Gary Michael Heidnik


Born on November 22, 1943, Gary Heidnik is known for kidnapping women and keeping them on his basement; he was also referred to as a cannibal.  He was constantly referred to as a serial killer but his profile would never fit a serial killer as he is only responsible for the death of two individuals.

During his early years, he was raised in Cleveland where he dropped out of his ninth grade.  He attended a Military Academy for two years and left before he even graduated.  He also joined the army after he dropped out of the military academy.  His mother committed a suicide when he was 27 years old.

He had a relationship with a Filipina woman whom he constantly exchanged mails and after two years of communicating with her, they decided to get married.  But their marriage didn’t last too long as she saw him in bed with three other women.  He forced her to have sex with her and raped her.  After three months of horror she decided to leave him.  They had a son but he is not well acquainted with him.

In 1978, he signed out his girlfriends’ mental retarded sister out of a mental institution and kept her locked under the basement.  She was found in 1978 and was returned to the mental facility and was discovered to be raped and sodomized.  He was charged for rape, kidnapping and was found guilty.  He was ordered to serve three years-seven years inside the cell.  He was released on 1983.

It was after his separation with his wife that the murder and series of imprisonment happened.  He abducted 6 women in 1986 and locked them under the basement of his house in Philadelphia. The girls were sexually abused and beaten in front of each other.  One of the captives died due to starvation, Heidnik grounded his meat and feed it to the other captives.

One of his detainees managed to escape after promising that she will bring him with more additional captives.  The victim called the police that led to his arrest.  He was given a death sentence and was executed by lethal injection on the 6th of July 1999.

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