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Dayton Leroy Rogers

Background information
Born: September 30, 1953 (1953-09-30) (age 56)
Moscow, Idaho, U.S.
Number of victims: 6
Span of killings: 1983–1987
Country: United States
State(s): Oregon
Date apprehended: 1987

Dayton Leroy Rogers (born September 30, 1953) is a serial killer presently residing on Oregon's death row at the Oregon State Penitentiary for six murders.

He has been tied to the murders of seven women, one unidentified. He preferred street women, usually addicts, prostitutes and runaways. Six were found in a dumping site in the Molalla National Forest area, hence his nickname [The Molalla Forest Murderer] Dayton was tried for six of his victims in a group, where he received his first death penalty. His last victim was Jennifer Smith, a convicted prostitute and drug addict. She was in his truck, turning a trick, and he began to stab her in the legs and vagina before she fell out of the truck. Two men eating at Denny's saw the scene.

His modus operandi was to pick up prostitutes and take them to secluded areas. He took at least six of them into the forest where he would tie them, rape and kill them. He would also cut their feet off with a hacksaw, some while still alive. He has numerous living victims, many of whom did not come forward till during his first nationally news reported court trials. He is convicted for six assaults, although there might be more than thirty victims.

He was married and had a child. He was an auto mechanic by trade and he was deeply in debt. He was connected to the bodies due to his habit of drinking vodka out of the little bottles similar to alcohol bottles found on airplanes, and pouring them into an orange juice bottle to make a screwdriver. Rogers was convicted in May 1989 for all six murders.[1]


  1. ^ Painter, John, Jr. (December 31, 1989). "The 1980s". The Oregonian.  

Further reading

  • King, Gary C. (1992). Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer. Onyx. ISBN 0451403525.  

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