Gerald and Charlene Gallego
Birth name: Gerald Armond Gallego Charlene Adell Williams
Also known as: The Love Slave Killers The Gallego Sex Slaves Killers
Born: July 17, 1946(1946-07-17) (G.G.) October 10, 1956 (1956-10-10) (age 54) (C.G.)Sacramento, California (G.G. and C.G.)
Died: July 18, 2002(2002-07-18) (aged 56) (G.G.)
Conviction: Murder
Sentence: Death
Number of victims: 10
Span of killings: September 11, 1978–November 2, 1980
Country: United States
State(s): CaliforniaNevada
Date apprehended: November 17, 1980


add to related

Gerald and Charlene Gallego

Edit Block
Charlene (top) and Gerald (bottom) Gallego

Gerald Armond (July 17, 1946 – July 18, 2002) and Charlene Adelle Gallego (b. October 10, 1956) are two American serial killers who terrorized Sacramento, California between 1978 and 1980. They killed a total of 10 victims, mostly teenagers, whom they kept as sex slaves before killing them.

Charlene Adelle Gallego

Edit Block

Charlene Gallego was born near Sacramento, California, in October 1956. Her father Charles was a respected entrepreneur who was the vice president of a supermarket chain. He and his wife Mercedes regularly travelled as part of their business life. Early school reports suggest Charlene was a quiet and shy child who had a good attendance. Charlene's mother Mercedes was involved in a car accident leaving her badly hurt causing her not to travel as often, therefore Charlene was caused to take over her mothers duties and would often travel with her father to meet his clients who would praise the intelligent and well-spoken child.

By high school Charlene had began experimenting with drugs, she also drank heavily and bragged about having a black lover. Young Charlene was very promiscuous but her parents were in denial.

Charlene's Two Marriges And A Suicide Atttempt

Edit Block

Charlene married a wealthy man who was unfortunately a heroin addic who claimed Charlene was obsessed with lesbian sex and begged him to have a threesome with a prostitute. Using large amounts of cocaine she didn't care about her appearance and her first husband hated that Charlene's parents often intervened in their relationship. The first marrige failed, she married another man-a soldier- she described him as a "mommies boy" and grew bored of him causing them to quickly divorce.

Charlene had a brief affair with married man, when he ended the affair after she suggested they should have sex with wife, he left Charlene devastated and attempted suicide. It was not long after this when Charlene met Gerald.

Gerald Gallego

Edit Block

Gerald had a brutal background, he was beaten by his mother and her numerous amount of boyfriends. He was constantly left starving and desperate for love. His father was a convicted murderer who was executed for the murder of two policemen. Like Charlene he had failed as a lover and a husband, by the age of thirty-two he'd left numerous amounts of women. He had also a daughter whom he began abusing sexually. He soon met Charlene both were insanely in love with each other and both enjoyed rough sex, with Charlene being sexually submissive. Within a week of meeting they had moved in with each other and rented a house together. Soon after Charlene accepted he was only bothered with his own sexual satisfication. Gerald brought home a young sixteen year old dancer whom himself and Charlene had a threesome with, but the women were only allowed to touch him and not each other. The next day he returned home from work to find the women in bed having sex. Enraged he threw the young female dancer out of the window and beat Charlene, soon after he withheld sex from her for a month. It seems he no longer found her attractive as she was no longer sexually dependent on him.

Gerald sodomised his now fourteen year old daughter and her friend, it is unclear whether Charlene was in the same room or just in the apartment. With Gerald now unable to become sexually excited, one of the couple suggested kidnapping and abducting young women to become their sex slaves. Sources suggest that Charlene agreed as she saw the mans word as law, but it is more likely that she had strong lesbian desires to satisfy and the need to dominate.


Edit Block

Rhonda Scheffler and Kippi Vaught
Scheffler and Vaught, aged 17 and 16 respectively, were shopping at Sacramento's Country Club Plaza on September 10, 1978. Charlene picked them up and put them in the back of the couple's van.

