For most people, when mentioning evil siblings, Ronnie and Reggie Kray would spring to mind (or the creepy “come and play with us” Shining girls). Let’s take a look at real-life siblings and twins that have that special, scary, murdering bond.
THE BONDURANT BROTHERS
Pete and Pat Bondurant are twin brothers who murdered a series of victims in Giles County, Tennessee in the 1980s.
In 1986, a 24-year-old woman named Gwen Dugger was reported missing by her family in Ardmore, Alabama. After a lengthy investigation, the brothers were convicted in 1991 of the murder after a sensational trial in which Pat’s wife, Denise, testified against them.
Dugger’s body was never found but Denise Bondurant testified the brothers raped, tortured and shot the young mother before burning her body in a 55-gallon drum and dumping the ashes in a creek near Pat’s rented. The lack of a bodily remains is one reason the twins received only 25-year sentences.
Later, after charred bones were unearthed in the front yard of their parents’ Giles County home, Pat Bondurant was found guilty of murdering his co-worker, Ronnie Gaines. He was beaten to death and buried on the property. At trial, Pete was charged with helping his brother dismember the body.
In a different case, Pete Bondurant was convicted in the killing of his girlfriend, Terry Lynn Clark.
The Bondurants are serving their time at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections website, Pete will be released in 2018, while Pat’s release date is 2070.
THE GONZALEZ SISTERS
Delfina and María de Jesús González also known as Las Poquianchis were two sisters from the north-central Mexican state of Guanajuato. In the 1950s and ’60s, the sisters ran a large prostitution ring at Rancho El Angel, near the city of San Francisco del Rincón in Guanajuato. Guinness World Records even called them the “most prolific murder partnership”.
The sisters had a calculated method for getting their prostitutes. The sisters would regularly place job advertisements in the newspaper and kidnap those who responded. The victims were then tortured, sold into sexual slavery, and often murdered.
In 1964, three victims of the Gonzalez sisters escaped and alerted authorities. The police searched the grounds of Rancho El Angel and discovered the remains of eighty women, eleven men, and several fetuses. It was eventually revealed that the sisters were responsible for the deaths of many migrant workers and wealthy customers in addition to their sex slaves.
The Gonzalez sisters were eventually captured and placed on trial for the murders. At their trial, it was revealed that a large number of people were connected with the crimes, including sisters Carmen and Maria Luisa. The sisters were found guilty and given a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Delfina, Maria Luisa and Carmen all died in jail, while Maria served her sentence and disappeared.
THE SPAHALSKI TWINS
The Spahalski twins grew up inseparable in their youth and in their crime sprees, always challenging the other to steal bigger and bigger items. Things took a drastic turn when Stephen Spahalski killed a store owner in 1971.
Stephen killed the store owner simply because the man “deserved it”. While his brother serving time in jail, Robert’s became addicted to crack cocaine, and eventually began committing murders himself. Robert killed four people, including his girlfriend, who was strangled with an electrical cord.
The brothers were estranged for most of their lives, and when a police officer showed Stephen an article about his brother confessing to four murders, he said, “I thought I was the only murderer in the family.”
The murders of the Spahalski brothers is the subject of the 2010 book, “Killer Twins,” by Michael Benson.
THE MAILONI BROTHERS
In April 2007, three brothers named Mika, Fabian, and Stefan Mailoni went on a murder spree in Luano Valley, Zambia killing people at random with primitive weapons, such as spears and bows.
The trio went on the run for a number of years and took advantage of their extensive knowledge of the surrounding terrain to evade the police. In 2012, the government of Zambia was forced to send troops to the area to hunt down the killers.
During the lengthy manhunt, the brothers’ mother was forced to flee her house after an angry mob burned it down and threatened to kill her. She later explained that her sons’ strange behaviour began after they visited a witchdoctor, sparking speculation that the brothers were cursed.
In June 2013, the Mailoni brothers were gunned down by a team of Zambia Army Commandos. Their bodies were put on display and photographed. After the news was made public, the citizens of the Luano Valley were finally able to return home after fleeing in fear of the violence.
THE WHITEHEAD TWINS
In 2014, identical twin sisters Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead were sentence to 30 years in jail after admitting to the brutal murder of their mother four years ago.
Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead were 16 when they beat their mother with a vase and then proceeded to stab, Jarmecca Whitehead, 34, so violently that they severed her spinal cord. She also suffered stab wounds to her lungs, jugular and the back of her neck. The twins carried their injured mother to the bathtub which was filled with water.
The teary-eyed twins, Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah Whitehead, initially told police that they walked into a blood-soaked Conyers home and found their mother dead. At first glance, detectives had no reason to suspect the 16-year-old sisters had anything to do with the vicious stabbing and even tried to console the girls during questioning.
The twins turned on their mother after getting into an argument on January 13th, 2010, at their home in Conyers, Georgia, after getting up late for school.
In a plea agreement, each twin pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in 2014. They were sentenced to serve 30 years in prison.
THE SHEN BROTHERS
Brothers Shen Changyin and Shen Changping are notorious cannibalistic serial killers who murdered and ate eleven prostitutes.
After an auto parts business, they started up failed to work, they brothers turned to murder to make money. In September 1999, Shen Changyin committed his first murder of a male in their hometown.
In 2003, the Shen brothers stepped up their game and began murdering women found at nightclubs and bath houses. The first victim was a prostitute named Yao Fang, who was taken captive and forced to provide her bank account information. After the brothers stole her money, they strangled Yao and dismembered her body. Over the next two years, the Shen brothers travelled around China and killed a total of 11 women.
After receiving a tip in 2004, the police entered the brothers’ house in Shijiazhuang, Hebei and discovered a collection of dismembered corpses, tools, stolen bank cards, cash and jewelry.
The Shens were sentenced to death in September 2005.