How can a person get to murder more than 60 women? Yes, it happened, although you may find it incredible. This killer was David Parker Ray, a man who was born in Belen, New Mexico, in 1939, also known as “the toy box killer“. Not much is known about his childhood. He was brought up by his grandfather, although he saw his father regularly, he mistreated him.
The young man was intimidated by his peers and was known to be quite introverted with girls and this led him to take up drinking and drug abuse. He served in the army of the United States and received a recognition of honor when he finished his enlistment. He got married and divorced four times in his life. It is believed that the murders began in about 1955, but only came to light when Cynthia Vigil, one of his victims, managed to escape.
When the police arrested Ray and searched his home and his trailer, they found something completely surprising and disturbing. The trailer was a “toy box” that contained a gynecology table in the centre, with a mirror on the ceiling so the victims could watch everything that was happening
On the floor there were many sex toys, whips, chains, pulleys, straps, bars to separate the legs, knives and surgical saws. There was also a contraption that served to tilt and immobilize the victim, thus it would be easier to rape her.
On the walls they found detailed diagrams showing different methods and techniques for inflicting pain , and there was a video tape from 1996 which showed a terrified female being raped and tortured by Ray and his girlfriend.
A woman named Angelica Montano narrated her story after learning about the arrest of the “the toy box killer”. She noted that she went to the home of Ray to borrow a tool for a cake and she ended up drugged, raped and tortured by Ray, before being abandoned in the middle of a highway.
Ray used to use drugs that induced amnesia so that victims were not able to remember what had happened.
Cynthia Virgil also told her story. The year was 1999 and she was in a parking lot when a man who claimed to be a plainclothes policeman told her that she was under arrest for prostitution, he handcuffed her and put her in the car. It was David Parker Ray, and he took Cynthia to the toy box.
She was chained to the table and was raped and tortured for three days with the help of his girlfriend and accomplice Cindy Hendy. Before torturing her, Ray showed her a tape with a recording that detailed what she would be obliged to bear. It explained that she must refer to him as master and that she could not speak unless she was spoken to.
“By the way he spoke, I didn’t feel that it was his first time. He knew what he was doing. I thought that I would never see my family again and that he would kill me like the others,” says Vigil.
On the third day, Cindy left the keys of the handcuffs on the top of the table for oblivion, and Cynthia was able to escape. Hendy tried to stop her but Vigil stabbed her in the neck when she approached. She ran out of the trailer naked with only a slave collar, and chains. Desperate, she called to a mobile home and the owner of the house called the police who arrested Ray and Hendy.
Having witnessed two victims, the police pressured Hendy, who confessed all that she knew of the murders. This led to the discovery that he had been helped by his daughter, Glenda, Jesse Ray, and his friend, Dennis Roy Yancy.
His modus operandi always used to be the same. He kidnapped the woman, drugged, raped and tortured them for two or three days and finally killed them by strangulation or by slitting their throat.
Finally, he was sentenced to 224 years in prison for numerous crimes related to kidnapping and rape. Three years after his sentence he died of a heart attack. The police found more evidence, among which were diaries written by Ray which detailed the murder of at least 50 other women.