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Vampire Rapist Is Back In Jail

Sat., Aug. 10, 1996

After a brief taste of freedom, the so-called Vampire Rapist is back in jail, accused of violating probation by using marijuana.

“I’m very pleased about it,” said the sister of John Crutchley’s victim, who almost died when Crutchley drained nearly half her blood and drank it over a 22-hour period in 1985. The 19-year-old woman survived by crawling out his bathroom window when he left her alone.

The sister, who asked that her name not be used, said Friday she was sure her sister would be “very relieved” to hear that Crutchley was no longer free.

Police will take Crutchley, 49, back to Brevard County, where he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and rape 10 years ago after Judge Edward Richardson signed an arrest warrant Friday.

Crutchley had been released Thursday to a half-way house in Orlando to begin his 50-year probation. He tested positive for marijuana use the same day and admitted using the drug, according to an arrest warrant.

Crutchley’s supervisor at the halfway house recommended to Richardson that Crutchley be “incarcerated for the maximum period of time allowable.”

Crutchley was freed from prison Thursday after finishing a sentence for raping and kidnapping the 19-year-old hitchhiker in 1985.


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