Profile of a Serial Killer - Part 1 - Charles Frederick Albright
After serial killers are caught and jailed, their lives are delved into, every detail gone over with a fine tooth comb. Looking for those familiar factors that seem common among murderers. Looking back into their pasts will usually reveal that many of those that find a thrill in killing. Or have a predisposition for violence led remarkably similar lives up to the point that they started killing. In many cases you see many of the same warning signs such as childhood trauma, abuse, or animal cruelty. In this ten part series you will be shown evidence that there may be a "profile" for a serial killer, that may throw up red flags at an early age that we as a society may be able to identify and offer treatment to avoid possible loss of life.
Everyone knows Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, and Jeffery Dahmer. These stories along with others have been well documented through books, articles, and movies. And though it may be pointed out that some killers share some of the same behaviors, the intent of these stories are to chronicle some of the lesser known serial killers.
Charles Frederick Albright
Albright was labeled "The Eyeball Killer, the Dallas Ripper, and the Dallas Slasher" in the early 90's when he began killing prostitutes. Charles Albright is not a famous serial killer. The fact that he isn't well known, or that he only killed three people doesn't make his crimes any less grotesque, and he showed many of the early warning signs that could have led to intervention and treatment.
The Warning Signs
- Adopted from an orphanage
- Allegedly was dressed in girls clothing as a child.
- Allegedly killed and mutilated small animals - made statements of wanting to become a taxidermist.
- Allegedly had sex with a prostitute at the age of 16 and received Crabs.
- Juvenile record.
Petty theft - age 13
Aggravated assault - age 13
Petty theft and possession of a firearm - age 16 - Spent one year in jail
All of these warning signs if gathered together may have triggered a response from adults or authority figures in his life. But left unchecked, this led to a dustrubing life as an adult where Albright continuously lied about who he was, or what his credentials were. Never staying in the same job for more than a few months.
In 1985 Charles Albright was living in Arkansas with a woman. Some sources say that he worked an early morning paper route in order to visit prostitutes in the early morning hours without raising any suspicion with his girlfriend.
December 13th, 1990 - Mary Lou Pratt - 33 years old
Mary Pratt, a well known prostitute from the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, was found lying face up, half naked, wearing only a t-shirt that had been pulled up to her chin. She had suffered a .44 caliber bullet wound to the back of the head. Both of her eyes had been surgically removed without a mark being made on the eyelids. The eyes are not found at the scene leading detectives to assume that he'd taken them as grizzly trophies.
February 10, 1991 - Susan Beth Peterson - 27 years old
Susan Peterson, a known prostitute was found shot three times. She was found nearly naked, almost identical to the way Mary Pratt had been found, wearing only a t-shirt with front of the shirt pushed up to her chin to display her breasts. She had been shot once in the head, once in the face, and once in the chest. Her eyes also surgically removed. Her eyes also not found at the scene.
March 18th, 1991 - Shirley Williams 41 years old
Shirley was a part time prostitute. Found completely naked lying on her side near a school. Shot twice, once through the top of the head, and once the face. Her eyes had also been surgically removed. And unlike the other victims, Williams had been beaten. She had numerous facial bruises, and a broken nose.
Charles Frederick Albright was arrested March 22nd 1991. Plead Not Guilty.
Found guilty by a jury of his peers on December 18th, 1991. He was sentenced to 8 consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole. Conviction was based almost entirely on forensic evidence.
Eight hairs that matched Shirley Williams were found in Albright's vacuum cleaner.
Three pubic hairs from a blue blanket at Shirley Williams' murder scene were matched to Albright. Investigators also found hair on a yellow raincoat that matched his. They also discovered a public hair on Williams' neck that they could also match to Albright.
Three head hairs from Susan Peterson were found on a blanket in Albright's truck.
Though there is some speculation as to the guilt of Albright, there are two things that can be said with some degree of certainty.
The killings appeared to be escalating in violence.
No other prostitutes were murdered in the same manner as the three victims Albright was convicted of killing.
When you look into his eyes, does he look like a killer, like a devil? Or does he just look like an ordinary man? Could you tell the difference if he was your neighbor? Or a childhood friend? Or your child?