Wayne Adam Ford

Confirmed Kills
Suspected Kills
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Years Active
December 3, 1961
Sentenced to death
Alive or Dead?
Death Row
US States Operated
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Wayne Adam Ford, born December 3rd, 1961 in Petaluma, California is an American serial killer. On November 9th, 1998 he walked into the Humboldt County Sherrif Department with a woman’s severed breast in his pocket. He confessed to having killed four women and is thought to have killed others before being arrested. He was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder on June 27th and has been sentenced to death for his crime.

Early Life

Wayne Adams Ford was born to an American father and a German immigrant mother. His parents divorced when Wayne was 10. After dropping out of high school and enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, Wayne served for six years before being honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1985. A few years back, beginning in 1983, he had a history of work issues as well as struggles with physical and mental illness that necessitated multiple hospitalizations from 1984 through 1987

Wayne Adam Ford married two times in his life, however, both of these marriages, unfortunately, went down the drain. What happened was that he was accused of beating and robbing a sex worker. He also had an instance where he committed animal cruelty for which he served just about three years in jail. Wayne Adam Ford used to be a truck driver at the time of his arrest.

Arrest and trial

On November 4th, 1998, 36-year old Wayne Adam Ford made national headlines after he walked into a Sheriff’s station in Northern California, pulling from his pocket a Ziploc bag with a severed breast inside it and admitted to killing four women. He was being held on murder charges on a $1 million bail. According to the Sheriff, Ford walked into his department, said he had some evidence and then pulled out that baggie.  Though he was remorseful apparently according to the sheriff, at this point Ford wanted to talk about what he’d been involved in. 

Investigators in Eureka said the four victims were female hitchhikers and/or prostitutes who had been sexually assaulted before they were slain.

According to reports from the police, after confessing to killing four women without hesitation, Wayne Adam Ford told authorities he turned himself in for fear of what might happen if he killed his ex-wife and left their son an orphan. Understandably guilty over some of the crimes that he had been committing, Ford, told police officers he was extremely angry at his wife because she had kept him from seeing their son. 

Authorities first became aware of Wayne Adam’s murders in October 1997 when the torso of a female hitchhiker was discovered in a marsh near Eureka. Her identity is still unknown and it’s believed that Wayne Ford picked her up, tortured, murdered, and kept her for months during this time. Other body parts of the said victim were found on a beach and parts of her arms are still missing after her death. Regarding what happened to other body parts of his victims, authorities believe he dismembered them and stored other body parts in the freezer of his trailer for up to one year before trying to cook some of their remains.

Wayne Adam Ford was charged with four counts of first-degree murder on June 27, 2006, and convicted in August of 2006 by a twelve-person jury. He resides on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California.