By Evil Twin Jess
Los Angeles, California Herbert Tracy White first met Edward and Melissa Garcia at an ATM in Hollywood, where they bummed cigarettes and money from him. He later told his wife he was helping out a “lovely young couple”. Herbert was a former alcoholic, who had turned his life around and become known for helping those down on their luck. According to his wife, he would often answer the phone and go out in the middle of the night to give rides to intoxicated acquaintances because he didn’t want anyone to drive drunk. The holidays were his “busy time of year”, due to all the parties, so when he got a call at 2 a.m. on November 28 asking for a ride, it was nothing out of the ordinary. Except that he never came home.
Mr. White borrowed his wife’s car, told her he would see her tomorrow, and went to meet the Garcia’s. He got them safely to their room at the Continental Hotel, but determining exactly what happened beyond that point becomes unclear. It’s unclear because out of the three people who were in that room that night, one is dead and the other two have gone on the run.
The police believe at some point Edward and Melissa Garcia, convicted robbers several times over, attempted to rob this man who had already gone out of his way to help them. He had given them money, cigarettes, and free rides, but that wasn’t enough for these greedy bastards. He probably resisted, as anyone would. His punishment for not bending to their demands was being murdered and dismembered in that hotel room.
When a member of the hotel’s housekeeping staff went in to clean the room on November 29, she discovered a backpack and a blanket shoved under the bed. Further inspection revealed that backpack to contain two arms and two legs, and the blanket to be hiding a man’s torso. The body parts were identified as Herbert White. Edward and Melissa Garcia had allegedly cut him into 5 different pieces with a knife, stuffed him into a bag, shoved him under the bed, and attempted to clean his blood from their hotel room before fleeing with his money and keys.
Edward Garcia Jr. and Melissa Hope Turner Garcia are still on the run, but they left Mrs. White’s car in the hotel parking lot, so if you’re in the Los Angeles area, you might not want to pick up hitchhikers. We’ve seen how these people repay good Samaritans.