America’s Famous Serial Killers!

Note: This article on America’s famous serial killers was originally published on September 7, 2008 and has since been updated to include profiles of additional American serial killers.

In our original look at some of America’s famous serial killers, we looked at thirteen of the most notorious serial killers in American history. But those murderers are far from the only serial killers our nation has seen.

Now let’s add five more names to the list — more American serial killers you might (or might not) have heard about.

Dean Corll

Deal Corll - The Candy Man - serial killer
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Dean Corll, also known as “The Candy Man,” didn’t act alone. He worked with two accomplices — Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks. Corll is thought to have murdered at least 28 boys in the Houston area from 1970 through 1973. The boys were beaten and raped while tied to a plywood “torture board.” Victims were killed with a gun or by strangulation.

Dean Corll wasn’t prosecuted for his crimes. He was killed by one of his accomplices (Henley). While Henley was convicted of six murders, he wasn’t charged with killing Corll. That was ruled to be self-defense.

Amy Archer-Gilligan

Amy Archer Gilligan - serial killer
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Amy Archer-Gilligan ran a convalescent home in Connecticut. Oddly, her murders inspired the comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace.” She killed residents of her nursing home by poisoning them with arsenic and strychnine shortly after they’d paid her large sums of money. It’s also believed that she killed her wealthy second husband for the inheritance. According to the New York Daily News, “it’s estimated that at least 20 people, and some estimate as many as 100, including her husbands, died by her hand.”

She was only tried for one murder — that of Franklin R. Andrews. She was found guilty and sentenced to death in 1917 and was granted a new trial on appeal. This time she pleaded insanity. She was again found guilty and this time sentenced to life imprisonment. She was moved to a hospital for the insane in 1924. She died there in 1962.

Juan Vallejo Corona

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Juan Vallejo Corona is a Mexican American serial killer who preyed upon the workers he supplied to fruit ranches in California. It is believed that Juan Vallejo Corona killed at least 25 laborers whose bodies were found buried in the orchards they worked at. No clear motive was ever given for the killings.

Corona was found guilty of the 25 murders in 1973 when he was issued 25 life sentences. His conviction was overturned in 1978 and he was tried again in 1982. He was again convicted of the crimes. He is still serving time at the Corcoran State Prison in California.

The Boston Strangler

Alber DeSalvo - The Boston Strangler
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The Boston’s Strangler’s true identity still hasn’t been confirmed, although Albert DeSalvo confessed to being the notorious northeast killer. This unknown serial killer murdered at least 13 women in Boston between 1962 and 1964. Most of the women were sexually assaulted before being strangled, although one elderly victim died of a heart attack and at least two victims were stabbed. Victims’ ages ranged from 19 to 85.

Albert DeSalvo confessed to the stranglings in 1964 after being caught and charged with other sexual assaults (where the victims were not murdered). He was sentenced to life in prison, later escaped but turned himself in, and was ultimately stabbed to death while he was incarcerated.

Many people still believe DeSalvo lied about being The Boston Strangler however, due to inconsistencies and inaccuracies in his claims, DNA evidence that would seem to clear him in at least one case, and the belief that the crimes were too different to all be committed by the same person.

The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer
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The Zodiac Killer, who has never been identified, attacked couples around San Francisco in the late 1960s. The Zodiac Killer claimed to have committed 37 murders in total, but only seven have been confirmed so far. They included three young couples and a young man. The known victims were either shot or stabbed.

The killer himself came up with the “Zodiac” name when he used it in letters to the press. He sent them four coded messages (cryptograms). Only one of them has been definitively solved — by a high school teacher. In that letter, the killer expressed his joy in killing, calling it “so much fun.” And he claimed that the people he murdered would become his slaves in the afterlife.

Read on for our original list of America’s famous serial killers or leave a comment to tell us about a serial killer we haven’t covered here.

Update: Please also check out another list of Notorious Serial Killers

Serial killers — you’d be hard-pressed to spot them in a crowd. They look just like everyone else. In fact, most of them are soft-spoken and polite. Their monstrous nature comes through only when you delve deeper into their personalities, actions and habits.

Reading the gruesome tales of serial killers sends a chill up the spine.  Most of them seem to have had a dysfunctional family setting and were abused as children — emotionally, sexually or verbally. It’s as if this activates some psychological trigger in their minds, increasing the feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness, and causing them to seek out their own heinous form of release.

There have been hundreds of serial killers in the history of America, and there are a few that tend to stay in the minds of citizens, becoming “famous.”

Here are just a few of the (in)famous serial killers that have walked the streets of our nation, in no particular order. There may be many others that are notorious or have killed more people, but we picked a few of the more famous killers that truly shocked us.

Ed Gein (Killings between 1947 and 1957)

Known as history’s most inspirational killer, his character became a central element in many films, including Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Psycho and the character of Buffalo Bill  in The Silence of the Lambs, among others.

Modus Operandi

Gein was a serial killer who skinned his victims, exhumed corpses, and decorated his home with parts of his victims’ bodies. Human skin was used to make dust bins, furniture, and even clothes.

Background

Gein was born in 1906 as the younger of two boys. He had a weak alcoholic father and a domineering mother who was deeply religious. He was said to be very attached to her. She taught them about immorality and the evils of women and sex and discouraged their sexual desires. He turned into an effeminate and shy boy.

His father died as a result of his alcoholism and later his brother Henry, who used to criticize his mother about Gein’s unhealthy attachment to her, died in a mysterious fire. The younger boy was later suspected.

Fantasies

With nobody to control him after his mother passed away, Gein became obsessed with sexual fantasies and female anatomy. Fascinated by the human experiments performed in Nazi camps, he started robbing graves to perform experiments of his own, including exhuming his own mother’s body. The experiments became gruesome and cannibalistic. He had the desire to turn himself into a woman and would create breasts out of human skin and drape them over himself. He believed that for a sex change, he would need fresh bodies and thus started his killing spree, which was said to be because of his love-hate relationship with his mother.

House of Horrors

When police finally caught up with him, they found a variety of gruesome sights — hanging corpses with their throats and heads missing, bowls made of skulls, pieces of jewelry made of human skin, hanging lips, skin upholstery for chairs, and masks made of facial skin and vulva (including his mother’s) that were painted silver. The most shocking discovery was perhaps his mother’s heart, which was found in a pan on the stove.

Killings and Sentence

Police counted 15 women as his victims. Gein told the police that he never had sex with any of the dead women as “they smelled too bad.” His fascination with women was because of the power they held over men. Gein was admitted to Waupan State Hospital and died of cancer at the age of 78.

Ted Bundy (Killings between 1974 and 1978)

Ted Bundy proved that even the devil can be attractive. Bundy was one of the most infamous serial killers in American history. He was handsome, charming and cultured, all traits playing a role in his ability to rape and murder numerous young women. He even engaged in necrophilia (sexual attraction or involvement with corpses).

Modus Operandi

Bundy had unique techniques of luring his victims. He would drink alcohol before approaching potential victims, even in a crowd or in broad daylight, and gain their trust by faking an injury with his arm in a fake cast or a sling. He would at times act as a policeman or fire department personnel. After luring victims to his car, he would hit them on their head with a crowbar. He then raped and assaulted them sexually before strangling and mutilating them.

This good looking maniac used to visit the corpses several times at the Taylor Mountain body dump site, apply makeup to them, and sleep with them till they putrefied.

Background

One of the theories says that he started killing people as early as 14 years old. Many of his victims are said to have a physical resemblance to his first girlfriend.

Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell in 1946 in Burlington, Vermont to an unmarried mother of 22. He gets his name from his stepfather. He was made to believe by his grandparents that he was their son and that his mother was actually his sister.

He was a good student, and like most young people devastated when his first love left him. Bundy didn’t deal with the grief as most people do though. He spent years trying to get her back, and when he did he started killing innocent people and then dumped his girlfriend just as she dumped him.

Killings and Sentence

He was executed in 1989 after confessing to 40 murders.

Before his execution, he revealed that his addiction to pornography led him to do what he did. He said that there are many people out there who were addicted and nothing is being done about them.

One of Bundy’s famous quotes – “We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow.”

David Berkowitz – Son of Sam (Killings between 1976 and 1977)

Better known as the Son of Sam or the .44 killer, David Berkowitz is a New York City serial killer who killed six people and wounded many others. His crimes became famous because of his letters to the media and the police, in addition to the reason he committed these crimes.

Reason for Killing

Berkowitz gave an odd reason for killing – he claimed that to keep the demons quiet, he started doing what they wanted. When dogs howled, he started believing that these dogs were demons asking him to kill women. He was convinced that his house owners, Jack and his wife, were part of the demon conspiracy and Jack was the commander in chief of all the dogs.

Later he shifted into another apartment but was still controlled by the demons in his mind. His new neighbor, Sam Carr, had a black Labrador which Berkowitz believed was possessed. He shot the dog. That did not provide any relief as he began believing that Sam Carr was possessed by the biggest demon, and perhaps Satan himself. Each night these demons told Berkowitz to kill and quench their thirst for blood.

He also used to write letters to the police and media, essentially taunting them with details of his killings.

Background

David Berkowitz, born 1953, was an adopted son of a middle class family in the Bronx. Although his parents loved him, Berkowitz carried a lot of anger and guilt inside him as he felt responsible for the death of his natural mother, who he was told died giving birth to him. Experts believe that could be the reason for his aggressive behavior.

He was devastated when his mother died of cancer and his father remarried and relocated to Florida, leaving him behind when he was 18.

Later he found out that his natural mother was alive and that he had a sister. There was a reunion, butit was too late for him by then as he preferred his isolation and delusions.

Killings and Sentence

Berkowitz received a 365 year prison sentence and told the FBI that he invented the “Son of Sam” stories to convince the court that he was out of his mind. He then said the real reason he killed was partly because he hated his mother for leaving him and partly his failure with women. He felt sexually aroused when he killed women, and he killed six of them.

John Wayne Gacy (Killings between 1972 and 1978)

A respected member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, a precinct captain in the local Democratic party, the owner of a contracting business and a performing joker at children’s parties, John Wayne Gacy seemed as normal as they come.

He came to be known as one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.

Modus Operandi

Gacy lured his victims into handcuffs in the pretext of showing them a pair of trick handcuffs he used in his clown act. He’d then dare the youth to free themselves. Once the boys were handcuffed, he would use either a rope or a board across their throats to kill them while he raped them.

Background

Gacy was born into a blue-collar family in 1942 and had two sisters. His father was an abusive alcoholic who verbally and physically abused his children. Gacy deeply loved his father and strived to please him, but failed.

He had the ability to persuade an manipulate people, likely because of how normal and harmless he seemed on the outside. He later got married and had two kids of his own, but his wife left him when he was arrested for trying to coerce a fellow employee into homosexual acts.

Another thing to note is that he injured his head by falling off a swing when he was 11 years old. He suffered from blackouts until he was 16, and then was diagnosed with a blood clot and the condition was corrected.

Killings and Sentence

When Gacy realized that police were about to arrest him, he surrendered himself. He told them, “There are four Johns” (similar to multiple personalities) — one was a contractor, another a clown, one a politician, and the fourth went by the name Jack Hanley, and he did evil things.

Gacy confessed to more than 24 murders and drew a map to 28 graves under his house and garage. He also said he threw five others into the Des Plaines River.

He was executed with a lethal injection on May 10, 1994. His last meal consisted of fried chicken, Coke, French fries and strawberry shortcake. His last words were, “Kiss my ass.”

Jeffrey Dahmer – Monster (Killings between 1978 and 1991

This Milwaukee serial killer murdered boys of Asian and African descent. His murders were gruesome and involved torture, forced sodomy, dismemberment (removing their limbs), necrophilia, and cannibalism.

He was arrested first when caught fondling a 13-year-old boy in Milwaukee and was sentenced to one year in a work release camp. After serving ten months, he was released on probation for his good behavior. That’s when his killing spree began.

He committed his first murder at the age of 18, shortly after being released, and his first victim was a 19-year-old hitchhiker.

There was a much-talked about story about a 14-year-old boy who almost escaped Dahmer in 1991. He wandered into the streets without clothes, with Dahmer in pursuit. Police believed Dahmer’s story that the boy was 19 years old and was his partner, and took the boy to Dahmer’s house. In spite of noticing a weird smell there, they left without investigating. Soon after, the boy was killed and Dahmer kept his skull as a souvenir.

