(1968-1972) aka "the Vampire Rapist" was a 26-year old charming
young man from Montreal who always left bite marks on the breasts of his
5 female victims. All victims had been found naked and strangled to
death in their apartments, but there were no signs of any struggle.
Investigators looked into who the girls had been dating, and the name
"Bill" kept coming up. Police even had a photograph of the suspect. He
was caught when police staked out all blue Mercedes, which was the kind
of car he drove. He was convicted of multiple life sentences through
forensic odontology. The dentist was able to demonstrate 29 points of
similarity between the bite marks on the breasts and Boden's teeth.
Wayne Clifford Boden
A dyed-in-the-flesh sexual sadist,
obsessed with the desire to bite female breasts, Canadian Wayne Boden
became known as the 'Vampire Rapist" after his chilling method of murder.
Prowling the streets of Montreal, he singlehandedly staged a two-year
reign of terror with attacks that drew outrage for their brutal, animal
23 july 1968, Norma Villancourt, 21,
was death in her apartment. She was raped and strangled, her breasts
savaged with bite marks. Strangely, cops found no sign of a struggle. In
fact, the M.E.s noted that she had died with a faint *smile* on her lips.
Months passed before, in 1969, the
killer strangled Shirley Audette and dumped her lifeless body at an
apartment complex in West Montreal. Though fully clothed, Shirley had
been savagely raped -- and once again there were teeth marks found on
her breasts. Questioning of a former boyfried revealed fears that she
was "getting into something dangerous" with a new, unknown man she'd
November 23: Marielle Archambault left
her office with a young man she called "Bill". When she didn't show up
for work the next morning, her employer went to see if she was OK. He
found her on the floor of her living room, another victim of the twisted
strangler, who had raped her, ripped off her bra and gnawed on her
breasts. A crumpled picture found in the wreckage of her flat was
readily identified as "Bill" -- yet the cops could stil not connect the
smiling face with a real-life suspect.
January, 1970: Our hero strikes again,
picking off Jean Wray, twenty-four, in her apartment. Wray's boyfriend
stopped by and noticed the unlocked door. He went in to discover her
naked corpse, breasts ravaged by bloody bite marks. Despite clear-cut
evidence of violence, cops once again found no sign of a protracted
struggle. Yet *again*, the victim looked "serene" in death.
The fear in Montreal had died down by
1971, when the Vampire rapist when back to work in Calgary, some 2,500
miles away. Elizabeth Pourteous, a teacher, turned up missing on May 18.
Her body was soon discovered in her apartment, surrounded by the
wreckage of a struggle. Raped, strangled, bite marks... all the signs
that the kille rhad taken his show on the road. A broken cufflink was
found near the corpse.
Two of Pourteous' colleagues at the
school reported that she had been seen with a young man in a blue
Mercedes on the night she perished. The car featured a bull-shaped decal,
advertising beef, in the window. A friend of the victim also recalled
that Liz was seeing a lad named -- Bill.
May 19: Patrolmen found Wayne Boden's
car near the murder scene. He was arrested a half-hour later as he
approached it. He told the cops he had moved from Montreal a year
earlier, and admitted to seeing Elizabeth Pourteous the night she was
killed. The final confirmation of Boden's guilt was delivered by an
orthodontist, who compared a cast of his teeth to wounds on the victims.
that earned Wayne a life sentence.
Returned to trial in Montreal, he now
openly confessed to three of the related murders, oddly balking at the
slaughter of Norma Villancourt. It was plenty, regardless, and the court
slapped him with four more life terms -- hopefully sealing him away from
society for good.
Boden, Wayne Clifford
A sexual sadist, obsessed with the desire to bite female breasts,
Canadian Wayne Boden became infamous as the "Vampire Rapist," after his
distinctive modus operandi. Stalking his victims in the neighborhood of
Montreal, he sparked a two-year reign of terror with attacks that drew
particular attention for their brute ferocity.
On July 23, 1968, Norma Villancourt, a
21-year-old teacher, was found dead in her Montreal apartment. She had
been raped and strangled, her breasts savaged with bite marks, but
police reported no evident signs of a struggle. In fact, a pathologist
noted the victim had died with a passive, faint smile on her face.
The best part of a year elapsed before
the killer struck again, in 1969, strangling Shirley Audette and dumping
her corpse at the rear of an apartment complex in West Montreal. Though
fully clothed when found, she had been raped, and their were bite marks
on her breasts. A conversation with the victim's former boyfriend
brought to light her fears that she was "getting into something
dangerous" with someone she had started dating, but the suspect's name
had not been mentioned.
On November 23, Marielle Archambault
left her job at a Montreal jewelry store, departing with a young man she
addressed as "Bill." When she did not appear for work the next morning,
Marielle's employer went to see if she was ill. He found her on the
floor of her apartment living room, the victim of a strangler who had
raped her, ripping off her bra to gnaw her breasts. A crumpled
photograph discovered in the wreckage of her flat was readily identified
as that of her companion, "Bill," but homicide detectives still could
not connect the smiling face with any real-life suspect.
