including questioning and attempts to identify the tools and origin of the drum and bucket Anderson was dumped in, the case is still unsolved.
The Bennett Family Murders:
On the evening of January 16th, 1984 an intruder armed with a knife and a hammer entered the home of the Bennett family in Aurora, Colorado. After putting up a fight in several rooms of the house, 27-year-old Bruce Bennett was stabbed and beaten alongside 26-year-old Deborah Bennett, and 7-year-old Melissa Bennett. Both Debra and Melissa were sexually assaulted as well. The lone survivor of the incident was 3-year-old Vanessa, who suffered from a shattered face and jaw, which scent bone fragments into her windpipe.
The killer has never been caught, nor has a motive come to light, however, this may not have been their only attack. On January 4th, just a couple of weeks prior to the Bennett family attack, James and Kimberly Haubenschild, and in a separate incident, Donna Dixone, we're all attacked by an intruder with a hammer. All three victims survived. On January 10th, Patricia Smith was attacked in her home and did not survive. Evidence has shown that all of these attacks we're connected, and DNA was collected at the Bennett household. The attacker has never been identified, but with new breakthroughs in DNA, we can only hope for justice to be served one day.
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On the afternoon of August 28th, 2003, 46 year old pizza delivery man Brian Wells entered the PNC bank on Peach Street of Erie, Pennsylvania. However, this wasn’t an ordinary trip to the bank. Wells carried an oddly shaped cane, concealing a shotgun, two sheets of handwritten instructions, and latched around his neck was a homemade collar bomb. These instructions, addressed to “Bomb Hostage” tasked Wells with collecting $250,000 from the bank, and following a schemed trail to accumulate various keys that would delay the detonation and eventually defuse the bomb. The notes additionally warned Wells that attempts to contact the police would result in detonation of the bomb. The shotgun, designed to appear as a cane, was to be used to threaten those who were not cooperative. Wells slid the instructive notes to the teller upon entering the bank, informing her that she had 15 minutes to produce the full amount before the Bomb Hostage would be killed. The vault was unable to be opened at that time, therefore the teller gave Wells an available $8,702 in a bag, and the hostage promptly left the bank. Approximately 15 minutes after leaving the bank, Wells was spotted by police and arrested. After the arrest, police did not initially attempt to disarm the bomb. The bomb squad was called at 3:04 p.m, around 30 minutes after the first 911 call. At 3:18, only three minutes before the bomb squad arrived, the device detonated and killed Wells within minutes. The murder of Brian Wells was broadcast on television, horrifically available for the world to view. Officials are unaware of whether or not Wells was a willing participant of the plot, though it is believed he was. While at work, he received a call to deliver two pizzas to 8631 Peach Street, leading him to an abandoned transmission tower. Allegedly, Wells believed he was meeting with accomplices Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, Kenneth Barnes, and William A. Rothstein, to plan the robbery and wear a fake bomb. Upon arrival, it is suspected that Wells learned the bomb was not fake, and he struggled before the collar bomb was forced around his neck.