Background

Dahmer was the son of an analytical chemist, and as a child he had a fascination with dissecting dead animals. By the time he was a teenager, he was an alcoholic and a loner. He dropped out of college and his father forced him to enlist in the Army. After just two years, he was discharged because of his heavy drinking. Since he did not want to face his father, he moved in with his grandmother and lived with her for six years. His grandmother asked him to move out when he was arrested for exposing himself in public.

Killings and Sentence

Dahmer was caught by the police when a would-be victim escaped and alerted them. He was held responsible for 15 murders, sentenced to 15 life terms. Dahmer then expressed remorse and wished death upon himself. He was beaten to death by a fellow inmate and died of severe head trauma.

Gary Ridgway – The Green River Killer (Killings between 1982 and 1984)

“I hate most prostitutes. I did not want to pay them for sex. I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away, and might never be reported missing.” These were the words of one of the worst slayers in American history, who was said to have killed more women than any other serial killer — Gary Ridgway.

The Green River Killer drama unfolds at Aurora Avenue on the banks of the Green River where hundreds of prostitutes hang around, and where on July 15, 1982 the body of a 16-year-old prostitute was found. She was the first victim of the infamous Green River Killer and was raped and strangled to death. He had the habit of finding a landmark and leaving a group of dead bodies in ‘clusters,” to remember easily. Driving by these clusters and remembering them gave him a high.

The killings continued and police couldn’t find a clue, so the “Green River Taskforce” was formed in 1984. The death toll had reached 26 by then.

Ted Bundy’s Help

Another serial killer, Ted Bundy (who was sitting on a death row), offered to assist the police and gave them several clues into the working of a serial killer’s mind until the time he was executed.

Background

Ridgway was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and he had two brothers. He had a domineering mother who constantly yelled at their father and controlled Ted completely, and she was never pleased with what he did. Ridgway’s IQ was 80, which signified a slight mental deficiency. He had a troubled adolescence and stabbed a six-year-old kid when he was 16. He always had an obsession with prostitutes.

He was married for fourteen years and he managed two totally different identities: one the life of a wonderful husband going on romantic vacations, and the other of the infamous serial killer.

Killings and Sentence

The Green River Killer caused mayhem for two and half years during the 1980s. He pleaded guilty to 48 charges in 2003, but claimed to have killed 71 women. A controversial plea bargain he entered into spared him execution in exchange for helping to locate the remains of all of those women by providing details. This created a lot of controversy as many people believed that a person who murdered so many people should not be spared the death sentence.

He was sentenced to 48 life sentences and is currently incarcerated in Washington at the Washington State Penitentiary.

Belle Sorenson Gunness (Killings between 1900 and 1908)

Unlike many other female killers, Gunness didn’t poison her victims — she slaughtered them. She was a 42-year-old Norwegian immigrant who purchased a property in La Porte, Indiana using her first husband’s insurance after his death. Her husband and two of her children were said to have died mysteriously, although she wasn’t suspected. After moving to La Porte with the rest of her children, she married Peter Gunness who died after just nine months. She collected another insurance payment. Over the next few years, other men that came into her life vanished without trace.

She became famous for being a black widow — killing several of her husbands, ranch workers and adopted children.

Modus Operandi

She would place matrimonial ads in newspapers and promised men marital bliss and a life filled with love. Several hopefuls traveled to La Porte carrying their life savings with them. She would then drug them and cut them up as she cut her hogs. She would then wrap them up with oilskin and bury them at her farm.

A letter she wrote reads – “My heart beats in wild rapture for you, My Andrew, I love you. Come prepared to stay forever.”

Background

There are various accounts of her background. She was said to be one of eight children and was born in Stoersetgjerdet in Norway. One story goes that she got pregnant with a man and he kicked her in her stomach in public causing her to lose her child. He disappeared soon after. According to her sister, Belle was said to be crazy for money.

Missing Mysteriously

In 1908, Gunness’ farmhouse caught fire and burned to the ground. When it was put out, the remains of several people were discovered — men, children, and even a woman. The children were identified as hers. The woman was assumed to be Gunness herself, although there was no head. It was thought she died in that fire.

Many butchered bodies were found around her property, carved like turkeys. The heads were cut off, arms removed, and legs sawed off at the thigh.

Despite the assumption that she died, her ranch hand and lover, Lamphere, claimed that he helped Belle fake her own death and run away when he was arrested. Officially, she was presumed dead.

She was said to have killed 49 people.

Charles Manson (Killings in 1969)

Called the “most dangerous man” and the “devil,” Charles Manson was the terror of the 60s.

Background

He was born in 1934 to a 16-year-old mother who was a troublemaker. She left him with his aunt or grandmother most of the time. She was arrested on armed robbery charges and sent to a penitentiary, leaving Manson to live with his aunt and uncle. Even after she was released, his mother didn’t want the responsibility of looking after him. She was even willing to trade him for a drink. His father was never in the scene from his birth.

Manson turned out to be a troublemaker himself, and he was sent to a reform school at the age of nine. By the time he was 26, he was charged with rape, drug charges, stealing, pimping, and more.

He was religious and used this to manipulate people into following him. When he was 34, he formed the “Charles Manson Family” by attracting a group of followers — mostly young women with troubled pasts. He used amphetamines to alter their personalities and they started calling him “Jesus Christ” and did everything he wanted, including physical favors.

He was a music lover who believed that the “Beatles’” were prophets sent to earth to warn of an upcoming revolution. Manson focused on an Armageddon, where the blacks would rise to power and kill all whites and the Manson family would be the only white family living. He felt the blacks wouldn’t be able to stay in power because of an inferiority complex and that the Manson family would then rule the world.

When this did not happen, he started having people killed by his “family” members.

Killings and Sentence

His first murder was that of Sharon Tate, wife of director Roman Polanski. The next was the LaBianca family. He was sentenced to death but later reduced to life imprisonment, when California Supreme Court eliminated death penalties temporarily. He is currently an inmate at Corcoran State Prison.

Albert Fish (Killings between 1919 and 1930)

Albert Fish may have been America’s most vile pedophile, serial killer, and cannibal. He is known by many names — Gray Man, Brooklyn Vampire, The Boogeyman, and the Werewolf of Wysteria. He was a gentle-looking and benevolent grandfather, a total contrast to the monster within him. His wife considered him a wonderful husband and his children believed he was a model father. Some of his crimes seem unbelievable.

Background

Hamy Fish (his birth name) was born in Washington D.C. as the youngest of four children. Several of his family members had mental health problems. After his father’s death, he was put in an orphanage by his mother and he was whipped at the orphanage frequently. That’s said to be when he began to realize that he enjoyed physical pain and felt aroused by it. Then he entered into homosexual relationships at the age of 12 and was introduced to other perverse practices of drinking urine and coprophagia. His weekends were spent visiting public baths to watch boys undress. This led to male prostitution, which continued even after his marriage and the births of his six children.

Turning into a Psycho-Masochist

He also developed an unusual interest in castration and visited brothels where he got himself whipped and beaten. He pushed needles into his body, including his genitalia. X-rays later revealed a total of 27 needles inside him.

It was at the age of 55 that he started experiencing hallucinations. He believed God ordered him to castrate young boys. This was diagnosed as religious psychosis and is what led to the several mutilations and murders he committed.

Killings and Sentence

Although he was a suspect in five killings, he stated that he “had” around 100 children in all states. Nobody knew whether he was talking about cannibalization or molestation. He was executed on an electric chair.

Herman Webster Mudgett – Dr. Holmes (Killings between 1893 and 1895)

Mudgett’s criminal career started as a medical student who stole corpses from the University of Michigan. He used those corpses to collect insurance money on policies taken under fictitious names. He then started a drug store empire and constructed a huge hundred-room mansion with trap doors, lime pits, fake walls, acid vats, and secret entrances.

Modus Operandi

He would rent rooms to visitors and then try and collect the insurance when they were killed there. He also used to lure women to his “torture castle,” promising marriage. He would then throw them down the elevator shaft and gas them to death. But before he did that he would force them to sign all their life savings over to him.

Background

Herman was born in New Hampshire and his father was very strict, often bullying his son. He had a well-known fear of the local doctor’s office and because of this other students in his school would often force him to touch human skeletons. What was meant to be a scare turned out to be a fascination, which led to him stealing corpses while in medical school.

He started using the name “H.H. Holmes” after moving to Chicago and got engaged in a lot of shady activities. He is also a bigamist, married a second time and a third time while still married to the first wife. He was known to be a charmer and a ladies’ man.

Killings

His huge castle with secret passages had a drugstore and other shops on the ground floor and the upper areas were used as his office. There were more than a hundred rooms without windows, and there were doorways that opened into brick walls. There were also stairways to nowhere, doors that could not be opened from the inside and several other such oddities. This was to become his killing den.

It was here that the killing spree sprouted over a period of three horrible years. Female victims were mostly his employees who were required to take a life insurance policy where Holmes would pay the premiums. Soundproof rooms with gas lines fitted in were used to kill people. These victims were asphyxiated and their screams went unnoticed as they suffocated. There was a chute that took the bodies to the basement, where some bodies were dissected, flesh removed and turned into skeletal models. He sold these skeletons and other organs to medical schools.He also performed illegal abortions in the castle and many of his patients died.

Sentence

Eventually police grew suspicious about the activities in the castle and when he knew he was getting caught, he burnt the castle and vanished. Remains of more than two hundred people were found in the charred debris. He was later caught and hanged.

Coral Eugene Watts – (Killings between 1974 and 1982)

Watts was the first known serial killer in the nation’s history to have legally acquired immunity, and at one point it even looked as if he would be released in 2006 in spite of having committed between 80-100 murders. When a detective said that he did not have enough fingers and toes to count all the murders he committed, Watts replied that there were not enough fingers and toes in the room. (There were four men in the room.)

Usually serial killers are said to kill people of their own race. However Watts, who was an African American, killed whites mostly.

He admitted to killing females because he saw evil in their eyes. He drowned women in a bathtub in order to prevent their spirits from escaping.

He was not caught for many years because he killed in different jurisdictions and different states. DNA tests also didn’t prove anything because he did not dally with his victims, unlike other serial killers.

Modus Operandi

Watts would drive a couple of hours to commit his murders.  He stalked women in his car, would park ahead of them, get out of the car, and then approach them. He killed females between the ages of 14 and 34 by strangulation, drowning, and stabbing. Occasionally he also used tools and other metal objects.

He started killing at the age of 20 but did not rape them, and some of his murders occurred without him even touching the women. For him, the thrill came from the hunt and attack.

Background

Watts’ parents divorced when he was two and he lived with his mother and step-father. He was said to act weird when he was a kid. He was never good at academics but excelled in boxing.

He started having morbid dreams when he was 12, always revolving around killing women. In his dreams, he would punch their evil spirits and he usually fell off his bed. When asked by psychiatrists later whether these dreams disturbed him, he said, “No, I feel better after having them.”

These dreams slowly turned into reality when he started watching, stalking, and looking into the eyes of women to find evil. By the age of 15, he began hitting and choking them. Ultimately it wasn’t enough for him to hurt those women — he had to kill them.

Killings and Sentence

Due to lack of evidence of murder, a plea bargain granted immunity from murder if he confessed to his murders and gave details. Due to this and his good behavior, Watts could have been released in 2006. However, after Watts confessed to about 80 murders, the Michigan authorities refused to go in with the deal and got witnesses to come out and speak about a couple of murders. Watts was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, he died of prostate cancer in 2007.

Richard Angelo (Killings between April 1987 and October 1987)

Angelo was a killer with a different mindset from all others. He made the entire nation scared of hospitals. The desire to be a hero in others’ eyes made him a monster. He was 26 when he went to work at the Good Samaritan Hospital on Long Island in New York. He was a former Eagle Scout and always tried to do good things and help others.

His inability to achieve the level of praise he always desired made him a dangerous serial killer of a totally different kind.

Modus Operandi

He took advantage of the graveyard shift at the hospital to satisfy his desires. He would inject Pavulon and Anectine into patients and bring them to a near-death states. He would tell them that he was giving them drugs that would make them feel better. After injecting these drugs, the patients begin feeling numb and their breathing became constricted. They also lost their ability to communicate with the doctors and nurses. Then he would show his heroism by helping to save his victims, impressing everyone in the hospital.

