In the early 1970's Lendell Hunter
shocked Augusta, Georgia, a city that has had several serial killings
and rapists since 1970, with a string of violent rapes, for example,
Hunter entered a suburban home of a prominent Augusta couple and found
their 31-year-old daughter asleep. Using a table leg, Hunter smashed the
daughter's head several times and then raped her. The victim lost her
vision from this incident, but they restored her vision after she had
brain surgery a year later.
Hunter attacked and kidnaped another
woman and took her from her home at knife point. He raped her and then
for some unknown reason allowed her to go free. In October of 1971
Hunter was arrested and charged with fifteen felonies, including rapes,
burglaries, aggravated assaults and kidnaping.
In January of 1972 Hunter
was given a sentence of three consecutive lives for the rapes and ninety-five
years for the other charges. He was eighteen years old when he was sent
to Alto prison. There his I.Q. was tested and found out that he had an
I.Q. of 114.
In December of 1974 Hunter escaped Alto Prison. In February
of 1975 a 78-year-old woman, Mrs. Irene DeQausie was robbed and beat to
death in her home and her 12-year-old grandson was savagely beaten while
he slept. Police found Hunter's fingerprints at the crime scene and
Launched an intensive search. F.B.I. put Hunter on their "Ten Most
Wanted List" in June of 1975. In August of that year Hunter was
arrested in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1983 Hunter was in the news again when
he stabbed two prison guards while being escorted to his shower. Both
guards survived the incident.