killer dies in Florida prison
July 22, 2007
MIAMI BEACH, Fla., July 22 (UPI) -- A man who
admitted to raping and killing four young people in the 1970s has
been buried in a Florida prison cemetery with no one to claim his
Robert Frederick Carr, 63, died
July 6, The Miami Herald reported Sunday. The cause of death had yet to
Carr had been imprisoned at the
Union County Correctional Institute since 1976 after confessing to
kidnapping, raping and murdering 11-year-olds Todd Payton and Mark
Wilson, and 16-year-old Tammy Ruth Huntley, the Herald reported.
The body of a fourth victim,
Rhonda Holloway, 21, later was found in Connecticut. Carr, a television
repairman who also confessed to raping more than a dozen boys and girls,
finally was caught while trying to rape a housewife.
"In my 33-year career in law
enforcement, Carr ranks as the most dangerous child sexual predator-murderer
I ever investigated,'' said David Simmons, the detective who arrested
Robert Carr, rapist and killer,
Robert Frederick Carr, state inmate 055664, was
quietly buried in a North Florida prison cemetery with no family to
claim his body.
His dark legacy, however, is not forgotten.
Michael Von Zamft, the lawyer who defended Carr: "He was very charming. Carr didn't look scary. He was very slight. Wispy
hair. I could see how teenagers would get a ride from him. He didn't
Ed O'Donnell, the man who prosecuted Carr: "It was
really an unusual experience to listen to him describe how well-planned
his crimes were, and how controlling he could be over others. These kids
had a lot of chances to get away and wouldn't because he had control.''
David Simmons, the detective who arrested Carr: "In my 33-year career in law enforcement, Carr ranks as the most dangerous
child sexual predator-murderer I ever investigated.''
Edna Buchanan, the journalist who chronicled Carr:
"He was about the most evil person I ever met. . . . It was such good
news that he is no longer on the planet.''
Carr, 63, died July 6, after admittance to a North
Florida prison medical center. His cause of death has not been
determined, says the Alachua County Medical Examiner's Office.
He had been imprisoned at Union County Correctional
Institute, a state inmate since 1976.
As serial killers go, Carr is virtually unknown today.
But he was important here in Dade County -- Carr offered investigators
an early, candid glimpse into the twisted minds of sexual murderers.
In 1976, he confessed to kidnapping, raping and
murdering 11-year-olds Todd Payton and Mark Wilson, and 16-year-old
hitchhiker Tammy Ruth Huntley.
A fourth victim, Rhonda Holloway, 21, was later
unearthed in a remote part of Connecticut. Carr also admitted to raping
more than a dozen more boys and girls.
The television repairman was caught only after a
Metro police officer stumbled onto him trying to rape a housewife.
He later led O'Donnell, Simmons, Detective Charles
Zatrepalek and deputy medical examiner Dr. Ronald Wright on a
cross-country trip to dig up corpses.
Carr said he was born evil.
In 120 hours of tape-recorded jailhouse interviews,
he told Buchanan of his troubled childhood: killing baby chickens with a
stick; being paid by men for sex at about 11, stealing cars as a teen.
As an adult, he married in Connecticut.
''While I had sex with my wife, I would fantasize
about raping somebody else,'' he told Buchanan, who later wrote Carr:
Five Years of Rape and Murder.
Between 1973 and 1975, Carr was imprisoned for a rape
in Connecticut and paroled. He later claimed he wanted to stay in prison
for psychiatric treatment.
While in Miami, he would troll Biscayne Boulevard in
a car with the inside door handle dismantled so victims couldn't escape.
He kidnapped Mark and Todd, who were hitchhiking,
from North Miami Beach on Nov. 13, 1972, manipulating them into an
extended road trip and later raping, strangling and burying them in
Mississippi and Louisiana.
''What he did to those children was truly unprintable,''
said Simmons, now a sergeant with Miami Gardens police. Four years later,
Carr did the same to hitchhiker Tammy, also from North Miami-Dade.
After he was arrested for the attempted rape in 1976,
he confessed to Simmons and Zatrepalek.
With an uncanny memory, he led the four men to the
remote spots in Mississippi and Louisiana where Mark, Todd and Tammy's
skeletons were buried.
''A 10-day odyssey,'' Simmons remembered of the
''It was amazing. Some of these things happened years
before we went out there,'' said O'Donnell, now a defense attorney.
Carr later plead guilty -- against Von Zamft's advice
-- and received a life sentence, in part because he cooperated with
investigators. Carr was talkative with detectives and with reporters.
''I don't have any fear of death. I've seen enough of
it to know,'' Carr said shortly after his confession. ``It's peaceful.
It's like sleep.''
Hard time in prison
His time in prison was not peaceful.
Carr was booted from a state mental hospital because
he was hoarding wire cutters and pliers. He sent letter after letter to
the detectives, Buchanan, O'Donnell and even his ex-wife.
He rambled, angrily. Carr claimed he and the Manson
cult killers from California would soon embark on a bus tour to teach
Simmons saved the letters for years -- he figures he
received two or three monthly for a decade -- before throwing them away.
Buchanan called the prison to have the letters stopped.
None knew of his death except O'Donnell. He's not
sure why but he received a mail notice from the prison.
''Now,'' Simmons said, "his maker can decide his
1,400 years added to sentence of killer-rapist in
'None could be more evil than this man'
The Miami Herald
June 8, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Robert Frederick Carr's crimes
were so wicked, his victims so young and vulnerable, the Miami-Dade
County child rapist and killer will meet his maker 1,400 years before
Florida lets him out of prison.
