Henry Louis Wallace (1965- ), the Charlotte Strangler, was one of the most dangerous serial killers in America. For almost two whole years, from 1992 to 1994, he was on the loose killing women in the east part of Charlotte, North Carolina. He killed eleven young women in all, three of them in the last three days before they caught him.
His secret? He killed only black working-class women. He was able to kill seven of them before the police started to get serious about finding him!
Wallace seemed like such a nice man. Even his girlfriend was surprised when she found out he was the killer. His neighbours and those who knew him growing up were shocked.
Wallace had a crack habit. When he needed money, he would get himself alone with a young woman at her place and rob her.
But when he got there it would go beyond that: once she turned her back on him he would put his hands on her neck and force her to have sex with him. After that he would cut off her breathing completely, strangling her to death. Then he would rob the place and leave.
The women he killed (pictures, where I could find them, go above the name):
March 1990: Tashanda Bethea - a girl he once dated. Threw her body in a lake.
May 1992: Sharon Lavette Nance – a prostitute. Instead of paying her he beat her to death.
June 1992: Caroline Love – after throwing her body in the woods, he helped her sisters file a missing person’s report. She went missing for two years.
February 1993: Shawna D. Hawk – found naked in her bathtub, her eyes looking up lifelessly through the water.
June 1993: Audrey Ann Spain
August 1993: Valencia M. Jumper – a friend of his sister’s. He strangled her and set her on fire. Later he went to the funeral.
September 1993: Michelle Stinson – found by her three-year-old son “sleeping on the floor” in her own blood with a knife in her back.
February 1994: Vanessa Little Mack – a sister of an old girlfriend of his.
March 1994: Betty Jean Baucum
March 1994: Brandi June Henderson
March 1994: Deborah Slaughter
- Love, Baucum and Slaughter worked at Bojangles on Central Avenue with his girlfriend.
- Spain and Hawk worked for him at Taco Bell. Stinson met him there.
- Henderson worked with him at the Golden Corral.
The morning after Slaughter turned up dead the police compared notes. The same name kept coming up: Henry Louis Wallace. Not as the killer but as someone the last three women all knew. They found out he knew the other women too – and that it was his fingerprints that were on the back of Baucum’s Pulsar, the car they knew the killer had driven.
They arrested Wallace and questioned him for hours. At last he broke and deep into the night he told them about each of the eleven murders.
He is now in prison sentenced to die, but no date has been set. He still has some more appeals he can make in the courts.