|Pedro Alonso Lopez (300+) Meet the deadliest serial
killer of the Archives. Pedro was known as the "Monster of the Andes"
after the impressive numbers of hits he tallied in his three-nation killing
spree. A native of Colombia, his prostitute mother kicked him out of their
home at age eight for fondling his younger sister. Adding insult to injury
he was then picked up by a pedophile and sodomized against his will. By
the time he was eighteen he was gang banged in prison and retaliated by
killing three of his assailants.
Upon his release he started killing young girls with glee and impunity.
By 1978 he claimed to have bagged more than 100 girls in Peru. After a
brush with an angry village mob he moved his activities to Colombia and
Ecuador where his blood lust averaged about three kills a week. He found
killing Ecuadorian girls quite enjoyable because they were "more gentle
and trusting, more innocent." Authorities attributed the rash of disappearing
girls to active slavery or prostitution rings in the area.
In 1980 a flash flood uncovered the first of his victims. When he was
arrested he told his interrogators the frightening tale of his reign of
death. At first authorities were skeptical but all doubts disappeared when
he quickly produced more than fifty graves. It is widely believed that
three hundred hits is a low estimate for this most prolific serial killer.
Henry Lee Lucas &
Ottis Toole (200+) The Tag Team from Hell: the Sadist King and the
Generalissimo of Pain. The numbers speak for themselves. As a kid, Henry
Lee Lucas lost an eye after a severe beating from his prostitute mother.
Years later, in a drunken binge, Henry stuck a knife in his mother's back
and proceeded to rape her dead corpse. He got 40 years for killing mom,
but was out after 10. Free again, Henry launched his stellar career as
the nation's most notorious random killer.
In 1976 he joined up with a part-time transvestite and deeply psychotic
Toole, to carry out numerous homicidal escapades. Ottis had a taste
for human flesh and had many of his victims for dinner. Henry, however,
was not a cannibal because, he said, he disliked the taste of barbecue
sauce. He was more of a sadist and a necrophile, preferring sex with mutilated
bodies and live or dead animals. The consummate killer couple, they enjoyed
picking up hitchhikers to satisfy their lust for blood. Sometimes, when
they didn't want to go through the hassle of killing and disposing of their
prey, they would just run over the occasional hitchhiker and continue on
their merry way. These lethal lovebirds parted ways after Ottis' teen niece,
Becky Powell, shacked up with Henry. The unfortunate lassie was later found
dismembered, stuffed in pillowcases and strewn over a field.
After his arrest, Lucas toured the country as a star killer uncovering
evidence of his handiwork for local police departments. In 1985, Dallas
Times-Herald journalist, Hugh Aynesworth, claimed their reign of terror
was a hoax and that overzealous detectives fed the would be killers many
details of their crimes. Henry and Ottis did confess to more than 500 murders.
Henry even claimed to have taken the poison to Guyana as a favor for his
good friend Jim
Jones. One of his alleged victims, a Virginia schoolteacher, was found
alive and kicking. Henry recanted on all his murders only to confess again
when he became a born-again Christian. As he awaits execution on Death
Row in Texas, Hank still mentions bits and pieces of evidence linking him
to numerous killings in 18 states. Meanwhile in Florida Ottis was diagnosed
paranoid schizophrenic and his death sentence was commuted to six consecutive
On September 15, 1996, Ottis died in a prison hospital of cirrhosis of
the liver. While in jail Ottis confessed and later recanted killing 6-year-old
Adam Walsh whose 1981 disappearance outside a Hollywood, Fla., mall set
off a nationwide manhunt. The crime turned Adam's father, John Walsh, into
a TV personality and lead to the creation of the Fox television series
"America's Most Wanted." Walsh, who has criticized the police
handling of the case, questioned why investigators did not try to interview
Toole on his deathbed or try for another confession. Speaking from prison
after Ottis' death, Lucas said Toole killed Adam, then showed him the remains
of the boy in a shallow grave. "I got sick about it. I said let's
get the hell out of here."
H.H. Holmes (200+) Born Herman Webster Mudgett, Dr.
Holmes started his criminal career as a medical student by stealing corpses
from the University of Michigan. He used the corpses to collect insurance
money from policies taken out under fictitious names.
When he moved to Chicago he started a drugstore empire from which he made
a fortune. He built a hundred-room mansion complete with gas chambers,
trap doors, acid vats, lime pits, fake walls and secret entrances. During
the 1893 World's Fair he rented rooms to visitors. He then killed most
of his renters and continued his insurance fraud scheme. He also lured
women to his "torture castle" with the promise of marriage. Instead,
he would force them to sign over their savings, then throw them down an
elevator shaft and gas them to death. In the basement of the castle he
dismembered and skinned his prey and experimented with their corpses. When
police grew suspicious about H.H's activities, he torched the castle and
fled. In the burnt hulk of the building, authorities found the remains
of over two hundred people. H.H. was caught and hanged on May 7, 1896,
leaving behind an impressive trail of blood unequaled for almost eighty
Gilles de Rais (140+) A fifteenth
century French war hero Gilles was also one of medieval Europe's worst
killers. An ally of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Year War, de Rais was
instrumental in driving the English out of France. In his later years,
after he was named Marshal of France by King Charles VII, he settled in
his estates in Brittany where he turned his heroic impulses towards torture
and murder. He enjoyed killing mostly young boys, who he would sodomize
before and after decapitation. When he wasn't feeling up to the task he
enjoyed watching his servants butcher the boys and masturbated over their
Because he was a baron, no one cared about the disappearing children around
his castle. A great patron of the arts, Gilles also enjoyed practicing
black magic and alchemy. His reign of terror came to an end when the Duke
of Brittany dug up the mutilated remains of 50 boys in his castle. He confessed
to 140 killings but it is believed that the body count could have been
as high as 300. On October 26, 1440, Gilles was simultaneously burned and
hanged. His two servant accomplices were simply burned alive.
Pee Wee Gaskins (100+) At a
carnival, young Pee Wee watched a well-fed cobra eat a rat. That's where
he first felt attracted to violence. Dubbed America's meanest killer, Pee
Wee was always in trouble with the law. He spent most of his youth in and
out of reform school and later prison. Because his pint size Pee Wee had
to be the "girlfriend" of older, more powerful prisoners. He
soon put an end to it by killing a highly regarded inmate while the man
was taking a shit.
Pee Wee got back to killing in 1969 when he was out of prison. He made
a distinction between his "coastal kills," people he found while
driving around the roadways of the American South and his "serious
murders," which consisted of people he knew, like his niece and her
best friend. Aside from killing, Pee Wee had a thriving business fencing
stolen cars. He operated his fencing business out of several properties
around the Carolinas. There he also slaughtered many of his prey. His other
favorite hunting grounds were the coastal highways where every six weeks
he went hunting to quell his feelings of "bother-someness."
In the early eighties, Pee Wee was tagged the "Meanest Man in America"
when he killed another inmate while in Maximum Security,. For his little
homicidal stunt, he was moved to Death Row. Pee Wee was fried on September
6, 1991. His total hits might well be over two hundred, but law enforcement
found it impossible to verify all his claims. In the excellent post-mortem
of his life, "FINAL TRUTH," Pee Wee waxes poetic about how he
had "a special mind" that gave him "permission to kill."
Delfina & Maria de Jesus Gonzales (91+) These
two deadly sisters ran the bordello from hell in Guanajuato, Mexico. They
recruited their prostitutes through help wanted adds and killed them when
they stopped pleasing the clientele. Sometimes they even killed the johns
who showed up to the brothel with big wads of cash. After too many unexplained
disappearances the cops raided the premises where they found the bodies
of eleven males, eighty females, and several fetuses.
Bruno Ludke (80) A German laundry delivery man, Bruno
offed at least 80 women between 1928 and 1943. When Nazi official finally
caught him they shipped him off to a research hospital in Vienna where
he was used as a human guinea pig. When they were done with their experiments
, Bruno was executed by lethal injection.
Chikatilo (52+) The Soviet Hannibal Lecter. He was executed
in 1994. As a kid Andrei's brother was taken by the villagers and eaten
during times of famine. Or so he said. As an adult, Andrei, a sexually
impotent dirty-old-man from hell, enjoyed killing children with impunity
while he lived a quiet married life as a teacher.
Chikatilo lived in Rostov, 500 miles from Moscow, where he preyed mostly
on children. He stalked many of his victims in train and bus stations and
had a penchant for disembowelment and mutilation. He was also a cannibal
and a sadist. His macabre twelve-year killing spree was finally uncovered
in 1982. Chikatilo wasn't exceptionally crafty occulting his crimes. Many
blame the incompetence of Soviet authorities and their refusal to admit
the existence of a serial killer in their midst for his 10-year reign of
terror. Years before his arrest he was brought in for questioning and let
go when police found that his blood did not match the semen found in the
victim. A little known fact is that the blood and semen of a person does
not necessarily have to match. There are rare exceptions, one of which
was Chikatilo. Free again, he continued on his path of destruction. While
he was on trial, his gory descriptions, psychotic behavior and litany of
horrors gave the Soviet public their first taste of serial mayhem. Andrei
was executed by firing squad in prison on February 14, 1994.
Anatoly Onoprienko (52) On
April 16, 1996, police arrested Anatoly Onoprienko, a 37-year-old former
forestry student and mental hospital outpatient, putting an end the Ukraine's
worst killing spree. Anatoly, a native of Zhitomir, was arrested in his
girlfriend's house where he had a 12-gauge shotgun which matched the one
used in the 40 murders. He also had jewelry and video equipment belonging
to some of his victims.
While in custody comrade O. immediately confessed to eight killings between
1989 to 1995. At first he denied other charges, but soon admitted to being
the maniac dubbed "The Terminator" that tallied up to 52 victims
in a six-year killing spree.
On March, 1996, a manhunt was launched across western Ukraine after eight
families were brutally murdered in their homes. Most of the victims were
in remote villages in the Lvov region near the border with Poland. His
blood lust climaxed with a three-month rampage in which he killed more
than 40 people in the Ukranian villages of Bratkovichi and Busk. Panic
was so widespread in the two villages that an army division was mobilized
and armed personnel carriers patrolled the streets. Trying to put a stop
to the killings, police imposed a security cordon around Bratkovichi. Undaunted,
"The Terminator" moved to nearby villages where he continued
his serial killings.
The killings followed a set pattern. "The Terminator" chose isolated
houses in the outskirts of villages. He would enter the houses before dawn,
round up the family and shoot them all -- including children -- close range
with a 12-gauge shotgun. Then he would torch the place and kill whoever
crossed his path during his murderous outbursts. He often stole valuables
from his victims and sometimes scattered family photographs about the floor.
After being arrested, the lethal ex-forestry student conveniently claimed
that his killing spree was commanded by "inner voices" that told
him what to do.
"The Green River
Killer" (48+) The most prolific unidentified killer of
the Archives. The Green River Killer tallied forty-eight kills between
1982 and 1984 in the Seattle-Tacoma area. It's believed that the killer
is a white, middle-aged male. During his two year rampage he enjoyed leaving
his victims near the banks of the Green River outside Seattle, thus explaining
his moniker. All his victims have been women. He prefers prostitutes, but
will kill a runaway or a hitchhiker in a pinch. Some believe that the killer
might have died, moved away, was incarcerated, institutionalized, or perhaps
just retired. As of August 1988 authorities think that he might have resurfaced
in San Diego where he has already bagged ten more women.
A viable suspect, ex-law student William
J. Stevens II, was arrested in 1989 and subsequently released, died
of cancer in 1991. Stevens, an ex-con who used over 30 aliases had a fully
equipped ambulance and a police cruiser which he could have used to commit
the killings. Robert Stevens, his adopted brother, claims that many of
William's alibis were fake. During many of the killings Billy would be
on a trip with his family. According to his brother Bill was in the habit
of disappearing for a couple of days and rejoining the family before returning
to Seattle. Robert believes that during these disappearances his brother
would go to Seattle to commit murder.
Gerald Stano (41) Born in Daytona
Beach in 1951, Gerald tallied a body count of 41 as a result of his deep
resentment towards the world of "bitches". He truly enjoyed the
act of killing. Unlike most others, he never raped his victims. As one
of the investigating officers pointed out, "He thinks about three
things: stereo systems, cars, and killing women."
Elizabeth Bathory (40+) A sixteenth
century Hungarian Countess who enjoyed bathing in blood. This deviant fawn
of royalty believed that regular blood baths would halt the aging process.
Estimates of the number of girls that were slaughtered in her 10 years
of beauty treatments vary from 40 to as much as 600.
The bloody Countess, the widow of a celebrated Hungarian war hero and descendent
of the legendary despot Vlad the Impaler, led a life immersed in black
magic and sadism. She once had the mouth of a servant sewn shut for being
too noisy. In 1612, after countless rumors about her behavior, troops entered
her Castle Csejthe and uncovered a blood-letting in progress. All the servants
that participated in her orgies of horror were executed and burned. The
Countess, being royalty, was put under house arrest. Three years later,
on August 21, 1614, she died sealed in her bedroom. Perhaps her elixir
of youth had been working all along.
Moses Sithole (38+) Moses Sithole,
South Africa's alleged worst serial killer, has been charged in the Pretoria
Supreme Court with 38 charges of murder, 40 charges of rape and six of
robbery. Between 1994 and 1995 he allegedly strangled women in the Pretoria,
Johannesburg and East Rand areas. Most victims were lured to secluded fields
where Sithole allegedly assaulted, raped and strangled them with their
own underwear or belts.
Between 1994 and 1995 South African authorities were alarmed by the growing
number of dead women appearing around Pretoria and Johannesburg. Several
of the women were left with their hands tied behind their backs. One woman
was blindfolded. Many were found with their heads covered with clothing.
Not surprisingly Intelligent and gentle mannered Sithole, in a jailhouse
taped confession, told fellow prisoners that he hated women and felt he
was teaching them "a very good lesson" by murdering them.
Robert Ressler, the F.B.I. Behavioral Science Unit's former chief, was
called in to help with the investigation. Ressler concluded that the killings
in Cleveland, a suburb of Johannesburg, and Boksburg, a suburb of Pretoria,
were linked. In his psychological profile of the killer he indicated the
possibility of two killers acting together.
On October 18, 1995, after a week-long nationwide hunt, police shot and
wounded Moses Sithole, an ax-wielding ex-convict with six aliases. When
he was arrested authorities thought Sithole might have acted in conjunction
with David Selepe but there is no evidence suggesting
both men knew each other.On October 22, 1996, Sithole appeared in court
and was charged with 38 murders and 40 rapes. On November 14, Sithole's
trial was postponed after the suspect appeared in court looking very pale
and with his pants soaked with blood. The HIV positive killer was rushed
to the hospital where he was treated for a wound on his knee. According
to his defense team, the injury came from a fall he sustained at Pretoria
On a jailhouse confession videotape made by Charles Schoeman, a former
policeman serving a six-year sentence for theft, a visibly relaxed Sithole
appears in a cell either smoking or chewing on an apple and giving chilling
evidence on his victims' lasts moments before death. Apparently he murdered
his first victim in July, 1995, because she had shouted at him when he
asked her for directions. "I cannot remember her name. I killed her
and left her there. I went straight home and had a shower."
Schoeman did not reveal to the court how he got the video-camera and 14
audio tapes into his cell, but claimed none of the prison authorities were
aware of his actions. The video was made on condition that Schoeman, Sithole
and three other prisoners would share the royalties from its sale.
Donald Harvey (34+) The most prolific killer nurse
of the trade. Donny, when he was not offing his patients, would hang out
in the morgue and study tissue samples for fun. This nurse from hell was
an amateur Satanist and would joke with the hospital staff about "getting
rid of patients." Little did they know, he wasn't kidding.
He murdered with abandon from the early seventies to 1987 when he was finally
caught. He claimed that his killings were "mercy" killings even
though he sometimes chose horrible substances to bring on death. He also
did not limit his work to those hospitalized. He killed a neighbor out
of spite by lacing her drink with hepatitis. He would also poison his male
lover and then nurse him back to health to win his affection. On another
occasion he poisoned his lover's family, killing the mother. He was convicted
of thirty-four deaths but it is believed that he actually tallied eighty-seven
"Twin Cities Killer" (34) No one wants to
admit it but evidence points to the existence of one or several serial
killers working the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul. From 1986 to 1994
there have been 34 corpses littering the streets of the Twin Cities. Most
of them were prostitutes in their twenties and thirties. Several were mutilated,
dismembered, and sometimes even decapitated.
Local prostitutes have suspected the existence of a serial killer preying
on them for quite some time. Police have not been as ready to sound the
alarm. Three scenarios have been posited to explain the growing list of
dead. One: there is a number of serial killers preying on Twin Cities women.
Two: there is one or more serial killers and several murderers who have
killed once or twice. Three: there is a number of nonserial killers hunting
Twin Cities prostitutes. Whatever the case, 34 unresolved killings should
not go unnoticed.
John Wayne Gacy (33) Straight out
of the he's-such-a-nice-guy file, Johnny liked to dress in a homemade Pogo
the Clown outfit to entertain kids. This lonely and sadistic contractor
also liked to entertain young boys privately in a very different fashion.
The prototypical organized killer, he had all aspects of the murder worked
out before each kill. Once he entered his murderous fantasy, there was
no turning back.
He enjoyed handcuffing his victims, anally raping them, beating them to
a pulp, offering to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, reciting verses
from the Bible and strangling them to death. In 1978 he was tracked down
by the police in Chicago. Thirty bodies were found buried in the crawl
space underneath his house, explaining his wife's complaints about the
constant stench. As a prisoner, Johnny Boy started a new career as an artist,
painting mostly colorful clown pictures, which have been shown in galleries
nationwide. He was executed by lethal injection in 1994.
Vasili Komaroff (33) Vasili, a horse-trader during
the early days of Stalin, was known as "The Wolf of Moscow" for
his reign of terror. A peasant, Vasili mainly killed for money. His first
victim was uncovered in 1921. Many others followed with frightful regularity.
There were 21 in all: strangled, bound, doubled-over and dumped in vacant
lots around the Shabolovki District. Authorities linked the killings to
the horse-trading market that happened every Wednesdays and Fridays were
they became aware of Vasili's strange activities. Anyone who left with
him to see his horses never came back. When police went to his home for
questioning they found a body stuffed in a sack in the stable. "The
Wolf" jumped out the window and escaped for a few days.
When he was picked up again, he confessed to the tune of 33 killings, 11
of which had not been discovered. Over the next few days he uncovered five
new corpses for the authorities. The other six victims he dumped in the
river and their bodies were never recovered. He also implicated his wife
Sofia as an accomplice. They were both found guilty of multiple homicides
and sentenced to death. On June 18, 1923, they went to the "big horse-show
in the sky" via firing squad.
John Gerard Schaefer (30+) This
homicidal Broward County, Florida, ex-policeman, though convicted in 1973
of only two mutilation murders, is believed to be responsible for at least
thirty killings. A sadistic sex-beast by nature, Schaefer would lure young
women off the roads with the help of his badge to rape, torture, mutilate
and murder. He enjoyed tying his victims to trees and leaving them there
while he went to work as a police officer. Teeth, jewelry and clothing
from several missing girls and young women were found in a trunk in his
mother's attic. He once gave his wife a suede purse that belonged to one
of his victims. When he was convicted for first degree murder of two teen-aged
girls, Schaefer's wife divorced him and became engaged to his defense attorney.
Not the resentful type, Gerard give the lovebirds his blessing and retained
the attorney to continue handling his appeals.
Gerard also considered himself a bit of a novelist, publishing while in
prison a collection of lurid tales of sex and gore that he marketed as
a mail-order book called Killer Fiction. Oddly, Sondra London, an
old high school girlfriend who helped Gerard with his writings, subsequently
became engaged to Danny Rolling, another sadistic
killer awaiting execution for killing five students in Gainsville, Florida.
On December 3, 1995, Gerard was found dead in his cell at the Florida State
Prison in Starke. He had been stabbed numerous times around one eye and
slashed across his throat. His sister, Sarah Schaefer, claimed that her
brother was murdered because of information he had obtained on the murder
of Adam Walsh, the 6-year-old Hollywood, Florida, boy whose abduction and
murder led to the passing of new legislation nationwide regarding missing
children. It is suspected that he was killed by his jailhouse friend, Ottis
Toole, a serial killer and cannibal who once claimed he killed young
Adam but later recanted. Authorities believe Gerard's death was linked
to money he collected for his activities as a jailhouse lawyer. Another
report states that Gerard died after getting into a fight with another
inmate over who used the last of the hot water.
Karl Denke(30+) A German innkeeper
with a taste for cannibalism, Denke butchered at least thirty of his lodgers
and kept their pickled remains in the basement of his inn. When he was
arrested in 1942 he told police that he had been eating only human flesh
for the past three years.
Micajah & Wiley Harpe (30+)
Brothers Big and Little Harp have been credited by historian Paul I. Wellman
with 30+ murders in Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1790's. The wondering
type, they enjoyed killing on whim. Once Big Harpe quieted a crying baby
by bashing its skull in. Many victims were disposed by cutting their abdomen
open, stuffing stones within, and then dumping them in the nearest river.
They used a more dramatic methods of killing when they temporarily joined
Sam Mason's river pirates. After the gang had taken a man prisoner, the
Harpes bound him naked to the back of a horse and goaded it to run over
a cliff into the Ohio River. Though the river pirates had a reputation
for being hard cases, this was too much for them and the Harpes were sent
packing. Shortly after that a posse of citizens caught up with Big Harpe
and mounted his severed head on a tree. Little Harpe, not as psychotic
as his brother, met an uncertain fate, possibly being killed in a river
Patrick W. Kearney (28+) The
top ranked Californian freeway killer. A fastidiously neat and organized
murderer, Pat left his dismembered victims neatly wrapped in trash bags
along the Californian highways. Kearney and his live-in lover, David D.
Hill, both army veterans, lived in a meticulously clean bachelor pad in
Redondo Beach from where they started their homicidal escapades. The "Trash
Bag Murders," as they were known, started in 1975 and ended on July
5, 1977, when the couple walked into the Sheriff's Information Center in
Riverside, saw a wanted poster of themselves and surrendered. Hill was
subsequently released for lack of evidence. Kearney shouldered the guilt
and confessed that killing "excited him and gave him a feeling of
Wayne Williams (28) Suspected of being the Atlanta
Child Murderer, Wayne killed mostly young, black boys and dumped their
bodies in the Chattahoochee River. He was caught when he departed from
his modus operandi and smoked a couple of adults. After his arrest the
killings ceased. Police say the evidence against him was flawed and believe
the case should be reopened. Wiliams' lawyer claimed a Klansman named Charles
Sanders confessed to helping the KKK kidnap and murder twenty-one black
youths. Allegedly, this evidence was suppressed to avoid a race war. Nevertheless,
Wayne still remains in jail.
Haarmann (27+) Born in 1879, this perverted German pederast
and his lover, Hans Grans, stalked the train stations of post-WWI Hannover
searching for young boys. Always the enterprising killers, they would sell
the flesh and clothing of their victims for fun and profit. Their deadly
trade was first discovered in 1924 when bones from twenty-seven bodies
were dredged out of the Leine River. A coat from one of the missing boys
was traced back to the murderous love birds. Once in custody, Fritz started
confessing. Haarmann enjoyed the attention he received during the trial
and boasted of having killed up to forty people. He was decapitated on
April 15, 1925. His lover Grans, who was not involved in the killings,
received a twelve year sentence for selling stolen merchandise.
