10 Terrifying Unsolved Serial Murders

Our audience here at Listverse has a bit of a fascination with serial killers. Humans seem to have a morbid curiosity about the monsters who perpetrate these serial murders; it’s even the subject of our most popular list of all time.

We like to think that these murderers will eventually be hunted down and caught—but of course, this is not always the case. Some serial murderers elude capture for years, even decades—and some are never caught. Any one of the ten people below may still be roaming the streets today:

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On February 9, in a suburb of Salt Lake City, an Hispanic woman was attacked and murdered while alone in her apartment. Incredibly, the same thing happened twice, in both 2006 and 2008. And though at first the repeated circumstances were taken to be a grisly coincidence, DNA analysis of evidence collected at both scenes would later prove that the murders were committed by the same man, whom the media promptly dubbed the “February 9 Killer.”

In the 2006 case, the victim Sonia Mejia was pregnant when she was assaulted and strangled. A few items were stolen from her apartment, but none of them ever turned up. In the 2008 case, Damiana Castillo was strangled in her apartment about a mile away from Mejia’s place. In both cases, there was no sign of forced entry- and while the investigative agencies involved were and still are extremely reluctant to label the perpetrator a “serial killer,” that certainly seems to be an apt description of a man who kills two women in a very similar fashion, on the same date, two years apart.

While police have a vague description of the killer, they’re not saying how they arrived at it; and while they have a DNA profile, they don’t have a match for that profile—meaning that unless the perpetrator is eventually made to surrender a DNA sample for some unrelated crime, he may never be caught.

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The twin cities of Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Arkansas, have only had one reported case of serial murder, and it was a case that gripped the region in fear for several months in 1946. The attacks came at night on the weekends, roughly every few weekends for that period; in total, five people were killed and three more injured. The case so captured the public imagination that thirty years later, it inspired the horror film The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

Only the first victims, Mary Jeanne Larey and Jimmy Hollis, were able to give a description of their attacker—and it was more terrifying than it was helpful. They described a six-foot-tall man with a plain white sack over his head, which had holes cut out for the eyes and mouth. It isn’t known whether or not the killer wore this mask during the other attacks; the only other survivor didn’t get a look. The killer used a .32 caliber pistol, nearly always killed three weeks apart, and always carried out his murders in the dead of night.

After one of the murders, Sheriff William Presley exclaimed to the press, “This killer is the luckiest person I have ever known. No one sees him, hears him in time, or can identify him in any way.” This led the press to dub him the Phantom Killer, and the killings themselves have become known as the Texarkana Moonlight Murders. One suspect, Youell Swinney, was imprisoned as a repeat car theft offender in 1947 and released in 1973; he was never charged with the crimes. Though some in law enforcement and the press have speculated that the murders may have been the early work of the Zodiac Killer, this has never been proven in any way.

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In the 1970s, being gay in America was a very tricky and sometimes very scary thing. Even in relatively accepting communities, prejudice could rear its ugly head at any moment—and one predator of young gay men of the era seemed to understand this with terrifying clarity.

The “Doodler” or “Black Doodler,” as he was variously nicknamed by the press, was so-called because he carried out his murders thus: he would gain entrance to his victims’ abodes as a companion, then sketch them, before stabbing them to death. How creepy is that?

Between January 1974 and February 1975, no less than fourteen young gay men were killed. Three more were attacked, but survived—yet the case remains unsolved, because the survivors refused to out themselves by testifying against the prime suspect. Despite the fact that these killings occurred in San Francisco, which was one of the most accepting areas of the US that existed at the time, these victims were more afraid of the ramifications of coming out than they were of the man who tried to murder them.

Two of these survivors were public figures—an entertainer and a US diplomat. Harvey Milk, Mayor of San Francisco at the time and a gay man himself, stated, “I can understand their position. I respect the pressure society has put on them . . . my feeling is that they don’t want to be exposed.” Shamefully, the police never named or arrested a suspect, and the case has long since gone cold.

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In February 2009, a dog walker discovered a human bone on what’s known as the West Mesa of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This discovery resulted in the largest crime scene, area-wise, in US history—the dumping grounds of an unidentified killer, known to locals as the “Bone Collector.”

The remains of eleven women, all prostitutes, were eventually excavated from the area; in the years since, not a single shred of promising evidence has been unearthed. No DNA; no potential murder weapons; no possible character descriptions—nothing has been found. Sex workers in the area still live in fear of the killer, even though no murders associated with him have been reported for years; some unscrupulous clients even gain the compliance of prostitutes by suggesting that they might be the killer. “He is their bogeyman,” said the founder of Safe Sex Work, a local non-profit.

Local police have stopped shrugging off reports of rapes and beatings of sex workers in the area, and a “Bad Date List”—a registry of local men who have mistreated prostitutes—is now regularly updated. Local sex workers have become exceedingly cautious, and while this may have played a part in foiling the killer’s activities, his identity is still a complete mystery.

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In the early 1970s, a series of brutal killings shook the area around Rochester, New York. The victims were all young girls—but that wasn’t all they had in common. Carmen Colon, Wanda Walkowicz, and Michelle Maenza also happened to have alliterative initials, leading the press to initially refer to the incidents as the “Double Initial Killings,” later revising this to the much punchier “Alphabet Murders.”

Many people were questioned in relation to these crimes, and one suspect who killed himself shortly after the final murder was for a long time thought to be the most likely culprit—that is, until he was posthumously cleared in 2007 by DNA testing.

Likewise, an uncle of one of the victims was thought to be a prime suspect; he was never charged, and was subsequently cleared when DNA testing became available. Rochester native Kenneth Bianchi has long been under suspicion, too. After moving to Los Angeles, he and his cousin committed the murders attributed to the “Hillside Strangler”—and while Bianchi has never officially been cleared of the Rochester killings, he has also never been charged, and still maintains his innocence.

Additionally, in 2011, seventy-seven-year-old New Yorker Joseph Naso was charged with murdering four women in California in the late 1970s. He probably wouldn’t have been considered in relation to the Rochester case, but for the names of his victims: Roxene Roggash, Pamela Parsons, Tracy Tofoya and—incredibly—another Carmen Colon. But at the time of writing, Naso’s trial has been repeatedly postponed in the California cases; nor has he been charged with the Rochester Alphabet Murders.

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Between 1968 and 1985, a monster stalked the streets of Florence, Italy. He (or she) wielded a .22 caliber pistol, murdering sixteen people (and occasionally mutilating the genitals of female victims) before inexplicably vanishing. The killer almost always struck couples, and police have been utterly stymied in their attempts to definitively solve the case.

Over the course of the investigation, they interviewed more than one hundred thousand people; four different men have been convicted of the murders at four different times—and of course, they can’t all be guilty of all the murders. Many others have been arrested in connection with the crimes, only to be released when the killer struck again using the same gun and modus operandi.

Independent investigations have arrived at the conclusion that Antonio Vinci, a relative of two other suspects in the murders, is a likely culprit; Vinci is still alive and free, and in 2008 maintained his innocence in a “Dateline NBC” interview. Whoever the monster is—or was—a resolution seems highly unlikely nearly thirty years after the last murder occurred.

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Canada’s Highway 16, running for nearly nine hundred miles through the heart of British Columbia, has some of the most incredible scenery of any highway in the world. Strange, then, that it should be known as the “Highway of Tears”—until you consider that it runs through many areas so isolated that nobody will be around to hear the screams, when bad things happen. And they have indeed happened; over the last few decades, no fewer than forty young women have disappeared while hitchhiking on the highway.

For years, many blamed Canadian police for failing to make satisfactory investigations. Many of the victims were Inuit or non-white, and some say that the investigation only began in earnest when a white victim was killed in 2002.

Officials admit that the area is incredibly difficult to police effectively: logging roads run for hundreds of miles and then reach a dead end; many stretches of the highway itself are deserted, with no towns for miles; and even mobile phone reception is patchy or nonexistent for long stretches.

Of course, there’s a strong possibility that the disappearances are the work of more than one killer. A few suspects convicted of murders in the US have fallen under suspicion in relation to some of the Canadian crimes, but nothing has ever been proven—and all of these suspects have been definitively ruled out in at least some of the Highway of Tears cases. As long as the highway continues to offer vast, isolated areas as hunting ground for predators, it seems likely that there will continue to be prey.

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The killer known as the “Rainbow Maniac” has for years been targeting gay men in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil—home to one of the most vibrant gay communities in South America. The area is host to the largest annual gay pride march on the planet, and Paturis Park had become a popular “hookup” spot—until it became a stalking ground for a lunatic.

The park has been witness to the killings of thirteen men since 2007. Police believe that the same murderer may also be responsible for three more deaths in nearby Osasco; they also have a hunch that their suspect may be a current or former police officer. Indeed, local papers were reporting in 2008 that retired officer Jairo Francisco Franco had been arrested, and that police were sure they had their man. No charges or conviction were forthcoming, however, and the case remains unsolved to date.

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In the late 1960s, three young Scottish women met their end at the hands of a Scripture-quoting murderer who came to be known as “Bible John.”

All of the victims were strangled with their own stockings. Additionally, they were all menstruating at the time of their—and this was evidently known to the killer, as pads or tampons were placed near the bodies of all of the victims.

Jean Puttock—sister of the victim Helen Puttock—was able to provide the only known description of the killer after sharing a taxi with him (and her doomed sister) for an hour. The man had identified himself as “John Templeton,” and had extensively quoted from the Bible, and even referred to the types of dance halls in which he met his victims as “dens of iniquity.” After Jean and her date exited the cab, Helen continued on with John—only to be found dead the next morning. The man disappeared without a trace.

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One day in July, 1962, the Boston Herald screamed from its front page, “Mad Strangler Kills Four Women In Boston!” It was a case that gripped the public’s imagination—and its resolution may turn out to be no resolution at all.

Between 1962 and 1964, thirteen women ranging in age from nineteen to eighty-five were murdered in the Boston area. All were strangled with silk stockings; nearly all were sexually assaulted; and there was never any sign of forced entry into their homes. In October 1964, a man who had been arrested for raping a woman in her own house—Albert DeSalvo—confessed in detail to the killings, and was convicted.

DeSalvo was able to describe details of the crime scenes which had not been made public, but inexplicably, he also got many of these details wrong. At the time of his confession, he was an inmate in a mental institution, and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison. But the inconsistencies of his confession—inaccurate times of death, method of strangulation, and so on—were never addressed. More alarmingly, police had always been of the opinion that the murders were likely the work of more than one person—and indeed, DNA evidence has exonerated DeSalvo of one of the killings to which he had confessed.

John E. Douglas, an FBI agent who worked on the case and one of the first-ever criminal profilers, has stated that—based on DeSalvo’s profile—he is unlikely to have committed the murders, but very likely to have wanted to claim credit for them. Which means that even though the murders are more than forty years old, the possibility exists that one of the most notorious serial killers in history is still out there.

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Top 10 Evil Serial Killers

These are not just the standard notorious serial killers; these are some of the most horrific killers to have been found guilty of their crimes. They are on this list either because of the nature of their crime, or the sheer number of their killings. In no particular order:

1. Gilles de Rais, Born 1404 [Crimelibrary]

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Gilles de Rais (a French nobleman) is considered to be the precursor to the modern serial killer. Before he began his killing spree, he rode as a military captain in the army lead by St Joan of Arc – though it is unlikely that she knew him. He was accused and ultimately convicted of torturing, raping and murdering dozens, if not hundreds, of young children, mainly boys.

According to surviving accounts, Rais lured children, mainly young boys who were blond haired and blue eyed (as he had been as a child), to his residences, and raped, tortured and mutilated them, often ejaculating, perhaps via masturbation, over the dying victim. He and his accomplices would then set up the severed heads of the children in order to judge which was the most fair. The precise number of Rais’s victims is not known, as most of the bodies were burned or buried. The number of murders is generally placed between 80 and 200; a few have conjectured numbers upwards of 600. The victims ranged in age from six to eighteen and included both sexes. Although Rais preferred boys, he would make do with young girls if circumstances required.

At the transcript of the trial, one of Gilles servants Henriet (an accomplice to his crimes) described the actions of his master, which were essentially:

Henriet soon began to collect children for his master, and was present whilst he massacred them. They were murdered invariably in one room at Machecoul. The marshal used to bathe in their blood; he was fond of making Gilles do Sillé, Pontou, or Henriet torture them, and he experienced intense pleasure in seeing them in their agonies. But his great passion was to welter in their blood. His servants would stab a child in the jugular vein, and let the blood squirt over him. The room was often steeped in blood. When the horrible deed was done, and the child was dead, the marshal would be filled with grief for what he had done, and would toss weeping and praying on a bed, or recite fervent prayers and litanies on his knees, whilst his servants washed the floor, and burned in the huge fireplace the bodies of the murdered children. With the bodies were burned the clothes and everything that had belonged to the little victims. An insupportable odour filled the room, but the Maréchal do Retz inhaled it with delight

2. Richard Trenton Chase, Born 1950 [Crimelibrary]

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Richard Trenton Chase (May 23, 1950 – December 26, 1980) was an American serial killer who killed six people in the span of a month in California. He earned the nickname The Vampire of Sacramento due to his drinking of his victims’ blood and his cannibalism. He did this as part of a delusion that he needed to prevent Nazis from turning his blood into powder via poison they had planted beneath his soap dish.

