In December of 2000, within the span of less than a week, two brothers, Reginald and Jonathan Carr, engaged in a series of crimes in Wichita that Kansans recognize as among the worst in their state’s history.
First, they abducted and robbed assistant baseball coach Andrew Schreiber. Three days later, the Carrs set their sights upon 55 year-old librarian and cellist, Ann Walenta: they shot and killed Walenta as she attempted to flee them in her automobile.
But it wasn’t until three days after this murder that the Carrs’ campaign of evil reached its horrifying climax.
On the night of December 14, the Carrs broke into the residence of Brad Heyka, Aaron Sander, and Jason Befort. Heyka was a financial analyst, Sander a seminary student preparing for the priesthood, and Befort a high school science teacher and coach. Also in the home that evening were Heather Muller, Sander’s former girlfriend and a graduate student who also happened to work as a pre-school teacher at a local church, and a young woman named “H.G.”—a school teacher to whom Befort was about to propose and who would be the sole survivor of the grisly events that were about to unfold over the next few hours.
Armed with guns, the Carrs made their victims perform sexual acts on one another. The women were forced to penetrate each other’s vaginas orally and digitally, and the men were forced to have sex with the women. Yet when the Carrs discovered that Befort and “H.G.” were romantically involved, they prevented them from having sexual intercourse with one another, choosing instead to force Befort watch as they coerced his friends to essentially rape his fiancée to be.
At one point, when Aaron Sander couldn’t get an erection, the Carrs put a gun to his head and threatened to shoot him lest his momentary dysfunction resolve itself within the two minute time frame that they allotted him. When the time expired, the Carrs returned Sander to the closet in which they corralled their prey with “H.G.” and retrieved Befort and Heyka, both of whom were then forced to sexually assault Heather Muller, whose pain-racked groans, “H.G.” later testified, were all too audible from the next room.
The sexual degradation that the Carrs inflicted upon their victims was punctured by episodic beatings that the Carrs gave the men—beatings that appear to have involved the use of golf clubs. It was also interrupted by drives to ATM machines where the Carrs had their victims withdraw funds.
Yet the Carr brothers themselves also repeatedly raped, vaginally and orally, the two women.
Jack Kerwick received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jack blogs at Beliefnet.com: At the Intersection of Faith & Culture. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or friend him on facebook. You can also follow him on twitter.