The Toy Box Killer: The Sickest American Serial Killer

When it comes to serial killer crime scene photos America has hosted their own fair share of them. Jeffrey Dahmer is one of the most famous serial killers to roam the earth in the 20th century. Of course killers such as John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and even the Zodiac Killer earned their fame through a number of helpless victims as well. One of the more gruesome but equally as famous serial killers ever to breathe in American air was known as the Toy Box Killer. The strange thing about his case is that no bodies were ever discovered, and yet, he still holds the label of serial killer.

David Parker Ray, which would later be termed the Toy Box Killer, was born an innocent boy in November of 1939 to Cecil and Nettie Ray. The world would be grim for little David for a large portion of his childhood. His father was a known drunk and could be quite abusive. After he finally left the family home Nettie took him and his sister to live with their grandfather, but this too was met with physical punishment if they did not do as they were told. It is thought that Davids home life when combined with bullying from school mates helped to form his personality. This personality was one that enjoyed watching people around him suffering.

His object to satisfy this obsession was women and so he built what is referred to as his toy box. The toy box held many torture devices and a camera. The room also held a tape player where Ray would play a tape for the victim to listen to before he started his torture. The tape would explain to the victim what would be happening to them over the course of time that they were held there. While no bodies have ever been discovered David Parker Ray was sentenced to 224 years in prison for being a sick twist of a man.