Rory Enrique Conde

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Rory Enrique Conde
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2012 mugshot
Rory Enrique Conde

(1965-06-14) June 14, 1965 (age 56)
Other namesThe Tamiami Trail Strangler
Criminal penaltyDeath
Span of crimes
September 17, 1994–January 12, 1995
CountryUnited States
Date apprehended
June 26, 1995

Rory Enrique Conde (born June 14, 1965),[1] a.k.a. "The Tamiami Trail Strangler", is a Colombian serial killer who killed six prostitutes in Florida. He was sentenced to death on March 7, 2000.

Personal life[edit]

Rory Conde was born on June 14, 1965 in Barranquilla, Colombia. His mother died of tetanus when he was six years old. Conde and his sister Nelly were then raised by their paternal grandmother. When Conde was twelve, they moved to Miami to live with Conde's father, Gustavo Conde. Conde did not like his father and thought he was emotionally abusive. Conde's future wife, Carla Conde, thought that Rory's outbursts were a result of sexual abuse at the hands of his father.

Rory and Carla were married in 1987, when he was 21 and she was 15, eventually having two children. Rory was an abusive husband and had a stint in jail in 1992 as a result of a fight with Carla over Rory bringing girls over. They later moved to a condo off the Tamiami Trail.

They stopped having sex and Rory would disappear at night. In July, 1994 Carla moved out to her parents' house with their two children. Rory threatened to kill her if she dated anyone else.


On September 17, 1994, Conde killed cross dressing male prostitute, Lazaro Comesana. He later said that he killed Lazaro after finding out he was a man during sex.

Conde then killed two more prostitutes, Elisa Martinez on October 8 and Charity Nava on November 20. On the back and buttocks of Charity he wrote "THIRD! (A happy face dotting the 'i') I will call Dwight Chan 10. (A reference to WPLG anchor Dwight Lauderdale) [See] if you can catch me. (Using two eyes instead of the word 'See')"[2][unreliable source?]

Conde then killed three more prostitutes: Wanda Crawford on November 25, Necole Schneider on December 17, and Rhonda Dunn on January 12, 1995.

He strangled his victims to death and then anally raped the corpses afterward.


Conde was arrested on June 19, 1995 when Gloria Maestre, a prostitute he had bound head to toe, made enough noise to attract neighbors while Conde was in court for a shoplifting charge.

He was sentenced to death on March 7, 2000 for the murder of Rhonda Dunn. He later pleaded guilty to the murder of five others and was sentenced to five consecutive life terms without parole on April 5, 2001.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Inmate Population Information Detail - Rory Enrique Conde". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Antonio Mendoza. "SEE IF YOU CAN CATCH ME". Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tamiami Strangler Gets Life Terms". Associated Press. April 5, 2001. Retrieved July 10, 2020.