So Sweet Looking But Far From Innocent
It’s been said that you can never judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately, this applies to serial killers as well. You can never really tell who they are, what their real motive is, or anything else about them for that matter. What if the killer turns out to be that little boy or girl you went to school with? Read on and discover if YOU grew up with one of these monsters.
Jeffrey Dahmer Takes the Photo
Jeffrey Dahmer grew up in Ohio with his needy mother and father who was trying to get a degree in chemistry. He committed his first murder in 1978, and was arrested multiple times before claiming his second victim, in 1987. In addition to killing the men and teenagers he lured home, he mutilated, photographed and performed sexual acts on the victims’ corpses, keeping body parts as mementos. Dahmer was captured in 1991 and sentenced to 16 life terms. He was killed by fellow prison inmate Christopher Scarver in 1994.
John Wayne Gacy turns respect into Demise
John Wayne Gacy seemed a likable and affable man. He was born in the Windy City and grew up trying to make his father proud of him. He was widely respected in the community, a member of the Jaycees, and was charming and easy to get along with. Rumors were starting to spread around town, and among other Jaycees members, about Gacy’s sexual preferences. No one could help but notice that young boys always seemed to be in his presence. Gacy was eventually found guilty of killing 33 boys and young men.
Ted Bundy the Escape Artist
Ted Bundy lived the first years of his life Philidelphia with his grandparents. He attended the University of Washington to study Chinese. Bundy murdered numerous young women across the United States between 1974 and 1978. He twice escaped from prison before his final apprehension in February 1978. After more than a decade of vigorous denials, he eventually confessed to 30 murders, although the actual total of victims remains unknown. Estimates range from 29 to over 100, with the general estimate being 35. Typically, Bundy would bludgeon his victims, then strangle them to death. He also engaged in rape and necrophilia.
Andrei Chikatilo like to… Eat?
Andrei Chikatilo, also known as the Butcher of Rostov and the Rostov Ripper, was one of the most notorious serial killers in the Soviet Union, maybe even the most prolific in modern history. He was a child molester who enjoyed mutilating and eating his victims. When arrested, policemen noted a disturbing odor emitting from the pores of his skin, which was caused by the rotten human flesh in his digestion.
Charles Manson and “The Family”
Charles Manson is a convicted serial killer who has become an icon of evil. In the late 1960s, Manson founded a hippie cult group known as “the Family” whom he manipulated into brutally killing others on his behalf. On August 9, 1969, four of Manson’s followers brutally murdered Tate, her unborn baby, and four others who were visiting her (Polanski was in Europe for work). The following night, Manson’s followers brutally killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their home.
David Berkowitz made the City Panic
This psychopath was given away at birth. He was adopted by Pearl and Nathan Berkowitz. His former name given by his original mother was Richard David Falco Known as Son of Sam, he murdered six people in New York City in 1976–77. David Berkowitz’s crimes plunged the city into a panic and unleashed one of the largest manhunts in New York history. Berkowitz was arrested on August 10, 1977, 11 days after his last murder, and was sentenced to 365 years in prison.
Richard Ramirez was the “Night Stalker”
A serial murderer, a serial rapist, a Satan worshiper, Richard Ramirez was a man who inflicted physical and emotional pain on his victims in myriad ways. Born in El Paso, Texas Richard Ramirez was all those things, but to Californians terrorized during his violent spree in the spring and summer of 1985, he was simply called the “Night Stalker.” He raped and tortured more than 25 victims and killing at least 13 over a two-year rampage.
Gary Ridgway Lost Count
He may be America’s most prolific serial killer. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and the second child from his parents. Convicted of killing 49 women over the course of two decades, Ridgway has confessed to killing almost twice that number and admitted in later statements that he claimed so many lives he lost count. He referred to killing young women as his “career.”
Dennis Rader, the Menace of Wichita
Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, Dennis Rader menaced Wichita for decades, brutally murdering 10 people and terrorizing a whole generation of Kansans. As a child, Dennis Rader had long harbored dark secret fantasies of bondage and torture. As a kid, he murdered cats and dogs by hanging them, but he learned to keep violence hidden.