Death came upon many of these patients as he was unable to intervene and save them from his deadly injections.

Background

Angelo was a former boy scout and always wanted to be a hero. He was said to crave for attention from his parents and everyone else around him.

Killings and Sentence

He is said to have killed 25 people and was caught when one of his victims managed to use the call button for assistance after being injected. One of the nurses then took his urine sample and the test proved positive for the drugs, Anectine and Pavulon, which had not been prescribed by the doctors. All the bodies of suspected victims were tested and found positive for drugs.

Angelo confessed and said, “I had no confidence in myself. I felt very inadequate.”

He was charged for second-degree murder on multiple counts and sentenced to 61 years to life imprisonment. He is currently in the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York.

Andrew Cunanan (Killings between April 1997 and July 1997)

Andrew Phillip Cunanan, a soft-spoken intellect who had a flair for languages and discussing world affairs, was a handsome, lavish and boastful young man who associated himself only with the social elite. He earned many dubious distinctions. One was for killing the famous fashion designer, Gianni Versace, and the other is being listed by the FBI on their Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was the first person from San Diego to get onto the “prestigious” list.

Modus Operandi

There was no modus operandi discovered for Cunanan. In the beginning he killed his former lovers who he felt were having an affair behind his back. The others that were killed may also have had connections with him, but nobody knows for sure. They were killed differently and with different weapons.

Background

Cunanan was born in National City, California and was a homosexual since high school. He was known for his erratic ways. He graduated in 1987. He was also rumored to be a lover to older and wealthy gay men. His mother called him a “high-class homosexual prostitute.” However his father denied his homosexuality, calling him “an altar boy” who has a good Catholic upbringing.

It is said that in homosexual circles, once a person crosses mid-20s he is considered old. When Andrew turned 28, he was deserted by his wealthy lovers. He was left to pay off credit cards which exceeded limits, and this left him broke. He stopped taking care of his usually very trendy appearance and gained a lot of weight.

At this point another emotion reared its ugly head — jealousy. He spotted two of his young lovers seeing each other behind his back. Another thing that bothered him was the fact that both of them had reached great heights professionally while he remained stagnant.

The jealousy grew to such an extent that he eventually went to visit them, killing both of them just days apart from each other, beginning his life as a serial killer.

Killings and Sentence

One of his victims was Gianni Versace, the Italian designer. The FBI found Andrew, as he left his name signed on the pavement in front of Gianni’s house. The FBI felt that it was his way of trying to get attention, saying “Look at me. I’m the one that did this.”

He led authorities on a massive manhunt for his killings. He killed himself eight days after killing Gianni Versace. He shot himself to avoid capture.

Conclusion

What you have witnessed here is just a fragment of the world of savage and sadistic minds who have transformed this act of murder from a monstrous anomaly into an everyday horror. These mythic monsters capture the attention of the entire nation and end up as terrifying household names.

Looking into the psyche of a serial killer, doctors say that every individual develops positive attitude towards life and people in their early years, and this attitude is rendered negative with abuse — physical and emotional. That abuse can also come in the form of refusal to acknowledge the boundaries of an individual through excessive expectations, possessiveness, and doting, all of which are as abusive as incest or beatings.

Researchers attempting to understand how fantasies warp the serial killer’s mind say that bizarre fantasies thrive in isolation and eventually the killers feel the need to live them out. They dwell on the murder act for days before committing it, completely caught up in their fantasy. But they find that even murder never fulfills the fantasy completely, and this leads to the serial nature of their crime — always looking for satisfaction they never actually find. Many of these serial killers also keep souvenirs of their crime which helps refuel the fantasy.

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  • Famous serial killers are hated but there can’t be any doubts about their popularity; they often suffer from Antisocial Personality Disorder, and thus can appear very normal in their everyday lives.

    • People who have Antisocial Personality Disorder definitely do not appear normal. They do not get along with other people. Psychopaths appear normal.

        • All psychopaths are antisocial but not all antisocial people are psychopaths.

          Some serial killers blend in well and appear normal and some do not. Ted Bundy appeared normal but Ed Gein did not.

          Also, not all serial killers are psychopaths. I believe Berkowitz was a paranoid schizophrenic.

          • yes but you must relize most pediphiles are very talented at hiding their identity, they also are exceptional at compartmentalizing.

          • Most serial killers have a messed up backround, this ultimately affects there judgment in kills and behavior when in a tangle with cops. Most killers who have been beaten or raped typically may run away or cleverly play with the cops. Most killers who grew up around a rough environment tend to slaughter there victims and try to feed off of there victims fear.
            They dont understand the difference between good and bad.

        • no no no they are not. haven’t you ever taken a psychology class? anti social personality disorder is an obvious and very noticeable disorder those individuals usually cause problems for everyone around them, they are noticeably out spoken they lie, steal, and start fights often without motive. They are constantly getting caught by the law. Psycho paths are much more discrete about their business because they don’t want to get caught. They are usually intelligent individuals who have no remorse or really even emotions for anything. They are a walking zombie. They can’t feel a thing. don’t get me wrong i see why you draw the correlation but they are in two different categories for a reason.

          • I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but on many points you are incorrect. People with ASPD (Antisocial Personality Disorder) are not obvious or noticeable by any means. Many people who have ASPD are not criminals or serial killers, however, all serial killers have ASPD. Those with this disorder must first meet the criteria of conduct disorder as a child (but this information is often not available to anyone after they turn 18). Criminals with ASPD commit a large variety of crimes from petty theft to murder. They are intelligent, smooth, cunning, and many people like them or would not suspect them (for example, Bundy). They show no remorse but are very capable of feelings, however, these feelings are only there to cater to their needs and wants. They enjoy their kills and gain great pleasure from them, they are just unable to feel anything for the pain of the victim. If you’d like further information, consult the DSM-IV.

          • I am taking forensic psychology, antisocial people actually try to get in good with other people to try to hide their true motives, ASOCIAL people do not like other people and try to make trouble without motive.many people do not know that there is a distinct difference between the two. Antisocial behavior is dangerous because it is so undetectable until they are caught.

          • Don’t speak on what you don’t know. No one knows nearly enough about Psychopaths to make any assumption about their being. What we do know leads us to believe that they can’t feel emotion, but, if you’ve ever taken a psychology class, you would know that we dont know enough about the mind itself to make that an actual fact. It would be far better to say that, from what we know, Psychopaths feel extremely little emotion; only certain feelings, and never for long periods of times. Personally, I find them fascinating. They feel that they are better than everyone else for sure. Who are we to say they aren’t?

        • I belive that anyone with any kind of murdurus desire is one of the best people anyone could meet, and charals manson was the hottest smartest one ;D

          • Can I ask why you think they are the greatest people you could ever meet? Killing innocent children is horrific
            And wrong there’s nothing cool about it. I feel bad fir phycologiclly challenged people for some of them can not control themselves. I don’t believe in the death penalty nither because it’s death it’s not a justified death in my eyes. It’s not our judgement that should put someone to death no matter how horrific the crime.

          • I really hope you’re just kidding. And even then you have to be a really sick person to say something like that. I bet you wouldn’t be saying that if you were one of the victims. Charles Manson wouldn’t be so hot if he was standing over you about to kill you. I’ll be praying for you & I pray that you never get put in a situation like some of the victims we read about.

          • How old are you? When you realize the pure terror in an experience like this you would understand. I was raped in my CHURCH when I was 14 and stabbed twice in the thigh, luckily a man passing by the bathroom heard me crying and took me to the hospital. It’s a struggle everyday to trust people! Just reading this was hard because I know personally how it feels. I agree some of them are interesting, but to have the audacity to say he is smart and sexy?!?? Mmmhmm I bet he was mother f***ing sexy while f***ing the dead corpses of peole he has raped! Think before you speak/type. If you wanna meet them so much then I hope you get your wish, but the consequence of meeting them is your life. I am offended that you would even think something like that.

          • What is wrong with you ? this man killed innocent people who didn’t deserve it these people was someone’s daughter son brother sister father or mother …how would you feel if he killed your family or friends..would he still be hot ?? You need to see a psychologist asap you’re obviously messed up in the head .I mean it’s one thing to be interested in what they did and why they did it but to embrace them and praise them for it is just sick .

          • I agree on meeting them. Your telling me you wouldn’t have any q?’s for em? I know I would.

          • You seem to be a very ignorant child. Yes, indeed the psychologically challened do appear in various cases to have intelligence ranked above our own. I believe you say such things because you are, in fact, very empty. You lack this intelligence that you seek, and on a level, you place these comments in order to recieve the attention you lack. I am fourteen years old and I am, yet again, questioning the psychological abilities of today’s children. You may want to invest in councelling and recieve the required attention before you attempt something only the ignorant would consider.

          • this people sicken me. to me people that do crimes like this should have to suffer the same feate no madder how crule the punishment. they should know how the people felt . t

          • I totally agree. They are some of the most intelligant people. They Hunt, Plan, and that takes skill. I would love to converse with really any of them. I agree that charals was the smartest. Buttttt….. G. Damer is deff the hottest…. He is young , sexy, and a little odd. Too bad he a gay and dead. I would write him in prison. 🙂

          • Charles Manson never murdered anyone that they can prove. Other people did it for him. That’s what makes him so incredibly smart. I have to say that certain events may make it so you disagree. But Charles MAnson was amazing

          • I agree he is hot, and I’d love to talk to him. I’m sure I would feel differently if he had murdered someone I loved and I feel for the family’s of his victims, but you do have to admit, it would be interesting to hear his excuse. Say what you want, call me crazy but that’s what I think.

          • Okay first off its Charles Manson, second off your a psychopath yourself if you think these people are the best people ever! They killed innocent people and it’s nasty and sick to think their is people out there in this world who think they are awesome! And btw its murderous not how you spelt it by the way. These people killed innocent children and thought it was cool. Albert Fisher was a cannibal who ATE small children how is that cool??? You are a sick person!

          • KASSI-SAMMA: You have rage and hate in your psyche, I wonder why. You also never told your age.You seem immature. Would you take a cobra into your home? Or maybe you just like to provoke a response for attention. Whatever your reasoning is, for having that kind of attitude towards one of the biggest dick-head murderous idiots of our time, I hope you get better soon. Maybe you should try idolizing someone great like Paul Newman, or Ghandi, or even John Douglas, former FBI profiler. Get a life,hon.

          • Since you are clearly incredibly stupid, I assure you that if you ever met anyone like these people, either you’d be dead in an instant, or they would be so disgusted by your utter lack of intelligence that they wouldn’t even entertain the thought of bothering with it. I myself am fascinated with these people. If I met one, I would hope that it would be the situation where I am safetly behind several indestructible doors and we are speaking through phones. However, I do pressume that a conversation with one of these people would prove to be…interesting

          • i have to argue .. so what someone thinks he was hot. maybe he was handsome and attractive. that is an opinion and everyone is entitled to them. i do not agree that they are the best people to meet, but i agree to the point where they are fascinating. i am currently writing to a serial killer and i love it. sure they can have problems and what they did was sick, but no one knows what they were thinking, they could of seriously been screwed up in the head, which makes them fascinating. and looks cAN even bring the victims to them. there is nothing wrong with thinking one of them was attractive but calling them the *best* not so much. but they are fascinating and very intresting. and being raped doesnt really have anything to do with the point you were trying to get across.

          • Ya know, these people need to just calm their tits. I actually agree with you. These would be amazing people to meet. I would also like to meet Hitler. For, although I don’t condone their actions, they are all fascinating individuals. Don’t listen to these other a-holes, okay?

            P.S. Actually I think Bundy was the best looking, but I agree Manson was the most intelligent.

          • do you know how dumb you sound? i mean i like to learn the history of all these serial killers and what drove them to be the way that they are but i’m not going to sit here and say they are the best people you can meet! -.-

          • I think it’s disturbing what he did, but sure, it would be interesting to meet and talk with him. But by no means do I think he was hot. I believe he was smart, yes. Hot? Not even remotely. I’m not trying to provoke an arguement but if I were you, I’d want to be in a seperate area where he couldn’t get to me while I talked with him.

        • No…actually antisocial personality disorder is the same thing as being a sociopath not a psychopath. Sociopaths know what they are doing is wrong…they just have no feelings about it one way or another. They are unemotional and void of feelings. Psychopaths just plain dont know the difference between right and wrong…their delusional, insane.