Florida's three-member Parole Commission on Wednesday
added 14 centuries to his sentence. It set a tentative release date for
July 30, 3414.
"There are many evil men in the world,"
Commissioner Frederick Dunphy said as an aide used a calculator to
figure out how much time Carr's crimes will cost him. "None could
be more evil than this man."
Carr's spree cost Jayne Peyton and her family their
hearts. Carr kidnapped, tortured and strangled Peyton's youngest son,
Todd, 11, leaving "a hole in the fabric of our family," she
told the commissioners, tears in her eyes.
"The pain he has caused this family is agonizing,"
In November 1972, Todd, then a North Miami Beach
Elementary School fourth-grader, and a buddy, Mark Wilson, also 11,
caught Carr's eye.
He lured them into his car. He had rigged the door
handles so the boys couldn't escape. The trunk of his car was filled
with food, jars of petroleum jelly and a shovel.
Carr, a soft-spoken redhead and one-time house painter,
raped the boys and strangled Todd, burying him in a shallow grave in
Mississippi. Four days later, he strangled Mark. For the terror Mark
likely felt, knowing that he too would die, the commissioners added 20
A judge sentenced Carr to life, which then included
the possibility of parole.
"This was a guy who never had to grab anyone or
hit anyone over the head to drag into his car, he was like the boy next
door," said Edna Buchanan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Herald reporter
who conducted 120 hours of jailhouse interviews with Carr. "But
once he got them in his car, they were at his mercy. . . . Pure evil,"
Buchanan called him.
Four years after the boys disappeared, Carr was caught
raping a hitchhiker at knifepoint. He later led detectives to two small,
shallow graves in rural Mississippi and Louisiana, telling searchers
where to dig. He also led them to the Mississippi burial site of Tammy
Ruth Huntley, 16, of North Dade.
Carr also assaulted a 15-year-old named Sari after
picking her up at a concert in Hollywood, Fla. She testified Wednesday.
"He looked like the guy next door. He had a puppy," she said.
At knifepoint, he assaulted her repeatedly over 36
hours before she escaped. Sari, her husband, Rick, and her mother sat
beaming as the Parole Commission meted out prison time in centuries. For
making it impossible for the children to open the car doors: 15 years.
For each rape: 50 years. For each child's death: 100 years.
"Thank you," Sari called out quietly as the
months began to multiply. "Thank you."
Carr wasn't at the hearing. He is prisoner No. 055664
at Union Correctional Institution in North Florida, where a parole
examiner had suggested a release date of 2086 -- or age 143. Carr told
the examiner he wasn't interested in parole and was seeking an appeal.
As the people in the hearing room sat silent, Sari's
mother put on reading glasses and read from Buchanan's book, Carr: Five
Years of Rape and Murder.
" `I was really trying to hurt her,' "
Buchanan quoted Carr. " `I was trying to kill her.' "
"I tried to find a way to make you feel the
terror," Sari told the commissioners. "No one could tell you
of his evil better than Robert Carr in his own words."
Carr, Robert Frederick III
Paroled from a Connecticut prison in October 1975, 32-year-old Robert Carr resumed the career of sexual assault and murder that his last arrest had interrupted. A series of rapes in Dade County, Florida, ended when Carr was picked up by police at the end of May 1976.
In custody, he soon confessed four murders, including those of three Florida children and a woman in Connecticut. Carr led investigators to the Gulf Coast graves of three young victims, two of whom -- 11-year-old boys -- were first reported missing on November 13, 1972. Back in Connecticut, Carr helped police find the grave of an adult female victim, murdered shortly after his parole. Unearthed by detectives on June 13, the woman was found fully clothed, with her hands and feet bound. Statements issued by Carr's defense attorney, in Miami indicated that the woman was Carr's final victim in a three-year string of homicides.
Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial
Killers - Hunting Humans
Robert Frederick Carr
July 23, 2007
The detective who investigated and arrested Robert
Carr claimed that Carr was the most dangerous sexual predator he had
ever come across, a charming and manipulative pedophile who looked
When he was arrested, way back in 1976, the
television repairman was in the process of raping a housewife.
After Robert Carr’s arrest, while he was talking to
detectives, Carr admitted to the kidnapping, rape and murder of 11-year-old
Todd Payton and 11-year-old Mark Wilson.
Robert Carr told authorities that while he was living
in Miami, he would drive up and down the city streets, looking for
likely victims in a car with a jury-rigged door handle that couldn’t be
opened from the inside.
He found the two boys while they were hitchhiking
together close to North Miami Beach in November of 1972.
Carr picked them up and took them on a “road trip,” a
road trip that ended with him raping, strangling and burying both boys.
One was put into Mississippi’s ground and one in
He also told detectives that he had kidnapped, raped
and murdered 16-year-old Tammy Ruth Huntley, another hitchhiker who was
traveling through the state.
Years after he had killed these people, Robert Carr
led authorities to the spots where he had buried the bodies.
Their skeletons were recovered.
Another victim of Carr’s was 21-year-old Rhonda
Holloway, whose remains were found in Connecticut.
By the time detectives had squeezed Robert Carr for
all he’d done, Carr had confessed to the rape of more than 12 kids, both
boys and girls.
Imprisoned in Florida’s Union County Correctional
Institute since 1976, Robert Carr died on July 6 at the age of 63.
Not surprisingly, no family claimed his body.
SEX: M RACE: W TYPE: N MOTIVE: Sex./Sad.
Rapist who killed one woman and three children
Three life terms + 360 years in Fla., Sept. 1976