The Serial Killers I Have Known.

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Whom I Have Known

Odd most children fear the monster under the bed or the one in the closet but in my childhood I had serial killers living in plain sight all around me. They are a novel breed and easy to recognize once you get close enough to them. They have deep-seated demons which drive them to some of the most unimaginable things; things literally beyond comprehension and yet as a child I had to be able to survive amongst them and never let them know they were any different. That is the key one serial killer will not kill another serial killer or an aspiring serial killer. As long as they think you consent and aspire then you will never be in danger. Or at least that has been my experience. I will review two serial murders/ rapists from my past and then a friend who was victimized by one serial killer. But our greatest monsters do not dwell under children’s beds or in their closets but in the dark recesses of those who are organized, highly intelligent minds. Yes, monsters like serial killers born of sexual dysfunction start out very young and then grow into terrors of their communities.

Brooks Bellay

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Brooks Bellay

Brooks Bellay was an awkward child who grew up in my hometown. His sense of humor was sadistic from a very young age and yet he would reign in his sadism and try to fit. He played sports and was on a football team and was very visible in the community. His family was average but there was something very different about Brooks. He would watch the cheerleaders at a young age when most boys preferred to play with boys. Only a few knew but he was abusive to animals. Everyone who knew were told he would outgrow this phase. But time did not heal Brooks. It made him more ostracized by the people who knew his true nature. At one point I literally told my parents I would not be around him anymore. They thought I was exaggerated but I knew Brooks and had no doubt he was descending into the depths of his own personal hell. What I didn’t realize is how isolation had affected Brooks and just how rapid that descent was for Brooks. Nor did I realize he would unleash those demons on another person let alone our entire community.

In August of 1979 Brooks Bellay, ambitious 14 year old hero, lead a search for a 4 year old missing girl for over thirty-six hours in Vero Beach. Ultimately he led the police to lifeless body of 4 year old Angel Ann Halstead. He confessed to both raping and beating Angel Ann Halstead to death but since the corner could not prove the 4 year had been raped Brooks was only charged with second degree murder and was not convicted of a sexual offense. It should be noted Brooks had shown interest in younger girls in the community before and was often seen carrying one around with him. It was 1979 and no one thought much about this except those of is who knew Brooks. Brooks showed every sign of what I now consider the pathology of a serial killer. But given he was caught at such a young age by his ambition to be the “hero” finding Angel Ann Halstead’s body he was less organized then other serial killers who have spawned from this area. Even though Brooks confessed to brutally raping and beating Angel Ann Halstead to death he was charged with lesser crimes and is now seeking work release and parole which our community dreads every year. He murdered a four year old girl and confessed to raping her. We don’t want Brooks Bellay back. At 14 we really didn’t want him in the community because of his pathology. There is nothing since the murder of Angel Ann Halstead which has changed that for anyone here especially her parents. Through time the only thing I am certain of is that Brooks has become more sophisticated and organized which means if he gets out and murders another child authorities will have a much harder time catching him.

I am asking everyone who reads this to signa petition to the parole board to deny Brooks Bellay parole.

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He never got me and never touched me but I always knew he was dangerous. He was always one of the monsters walking around in daylight in my community. But there were others who were hunting and walking around in plain sight.

Brooks Bellay had been in my home several times when I was a child. I never slept the nights he visited.

David Alan Gore

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David Alan Gore

At that same time David Alan Gore was another resident of Vero Beach who worked at the Sherriff’s department. He was popular, intelligent, athletic, and highly organized. He was also another serial killer hunting in Vero Beach. Although admittedly less visible and hiding in the cloak of the Sherriff’s Department he was a person of authority but still killing women along the Treasure Coast.

A friend with whom I grew up, Lynn Elliot and another friend were kidnapped, raped, mutilated and ultimately Lynn was murdered by Gore. Gore’s accomplish was his cousin Waterfield who also had a long history of raping girls. I have a neighbor whose cousin was raped by Waterfield who relives that a nightmare everyday of her life.

Thankfully I did not know Gore or Waterfield personally. They were just monsters I had to live with in our community as well.

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Patrick McIntyre

This one also was in my home quite a bit. Pat was at best a very troubled child. His father was killed by a drunk driver and his Mother lives an alternative lifestyle. Pat loathed his Mother’s alternative lifestyle and hated his Mother deeply. Pat also had a brother whose name was Todd. As I grew up I often counseled Pat on trying to let go of all of his anger towards his Mother. He was isolated and lonely but also filled with rage. Time also ate at him and his rage only grew. Finally I was informed he had been taking girls out into the groves raping them and cutting them. He would leave them there tied up. I didn’t want to believe it as I truly felt sorry for Pat and knew he was filled with the demons of his Mother but once I saw the scars from the cuts on the girls we cut all contact with Pat. We were for better or worse the family which abandoned Pat. Pat’s Mother Molly had worked for the Vero Beach Police Department which seems to be a common thread of law enforcement officers in this area doubling as serial killers and it was suspected she had been covering up all of Pat’s transgressions before he entered the Marines..

