Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

David Parker Ray: The Toy Box Killer

A Killer Breaks Down

Informally, Yancy offered information about the sadomasochistic acts he had witnessed and in which he had sometimes participated at Ray's trailer. He implicated Ray's daughter in this activity and described pictures he had seen of Ray's former wife in bondage positions. He had also watched Ray torture a girl inside the Toy Box, but insisted that she had consented. Nevertheless, Jesse Ray had allegedly told him that her father had kidnapped women for S&M sex.

Dennis Roy Yancy
Dennis Roy Yancy

In a second interview, Yancy changed his tune. He stated that he did know of Marie Parker, who had been killed. In fact, she was his former girlfriend. On July 5, 1997, he'd gone with Ray and Jesse to a saloon for what he thought was a drug deal. Father and daughter went in and returned with Marie. They placed her in handcuffs and warned her if she talked they'd kill her. Yancy was told to stay with her in the rear of the vehicle. They then took Marie to the Toy Box and Yancy considered calling the police but thought better of it. He was afraid of Ray.

He knew that the girl was held for three days, being repeatedly tortured, and then Ray and Jesse came to Yancy and told him they were "done with her." They gave Yancy a rope and instructed him to strangle her, which he admitted he did. They then went together to dump the body in a remote area, after which Ray threatened Yancy with the same fate if he ever told.

When he attempted to show law enforcement where the body was, he was unable to locate the exact place. (It was also possible that Ray had moved the body, worried that Yancy might crack.) On April 10, 1999, Yancy was booked on suspicion of murder. He was also charged with kidnapping, evidence tampering, and conspiracy. His case ended with two sentences of fifteen years each for one count of second-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. The sentences were to run consecutively.

Since Hendy had given details to help on these cases, the charges against her were reduced from 25 to five counts of conspiracy and being an accessory. She pleaded no contest in exchange for a sentence of 36 years.

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