Tag: Rod Ferrell

Vampire-cult killers to continue serving their life sentences

‘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.

Moving past Vampire Cult

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.

Vampire-cult killer tells his side to judge

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