David Parker Ray Was a Real-Life Jigsaw Killer
In the Saw films, a serial killer known as Jigsaw captures people and tortures them using a variety of homemade devices, like a slightly less horrifying version of Martha Stewart. He usually does it in out-of-the-way areas where no one can interrupt his killings, typically leaving taped messages for his victims and instructions on how to get out. It's more realistic than, say, Freddy Krueger, but there's no way someone like that could operate in real life. The whole premise is ridiculous even by Hollywood standards.
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"Hi, could you step into my windowless van?"
Except there totally was a real-life Jigsaw, only a few years before the Saw franchise began. In the 1990s, David Parker Ray was a serial killer who lived in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where he kidnapped his victims and placed them in a soundproofed mobile home located on his property, which he referred to as his "toy box," because real life is sometimes far more terrible than anything our sick minds can make up. Isn't that right, KFC?
Just like the movies, he liked to leave taped audio messages for his victims to listen to upon awakening. He also had three accomplices who helped him commit his murders. He got caught only because one of his helpers left a key on a table where an imprisoned woman, Cynthia Vigil Jaramillo, grabbed it and escaped (but only after fighting off her jailer and and having to run nude across Ray's property until she found help). I like to picture her turning around at the last second to give her pursuer a long lecture about how much they suck at murder.
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"The D in Saw 3D stands for duhhhhhhhh."