Dean Corll (27) Born on Christmas Eve, 1939, this
Texan maniac enjoyed killing young boys in the comfort of his own home.
Dean, also known as "The Candyman," would invite kids into his
house to sniff glue and then, when they passed out, he would slip on the
handcuffs and party in their butts all night long before snapping their
life away. Not the shy type, Dean enjoyed biting his victim's dicks off
and kept a collection of them in a bag. In August 1973, one of his teen-aged
helpers, Elmer Wayne Henley, shot and killed the portly psychopath after
saying he would help him snatch more youngsters. Police found seventeen
bodies under the floor of a boat house Dean rented as well as the bag full
Bruce Lee (26) Not to be confused with the martial
arts legend, but instead a deformed epileptic pyromaniac who legally changed
his name in honor of his Kung-Fu-fighting hero. This British arsonist once
torched an old man after arguing with him over what to feed the pigeons.
He killed eleven more people when he set an old age home ablaze. In 1980
British police arrested him in a public bathroom frequented by gay men
while he was looking for a blow job. He confessed to all his crimes and
is now locked up in an insane asylum practicing his Kung-Fu kicks.
Leonard Lake & Charles
Ng (25+) This pair of survivalists from hell built a torture
chamber and snuff film parlor in a remote Northern California ranch. Leonard
was preparing for what he called "Operation Miranda," which would
be enacted immediately after the WWIII radioactive dust settled. He was
building a system of underground bunkers where mindless female slaves would
cater to every one of his needs. (It's reassuring to know that even sadists
plan to survive the apocalypse.)
In 1985, Lake swallowed a cyanide pill after he was arrested for a bungled
shoplifting attempt. When police reached Lake's ranch they uncovered a
"truckload of bones," and a body stuffed into a sleeping bag.
They also found videotapes and photos documenting their reign of terror.
Ng, the only known serial killer with no vowels in his last name, escaped
to Canada where he was later arrested for another bungled shoplifting attempt.
In 1991, after fighting extradition for six years, he was returned to California
where he is charged with conspiring in the sadistic killings of 12 people.
Juan Corona (25) Corona, a Mexican labor contractor
in Northern California, was charged with hacking twenty-five men to death.
His handiwork was uncovered in 1971 in a peach orchard near his home. Most
of the victims were drunken transients and migrant workers who no one missed.
The killings bore signs of homosexual assaults, which lead people to believe
that the killer could be Juan's openly gay brother. Corona, a burly father
of four, was linked to the murders through a couple of receipts found in
the clothing of two of the dead. While in prison, Juan lost an eye when
he was attacked by four inmates.
Marcel Petiot (24+) While in medical school Marcel
was already considered a thief. As a young doctor he was no better. It
is believed that he killed three of his patients in Villanueve, France.
Forced to leave the area, he moved to Paris where he continued his career
as a swindler and a crook. During WW2, Doctor Petiot saw a golden opportunity
to make lots of money. He bought a house in Rue Lesueur and customized
it to become a sound-proof killing machine. There he killed up to 63 people,
mostly Jews and others trying to escape the Nazis. The crafty Doctor told
his victims that he was a member of the French Resistance and was able
to arrange for their safe passage to South America for a steep fee. After
receiving the money the doctor gave his victims a lethal injection saying
it was a "vaccination" against foreign diseases. He would then
lead them to a sound-proof room where he told them to wait for their Resistence
escort. By then the poison would take over, the good doctor enjoyed watching
their deaths through specially built peep-holes.
A thorough annihilator, he would mutilate the corpses and drop them into
a lime pit. Later he started incinerating his ever increasing pile of dead.
In early 1944 he was arrested and held briefly when he choked the neighborhood
with the fetid smell of burning corpses coming from his incinerator. Policemen
called to the scene found 27 mutilated bodies in the basement which, he
said, were Nazis killed by the Resistance. Claiming to merely be doing
his patriotic duty he convinced the cops to let him go. Free again, Marcel
After the war Parisians still remembered the stacks of bodies found in
the Doctor's home. A newspaper accused Petiot of being a Nazi sympathizer
and that the dead were patriots killed for the Gestapo. Wanting to clear
his name the doctor sent a letter to the papers claiming that the Nazis
had set him up and planted the bodies in his basement.
He was arrested again in October 1944 and charged with 24 murders. During
his trial he claimed to have killed up to 63 enemies of France. No one
believed his ties to the Resistance. He was found guilty on all counts
and sentenced to death. The deadly doctor was guillotined on May 26,1946.
It is widely believed that Marcel killed many more and dumped corpses into
the Seine. Authorities believe that Petiot was also responsible for several
dismembered bodies found in Bois de Boulogne near Paris in 1942.
Bella Kiss (24) A Hungarian serial killer, Bella's
exploits were immortalized in a play by the surrealist poet Antonin Artaud
called 23. In 1912, after Bella moved with his wife to the village
of Czinkota, she started having an affair. Soon the lovers disappeared
and Bella told neighbors that they had eloped. The deadly cuckold then
started collecting 55-gallon metal drums. He told the village constable
that they were filled with gasoline as a precaution for the coming war.
In 1914 Bella was drafted into the military and sent to the battlefield.
By 1916 news had returned to the village that Bella died in combat. When
soldiers passed through Czinkota looking for fuel, the constable remembered
the drums of gasoline in the Kiss household. When the soldiers opened the
drums they were startled by the discovery of 24 corpses preserved in alcohol.
Apparently Bella, calling himself Hoffman, placed personal adds in newspapers
describing himself as a "lonely widower seeking female companionship."
Those who answered were promptly garroted and stuffed into 55-gallon drums.
Not surprisingly, two of the corpses found were those of his wife and her
After the gruesome discovery, authorities traveled to the hospital were
Bella died. There they were told that the Bella that died there was a young
man. Apparently Bella had switched identities with one of the dying on
the battlefield and was able to escape. There have been subsequent sightings
of him in Budapest and persistent rumors have placed him in New York working
as a janitor. But in Hungary he is remembered as the one who got away.
Helene Jegado (23+) Born in Brittany, France, in 1803,
Helene once complained, "Wherever I go, people died." Sure they
did. Because she enjoyed poisoning them. As a teenager, she started her
career as a domestic and started experimenting with poison. Eventually
she wiped out the family of seven for whom she was working. Most of her
subsequent employers suffered the same fate. Curiously, no one suspected
her of any wrongdoing because of her pious demeanor.
In 1831, after killing one too many families and fearing arrest, she joined
a nunnery and took her vows. There she was suspected of offing several
sisters before renouncing God and returning to her job as a domestic. As
before, people started dying in her wake. Strangely she kept getting hired
for new jobs.
She laid off the arsenic between 1841 to 1849 but then started dipping
into it again. After two deaths in the household where she was working
police started suspecting her after her overtly defensive manner during
a routine questioning. Furthermore, traces of arsenic were found in the
bodies of the most recent victims as well as many of her former employers.
However, Helene never admitted her guilt, In 1851 she was guillotined just
the same for her wave of terror.
Ted Bundy (22+) The Picasso of
the serial killing community. Ted was handsome, charming, intelligent,
self-assured, with a brilliant future, and deadlier than a rattlesnake.
Using his good looks, he was able to invisibly abduct and kill his victims
and continue with his seemingly charmed life. This law student and Young
Republican liked to wear an arm sling to appear vulnerable and get women
to help him with his groceries. Once he lured his victims to the door of
his car he would bludgeon them and take them away to privately enjoy their
death. He favored killing pretty, dark-haired cheerleader types. He would
attack his prey with blunt objects and was fond of raping and biting them.
The bite marks on one of his victims were used as evidence against him
at his trial in Florida.
In December 30, 1977, after a previous failed attempt, Ted escaped from
a prison in Colorado and relocated in Tallahassee, Florida, near Florida
State University. There he perpetrated his blood-soaked "Guernica"
of crime. In January 15, 1978, he set forth on a night of butchery and
killed two girls and wounded two others in and around the Chi Omega sorority
house in Tallahassee. Two weeks later he stole a van and killed 12-year-old
Kimberly Leach in Lake City, Florida, for which, eventually, he was fried.
Poor Kimberly's body was found in a pig trough next to a plaid jacket that
was not Ted's. She was buried in a cemetery near a Purina plant under a
heart-shaped tombstone with her picture on it.
Ted defended himself in trials in Utah, Colorado and Florida as the police
tried to put together a trail of dead girls leading to him. During his
various trials, a very self-possessed Ted Bundy defended himself garnishing
praise and a legion of female admirers. After numerous appeals Bundy was
electrocuted by the state of Florida in 1989. For his last meal he had
steak, eggs, hash browns and coffee.
Arnfinn Nesset (22+) The deadliest Norwegian of the
Archives. A balding, mild mannered nursing home administrator, Arnfinn
is believed to have slaughtered up to 138 patients over a 20-year nursing
career. In 1977 Arnfinn became the director of the Orkdal Valley Nursing
Home. As he took his post, an unusual number of patients started dying.
No one suspected anything until 1981 when an employee noticed the purchase
of a large amount of curacit, a derivative of the poisonous curare used
as a muscle relaxant.
Police brought Arnfinn, the man in charge of purchasing the curacit, in
for questioning. First he claimed he bought the drug to kill a pack of
wild dogs around the nursing home. Then, inexplicably, he started confessing
to killing 27 patients. At one point he exclaimed "I've killed so
many I'm unable to remember them all." In 1983 the lethal administrator
was convicted of 22 murders. He was handed a 21-year sentence, the maximum
allowed by Norwegian law, which would put him back on the streets by 2004.
Earl Nelson (22+) This Bible quoting drifter killed
mostly the landladies of the boarding houses where he stayed. After killing
them he stuffed their bodies under his bed before going to sleep. He is
known to have committed twenty-two murders and was suspected of at least
three more. He was captured and hanged in Canada in 1928.
Norman Afzal Simons (22) Norm is believed to be South
Africa's "Station Strangler." He is presently serving a 25-year
sentence for the 1994 murder of 10-year-old Elroy van Rooyen. Since 1986
South African authorities have been stumped by the growing body count of
young boys of mixed race appearing dead around Cape Town. At one point
they asked for help from the Interpol and the FBI. Robert Ressler, the
retired FBI expert who coined the term serial killer was called
in to develop a psychological profile of the killer. With Ressler's profile
in hand authorities believe they have nabbed their suspect. Police think
Simons is the "Station Strangler," South Africa's most notorious
serial killer. I an eight-year murder spree, the "Strangler"
is believed to have killed 21 boys and a young man, all of mixed-race.
His moniker comes from having found many of his victims in train stations.
Most were later found in shallow graves around Cape Town after being sodomized
and strangled. One body was found with a note that read: "One more,
many more in store." Elroy, his final victim, was last seen boarding
a train with Simons at Cape Town's Strand train station. His body was found
10 days later with his hands tied behind his back. According to police,
Simons claimed his brother, who was murdered in 1991, was living inside
him. He also started hearing voices after his brother sodomized him that
ordered him to kill.
Coral Eugene Watts (22) Coral Eugene might have had
an IQ of seventy-five, but he sure knew how to use a knife. Another one
from the I-hate-vaginas school of thinking. He enjoyed killing women on
Sunday morning before going to church. Once he told a psychiatrist that
women were evil and should be exterminated. It seems he practiced what
Carl Panzram (21) Not from the
Mister-Nice-Guy file. The most unrepentant killer of them all. Carl started
his criminal career by getting arrested at age eight for drunk and disorderly
behavior. It was downhill ever since. His killing spree spanned two continents.
While in Africa he hired eight blacks to help him hunt crocodiles. Instead,
he killed his hired hands, sodomized their corpses and fed them to the
hungry reptiles. He boasted of committing thousands of robberies, larcenies,
arsons and having sodomized a thousand men. He was hanged in 1930 for killing
the laundry foreman in prison. Even when he was at the scaffold he meanly
snapped at the executioner, "Hurry it up, you bastard. I could hang
a dozen men while you're fooling around."
Phoolan Devi (20) Known as India's
infamous Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi, 36, is accused of massacring 20 upper-caste
men in 1981 in the village of Behmai in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Now
a lawmaker, Phoolan had previously been held prisoner and raped by the
citizens of Behmai.
Indian police was ordered to arrest Phoolan before February 4, 1997, on
a petition filed by Raja Ram, a resident of Behmai village, who claimed
that the parole granted to Devi had ended in December. The ruling came
seven weeks after the Supreme Court rejected Devi's pleas to throw out
54 charges of murder, robbery, extortion and kidnapping still pending against
Devi won a seat in the federal Parliament in 1996 -- after serving 11 years
in prison -- by championing the cause of low-caste Hindus. She portrayed
her criminal career as part of a struggle between low-caste Hindus like
herself and the upper castes in one of India's most backward regions.
Charles Sobhraj (20) Asia's
premier serial killer. A French national of Indian and Vietnamese parentage,
Charles Sobhraj is suspected of cutting a bloody trail from Europe to Asia.
In true serial killing fashion, Sobhraj was persistent bet-wetter in his
youth at a boarding school in Paris. After escaping twice from school to
return to Vietnam, Charles started his career as a petty thief by forging
checks from his sister's bank account. He soon graduated to become a smuggler
and international con man.
For most of his life Charles bounced back and forth from Europe to Asia
and led a life devoted to crime. By 1972, the year of his first known murder,
he was deeply involved in the heroin trade in which he later made a habit
of killing off his competition. Charles was arrested numerous times in
France, Afganistan, Greece, and India, but usually he managed to escape
or bribe his way out of trouble. He was finally brought to justice in New
Delhi in July 1976 for murdering two French tourists and pulling off a
His preferred method of murder was slipping his victims a lethal drug cocktail
and then robbing them of their money and possessions. His favorite victims
tended to be European tourist. In Bombay he once drugged an entire class
of 60 French engineering students sending 20 od them to the hospital. From
1972 to 1982 he is suspected of committing at least 20 murders in India,
Thailand, Afghanistan, Turkey, Nepal, Iran and Hong Kong.
On March 16, 1986, Sobhraj escaped from Tihar prison. After being recaptured,
he was found guilty of having in hand an Italian-made pistol in his possession.
On February 5, 1997, the chief New Delhi's metropolitan magistrate, Prem
Kumar, said Sobhraj had already remained in jail for a "period more
than the maximum punishment prescribed" under the Indian law. As of
February, 1997, weapon charges against him have been dropped and he could
find himself a free man again. Bumming his high, Thailand and Nepal have
expressed their intention of filing murder charges if lethal Charlie is
let out of jail.
Lucian Staniak (20) The most prolific serial killer
of Poland, Lucian started his reign of terror in 1964. A colorful killer,
he left poetic notes commenting on his behavior. He killed his first known
victim during a national holiday and left a note declaring: "I picked
a juicy flower in Olsztyn and I shall do it again somewhere else, for there
is no holiday without a funeral." Over the next three years, this
sexual deviant killed and mutilated at least twenty women. His reign of
terror was finally uncovered when he slaughtered a fellow member of his
Art Lovers Club. His paintings, done mainly in crimson and focusing on
scenes of mutilation, made the police a tad suspicious. Tracing his itinerary
for the past two years police noticed that it matched perfectly with the
string of slayings. After confessing Lucian was sent to an insane asylum
in Katowice where he still does a lot of painting.
Antone Costa (20) This modern day Marquis de Sade
and wannabe flower child left a trail of blood spanning from Provincetown,
Massachusetts, to California. All his victims were women who he befriended
to get high. Then he killed them and enjoyed having sex with their mutilated
corpses. A police psychiatrist diagnosed him as being schizophrenic. He
was found hanged in his prison cell on May 12, 1974.
Larry Eyler (19) A homosexual killer struggling with
life in the closet. Larry took satisfaction wherever he could and then
disposed of the evidence. At one point, as the police investigated him,
he sued them for half a million dollars for "psychological warfare".
At his first trial the evidence against him was found inadmissible and
Eyler walked out on bail to carry on with his deadly forays. Eventually,
his arrogance led to his undoing when he dumped the dismembered body of
a male hustler in his garbage. His handiwork got him the death penalty.
Paul John Knowles (18+) In 1974, after being released
from jail, Knowles was rejected by a woman he met through an astrology
magazine. That sent him on a one-night, three-body killing spree. He soon
left town , leaving a trail of corpses on his wake. He would choose his
victims randomly, entering their homes at gun point. He strangled his prey
and stole their credit cards. Sometimes he would try to rape his victims,
but usually his sword would go blunt before completing the deed. Using
a stolen cassette recorder, he left a taped confession of fourteen murders
with his lawyer and disappeared. He continued on with his deadly ways and
eventually was hunted down by an FBI agent who shot him dead in Georgia.
Sergei Ryakhovsky (18+) Sergei,
Russia's latest necrophilic killer, is believed to have slain up to 20
people in the suburbs of Moscow. In 1995 he was sentenced to death for
Mhlengwa Zikode (18) Known as the "Donnybrook
Serial Killer," Zikode murdered 18 people and attempted to murder
another 11 over a period of two years in the rural Natal midlands town
of Donnybrook in South Africa. All his victims were between 20 and 30.
His modus operandi was to kick open the door of his victims' house, shoot
the men in the head and drag the women to nearby plantations, where he
would rape them repeatedly - sometimes for as long as five hours - and
kill them. If they resisted he would shoot them first and commit necrophilia.
Sometimes he would attack women from behind in footpaths in the area. Mhlengwa,
21 was arrested on September 29, 1995 and is presently awaiting trial.
Joel Rifkin (17+) Joel Rifkin of East Meadow, New
York, killed at least seventeen women, mostly prostitutes in the NY area.
He was caught while driving a pickup with no license plates and a three-day
old corpse sitting next to him.
"El Psicópata" (17+)
Costa Rican police said the number of hits by a mysterious serial killer
known as "El Psicópata" (The Psychopath) could exceed
31. Previously, authorities had attributed 17 dead or missing people to
the elusive killer. Stumped by a decade of random murder, Costa Rican police
have even asked the FBI for help in tracking down this mysterious killer.
"El Psicópata" preys on young couples in secluded parks
in and around the capital San Jose, police said. He often waits until the
couples start making love before shooting them with a high-calibre weapon
and mutilating the breasts and reproductive organs of his female victims.
It is believed that he follows his potential victims for several days before
killing them. In some cases, he has also killed young women on their own
and has carried out acts of necrophilia. Authorities now think he may also
be responsible for the disappearance of 12 other young people in 1996.
Most of the killings have been committed in a wooded area stretching from
the southwestern district of Alajuelita to the eastern neighborhood of
Cartago -- a patch of land locals now call the "triangle of death."
Costa Rican police have drawn up several psychological profiles of the
killer, including one "Rambo" theory that portrays him as a deranged
former military or police official. They also think he could be the son
of a wealthy politician or a landowner. Police believe the killer is probably
in his 30s or 40s, and could be highly intelligent
Leszek Pekalski (17+) Accused
of killing 17 women from 1984 to 1992, Leszek was convicted of one murder
but cleared of more than a dozen others. After an eight-month trial the
Provincial Court in the northern city of Slupsk, Poland, sentenced Leszek
to 25 years in a psychiatric institute. The court said there was insufficient
evidence to convict him of the other killings. Leszek, when he was first
arrested, admitted to killing more than 70 people. Later he said the police
had forced the confession out of him.
"I'm a gullible man, and I was easily persuaded by what the officers
had told me," Pekalski told the judge. "I'm mentally weak, and
if somebody pushes me, I break down. Then I admit to things I have never
done. I have never killed anyone. I'm so scared. The prosecutor threatened
that the victims' families or the public would kill me if I'm acquitted
or get a mild sentence. He yelled at me and told me to confess everything."
Like in the O.J. Simpson trial, DNA tests of hair strands were to be crucial
pieces of evidence implicating the defendant. Sadly the prosecutor's hopes
proved futile when Doctor Ryszard Pawelski from the Gdansk Medical Academy's
forensic medicine institute examined the evidence and declared that the
cops had clumsily handled the hair strands and damaged their evidential
According to police Pekalski confessed to details of the crimes no one
else could've known about. "We couldn't find his trail for a long
time. He never followed a regular pattern; there was no typical victim
or a repeated killing method. He would hit with a wooden cane or would
strangle his victim with a belt."
Like other lust killers, the Pekalski was diagnosed with having an abnormal
sex drive. When he was first incarcerated in 1992 he asked the warden's
permission to let him keep a rubber sex-shop doll in his detention cell.
Presently we are unable to find out whether or not they allowed him to
have his doll.
Robert Hansen (17) A model father
and a hard-working baker, Bob turned out to be the most active serial killer
in Alaskan history. From 1973 to 1983, this expert pilot and avid hunter
would fly hookers and topless dancers to his remote cabin hideaway in the
Alaskan wilderness for rape and murder. After repeatedly sexually abusing
his hapless victims he would set them free in the freezing woods and hunt
them down with his high-powered hunting rifle.
Bobby had a long police record starting in Iowa as a teen arsonist. While
living in Alaska he had several run-ins with the law involving larceny,
assault with a deadly weapon, rape and kidnapping. However, he managed
to get away with serving hardly any time for his crimes and lived a normal
life as a married man and a hard working and respected member of the community.
Authorities first suspected Bob of being a serial killer when a lucky prostitute
dashed naked from his plane to escape certain death. While investigating
the incident they discovered several other "women of the night"
who had similar experiences with him. Soon Anchorage police started piecing
together a picture of their prominent baker as a manic-depressive arsonist,
kleptomaniac, rapist and possible serial killer.
When authorities first searched his home they found 30 hidden weapons as
well as mementos and maps marking the location of the graves of his victims.
Eventually Bob confessed to 17 killings which he referred to as his "summertime
project." Profoundly moral, Bob hoped to forcefully teach his prey
a lesson for their whoring and stripping ways. Under heavy guard Hansen
was flown by helicopter to the Knik River in the Alaskan wilderness where
he pinpointed with great accuracy the location of several graves. In 1984
Bob was handed a sentence of life plus 461 years which he is now serving
in Spring Creek Correction Facility in Seward, Alaska. . There he hopes
to "become a writer." Eventually, he says, "I'll write my
own story." Two publishing houses have already offered him a contract.
Dahmer (17) The founding father of Cannibals
Anonymous. As a kid, Jeff liked to torture and kill little animals.
As an adult he did the same with humans. This Milwaukee chocolate factory
worker lured gay, black men to his apartment with the promise of sex and
drugs and instead killed them and had them for dinner.
Once his victims were dead, Jeff came to life. He enjoyed sex with corpses
and was conscientious enough to always wear a condom. Sex with live beings
was not as good, he said, because they could get up and leave at any minute.
He also enjoyed mutilation and experimented with different ways of disposing
of his victims. He once tried to turn one of his victims into a zombie
by performing a homemade lobotomy on the man by drilling into his brain
and pouring acid into the holes.
