Gerald and Charlene Gallego

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Gerald and Charlene Gallego
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Charlene (top) and Gerald (bottom) Gallego
Gerald Armond Gallego
Charlene Adell Williams

(1946-07-19)July 19, 1946 (Gerald)
(1956-10-19) October 19, 1956 (age 64) (Charlene)
DiedJuly 18, 2002(2002-07-18) (aged 56) (Gerald)
Nevada, (Gerald)
Cause of deathCancer (Gerald)
Other namesThe Love Slave Killers
Conviction(s)Armed robbery (Gerald)
Lewd and lascivious acts with a child (Gerald)
Murder (both)
Criminal penaltyDeath (Gerald)
Span of crimes
September 11, 1978–November 2, 1980
CountryUnited States
Date apprehended
November 17, 1980

Gerald Armond Gallego (July 19, 1946 – July 18, 2002) and Charlene Adell Gallego (née Williams; born October 10, 1956) are two American serial killers who terrorized Sacramento, California between 1978 and 1980. They murdered ten victims, mostly teenagers, most of whom they kept as sex slaves before killing them.


Gerald Armond Gallego[edit]

Gerald Armond Gallego (a.k.a. "Stephen Feil" or "Stephen Styles")[1] was born on 17 July 1946 in Sacramento, California. His mother was a sex worker, while his estranged father was a criminal who in 1955 became the first man executed in the Mississippi gas chamber, for the killing of a police officer during a prison escape.[2] Gallego began his criminal career at age thirteen, when he sexually abused a six-year-old girl.[3] He had 23 arrests and served time after being convicted of robbery prior to his murder spree.[1]

Gallego worked as a bartender and truck driver.[1] He was married a total of seven times, including two marriages to the same woman. He was still married to a previous wife when he married Charlene Williams.[3]

Charlene Adell Gallego[edit]

Charlene Adell Gallego (née Williams) was born on 10 October 1956 in Stockton, California. She was a smart, shy child from a supportive home.[4] The trajectory of her life began to change when, as a young adult, she started using drugs and alcohol. She was married twice before meeting Gallego.[5]


Rhonda Scheffler and Kippi Vaught[edit]

On 11 September 1978, two teenagers – 17-year-old Rhonda Scheffler and 16-year-old Kippi Vaught – disappeared from a mall in Sacramento. Charlene lured them to a nearby van, leading to their abduction by the couple. Gerald used a handgun to threaten the girls and tied them up. They drove to Baxter, where Gerald raped and then executed the girls, each with a single shot to the back of their heads.[1]

Brenda Judd and Sandra Colley[edit]

On 24 June 1979, 14-year-old Brenda Judd and 13-year-old Sandra Colley were abducted from the Washoe County Fair in Reno, Nevada. Charlene later testified that Gerald beat the girls to death with a shovel or hammer.[1] Their remains were not found and identified until twenty years later.[6]

Stacy Ann Redican and Karen Chipman-Twiggs[edit]

Similarly, on 24 April 1980, Stacy Ann Redican and Karen Chipman-Twiggs (both 17) went missing from a Sacramento mall. They were found in July, sexually abused and bludgeoned to death.[3]

Linda Teresa Aguilar[edit]

While hitchhiking on June 6, 1980, 21-year-old Linda Teresa Aguilar – who was pregnant – was abducted, murdered with a blunt object, and buried in a shallow grave,[3] outside of Gold Beach, Oregon. She is buried in the Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston, Washington.[7]

Virginia Mochel[edit]

On July 17, 1980, 34-year-old Virginia Mochel was abducted from the parking lot of a West Sacramento tavern, where she worked as a bartender. Her skeletal remains, still bound with nylon fishing line, were found three months later outside of Clarksburg. Loops of cord from the victim's neck were admitted as proof of death by strangulation.[8]

Craig Miller and Mary Elizabeth Sowers[edit]

