Twins Michael and Peter Versluys are paying the price for the vicious drug-fueled rape and beating of a prostitute in 2014. Their case has been widely covered, and it’s even the focus of an episode of an Investigation Discovery show called Evil Twins.
It was a regular day of work for an unidentified prostitute on May 26, 2014 when she encountered the Versluys twins, then 29, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She knew Michael and Peter Versluys; in fact, she had met them for sex before.
It was business as usual at first. On the night of the attack, the Versluys twins paid the woman for sex and even told her she was beautiful. Then things took a turn.
Versluys Twins Were Adopted by Christian Missionaries
The identical twins were adopted by Christian missionaries. The boys were very active in sports and involved in their parents’ ministeries, but they struggled academically. Their mother suspected they might have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The Versluys twins often got into physical altercations as children. Although they loved each other, their interactions could turn from friendly to violent on a dime.
Michael and Peter Versluys’ birth parents in the Philippines might have suffered from addiction issues. The boys’ adoptive mother wondered if the twins had inherited some of those addictive tendencies.
Once the Versluys twins hit high school, they rebelled against their adoptive parents and their religion. After graduation, they started working but struggled to keep a job. They continued to pull away from their family.
The Brutal Assault
The then 33-year-old victim described the brutal assault in a court hearing. She said that she had finished engaging in sexual acts with Michael and Peter Versluys in an abandoned house. Suddenly, Peter held her down and Michael used a club to hit her on the head repeatedly.
The victim claimed that they continued to physically assault her even after she begged for her life. As a result of the attack, she wound up with nine broken bones, a broken nose that was permanently disfigured, metal pins and 22 screws holding her bones together, and eight staples on her scalp. The beating victim had to undergo facial reconstructive surgeries.
During the hearing, she said, “I will be like this for the rest of my life. I feel like I can’t even think right anymore. I’m never going to be right.”
The victim said the Versluys twins had been regular clients. She couldn’t understand why they attacked her after they’d already had sex and money had been exchanged.
She said that one of the brothers asked her where the money was, and then they started beating her.
She said once they stopped hitting her, they left her in the abandoned house and took her money and even her clothes.
She left the house around 1:00 a.m., bloodied and covered in a blanket.
One day after the horrific attack, Michael and Peter Versluys were charged with assault with intent to murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and armed robbery.
The Witness Who Helped the Victim
A party store employee on Leonard Street helped the victim after she’d fled the scene of the assault. During a June 11, 2014 hearing, the witness said the victim was covered in a red blanket and blood.
“Her face was really distorted, really swollen. There was blood and open wounds,” said the witness.
The witness tried to calm the victim outside a B & B Party Shoppes located at Leonard Street NW and Hamilton Avenue.
Versluys Twins’ Roommate Testified Against Them
Michael and Peter Versluys’ roommate also testified against the twins, saying he saw them return home a little after 1:00 a.m. The three men shared an apartment on Alpine Avenue.
Nicholas Schmuck said, “I saw blood running up their arms. I noticed both of them had blood on their arms and there was some on their shirts as well.”
He further explained that the twins washed their clothes. Schmuck also noted that before the brothers left around midnight to get cigarettes, they had retrieved Michael’s police-style nightstick.
Schmuck revealed that the two brothers had used LSD before stepping out.
The Fate of the Versluys Twins
In July 2014, Peter Versluys confessed in Kent County Circuit Court that Michael had assisted him in the LSD- and alcohol-fueled rape and beating. Peter’s confession resulted in a prison sentence of 23 to 50 years.
Peter told Judge Dennis Leiber during sentencing in September 2014, “I was high on LSD, I know that’s no excuse. Had I not chosen to drink and drug, (the victim) would not be in the shape she is in.”
Michael Versluys pleaded no contest on September 29, 2015 in Kent County Circuit Court to assault with intent to do great bodily harm, armed robbery, and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
On November 5, 2015, Judge Leiber sentenced Michael to 12 to 30 years in prison.
Peter pleaded guilty to the same charges, but a prior conviction for writing bad checks meant he was sentenced as a repeat offender.
Michael and Peter Versluys’ adoptive parents were heartbroken when they heard the news and when the twins were sentenced to prison.
During sentencing, Peter said, “If…prison is the only way justice can be achieved, I will accept that. I will take my punishment like a truly human person.”