When captured, police found three dissolving bodies in 55-gallon acid vats
in his bedroom. They also found four severed heads, seven skulls, skeletons
in his closet and a penis in a lobster pot. Curiously, he had no food in
the fridge, only condiments. In the freezer he had a heart stashed "to
eat later." Although he enjoyed munching his loved ones, at the time
of his arrest he was rail thin. In jail authorities managed to fatten him
up. Jeff met his end when he was viciously attacked by Christopher Scarver,
a convicted killer on antispychotic medication, while mopping the bathroom
floor in maximum security. The lethargic cannibal died with a mop handle
sticking out of his eye socket. At his mother's request, his brain was
preserved in formaldehyde for future study.
A year after his death his parents began battling over the killer's preserved
brain. On December 12, 1995, this absurdist saga came to an end when a
judge ruled in favor of his father who wanted to honor his son's request
of being cremated. The last chapter of the Dahmer postmortem involved his
personal belongings. A lawyer representing the families of some of his
victims planned to auction Dahmer's possessions to raise money for his
clients. The city of Milwaukee was outraged by the idea. As of May 29,
1996, Thomas Jacobson, the lawyer representing eight of the 11 families
announced that Jeff's estate would be going to the incinerator instead
of the auction block after a civic group, fearing bad publicity for their
fair city, pledged to pay $407,225 for the famed cannibal's household items.
Jose Antonio Rodriguez Vega (16+) Spains's most prolific
killer, Jose Antonio killed at least 16 old widows in and around Santander,
a coastal city in Northern Spain. A bricklayer by trade, Vera conned his
way into the houses of old ladies under the pretext of doing a job for
them. Once inside the killer would be "overcome by excitement"
and would jump his geriatric victims.
Usually Vega would strangle them, take off their panties, fondle their
genitalia, and/or rape them post mortem using brooms and other objects.
Though each attack was sexually driven, no semen was found in the victims
because the killer was impotent.
A fastidiously neat individual , Jose Antonio hardly left a trace of his
crimes at the scene. Authorities had not even classified his first three
victims as homicides until he was arrested. Jose Antonio left each of the
dead ladies cozily tucked in their beds convincing many that the poor women
died of old age. His crime spree started in 1986 --after serving part of
a 27-year sentence for rape -- and ended with his arrest in 1988.
A cold-hearted and calculating serial killer, Vega enjoyed taking home
"trophies" from each of his kills. In his burgundy draped, one-room
apartment which he shared with a woman, he created a lavish altar dedicated
to his fetishistic collection of mementos from each of his crimes. The
extent of his killing spree was discovered when authorities broadcasted
a video of Vega's home showing his collection of fetishes. Many viewers
recognized several objects linking Vega to their dead relatives.
During his trial in 1991, he enjoyed the constant harassment from the public
who wanted to lynch him for his crimes. Always impeccably dressed, Vega
received a sentence of 440 years, which in real time in the Spanish judicial
system translates to no more than 20 years. By 2008, when the accused killer
turns 51, he will be free again and, most probably, will continue killing.
Ramirez (16+) A Los Angeles transient known as the Night Stalker,
Rich was captured in Boyle Heights, a Latino neighborhood, by an angry
mob after he attempted a carjacking. His good looks made him a crowd favorite.
His Metalhead-gone-Satanist image made him a cult figure. Like Manson,
he is an unrepentant photo-opportunity-type killer with a bevy of female
He enjoyed breaking into houses and calmly killing, raping and partying
all night long. He would smoke big, fat joints of sinsemilla as he strolled
around his victim's homes playing his AC/DC tapes, spraying satanic slogans
on the wall and raiding the fridge. Once he took out the eyes of a woman
with a spoon and mailed them back to the crime scene the next day. While
in jail he fixed his teeth
and tattooed a pentagram on the palm of his hand to flash during court
appearances. After getting the death penalty, as he was lead out of court,
he exclaimed "See you in Disneyland!"
On October 3, 1996, Doreen Lioy, 41, married Richie in a simple and tasteful
ceremony in San Quentin's waiting room. Lioy is a free-lance editor who
works part-time for teen magazines, lives in a houseboat, has bachelor's
degree in English literature, is said to have an IQ of 152, and is supposedly
still a virgin. Doreen was first attracted to Rich in 1985 when she saw
a picture of him in the paper wearing a bandage A truly devoted lover,
she wrote 75 letters to him before she was allowed to visit him. The couple
got engage in 1988, but prison regulations delayed the wedding until 1996.
Kraft (16+) Another in the tradition of California freeway killer.
Randy, a graduate of the prestigious Claremont Men's College, liked to
pick up young men, especially marines, drug them and strangle them. On
May 14, 1983, a highway patrolman stopped Kraft for suspected drunk driving
and noticed the dead marine sitting next to him. Randy was a "score-card
killer," that is, he kept a coded notebook with a tally of all his
kills. Police linked him to sixty-two deaths spanning three states, but
only sixteen have been proven conclusively.
Earl Frederick (16) A suspected
serial killer in the Oklahoma County Jail, Earl won an appeal from death
row at McAlester, Oklahoma. A former policeman, Earl is suspected of at
least 16 murders.
"El Depredador Psicópata"
(16) Since August, 1995, Mexican Federales have been baffled by
the growing number of girls and young women appearing dead in the outskirts
of Ciudad Juarez. Most victims are dark haired and between 14 and 18. The
preferred method of killing is strangulation. Ocassionally the victims
are raped, sometimes they are raped postmortem. All indications point to
a violent sexual predator on the loose.
The initial victims of the crime spree were attributed to an Egyptian national,
Abel Latif Sharif who, in custody, confessed to five
of the killings. Since his arrest the slaughter seems to have picked up
pace bringing the total to 16. At first police suspected a rash of copycat
killings. Some believe that the Egyptian was part of a group of sexual
psychopaths stalking the city. Sharif claims that many of the killings
were perpetrated by a deadly gang of "coyotes" operating near
the U.S./Mexican border.
Dennis Nilsen (16) The British Jeffrey
Dahmer. This alcoholic homosexual could not come to grips with life
in the closet and resorted to murder and necrophilia. He would lure young
men to his apartment, render them unconscious with liquor and strangle
them to death. He liked to stash their bodies under the floor boards. Occasionally
he would take one out, bathe and dress it, and pretend to have a date.
He would lay the corpse next to him in bed and masturbate. Then, return
it to the floor boards. Like Dahmer, he killed out of loneliness. He enjoyed
small talk with his friends the cadavers. He kept an assortment of body
parts around the house as company. In 1983 he was discovered when he tried
to flush human remains down the toilet, clogged the plumbing and complained
about the blocked drains.
Elias Xitavhudzi (16) The second in a long tradition
of serial slayers in the township of Atteridgeville, South Africa. In the
1960s Elias Xitavhudzi, known as "Pangaman", murdered 16 white
women and dumped their bodies around Atteridgeville.
William Burke & William Hare (16) Possibly two
of Scotland's most gruesome imports were the serial killers William Burke
and William Hare. Burke and Hare hailed from Ulster and moved to Scotland
to work as labourers on the Union Canal. Ever aware of needs of the market,
Burke and Hare set themselves up as procurers of human bodies to satisfy
the demand of Edinburgh's medical schools.
Originally the two would dig up the graves of the recently departed in
the dead of night, steal the body and then sell it for cash to a doctor
for use during anatomy demonstrations. Tired of digging, the two entrepreneurs
started murdering people in Edinburgh's old town and selling their cadavers
on an "ask no questions basis." They killed their victims by
strangling them using a method they had perfected which left no obvious
trace of foul play and little evidence of the murder.
The murder of their 16th victim led to their arrest. Burke's mistress and
Hare's wife were also arrested. Because the courts had little evidence
to prosecute them successfully, the Lord Advocate, Sir William Rae, offered
Hare immunity from prosecution if he would turn King's evidence. The evidence
Hare and his wife provided sent Burke to his death on the gallows on 28
January, 1829 while his mistress Helen MacDougall escaped when the charges
against her were found not proven.
William Hare is said to have died a penniless pauper in London in 1859.
Robert Knox - the doctor who willingly bought most of Burke and Hare's
bodies was never prosecuted.
Thomas Quick (15+) Sweden's premiere serial killer.
Tommy Boy killed at least 10 people during a two-year rampage. As a child
he was raped and abused. Growing up, he always wanted to be a priest. Instead,
he became a serial killer. He committed his first murder when he was 14.
He enjoyed killing young boys and having sex with their corpses.
He also killed a Dutch family vacationing in the north of Sweden. His permanent
residence is now a hospital for the criminally insane in Dalarna, Sweden.
While in custody Thomas confessed to six killings in Norway. Police investigating
the validity of his claims have found evidence linking him to five more
kills. Perhaps we will soon see the mad Swede rise further in the Hit List.
"Nasrec Strangler" (15) Meet
South Africa's latest serial killer. The "Nasrec Strangler" preys
on women commuting between Soweto and Johannesburg. He is believed to have
strangled and raped 15 women and a teenager since May of 1995. He has been
dubbed the "Nasrec Strangler" because many of the bodies were
found near an exhibition center with that name south of Johannesburg. The
killer has been profiled as well dressed, suave and intelligent man with
a deep- seated hatred of women. His victims are black females, mostly between
the ages of 20 and 35, who are lured from minibus taxis. Authorities suspect
he could be a minibus driver. In 1996 authorities arrested a suspected
rapist Samuel Bongani Mfeka and is being questioned
over the Nasrec serial killings. Although suspected of six other murders,
there has been no links established between Mfeka and the Nasrec killings.
Fish (15) Meet the patron saint of sadomasochism. Albert Fish,
the granddaddy of the deranged, enjoyed implanting needles in his genitalia,
stuffing his asshole with flaming alcohol balls, eating shit, killing children
and making stews out of their remains. The father of six, Albert lost it
after his wife left him for another man. Despondent Al asked his kids to
beat him with a nail-studded paddle until he bled. He thought that he was
Christ and that God had ordered him to castrate boys. Good Al did was he
was told, and enjoyed it thoroughly. This dirty old man from hell was in
the habit of molesting and killing children of both sexes.
He was arrested after sending a letter to the parents of one of his victims,
Gracie Budd, describing what a delight it had been eating her. He was sentenced
to die in Sing Sing in 1936. He said, "What a thrill that will be
if I have to die in the electric chair. It will be the supreme thrill,
the only one I haven't tried." He happily helped his executioners
with the electrodes and died a happy man. Legend says the chair short-circuited
at first because of the twenty needles implanted in his genitalia, which
is a fascinating, but untrue.
Joseph P. Franklin (15) A former
Klansman and neo-Nazi, Franklin was the embodiment of absolute bigotry.
He believed that interracial marriages where a sin against God and took
it upon himself to punish the guilty. He enjoyed sniper attacks and killed
for sport. Once, he killed two black men and a white woman who were jogging
together. He is also suspected of having shot and crippled Larry Flynt,
the publisher of Husler magazine and pillar of the First Amendment,
because he regularly featured pictorials of interracial couples getting
it on. The archetypical headline-grabbing killer, Joe also confessed to
shooting civil rights leader Vernon Jordan
In the latest twist in the Franklin saga, on November, 1996, Joseph gave
a detailed confession of the June 25,1980, deaths of two women who were
shot at close range with a high-powered rifle while hitchhiking to a West
Virginia peace retreat. After charges were filed and dropped several times,
Florida resident Jacob Beard was convicted of first-degree murder in 1993.
State Police Supt. Col. Thom Kirk said: "He could have zero credibility,
or he could have one hundred percent credibility... We're checking out
the details he's giving us and tracking them as far as we can. Then we'll
hand it to the prosecutor." Franklin first confessed to killing Nancy
Santomero, 19, and Vicki Durian, 26, in 1984 . Prosecutors said that a
map Franklin drew of the murder scene back then was too general and lacked
distinct landmarks and did not corroborate his confession. The initial
confession was also "too brief. He got to a certain point and he just
stopped talking. Now, he's giving us a lot more details and specifics."
Santomero and Durian were shot while en route to a weeklong encampment
of the counterculture Rainbow Family in a national forest in eastern West
Virginia. Santomero was shot three times in the head; Durian twice in the
chest. No weapon was recovered in the killings, dubbed the "Rainbow
Murders." At least seven men have been indicted and in January, 1993,
Beard was convicted after several witnesses placed him and his red pickup
truck at the scene the day of the shooting.
Elifasi Msomi (15) Known as South Africa's "Axe
Killer", Elifasi Msomi, was hanged in Pretoria in January 1956 after
being convicted of hacking 15 people to death. Msomi blamed his victims'
deaths on the "tokoloshe" which, he said, would appear on his
shoulder and order him to kill. He killed mostly in the Unkomaas and Umzimkuku
valleys in Natal. Posing as a doctor, Elifasi charmed his victims into
willingly going off with him. At his trial, two leading psychologists told
the court that Msomi was of way above average intelligence and derived
sexual pleasure from inflicting pain on others.
of Florence" (14+) This Eurotrash psychopath has tallied 14
grisly sexual murders between 1974 and 1985. All killings happened in the
outskirts of Florence All but two of the victims were courting couples.
Four were foreigners. Most female victims were also sexually mutilated.
Once the killer mockingly sent police a portion of the female genitalia
from one of his victims. This pattern of murder-and-gore has been repeated
with frightening regularity to the tune of 14 dead baffling Italian authorities.
Police have questioned more than 100,000 people and charged seven men with
being the elusive killer. The latest accused, Pietro Pacciani, a 71-year-old
farm hand whose hobby was hunting and taxidermy, was arrested on January
17, 1993, and was convicted of the seven grisly double murders in November,
1994. Pacciani, who has always maintained that he was "as innocent
as Christ on the cross," was set free on February 13, 1996, when an
appeals court overturned his conviction. The 71-year-old grandfather was
cleared "of all crimes of which he was convicted. One week after a
public prosecutor testified that the evidence against the old grandfather
was unsound. Curiously, the decision to clear Pacciani came hours after
the arrest of an alleged accomplice in one of the double murders. Mario
Vanni, a friend of Pietro and former postman (showing that lethal postal
workers are not singularly American), was arrested in connection with the
murders of a French couple in 1985 that were camping in the woods outside
the Tuscan capital. Investigators acting on new information began to suspect
that not one maniac, but an entire gang of ageing perverts, may have been
responsible for the killings.
On December 12, 1996 the Italian Supreme Court threw out the acquittal
of Pacciani and ordered a new trial for the suspected killer.
William Bonin (14+) This Downey,
California, truck driver became known as the "The Freeway Killer"
for his rape and murder spree during the late seventies. A sadistic Vietnam
vet, Billy boy liked to pick up male, teen-age hitchhikers to rape and
strangle along the freeways of Southern California. Like most serial killers,
Bonin was the product of an abusive childhood in the hands of his alcoholic
father and was thought to have been repeatedly sexually assaulted by his
maternal grandfather. He also had brain damage in areas thought to restrain
violent impulses and was manic-depressive.
After spending most of the seventies behind bars for sex attacks on young
men, Willie was paroled in 1978. He moved back to Southern California where
he got a job as a trucker for Dependable Driveaway in Montebello. A year
later, his sexual lust turned deadly. Although he used various methods
to kill, he enjoyed most strangling his prey with their own T-shirts and
a tire iron. William, not being particularly bright, boasted of his killings
and kept his collection of newspaper clippings in his glove compartment.
Billy boy liked killing so much, he brought along his buddies to share
the fun. Vernon Butts, an accomplice in at least five killings, chose to
hang himself after being arrested.
Although only convicted of 14 murders, Billy confessed to killing 21 young
men. In 1982 he was sentenced to death for 10 murders in Los Angeles. A
year later he was sentenced to death again for 4 additional murders in
On February 23, 1996, sixteen years after his deadly rampage, William became
the first man executed by lethal injection in California. While awaiting
death in San Quentin, Bonin enjoyed playing bridge with fellow serial killers,
Doug Clark, Lawrence Bittaker
and Randy Kraft who combined have killed at least
49 people. Billy's last meal consisted of two pepperoni and sausage pizzas,
three coffee ice-creams and fifteen cans of coke. The 49-year-old killer
ate in silence while watching "Jeopardy" on TV before meeting
with the prison chaplain. At 12:00 AM he took 13 steps into the death chamber
where at 12:08 he was injected with sodium pentothal, pancuronium bromide
and potassium chloride. By 12:13 he was declared dead. Ironically, in his
last statement before being executed, Bonin said the death penalty sent
"the wrong message" to America's youth. Sadly for the victims'
families, Bonin never did repent for his murderous frenzy.
Posthumously, it was discovered that Billy had illegally received nearly
$80,000 in Social Security disability benefits while on Death Row. He started
receiving benefit payments for a mental disability in 1972. The payments
should have ended in 1982 when he went to prison, but they continued. The
money kept flowing until after his execution when the funeral director
sent paperwork notifying the Social Security Administration of Bonin's
death. As of March 1996, his family agreed to repay the money to the state.
Donald Leroy Evans (14+) Don,
an army veteran, drug addict and drifter from Watervliet, Michigan, is
another serial killer with a hefty ego and a taste for blood. A convicted
rapist, he was arrested in Louisiana in 1991 where he confessed to the
kidnapping and murder of a ten-year-old girl in Gulfport, Mississippi.
But that wasn't all he wanted to confess. Donny kept on confessing and
confessing to the tune of more than eighty kills. What he revealed to authorities
was a ten-year killing rampage spanning ten states. Now there is a nationwide
probe to determine the validity of Donny's claims. Presently no bodies
have been uncovered. He was found guilty of the Gulfport killing and is
about to be found guilty of killing a prostitute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
There are twelve other cases in which he is strongly suspected but for
which he might never be tried. His other confessed killings remain unproved
and, for the most part, have not been investigated. Evans became a local
talk-radio phenomenon in Florida when he became a white supremacist, shaved
his head, began calling himself "Hi Hitler." He spent two weeks
on a talk show extolling the pleasures of murdering the black hooker in
Belle Gunness (14+)A deadly gold digger, Belle lured
wealthy Chicago men to her house with classified adds. There she would
rob and kill them with the help of Ray Lamphere. The original Lady Bluebeard,
Belle's criminal career started with the accidental deaths of her first
two husbands and two of her children. Coincidentally, with each death she
collected insurance money which kept her afloat until her next rash of
After settling in La Porte, Indiana, she started her deadly "lonely-hearts"
venture. On April 28, 1908, her house was leveled by fire. Ray, her farm
hand and presumed lover, was arrested and accused of arson and the murder
of Belle and her children. Ray said that the female body found in the embers
was not Belle. The body was missing a skull but next to it they found Belle's
dentures. Apparently she had faked her own death and escaped with a bag
full of money. As investigators started digging up the ranch they found
plenty of human bones and dismembered bodies wrapped in gunny sacks and
doused with lye. Many of Belle's suitors had been fed to the pigs accounting
for the numerous bone fragments found in and around the pig pen. Estimates
of her murderous habits put her at fifty to a hundred hits. We've chosen
to count only her proven kills. After disappearing, Belle was spotted many
times throughout the country. Authorities believe that she was last seen
in a bordello in Ohio in 1935.
Joe Ball (14+) In the 1930s, Joe ran a roadside Texan
honky-tonk called The Sociable Inn. The central attraction was a pit of
frenzied alligators who were fed domestic animals to everyone's delight.
In the off hours Joe also fed about a dozen waitresses and two ex-wives
to the hungry gators. By 1937 authorities were suspicious of the many disappearances
linked to Joe's honky-tonk. On September 24, 1938, when police came to
investigate the gator pit's meat barrel, Joe put a bullet through his brain.
Later a handyman and a neighbor said they saw Joe feeding female body parts
to the gators but they remained quiet because Joe threatened to kill them.
Robert Joseph Silveria (14+)
Suspected of being the "Boxcar Murderer", Bob was part of the
Freight Train Riders of America, a boxcar gang that preys upon fellow rail-riding
hobos. Arrested in March, 1995, in a rail yard near Sacramento, California,
Silveria was charged with the murder of transient William Pettit, found
dead in a boxcar in Northern California.
Silveria has also been linked to 13 other boxcar murders in Oregon, Utah,
California, Arizona, Kansas and Washington state spanning from 1981 to
1995. The victims, mostly drifters, were stabbed or bludgeoned to death
and robbed of their meager possessions. While in custody Bobbie claimed
all his kills were gang related hits. Having betrayed his secret boxcar
brotherhood by talking of the murders, Silveria believes he will soon be
executed by fellow rail-riding gangster.
Marcelo Costa de Andrade (14)
This mama's boy and religious psychopath of inoffensive appearance is Brazil's
most notorious serial killer. The son of poor migrants from the Northeast,
Marcelo grew up in the Rocinha slum in Rio de Janeiro. He lived without
running water and was beaten with regularity by his grandfather, his stepfather
and his stepmother. When he was 10 he was sexually abused. At 14 he began
to prostitute himself for a living. He was sent to a reform school, but
escaped. Still hustling at 16, he began a long lasting homosexual relationship
with an older man. By 17 he tried to rape his 10-year-old brother.
When he was 23 his lover left him and he moved in with his mother and brothers
in Itaborai, another slum on the other side of the polluted Guanabara Bay.
There he found a low-paying job distributing flyers for a shop in the district
of Copacabana. He also joined the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God
and started going to church four times a week. Despite some idiosyncrasies
and his odd and incoherent laughter, his life seemed normal. That is, until
April 1991, when he started to kill.
Over a nine-month period Marcelo tallied 14 deaths. His victims of choice
were poor street urchins whom he attracted to deserted areas, to rape and
strangle. He also practiced necrophilia, decapitated one of the boys, crushed
the head of another, and, on two occasions, drank the victim's blood.
Later he confessed his vampiric thirst was merely an attempt "to become
as beautiful as them." Violence in Rio is common and the daily body
count is so high that authorities never suspected the growing number of
disappearing street urchins were the handywork of a serial killer. Usually
street children are the victims of choice for warped vigilante groups trying
to clean up the streets. Quite the humanitarian Andrade later confessed,
"I preferred young boys because they are better looking and have soft
skin. And the priest said that children automatically go to heaven if they
die before they're thirteen. So I know I did them a favor by sending them
In December of 1991 his killing spree came to an end when he "fell
in love" with ten-year-old Altair de Abreu and spared his life. Marcello
met the young beggar and his six-year-old brother Ivan in the Niteroi bus
terminal. He offered them money if they helped him light candles for a
saint in Saint George's church. The lucky survivor later told police, "We
were heading for a church, but as we crossed a vacant lot, Marcelo suddenly
turned on Ivan and started strangling him. I was so paralyzed by fear I
could not run away. I watched in horror, tears streaming down my cheeks,
as he killed and then raped my brother. When he was finished with Ivan,
he turned to me, hugged me, and said he loved me." Then he asked Altair
to live with him. Scared to death, the boy agreed to spend the night with
Marcelo in the bushes.
The next morning, the lovestruck killer took Altair to work with him. When
they arrived the office was closed. While they waited for it to open, the
terrified youngster was able to escape. He hitchhiked his way back home
and told his mother that he had lost his brother. A few days later, pressed
by his sister, the boy told the truth. In the meantime Marcelo, a truly
considerate killer, had returned to the crime scene to tuck the hands of
his victim inside his shorts, "so that the rats couldn't gnaw the
When young Ivan's family went to the police, Marcelo, who had maintained
his daily routine, was calmly arrested in the Rio shop where he worked.
