The Kansas City Vampire
By Zach McKinstry
Sappington was convicted on June 23, 2004 of murdering Terry T. Green, 25, Michael Weaver Jr., 22, and Alton "Fred" Brown Jr., 16. Lawyers blamed the killing spree on a history of the psychological disorder Schizophrenia, and an almost daily use of the drug PCP. Sappington claimed that voices in his head told him to, "Eat Flesh and Blood, or he will die."
One of the most gruesome parts of Sappington's serial spree, was that he ate part of one of his victim. In an April 2001 videotape, Sappington had confessed to stabbing Michael Weaver to death, leaving Terry Green's body in a car, and shooting Alton Brown, before dismembering his body and eating a small piece of his leg.
Sappington currently resides in El Dorado Correctional Facility in Butler County, Kansas, serving 4 consecutive life sentences. El Dorado is one of the highest security facilities in the United States, containing other serial killers such as the Carr brothers, convicted of killing five people in a crime spree in 2000, Michael Marsh, whose death-sentence appeal reached the U. S. Supreme court and nearly toppled Kansas' death penalty, Dennis Rader, aka "BTK", a convicted serial killer who murdered 10 people from 1974 through 1991 and eluded capture until 2005, and John Edward Robinson, a convicted serial killer, con man, embezzler, kidnapper, and forger who was found guilty in 2003 of three murders and received the death sentence for two of them. He subsequently admitted responsibility for five additional homicides, and investigators fear that there might be other, undiscovered victims as well. Because he made contact with most of his post-1993 victims via on-line chat rooms, he is sometimes referred to as "the Internet's first serial killer".