PA PA - Gary Heidnik, murderer in Philadelphia, 1980s

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  1. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Gary Heidnik, late of the city of Philadelphia, killer...

    Gary Heidnik spent most of his life in and out of mental institutions. Honorably discharged from the army in 1962, he invested what money he had saved in the stock market. He proved to be a financial wiz and amassed a small fortune out of his stock portfolio. Unfortunately, nothing else in his life had such positive results.

    Gary Heidnik's childhood was rough. His father would lock him outdoors in urine-soaked underwear for wetting the bed. His alcoholic mother forced him to steal money to buy cheap wine and whiskey. She eventually killed herself to escape her own mental illness. On the night she committed suicide, she phoned her husband at a bar to tell him she'd overdosed on medicine. He stayed at the bar to have another drink.

    In 1971 Heidnik formed the "United Church of the Ministries of God" of which he was an "ordained minister". The church served as a tax shelter as well as a way to meet and sexually abuse retarded women from a local institute.

    On May 17, 1978 Heidnik was arrested after the mentally retarded sister of his girlfriend was found chained in his basement. That proved a forewarning of his future behavior.

    By 1986, Heidnik fully committed himself to deviant behavior and came up with an idea to capture and keep women as his "sex-slaves". He procured his first victim, a part-time prostitute, on Thanksgiving Day. He kept her in a pit in his basement and fed her only bread, water and dog food. Soon three more prisoners were added to his harem. By February 1987, one of his "sex-slaves" starved to death after hanging from the rafters for several days. A replacement "recruit" proved not to be submissive enough and was promptly killed. Heidnik hooked her to electrodes, forced her to stand in a pit full of water, and electrocuted her.

    Heidnik proceeded to dismember the two dead girls and stashed body parts all around his house. He ground pieces of their flesh, mixed it with dog food and fed it to his other captives. On March 22, 1987, one of the captives escaped, told authorities about Heidnik's torture chamber, and led them to the site.

    During Heidnik's trial, his defense attorney tried to blame his psychosis on LSD experiments allegedly performed on him by the military during his tour of duty in the 60's. The jury did not buy it and on July 3, 1987, condemned Gary Heidnik to death. On December 31, 1988 he overdosed on Thorazine and fell into a comma from which he later recovered.

    Ten years later, he was finally scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at the Rockview State Prison in Bellefonte on April 15, 1997, but a series of last minute appeals won him a hearing to determine his mental competency.

    At the hearing three psychiatrists retained by death penalty opponents said Heidnik was incapable of understanding the proceedings. "If there's an Olympics for mental illness, Mr. Heidnik would have won a gold medal," Dr. Lawson Bernstein said.

    Heidnik, however claimed that he wanted to be lethally injected, saying, "I want you to execute an innocent man so there will be no more capital punishment. When you knowingly execute an innocent man, that's the end of capital punishment in this country."

    Next, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court had wrongly denied Heidnik's daughter, Maxine Davidson White, her request to intervene in the case, and ordered U.S. District Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen to issue an indefinite stay of execution.

    On June 25, 1999, the state Supreme Court granted Gary Heidnik's request to be put to death, ruling that his daughter had no right to try to block the execution on his behalf. In a unanimous decision the court ruled that Heidnik was mentally competent and could make his own decisions regarding an appeal, denying "standing" to his daughter.

    Heidnik, while incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh, claimed to be mute because the devil had placed a cookie in his throat, and expressed no change of heart to prison officials about being executed.

    On July 7, 1999, Heidnik, 55, was put to death by lethal injection by the Commonwealth of Pensylvannia. His final meal consisted of black coffee and two slices of cheese pizza. Heidnik spent the hours before his death alternately resting and pacing in his cell. He was visited by his daughter who later did not witness the execution. His only request on the last day of his life was for a radio to be played outside his cell and that it be tuned to country music.

    After his death Governor Tom Ridge issued the following statement: "Twelve years ago, Gary Heidnik kidnapped six women. For four months, he imprisoned them in chains, in the filth and stench of a hole dug under his home. He raped and tortured those poor women, in ways that are too depraved and brutal to describe. He killed two of them, Sandra Lindsay and Deborah Dudley.

    "So horrible were his deeds, a jury of twelve Pennsylvanians determined unanimously that he must forfeit his life. Tonight, he paid that price. In doing so, he suffered far less than the women he tortured and killed. Our thoughts and prayers tonight are with them."
     
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    Gary Heidnik, Serial Killer
     
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    Serial Killer Gary Heidnik: The Real-Life Buffalo Bill Who Fed One Of His Victims To His Prisoners

    By Mark Oliver
    Published January 23, 2019
    Gary Heidnik didn't just kidnap, torture, and murder women in the basement of his house of horrors in Philadelphia — he got one of his victims to help.
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    Gary Heidnik’s mugshot taken after his arrest in 1987.

    Serial killer Gary Heidnik was every bit as twisted as the infamous movie character he inspired: Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs. He used his victims as sex slaves, forced them to torture each other, and even ground one of their bodies up and forced the other women to eat her flesh...

    LINK:

    The Murders Of The Real Buffalo Bill Were Worse Than Anything In 'The Silence Of The Lambs'
     
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    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    You have ESP! For some random reason I looked him up today.

    First off the guy ate a lightbulb. Sane?

    I always found it wild that his wife showed up in court with his child. Thus up the road in an around about way somebody could if they wanted to find out who they are.

    Josefina I know for a fact was not believed. By cops immediately. My dad is deceased so I can say although not involved in the case as he was a Detective, but not homicide in the 25th said cops were beside themselves to say the least.

    The other thing I can vouch. He played music really loud. Got alot of Nazi books in the mail. Had a sidekick took care of his fancy car in a bad neighborhood. Yes, his house was papered in money thanks to "Crazy Eddie" stock.

    The place Josefina was picked up by a lunatic trick between 2nd and Girard and 6th and Girard is now gentrified and getting more chichi pooh pooh each day.

    Bless these Dear women who suffered, and Bless their families even more. They were loved, looked for, cared for that too I know firsthand.

    Ate a lightbulb.
     
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    Twins?

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    Gary Heidnik, serial killer. Robert Downey, Jr. , actor.
     
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    Kell1 Verified law enforcement

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    My mother went to nursing school with Heidnik
     
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    What did she have to say about him during that time... any signs of mental disturbance??
     
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    I really like RD, Jr so it's unsettling to see the comparison to Heidnik but they certainly look alike in these photos.
     
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    Well, everyone has a twin.
     
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    Kell1 Verified law enforcement

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    she just remembers him as being kind of strange and quiet she didn’t interact with him much other than in class
     
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