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Velma Margie (Bullard) Barfield was born on October 23, 1932, in rural South Carolina. She was the second oldest child of nine and oldest daughter to Murphy and Lillie Bullard. Murphy was a small tobacco and cotton farmer. Soon after Velma's birth, the family had to give up the farm and move in with Murphy's parents in Fayetteville. Murphy's father and mother died not long afterward and the family remained in Murphy's parents' house. Murphy and Lillie Bullard Murphy Bullard was a strict disciplinarian. Homemaker Lillie was submissive and did not interfere with how he treated their nine children. Velma did not inherit her mother's same submissive ways which resulted in several severe strap beatings by her father. In 1939 when she began attending school, she found some reprieve from being inside her cramped, volatile home. Velma also proved to be a bright, attentive student but socially rejected by her peers because of her impoverished style. Velma began stealing after feeling poor and inadequate around the other kids at school. She began by stealing coins from her father and was later caught stealing money from an elderly neighbor. Velma's punishment was severe and temporarily cured her from stealing. Her time was also more supervised and she was told she had to help with taking care of her sisters and brothers. A Skilled Manipulator By the age of 10, Velma learned how to control talking back to her stern father. She also became a decent baseball player and played on a team her father organized. Enjoying her "favorite daughter" status, Velma learned how to manipulate her father to get what she wanted. Later in life, she accused her father of molesting her as a child, although her family strongly denied her charges. Velma and Thomas Burke Around the time Velma entered high school her father took a job in a textile factory and the family moved to Red Springs, SC. Her grades were poor but she proved to be a good basketball player. She also had a boyfriend, Thomas Burke, who was a year ahead of her in school. Velma and Thomas dated under the strict curfews set by Velma's father. At age 17, Velma and Burke decided to quit school and marry, over the strong objections of Murphy Bullard. In December 1951, Velma gave birth to a son, Ronald Thomas. By September 1953, she gave birth to their second child, a girl they named Kim. Velma, a stay-at-home mom, loved the time she spent with her children. Thomas Burke worked at different jobs and although they were poor, they had the basic comforts. Velma was also dedicated to teaching her children solid Christian values. The young, poor Burke family was admired by friends and family for their good parenting skills. A Model Mother Velma Burke's enthusiasm for being an involved mother continued when the children began school. She participated in school-sponsored events, volunteered to chaperone school trips, and enjoyed driving children to various school functions. However, even with her participation, she felt emptiness while her children were at school. To help fill the void she decided to return to work. With the extra income, the family was able to move into a better home in Parkton, South Carolina. In 1963, Velma had a hysterectomy. The surgery was successful physically but mentally and emotionally Velma changed. She suffered severe mood swings and temper tantrums. She worried she was less desirable and womanly since she could no longer have children. When Thomas joined the Jaycees, Velma's resentment soared because of his outside activities. Their problems intensified when she discovered he was drinking with his friends after the meetings, something he knew she was against. Booze and Drugs: In 1965, Thomas was in a car accident and had a concussion. From that point on he suffered severe headaches and his drinking increased as a way to deal with his pain. The Burke household became explosive with endless arguments. Velma, consumed with stress, was hospitalized and treated with sedatives and vitamins. Once home, she gradually increased her prescription drug use and went to different doctors to get multiple prescriptions of Valium to feed her growing addiction. Thomas Burke - Death Number One Thomas, displaying alcoholic behavior, pushed the family deeper into dysfunctional madness. One day while the kids were at school, Velma went to the laundromat and returned to find her house on fire and Thomas dead from smoke inhalation. Velma's suffering appeared short-lived although her misfortune continued. A few months after Thomas died another fire broke out, this time destroying the home. Velma and her children fled to Velma's parents and waited for the insurance check. Jenning Barfield - Death Number Two Jenning Barfield was a widower suffering from diabetes, emphysema, and heart disease. Velma and Jennings met soon after Thomas died. In August 1970, the two married but the marriage dissolved as quickly as it began because of Velma's drug use. Barfield died of heart failure before the two