In the reign of terror and brutal murders of cannibal serial killer Richard Chase that make him the “Vampire of Sacramento”.
THE brutal murders of Richard Trenton Chase, which killed six and mutilated some of the bodies, still haunt those affected 45 years later.
Chase was known as the Vampire of Sacramento because of his sadistic tendencies in the California city, which included necrophilia and cannibalism.
Teresa Wallin, a 22-year-old woman who was three months pregnant, was Chase’s second victim, and her murder still affects her then-husband David.
As a sales manager for a linen company, on the morning of January 23, 1978, David set out on a 250-mile round trip to Lake Tahoe.
He expected to be back home later that afternoon, but his truck broke down 30 miles outside of Sacramento and hours of waiting for repairs meant he didn’t return until after dark.
When he finally went back through the front door just after 6:00 PM, David found the house in total darkness.
Her dog, a German shepherd, sat inside and waited, but there was no sign of Teresa.
Oddly enough, the stereo had been left on and there was a garbage bag full of trash in the middle of the hallway, surrounded by dark stains on the carpet that he initially thought were oil.
David followed the stains down the hallway and towards the bedroom.
The father-to-be then began screaming and wailing uncontrollably as he looked down and saw Teresa lying on her back in the doorway, her torso slashed, bowels pulled out and her underwear hanging by her ankles.
“I had no idea where I was or who or what I was seeing,” David told The US Sun. “It was just incomprehensible.
“All I know is the noise I made. I was screaming and screaming so much that my neighbors ran to help me.”
Tragically, Teresa was one of six people killed in Sacramento between December 1977 and January 1978.
Teresa’s brutal murder was preceded by the killing of Chase’s first victim, 51-year-old father-of-two Ambrose Griffin, who was arbitrarily gunned down on December 29 while helping his wife get groceries from their car.
His final murders would take place on January 27, when he entered the home of 38-year-old Evelyn Miroth, who was babysitting her year-old nephew, David.
Also in the house were Eveyln’s six-year-old son, Jason, and Dan Meredith, a neighbor who had stopped by to check on her.
Evelyn was in the bath while Dan looked after the kids. He walked into the front hallway as Chase entered the house and was shot in the head at point-blank range.
Chase shot Jason as he tried to run into his mother’s bedroom to hide and also executed David at point-blank range.
The twisted killer then invaded the bathroom where he once fatally shot Evelyn in the head.
He dragged her corpse onto the bed where he had sex with her while simultaneously drinking her blood from a series of cuts he made with a knife on her neck.
When he was done, Chase stabbed Evelyn’s corpse half a dozen times in the anus and other parts of her body. He then cut open her body, removed several organs, and began drinking her blood again.
Chase then went to retrieve David’s body, split open his skull and began eating parts of his brain.
A knock on the door from a child Jason had a planned play date, which startled Chase.
He fled the home with David’s body and continued to cannibalize the body before disposing of it at a nearby church.
Chase was arrested by police five days later. His disgusting crime spree later earned him the nickname “Vampire of Sacramento.”
Born on May 23, 1950, the troubled child was known for torturing animals and setting fires.
As he got older, he became a heavy drug user and was in and out of mental institutions.
In the infamous murder trial that followed his arrest, he pleaded not guilty and pleaded insanity.
However, the jury found him guilty of six counts of murder and sentenced him to death on May 8, 1979.
He was placed on death row but was found dead in his prison over a year after his sentencing.
The serial killer had been given prescription drugs that he was saving for a possible overdose.
Forty-four years later, David said he never sort of completed Teresa’s death, insisting that in fact “there is no such thing”.
“I don’t believe in the word closure,” he said. “It never works.
“Every time I have to go right back, you know, open that door and walk into what I walked into.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7217504/inside-cannibal-serial-killer-richard-chase-anniversary/ In the reign of terror and brutal murders of cannibal serial killer Richard Chase that make him the “Vampire of Sacramento”.