Gerald and Charlene both repeatedly raped and molested the two victims throughout the night in Baxter, California, with Charlene biting the breasts of one victim and Gerald the other (known as bite marks on victims breasts were different). The next day, the Gallegos drove to Sloughhouse, where Gerald got Rhonda and Kippi out of the van. He then made them walk out in the field to a ditch where he hit Kippi first with a tire iron then swung around and hit Rhonda. Finally, he shot each girl in the head with a 25-caliber pistol. As Gerald was walking back he saw one of the victims move (later revealed as Kippi Vaught) because the bullet had only grazed her skull. He returned and shot her three more times in the head, killing her. Charlene would later tell a cellmate how ecstatic she felt during this cruel kidnap-rape.

Brenda Judd and Sandra Colley
Judd (age 14) and Colley (age 13) were lured into the Gallegos' van at the Washoe County Fair in Nevada on June 24, 1979 on the promise of making some money delivering leaflets. Charlene drove the van northeast out of Reno on I-80. At the back of the van, Gerald repeatedly raped the two young girls while Charlene watched in the rearview mirror. Charlene then parked their van in a desolate area known as Humboldt Sink.

Gerald took a shovel from under the seat of their van and pulled Colley out of the vehicle, marching her toward a dry creek bed. He then stepped behind Colley and swung the shovel. Charlene would later recall the sound, describing it as "a loud splat like a flat rock hitting mud, and the girl sank to her knees and slowly toppled over on her face." Gerald then beat Judd to death and dug a deep hole, folding the naked bodies of the two girls into it and placing a rock over the grave. Their remains were not discovered until November 1999 by a tractor operator.

The teenagers were listed as runaways for four years until Charlene confessed to their murders during the 1982 trial.

Stacey Redican and Karen Chipman Twiggs
On April 24, 1980 the Gallegos kidnapped Redican and Twiggs from Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, a bedroom community north of Sacramento. As with their other victims, husband and wife sexually abused and killed them.

Other victims

  • Linda Aguilar and unborn child
  • Virginia Mochel

Craig Miller and Mary Elizabeth Sowers
In the early morning hours of November 2, 1980, Gerald saw a young couple, twenty-two-year-old Craig Miller, and his fiancée, twenty-one-year-old Mary Elizabeth Sowers, standing on the side of the street. In his most brazen attempt yet, Gerald got out of the car, walked right up to them, pulled out a .25 caliber Beretta, pointed it in the couples face, and ordered them into the car. Unfortunately for Gerald, friends of the young couple saw them get into the vehicle and wrote down the license plate number. After driving to a secluded area, Gerald commanded Craig out of the car, as the young man turned to walk towards the front of the vehicle, Gerald aimed his pistol and shot the boy at point-blank range in the back of the head while his fiancée looked on in horror. Gerald then fired two more shots into Craig’s head, as he lay lifeless on the ground. Gerald got back into the vehicle and ordered Charlene to drive to their apartment. Once back at the apartment, Gerald took his new sex slave into the bedroom and raped her for hours on end. After he was satisfied, he ordered Charlene to drive to a rural area. Once there, Gerald ordered Mary out of the car. He then shot her three times at point blank range.


Edit Block

In 1984, Gerald Gallego was tried for murder in both California and Nevada. In both instances, Charlene testified against him. In exchange for her testimony, Charlene was not charged in California and she agreed to plead guilty to murder and receive a sentence of sixteen years and eight months in Nevada. Gerald was convicted in both states and was sentenced to death in both states. His death sentence in Nevada was overturned in 1999 and he won the right to a new sentencing hearing, but the new jury also sentenced him to death.

Charlene Gallego was released from prison in Nevada in July 1997. Gerald Gallego died of rectal cancer on July 18, 2002 at the Nevada prison system's medical center.

Some of the content on this page has been provided by the following page on

Up Next: Alton Coleman
autoplay: OFF