The Fearful Vampire Killers

The fate of one "vampire killer" was determined in Arkansas recently, while three people in Guyana still await their chance to prove in court that they acted rationally...if they can.


Nathan ChippsOn August 15, 2006, Nathaniel Chipps shot Teresa Tracy McCartney in the head outside Rockport, Arkansas. They were together in the travel trailer of a friend, also present but in another room, and they started to argue. Chipps then shot McCartney, fled the trailer, stole a car, and high-tailed it to hide out in the home of a relative.

The friend who owned the trailer called the police, who transported the victim, but she had died from her wound. She'd been shot with a .38-calibre weapon, the type of gun that the police located in the vicinity where they arrested Chipps after a two-hour manhunt. He went with them without further incident and was locked up in the county jail. The gun was sent for a ballistics examination, as Chipps had no weapon on him.

Chipps, 21, claimed that McCartney, 35, had told him she was a vampire and wanted to suck his blood. He'd shot her in self-defense. However, it was found that he'd taken drugs that night and was hallucinating at the time of the incident.

Chipps was charged with aggravated assault and murder, according to a Caller-Times report. The case went to trial and, with a murder conviction, Chipps could have gotten 99 years, but instead, on June 15, a jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. They sentenced him to 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Next: The situation was more confused on the East Demerara Coast of Guyana.

 

 

Written by Katherine Ramsland.
Originally published online at The Crime Library.
Reproduced with the permission of the author.

 

 

Comments

i agree

murder is murder, its black and white, no gray here.  Her family will be able to wish her goodnight though, i am sure she is listening.

Do not say you know me, because you don't. It is worthless to try.

Manslaughter is bullspit!

I am shocked! teresa aka Tracey has 2 kids and a family that loves her dearly! Because this boy was doped up her family will never tell her goodnight! One good will came from this, her organs have been donated and she will live on forever so to you Chipp you fail to kill her! she lives on forever. She is now an untouchable, however i WISH i know in prison you will be someones little touched bitch! SO SALUTE! to you tre! I LOVE U 4EVER julz

I sympathize with the

I sympathize with the family. Too often these days, killers seem to be able to make a plea bargain for a reduced sentence. Either the police, or lawyers, aren't doing their job in presenting a good case. Murder is murder, but it seems like it's not such a big deal anymore. I just don't get it.

Fanged Films

From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

Drawn to Vamps?

No. 15
Homecoming
Vol. 1 No. 3
Dracula