January 29, 1997 in Nation/World

Girl Cleared In Cult Killing Of Her Parents

Associated Press
 

Heather Wendorf, one of five teens in a so-called vampire cult accused in the slaying of her parents, was cleared Tuesday of murder charges in their bludgeoning deaths.

A grand jury found no probable cause the 15-year-old participated in the Nov. 25 murders of Richard and Naoma Ruth Wendorf.

Heather’s grand jury testimony is secret, but she told police from the time of her arrest in Baton Rouge that she had wanted to run away with Rod Ferrell, a former classmate at Eustis High School who had moved to Kentucky with his family.

Ferrell was the leader of a group of youths who called themselves the “Vampire Clan,” police say. The youths drank their own blood and that of mutilated animals, police say.

Last month, the grand jury indicted Ferrell, Scott Anderson and Charity Keesee, all 16, and Dana Cooper, 19.

Heather’s attorney, James Hope, said she didn’t know her parents were killed until Cooper and Keesee broke it to her on the way out of town.

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