Creepy July 29, 2018
7 Cities In Arizona Where Completely Insane, Murderous People Lived
Arizona is an ideal place to live and raise a family, but like any other state, it has some dark places. Here are seven places in the Grand Canyon State where people who committed heinous murders lived or were born.
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Gilbert resident, Dale Harrell, was discovered in his own home on Jan. 19, 2009 repeatedly beaten about the head with a common household hammer. It was discovered that his wife, Marissa-Suzanne DeVault was responsible for the beating. Harrell died 26 days later. After a string of false stories, DeVault eventually confessed. She was sentenced in 2014 to life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
The 2005 notorious murder of ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, earned Phoenix resident, Jodi Arias, a life sentence in 2012 after a jury found her guilty of a brutal attack on Alexander. Arias will be in prison for the remainder of her life, without the possibility of parole.
3. Sierra Vista
In 1967, the start of a serial killing spree began in this city southeast of Tucson. In separate incidents, a sixteen year old black male named William Huff killed two blonde girls (ages 6 and 7) and grandstanded by sending a letter to the police to taunt them about this next kill. Ultimately, it was the letter that led to his arrest and incarceration. He served 15 years in prison for one murder and was sentenced to 40-to-life for the other. Huff was released to a halfway house in Tucson in January 2016.
The FBI's most wanted list includes Scottsdale resident-on-the-run, Robert William Fisher, who is believed to have killed his wife and two children — and then blowing up the home in which they all lived together in attempt to cover up the crime. Fisher has been on the run since the incident occurred in 2001 and could be anywhere.
In the 1870s, a pioneer rode in to the Arizona stagecoach town known as Antelope Station. The pioneer, named Chuck Stanton, turned two of the town's three biggest merchants against one another by encouraging one to kill the other over a missing pig. One died and the other went to jail. Then Stanton arranged for bandits to kill the whole family of the remaining third partner in the town. He was arrested, but it's believed that false testimony was given to arrange for an innocent finding. Although he didn't serve time for his atrocities, his celebrations were short lived. Stanton was killed about a year later by Mexican bandits passing through town. He was buried in the desert about a mile from the town he crookedly stole from the rightful owners.
Valarie Pape was seen in 2000, dumping the body of her husband, whom it was discovered had been dead for 10 days prior, in a dumpster. Someone called in the suspicious activity to authorities, who paid a visit to Pape at her home. In the end, she admitted killing him and spent 16 years in prison in the U.S. Upon parole in 2016, she was deported to France, where she was born. Pape earns a spot on this list of notorious AZ killers because the body she dumped — was missing the head.
7. Phoenix, near Lafayette Square
Jealousy over the affections of a man reportedly led Arizona medical secretary, Winnie Ruth Judd, who was born in Indiana, to murder Agnes Anne LeRoi and Hedvig Samuelson in October 1931. She may have gotten away with it, except she decided to dismember one of the bodies, stuff it in a trunk, and board a train for L.A. She was caught, tried, sentenced — and then the sentence was overturned due to mental incompetence. She was sentenced to the Arizona State Asylum for the Insane, where she escaped multiple times. She was released from incarceration in1971, released from parole in 1983, and died at the age of 91 in 1998. The Phoenix home where the murders reportedly took place is shown immediately above, in a photo taken in 2010.
Arizona is the best state in the country, but even here in paradise, we have a few skeletons in the closet we’re not proud of. For more on the subject, keep reading with, “
This Place In Arizona Has A Dark And Evil History That Will Never Be Forgotten.”