I believe it was in the early 1990(s) Pat finally joined the Marines. We all thought this was a good idea as Pat would finally learn some discipline over his feelings and instincts. When Pat returned from basic he had a flat affect. It was clear basic training had embolden Pat’s rage and his lust for power. I recall telling a family member he looked as if he had a psychotic break. Of course, I was ignored and Pat was well received in the United States Marines. He attended a party sometime in the 1990(s) and raped an intellectually challenged young girl. I had a family member who had to testify. We spent the better part of the next several years with death threats from the McIntyres. I have never personally received an apology but one of my family members has. I don’t actually believe the McIntryes regret any of there actions. Finally my family member testified and Pat was convicted of rape. He was a convicted sex offender. He did time in Stark and then was released back into our community. But Pat’s behavior had not changed and if anything prison had made him worse.

It is funny when I hear the CBS news show tell the story and then to have lived through it. A girl was raped murdered and her apartment was set on fire above Todd McIntyre’s apartment. Upon hearing this first thing I thought of was it must be Pat. Todd and Pat were exceptionally close. Actually the entire family was always exceptionally close. Of course the victim’s family put up an award for anyone who could provide information about their daughter’s killer. So Molly McIntyre turns her son Pat in and demands the award and actually gets it. Then she uses the money for her son’s defense?

I don’t believe Molly to have ever been torn but to do have be just like her son Pat and completely free of consequences of her behavior.

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If Molly hadn’t paid for her son’s defense with the award money for turning him in I think he would have been put on death row. I certain that comforts the victim’s family every single night before they go to bed that they paid for their daughters murderer to be kept off death row.

Molly McIntyre still resides in Vero Beach Florida and Pat is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Commonalities of the Serial Killers & Rapists I Have Known.

There are common themes in this community of serial killers/ rapists. 2/3 of them have law enforcement ties and 2/3 of them have a long history of abuses which were covered up. 2/3 were isolated by their own behavior. They are all attracted to power, attention and establishing dominance. I will argue to the ends of the world that Pat McIntyre was in fact a serial killer and that there were bodies no one ever found. But both Pat and Brooks were truly lost and alone. It should be pointed out that while Gore was an alcoholic McIntyre and Bellay were not. And none of them have shown or sought mental health treatment prior to becoming serial killers. Re-entering or regaining their fame seems to be an underlying necessity in the serial killers mind all while gratifying their sexual dysfunction. If anything kill becomes their sexual release.

In Conclusion

Geography and sexual dysfunction seem to be the determining factors as well as anti-social behavior in this analysis. These families overtly seemed normal but internally were complete social disasters. This is not an all inclusive list of the serial killers I have known. Sadly there are more. The further our society deviants from normative behavior the more apt we are to see the occurrences of this type of killer. It is the freedom from society which spawns these killers amongst us.

I don’t know how many serial killers and rapists I have to have in my life before I become an expert but I feel like I have had more than my fair share. It is not the monster which we dread as children under the bed but the monsters our children become because of the collapse of our civilization.

While I would never surrender my personal power over to any of these individuals and I have spent a great deal of time with 2 of the 3 mentioned here. I was well aware of who and what they were. There was never a doubt in my mind even when I didn’t wish to believe. My guard was never down and will never be. I can walk amongst them unafraid because I know what motivates them and why they are serial killers. You would have to know them to understand them and I do and may others like them walking the streets each and everyday.

And the further society deviates from normative behavior the more serial killers we will have amongst us. They are almost a natural phenomena of a collapsed civilization in which they clean opportunistically those they consider without any power inorder to feel powerful.

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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

What a chilling tale! Monsters under the bed have nothing on this. Makes me wonder about the seemingly normal people one meets in one's community. Thanks for putting up my guard.


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Gypsy Willow,

We never really know anyone until they reveal their darkness to us. I have learned that lesson the hard way. You should always have the deck stack in your favor and always have an out with everyone but you have lived so many places you must know this. Economic status also does not seem to be a buffer to all of this. Unfortunately, in my life the more money I have had the more people have wanted to reveal their darkness to me. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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ubanichijioke 3 years ago from Lagos

A most sorry story †Φ read especially for the affected families. It seems like most of them suffer from isolation, rage, depression, broken homes, abuse and the likes. But confining them in prison aint the better option. They need †Φ be rehabilitated and †Φ be useful.

It is just another sad story!

Great article and well written too.

Thandi


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JT Walters 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Thandi,

Great insight but the problem is when they have been released for lesser crimes and "supposedly rehabilitated" they go out and commit more horrific crimes. So it is very difficult to rehab them in society.


mylifeofcrime 3 years ago

This article, while informative, is a bit confusing. The title is: The Serial Killers I Have Known, however, only one set are serial killers - David Gore & Fred Waterfield. The others are rapists and killers, but not serial killers.


