There’s no end to the terrifying photos you can find on the internet. Some of the most disturbing photos are those of Regina Kay Walters taken by serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades.
The haunting images of Walters, in a black dress and shoes – provided by Rhoades – are among the most disturbing photos because of what happened after they were taken. Rhoades killed the 14-year-old in an abandoned barn after shooting the images – weeks after abducting her. Her captivity included countless rape and torture sessions at Rhoades’ hands.
There are some genuinely sick individuals in the world. While Rhoades spends his days in a cell, academics argue over the number of serial killers active in the US. Experts believe between 2000 and 4000 serial killers are active in the United States, and responsible for 1-2% of all murders.
Robert Ben Rhoades and his most disturbing photos
Also known as the Truck Stop Killer, serial rapist and killer Rhoades is suspected in more than 50 killings. He was tried and sentenced for three murders.
Rhoades apparently had a normal upbringing and faced some misdemeanor charges in his teens. He wasn’t a recluse, Rhoades was involved in school activities. After graduating he joined the Marine Corp.
Rhoades goes off the rails
After joining the Marines, Rhoades’ father was arrested for molesting a 12-year-old girl and committed suicide before his trial. In the late 60s, Rhoades was given a dishonorable discharge from the Marines for being part of a robbery. Back in civilian life he tried for a career in law enforcement but was unsuccessful. He held a number of menial jobs before becoming a long haul truck driver.
He was married three times and fathered one son during the 70s and 80s. It was during this time he became interested in BDSM, the practice becoming one of his main hobbies. He was active in his local BDSM scene.
The killings and most disturbing photos
Rhoades started killing in the 70s – his prey were hitchhikers and truck stop prostitutes (lot lizards). He converted the sleeper section of his truck’s cab into a torture chamber with restraints. He would keep women for days or weeks, raping and torturing them multiple times before ultimately killing them.
Rhoades admits to being active for 15 years – 1975 to 1990. Authorities believe from his preferred victim, truck routes, and missing person reports he could be responsible for more than 50 rapes and murders.
1990 – The end of Rhoades spree
Rhoades first confirmed victim was Patricia Candace Walsh and her husband, Douglas Zyskowski. Both were hitchhiking. They were picked up by Rhoades who quickly killed Zyskowski and dumped his body. Walsh was less lucky. She was kept as Rhoades prisoner for more than a week. He raped and tortured her countless times before killing her and dumping her in Utah. Her body was discovered in October 1990.
An unidentified woman was abducted and kept prisoner by Rhoades. After being subjected to two weeks of multiple indignities at Rhoades’ hands, the woman escaped and went to the police. She declined to press charges, thinking it would be a case of she-said, he said. Also, she lived in fear of Rhoades coming back for her.
Regina Kay Walters and the most disturbing photos
Rhoades bloodlust was escalating – something common for serial killers as their cool-off period after a kill grows shorter and shorter. Only days after the escape of the unidentified woman, Rhoades abducted runaways 14-year old Regina Kay Walters and her boyfriend Ricky Lee Jones, outside of Houston, Texas. As in his previous killing, he murdered Jones and dumped the body in Mississippi.
There must have been something special about Walters – Rhoades kept her a long time. He cut off all her hair and forced her to wear clothes he provided for photoshoots. From the photos seized by police after his arrest, there is noticeable hair growth on Walters to indicate she was a prisoner for several weeks.
In the most disturbing photos, Walters can be seen holding up her hands and backing away from Rhoades, her fear evident. Some believe these photos to be staged to feed Rhoades’ perversions. Staged or not, the look in Walters’ eyes makes these some of the most disturbing photos. Rhoades strangled Walters after taking the photos. Her body was found in an abandoned barn – where the photographs were taken – near Greenville, Illinois in September of 1990.
The end of Robert Ben Rhoades reign of terror
Rhoades was apprehended on April 1, 1990, by a state trooper in Arizona. A naked and screaming woman, identified as Kathleen Vine, was found restrained in his truck’s torture chamber. He couldn’t talk himself out of the suspicious situation and was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, and unlawful imprisonment. After investigating further authorities were able to link Rhoades to the disappearance of Walters and Jones.
After searing Rhoades home police found:
- photos of a nude teenager, identified as Walters
- Photos of Walsh
Rhoades Trial and Imprisonment
Rhoades was convicted of the murder of Regina Kay Walters, the subject of the most disturbing photos. He was sentenced to life without parole in Illinois. Utah was to take Rhoades to trial for the Candace Walsh and Douglas Zyskowski killings but canceled the proceedings at the request of the families. Rhoades pleaded guilty in Texas related to the Walters and Jones murders to avoid the death penalty. He is serving his life sentence at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois
Rhoades is a truly sick man. His photographs have left a lasting effect on many that have viewed them. Getting a glimpse into the last moments of Regina Kay Walters’ life has left many depressed and sickened.
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