Real Name: Naoma Ruth Wendorf and Richard Wendorf
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Eustis, Florida
Date: November 25, 1996
Details: On November 25, 1996, the bodies of Naoma and Richard Wendorf were discovered beaten to death by their daughter, Jennifer Wendorf, in their Eustis, Florida home. Police suspected a vampire cult that her sister Heather was involved in was responsible for the double murder.
They suspected that two men, sixteen-year-old Rod Ferrell and Scott Anderson, who were also involved in the cult were the killers. Ferrell reportedly cut his arm and had other people suck his blood in order to join their vampire cult. The cult often met at an abandoned building called the "Vampire Hotel". They also met in a local graveyard. Authorities are uncertain as to how many people were involved in the actual murder or how much vampirism was involved.
Suspects: Rod Ferrell and Scott Anderson, along with the other vampire cult members, were considered the primes suspects in the murders.
Results: Solved. A few weeks after the murders, Ferrell and Anderson, along with several other of the cult members, were arrested in Louisiana. Ferrell claimed that he was a 500-year-old vampire and that he was immortal. In February 1998, he pled guilty to the murders and was sentenced to death, although the term was later reduced to life in prison. Anderson was convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Charity Keesee and Dana Cooper were convicted of an accessory after the fact and were given ten year sentences. Although Heather Wendorf was intially charged with the murders, the charges were later dropped.
- Wendorf murders
- Rod Ferrell at Wikipedia
- Teens in Suspected 'Vampire Cult' Arrested in Double Murder
- Article on The Wendorf Murders
- Was cleared in her parents' 1996 murder in Eustis. Now married and living out of state, she reflects on a tragic time.
- Richard Wendorf at Find a Grave