          • what a load of rubbish, of course they ALL know right from wrong. why do they avoid capture why do some hide victims bodies, because they dont want to get caught and know its wrong. i despise labels, giving people like this a label is like justifying their actions. they are not smart or clever, they prey on peoples naievity and good natures same as a conman.paedophiles prey on childrens innocence. they are just low life pieces of dirt who should never have been born. as for those in this forum who would like to meet these ~wonderful smart sexy killers~ i am sure they would love to meet you to, especially in a secluded setting without restraints of bars and shackles and prison guards. im sure you would all have a ~wonderful~ time.

          • ALL OF THEM DO NOT KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG. some dont run or hide. some people think this is the right thing to do. henceforth why some people are oh whats the word CRIMINALLY INSANE. unless you were in their head do not say tou know the right from wrong for them. and they are smart. modt of them are geniuses. they are clever. why? because it takes thought, skill, time, and patience to plan the way the great ones did. so think before you type. you are not one big hotshot so shut it.

          • Just a few points, charlie Manson did not kill anyone. He I guess told others to. But he did not do the killing so I think he is some other kind of person different the the killer. So should he ever leave prison maybe by now he should. The serial killer that I think about is Richard Remeriz and I think about him for a pretty strange reason I feel he let his race and myself a person fond of his race down, He is Mexican American and I am really sad a Latin guy would do that, I idealize Latins as family men who have fun in life work hard and raise several kids he did not follow that lifestyle and it disappoints me. I read his history and I guess I understand what happened to him to make him the way he became

        • Antisocial people are incapable of feeling guilt.

          Psychopaths are mentally ill or unstable.

          Those are actual textbook definitions from my psycology book.

          • Maybe they should make better distinctions.
            There are several definitions for antisocial; one of which is avoiding contact with others=unsociable.
            Some serial killers were very sociable and involved in so many aspects of their community.
            I think the fact serial killers actively seek out the companyof others, even if in a malevolent manner, proves this trait to be false. They have an underlying need to be a part of something or other, just cannot do it in a constructive manner. Dahmer for example didn’t want anyone to leave him alone, therefore he killed so they couldn’t leave his side. The description doesn’t accurately describe what the term itself is relaying imo… sociopathy carries a firmer portrayal.
            They need better terminology rather than what can be confused with social anxiety disorder or with those that just prefer not to be around people, for whatever reason that may be.

          • That’s is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. You are confusing Psychopath (lack of remose, empathy, guilt & are manipulative) with Psychosis (An altered perception of reality). They are two different things. Psychopaths, sociopaths & people with ASPD are categorized the same way, sociopaths are created by environmental factors combined with genetics. Psychopaths are completely genetic (born that way). And any idiot who still uses the term Psychopath/Sociopath obviously watches too many movies. The DSM IV R now states that the terms to be used is ASPD. Stop thinking you’ve all gone to medical school and learnt psychology because if your still using those terms you are all a bunch of pathetic non sensical douchebags

          • Says the man who spelled “learned” wrong and actually tried to make “stupidest” a word. “dumbest” is the word I believe you’re looking for, but also, stop trying to pretend that YOU’VE gone to medical school because If you had, you wouldn’t have spelled those words wrong and would’ve known that “stupidest” wasn’t a word.

        • Not really my friend. Check the DSV-IV and you will find that there are many differences between psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder.

        • No there is a huge difference between the two. A psychotic and an APD suffer can both distinguish between right and wrong. An APD sufferer will break laws for any reason especially to spite those around them,but a psychopath only breaks laws or does immoral things in order to benefit themselves or their purpose. An APD sufferer can seem normal but will break “character” if provoked. A psychopath will never break “character”. You will not know what they are unless they choose it. And stating that all or most serial killers have some sort of mental defect is not true. Modern psychiatry itself is still a mess and constantly changing, with the popular belief that people can’t torture or kill without some sort of mental short coming. .

        • You are not very intellectual to think those 2 things are the same and I would suggest for you to look each of those up anywhere but the wikipedia encyclopedia!!!

      • THAT’S NOT ENTIRELY TRUE AT ALL. PHYCOPATHS CAN SEEM COMPLETELY NORMAL TO PEOPLE ALL AROUND THEM. IF YOU READ ALL OF THE STORIES ABOVE YOU WILL NOTE THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE SEEMED LIKE EVERYDAY PEOPLE. THE CLOWN, THE DOCTOR, EVERYONE UP THERE COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONE OF US. YOU CAN NEVER TELL…

      • Actually the first person had it right. People with anti-social disorder appear to be normal; they are charming, and people are mostly drawn to them. The reason that most serial killers kill for so long is because they are so cunning and charming, that most people skip over them as suspects.One of these killers(Jeffrey Dahmer) was stopped bythe police while he had a dead body in a garbage bag in the backseat of his car. The police questioned him about the bag, and Dahmer convinced him that it was just laundry.
        #TheMoreYouKnow

    • your right but i dont hate serial killers at all of the time it wasnt even there fault as to why they got that way. grant it all of them werent like that but i admire them for there not being afaird like most people were. what they didnt didnt bother me at all it was just crazy how long it to for them to get caught

      • true, alot of the time it isnt their fault that they end up the way they did, but what they do is awful. its terrible and their one choice of victim can effect an entire family forever.and yes it is “crazy” how long it takes these monsters to get caught…my point is that it should bother you, and if it dosent then you need to talk to someone and think about de-desensitizing yourself to what killers do. And why would you admire someone that took a living breathing human’s life? granted i hate people but the thought of killing someone….i couldnt even imagen what would go through someone like Micheal Ross’s head when they deside to end someone’s life…and if you think i dont know what im talking about…my aunt was murdered by Micheal Ross…

      • so them killing all of these people didnt bother you? and how is it not their fault they are like this, they need to take responsibility with their own actions, noone made them this way, they chose their life and made it like this

    • hey hey hey, you guys stop arguin..does it really matter? what point are you trying to prove?. the main thing is that these people have been caught, sadly, authorities couldnt of caught them sooner to avoid more deaths but hey, theyre caught.instead of arguing about these syndroms and stuff, we should be working togehter, learning the patterns of these people so that we can catch the rest of them and provide more safety.

      • unfortunately learning these behaviours, they will soon become public knowledge, and thus the process begins all over again. i have often thought that murderers will increase their ability to remain unknown is by removing an MO. police base their suspects largely on the MO, if there is a constant and strict regime they leave themselves open to error and tracking. if you note, one of the killers above became difficult to track due to his constant hopping of locations and methods. this leaves police investigating several murders as seperate cases and leaves them with pockets of information where they cannot figure out who it is they are after. unfortunately there is a chance this may already have occured, due to some serial killers need to kill isnt always driven by a need to murder there mothers over and over (example) or to murder people of same ethnicity or same hair colour etc. it could possibly be driven by the simple need to kill, this isnt typical i admit,at least i dont think it is, this is just theoretical. but ive sort of forgotten my point haha, i think i was saying that studying the murders of previous serial killers allowes the police to understand what killers may do, but it will eventually become unusable information as criminals are constantly addapting to remain out of jail. which seriously sucks

        • Very true. The F.B.I. Made a profile of a serial killer that was say a trucker who had no MO. A new city, weapon, victimology, etc. This would make said killer virtually impossible to track or even be noticed without direct linking evidence between the crimes. This is very disconcerting, especially since the U.S. Has the most serial killers and highways of any other country. The last speculation was that there are 20-50 serial killers are active at any time just in the U.S. Folks. Just remember to be careful and suspicious of all people. A little bit of paranoia is okay. Just don’t go overboard.

      • “hey, hey, hey you people” is right on.
        What ARE you trying to prove? There is nothing TO prove. There only is what there is.
        We can study them and try to learn how to define them from every possible angle but, they are just themselves. Maybe a little different from one killer to another but, still, they just are what they are. They either will or will not be “caught”. It’s just the luck of the draw whether they will or will not be caught or when/where they’ll be caught at all. Some want to be caught and some don’t. They’ve always been there, in ANY society and they always will be… No, they shouldn’t be allowed to continue killing and we should try to stop them when it’s possible, but the rest is just what I’ve stated, above.
        Dictionary needed here, folks, for me as well. 🙂

    • This list is good, but so many facts are left out and some things added that never happened(like Bundy sleeping with the rotting corpses) not good if your doing anything important with this info.

      • Bundy did in fact have sex with the women he killed after the fact and would even return to the location that he left them days after to again have sex with them. He admitted it to the authorities. Saw it on either the History Channel or NatGeo, can’t remember which. Truly disgusting.

    • It is a common myth that many serial killers are anti-social. Just look at Ted bundy he is an outlier in your claim, their are also black widdows who kill for finanacial reasons

    • i dated and lived with a sociopath and his family who were also mostly sociopaths. They are very dangerous. And so manipulative u cant listen or talk to them its like they send a spell on you.

      • I would honestly love to meet and get to talk to a serial killer, that would be really cool. Of course I would want someone else with me or be behind glass, but to get to talk to someone like that, and get into their mind, find out why they did it. That would be so cool.

  • Great list of American Serial Killers but aren’t you missing the greatest serial killer of humanity as a whole? These guys killed 100’s of people but the terrorist and serial killer I am referring to, has brutally murdered hundreds’s of thousands of them. You got to add GEORGE W. BUSH to the top of the list!

      • Although I think the comment is too much. It’s the same mentality from the right that compares the current President to Hitler. As well as those on the right who rejoiced at the deaths of ted Kennedy & John Murtha.

        • i think hitler should be added to the list cuz look at all the people he killed he was freaking smart as hell you know if he watched his war tactics better we would he would of won. that many people didnt derserve to die but he wanted racial purity and he was so close to getting it so close

          • Hitler never killed anyone, but himself. NAZI’s killed people. Hitler told them to do it, they did not have to do it. I hate it when people call hitler a killer. Yes he was radical yes he was mentally unstable and i don’t condone any of his ideals of beliefs, but he never directly killed anyone.

          • You people are amazing: serial killers should be killed DUH !!!
            by their own rules .If killing is o.k. to them it is fair for them.
            As to Hitler and his racial cleansing bulls*it there is only one race of people on the earth
            homo sapiens sapiens. the rest is just regional variations.
            ALSO HITLER WAS NOT OF THE ETHNICITY HE PROPOUNDED AS THE IDEAL.
            THE BLONDE HAIRED BLUE EYED GERMANO/NORWIEGAN TYPE.
            He was a little short dark skinned brown eyed dark haired jew looking freak.
            As for being smart look up his academic record mediocre is being kind to him.

            Back to serial killers, if they cant help it then they are a danger to society and should be removed from it…..permanently.If it is genetic we don’t need them peeing in the gene pool . II
            f allowed to live it should be purely for the purpose of study to find out how to prevent
            them from coming into existence FAILING that how to recognize them BEFORE they
            kill.

        • They called Bush “Hitler”, too, it’s not just Obama. I think people think it is trendy/cute or they think it makes them sound educated? I don’t get it.

          • Thats because extreme liberals think its shocking to compare President Bush to a heartless killer. They use extreme comparisons to somehow promote the negative thoughts of a political figure they dislike. They themselves are Idiots to the upmost definition.

          • leonard hall- I agree with the fact serial killers, or simply any murder should be eliminated from existence or used for studies. They are very ingenious individuals, but that does not mean that they have the right to brutally and salvagely tear the life out of an innocent person. To those who made a disturbing comment about how you seem to have admiration towards these monsters, you really should get help if your comments were true, otherwise you shouldnt be disrespecting the victims that suffered in the hands of these beasts.

    • bush is not on the list because hes not a serial killer

      [Editor’s note: Personal insult removed. You may disagree freely here. You may not insult others on a personal level or insult races, nationalities, genders, etc. Please keep that in mind in the future.]

    • lol funny as hell but he was high when he made his choices ask any1 he snorted coke hell Dave Chapple even says it on his comedy tour Killin them softly

      • wow. you’re level of education is obviously low. learn how to spell correctly before you go off sayin the President snorted coke. they said it on a COMEDY tour. Bush is a hell of a lot better than Obama. He did what needed to be done. the terrorists killed thousands of our people, and we have every right to go over there to fight for our country.

