Charles Albright, also known as the Texas Eyeball Killer, is one of the scariest serial killers in history. He was convicted for the murder of Shirley Williams in 1991. Authorities suspect that he killed two other women, Mary Lou Pratt and Susan Peterson, between 1990 and 1991. Albright was born in 1933 and was adopted as an infant by Fred and Delle Albright who lived in Amarillo, Texas. Fred Albright owned a grocery store, and his wife was a teacher.
Delle Albright abused Charles both psychologically and physically when he was a child, locking him in dark rooms and hitting him for minor offenses, like spilling milk. The overbearing woman also taught him taxidermy, which led to his obsession with eyes. He cut out the eyes of the three women he killed, all of whom were sex workers. Believing that his birth mother was a prostitute (she was actually a nurse), Albright preyed on these women of the night after his mother died. As of August 2017, Albright is serving out his life term in Lubbock, Texas, at the John Montford Psychiatric Unit.
His Mother Taught Him Taxidermy, But Wouldn't Spring For Glass Eyes, Leaving Him With Blind Animals
Taxidermy is a strange hobby on its own, but the Albrights made it even weirder. Delle Albright taught her son taxidermy when he was child, showing Charles how to use the tools to properly prepare and stuff the dead animal for display. However, she refused to pay for the standard glass taxidermy eyes that made the animals look truly alive. Instead, she forced him to use buttons and marbles. Sometimes, she would make him sew the eyes shut so that the animals looked like they were blind. It's no wonder that, as an adult, Albright removed the eyes of his victims.
His Mother Physically And Psychologically Abused Him For Minor Things, Like Spilling Milk
Delle Albright physically abused her son throughout his childhood. If Charles spilled milk, she would spank him. She also went beyond spanking on some occasions, such as the time she tied him to his bed when he refused to take a nap. Other times, the abuse was psychological. For example, when Albright was around a year old, he chewed on her tape measure. In response, she locked him in a room with the lights out, making him sit in the dark.
As A Child, His Mother Sometimes Dressed Him As A Girl
For reasons that remain unknown, Albright's mother dressed him in girls' clothing when he was a child. She made him wear dresses and even gave him a doll to play with, especially if his aunt was visiting. These days, a boy playing with a girl's doll (not an "action figure") may not seem like a big deal, but back in the 1930s, it was.
When He Was Convicted Of Theft At Age 16, His Mother Offered To Do His Jail Time For Him
While Albright was a freshman at North Texas State College, he became involved in a student burglary ring. He and several of his classmates broke into several local stores and stole merchandise, some of which authorities found in his dorm room. He claimed that he hadn't stolen anything and was merely holding onto it for his friends. They didn't believe him and promptly prosecuted Albright for the crimes.
When his mother, Delle Albright, caught wind of his arrest, she went around to the store owners and offered to reimburse them for what he'd stolen. At his sentencing, she even told the judge that she'd serve his prison time for him. Of course, that didn't go over well, and he ended up spending six months of a two-year term in jail.