On December 29, 1977, Chase killed his first victim in a drive-by shooting, Ambrose Griffin, a 51-year-old engineer and father of two. Chase’s next victim was Teresa Wallin. Three months pregnant, Teresa was surprised at her home by Chase, who shot her three times, killing her. He then had sex with the corpse and mutilated it, bathing in the dead woman’s blood. On January 27, Chase committed his final murders. Entering the home of 38-year-old Evelyn Miroth, he encountered her neighbor, Don Meredith, who he shot with the same .22 handgun. Stealing Meredith’s wallet and car keys, he rampaged through the house, fatally shooting Evelyn Miroth, her 6-year-old son Jason, and Miroth’s 22-month-old nephew, David. As with Teresa Wallin, Chase engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism with Miroth’s corpse. Chase returned to his home, where he drank David’s blood and ate several of the infant’s internal organs before disposing of the body at a nearby church. A witness saw him leaving the scene where he left perfect fingerprints and shoe-prints – leading to his arrest.

On May 8 Chase was found guilty of six counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to die in the gas chamber. Waiting to die, Chase became a feared presence in prison; the other inmates (including several gang members), aware of the graphic and bizarre nature of his crimes, feared him, and according to prison officials, they often tried to convince Chase to commit suicide. On December 26, 1980, a guard doing cell checks found Chase lying awkwardly on his bed, not breathing. An autopsy determined that he committed suicide with an overdose of prison doctor-prescribed antidepressants that he had been saving up over the last few weeks.

3. Jeffrey Dahmer, Born 1960 [Crimelibrary]

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Dahmer murdered at least 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with the majority of the murders occurring between 1989 and 1991. His murders were particularly gruesome, involving acts of forced sodomy, necrophilia, dismemberment, and cannibalism. Dahmer committed his first murder when he was 18, killing Steven Hicks, a 19 year-old hitchhiker. Dahmer invited Hicks to his house, and killed him because he “didn’t want him to leave.”

On September 25, 1988, he was arrested for sexually fondling a 13-year-old Laotian boy in Milwaukee, for which he served 10 months of a one year sentence in a work release camp. However, in 1988 there was not yet a law requiring offenders to register when convicted of a sex crime against a minor. He convinced the judge that he needed therapy, and he was released with a five-year probation on good behavior. Shortly thereafter, he began a string of murders that would end with his arrest in 1991.

In the early morning hours of May 27, 1991, 14-year-old Milwaukee Laotian Konerak Sinthasomphone (the younger brother of the boy Dahmer had molested) was discovered on the street, wandering nude. Reports of the boy’s injuries varied. Dahmer told police that they had an argument while drinking, and that Sinthasomphone was his 19 year-old lover. Against the teenager’s protests, police turned him over to Dahmer. They had no suspicions, but reported smelling a strange scent. That scent was later found to be bodies in the back of his room. Later that night Dahmer killed and dismembered Sinthasomphone, keeping his skull as a souvenir. By the summer of 1991, Dahmer was murdering approximately one person each week.

On July 22, 1991, Dahmer lured another man, Tracy (Traci) Edwards, into his home. According to the would-be victim, Dahmer struggled with Edwards in order to handcuff him. Edwards escaped and alerted a police car, with the handcuffs still hanging from one hand. Edwards led police back to Dahmer’s apartment. The story of Dahmer’s arrest and the gruesome inventory in his apartment quickly gained notoriety: several corpses were stored in acid-filled vats, severed heads were found in his refrigerator, and implements for the construction of an altar of candles and human skulls were found in his closet. Accusations soon surfaced that Dahmer had practiced necrophilia, cannibalism, and possibly a form of trepanation in order to create so-called “zombies.”

The court found Dahmer guilty on 15 counts of murder and sentenced him to 15 life terms, totalling 937 years in prison. At his sentencing hearing, Dahmer expressed remorse for his actions, also saying that he wished for his own death. On November 28, 1994, Dahmer and another inmate named Jesse Anderson were beaten to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver while on work detail in the prison gym. Dahmer died from severe head trauma in the ambulance en route to the hospital.

4. Albert Fish, Born 1870 [Crimelibrary]

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Albert Fish, also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria and possibly the Brooklyn Vampire, boasted that he molested over 100 children, and was a suspect in at least five killings. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide, and confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was put on trial for the murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed.

Fish was visited in prison by the mother of his victim Billy Gaffney to get more details about the death of her son. Fish said:

[I c]ut one of my belts in half, slit these halves in six strips about 8 inches long. I whipped his bare behind till the blood ran from his legs. I cut off his ears, nose, slit his mouth from ear to ear. Gouged out his eyes. He was dead then. I stuck the knife in his belly and held my mouth to his body and drank his blood. I picked up four old potato sacks and gathered a pile of stones. Then I cut him up. I had a grip with me. I put his nose, ears and a few slices of his belly in the grip. Then I cut him through the middle of his body. Just below the belly button. Then through his legs about 2 inches below his behind. I put this in my grip with a lot of paper. I cut off the head, feet, arms, hands and the legs below the knee.

In addition to this horrifying description, Fish confessed to eating parts of Billy:

I made a stew out of his ears, nose, pieces of his face and belly. I put onions, carrots, turnips, celery, salt and pepper. It was good. Then I split the cheeks of his behind open, cut off his monkey and pee wees and washed them first. I put strips of bacon on each cheek of his behind and put them in the oven. Then I picked 4 onions and when the meat had roasted about 1/4 hour, I poured about a pint of water over it for gravy and put in the onions. At frequent intervals I basted his behind with a wooden spoon. So the meat would be nice and juicy. In about 2 hours, it was nice and brown, cooked through. I never ate any roast turkey that tasted half as good as his sweet fat little behind did.

At his trial, several psychiatrists testified about Fish’s sexual fetishes, including coprophilia, urophilia, pedophilia and masochism. X-rays of Fish’s pelvis show needles which he inserted in to his skin for sexual pleasure.

5. Andrei Chikatilo, Born 1936 [Crimelibrary]

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Andrei Chikatilo was a Ukrainian serial killer, nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov and ‘The Red Ripper.’ He was convicted of the murder of 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990. In 1978, Chikatilo moved to Shakhty, a small coal mining town near Rostov, where he committed his first documented murder. On December 22, he lured a nine-year-old girl to an old house which he bought in secret from his family and attempted to rape her. When the girl struggled, he stabbed her to death. He ejaculated in the process of knifing the child, and from then on he was only able to achieve sexual arousal and orgasm through stabbing and slashing women and children to death. Despite evidence linking Chikatilo to the girl’s death, a young man, Alexsandr Kravchenko, was arrested and later tried and executed for the crime.

He established a pattern of approaching runaways and young vagrants at bus or railway stations and enticing them to leave. A quick trip into a nearby forest was the scene for the victim’s death. In 1983, he did not kill until June, but then he murdered four victims before September. The victims were all women and children. The adult females were often prostitutes or homeless tramps who could be lured with promises of alcohol or money. Chikatilo would usually attempt intercourse with these victims, but would usually be unable to get an erection, which would send him into a murderous fury. The child victims were of both sexes, and Chikatilo would lure them away with his friendly, talkative manner by promising them toys or candy. In the USSR at the time, reports of crimes like child rape and serial murder were often suppressed by the state-controlled media, as such crimes were regarded as being common only in “hedonistic capitalist nations.”

In 1988 Chikatilo resumed killing, generally keeping his activities far from the Rostov area. He murdered a woman in Krasny-Sulin in April and went on to kill another eight people that year, including two victims in Shakhty. Again there was a long lapse before Chikatilo resumed killing, murdering seven boys and two women between January and November of 1990. He was finally caught when trying to approach young children whilst under police surveillance. He went to trial on April 14, 1992. Despite his odd and disruptive behavior in court, he was judged fit to stand trial. During the trial he was famously kept in a cage in the center of the courtroom; it was constructed for his own protection from the relatives of the deceased. The trial had a very disturbing atmosphere. The relatives kept shouting threats and insults to Chikatilo, demanding the authorities to release him so that they could execute him on their own. He was found guilty of 52 of the 53 murders and sentenced to death for each offense.

He was executed by firing squad (shot in the back of the head) on February 14, 1994 after Russian president Boris Yeltsin refused a last ditch appeal by Chikatilo for clemency.

6. Joachim Kroll, Born 1933 [Crimelibrary]

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Kroll was a German serial killer and cannibal. He was known as the Ruhr Cannibal (Ruhrkannibale), and the Duisburg Man-Eater (Duisburger Menschenfresser). He was convicted of eight murders but confessed to a total of 13.

On July 3, 1976, Kroll was arrested for kidnapping and killing a four-year-old girl named Marion Ketter. As police went from home to home, a neighbor approached a policeman and told him that the waste-pipe in his apartment building had blocked up, and when he had asked his neighbor, Kroll, whether he knew what had been blocking the pipe, Kroll had simply replied; “Guts”. Upon this report, the police went up to Kroll’s apartment and found the body of the Ketter girl cut up: some parts were in the fridge, a hand was cooking in a pan of boiling water and the intestines were found stuck in the waste-pipe.

Kroll said that he often sliced portions of flesh from his victims to cook and eat them, claiming that he did this to save on his grocery bills. In custody, he believed that he was going to get a simple operation to cure him of his homicidal urges and would then be released from prison. Instead he was charged with eight murders and one attempted murder. In April 1982, after a 151-day trial, he was convicted on all counts and was given nine life sentences. He died of a heart attack in 1991 in the prison of Rheinbach, near Bonn.

7. Dennis Rader, Born 1945 [Crimelibrary]

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Rader is an American serial killer who murdered at least 10 people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita), Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. He was known as the BTK killer (or the BTK strangler), which stands for Bind, Torture and Kill, an apt description of his modus operandi. Letters were written soon after the killings to police and to local news outlets, boasting of the crimes and knowledge of details. After a long hiatus these letters resumed in 2004, leading to his arrest in 2005 and subsequent conviction.

Using personal jargon for his killing equipment, Rader casually described his victims as his “projects” and at one point likened his murders to euthanizing animals by saying he “put them down.” Rader created what he called a “hit kit,” a briefcase or bowling bag containing the items he would use during murders: guns, tape, rope and handcuffs. He also packed what he called “hit clothes” that he would wear for the crimes and then dispose of. Rader bound, tortured, and killed his victims. Rader would strangle his victims until they lost consciousness, then let them revive, then strangle them again. He would repeat the pattern over and over again, forcing them to experience near-death, becoming sexually aroused at the sight of their struggles. Finally, Rader would strangle them to death and masturbate to ejaculation into an article of their clothing, usually underwear.

Rader was particularly known for sending taunting letters to police and newspapers. There were several communications from BTK during 1974 to 1979. The first was a letter that had been stashed in an engineering book in the Wichita Public Library in October 1974 that described in detail the killing of the Otero family in January of that year. In early 1978 he sent another letter to television station KAKE in Wichita claiming responsibility for the murders of the Oteros, Shirley Vian, Nancy Fox and another unidentified victim assumed to be Kathryn Bright. He suggested a number of possible names for himself, including the one that stuck: BTK

A sample of one of his letters:

The victims are tie up-most have been women-phone cut- bring some bondage mater sadist tendencies-no struggle, outside the death spot-no wintness except the Vain’s Kids. They were very lucky; a phone call save them. I was go-ng to tape the boys and put plastics bag over there head like I did Joseph, and Shirley. And then hang the girl. God-oh God what a beautiful sexual relief that would been. Josephine, when I hung her really turn me on; her pleading for mercy then the rope took whole, she helpless; staring at me with wide terror fill eyes the rope getting tighter-tighter.

Rader plead guilty and was sentenced to life in prison – a sentence he is currently still serving.

8. John Haigh, Born 1909 [Crimelibrary]

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John George Haigh (July 24, 1909 — August 10, 1949), the “Acid Bath Murderer”, was a serial killer in England during the 1940s. He was convicted of the murders of six people, although he claimed to have killed a total of nine, dissolving their bodies in sulphuric acid before forging papers in order to sell their possessions and collect substantial sums of money. He acted under the mistaken belief that police needed a body before they could bring a charge of murder. As a consequence, he was convicted through forensic evidence and executed on August 10, 1949.

After hiring rooms in Glouster Road, London, he bumped into an old wealthy boss William McSwann in the Goat pub in Kensington. McSwann introduced Haigh to his parents, Donald and Amy, who mentioned that they had invested in property. On 6 September, 1944, McSwann disappeared. Haigh later said he hit him over the head after luring him into a basement at 79 Gloucester Road, London SW7. He then put McSwann’s body into a 40-gallon drum and tipped sulphuric acid on to it. Two days later he returned to find the body had become sludge, which he poured down a manhole.

He told McSwann’s parents their son had fled to Scotland to avoid being called up for military service. Haigh then took over McSwann’s and when Don and Amy become curious about why their son had not returned after the war was coming to an end, he murdered them too. On July 2, 1945, he lured them to Gloucester Road and disposed of them.

Detectives soon discovered Haigh’s record of theft and fraud and searched the workshop. Police not only found Haigh’s attaché case containing a dry cleaner’s receipt for Mrs Durand-Deacon’s coat, but also papers referring to the Hendersons and McSwanns. Further investigation of the sludge at the workshop by the pathologist Keith Simpson revealed three human gallstones.

It was reported that Haigh, in the condemned cell at Wandsworth Prison, asked one of his jailers, Jack Morwood, whether it would be possible to have a trial run of his hanging so everything would run smoothly. It is likely his request went no further, or, if it did, the request was denied. Whatever the case, Haigh was led to the gallows by Chief Executioner Albert Pierrepoint on August 10, 1949.

9. Javed Iqbal, Born 1956 [Crimelibrary]

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Javed Iqbal Mughal (1956?-2001) was a serial killer from Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. He claimed he killed 100 boys during an 18 month period. He had been arrested in June 1998 for sexually abusing 2 boys for money. He went off on bail, and began murdering boys shortly afterwards. Iqbal found boys on the street, charmed them into his confidence, and then drugged, raped, and strangled them. He then cut the body into pieces and put them in a vat filled with hydrochloric acid. Once all of the remains were liquified, he dumped them. He first used the sewer, until neighbors complained of an acrid stench. He then decided to use the Ravi River. The partially liquified remains of two boys, one of whom was named Ijaz, were the only ones found of Iqbal’s victims. He kept the rest in an acid drum outside his house. He also kept clothing and shoes as trophies of his crimes. When he got to his fiftieth victim, he started taking pictures of them.

