The fascination with serial killers is one that is common in many pop culture junkies. A number of podcasts, books, and films have been written with this in mind, to which countless people have devoured.
Some of the facts of these killers will fascinate you, others might have you closing this tab and running to watch some sort of palate cleanser (like cat videos!). Read on, if you dare.
zimmy9921 asked: What are some serial killer facts/facts about serial killers that you find extremely interesting?
This guy is always one step ahead.
"The serial killer Bela Kiss liked to pickle people in barrels stored in his basement. Someone figured it out but they couldn't get him because he was fighting in World War I. By the time they tracked him down he had disappeared and left a dead guy in his hospital bed.
He supposedly joined the French Foreign Legion and deserted that too, and I think history loses track of him after that, with the exception of one possible sighting as a janitor in New York. The janitor disappeared before anyone could confirm it."
As if the freeways weren't bad enough.Giphy
"Mack Ray Edwards, he was a serial killer who worked for CalTrans. He'd kill his victims and then bury the bodies in places he would later help build the highways over.
Not all his victims have been found, and many are very likely still under some of the California highways you may have driven over countless times."
"Dennis Rader, aka BTK (Bind Torture Kill) started communicating with police after years of silence in like 2004ish? He had gone decades without being caught and once again started sending taunting letters and items to them.
He asked them if he could be traced if he sent them his writings on a floppy disc and they assured him through a communication in a newspaper that no, they couldn't trace him. He sent them a floppy disc and they found metadata linking to his church. He was arrested shortly thereafter.
He was hurt that they would lie to him because he thought they had developed a rapport."
Seems a little on-the-nose.
"PeeWee Gaskins, most prolific serial killer in SC drove around in a hearse with a bumper sticker that read "I haul dead people." He told people that he needed it to take the bodies of people he killed to his private cemetery.
He claimed to have killed between 100 and 110 people."
"I am surprised we don't hear more about Robert Hansen in popular culture. He would kidnap women and turn them loose in the Alaskan wilderness, where he would then hunt them down like animals and kill them.
He didn't have the highest number of victims, but his method of hunting them for sport is absolutely insane."
Pretty logical on their part.
"The Hillside Stranglers picked up a young woman to murder. Then they discovered that her father was Peter Lorre, a legendary Hollywood character actor.
They let her go because they feared that killing a celebrity's daughter would bring too much attention down."
Wonder why he disappeared....
"Pedro Alonso Lopez plead guilty to the murders of 100+ girls and only received a maximum sentence of 16 years as that was the maximum possible sentence in Ecuador.
He was released despite promising to continue killing but disappeared shortly after."
"Jeffery Dahmer tried to make "sex zombies" out of some of his victims by drilling holes in their heads while they were alive and pouring acid into the holes.
The twistedness and desperation of such an act is fascinating and truly goes to show how disturbed he was. Makes you wonder too what would have happened if he was successful, like would he stop killing or would he just amass a growing harem of slaves?"
"There's a network of serial killers currently active that the FBI are trying to track down.
They're truckers that target prostitutes and addicts across the United States and actively help each other by transporting bodies and communicating with each other about what cities have been visited by one other in recent times. FBI.gov has a page dedicated to it."
One of the most famous killers.
"When police eventually came to the house of Ed Gein they found an absolute pigsty. Gein had been living alone since the death of his brother in a barn fire (it's speculated that Gein may have killed him) and had let much of the house go into disrepair. They found countless body parts from his various grave digging excursions, including a bag of wilted vaginas and, of course, the infamous skin lampshade and half-finished woman suit made of human skin. There were maggots living in old dishes in the kitchen. It was the type of disorganized mess that you would expect from a man who spent his nights completely disconnected from reality.
All except one room. His mother's room upstairs remained pristine, except for dust that had collected, and seemingly untouched from the time of her death years earlier. He had such a fear or respect for his mother that he was afraid to set foot in her room long after she had died. He claimed to hear her voice criticizing him from time to time.
This was the central experience that inspired Norman Bates' character to maintain his mother's home/image in Psycho.
