Gary Lee Sampson
- Category : Passions-Criminal-Perpetrator-Homicide-serial
- Type : PSP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Service 3
American homicide; a deadbeat dad, a small-time thief, a desperate alcoholic and finally, the killer of three alleged victims. Sampson was arrested on 7/31/2001 for breaking into a house and charged with high-jacking cars on two separate occasions, killing their drivers and driving from Massachusetts to New Hampshire, where he killed a third man. In a life spiraling out of control, Gary, bi-sexual, believes that he is HIV+. A haggard and tough looking blond with an underbite, he faced charges wearing ragged jeans and a t-shirt, accused of fatally stabbing a retired gas company man, slashing the throat of a college sophomore and binding and suffocating the former city councilor.
Gary is the son of a couple described by neighbors as "really nice people" who just celebrated their 40th anniversary. He grew up and married in Abington, MA in the '70s before leaving his wife and child. While in North Carolina, he lived with a group of transvestites and Gary learned to wear makeup and dress in women's clothes as part of his criminal disguises. His weight fluctuated as much as 75 lbs and his hair changed colors; he even posed once as a black woman! He was known as a drug user and inveterate gambler. He was a suspect in some five bank robberies in the area and a warrant was issued for the 6/16/2001 robbery in Dalton, NC. His record began in November 1976 and included charges of assault and battery in June 1978. In June 1988 he was given five-to-ten, was paroled in January 1997 and back in jail a year later for threatening a woman's life.
Under pressure, he began to flee in a week of terror. On 7/24/2001, he stole the car of Philip McCloskey, 69, stabbing the man nine times. When Jonathan Rizzo, 19, saw Gary on the roadside and stopped to help him, Gary took Rizzo into the woods behind a mini-golf-course where he tied him to a tree, stabbed him in the neck and chest then slit his throat, driving off in Rizzo's 1994 Volkswagen Jetta. He drove to New Hampshire where he made camp in an empty summer house. When Robert Whitney, 58, arrived to do some yard work, he tied him up and left him to suffocate. In August 2001, he was returned to his native Massachusetts to face murder charges. He pleaded guilty in September 2003. On December 23, 2003, the jury in the federal court trial recommended the death penalty for Sampson, The actual sentencing is scheduled for January 29, 2004, but the US District Judge told jurors that since they voted for death,"I will impose that sentence." He will hear counter-arguments prior to the sentencing. Sampson’s case is particularly important because it has renewed debate about bringing back the death penalty in Massachusetts, one of only 12 states without capital punishment
On December 23, 2003, the jury in the federal court trial recommended the death penalty for Sampson, who, this past September pleaded guilty to carjacking and killing two men. Although the U.S. District Judge will hear counter-arguments prior to the sentencing scheduled for January 29, 2004, he told the jurors that since they voted for death, "I will impose that sentence." Sampson’s case is particularly important because it has renewed debate about bringing back the death penalty in Massachusetts, one of only 12 states without capital punishment.