No one had noticed the disappearance of the boys that Iqbal killed. Iqbal claimed that he could have killed 500 if he had wanted to. He reportedly said “I am Javed Iqbal, killer of 100 children … I hate this world, I am not ashamed of my action and I am ready to die. I have no regrets. I killed 100 children.”

From a letter written by Iqbal:

“I had sexually assaulted 100 children before killing them,” read the first placard. “All the details of the murders are contained in the diary and the 32-page notebook that have been placed in the room and had also been sent to the authorities. This is my confessional statement.”

Iqbal was sentenced to death by hanging, although the judge said he would have liked Iqbal to be strangled 100 times, cut into 100 pieces, and put him in acid. Before this sentence could be carried out, he was found strangled with his bed sheets in his prison cell on October 7, 2001. One of his accomplices, Sajid, was also strangled. Pakistani authorities say that the men committed suicide. Another accomplice had previously fallen to his death from a CIA window.

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heodore Robert ‘Ted’ Bundy (November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) is one of the most infamous serial killers in U.S. history. Bundy raped and murdered scores of young women across the United States between 1974 and 1978. After more than a decade of vigorous denials, Bundy eventually confessed to 30 murders, although the actual total of victims remains unknown. Typically, Bundy would rape then murder his victims by bludgeoning, and sometimes by strangulation. He also engaged in necrophilia.

He would approach a potential victim in a public place, even in daylight or in a crowd, as when he abducted Ott and Naslund at Lake Sammamish or when he kidnapped Leach from her school. Bundy had various ways of gaining a victim’s trust. Sometimes, he would feign injury, wearing his arm in a sling or wearing a fake cast, as in the murders of Hawkins, Rancourt, Ott, Naslund, and Cunningham. At other times Bundy would impersonate an authority figure; he pretended to be a policeman when approaching Carol DaRonch. The day before he killed Kimberly Leach, Bundy approached another young Florida girl pretending to be “Richard Burton, Fire Department,” but left hurriedly after her older brother arrived.

After luring a victim to his car, Bundy would hit her in the head with a crowbar he had placed underneath his Volkswagen or hidden inside it. Every recovered skull, except for that of Kimberly Leach, showed signs of blunt force trauma. Bundy often would drink alcohol prior to finding a victim.

On death row, Bundy admitted to decapitating at least a dozen of his victims with a hacksaw. He kept the severed heads later found on Taylor Mountain in his room or apartment for some time before finally disposing of them. Bundy also confessed to visiting his victims’ bodies over and over again at the Taylor Mountain body dump site. He stated that he would lie with them for hours, applying makeup to their corpses and having sex with their decomposing bodies until putrefaction forced him to abandon the remains.

Despite having five court-appointed lawyers, he insisted on acting as his own attorney and even cross-examined witnesses, including the police officer who had discovered Margaret Bowman’s body. The Judge, when passing sentence said:

“It is ordered that you be put to death by a current of electricity, that current be passed through your body until you are dead. Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity as I’ve experienced in this courtroom. You’re an intelligent young man. You’d have made a good lawyer, and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner. Take care of yourself. I don’t feel any animosity toward you. I want you to know that. Once again, take care of yourself.”

Bundy was executed in the Electric Chair at 7:06 a.m. local time on January 24, 1989. His last words were “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”

Notable mentions: John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Herman Mudgett

Read more: http://listverse.com/2007/08/22/top-10-evil-serial-killers/

10 Murdered Beauty Queens

Ethereal and lovely, beauty queens have always had a special place in human society. There is just something about a really attractive woman that stops the world. But good looks come with their own brand of danger.

Sometimes, admirers morph into demented stalkers. Powerful criminals want trophy girlfriends. And owning a pageant title is no protection during robberies or when these women face violence for standing up for their beliefs.

10Monica Spear
Miss Venezuela

Venezuela is famous for its crop of Miss Universe winners—seven of them in all. Venezuela also has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The lovely and sultry Monica Spear won the Miss Venezuela crown in 2004 and proudly went on to represent her nation at the 2005 Miss Universe. The soap opera star was divorced from but still close to one Thomas Berry, a 39-year-old British national with whom Spear had a five-year-old daughter. The couple resided in the United States but returned to Venezuela on holiday, where, one January night in 2014, the car they were traveling in blew two tires. The cause, police later said, was a sharp object placed in the road.

The family waited for nearly an hour in the dark before breakdown assistance arrived, but just as they were about to be towed, a group of men interfered, ordering them to stop. Terrified, they hid in their car, but the gunmen mowed them down anyway. Both Spear, 29, and her ex-husband died instantly, but the couple’s toddler survived the attack, despite suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. Three men from a gang targeting motorists were eventually arrested and jailed for the crime. The police considered the event a botched robbery attempt. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro instead called it a “contract killing,” although he provided no reason why Spear might have been the victim of an assassination.

9Maria Jose Alvarado
Miss Honduras

Just hours before Miss Honduras 2014 was supposed to board a flight to the London Miss World pageant, her killer was busy loading her body into the back of a pickup truck. She had been shot twice in the back. Maria Jose Alvarado, 19, was out celebrating the birthday of her sister’s boyfriend when both she and her sister completely vanished. Plutarco Ruiz, the birthday boy, accompanied their family when they filed a missing person’s report and diligently helped in the search for the siblings. This helpfulness didn’t fool the police at all, and they arrested Ruiz and an accomplice shortly afterward for the double disappearance.

The family’s hopes that the sisters would be found alive were shattered when Ruiz not only confessed but also led the authorities to a makeshift grave. There, near a river, the missing women’s bodies were unearthed. Ruiz told investigators that he had shot his girlfriend first. They’d been having an argument that night because Sofia, 23, had been dancing with another man. In the heat of anger and jealousy, Ruiz killed Sofia in front of Maria. Ruiz then gunned Miss Honduras down as she tried to get away from him. No doubt she realized fully what was coming and died in terror. As a mark of respect for the murdered young woman, Honduras refused to send a replacement contestant to the 2014 Miss World pageant.

8Agnieszka Kotlarska
Miss International

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Agnieszka Kotlarska was a model in 1990 when a persistent stalker entered her life. The brunette with the perfect smile never dreamed that he, a man called Jerzy, would give her only six more years to live. While he kept stalking, Kotlarska did well in her professional and personal life. She became Miss Poland and was crowned in 1991 as Miss International. Kotlarska married, which did not sit well with Jerzy, who later told police that by marrying someone else she had “ruined his life.” After winning Miss Poland, Kotlarska pursued a successful career as a fashion model in the US, working with big names such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. She also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Playboy.

After three years, Kotlarska returned to Poland with her husband and daughter. It wasn’t long before her stalker started doing his creepy thing again, constantly calling and hanging around her house. Her husband understandably had had enough. On the night of August 27, 1996, when the family was getting into their car and Jerzy approached them, Kotlarska’s husband intercepted the stalker. The two men started struggling, which ended with Jerzy stabbing the other man in the leg with a hunting knife. Kotlarska ran to her husband’s aid, but Jerzy stabbed her viciously in the chest four times. The police arrested the 36-year-old computer programmer at his home where he immediately confessed. Kotlarska later died in hospital from her wounds. For taking the life of a young mother, Jerzy was sent to prison for a mere 14 years.

7Alexandra Petrova
Miss Russia

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Alexandra Petrova won the Miss Russia pageant in 1996. Her future looked bright until her ill-begotten friendship with the leader of a local criminal group had her standing in the wrong spot at the worst time. In 2000, the 20-year-old beauty was standing in the entrance of her apartment building with two men in what was to become the gory scene of her last moments. Standing with her was Radik Akhmetov, who was her friend, and a companion of his, Konstantin Chuvilin. They were presumably having a conversation when a gunman opened fire on the small group.

Both men died, but although Petrova survived the attack, it wasn’t for long. Badly wounded, she succumbed on the way to the hospital. The authorities believe the beauty queen was not the intended target and that the spray of bullets was meant for Akhmetov. During that time, a mafia war was raging over control of the local open-air market, and Akhmetov was the deputy director of that market. Both men who were gunned down were also known to be crime bosses. If so, then Petrova lost her life plainly because she stood next to the victim at the wrong moment.

6Svetlana Kotova
Miss Russia

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No, you’re not reading double. A second Miss Russia was indeed murdered—and a bit more gruesomely than the first. Stunner Svetlana Kotova was one of her country’s top models until she met Russia’s top professional killer, Alexander Solonik. The 21-year-old beauty queen first set eyes on the hit man in a Moscow nightclub. Solonik loved what he saw on that New Year’s night, 1997. When Kotova accepted his invitation to visit him in Greece, Solonik introduced her to the lap of luxury, and the former Miss Russia was dazzled.

Arriving on January 25, she was showered with flowers and driven to Solonik’s villa in a chauffeured Mercedes. The upscale villa had sports facilities, a gym, and sculptures in the garden. For the next five days, Kotova enjoyed herself so much that during a phone conversation with her mother she called the experience a “miracle.” But then things went terribly wrong for the romantic couple. On January 30, they received visitors, and they weren’t the neighborly sort.

The uninvited guests were from the Kurgan group, an organization that provides assassins. This time, they came for Solonik. The gangsters strangled the hit man and might’ve decided to kill Kotova in order to avoid being identified by her. It is not entirely clear what happened during her final moments, but it was no picnic. She ended up in several pieces in a shallow grave only discovered by the Greek police four months later.

5Jill Ann Weatherwax
Miss Hollywood

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A songbird and multiple pageant winner, Jill Ann Weatherwax arrived in California with stars in her eyes, dreaming of making it big. She was certainly gorgeous, talented, and motivated enough to make a success of herself. And, for a while, all went according to plan. She took the sash of Miss Hollywood and earned a recording contract. But the former beauty queen had possibly been another victim of violence against prostitutes.

Police found her body on March 25, 1998. She had been brutally stabbed to death and dumped behind an animal shelter in Fresno, near a street frequented by sex workers. Police were convinced that the homicide that night had taken place while Weatherwax, 27, was engaged in prostitution and that she was also involved in drugs. Her family outright refused to accept this line, despite the fact that in the months leading up to her death, Weatherwax had managed to get herself arrested for drug possession three times. A few days before her murder, she was even arrested in Fresno for public drunkenness. On the fatal night, the former Miss Hollywood was seen in an abandoned house and later leaving a motel with three men. Her murder has never been solved.

4Michaela McAreavey
Ulster Rose Of Tralee

It was a murder that gripped Ireland. It was a sensation because of the celebrity couple involved and also because it was supposed to be the happiest and most magical time of Michaela McAreavey’s young life. She had just married her young love, Gaelic football star John McAreavey, and they were staying at the luxury Legends Hotel in Mauritius for their honeymoon. According to the police and prosecutors, Michaela went into their honeymoon suite alone and inadvertently interrupted a break-in. Instead of dropping everything and running away, the thieves decided to murder Michaela, strangling the newlywed in the bathtub.

Two of the hotel’s workers were arrested for the crime. One of them initially confessed his guilt, but his lawyer later claimed his client had been forced by the police to sign a false confession. Both the accused went on to deny any involvement in the 2011 murder of the former Ulster Rose Of Tralee. In another blow to the already crushed family of the victim, a jury found both men innocent after a two-month trial, denying the family the closure that they needed. In a rather insensitive display toward the grieving family, the supporters of the two accused men carried the defense lawyers out of the court as heroes. Thousands of mourners attended Michaela’s funeral, including Ireland’s president. The service was held in the church where Michaela was married, and she was laid to rest in her wedding gown.

3Genesis Carmona
Miss Tourism

A month after the former Miss Venezuela’s cold-blooded killing, another Venezuelan beauty queen took to the streets to protest against her country’s high crime rate. Genesis Carmona joined fellow protesters in Valencia, calling for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro over crime rates, inflation, and a shortage of goods. The pretty tourism student and winner of Miss Tourism 2013 in her state was peacefully showing her support for the opposition when the unthinkable happened: She dropped from a gunshot wound to the head.

Friends speedily evacuated Carmona from the scene on the back of a motorcycle and rushed her to a medical facility where doctors performed surgery. However, despite surviving the bullet wound and the surgery, she died the next day. When Carmona passed away on February 19, 2014, she became the fifth fatality of the protests that were becoming increasingly violent. Demonstrators were attacking police, putting up road blocks, and damaging buildings. Due to the blame game, it is still unknown who actually fired the fatal shot that took Carmona’s life. Witnesses describe how she was the victim of a pro-government group that had attacked the march, but authorities stand by their own witnesses who claim that she was—for some inexplicable reason—shot by another protester.

2Leslie Mazzara
Miss Williamston

Leslie Mazzara was a former Miss Williamston from South Carolina. She lived in Napa Valley with two other girls, Lauren and Adriane. On Halloween 2004, they did the candy run before turning in around 10:30 PM. During the night, Lauren realized that there was an intruder in the house, and she fled out the back door. Only after hearing the intruder leave did Lauren venture back inside. She found both of her friends viciously stabbed and barely alive. In the short time it took Lauren to call 911 and for a nearby police car to arrive at the house, both Adriane, civil engineer, and Mazzara, beauty queen, had died from their wounds on the bloody floor. Despite a $100,000 reward, 218 biological samples taken from men to match the intruder’s blood found on the scene, and 1,300 interviews held in eight states, nearly a year went by without a suspect.

In August 2005, police released information that the suspect had left a Camel Turkish Gold cigarette at the crime scene . . . and something in Lauren’s memory sparked. Adriane’s best friend was engaged to a man called Eric Copple, a Camel Turkish Gold smoker. When the suspect arrived at the police station, he made an incriminating statement and got himself charged for the double murder. At first, Copple pled not guilty, but his DNA matched that found on the cigarette and the blood at the house. Then Copple went for the “drunk idiot” defense, admitting that he had stabbed the beauty queen and her friend but that he had no memory of it because he had been too drunk that night. Yet he remembered collecting zip ties, a knife, driving to the girls’ house, smoking, prying open the window, throwing the knife away after the slaughter, and even burning his clothes. Finally, on December 6, 2006, Eric Copple pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Aside from a rumor that he was jealous of his fiance’s close friendship with Adriane, no clear murder motive was ever established.

1Thapelo Makutle
Miss Gay Kuruman

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A particularly gruesome murder was committed in the small town of Kuruman, South Africa. The victim was Thapelo Makutle, a 23-year-old gay beauty queen with a willowy figure. The young man, who was the reigning Miss Gay Kuruman, was found in his apartment in a state of mutilation meant to humiliate and kill him. Makutle had gone out on the night of June 8, 2012, and unconfirmed reports say that he had an argument with two men about his sexuality. Later that night, an assailant entered Makutle’s room and attacked him. A horrifying and fatal assault followed, during which the attacker hacked off Makutle’s private parts, stuffed them down his mouth, and slit his throat.

Few-worded man Sizwe Tajini was arrested for the crime after police caught up to him at his mother’s house in Welkom, finding the victim’s laptop in Tajini’s possession. Tajini confessed to the killing during his court hearing but showed little remorse for what he had done. South Africa’s constitution protects gay and lesbian rights, but the LGBT community still battles hate crimes on a daily basis. The really heartbreaking attacks happen with the excuse that a session of savage rape and torture can “correct” a person’s undesirable sexuality. It is not unusual for such “corrective” assaults to end in murder.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2014/12/04/10-murdered-beauty-queens/

10 Terrible Cases Of Kidnapping And Abuse

These are the stories of people (mostly youths) who were kidnapped or seriously abused.  In researching a couple of entries I added to this submission, I was horrified to find that this type of thing is quite common.  For obvious reasons, this list is in no particular order.

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Masha was living in a Russian orphanage when an American man was allowed to adopt her.  He was divorced and no background check was done on him; also no follow-up visits were ever conducted by the New Jersey based adoption agency.  He began sexually abusing her almost immediately, and shortly thereafter, using her in internet child pornography.  So much so that the police began a task force to find this poor child who was all over the internet.  The search was profiled on CNN, where police digitally removed the girl’s image leaving only her surroundings in the hopes someone would recognize her location.  One picture people were able to identify was a bedspread from a hotel at a Disney theme park.  After several years of this incomprehensible lifestyle, Masha was rescued by police.

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Elizabeth Fritzel’s father Joseph kept her locked in a secret basement compound in Austria for 24 years with three of the seven children he fathered with her.  Fritzel and his wife, Rosemarie, raised the other three living children Joseph Fritzel fathered with his eldest daughter.  Upon finding out what was going on in the cellar, the Fritzel family as well as their community were apparently shocked by the news, completely unaware of Joseph Fritzel’s evil tendencies.  Regarding the three children who lived their lives entirely in the cellar, Kerstin Fritzel, 19, and her brothers Stefan, 18, and Felix, five, have been alone in the cellar for so long that they developed their own type of communication via growls, grunts and animal like sounds.  Elizabeth Fritzel had tried to teach them and let them have a normal life in the cellar.

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David Pelzer is the author and subject of the gut-wrenching true story “A Child Called It.” He spent his childhood enduring unimaginable abuse at the hands of his mother, while his father and siblings simply watched.  David’s mother was apparently relatively loving and caring to his siblings, but had a deep, unfathomable hatred for David that lead her to put him through increasingly creative and shocking punishments.  He was eventually rescued by concerned school officials.

Genie (Feral Child)

Genie was a girl born in California in 1957 who spent nearly all of the first 13 years of her life locked in her room.  Born to mentally unstable parents, at a very young age Genie was diagnosed as developmentally delayed and her father took that diagnosis and decided on his own treatment for Genie.  Genie spent the next 12 years of her life locked in her bedroom.  During the day, she was tied to a child’s potty chair in diapers; at night, she was bound in a sleeping bag and placed in an enclosed crib with a cover made of metal screening.  Her father beat her every time she vocalized, and he barked and growled at her like a dog in order to keep her quiet.  He also rarely allowed his wife and son to leave the house or even to speak, and he expressly forbade them to speak to Genie.  By the age of 13, Genie was almost entirely mute, commanding a vocabulary of about 20 words and a few short phrases (nearly all negative), such as “stop it” and “no more”.  Genie was discovered at the age of 13, when her mother ran away from her husband and took her daughter with her.

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Steven Stayner was an American child who became famous after he was kidnapped as a seven-year-old and held captive by his abductor, to be reunited with his family seven years later.  The kidnapper, Kenneth Parnell, sexually abused Steven, but also enrolled him in school and convinced Steven he had legal custody of him.  It wasn’t until Parnell kidnapped another, younger boy that Steven escaped, taking the boy with him.  A television movie was made about Steven Stayner’s ordeal called I Know My First Name is Steven.  Ironically, Steven’s brother Cary Stayner felt neglected as his parents grieved over the loss of Steven and later went on the become the Yosemite serial killer.

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Colleen Stan is a woman who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by Cameron Hooker in Red Bluff, California in 1977.  On May 19, 1977 Hooker kidnapped Colleen Stan a.k.a.  “Carol Smith.” Cameron’s wife, Janice Hooker, assisted in the kidnapping.  Stan was held in captivity for the next seven years.  During her imprisonment, Colleen was tortured, sexually assaulted, and led to believe that she was being watched by a large organization called “The Company”.  Hooker had her sign a “slavery contract” supposedly from “The Company”.  He assigned her a new slave name, “K”, causing comparisons to the Story of O.  She was also led to believe that members of her family would be harmed if she attempted to escape.  She may have experienced Stockholm syndrome.  Hooker kept Stan locked in wooden boxes that he had made.  One of the boxes was located under the bed that he shared with his wife.  Hooker was sentenced to consecutive terms for the sexual assaults, which totaled 60 years.  He also received 1 to 25 years for the kidnapping, plus a 5 to 10 year sentence for using a knife in the process.

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Natascha Kampusch is an Austrian woman who was abducted at the age of 10 on 2 March 1998, and remained in custody of her kidnapper, Wolfgang Priklopil, for more than eight years, until she escaped on 23 August 2006.  During the eight years of her captivity, Kampusch was held in a small cellar underneath Priklopil’s garage.  For the first six months of her captivity, Kampusch was not allowed to leave the chamber at any time, and for several years after her kidnapping she was not allowed to leave the tiny space at night.  According to Kampusch’s official statement after her escape, she and Priklopil would get up early each morning to have breakfast together.  Priklopil gave her books, so she educated herself, and according to a colleague of his, she appeared happy.  The 18-year old Kampusch reappeared on 23 August 2006.  She was cleaning and vacuuming her kidnapper’s BMW 850i in the garden.  At 12:53pm, someone called Priklopil on his mobile phone, and he walked away to take the call because of the vacuuming noise.  Kampusch left the vacuum cleaner running and ran to the police.  Priklopil, having found that the police were after him, killed himself by jumping in front of a suburban train near the Wien Nord station in Vienna.  He had apparently planned to commit suicide rather than be caught, having told Kampusch that “they would not catch him alive.”

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Michael John Devlin is a convicted American child molester currently serving 74 life sentences.  He is known for his confessed kidnapping of two boys, Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownby.  On January 12, 2007, Devlin was taken into custody and charged with the abduction four days earlier of 13-year-old William “Ben” Ownby, whom police found that day.  Upon his discovery, law enforcement officials found another missing teenage boy, Shawn Hornbeck, who disappeared on October 6, 2002, at age 11 while riding his bike to a friend’s house in Richwoods, Missouri.  The 2002 abductee lived with Devlin, masquerading as father and son.  He was separated from his family for a total of four years and three months.  Devlin was charged in federal court with four counts of producing child pornography and with two counts of transporting a minor across state lines to engage in sexual activity in both Arizona and Illinois.  He was sentenced to 170 years (in addition to the sentences for kidnapping and rape) for making pornography of one of the boys while in captivity.  Hornbeck is pictured above.

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Fusako Sano is a Japanese woman who was kidnapped at age ten by Nobuyuki Sato (a 28-year-old mentally disturbed unemployed Japanese man), and held in captivity for nine years and two months from November 13, 1990 to January 28, 2000.  In Japan, the case is also known as the Niigata girl confinement incident.  The house in which he kept her for the entire time is only 200 meters from a koban (police box), and 55 kilometers from the location where she was kidnapped.  While Sano was initially scared, she eventually just gave up and accepted her fate.  Allegedly, the kidnapper kept her tied up for several months, and used a stun gun for punishments if she did not videotape the horse racing on TV.  Sano was also threatened with a knife and beaten.  Upon her rescue Sano was found to be healthy, although extremely thin and weak due to lack of exercise: she could barely walk.  She was also dehydrated.  Due to the lack of exposure to sunlight, she also had a very light skin tone and suffered from jaundice.  While her body was that of a 19 year old woman, mentally she acted like a child.

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Jamelsek is an American serial rapist-kidnapper who, from 1988 to his apprehension in 2003, kidnapped a series of women and held them captive in a concrete bunker beneath the yard of his home in DeWitt, a suburb of Syracuse, New York.  His story was the basis of the character Jamie Gumm in Silence of the Lambs.  Jamelsek raped each of his victims and inflicted cigarette burns on them.  After the discovery of the dungeon, police also found several video recorded entries with at least one woman on the tape.  In the tapes, the viewer can see Jamelske dancing, singing, and also exercising with the woman.  He prefaced each rape with a Bible study, in which after a review of a certain passage and discussion he would then begin to rape the victim.

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Contributor: rushfan

Read more: http://listverse.com/2008/08/28/10-terrible-cases-of-kidnapping-and-abuse/

10 Horrifically Botched Executions

From sadistic executioners to faulty equipment to simple human error, the death penalty can be a bit of a wild card for the condemned. Assured that death will come quickly and painlessly, many prisoners are allowed to choose their own method of execution based on what best suits them, or what they assume will be the quickest way out.

Looks, however, can be deceiving when it comes to something as apparently complicated as death, leading to prisoners unknowingly choosing the manner in which they will be tortured. Whether or not you agree with the death penalty isn’t the point—the point here is that even when you’re in charge of your own fate, you can’t control the tragedy of errors that an execution can turn out to be. So, for those of you that might find yourself in such a position as to be forced to decide how you’re going to die, reflect for a moment on how some other people were helped from this world before you make the ultimate decision.

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Christopher Newton was a man with some pretty severe problems. Having intentionally gotten himself arrested for burglary so that he would be imprisoned, Newton decided that prison was exactly where he wanted to die. Under the pretense of being threatened by fellow inmates, the 6 foot (182.8 cm) 265 pound (120.2 kg) man was placed in a cell with 130 pound (58.9 kg) inmate, Jason Brewer. If this doesn’t seem automatically alarming to you, don’t worry—the warden didn’t see anything wrong with it, either. After getting his way, Newton would enact the first part of his plan by brutally murdering his new cellmate after the man kept giving up during chess games. It seems petty, but when all you have in life are chess and seductive photographs of Macaulay Culkin, your mind begins to do strange things.

Regardless of his true motives for the murder, Newton was unsurprisingly placed on death row to be executed by lethal injection. When the time came, though, not quite everything went to plan. First off, it took about an hour-and-a-half to find a suitable vein in which to administer the cocktail of chemicals due to his weight. During this time, he was stabbed a minimum of ten times with needles, and was even permitted a bathroom break because of the sheer amount of time taken. Finally, when the needle was properly inserted, witnesses report that Newton’s stomach heaved, his chin and mouth twitched and he suffered at least two mild convulsions on the gurney, all of which should have been impossible if the injection was administered properly. Further adding to the debacle, it took Newton a full sixteen minutes from the time the drugs began flowing to the time he was declared dead. That’s about double the time it normally takes for lethal injections to kill the condemned.

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Brian Steckel might as well be synonymous with being a despicable human worthy only of death. Given the nature of his crime, it’s difficult to find a valid reason for keeping him alive. However, capital punishment is intended to be humane—something it was not in his case.

It began when Steckel knocked on twenty-nine year old Sandra Lee Long’s door and asked to use her phone. Upon being allowed into the premises, his demeanor rapidly changed as he propositioned the woman for sex. Of course, she refused him. This sent him into a rage, at which point he strangled her with a pair of tights. Half-conscious from the attack, Sandra was unable to defend herself as Steckel sexually abused her with a screwdriver, then raped her from behind. Unsatisfied with just this, Steckel then decided to set her on fire, which was ultimately the cause of her death due to smoke inhalation and severe burns. All of that is certainly bad enough, but Steckel managed to up the ante by sending taunting letters to Long’s mother during his trial.

In spite of all of this, when it came time to execute Steckel, the procedure should have been carried out quickly and humanely. But he execution was anything but quick, as the lethal injection machine sat and clicked for about twelve minutes while Steckel remained conscious and lucid throughout. Determining that the main IV line was blocked, the machine was switched to the backup line, though the sedative drug was not administered, and Steckel continued to stay conscious as the paralytic pancuronium bromide took effect. The heart-stopping potassium chloride was then injected, excruciatingly killing Steckel with a sensation described as “having your veins set on fire,” all while he was unable to move or react to indicate the kind of pain he was experiencing. A fitting end for one so fond of murder by fire, I suppose.

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In 1890, William Kemmler was convicted of violently murdering his common-law wife with a hatchet and sentenced to death via electric chair. What makes this special, is that William was to be the very first man in the world to die in this manner, so of course nothing would go wrong.

Placing a childlike trust in his soon-to-be executioners, Kemmler did what he could in order to assuage their nervousness . . . Yes. Their nervousness. This including assisting in his own restraint and offering some words of encouragement to the warden and his deputy: “Take your time; don’t be in a hurry. Do it well; be sure everything is all right,” he said. “It won’t hurt you, Bill,” the warden replied, “I’ll be with you all the time.” The warden probably believed his own words as much as his prisoner did, but this was 1890, and they were attempting to painlessly kill a man using electricity. But it worked well enough on their equine test subject, they reasoned, so how could it not succeed on a much smaller man?

Upon finishing up with the preparations to begin the execution, the warden gave the signal to flip the switch and was obliged almost instantly. Kemmler’s body became rigid with the current flowing through it, and by the end of the ten second mark, everything seemed to have gone according to plan: Kemmler was declared dead. As the warden and doctors started to wrap up the execution with a businesslike discussion about the preceding events, one of the doctors noticed a cut on Kemmler’s hand that was caused by a piece of the equipment rubbing against it. The wound, by all appearances pretty inconsequential, happened to be bleeding—strongly indicating that William was still alive.

The warden, panicked by the apparent blunder, quickly ordered the current to be restarted in order to finish the job. By this point, fluid seeped from Kemmler’s mouth and ran down his beard as he began to groan repeatedly and increasingly loudly. It was clear that the condemned man was beginning to regain consciousness, which caused even seasoned doctors to turn their heads and pale. At last, after what seemed like ages to all those involved, the electricity was restarted and Kemmler once again convulsed, ceasing the noise coming from his lips. It was almost a relief to watch as the man died, but then came a sickening sizzling sound from the chair, as if meat was being cooked upon it, followed by a billow of smoke that filled the room with the odor of burning hair.

And it’s with these mental images that we can best remember the advent of the electric chair; a horrifying spectacle that went on to become one of America’s most commonly practiced methods of humane execution.

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On parole for the murder of his girlfriend, Gray abducted a three year old girl, sodomized her, attempted to drown her in a creek, and then finally finished her off by stomping on the back of her neck, breaking it. The executioner was fully aware of Gray’s crimes and expressed his opinion on the man by calling him a “sumbitch,” describing the crime, and then sarcastically stating: “So yeah, I feel really sorry for Jimmy Lee.” There’s a reasonable chance that the execution was intentionally botched so as to cause as much suffering as possible to Gray.

Having been sentenced to die in the gas chamber, Gray sat in the death chair as the cyanide crystals were dropped into a dish beneath him containing sulphuric acid and distilled water, creating the lethal gas. As the gas reached his lungs, he began to choke and gag for about eight minutes, to the horror of the witnesses. After this initial horror-show, Gray’s unrestrained head began to smash into a steel pole placed directly behind the death chair. This was enough for the warden, so he prematurely cleared the witness room to spare them having to watch the gruesome display of a suffocating man slamming his skull against the hardest object in the vicinity. Witnesses reportedly counted eleven groans from the dying man before being mercifully ushered out of viewing range. The prison maintained that Gray had died painlessly and was brain dead by the time he began his self-destructive episode.

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Convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1891, Painter was sentenced to be hanged three years later for the grisly crime in which the woman was strangled, and her head beaten against a bed post until she was dead. If Painter, who maintained his innocence until the end, had been the true murderer (multiple witnesses came forward in Painter’s defense but were dismissed as unreliable), he had attempted to make the scene look like a burglary by pulling down his lover’s left sock—a known hiding place for money amongst women of her class.

But, despite who may have been the killer, George would be the one to pay for the crime with his life. On January 26th, 1894, Painter was walked to the gallows in front of about seventy spectators and allowed to speak his final words: a low, trembling assertion of his innocence and a desire for the real killer to be found. A white hood was then placed over Painter’s head and drawn closed with a string, and his thighs bound by straps. The noose was then presented and placed around George’s neck as the men preparing the condemned stepped away from the trap door. Given the signal, a man in a concealed box cut the rope and the trap door below Painter swung open with a bang, dropping his body through.

The rope supporting Painter’s weight became taut, then, as the crowd breathed a collective gasp, snapped and sent the man’s body hurtling to the solid ground in a heap. Jailers rushed to carry Painter’s body back up to the platform where doctors confirmed that his neck had snapped, but did not believe him to be dead. While the jailers cut the rope from his neck and replaced it with a new one, spectators were aghast at the sight of the white hood becoming red in color as Painter’s head began to bleed profusely. Now in a sitting position upon the trap door, blood poured down George’s body, staining his white gown the same crimson shade as his hood, prompting some spectators to flee the room. The trap door was then sprung once more, and Painter’s body took a second, final plunge, after which he was pronounced properly deceased.

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During the 1720s, French authorities had just executed the ringleader of the then-infamous Cartouche gang and were busying themselves with rounding up and executing the rest of the members of the bandit collective. Louison Cartouche, a member of the gang and younger brother of the aforementioned ringleader, was already condemned to hard labor in the wake of the crackdown when a judge by the name of Arnould de Boueix decided to use the young man as an example to would-be criminals. The punishment, however, was a bizarre-as-hell one: fifteen year old Cartouche was ordered to be hanged by his armpits for two hours, the act apparently intended as a humiliation rather than an execution. The judge, of course, had no cause to believe his dreamt-up punishment would not be fatal, as there was currently no precedent for hanging someone under the arms for hours on end.

So, on the judge’s word, the punishment was carried out in 1722, with Cartouche crying out in agony early into the hanging. The boy begged for his sadistic captors to put him out of pain, but he was denied and continued hanging as the blood in his body was forced downward to his feet causing incredible pain. Finally, his tongue lolled from his mouth, and his agonized pleas ceased. Though the two hours had not yet expired, Cartouche was taken down and placed in medical care, where it was determined that the boy was well beyond help and declared dead. And so it goes that a non-fatal humiliation became an excruciating death by nothing less than torture.

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Lady Margaret de la Pole was an aristocrat of high standing during King Henry VIII’s thirty-eight year reign over England. Despite her relation to the king (her cousin, Elizabeth of York, was Henry VIII’s mother), the sixty-seven year old Margaret was accused of treason in place of her son, Reginald Pole, who had imposed a self-exile on himself and remained in France and Italy, out of reach of the English king. Her punishment, beheading by axe, would be the king’s revenge for her son’s denunciation of the king’s policies, which included Henry’s interpretation of the Bible’s stance on marrying a brother’s wife, denying the Royal Supremacy. Furthermore, Reginald was unwilling, at the king’s request, to support his separation from Queen Catherine and subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn. But the icing on the cake had to come in the form of a highly treasonous call for the princes of Europe to depose Henry.

The sexagenarian Margaret, never seeming to have a treasonous thought of her own, spent the next two and a half years imprisoned in the Tower of London, before finally facing the day of her execution. Guilty of no crime, Margaret was one day awakened from her sleep and told she was to be put to death within the hour, but naively protested on the grounds that she had done nothing wrong and no evidence existed to prove otherwise. This protestation, of course, fell upon deaf ears as she was later led out to the scaffold, in front of about 150 witnesses. Told to place her head on the chopping block, Margaret sternly refused and the frail woman had to be forced into position. As she struggled, the inexperienced executioner, who was by now panicking, swung the axe to deliver the single required blow to her neck. Almost predictably, the axe failed to land a fatal strike and instead buried itself in the elderly woman’s shoulder. The axeman then had to deliver several more inaccurate strokes, imbedding the axe variously in the woman’s head and upper body before finally delivering a life-ending blow that ceased her agony.

Some reports suggest that Margaret ran about screaming and had to be hacked to death by the executioner who was seemingly playing the part of Wile E. Coyote. These versions of the event are most certainly fabricated, though some of the descriptions can be morbidly comical.

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An American outlaw who operated in Texas and New Mexico during the latter portion of the Wild West years, Thomas Ketchum was a sordid kind of fellow with little regard for human life or charity. Little seems to be known of Ketchum’s life between his birth in 1863 and the beginning of his criminal career in 1890, so it’s likely that he was on the straight-and-narrow up until about that date, when he inexplicably (perhaps after committing a crime) left Texas for New Mexico. For two more years, he worked as a cowboy, flying cleanly under the radar until his involvement in an armed train robbery. It’s believed that after the heist, in 1896, he may have been party to the disappearance of a man and his eight year old son, neither of whom were ever found.

Several years ticked away with Ketchum joining the Hole-in-the-Wall gang and performing more train heists and other unsavory deeds. During one of these robberies in 1899, he was struck by a shotgun blast and had to have his right forearm amputated, after which he was moved from the medical facility to Clayton, New Mexico to face trial where he was convicted of ‘felonious assault upon a railway train’ and sentenced to hang.

Two more years passed with Ketchum in custody until the date of his execution in 1901. Never having hanged a man in Clayton before, the procedures for doing so were unfamiliar and those involved with the execution were forced to improvise, which generally doesn’t turn out so hot. The rope, much too long for a man of Ketchum’s size, was also particularly thin and cord-like, which did not bode well for him. Noose around his neck and standing upon the trap door, an eternity seemed to pass for the man until his sudden drop. The rope went taut, and to the horror of the large crowd of witnesses, reporters, and gawkers, Ketchum’s body plummeted directly into the ground. Not to worry, though: the execution was a success with his head being torn clean off of his shoulders, prompting an eruption of blood from the corpse’s neck. To this day, postcards are sold in Clayton depicting the gruesome aftermath of the bungled hanging, which pretty much seems to be the town’s only claim to fame.

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Wallace Wilkerson was born in 1834 in Quincy, Illinois, before moving to Utah with his family at the age of eight. At seventeen he worked as a stockman and repeatedly enlisted in the military, one time serving as a drummer in San Francisco. Around 1877, he found himself frequenting a nearby saloon that was tended by a man named William Baxter, who once had to break up a conflict between Wilkerson and another patron by using a revolver to settle them down. As luck would have it, that same year fate conspired against Baxter when he wound up running into Wilkerson at another saloon and the two decided to play a game of cribbage for money. As with most stories about card-playing in the 1800s, this one also took a turn for the worse with accusations of cheating. Baxter attempted to back out of the argument, but Wilkerson was having none of it and planted a bullet in the man’s forehead, then his temple. It later turned out that Baxter was unarmed at the time and Wilkerson was tried and convicted for premeditated murder.

The execution date was set for later that same year, and Wilkerson chose his method of death to be execution via firing squad, rather than the alternative options of being hanged or decapitated. On the day of his death, Wilkerson was permitted to spend his remaining hours with his wife, during which time he must have gotten his hands on some alcohol, according to witnesses who saw him in his final moments. When he was at last taken from his cell, Wilkerson was dressed in black with a white felt hat and a cigar that he kept during the execution. The condemned man was then seated on a chair about thirty feet from the shooters as a blindfold was prepared for him. Wilkerson, however, declined to wear the blindfold, stating “I give you my word . . . I intend to die like a man, looking my executioners right in the eye.” Restraints, too, were eschewed at the word of the prisoner as a small white square was pinned over the man’s heart by a marshal.

Wilkerson took a deep breath and drew himself up straight in the chair in anticipation of the volley. This action, unbeknownst to Wallace, moved the target several inches upward as the executioners fired their salvo at him. One bullet shattered his left arm, while the rest punched into his torso, failing to instantly kill the man. Wilkerson, meanwhile, leapt from the chair and hit the ground screaming “Oh my God! My God! They have missed!” Four doctors rushed to him amidst concerns that the executioners might have to shoot him again, but the worries were unfounded: Wilkerson bled out from his wounds just twenty-seven minutes after receiving them.

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A mouthful, and certainly difficult to type, Ginggaew Lorsoungnern was a former domestic for a Bangkok family. Using her familiarity and the trust established with the family that once employed her, she picked up their six year old boy from school and personally delivered him to a Thai kidnap gang, who then demanded a ransom from the child’s parents. The parents complied, following the plan to hurl the money out of a moving train and close to a designated flag. Unfortunately, because the delivery occurred at night, the parents were unable to properly see the flag and missed the exact spot. Assuming the ransom was denied, the infuriated kidnappers proceeded to stab the young boy to death, at which point it’s alleged that Lorsoungnern flung her body over the boy’s and attempted to shield him. This act, assuming it happened at all, failed to save the boy who was then dumped into a grave. Another sad discovery came later, when the coroner found soil in the child’s lungs, indicating that he was still alive at the time of his burial.

For her role in the boy’s murder, Lorsoungnern was sentenced to death by shooting, an execution in which the condemned was tied to a wooden cross, with their hands bound in a praying position and their bodies facing a wall. Behind them, a screen was set up in which a target was drawn, indicating where the heart was. The executioner remained behind this screen, unable to see the prisoner’s body, and operated a mounted automatic rifle which would deliver fifteen or so bullets to the vicinity of the heart. The sheer amount of bullets striking such a vital region would typically ensure that death came instantly, provided the target did not struggle too much.

On the day of her death, January 13th, 1979, Lorsoungnern succumbed to repeated fainting spells, and had trouble standing under her own power. The escorts had to keep reviving her with smelling salts as they approached the execution room while she continued to maintain her innocence in the boy’s murder. “I didn’t do it, I didn’t kill the boy,” she begged. “Please don’t kill me, I didn’t kill him.” Her desperate words fell upon deaf ears as the escorts finally managed to lead the woman to the cross and began to secure her to it. At last, the gun was loaded and the executioner took aim. A moment later ten bullets were consecutively fired into the screen.

Shortly after the shots were fired, a doctor approached the woman and checked for vital signs, none of which were found. Lorsoungnern was, by this point, bleeding profusely as they untied her body and laid her face down on the floor where she jerked and twitched slightly. Her chest had burst open from the bullets. Her body was moved to the morgue and placed upon a bed as they readied the next person for execution.

It was then, however, that Lorsoungnern began to utter sounds and attempt to sit up. The escorts rushed into the morgue, one of them rolling her over and pushing down on her back in an effort to help her bleed out quicker. Another attempted to strangle her, but was stopped. She laid there gasping for breath as one of the men who had a part in her crime was executed and died instantly. Still, after this time, she continued to breathe and was ordered to be tied back on to the cross. The escorts became covered in her blood as they tried to hoist her back into position. Finally, fifteen more bullets were put into her body and she was mercifully pronounced dead. The reasons for her unenviable death are as follows: she was not tied tightly enough to the cross, and could therefore wriggle out of position, and her heart happened to be on the right side of her body instead of the left.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2013/02/04/10-horrifically-botched-executions/

10 Most Evil Women In Nazi Camps

The market on wholesale cruelty towards the inhabitants of German concentration camps was not, it is safe to say, monopolized by men. In fact, during the course of the war around 5,500 females served in various guard positions in German camps. Below is a list of those who “attacked” their job and their charges with a ferocity which was likely the envy of their male counterparts.

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Beginning in 1939 Binz began a career as a concentration camp guard eventually rising through the ranks to become deputy chief wards at Ravensbruck and later Buchenwald. Described by the prisoners as “unyielding” Binz was well known to beat, shoot and whip the females in her charge. In one instance of particular brutality she is reported to have chopped a prisoner to death with an axe during a forced labor assignment. While she fled at the close of the war she was caught, tried and on May 2, 1947 executed for her crimes.

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In 1939, Bormann joined the Auxiliary SS to, as she put it at her trial, “earn more money.” From then on her career took her through some of the most notorious of Germany’s camps among them Ravensbruck, Auschwitz and Bergan-Belsen where she was stationed at the close of the war. Noted for her brutality, Bormann was well known for having the German shepherd which accompanied her attack the prisoners. In the end though her cruelty and sadism came back to haunt her when she was convicted of murder and executed on December 13, 1945.

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A nurse by profession starting in 1939 Bosel worked at Ravenbruck concentration camp as a “work imput overseer.” Essentially what this meant was that Bosel was among those who decided which prisoners would be immediately gassed and which would be sent to work camps. Apparently her philosophy was right in line with that in the Nazi hierarchy since she is quoted as having said of the prisoners, “If they cannot work let them rot.” On 3 May 1945, following the Hamburg Ravensbruck War Crimes Trial, Bosel was executed for maltreatment, murder and taking part in the selection process.

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Yet another nurse who apparently forgot the healing touch. After her conscription in 1942, Bothe served the majority of the war at the Stutthoff camp near Danzig. Described at her trial as a “brutal” overseer, Bothe was captured at Bergen-Belsen where she oversaw a wood detail after evacuating Stutthoff in the face of the advancing Soviets. While described as sadistic and inhumane, her crimes apparently did not raise to the level of some of her coworkers so rather than hang she was sentenced to ten years in prison although she served only six before receiving clemency from the British government. Sixty years after the war in the course of an interview she was asked about her decision to work as in a concentration camp. “Did I make a mistake? No. The mistake was that it was a concentration camp, but I had to go to it, otherwise I would have been put into it myself. That was my mistake.”

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Beginning in 1942, Lächert developed a reputation for brutality during her service at Ravensbruck, Majdanek and Auschwitz. Following the war, she was sentenced to fifteen years for her service at Auschwitz, although she was released in 1956 having served only nine. Her freedom was fleeting however, because in 1975 she was tried for participation in the selection process, releasing her dog onto inmates and general abuse and sentenced to an additional twelve years.

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A latecomer, Klaff had worked in a jam factory until she was assigned to Stutthoff in 1944 where she served until the end of the war in 1945. Arrested by Polish officials that same year she was tried and later executed for her crimes. It is interesting to note that she is quoted as saying, “I am very intelligent and very devoted to my work in the camps. I struck at least two prisoners every day.” Perhaps given that she said this at her trial she may have overstated her level of intelligence.

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Orlowski worked at a veritable who’s who is Nazi concentration camps, developing a reputation for particular sadism at each. She was particularly well known for whipping prisoners across the eyes which was not only painful but also often rendered them unfit for work and caused their extermination. Another particular evil of Orlowski’s, was throwing the children on top of the other prisoners being sent to the gas chambers in a “space saving operation.”

In 1945, with the war near over, she seemed to have turned over a new leaf. During a death march from Auschwitz-Berkenau to Lolau she comforted the prisoners, provided them water and even slept alongside them on the ground. Whether this was sincere or not is debatable but unlike many guilty of similar crimes she received life imprisonment rather than execution and was released after only serving ten years. In 1976, during a second trial, she died at the age of 73.

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Mandel held positions at a variety of camps before she was named female commandant of the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Having already honed her skills by meting out punishments at other camps, Mandel fell into step there quickly and is believed between 1942 and 1945 to have been directly responsible for the deaths of 500,000 prisoners. Sadistic by every measure during her time at Auschwitz, she is known to have selected Jews to serve as her “pet.” When she tired of them, she sent them off to the gas chambers. She is also known to have created the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz which performed during roll calls, executions, selections and transport. Following her trial, Mandel was executed for her crimes on January 24, 1948.

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Arriving only in 1944 Neudeck rose meteorically through the ranks, eventually being assigned the rank of camp leader at one of Ravensbruck’s sub camps. Noted for her cruelty one of her prisoners testified at her trial that they witnessed her slit the throat of another prisoner with the sharpened edge of a shovel. Following the war, she fled but was captured, tried and later executed for her crimes.

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After training under Dorothea Binz (#1) she was to serve at Ravensbruck and Auschwitz-Birkenau before being appointed senior supervisor at Bergen-Belsen. Well known to have participated in the execution of prisoners, at her trial she was convicted and, like her teacher, executed for her crimes.

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Strictly speaking, Koch was not a guard. In fact, she was not in the SS in any capacity but her husband Karl Koch was the commander of Buchenwald and later Majdanek. Using the power that his position granted her, Koch developed a reputation for cruelty which was nothing short of unbelievable.

Koch, it has been testified, was known to meet prisoners upon their arrival to inspect them for interesting or attractive tattoos. If she saw something which caught her eye, she had the prisoner executed, skinned and their skin made into useful items such as lampshades or book covers. While it has never been proven that she manufactured anything from the skins, her collection was used against her at her trials. What has also been proven is that she often instigated the torture of inmates including forcing one of them to rape another in plain sight.

Unfortunately for her, in 1943 both her and her husband were arrested for embezzling from the SS and killing prisoners to cover up the crime. While he was executed, Ilse was acquitted and was free when she was arrested by the Allies.

Being a rare civilian exception, Koch was tried for war crimes and sentenced to life imprisonment. She was serving out that sentence when she committed suicide in 1967.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2012/10/30/10-female-concentration-camp-guards/

Top 10 Young Killers

A number of child killings have been recorded throughout the years. These often have involved disturbing acts one can hardly imagine a child suffering through. These cases are becoming more controversial as the number of child killings increases every year. However, what happens if that innocent and vulnerable-looking child is the one responsible for the abduction and murders in your neighborhood? Would you believe the accusations made of someone so young? Could a child really commit such crimes? These are not your typical childish crimes of stealing toys from a friend, or bullying a schoolmate. This is the list for the top 10 young killers. There is a small amount of overlap from the list of evil children, for the sake of including people that really do deserve to be on this list.

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“You may think I’m a threat to the well-being of society. And I can understand why you would feel that way. The fact is that I’m not. I’d be an asset to society.”

At 13, Eric Smith was bullied because of his thick glasses, freckles, long red hair and one other quality: He had protruding, elongated ears. These were believed to be a side effect of medicine his mother had taken for her epilepsy when she was pregnant. Police charged Smith with the murder of a four-year-old boy named Derrick Robie. The younger child had been strangled, had large rocks dropped on his head, and had been sodomized with a small stick. When asked why he did it, Smith cannot give a definite answer. A psychiatrist diagnosed Smith with intermittent explosive disorder, a condition in which a person cannot control inner rage. Smith was convicted and went to prison. As of today, he’s been in prison for six years and has been denied parole five times.

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“There should be a sensitivity to the fact that a 14-year-old is not a little adult.” – Florida Governor Jeb Bush

What started as a regular room cleaning ended with the conviction of a 14-year-old boy named Joshua Phillips. His mother went to clean up his room one morning after Phillips left for school. Mrs. Phillips noticed a wet spot under her son’s bed and thought it was a leak from his waterbed. As she was investigating the bed to see if it needed to be drained, she found electrical tape holding the frame together. She thought her son had known the about leak but didn’t want to get into trouble. She removed enough tape to discover her son’s sock underneath, but she was surprised to feel something cold. The beam of her flashlight showed her the dead body of Maddie Clifton, an 8-year-old neighbor who had been missing for seven days.

People in the community, especially the boy’s parents, could hardly believe he could have killed Clifton. Phillips was one of the neighbors who had volunteered to search for the missing girl. Because he was under 16, Phillips did not qualify for the death penalty. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, with no possibility of being freed. To this day, Phillips has not stated his motives for killing Clifton. He said he accidentally hit her in the eye with a baseball bat, and then dragged her to his room where he hit and stabbed her, but the jury did not believe his story.

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“only when asked to arise and be sentenced, did he appear nervous and slightly excited” (Rowe, p.1)

On June 16, 1944, the United States set a record when they executed George Stinney (14 years old), the youngest person to be legally executed in the US during the twentieth century. George was convicted of the murder of two girls named Betty June Binnicker (11) and Mary Emma Thames (8) who were both found in a muddy hole. The girls suffered severe fractures to their skulls, inflicted by a railroad spike found some distance from the town. George confessed to the crime and said that he wanted to have sex with Betty but ended up killing the girls. He was tried and sentenced to death in the electric chair; the case was not appealed because his family had no money to pay for a continuation. 

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“I was imitating the professional wrestlers”

What might be thought of as a regular TV wrestling match led to the death of a six-year-old girl named Tiffany Eunick. Kathleen Grossett-Tate was trusted to babysit Tiffany and brought her over to her house one evening. She left Tiffany with her son Lionel, age 14, to watch the television when she went upstairs. Around 10 p.m., she yelled at the children to be quiet, but didn’t check what the noise was about, thinking that they were just playing. Forty-five minutes later, Lionel called to his mother and told her that the girl was not breathing. He explained that they had been wrestling and he had her in a headlock as he slammed her on the table.

Authorities were called and a medical examiner reported that the cause of death was due to forceful stomping that lacerated Tiffany’s liver. Aside from that, experts testified that the girl suffered a fractured skull and rib, swelling in the brain from a beating that lasted from one to five minutes, and 35 other injuries. Tate changed his statement later and said that he jumped on her from the staircase. Tate was sentenced to a lifetime of imprisonment without parole in 2001, but his sentence was overturned on the basis that he was not given a mental competency hearing before, or during, the trial. He was released in 2004 with 10 years’ probation.

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“This sure beats algebra, doesn’t it?”

On February 2, 1996, the Frontier Middle School was devastated by a hostage-taking incident and shooting spree that occurred in an algebra class. It took the lives of three people (two students and a teacher) and resulted in the critical injury of one student. The person accused was a 14-year-old boy named Barry Dale Loukaitis, who was experiencing delusional and messianic thoughts before the shooting. Barry was dressed to look like a gunslinger from the Wild West in a black duster, and armed with a .30-30 caliber rifle, a .357 caliber pistol and a .25 caliber pistol that belonged to his father. The students were held hostage for 10 minutes before a gym coach tricked and outwitted the boy.

It was believed that, aside from a history of mental illness and dysfunctional issues in his family, Barry was influenced by Pearl Jam’s song and video “Jeremy.” The video shows a troubled youth committing suicide in front of his classmates and teacher. It was also reported that he said “This sure beats algebra, doesn’t it?” when he saw his classmates panic. This is a quote from a Stephen King novel, Rage, in which the protagonist kills two teachers and takes his algebra class hostage. Barry is currently serving two life sentences, with an additional 205 years in prison.

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“As far as the girls go, it was my utmost intention to let them live.”

Joan Heaton (39), along with her two daughters, Jennifer (10) and Melissa (8), were found lifeless, blood-soaked and brutally murdered in their home on September 4, 1989. They were stabbed so fiercely that the knife broke off in Melissa’s neck. Police reported that Joan had approximately 60 stab wounds, while the young girls had approximately 30. The authorities believed that burglary was the suspect’s main motive; the knife used was from the Heaton’s kitchen and the women had possibly caught the suspect and fought against him. It was also believed that the burglar must have been someone from the Heaton’s neighborhood, who would have obtained a cut or wound in the hand, due to the force and number of times the victims were stabbed.

Craig was spotted by the police with a bandage on his hand, but said that he had smashed a car’s window. The police did not believe his story. They investigated him and charged him after finding the knife, gloves and other bloody items when they searched Craig’s room. He admitted to the crime and to another murder that had taken place in the neighborhood two years earlier. The authorities already suspected him as the murderer in that case, which was similar to Heaton’s and had started as burglary. Craig was tried and convicted before his 16th birthday, and is still in jail.

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“It grew on me like a drug habit, except it was not me who was taking the drugs.”

