By: Shannon McCabe, President HPI International, Photos by Holly De Laughter, Artwork Ricardo Pustanio
I was asked by Two Four Productions in the UK (London) to be on their new television series "Conversations With a Serial Killer- Richard Trenton Chase". I have done plenty of TV in my day but this was just over the top! The first site being the haunted Preston Castle in Ione, CA on Monday, May 19th, 2008. It was so incredible being in the Preston Castle at night; it is a pretty scary and daunting place in the dark! The floors are rotted out, and there are plenty of things that go bump in the night there.
While H.P.I. was performing the paranormal investigation at Preston Castle, we got an amazing EVP! The EVP was also heard audibly by the producer of the show, Charlotte Wheeler (Creator of" Dead Famous"). Charlotte has been a part of many paranormal shows and has NEVER had a paranormal experience until investigating with H.P.I. We were all standing in a dark and spooky hallway upstairs when they all heard "Whores, Whores!" in a low roar. We got it on film and on audio and it was a GREAT piece of evidence for the show. I'd like to let you all hear it but it's got to remain under wraps until the show airs in late 2008.
Richard Trenton Chase (May 23, 1950 - December 26, 1980) was an American serial killer who killed six people in the span of a month in California. He was nicknamed "The Vampire of Sacramento" because he drank his victims' blood and cannibalized their remains. He did this as part of a delusion that he needed to prevent Nazis from turning his blood into powder via poison they had planted beneath his soap dish.
A self-described victim of abuse at the hands of his mother, Chase exhibited by the age of 10 evidence of the MacDonald triad: bedwetting, pyromania, and zoosadism (allegations which were later called into question). In his adolescence, he was known as an alcoholic and a chronic drug abuser. He suffered from erectile dysfunction due to "psychological problems stemming from repressed anger". In 1975, Chase was involuntarily committed to a mental institution after being taken to a hospital for blood poisoning, which he contracted after injecting rabbit's blood into his veins. He often shared with the staff fantasies about killing rabbits. He was once found with blood smeared around his mouth; hospital staff discovered he had drank the blood of birds. Staff began referring to him as "Dracula."
The Face Of A Serial Killer
Chase killed his first victim in a drive-by shooting. The victim, Ambrose Griffin, was a 51-year-old engineer and father of three. After the shooting, one of Griffin's sons reported seeing a neighbor walking around their East Sacramento neighborhood with a .22 calibre rifle. The neighbor's rifle was seized, but ballistics tests determined that it was not the murder weapon.
On January 11, 1978, Chase asked his neighbor for a cigarette and then forcibly restrained her until she gave him an entire pack.
Two weeks later, he attempted to enter the home of another woman but, finding that her doors were locked, walked away; Chase later told detectives that he took locked doors as a sign that he was not welcome, but that unlocked doors were an invitation to come inside. He was later chased off by a returning couple as he pilfered belongings from their home and urinated and defecated on their beds and clothing.
Chase's next victim was Teresa Wallin. Three months pregnant, Wallin was surprised at her home by Chase, who shot her three times, killing her. He then had sex with the corpse, mutilated it, and bathed in the dead woman's blood.
Richard Trenton Chase's Apartment
On January 23, 1978, two days after killing Teresa Wallin, Chase purchased two puppies from a neighbor. He killed them and drank their blood.
On January 27, Chase committed his final murders. Entering the home of 38-year-old Evelyn Miroth, he encountered her friend, Danny Meredith, who he shot with his .22 handgun. Stealing Meredith's wallet and car keys, he rampaged through the house, fatally shooting Evelyn Miroth, her six-year-old son Jason, and Miroth's 22-month-old nephew, David. As with Teresa Wallin, Chase engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism with Miroth's corpse.
A six-year-old girl with whom Jason Miroth had a playdate knocked on the door, startling Chase, who fled the scene in Meredith's car, taking David's body with him. The girl alerted a neighbor, who alerted police. Upon entering the home, police discovered that Chase had left perfect handprints and perfect imprints of the soles of his shoes in Evelyn's blood.
Chase returned to his home, where he drank David's blood and ate several of the baby's internal organs before disposing of the body at a nearby church.
