Although there’ve been many men dubbed by the media “vampire rapist”, John Crutchley comes by his moniker quite literally.
Crutchley was convicted of the 1985 abduction of a hitchhiker, of whom he held captive and siphoned her blood with a hypodermic needle and a rubber tube. He used the device like a straw; sucking the blood from women in vampiric fashion, as if she was a living Capri Sun. His would be victim eventually escaped, which led to his arrest, subsequent confession and rape charge conviction. He spent the rest of his life in prison, although, at one point, he was granted parole; a decision quickly overturned by the courts.
Found dead in his prison cell in 2002; Crutchley was an apparent victim of auto-erotic asphyxiation.
Not too impressive, right? A “vampire rapist” with only one victim?
Here’s where the story gets interesting. John Crutchley may have been convicted of only one crime, but he was suspected in more than 30 homicides and missing person’s cases. In his desk at work, police recovered several driver’s licenses of people declared missing, who’ve never been seen again.
Crutchley never confessed to their abductions or murders, and with nothing directly connecting him to the crimes, police had little to go on. However, even after his death in prison, officials hold on to his case evidence hoping to find some link between Crutchley and the other missing persons.
While it’s highly questionable that this blood drinking, vampire rapist was the real deal, he was a monster just the same.