"I thought you would come yesterday," he told the arresting officers.
At first, police thought Ivan's murder was an isolated case. However, two
months later Marcelo's dotting mother was called to testify about her son's
strange behavior. One night, she said, he left home with a machete "to
cut bananas." He returned the next morning with no bananas and the
machete covered in blood. Eventually Marcelo did confess to 14 killings
and led police to the remains of his other victims. As Brazil's star killer,
he asked police if anywhere in the world there was a case like his, and
stated he killed because: "I liked the boys and I didn't want them
to go to hell."
In February, 1997 Marcelo , who escaped from the Heitor Carrilho Psychiatric
Hospital in Rio de Janeiro on January 24, was arrested in Guaraciaba do
Norte, about 200 miles west of the state capital, Fortaleza. He had gone
to Guaraciaba to visit his father who turned him in to the police.
Joachim Kroll (14)
Randall Woodfield (13+) Randy
was a typical All-American boy with a slight problem... he enjoyed exposing
himself. At first everyone ignored it because he was the star of his high
school football team. By 1973 his athletic ability got him drafted by the
Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, after a few "incidents," the
Packers sent him back to home and his glory days as a star athlete came
to a crashing halt.
Back in Oregon he graduated to accosting women at knife point, robbing
them and exposing himself. In 1975 he was arrested after accosting a policewomen
in a Portland Park. For this escalation in his "sexual deviancy"
he was handed a ten-year sentence. While in jail he became a born again
zealot and started seeing the prison psychologist. After four years behind
bars he convinced authorities he was a "changed man" and was
released and judged not to be risk to society.
After being released Randy dropped his messianic convictions and stepped
right back into his life of crime. Around then he became known as the "I-5
Bandit" for blazing down his favorite highway hell-bent on crime.
During the holdups, he would force cashiers to expose their breasts and/or
perform fellatio on him.
The restless type, Randy also started a side hobby as a serial rapist and
killer. The typical serial killer living two distinctively separate lives
Randy, on the one hand was driving up and down the I-5 committing up to
22 attacks, and on the other, he worked as a bartender and was a relentless
partier and womanizer. He had a staple of women whom he courted by phone,
mail and in person. Always on the move, as he visited one girlfriend after
another he managed to slip a little rape in murder into his busy travel
Randy was questioned by the police after his first kill was discovered.
He was released when his semen did not match the type discovered in the
corpse. Upon release he continued killing in his truly disorganized fashion.
He enjoyed committing his crimes wearing a hood, a fake beard and a bandage
on the bridge of his nose, which became the signature look of the "I-5
Killer".. As police from several counties got together to brainstorm
on whether they had a serial killer responsible for a string of slayings
spanning from Bellevue, Washington to Redding California, the name of Randy
Woodfield and his champagne colored Volkswagen Bug kept popping up. On
March 1981 the police took him in again for questioning and, using his
phone bills, were able to unravel his trail of blood.
During his trial the seemingly All-American hero was exposed as a vicious
sexual predator who showed no remorse for rape and murder. Evidence against
him included his penchant for calling girlfriends from phone booths near
many of the crime scenes. He also transmitted genital herpes to several
of his surviving victims. On a celebrity side note, the prosecuting attorney
that convicted Randy was Chris Van Dyke, the son of celebrated comedian
Dick Van Dyke.
While in jail, Randy continued his volumes of correspondence to many different
women to whom he professed his innocence. Once he realized he was not getting
out of jail, Randy started writing to women in other Oregon penitentiaries.
One of his jailhouse conquest was Diane Downs, another celebrity killer
who made headlines when she shot herself and her three children to get
rid of them and win back her married lover.
Although it is believed that Randy committed up to 13 murders, he was only
tried for three receiving life plus 190 years. Many other counties -- including
Shasta County in California -- wanted to get their hands on Randy and give
their victims their day in court. But as it became obvious that Randy would
never be free again many saw the financial burden that would be incurred
by such a high profile case and decided not to prosecute.
Lester Suff (13+) William Suff is California's latest serial
killer. In 1974 Will and his then wife were convicted of beating their
two-month-old daughter to death. Although he was sentenced to seventy years
in the Big House he was out on parole by 1984. Too bad for the twelve or
more prostitutes he subsequently raped, stabbed, strangled and sometimes
mutilated in Riverside County. His alleged killing spree started in 1986.
On January 9, 1993, he was arrested after a routine traffic stop.
A Doctor Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde type, Suff worked as a government stock clerk
who helped deliver the furniture for the task force investigating his killing
spree. He liked to impersonate police officers and cooked a mean chili
at office picnics. It is rumored that his sometimes added human flesh to
his price wining chili. He was also writing a book about dogs that went
berserk and started killing people. Furthermore, he enjoyed vanity plates
and was an avid volunteer in the county's car-pooling program. All this
perhaps explaining his deadly behavior.
On July 19, 1995, Willie was found guilty of killing 12 prostitutes although
police think that he might be responsible for up to 22 deaths. On November
1995, he was condemned to death by a jury in Riverside, California. After
the trial, the prosecuting Mr DA, Paul Zellerbach, told the foreman and
four other members of the jury that they suspected that Suff used the breast
of one of his victims in his prize winning chili.
Peter Sutcliffe (13+) Between 1975 and 1984 Petie
was known as the "Yorkshire Ripper" as he terrorized hookers
around Northern England with his hammer and other instruments of torture.
A former mortuary worker, Pete spoke with God frequently who ordered him
to go out and hunt prostitutes. A true Christian, Pete did as the Lord
said. Luckily, he also enjoyed the job and would cum as he hammered and
stabbed his victims to death. Police were frustrated with numerous false
confessions they received during their search for him. On January 2, 1981,
he was finally caught sitting in a car with a prostitute. While in custody
he confessed everything. Pete is also suspected of having killed and maimed
several other women in France and Sweden during his travels abroad.
Li Wenxian (13) This farmer
from the southern Guangdong province in China is the only entry in the
Archives heralding from the People's Republic of China. Li, 44, reportedly
strangled and stabbed 13 women and smashed their heads with a hammer out
of revenge for being cheated by a prostitute when he first moved to Canton,
Guangdong's provincial capital, to work in construction.
In all, Li took 17 women to an area in east Canton between April 1992 and
November 1996. 13 women were murdered and one was seriously hurt. On December
18, 1996, the Canton Intermediate People's Court sentenced Li to death
for crimes including murder, rape and robbery.
Johannes Mashiane (13) Known as "The Beast of
Atteridgeville," this South African, slayer sodomized and killed 12
boys by either strangling or stoning them. In October 1989 the lethal sodomite
died when he jumped under a bus in Marabastad while being chased by police.
An intended 13th victim, who Mashiane had left for dead, survived to tell
the tale. Mashiane committed this spate of serial slaughter after serving
a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.
Shawcross (13) This unrepentant cannibal munched on two Vietnamese
girls during his tour of duty in 'Nam. Art believed that the spirit of
one thirteenth-century cannibal, "Ariemes," possessed his body
and taught him the finer points of eating human flesh. In 1988 he was released
from prison after serving fifteen years for strangling two children. Right
about then Ariemes came back and helped Art with a twenty-month murder
spree in which he bagged and chewed on eleven women. Once in custody Art
detailed his cannibalistic deeds explaining that he was possessed by his
shrewish mother's spirit (as well as Ariemes). Mom, it seems, enjoyed ramming
broomsticks up his ass when he was young. Curiously, in 1990, Art received
ten write-in votes during New York's gubernatorial race.
Herbert Mullin (13) This acid-dropping,
pot-smoking flower child was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by
his high school class. After a stint in a mental institution he started
hearing voices that told him to do strange things, like burn his dick with
a cigarette. Then the voices started coming from strangers asking him to
put them out of their misery. Good Herb was happy to comply. After thirteen
acts of mercy police arrested him. Herb believed that the deaths during
the Vietnam war worked as sacrifices that kept California from sliding
into the ocean during a cataclysmic earthquake. With the end of the war,
Herb was telepathically told by his father to continue with the human sacrifice
to save California from the big one. And, of course, Herb did as he was
Albert DeSalvo (13) In the mid
sixties Al was known as the Boston Strangler. His great hands, voracious
sex drive and violent nature led him to talk his way into women's houses
where he raped and strangled them. As a child he boasted of being able
to cum five or six times a day. As an adult his frigid wife was no match
for his eternal horniness. What characterized his killing style was that
he left naked corpses carefully and provocatively posed with the strangulating
chords tied in ornamental bows around their necks. Some believe that DeSalvo
was not responsible for the killings and that in fact George Nassar, his
cell mate at Bridgewater, had struck a deal with him so he would take the
blame as DeSalvo was already facing a life sentence for his multiple rape
Joseph Christopher (13) Another racist rampager. Christopher,
a mentally disturbed GI started killing black men in upstate New York in
September 22, 1980. By the time he left Buffalo the city was about to erupt
into an all-out race war with black leaders claiming no police protection
and talking about a deadly paramilitary racist force. Christopher went
to Manhattan on December 22 and was able bag four victims and maim a fifth
in less than thirteen hours. He was arrested in Fort Benning on January
6 after he tried to stab a black GI.
Marie Besnard (13)
Jack Unterweger (12+) Jack, the son of a Austrian
streetwalker and an American soldier, received his first life sentence
at age 25 when he strangled a prostitute with her bra because she reminded
him of his mother. Subsequently he admitted to the crime explaining "I
envisioned my mother in front of me, and I killed her." While in jail
Jack wrote a series of short stories, plays and an autobiography that made
him the darling of the Viennese cafe-intellectuals. Hailed as a model for
rehabilitation, Jack was granted parole in 1990.
A free man, Jack became a knight in shining armor of the Austrian literary
elite. Within months of his release his success as a writer translated
into expensive suits, fancy cars and regular appearances in local talk
shows. However, not truly reformed, Jack did keep up with his old habit
of strangling prostitutes for kicks to the tune of at least six dead.
In 1991 he was hired to write an article about prostitution in Los Angeles.
While on assignment he got to travel in an LAPD patrol car. He also managed
to squeeze in the murder of three prostitutes before returning back to
By February, 1992, police in Austria issued a warrant for his arrest linking
him to the deaths of eight women. By then Jack escaped with his 18-year-old
girlfriend to Switzerland, Paris and New York, pausing along the way to
call newspapers and talk shows in Austria to proclaim his innocence. Following
a credit card trail left by the fugitive couple, they were arrested by
Interpol in Miami, Florida. While in custody his girlfriend explained they
sought refuge in Miami because she "liked Don Johnson."
Unterweger was eventually deported back to Austria where he was indicted
for the murders of 11 prostitutes, including three from Los Angeles. On
June 28, 1994 a jury in Graz, Austria, found him guilty of nine of murders
and acquitted him of two others. The next morning prison guards found him
dead in his cell hanging from a curtain rod.
Southside Slayer (12+) The Southside Slayer has tallied
at least twelve black "strawberries" (crack-addicted prostitutes)
in Los Angeles since 1984. In 1993, after denying the existence of a serial
killer wiping out "strawberries" in South Central, authorities
arrested a black policemen in connection to the killings. The man proved
to be innocent. The whole incident ruined his life and his career in the
police department. No one would blame him if he started his own killing
spree. However, the real killer is still at large and at work in the streets
of Los Angeles. Presently he is at twelve confirmed hits and counting.
Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez (12+) Known in
the late 40s as the "Lonely-Hearts Killers" for their lethal
swindling of lovelorn widows answering personal adds. Raymond, although
Hawaiian, billed himself as a sexy Latin Lover. Martha, tipping the scale
at a whooping 280 pounds, was no buttercup of love. Strangely, when they
met, it was love at first sight. Maybe it was because their mutual love
for swindling and kinky sex. Together, with Martha posing as Ray's sister,
they bilked elderly spinsters and widows of their savings before murdering
them if they offered resistance.
When they were arrested Martha and Ray confessed to 12 killings, though
it's believed the actual number is closer to 20. At their trial they kept
cooing, holding hands and seemed not to be able to get enough of each other.
Their plead of not guilty by reason of insanity was ignored and on August
22, 1949 the deadly lovers were sentenced to death. After numerous appeals,
on March 8, 1951 they were executed side by side in Sing Sing prison.
"The Cleveland Torso Murderer" (12+) Also
known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run. Another elusive killer that
was never caught. His official tally was 12, but some believe that he killed
up to 40. His bloody rampage spanned from 1935 to 1938. Some believe he
was active from 1923 to 1950. He decapitated most of his victims and cut
off their limbs. Unwittingly he caused the downfall of Eliot Ness who failed
to capture him. The Mad Butcher apparently was very knowledgeable of anatomy
leading many to believe he might have been a surgeon. The Butcher's precise
cutting style also linked him to the Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles.
Ness believed the Butcher was a medical student from a prominent and politically
active Cleveland family. The name of the suspect was never released due
to the family's powerful connections. Curiously, the murders stopped in
August of 1938 when Ness forced the student doctor into a hospital. The
killings resumed briefly in 1950 when he was let out and stopped when he
was hospitalized once again n.
In 1939 the sheriff's department extracted a confession from a Bohemian
immigrant named Frank Dolezal. When the confession was questioned Dolezal
recanted and was soon found hanged in his jail cell. It is believed his
apparent suicide was in fact a cover-up for the brutal treatment he received
from the police.
Rosemary & Fred West (12+) Rosemary
and her husband Fred West, were accused of murdering 10 women and young
girls over a 16 year period ending in 1987. They enjoyed luring away vulnerable
runaways with offers of rides, lodging or jobs as nannies. Once in their
clutches inside their "House of Horrors", the young women were
stripped, bound with tape, raped, tortured, then killed, dismembered and
buried. The killer couple was arrested at their lethal homestead, 25 Cromwell
Street, Gloucester, England in 1994. Police, armed with a search warrant,
dug up the remains of their 16 year old daughter, Heather, who vanished
in 1987. Further excavations under the house and in garden produced eight
more female bodies, including Rosemary's stepdaughter, Charmaine.
One more body was found under the kitchen of a former home at 25 Midland
Road, Gloucester. Fred hanged himself in jail New Years Day, 1995. He also
faced two further charges of murdering his ex wife and a baby-sitter and
burying them in fields near his former home. Authorities believe that Fred
probably killed more women. Rosemary, an admitted prostitute, still maintains
her innocence. However, on November 22, 1995, she was convicted of 10 murders.
Authorities are investigating the whereabouts of nine other missing women
who frequented their home.
Johann Hoch (12+)
"Northwest Serial Killer" (12+) The disappearances of
12 women and the slaying of 29 others in the counties of King, Pierce and
Snohomish in Washington State are being considered as the work of a possible
Authorities do not believe these slayings, which began in 1985, have been
perpetrated by the "Green River Killer" because there have been
too few of them. The "Green River Killer" was very prolific,
killing as many as five women in a month. However, this new killer shares
some habits with the notorious murderer: he abducts mostly prostitutes,
kills them, and leaves their bodies in rural areas.
Eugene V. Britt (11+) This Gary,
Indiana, convicted rapist charged with the strangling of an 8-year-old
girl confessed to killing the youngster and at least 10 other people. During
his eight-hour confession on the 7 of November, 1995, he told police where
to find three bodies, one of which was discovered immediately. Obviously
this will not be the last we'll hear from Britt. We will update the Archives
as the news reports
Jane Toppan (11+)
Joseph Vacher (11+)
"Grand Rapids Serial Killer" (11) Authorities
are puzzled by the slayings of 11 women -- nine of which were prostitutes
-- in and around the Grand Rapids area. "When this started, the reaction
we heard was rather casual, like the women who had been killed were too
careless. But then more and more bodies were found."
The first victim, Lesa Otberg, 25, of Grand Rapids, was discovered in March
1994 in nearby Muskegon. Eight months later, another body, still unidentified,
was found in neighboring Ottawa County. The others have been in the Grand
Rapids area, including five since August, 1996. The latest victim was Victoria
Moore, 29, whose decomposed body was spotted by a squirrel hunter two weeks
ago 20 miles north of the city.
Police aren't certain they are dealing with a serial killer. "We're
not denying that it's a possibility," said Lt. Carol Price, a spokeswoman
for the 15-member task force assigned to the case. "But we don't concentrate
on that theory to the exclusion of others."
At least five of the 11 victims had contacts with the Rose Haven Ministry,
a sanctuary for prostitutes. Most of the victims have been young white
women with dark hair.
Charlie Starkweather & Caril Ann Fugate (11) Standing
at five feet two inches, Charles Starkweather hated everyone he saw. Everyone
except his fourteen year old girlfriend Caril Ann. On January 21, 1958,
Charlie got into an argument with Caril's parents and settled it the only
way he knew -- shooting her mother and stepfather. Then he rammed his gun
barrel down Caril's two-year-old sister's throat and choked her to death
while Caril watched the tube. A few days later, after the local authorities
became suspicious, the two went on the run killing with reckless abandon.
After eluding a two-hundred member posse chasing them through Nebraska,
they were captured in Wyoming where they turned on each other. The movie
Badlands with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek was based on their exploits.
Charlie was fried in June 1959 and Caril got life. She was paroled in 1976.
Robert Clifford Olson (11) A Vancouver, British Columbia,
native, this police informer spent most of his life in trouble with the
law. Between 1957 and 1981 he logged ninety-four arrests. His murderous
reign of terror around Vancouver started in November of 1980 with the abduction
and slaughter of a twelve-year-old girl. His specialty was killing youngsters
and enjoyed offing the occasional hitchhiker whenever the chance arose.
In August 1981 Olson was arrested when he picked up two female hitchhikers.
After striking a deal with the prosecution, Cliffy confessed to a string
of killings. Somehow Olson was able to convince authorities to pay his
wife and child $10,000 per proven kill. By confessing to eleven kills,
Cliff's family collected a nice chunk of change. On January 11, 1982, Clifford
was sentenced to eleven concurrent life terms.
While in jail, Anything-for-a-buck-Cliff announced through his lawyer in
March, 1996 that he had registered with Canada's copyright office to protect
his proposed video series offering psychological insights. Cliff plans
to call the video, "Motivational Sexual Homicide Patterns of Serial
Child Killer Clifford Robert Olson."
Vaughn Greenwood (11) In 1974-75 the LAPD found six
downtown derelicts with their throats slashed and their bodies bearing
signs of ritualistic abuse. They had cups of blood next to them, salt sprinkled
around the outlines of their heads and cryptic marks scribbled around the
slash wounds. When the cops announced that the killer was probably "a
blond, sexually impotent and cowardly homosexual," Greenwood, a black
man, was obviously not on their list of suspects. Eventually he was arrested
after he axed someone next to Burt Reynold's house. The police linked him
to the skid row murders and four others. Surely he must have been wearing
a blond wig or something when he was committing his crimes.
Juan Rodriguez Chavez (11) Juan,
a Texan murder parolee, confessed to having killed 11 people for money
or just the "thrill of killing". He was jailed on October 17,
1995, and charged with six slayings. Prosecutors are now preparing to charge
him with the 5 other deaths. All the killings were committed between March
and July of 1995. Juan was very busy on July 2 when he killed 5 people.
Three of them were shot and ran over by his car, another was shot while
talking on a pay phone and the last victim of the day was shot in a robbery.
Two days later he shot two men in the parking lot of a tire shop and, moments
later, another man was killed outside a nearby apartment building.
Marie Alexandrine Becker (11)
Henry Landru (11) Arrested in 1919 in France for the
murder of 10 women. He professed his love for them and promised to marry
them. Instead he would kill, dismember and torch his sweethearts. He was
guillotined in 1922 without ever admitting his crimes.
Richard Angelo (10+) A former Boy Scout, Rich always
wanted to be the hero. That's why this portly nurse pumped muscle paralyzer
and other dangerous drugs into the intravenous bottles of his patients
in the emergency room of the Good Samaritan Hospital in Long Island, NY.
On October 11, 1987 his gig ran afoul when he told a patient, "I'm
going to make you feel better," and injected Pavulon in his intravenous
tube. Immediately the man felt numbness and had difficulty breathing. However,
he was able to buzz another nurse who saved his life. The next day Richard's
locker and home were searched and his killing utensils were found. Ever
since Angelo started working the graveyard shift in the Good Samaritan
there had been thirty-seven "Code Blue" emergencies leaving twenty-five
patients dead. Prosecutors have only charged Angelo with ten of the deaths.
Kenneth Bianchi & Angelo Buono (10+) These killer
cousins started their reign of terror in LA in 1977 and became known as
the "Hillside Strangler." They liked to impersonate cops, pick
up hookers, rape and kill them. They enjoyed leaving their corpses in provocative
positions in hillsides east of Hollywood. When Kenny moved to Bellingham,
Washington, the killings stopped. Bored with the small town life, Ken decided
to get back to his old habits. He proceeded to kill two more women before
being arrested. Bianchi is also suspected of at least three more killings
in Rochester, New York, before his glory days in L.A.
While in custody Ken feigned being possessed by a violent alter ego named
"Steve Walker." In prison he was contacted by a strange twenty-three
year old woman named Veronica Lynn Comton who was seeking information for
a book about a female serial killer. Together they hatched a plan to free
him in which Veronica would take a sample of his sperm, kill a woman and
deposit the sperm sample in her. Though a good idea, it never worked. Instead,
it landed Veronica in jail.
Martin Dumollard (10+)
Kemper III (10) Ed Kemper's mom thought her son was "a
real weirdo." He had a near-genius IQ hidden within his lanky body
and twisted mind. As a child he liked playing execution and once told his
sister that if he were to love someone they would first have to be dead.
As a teenager mom forced Ed to live in the basement so he wouldn't scare
When he was fourteen he killed his grandparents to get back at his mother
during her second honeymoon. He said he wanted to see how it felt to kill
grandma. Consequently he was sent to Atascadero State Hospital for the
criminally insane. There Eddie grew into a strapping six-foot-nine-inch
In the early seventies Ed was released from the hospital and went to live
with his overbearing mother. Mom had moved to Santa Cruz where she was
working in the state college. In 1972, after a particular vicious argument
with mom, Ed left the house knowing he was going to kill someone. That
night, a hapless female hitchhiker was the first to fall prey to Ed's Oedipal
Over the ensuing years, with the help of his campus pass obtained through
his mother, Ed became known as the "Coed Killer" . He enjoyed
decapitating his victims and having sex with their headless corpses. Sometimes
he buried the heads of his victims outside his house facing his mother's
bedroom window because she always wanted people "to look up to her."
He took Polaroid's of his accomplishments and occasionally had one of his
girls for dinner. Later he confessed that his acts of cannibalism
were because, "I wanted them to be a part of me- and now they are."
Once he visited his court-appointed psychiatrist with a head in the trunk
of his car. Curiously, the psychiatrist thought he was doing great and
he was really well adjusted.
At the time Ed was killing there were two other maniacs, John
Lindley Frazier and Herbert Mullin, operating
in proximity. Police were baffled by the amount of bodies appearing around
their peaceful and bucolic surfer community. Kemper, who always wanted
to be a cop, was fascinated with the investigation of his and the other
crimes. He became friendly with the investigating officers and frequented
their favorite haunts to grill them for grisly details.
Like Ed Gein, Kemper liked killing women who reminded
him of his mother. On Easter Sunday 1973 he went after the root of his
problem. Ed, the consumate mother's boy, beat her head in, then decapitated
her and threw her vocal chords down the garbage disposal. When he turned
it on, they chords came flying back out. Kemper later told police, "even
when she was dead, she was still bitching at me. I couldn't get her to
shut up!" Then he decided to use her head as a dart board. Not satisfied,
he called mom's best friend, invited her over and killed her too. After,
he drove to Colorado where he called his cop friends and confessed. At
first they thought he was kidding. What they found at his mom's house made
them change their mind. Ed now resides in the Vacaville Prison where he
is their model serial killer prisoner with a heart of gold.
Siswanto (10) On August 6,
1996, Siswanto, a homeless Indonesian man, confessed to killing 10 boys
and leaving their mutilated bodies on the streets. Like many Indonesians,
Siswanto uses only one name. After his arrest, he admitted to sexually
molesting his victims, ages 9 to 15, before killing them. The dead youngsters
were found with their stomachs slashed open, and most were naked. Siswanto
told police he enjoyed drinking the blood of his victims and sometimes
kept pieces of their skin.
His 18-month killing spree started in December 1994. The last victim was
found on July 5, 1996. Eight of the killings took place in Jakarta and
two in the city of Pekalongan in central Java.
Gerald & Charlene Gallego (10) In 1955 Gerald's
father was executed in Mississippi's gas chamber for killing two cops.
As luck would have it, Gerald turned out meaner that his pop. When he was
thirteen he was arrested for raping a six-year-old girl. Years later he
was arrested for having sex with his teen-age daughter. After four or five
marriages he settled down with Charlene Williams who he told her he was
impotent. The only cure for it, he said, was frequent sex with virgins.
All in the name of love, Charlene helped him out with his misfortune by
rounding up "sex-slaves" who he raped and murdered.
Bobby Joe Long (10) A distant cousin
of Henry Lee Lucas, Bobby suffered from a hereditary
disorder in which he had an extra "X" chromosome which made his
glands produce abnormal amounts of estrogen. In other words, Bobby had
To add to his confusion his mother slept with him until he was thirteen.
After suffering a head injury from a motorcycle accident, Bobby Joe turned
into a lust machine. He masturbated five times a day in addition to the
two daily sessions with his wife. Not satisfied he began stalking for new
dates. From 1980 to 1983 Bobby was busy raping fifty women in the Miami/Fort
Lauderdale area. In 1984 he graduated to murder. His victims of choice
were prostitutes whom he considered scum. He also kept a detailed file
with all the clippings of his crime spree. In November 17, 1984, he was
arrested and in early 1985 he received the death penalty.
David J. Carpenter (10) In 1961, at age thirty-three,
David started demonstrating his psychotic tendencies when he attacked a
woman with a hammer. After a stint in jail, a prison break, and another
stint in jail, he came out a reformed man. In 1978 he relocated to San
Francisco to work in a print shop. By August 1979 he was back to his old
tricks. He started killing mostly women in hiking trails in Tamalpais State
Park in San Francisco. He cruelly shot and stabbed his victims as they
knelt and pled for their lives. By the end of 1980, after six murders by
the "Trailside Killer," authorities linked him with the Zodiac
Killer. By 1981 he had moved his hunting grounds to trails as far away
as Santa Cruz. In May 1, 1981, police went to the print shop to investigate
the whereabouts of Heather Scaggs, his ninth victim, who disappeared after
he gave her a ride home from work. There they recognized him from the "Trailside
Killer" police sketches and arrested him. Evidence linked him to the
some of the murder weapons and the murder of another woman who he knew.
Henry Louis Wallace(9+) Confessed
serial killer Henry Wallace was convicted of murdering nine women, all
co-workers at Charlotte- area fast food restaurants, friends of his sister
or friends of a former girlfriend. Uncharacteristically Wallace preyed
on acquaintances, a very rare trait in serial killing.
Wallace was arrested in March 1994 after a burst of four slayings in three
weeks which led police to suspect for the first time that there was a serial
killer was at work. . and gave police taped statements detailing how he
had murdered 10 women in Charlotte, most through strangulation after raping
them in their homes. The serial murders occurred in a 22-month killing
spree that ended with Wallace's arrest.
Charlotte police were criticized for not making an arrest sooner. Black
residents were particularly critical, saying the police should have realized
similarities in the murders -- the victims were young black women who had
been strangled. Some were also stabbed. But police denied charges of racism,
responding that Wallace, who is also black, did not fit the general profile
of a serial killer. Wallace was described by police as intelligent and
charming, and with a heavy crack habit, apparently was able to talk his
way in. Before he left some of the murder scenes, Wallace sometimes wiped
off fingerprints and washed his victims. In one case, he poured rum on
one victim's body and set fire to her apartment to obscure the cause of
Wallace told police he returned to the apartment of his final victim, Debra
Slaughter, to smoke crack after he had strangled her and stabbed her 38
times. Then he put on her Chicago White Sox jacket, grabbed a beer from
her refrigerator and left.
"It was like an out-of-body experience," he said of one slaying.
"It was like I didn't want to, but something or somebody was taking
over my body, and I couldn't even stop when I tried to stop." "If
he elected to become a serial killer, he was going about it in the wrong
way," said Robert Ressler, one of the "Mr. Wallace always seemed
to take one step forward and two steps back," Ressler testified. "He
would take items and put them in the stove to destroy them by burning them
and then forget to turn the stove on."
Operation Enigma(9+) A new predator
seems to be on the loose in Britain. The similarities are obvious: nine
women all strangled or beaten to death, and their bodies dumped half-clothed
or naked on open ground. Nearly all victims were prostitutes. They have
died over a seven-year period, each in a different police districts. The
common features suggest that the various investigating teams could be chasing
the same killer.
On May 26. 1996, in order to find out whether or not they are dealing with
a serial killer, British authorities launched Operation Enigma. The files
on the unsolved murders of scores of women over the past decade have been
reopened and police will be harnessing the skills of criminologists at
home and abroad, including the psychological profilers of the FBI.
The killings go back to January 1987, when 27-year-old prostitute and heroin
addict Marina Monti's partially clothed body was discovered on waste ground
near Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London. She had been strangled and
beaten. Next was Janine Downes, 22, also a prostitute. Her half-naked body
was found in a hedge near the Wolverhampton to Telford road in February
1991. She, too, had been severely beaten and then strangled. The other
seven victims followed a similar pattern.
"From the general information, such an individual is likely to be
personable and not stand out. He is able to blend in because he can approach
and solicit victims," former FBI profiler, Richard Ault told authorities.
According to Ault such a man would be employed and probably falls into
what the FBI categorizes as the "organized" killer-- someone
of above-average intelligence, socially competent, often living with a
woman and driving a well-maintained car who kills after some stressful
However the British police are skeptical of the FBI's profiling and computer
referencing techniques. They prefer to find their killers the old fashioned
way. James Dickinson, an assistant chief constable of Essex police, who
is coordinating Enigma, acknowledges some common traits in the nine separate
murder inquiries but points out that the investigating teams, having considered
all the relevant information, "do not feel that there were sufficient
grounds to formally link the nine inquiries."
Calvin Jackson (9+) Calvin did not like to stray away
from home. That's why he did most of his killings in the Park Plaza Hotel
in Manhattan where he lived. He heard voices telling him to kill old people
and was happy to comply. He enjoyed raping his victims before and after
death. He was arrested while he was carrying a stolen TV down a fire escape.
He was also suspected, although never convicted, of five additional killings
Kurten (9) Pete was born in 1883 in Germany. A product of a
brutally unhappy childhood, Peter got his kicks by strangling squirrels
and beating off dogs. When he was nine he helped two boys drown in a boating
accident. As a teen-age he graduated to fucking sheep and goats and knifing
them to achieve orgasm.
From 1905 to 1921 Pete was constantly in jail. Once he was out he was free
to kill with impunity. Pete earned the moniker "The Vampire of Dusseldorf"
because he enjoyed drinking the blood of his victims. He also killed animals
when he was feeling thirsty. On occasion he delighted in setting fires
to abandoned buildings hoping to roast whatever transients might be sleeping
Like most sexual sadists, Peter also lived a seemingly "normal"
life. His wife never imagined such a mild mannered man could be responsible
for such ruthless killings. When confessed to the police his wife, who
was sitting next to him, fainted. Peter proceeded to give police a detailed
recounting of 77 criminal acts over ten years. While in jail Peter had
many orgasm just thinking about his crimes. He also enjoyed returning to
his crime scenes where he would instantly cum' in his pants. His last wish
was "to hear his own blood filling the sack," during his decapitation.
His wish came true on July 2, 1931.
Ian Brady & Myra Hindley (9)
Ian and Myra met while working for a chemical company in Hyde, Greater
Manchester, England. She thought he was quite an intellectual as he sat
in the lunch room reading Mein Kampf in German. As their love blossomed
they became more obsessed with Nazi paraphernalia, pornography and sadism.
At first they enjoyed shooting pictures of themselves in the buff and in
S & M drag. They thought they could crack the local porn market with
their pictures but failed. Soon they moved into child abduction and murder.
Most of their victims were children whom they sexually molested before
killing. These sadist lovebirds liked to document their murderous deeds.
They kept an extensive collection of photographs of their victims as well
as a recording of the screams of one girl's torturous end. They were arrested
after Ian bragged about his killings to Myra's brother-in-law. When the
brother-in-law doubted his ability to kill, Ian smoked a young man right
in front of him. The brother-in-law did not react appropriately. Instead
of showing admiration, he went to the cops. Twenty years after their arrest,
Ian confessed to four new murders the police had never linked to them.
In December 1995, Hindley, who is in the same jail in northern England
as fellow serial killer Rosemary West, gave her first
public account of her crime spree, admitting she had been wicked and corrupt
but claiming she was now a changed woman. Hindley described herself as
a political prisoner who was being used as a scapegoat by politicians and
the media. The formerly montruous killer said: "The majority of people
don't want to accept that people like myself can change, They prefer to
keep me frozen in time together with that awful mugshot so that their attitudes,
beliefs and perceptions can remain intact." On February, 1997, her
lawyers made a plea to win her release. However, a London Superior Court
decreed that Myra will spend the rest of her life behind bars with no possibility
Melvin David Rees (9) Rees was a Benzedrine-popping,
jazz saxophonist with a voracious appetite for sex and death. In the late
fifties he terrorized the roads between Maryland and Virginia. A vicious
sex-slayer, he also had a taste for necrophilia. He kept several cabins
where he collected pornography and autopsy photos. He also wrote journals
detailing his acts of murder and other lurid tales of real and imaginary
sadism. In 1961 the state of Virginia executed him.
Christopher Wilder (8+) Australian
born Chris Wilder was a big-spending, jet-setting, race-car driving, bon
vivant who was always searching for beautiful women to rape and kill. Using
the old I'm-a-photographer-in-search-of-models trick he bagged at least
eight victims in a bi-continental rape and murder spree. He sometimes enjoyed
practicing a type of homemade electroshock therapy on his victims. Once
he glued one of his victims eyes shut. In the spring of 1984 he kidnapped
Tina Marie Risico from a Torrance, California, mall and, after raping her
repeatedly, forced her to assist him with his killings. As they drove eastward
Wilder enjoyed watching the news reports about his crime spree. When they
reached Boston he dropped Tina Marie at the airport and sent her back home
to California. On April 13 he was spotted by a passing state trooper and
accidentally shot himself dead while struggling for his gun.
Dorothea Puente (8+) Dorothea operated a boarding
house in Sacramento, California where she offered quality lodgings for
elderly people on fixed incomes. She also offered poison and a bed of flowers
to bury their corpses in. As she offed her boarders she kept cashing their
social security checks. In 1988, after too many of her boarders disappeared,
cops showed up with shovels and unearthed seven corpses from her garden.
Curiously, Dorothea's boarding house was six blocks away from the home
of Morris Solomon where previously six bodies had
been found. Another body discovered in the Sacramento River in 1986 was
added to her hit list. It's believed that she might have killed up to twenty-five
others. She was arrested in Los Angeles on November 17, 1988 after she
inquired about an acquaintance's disability check and offered to fix him
a nice Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.
Gary & Thaddeus Lewingdon (8+)
David & Catherine Birnie (8+)
The Bender Family (8+)
"I-70/I-35 Killer" (8+) Police are searching
for a man who has killed five women and a man in at least three Midwestern
states and three more women in Texas. Their prime suspect is male in his
mid-20s to early 30s. He is described as thin, 5-foot-7, with sandy blond
hair with a reddish tint and a day-old beard. During a 29-day killing spree
in 1992, the killer preyed on female shop clerks within a mile or two of
the interstates. His male victim had long hair and a earring, leading authorities
to believe the killer thought he was a woman. He robbed most of his victims,
but as an afterthought. Clearly, his main intention was murder. After 29
days the killer disappeared from the Midwest. Authorities believed he was
in jail or dead until 1993 when he started killing in Texas. There he bagged
between two and four more women.
Gregory Breeden (8+) Greg, believed
to have killed at least 8 prostitutes in and around Kansas City, has only
been charged with two. Chatty Greg confessed one of the killings to a cell
mate in prison. He is currently being tried in Missouri for two murders.
There have been about 77 prostitutes reported missing in and around Kansas
City since the late '70's. Furthermore, several torsos and other surgically
removed body parts have turned up in area rivers suggesting the existence
of other serial killers in the area or a rising body count for busy Greg.
Vladimir Mukhankin (8)In January,
1997, Vladimir Mukhankin, 36, pleaded guilty to murdering eight women in
Rostov-a-Don, the former stomping grounds of Andrei Chikatilo, Russia's
most infamous serial killer. Vladimir was sentenced to death for his murderous
"The I-75 Killers"(8) Two women, pretending
to be damsels in distress, have smoked eight men between 1989 and 1991
on I-75 in Florida. All the victims were middle-aged men driving alone.
All were shot with a .22-caliber gun and their bodies were dumped in out-of-the-way
places. After an accident near the town of Orange Springs involving the
car of the last victim, a paramedic and a fireman spoke to two women believed
to have been the occupants of the car. The women refused offers of help
and promptly disappeared. One of the suspected killers has shoulder-length
blond hair and may have a heart-shaped tattoo on her arm. The other was
described as stocky and dark-haired.
"Colonial Parkway Killer" (8) There is a
serial killer in Virginia that they have yet to catch dubbed the "Colonial
Parkway Killer." To date he has killed four couples-- a gay female
couple in 1986, followed by a couple in 1987 and two in 1988. One couple
is presumed dead and is still missing. The killer likes to abduct the lovers
from their vehicles and kill them, leaving them on I-64 near New Kent County
behind a rest area, or on the Colonial Parkway (2 sets here) in their vehicle
or as the final couple---whereabouts unknown. One couple was left at a
remote site at Ragged Island, off the James River near Smithfield. This
killer is still at large to this date.
Gregory Clepper (8) On May 2,
1996, Clepper was charged with strangling eight women. His last victim
was found stuffed in the closet of his bedroom. Police said Gregory was
waiting for his mother to help him dispose of the body. Clepper, 28, a
resident of Chicago's South Side, preyed on drug-addicted prostitutes who
he killed after they objected to his refusal to pay for sex.
Clepper, a classic sexual predator, told detectives when he was arrested
at a relative's house, "I knew it was just a matter of time. I'm glad
it's over. " An acquaintance turned him in after he had boasted about
one of the slayings. The killings began in 1991. Some of the victims were
dumped in garbage bins around Chicago's South Side. The most recent corpse,
Patricia Scott, 30, was found April 24 in a trash container behind Calumet
High School. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. Clepper apparently
killed Scott a day earlier at the home he shared with his mother, Gladys
Clepper, who along with a friend was charged with helping dispose of the
Mrs. Clepper, 46, was charged with one count of concealing a homicide.
Eric Henderson, 30, was charged with two counts of concealing a homicide.
Apparently Eric witnessed the murder of an earlier victim and helped dispose
of her body too. With his arrest, Clepper is the third serial slayer arrested
in Chicago's South Side in less than a year. The other two killers, Hubert
Geralds and Ralph Harris were arrested in 1995.
Reginald Christie (8) Reggie's sexual inadequacies
made him a very angry man. In the 1940s and 1950s this British maniac killed
at least five prostitutes, his wife, another woman and her baby daughter.
He also kept a collection of clipped pubic hairs, some of which did not
match any of his known victims. He liked to render his victims unconscious
and then strangle and fuck them simultaneously. He enjoyed "a quiet,
peaceful thrill" when he was killing. Strangely the husband of one
of the women he killed confessed to the murder but then recanted and accused
Christie. Not knowing who to believe, the police hanged the confessor.
When Christie moved out of his flat, the new tenant found three corpses
hidden in the cupboard, Christie's dead wife under the floorboards and
two more bodies buried in the garden. He was hanged in 1953.
Keith Jesperson (8) This 40-year-old
trucker is presently in jail in Washington state awaiting sentencing for
kidnapping, raping and strangling a woman in March, 1995. Keith, bothered
by his guilty conscience, confessed to killing eight women throughout five
states. He was dubbed the "Happy Face Killer" by authorities
after he started sending neatly printed letters to the media with happy
faces drawn at the top in which he boasted of his deeds.
After leading police to the purse of one of his presumed victims, authorities
realized that they had wrongfully convicted two people for the killing.
In 1990, Laverne Pavlinac told police she held a rope around Taunja Bennett's
neck while her boyfriend John Sosnovske raped and killed her. She then
recanted and said that she invented the story to get out of their abusive
10-year relationship. Nevertheless they were convicted and jailed for more
than four years. On November 27, 1995, they were released from prison by
an Oregon judge. Jesperson, the real killer, cried out of happiness for
John Norman Collins (8) Believed to have killed 7
women from 1967 to 1969, John Norman Collins was only convicted of one
murder and sentenced to life. As of yet he has not confessed to any other
deaths. The "Michigan Murders," as they were called, were very
brutal and occurred around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area. John is suspected
of having murdered more women from Michigan to California during a cross-country
trek in a stolen camper.
Alton Coleman & Debra Brown (8) Alton Coleman,
a black man, thought other blacks were forcing him to kill members of his
race. He was diagnosed by a prison psychiatrist as having pansexual propensities,
that is, willingness "to have intercourse with any object, women,
men, children, whatever." In the summer of 1984, he teamed up with
twenty-one year old Debra Brown for a brutal rampage across the midwest.
They were arrested in Evanston, Illinois, after a crime spree in which
they committed a new act of violence each day. Alton was sentenced to death.
Jean-Baptiste Troppmann (8)
A Portuguese serial killer dubbed the "Lisbon Ripper" is being
hunted across Europe. He is being sought by police in Portugal and four
countries where he has killed. The "Ripper" is believed to have
killed at least seven women since 1992, three in Portugal and one each
in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark and The Netherlands. All his victims,
the last of whom was murdered late last year, were young, drug-dependant
The consistent pattern of the murders has convinced Portuguese police and
Interpol that the killings were committed by the same man. Victims have
been strangled, then disembowelled with a shard of glass. On no occasion
has there been evidence of rape. The killer is believed to be a white male,
between 35 and 40 years-old, tall, with a pathological hatred of women,
and probably suffering from AIDS. Police think that he may be a truck driver
whose work takes him across Europe.
Robert Berdella (7+) Another from the maniac-with-a-heart-of-gold
file. Bob ran a booth in the Westport Flea Market in Kansas City where
he sold earrings that sported human teeth and skulls in it. All his neighbors
thought he was a strange but harmless fellow. That is, until April 2, 1988,
when a man jumped from the second floor window of Bob's house wearing nothing
but a dog collar. That definitely caught the neighbors' attention. A subsequent
police search found two dead bodies inside the house. It seems that Rob
liked to pick up drifters and male prostitutes, take them home and strap
them into his custom-made torture bed. There he would experiment with electroshock
and injected all kinds of household cleaners into their veins. He kept
a detailed log of how his victims responded and had a collection of two
hundred pictures of naked men in different stages of suffering. Bob liked
to extend the life of his victims for a few days before tying a plastic
bag over their heads. On December 19, 1988, Berdella pleaded guilty to
murder and was sentenced to life. A few years later he died in prison of
poisoning or a possible heart attack.
Harrison Graham (7+) This lethal junkie from hell
lived in a fetid two-room apartment in North Philadelphia that was covered
with trash, dirty syringes and a sea of fleas. In the summer of 1987, after
numerous complaints from his neighbors, the police pried his door open
and found six female bodies in different states of decomposition. On the
roof of his building they found a duffel bag full of legs. In the neighbor's
basement they found a torso. All the dead women were black junkies like
himself who he invited over for a fix and a little one-on-one.
"The Tylenol Killer" (7)
In 1982 seven people were killed by cyanide-tainted Extra-Strength Tylenol
capsules that were purchased from drug stores and groceries in and around
Chicago. Though never formally charged with the deaths, an unemployed accountant,
James Lewis, was arrested for a futile attempt at extorting one million
dollars from Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Tylenol. In October,
1995, James was freed from a federal penitentiary in Reno after serving
a 12-year sentence.
"Ironman" (7) In the 1970s, a South African
serial killer known as "Ironman", clubbed seven people to death
with an iron bar and robbed them as they walked home late at night. Although
the killings have stopped, "Ironman" was never apprehended.
"The Axeman of New Orleans" (7)
Ivan Robert Marko Milat (7) Suspected of being
Australia's worst serial killer, Ivan is accused of murdering seven hitch-hikers
plucked from the highway stretching from Sydney to Melbourne. Like convicted
Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen, Ivan enjoyed
hunting down his victims like animals, giving them a head start before
stalking them through the New South Wales bush.
Ivan, 51, a road worker, avid hunter and the son of a Croat immigrant,
was a non-smoking teetotaler, whose pleasures in life were a four-wheel-drive
vehicle, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a penchant for killing strangers.
He was arrested in 1994 in his home in the outskirts of Sydney where police
found gun parts, ammunition and knives used in the killings, as well as
camping equipment said to have belonged to some of the murdered hitch-hikers.
From 1989 to 1992, Milat was known as the "Backpack Murderer"
. The brutality of his attacks both captivated and horrified the Australian
public. Some of the victims were shot, others stabbed, and one was decapitated
with a sword found in Ivan's mother's apartment. He then equipped his rifle
with a silencer and used the victim's head for "target practice".
Of the seven killed, five were European tourists in their 20s lured to
Australia by its reputation as a safe haven for budget travelers. The other
two victims were teen-agers from the Australian state of Victoria. Two
of the dead were young British women whose disappearance led to the grim
discovery of Milat's handiwork.
After the discovery of seven bodies, police launched the biggest manhunt
in Australian history which eventually led to Milat's arrest. The star
witness for the prosecution was another British tourist who escaped from
the madman's car to avoid certain death after Milat pulled a gun on him.
The kind authorities of New South Wales offered free accommodations and
financial assistance to the relatives of the victims who wished to attend
On July 27, 1996 , after a four-month trial and three and a half days of
deliberation, a jury of seven men and four women convicted the former road
worker of murdering the seven backpackers. Ivan's lawyer tried to pin the
murders on, first, Ivan's brother Richard, then, his other brother, Walter.
Although his divisionary tactics were not successful, Justice David Hunt,
the judge presiding the over the case, said: "In my view, it is inevitable
that the prisoner was not alone in that criminal enterprise". Police
said there were more than a dozen young hitch-hikers - Australians, Japanese
and Europeans - who have disappeared in the same region over the past 15
years. Perhaps soon we will be adding another Milat brother to the Serial
Killer Hit List.
Aileen Wuornos (7) The patron saint of dead prostitutes,
Lee Wuornos is the first hooker to turn the tables on the serial killing
scene. Finally, a hooker who started offing her johns. The daughter of
a child molester who hanged himself in jail, Aileen's hatred for men went
beyond the feelings of any penis-loathing lesbian. In 1990 she tallied
seven dead clients whom she left naked next to their sperm-filled condoms.
The wily prostitute still claims to be innocent. Her killings, she says,
were "just self-defense." She was sentenced to the electric chair
and now, as she patiently awaits her fate, has conveniently found Christ.
Roman Burtsev (6+) Accused of
raping and murdering at least six children Roman is the latest serial killer
to surface in Rostov-on-Don, the former stomping grounds of the cannibal
killer Andrei Chikatilo. Burtsev, 25, was arrested
in July 1996, and confessed to the killings, giving investigators detailed
descriptions of the crime scenes.
Burtsev told police he often felt remorse and on one occasion even donated
5,000 rubles (90 U.S. cents) for the funerals of one of his victims, a
12-year-old girl. A divorcee with a 10-month-old son, Roman allegedly committed
the murders out of a fear of being punished for his sex crimes.
The news of Roman's upcoming trial came just days after another local resident,
Vladimir Mukhankin, pleaded guilty to murdering
eight women and was sentenced to death by the city court. Local officials
claim the frequency of serial killing in their rustic community only testifies
to the efficiency of their police. "It's not that other regions don't
have such monsters," said Zakhar Lukinov, a deputy regional chief
prosecutor. "Simply no one hears about them."
Samuel Bongani Mfeka (6+) Samuel
Bongani Mfeka -- another in what is becoming a long line of South African
killers -- was arrested on September 8, 1996, in KwaZulu Natal on a rape
charge. While in custody Samuel pointed out six areas where the bodies
of women who had been raped and strangled were hidden.
The first murder dates to 1993 following the discovery of a body in Carletonville.
Another body was found in the veld in Vrede in November, 1994. The four
other bodies have since been found in the Kranskop area. The last body
found on September 8, 1996, was in an advanced state of decomposition.
According to a police source, four of the bodies were found within easy
distance of the suspect's house in a rural area in KwaZulu Natal.
A police spokesman announced that Mfeka was also being questioned in relation
to the 15 bodies attributed to the "Nasrec Strangler".
Although he has not been officially charged with the killings, they have
spotted similarities between both killers. Detectives are also searching
for another man who may have been an accomplice of the suspect. He too
is wanted for questioning in connection with the Nasrec murders.
Gerald Parker (6+) Known as the
"Bedroom Basher," serial rapist Gerald Parker thought he had
gotten away with murder until DNA testing linked him to the murder of five
women and an unborn child in Orange County, California. Parker, a former
Marine, was linked through genetic evidence to attacks on young women who
where raped and bludgeoned in their homes in the late 1970s around El Toro
Marine Corps Air Station. Police and Navy officials believe Gerald might
be responsible for even more killings, specifically three other dead women
in Orange County. During his 7 1/2 years with the Marines Gerald was based
in El Toro as well as other bases in North Carolina, Alaska and Mississippi
before being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1980.
That same year another Marine, Kevin Lee Green, was convicted of second
degree murder for an attack on his 21-year-old pregnant wife that led to
the death of their unborn baby. 16 years later, Parker confessed to the
attack on Green's wife. On June 20, 1996 Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald
apologized for Green's wrongful incarceration and declared him a free and
innocent man. Curiously his ex-wife Dianna D'Aiello still believes he was
Using new technology that can match DNA samples of convicted criminals
with evidence of unsolved crimes investigators were able to link several
unsolved murders of young women to Parker. On June 14 detectives met with
Parker in the Avenal State Prison in Central Valley where he was imprisoned
for a parole violation. There he confessed to five killings and the assault
on Dianna D'Aiello.
D'Aiello was comatose for a month after her 1979 attack and suffered a
significant loss of memory. When she regained consciousness she identified
her husband as her attacker. Jurors believed her and considered his alibi,
that he went to get a cheeseburger, unbelievable. Ever since he was arrested
Green proclaimed his innocence. He even passed a defense-administered polygraph
test before the trial. While incarcerated he tried to have a DNA test performed
on the semen investigators collected at the crime scene. Unfortunately,
he could not afford the costly forensic procedure. Luckily, crucial evidence
from the D'Aiello attack had not been destroyed and could be tested when
his guilt was brought into question. Once exonerated, the ex-Marine corporal
went to visit his family in the Midwest and says he does not plan to sue
the state for damages resulting from his wrongful conviction.
Carlton Gary (6+)
"BTK Killer" (6+)Another serial killer that
was never caught. From 1972 to 1978 the "BTK Killer" --Bind Torture
Kill --killed six or more people around Wichita, Kansas. He liked to call
the police and talk to them about his crimes. Authorities have his voice
on tape, yet no suspects have been arrested. One of his victims was a young
girl whom he tied to a pipe in her basement and murdered. Then he masturbated
over her corpse.
Morris Solomon(6+)Another Sacramento
celebrity killer. Morris killed mostly prostitutes. Convicted of six killings,
he is suspected of at least one more. Ever the good sport, he shook hands
with one juror who gave him the death penalty, saying, "At least you
made up your mind." His conviction is being appealed.
Douglas Clark & Carol Bundy(6+)
Doug considered himself the "king of the one-night stands." He
loved sex with prostitutes, especially real young ones from LA's notorious
Sunset Strip. Carol, his girlfriend, was no Mother Teresa. She thought
that murder was fun and liked photographing hookers sucking Doug's dick.
He enjoyed shooting his victims as he came in their mouths. He also liked
chopping their heads off. Once, for kicks, Carol applied make-up to a severed
head and Doug took it to the shower for a little necrophilic fellatio.
Carol told an old boyfriend about Doug's strange habits. When the old boyfriend
threatened to tell police, Carol stabbed him to death and chopped off his
head. She then confessed and blamed Doug for everything. Doug denied it
and claimed that Carol and her former lover were the killers. Strangely
he also begged for the death penalty and taunted the judge whenever he
could. He was sentenced to death on February 15, 1983. Carol was convicted
of two killings.
Michael Ross (6+) Michael Ross, a sexual sadist with
an IQ of 122 and a degree from Cornell University, stalked, raped and murdered
at least 6 girls and young women in Connecticut in the early 80s. In 1987
he received six death sentences and two life sentences. He also admitted
to killing two women in New York, and assaulting several women in North
Carolina, Ohio and Illinois. Curiously, Mike has been diligently working
with his prosecuting attorney trying to obtain a quick death sentence.
He wants to be certain that there will be no mitigating circumstances,
like mental illness, that might overturn his execution.
"Zodiac Killer" (6+) The
elusive Zodiac is the most mythical killer on the loose in California.
There are numerous theories surrounding his identity, methods, and reasoning
behind his astrological killing spree. His numbers vary according to sources.
Some attribute only six hits to this faceless maniac. Others believe the
Zodiac has tallied up to 49. Some have settled on 37 after a note he sent
to a San Francisco paper on January 30, 1974 in which he wrote "Me-37;
"Zodiac," one of numerous killers obsessed with publicity, sent
twenty-one letters to various newspapers boasting of his crimes. He obtained
his astral moniker after he scribbled zodiac signs around several of his
victims. His killing spree started in 1966 and faded around 1974. The rare
survivors from his attacks have described him as a heavy set man with glasses
and red hair. In one of his letters he explained that he killed "because
it is so much fun." His master plan was to collect "slaves for
the afterlife." He also threatened to "wipe out a school bus
some morning." For a time it was believed that "Zodiac"
had moved to New York where he continued with his deadly habits. However,
that astral killer proved to be a copycat. On June 18, 1996, 29-year-old
Heriberto Seda, New York's "Zodiac Killer,"
was arrested after a 3 1/2 hour siege in Brooklyn.
"The Atteridgeville Mutilator" (6) Since
1956 Pretoria's township of Atteridgeville has seen a spate of gruesome
serial killers. Experts cannot explain why this particular area has bred
so many killers. This original mutilator murdered six boys over five months
in 1956. He was never caught or identified.
Ferdinand Gamper (6) On February,
1996, the sleepy spa town of Merano in northern Italy was dubbed "the
city of fear" by the Italian press after four murders over a three
week period. "We are all living in fear," said Franz Alber, the
Mayor, "we are dealing with a psychopath." All victims were shot
in the head with a .22-calibre pistol.
The killings began on February 8, when a German Bundesbank official, Hans
Otto Detmering, and his companion, a local woman teacher, were shot dead
in a central street. There was speculation at the time that the "Bundesbank
murder" was connected with an international banking scandal or a tangled
love affair. But it was followed a week later by the murder of a 58-year-old
farm laborer on the outskirts of town. He too was shot in the head at close
On March 1, 1996, authorities identified the killer as Ferdinand Gamper,
a local shepherd. After a fifth body was found in a hut near his house,
police stormed his farm two miles from the town. There Ferdinand held two
elderly women hostage whom he freed once the cops tear gassed the farm
house. The deadly shepherd scribbled "You were too late" on a
piece of paper and shot himself . During the assault one policemen died.
Hubert Geralds Jr. (6) Hubert
was arrested in the summer of 1995 and charged with killing six prostitutes
and drug addicts in Chicago's South Side.
E. Conde (6) This maniac was known as the Tamiami Strangler
until June 26, 1995, when he was caught by Metro-Dade police in the Miami
area. Rory Conde, a Colombian native, felt so bad about his nasty habit
that he scribbled on the back of his third victim a message asking police
to catch him. His victims were five crack-addicted prostitutes and a transvestite
hooker that looked very much like a woman. The first victim was killed
September 17, 1994 and the last one on January 12, 1995.
Police got its big break in the investigation on June 19, when a prostitute
was able to escape from Conde's apartment after he had bound, beaten and
sexually assaulted her. DNA evidence was used to match him to five of the
killings. After a manhunt costing Dade County more than one million dollars,
authorities believe they have finally bagged their man.
David Berkowitz (6) The Son
of Sam. One of the few Jewish murderers of the Archives. Between 1976 and
1977 he terrified lovers on the streets of New York. This former postal
worker killed six and wounded seven after a 6,000-year-old spirit invaded
his neighbor's Labrador and commanded him to do the evil deeds. He sent
numerous letters to Jimmy Breslin of the New York Daily News and
the NYPD exulting his exploits. While in prison Dave was assaulted and
had his throat slit. He survived, but now has a fifty-six stitch necklace
permanently decorating his throat. Some believe that Dave was actually
the fall guy and that his crimes were committed by a Satanic Sect that
included his neighbor Sam and his two sons.
Trenton Chase (6) This maniac became known as the "Vampire
Killer of Sacramento" after a four day blood binge in January, 1978,
in which he claimed six lives. Previously he had tried to inject rabbit's
blood into his veins. When he was institutionalized he exhibited such strange
behavior that the hospital staff nicknamed him "Dracula". He
complained that someone had stolen his pulmonary artery and that his head
kept changing shape. By 1977 it seemed that his delirium had been kept
in check by his medication and he was released from the hospital to make
room for more seriously ill patients. Apparently Rich then decided to stop
taking his medication. He started thinking that his blood was turning into
powder and a Nazi crime syndicate that had been haunting him since high
school was paying his mother money to poison him. So he did what any other
red-blooded American would do under such duress. He became a vampire.
A typically "disorganized" killer, Chase picked his victims randomly
and left as much evidence as he could around his home and the crime scenes.
He drained his victim's blood, blended it with body organs and drank it.
It was the only way to stop his own blood from turning into powder, or
so the voices in his head said. He also took some body parts home to munch
Chase was arrested a few days after his 4-day bloody swan song through
Sacramento. Authorities brought in FBI superstar and acclaimed author Robert
Ressler to help find the killer. After his arrest Richie raved about UFO's
and other imagined stalkers that were after him. He died of an overdose
of antidepressants in his cell in Vacaville just after Chrismas in 1980.
Cleophus Prince Jr. (6) A former Navy machinist, Cleophus
terrorized San Diego, California, stabbing six women to death and provoking
the largest police manhunt in the city's history. His crime spree spanned
from 1990 to his capture in 1991 and included numerous burglaries, one
rape and six murders. Unlike most serial killers, Cleophus killed women
outside his race. He was linked to several of the deaths by DNA evidence
and jewelry in his possession that belonged to his victims. He also gave
his girlfriend a rare opal ring for Christmas that belonged to his second
FBI experts were called in by the prosecution to find a common thread in
all the killings. The signature that connected all slayings was circles
of blood smeared on all the victim's breasts. Some of the victims were
stabbed up to fifty times. Prince bragged to a friend about "doing
a mother and her daughter," (his last two victims) and took to wearing
the mother's wedding ring on a chain around his neck. Usually Prince stalked
and followed the unlucky women to their homes. There he would break in,
take a knife from the kitchen and attack the women. In 1993 a jury found
Cleophus guilty of six counts of first-degree murder, 20 counts of burglary
and one count of rape.
Gene Rasberry (6) In 1968 Gene Raspberry was convicted
in Kansas City, Mo. for killing six people.
Haigh (6) Johnny began his criminal career as a swindler in
England during WW2. He enjoyed inviting his victims to his so-called laboratory
where he killed them and drank their blood. Then, he dropped them in a
tank full of acid to dissolve their bodies. He often robbed their money
and/or valuables. He was hanged in 1949.
"The Babysitter" (6) During
the winter of 1976 an unidentified killer stalked Oakland County, Michigan,
preying on suburban children. The killer was nicknamed "The Babysitter"
due to the lavish care he provided his young victims while he held them
captive before murdering them.
Of the six possible victims attributed to "The Babysitter" the
corpses of four were washed clean and carefully laid on the fresh snow.
The obsessive scrubbing of the corpses suggested that the killer was either
practicing some type of cleansing ritual or just merely removing any incriminating
Because the different killing methods used by the assailant, authorities
were led to believe they were searching for up to four different killers.
But by the sixth victim, 11-year-old Timothy King, police started believing
that they were searching for only ne killer. After Tim's disappearance,
his mother went on television promising the boy his favorite chicken if
he returned home. He never made it back home alive, however the killer
did feed him a chicken dinner before suffocating him.
On March 27, 1977, a Detroit psychiatrist published an open letter directed
to the killer theorizing on his motives for preying on children. Of the
many responses one stood out: "The article was wrong You better hope
it doesn't snow anymore." The psychiatrist received more letters from
a man called "Allen" who claimed that his roommate was the mysterious
killer. It seems that both men were Vietnam vets and that his serial killing
buddy was targeting suburban children in his war against affluent America.
There were no more deaths attributed to "The Babysitter." Authorities
believe that the killer might have retired, died, moved, or was incarcerated
for an unrelated crime. Perhaps he moved to warmer climates where he never
again saw fresh snow.
David Selepe (6+/-) In December,
1994, South African police arrested David Selepe and charged him with the
murders of 11 black women who were found in a mine dump in Cleveland. Selepe
was subsequently killed on December 17, 1994, while "pointing out"
the murder scene of one of his alleged victims. At Selepe's inquest, police
alleged he had attacked one of the detectives with a stick before he was
shot. The inquest found that no one could be held criminally responsible.
At the time of his death police claimed Selepe had been "positively
linked" to six of the "Cleveland Strangler" victims. For
all given purposes one could assume Selepe indeed was the mysterious slayer.
However, now that Moses Sithole has emerged as South
Africa's Serial Killer King, he has now been linked to four of the six
victims previously linked to Selepe. David's widow, Linda Selepe is considering
suing the government for the death of her husband. "They killed the
truth when they killed my husband. Had they brought him to court then,
the South African public would have known the truth that David was not
Elfriede Blauensteiner (5+)
On January 11, 1996, this 64-year-old Austrian widow confessed to killing
five people and is believed to be responsible for more deaths in a killing
spree spanning over a decade. Dubbed the "Black Widow" by the
press, she confessed to murdering her husband, two former lovers and two
other men because "They deserved to die." An obsessive gambler,
authorities believe she killed to fuel her expensive addiction.
Her first victim was the janitor of her apartment building who, in 1981,
she "helped commit suicide" because he was abusing his wife and
children. All her victims were poisoned with fatal doses of medication.
One octogenarian would-be-victim died of cancer before she could kill him.
Ever the resourceful criminal, she falsified his will to pocket a $15,000
Mrs. Blauensteiner's trial will start at the end of February 1997. It seems
that the prosecutor will only be able to charge her with one murder, because
in the other cases there is not enough physical evidence. Meanwhile Mrs.
Blauensteiner has released her memoirs in the Austrian weekly "News",
where she writes, that she has done nothing evil, because she only wanted
to help her husbands. Always the optimist, Elfriede still hopes to marry
again once her legal troubles wash over!
Glen Rogers (5+) "The Cross-Country
Killer." A rapidly rising star in the Serial Killer Hit List. Presently
in custody in Kentucky after being turned in by a relative. A charming,
handsome and volatile individual, Glen was the focus of an all-points national
manhunt due to his cross-country rampage that left at least four women
dead in four separate states. The consummate ladies man, Glen liked to
pick up blond and redheaded women in bars and ask them for a ride home.
Then he would try to spend the night with them. All those charmed by his
redneck good looks are now stretched out in the morgue. The killings came
usually as a drunken afterthought. Glen is an example of a spree killer
who, unlike serial killers, does not have cooling off periods between kills.
His killings were the consequence of impromptu bursts of rage.
His first victim is believed to be a former house mate whose corpse was
found in January 1993 under a pile of furniture in an abandoned house owned
by the Rogers family. His next known kill was a woman he met at a bar in
Van Nuys, California. On September, 1995, she was found raped and strangled
inside her burning pickup truck. The third victim, another barfly, was
found stabbed to death in her bathtub in Jackson, Mississippi on November
3. Yet another woman's body was found in a bathtub in Tampa, Florida on
November 5. His last victim was found stabbed to death in her bedroom on
November 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
"He's getting to be like one of your serial killers," said a
Hamilton, Ohio, police detective. Rogers, a construction worker, grew up
in Hamilton where he had frequent run-ins with the law. Once he poked a
lit blowtorch through the peephole of his front door when police came in
response to a domestic violence call. Authorities believe that he might
be linked to as many as twelve deaths. In California, Rogers is a suspect
in four unsolved killings in Ontario and Port Hueneme. Two days before
his arrest he told his sister that he was responsible for more than 70
deaths. According to authorities Glen was being cooperative during a six-hour
interview after his arrest on November 13. Presently, agents from at least
five states have headed to Kentucky to investigate Glen's connection to
any unsolved murders that fit his deadly traits.
Lawrence Bittaker & Roy Norris
(5+) While in prison Lawrence and Roy decided that when they got
out it would be cool to kill a bunch of teen-age girls and record it on
tape and film. By 1978 they started implementing the plan. They lured young
girls inside their van dubbed the "Murder Mack" and brutally
raped and killed them. On November 20, 1979 they were arrested for an assault
in Hermosa Beach. While in custody Norris cracked and started babbling
insanely about murder. In the "Murder Mack" the police found
a tape recording of the final moments of one of their victims, Jaqueline
Lamp, as well as pictures of five hundred smiling girls. Police identified
nineteen missing girls in their stack of photos and believe that the two
ex cons could be responsible for the murder of thirty or forty women. However,
they were only convicted of five killings.
Lyda Catherine Ambrose (5+)
Abel Latif Sharif(5+) When he
was arrested in October, 1995, Abel, a Egyptian national, was suspected
of being the dreaded "Depredador Psicópata"
of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He has been charged with killing five girls and
abandoning their bodies in the desert of Chihuahua. Abel was arrested after
authorities established links between him and five dead girls he met at
nightclubs. A sexual criminal with an extensive rap sheet spanning from
Miami to Texas, Abel said that he is not the dreaded "Depredador."
As the body count continues rising at a rapid pace, it's become obvious
that Abel was not the only one slaughtering girls in Ciudad Juarez.
Daniel Harold Rolling (5+) Known
as the Gainsville Ripper, this monster terrorized the Gainsville, Florida,
community for a short time in August, 1990, with the mutilation-slayings
of four female college students and a male. All victims were brutally dismembered.
One was decapitated. Evidence links Danny to a similar triple murder of
a family in Shreveport, Louisiana, committed in November, 1989. He now
awaits execution on Florida's Death Row and is engaged to Sondra London,
and old girlfriend of convicted serial killer John
George Putt (5+) Physically and emotionally abused
as a child, this Memphis, Tennessee, predator was socially and psychologically
handicapped from the get go. His father was a drifter and a drunk who enjoyed
beating his seven children with regularity. Before he was eighteen George
had already been arrested several times for acts of violence against women
and other assorted crimes. During a football game in reform school George
was kicked on the head and knocked out for several minutes and may have
sustained permanent brain damage. After his accident poor George started
sleepwalking with his eyes open and alternately having blackouts and violent
seizures. He continued demonstrating his "sociopathic personality"
throughout the sixties. Psychological testing revealed a "morbid preoccupation
with blood and gore" as he continued with his career as a violent
By 1967 he married a Mississippi woman from whom he demanded sexual gratification
six to eight time a day. A charming and tactful fellow, in 1969 he tried
to rape his own mother-in-law on three different occasions. Shortly after
the third attempted rape, authorities believed George committed his first
murder. By March of 1969 George's deadly habits were in full swing. He
began his killing spree by brutally murdering a couple. He tied the woman
to the bed, raped her and mutilated her vagina and anus with a pair of
A week and a half later he clobbered to death an 80-year-old widow and
mutilated her genitalia with a butcher knife. Four days later a third woman
was bound and stabbed fourteen times. He attacked his fifth victim in her
home on September 11. Neighbors heard her screams and called the police.
After a wild chase through the streets of Memphis Georgie-Boy was caught
smeared in the blood of his last victim. He was found guilty of all his
crimes and given the death penalty. When the Supreme Court struck down
the death penalty, George was handed a 497-year sentence. Always the good
sport, George chuckled when the judge read him the sentence.
Possible Maryland Serial Killer (5)
Patrons at three District of Columbia gay nightclubs have become fearful
that a killer is targeting them after five gay back men have been killed
in three separate incidents. Gay men at the Bachelor's Mill, 360 and Full
House nightclubs became alarmed when they recognized pictures of three
of the victims that were posted at the Washington bars. " At some
point they all frequented the same clubs but we have not established that
they knew each other,'' said Cpl. Diane Richardson, spokeswoman for the
Prince George's County police.
The first victim, Anthony Barnes, 42, was found stabbed to death in his
Bladensburg, Md., home on October 6, 1996. Next to die were Jimmy McGuire,
33, and James Williams, 27, who were found shot to death December 21 in
a single-family house they shared in Clinton, Md. The final two victims
were John R. Whittington, 41, of Hyattsville, Md., and Derrick Hilliard,
22, a D.C. resident, who were found shot to death Jan. 5 in a first-floor
room at a Motel 6 in Camp Springs, Md. There have been no signs of forced
entry in any of the cases.
