Serial Killer Gerard John Schaefer Jr.

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Gerard John Shaefer Jr., was born into an eventually troubled family on March 25, 1946 in Wisconsin, however he lived most of his early life in Georgia. He was the oldest of three children and was born to a week willed mother and an extremely abusive and adulterous father. At the age of fourteen he, and his family, moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated high school in 1964 from St. Aquinas High School after which he attended Broward Community College. He had a brief, two year marriage with Martha Fogg. They divorced in 1970, Martha accusing him of being extremely cruel. He applied for the priesthood and was turned away for not having enough faith. He attempted to teach and was fired by a few schools for imposing his own beliefs on to his students. Unable to live out any of his “callings” he decided to apply to be a police officer. He was turned down by the Broward County Sherriff’s Department for failing psychological test, but was eventually taken on by the smaller police force of Whilton Mannor in 1970. On April 20, 1972, shortly after receiving a commendation, he was fired. Various reasons were given for his dismissal, including that he lacked common sense and used traffic stops as a way to pick up women. He latter began working as a Deputy Sherriff with the Martin County Sherriff’s Department in Stuart, Florida. After 28 days on the job he made the big mistake that finally got him caught, he let two of his victims escape. On July 22, 1972, Gerard Shaefer picked up two teenage hitch hikers, Nancy Trotter, age 18, and Pamela Wells, age 17. According to what he said later, he then tried to “teach them a lesson”. He took them out into the swamp and bound them. He made them stand on a stand on a milk crate and hung a noose ... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Blanco, Juan I. "Gerard Schaefer | Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of Murderers." Gerard Schaefer | Murderpedia, the Encyclopedia of Murderers. Murderpedia, na. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Mason, Yvonne. Silent Scream. [United States]:, 2011. Print Schaefer, G. J., and Sondra London. Killer Fiction. Venice, CA: Feral House, 1997. Print “Serial Killer - Gerard John Schaefer - Documentary." YouTube. Ed. RabbitInRed. YouTube, 06 Mar. 2013. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. Treadway, Tyler. "Former Martin County Deputy's Killing Spree in 1970s Still One of Most Gruesome Murders in St. Lucie County's History." TCPalm. Scripps Interactive Newspaper Group, 28 Nov. 2010. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. of/>.

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