Solved: The Toy Box Killer (Unknown – 2002)

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We are going to cover a pretty horrific and gruesome cases, I was able to find some pictures I have included them in this blog, so if you are listening on the podcast, head over to and have a look. This is case is called the Toy Box Killer.

On March 19, 1999, Cynthia Vigil, 22 years old, was in the parking lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico hooking when an unknown man claiming to be an uncover cop told her she was under arrest for solicitation of sex work and put her in the back of his car.

Vigil stated, “He told me I was under arrest and put handcuffs on me.” The man was David Parker Ray, where he told Vigil to his soundproof trailer, which he called his “Toy Box.”

He chained her to a gynecologist-type of table in the center of the trailer and over the course of 3 days raped, and tortured Vigil with the help of his accomplice, his own girlfriend, Cindy Hendy.

Cindy and David would use whips, medical instruments, electric shock and sexual instruments to torture Vigil but before her torture, David played a tape with a recording of him detailing exactly what she would have to go through. On the cassette, David explained that she had to refer to him only as “master” and the woman that would be is helper was to be called “mistress” and to never speak until spoken to first, after the rules were told, he went on to explain exactly how he would rape and torture her.

This kind of sounds like BDSM to me, from everything I’ve read this is what people are into. I can’t even imagine.

Vigil said in an interview, “The way he talked, I didn’t feel like this was his first time, it was like he knew what he was doing. He told me I was never going to see my family again. He told me he would kill me like the others.”

On the third day while David was at work, Cindy made the biggest error of all, she left the keys to Vigils restraints on a table near where Vigil was chained while she left the room. She took the opportunity and lunged for the keys and able to get her hands free, Cindy tried to stop her, but Vigil stabbed her in the neck with an icepick when she got close. She ran from the trailer, naked and only wearing a slave collar and padlock chains.

She ran to the nearest mobile home and knocked frantically until the owner of the house let Vigil in and called the police, who promptly arrested both David and Cindy.

After arresting David, the police gained a warrant to search his home and trailer, and what they found made even the veteran police and investigators disturbed. In Ray’s “Toy Box” that contained the gynecologist-type table that was in the middle of the room while it had a mirror mounted to the ceiling so his victims could see the horror that was being delivered to them. Laying on the floor was whips, chains, pulley, straps, clamps, leg spreader bars, surgical blades, and saws as well as numerous sex toys.

Then they spot something unfamiliar to them until they got closer, There was a wooden contraption that was used to bend over his victims, which would immobilize them and it was used for Ray and his friend to rape the victims.

Lined with the walls was very detailed diagrams that showed different methods and techniques that would cause pain. Also in the trailer police found a videotape from 1996, that showed a terrified woman being raped and tortured by David and his girlfriend, Cindy.

With the media going in a frenzy with the arrest of David because of the disturbing circumstances of his crime, another woman came forward with a very similar story to Vigil. Angelica Montano was a friend of David’s who after visiting his house to borrow something, he had drugged, raped and tortured her before being left by the highway out in the desert. She was found by police but there had been no follow up on her case.

David would use dugs that would induce amnesia or memory loss in his victims like sodium pentothal or phenobarbital so they could not remember what happened to them correctly.

With 2 victims the case was stronger than ever, having 2 victims testify to the crimes police were able to talk to Cindy, who quickly gave up everything and began talking like crazy about all the murders she knew. Her testimony would lead police to discover that David had help in abductions and murders, and you will never guess by who…..his own daughter, Glenda “Jesse” Ray, and another friend Dennis Roy Yancy.

Dennis admitted to police about participating in the murder of another woman named Marie Parker who had been abducted, drugged, and tortured for days by David and his daughter before Dennis strangled her to death in 1997.

Once the story starting being released to the media and the video of the woman had been released, she was identified by her ex mother in law as Kelli Garrett, she was a former friend of Glenda.

It was July 24, 1996, when Kelli had a fight with her then husband and decided to spend the night playing pool at a local bar with Jesse. Jesse had spiked her drink with roofie’s, Glenda and David then placed a dog collar and a leash on her and brought her back to his trailer. He then raped and tortured her for 2 days all while keeping her on the date rape drug. After the 2 days of hell, Ray slit her throat and dumped her body on the side of the road.

Some how Kelli survived the attack and the entire encounter but nobody believed her story not even her own husband. Police and her husband believed she had been cheating on him and he filed for divorce that year.

Due to the date rape drugs, Kelli had limited memory of the events over those 2 days she was held, but she did remember being in the “Toy Box” and raped multiple times by David.

While in the trailer, police found evidence that several more killings had occurred, they found diaries written by Ray where he detailed the murder of at least 50 other woman, but despite the evidence the police were unable to create cases for them.

Cindy and Dennis both identified areas where they believed David had dumped the bodies police found no human remains in any of these locations.

With the affects of the drugs it made it difficult for their testimony to be accepted by jurors, so the “Toy Box Killer,” was sentenced to 224 years in prison for numerous offenses that involved in the abduction and sexual torture of 3 woman.

Jesse was sentenced to 9 years and Cindy was given 36 years in prison for their involvement in the crimes.

While in prison, just 3 years into his sentence, David Parker Ray died of a heart attack on May 28th, 2002.

FBI Spokesman Frank Fisher said to the media in a 2011 interview, “We’re still getting good leads, as long as we’re getting those leads, and as long as the exposure in the press keeps generating interest in the case, we are going to keep investigating this.”



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