could divorce. Velma seemed inconsolable. Twice a widow, her son off in the military, her father diagnosed with lung cancer and beyond belief, her home, for a third time, caught on fire. Velma returned to her parents' home. Her father died of lung cancer shortly afterward. Velma and her mother constantly quarreled. Velma found Lillie too demanding and Lillie did not like Velma's drug use. During the summer of 1974, Lillie was hospitalized because of a severe stomach virus. The doctors were unable to diagnose her problem, but she recovered within a few days and returned home. Sources: Death Sentence: The True Story of Velma Barfield's Life, Crimes, and Punishment by Jerry Bledsoe The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers By Michael Newton Women Who Kill by Ann Jones Website - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theserialkillerpodcast

00:50:04 1/31/2018

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Jürgen Bartsch had killed 4 young boys. Klaus Jung aged 8, Peter Fuchs aged 13, Ulrich Kahlweiss aged 12 and Manfred Grassmann aged 12. Bartsch himself estimated to have undertaken more than 100 unsuccessful homicidal attempts in his young life. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:40:37 8/19/2018
Belle Gunness is one of the craziest serial killers, having possibly killed over 40 people. She would lure men to her house and they would never be seen again. Motivated by greed, she was driven to kill a mass number of people?the exact number, we might never be sure of. Belle Gunness is one of the craziest serial killers, having possibly killed over 40 people. She would lure men to her house and they would never be seen again. Motivated by greed, she was driven to kill a mass number of people?the exact number, we might never be sure of. Children in La Porte, Indiana grow up listening to graphic horror stories about the gruesome murder's committed by Belle Gunness on her farm at the end of McClung Road. The most disturbing part about these grisly stories is that the gory parts are not fiction. Belle Gunness (also known as Lady Bluebeard, The LaPorte Black Widow, The Mistress of Murder Farm, and Hell's Belle) was probably one of America's most prolific serial killers who likely killed between 25 and 30 people, including women and children, at the turn of the 20th century. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:51:23 8/12/2018
Belle Gunness is one of the craziest serial killers, having possibly killed over 40 people. She would lure men to her house and they would never be seen again. Motivated by greed, she was driven to kill a mass number of people?the exact number, we might never be sure of. Belle Gunness is one of the craziest serial killers, having possibly killed over 40 people. She would lure men to her house and they would never be seen again. Motivated by greed, she was driven to kill a mass number of people?the exact number, we might never be sure of. Children in La Porte, Indiana grow up listening to graphic horror stories about the gruesome murder's committed by Belle Gunness on her farm at the end of McClung Road. The most disturbing part about these grisly stories is that the gory parts are not fiction. Belle Gunness (also known as Lady Bluebeard, The LaPorte Black Widow, The Mistress of Murder Farm, and Hell's Belle) was probably one of America's most prolific serial killers who likely killed between 25 and 30 people, including women and children, at the turn of the 20th century. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:34:37 8/5/2018
Belle Gunness is one of the craziest serial killers, having possibly killed over 40 people. She would lure men to her house and they would never be seen again. Motivated by greed, she was driven to kill a mass number of people?the exact number, we might never be sure of. Belle Gunness is one of the craziest serial killers, having possibly killed over 40 people. She would lure men to her house and they would never be seen again. Motivated by greed, she was driven to kill a mass number of people?the exact number, we might never be sure of. Children in La Porte, Indiana grow up listening to graphic horror stories about the gruesome murder's committed by Belle Gunness on her farm at the end of McClung Road. The most disturbing part about these grisly stories is that the gory parts are not fiction. Belle Gunness (also known as Lady Bluebeard, The LaPorte Black Widow, The Mistress of Murder Farm, and Hell's Belle) was probably one of America's most prolific serial killers who likely killed between 25 and 30 people, including women and children, at the turn of the 20th century. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:36:35 7/29/2018
