ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “This was a very sick man. … The only thing that gives me any comfort is that he’s gone. If I didn’t get away, I wouldn’t have my three wonderful boys. I wouldn’t be here.”
Those were among the first public words spoken Friday by the last known victim of David Parker Ray, who was convicted in the sexual tortures of two women and who has since died. Authorities believe he may have had as many as 40 victims, and that many of them were murdered.
Cynthia Vigil Jaramillo escaped from Ray’s trailer at Elephant Butte in March 1999 wearing nothing but a dog collar and a chain. She had been Ray’s prisoner for three days.
She told her story to reporters Friday morning at the FBI office in Albuquerque as the bureau’s agents continue to solicit leads they hope will unravel the mystery of exactly how many victims Ray had.