6. Black Couple Terrorizes Other Blacks Across The Midwest During 1984’s “Summer Of Death”
Alton Coleman was facing trial for raping a 14-year-old girl when he hooked up with Debra Brown—who was said to have a low IQ and a dependent personality—and launched into a six-state Midwestern killing spree in 1984 that became known as the “Summer of Death.” It was speculated that they befriended and then murdered black victims out of a twisted sense of racial self-loathing.
Just like Bonnie & Clyde and Starkweather & Fugate, the pair roamed free and evaded justice while terrorizing an entire region with their murder spree. They bludgeoned and strangled their way to a total of eight slayings, including a victim as young as seven years old. Regarding one female victim, Debra Brown said, “I killed the bitch and I don’t give a damn. I had fun out of it.” But since she was judged to be mentally disabled, she evaded the death penalty while Coleman died via lethal injection.
7. Sexually Psychotic Husband-And-Wife Team Rapes, Tortures, And Kills 10 Victims
Gerald Gallego was born smack-dab into a life of crime, as his father was executed in the gas chamber for killing a cop and a prison guard. By the time he was thirty, he’d already been divorced six times. Charlene Williams was a raging cokehead who’d recently divorced a heroin addict who’d complained of her lesbian proclivities.
When she met Gallego, their neediness and psychoses were multiplied through one another. After Gerald became enraged upon finding Charlene having sex with a woman, Charlene allegedly hatched a scheme where she’d appease his rage by helping him prowl for female sex slaves.
From 1978 to 1980, they lured 10 teens and young adults into their van at local California shopping centers. Their first pair of victims were raped, beaten in the head with a crowbar, shot to death in the head, bound, and dumped in a ditch. Charlene would later tell a cellmate that this kidnap-rape-murder had excited her beyond belief. They also buried a pregnant woman alive. During a murder in which Gerald swung a shovel at a young girl’s head, Charlene recalled “a loud splat like a flat rock hitting mud, and the girl sank to her knees and slowly toppled over on her face.”
Upon their arrest, Charlene testified against Gerald. She plea-bargained to sixteen years while he received the death penalty. He died in prison of rectal cancer. She was released in 1997 and is now living under a new identity.