VERO BEACH, Fla. — Former prosecutor Bob Stone remembers standing next to serial killer David Alan Gore in a Florida orange grove while authorities dug up two of his six victims.
As investigators unearthed two metal drums containing the dismembered remains, Stone said Gore smirked as if to say, "Yeah, this is my work." Gore is scheduled to be executed Thursday for murdering 17-year-old Lynn Elliott on July 26, 1983, a sentence many say is long overdue.
"I looked in his eyes. If the devil had eyes, that's what they'd look like. They were red in the center. It was like a fire had come out of his eyes. You could see all the way through 'em," Stone said. "That was the strangest sight I ever saw. If there is a human that's got the devil in him, he's it."
Stone won't get many arguments from people who lived in Vero Beach in the early 1980s when Gore and his cousin, Fred Waterfield, committed a series of horrific rapes and murders. They shook the trust of this quiet coastal city that's best known as the former spring training site of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"He's an animal. A terrible animal," said Carl Elliott, 81, whose daughter was Gore's sixth known and final victim.
"He's worse than an animal. He was an evil monster," Jeanne Elliott, Lynn's mother, replied as the now divorced couple sat at his kitchen table with a photo of the girl she lovingly describes as a young Farrah Fawcett.
"He's the devil's seed to begin with," Carl Elliott added.
Elliott remembers seeing his daughter's body immediately after the murder. He wanted the image of the injuries seared into his memory so he would never change his mind about wanting Gore to die.
"I said 'I'm going to go in and I'm going to look at her body and I'm going to see every mark on her.' I said, 'If I ever get soft and really feel that Gore shouldn't be executed, I want to remember those marks, and those gunshot wounds.' I looked at every one. I saw the skin marks on her knees from where he drug her off to the side and then shot her," Elliott said, his voice slow and filled with a deep anger. "I wanted to remember that and I do."
Gore and Waterfield hunted women and girls to satisfy sick urges. Friends and relatives of their victims have for years called for Gore's execution, wondering why it has taken so long for the sentence to be carried out. Gore admitted to killing Lynn Elliott, confessed to five other murders and led authorities to the remains of four victims. There is no doubt he committed the crimes. And letters Gore wrote to Tony Ciaglia of Las Vegas, recently published in the Pete Earley book "Serial Killer Whisperer," leave no doubt that Gore has no remorse. If anything, he still gets pleasure thinking about his crimes.
His death sentence is for Elliott's murder. She and a 14-year-old friend were hitchhiking to Wabasso Beach. While she had her own car, the tire treads were thin and her father wouldn't let her drive it until he could get new ones put on. He wanted her to be safe.
Waterfield and Gore picked the girls up.
Back at Gore's parents' house, the girls were bound in separate rooms. Waterfield left.
Elliott freed her feet from the ropes as Gore raped her friend. She ran naked from the house, hands tied behind her. Gore, also naked, chased her, caught her and started dragging her along the dirt driveway back toward the house. She kicked and screamed. He pulled her to a palm tree and shot her twice in the head. A boy riding his bike saw the killing, rode home and his mother called 911. Police arrived at the house and saw blood dripping from the trunk of Gore's mother's car.
Gore at first tried to divert officers by calling 911 and reported a girl being chased through the groves. He eventually surrendered. Police searching the house found the 14-year-old bound naked in the scorching hot attic.
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