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Serial Killer: David Maust

david-edward-maust.jpgKnown as “Crazy Dave” to neighborhood kids. While in the U.S. Army, apparently killed a boy in Germany. Killed another boy in Illinois, and then stabbed one in Texas. The legal system knew this guy was a psychopath who liked to kill boys — comparing him even to John Wayne Gacy — yet somehow he was released after only a few years. And, suprise, Crazy Dave gets a job at a trophy shop where he has contact with young boys, and can’t resist the delicious temptations.


5 Apr 1954 David Edward Maust born.

9 Aug 1981 Stabs and drowns boy Donald Jones, age 15, in a quarry near Elgin IL.
10 Dec 1981 Stabs a child, Galveston County TX. Sentenced to five years.

1982 Charged with the murder of Donald Jones.

17 Jan 1983 Extradition paperwork refers to Maust as a “Gacey type” (sic.)

22 Jul 1986 Date of the deposition made by detectives Behrens and Bettiker, to whom Maust confessed. Maust refused to sign a confession, and later tried to have the statements to Behrens and Bettiker suppressed from evidence, but a judge refused.

Jun 1985 Maust declared mentally unfit to stand trial.

15 Aug 1986 “[V]ery long and significant mental history with multiple suicide attempts and homicidal activities… He has a pathological preoccupation with death, mutilation, dying and other bizarre ideations. He is currently unstable and unpredictable and runs a high suicidal, homicidal risk.” Cook County psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Marcos.

30 Mar 1987 Maust declared mentally fit to stand trial.

1994 Pleads guilty to the murder of Donald Jones.

6 May 1994 Sentenced to 35 years prison, with 11 years credit for time already served.

25 Jun 1999 Paroled.

27 Jun 2002 Supervised release ends.

2 May 2003 A boy who works at the Trophys Are Us — the same place Maust does — Nick James, age 19, reported missing.

10 Sep 2003 Michael Dennis and James Raganyi last seen.

5 Dec 2003 Police begin excavating beneath concrete in Maust’s rented house at 4333 Ash Ave, Hammond IL.

maust-victims.jpg9 Dec 2003 Two bodies recovered beneath the concrete.

10 Dec 2003 A third body recovered beneath the concrete. The bodies are identified as: Michael Dennis, age 13; James Raganyi, age 16; and Nick James, age 19.

11 Dec 2003 David Edward Maust charged with one count of murder.

Maust pleads innocent to murder
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5 Responses

  1. Hey…Just doing a people search on family members and came across your blogg when I Googeled the name. VERY CREAPY !!!! The name “Maust” is a family name that has about 1,500 members in the U.S., and I never knew that there was a convicted SEARIAL KILLER in the bunch…now THAT has to be one of the darkest “Family Secrets” that I have ever heard of.
    Anyway, guess its true, you can’t hide from the internet.


    • There’s at least one convicted child molester, as well. My brother, Stacey James Maust, molested his daughters, was jailed, got out, and molested a neighbor’s kid.

      I feel deeply sorry for the children my brothers were, who were themselves badly abused and neglected. I weep for the pain they suffered – I know they were utterly let down by their parents and ‘the system’ designed to protect them. I wish someone had seen what was happening in our home and done something to remove – , hell, remove all four of us. But there is no going back. Those poor boys are long gone and what happens to people as kids cannot be used to excuse choices made as an adult – his little girls trusted and needed him and he hurt them so badly. I remember his daughter Celeste cuddling with him, loving him so purely and unthinkingly, as every little girl should be able to do and I will never forgive myself for not trusting my instincts and trying to snatch her before he could get at her. I remember the way he looked at her and I know he loved her – I cannot understand how he convinced himself that what he did was OK.


    • Are you still out there? If so, respond here and maybe we can start a diologue.


  2. All of this from’s library entry on David Maust then didn’t even link them. Wow.


  3. I worked with Dave, and I was Nick’s sponcer, I hooked Nick up with the job at trophies R us not knowing I put him in harms way. I’m so sorry Nick.


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