David Parker Ray: The Toy Box Killer
On March 22, 1999, a naked young woman identified as Cynthia Vigil ran down a lonely stretch of road close to Albuquerque. She was covered in blood, barefoot, and around her neck she wore a thick metal collar locked with a chain dangling from it.
When Vigil reached the road, the first two drivers, frightened by her appearance, drove on. She did not receive help until she stumbled into a trailer home, surprising a woman watching television. She begged for help, and the woman immediately called 911. Vigil was safe, and the story of David Parker Ray, the so-called Toy Box Killer, was just coming to light.
Vigil confessed to the police who showed up that she was working as a prostitute when she was picked up by Ray. He offered her money for sex, but when she went to join him, a woman later identified as Cindy Lea Hendy held a gun on her. She was forced back to their property, where they tied her up and forced her to watch a tape of a woman being sexually tortured. They coldly informed her that that was exactly what was to happen to her, that she would be a sex slave for their use. Over the succeeding days, she would be tortured and raped by Ray, who used a set of self-authored instructions for keeping slaves off-balance and afraid.
From an old mobile home, Ray had created what he called his “toy box,” a contained and secure chamber where he could torture women using a wide assortment of whips, chains, pulleys, clamps, spreaders, surgical blades and saws.
Though the police were reluctant to believe Vigil’s story, they had to take her injuries seriously, and when they went out to Ray’s home, they found the toy box just as she had described it. Ray and Hendy were taken into custody, and the property taken apart for examination, and the truth began to come to light.
Another woman, Angelica Montano, came forward to reveal that she had undergone a very similar experience to the one suffered by Vigil. Like Vigil, Montano describe the toy box accurately, but after her escape, the police had declined to follow up on her report.
The search was on for the woman in the tape that Vigil had watched, and Kelly Garrett was finally discovered in Colorado. After her experience with Ray and Hendy, her life had fallen apart, and she was often confused and afraid.
Over the course of questioning the three women, the police realized that there were yet two more people involved, these people being Glenda Jean “Jesse” Ray; and Dennis Yancy. When these two were questioned, however, the case became even darker. Yancy described helping Ray kill several people, and while in custody Ray described killing several more, one of them being his ex-business partner.
The case dragged on and on, with the judge deciding that Ray was to be tried three times, one for Cynthia Vigil, one for Angelica Montano, and one for Kelly Garrett. The first trial was declared a mistrial, and needed to be retried, the second was delayed indefinitely when Angelica Montano died.
The trial for Kelly Garrett was carried through without a conviction, and one juror later told the news crew that he was uncertain whether Garrett had consented to the way she was treated in the video.
Still, the prosecution pressed on, aware that the Garrett case was the weakest of the three, and during the case for Vigil, more and more information came to light
Between the testimonies of Hendy and Yancy, it was possible that Ray was responsible for the deaths of as many as sixty people.
Throughout the trials, Ray had been forbidden to testify by his lawyers, but he was adamant in proclaiming his innocence to anyone who would listen. Suddenly, however, when the prosecution was closing in on his daughter Glenda, who had aided with some of the early kidnappings in the way that Hendy had, he changed his tune.
He turned in a plea bargain, and the trial halted. He was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison, but died in captivity before he could begin serving out his term.
The case of the Toy Box Killer has no satisfying conclusion. Hendy received 36 years in prison for her crime, and Glenda, Ray’s daughter, received seven, of which she served 3. Yancy received 2 15-year prison terms.
Though there was ample circumstantial evidence, there were never any other bodies found of Roy’s victims. He had covered his tracks quite well. Given the amount of time, effort and money the FBI put into trying to find these victims, it was clear that they thought that there was something out there as well.
At this point, years past Cynthia Vigil’s fortunate and daring escape, it seems increasingly unlikely that Ray’s victims will ever be discovered.