On January 16, 1970, the killer struck
again, picking off Jean Wray, 24, in her Montreal apartment. On arrival
for a scheduled date, Wray's boyfriend found her door unlocked, her
naked body on the sofa, bloody bite marks on her breasts. Despite the
clear-cut evidence of violence, officers could find no sign of a
protracted struggle; once again, the victim looked serene in death.
The fear in Montreal was little more
than an unpleasant memory by 1971, when the Vampire Rapist made his next
appearance some 2,500 miles away, in Calgary. His victim was Elizabeth
Pourteous, a teacher, reported missing from work on May 18. Her
apartment manager was called, and found her body on the bedroom floor,
surrounded by wreckage of a struggle. Raped and strangled, she had also
suffered the familiar bite marks on her breasts. A broken cufflink was
discovered near the body.
Two colleagues at her school recalled
that Pourteous had been seen with a young man, in a blue Mercedes, on
the night she died. The car had featured a bull-shaped decal,
advertising beef, in one window. A friend of the victim also informed
police that Pourteous had recently started dating a new acquaintance --
named "Bill" -- who fit descriptions of the Vampire Rapist.
On May 19, patrolmen found the suspect
car parked near the murder scene. Wayne Boden was arrested half an hour
later, moving toward the car on foot. He told police that he had moved
from Montreal a year earlier, admitted seeing Elizabeth Pourteous on the
night she died, and identified the cufflink as his own.
The final confirmation was delivered
by an orthodontist, who compared a cast of Boden's teeth with bite marks
on the victim, earning Wayne a term of life imprisonment.
Returned to Montreal for trial, he
openly confessed to three of the related murders, oddly balking in the
case of Norma Villancourt. It was enough, regardless, and his four life
sentences appeared to guarantee that Boden would be permanently out of
Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial
Killers - Hunting Humans
Boden (c. 1948 - March 27,
2006) was a Canadian serial killer and rapist active
from 1968-1971. He earned the nickname "the Vampire
Rapist" because he had the penchant of biting the
breasts of his victims, a modus operandi that led to his
conviction due to forensic odontological evidence, the
first such conviction in North America and several years
ahead of another serial killer, Ted Bundy.
On October 3, 1969, Shirley Audette
was found dumped at the rear of an apartment complex in
downtown Montreal. Although she was fully clothed, she
had been raped and strangled, and showed savage bite
marks on her breasts. There were no signs of bloody skin
under the fingernails of the victim which led one
biographer to theorize that she did not struggle against
One of Audette's former boyfriends
told the police that he believed that she got involved
with a very dominant, attractive man because she was "getting
into something dangerous"; she never mentioned the man's
name. Based on this interview, police have surmised that
the killer had an attraction for girls who wanted and
accepted "rough sex."
On November 23, a jewelry clerk named
Marielle Archambault left work at closing time with a
young man whom she introduced as "Bill" to her co-workers,
who afterwards remarked that she seemed happy and
entranced by the man.
When she did not report for work the
following morning, Archambault's employer went to check
on her in her apartment to see if she was ill. Together
with her landlady, they discovered her naked body under
a blanket on the living room floor. However, it appeared
that she put up a struggle against her assailant, as
shown by the wrecked state of her apartment. The killer
ripped her pantyhose and bra, raped her, and left his
telltale teeth marks on her breasts.
The police were able to find a
crumpled photograph amid the wreckage of Archambaut's
apartment, which was readily identified as the
mysterious "Bill" by her co-workers. However, despite
this apparent break, the police were not successful in
connecting the photograph to any known suspect, even
through a police sketch based on the picture was
distributed for publication in the newspapers.
"Bill" waited two months before he
struck again. On January 16, 1970, the boyfriend of Jean
Way, 24, came to pick her up for a scheduled date at her
apartment on Lincoln Street in downtown Montreal. When
she did not answer the door, he decided to come back a
Upon returning, he found the door
unlocked and found her naked body on the sofa, her
breasts chewed all over; it seemed that the killer had
been in the apartment when Way's boyfriend Brian
Caulfield was knocking at the door earlier that evening.
An autopsy done by Dr. Jean-Paul Valcourt found two
small fibers under the fingernails of her left hand,
indicating that - contrary to legend - the victim had
indeed struggled against her assailant. (Rapport
Medico-Legal from the Institut de Medecine Legal et de
la poliec scientifique 20 January 1970, page 4).
The resulting publicity from the
murders put the city under a grip of fear. But it turned
out that Jean Way's murder was the last in that city, as
"Bill" had disappeared, only to turn up in another city
2500 miles to the west more than a year later.
last victim and arrest
Elizabeth Anne Porteous
In the city of Calgary, a 33-year old
high school teacher named Elizabeth Anne Porteous did
not report to work on the morning of May 18, 1971. Her
apartment manager was called, and found her body on the
bedroom floor. As with Marielle Achambaut, her apartment
showed considerable signs of a struggle. Raped and
strangled, her breasts were likewise mutilated with bite
marks. Amid the wreckage, however, the police recovered
a broken cufflink under the victim's body.
