Illinois Enema Bandit – 1975

By | November 12, 2016

“Not sexually mature”

THE CRIME:

enema-bandit

Michael H. Kenyon

Probably one of the most bizarre thieves of all time, Michael H. Kenyon was an armed robber who gave enemas to his victims. Born in 1943 at Elgin, Illinois, he was also known as the Champaign Enema Bandit and the Ski Masked Bandit.

It is though that he as responsible for at least ten attacks between May 1965 and May 1975. One of his earliest attacks was on a March morning in 1966 at Champaign, Illinois, when, wearing a red argyle ski mask and carrying a gun, he climbed into a home through a window. He stole $70 from the wallets of two teenaged sisters — one was 16, the other 18 — and then tied them up with torn sheets. He then gave them both enemas.

In 1967 Kenyon graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in accountancy. Eight years later, on 3 May 1975, armed with a gun, he robbed and bound four women at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

He gave two enemas to one of the women and stole $120 from their apartments. Police arrested Kenyon in Palatine, Chicago, a short while after for a minor offence. At the time he was working as an accountant for the Illinois Department of Revenue. As the police questioned him, he suggested that they contact the Champaign police and he confessed to being the Illinois Enema Bandit. Under questioning by the Champaign police, he showed them the ski mask he wore to carry out the attacks and also his two shotguns and a pistol.

After a session with a psychiatrist, he was judged to be legally sane and stood trial on 1 December 1975. The next day Champaign Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Steigmann said, “If he did not want to get caught, he would not be in court today.” Kenyon pleaded guilty to six counts of armed robbery. His lawyer Ray Massucci said that Kenyon was “not sexually mature” and that his behaviour was the result of a “deep-seated neurosis”. The judge imprisoned Kenyon for six concurrent terms of 6-12 years on 23 December.

WHERE:

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA

WHEN:

Saturday 3 May 1975

THE AFTERMATH:

Kenyon was released from prison and died in Chicago in 2004.

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

The story of the Illinois Enema Bandit was immortalized in a Frank Zappa song.

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