Born in 1946, Robert Henderson grew up a rootless drifter, traveling the eastern half of the United States by car and thumb, indulging his passion for murder as the spirit moved him. At the time of his arrest, in 1982, he would confess an even dozen homicides, with victims including three of his in-laws in Ohio, a man in Louisiana, and a woman in Mississippi. In Florida alone, Henderson was charged with killing five persons. Dr. Murray Ferderber and Dorothy Wilkinson were murdered in Palatka on January 25, 1982, and Henderson was indicted for their deaths a month later. In November of that year, the drifter was convicted at Tavares, Florida, of slaying three hitchhikers. The victims included 23-year-old Francis Dickey, of Batesville, Mississippi; 18-year-old Robert Dawson, of Helena, Arkansas; and 27-year-old Vernon Odom, of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Henderson confessed the killings in court, insisting they were not premeditated , but a jury disagreed and he was condemned for his crimes.