In their investigation of the murder,
the police were able to find out from two of her
colleagues that she was seen at a stoplight riding in a
blue Mercedes on the night she died; the car was
reported as having a distinctive advertising bull-shaped
decal in the rear window. A friend of the victim also
informed police that she had been recently dating a man
named "Bill", described as a "flashy" dresser with neat,
short hair. Clearly, there was a link between Elizabeth
Porteous' death and the murders in Montreal.
The following day, on May 19, the
blue Mercedes was spotted by patrolmen, parked near the
murder scene. Boden, a former fashion model, was
arrested half an hour later as he went to his car. He
told the police that he moved from Montreal a year
previous and admitted that he had been dating Porteous
and was with her on the night of the murder. When the
broken cufflink was presented to him, he admitted its
ownership. However, he insisted that Porteous was fine
when he left her that night.
The police in Calgary were in
possession of a copy of the photograph recovered from
Archambaut's apartment and, as Boden resembled the man
in the picture, they held him for suspicion in murdering
Porteous. They then turned their attention to the marks
on the victim's breasts.
The police turned to a local
orthodontist, Gordon Swann, to prove that the marks on
Porteous' breasts and neck were Boden's bite marks, with
the intent to verify them as having been left by Boden.
As there was nothing in Canadian forensic literature on
bite mark evidence, Swann wrote to the FBI, hoping for
any information on the matter. What he got in reply was
a letter from then-director J. Edgar Hoover, who
directed him to England, where he met a man who had
dealt with 20 or 30 cases.
Eventually Swann was able to get the
information he needed and based on a cast made of
Boden's teeth he demonstrated 29 points of similarity
between the bite marks in Elizabeth Porteous' body and
Boden's teeth. This evidence was sufficient for the jury
of Boden's trial to find him guilty of murder for which
he was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.
Conviction, imprisonment, and death
Boden was returned to Montreal to
face trial, where he confessed to three of the related
murders, but denied involvement in the death of Norma
Vaillancourt, a 21-year-old student killed on July 23,
1968. Boden had been suspected in that homicide as well
but, in 1994, Raymond Sauve, was convicted of the crime
and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Boden was sentenced to three
additional life terms and he was sent to the Kingston
Penitentiary, where he began serving his sentence on
February 16, 1972.
In 1977, while Boden five years into
his life sentence, American Express granted him a credit
card, which he used while out on a day pass from Laval
prison. He escaped and was recaptured 36 hours later
while eating lunch in a restaurant in the Mount Royal
Hotel in downtown Montreal. Three prison guards were
disciplined and American Express conducted an internal
investigation to find out how a prisoner serving a life
sentence for murder managed to get a credit card.(Wall
Street Journal, May 9, 1984 Page 1), (Toronto
Globe and Mail p. 9, May 23, 1984)
Boden died at Kingston Regional
Hospital on March 27, 2006 of skin cancer after being
confined in hospital for six weeks.
Killer' who bit breasts of victims dies in prison
Canada - A serial killer who terrorized Canada with a string of slayings
of young women in Montreal and Calgary more than 30 years ago has died
Boden, whose penchant for biting the breasts of his victims earned him
the nickname the "Vampire Killer," died in hospital earlier this week at
Corrections Canada attributed Boden's death to "natural causes" and said
funeral arrangements were still being made.
locked up in 1972 after four women in Montreal were found raped and
strangled, all with bite marks on their breasts, between 1968 and 1970.
confessed to three of the killings after a teacher in Calgary was found
dead in 1971.
who was in his late 50s, had been ill and was transferred to Kingston
from his home institution of Bath about six weeks ago.
23, 1968, Norma Villancourt, a 21-year-old teacher, was found dead in
her Montreal apartment, having been raped and strangled, and with bite
marks on her breasts.
Shirley Audette, 20, Marielle Archambault, 20, and Jean Wray, 24,
followed. All were raped and murdered and found with bite marks.
1971, teacher Elizabeth Pourteous, 33, vanished in Calgary and she was
also found raped and strangled. A cufflink was found near her body.
travelling salesman, was arrested shortly afterward. He told police that
he had moved from Montreal a year earlier, admitted seeing Pourteous on
the night she died, and said the cufflink was his.
forensic orthodontist also matched Boden's teeth with bite marks on the
victim, the first time such evidence had been allowed in a Canadian
trial to identify an accused.
later made headlines in 1984 while on a "humanitarian" day pass from the
maximum-security Laval Correctional Centre. He escaped from a guard
after asking to use the washroom while eating in a Montreal hotel.
SEX: M RACE: W TYPE: N MOTIVE: Sex./Sad.
MO: Rape-murders of women, with gnawlng on bodies.
Waye Clifford Boden