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On Christmas DayBerdella's family drove to Canton indepdndence visit relatives. That evening, Berdella's father suffered a severe heart attackfrom which he died two days later. Although Berdella had chosen to return alone to Cuyahoga Falls by December 27, he was shocked to hear of his father's death, and initially sought a form of solace from his religion. He would later read extensively about many faiths and ideas, but never embraced any of them; gradually developing a cynical attitude toward any form of religion. The plot of this movie zex around a lonely male who stalksthen abducts a young woman he finds attractive, and holds her captive in his windowless, stone basement, viewing her as little more than an attractive specimen.

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From approximatelyhe Cadual begin avidly collecting these artifacts; this practice Casuual later inspire him to open his own business in Throughout his aex in high school, he had earned such excellent grades and displayed such potential that inone teacher had placed him in an independent study program. Here, he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institutewith aspirations of becoming Casual sex dating in independence mo 64051 college professor. He also became acquainted with a clique of students who supplied him with drugs which he then sold datig other students at a profit. As such, he acquired a reputation among his fellow students inddpendence a minor drug dealer.

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Casual sex dating in independence mo 64051 this occasion, Berdella could not post bond, and he spent five days in jail, although the charges against him and one of the other students would be dropped due to a lack of evidence. He chose to remain in Kansas City and in September of that year, he independencee into an address located within the Hyde Park [15] district of Kansas City: These individuals he would typically befriend, then try to datihg free them from their drug addictions and general lethargic or criminal lifestyles, and he was adamant that, throughout much of the s, he had no physical contact whatsoever with any of these Casual sex dating in independence mo 64051. He would retrospectively claim to have become increasingly frustrated at many of these individuals' collective ignorance to his efforts to assist them to steer their lifestyles datinh from harm and deterioration, [19] and their basic flouting of him.

Despite these later claims to investigators, Berdella would often engage in sexual relations with several of these individuals, and would establish a degree Caual control over them—in part to engage in these sexual relations—via methods Casuao loaning them money, and allowing them to live rent free at his house for periods of time. To his neighbors, Berdella was considered a flamboyant, yet helpful and civic-minded individual, despite the generally unkempt state of his property, and his somewhat haughty attitude.

Berdella would also represent his neighborhood at fundraising events for a local public television station, although he would also disengage himself from these events by the mids. As a means of obtaining Casual sex dating in independence mo 64051 income, he also sold arcane items of art and antiques he had accrued and sez across then-recent years from contacts he had established in Africa, Asia, South America, and various Pacific Rim countries. Both his career and side-business gradually flourished, and by the mids, Berdella began working as a senior cook at several Cadual Kansas City restaurants; also joining a local chefs' association, and helping establish a training program for aspiring chefs at a local community college.

Simultaneously, as his own business began to burgeon, he began to devote more of his attention to his own business as opposed to his work as a chef. Byhe had established several contractual agreements with both national and international contacts for his own business which he named Bob's Bizarre Bazaarand viewed this business as his full-time job. Resultingly, he ceased working as a chef. InBerdella began renting his own booth at the Westport Flea Market. This store was named Bob's Bizarre Bazaar, and primarily sold and traded primitive art, jewelry, and antiques. Although occasionally making a generous monthly profit, the income he typically generated via this business was often not sufficient to maintain his daily expenses and to make ends meet.

Resultingly, Berdella would occasionally have to either sell goods to fellow merchants at a profit loss, or steal or scavenge for items to sell at his booth. Additionally, he would often take lodgers at his home as a means of gaining additional income. Soon, Berdella became acquainted with Paul Howell's younger son, Jerry. Initially, Jerry Howell and his friends scathed and taunted Berdella over his overt homosexuality, although according to Berdella, Jerry Howell later confided in him [22] that he and his friends occasionally earned money as male prostitutes.

His family had also moved into an apartment above the shop, and despite his younger son occasionally engaging in heated arguments with Berdella, they would invariably reignite a casual friendship—often via Berdella offering his legal or financial assistance should Jerry endure minor scrapes with the law. By the summer ofJerry Howell had turned His first known victim was year-old Jerry Howell, [4] with whom he had become closely reacquainted in the year prior to his murder and whom he abducted on the promise of driving the youth to attend a dancing contest in Merriam. He then injected Howell with a heavy tranquilizer before binding the youth to his bed.

