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.
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.
Melvin Rees has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 4 months ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Torture is when someone puts another person in pain. This pain may be physical or psychological. Tourturers touture their victims.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Nickname:||The Sex Beast|
|Victims:||5 - 9|
|Years Active:||1957 - 1959|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||- 1995|
|Marital Status:||never married|
|Children:||no children mentioned|
|Living With:||himself, alone travelled around the D.C. area, playing at local jazz clubs|
|Birth Location:||an unknown location in 1933|
|Highest School:||13 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||some college, no degree|
|Arrested:||Jun 24, 1960|
|Convicted:||Feb 28, 1961|
|Sentence:||death commuted to life in prison|
|Prison Location:||an unnamed prison in Maryland, US|
|Death Date:||Jul 10, 1995|
|Cause of Death:||heart attack|
|Death Location:||a federal facility in Missouri, US|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
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.
|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|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Melvin Rees (1957-1959).
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|kill at victims home||TRUE||318|
|killed in prison||FALSE||210|
|problems in school||FALSE||218|
|teased in school||FALSE||215|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||315|
|sex with body||FALSE||426|
|ate part of body||FALSE||445|
|totem body part||FALSE||361|
|totem personal item||FALSE||350|
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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.
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