A Look Into the Investigation of David Parker Ray

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A look at the Investigation of
David Parker Ray

Ventura County Community College
Criminal Investigations
Professor Goff

Abstract
Sexual sadist David Parker Ray tortured and raped his victims using electrical and medical devices, homemade tools and various other instruments. Although there have not been any bodies found as of yet, police strongly believe there are many victims who were tortured and killed by Ray and his accomplices. Using newspaper articles, websites and various books, I have taken a look into not only his crimes, but the investigation of this case. Was this case handled well, what could police/F.B.I. have done better and finally what is being done in the search for more victims?

David Parker Ray, white male aged 60 was arrested March 22, 1999 on suspicion of the sexual torture and kidnapping of Cynthia Vigil. Police responded to a home in Elephant Butte, New Mexico after the occupant called 911 stating that a women came into her home covered in bruises, bleeding from a head wound and wearing nothing but a metal dog collar with a chain attached (http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/predators/david_parker_ray/1_index.html..)

The victim, told police she was kidnapped 3 days prior by David Parker Ray and his girlfriend Cindy Hendy. According to the victim Ray flashed a police badge and told her she was under arrest for solicitation. At that point Ray and Hendy drug her into an RV and drove her several hundred miles away to a trailer. Vigil then tells police she was chained down to a gynecological chair while Ray played a 20 minute audio tape depicting the torture that was about to come.

During her three days in what Ray called his “Toy Box” Vigil was repeatedly raped by Ray and with other objects, had her vaginal area electrocuted, and had her nipples stretched (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Parker_Ray). This torture continued until the day she was able to escape. While Ray was out Vigil was able to reach her...
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