Sometime ago a woman asked if anyone had heard the story of a man who kidnapped a young runaway couple in Florida. The name, Albert Brust, was correct but the story was half right. I lived a block away from where he held them captive. It was in Miami, not Ft. Lauderdale. He did dismember the young man's body, putting the head and other parts of his body in the tub and filled it with cement, but he also cemented what bits he could into the wall of the bathroom. I was 14 at the time and remember standing outside the house watching the police removing large, heavy plastic bags from the home and putting them into a van. My father had been with the police department at least 10 years when this happened. To further elaborate, the police also removed large squares of foam which he lined the inside walls of his garage, including the garage door, which he used as his "chamber". This is where they found the girl who was still chained to the walls. The woman who lived behind him, who happens to be a psychologist for a drug rehab I was a secretary for, was removing clothes from her clothesline because it was starting to rain. She saw him sitting in a lawnchair outside and asked why he wasn't going inside. When he didn't answer her insisting for an answer she then realized something was wrong and called police. The police found him dead and eventually found he drank a concoction of cleaners, etc. They also found the woman still chained to the wall. The story was so magnificent that they didn't beleive her...not even her own priest/preacher believed her sensational story until further investigation proved her story to be true.
I remember my friends and I thinking what a nut he was driving around in his powder blue van... I believe the young couple were hitch-hiking from Tampa.
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I think the topic got archived, though I can't find it. I posted the details I found in a book by Colin Wilson, which was pretty much all I had on the case.
I can't help but find the bit about the woman being found chained to the wall, yet not being believed when she told her story, a little bit unlikely...
ETA: Tracked down the original post and here's what I wrote. Note that the murder took place in Miami - the Fort Lauderdale reference was to where the girl was supposedly set free.
quote: The following is abridged from The Serial Killers by Colin Wilson and Donald Seaman (W.H. Allen, 1990). Nothing turned up on a web search for the murderer.
On 21 July 1973 Albert Brust, 44, a building inspector, was found dead in the garden of his Dade County house. He had drunk a cyanide-laced milkshake. A search of his house revealed a dismembered body cemented into a shower stall. As it turned out, five days before a teenage girl had reported that she and her boyfriend had been abducted at gunpoint and taken to a South Miami home where they had been forced into sex acts at gunpoint and photographed. The boyfriend had tried to disarm the man but was shot dead. The man then raped the girl over a period of 24 hours before released her in Fort Lauderdale - he told her, "I've taken a life. Now I'm giving you your life". The girl went to police, but was not believed, and she was flown home to Kentucky. Brust's home contained an sizeable collection of torture equipment. His personal library included an extensive collection of pornography cheek by jowl with Spinoza and Voltaire. There was a journal whose entries revealed an obsession with suicide and violence. The last entry read, "... I see no good reason for going on. What would come next? The whole business is not worth it; life is not worth the trouble after all."
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