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10 Murders That Were Committed By Bodybuilders

Whatever your private opinion could also be on the game of bodybuilding or whether or not “roid rage” is a factor, you must admit there have been a rare variety of murders, assaults, and different violence related to members of the game, each female and male. In a substantial amount of these circumstances, the offenders have been described as being fully nonviolent earlier than they began utilizing steroids. Although some consider that roid rage is a delusion, analysis exhibits that even mild utilization of steroids causes aggression.

That is to not say that everybody who makes use of them turns into violent, although. Obviously, bodybuilding isn’t the one sport that has members who use steroids or exhibit points with violence. We can solely hope that as extra brains are studied and extra is realized about power traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), we will at some point perceive extra absolutely why individuals do the issues that they do.

10 John Riccardi


Connie Navarro and her buddy Sue Jory have been gunned down in Navarro’s West Los Angeles apartment in 1983. The suspect was her ex-boyfriend, bodybuilder John Riccardi. John disappeared the day after the murders and went into hiding for the subsequent eight years. He wouldn’t be positioned till he was featured on a section of America’s Most Wanted. Viewers of the present have been in a position to present suggestions that ultimately led authorities to a apartment in Houston. Riccardi had apparently been dwelling a lifetime of luxurious and was supporting that way of life by committing burglaries. Money, jewels, and different gadgets have been discovered upon his seize.

Although he denied harassing Navarro after their breakup or having something to do along with her demise, witnesses testified that Riccardi grew to become more and more malicious towards her. He was finally discovered responsible on two counts of first-degree homicide and sentenced to demise. That sentence would ultimately be overturned by the Supreme Court of California and adjusted to life in jail with no likelihood of parole.[1]

Another casualty on this crime was Connie Navarro’s then-15-year-old son, David Navarro. He said that Riccardi broke into their house per week earlier than the murders occurred, pointed a gun at him, and handcuffed him. Fortunately for David, he was staying together with his father the evening that the murders occurred. He believed that he would have been a sufferer as nicely if he had been at house that night.

David would later come to be generally known as Dave Navarro, guitarist and member of the rock band Jane’s Addiction. He would additionally tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is presently host of the favored tv present Ink Master. Dave feared for his personal life within the years earlier than Riccardi was captured and felt like his fame would make it straightforward for his mom’s assassin to search out him. He additionally stated that at one time, he used heroin as a technique to numb the ache from his mom’s demise.

In search of additional therapeutic, Dave produced a movie about the entire expertise referred to as Mourning Son. He was quoted as saying, “One of the ways in which trauma survivors get past trauma is to walk through the ugliness.” During his work on the movie, he selected to go to Riccardi in jail. While he anticipated that he would really feel anger on the man who took his mom’s life, he realized, “He’s just some old dude, dying in jail.”

9 Bertil Fox

September 30, 1997, can be a day that may perpetually change the lifetime of bodybuilder Bertil Fox and depart a 20-year-old magnificence queen and her 36-year-old mom useless.

Fox, a two-time Mr. Universe who was generally known as “Brutal Fox” throughout his profession, had beforehand been engaged to magnificence queen Leyoca Browne. Her mom, Violet, owned a costume store on the island of Saint Kitts. Fox entered the store on that fateful day. An argument ensued, photographs have been fired, and each ladies have been killed.

Fox claimed that the deaths have been unintended and occurred whereas he was scuffling with Violet over the gun. However, testimony from his greatest buddy in the course of the trial instructed a very completely different story. He said that Fox admitted to him that he killed the 2 ladies however by no means made the assertion that it was self-defense or unintended. Fox stated that Violet was pushing him out the door, so he pulled out the gun and began firing. A seamstress who was additionally working within the store on the time gave testimony that incriminated Fox as nicely. Even although the proof was compelling, his first trial ended with a hung jury.

Fox acquired a second trial, was discovered responsible of homicide, and was sentenced to hold. His legal professionals appealed, and the demise sentence was overturned. He was then sentenced to life in jail.[2]

eight Sally McNeil

Sally McNeil and her husband, fellow bodybuilder Ray McNeil, have been each ex-Marines. Eight risky years of marriage got here to a bloody finish on Valentine’s Day in 1995. Ray confirmed up at their Oceanside, California, house after 10:00 PM that night, and Sally was not blissful. She had apparently been stewing over his whereabouts whereas she was ready on him to return house. As he stood on the range cooking hen, she started shouting and requested the place he had been. The argument escalated, and certainly one of Sally’s youngsters said that she heard a gurgling sound, as if her mom have been being choked.