Tales Of Seancé's And Madmen
In 1979, Chase stood trial on six counts of murder. In order to avoid the death penalty, the defense tried to have him found guilty of second degree murder, which would result in a life sentence. Their case hinged on Chase's history of mental illness and the lack of planning in his crimes, evidence that they were not premeditated.
On May 8, the jury in the highly publicized case found Chase guilty of six counts of first degree murder and Chase was sentenced to die in the gas chamber. They rejected the argument that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. The other inmates (including several gang members), aware of the graphic and bizarre nature of Chase's crimes, feared him, and according to prison officials, they often tried to convince Chase to commit suicide.
The 1988 movie Rampage was loosely based on Chase's crimes.
Chase granted a series of interviews with Robert Ressler, during which he spoke of his fears of Nazis and UFOs, claiming that although he had killed, it was not his fault; he had been forced to kill to keep himself alive, which he believed any person would do. He asked Ressler to give him access to a radar gun, with which he could apprehend the Nazi UFOs, so that the Nazis could stand trial for the murders. He also handed Ressler a large amount of macaroni and cheese which he had been hoarding in his pants pockets, believing that the prison officials were in league with the Nazis and attempting to kill him with poisoned food.
On December 26, 1980, a guard doing cell checks found Chase lying awkwardly on his bed, not breathing. An autopsy determined that he committed suicide with an overdose of prison doctor-prescribed antidepressants that he had been saving up over the last few weeks.
Another strange thing happened when we were leaving the Preston Castle… The building was MOANING at Holly & Charlotte! It was the strangest noise I had ever heard! It was truly like being in a Haunted Castle movie, but this was REAL! We were actually experiencing it for real!
On Tuesday May 20th we had a séance at Vega's in Old Sacramento. Vega's used to be a bar called Steamboat Navigation in the 1970's. It was a disco club that Richard Trenton Chase frequented. Chase was not exactly a ladies man so he was often shunned when he approached the women for some "Saturday Night Fever". It's a good thing they shunned him because they may have ended up his dinner for the night! If you have not heard of Richard Trenton Chase, AKA, "The Vampire of Sacramento", he was an infamous serial killer that actually ate his victims and bathed in their blood.
He thought that his own blood needed to be replenished because he had "soap dish disease". Soap dish disease was obviously a made up disease by Chase, who happened to like LSD more than fruits and vegetables. He actually thought that if he picked up a bar of soap and it was gooey underneath, and he touched the goo that his heart would turn to dust. Yeah, weird. And by the way, he's a immoral real bastard… I actually got to speak to him from bryond the grave!
From Publishers Weekly
Richard Trenton Chase Crime Scene Photo photo Below --- You should not click on this image if you do not want to see graphic, authentic crime scene photo.
During the actual Seance to call ip Chase's ghost, Chris Grissom - HPI Lead Investigator actually fell out of consciousness for a moment, which NEVER happens to a strong guy like Chris!
As far as the paranormal goes, Grissom has had experences as a child. Like hearing his name being called out when nobody else was home. Grissom has been woken up several times at night, having his hair played with, only to turn around and find nobody there. "I grew up wondering, and now as an adult I finally decided it was time to find some answers." Says Grissom, "I found HPI, and decided this was a perfect opportunity to get some of those questions answered."
All in all it was a WONDERFUL time and I could really see myself doing this for a living... Pipe Dream- Probably, but it was a GREAT souvenir!
For more information on the series visit www.TwoFourBroadcast.com/programme_sales.asp Click on the picture of Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos (Movie, "Monster" with Charlize Theron) to see the show's trailer!
Shannon McCabe is the president of the largest paranormal group in California, Haunted & Paranormal Investigations International (H.P.I. International). She has been studying the paranormal for 13 years and has a very successful and amazing core group of investigators that she works with.
Shannon has also been chosen to host an episode of a new paranormal series called "Conversations with a Serial Killer" out of the UK, airing in late 2008. She and fellow paranormal investigator and Celebrities Psychic, Nancy Bradley, also have another TV show together called "Ghost Girls".