Rod Ferrell was sixteen years old when he and three other teens would commit a double murder. According to court documents Rod Ferrell was a friend with a girl named Heather Wendorf who thought of himself as a five hundred year old Vampire. Before the murders took place Rod Ferrell, Dana Cooper, Howard Anderson and Charity Keesee decided to drive to New Orleans and pick up Heather Wendorf along the way. When they arrived at the Wendorf house Rod Ferrell and Howard Anderson would enter the home and beat her parents to death with a baseball bat.
The five teen killers would be arrested days later by police. Howard Anderson was initially sentenced to life in prison however it was later changed to forty years. Dana Cooper was sentenced to seventeen and a half years in prison, she has been since been released. Charity Keesee was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison, she has since been released. Heather Wendorf has never been charged in the murders of her parents. Rod Ferrell was initially sentenced to death and for a couple of years was the youngest person on death row in the USA. It was later changed to life in prison due to his age at the time of the murders. Rod Ferrell continues to try and get his sentence reduced
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The man who led a so-called vampire cult and was convicted of the murders of two Eustis people in 1998 is hoping to have his murder sentence reduced.
A resentencing hearing is happening this week in Lake County for Rod Ferrell.
Ferrell was convicted of the murders of Richard Wendorf and Naomi Ruth Queen almost 23 years ago. He was 16 at the time and was sentenced to death, at the time becoming the youngest person in the United States on death row.
But in 2000, the Florida Supreme Court reduced his sentence. Ferrell is currently serving a life sentence without parole.
In the 90s, Ferrell and several other teenagers from Kentucky formed what they called a “Vampire Clan.” Ferrell would tell people that he was a 500-year-old Vampire named Vesago.
In November of 1996, Naomi Ruth Queen and Richard Wendorf were found beaten to dead in their Eustis, Florida home. The victims were the parents of Heather Wendorf, a friend of Ferrell’s. Documents show Ferrell was trying to help Wendorf run away from home. Wendorf was not at the home when the murders took place.
Ferrell’s mental state was used as a defense in his original trial for murder in 1998. In the end, he pleaded guilty to the murders, and said Wendorf and some of the other people who were arrested were innocent.
On Tuesday, the defense put a psychologist on the stand who testified that Ferrell’s family was dysfunctional, pointing out that her mother engaged in satanic cult behavior. The psychologist said was also introduced into the occult by a young woman named “Ilianna.”
“And he describes it as a mentor and student, or a master and slave kind of engagement,” said psychologist James Garbarino. “It was sexual, he described it as standard sexual behavior. There was some candle wax. She forced him to watch other people and report back what he had seen.”
In 2018, another member of the vampire clan, Howard Scott Anderson, was resentenced to 40 years in prison.
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|Name:||FERRELL, RODRICK J|
|Initial Receipt Date:||02/27/1998|
|Current Facility:||TOMOKA C.I.|
|Current Release Date:||SENTENCED TO LIFE|
Howard Anderson 2020 Information
|Name:||ANDERSON, HOWARD S|
|Initial Receipt Date:||04/02/1998|
|Current Facility:||CALHOUN C.I.|
|Current Release Date:||07/11/2031|
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