Took me over an hour to finally locate this case I was reflecting on, so I’m going to post about it here so as not to lose it again.
Charles Ray Hatcher was convicted for a number of offenses over the course of his life, including 16 murders and and the rape/sexual assault of minors.
I can’t recall how I first heard about this case but it was several years ago that I remember reading about his life story and criminal convictions. The tale that stood out to me most involved the 6-year-old boy named Gilbert Martinez whom he abducted and anally raped AND was caught in the act of assaulting out in a wooded area. The lurid detail in which the scene was described has haunted me ever since. So tonight it ran across my mind again and I went in search of the names involved.
Mr. Charles Ray Hatcher, born in Missouri in 1929, sentenced to several mental institutions and jails, proved incapable and/or unwilling to cease being intolerably evil. A rundown on his crimes are available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Ray_Hatcher
Sick, sad motherfucker. Period.
Wish to god I could remember what book I read about him in or wherever I came across that accounting of his crimes. Been years and Google isn’t helping me out much on this. Frickin’ search engine is damn-near worthless these days, IMO. But whatever.
THAT guy. He’s one who keeps returning to my mind after all these years. The deeper details of his story are really upsetting to the point where he can’t help but be memorable. Most certainly not a good man, and it’s worthy of speculating as to why people like him come into being. Can we really pretend this individual turned out that way solely due to his own psychological problems? But what did those psychological problems stem from? I think a lot of us would point to his problem-riddled childhood, and fairly so. But I wonder what cocktail of factors is needed to push someone so completely over the edge like that to where they completely don’t give a shit about other human lives.
It’s worth pondering…
Hung himself in his cell in 1984. Good riddance…