Gary Evans (serial killer)

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Gary Evans
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(New York State Police)
Born Gary Charles Evans
(1954-10-07)October 7, 1954
Troy, New York, U.S.
Died August 14, 1998(1998-08-14) (aged 43)
Cause of death Suicide (jumped off bridge)
Criminal penalty None (died before trial)
Killings
Victims 5
Span of killings
February, 1985–October, 1997
Country United States
State(s) New York, Florida, Massachusetts
Date apprehended
May 27, 1998

Gary Charles Evans (October 7, 1954 – August 14, 1998) was a confessed serial killer in and around the Capital District of Upstate New York. His penchant for stealing antiques and his multiple escapes from custody — including one that ended in his death — made him headline news in the area on numerous occasions.

Early life[edit]

Evans was born in Troy, New York to Roy Evans and Flora Mae Lee. As a child, he suffered beatings at the hands of both parents, and claimed that he was raped by his father when he was eight. Flora Mae Evans was a mentally ill woman who attempted suicide on numerous occasions, once misfiring a weapon and accidentally shooting her husband in the shoulder. His parents divorced in 1968, and his mother remarried and divorced four times before coming out as a lesbian when Gary was seventeen.[1]

1990s[edit]

In October 1991, Evans spent two weeks on the roof of a building in Little Falls, New York casing a coin and jewelry shop on the first floor which was owned by Gregory Jouben, 36. On October 17, 1991, Evans walked into Jouben's shop, asked him to price a piece of merchandise, and then shot him to death. The small community in sparsely populated Herkimer County was outraged by one of the few murders of the year in the area.

In 1993, Evans stole over 800 antiques from a group shop in Quechee, Vermont. Evans used an engine crane to steal a thousand-pound bench out of an Albany cemetery, but he was arrested when his fence became nervous and turned him in. In early 1994, Evans agreed to assist the authorities by obtaining information on Jeffrey Williams, who was implicated in the high-profile murder of Karolyn Lonczak. When Williams was found guilty, Evans was released on February 12, 1994, with police still unaware that Evans himself had killed at least four people at that point.[2]


Final escape and death[edit]

In 1998, Evans was rearrested. In custody, he confessed to five murders and then led police to the scattered bodies of his dismembered victims. His final escape was from a prison transport van. Manacled and chained, Evans used a key secreted up his nose, kicked out a window and then jumped from the prison van. However, the transport was on a bridge and Evans fell forty feet to his death.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc%20405/serial%20killers/Evans,%20Gary%20-%20fall,%202005.pdf
  2. ^ "[untitled page]". Marijuana Library.org.  quoting and republishing: Fitzpatrick, Edward (1998-12-06). "Snitches come with a price". Times Union. Albany, NY.