Shortly after that, Sally went to a closet, eliminated a 12-gauge shotgun, and shot Ray as soon as within the stomach and as soon as within the jaw. When she referred to as 911, operators may hear him within the background saying, “Why, oh God why?” Still alive when police arrived, Ray denied choking her. He was declared useless a pair hours later. She was convicted of second-degree homicide and sentenced to 19 years to life. Blood checks would present that she had one kind of steroid in her system, and he had 5 completely different sorts in his on the time of his demise.

In the years main as much as the homicide of her husband Ray, Sally confirmed a sample of changing into increasingly more violent and unbalanced. In the yr 1990 alone, she discovered herself in the course of quite a few assaults and bouts of aggression. She was arrested for pulling a pistol on her first husband and utilizing a crowbar to interrupt out the home windows of his automotive. Just a few days later, she would drop a 32-kilogram (70 lb) weight from the balcony onto Ray’s automotive as he was leaving. On one other event, the police have been visiting her house to examine on the well-being of her youngsters. She proceeded to battle with the cops and ultimately needed to be sprayed with mace to cease the development of violence. Last however not least, she was banned from competing in bodybuilding competitions when she battered a girl within the stands who she suspected of sleeping along with her husband. In 1993, she assaulted a police officer after they have been referred to as to a bar the place the bouncer instructed her to cease dancing on a desk. They stated she went “berserk.”

In higher instances, Ray was among the many high 20 skilled bodybuilders within the nation in his weight class. He was additionally named Mr. California in 1991. Sally twice received the US Armed Services Physique Championship within the late 1980s. She would additionally take part in novice wrestling with a purpose to earn cash, resembling feminine submission wrestling and condominium wrestling, the place she would wrestle with males. The nickname she used for these occasions was “Killer Sally.” How ironic.[3]

7 James Batsel


They adopted him into his storage below cowl of darkness, and as soon as the storage door closed, issues proceeded to go unsuitable quick.

Henry Jeffcoat, proprietor of an area Atlanta all-nude nightclub, was returning house from work round midnight on February 10, 1993. Once he realized that would-be robbers had adopted him into his storage, he pressed a button in his automotive that may alert police that he wanted assist. Jeffcoat was ready to attract his weapon, open hearth, and wound one of many robbers earlier than he was shot 9 instances within the again and died. The attackers have been in a position to kick a gap within the storage door and escape into the woods earlier than the police arrived.

After following up on a tip, police have been in a position to make an arrest within the homicide and tried theft of Henry Jeffcoat. To say that the neighborhood was shocked after they came upon who the suspects have been can be an understatement. James Batsel and Mark McKenna have been SWAT officers in close by Riverdale.

McKenna, who was wounded within the assault, cooperated within the investigation in return for a sentence of life with out parole. He would assist hyperlink them to a string of unsolved crimes and establish members of the crime ring. It was made up primarily of bodybuilding cops from space companies, and most have been regulars at an area Gold’s Gym. One member stated that he solely joined as a result of he was instructed that the victims can be drug sellers and that the cash can be soiled. They referred to as themselves “white boys against crime.”

The gunman, James Batsel, additionally pleaded responsible. He blamed steroid use for the crime, stating that he had been utilizing three,200 milligrams of steroids per week. At the time of his crimes, he was stated to weigh 135 kilograms (298 lb), with solely two % physique fats.[4]

6 Craig Titus And Kelly Ryan

At the start of their affiliation, we will think about that Melissa James would have been enthusiastic about being the non-public assistant to Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan, who have been stars within the skilled bodybuilding world. The married couple have been well-known and had achieved a substantial amount of success of their chosen discipline. We also can think about that there needed to be good instances alongside the way in which between the couple and their assistant. What is tough to think about is what went so horribly unsuitable between them on the finish.

Melissa James can be discovered burned past recognition within the trunk of Kelly Ryan’s Jaguar on a desert highway outdoors of Las Vegas on December 14, 2005. It can be established that she had been overwhelmed, drugged, shocked with a Taser, and injected with morphine earlier than she was strangled and burned. Her head had additionally been wrapped in duct tape. During the post-mortem, the coroner was in a position to peel away the tape and located that it had fashioned a macabre “death mask.” The coroner was by no means in a position to decide the precise explanation for demise or even when Melissa was alive when she was positioned into the trunk of that automotive.