While leaving a fraternity party on 1 November 1980, 22-year-old Craig Miller and his fiance, 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Sowers, were forced into the Gallegos’ car at gunpoint.[4] Miller was ordered out of the car and shot; his body was found near Bass Lake, California. The couple returned to their apartment with Sowers, where Gerald sexually abused her before taking her to a field in Placer County, California, where he then executed her.[1]

Capture and trial[edit]

A friend of Miller and Sowers witnessed their abduction and reported the car's license plate number. Police used this information to track down and arrest the Gallegos at a Western Union office. Charlene's parents were in the process of wiring her money.[9] Gerald and Charlene pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and murder. Charlene's attorneys were eventually able to convince prosecutors in several states/counties to allow Charlene to testify against Gerald for a plea deal that reduced her prison sentence to 16 years and eight months.[2]

In June 1983 Gerald was found guilty. In June 1984 in less than four hours Gerald was found guilty of murder and aggravated kidnapping in the case of Karen Twiggs and Stacey Redican in Nevada. He was subsequently sentenced to death.[2]

In July 1997, Charlene completed her sentence and was released.[5] While in prison, she extensively studied psychology, business and Icelandic literature.[10] During an interview, Charlene claimed that she was also a victim when she said, "There were victims who died, and there were victims who lived. It's taken me a hell of a long time to realize that I'm one of the ones who lived."[11] She also claimed that she "tried to save some of their lives."[12]

In 2002, Gallego died of cancer in a Nevada prison medical center while awaiting execution.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Frasier, David K. (1996). Murder cases of the twentieth century : biographies and bibliographies of 280 convicted or accused killers. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 167–169. ISBN 0786401842.
  2. ^ a b c Jordan Christensen, et al. Gerald Armond Gallego, 2005, Department of Psychology at Radford University
  3. ^ a b c d Hickey, Eric W. (1991). Serial murderers and their victims (3 ed.). Pacific Grove, CA.: Brooks/Cole Pub. Co. pp. 198–199. ISBN 9780534154141.
  4. ^ a b Flowers, R. Barri (26 November 1996). "Chapter 18 – Gerald and Charlene Gallego". The dynamics of murder: kill or be killed. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. pp. 233–252. ISBN 978-1439879740. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b Newton, Michael (2006). The encyclopedia of serial killers (2 ed.). New York: Facts On File. pp. 87–89. ISBN 9780816069873. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  6. ^ Chereb, Sandra (23 February 2000). "DNA tests confirm remains of Sparks teens". LasVegas Sun. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Linda Theresa Aguilar (1959-1980) - Find A Grave..." Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  8. ^ Barri Flowers, R. (2013-12-26). Serial Killer Couples: Bonded by Sexual Depravity, Abduction, and Murder. pp. 22, 23, 24. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
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  10. ^ Vronsky, Peter (2007). Female serial killers: How and why women become monsters. New York: Berkley Books. pp. 288–290.
  11. ^ "Gallego's ex says she was victim". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada: Ganette. 29 October 1997. p. 13. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Sacramento's 'Sex Slave Murders' Killer Discovered Living In Area; Speaks After Years Of Silence". CBS Sacramento. CBS Broadcasting inc. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  13. ^ Taylor, Michael (20 July 2002). "'Sex-slave' killer dies of cancer in Nevada prison hospital". SF Gate. Hearst Communications, inc. Retrieved 27 April 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Davis, Carol Anne (2001). Women who kill: Profiles of female serial killers. London: Allison & Busby. ISBN 978-0749005351.
  • Flowers, R. Barri (1996). The Sex Slave Murders. New York: St. Martins Press. ISBN 978-1461191001.
  • Biondi, Ray; Hecox, Walter (1988). All his father's sins : inside the Gerald Gallego sex-slave murders. Rocklin, CA: Prima Pub. & Communications. ISBN 978-0914629344.
  • Van Hoffmann, Eric (1990). A venom in the blood. New York: Pinnacle Books. ISBN 978-0786006601.

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