        • You know you are wrong in so many ways. Since when did Saddam Hussein kill our people? I believe he killed his own people if Im correct. We just had to stick our noses in their damn business. Why cant countries do stuff on their own. Why do we constantly have to intervene like for instance the crap going on in Libya. Oh ya I forgot its all about OIL OIL OIL…Well jesus christ they need to get their heads out of their a*ses and use the oil that we have here in our own country. Bush just wanted to finish what his little freaking daddy couldnt..Clinton was the only one to ever clean-up this countries act and got us out of recession umm lets see after BUSH did and then along comes little BUSH JR to do it all over again 8 years later. And you wonder why Obama struggles so much now its all because of them a*sholes like you that screw this country over!

          • yeah i agree. we try to act like the god damn world police and everyone thinks theyre so fuc*ing smart because they go to college and get a paper saying theyve got a masters or ph.d. this is why everyone in the world hate america. they wouldnt be bombing us for no reason..besides the rich “know it all” as*holes that actually think they can study killer is proposterous. no two killers are alike and all have different motives or disabilities. stop acting like a bunch of snobs, they killed people so fuc*ing what they were going to die either way. that is how this world works everything lives and something or someone ends up killing it. we kill animals and do other sh*t to the enviornment but no who gives a flying fuc* but no if its a human oh dear me we must doing everything in our power to help them or catch this bastard. well i am sick and tired of humans thinking they have the absolute power and knowledge to do whatever they feel like. and all this talk about “these people” as if the serial killers were some sort of different species from another planet,we must disect them and study them is stu*id. they are humans too not some sort of other people just because theyve killed some people. everyone seems to do their part in screwing the world over but nothing is done about it, bush wasnt the only one who fuc*ed up america. there are countless others since the 1800s-now, political leaders give you a promise and people reluctant to change put their faith into one man and one government to fix a problem that affects everyone. if we really have democracy how about we start by not voting for a damn president and the people start working together to actually resolve this before we end up in the sh*thouse.

        • HAHAHAHAHA i agree. honestly people. we’re on a site to learn about the dangers of serial killers and their mind ways and things like that and you are all arguing about politics..? honestly? do you people REALLY not have other things to do..? honestly it’s a little pathetic. everyone here has their own point of veiw and can express it in their own ways.

    • How can you go and say that? How is he a terrorist? Do you even know how many peopled died in the war? Is it somehow cool to say that about a man that was chosen by the American people to make decisions like getting involved in the middle east? Did you even expect anyone to agree with you or say how funny you are? Please, I am begging you, stop saying those kind of things.

    • you’re an imbecil… former president George W. Bush was a great president, whatever conspiracy that is going through your little liberal mind is definitely incorrect.

    • Are you retarded? Whether you liked him or not he wasn’t a serial killer, and to suggest that he was makes you look stupid. I agree our American troops and families have been through Hell as a result of the terrorist attacks of ’01, but its immature and stupid to say things like this.

    • There’s a distinction in fact and law between a someone who is responsible for a killing through agency, and someone who is a killer. In addition, we make a legalized distinction between a legally sanctioned killing and a murder. You may disagree with those distinctions as having any moral significance, but using the term “serial killer” to describe Bush, no matter what your opinions on the Iraq war, is clearly an abuse of language.

      Furthermore, considering that Bush was reelected, that his use of force was authorized by congress, and that tens of thousands of military personnel have executed his orders without question, their is plenty of culpability to go around.

      None of this is in anyway meant to suggest that I condone Bush’s actions, agree with his foreign policy decisions, or even disagree with the notion that he should be held criminally responsible. But those type of facially absurd comments just discredit truly thoughtful discussion about the issue.

  • I wonder how long the list would be if you included all countries. No doubt they all had some disorders, however, they all seemed to come from totally dysfunctional families as well.

    • Do you realize that u didn’t make not one bit of sense? I mean you shouldn’t put urself out there like that if ure gonna use sentences like that.

  • Correction: insofar as the Tate-Labianca murders are concerned Charles Manson killed no one. His charge was being a conspirator in the homicides but he was never placed at the actual scene of any of the homicides.

    I rarely cite Wiki articles but this one is very well-documented and cited drawing Vincent Bugliosi’s book on the topic (Mr. Bugliosi being the State’s Prosecutor in the case).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson

  • Good article.
    Small correction: Ed Gein’s character was used as a base in Silence of The Lambs. Not for Hannibal Lecter but for Buffalo Bill. Hannibal Lecter was a cannibal but he did not dress up in his victims skin. That was Buffalo Bill.

    • Cant you read this is a direct quot from the artical you just read “his character became a central element in many films, including Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Psycho and the character of Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs, among others” The artical said nothing about Hannibal lecter.

      • Hannibal Lector was cloned after a real serios killer and his “character – acting” was added to the film for more suspense and show that there real people like that in life. As for Molly above and many others – to write to a serial killer you have to be sick !!!! Sorry, but you are not a medical doctor, but a 20 something or less woman with the mind of a child. Even the weird-do singer Manson took his name from Charles Manson who he glorfies and iis himself I believe a distorted unreal person. Molly – why would you write a serial killer – are you writing a thesis for your Ph.D. ? …NOT ! You get sexual kicks or adrenaline rushes from writing to a person who in a split second would slit your throat – rape you and choke you until you are dead if he had a change and the only thing keeping him from doing so is he is behind bars – you need lots of therapy dear girl – you have a fixation on a “Serial Killer” and you say this is okay ? you are one sick puppy as 99.999% of people do not write serial killers – me things you enjoy notarity and fame of such an individual – not all these serials killers belong to “Mensa” and are simply lucky to get caught for a long time. Bundy got caught in Florida speeding hin his Volkswagon – smart move on his part after all the people he killed and not knowing truly how many he has killed to date and to blame it all on Pornography – reading some of these posts makes me want to cringe, and wonder if you are of low mentality, morals, and never witnessed a killling or serial killer who reeks havoc on not just the victims, but the families of these victims for the rest of their lives and also on the community. i am for the death penalty as well !! ……………………ditto

  • There is speculation that David Berkowitz wasn’t alone in those random killings, that he might’ve been part of a satanic cult due to the many varied descriptions of the killer. But so far Berkowitz hasn’t been forthcoming with any new leads of information thus far.

  • @brian – you don’t have to be a terrorist sympathizer to understand that your president allowed the slaughter of thousands in the pursuit of wealth and power. also, if you had a clue at all about how the world works, you’d understand that sympathizing with a terrorist’s point of view requires no more effort than sympathizing with the 9/11 victims…unless you’re a racist…which you almost certainly are if you defend your president.

    i<3canada

    thanks for the article. very thorough.

    • This is by far the most ignorant thing I believe I’ve read in quite a while. To compare the victims of 9/11 to slain terrorists in the middle east in the first place is ludicrous. They did nothing but go to work that day. Terrorists lead a lifestyle that demands change through radical movements, such as suicide bombings that kill other innocents daily. Then to say its racists if we don’t side with your idea.

      [Personal insult removed. Insulting other readers in comments — individually or in any group — may result in your comment being deleted in the future, or a ban on future commenting in extreme circumstances.]

  • Great to see America’s notorious serial killers made “FAMOUS”. I personally agree with John.. you have one “Famous” name missing in there 🙂

  • oups you forgot to state israel and all its terrorist prime ministers responsible for serial killings and war crimes and …………………………the list is longer than you can imagine !
    add to that GW bush of course the head of of terrorists ever existed

    • OK, OK, OK. I’ve had just about enough. First off, HITLER WAS NOT A SERIAL KILLER. What he did wasn’t SERIAL MURDER, it was definitely GENOCIDE. All of the terrorist PMs and anyone else who killed hundreds of thousands were committing GENOCIDE. Good Lord, guys. Get it together. Genocide- systematic removal of a certain race, religion, etc. of people. Nowhere does it say “serial murder” in that. Read up before you post. Makes you sound uneducated. It’s kind of sad. And George Bush, for all of his faults and fuck- ups, WAS President of this country. Now, I’m not saying he was a GOOD President by any means, but he still ran this country. Sort of. Stop. Don’t insult the people running this country. Could you imagine all of that responsibility? Do you SEE the amount of conflicting opinions we have about THIS topic? Presidents put up with all of this, PLUS some. So, unless you know what it’s like, shut your mouth. You guys are so rude, it’s astounding. Grow up, or shut up.

  • Mandy – I think you are the one who is acting like an id**t. I don’t care what you think.. Bush is a terrorist for me!
    To add, Obama and McCain are the same

    • I dont understand.. u americans are not united, you are not respecting ur president voted by ur fellow americans ur neighbors friends and relatives. ha-ha ur hate to each other smells like sulfur.
      I dont know if u are truly americans or not but if u are u better remove all the stars on ur flag and make it blank for good.
      Your president is the commander in chief in the Army the Navy the Air FORCE., you have a lots of personnel in arms to protect your country!! but u involved the foremost duty of a soldier in war just to protect his friends and himself? omg.
      Your country was founded, your independent was formulated becauce of your united army with rifles to kill.
      In summary you can also say your first president is similar to GW? wow its amazing……..

      • I will gladly hand in my Stars and Stripes. We narrowly escaped a mandatory draft after 9/11 and the Patriot Act allows the government to listen in to practically any phone. I’d know; my phone was tapped because I called my father, who was a drug addict, who knew another druggie who knew another who *might* know a terrorist. Great America under Bush Jr., huh? I didn’t vote him in, or to re-elect him. Yes, we are divided; we all have differening opinions. I’m fine with that; I like a good debate on occasion. Public opinion here in the U.S. *is* fickle, but I hated the man before he made the mistakes that the *media* was interested in. The problem is that most people only follow the opinions of the papers rather than think for themselves. *That* is how America is *really* divided; those who think for themselves and those who let others do it for them. Not that everyone who voted in Bush Jr. didn’t think for themselves, but a lot of people just voted the way of their political party. While I’m glad that I wasn’t born in a place like Belarus, I don’t exactly wish that I was born *here* either.

        • you are an idiot, you should actually read the patriot act before you talk about it and there was no draft after 9/11 cuz i am in the military and on my 3rd deployment to afghanistan

        • Come and live in England, it’s perfect other than the fact that there are lots of immigrants that don’t speak English.

          • We have that problem here, too. Bunch of immigrants who can’t speak a word of our language…working in the drive-thru. *shakes head*

      • Understand there is a difference between loyalty to country and Loyalty to Government. As well as understand all humans are different.
        In a room of five people you can get a hundred and one different ideals.

        Most are united in the idea of the people themselves, the government was made to defend those rights we aimed for, voting is not exactly as well as it should be, becuase of the tech of the past some things went into place that at times can lead to where a entire country can vote one way and the electoral collage still vote for the other guy. Bla, bla, bla. Regardless, if you wish to criticize. Then I would prefer you stick to terms that would not be blatantly insulting. “I dont know if u are truly americans or not but if u are u better remove all the stars on ur flag and make it blank for good.” ? What is that?

        Meh, for others of the USA on a note: such things as “right to bare arms” was placed there for a reason. We have the right to remove our government if we feel it has become to corrupt. If you don’t like the current government then A) join it and try to fix it or B) Wait till they commit something like try to ban guns or block the internet and use the anger many will have to try to encourage removal of current government.

        Have fun.

        • The government *is* corrupt, we no longer have people in seats of power trying to make the world a better place, all they want is a bigger pay check. Here in Australia the government is m aking us pay taxes and taxes when the prime minister makes several million each year, can they not just cut down on their own salary a little bit? they say they are doing everything they can for people living on the streets of without jobs, but they drive around ferrari’s and live in seven story mansions. This is supposed to be a democracy too, but you know what i got when i sent a letter to them? “We thank you for the lovely letter, we greatly value your opinion and we have all ready considered all options but we need more money to spend on hookers and illegal drugs.” long story short, THEY DON’T GIVE A SH*T. The world is now just a cold and dark place, where if your not born lucky you either cruise through life, get a job, get a car, live to 80 and have a reasonably priced funeral. Or you Die Young and our Prime Ministers and Presedents are none the wiser…

          But hey, what do i know? i’m only fifteen, born into a family where my pareents have no jobs my brother is in the hospital 24/7 Because he has type 1 diabetes and we can hardly afford him insulin.

