HENRY LOUIS WALLACE
Henry Louis Wallace (1965- ) was a serial killer who killed at least nine young Black Charlottean women between June 1992 and March 1994. His crimes were heinous and brutal. He was considered “gentlemanly” by many who knew him at the time of the murders. However, he has a dark, evil side to him that was revealed to his victims when alone at night.
The slain women trusted him enough to let him in their homes at night. He killed Caroline Love in June of 1992 and filed a missing person report after a day with the victim’s sister and his girlfriend accompanied him to the police station. Mr. Wallace left 20-year old Shawna D. Hawk in the tub of water after strangling her at her home on February 19, 1993. He strangled 21-year old Valencia M. Jumper at her apartment in August 10, 1993. He then set it on fire to cover up his vicious crime. Other victims were strangled or stabbed during his two-year reign of terror in East Charlotte.
He was arrested on March 13, 1994 after the bodies of three young women were found in East Charlotte. During his arrest, he confessed to murdering 10 young Black women in Charlotte, N.C. between 1992 and 1994.
He was arraigned on March 16, 1994. Some community leaders and activists as well asvictims’ rights groups such as Mothers of Murdered Offspring complained to the press that Charlotte Police Department didn’t do much to solve the murders because the women were African American.
As Ms. Hawk’s mother, Dee Sumpter said:
that the victims “weren’t prominent people with social-economic status. They weren’t special. And they were black.1
Charlotte’s police chief was stumped by a serial killer in their midst and wasn’t aware of it.
Henry was killing black women like it was a fad… 11 of them. They had Henry, but let him go and he killed more women!