At an early age, Graham Young had been fascinated with chemistry, particularly types of poison and their effects on people. His other great interest was idolizing murderers such as Dr. Hawley Crippen, William Palmer, Adolf Hitler and others. Young started experimenting with poisons when he was 14. He usually lied about his age, and explained that a given poison was for a school experiment so he could buy the chemicals he needed. His family and friends were his victims. His father, upon becoming ill, originally thought he just had a virus of some sort. Then the apparent illness struck his wife and daughter. All suffered from continuous vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. In 1962, the mother of Young’s stepmother died from poisoning.

At 14, Young already had the expertise of a postgraduate chemistry student, all self-learned through library books. He sometimes became a victim of his own poisoning when he forgot on which foods he had placed his toxic chemicals. Young was caught when his teacher inspected his desk one evening after school, suspicious about the odd experiments Young was suggesting to the class. The teacher found poisons, essays about famous prisoners, and sketches of dying men. These revelations led him to call the police. Young was sent to a maximum security hospital, but this did not stop him from poisoning hospital staff and fellow inmates (one of whom died). His knowledge was so broad that he could extract cyanide from laurel bush leaves. Young was released when he was 23 and went to live with his sister. His poisoning spree continued—his victims most often were coworkers. Young was sent back to prison and eventually died there.

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“I might have done it.”

Jesse Pomeroy, born on November 29, 1959, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, was referred to as the youngest person convicted of murder, in the first degree, in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Pomeroy started his cruel acts against other children when he was 11. He had taken and trapped seven children in a hidden spot where he would strip, tie and torture them, by using a knife or by poking pins into their flesh. He was caught and sent to a reform school, where he was supposed to stay until he was 21, but was released after a year and a half for good behavior.

After three years, he had changed from bad to worse. He kidnapped and killed a 10 year old girl, named Katie Curran, and was also accused of the murder of a four year old boy, whose mutilated body was found in Dorchester Bay. Although there is a lack of evidence that can conclusively link Pomeroy to the little boy’s death, he was convicted for the death of Katie when the police found her body in the basement of Pomeroy’s mother’s dress shop, where it was carelessly left in an ash heap. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, which he served in solitary confinement; he died of natural causes at the age of 72.

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“All little boys are nice until they get older.” – Robert Thompson

James Bulger’s mother left her two-year-old son at the butcher shop’s door thinking that it would not take her long to return, since there was no queue in the store.  Little did she know that it would be her last time she would see her son alive.

Jon and Robert, who were at the same mall as the Bulgers, were participating in their usual activities: skipping class, browsing the stores, pocketing things when the salespeople turned their backs, and climbing chairs in the restaurants until they were chased out. The boys came up with an idea to have a little boy get lost outside so that he would get knocked over by a vehicle. It was reported that the boys had a similar previous attempt on a boy before James, which failed because the mother had become aware of her missing child and found him before they could take him outside.

During their two-mile walk, the 10-year-old boys had punched, kicked, picked up and dropped James on his head. Some of the acts were seen by passersby who ignored them, thinking that they were just two older brothers who didn’t know how to take care of their younger brother. Jon and Robert brought James onto the local railway, where they flung paint in his left eye, threw stones at him, beat him with bricks, and hit him with an iron bar. They also sexually assaulted him and laid his body on the railroad track, covering his bleeding head with bricks when they thought he was dead. It was reported that James died sometime before the train hit him.

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“Murder isn’t that bad; we all die sometime anyway.”

Brian Howe was found dead and covered with purple weeds and grass, days after the death of Martin Brown who died of asphyxiation. His hair was cut away, puncture marks were found on his thighs, and his genitals were partially skinned. Apart from these marks and injuries, a letter “M” had been imprinted on his stomach. This was originally an “N,” but Mary added a line to make it look like an “M.” The three-year-old boy had been strangled to death. When the investigation narrowed down to Mary Bell, she implicated herself by describing in detail a pair of broken scissors—which was confidential evidence—that had been played with by an 8-year-old boy whom Brian was allegedly with, according to Bell.

Mary’s family background may be responsible for her unusual behavior. She thought for a long time that her father was Billy Bell, a habitual criminal who had been arrested for armed robbery, but her biological father is unknown to this day. Mary claimed that her mother, Betty, who was a prostitute, had forced her to engage in sexual acts with men—particularly her mother’s clients—at the age of four. Mary ended up at an all-boys facility after her trial; she was too young to be held in prison and too dangerous to be kept in an unequipped mental hospital or an institution that housed troubled children. Her mother repeatedly sold Mary’s story to the press at the time of her daughter’s conviction. Mary was only 11 at that time. She was released after 23 years and fought and won the case for both her own anonymity and that of her daughter. This order is consequently known as a Mary Bell Order.

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Top 10 US Institutional Injustices of the Past Decade

Take a beautiful green earth, full of blooming life and dripping dew beads, and watch man completely wreak havoc on it. After all, such is his nature… to destroy nature. No matter how far we come as a human race, through whatever triumph, there always exists a lingering corruption that is unshakable, and deeply rooted into the heart of vital institutions we’ve come to rely on to survive, worship, be educated, be entertained. And if there is any root, it has to be in the human fixation to acquire property, greed more often than not leading the way when it comes to a corrupted institution, one controlled by the corrupt and easily corruptible. Here are ten U.S. institutional injustices which have occurred in the past decade or so alone:

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Barry Bonds was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for breaking the home run record. Meanwhile, he was on trial for steroid usage (found guilty and denying the fact). That his name still remains in the books is unconscionable, especially where Babe Ruth took the record without any kind of drug use that would work in his advantage. Then again that seems to be the nature of baseball. It’s the dismissive “everyone’s doing it” attitude that lets these things slide, even as Mark McGwire slides onto home plate completely jacked up on the stuff.

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Examples include Tupac, several times over, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, and most recently Amy Winehouse. The releases tend to be little more than scratch book jottings pounded into overblown over-ambition by unfamiliar hands. The questionable part in it all is the intention: are these releases just to satisfy fans who long for material from an artist taken prematurely from their post? More often than not an obvious buck is to be made off an immensely popular musician’s star power, wherein which their name and likeness overrides what actually bears them. The production team behind Michael Jackson’s “Michael” were surely aware of how much money people would offer for just one last taste of the man. Meanwhile, not much new was being pumped out in the years he was still vaguely with us. Oh, how death increases the value of one’s life.

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What makes these nominal fees so outrageous, more than for charging customers to access their own money, is why they were implemented – because banks were being forbidden from charging exorbitant debit card per-swipe fees (averaging 44 cents), and ultimately reduced to a maximal 24 cents, they needed a new way to profit off spending money, their solution being in their very customers. The CEO of Bank of America, Brian Moynihan, was quoted to have said in October that the bank has “every right to make a profit.” Meanwhile, banks take extravagant risks and essentially gamble its earnings, realizing security exists in the very people who trust the institutions. After much loud protesting, the fees were dropped, especially as many customers were switching to smaller banks which boasted having no fees. Any quote to follow such a decision can hardly be trusted – after all, they would’ve continued charging these fees if they could’ve gotten away with it. The arrogance is astonishing.

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Everyone else is doing it so why not the healthcare industry; it needs not be said that the industry itself is a cash cow, wherein which money is pulled out of defective spleens and infected throats and the like. A few healthcare providers have even taken it a step further, to a level of greediness on par with you average bank CEO; some have been found to have been treating patients with needless and pricey procedures, billing dead patients, and billing for procedures and medications unperformed, undistributed, and unwitting to the patients they treat. Doctors are famous for receiving hefty salaries, befitting of the nature of their work, but these devious acts highlight a select few that seemed to have only spent 8 years in medical school awaiting that big pay-off, public health and wellness be damned.

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In Chelsea, Massachusetts, the Boston Globe ascertained that the housing chief, Michael McLaughlin, was making $360,000 a year. And as if that’s not disgusting enough, he was only reporting $160,000 of it to housing officials. What we have is another misanthrope profiting off others’ poverty. Where money should be trickling to housing renovations, construction, etc. – it was, instead, paying for a castle and a Marie Antoinette-esque lifestyle of lavish disregard. Shame.

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Misanthrope alert! We all know by now, and are thoroughly pissed, that big banks have gotten off completely scot-free, no prison sentences dealt for guilty CEOs and insiders (aside from a fall guy here and there, as any good crime syndicate keeps on retainer), in spite of selling acknowledgedly crappy mortgages to clients, and then betting against them. These are the same untouchable greed factories that got interest-free bailouts from the government all the while, and used them to shell out obscene bonuses to each of the evil masterminds. And even while the Occupy movement attempts to take an unignorable stand against such enabled greed, more and more protesters find themselves arrested for exercising their first amendment rights where they should be rightfully exercised. It’s fitting that some protestors have been wearing Guy Fawkes masks a la V for Vendetta, for If there has ever been a good reason for revolution…

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Somehow this unconstitutional act has enabled the government to indecently invade human privacy. Put into effect during the post-9/11 Bush administration, it was intended as a form of public “protections,” by rooting out who may or may not be a witch, err, rather, terrorist among us. Defended as a national security measure, it strips essential human rights along the way, to where you wonder if it’s better to live in fear than not be free.

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This is the Pentagon Papers all over again, essentially – during Vietnam, “Top Secret” government documents leaked to the mainstream which disclosed the true nature of the war, and how the Lyndon Johnson Administration lied flat-out to Congress and the public about our reasons for getting involved, which were little to none, in actuality. These papers, in essence, undercut the government’s dependability, as well as humiliated all involved.

Similarly, WikiLeaks disclosed classified materials, such as videos of the U.S. Military gunning down innocents in conflict areas, seemingly for sport, and clips of government officials bad-mouthing foreign leaders. The result of this disclosure; the U.S. military calling for site founder Julian Assange’s head on a plate. The military held that such materials are sensitive to national security, but in reality they only revealed the true nature of our military, an often irresponsible one with a reckless propensity for rogue antics. What they were mad at mostly was having their black curtain lifted and not getting away with, for once, all they do.

Jerry Sandusky

Football coach Jerry Sandusky was spotted touching a child in a shower by some young-up-and-comer trying to make it on the football team staff. He didn’t go to proper authorities (i.e. the police) with his dirty knowledge; instead he went to his superiors. Here comes the unthinkable part (as unthinkable as everything prior already was): they kept the lid on it. When it finally came out, they were all fired and the future of the team was put in question. Penn State sympathizers, however, were enraged at the firing of the non-Sandusky conspirators, as if there was a question of how the word “victim” is defined. To most, it’s that little boy in the shower. To Penn State, it’s the football season.

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This has been an ongoing revelation of corruption for some time now, with some priests having been found guilty and sentenced to prison. But it keeps developing like some cancerous cell tissue. It was revealed not long ago that an archdiocese, a rarely indicted church official, had withheld knowledge of a priest taking indecent pictures of children. A cover-up of this nature isn’t unprecedented; priests have continued to serve in spite of having been found guilty of pedophilia. Why the church feels the need to shove its dirty laundry under the rug rather than send it to a cleaners (or throw it away outright) is inconceivable, but it reveals an inherent corruption with an institution that seeks, more than anything, to save itself, and not through any true form of salvation.

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10 Recently Caught Demented Serial Killers

Isn’t it fascinating, that so many serial killers go unnoticed; seemingly flying underneath the radar up until the day they get caught? Only then are the DNA-samples matched and the public made aware of the carnage. It might be that local police agencies want to avoid mass hysteria, or the killer/s may change their M.O. and so avoid being recognized or captured; but the grim reality is that there are always somewhere between 35 and 300 active serial killers (depending on who you ask) in the US alone. If we add those active in the rest of the world to the tally, a horrific number of active killers may emerge. The following ten, were recently apprehended.

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Investigators spent years trying to find the “Grim Sleeper” – so called because he apparently took a break from killing between 1988 and 2002. His arrest came by chance, when his son was arrested and police took a DNA swab from him. By using a technique called familial DNA search, a match was obtained to the unsolved serial killings and Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested. Indicted of ten murders in South Los Angeles over a span of 20 years, Lonnie Franklin Jr. is also being investigated in the murders of a further 8 women by the LAPD. The known victims were all strangled, shot or both after sexual contact occurred.

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Mark Dizon is accused of killing nine people (all of whom he knew personally) during three separate robberies. After the murders, he would steal the victim’s electronic equipment and pawn it. Investigators in the case have called him “obsessed” with these electronic gadgets as he would leave all the victim’s other valuables when robbing them. The local police chief has speculated that he may have wanted to obtain banking details or other financial information to get access to the victim’s pensions. In a weird and unexpected twist, he was arrested after a witness positively identified him from his facebook account’s profile photo.

Anthony E. Sowell

Also known as the “Cleveland Strangler”, Anthony Sowell’s murderous reign came to a close when he strangled and raped a woman as she was passing out. When the woman came to, she fled his house and returned with the police and an arrest warrant. Sowell wasn’t there but the remains of 11 butchered women were. There were two bodies in the living room, four more throughout the rest of the house, four were buried in the back yard and a skull was the only remains left behind of the final victim. Investigators believe that he murdered more women than the 11 he was charged for, as he lived at the same address for more than 5 years and numerous disappearances occurred during that time.

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Samuel Little is a career-criminal. His 100 page rap-sheet is so extensive, that it has provided investigators with an extremely accurate account of his exact whereabouts for the past 56 years. Last year, his DNA was positively matched to three cold case files. Throughout the US, it has been discovered that a massive amount of cold cases matches his M.O. and the dates he were present in specific towns. All of these cold cases have been re-opened and the DNA results are pending. Detectives believe that Little, a former boxer, would punch out the women, strangle them, masturbate over their bodies and leave town.