Herbert Mullin Prevented Earthquakes
Herbertkilled thirteen people in California in the early 1970s. He confessed to the killings, which he claimed prevented earthquakes. At 18, Herbert’s life suddenly crumbled when his friend Dean was killed in a car accident. Herb set up a shrine for Dean in his bedroom complete with photographs and trinkets and old toys, He broke up with his girlfriend, announcing that he was a homosexual.
Eric Smith was just 13…
Eric was 13 when he committed his first and last child murder. Though technically not a serial killer, his actions towards his victim were enough to deem him in the same category. He killed four-year-old Derrick Robie when he was walking alone to a summer camp in rural Steuben County, New York. Smith led Robie to a remote location where he strangled and pummeled Robie with rocks then sodomized the child with a tree limb, post-mortem. He dropped two large rocks on Robie’s head, killing the boy.
Mary Bell was just a Child
Mary Bell murdered two kids within a three-month span when she was 10 going on 11. The first murder Mary committed took place on May 25, 1968 the day before her 11th birthday: she strangled four-year-old Martin Brown in an abandoned home. It’s not clear why she committed the murder, only that she did it all on her own. She even broke into and vandalized an orphanage and left a note admitting to the murder, but police only thought it was a prank.
Fred West was Horrific by all means
West became one of the most horrific serial killers known to the U.K. He and future wife Rose were responsible for the dismemberment and murder of women and young girls, including two members of their own family. West was awaiting trial for twelve murders when he hung himself on January 1, 1995.
Andrew Cunanan Killed Versace
Andrew Cunanan, 27, was just a gay gigolo down on his luck in San Diego. A voracious reader with a reported genius-level I.Q., he coveted the lifestyles of the rich and famous. He murdered at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, during a three-month period in 1997. The killing ended with Cunanan’s suicide at 27 years old.
Genene Jones the Infant Murderer
This former pediatric nurse killed somewhere between 11 and 46 infants and children in her care. She used injections of digoxin, heparin, and later succinylcholine to induce medical crises in her patients, with the intention of reviving them afterward in order to receive praise and attention. So many children died while Jones was on duty, people started calling it the “Death Shift.” An internal investigation at the time reportedly called the deaths “unexplained events.”
American Psycho, Edmund Kemper
The inspiration for American Psycho, Edmund Kemper killed six young women in the Santa Cruz, California, area and several members of his family. He killed both his grandparents when he was fifteen to “see what it felt like.” Between May 1972 and February 1973, Kemper embarked on a series of six shocking serial murders in which he picked up hitchhiking female students along the highway and then transported them to rural areas where he would kill and then decapitate them, and have sex with their corpses. He collected their dismembered heads in his apartment and would later have “relations” with them also.
John Christie had no Remorse for his Wife
Christie murdered at least eight women – including his wife, Ethel – by strangling them in his flat in London. Christie moved out of Rillington Place during March 1953, and soon afterward the bodies of three of his victims were discovered hidden in an alcove in the kitchen. His wife’s body was found beneath the floorboards of the front room. Christie was arrested and convicted of his wife’s murder, for which he was hanged.
Myra Hindley the Wicked
In partnership with Ian Brady, she committed the rapes and murders of five small children. Myra Hindley admitted that she was even worse and more wicked than her fellow Moors Murderer Ian Brady.She even spoke of her ‘love’ for children and desire to work with old people if she was ever released. The child-killer said she was more ‘culpable’ than her partner-in-crime because she knew better and ‘knew the difference between right and wrong’.
Nannie Doss Ended those Closest to her
Nannie Doss’s list of victims included those who were closest to her: four of her five husbands, her mother, her sister, her grandson, and her mother-in-law. Her arsenic-infused slayings took place across four states and she became known as “The Giggling Granny” due to her tendency to laugh merrily during interrogations. Of her murdered lovers she said, “I was searching for the perfect mate, the real romance of life.”
Moses Sithole the Taunter
Born in Vosloorus, this South African serial killer committed the “ABC Murders,” so named because they began in Atteridgeville, continued in Boksburg and finished in Cleveland, a suburb of Johannesburg. When he was five, his father passed away and his mom decided to abandon the family. By 1995, he had claimed over 30 victims, igniting a nationwide panic. In some cases, he would call the victim’s family and taunt them.
