Confessed killer: Darren Deon Vann (pictured) told polcie that he killed Afrikka Hardy, 19, and admitted other killings as well, officers said
Confessed killer: Darren Deon Vann (pictured) told polcie that he killed Afrikka Hardy, 19, and admitted other killings as well, officers said

There is a serial killer in Gary, Indiana that is finally off the streets. But not before he could murder 11 people, hang their bodies on the walls and open his insanity to the public as a “Haunted House” attraction.

Donald Vann, the serial killer, is 34 years old. The police have been hunting him since 2005, and they said 25 bodies had been found between 2005-2012 – all murders with one thing in common.

All the victims had wounds with brands of style ‘crucifixion’ on the hands and feet. They knew they had a serial killer on their hands. However, according to the police, the murderer seemed to have disappeared. They had found the bodies for 2 years …. Until now.

Gary, Indiana is known for its surplus of abandoned houses, 10,000 to be exact. Most of them too damaged to be sold. Vann has decided to find an abandoned house to occupy and make it his own.

Authorities say Vann turned the basement of this abandoned house  in a morgue to collect the bodies of his victims. In a videotaped confession, Vann admitted that he wanted to get caught. “I wanted to put an end to this. But I wanted to make sure I would be remembered.”

vann_darren_donaldVann said he had planned the ‘Haunted House’ for the last 8 months preparing the bodies for viewing. The house was opened on October 18 and the police was called immediately by the terrified public .

“When we entered the home, the smell was putrid. At first I thought the odor was like a stink bomb or something, ” said one attendee. “Then as we went through, he had bodies hanging up on crosses on the wall. It looked way too real. My husband went up close and touched it and said ‘Let’s get out of here! I think that’s real!’ At that point, the other people that were in there with us all ran out of the house screaming. It was absolute chaos!”

Victim, Afrika Hardy, 19, was found at this Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana
Victim, Afrika Hardy, 19, was found at this Motel 6 in Hammond, Indiana

Another eyewitness said that Vann just sat there in a chair at the door entrance while people ran out. “As we were all running out and screaming, he sat to the left of the door with a psychotic smirk on his face. He just had this blank stare, an emptiness in his eyes. I don’t know which was scarier, him or the dead people.”

The police department reported receiving more than 50,911 calls reporting the incident. Police arrived within minutes and arrested Vann.

The District Attorney’s office is hoping to charge Vann with the 11 murders based on the bodies found  in his home, as well as for the 25 murders that occurred since 2005. According to police, he has already confessed to 17 out of those first 25.

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