          Guess who i’m pointing the finger at…

        • This is brilliant and so true. My high school history teacher explained this to me, and I am thrilled to see there are still people who understand the constitution, this country, and what it stands for. Thank you.

      • umm.. whoever the hell you are..? wherever you are from.. i am sure that your country is not united and you are saying some pretty strong things about our country that are a bit insulting. honestly, and you are taking these opinions about america from what? from a stupid website arguement and are stating that because of this arguement that we should change our flag and are stating that we are not united because we have different opinions about our president? when did we ever, EVER say that our president was voted for ona 100% agreement of every single person..? i personally voted for mccain. does that all of a sudden make me not american enough for you? get your facts straight and stop saying adolecent things ona stupid website. yeah i may be only 16 but it seems as if i know a hell of a lot more than you do.

      • A lot of Americans have negative feeling toward our presidents. It’s been this way since our country was founded. We have a system of democracy in which majority rules, but the majority isn’t always right. We’re united because we can agree to disagree. We are free to voice our opinion and question authority. As thomas jefferson once said “A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of government is tyranny.

    • @ John. Question, do you think every political leader in america is a terrorist? If so, do you think you could do a better job as a political leader? Just curious.

  • It just shows that you can’t ignore mental illness. Especially in this day and age. There are way too many mentally ill people out walking around who need meds and a doctor’s care, but aren’t getting any help. Things have got to change. Maybe we can hope that those who need help get it, or that the law and the Doctors can intervene before killers like these can kill again!

    • Medication is not the awnser to all problems especially the phycologiclly challenged. They have to want to change or the medication won’t help at all. Being locked inside of a facility is most likely best with lots of personal also… Some people just can’t help the way they are. The brains a dangerous place.

      • I know you are not trying to be negative towards the “psychologically challenged” (I have bipolar disorder), but I just wanted to state for the record that mental illness DOES NOT equal violence or anti-social behavior. It makes living life by normal standards more difficult, but with the right tools, absolutely manageable. However, if a person hasn’t reached the point that they are willing to accept treatment you can’t force it on them. And unfortunately because of the massive stigma against mental illness in our culture most people are too ashamed to even admit it to themselves, let alone seek help. Heck, in my experience there are many people out there who don’t believe psychological conditions even EXIST, usually because they were brought up to think that. Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans either have, will have, or have had a form of mental illness in their lives whether it be genetic or triggered, permanent or temporary? ***The more you know*** hahaha. But I do agree that people should seek help if they are struggling. I just wish that society at large would quit automatically associating mental illness with nothing but psychosis, violence, and institutions. Would you tell your family and friends about it if you suspected yourself of needing help mentally?

  • I’m with John on this Mandy. His statement is not at all exaggerated and I, being one of many, want to see him in prison for the murder’s (amongst other crimes against humanity) he’s committed. It has nothing to do with being “liberal” or any other tag you want to put on it. He has deceived us and stomped on our constitutional rights. He needs his just dues. Kudos for calling this one John!

  • Daniel,

    Manson was also found guilty of Tate-Labianca murders.

    Here is a small piece from the powerful summation of Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi in the Charles Manson (Tate-LaBianca Murder) Trial

    Vincent Bugliosi: “In Manson’s world, he probably felt if he never himself killed anyone but had someone else murder for him, he was thereby immunized or insulated, as it were, from all criminal responsibility. Well, it is not quite that easy, and when you folks come back into this courtroom with your verdict of first-degree murder against Charles Manson, you are going to tell him it’s not quite that easy. In the offbeat world of Charles Manson he probably never heard of this rule of law. Well, he is learning about it right now.”

    After this, the jury returned its verdict on January 25, 1971, finding all defendants guilty, and sentenced them to death. Unfortunately, the death sentences could not be imposed due to a California Supreme Court ruling in 1972.

  • Technically Andrew Cunanan was a spree killer, Charles Manson was a cult leader and most of the bodies found at Ed Gein’s farmhouse were the result of grave robbing. Gein killed one woman, and Manson killed no one himself. They are not serial killers.

  • What about the so called powers that be? (powers that be queer)I call them.I’ve DR.Savage & Neal Boortz call them thought cops and such. I know of people who have killed them selves because of their peeping in their minds and putting words in their heads.They have probley (slang)killed more people than any of the serial killers. Don’t forget the Clintons.

  • You’re wrong about Charles Manson. He never directly killed anyone, which is why he didn’t get the death penalty. The only people who were murdered were murdered by his followers, not Manson himself.

  • John Says:
    September 15th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Great list of American Serial Killers but aren’t you missing the greatest serial killer of humanity as a whole? These guys killed 100’s of people but the terrorist and serial killer I am referring to, has brutally murdered hundreds’s of thousands of them. You got to add GEORGE W. BUSH to the top of the list!

    —Who ever you are you are awesome. I was thinking the exact same thing when I was reading this.

  • i live in Milwaukee and i have been to the old prison where Jeffery Donner was held.
    ive been in his cell too….
    it was so scary and weird…
    its hard to describe but i never want to go there again!
    you just get that feeling that this isnt right and that u should get the hell out of there.
    people think its really cool that ive been there but for me i just hate that memory!

  • 15 killings for Gein? Where are you getting this information from? He only killed 2 people. The rest of the bodies they found on his land were the ones he dug up from the local graveyard. Hardly a “serial killer” but infamously disturbed and highly influential in the horror business no doubt.

  • Hey John, We agree with you that George W Bush is the biggest terrorist of them all! We also agree that Obama and McCain, are the same!

    • This article was meant to display the background information on american serial killers. Although I disagree with labeling ALL of these people as serial killers, we cannot add George Bush or McCain or Obama to a list of people who actually KILLED people. These presidents did not physically KILL anyone. Therefore, they are not serial killers. Their actions have led to deaths…but then again…every president who has ever served this country has as well. People who join the army know there is a possibility that they will die. It’s the cost of keeping our “freedom”…so stop talking about Bush…damn…get an education!

  • i believe this post was about serial killers not terrorists, u guys need to get that part right first. U can also say well “what about this guy and that guy” but really over the long time of civilisation of course there will be some missing. dont be so pedantic about everything. Also i believe these people were mostly americans?
    oh PS if u say Bush is the terrorist does that mean the “soldiers” who actually pull the triggers are his left hand?

      • Actually, there were a lot of copycats for Jack the Ripper and some were in New York. If I remember right, a copycat showed up in said state shortly after the murders stopped in England.

  • Kerryn,

    I have never in my life heard a comment as retarded as yours. You must be mentally ill. People like you are the reason soldiers get a bad name, because they cant resist punching you in the face. If I were standing in the same room when you said that, I would have beat your face until it was as big as a pumpkin.
    I did not agree with Bush’s retarded plans, I did not agree to go to Iraq and have my friends killed and watch my family suffer and other familes suffer because their brothers, husbands, sisters and wives where dying in Iraq. I fought in Iraq and I fired my weapon, but when I fired my weapon it was not because I believed in this ridiculous war, I fired my weapon because I valued my life and the life of my friends. I was not fighting a war for the monkey we call our president, I was fighting in order to stay alive and keep my friends alive. If you want to call American soldiers Bush’s left hand you are calling American soldiers murderers. I am not a murderer by any means. George W. Bush is responsible for every single death that happened in Iraq. He is responsible for all American and Iraqi deaths because he DECLARED the war and therefore all bullets left their weapons in HIS name.
    Bush is not a serial killer, Bush is worse, he is a mass murderer and he should be put on trial for war crimes.

    • there is nothing wrong with Bush OK I am glad that you helped the war but you decided to fight in the war Bush didn’t make you at all. I really hate when people say that it is all Bush’s fault its not ok, september eleventh happened and it is the terroists fault that the war is going on. If he hadn’t we would have another september eleventh ok so EVERYONE STOP BLAMING BUSH.

    • For every one who wont’s to know!! Please Google the {Black Eagle trust fund}
      It’s a Real eye opener and the truth about Bush From 911 to this day and way back Pr Bush is not what you think he is, Then come on back hare and post your fillings about him and the others involved
      That are to many sadly.

    • Well said hero!!!! VERY well said!! Thank u for ur duty, and i cannot express my sorrow for u having to fight for ur life because of bush, he and his damn father ruined our country!! and they both should pay!! People are blaming Obama now, but look at what he walked into! our country didnt get the way it did over night, it took father n son many years to destroy it, so it will NOT be better over night,..Im sooo with everything u said and YOU, having fought in iraq, have more say than any of the people who never went there, never had to kill to survive…

  • i had a bit of a laugh at the comment that was left behind by “Joe”. The fact that u use anger and not rational to oppose my comment shows what kind of person you are and why they may have chose u to go into the force. Also I can see why people like urself and other would fight in the war so dont get me wrong but u really have to see it from my point of view. Were u forced to commit to the army? If not then u made the choice to put urself in danger and ur friends did too. Also did the people u MAY have killed or injured not have the same value to their own lives? That seems retarded that u think americans have a higher hiarchy….. just from where im standing as a non-bias party who is not american…..just saying … calm down

      • Relax if you want to keep commenting here (that goes for everyone). There is way too much nastiness overall in the comments on this post, and they won’t be tolerated moving forward. Besides, freedom of speech includes the freedom to disagree (and yes, even speak out against the nation’s troops). It’s one of the freedoms the troops are there to defend in the first place. No one is right or wrong — everyone is entitled to their own opinions. No one here has to agree with one another. But when you disagree (and this is for everyone), please do so civilly.

  • for those of you that think being in a war is the same as being a serial killer why don’t u stop and think the art of war is not to die for your country but make the other S.O.B.die for his.

  • These comments are retarded. John gets first prize in Ability to Completely Derail Comments. G.W. gets first prize for Most Laughably Stupid post.

    Now, Herman Webster Mudgett was absolutely nuts. I mean, all these guys are nuts but building a Castle of Torture? That’s like, classic horror story. Does anyone know anymore about that?

  • Quote Kerryn: “Also did the people u MAY have killed or injured not have the same value to their own lives? That seems retarded that u think americans have a higher hiarchy….. just from where im standing as a non-bias party who is not american…..just saying … calm down”

    Your right, I am troubled now with a very hot a violent temper, something that I did not have before I joined the Army. I am trying to take steps to become a better person but the fact is Iraq changed my life, it may me a different person and all I can see is the negative side of these changes. I have a lot of resentment towards Bush for causing this war, because I have a hard time rationalizing the death of many of my friends. I get very angered when I see people pointing fingers at soldiers because it is not any soldiers fault that he may have killed someone in order to stay alive. I don’t think Americans have any higher hierarchy and I apologize that it may have sounded that way. In fact I would go as far to say that I think Americans are inferior because we think we are better. The American mentality that we are better at everything makes us FAIL. I think the American mentality that we are so righteous that we should lead the WORLD on the war on terrorism is ridiculous, it makes us inferior. Most of the Iraqi’s killed in Iraq under my witness, were innocently killed by American soldiers who, in fear for their life, shot someone who was not a terrorist because the poor Iraqi also reacted in fear and made himself appear as something he/she wasn’t.

    The point I was trying to make was that a soldier is sent to the battlefield without any choice, whether he objects or not. There is no such thing as a conscientious objector, this is made up BS for the media because believe me I tried. When a soldier is put into a combat zone his main objective is to stay alive. I understand that this is obviously the main objectives of the innocent Iraqi’s who also did not choose for us to enter. Unfortunately the main objective for terrorists is to kill as many people as possible and then die to become a martyr.

    It is virtually impossible to fight a war against an enemy that has nothing to lose. We fear death when terrorists welcome it.

    To get somewhat back on topic, I believe that wars and imagery of death and destruction cause mental disorders that lead to serial killers. I also believe that lack of affection at a young age sets the stage for the personality disorders that cause these types of people.

    I hope that one day we can live in a peaceful world, we could start by getting the Department of VA some better funding in order to help distressed soldiers with PTSD or anxiety and anger issues to get the help they need in a timely and more efficient way. Otherwise we will end up with more serial killers being brewed as we speak by this ineffective war in Iraq.

    • I agreed with the comment that Kerryn left that you had responded to. I am impartial to most things because I am a hyper-rational person; I see things from all points of view.

      I have had a lot of friends and family join all branches of the military. I was going to the Marines until my friend Chris said not to. He told me about how once you have joined the military, you technically lose some of your rights; you don’t get to CHOOSE whether you’re gonna fight a particular war or not. That is why I chose not to go.

