Charles Albright

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Charles Albright
Charles Albright.jpg
Born (1933-08-10) August 10, 1933 (age 84)
Amarillo, Texas, USA
Status Incarcerated[1]
Other names The Dallas Ripper
The Dallas Slasher
The Eyeball Killer
Criminal penalty Life imprisonment
Conviction(s) Burglary,
Forgery,
Murder,
Theft
Details
Victims 1 conviction, 2 lack of evidence
Span of crimes
December 13, 1990–March 18, 1991
Country USA
State(s) Texas
Date apprehended
March 22, 1991

Charles Frederick Albright (born August 10, 1933) is an American killer and diagnosed psychopath from Dallas, Texas, who was convicted of killing one woman and suspected of killing two others in 1991. He is incarcerated in the John Montford Psychiatric Unit in Lubbock, Texas.

A career criminal, Albright has previously served jail terms for other offenses.

Life history[edit]

Born in Amarillo, Texas, Albright was adopted from an orphanage by Delle and Fred Albright.[2] His adoptive mother, who was a schoolteacher, was very strict and overprotective of him. She accelerated his education and helped him skip two grades.[3]

When he got his first gun as a teenager, he killed small animals with it. His mother would help him stuff them, due to his interest in becoming a taxidermist.

At age 13, he was already a petty thief and was arrested for aggravated assault. At age 15, he graduated from high school and enrolled at North Texas University. He expressed an interest in training as a medical doctor and a surgeon. He undertook pre-med training but failed to complete it. At age 16, the police caught him with some stolen petty cash, along with two handguns and a rifle. He spent a year in jail.

After his release from jail, he attended Arkansas State Teachers College and majored in pre-med studies. After being found with stolen items, he was expelled from the college but was not prosecuted.[2]

Apparently unfazed, he falsified a degree. He stole documents and forged signatures, giving himself fictitious bachelor's and master's degrees. He married his college girlfriend, and they had a daughter. His wife was a teacher. He continued to forge checks. He was caught in this deception while he was teaching at a high school and was placed on probation. In 1965, he and his wife separated, divorcing in 1974.

He was then caught stealing hundreds of dollars' worth of merchandise from a hardware store and received a two-year prison sentence. He served less than six months before being released.

During this time he began to befriend and gain the trust of his neighbors. He was even asked by local residents to babysit their children.[4]

In 1981, while visiting some friends, he sexually molested their 9-year-old daughter. He was prosecuted, pled guilty, and received probation. He later claimed that he was innocent but had pled guilty to avoid "a hassle."

In 1984, he applied to be a leader in the Boy Scouts of America and was rejected.[5]

In 1985 in Arkansas, Albright met a woman named Dixie. He invited her to live with him. Soon she was paying his bills and supporting him. He delivered newspapers in the early morning, apparently to visit prostitutes without arousing Dixie's suspicion.

Victims[edit]

December 13, 1990[edit]

Mary Lou Pratt, 33, a Caucasian well-known sex worker in the Oak Cliff neighbourhood of Dallas was found dead.[6] She was nude, aside from a T-shirt and bra. She had been shot in the back of the head with a .44-caliber gun as well as being badly beaten. The medical examiner reported that the killer had removed both of her eyes with surgical precision and had apparently taken them with him.[2]

February 10, 1991[edit]

Susan Beth Peterson, a 27-year-old Caucasian sex worker, was found on the same street Mary Pratt was found on, just outside the Dallas city limits near the DeSoto city limits. [7] She was nearly nude and had been shot three times: in the top of her head, in her left breast, and in the back of her head. The medical examiner found that her eyes had been removed as well. At this point, the investigators realized they were looking for a "repeater."[8]

March 10, 1991[edit]

Shirley Williams, an African-American sex worker, was found dead, lying near an elementary school. A waitress found Williams' nude body propped up against a curb. Her eyes had been removed, just like the previous two victims. [9] She had facial bruises and a broken nose, and had been shot in the face and through the top of her head. A medical examiner's field agent pulled back her eyelids and discovered that her eyes were missing. [10]

Arrest and trial[edit]

On March 23, 1991, Albright was arrested and charged with three counts of murder.[11] His trial began on December 13, 1991. The evidence was mostly circumstantial. Hairs found at the Williams murder site matched Albright's hair.[6][12]

On December 18, 1991, the jury deliberated and found him guilty only of the murder of Shirley Williams.[13]

Media[edit]

The May, 1993 Texas Monthly magazine article "See No Evil" asked the question 'How does a perfect gentleman become a vicious murderer?' [14]

The Eyeball Killer was authored by John Matthews (the Dallas police officer who with his partner Regina Smith was instrumental in identifying Albright as the murderer) and newspaper journalist Christine Wicker.[15]

The American documentary series Forensic Files reveals the Albright case in the episode titled "See No Evil", originally aired June 14, 2001 (Season 15, Episode 2).[16]

The Home Box Office (HBO) television network released Albright's story sub-titled "The Collector" on the Autopsy series under episode 5; "Autopsy 5: Dead Men Do Tell Tales", aired 1998.[17][18]

The Investigation Discovery network reported the manhunt for Albright in the series Evil, I "Eyes Are My Prize", premiered August 27, 2013.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles Fredrick Albright | Texas Prison Inmates | The Texas Tribune". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Hollandsworth, Skip (30 April 1993). "See No Evil". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 5 October 2017. How does a perfect gentleman become a vicious murderer? For Charles Albright, it all began with an obsession with eyes. 
  3. ^ McPadden, Mike (10 August 2017). "Crime History: Charles Albright, "The Eyeball Killer," Terrorizes Texas Sex Workers - CrimeFeed". CrimeFeed. DALLAS, TX: Discovery Communications, LLC. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Top 5 Serial Killers; audio file on Unheard & Uncensored page". Rob, Arnie & Dawn. 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Charles F. Albright". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-04-28. 
  6. ^ a b Dinetz, Sarah (May 10, 2017). "Charles Albright – The Eyeball Killer From Texas". Parkaman. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ The Eyeball Killer, p. 47
  8. ^ "See No Evil," Texas Monthly, May 1993
  9. ^ The Eyeball Killer, p. 73-74.
  10. ^ "See No Evil," Texas Monthly, May 1993
  11. ^ "Man charged in prostitute slayings". Knight-Rider Newspapers. Dallas, Tx: Sun Journal. 28 March 1991. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  12. ^ "Fiber links man to deaths". Associated Press. Dallas, Tx: The Bonham Daily Favorite. 28 March 1991. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  13. ^ Stone, Rachel (28 August 2013). "Investigation Discovery show spotlights Oak Cliff serial killer - Oak Cliff". Oak Cliff. ADVOCATE MAGAZINE. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  14. ^ Hollandsworth, Skip. "See No Evil." Texas Monthly, May 1993. https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/see-no-evil-3/ Retrieved Nov. 2017
  15. ^ The Eyeball Killer, Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing, 1996. ISBN 1-56865-184-8.
  16. ^ ""Forensic Files" See No Evil (TV Episode 2001)". 14 June 2001. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "HBO | Autopsy 5: Dead Men Do Tell Tales". Archived from the original on 6 February 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Autopsy 5: Dead Men Do Tell Tales (TV Movie 1998)". imdb.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  19. ^ "Eyes Are My Prize | Evil, I | Investigation Discovery GO". Investigation Discovery GO. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 

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