Daniel Harold Rolling was born in Shreveport, LA on May 26, 1954 to James and Claudia Rolling. Danny's childhood was filled with turmoil and abuse. From the very beginning, Danny was deprived of love and attention from his mother and was treated with hatred and contempt by his father. Verbal and physical abuse coupled with consistent exposure to domestic violence helped to lay the groundwork in creating the monster that was Danny Rolling.
Above, left are photos of Danny throughout his school years. On the right is a family photo that Danny included in his book The Making of a Serial Killer. It is hard to imagine that the sullen young man would go on to commit such heinous crimes.
For more about Danny Rolling's childhood, listen to episode 1 of Danny Rolling - The Killer Cowboy Crooner.
The murders committed by Danny Rolling were gruesome and have forever scarred the community of Gainesville, FL. In Gainesville, there is a retaining wall covered in graffiti (see below) spanning a quarter of a mile along SW 34th Street. Built in 1979, the wall is covered in well wishes and messages of tribute but, most notable is the memorial dedicated to the victims of Danny Rolling: Sonja Larson, Christina Powell, Christa Hoyt, Tracy Paules, and Manuel Taboda.
While in Gainesville, Danny Rolling camped out in the woods close to the murder scenes. Below is a map of the area with relevant sites marked; all within a 2.5 mile radius.
Danny fancied himself an artist and musician. Below are a bunch of his drawings from his time in prison, dark stuff. I have also included a number of the songs he recorded into a cassette tape recorder from his campsites in Gainesville.