“Chessboard Killer” Alexander Pichushkin
The so-called “chessboard killer,” was well known along the leafy lanes of Moscow’s Bitsevsky Park. The 33-year-old supermarket worker played chess under the trees and even invited his opponents for a drink afterward. He would lure his victims, who were mostly elderly men, to a quiet part of the park before attacking them from behind with a hammer. He would suggest drinking a glass of vodka next to the grave of his beloved dog before killing them.
Henry Lee Lucas Joined the 100 Club
Henry Lee Lucas was a murderer best known for allegedly killing hundreds of people in the 1960s and ’70s, though only three (including his mother) were confirmed. Oddly, he was a self-confessed serial killer. Lucas was arrested in Texas and, on the basis of his confessions, hundreds of unsolved murders attributed to him were officially classified as cleared. Lucas was convicted of murdering 157 people and condemned to death for a single case with an unidentified victim.
Jerome Brudos was “The Lust Killer” for a Reason
Jerry Brudos loved collecting and wearing slinky, lacy slips and bras and, especially, fancy high-heeled shoes. He was known as “The Lust Killer” and “Shoe Fetish Slayer”. He was both serial killer and a necrophiliac. He eventually murdered four women, keeping grisly trophies from his victims and dressing in their clothing.
Richard Speck had the Nerve to Brag
Speck became infamousafter murdering eight female students who lived together on Chicago’s South Side. The women, between ages 19 and 24, were systematically bound, robbed, beaten, strangled and stabbed during Speck’s frenzy. According to the NY Times, at least one victim was raped. In a video made from prison, Speck casually admits to the killing of the nurses, describing the strangulation in some detail, and bragging about the strength required to kill someone in this manner.
The Mystery Behind Wayne Williams
Wayne Williams is the prime suspect in the murder of more than 20 black youths from 1979 to 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, although he was only convicted of killing two adults. In January 1982, he was found guilty of the murder of two adult men. After his conviction, the Atlanta police declared an additional 23 of the 29 child murders solved. The killings also stopped after he was imprisoned.
Kenneth Bianchi had Love on his Side
Arrested in 1979 for his role in the “Hillside Strangler” sex murders that terrorized Los Angeles in the late Seventies, Bianchi convinced one of the female admirers who’d contacted him during his trial to give false testimony on his behalf. She was later arrested and convicted for attempting to strangle a woman, in an effort to make it seem as if the Hillside Strangler was still at large. How’s that for love?
Beverley Allitt the “Angel of Death”
AKA the “Angel of Death”, Allitt was convicted of murdering four children, attempting to murder three other children, and causing grievous bodily harm to a further six children. The crimes were committed over a period of 59 days between February and April 1991 in the children’s ward at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincolnshire, where Allitt was employed as a State Enrolled Nurse. She administered large doses of insulin to at least two victims and a large air bubble was found in the body of another, but police were unable to establish how all the attacks were carried out.
Donald Neilson the “Black Panther”
Known as the “Black Panther,” Neilson was convicted of four murders, including that of 17-year-old Lesley Whittle, kidnapped from her Shropshire home in 1975. He was also responsible for about 400 burglaries during a 10-year criminal career. The killer was dubbed “The Black Panther” as a result of witness descriptions of his dark clothing and powerful physique.
Drinking Tea with Graham Young could Spell the End
Don’t drink tea with this one. Graham Young is best known as the Teacup Poisoner, responsible for the killing of at least three people in England. At the age of 14, in 1961, Graham began testing out poisons on his family. Eventually his stepmother would die. Graham was put into a criminal mental hospital after confessing to the poisonings of his family.
Jack Unterweger Once used a Bra
Jack was in and out of prison several times during his youth for assaulting local prostitutes. He murdered 18-year-old German Margaret Schäfer in 1974 by strangling her with her own bra.He was sentenced to life in prison and used that time to study. He was released after only 16 years of his life term, thought to be a successful “re-socialized” prisoner. In the first year after his release, however, police found later that he killed six prostitutes in Austria.
