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Certain topics have interested me for as long as I can remember. Vampires being one of them. When I learned of this case over 20 years ago, I was immediately interested. Not only was it a true crime case, but it was committed by teenagers who claimed to be part of a vampire cult. Here is the tragic story of Richard and Ruth Wendorf, who were murdered by teenagers to free their daughter from a hellish home life that never existed.
Richard and Ruth (Born Naoma Ruth Adams) Wendorf were a couple living in Eustis, Florida with their two children, Jennifer and Heather. I was not able to find out much about Richard and Ruth, however from what has been relayed it was a happy marriage and a happy family. Unless you asked Heather.
Heather Wendorf being the youngest in the family had fallen in with a group of friends who claimed to be part of a Vampire Cult, lead by another teenager, Roderrick Ferrell. Roderick claimed to be a 500 year old vampire named Vesago, a character he created from the role playing game, Vampire: The Masquerade. Heather had confided in her friends that her home life was “hell”, and Roderrick felt he had to correct that for his friend.
On November 25, 1996, Rod and another friend from the vampire cult, Howard Scott Anderson, entered the Wendorf home through the garage, Rod picked up a crowbar that he would use to murder Richard and Ruth.
Richard Wendorf, was a sleep on the couch when Rod used the crowbar multiple times fracturing both his skull and ribs, instantly knocking him out, and killing him shortly thereafter. Ruth had been in the shower during Richard’s murder, when she emerged moments later, Rod bludgeoned her to death as well. Jennifer and Heather were not in the house when the murders occurred.
Rod, Howard, Charity Keesee, Dana Cooper, and Heather Wendorf, all part of the Vampire Cult, drove to Baton Rouge Louisiana and within the week they were arrested, pending extradition back to Florida. Rod confessed to the murders, stating that only Howard was his accomplice and that Charity, Dana, and Heather were innocent of the murders.
However in February of 1998, Roderrick Ferrell was sentenced to death, until in 2000 when his sentence was reduced to life in prison. Howard Anderson was also convicted, but sentenced to life in prison as well. Since Florida had abolished parole, both sentences were without the option.
Charity Keesee was sentenced to 10.5 years in state prison, she was released in 2006. Dana Cooper was sentenced to 17.5 years in state prison, she was released in 2011. Heather Wendorf was not charged in her parents murders, she has since moved out of state and has got a family of her own.
Heather claims to have had no knowledge that Rod was intending to murder her parents, and she has been cleared by two grand juries in regards to this case. However seeing a picture of her now, her smirk comes off as she got away with murder and she knows it.
Please be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe