Thursday, September 22, 2011

Charlene Gallego, Serial Killer Sexual Sadist - 1980

In 1984, Gerald Gallego was tried for murder in both California and Nevada. In both instances, Charlene testified against him. In exchange for her testimony, Charlene was not charged in California and she agreed to plead guilty to murder and receive a sentence of sixteen years and eight months in Nevada. Gerald was convicted in both states and was sentenced to death in both states. His death sentence in Nevada was overturned in 1999 and he won the right to a new sentencing hearing, but the new jury also sentenced him to death. [Wikipedia]


Here is the beginning of Charlene Gallego’s serial murder career from Wikipedia where more deailed descriptions can be found.

On September 10, 1978, Rhonda Scheffler (age 17) and Kippi Vaught (age 16) were shopping at Country Club Plaza in Sacramento County when Charlene enticed them into their van. Gerald and Charlene raped and further sexually abused the two victims throughout the night in rural Placer County. Evidence showed that Charlene bit the breasts of one victim; and Gerald, the other. The next day, the Gallegos drove back to Sacramento County, where Gerald made Rhonda and Kippi get out of the van and walk across a field to a ditch. He hit the girls with a tire iron and shot them in the head with a 25-caliber pistol. As Gerald was walking back to the van, he saw one of the victims (later revealed to be Kippi Vaught) move; the bullet had only grazed her skull. He returned and shot her three more times in the head, killing her.

Charlene would later tell a cellmate how ecstatic she felt during this kidnap-rape.


11 victims: 8 women and teenage girls; one man; one pre-birth infant

~ September 10, 1978 – Rhonda Scheffler (age 17) and Kippi Vaught (age 16); Sacramento County, California

~ June 24, 1979 – Brenda Judd (age 14) and Sandra Colley (age 13); Reno, Nevada, 

~ April 24, 1980 –  Stacey Redican and Karen Chipman Twiggs; Citrus Heights, California.

~ November 2, 1980 – Craig Miller (22) and Mary Elizabeth Sowers (21), Sacramento, California

~ June 7, 1980, Linda Aguilar (21) and pre-birth infant (4 months), Gold Beach, Oregon

~ July 17, 1980, Virginia Mochel (34), Yolo County, California


Links to more cases: Female Serial Killers Who Like to Murder Women



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