Charles Ray Hatcher

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
Crazy Charlie, Mr. Prince16MaleCaucasianUSANomadicSexual1929/07/16 (Mound City, Missouri, USA)1984/12/07 (Hanged)

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Innocent BloodTerry GaneyAmazon

Charles Ray Hatcher was born on July 16, 1929 in Missouri. He was born the youngest child of 4 in the family. It is believed by some that Hatcher was traumatized after he had witnessed his brother die from electrocution. Hatcher began his life of crime in his teenage years when he began to steal cars. From the time he was 18 until the age of 34, Hatcher was in and out of prison for stealing cars and then for his attempted escapes from prison.

Hatcher’s murder series began while he was in prison in 1961, at the age of 32. The age of his first victim, fellow inmate Jerry Tharrington, differs greatly from the rest of his victims. His victims were typically between 4 and 16 years of age. Hatcher usually chose males, but sometimes would murder females as well. All of his victims were raped or sexually assaulted prior to their murders. Hatcher would either strangle or stab his victims to death. All the bodies were left at the scene of the crime, there was no attempt to bury or hide the bodies.

On August 3, 1982 Hatcher was arrested for the murder of Michelle Steele. He later confessed to 16 murders, though police believed that this was to receive the death penalty. He was found guilty of Michelle’s murder on September 22, 1984 and Eric Christgen’s murder on October 13, 1984. Hatcher was sentenced to life in prison for both murders. Hatcher hung himself on December 7, 1984.

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Victims of Charles Ray Hatcher

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | 2 Comments

Charles Ray Hatcher was charged with the murder of two people, but is thought to have been involved in the murders of fourteen other people. We currently have information on five of his victims. Jerry Tharrington Jerry, who was located at the same prison as Hatcher, was murdered on July…

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