Howell was restrained to Berdella's bed for a period of approximately 28 hours. Throughout this period of captivity, Berdella repeatedly drugged, tortured, raped and violated the youth with foreign objects, [25] repeatedly ignoring Howell's intermittent questioning as to why he was being treated in this manner, and pleas to be freed before, according to Berdella, the youth "either asphyxiated on [his own] vomit, or the combination of the gag and the medicines were too strong for him to be able to catch breath". He then suspended Howell's body above a large cooking pot and made several incisions to the youth's inner elbows and jugular veinbefore leaving the body suspended in this position overnight to allow the blood to drain from his corpse.

These bags were later placed inside larger trash bags which Berdella placed outside for a garbage crew to collect and take to a landfill. Berdella further claimed he had not seen the youth since. Berdella would recall that—like the subsequent victims he would hold captive—Howell had repeatedly pleaded for his ongoing abuse and torture to cease throughout the period of his capture, although he Berdella would either ignore these pleas, taunt his victim, or threaten him. Berdella was adamant he held no firm malice toward Sheldon, but saw him as an individual upon whom he could "express some of the anger and frustration that I had toward other people on".

He later dissected Sheldon's body in the third floor bathroom. The following June, Berdella found Mark Wallace whom he vaguely knew via Wallace having previously helped him with yard work hiding in his tool shed to seek shelter from a severe thunderstorm. As had been the case with Robert Sheldon, Berdella invited him inside his house, and, noting Wallace's acute state of tenseness and depressionvolunteered to inject him with chlorpromazine with the explanation this would "calm down and relax" him. Wallace willingly accepted the offer and, 30 minutes later, Berdella decided to render him captive.

According to Berdella, one hour after his "experimenting" with hypodermic needles by inserting them into various muscles upon his victim's back, Mark Wallace died through a combination of "the drugs, the gag, and the lack of oxygen". He noted this victim's time of death as being 7: Berdella accepted this request, with the specific intention of kidnapping Ferris, whom he met by prearrangement at a bar that evening. This torture included the repeated administering of 7, volt electrical shocks administered to the shoulder and testicles for up to five minutes in each instance, and acupuncture via hypodermic needles to the neck and genitals.

Ferris gradually became delirious[40] although Berdella continued his physical and sexual assaults upon his victim until he noted in the log he kept upon Ferris: Stoops and his wife had briefly resided with Berdella in ; he accepted an invitation to accompany Berdella to his house with an initial incentive of the two simply sharing lunch. On one occasion on the second week of his capture, Stoops asked Berdella if he could have a soft drink and a sandwich, which Berdella refused, at which point Stoops burst into tears. This casual friendship began when Pearson entered his shop and explained to Berdella that, as a child, he had held an interest in both witchcraft and wizardry.

Shortly thereafter, Pearson temporarily lodged with Berdella, and willingly performed chores around his home as a means of paying rent. He then brought an electrical transformer to the basement. On the fifth day of his captivity, having by this stage endured torture such as the repeated administration of electrical shocks with the transformer, and the breaking of several hand bones with an iron rod to render him submissive, [48] Berdella deduced Pearson had earned his trust as to his continued cooperation in his sexual and physical abuse; as a form of reward, Pearson was moved to the second floor, with Berdella first informing Pearson that if he continued to cooperate, he Berdella would not continue to inflict as much pain upon him as he had done so while he had been held captive in the basement.

Throughout the latter part of his six weeks of captivity, Pearson trained himself to sleep without moving, in order that he did not antagonize Berdella and thus invite further torture or being returned to the basement. In response, Berdella killed Pearson by first bludgeoning him into unconsciousness with a tree limb, [50] then suffocating him with a bag and ligature, before driving to hospital to receive treatment for his wound. Pearson's body was later dismembered in the basement, and his head initially stored in a plastic bag inside Berdella's freezer, before being buried in the backyard. For you to survive being here, and for you to, you know, make it, it could either be rough or it could be easy.

