The way we are raised as children often has a direct impact on the way we’ll grow up to be as teens and young adults. Our influences from childhood shape our young, underdeveloped minds, and sometimes we carry some of those “bad traits” from our parents that we wished so badly we would have never been exposed to.
The following story depicts how one teen learned about the dark world of vampire culture from his mother. But he wound up becoming more into the lifestyle than she ever was. By the time his mother realized how deep her son had gotten, there was nothing she could do to stop him…
A Young Mom
Sondra Gibson was a child herself when she gave birth to her son Rod Ferrell. Being only 16-years-old at the time, it’s safe to say that Gibson didn’t know what she was in for as far as parenting was concerned.
Raising Her Son As A Single Parent
Sondra and her husband divorced after being married for only three weeks, and she was left to raise her son as a single parent. Rod Ferrell was the one who wound up suffering after the divorce because growing up he only saw his father on rare occasions throughout his childhood…
Even though Ferrell was close to his mom as he was her only child, he appeared to have a love-hate relationship with her. Ferrell once wrote in a school essay, “She is a monster when she is angry…But I still love her.” Yet, there was one thing that differentiated them from other families, vampire culture was part of family tradition.
Fascinated With Vampire Culture
Sondra had a fascination with vampire culture and she introduced Ferrell to the world of the undead by playing vampire video games, reading vampire books and watching vampire movies. She didn’t think what she was showing her son was violent, but it was apparently violent enough to have a profound influence on Ferrell…
He had developed a lust for blood as a teenager, which started with his own blood in his bedroom. He started cutting his skin open and sucking the blood and his mother felt helpless because this wasn’t something that she ever did herself.
Soon Ferrell got into sex and drugs and everything he was listening to and watching was dark and was based around war, death, pain, and hate. He also was into the black arts and he was teaching other kids about being in the black arts and witchcraft…
He Believed He Was A Vampire
By age 15, Ferrell was convinced he was 500-years-old and truly believed he was a vampire. He became the leader of his own small cult of teenage followers partaking in vampire rituals. They fed on each other’s blood in the belief that it was the elixir of life and love.
Ferrell and three of his so-called disciples, Scott Anderson, Charity Keesee, and Dana Cooper, left in Scott’s car from Murray, Kentucky, and headed in the direction of Daytona Beach, Florida. Heather Wendorf, 15, lived in the nearby town of Eustis, Florida, and she planned to run away with Ferrell and join his vampire cult…
Ferrell met Heather a year earlier after he and his mother briefly moved from Kentucky to Florida. Like Ferrell, Heather was a troubled kid who told him she was being mistreated by her parents. She implied her father was hurting her and her mother was doing nothing to stop it.
Ferrell felt empathetic towards Heather since he had also been abused by a family member and Heather allegedly asked Ferrell to do something to stop it. The cult’s only plan was to pick up Heather and bring her back to Kentucky, but things changed when their car broke down after they arrived in Florida…
Planned To Steal A Ford Explorer
The “vampire crew” decided they wanted to steal a Ford Explorer that Heather’s parents owned, and Heather told Ferrell that the keys were inside her parents’ bedroom. Heather said she would leave the garage door unlocked so Ferrell could get inside, but first, he would have to initiate Heather into his vampire cult in a ceremony known as “crossing over.”
It was done at a local cemetery and Ferrell and Heather cut each other and fed on one another’s blood, as well as on mind-warping drugs. After that, basically anything that could happen did happen. Ferrell was very high and others around him were nervous, and some of the girls had popped pills. Any plans they had to simply steal the Ford Explorer went terribly wrong…
Scared Of Heather’s Dad
The girls dropped Ferrell and Scott off near Heather’s home at around 9 p.m. and the two teens walked to the house and opened the garage door which was unlocked for them. All they had in their hands were wooden sticks since they didn’t know how big Heather’s father was and they were slightly worried about that.
Weapons For Protection
Knowing that a grown man could smash him to the ground, Ferrell looked around the garage for something a little more dangerous than sticks. He saw an ax but figured that’d be too loud and that’s when he found a crowbar. If he had to, he would swat her dad with it and run away…
Making Their Entrance
Ferrell and Scott walked through another door in the garage leading to the main part of the house and there they saw Heather’s father fast asleep on the couch. They made their way towards the back bedrooms but they couldn’t find the parents’ bedroom, where Heather told them the keys to the Ford Explorer would be.
High On Drugs
Being still high on hallucinogens and hemoglobin from Heather’s initiation a couple of hours earlier, Ferrell flew into a furious, murderous frenzy. He snapped and lost full control of himself and repeatedly hit Heather’s father with the crowbar until he was beyond dead. He didn’t even remember how many times he hit him…
He Wasn’t Done Just Yet
Ferrell stood frozen and scared to death, but he was still higher than ever. He danced around Richard Wendorf’s body and that’s when Heather’s mother Naoma appeared in front of Ferrell and Scott.
Another Dead Body
She had a look of horror on her face while wearing a bathrobe with a cup of coffee in her hand. Ferrell reportedly told Naoma to run for her life, but he believes that she charged at him and flung her cup of coffee in his face. The next thing Ferrell knew he’d beaten her to death as well with the same crowbar. After realizing what he did, he flew out of the house, but not before grabbing the car keys that he found in a dish on a drawer…
How Did They Get Away So Many Times?
Scott and Ferrell drove in the Explorer to collect their vampire ladies and get out of town. They picked up the girls but wound up getting stopped by police five times after Heather’s big sister arrived home and called 911. Somehow, the men were not arrested in the five times that they were pulled over, but they finally were when Ferrell’s girlfriend Charity told her parents who alerted the police.
Vampire Murderer Could Go Free
Ferrell confessed to murdering Richard and Naoma Wendorf and he was sentenced to death, which was later commuted to life without parole because he was only 16 at the time of the murders and still a juvenile. Then, in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all juvenile killers with automatic life sentences must be resentenced. This means that after 20 years behind bars, Ferrell could be a free man any day now.