Also a fun fact about Gein:
In Taxi Driver, Travis Bickle makes an off-hand comment when leaving a diner that he had a cup of coffee and a slice of apple pie with cheese on top. In exchange for details to investigators after his capture, Gein requested the same meal."
Imagine all of the shenanigans we would do if there were no laws. It might not ALWAYS be The Purge- not everyone wants to just murder. Some want to erase their student loan debt, or cheat on their taxes, or steal a lion from the zoo. Everyone has a hypothetical plan, even if they know they wouldn't get away with it in real life.
DaHamsterMan asked: How would you commit the perfect crime?
Trick or treat?Giphy
"Poisoning Halloween candy comes up here on Reddit often enough as an urban myth, but it really has become myth because no one has had the motivation to do it to random kids. Serial killers that would don't like how impersonal it is, but parents could imagine the possibility, because they could run the numbers and scenario and realize how easy it is to get away with killing a lot of kids.
Random piece of candy being easy to taint and very difficult to track down where one piece out of many other similar pieces came from. Which house, in particular? Did the kids swap candy? Did they mistake one's bag or bucket for another kid's? Out of thousands pieces of Tootsie Rolls given away that night, how could you tell without a fingerprint or some form of DNA being left on the wrapper which out of dozens of houses that piece dropped into someone's bag? And if there's no taint on the wrapped, once it's in the kid's stomach with a bunch of other candies, really, which piece caused it?
No one was even charged for the Chicago Tylenol poisonings in 1982. Nowadays, in-store cameras would make that more difficult, if they're pointed at the medicine aisle, and if they're able to pick up on details.
It really is one of the most viable candidates for the perfect crime. Quite frankly, it just won't happen, because no one's really motivated to do it. Even the Unabomber moved onto the more public and apparent displays with mail-package bombing, because he was the kind to need his immediate catharsis, like a lot of them do."
"By not telling Reddit."
That's a lot of dedication.
"I would note every detail of a classmate's pencil case, and one day when he isn't looking, I would replace it with an identical looking pencil case with the same exact contents. Unnoticeable, untraceable, the perfect crime. Except it wasn't, because another classmate looks at me knowingly, he saw what I did. I follow this classmate around observing his moves, and he also commits a perfect crime, except he didn't because I saw him. Later on we create a group called the PCP, Perfect Crime Party.
(This is an anime reference.)"
This got too real too fast.
"I would get elected POTUS and then do any crime publicly because America has proved it won't impeach a President for anything other than perjury, but apparently a sitting president doesn't have to comply with subpoenas, so I would never be under oath!"
"In Yellowstone National Park, the Idaho section is uninhabited.
If you committed a crime there, you would have an unprosecutable crime since the vicinage clause means that you have a right to a jury from the state where the crime was committed and a right to a jury from the district. No one lives in that tiny strip of land."
Weird, but sure.
"I would ask my brother to shut the door when he walks out the room. He would most likely slam it. I would then be so hurt by the loud noise I'd fall out a window. In my last breaths I would say "Bla Bla Bla did it"
But here's a problem
Bla Bla Bla is in Spain. I'm in Britain. But they arrest him anyway and I'm happy I got someone in jail."
The worst crime imaginable.
"A while ago my daughter and I went inside a supermarket looking for my wife. She got a pair of hair bows and said she wants it. We walked all over the supermarket and didn't find my wife so we went out.
Going home my daughter showed me the hair bows still in her hand. I guess we committed the perfect crime."
A very convincing argument.
"Kill a stranger and give the "mystery meat" away on Craigslist. I got this from a weird Craigslist ads video.
Someone was going to give some "mystery meat" away. People suspected it could have been human meat.
I am not a murderer in any way."
Slow down there, Patrick Bateman.Giphy
"Stab the person with a knife by covering my hands with cloth to remove fingerprints. Walk to a random location while trying to stay off the cameras. Then take the bus to another random location outside but still near the city. Then discreetly burn the cloth material. Then ask a random person for a lift home.
If I have blood on my cloths, I will burn them too."
"I'd say the perfect crime is one where no one gets hurt.
So, I jaywalk when there is no one around."