The couple went on the run after the homicide, and a nationwide manhunt would ensue. Nine days later, they’d be discovered at a nail salon in a suburb of Boston and arrested. They initially claimed that Melissa died of an overdose, so that they burned her physique and left city. They did so as a result of they have been afraid that the publicity would hurt their careers. Murder does tend to do this.
Craig admitted to having an affair with Melissa that Kelly knew nothing about and to utilizing steroids and different medicine. He accepted a plea deal for second-degree homicide, kidnapping, and arson. His sentence was 21 to 51 years. Kelly additionally accepted a plea deal for arson and battery with a lethal weapon. Her sentence was six to 26 years.[5]

5 Daniel Lugo And Adrian Doorbal

This story is so weird that Hollywood made a film about it, starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, referred to as Pain & Gain. The film was a comedy, however the actuality was something however.

The actual story is about crimes that have been dedicated by Daniel Lugo and Adrian Doorbal, who knew one another from the Sun Gym in Miami Lakes, Florida. During the day, they’d pump iron and brainstorm about methods to earn cash. Lots of cash. They got here up with what they thought can be the best plan. They would kidnap rich individuals and drive them to signal over their money, properties, and different useful belongings.

John Carl Mese was half proprietor of Sun Gym and was additionally a licensed public accountant. He would notarize the cash transfers, and Lugo and Doorbal would act because the muscle. Jorge Delgado, one other affiliate, helped them discover their first sufferer. His identify was Marcelo Schiller, and he was recognized to have a lot of costly houses and cash in offshore accounts. Delgado was additionally in possession of the entry code to certainly one of Schiller’s homes.

After making a lot of unsuccessful makes an attempt at kidnapping him, they lastly succeeded on November 15, 1994. They transported Schiller to a warehouse, the place he was held for the subsequent 4 weeks. They tied him up, taped his eyes shut, and compelled him to take a seat in his personal urine. When it was time for him to signal the paperwork that may switch his property over to them, they’d burn him with cigarette lighters and shock him with Tasers till he signed all of their papers—all with out with the ability to see what he was signing. By the time it was over, the boys had moved tens of millions of of Schiller’s belongings over to them. Once he was cleaned out, they tried to stage an car accident with him behind the wheel. Schiller survived, however he wouldn’t inform police about what had occurred till many weeks later.

After dwelling it up from their first rating, the boys determined it was time for an additional one. This time, they selected Frank Griga, who made his $5 million fortune from phone intercourse traces, and his girlfriend Krisztina Furton. They have been taken, overwhelmed, and drugged with horse tranquilizers. Unfortunately, the torture of Griga led to his demise. They tried to salvage the scenario by getting his girlfriend to offer them safety laptop codes. This would additionally finish in failure. They had given her so many tranquilizers that her small body couldn’t deal with it, and he or she died as nicely.

Anxious to rid themselves of the our bodies, they dismembered them and tried to burn them in 208-liter (55 gal) drums. When that didn’t go as deliberate, they put the remnants in buckets and tossed them right into a drainage ditch. Authorities have been in a position to establish a number of the stays from the serial numbers on Krisztina’s breast implants. Lugo and Doorbal have been each discovered responsible.[6]

four Gordon Kimbrough

Gordon Kimbrough and Kristy Ramsey labored collectively, lived collectively, and competed in bodybuilding competitions collectively. They had each received awards individually and received the USA Pairs title as a pair in 1991. They have been well-known within the San Francisco bodybuilding neighborhood.

Their private relationship, nevertheless, appeared doomed fairly early on. He admitted to affairs with different ladies and to pushing and slapping her. When it grew to become greater than she may bear, they separated. Apparently, in hopes of creating issues work out, Kristy requested Gordon to get counseling for his anger points. Although he reportedly stated, “To me it was no big thing, but to her it was,” he agreed to the counseling.

As issues smoothed out, they determined to get married. Kristy would quickly discover out that she was pregnant, however they determined collectively to terminate the being pregnant. He said, “The wedding was already planned, and the dress was already made.”

Before the marriage may happen, Kristy met and have become concerned with one other man. When she instructed Kimbrough that she wished to finish their four-year relationship and name off the marriage, he grew to become enraged. On June 20, 1993, he reportedly hit her on the chin, wrapped twine round her neck thrice, knotted it, and stabbed her within the throat twice with a kitchen knife. When police arrived, he was discovered holding a syringe to his neck, as if considering suicide.

In an uncommon transfer, Kimbrough testified in his personal protection, swearing that the homicide had been dedicated in a match of ardour. He hoped to get a lesser sentence however was finally convicted of first-degree homicide and sentenced to 27 years to life.[7]

three Jamie Fuller


Jamie Fuller, 16, of Beverly, Massachusetts, was a novice bodybuilder who began taking steroids to bulk up on the age of 14. His family and friends seen a direct change in his habits and character. The disturbing story of his life can be instructed in a made-for-TV film referred to as No One Would Tell in 1996.

