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 Robert Andrew “Bob” Berdella, Jr

Robert Andrew “Bob” Berdella, Jr

Birth
Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio, USA
Death 8 Oct 1992 (aged 43)
Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA
Burial Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section G 2, Lot 172, Grave 5
Memorial ID 6139717 · View Source
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Criminal. Owned "Bob's Bizarre Bazaar" on Westport Road in Kansas City, Missouri and a house at 4315 Charlotte, Kansas City. Around Easter 1988, a young man named Chris Bryson jumped from the second floor window of Berdella's house, wearing only a dog collar. He then ran to a neighbors house seeking help. The neighbor refused to let Bryson in, but did call police to the scene. Upon arriving, police learned that Berdella had knocked Bryson out, restrained him to a bed, sodomized, drugged, tortured and sexually abused him in a variety of ways. Bryson's ordeal had lasted four days, and he was possibly the only one of Berdella's victims to have escaped and survived. Later it was learned that Berdella put the body parts of his victims in trash bags on the curb, for the trash service to pick up on trash day. While committing these crimes, Berdella would take Polaroid photographs of the victims, and these were found by police at his residence when they responded to Bryson's escape from Berdella. Some of the photographs appeared to be of deceased victims. Bob Berdella returned home from running errands, to find police there questioning Bryson, and was arrested. Human skulls and other bones were found inside Berdella's house. The dirt basement floor of the house had what appeared to be a grave in it. The backyard of the residence was dug up with a backhoe, and yet another skull with soft tissue and hair was found. Berdella also kept diaries of the torture inflicted on his victims. At his arraignment in the courtroom of Judge Alvin Randall, Berdella shocked everyone by entering a plea of guilty to the charge of murder in the first degree. Eventually, Berdella confessed to the murder and torture of six young men. By negotiating with city prosecutor, Albert Riederer, Berdella was able to avoid the death penalty. Judge Vincent E. Baker subsequently found Berdella guilty of six counts of murder, and sentenced him to two life sentences without parole. After serving approximately 4 years, while at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri, Berdella suffered a heart attack and died. Berdella's father had also died of a heart attack in 1965, while living in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where Bob grew up. Both men are buried in the same gravesite.


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  • Created by: Bill Walker
  • Added: 29 Jan 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6139717
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Andrew “Bob” Berdella, Jr (31 Jan 1949–8 Oct 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6139717, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Bill Walker (contributor 656) .