10 Of The Creepiest Serial Killers Of All Time.
To me, this world is nothing but evil, and my own evil just happened to come out cause of the circumstances of what I was doing."
-Aileen Wuornos (serial killer)
No one expected that the clown they hired to come to their children's birthday parties would be one of the gruesomest serial killers of all time. But that's exactly who John Wayne Gacy was. He was a professional clown with a murderous streak. Gacy killed 33 young men and buried the bodies around his home, after torturing his victims. He was discovered and executed in 1994. No wonder so many people are scared of clowns!
2. Ted Bundy
Bundy was regarded as handsome and charismatic by his young female victims, traits he exploited to win their trust. He typically approached them in public places, feigning injury or disability, or impersonating an authority figure, before overpowering and assaulting them at more secluded locations.
Between 1974 and 1978, Ted Bundy kidnapped and killed 30 women, although the actual number of victims is likely much higher. Sometimes he even kept their dismembered heads as keepsakes. He was caught in 1979, after escaping authorities twice, and sentenced to death by electric chair.
Jeffrey Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, became one of the most famous serial killers in the U.S. when he was caught for the murders of 17 young men.
Why the nickname? Well, Dahmer was on a mission: to create the "perfect" mindless sex slave by drilling a hole into the heads of his live victims. When the procedure didn't work (which it didn't because, let's face it, this method wasn't exactly medically sound), Dahmer would eat his victims.
He was caught in 1994 and beaten to death in prison.
4. Albert Fish
When Fish first arrived in New York in 1890, he started work as a prostitute. It all went down from there.
In the 1900s, Albert Fish kidnapped killed and cannibalized several young children. While only three victims were ever proven, he claimed to have killed many, many more.
Fish was often known as The Gray Man, along with a few other nicknames. He was caught in 1934 and sentenced to death by electrocution.
5. Ed Gein
Ed Gein famously inspired a plethora of the most horrifying Hollywood serial killers of all time, including Norman Bates, Jame Gumb ("Buffalo Bill"), and Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Although Gein only allegedly killed his brother and two local women, he was also known to dig up the dead bodies of women similar to his mother and use their skin to make a suit. He also used the body parts to make masks, bowls, lamps, and more.
He was caught in 1957 but died in a mental hospital of respiratory failure in 1984.
6. Leonard Lake
Leonard Lake was reportedly a bright child, but had an obsession with pornography that stemmed from taking nude photos of his sisters, apparently with the encouragement of his grandmother.
Later, he and his partner Charles Ng killed between 11 and 25 people during 1983-1985.
He brought his victims to his cabin's custom dungeon to torture, rape, and kill. He videotaped many of his victim's last torturous moments. After Lake was arrested on a firearms charge, he killed himself with a cyanide pill. That's when the police discovered his dungeon of horrors.
7. Robert Pickton
Robert Pickton was a millionaire pig farmer who killed anywhere between 6 and 49 victims.
The Canadian serial killer lured prostitutes and drug-addled women to his pig farm to kill them. Afterward, he would feed the bodies to his pigs.
He kept some of his victims' heads, hands, and feet in refrigerators, while bringing some human remains, mixed with pig intestines, to a rendering plant to be made into products like makeup and soap.
The Crown at his trial reported that Pickton told the officer that he wanted to kill another woman to make it an even 50, and that he was caught because he was "sloppy"
He was caught in 2002 and sentenced to life in prison.
8. Katherine Knight
As a youngster, Katherine was, by all accounts, a generally pleasant girl who, however, experienced uncontrollable "murderous rages" in response to minor upsets. When she attended high school, she became a loner and is remembered by classmates as a bully who stood over smaller children.
She was convicted of the murder of her partner, John Price, in October 2001, and is currently imprisoned at the Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre in NSW.
How did she kill him? Katherine stabbed Price to death and then skinned him. She then put his skin on a meat hook, cooked his head and parts of his body and placed them together with vegetables on plates to feed to her children for dinner.
9. Leonarda Cianciulli
Leonarda was the typical Italian housewife. She baked teacakes and made homemade soap.
Except, her recipes included a secret ingredient human flesh. When she heard that her beloved son Giuseppe was to be drafted into the Italian Army, she believed that the only way to protect him in battle was by human sacrifice.
So, between 1939 and 1940, Cianciulli murdered three women in Correggio, Italy. She would offer her victims a glass of drugged wine before killing them with an axe. She then cut up the corpses to make teacakes, which were often served to her family and friends. As for the soap? She and her husband used it for bathing.
10. Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
This couple, otherwise known as "ken and barbie", for their charming good looks, were a married couple in Toronto, Canada. Everything started with Karla's sister, who they brutally raped, killed and videotaped. Bernardo had a history of sexual assault, and they began killing victims together once Karla entered the picture. They went on to kill several more people together.
After they were convicted, Paul Bernardo admitted he was responsible for every sexual assault attributed to him, but he steadfastly maintained Homolka had been the killer; Homolka, of course, pointed the finger at Bernardo, and it isnt likely we will ever know the truth of the matter. However, to this day Paul Bernardo insists he never killed anyone.
Know someone who would love this article? Be sure to share.
Racism is an insidious, and unfortunately prevalent, force in all of our daily lives. Maybe we're on the receiving end of it, being treated differently and losing opportunities because of others' preconceived notions.
Or maybe we're on the other side of things. Even those who aren't actively racist or discriminatory still have to process the world through the filters of the things they've been told about people who are different.