Daniel Harold Rolling

Demographic Info

The Gainesville Ripper, James R. Kennedy8MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialCriminal Enterprise1954/05/26 (Shreveport, Louisiana, USA)2006/10/25 (Lethal injection)


Beyond Murder: The Inside Account of the Gainesville Student MurdersJohn Philpin and John DonnellyAmazon
Gainesville Ripper, The: A Summer's Madness, Five Young Victims- The Investigation, the Arrest and the TrialMark RyzukAmazon, Judi Roth Crippen Review
Killer on CampusJames Fox and Jack LevinAmazon
Making of a Serial Killer, TheJohn Philpin and John DonnellyAmazon, Kindle eBook

Daniel Harold Rolling was born in Louisiana on May 26, 1954. He was born the first of 2 children in his family.

From a young age Rolling experienced physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. It was noted that Rolling was constantly hit if his father believed that he was crawling wrong before the age of 2. Rolling was often tied up with his brother and beaten. At the age of 5, his father brought a dog home and abused it to the point that it died in Rolling’s arms. His mother was known to have nervous breakdowns due to the abuse and had attempted suicide on numerous occasions. Rolling abused alcohol throughout his life, abused or killed animals and and was arrested for intoxication, robbery and voyeurism.

It is believed that Rolling began his murder series in 1989, but was never formally charged with these murders. HIs known murder series began in 1990, at the age of 36, and ended the same year. His known victims were between the ages of 17 and 24. Most of his victims were female, though he had murdered one male so that he could rape and murder the male’s female companion. Rolling was known to have tortured his victims by removing their nipples and raping them. On some occasions he would return to the crime scene and engage in intercourse with the bodies. Rolling’s weapon of choice was a knife. The victim’s were all left at the scene of the crime.

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Book Review: “The Gainesville Ripper” by Mary Ryzuk

on January 23rd, 2012 in Book Reviews, Serial Killers by | No Comments

In August of 1990, students were returning for the fall semester at the University of Florida (UF). Christina Powell and Sonja Larson were starting out on their adventures as freshmen living in an off campus apartment, Tracy Paules and Manuel “Manny” Taboada were returning for their senior year and Christa…

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Victims of Daniel Harold Rolling

on February 13th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Daniel Harold Rolling was charged for murdering five people, but is suspected in three additional murders. We currently have information on all of his known and suspected victims. Julie Grissom Julie, age 24, was murdered on November 6, 1989. She was murdered with her father, Tom Grissom, and her nephew,…

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