Monsters Among Us: Gary Michael Heidnik *One of the models for “Silence of the Lambs”*

Victims
Josefina Rivera, 25 [survived] [kidnapped 11/25/1986]
Sandra Lindsay, 24 [kidnapped 12/3/1986, murdered 2/1987]
Lisa Thomas, 19 [survived] [kidnapped 12/23/1986]
Deborah Dudley, 23 [kidnapped 1/2/1987, murdered 3/19/1987]
Jacqueline Askins, 17 [survived] [kidnapped 1/18/1987]
Agnes Adams [survived] [kidnapped 3/23/1987]

Gary Heidnik was a sexual sadist. The victims went through hell before the end, whether it was murder, or escape. However, one of the worst things I have heard is the horrible way the surviving victims were treated by the public and the people of Philadelphia after the trial. It was as if the public blamed the victims for the crimes committed against them. People kept calling them the “Heidnik girls” (which kept them from having any kind of privacy or normal life) and called them “Alpo” (referring to the dog food that Heidnik forced them to eat). I am sure that not all of the people of Philadelphia are that cruel, but those that did this do not know or understand empathy or compassion. The things that Gary Heidnik did to these women will stay with them forever. None of them have had an easy time. I hope that in time, they will have peace in their lives.

Gary Heidnik ordered held on murder-rape charges
Torturer’s macabre ways lost in violence of Philly neighborhood
Gary Heidnik jurors to be selected in Pittsburgh
Heidnik jury selection begins
Judge: Missing work no hardship
Heidnik guilty of first-degree murder, kidnap
Heidnik gets death sentence
Convicted Murderer Gets Death Sentence
Killer Ruled Competent To Choose Death Gary Heidnik’s Lawyer Vowed After The Ruling To Begin Another Round Of Court Appeals.
Lawyers for ‘House of Horrors’ killer fight execution
Execution fails to satisfy victims’ kin (part one)
Family not satisfied (part two)
Inside the House of Heidnik
Return to the House of Horrors
Murderpedia: Gary Michael Heidnik
Wikipedia: Gary M. Heidnik
Criminal Minds: Gary Heidnik
Gary Heidnik (2nd one down)
A Family Reunion Like No Other
25 years later Heidnik captive recalls the horror
JOTU & GEMS Remembers the precious souls taken tragically & Celebrating the lives of those who, Survived a Serial Killer
After Surviving ‘House Of Horrors,’ Where Are ‘Monster Preacher’ Gary Heidnik’s Victims Today?
Before Gary Heidnik Was Exposed As A ‘Monster Preacher,’ He Committed Another Shocking Crime
Gary Heidnik’s attorney talks ‘insane’ house of horrors killer in doc: ‘There was a method to his madness’


Gary Heidnik’s House of Horror

Books
Cellar of Horror: The Story of Gary Heidnik
Slave Girls
The Basement: True Crime Serial Killer Gary Heidnik
Mr. Monster (fiction)

Podcasts
Crime Shack: The Monster Preacher, Gary Heidnik

Murder/Documentaries
Monster Preacher
Evil, I: House of Horrors
Escaped: Cellar of Terror
The Silence of the Lambs
Killer Profile: Gary Heidnik
It Takes a Killer: The House of Horrors


Gary Michael Heidnik

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