January 21, 2004 by

Richard A. Ausley


Categories: Criminals

Richard Alvin Ausley, the convicted child molester who inspired the passage of a Virginia sexual predator law, was killed in prison on Jan. 13. He was 64.
Ausley was discovered in his cell by a prison worker at Sussex I State Prison in Waverly, Va. He was strangled and suffered blunt trauma to the torso, the autopsy report said.
In 1973, Ausley kidnapped a teenage boy, sexually molested him for eight days and buried him in a wooden box; the 13-year-old was later rescued by a group of hunters. Ausley was sentenced to more than 47 years in prison. He was scheduled for early release last November when he received another five-year sentence for sodomizing a different teenager in 1972.
Even with the second conviction, Ausley could have been released from prison as early as March 2007. This event prompted state legislators to approve funding for a civil commitment program for sexual predators. Under the new law, which became effective on Jan. 1, authorities may hold sex offenders indefinitely in a secure treatment center after their prison terms end.
Ausley was previously convicted in 1961 of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy and leaving him hogtied in the woods. For that crime, he was sentenced to 26 years and paroled in 1971.

4 Responses to Richard A. Ausley

  1. paul martin andrews

    A wasted life, the majority of which was spent incarcerated to pay for the pain he inflicted on the lives of too many children. While his death was tragic, there is no escaping the fact that the world is a better place without him. I will live with the memory of what he did to me for the rest of my life, I can only hope that wherever his soul is now, that someone is finally making it clear to him what a poor excuse of a human-being he really was.

  2. Carla Quattlebaum

    We went to Harry Hunt together, Norcom too, I think. I always wondered what happened to this animal. I always thought other prisoners “took care of” this kind of offender when he got to prison. I’m sorry it didn’t happen THIRTY YEARS EARLIER. I live in Florida now, and if you’ve followed the news over the past year, you KNOW the problems we’ve been having down here. Society is fed up with these animals. I don’t know how you feel about it, but for these offenders, I believe in the death penalty after the FIRST offense. No second chances, because most have proven that they don’t deserve it.
    I hope you’re doing fairly well after all of this. Good luck in the future.
    Carla Quattlebaum (last name was Boland back then).

  3. Wayne Denny

    Marty, My name is Wayne Denny.I’m sure you don’t remember me, but, I along with Detective Jim Nichols are the ones that finally apprehended Ausley at the old farmhouse in the Churchland area of Portsmouth. We had been on various stakeouts for aproximatly a month after Ausley’s escape where he also took a Deputies firearm. Jim and I had literally looked for this old farm house relating to the present case and future cases involving Ausley for over a year and were never able to find it. On the morning of the capture, Jim and I had staked out a particular house and had gone back to Police Headquarters at around 7 AM. Jim looked at me and asked if I would like to go to Churchland and look for the old farmhouse. I did’nt hesitate to say no, but Jim talked me into it as usual. We jumped into my personal pickup truck and we proceeded to Churchland and parked in a location that we had parked on many occasions. We got out and walked for about a half hour in the same direction we had walked before. All at once we looked up and this fanthom farmhouse was directly in front of us. It was like storybook stuff. I whispered to Jim to cover me as I approached the house. In the front yard I observed Ausley asleep on his stomach with his hands underneath him. I motioned for Jim to come over and cover me while I freed his hands and cuffed Ausley.
    I learned a lot about myself that day. I had intensions to kill Richard Ausley when I captured him, but I could’nt. He would’nt run, fight or resise in any way. He just cried. One thing I did do was never feel sorry for this sick piece of useless flesh.
    I disliked myself for many years for not doing what I had planned to do. I followed this case via the internet for some time and have read many articles. I was finally able to understand a lot of things and realize that I had done the right thing after reading a letter from one of Ausley’s inmates. Ausley spent a life of total torture in jail (as he deserved to). Instant death would have been a blessing.
    Well, just recently found this site and decided to comment. Hope you are doing well.

  4. Kasandra

    Why was this story not out ? I have only heard of it this year 2022, I always follow these terrible people… I’m so glad he is gone and will no longer harm anyone else. My heart goes out to all of the victims. I am very proud of Paul for being courageous in court as a child and also as an adult making it known.

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