      It is a choice to join the military branches, but once you’ve joined, you don’t get much to choose from after that. That’s what people need to understand. I know people who were proud to be in the military before the whole war started because they weren’t faced with war. Then, as soon as it started, they wanted out because they didn’t agree with it. That is something people need to keep in mind; once you join, if there is a war, you have to be prepared to fight no matter what. So when you decide to join the military, give it CAREFUL consideration; you must be prepared for ANYTHING they ask of you.

      As for the PTSD, I highly agree with this as well. My friend Chris went to Iraq twice. After the first time, he was so stressed about going back. I was joking around with him one day when he came to visit (before going back to Iraq), like I usually do, and I saw something in his eyes kind of snap, and he grabbed my arm, threw it behind my back, lifted me at least a foot into the air, and threw me on my bed. After a few seconds, he came back to reality and jumped off of me and freaked out, apologizing profusely. I felt so bad for him, and I said it was ok, and I understood what happened.

      He went to the doctors and they said he was fine! That his brain was just protecting itself and that over time, while coping, he’d eventually be normal again with no drugs! He went back to war and came back even more crazy.

      At some point, he went to a doctor (not funded by the gov’t) and they were like “WHOA!” They put him on meds, and not long after he was done with his 5 years. He was thinking of going back but after the war stuff, he decided to stay civilian.

      Anyway, the main reason why I wanted to post was to tell you that I really liked how you responded with this post of your’s. You were very angry before (understandably) but you calmed down and really took a look at the whole picture and then re-explained with better detail your point of view. I found that VERY mature of you, and it was a relief to see a sense of maturity.

      I hope that more people will post future comments with maturity, facts, definitions, and examples to SUPPORT their views for good educational debate instead of posting unsubstantial opinions.

    • It’s qiuet sad that you can make all of this out to be a joke. I wish you were not so inconsiderate but that’s you and I can not change it just give my upmost opinion

  • George Bush responsible for all deaths… really? I’m not sure I understand. It was my belief, Joe and John, that congress had the power to declare war, not the president. Obviously he was in favor of this decision but remember, so was the majority of our country at the time. Now that all has gone down the metaphorical ‘shitter’, we have all washed our hands of blame and state “bush should go on trial”. Sure sure, the amount of people who admit they were pro war in the beginning isn’t going to equal those who actually were because somehow ‘none of us’ actually supported this plan (cough cough). Stop patronizing the president for something this entire country is to blame. We were attacked on 9/11, we retaliated, and now we’re fighting a war of attrition and trying to create a democracy in a country who would be far worse otherwise. Not to mention that the probability of being attacked again already if we hadn’t destroyed sadam, the majority of al qaida, 100’s of terrorists, etc. would have been exponentially increased. Who do we give this credit to? God forbid we give the President of the United States credit for perhaps saving our lives. No no, of course not, ‘he should be put on trial right?’ Oh n the freedom we’ve attained, john, from our personal civil war (many deaths) through wwI (many more) and currently in Iraq (some more deaths) were all in vain and selfishness correct? or j/ because this one seems a little more negative we should all hate our president. If your theory still stands, then I’m afraid to inform you that many other presidents’ heads are on the chopping block as well. And might I add, without their valiant efforts and selflessness, u’d probably be in a 3rd world country without the luxury of posting an idiotic blog on the internet with the freedom of speech we’re so fortunate to have.

    Well let me steer this a little back on topic; This is a neat and thorough analysis whcih gives great insight on many of the factors which turn humans into animals. It is amazing how a couple of years is all it takes to influence an innocent kid, into a cynical maniac with no conscience.

  • Gaaaah! S*** up! Is it so hard to enjoy an article about serial killers without prancing around on your goddamned political warhorses?

  • let me ask you all this….what makes some1 snap for watever reason and kill? y do u think you would?…any1 who wants to respnd feel free if you dont thats fine………i’ll b waiting X)

    • 1) abuse depression chemical brain cells that are unbalanced guilt self hatred hearing voices hallucinations
      2)honestly I won’t ever do that but if I did it would be out of guilt selfgatred depression wonder violence abuse sadness anger and pain.

  • I agree with Ganymede, all i,m interested in is the brilliant article on S.K,s. Forget bush and all that for now cant ya? And what about Dick van Dyke? Wasn,t he a famous serial killer? Or was he just a dancing prancing dodgy accented geezer in a Mary Poppins film.? I am quite confused, i,m sorry. So how many did this Poppins chick kill? By the way, that is my real name, as my dad was fascinated like i am with S.K,s. Sadly he died mysteriously last year when i was in Germany. Honest!!!

  • R. Lo you are absolutely WRONG! You see congress NEVER declared war in fact the United States has not formally declared war since World War II.

    Under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has sole power “to declare war [and] grant letters of marque and reprisal.” But Article II, Section 2 provides that “The president shall be Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” While it’s clear that the Framers intended for Congress alone to declare war, presidents don’t always check with Congress before acting. Obviously bush did not check with congress instead he decided to declare a world war on his own. Yes he declared a World War because his intentions were to word his declaration in a way that would allow him to invade any country he would like by not declaring war on any country but instead declaring “War on Terrorism”. Then he illegally entered Iraq under BS false pretenses that Iraq had Weapons of Mass destruction, by the way Iraq never had WMD and they never had any Al Qaeda or Taliban groups inside their borders, WE HAD INTELLIGENCE CONFIRMING NO WMD, but Bush ignored that and lied to the American people. Our entrance into Iraq and our destabilization of the government created a new territory and new recruitment and breeding grounds for these terrorist organizations and now Al Qaeda is stronger than before because we created more terrorist territory and hugely increased the recruiting population.

    Yeah were so much safer now because we increased Al Qaueda’s size… we could have spent that money on border defenses and we would be 1,000,000 times safer. But Bush is a war monger just like most uneducated conservatives. Oh and don’t try to come back with Bush’s degree, its obvious that money can buy those things, have you heard Bush speak. He is an embarrassment to our nation and I cant wait until he is out of office.

  • “Let me ask you all this….what makes some1 snap for watever reason and kill? y do u think you would?…any1 who wants to respnd feel free if you dont thats fine………i’ll b waiting X) ”

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder causes this and PTSD is caused by wars that should not have took place to begin with. So in turn Presidents who declare war when they have no business doing so create the soldiers with PTSD who then snap and kill innocent people.

    Short Answer: President Dubya’s do.

  • Correction: Hannibal Lecter’s character in Silence of the Lambs was not based off Ed Gein. It was in fact the character of Buffalo Bill in the same movie, instead, that was based off the same killer.

  • My dad use to tell me the story about Ed Gein when I was growing up. He use to throw rock’s at his house. I always thought he was kidding me . Tell I seen it on T. V.

  • I’m kind of tired of hearing people giving way too much credit to Ed Gein as a Serial Killer. Given he was a sick individual and WAS suspected in being involved of the death of his brother ( Though the true cause of death was suffocating from the smoke of the fire. Ed probably knocked his brother unconconcious, though he died of smoke inhalation, which is more like man slaughter than murder). Besides that, Ed Gein only killed two women seperated by two years. Hardly a “killing spree” as you so eloquently put it. And you also state that the police found many bodies hanging in his barn, but it was only one. that of the woman from the hardware store that police had suspected him of killing. Also you state the body count at 15 of which most of them were bodies that he had exhumed from a local cemetary. HE ONLY KILLED 2 WOMEN!!! Also you mention cannabilism. Though i’m not totally sure of this, I do know the only evidence of cannabilism and source of much debate was a SUPPOSED pot on a stove that had the heart of the woman from the Hardware store. And that is more likely a myth. I don’t mean to come off as a douchebag, but your play of words in documenting him give him way more credit than he deserves. Not to take away from him ( He did do some pretty messed up stuff, for instance having the full body skin of a woman’s body, a belt of human nipples, Yes human nipples, the human skull caps used as soup bowls, skins and other body parts used to upholster furniture, including skulls on the posts of his bed, and many shrunken heads that he supposedly made himself), But! In the end He killed two women, which does classify him as a serial killer, but you make it come off as though he Killed 15 women and had the bodies of his victims laying all over the Place. Not true!

  • What interests me about these S.K,s is, especially JWGACY and Pete Sutcliff is the way that they went about their normal day to day routines, with jobs etc, and nobody knew a damn thing that went on when they got home after a hard day at the office and went out prowling the dirty darkened streets looking for prey. More impressive is JWG was in Newspapers, TV media coverage, photographed handing over large cheques to various charitys etc and then getting home and torturing young men and satisfying his lust. Now, is that clever or what? Did he know what he was doing? I think so, which makes it all the more interesting. Peter Sutcliff? What did he say to his workmates whilst eating his sandwhiches at dinnertime? when they were all saying things like “bloody hell, this ripper geezers done another one pete” Did he reply”what a nutter?” or did he say”he seems to be one step ahead of the plod doesn,t he? much be pretty clever if you ask me”. Know wot i mean?

  • joe, your B.S that was completely unrelated to this article has made me so sick to my stomach… I chunked my iPhone across the room! You owe me money ! Stay focused on the topic at hand! And to be quite frank, it people like you that give soldiers like me bad names!!!

  • this is sick…that people do things like that…for me its like they have no heart…and sometimes these people did it because they either wanted attention or was arused by it

  • Yeah joe, you owe me money as well, whilst reading your amusing comments, or are they rants and raves from a perfectly SANE individual? Anyway, to cut a long story short, i found myself chuckling, then laughing out loud, so much so that i fell off my chair and grabbing my laptop as i fell, that smashed into pieces, i landed on my pure pedigree Staffordshire Bull Terrier who sadly died later, my mrs ran in to see what all the noise was, she slipped on broken pieces of laptop and dropped what she was holding at the time which was a 42″ plasma t.v, so that was a write off, and then my daughter came in the room to show me her new bowling balls that she had just bought that day, she slipped on the blood from my wifes head injury, the balls went through the window and landed on my new Ferrari which was just being delivered!!! So Mr Army Joe, you owe m e for a laptop, a t.v, a dog and a motor, not to mention hospital fees!! When can i expect my dosh? The Moral of my story? Well, they printed your crap which had nothing to do with serial killers, so wtf!! Now, go away so we can enjoy S.K,s.

    • why was your wife carrying your t.v. she should have been in the kitchen making a pie. Eveybody knows you cant trust women with anything exspensive or worth something. Stupid John.

  • Well.. i now have a rational reason to be afraid of clowns… (John Wayne Gacy)
    eugh.

    maybe there should be some mention of… the chicago rippers.

  • if you do not have the comprehension or intreset in serial killers than wthell r u duin here & leaving a stupid comment like that just mind ur business

  • When was this article published? Dennis Rader should be added as the very famous BTK Killer. Some interesting info on him. although i do hope he burns in hell – a very entertaining individual. In reply to john’s G.W. Bush comment, this is a serial killer article, serial killers act with blue prints, do things a certain way. if by chance you consider bush to be responsible for our soldiers dying in iraq.. or possibly behind the 9/11 conspiracy, that does not make him a serial killer. you’re opinion is respected, as it is your freedom of speech and mind, however, if you feel he is a serial killer, then you should really get an education on the definition. In addition, your problem isn’t with the president bush, your problem is with the government…maybe you should leave the united states, and find another government to disagree with…that is also a right in which you have… just a thought

  • One thing you all have forgotten, GW was out to get even for a contract put o n his fathers head by sadam. Thenb tou have to take into consideration that Irac is the largest oil producing countries. Which is now under controll by halliburton, which was formerly the company that GW and dick Channey were CEO’s of.

  • Don’t Forget about the Vagina Lip Beard Ed Gein Created . Im Working on one myself. =) Heres a riddle as well’ A man is six feet tall, is a clerk at a butcher shop, and wears size 11 shoes. What does he weigh?

  • Oh by the way Charles manson is the biggest id*iot out of the group, why did he have to kill the beautiful sharon tate. He was a coward getting all of his minions to commit the crimes.

