Serial Killer and Cannibal Hadden Clark

Hadden Irving Clark is a murderer and suspected serial killer who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. He is currently incarcerated at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland.

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Hadden Clark's Childhood Years

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Hadden Clark was born on July 31, 1952, in Troy, New York. He grew up in an affluent home, with alcoholic parents who were abusive to their four children. Not only did Hadden suffer the abuse that his siblings suffered, but his mother, when drunk, would dress him in girl's clothing and call him Kristen. His father had another name for him when he was drunk. He would call him "retard."

The emotional and physical abuse took its toll on the Clark children. One of his brothers, Bradfield Clark, murdered his girlfriend, cut her into pieces, then cooked and ate part of her breasts. When he sobered up he confessed his crimes to police.

His other brother, Geoff, was convicted of spousal abuse and his sister, Alison, ran away from home when she was a teen and later denounced her family.

Hadden Clark showed common psychopathic tendencies during his childhood years. He was a bully who seemed to enjoy hurting other kids and also found pleasure in torturing and killing animals.

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Unable to Hold Down a Job

After leaving home, Clark attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he trained and graduated as a chef. The credentials helped him gain employment at top restaurants, hotels, and cruise liners, but his jobs would not last due to his erratic behavior.

After going through 14 different jobs between 1974 and 1982, Clark joined the U.S. Navy as a cook, but apparently his shipmates did not like his propensity to wearing women's underwear and on occasion, they would beat him. He received a medical discharge after being diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

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Michelle Dorr

After leaving the Navy, Clark went to live with his brother Geoff in Silver Springs, Maryland but was asked to leave after he was caught masturbating in front of Geoff's young children.

On May 31, 1986, while packing up his belongings, a six-year-old neighbor, Michelle Dorr, came by looking for his niece. No one was home, but Clark told the young girl his niece was in her bedroom and followed her into the house where he butchered her with a knife and cannibalized her, then buried her body in a shallow grave in a nearby park.

The child's father was the key suspect in her disappearance.

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After moving from his brother's house, Clark lived in his truck and picked up odd jobs to get by. By 1989, his mental condition was deteriorating and he was arrested for committing a series of crimes including assaulting his mother, shoplifting women's clothing and destroying rental property.

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Laura Houghteling

In 1992 Clark was working as a part-time gardener for Penny Houghteling in Bethesda, Maryland. When Laura Houghteling, Penny's daughter, returned home from college, Clark resented the competition it created for Penny's attention.

On October 17, 1992, he dressed in women's clothing and crept into Laura's room at around midnight. Waking her from her sleep, he wanted to know why she was sleeping in his bed. Holding her at gunpoint, he then forced her to undress and to take a bath. When she finished, he covered her mouth with duct tape which caused her to suffocate.

He then buried her in a shallow grave near a campsite where he was living.

Clark's fingerprints were found on a pillowcase soaked in Laura's blood that Clark had kept as a souvenir. He was arrested within days of the murder.

In 1993, he pled guilty to second-degree murder and received a 30-year prison sentence. He did not attempt an insanity defense.

While in prison Clark bragged to fellow inmates about murdering several women, including Michelle Dorr. One of his cellmates reported the information to authorities and Clark was arrested, tried and found guilty of murdering Dorr. He was given an additional 30-year prison sentence.

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Confessing to Jesus

Somehow Clark began to believe that one of the prisoners with long hair was actually Jesus. He began to confess to him other murders that he said that he committed. A bucket of jewelry was found on his grandfathers property. Clark claimed that they were souvenirs from his victims. He claimed to have murdered at least a dozen women in the 1970s and 1980s.

Investigators have been unable to find any additional bodies that link to Clark.

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