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Sean Vincent Gillis was a famous serial killer who killed and dismembered at least 8 women between 1994 and 2004 in Louisiana.
Born on June 24th, 1962, Gillis was raised in Sothern Louisiana. He father left shortly after he was born, and he was brought up by his mother and grandparents. He led a normal childhood and in his late teens he reunited with his father.
However, this relationship soon dissolved when Gillis found out his father was homosexual. Gillis had found photos of naked men on his father’s computer and this horrified Gillis.
Gillis started working in a convenience store, which he didn’t enjoy. With his wages he had purchased a new computer, which he used mainly for viewing pornographic images related to rape and dismemberment of women. His obsession with pornography took over his life and he spent all this spare time on these websites.
It was in 1994 when he committed his first murder. His first victim was 81-year-old Ann Bryan. She was in a retirement home where he broke in and tried to rape her. She started screaming but he soon silenced her by pulling out a knife and slashing her throat. He slashed her throat so hard that he nearly decapitated her.
His next victim was 52-year-old Hardee Schmidt. He had seen Schmidt jogging in the street and he followed her. Gillis got into his car and drove into Schmidt, knocking her unconscious and into a ditch. He got out and dragged her body into his car. He then drove to a secluded location where he raped and killed her.
He then went on to kill a further 6 women, all of them were raped before he either strangled them or stabbed them to death.
During this killing spree, Gillis had a girlfriend called Terri Lemoine. She was completely unaware of the double life he had been living. At home he was a normal guy and showed no violent behaviour.
The lucky break came when his final victim, Donna Johnson was killed. DNA and tire marks that also matched 3 other victims were left at the scene.
The tyre was a very specific brand and size and there were only 90 purchases of the tyre in the local area, so Detectives starting contacting the buyers and bringing them in for questioning.
When it was Gillis’ turn to be questioned, a DNA sample was taken and the match was made.
Gillis pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison.