5 Brutal and Worst Rape Cases in United States

5 Brutal and Worst Rape Cases in United States

Madge Oberholtzer

Madge Augustine Oberholtzer was kidnapped by the members of Ku Klux Klan (white supremacy) in March 1925, while working for the Indiana State on an adult literacy campaign. D. C. Stephenson a higher ranked member of the Klan, holding her captive in a train car, raped and tortured her. She died from a staph infection from her injuries and kidney failure. Stephenson’s men then returned Oberholtzer to her home, presuming her injuries would be able to kill her and their influential leader will be out of harms way. However, she was able to give a detailed statement, which led to Stephenson’s conviction at trial and also led to the rapid decline of ‘KKK’ membership in the State of Indiana.

Elyse Pahler

A fifteen-year-old Elyse Marie Pahler’s body was discovered near her home in Arroyo Grande, California, on March 1996. She was raped and then murdered at the very same place by her acquaintances. It is apparent that they returned to the corpse and had sex with it on several other occasions. Initially, they lured Elyse from her house with the intention of killing her as part of a satanic ritual. The defendants said they had to commit a “sacrifice to the devil” in order to give their band, Hatred, the “craziness” to “go professional”. The film Jennifer’s Body in 2009 was inspired by the story of Elyse Pahler.

Mary Quigley

The case of Mary Quigley was a horrifying mystery, for nearly 30 years before it was finally solved. Mary was a senior at Santa Clara High School in California. On a Friday evening, September 9, 1977, she attended a beer party where the witnesses last saw her leaving the party at late night. Her body was found the next day about 300 yards away from the venue, hanging from a chain-link fence in War Memorial Park, Santa Clara. After 30 years, Richard Archibeque, the culprit was identified by means of DNA profiling and matching. State’s Proposition 69 allowed the authorities to collect Archibeque’s DNA for state’s DNA Database, recognizing his 1979 conviction for the rape of another teenage girl.

Murder and rape of Heather Rich

On October 2, 1996, Heather Rich was gang raped on a remote bridge in Texas at midnight. Rich was a 16-year-old girl from sophomore high school in Waurika, Oklahoma. She was driven to the crime location by three young men, two of them her schoolmates. She went to her boyfriend’s, where he had already been drinking with his friends. Rich was in a state of severe intoxication following a session of heavy drinking, when she was sexually assaulted and raped by two of the men while semi-conscious, with the third her boyfriend also admitting sex but claiming Rich had consented. Fearing a rape prosecution, Gambill decided to kill her and persuaded the others to help him. Rich was shot nine times on the bridge, and her body dumped in the creek.

Murder mystery of Barbara Barnes

Barbara Ann Barnes was a teenager living in Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio. She was just a thirteen-year-old school girl, when she was raped and murdered by one of her own classmate. Barbara was last reported seen on December 7, 1995, on her way back to school. On February 22, 1996, her remains were discovered by some workers in a riverbed. The cause of her death was later determined by examiners to have been by strangulation. The autopsy reports also show that she had also been molested. The culprit is still at large, the case still remains unsolved till this day.


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