I love* serial killers, but especially I loves me some Black serial killers! This guy, Henry Louis Wallace, was one really evil dude. He terrorized young Black women around Charlotte, North Carolina during the early 1990’s. The victims were young Black women, mostly working women, good people doing well in life, often quite attractive. He knew most of these women, and like most killers, was quite popular with the ladies. They don’t call em lady killers for nothing! All of his victims let him in the door. Then he killed them, usually quickly, by strangulation. He usually raped them too. The crimes started in 1992 and ended in 1994.
He was ex-Navy, with an ex-wife and a kid. No one really knows how he went wrong, but it seems that got mad at women somewhere along the line. He also had an abusive and hateful mother, this one both verbally and physically violent. She ordered Wallace and his sister to whip each other. This is common in guys who kill women. They usually hate their Moms.
In the 6th grade, his father, whom Wallace had never met, called Wallace and said he wanted to meet him. They set up a time. Wallace waited for him all day and he never showed up. Wallace never forgot that. He was popular in high school and college, cheerful, polite, and gregarious. He joined the Navy in 1984 at age 19. He served eight years and married in the Navy. The marriage broke up and he was left with an adopted kid. He was bitter about the breakup.
The case was famous because it seemed that the cops were not investigating it as diligently as they might if it were White women ending up raped and killed.
After his arrest in 1994, he also confessed to killing a prostitute in Charlotte. In addition, in the Navy, he had killed a woman named Tashanda Bethea in South Carolina. And there were other confessions. He may have killed up to 20 additional women while in the Navy, as his ships docked in various ports of call.
He has gained weight in prison and now weighs 400 pounds, and as usual has married, this time to a prison nurse, Rebecca Torrijos. He is on death row awaiting execution.
*I mean I am fascinated by them.