Gary Ray Bowles Wiki
Gary Ray Bowles was an American serial killer who was executed in 2019 for the murders of six men in 1994. He is sometimes referred to as the I-95 Killer since most of his victims lived close to Interstate 95 highway.
How Old Was Gary Ray Bowles?
He was 57 Years Old at the time of death He was born on January 25, 1962 – August 22, 2019.
Gary Ray Bowles Biography
Serial killer Gary Ray Bowles, known as the “I-95 killer,” targeted older gay men during an eight-month killing spree.
The state of Florida executed him last night. https://t.co/yADwA8Tf4U
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 23, 2019
A serial killer who killed six gay men along the east coast of the United States in 1994 was executed this Thursday (August 22, 2019) in Florida.
Punishment & Cause of Death
Execution Day ❗️#GaryRayBowles, Death Row Florida, is scheduled to die by lethal injection today at 6 p.m. at the Florida State Prison. We will keep vigil and will update accordingly. Please keep Gary in your prayers 🙏🏼 #EndTheDeathPenalty ⛔️ pic.twitter.com/irNiIz4XLM
— Sandie Natasja (@SandieNatasja) August 22, 2019
Gary Ray Bowles, 57, received a lethal injection and died at 10:58 p.m. local time (02.58 GMT Friday) at Florida State Prison in northern Bradford County.
Its execution was carried out about five hours late on the scheduled time after the Supreme Court dismissed a last-minute appeal filed by its defense.
Bowles admitted killing six men from Florida to Maryland, although he was only convicted of three deaths.
Most of his victims were found in various states near Interstate 95, the main route that runs along the entire east coast of the United States, which earned him the nickname of “the I-95 killer.”.
How He Became A Serial Killer and prostitution
Documents presented by his defense assured that Bowles, born in West Virginia, left his home after being abused as a child by men who were his mother’s partner.
As he recognized once detained, he managed to survive by having sex with men in exchange for money.
After two prison sentences for robbery, assault, and rape of his girlfriend, he moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1993.
In his crimes carried out a year later, Bowles operated in a very similar way: he drowned his victims with different objects, with which he generally moved to live in their homes.
During this time he continued to work as a sex worker and maintained a relationship with a girlfriend who left him after discovering his occupation.
Gary Ray Bowles—the so-called “I-95 Killer” who savagely slayed six gay men during an eight-month murder spree in the 1990s—was executed in Florida on Thursday night after the Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal https://t.co/DvM6O9OeP5
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 23, 2019
Gary Ray Bowles Early life & Crime Cases
Bowles was born in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and was raised in Rupert, West Virginia. His father, “Frank” who worked as a coal miner, had died from Black Lung Disease six months before, and his mother, Frances remarried several times. Bowles was abused by his second stepfather, a violent alcoholic who also abused Bowles’ mother and older brother. The abuse continued until, at the age of 13, Bowles fought back and severely injured his stepfather. He left home soon after, angered by his mother’s decision to remain in the marriage. He was homeless for the next few years, earning money as a prostitute.
In 1982, he was arrested for beating and sexually assaulting his girlfriend, and was sentenced to six years in prison. In 1991, after his release from prison, he was convicted of unarmed robbery in the theft of an elderly woman’s purse, a crime for which he was sentenced to four more years in prison; he was released in two.
Gary Ray Bowles Murders & Kills
On March 15, 1994, in Daytona Beach, Florida, Bowles killed his first known victim, John Hardy Roberts, aged 59, who had offered him a temporary place to live. Bowles beat and strangled him to death, and then stole his credit card. Police soon considered him a suspect after finding his fingerprints and probation records at the crime scene. Over the next six months, Bowles murdered five other men: David Jarman, aged 38, Milton Bradley, aged 72, Alverson Carter Jr., aged 47, and Albert Morris, aged 38, in Nassau County, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; and Wheaton, Montgomery County, Maryland. His typical modus operand was to prostitute himself to his victims before beating and strangling them, and stealing their credit cards. While on the run, Bowles was put on the FBI’s list of the country’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives for his four known victims. On October 22, 1995, Bowles was arrested for the murder of Walter Jamelle “Jay” Hinton and confessed to all six murders.
Following his arrest for the murders, Bowles told police that following his 1991 release from prison he had moved to Daytona Beach, and moved in with a girlfriend and resumed working as a prostitute. According to Bowles, his girlfriend became pregnant but then had an abortion after she learned that Bowles was a sex worker. Bowles told police officers that he blamed gay men for abortion, and this led him to become a murderer.
In May 1996, Bowles pleaded guilty to the killing of Walter Jamelle Hinton in Jacksonville on November 17, 1994. Hinton died after Bowles hit his head with a 40-pound steppingstone while Hinton was sleeping and stuffed a towel down his throat during the struggle. Bowles received the death penalty for Hinton’s murder. In August 1997, while sitting on death row for the slaying of Hinton, Bowles pleaded guilty to beating and strangling Roberts in 1994.
Bowles was found guilty of three counts of murder and sentenced to death, but the sentence was reversed by the Florida Supreme Court when they determined that the court erred by allowing the jury to hear that Bowles hated homosexuals and that the victim was gay. He was given a new sentencing hearing, and in 1999 again received the death penalty.
Gary Ray Bowles Death
Bowles was executed by lethal injection on August 22, 2019, at Florida State Prison in Starke. Bowles ate three cheeseburgers, french fries, and bacon as a last meal.