Number of victims: 5
Date of murders: October 1960 / August 1987
Method of murder: Stabbing
Location: Alabama, USA
In October 1960, police in Clay County, Alabama, were called to the scene of a quite horrific murder. Three women, aged 83, 63 and 31 respectively, had been brutally stabbed to death, a total of 123 stab wounds inflicted on their bodies. The victims were all members of the same family and the police soon had a suspect, courtesy of a bloody footprint left at the scene. Shockingly, the killer was 14-year-old Raymond Brown. The victims were his great grandmother, grandmother and aunt.
Convicted of the murders, Brown was sent to a juvenile facility for the maximum time permitted by law. He was paroled in 1973, and put the mechanic skills he’d learned in prison to use by finding work at a garage at Ashland, Alabama. But it wasn’t long before Brown reverted to type, choking the manager of his apartment building into unconsciousness and raping her. This time the victim lived. Brown’s parole was revoked and he was shipped back to prison.
Thirteen years passed before Brown was again paroled in June 1986. Moving to Phoenix City, Alabama, he again found work at a garage and began dating a 32-year-old divorcee named Linda LeMonte.
On August 10, 1987, Linda walked in on Brown attempting to rape her 10-year-old daughter, Sheila. Brown then turned on mother and daughter, stabbing and hacking both of them to death in a frenzy of rage. After fleeing the scene he remained at large until his capture on August 12.
This time the courts would not be so lenient with Raymond Brown. Found guilty of the double homicide in 1988, he was sentenced to death.