Tag: Rod Ferrell
‘Vampire Clan’ murderers Rod Ferrell and Howard Scott Johnson will continue serving their sentences of life in prison.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that mandatory life-without-parole sentences were unconstitutional for juvenile killers. But an appellate court in Miami has ruled that the high court ruling does not apply retroactively to those already sentenced. The 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach agreed.
Vampire-cult leader Rod Ferrell claimed he would live forever. But as the convicted murderer serves a life sentence in prison, it’s the story of his gruesome Lake County killings that just won’t die.
She was called a killer. A gothic vampire. An awkward 15-year-old who fell in with the wrong crowd. Today, at 25, Heather Wendorf-Kelly isn’t out to change minds. She’s just trying to move her life forward and give the scars of her past time to heal.
The true story of Rod Ferrell and his vampire cult is being used to teach students about the legal system – and about how easily some people are manipulated into making bad decisions.
TAVARES — Convicted murderer Rod Ferrell, the so-called vampire-cult leader who pleaded guilty in the slayings of a Eustis couple, presented his case for appeal to a judge Wednesday, saying his court-appointed defense team failed to explain that pleading guilty would lead to life behind bars. Ferrell, who reached an agreement to avoid the death penalty in the November 1996 beating deaths of Richard and Ruth Wendorf of Eustis, said his attorneys “coerced” him into entering the plea and that he was under the impression that he would be eligible for parole in 40 years. Handcuffed and shackled to the
A Lake County grand jury on Friday once again declined to press charges against Heather Wendorf in the vampire cult slayings of her parents.
The line between fact and fantasy has faded for some of the slaying suspects who hung out at the Vampire Hotel. They began living in a different existence – a world peopled with humans who think they’re immortal and who have their own set of rules.
Assailants fatally bludgeoned the parents of two Eustis High School students late Monday, and investigators today are trying to figure out whether the couple’s missing daughter was involved.