Faryion Wardrip

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Faryion Wardrip
Born(1959-03-06)March 6, 1959
Salem, Indiana, U.S.
Criminal penalty
Death
Conviction(s)Murder
Killings
Victims5
Span of killings
December 21, 1984–May 6, 1986
CountryUnited States
State(s)Texas
Date apprehended
May 9, 1986 (for the murder of Tina Kimbrew); February 13, 1999 (for the murders of Terry Simms, Toni Gibbs, Ellen Blau, and Debra Taylor)
 
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Faryion Wardrip
Born(1959-03-06)March 6, 1959
Salem, Indiana, U.S.
Criminal penalty
Death
Conviction(s)Murder
Killings
Victims5
Span of killings
December 21, 1984–May 6, 1986
CountryUnited States
State(s)Texas
Date apprehended
May 9, 1986 (for the murder of Tina Kimbrew); February 13, 1999 (for the murders of Terry Simms, Toni Gibbs, Ellen Blau, and Debra Taylor)

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 confessed 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 began a cold case investigation that led him to discover a previously unknown link between Wardrip and Ellen Blau, a 21 year old woman who had been found murdered in 1985. Little, who was unknown to Wardrip, asked Wardrip for a cup to spit tobacco into, after which Wardrip gave Little a paper cup that Wardrip had previously used. An analysis of DNA found on the cup matched DNA associated with two rape and murder victims, Terry Lee Sims, 20, and Toni Gibbs, 24. Wardrip was placed under arrest, and in custody confessed to the Sims and Gibbs murders and as well as those of Blau and Debra Taylor, 26.

In 1999, Wardrip was sentenced to death for the murder of 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 Wardrip 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 Wardrip's crimes, Body Hunter, was written by Patricia Springer in 2001.[4]

Scream at the Sky, another book about Wardrip's 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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