Andre Luiz Cassimiro(5) An
ex-con with a taste for older women, Cassimiro confessed to raping and
killing four women in Juiz de Fora in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The five dead women were between 58 and 77 years old and lived alone. All
victims were tortured, strangled with electrical chords and some were raped.
The town of Juiz de Fora was gripped with fear until May 29, 1996, when
Andre Luiz Cassimiro, 31, was arrested. "I entered the houses to rob
them," the remorseless killer explained, "but ended killing them.
In those moments I felt hate towards the little old women. Now, I feel
Pretending to be a car washer, Cassimiro spent several days observing the
movements and daily routine of his future victims. "Until he got into
the house he behaved like a petty thief," said Chief of Police Jose
Marcio Carneiro," once inside, he turned into a psychopath."
The women were first bound to their beds and gagged. Then they were raped
and strangled. He would then cover their lifeless corpses with a blanket
because, "I didn't like to look at them." After his sadistic
ritual, he turned the house upside down looking for money and electronics.
When he was arrested Cassimiro was still serving his 11-year 10-month sentence
for six counts of theft on a part-time basis. "In jail, he was a model
prisoner," stated penitentiary director Jairo Cristovam Ferreira.
On June 19, 1995, less than five hours after receiving judicial authorization
to spend the Corpus Christi holiday at home, Cassimiro committed his first
murder. The victim was Zilda Araujo Barbuth, 76. "She was sleeping
when I entered, but she woke up when I dropped a clock radio." When
she tried to scream he gagged her and tied her with electrical chord to
the bed post. He then proceeded to rape and strangle her. Before leaving,
Cassimiro went to the kitchen and ate a piece of goiabada (Brazilian guava
candy). After the murder he returned to jail and two months later he was
released on parole.
Cassimiro dated Odete Barbosa da Silva, his second victim, for a year and
a half. They ended their relationship in the middle of 1995. Six months
later the 62-year-old woman was found strangled in her home. He didn't
know his third victim, Aldenira Mello, 58. He met the fourth, Maria Malvina
de Oliveira, 77, at a party for senior citizens. She danced all night long
with her young escort before allowing him to walk her home. Her body was
found three days later with her head smashed in. He killed his last victim,
Celia Nicolini de Farias, on May 13, 1996. It is believed that the 74-year-old
widow was raped by Andre post-mortem.
Cassimiro was caught because of his gossiping sister, Joaquina, who was
not aware of his crimes. She mentioned to a friend that she had seen a
card with Zilda Araujo Barbuthunder's name under her brother's mattress.
The friend informed the police and he was arrested. In custody Cassimiro
confessed to all the crimes and claimed that he "was drugged,"
during his year-long rampage.
Jack the Ripper (5) The father of modern serial killing
and one who got away with it. Jack terrorized the streets of London in
the late nineteeth century and brutally murdered five helpless women. To
date no one knows who Jack the Ripper was. Like the minions that followed
his example, Jack enjoyed taunting the police and would send letters to
the press boasting of his deeds. He practiced cannibalism and tore apart
the internal organs of four of his victims. Once he mailed to a newspaper
a piece of the kidney from one of the victims when authorities doubted
the authenticity of his correspondence.
"The Toledo Clubber" (5)
Ralph Harris (5) In 1995 23-year-old Ralph
Harris was charged with killing five men, all believed to be robbery victims,
in Chicago's South Side.
Robert Shulman (5) A 42-year-old
post office sorter, Robert Shulman confessed to killing five prostitutes
between 1991 and 1996 and dumping their dismembered bodies in garbage bins
around New York. The sensitive type, Bobby whimpered as he was led to a
police car in Patchogue, Long Island. He said he felt "horrible"
and apologized to the families of the victims. Shulman's brother is also
being questioned by police in connection with the murders. It is unclear
how the younger brother is involved in the killings.
Shulman enjoyed picking up prostitutes and taking them back to his apartment
for sex and drugs. After satiating his senses he would beat them to death
using a hammer, baseball bat or a set of barbells. Bobbie would then chop
off the dead girls' arms so they couldn't be identified and dumped their
remains in garbage containers around Long Island. Police tracked down one
of the victims from a tattoo on her body. Investigators were then able
to link Shulman and his blue Cadillac to the dead prostitute.
First police charged him with killing two women. While in custody he admitted
to three other murders. He claimed that he would smoke tons of crack with
his prostitute friends, black out and wake up to find them dead.
Thomas L.(5) A 27-year-old neo-Nazi,
Thomas L. has confessed to a five-body killing spree. An overzealous skinhead,
Thomas stabbed his first victim 91 times for wearing a "Nazis Out"
badge and killed a fellow neo-Nazi who defected from the cause. In March,
1996 he was arrested by German authorities. In his flat police found a
fully-armed rocket launcher, pistols, ammunition and the automatic rifle
used to shoot the defector. While in custody, Thomas conveniently claimed
that during his murder spree he was merely carrying out orders transmitted
to him by Odin, the Norse god of war.
Colin Ireland(5) Known in London as the "Gay
Slayer", Colin strived to be known as a serial killer. For this purpose
he strangled five homosexual men. Robert Ressler states in "However
Fights Monsters" that one has to commit five murders to become a serial
killer. Colin read the book and used it as a manual. He meticulously planned
each murder as he set out to become a famous serial killer. He chose gay
sado-masochistic men because they were willing to get tied up. Also, he
believed that the public would feel less sympathy for them. Before his
arrest he taunted the cops with rambling calls claiming responsibility
for the murders and threatening to keep striking once a week. He even stated
"I have got the book, I know how many you have to do..."
Jerome Brudos (5) Jerome Brudos started his career
by preying on women and stealing their shoes. This foot fetishist from
hell liked to dress in drag while he stalked his victims. In the late sixties
he turned his innocent escapades into murder. He once removed a breast
from one of his kills, hardened it with preservatives and kept it as a
paper weight. He was also in the habit of removing their shoes, sometimes
even with severed feet inside. He enjoyed taking pictures of himself and
his dead friends dressed up in frilly underwear. And, of course, he kept
a collection of stolen shoes that would have made Imelda Marcos jealous.
Arthur Bishop (5) A devout Mormon, Arthur Bishop liked
to spend an unnatural amount of time with children. After being charged
for embezzlement in Utah, the former Eagle Scout changed his name and disappeared.
As "Roger Downs" he joined the Big Brother program and was fond
of going on camping trips with the kids. He was also fond of molesting
and sometimes murdering them. When the police took him in for routine questioning,
he confessed to his crimes and admitted to molesting scores of children
and fondling his victims after death. In true Mormon fashion he stated:
"I'm glad you caught me, because I'd do it again." Bishop died
by lethal injection on June 9, 1988.
Joe Metheny (4+) On December
19, 1996, Joe Metheny, 41, who authorities say preyed on women with drug
or alcohol problems, was charged with killing three women. Those charges
followed his arrest for the slaying of a 26-year-old woman whom authorities
said he met at the Borderline Bar and Restaurant in Arbutus, a Baltimore
suburb. The decomposed body of the woman, Kimberly Spicer, was found under
a trailer less than 10 feet from Metheny's own trailer at the Joseph Stein
and Son pallet company, where he worked.
Metheny was also charged in the killing of Toni Ingrassia, a 28-year-old
woman whose body was found in 1994 near Interstate 95, a short distance
from the company. She had been stabbed and strangled. The third charge
concerns a decapitated body of an unidentified woman. Police are also looking
for the remains of a fourth victim, a man, after Metheny allegedly confessed
Some of the bodies had been sexually mutilated, authorities said. Metheny,
who is being held without bail, was acquitted in July in the ax slayings
of two homeless men in August 1995. A Circuit Court jury concluded there
was insufficient evidence to convict Metheny of killing the two men in
a makeshift village called "Tent City" in south Baltimore.
Marc Dutroux (4+) On August
13, 1996, Marc Dutroux, a 39-year-old pederast and unemployed electrician,
was arrested after he "delivered" to authorities two near-starved
girls, who where held captive in a concrete dungeon hidden underneath his
home in the Belgian village of Sars-la-Buissiäre.
Police stumbled on Dutroux's trail when a passer-by noted the number of
his van as he snatched Laetitia Delheze, a 14-year-old girl, as she walked
back from a swimming pool on August 9. The number was traced back to Dutroux
and his home near Charleroi where they found Laetitia and Sabine Dardeene,
12, who had been missing for about three months. Both girls were drugged
and sexually abused.
Four days later the police discovered the remains of two eight-year-old
girls -- Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo -- buried in the back yard of
his house. The two girls died of starvation when Dutroux was arrested and
incarcerated for an unrelated violation. According to Dutroux, Bernard
Weinstein, an associate who was also found buried under the tile patio
garden, failed to feed the trapped girl.
Upon his release, Dutroux -- not the reasoning type -- killed Weinstein
in a fit of anger after he found the girls dead. Later Dutroux's, Michele
Martin, told police that she was supposed to feed and look after the girls
while her husband was in prison, but was too terrified to enter their cell.
And so one of the most horrifying episodes in Belgian history unfolded
with gruesome regularity. By September 3rd two more bodies -- An Marchal,
17, and Eefje Lambreks, 19, who were abducted in 1995 while on holiday
in Ostend -- were discovered in his home in Jumet, one of six properties
owned by the unemployed electrician. For the rest of 1996 Dutroux, an exceptionally
cold and calculating control-freak, confessed to six more murders and manipulated
authorities into digging up half of Belgium -- and even borrowing a ground
radar from Scotland Yard that was used to search for bodies in Fred
and Rosemary West's infamous "House of Horrors" --in a vain
attempt at unearthing more bodies.
As the horror-show continued, Dutroux emerged as the kingpin of an international
child-prostitution ring that he ran with his wife and five associates from
six houses around the Charleroi region in Southern Belgium. Two police
officers have been charged with helping Dutroux and his accomplices in
their car-theft and drug-pushing rings. The Interpol has been investigating
the activities of the paedophile ring in connection to disappearances in
neighboring European nations.
Waves of deep outraged swept through the Belgium when leaked police documents
were published showing that the police had been receiving tip-offs from
an informer since 1993, warning that Dutroux was "building cells"
to hold kidnapped children. In 1996 the police made two visits to the house
where the two girls were held captive and said they believed Dutroux when
he said the voices they heard were those of his own children.
Adding insult to civic injury, the Belgian Government launched an inquiry
into the failure of authorities to act on complaints about the activities
of "Short-eyes" Dutroux, who was released from jail in 1992 after
serving three years of a 13-year sentence for raping and abducting five
girls. Even King Albert II of Belgium entered the controversy, expressing
his shock over the shortcomings of the national judicial system that freed
such a dangerous individual.
The horrors of Dutroux's unchecked criminality have devastated Belgium's
socio-political framework. Many civic and political figures have been linked
with the pederast's child-pornography, drug-dealing and car-theft rings.
Authorities have been accused of bungling and interfering with the case.
Some suspect that the wily paedophile enjoyed high-level protection by
procuring young children to high ranking public officials. The very foundations
of this placid European nation have been cracked by this unfolding and
far reaching scandal.
To date five bodies have been uncovered -- four young girls and a man --
and Dutroux is suspected of 12 other deaths, including a young girl who
disappeared in Slovenia. On February 2, 1997 Dutroux was charged with the
murder of the two teenagers who where found in his property in Jumet.
"OKC Serial Killer" (4+) At least four women
have been found dismembered in the Stiles Circle-Lincoln Terrace-Medical
Center Area of Oklahoma City. The first body was found dismembered near
the Capitol building in 1976. The last body was found in 1985 during a
demolition excavation for the construction of the Centennial Expressway.
None of the victims have been identified. In addition, on April 22, 1995,
the body of a female Hispanic or Native American minus head, feet and hands
was found in a shallow grave on an abandoned stretch of highway 50 miles
west of Oklahoma City. Due to similarities in the method of dismemberment,
authorities believe that the perpetrator could be the same as the "OKC
"Pomona Strangler" (4+) Authorities in Pomona,
California, are reluctant to confirm the existence of a serial killer offing
black prostitutes in their community. The four dead women discovered in
1993 frequented the local hooker strip, Holt Avenue, and were probably
picked up there by their killer. Three more dead women surfaced in 1994
and 1995 that have been linked to this elusive killer. During April of
1994 FBI agents were brought to the area to analyze the crime scenes and
find possible links indicating the existence of a serial killer, but to
no avail. Federal agents never did follow through with the investigation.
For now the four cases sit unsolved and inactive. Somewhere a killer seems
to have gotten away with serial murder and no one is on his/her trail.
Ricardo Caputo (4+) Known to authorities as "The
Lady Killer", this suave Argentinian was arrested on March 9, 1994
after a 20-year murderous rampage. His first victim was a young woman in
New York who he strangled and stabbed in the early seventies. Caputo was
arrested for the murder and placed in a mental hospital from which he subsequently
escaped. A smooth-talking con artist, Ricardo left a trail of blood spanning
from New York to San Francisco and Mexico City. Although he's only been
charged with four murders, it is believed his tally is much higher. One
possible victim, Devan Green, a waitress in Los Angeles' Scandia Restaurant,
was found dead in 1981. LAPD have linked Caputo to the restaurant where,
at the time of the killing, he was working in the kitchen under the alias
of Bob Martin.
Michael Lupo (4+) This former choir boy served in
an Italian elite army commando unit before dedicating his life to sadomasochism
and hairdressing. In 1975 Michael moved to London where he started a career
as a hairdresser and worked his way up to owning a styling boutique. He
also racked up about 4,000 gay lovers and developed a taste for the whip,
building a modern torture chamber in his house. It all turned ugly in March
of 1986 when Lupo was diagnosed with having AIDS. He then started his bloody
rampage against the gay night life scene.
Over a period of two months he slaughtered four men whom he picked up in
gay bars and left their bodies in the streets of London slashed and smeared
with excrement. After two potential victims escaped, police arrested Mike
on May 15. He received four life sentences and presently police in Berlin,
Hamburg, Los Angeles and NYC are investigating mutilation deaths that might
be linked to Lupo's travels.
Robert Rozier (4+) As a football
player, Rozier was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and later did time
with the Oakland Raiders. In 1981, he lost his will to play the game, and
after drifting around the country, he joined a radical black-supremacist
Hebrew Israelite sect called the Temple of Love. The cult, led by Yahweh
ben Yahweh is believed to be responsible for fourteen deaths and a
series of firebombings. Rozier, perhaps due to his football background,
was the muscle of the cult. In 1986 he was arrested for the murders of
two ex members. Evidence also linked him to at least two other random killings
unrelated to the sect.
Karl Grossmann (4+) Another post-WWI-German degenerate that
made a living selling human flesh. Georg, a horrifying individual, was
acquainted with every kind of perversion, even bestiality. A former butcher,
after nights of heavy drinking, he would bring prostitutes home, have sex
with them, and chop them into pieces. The next day he would peddle their
flesh as beef or pork. He was arrested in August, 1921, when his landlord
summoned the police to his door following a loud altercation. Inside his
pad they found a freshly murdered lass ready to be chopped up. They also
found evidence of at least three other divvied up girls. The mad butcher
laughed when he was given the death sentence and proceeded to hang himself
in jail. Some believe that one of Georg's victims was Anastasia, the Russian
grand duchess who escaped the Bolshevik firing squad and assumed the identity
of the Polish peasant girl, Franziska Schamzkovski.
Francisco del Junco (4) On June
3, 1996, Francisco, a dishwasher in Dan Marino's American Sports Bar and
Grill in the tony Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, confessed to killing
and setting on fire four black crack addicts.
Police were lead to Del Junco by a street woman who was beat on the head
by him nine months before. The woman flagged down a patrol car when she
spotted him again. Once authorities had Del Junco in custody they just
talked to him -- about his childhood in Cuba, his likes and dislikes. The
conversation spanned over a weekend and took interrogators and the suspected
serial killer to picturesque Key Biscayne. There, looking across the aquamarine
of Biscayne Bay, the 38-year-old Del Junco-- a loner who was well-liked
at work but kept his distance from the few family members he had in Miami--
confessed to killing and torching four women. Police then took him to the
scene of each murder, where he acted out the details of each killing.
Del Junco was charged with the slayings of Vida Hicks 43, Diane Helms 44,
Cheryl Lee Ray, 37, and Janice Cox, 37. The victims were killed between
August 1995 and March 1996 and were found beaten, burned and partially
clothed in or near Miami's inner city. They were all black, but Del Junco
said his killing spree was not racially motivated. More than 500 people
were interviewed in the investigation and much time was spent trying to
track down a suspect known only as "Dread" (because his dreadlocked
hairstyle) before arresting Del Junco, a Cuban refugee who came to Miami
in the 1980 Mariel boat lift. Although authorities think they have their
man, they are still looking for "Dread" who might have witnessed
one of the slayings.
John Martin Scripps (4) After
escaping from prison in 1994, British convict John Martin Scripps went
on a globe-trotting, three-nation murder rampage. Johnny was arrested in
March, 1995, in Singapore for killing and dismembering a South African
tourist. He was also charged with the murder of a Canadian mother and son
Trained as a butcher, after killing his victims he would skillfully sever
their corpses at the joints using a pen knife and dispose of their body
parts. Not the typical sexual sadist, John killed merely for money and
The first serial killer to ever be arrested in Singapore, Johnny was swiftly
convicted and sentenced to death. On April 19, 1996, he was hanged by authorities.
His mother and sister attended the execution. Before she left Britain,
Mrs. Scripps said: "These bastards have no right to take my son's
life. I brought him into the world. I am the only person who can take him
out of it." In a semi-literate scrawl Scripps wrote that he gave himself
to a god who had betrayed him. "You may take my life for what it is
worth, but grant thows I love, pease and happiness."
London's Scotland Yard believe that John also murdered a British tourist
in Central America whose bank account in London was milked by Scripps after
he vanished. In Mexico City, his ex-wife, Maria Arellanos, said: "John
disappeared on several trips and went to the United States and South-East
Asia. I knew something awful was happening, but I could not believe he
had started killing people." While in prison Scripps wrote a story
about how he escaped his own hanging to fall into the arms of his mother
and sister. Unfortunately for John, that never happened.
Jack Barron (4) In 1995 Jack Barron moved from being
a very unfortunate man to become a serial killer. It all started in 1992
when his wife, Irene, died mysteriously leaving Jack grief stricken. Eight
months later his four year-old son, Jeremy, stopped breathing in his sleep.
Jack claimed it was some genetic link that was killing his family. Next
his daughter, also four, died in her sleep. Family and friends could not
believe such tragedy could strike again. Jack packed up and moved in with
his mother. When the poor lady died in her bed, authorities became a little
suspicious. Jack still maintains his innocence and likes to dwell on his
suffering. Now that he's been charged with four murders, he might be in
for a little more suffering for the next one hundred years.
Donald Miller (4) Donald Miller, a prisoner in the
Michigan Prison System, confessed to four rape-murders from 1977 to 1978
in and around East Lansing, Michigan,. He was arrested while attempting
his 5th rape-murder. While in Jackson State Prison in Michigan, he confessed
to four other murders. In exchange for leading prosecutors to the bodies,
the charges were reduced to only four counts of manslaughter. Unfortunately
for the rest of us, he will be released on bail in March of 1997 to carry
on with his deadly ways.
Anthony Balaam (4) Anthony, a
Trenton, New Jersey crack addict, confessed to raping and strangling four
prostitutes during sex-for-drugs exchanges. Fifth rape victim who escaped
after being raped and led police to her attacker ending his 22-month deadly
rampage. According to police Balaam showed no remorse and "came off
as a nice guy" when he was arrested on August 8, 1996.
The crimes Balaam was charged with ocurred within two miles of his home.
Police said he encountered his victims in the predawn hours, while cruising
neighborhoods where women regularly swap sex for crack cocaine.
On February 16, when the woman who was raped escaped, police became convinced
from details of the attack and the weapon used that the rapist was also
the strangler they were seeking. DNA from semen taken from the victims
and other laboratory results linked two killings. Balaam eventually became
a suspect, and the rape victim identified him as her attacker after his
Lowell Amos (4) On Oct 24, 1996,
Lowell, a Detroit businessman whose mother and three wives died under suspicious
circumstances, was convicted of murdering his third wife with a cocaine
overdose. He faces an automatic life sentence without possibility of parole
for the slaying of his third wife, 37-year-old Roberta Mowery Amos.
Lowell, a former General Motors plant manager from Anderson, Ind., claimed
his wife died accidentally of a drug overdose during sex play in which
he was inserting cocaine into her body. However, a coroner's autopsy revealed
that her body contained 15 times the amount of cocaine needed to kill a
person. of murder and handed him an Sparking the investigators interest
even further was the fact that unlucky widower's two previous wives and
his mother had all died mysteriously between 1979 and 1989 while he lived
with them in Indiana.
Prosecutors believe that Lowell knew his wife was about to leave him and
he wanted to collect on her life insurance. A regular bluebeard, Lowell
had collected more than $1 million in inheritance and insurance from the
deaths of his first two wives and his mother.
Eric Elliott & Lewis Gilbert (4)
One for the weekend rampage file. Eric Elliott, 18, and Lewis Gilbert,
24, of Newcomerstown, Oklahoma, bored with their mundane existence, went
on a weeklong crime spree in Ohio in 1994 leaving four dead in their wake.
In 1996 Gilbert was convicted in the killing of Roxy Ruddell and was sentenced
to death. Eric's first trial in May, 1996, ended in a deadlock. In his
second trial, moments before jury selection was to begin, Elliot pleaded
guilty to participating in the September 1994 slaying of Ruddell because,
he said, "he was in fact, guilty." If convicted, the teenager
faces the death penalty, life without parole, or a life term that would
make him eligible for parole in 15 years.
The victim, 37-year-old Roxy Ruddell was murdered while fishing in a lake.
The two boys were arrested with Mrs. Ruddell's truck near Santa Fe, N.M.,
just days after her body was found. Police believe they also abducted and
killed Ruth Loader of Port Washington, who has never been seen again and
is presumed dead. Furthermore, they are suspected in the slayings of William
and Flossie Brewer, whose bodies were found in their home in Kingdom City,
Andrei Maslich (4) A death row
inmate in Siberia, Andrei has received two death sentences for strangling
and cooking his cell mates in prison. Maslich, a four-time convicted murderer,
received his first death penalty in 1995 when he and another inmate strangled,
cooked and ate a prisoner because they were bored.
He was sentenced to death again on December 26, 1996 for strangling his
new cell mate after an argument and boiling his liver in a metal mug on
a makeshift fire. Allegedly he cooked his cell mate in hopes of being declared
insane and escaping execution for his first act of cannibalism. Whatever
his reasons were, we pity Andrei's next cell mate.
Tsutomu Miyazaki (4) Charged
with the kidnapping and murdering four young girls in Tokyo and the Saitama
Prefecture from 1988 to 1989, Tsutomu told the Tokyo District Court he
did not, "have much interest in his trial." At the outset of
the hearings in 1990, Miyazaki admitted he abducted and killed the four
girls but said he felt "as if I had done it in a dream." He later
said in court that he "did not remember" the deposition statement
in which he owned up to the charges.
