Name: Joseph Weldon Brown
Known Aliases: (none)
Date of Birth: November 24, 1954
Claim to Infamy: Brown murdered Evansville resident Ginger Gasaway when she broke up with him and demanded the return of her car. After killing her, he dismembered her body with a reciprocating saw and discarded it in pieces around Posey, Gibson, and Warrick counties. While serving his life sentence for Gasaway’s murder, Brown confessed to killing thirteen others. Although some of the details he provided were able to be corroborated, no additional bodies were found to verify his claims. In 2011, he strangled another inmate to death at Miami Correctional Facility.
Indiana Connection: A native of Cynthiana, Brown was no stranger to Indiana law enforcement long before he murdered Ginger Gasaway. In 1977, he kidnapped, robbed, and assaulted a friend in Owensville. He had served 18 years of a life sentence for that crime when he was released to kill again.
Current Status: Serving life without the possibility of parole at the Westville Control Unit
Random Disturbing Fact: When the saw blade he was using to dismember Gasaway’s body broke, Brown walked into Home Depot splattered with blood and gore and calmly demanded an exchange. It was given to him, no questions asked.
“There is altogether too much cunning and humbug in this land. Honesty, sincerity, and righteousness last the longest. Where they are found to be on both sides everything will be all right.”
– Serial killer Belle Gunness, in an excerpt from a love letter she wrote to Andrew Heiglein. Heiglein was lured to her LaPorte farm under the guise of marriage, robbed, and murdered.
“It’s a good thing you caught me…there was going to be a blood bath.”
– Confessed serial killer Joe Brown to Sergeant Rick Reed, Evansville PD
Name: Larry William Eyler
Known Aliases: (none)
Murder Moniker: The Highway Killer
Date of Birth: December 21, 1952
Claim to Infamy: While in prison for the dismemberment and murder of Chicago teenager Danny Bridges, Eyler confessed to 21 other murders.
Indiana Connection: Born in Crawfordsville, Eyler later lived in Lebanon, Fort Wayne, and Terre Haute. Among other jobs he held, he was a Pinkerton guard at Marion County General Hospital and the manager of a public assistance program in Vigo County. Though he never earned a degree, he attended Indiana State University. Eyler hunted his victims and disposed of their mutilated bodies in several places in the state, as well as in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
Current Status: On March 6, 1994, Larry Eyler died in prison of complications from AIDS.
Random Disturbing Fact: In his confession, Eyler named at least two accomplices. They were never brought to justice.
Name: Herbert Richard “Herb” Baumeister
Known Aliases: Brian Smart, Brian Stats
Date of Birth: April 7, 1947
Claim to Infamy: Eleven bodies were found on Baumeister’s estate. He also suspected of being the I-70 Strangler.
Indiana Connection: Herb was born and raised in Indiana, where he continued to live and hunt humans until shortly before his death.
Current Status: Killed himself with a single shot to the forehead July 3, 1996
Random Disturbing Fact: Baumeister was fired from a position he held with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for repeatedly urinating in his boss’s desk.
Name: Charles Milles Manson
Birth Name: No Name Maddox
Date of Birth: 11/12/1934
Claim to Infamy: In the summer of 1969, Manson orchestrated a series of horrific murders intended to bring about “Helter Skelter” – Charlie’s version of the end of the world.
Indiana Connection: While living in an Indianapolis boarding house, fourteen-year-old Charlie was arrested for car theft and was sentenced to Indiana School for Boys.
Current Status: Serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole in Corcoran State Prison in California
Random Disturbing Fact: Manson was sent to his first day of school dressed as a girl because his uncle thought the ridicule it would prompt from other children would force Charlie to become more aggressive.