    • yeah we should put them all on an island and let them kill them selves that way they wil be able to keep their drive going and they wont bother any more civilans

  • I just did my thesis over psychopaths, basically people with extreme Antisocial Personality Disorder. A couple of these comments suggested that if they were given proper care and treatment they would be better off. This may be true when they are very young and live in adverse environmental conditions; however, some grow up in fairly normal homes and still turn out to be crazy killers. Research has determined that there are biological factors, maybe specific genes that play into it, but the problem is that they’re having a lot of difficulty determining which ones. Because of this, there are no medications to treat a psychopath and treatment in the form of therapy fails because they are so manipulative. It’s just scary that, with all of the things we can do in this world, we can’t figure out how to treat these people.

  • you guys are all so f?????? s????d. bush is a serial killer no soldiers are serial killers. i swear to god half of the f????? idiots on here comment on shit they really have no opinion about just because they love to talk. that john f?????t has to be one of the dumbest people in the world to see a list of serial killers and think ” oh george bush should be on here” you have to be mildly retarded to have a train of thought like that. and that dumb f??? who thinks soldiers are serial killers is right up at the top of the list of dumb asses. soldiers are doing more for their country than you ever will. it doesnt matter if the war is right or wrong they at least have the balls to risk their life for their country. i dont give a shit if you dont support the war but you deserve a bullet in the back of the head if you talk shit about the soldiers. all you dirty liberals are going to put me on this list one day.

    • my dad was in the veitnam war and they were treated like crap when they came home! i back up our soldiers every second of the day without them we wouldnt have our freedom and i am thankful everyday that they risk theyre lives for us! as for bush he did what he had to do was he suppose to sit back and do nothing? what would everybody else have done had they were in his shoes? people are quick to judge others for theyre actions!

  • Don’t forget to add Bill Clinton on the list…..DROPPING BOMBS ON IRAQ TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM HIS IMPEACHMENT TRIALS…..GOOD LITTLE LIBERAL….HUH.

  • Soldiers are NOT serial killers. We live in FREEDOM only because of our AMERICAN SOLDIERS. Without them no one would be here freely speaking because if we did they would kill us if they didn’t like what we said.

  • I LOVE serial killers. I love reading about them, hearing about them, watching movies based on them. Horror movies excite me, but to hear about a serial killer fascinates me the most. To sit and hear about the mind and the mental change happening to a person, causing them to act in the most vicious ways known to man is fascinating. How someone can be so out of their mind to kill, rape, eat or torture someone is captivating. Alothough their acts are wrong and inhumane, the question still remains is it only wrong because we say it is?

    • I agree but I do believe it’s wrong because who are we to decide who’s to die and how? Same goes for the death penalty it’s not right buy I can’t change the way the government works nor people…

  • What i have just read from the lovely Mariam,(if indeed Mariam is a woman) if not, i apologise for assuming Mariam is a females christian name. Anyway, what Mariam has written sums up my thoughts EXCATLY. I feel the same way Mariam, i experience a feeling of extreme excitment when i,m leafing through my quite vast collection of books,audio books,dvd,s etc on serial killers. And i have always asked myself the question of “if i could get away with it, would i myself indulge in MY fantasys? The answer is of course “i.d start tomorrow”. Thats what i find most interesting, all these men and women were acting out their fantasys, but all of them came to the point of crossing over the line which divides fantasy and reality and instead of just thinking about what it would be like, they went ahead and found out. And i admire that in a way. Know wot i mean Mariam?

  • I’ve got to be honest and say I have never read so many retarded comments about our president. Are you people so ignorant to seriously believe that the president has enough power to direct operations in Iraq and Afganistan? If you’re americans you should really know the way our political system works. George Bush made some mistakes but if you truly don’t agree with what he said, get off your a??’ and run for president yourself and quit complaining. Or do over 26 years in the military like I did, then judge people. George Bush a serial killer? What a bunch of doushebags, get a grip you ignorant bunch of losers. Before you say such terrible things about a man who did the best job he could, get educated. Ask congress and the senate you pompous a??’ and then write another comment.

    • Yes, I was surprised at that too. Maybe because Zodiac wasn’t caught and prosecuted? But then neither was Belle Sorenson Gunness but at least they have a picture of her…hmm.

  • # Blood Moon Black Says:
    December 7th, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Don’t Forget about the Vagina Lip Beard Ed Gein Created . Im Working on one myself. =) Heres a riddle as well’ A man is six feet tall, is a clerk at a butcher shop, and wears size 11 shoes. What does he weigh?

    meat

  • reading all these strogn and diverse opinions are very interesting. not many people have the guts to voice there opinion (*even if its on a website using a fake name )
    however i dont think people are being very clever by saying stupid thinks like luke hoffman, what is he trying to prove?
    these comments have sort of escaleted from talking about serial killers to a totally different subject (George Bush )which to tell you the truth has nothing to do with this website. maybe they should go to a george bushe website where there comments are do do with it its like going to a cat website and talking about the weather !!!!!!!!

    However i have got to say it is interesting hearing about it because i dont know many people who say what they are actually thinking.

  • Yeah, come on, lets forget George f****** Bush and concentrate on the subject of serial killers. Much more interesting than king of the retards himself. Know wot i mean? And lets not forget Moses Sithole, forgive me if ive spelt wrong, i dont think i have. But he was one mean sob.

  • I believe that something all these Serial killers want is attention and the only thing that triggers them would absolutely be looking for attention and they usually have troubled pasts. Ed Gene: His life story is also the base of the movie “The Chainsaw Massacre”

  • “terrorist sympathizer”
    you think everyone in the middle east is a bad person?
    thats like saying all americans are like george bush.. he did kill A LOT of people, terrorist or not they were people. children and mothers. people just trying to live their lives. I cant help being born american, they cant help being born the way they are nor can people control OTHER peoples actions. Our country was not in debt what so ever before he became our leader. He is not a smart person. He was obviously a weak person also if Dick had to make choices for him, why shield these people when they need to take the blaim.

  • Also about the manson murders it is said that Sharon Tates Unborn child was cut out of her stomach by one of the woman in the “family” and then cut the heart out of the baby and ate it. possible? or is this false.

  • What is Parker on about? Jim Jones? Oh you mean the welsh geezer who sang “Its not unusual” and “Deliah” and “Sexbomb” and “the green green grass of home”. How many has he killed? He,s murdered a few songs i know that much!!! HA HA. I,m bloody funny i am when i get going. Know wot i mean? And your right, jim jones was a bit of a cult. Can i say the C word?

  • @John Wayne Gacy
    … who has Charles manson killed though?
    Jim Jones convinced his cult to kill themselves together… leading to over 900 deaths.. most in cult history. Charles mansons family were responsible for deaths too. both men never killed anyone though. that im aware of.

  • Uhmarent we forgetting about the zodiac killler? Sure, we know very few things about him but isn’t he a “famous” serial killer as well? I mean, he has his own movie too. Much like ed gein and other killers……

  • This article was very well put together. I enjoyed reading this. As some people may think that all of these Serial Killers are sick individuals (which they are) i find them very fascinating. Also in a way i look up to them, not from a Serial Killer point of view but from a very self loyal point of view. I like to stay true to myself and if this how these men and woman were then atleast they were true to who they were. Now im NOT saying that that gives them the right to go kill people because thats what they wanted. It like hitler, he was a horrible person but had a ton of power. I also look up to him as to how he acquired all of his power. Now if he had used it for something good, he would have been extrodinary. But then again him and including all of these men and woman would have never been as adored or hated by society if they would have been good. Face it…America loves bad news and sadness. Take a look at the news and you’ll agree.

  • John it seems to me that you have some issues that you need to tend to seeing as you think that george w. bush is a terrorist. I know he wasnt the greatest president we have ever had but its pretty pathetic that you think that killing terrorsts is a bad thing. Your a f****** idiot.

  • First of all, I’d like to say that whoever that Mariam person is summed up my thoughts as well! I’ve always been fascinated by all sorts of psychological disorders… especially ones like sociopathic behavior because I simply can’t quite wrap my mind around how someone could be that way. Anyway, all in all I thought it was a very good and informative article – even though there probably are and probably always will be people that someone believes should have been mentioned.
    On that note, my second thought is that someone who should NOT be mentioned is ANY president of the United States of America. If someone attacks or hurts my home or anyone in it, they will suffer. Bottom line. This country is my home… and you’re damn right that a lesson needed to be taught after 9/11 – “Don’t f*ck with the US.” I’m not saying that I agree with every aspect and decision made about the war, but the country I live in, we VOTE for our President. We ELECT that person to make decisions FOR US in order to protect our country. If you don’t like or agree with that, move to another f*cking country. You do not stand here on American soil and rant your bull*h*t disrespectful opinions – which, by the way, you are only free to even offer up without getting your skull bashed in because of the brave men and women who are fighting this very second for that freedom. Believe what you want to believe, have a political debate all you want – lucky for you, you live in America and nobody can say that you can’t do that. But DO NOT disrespect your President by saying things like he should be on a list of serial killers. That is your President – like it or not.

    • He’s far from a serial killer. He should not even be *mentioned* on a list about serial killers. He is a former President, not an effing psychopath, and I thank you for saying what needs to be said.

      Thank you for that. I like the people who defend this country. I don’t like George W. Bush (didn’t vote to elect him in the first place), but that’s not because of his actions about 9/11. He’s not a serial killer just because I don’t like him, and people shouldn’t say things like that.

  • nicole i agree with you
    we do vote for someone to lead us…

    and people should not be saying he is a serial killer. he is doing what he thinks is in our best intrest…

    he is not serial killer… neither are the soldiers fighting.. (brother and boyfriend are stationed in Baghdad) they are fighting for us… they are not psycho killers. and it is a shame that so many people have died and had to leave their familys to go FIGHT FOR US but you have to think… what would our country be like with no defence and we never faught? what would have happened after 9 11 if we didnt fight?

    if there was another option that would be great but theres not so.. what can we do? vote for another prez and hope he fixes everything… we did and chances are.. he wont and things wont be fixed for a while. but soldiers are not crazy… they have familys and .. girlfriends maybe it would be nice if you thanked them.. instead of insulting them..

  • Hi ya’ll…I need to admit that I perfectly understand Joe’s motivations, I myself am a victim of the israeli terrorism, and in five years of internet contact with americans, I have never seen any kind of sympathy of their part. I think you people should be using the internet in order to understand the muslim/western conflict [If any]…try to free your minds of all those pre-set ideas taught to you by biased and zionist medias. A last word before I leave: zionists don’t care about humanity, they only care about their own profit.

  • i actually like the muslum culture.
    …. i just like people in general.
    i dont think the war was the best idea.
    i think its discusting and ignorent to be prejudice to anything.. because not every person can be the same.. the way bias people treat it… not all muslums are the same americans hispanics exc.. everyone has their flaws and everyone has things that they are liked for..

  • I just want to know why every one thinks Bush is a terrorist… do you think every other president who went to war is a terrorist? Terrorists intend to terrorize… thats what these men (the serial killers and the al qaeda) did…. i would just like to know how you think bush terrorized people… the troops fight for our country and if you don’t enjoy your freedom then you can get the hell out of this country because i’m tired of people complaining about our troops, our president and most of all our country. Terrorists threatened our freedom… and you people are going to cry about our president deciding to act and refuse to be terrorized… because terrorists intend to terrorized, and we will not be terrorized, and though the troops die… they die with honor and dignity… for their country.

  • Thank you dwight i couldnt agree more, are you going to say Honest Abe is a killer, George washington(he helped in a war not start it) exc.. what do you think of them?

  • i really hate qouting comedians on political matters but Carlos Mencia who i hate the most, not because of his race but his garbage that comedy central lets him stream to millions of people, we didn’t have to REELECT him for presidency and like carlos said, “Did we hate him the during the first term YES, did he huge mistakes during his first term Yes ,did we do the dumb a*s thing of REELECTing him YES. People who didn’t vote don’t post anything because you had the right and chose not to use it. And john remember arguing on the internet is like running in the special olympics, even if you win you are still retarded. I too served 26 years in the Marines and served my time in Iraq so don’t start ranting on about how people don’t know shit because all they know is what they see on tv. I fought to make sure that my family and friends could post stuff to make sure you felt like a dumb a*s for saying George Bush is a terrorist.

  • sorry correction in the name not john but joe. no beef towards john, btw i wouldn’t be proud of the fact that your named after a serial killer.

  • You have one fact slightly wrong – Ed Gein is the inspiration for Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs, not Anthony Hopkins’ character, Dr. Lecter. Cool article otherwise, although these types of people disgust me, I am fascinated by what creates these monsters.