Court hearings were suspended on March 1993 when lawyers demanded a second
psychiatric test for Miyazaki. The first psychiatric tests showed that
his mental condition, despite signs of personality disorder, was sufficient
enough to be held responsible for the crimes. But a second test contradicted
the initial one, suggesting that he was either suffering from multiple
personality disorder or schizophrenia.
Robert Arguelles (4) While
serving a sentence for child molestation, Robert Arguelles, 34, confessed
to being a serial killer. On May 2, 1996, four years after the disappearance
of three teen-age girls from the Salt Lake City area, Robert confessed
to their murders after receiving a letter telling him he was a father.
The repentant slayer said: "I realise these girls were just little
girls like mine.... I started to understand just how much it would hurt
to have someone do what he had done". In return for fessing up, Arguelles
asked for a private cell, a color TV and the death penalty.
Originally he had been suspected in the deaths of Malisa Roberts, 15, and
Lisa Martinez, 16, after he led police to their bodies in a stagnant pond
in July, 1995. He claimed to have merely witnessed the dumping of the bodies,
but in a tearful seven-hour session with his lawyer and the investigator
he broke down and admitted killing the two teenagers, another girl of 13,
and a 42-year-old high school caretaker over a two-month period in 1992.
After confessing, he took police to the shallow grave of the third girl,
Stephanie Blundell, in the mountains east of Salt Lake City.
Anna Zwanzinger (4)
Thomas Piper (4)
Ramon Jay Rogers (3+) Ramon, an aspiring
actor and heavy-metal drummer, was arrested in March of 1996 in San Diego
after the body parts of his visiting ex-girlfriend were found in the apartment
complex he managed. The discovery triggered the reopening of two other
cases involving the mutilation-murder of another old girlfriend and the
disappearance of a friend. Investigators have looked into two other murders
outside San Diego County. The body parts found, reportedly teeth and fingers,
were in a plastic bag inside a storage locker near his parking space.
Sean Patrick Goble (3+) Sean,
a long-distance trucker from Ashenboro, NC, confessed to the murders of
two women in Tennessee and has been charged with a third in North Carolina.
He would pick up his victims at gas and service stations along the interstate
and dump their bodies further down the road. Authorities in seven other
states want to question Sean about dozens of similar death that occurred
along his truck routes. Many of the victims were prostitutes who were smothered
or strangled. Perhaps we'll see Sean move up the ranks of his peers as
he is linked to more killings. On December 15, 1995, the 29-year-old trucker
received two consecutive life terms for the killings in Tennessee.
Cecile Bombeek (3+)
Andonis Daglis (3): On January
23, 1997, 23-year-old Andonis Daglis was found guilty of raping and murdering
three prostitutes and cutting them up with a chain saw. He was sentenced
to an unprecedented 13 terms of life imprisonment. He was also found guilty
of attempted murder of six other women.
Daglis, dubbed by the Greek media the "Athens Ripper," raped
and strangled the three prostitutes between 1993-1995. After killing them,
he chopped them into pieces and dumped them on a highway.
One witness, British national Ann Hamson, was spared when she convinced
the "Ripper" that she was not a prostitute. For weeks, the Greek
public was glued to their television as Daglis slouched in a courtroom
chair and recounted his bloody rampage.
"The Double-Initial Killer"
(3): Also known as "The Alphabet Killer" In the early
seventies three girls in and around Rochester, NY, were brutally raped
and strangled and their bodies dumped in neighboring villages that bore
the same first initial as their names. All three victims' first and last
names had matching initials. The three dead girls were Carmen Colon, who
was found dead in Churchville, Wanda Walkowicz, who was found in Webster,
and Michelle Maenza, who was found in Macedon.
More than 800 suspects were questioned. The three girls came from poor
catholic families, were 10 and 11 years old, and all had problems in school.
Due to the odd similarities shared by each victim, authorities believe
the killer worked in a social service agency, school or other institution
that gave him/her access to their family records. On December 8, 1995,
a convicted murderer at a maximum-security prison claimed to know the identity
of the elusive killer.
Craig Price (3): The youngest
serial killer of the Archives, Craig was known as the "Slasher of
Warwick" after a brutal series of killings in Rhode Island in the
late 1980s. Craig, a black youth from a working class family, is believed
to have committed his first murder when he was only 14-years-old. The victim
was a white female from his neighborhood, whom he "peeped" on
dozens of occasions. He stabbed her to death with one of her kitchen knives
after breaking in to their homes.
The murder went unsolved until a few months after Craig's second killing
frenzy which took place almost 2 years later, when he was 16. The victims
were two more white females in his neighborhood. The slashings were so
similar that the FBI was called in to profile a serial killer. They failed
to finger a 16 year old black male as their suspect. It took an observant
detective who noticed Craig with a big cut on his hand to crack the case.
He admitted to committing the murders without any persuasion and, according
to the FBI, goes down in history as the youngest serial killer in US history.
Craig is scheduled to be released from the ACI in Cranston, Rhode Island,
in 1998. His sentence for murder having been served, he is now doing 2
additional years for contempt. The FBI and local authorities believe it
is only a matter of time that Craig will start killing again.
Joseph & Michael Kallinger (3)
Joseph Kallinger, a cobbler by trade, led a life steeped in madness
and crime. As an adopted child he grew up under the constant abuse from
his parents. It is no surprise that when he became a father he was abusive
too. On January 23, 1972 he branded his oldest daughter for running away.
He was arrested for child abuse and found incompetent to stand trial. By
mid-1974 he was constantly hearing voices from a floating head that followed
him around. God also spoke to him and told him to kill young boys and sever
Eager to comply, Joe enlisted his 13-year-old son, Michael, and proceeded
to torture and murder a nine-year-old Puerto Rican youth. Their next victim
was one of his own children, Joe Jr., who had previously accused him of
abuse. For such a transgression the hapless youngster was found drowned
in an abandoned building.
On Jan. 8, 1975, Kallinger and Mike gained entrance to a house in Leonia,
N.J., by posing as salesmen. For the next several hours, they beat, robbed
and terrorized the eight people inside. One of the eight, a 21-year-old
nurse named Maria Fasching, who had stopped at the house to aid an elderly
neighbor and friend, was taken to the basement, tied up, sexually assaulted,
and killed. A bloodstained shirt left by one of the intruders was traced
by a laundry mark to Kallinger, who lived with his family in a cramped
apartment above his shoe repair shop in Philadelphia.
Michael, a juvenile, was placed on probation until his twenty-fifth birthday.
He is now free and is believed to have changed his name. After his capture
Joseph was pronounced paranoid and schizophrenic by psychiatrists. During
his New Jersey trial, he sometimes moaned and babbled incoherently. Nevertheless,
the jury concluded that he had known right from wrong and convicted him
Joe was given 40 years in jail in Pennsylvania for a series of robberies
followed by a life sentence in New Jersey for the murder of Maria Fasching.
In jail Joe has expressed repeatedly his desire to kill every person on
earth. Once he slashed a fellow inmate's throat and poured lighter fluid
on himself, torched up, and tried to fry an egg on his head. After that
he was moved to the Farview State Hospital for the criminally insane where
he would talk to God whom he said he'll become after death. In recent years,
Kallinger has expressed remorse, refused to eat and attempted suicide.
On March 26, 1996 the cobbler-turned-killer who terrorized New Jersey suburbs
two decades ago died of a seizure. He was 59 years old. Now we can only
wonder if indeed he his assuming the responsibilities of the Man above.
Heriberto Seda (3) As the notorious
"Zodiac," Heriberto Seda, a ponytailed Bible quoting oddball,
had to kill his victims because, "they were bad. They were evil people".
He terrorized New York City with two crime sprees -- a short summer ordeal
in 1990 and a prolonged one spanning from 1992 to 1993 -- that left three
dead and five wounded. A consummate media whore, Heriberto picked his moniker
from the elusive "Zodiac Killer" who stalked
San Francisco between 1966 and 1974 and claimed to have killed more than
37 people. He also sent letters to the police boasting of a demented plot
to slaughter people purposefully selected by their astrological sign, one
for each of the dozen signs. At first, the police thought it was a hoax.
On March 8, 1990, he proved them wrong. Heriberto, wearing a ski mask shot
Mario Orosco, a Scorpio, in the back and left him for dead. 21 days later,
he attacked German Montenedro, a Gemini, who also survived. On May 31,
1990, he attacked Joseph Proce, a Taurus, who died in the hospital three
weeks later. A note found near him bore a pie-shaped picture with the symbols
for the signs of the first three victims and a message that read: "Zodiac
-- Time to die!" The fourth victim, Larry Parham, a homeless man,
was shot while sleeping on a bench in Central Park on June 21. Subsequently
he told the police that a stranger had asked him about his astrological
sign a few days before the shooting. Another note with Parham's astrological
sign was found near the crime scene. On that note, police discovered a
single fingerprint that was later used to identify Heriberto as the star
After a few letters to the media nothing was heard of "Zodiac"
until August 10, 1992 when he stabbed Patricia Fonte, a Leo, 100 times
raising his body count to two dead. About a year later, on June 4, 1993,
he shot James Weber, a Libra, in the leg while he was walking. On July
20, he crept up on John DiAcone, a homeless Virgo, and shot him to death
at point-blank range. On October 2 he shot Diane Ballard, a Taurus, and
left her partially paralyzed.
It was not until a letter sent to The New York Post in August of 1994 that
these attacks were linked to the "Zodiac" rampage of 1990. At
first authorities were dubious that the letter was from the same attacker.
However police concluded that it was not a hoax but were unsure if it was
written by the same person or someone who knew of the assaults. Nothing
was heard from him again until the June 18, 1996, argument he had with
Authorities said that Seda, a deeply religious man obsessed with weaponry
and the teachings of the Bible, was angry with his 17-year-old sister,
Gladys Reyes, for associating with disreputable types. Apparently Gladys
wouldn't reason and he shot her in the back. According to Sgt. Joseph Herbert:
"He was mad at his sister because she was hanging around with the
wrong people, drug dealers, troublemakers -- and he didn't like that."
Neighbors said that Seda abhorred drug dealers and used to tip off police
officers assigned to the neighborhood about who was trafficking in drugs.
They also said that he recently stood in the middle of the street and declared:
"I'm going to start killing. I'm going to start killing because I'm
not getting no sex."
During the stand-off, he fired numerous rounds at police barricades and
before giving himself up. When he surrendered he placed 13 homemade zip-guns
in a bucket lowered from the building's roof. A cache of weaponry, pipe
bombs, devil worship books, crossbows, knives and bomb-making manuals was
later found at his apartment elsewhere in the city. During the siege, Heriberto
wore what appeared to be a helmet or saucepan on his head.
Sergeant Herbert, who had been involved in the intensive manhunt for the
"Zodiac" killer, recognized the writing and symbols Seda used
after the shootout while writing his confession. At once, he ran a check
of his fingerprints through the police computer and matched one to the
one found at the scene of the 1990 attack in Central Park, and another
one to one found on a 1994 letter mailed to The New York Post.
(3) Unabom has been at it since 1978 mailing letter bombs to scientists,
computer industry people and politicians. Although Unabom has only killed
three, many have been severely injured by his lethal postal work. His last
victim, a California Forestry Association executive, was killed in 1995,
four days after the Oklahoma
A intellectual psychopath, Unabom likes to plant references to wood and
forestry in his bombing text. In 1995, in a desperate cry for attention,
the moody bomber threatened to blow up an airliner in Los Angeles International
Airport during the fourth of July weekend. Nothing came to pass, except
that the Unabomber became the hottest publishing commodity in the nation
after he requested that his treatise against technology be published by
the media. Finally, on September 1995, the Washington Post and the New
York Times published his manifesto.
On November 6, 1995, the FBI declared that Unabom no longer was considered
a terrorist and that his profile was more like that of a serial killer.
On April 3, 1996, Federal Agents arrested Theodore J. Kaczynski, a Harvard
grad and former UC Berkeley math professor, in a remote cabin in the Montana
mountains. Authorities believe Ted is indeed the mysterious Unabomber.
After a 18-year search, Kaczynski's brother David broke the case when he
uncovered old letters in his mother's attic that sounded like Unabom. Through
a lawyer David handed the documents to authorities after negotiating that
they would not pursue the death penalty. Subsequently Federal Agents set
on a three week stakeout around Kaczynski's remote mountain cabin in the
freezing wilderness near the Continental Divide.
The cabin, a Spartan hand-built 10-by-12-foot wood and tar paper structure,
had no electricity, phone or running water. The reclusive ex-professor's
only means of transportation was a red bike he rode into town to buy supplies
when the harsh Montana weather allowed. For more than twenty-five years
he led a hermit's life in the mountains that would have made Saint Anthony
proud. It is unclear how someone living under such austere isolation could
have perpetrated the series of intricate bombings authorities claimed he
To prove their case against the reclusive mountain-man/genius the Feds
have "leaked" information to the press about two partially assembled
bombs discovered in his home. They also stated that one of his three typewriters
"might" match the one used to write the serial bomber's 35,000-word
rant against industrialization. They also claim to have found the original
manuscript. All in all 700 pieces of evidence were carted away from his
cabin before the Feds decided to take the cabin itself to a nearby Airforce
base for safekeeping.
On the positive side, after years of isolation Teddy does not seem troubled
by his new living conditions. Being back in civilization, Ted has been
showering on a daily basis and is enjoying the fine prison cuisine. Apart
from that, his hermit life seems to remain the same. He still reads avidly
and his cell is bigger than the cabin in which he lived for more than 25
years. He has been soft spoken and pleasant with everyone he has come in
contact with. However he has not said a word regarding the accusations
leveled against him. Perhaps he is saving it for the legions of Hollywood
agents anxiously waiting by his cell door with lucrative deals for the
exclusive book and film rights to his side of the story.
Theresa Cross (3) Theresa Cross aka Jimmie Knorr.
A mother of three sons and two daughters, she shot one of her daughters
with a gun. The poor girl survived and, after a few weeks, Theresa tried
to remove the bullet by herself. The attempted surgery left the daughter
near death. So Theresa, the kindest of mothers, put the girl in a closet
and told the other children not to feed her. Eventually, the kid died.
Subsequently another daughter was beaten to death. Theresa took the two
corpses up to the mountains with the help of her teen-age sons and burned
them in a pile of trash. During her trial for infanticide it was revealed
that she had been previously acquitted of the murder of her former husband.
Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka
(3) Paul, a serial rapist, was a man in constant need of a fuck.
His good wife, Karla, was always glad to help her man. She actively sought
girls for Paul to rape. The undoing of this gruesome twosome proved to
be Karla's teenage sister, Tammy, whom Paul had always lusted after. In
mid-1990 he started pressuring Karla to help him have sex with Tammy. By
December 23, Paul, a sexual psychopath and lousy rap star, decided the
little vixen's time was up. After they drugged Tammy, Karla videotaped
her husband raping her. Later that night Tammy died as she choked on her
own vomit. Her death was found accidental and the Homolka's carried on
to the tune of two more deaths, 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old
Kristen French, before their arrest.
In 1993 Karla plea-bargained a guilty charge on two manslaughter deaths
in exchange for testifying against her sexually predatory ex husband. The
ensuing media circus surrounding their trial, known as Canada's "Trial
of the Century," rivaled the O.J. feeding frenzy that mesmerized the
US public. Even the Internet was pulled into the fracas when press reports
on the case were banned in Canada and resurfaced in cyberspace. Karla is
now serving 12 years for manslaughter. On September 1, 1995, Paul was found
guilty of all charges and declared a "dangerous offender". He
is now serving life with no possibility of parole for 25 years while he
works on his rap act.
Charles Meach (3) On November 11, 1957, the day his
parents took him out of reform school, Charlie went out and beat to death
a 22-month-old girl. He later told the police he "wanted to know how
it would feel." After serving 17 years in prison he got out on parole
and, two months later, smoked his parents. Now he is serving a life sentence
and hopefully they won't let him out again.
Harvey Murray Glatman (3) As a child, Harvey enjoyed
hanging himself while jerking off. The family physician told his parents
that he would soon get over it and in the mean time they should "try
to keep him busy." As an adult, Harvey never lost his fondness for
ropes. Through classifieds adds he started meeting women using the old
photographer-looking-for-models-trick. When the hopeful models arrived,
he told them that he was shooting an S & M portrait for a pulp magazine.
Once he had tied them up Harvey raped the "models" and drove
them to the desert where he would choke them to death. In 1958 he was arrested
when his next would-be victim seized his pistol after he shot her. In 1959
Glatman was gassed to death in San Quentin.
William Heirens (3) As a child
William Heirens thought that all sex was dirty. Later he channeled his
sexual desires into dressing up like a woman and masturbating to pictures
of high ranking Nazis. Not surprisingly, he later committed numerous fetish
burglaries and three murders from which he claimed to have derived immense
pleasure. He killed two women who caught him ransacking their homes and
dismembered an eleven year old girl. At one of the crime scenes he wrote
on the wall with lipstick: "For Heaven's sake catch me before I kill
more. I cannot control myself." He was caught on June 26, 1946. In
his trial he said his crimes were perpetrated by his alter ego "George
Murman." To this day, he thinks Murman still exists and writes notes
to him .
Charles Schmid (3) Charles Schmid,
the Pied Piper of Phoenix, was a little imp who dyed his hair black and
drew a mole in his face to look meaner. This bizarre individual became
a cult hero of the disaffected youths of Tucson, Arizona. On March 31,
1964, after a night of drinking, he proclaimed that he was going to kill
a girl and get away with it. His victim was a 15-year-old girl who he lured
to the desert where he raped and killed her. The next year he killed his
girlfriend and younger sister and dumped their bodies in the desert. A
boastful man, Charlie took his friend Richard Bruns to see the corpses.
The murders became an open secret with a bunch of Tucson teens. No one
told authorities until Bruns, fearing that his girlfriend was next on Charlie's
hit list, spilled the beans.
At first Charlie was given the death sentence which later was commuted
to life in prison when the US Supreme Court declared capital punishment
unconstitutional. In 1972 he escaped with fellow triple-murderer Raymond
Hudgens and was recaptured within days. On March 20, 1975 Schmid was stabbed
20 times by fellow inmates and died ten days later.
Victor Gant (2+) A New Orleans
police officer, Victor is a suspect in the murders of two out of 24 victims
of an unknown serial killer. The dead are mostly prostitutes who were strangled,
their stripped bodies dumped in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, and swamps
further west of the city. The killings started in 1991. Most of the victims
were abducted in Algiers and Treme, two of the poorest neighborhoods of
the city. While Gant was being investigated for two death -- one of which
was his girlfriend -- he remained in the force working a desk job.
The latest incident was in the Gant odyssey involved a domestic dispute
between him and his current girlfriend which led to finally being suspended
Mary Bell (2) At 11-years-old,
Mary bell is the youngest killer of the Archives. A native of Newcastle,
England, Mary was born in 1957. Her mother was an unwed, mentally disturbed
woman who once gave the child to a stranger she met outside an abortion
clinic. Described by court psychiatrist as intelligent, manipulative and
dangerous, in 1968 mary was found guilty of killing two other children.
A bad seed in the truest sense of the word, Mary went to visit the parents
of her first victim four days after his body was discovered When the grieving
mom told her that the young boy was dead, she replied: "I know he's
dead. I wanted to see him in his coffin."
Mary did her killings with the help of her best friend, Norma Bell(no relation).
Norma, not as evil as Mary, ended spilling the beans about the lethal habits
of her friend. Her two victims were a three and four year-old boys. Mary
was also accused of trying to strangle four other girl. he was also responsible,
along with Norma, of vandalizing a local nursery school and scribbling
on the walls: "Fuck off, we murder, watch out, Fanny and Faggot."
Not a model prisoner, mary escaped from Moor County Prison in 1977and was
captured three days later. Back in the Big House, Mary, not one to shy
away from publicity, gave detailed accounts to the British tabloid press
of how she lost her virginity to a young lad she met during her three days
Gary Heidnik (2) One of Philadelphia's
most fucked up citizens, Gary raved about collecting ten sex-slaves and
fathering as many children as he could before dying. Not the poster boy
for the city of brotherly love, Gary spent most of his life in and out
of mental institutions. Honorably discharged from the army in 1962, Gary
dutifully collected his army pension which he proceeded to invest in the
stock market. Surprisingly Gary roved to be a financial wiz and amassed
a small fortune out of his stock portfolio. Unfortunately, nothing else
in his life had such positive results.
In 1971 Gary formed the "United Church of the Ministries of d"
of which he was an ordained minister. The church served as a tax shelter
as well as a way to meet black retarded women form a local institute which
he enjoyed sexually. Curiously, he hated black and spewed out racist diatribes
to anyone who cared to listen about the impending race war.
On May 17, 1978 Gary was arrested after the mentally retarded sister of
his girlfriend was found chained in his basement. That proved just to be
a forewarning of his future behavior. By1986, Gary fully committed himself
to deviant behavior and started enacting his sex-slavery plan. He procured
his first sex-slave, a part-time prostitute, on Thanksgiving Day. He kept
the hapless woman n a pit in his basement and fed her only bread, water
and dog food. Soon after three more prisoners were added to the harem.
By February, 1987, on of the sex-slaves died after hanging from the rafters
for several days. The new recruit he procured to take her place proved
not to be submissive enough and was promptly killed by Gary by hooking
her to electrodes and forcing her to stand in a pit full of water.
Gary proceeded to dismember the two dead girls and stashing bits and pieces
of them all over his household. He also grounded pieces of their flesh,
mixed it with dog food and fed it to the other captives. On March 22, 1987,
one of the captives escaped and told authorities about Gary's torture chamber.
At first no one believed her until she led authorities to the site. Police
we horrified by the conditions in which they found the other girls as well
as the ample evidence of Gary's culinary delights.
During his trial, his defense attorney tried to blame his psychosis on
LSD experiments allegedly performed on him by the military during his tour
of duty in the 60's. The jury did not buy it and on July 3, 1987, condemned
Gary to death. On December 31, 1988 Gary overdosed on Thorazine and has
remained in a comma since then.
Gein (2+) Meet America's Psychopath King, Ed Gein. Two movies,
precursors to two genres, were made based on his exploits: Psycho
and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Ed once joked that he had a "collection
of shrunken heads" at home but no one thought he was dead serious.
As a child Ed grew up under the watch of his dominating mom. Once she died,
he masturbated over her cadaver and got busy working on what would turn
him into the Van Gogh of Crime. Ed wasn't too sure about his sexuality.
First he considered cutting off his dick, then thought about a sex change
operation. Finally he settled on grave robbing and a strange type of transvestite
necrophilia. To become a woman he would carve out the genitalia of female
cadavers and wear them over his own.
Ed had a knack for fashion and home decorations. In his farm he built The
Sistine Chapel from Hell. A devout recycler, he found uses for all parts
of the anatomy. He had a belt made out of nipples, a skin vest that he
wore on special occasions, mobiles made out of noses, skulls on his bedposts,
cranial bowls for soup, drums made out of skin, and the beat goes on. His
strangeness was uncovered when police came knocking on his door investigating
the disappearance of Bernice Worden, a local store keeper.
Although he was only officially linked to two murders, a couple of "fresh"
vaginas were found in his house that could not be matched to his known
victims or any cemetery records. He was also suspected of killing his brother
and two other men who disappeared near his farm. Many have tallied greater
numbers than Ed, but few achieved his degree of weirdness.