The lone survivor of one of Chicago’s most gruesome serial killers revealed in a new Oxygen television special that she survived the ordeal by playing dead.
Claudia Robinson was brutally raped and left for dead in 1997 by Andre Crawford, the serial killer who murdered 11 black women and is the subject of the latest episode of Oxygen’s ‘Mark of a Serial Killer’, which aired Thursday.
Crawford, who was sentenced to life in prison but died of liver cancer in 2017, terrorized women in the Chicago area in the mid-1990s.
He had lured Claudia Robinson into an abandoned building after a Thanksgiving feast in 1997 and raped her several times with a knife to her throat, according to court documents.
She called for help, but a female spectator did not believe her, robbed her and left.
Robinson had to take care of her himself.
Crawford took her to another building, where he strangled her with a telephone cord, and she lost consciousness, but woke up with Crawford still there.
He then hit her over and over with a two-by-four piece of wood. By the end of the ordeal, she was playing dead, according to court documents reviewed by DailyMail.com.
Claudia Robinson was the only person to survive Crawford’s massacre, but still suffers from the attack mentally and physically.
The officers who responded said her fingers and kneecap were ‘mutilated’.
“It looked twisted, so you couldn’t see her knee, you couldn’t see her kneecap,” the officer testified.
Robinson was found by a passerby, bloody and naked from the waist down, requiring 52 stitches and more than three months of hospitalization.
“I am disabled today,” says Robinson on the Oxygen network series. ‘I can’t use my right hand and there’s a rod in my leg. But I am blessed. I live. I am the only one who has lived. ‘
Crawford killed his other 11 victims between 1993 and 1998 without leaving any DNA or fingerprints.
Like Robinson, he lured his victims into abandoned buildings to trade drugs for sex, and when they refused or quit, he killed them.
After his arrest in January 2000, Crawford spent three days confessing his crimes on camera.
He admitted that he raped his victims while they were alive and then their bodies after they died.
When he finished, he told prosecutors that he covered their faces and bodies with a cloth, stole their shoes, smoked crack, and sometimes went to work.
On multiple occasions, he moved the bodies to a second abandoned location and had sex with their corpses again, he said.
When asked why (Crawford) returned to the house the second time, (Crawford) replied, “ Obviously, I … enjoy sex with dead bodies – you know, knowing she was dead, ” said King in court documents.
Andre Crawford, 37 at the time of his arrest in 2000, murdered and raped 11 women in Chicago after they refused to engage in sexual acts with him.
Many of the victims were discovered days to months after their death.
By this time their bodies were already in various stages of decomposition, and some of the bodies were just skeletonized and mummified remains. According to court documents, parts of their bodies have been partially chewed away by rodents.
A jury eventually convicted Crawford after a one-month trial shortly before Christmas 2009.
According to court documents, the trial included about 90 witness statements, 450 exhibits, and spanned 10,000 pages of transcription.
But Crawford avoided the death penalty.
The jury also ruled that (Crawford) was eligible for the death penalty, but its verdict regarding the penalty phase stated that a death sentence was not the correct punishment and that instead the court will “ sentence the defendant to a natural life sentence. imprisonment. ‘according to court documents.
Instead, he was sentenced to life at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois, which angered the victims’ relatives, who said justice was not being served.
“It only takes two murders to qualify for death. It was 11. What kind of righteousness is that? Rena Carlock, the sister of Patricia Dunn, one of Crawford’s victims, said Fox 5 Chicago after the trial.
Crawford was in prison until 2017, when he suffered from liver cancer at the age of 55, according to the Chicago Tribune. His crime and trial that gripped the nation faded into obscurity.
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections confirmed Crawford’s death, but the Chicago Tribune said an early press release of the Oxygen episode claimed he is still serving his life sentence in southern Illinois prison.
An Oxygen representative said more information about Crawford’s death will be released during the special.
Andre Crawford’s Massacre
List of murder victims: Evandry Harris, Patricia Dunn, Rhonda King, Angel Shatteen, Shaquanta Langley, Sonja Brandon, Nicole Townsend, Cheryl Cross, Tommie Dennis, Sheryl Johnson and Constance Bailey
What Crawford Would Do: He lured his victims to abandoned buildings to trade drugs for sex, and when they refused, he strangled them. Then he had sex with their corpses, smoked crack cocaine, covered their faces and bodies with a cloth, and stole their shoes.
Defense: Crawford’s mother was a prostitute during his teens, which led him down this dark path, Dr. John Fabian, a forensic neuropsychologist who evaluated Crawford, theorized about oxygen. “He wanted to make these women suffer, because that’s what he wanted to do to his mother,” Fabian said.