Gerald Armond Gallego and Charlene Adell Gallego 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. Take a look below for 27 more strange and bizarre facts about Gerald and Charlene Gallego.
1. Charlene was born near Sacramento, California, in October, 1956.
2. Her father, Charles, was a respected entrepreneur who was the vice president of a supermarket chain. He and his wife, Mercedes, often traveled as part of their business life.
3. Early school reports suggest that Charlene was a quiet and shy child, who had good attendance.
4. Charlene’s mother was hurt badly in a car accident; this was the reason she stopped traveling around with her husband.
5. Charlene took over her mother’s duties, and would often travel with her father on business trips. It was there she was often praised by her father’s clients for being an intelligent and well-spoken child.
6. By high school, Charlene was taking drugs and bragged to friends about a black lover.
7. She eventually married a young, wealthy man who was a heroin addict. He claimed that Charlene was obsessed with lesbian sex and begged him to have a threesome with her and a prostitute. She was also using a large amount of drugs and didn’t care about her appearance.
8. Her first husband hated that Charlene’s parents also intervened in their relationship, so the marriage failed and they got divorced.
9. Charlene’s next husband was a soldier who Charlene described as a “mother’s boy.” She grew bored of him and they got divorced as well.
10. Charlene then had an affair with a married man who soon ended the relationship after she asked if they could have sex with his wife. After the breakup, she attempted suicide but survived. Not long after, she met Gerald.
11. Gerald’s mother and her numerous boyfriends had beaten him during his formative years, and, when his mother became a prostitute, he was abused by some of her clients.
12. He was often left hungry and dirty and was always pleading to be held and hugged.
13. His natural father, who had played no part in his life, was executed for killing two policemen.
14. Like Charlene, Gerald had failed as a lover and spouse and married numerous women, but left them after they had ran out of money. He also started sexually abusing his daughter.
15. Gerald liked rough sex and Charlene responded to this. At first, their sex life was so good that they couldn’t get enough of each other. Gerald particularly liked sodomizing Charlene, but she later said in court that she hated the painful experience.
16. On September 11, 1978, two teenagers, Rhonda Scheffler and Kippi Vaught, disappeared from a mall in Sacramento.
17. 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.
18. They drove to Baxter, where Gerald raped and then executed the girls, each with a single shot to the back of their heads.
19. On June 24, 1979, Brenda Judd and 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.
20. Similarly, on April 24, 1980, Stacy Ann Redican and Karen Chipman-Twiggs went missing from a Sacramento mall. they were found in July, sexually abused and bludgeoned to death.
21. While hitchhiking on June 6, 1980, Linda Teresa Aguilar, who was pregnant, was abducted, murdered with a blunt object, and buried in a shallow grave.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. While leaving a fraternity party on November 1, 1980, Craig Miller and Mary Elizabeth Sowers were forced into Gallego’s car at gunpoint.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. In June, 1983, Gerald was found guilty of murdering Miller and Sowers and sentenced to death by gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison. 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.