Ivan Milat Enjoyed Stabbing
The youngster in the middle posing with his family is named Ivan. Milat became known as the Backpack Killer after being found guilty of seven gruesome murders, though suspected of more. He would shoot his victims with a .22, or stab them to death. At times he would also decapitate his victims.
Charles Ng at the Cabin
Ng is believed to have raped, tortured and murdered between 11 and 25 victims with his accomplice Leonard Lake. No one knows the total for sure. He and Lake began a campaign of abduction, rape, and murder based at Lake’s remote cabin. Altogether, the bodies of seven men, three women, two baby boys and 45 pounds of bone fragments would be recovered from the cabin site.
Jesse Pomeroy Attacked other Small Boys
Pomeroy was the youngest person convicted of first-degree murder in Massachusetts. As a young teen, he was accused of attacking other young boys. When he was 14, a young girl went missing and a four-year-old boy was found mutilated. The girl’s body was found in an ash heap in Pomeroy’s mother’s shop. Pomeroy went to prison and lived there for decades until his death in 1932.
Roy Norris in the “Murder Mack”
Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker and Roy Lewis Norris are two serial killers who together kidnapped, tortured, raped, and murdered five young women over a period of five months in California in 1979. Bittaker and Norris hatched a plan to rape and kill local girls. Bittaker bought a 1977 GMC cargo van, which they came to call “Murder Mack” because it had no side windows in the back and a large passenger side sliding door.
Donald Henry Gaskins was “The Meanest Man in America”
He boasted of committing over 100 murders and became the only person to kill a fellow inmate on Death Row, earning him the title “The Meanest Man in America.” He raped a 12-year-old girl and served eight years in prison before being paroled in November 1968. The following September, Gaskins tortured and murdered a hitchhiker. This hitchhiker was the first of many he killed while driving across coastal highways. Gaskins proudly branded them “Coastal Kills”: people killed for pleasure. He tortured his victims, attempting to keep them alive for as long as possible.
Arthur Shawcross had many Methods
Arthur is known as the Genesee River Killer. He strangled, suffocated or beat to death 11 women in the Rochester area in the late 1980s. In his pretrial confession, he had told investigators that for several years — while being married, having an affair and often going fishing — he also regularly patronized prostitutes he met in Rochester’s red-light district near Jones Park. He said he had killed one after she bit him, another for being too loud during intercourse, another for trying to steal his wallet and a fourth for calling him a “wimp.”
Clifford Robert Olson Jr would Blackmail Cops
Olson was a middle-aged habitual criminal and informant when from January 1980 until August 1981 he stalked, tortured and killed at least 11 youngsters. He sexually abused scores of others. Olson is reviled because he blackmailed authorities into paying his family $100,000 for the return of his victims’ remains – a macabre cash-for-corpses deal that destroyed careers and tormented survivors.
Peter Sutcliffe or the “Yorkshire Ripper”
Peter Sutcliffe was dubbed the “Yorkshire Ripper” by the press. In 1981, Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering thirteen women and attempting to murder seven others. Sutcliffe had regularly used the services of prostitutes in Leeds and Bradford. His outbreak of violence towards them seems to have occurred because he was swindled out of money by a prostitute and her pimp but he claimed when interviewed by authorities, that the voice of God had sent him on a mission to kill prostitutes.
Dennis Nilsen kept Corpses
Nilsen killed at least fifteen men and boys in gruesome circumstances between 1978 and 1983 and was known to retain corpses for love acts. He was eventually caught after his disposal of dismembered human entrails blocked his household drains: the drain cleaning company found that the drains were congested with human flesh and contacted the police. Due to the similarities between their crimes, sexuality, and lifestyle, Nilsen has been referred to as the “British Jeffrey Dahmer.”
Dylann Roof makes his Mother Faint
On June 17, 2015, a 21-year old white supremacist named Dylann Roof entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Wednesday evening Bible study. Roof sat with church parishioners before pulling out a handgun and fatally shooting nine African Americans, including state Senator Clementa C. Pinckney. During the 2016 trial, witness testimony of the events was so shocking and upsetting that Roof’s mother collapsed from a heart attack in the courtroom. Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crime charges. The horrific incident is now referred to as the Charleston Church Massacre.