William Devin Howell is an American serial killer who was convicted of murdering seven people in 2003. He is believed to have been the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history. In November 2017, while already serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter, he was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences. The victims were identified as 7 women. Their bodies were discovered behind a shopping plaza on Hartford Road in New Britain, beginning in 2007. The person who discovered the bodies had been looking for hunting ground. The area is wooded and marshy and is inaccessible by car, which delayed the investigation and recovery of the victims. Anne K. Howard's book can be purchased here - https://wildbluepress.com/his-garden-anne-k-howard-true-crime/ Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
01:08:17 7/22/2018
William Devin Howell is an American serial killer who was convicted of murdering seven people in 2003. He is believed to have been the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history. In November 2017, while already serving a 15-year prison sentence for manslaughter, he was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences. The victims were identified as 7 women. Their bodies were discovered behind a shopping plaza on Hartford Road in New Britain, beginning in 2007. The person who discovered the bodies had been looking for hunting ground. The area is wooded and marshy and is inaccessible by car, which delayed the investigation and recovery of the victims. Anne K. Howard's book can be purchased here - https://wildbluepress.com/his-garden-anne-k-howard-true-crime/ Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
01:08:22 7/15/2018
The Burke and Hare murders were a series of 16 murders committed over a period of about ten months in 1828 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The killings were undertaken by William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses to Doctor Robert Knox for dissection at his anatomy lectures. Edinburgh was a leading European centre of anatomical study in the early 19th century, in a time when the demand for cadavers led to a shortfall in legal supply. Scottish law required that corpses used for medical research should only come from those who had died in prison, suicide victims, or from foundlings and orphans. The shortage of corpses led to an increase in grave robbing by what were known as resurrection men. Measures to ensure graves were left undisturbed exacerbated the shortage. When a lodger in Hare's house died, he turned to his friend Burke for advice and they decided to sell the body to Knox. They received what was, for them, the generous sum of £7 10s. A little over two months later, when Hare was concerned that a lodger suffering from fever would deter others from staying in the house, he and Burke murdered her and sold the body to Knox. The men continued their murder spree, probably with the knowledge of their wives. Burke and Hare's actions were uncovered after other lodgers discovered their last victim, Margaret Docherty, and called the police. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:27:53 7/8/2018
The Bloody Benders were a family of serial killers who lived and operated in Labette County, Kansas from 1871 to 1873. The family consisted of John Bender; his wife, Elvira Bender; son, John, Jr.; and daughter, Kate. While Bender mythology holds that John Jr. and Kate were brother and sister, contemporary newspapers reported that several of the Benders' neighbors had stated that they claimed to be married, possibly a common law marriage. It is believed that the Benders killed at least a dozen travelers before their crimes were discovered and the family fled, with their fate uncertain. Much folklore and legend surround the Benders, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
00:31:40 7/1/2018
The Zodiac Killer took credit for several murders in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s. He was never caught. The self-proclaimed Zodiac Killer was directly linked to at least five murders in Northern California in 1968 and 1969 and may have been responsible for more. He taunted police and made threats through letters sent to area newspapers from 1969 to 1974, before abruptly ceasing communication. Despite intensive investigations, no one was ever arrested for the crimes and the case remains open. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
01:14:58 6/14/2018
The Zodiac Killer took credit for several murders in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s. He was never caught. The self-proclaimed Zodiac Killer was directly linked to at least five murders in Northern California in 1968 and 1969 and may have been responsible for more. He taunted police and made threats through letters sent to area newspapers from 1969 to 1974, before abruptly ceasing communication. Despite intensive investigations, no one was ever arrested for the crimes and the case remains open. Official TSK Online Store - https://theserialkillerpodcast.com/store Patreon - https://www.theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theskpodcast Twitter - https://twitter.com/serialkillerpod Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/serialkillerpod
01:14:56 5/31/2018

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