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JT Walters 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Mylifeofcrime,

John Douglas, an FBI profiler, has argued that rapists and serial rapists are immature Seriak Killers. I agree. Actually, Brooks Bellay is a pedophile, rapist and confessed murderer. Pat McIntyre is also a serial rapist and murder.

They are all killers/murders who committed are either pedophiles or rapists before they murdered. You are assuming the first time they were caught is the first time they have murdered. I am not making that assumption.

I hope that clarification is beneficial.

Thank you for your comment.

Jt


mylifeofcrime 3 years ago

Actually I do not assume that. I have been doing crime research for over 20 years now. I run a crime blog myself and have covered David Gore and Fred Waterfield and was working on a post about Patrick McIntyre. Yes, I know who John Douglas was (he passed away recently) and I do agree with his work. I did not realize that you were using your own description of serial killers for this. For the FBI, to be categorized openly as a serial killer, there needs to be at least 3 murders, and they need to be 'known', not just assumed. Not trying to be petty at all. Sometimes I am too rigid (I am not sure that is the word I am looking for) in categorizing killer. No offense intended at all.


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JT Walters 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Mylifeofcrime,

I do not think you are being petty. I am just from here and these individuals are suspect of more than one murder but they were not convicted of them. If you are working on a crime blog and are doing research then you will be very interested in these individuals connections to law enforcement.

What I think we can both concede is that while some of these individuals do not meet the FBI(s) definition of serial killers they did not wake up one day and just start raping and murdering. There is a high correlation between law enforcement and these three individuals and that these individuals all come from the same area of Florida as does Kaitlyn Hunt who is also accused of predatorial sexual behavior.

Too sad about John Douglas. I love his work. I have studied it in college in my graduate criminal justice cases.

I respect your point but this was written for the general public.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

JT


mayoungblood 18 months ago

I have read your story and i am sorry at the loss of your friend Lynn, You talk about Patrick and all of his rage and hate. I also knew Patrick and his family. Patrick needed counseling from a young age but his mom told me he was just being a teenage boy, i remember that i said "young boys don't break into girls room and watch them sleep". Patricks issues were deep but unlike you i saw the love he had for his mom. I also saw things that she did not. I asked him one time if he would like to get a pet he said "why things you love always die". You see my dog had died a few weeks before and he saw the hurt i had. Patrick had good qualities but the mindset he was following was that of a person with deeper issues. His mom did not always see what was going on with him. Yes like any parent she would do what us needed to protect her son. In the end she asked him to tell the truth and he did. The reward money went to two charities. One of the stipulations on the reward money was that she could not use it for his defense. The jury heard her pleas to spare her sons life and the judge agreed. What is worse the death penalty knowing you will one day not have to be locked up anymore or knowing you will never leave those walls for the rest of your living life.. so here we have two families torn apart. One by death and one by the person who committed that crime. No matter the forgiveness given ,those families will always be changed. Yes,Vero Beach has had its share of heinous crimes committed , but it is a city that pulls together to protect and serve and that is by it's law enforcement.


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JT Walters 17 months ago from Florida Author

I did not see Pat with his Mom but him heard him recount his version of their relationship that sounded far from loving. As a matter of fact, Pat had very intense strong feelings of anger and hatred towards his Mother.

You knew one of the four people this article was written about and made no mention of Angel Halstead who was brutally murdered at the age of four years old.

This article is not a reflection of Vero Beach but could be any small town in America. Lynn was killed outside the city limits. Vero Beach is a community that pulls together. I know because I live there and have the majority of my life.

As for Molly McIntyre and her family they have lived quite large off of Pat's crimes. She was law enforcement and had an obligation, if she knew and there is a great deal of evidence she knew Pat raped and murdered that girl, to turn him in and not collect the reward. I have seen absolutely no evidence that Molly did not use that money to keep her own son off death row. He was already a convicted rapist of a developmentally disabled girl before the second girl he raped and murdered not to mention the poor dog. Funny, I remember my family being threatened by the McIntyres in the first rape case not to testify and no one banding together with us but us standing up to the McIntyres alone.

I appreciate your recollection but I have been around three more individuals which this article is based on. While your opinions are appreciate they do not sustaintatively prove Molly McIntyre failed her community, her child and her ethical if not legal duties as a law enforcement officer. Thank God we have much better serving today.

The point of the article since you missed it was there is a relationship between law enforcement and heinous criminals. One never seems too far from the other.

As for Pat having it far worse living without hope of parole? His victim no longer lives as with the other murder victims I wrote about. I have sat with the families and help one prepare for a parole hearing. Maybe you should sit with Pat's victim's family and see the devastating social impact murder has on family members. The family members of the murder victim get a life sentence also. How can you be empathetic to a murderer but not to the murder victim's family. They get a life sentence without hope either and they did absolutely nothing to deserve it. That was the point of the article and while Vero Beach does pull together, it also has an exceptionally long memory. We never forget here especially the victims of murder and their families. That includes law enforcement.

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