Amy Carnivale was Jamie’s pregnant 14-year-old girlfriend. After discovering out that she had gone to see one other boy, he flew right into a rage. He had lately taken giant dosages of testosterone in addition to an anabolic steroid tablet and likewise drank a considerable amount of beer. He would later say that he couldn’t management his aggression after ingesting all of that.

His pals would testify that on August 22, 1991, Fuller obtained Carnivale to enter the woods with him. He then positioned his hand over her mouth, stated, “Amy, I love you,” after which stabbed her within the abdomen and lower her throat. As she fell to the bottom, she mumbled the phrases, “I love you,” and it made him so livid that he stomped on her throat. Once she was useless, he walked out of the woods with blood on his arms and instructed his pals, “It’s done.” He proceeded to tie a cinder block to her physique and threw her over a fence and right into a pond. He reportedly laughed when he heard her bones crunch as she fell. He then threatened to kill his pals if anyone instructed what he had carried out. He was convicted and sentenced to life.[8]

2 Bruce Nadler

Dr. Bruce Nadler was well-known to novice bodybuilders alike in New York. He was an avid bodybuilder as nicely and billed himself because the “World’s Strongest Plastic Surgeon.” Nadler was recognized to have carried out over 700 gynecomastia surgical procedures to right the overdevelopment of breasts in male bodybuilders who use steroids. It is kind of uncommon for a doctor to have a good view of steroid use like he did. He would say that he was his personal take a look at laboratory and felt sure that he may provide you with the appropriate mixtures and dosages to keep away from negative effects.

He was ultimately investigated by the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct and compelled to give up his medical license after being charged with misconduct. The costs stemmed primarily from the truth that he was prescribing anabolic steroids, development hormones, and different medicines which are utilized by bodybuilders.

We can think about that dropping the status of being a number one beauty surgeon can be fairly tough. One day, you’re on high of the world, making numerous cash, and the subsequent, it’s all taken away. After his pressured retirement, Nadler selected to regroup and fall again on his second ardour. In 2005, he wrote a ebook referred to as The Nip Tuck Workout: Exercise by the Eyes of a Plastic Surgeon, moved together with his spouse Terri to Los Angeles, and opened Nip Tuck Fitness, LA, in Beverly Hills.

This is the place the story will get somewhat murky, as there hasn’t been very a lot written on what precisely occurred on February 2, 2008, and extra importantly, why it occurred. We do know that Bruce and Terri have been discovered of their house, deceased from gunshot wounds. It can be dominated a murder-suicide that was dedicated by Bruce. Some speculated that he was depressed as a result of he couldn’t proceed doing what he beloved most, however we don’t know for positive. He seems to have taken that reply with him.[9]

1 Chris Benoit

On June 25, 2007, the world wrestling was rocked to its core. One of its hottest wrestlers, his spouse, and his little one have been discovered useless of their house in Fayetteville, Georgia. Benoit’s spouse Nancy was discovered certain and strangled. His seven-year-old son Daniel had been drugged and strangled. There have been bibles discovered close to their our bodies. Benoit was discovered hanging from a weight machine in his house gymnasium. After the shock wore off, it might be decided that Benoit had murdered his spouse and little one after which killed himself. It appeared that the murders and suicide have been unfold out over the course of the weekend. The incident was an entire shock to household, pals, and colleagues.

According to Chris’s father, he knew from an early age that his son wished to be a wrestler. Before he turned professional, Chris was a bodybuilder and novice wrestler. He stayed targeted and would carry weights on daily basis with a purpose to make his dream a actuality. That dream can be realized on the age of 18, when he grew to become knowledgeable wrestler. From there on out, his profession exploded. He was recognized around the globe and received many titles. At the time of his demise, he was nonetheless on the top of his profession, which made his suicide all of the extra puzzling. Known by family and friends as a faithful father and husband, the double homicide of his spouse and little one actually didn’t make sense.

Trying to know what occurred, researchers desperately wished to check Benoit’s mind. They had seen so many cases athletes having extreme injury to their brains referred to as power traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Benoit’s father resisted the thought at first, however when so many unhealthy issues have been being stated about his son, he agreed to allow them to do their research. They discovered in depth injury to Chris’s mind, possible attributable to all of the hits to the again of the pinnacle with issues like chairs, ladders, and cables throughout his wrestling profession. He’d most likely suffered from untreated concussions over the course of his lifetime. When the toxicology report was launched, and steroids have been discovered to be in his system, hypothesis arose about the potential for “roid rage” occurring and inflicting him to snap. Unfortunately, there might be no decisive, clear-cut proof about what really precipitated this tragedy.[10]


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