Saturday, February 7, 2009

Enema Bandit.

Michael H. Kenyon is an American criminal nicknamed the Enema Bandit. He pleaded guilty to a decade-long series of armed robberies of female victims, some of which involved sexual assaults where he would give them enemas. He is also known as the "Champaign Enema Bandit" the "Ski Masked Bandit", and "The Illinois Enema Bandit".


His earliest attacks were in March 1966 in Champaign, Illinois. Early one morning he entered a home through a window and, wearing a red argyle ski mask and carrying a gun, administered enemas to two sisters, aged 16 and 18. After stealing $70 from their father's wallet, he left them, tied with torn strips of bedsheet, with a promise to call the police within 15 minutes to free them. Kenyon's largest attack was on five sorority girls. He often gained entry through sliding glass doors that were typical in student apartment buildings in Urbana and Champaign at the time, and provided the impetus for landlords to provide bars to block sliding doors from opening from the outside.

Kenyon graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1967. The attacks ended in Champaign and the attacks were repeated in Manhattan, Kansas; Norman, Oklahoma; and Los Angeles, California.

In May 1975, Kenyon returned to Champaign. In a single night of terror he administered an enema to a Champaign woman, robbed and bound four women, and gave two enemas to the same woman. He was involved in a minor traffic accident later in the night.

Kenyon was arrested in suburban Chicago a few weeks later in connection with a number of robberies there. Under questioning he began to talk about the enema bandit. He was found to be legally sane, and pleaded guilty to six counts of armed robbery in December 1975. He was sentenced to six to twelve years in prison.

He was later questioned and released in connection with the 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders after a prisoner claimed Kenyon boasted that he planned to do something worse upon release, which occurred shortly before the Tylenol incident. It was determined that Kenyon had nothing to do with this incident.

Sideshow Note:
The Enema Bandit became the subject of Frank Zappa's song "The Illinois Enema Bandit", first released on Zappa in New York.
The Enema Bandit was the inspiration for the 1976 adult film Water Power

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