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My name is Wayne Adam Ford... I am the serial killer.

Wayne Adam Ford is an ephebophilic serial killer, serial rapist, and possible necrophiliac who was active in various locations of the U.S. and Canada because of his job as a truck driver.

Early life[]

Ford was born on December 3, 1961 in Petaluma, California, as the second son of an American father and a German mother. When Ford was only two years old, he fell off a step and hit his head. His parents divorced when Ford was ten years old and his father remarried, which upset Ford. In November 1980, a then 18-year old Ford was hit by a drunk driver, causing another head injury and drastically changing his personality, gaining murderous and violent impulses in the process, which resulted in him being institutionalized several times; he would later discover that he had a severe case of borderline personality disorder. Ford was also arrested for beating prostitutes, animal cruelty, and for having oral sex with a 15-year old (which he was charged with attempted rape). Ford dropped out of high school and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for six years and being honorably discharged in 1985 after many infractions and write-ups. He was briefly married but eventually divorced. Ford then began driving delivery trucks for Sears and Wards but soon quit because the work was "beneath him", Ford subsequently became a tow truck driver. Ford married for a second time to a woman named Elizabeth in 1994 and had a son named Max in 1995. Elizabeth described him as very distant, yet Ford claimed it was her that seldom let him see their son; they divorced in 1996 and she gained custody of Max. Ford continued working as a trucker and frequently used the service of prostitutes, engaging in various sex acts with them. He introduced himself as "Adam" during this time.

Killings, Arrest, and Incarceration[]

Finally snapping one day, Ford began killing prostitutes to vent his anger towards his ex-wife. On October 17, 1997, Ford picked up his first victim, only identified as Jane Doe or "Torso Girl", whom he raped, murdered and dismembered. Her torso was found days later by a duck hunter in Eureka, California. Months later, he picked up and strangled his next victim, a Las Vegas prostitute named Tina Gibbs, her body was found a month later. His third victim was Lanett White, whom he picked up as she was going to a grocery store near an Ontario truck stop, her body was found in an irrigation canal days later. A month later, he picked up his next victim, Patricia Tamez. Following Tamez's murder, Ford began having suicidal thoughts and prayed more. On November 3, 1998, Ford told his older brother, Calvin Rodney Ford, that he had "hurt people real bad". A day later, Ford and Calvin walked into the sheriff's station at Humboldt County (the location of his first murder) and Ford turned himself in at his brother's suggestion. He took Tamez's severed breast, wrapped in plastic, out of his pocket, and confessed to several killings to the shocked attendant. Ford claimed to be remorseful about the crimes, which he had committed out of hate for his ex-wife and not because of a desire to hurt the victims; and that he had chosen to turn himself because he thought he was about to kill his ex-wife, and he didn't want to leave Max an orphan. Ford was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is currently on death row at California's San Quentin State Prison.

Modus Operandi[]

Ford initially targeted prostitutes, but later began murdering hitchhikers. He would rape and then stab or strangle them to death, mutilate and dismember their bodies (particularly by cutting off their breasts), scattering the pieces in the wilderness. Ford claimed that he was so drunk during the murders that he wouldn't be surprised if he had engaged in necrophilia with them, but could not say if he had really done it. Some of his victims' body parts were found in his freezer and showed signs that he had tried to cook them, though it doesn't appear he cannibalized any of them.

Known Victims[]

  • Unspecified dates: Numerous unnamed prostitutes (all assaulted)
  • January 1982: Unnamed fifteen-year-old girl (had oral sex with; was charged with rape)
  • 1997, Eureka, California: Kerry Ann Cummings, 25 (raped, stabbed, and dismembered post-mortem; her torso was found on October 26 and her legs on April 1, 1998; was identified on June 7th, 2023)
  • 1998:
    • February 6, Buttonwillow, California: Unnamed woman (possibly; found in an aqueduct)
    • June 16, Orange County, California (found): "Orange County Doe" (pseudonym; killed by unknown causes)
    • May 16, Las Vegas, Nevada: Tina Renee Gibbs, 26 (raped and strangled; found in July)
    • September 25, Lodi, California (found): Lanett Deyon White, 25 (raped and strangled like the previous victim)
    • October: Patricia Anne Tamez, 29 (raped and stabbed; cut off her breast post-mortem)

On Criminal Minds[]

  • Season Five
    • "Solitary Man" - While Ford was never directly mentioned or referenced on the show, he appears to have been an inspiration for the episode's unsub, Wade Hatchett - Both were serial killers who had stressors involving their wives and young child (Hatchett's wife died in a fire and he had his daughter taken away by CPS, while Ford's divorced him and hardly let him see his son), had jobs as truckers, were active primarily in one state (California in Ford's case, New Mexico in Hatchett's) but killed in others as well, killed one victim in the city of Las Vegas, targeted both high and low-risk women (primarily prostitutes and hitchhikers, though Hatchett killed other types too), lured them into their trucks, strangled them to death, dumped their bodies along highways, spoke with a family member who tried to convince them to surrender (though this was only successful with Ford), and have similar first names. Also, Hatchett committing suicide could be a slight nod to Ford having suicidal thoughts while incarcerated.