Rod Ferrell was a disturbed 17 year old whose emotional age, according to psychologist, was only that of a three year old.
February 12, 1998, Rod Ferrell plead guilty to killing couple Richard Wendorf and Naoma Queen of Eustis, Florida. His victims were the parents of a friend and cult member, Heather Wendorf. He was helped by his then girlfriend, Charity Lynn Keesee, and two members of his cult.
Ferrel was the leader of a Florida vampire cult, they called the "Vampire Clan".
The attack, which happened last November 25 started some three days back. Late night of November 22 or early morning of November 23, Rod Ferrell, together with his two cult members and Keesee, left Murray, Kentucky to drive down to Eustis.
When they arrived Eustis, Ferrell allegedly told Audrey Presson, another acquaintance that he was in town for an unfinished business. Ferrell had lived in Eustis for a couple of years before moving back to Murray to live with his mother.
Throughout the spring of 1996, Heather Wendorf was communicating with Ferrell, complaining that her parents were hurting her and that she wanted him to get her but he'd have to kill them.
On the day of the attack, Rod Ferrell, driving with his crew, was stopped by law enforcement officers due to a flat tire. This flat tire caused him to change his mind. He discussed his new plan with the group, including Heather Wendolf. This plan was to kill Wendorf's parents and take their Fortuner as their getaway vehicle.
When they arrived near the Wendorf's, they met with Heather down the road. Ferrell then sent Heather, Keesee, and Cooper to meet up with Heather's boyfriend.
Ferrell and Anderson were left behind. Armed with cubs, they scouted Wendorf's residence for a way to get inside the house. They found an unlocked door leading to the garage where they searched for better weapons. He found a crowbar and settled with it.
Inside the house, they found the 49 year-old Wendorf sleeping on the couch. Ferrell hit his head several times with the crowbar, fracturing his skull. He also inflicted various wounds on the victim's chest and left him with broken ribs.
With Richard Wendorf dying, Rod Ferrell went into the kitchen just in time when Naomi went out of the bathroom. When she saw blood on Ferrell's clothes and crowbar in his hand, she threw him hot coffee and fought up with him but Ferrell overpowered her, beat her to the floor and hit her head with the crowbar several times.
With the couple lying dead, the two searched the house for some nice finds. They found and took a Discover card and the keys to the Fortuner in Richard Wendorf's pocket.
The two drove off using the Fortuner to meet up with the girls who were returning to their meeting place near the Wendorf's home using the Buick Skyhawk which was originally used by Ferrell to drove down to Kentucky.
They convoyed the vehicles to Sanford where they dumped the Buick, switching the vehicles' plates, probably to confuse the authorities.
The Group drove toward New Orleans, apparently to meet with famed vampire author, Anne Rice. They stopped over at Crestview and used Wendorf's card to buy gas and a knife. Along the way, one of the five made a call to Keesee's family. Few miles after, they were caught.
Ferrell, Anderson, Heather Wendorf, and Dana Cooper where charged with Murder while Keesee was charged of being an accessory to the crime.
On December 17, 1996, Ferrell and Anderson where indicted by a grand jury while refusing to indict Heather Wendorf.
The trial began last February 12, 1998. Rod Ferrell plead guilty to the armed burglary, armed robbery, and two counts of first degree murders. Though Ferrell's lawyers contested that his young age, emotional age, and his extreme mental and emotional disturbance should be a mutilating factor in his sentence, the Grand Jury unanimously voted his death sentence in Florida's electric chair.
Rod Ferrell is now the youngest person lined up in Florida's death row.
After the reading of Ferrell's sentence, judge Jerry Lockett urged the prosecutors to indict Heather Wendorf, saying that there is genuine evil in this world.
Sonda Gibson, Ferrell's mother said her son didn't deserve death penalty while she endorsed the judge's suggestion on Heather Wendorf, saying, "There's one person walking around who's just as guilty as he is".
Ferrell's crime, though he claims was due to his vampiric urge is more due to a troubled childhood and a disturbing upbringing than vampirism.
Rod Ferrell was born March 28, 1980 from teenage parents. Sonda Gibson, was only 17 when she gave birth to Ferrell with then boyfriend Rick Ferrell who was also a teenager. They were married nine days after Rod was born but split up just weeks after.
Rick joined the army while Sonda kept Rod, whom was looked after by her parents.
Rod claimed that he was raped by his grandfather when he was only 5! He also claimed that he was exposed to satanic rituals and human sacrifices as a young child.
He was also exposed to the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game.
Sondra Gibson remarried, moved frequently with young Rod before finally leaving him in Murray, Kentucky to move with her new husband to Michigan who allegedly was also engaging in satanic rituals. Her husband allegedly told Rod that they were never coming back. Gibson apparently became so upset and divorced him to move back to Murray and be with Rod.
Rod indulged in Vampire the Masquerade role playing game in his teen years.
During this time, Rod has transformed. He walks in cemeteries at night and cuts himself to let others feed from it. He also started to claim that he was a 500 year-old-vampire and told others that his name was "Vesago".
he disobeyed school policies, skpped classes, smoked on campus, and disrespected his teachers.
This may have been a result of the too much freedom he enjoyed from his mother who allowed him to use drugs and to stay out all night.
He also met a man named Stephen Murray who alleged brought him to the vampire world, Murray was believed to have given him the name "Vesago".
For some unknown reasons, Murray attacked Ferrell on September
1996. He was convicted for the attack. After awhile, Sonda Gibson was
charged for soliciting a minor. Apparently, she was
sending love letters to Murphy's 14 year-old brother and was asking him
to "cross her over" to be his vampire bride.