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.