True Crime Archive: St. Louis Murderer Dipped Fried Chicken in Victim's Blood, Ate It

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According to the Missouri Department of Corrections, Elroy Preston is known in prison as the "Chicken Man."
We hadn't heard about it, either. That is, until yesterday when we were thumbing through the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's spring newsletter.

This issue of the newsletter is mostly about street gangs, but that's not what caught our attention. We were captivated by a small article from the "Crime Files" that recalled a double homicide in St. Louis prompted over a take-out order of food.

The man convicted of the crime -- Elroy Preston -- is Missouri's longest serving Death Row inmate. Here's how the gruesome tale went down, according to the Circuit Attorney's office:

On September 25, 1980, an argument over fried chicken led to two murders in north St. Louis. Prior offender Elroy Preston was staying at a home shared by his brother Ervin, Willie Richardson and Betty Klein.

On September 24, the four, along with Elroy's girlfriend Sherry Brown, began a night of drinking. At some point, Willie and Betty bought fried chicken with Elroy's money, who later became upset when Willie decided to eat the remaining chicken.

At 3 a.m. Elroy woke his sleeping brother and informed him that he was going to kill him, Willie and Betty. Forcing all three to sit on the couch, Elroy grabbed a hunting knife and stabbed Betty, severing her spinal cord. He then stabbed Willie nine times. Meanwhile, Sherry (Elroy's girlfriend) cowered in a corner and Ervin (Elroy's brother) begged Elroy not to kill him. After Willie died, Elroy dipped some of the chicken in his blood and ate it.

The next morning, Ervin's neighbor found Willie's body in the alley. He called the police, who discovered Betty's body in the backyard. On April 20, 1982, Elroy Preston was found guilty of capital murder and second-degree murder and sentenced to death plus life. He has waited longer than any inmate to be executed by the State of Missouri.

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24 comments
Kuei
Kuei

Maybe blacks keep killing each other because they taste like chicken.

JoyGrenade
JoyGrenade

Death plus life? So he gets executed, then gets revived to serve out the rest of his term?

billrowland
billrowland

They do this in da muddaland every day. He just be keepin it real.

Dorendar
Dorendar

What a sick bastard, but then again what could we expect from these people? He's a cannibal!

Buffaloass
Buffaloass

Lawds we sholl lubs fried chickens..... dat sheeeeeit bez gooder den a muggafugga, gnomesayin.

KITTY
KITTY

It was Murder Most Foul, wrote Agatha Christie.

Elroy used blood as a dipping sauce to keep that foul taste out of his mouth! You can't say he was chicken for doing so!  And remember, it's chicken today and feathers tomorrow. Had they been playing cards when all this went down he could have shouted: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Fried chicken, murders, night of drinking, north city, and spilled blood...gotta be a punch line in there somewhere.

Clancy
Clancy

god that is sick...

skgqn5
skgqn5

@Kuei quick to judge, one of the victims was white, my aunt

Vanessa
Vanessa

Oh and whites don't kill each other? Please.

Coondog
Coondog

 Don't you take a nigger's chicken away!

mobojoyo
mobojoyo

Dat bees fo' sho'!   But what would Reverend Father Uncle Ruckus say 'bout dis sheeit?

UglyDougly
UglyDougly

People will do crazy things when they run out of buffalo dipping sauce?

Police at the scene immediately suspected fowl play?

After months of debating STL's position in its life cycle following disappointing 2010 census, Chad Garrison blog post authoritatively pegs September 25, 1980 as STL's low point?

Kuei
Kuei

I never said that. You did.

norcal skim
norcal skim

I love how the racist cockroaches come running out from the garbage.

Vanessa
Vanessa

And you are a child who feels that calling people names on the internet is intimidating when, in fact, it just makes you look even more stupid than your profile pic does. 

Kuei
Kuei

Jeffrey was fine until he started hanging out with black men. Once he found out they tasted like chicken, that was all she wrote.

Kuei
Kuei

You did. I said nothing of the sort. Face it, you are a racist scumbag.

Cdn819
Cdn819

What about your cousin Jeffrey Dahmer? All cannibal ways was learned from  him, a white boy

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