Carroll Edward Cole (May 9, 1938 - December 6, 1985), was an American serial killer who was executed in 1985. Carroll Cole was born in Sioux City, Iowa. While his father went to fight in World War II, Cole was taken along by his mother and forced to watch as she had sexual encounters with men. She would often beat him to scare him into not telling his father. Even when his father returned home, Cole was frequently whipped and beaten by his mother for the most minor infractions, and he grew up with a deep hatred of women. He was also picked on at school for having a 'girl's name', so he would usually go by his middle name, Eddie. At the age of 8, Cole drowned a classmate of the same age in a lake. The boy's death was regarded as an accident until Cole confessed to it many years later. After scraping through school with average grades, even with an I.Q.
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