If I grow to like you, and to trust you, then I could do special things for you, such as buy you cigarettes, pick up a movie on the way home from work and so forth. Don't try to fight me, or you'll just get more of what you had earlier. You see, what you got, is nothing compared to what you can have. At Berdella's home, Bryson was knocked unconscious with an iron bar, then bound to Berdella's bed, where he was subjected to similar methods of abuse and torture endured by previous victims, although in Bryson's case, Berdella repeatedly swabbed his eyes with ammonia[53] before exclaiming to him: Berdella finished this discussion with a stern warning: However, he would later state to investigators that he had thought almost constantly about escaping.

This individual led Bryson to the house he had been approaching, whereupon the occupants promptly called the police, who arrived minutes later. Furthermore, this individual had kept him bound to a bed on the second floor of the house throughout much of the time he had been held against his will, repeatedly sodomizing him, drugging him, and injecting his throat with drain cleaner to diminish his ability to speak loudly. As Bryson spoke, the officers also noted that in addition to the dog collar and broken foot, Bryson had red, swollen eyes, and visible scars and welts across his entire body.

Two officers were told to maintain a discreet surveillance of the property, as Bryson was driven to the Menorah Medical Centeraccompanied by a third officer, for treatment as the fourth officer radioed the Kansas City Police Department to request a formal search warrant of the property be drafted. Bryson further divulged that this individual had also shown him Polaroid images of men who appeared to be deceased, [59] with the explanation these had been previous individuals he had unsuccessfully attempted to "collect" as his sexual slaves. Furthermore, this individual had informed Bryson he had no intention of ever allowing him to leave his property, and that he had claimed to have killed the previous individuals he had captured and treated in this manner, and that if he Bryson became a nuisance or threat to him, he would either be subjected to greater levels of torture than what he had already endured, or simply killed.

He declined to allow officers inside his home, [61] and the search warrant earlier requested was drafted to search his property. Also in the room was an electrical transformer, plugged into a wall, and with wires leading to the bed. A metal tray containing syringes, small bottles apparently containing prescription drugs, swabs, and eye drops were also close to the bed. Investigators also noted that although Bryson's restraints had been tied to posts at each corner of the bed, other posts on the bed had been extensively worn, suggesting that restraints had earlier been tied to these posts, and that the individual or individuals had struggled to free themselves.

Luminol tests revealed that the floor of Berdella's basement, and two plastic trash barrels, were extensively bloodstained. A total of Polaroid pictures and 34 snapshot prints of various male individuals were also found stowed in various locations within Berdella's house; [4] these images depicted Christopher Bryson and several other individuals both in life and in death, and many of the images had been taken as the subjects had been tortured. Atop a chest of drawers in one bedroom, officers discovered a stenographer's pad containing the detailed torture logs he had maintained for each victim, [71] several newspaper clippings from The Kansas City Star regarding a missing young man named Jerry Howell, and both a wallet and a driving license belonging to a missing person named Walter James Ferris was discovered in a closet on the second floor of the property.

This task force extensively researched Berdella's history, discovering that he was a well-known individual among Kansas City's male hustlers, having earned a reputation for preying on transient young men. Several of these male prostitutes were also reluctant to accept him as a client both because of his penchant for drugging, injecting, and torturing his sexual partners and acquaintances, and also because he had long been considered a suspect in the disappearance of the two men whose personal possessions had been found in his house Jerry Howell and Walter James Ferris.

Missing person reports had been filed in relation to both these men, and Berdella had been extensively questioned in relation to both of these disappearances. In both instances, he had denied having anything to do with the individual's disappearance.




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Directed by Benjamin Meade, Bazaar Bizarre recounts the murders committed by Berdella, and includes archive footage of interviews with Berdella prior to his death. Don't try to fight me, or you'll just get more of what you had earlier.

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A metal tray containing syringes, small bottles apparently containing prescription drugs, swabs, and eye drops were also close to the bed. Berdella would also represent his neighborhood at fundraising events for a local public television station, although he would also disengage himself from these events by the mids. As Pearson had once been a ward of the court in Wichita, his dental records were discovered and compared with the skull found in Berdella's backyard. As a child, Berdella was intelligent, but a classic loner who rarely played outside his own home, and seldom had friends visit his home to socialize with him.

This store was named Bob's Bizarre Bazaar, and primarily sold and traded primitive art, jewelry, and antiques.