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"Pie I'm Greg Colson this is serial killers of our cast original every Monday we dive into the minds and madness of serial killers with my co-host Vanessa. Richardson Hi everyone you can find episodes of serial killers and all other podcast originals for free on spotify or wherever you listen to me casts to stream serial killers for free on spotify just open the APP and type serial killers in the search bar today we're beginning story of Richard Trenton Chase a deeply disturbed man who would eventually become known as the Vampire of Sacramento at Podcast were grateful for you our listeners he will allow us to do what we love. Let us know how we're doing reach out on facebook and Instagram at our cast and twitter at par cast Worth and if you enjoyed today's episode the best way to help us is to leave a five star review wherever you're listening it really does help on December Twenty Ninth Nineteen Seventy seven Ambrose Griffin was the victim of a random drive by shooting in Sacramento after a cooling off period rid of about a month the man who committed this shooting went on a rampage throughout the surrounding suburbs from January twenty third to January twenty seven Bentham Thousand Nine hundred seventy eight Richard Trenton Chase traveled from house to house shooting people drinking their blood and brutalizing their remains. over the course of a week he managed to kill five people before he was finally tracked down and apprehended by Sacramento County Police week we'll follow Richard's troubled adolescence and a turbulent home and delve into his multiple stints at mental health institutions for bizarre abberant savior next week will explore the horrific killing spree he initiated in January of Nineteen seventy eight which led to his capture by local detectives Dan his eventual fate while awaiting execution and the San Quentin Gas Chamber will also analyze richards grotesque fascination with drinking the blood pickton's Richard Trenton Chase was born on May twenty third nineteen fifty in Sacramento California starting when he was to his father also named Richard worked at McClellan air four or space as a computer specialist his mother Beatrice worked as a teacher for the first eight years of his life Richard lived an ordinary childhood he was a cub scout and played little league baseball in Nineteen fifty four his sister Pamela was born and his parents for the time being were happy together however this idyllic family life soon began to fracture by his own admission Richard Chase senior struggled with managing money he drank heavily frequently fought with his wife and disciplined his children harshly Beatrice left the disciplining of the children to her husband who later admitted to shaking them aggressively when they act it out on one occasion he forced his son when Richard Junior refused to eat but Richard Junior wasn't the only one on the receiving end of Richard Seniors Fury as Richard and his sister grew up the fights between the chase parents grew more constant and more passionate which greatly affected the psychological development of young Richard Vanessa's going to take over on the psychology here and throughout the episode please note Vanessa is not a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist but she has been a lot of research for the show thanks Greg the friction in the chase household was coupled with a certain degree of neglect from Richard's parents later psychiatric evaluation labeled Beatrice as emotionally unable to concentrate on the task of socializing her son or to care for him in a loving way the supposed inability could've stemmed from emotional problems of her own but was likely not helped by the increasingly turbulent nature of her life to be clear Richard Senior was no better at socializing as child but apparently they're doctors didn't view parenting as men's work than therefore he wasn't blamed nevertheless the neglect and constant fighting isolated Richard and caused him to turn inward this was only exacerbated by the fact that the chase family moved houses multiple times throughout the nineteen fifty s according to court documents they lost their second home in nineteen sixty one to financial troubles caused in part by marital problems a two thousand sixteen study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine by Roger t Webb Karston be Peterson and Pearl L. H. Mock examined how moving frequently as a child affects a person later in life the study determined that in all areas including substance abuse psychiatric disorders and violent offending moving as a child increases the risk of later developing these behaviors sadly Richard would not prove to be the exception in fact he was an extremely strange child who grew into an isolated unruly teenager beatrice chase later recalled at the age of thirteen young Richard frequently made a mess of their kitchen in misguided attempts to cook but he didn't behave like a typical teenager learning a few recipes in her words he burnt pans and he would leave stuff all over the kitchen and big puddles on the floor he never picked up or cleaned anything now he was up stewing around and cooking burning stuff all night long and ought to be vexing we couldn't sleep my daughter and I in the house he turned the heat on and he'd turn it up so high open the windows let the heat out it and strip off lying on the couch in the living room although he still looked outwardly normal it was clear that Richard Trenton Chase was developed into a very abnormal person especially as the gulf between his parents widened Richard Seniors drinking heavily worsened and be Chris frequently accused him of infidelity by the time Richard was fourteen in May of nineteen sixty four the fighting had grown so constant the he could barely stand to be in his own home such was the richer to entered high school at the end of that summer he was described by those who knew him as a weapon groomed and fairly popular student those grades were frequently below average as a freshman his report card was mostly CS and ds but by his sophomore a year fs started to appear more frequently this should not be a huge surprise as nineteen sixty five was a particularly turbulent year for the chase family early in the year Richard Junior's mother took both him and Pamela out of the House and fled south to Los Angeles after eight days Richard Senior followed them there and took Richard Junior back beatrice however stayed in Los Angeles for four months before rejoining her family and Sacramento that same year fifteen year old Richard began a relationship with a girl a few years his junior she spoke about their relationship later understandably opting not to use her real name the ex girlfriend recalled that while Richard liked her was attracted to girls he found the sexual part of their relationship challenging throughout their year long relationship he was never able to maintain an erection is this limitation that caused her to end their relationship in nineteen sixty six erectile dysfunction as exceedingly uncommon among younger men study suggests that only five percent of men under the age of forty will experience it this can be caused by any number of influences from stress to depression two generalized anxiety we can only speculate which of these preyed on young Richard Chase but what we do know is that it a constant source of frustration and humiliation for him around this time possibly to cope with shame surrounding his sexual impotence or more or simply because he was a teenager in the nineteen sixties he started experimenting with drugs these included Marijuana LSD and occasionally the Empha- means he let his hair grow out and began to neglect his personal hygiene at the age of fifteen he had his first run in with police when he it busted for marijuana when confronted by his father. Richard denied any drug use contradicting the police report. This obvious lie only his father Angrier Richards casual attitude about drugs and increasingly inconsiderate attitude toward his family caused free in between him and his father the got into heated arguments about Richard's aimless approach to life as well as increasingly slovenly appearance but These arguments were hardly unique to the chase family most onlookers assumed Richard was just a directionless slob of teenager no one thought he was especially dangerous especially when at age eighteen he graduated from Mira Loma high school despite his poor work ethic and general lack of ambition he months later he saw a psychiatrist for his erectile problem unfortunately there was little to be done for Ed at the time so the condition remained a constant source of insecurity for Richard Throughout his life but all things considered it seemed like he was making an effort to get us life on track after his turbulent youth but then at the dawn of the Nineteen Seventies Richard Chases Strangeness Truly began to Manifest Richard stopped attending classes at American River College taking what he called a leave of absence from schoolwork the faculty did not see away from his family in February of Nineteen seventy-one too young residents of Sacramento Sid Evansdale Marquis and Rachel."