Faryion Wardrip

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Faryion Wardrip
Born(1959-03-06)March 6, 1959
Salem, Indiana, U.S.
Criminal penaltyDeath
Conviction(s)Murder
Killings
Number of victims5
Span of killingsDecember 21, 1984–May 6, 1986
CountryUnited States
State(s)Texas
Date apprehendedMay 9, 1989 (for the murder of Tina Kimbrew); February 13, 1999 (for the murders of Terry Simms, Toni Gibbs and Ellen Blau)
 
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Faryion Wardrip
Born(1959-03-06)March 6, 1959
Salem, Indiana, U.S.
Criminal penaltyDeath
Conviction(s)Murder
Killings
Number of victims5
Span of killingsDecember 21, 1984–May 6, 1986
CountryUnited States
State(s)Texas
Date apprehendedMay 9, 1989 (for the murder of Tina Kimbrew); February 13, 1999 (for the murders of Terry Simms, Toni Gibbs and Ellen Blau)

Faryion Edward Wardrip (born 6 Mar 1959) is an American serial killer who raped and murdered five women in Wichita Falls, Texas and the surrounding counties from 1984 to 1986.[1][2]

On the 6th of May 1986 Wardrip killed Tina Kimbrew, 21, a recent friend of his. A few days later, on May 9th, he called the Police and owned up to the crime. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Paroled in 1997 he moved to Olney where he remarried and became an active supporter of the local Church, gaining a good reputation.

In 1999 a Wichita Falls detective named John Little started a cold case investigation that led him to discover a previously unknown link between Wardrip and Ellen Blau, one of the girls murdered in 1985. John Little was given, by Wardrip, a paper cup that Wardrip had used and then thrown away. At the time, Wardrip did not know who John Little was and gave the cup to Little after Little claimed to need a cup that he could spit tobacco into. After a check of the DNA found on the cup used by Wardrip, it was clear that Wardrip was the man who raped and murdered Terry Lee Sims, 20, and Toni Gibbs, 24. After being put under arrest the killer owned up to the Sims and Gibbs murders and confessed to the murders of Ellen Blau, 21 and Debra Taylor, 26, too.

In 1999, Wardrip was sentenced to death for the murder of Terri Lee Sims, and three life terms for the other killings. In 2008, a federal magistrate recommended that the death penalty be overturned because Wardrip received ineffective defense in his trial. On June 14, 2011, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that ordered the State of Texas to either give him a new sentencing trial, or agree to giving him a life sentence. The case will be sent back to the U.S. District Court for reconsideration.[3] Wardrip remains on death row at Polunsky Unit in Livingston.

A book based on his crimes, Body Hunter, was written by Patricia Springer in 2001.[4]

Scream at the sky, another book about Wardrip crimes and related investigations, was written by Carlton Stowers in 2003.[5] A show on ID channel The New Detectives episode: To Kill Again, first aired in 2001, highlighted the forensics used to capture Wardrip.

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