Melvin Rees

The Sex Beast

  Active for 3 years
(1957-1959) in United States

5

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

9

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  9. Death
  10. 5 Timeline Events
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  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 11 Books About Melvin Rees
  14. 5 External References
  15. Internal References

Melvin Rees (Melvin David Rees Jr.) an American serial killer known as The Sex Beast. Rees shot and defiled a woman in 1957, he tortured and murdered a family of four in 1959 and is suspected in four other killings. Rees would beat, rape suffocate, strangle torture and shoot his victims. In 1960, the FBI arrested and charged Melvin Rees with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution of a murder in Maryland. At the time of his arrest he was living with a woman who was a nightclub stripper and working at a music store in West Memphis, Arkansas. In 1961, Rees was sentenced to life in prison in Maryland, sentenced to death in Virginia in 1961. His death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1972. Melvin Rees died in prison in 1995.

Melvin Rees Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Melvin Rees (aka) The Sex Beast, was active for 3 years between 1957-1959, known to have ( 5 confirmed / 9 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

He completed 13 years of school, attended some college, no degree received. He never married. He had no children mentioned.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, and served time in jail.

In 1957 Melvin Rees started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to torture, strangle, rape, and murder his victims. Melvin Rees used a weapon and was in possession of a firearm during his crimes. He was known to kill at the home of the victim. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone travelled around the D.C. area, playing at local jazz clubs, where he was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on June 24th 1960, convicted on February 28th 1961, sentenced to death commuted to life in prison at an unnamed prison in Maryland, US. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Melvin Rees died on July 10th 1995, cause of death: heart attack at a federal facility in Missouri, US.

Profile Completeness: 81%
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Melvin Rees has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 2 months ago.

Melvin Rees a known:

Melvin Rees
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-12 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Melvin Rees
Nickname: The Sex Beast
Victims: 5 - 9
Years Active: 1957 - 1959
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span:      - 1995
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Marital Status: never married
Children: no children mentioned
Living With: himself, alone travelled around the D.C. area, playing at local jazz clubs
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: N/A
Given Name: Melvin
Birth Location: an unknown location in 1933
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Rasied By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 13 years of school
Highest Degree: some college, no degree

Incarceration
Arrested: Jun 24, 1960
Convicted: Feb 28, 1961
Sentence: death commuted to life in prison
Prison Location: an unnamed prison in Maryland, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: Jul 10, 1995
Cause of Death: heart attack
Death Location: a federal facility in Missouri, US
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
5 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Melvin Rees

The 5 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Melvin Rees. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
1957
Melvin Rees started his serial killing spree. #1957
1959
Melvin Rees ended his serial killing spree. #1959
Jun 24 1960
Melvin Rees arrested. #19600624
Feb 28 1961
Melvin Rees was convicted and sentenced to death commuted to life in prison at an unnamed prison in Maryland, US.  #19610228
Jul 10 1995
Melvin Rees died. cause of death: heart attack at a federal facility in Missouri, US. #19950710

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Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
previous crimes TRUE 361
previous jail TRUE 345
kill at victims home TRUE 316
used weapon TRUE 445
used gun TRUE 444
rape TRUE 444
torture TRUE 418
strangle TRUE 434
suicide FALSE 214
killed in prison FALSE 208
problems in school FALSE 217
teased in school FALSE 214
physically defect FALSE 295
speach defect FALSE 295
head injury FALSE 294
psychologist FALSE 254
forensic hospital FALSE 253
previous prision FALSE 330
kill at killers home FALSE 313
stalk FALSE 410
blindfold FALSE 356
bound FALSE 398
sex with body FALSE 423
mutilated FALSE 437
ate part of body FALSE 442
drank blood FALSE 433
posed body FALSE 357
totem body part FALSE 358
totem personal item FALSE 347
robbed FALSE 411


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1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
0425196402 Serial Killers 24
0345472004 The Serial Killer Files 20
1845297520 The Giant Book of Bad Guy... 4
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Melvin David Rees (1933 – 1995) was an American serial killer who committed five murders in Virginia and Maryland between 1957 and 1959. He murdered and sexually assaulted Margaret Harold, the girlfriend of US Army soldier Sgt. Roy D. Hudson, during a highway encounter near Annapolis; two years later, he murdered the four members of the Jackson family near Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Q6814059 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Mar 17, 2019.
  2. Melvin Rees on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Mar 17, 2019.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Melvin David REES Jr. on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Mar 17, 2019.
  4. Death of Innocence: Jackson Family Murders Shock Area on www.fredericksburg.com, Retrieved on Mar 17, 2019.
  5. A serial killer preys upon a woman out for a drive on www.history.com, Retrieved on Mar 17, 2019.
Internal References

Melvin Rees is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #62 of 87 [ Page 5 ] of Serial Killer Torturers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  2. #164 of 248 [ Page 11 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #202 of 304 [ Page 14 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #203 of 326 [ Page 14 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #216 of 649 [ Page 15 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  6. #385 of 649 [ Page 26 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  7. #410 of 649 [ Page 28 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #488 of 649 [ Page 33 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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