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Hellbound in Maryland

Updated on December 19, 2012


Hadden Irving Clark was born in 1951 to a dysfunctional family, though both parents came from exemplary stock. He was the second eldest, born in Troy, CT in 1951 and he stuck to the east coast. Not out of the ordinary, he had difficulties discerning reality and a proclivity to violence at an early age. As a matter of fact, his older brother, Brad, also had a problem with violence and would also be jailed for the murder of a woman that he was dating.

Hadden was expected to be a girl, his mother dressed him as such, and his taste for female clothing was ingrained by the time he started school. His father called him “retard” or Kristen, which would have been his name had he really been born a girl. The respectable corporate chemist was an unbalanced alcoholic, and his mother also drank heavily.

Young Adulthood

Since he was interested in baking, his mother sent him to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He ruined one cooking job after another, then he later joined the Navy, where he was severely beaten for wearing women’s undergarments.

Hadden claimed to have murdered a boy when he was 14, saying that his father covered it up. For the record, many of his earlier crimes were punished by virtual slaps on the wrist. When he murdered a little girl, it took years for the case to be properly investigated, and him charged with the crime. It was actually more vile than simply murder.

A Heated Two Decades

Then came a gorgeous, 23-year-old woman that spurned his advances. Even worse, her mother had employed him as a gardener prior to her murder. That was how he repaid her kindness.

Throughout two decades, there were numerous women that were murdered, and some of the bodies were never located. What cracked the two main cases, was another man that murdered a storekeeper that Hadden Clark happened to share a cell with. Hadden considered him Jesus Christ, as he nearly looked the part, and confessed much of his transgressions to him.

The End of the Road

Hadden is serving a 70-year sentence and is currently incarcerated at Western Correctional Institute in Maryland. He claims to have a multiple personality with an evil mother and her daughter. The evil mother committed his crimes he says, but it matters not, for it was Hadden’s body that carried out the murders. The twenty-year reign of terror was over.

Why did it take twenty years for justice to be served, you ask? Some blame it on the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office for poor performance. It took fourteen years for the little girl’s body to be found. Hadden was also never read his rights when he was questioned. While in jail, Clark admitted to killing over thirteen people. Will they all be found? I seriously doubt it, as I’m sure that he can’t remember where they were buried and the topography of the land had changed so much. But the positive side is that he is off the streets for good.


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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Jill. It is horrifying that law enforcement can take such a long time to do its work.

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      Jill Spencer 

      5 years ago from United States

      Like bullybuc, I had never heard of this fellow before reading your article. I guess it's not surprising it took so long to jail him. Such cruelty is hard to fathom.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Agreed, Beckie. Some of these people share the same physical traits, and learned a lot of bad tendencies due to things at a tender age. It isn't always the family that causes the negative influences, either.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      My heart goes out to those families who will never know the whereabouts of their dear loved ones. A complete evil monster.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank YOU, rebecca. Exactly, there are still a number of people at large that should not be, and mental health care HAS to improve, or there will be even more of them out there. School shootings will get worse, if we aren';t careful.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow! Thank goodness this lunatic is behind bars. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, M, it is devastating. My current journey is in trying to learn how to discover what all the warning signs are in order to reach our kids. They need intervention by the age of 3.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Not just that. I also do poetry, ideas for home improvement, cooking, etc. I am interested in psychology, and have a background in it.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Highland Terrier! Some may well be genetic, but other attributes include sociological, criminological, and psychological reasons. They are all basically the same, including influences of antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. In other words, they cannot relate normally to people.

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      this is scary!!! oh my gosh.

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      From bird watching to monsters. Interesting.

    • Highland Terrier profile image

      Highland Terrier 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Does any one ever find out why these people are like this? Is it different for each one of them?

      Does it happen in the womb or is it some outside influence?

      There is a awful lot of them around.

      Interesting hub. Very well written.

      Thank you.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Absolutely, Billy. These people deny blame for everything.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scarier and scarier; never heard of this guy, but substitute 100 other names with his and we have the same monster.


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