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Mohan Kumar is a former teacher who confessed to killing twenty young women over a span of five years. He befriended his victims, dated them for a few weeks and then persuaded them to elope with him to neighboring towns. After spending a night together, he would ask the unsuspecting victims to drink two cyanide capsules, claiming they were “morning-after” pills. He even went so far as to tell them they would become very sick after swallowing the pills, and that it would be best if they took it in ladies rooms near the bus stands. All his victims died within moments of taking the pills freeing him up to rob them of their jewelry and other valuables.

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In 2011, a 29 year old Indonesian woman was arrested after she was found to have murdered (and eaten) more than 30 young women. During her arrest, a massive amount of human remains were found in her refrigerator, including those of her husband. The unnamed cannibal reputedly also hosted various parties where she would serve up some of the human meat to her unsuspecting guests. The woman confessed that an inner yearning and unstoppable desire caused her to eat the victims, and that she would do it all again without hesitation. In Indonesia and specifically in Papa New Guinea, cannibalism was practiced well into the 20th century.

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Israel Keyes loved the immense thrill that accompanied a kill. As he studied the other famous serial killers, he devised his own techniques and methods so that nobody would be able to say he copied their ideas. He stashed murder kits (containing shovels, plastic bags, money and Drano) all over the US to simplify the disposal of the bodies. Arrested for the murder of Samantha Koenig, he admitted to seven other murders. During his interviews with the FBI a pattern of abductions, rapes, murders and dismemberment became very clear. On 2 December 2012, he committed suicide in his jail cell. The FBI is convinced that there were more victims and recently requested assistance from the public regarding his travels and other activities.

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“I want to clear the intensive care unit. It’s making me itch”

Those are the words of the female doctor suspected of being responsible for the deaths of up to 300 of her patients obtained via wiretap recordings. She has been officially charged with seven murders but investigations are ongoing. The prosecutors in this case believe that the doctor injected muscle-relaxants to her patients before cutting their oxygen supply. Her apparent motive was to free up the beds in the hospital. If Dr. de Souza did indeed murder up to 300 patients, it would make her more prolific than Dr. Harold Shipman, who racked up a body count of 250.

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Between 2008 and 2012, scores of children disappeared in the Yunnan province of southwest China. The police’s investigations led them to Zhang’s home where they discovered strips of dried and cured human flesh, preserved eyeballs and various other human remains. The Chinese cannibal not only consumed the children’s flesh, he also fed the meat to his dogs and sold the cured remains as ostrich meat at the village market of Kunming. More than 20 people living within a two-mile radius of Zhang were reported missing, but police could only tie him to 11 victims. Zhang was executed in January 2013.

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The prolific Russian serial killer and ex-policeman from Vladivostok is suspected to be one of the worst serial killers in the history of Russia. He has murdered at least 24 women with another 26 possible victims in a neighboring province. Picking up women late at night under the pretense of giving them a ride home, he would take them to forests where he proceeded to torture them with screwdrivers and knives, often times beheading them and raping their corpses. Unable to get a suspect from the DNA left at the scenes for years, Mikhail P was finally arrested when the investigators decided to test it against the DNA of former policemen.

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10 Horrible Historic Homicides

In a sense, the history of man is the history of murder. From the time the first hominid knowingly, and with malice aforethought, whacked another hominid on the head with a blunt instrument, our species has demonstrated a tendency to kill each other.

Sometimes, victims are let go gently into that good night, or die swiftly in a fit of rage or passion. However, some murderers dispose of their victims the way an imaginative, Hollywood-style serial killer takes care of his hapless prey: with deliberate, sickening, spine-chilling bloodshed, and occasional dismemberment.

10 “A Wholesale Murder”
August 1866

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On a farm in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, a house fire in the middle of the night brought neighbors from adjoining farms rushing to put out the conflagration. Inside, they discovered the charred and mutilated remains of eight people: seven members of the Thode family and an eighteen-year-old maidservant. It was clear from the wounds that the victims had been violently stabbed as well as struck with a hatchet. In particular, the eight-year-old daughter was so covered with deep cuts, investigators at first believed she’d been tortured.

Was the family killed by thieves looking for the father’s hidden strongboxes full of silver? Twenty-three-year-old Timm Thode, the only survivor, fell under suspicion. He had constantly argued with his frugal, somewhat reclusive father over money. On the night of the fire, witnesses testified his clothing was bloodstained. Timm claimed he’d been awakened by the fire and fled to a neighbor’s house, but under interrogation, he confessed to the murders. His motive? Greed, pure and simple.

Timm Thode was tried, condemned to death, and executed.

9 “God Accused Of Breaking His Promise”
May 1879

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In Pocasset, Massachusetts, a farmer named Charles F. Freeman converted to a Christian sect, the Second Advent Congregation. Becoming inflamed with religious fervor at the revival meetings, he believed he’d received a communication directly from God ordering him to sacrifice his five-year-old daughter, Edith. The voice of God also promised a miracle—if Freeman obeyed, his dead child would be resurrected on Sunday.

Improvising an altar on the kitchen table, Freeman stabbed Edith to death with a knife on Thursday morning at dawn. Afterward, he called a meeting of his church and proudly showed the horrified congregation what he’d done before driving everyone out of the house and barricading the doors and windows to await a miracle that never came. After his arrest, he sang hymns and claimed to be a “second Abraham.” Some followers of the church absolved Freeman of the crime, claiming God had broken the promise to resurrect the child.

Freeman was remanded to the State Lunatic Hospital in Danvers.

8 “Thrown Into A Well”
April 1868

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James Killey, 33 years old and a small-time miner and farmer, lived with his wife, Esther, and five young daughters—aged from seven years to three months old—on a farm near Foxdale on the Isle of Man. According to Esther, Killey was a hard worker, a decent provider, and a good father, which made it all the more puzzling when his behavior suddenly changed. He became sullen and depressed, and began to express violent and suicidal thoughts.

One morning after a sleepless night, Killey went outside where his children played in the yard. A little while later, hearing a scream, an alarmed Esther ran out into the yard with the baby in her arms to find her husband standing over the well, grasping one of the girls. There was no sign of the others. Killey dropped his daughter down the well, snatched the three-month-old from Esther, hurled the infant into the well, and finally jumped in himself.

Fortunately, a relative, Archibald Schimm, worked on the farm and came running to help. He managed to rescue two of the older girls. The rest were dead, including the father. All had drowned in the well. The inquest ruled Killey had committed the murders in a state of temporary insanity. His reason for killing his daughters remains unknown.

7 “Dreadful Barbarity”
June 1871

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At the Hall End Colliery (coal pit) in West Bromwich, England, the body of Joseph Marshall was discovered by an engine tender. The 50-year-old laborer lay on the ground in front of a roaring fire. Someone had covered the right side of his body with blazing hot coals, possibly to prevent identification. His stockings were burnt off his legs, his leather belt had been almost entirely consumed, but his head remained intact.

Investigators soon uncovered deep lacerations and holes in the victim’s skull that pointed to murder. A search of the victim’s nearby hovel revealed a pair of rakes and a hammer which had caused the awful head wounds. Witnesses pointed to John Higginson, another laborer who’d been seen drinking with the victim on the night of the murder. Higginson had also been spotted leaving the victim’s hovel before the body was uncovered.

For some unknown reason, the jury found Higginson guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to penal servitude for life. Why he killed Marshall remains a mystery.

6 “The Headless Horror”
February 1896

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Near Fort Thomas, Kentucky, a young boy walking to town found a woman laying face down on the side of the road, her long skirt flipped over to cover her face. Assuming she was drunk or asleep, he continued on his way and alerted the authorities. The deputy sheriff went to the scene and discovered the woman was dead. When he turned over the body and pulled down the dress, he was shocked to find the victim’s head missing.

The unknown victim’s clothing was torn, her corset ripped off, and her underclothing cut and covered in bloody fingerprints. She had a defensive wound on her hand. However, the autopsy did not uncover any physical signs of rape. She’d been five months pregnant at the time of her death, judged to be due to manual strangulation from bruises on the stump of her neck. Her identity remained unknown until Fred Bryan of Greencastle, Indiana, brother of 22-year-old Pearl, came forward to report his sister missing.

The story became clearer to investigators. Impressionable, pretty Pearl had become the lover of Scott Jackson, a handsome ladies’ man. He’d broken off the relationship with her earlier, but Pearl discovered their affair had left her pregnant. In a panic, she contacted him. He made promises he didn’t keep. When she threatened to reveal his duplicity to her family, Jackson took Pearl to a field. After his strangulation attempt failed in her fight for her life, he cut her throat, decapitated her, and staged the scene to look like rape.

When he was arrested, Jackson’s arm still bore the raw scratches made by Pearl’s fingernails. His friend, Alonzo Walling, was accused of assisting Jackson to commit the murder. Both Jackson and Walling were hanged.

5 “The Splendid Darling”
March 1886

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Henri Jacques Pranzini, born in Alexandria, Egypt, was good-looking, refined, and intelligent—a “splendid darling” according to the many women attracted to his charms. He worked as a translator, but also led a secret life as a gambler, thief, and professional liar who earned his real living conning money out of his female victims.

In Paris, Pranzini met Marie Regnault, an apparently depressed mother of an 11-year-old girl. She eagerly adopted his debauched lifestyle. While not rich, she had a stash of jewelry, bonds, and other valuables. Pranzini wooed her for about a month before he struck. He was seen entering Marie’s house with a carving knife. The following morning, the bodies of Marie, her child, and a servant were found dead at the blood-soaked scene, their throats cut.

Pranzini fled to Marseilles, where he was caught with some of the victim’s jewelry. He’d also boasted about the murder to a reporter, imparting knowledge only the killer could have known. After his arrest, he claimed he’d spent the night at a lady’s house, but of course, declined to name the woman in question. The jury sentenced him to death. He maintained his innocence, even as he was led up the steps of the guillotine. As related in a previous list, his body was supposedly flayed and the skin used to make a cigar case.

4 “Somnambulist Tragedy”
October 1845

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Twenty-one-year-old Maria “Mary” Bickford worked as a prostitute in brothels in Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts. She was young, fashionable, and beautiful until she was found in her boardinghouse room, her throat savagely cut, blood splattered on the walls, and her bed on fire. The flames had destroyed her face and hair, but not the evidence her murderer had left behind: a bloody razor, men’s clothing, and letters to Maria from an “A.J.T.”

Albert Jackson Tirrell, 22 years old, had already scandalized the city by leaving his wife and children to live with Maria and squandering a fortune on her. The besotted man was under indictment for adultery. He was the last one to see Maria alive. More damning, he fled ahead of the authorities to Canada on his way to Liverpool, but bad weather forced the ship to dock in New York City. He was caught on his way to New Orleans.

Because he claimed to have no motive for murder, Tirrell and the legal team hired by his family attempted a groundbreaking defense. Tirrell was known to sleepwalk, so if he had done it—no admission of guilt intended—it wasn’t his fault. After hearing Maria painted as a depraved Jezebel and a heartless seductress, the jury found Tirrell not guilty of murder.

3 “Shocking Discoveries”
October 1892

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In Australia, as in England and America at the time, the practice of “baby farming” was a legal, commercial practice—a mother (often unwed) who couldn’t care for her infant would pay someone to take care of it for her, usually for a weekly fee. Promises of adoption were sometimes made. However, if a baby died, the fee might continue to be collected from the ignorant parent. Not all “professional child minders” committed murder, but . . . 

The decomposing bodies of two babies wrapped in stinking clothing were found by a worker in a drain behind a house in a Sydney suburb. Authorities found five more infants buried on the property and tracked down the owner: John Makin, who lived with his wife, Sarah Jane, and four daughters. The Makins were baby farmers. When their new home was searched, more bodies were found buried, making 12 in all. Arrests were made immediately.

The trial played out to a packed courtroom. John and Sarah Makin stood accused of the murder of one of their charges, Horace Murray, whose mother, Amber, acted as the prosecution’s star witness. The most damning evidence against the defendants came from their 16-year-old daughter, who testified against them. John and Sarah were given the death sentence. After exhausting all appeals, John met his end on the gallows. Sarah’s sentence was commuted to life in prison with hard labor. She died after serving 19 years.

2“Terrible Discovery In Bog”
October 1849

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Patrick Moore was a cruel man. Frequently drunk, he abused his wife, Catherine (née Thompson), the prettiest girl in Tolerton, a village in Ireland where they lived. She still had many admirers among the young men. Jealousy often sent her alcoholic husband into violent rages that turned physical. Eventually, she went to her mother’s house, but her unhappiness continued to fester. A few weeks later, Patrick mysteriously disappeared.

His relatives heard he’d left for America, but why not take Catherine with him? She made excuses and departed for Liverpool the next Sunday, presumably to catch a boat to New York City and join her husband. However, no one heard from Patrick, which seemed unlike him. About a month later, a man’s putrefying body was found in the isolated Rossmore bog.

The victim had not only been worried by dogs, but the killer had mutilated the face, gouging out the eyes and making such deep lacerations that his features were unrecognizable. The body fell apart when it was collected. A police inspector found someone willing to identify the remains as Patrick Moore, and Catherine was arrested when she returned from Liverpool. She confessed to Patrick’s murder and named her mother, Brigit, as an accomplice.

Both women were found guilty of murder and sentenced to be hanged.

1 “What Child Is This?”
March 1851

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When Martha Clarke, 22 years old, let herself be seduced by the promises of a man who abandoned her, she was left alone, unmarried, and heavily pregnant. She entered a workhouse and gave birth to a son, Arthur, around Christmas 1850. It wasn’t a joyous occasion. Destitute, her future ruined, she left the workhouse with her baby in March 1851.

The next night, Martha was seen in Suffolk (England) near Bury St. Edmonds, carrying her baby and a shovel. At eight o’clock, she arrived at her stepmother’s house without Arthur. When questioned about the baby, her story kept changing. She said she’d sent him to live with her aunt, or sent him away to another family, or put him in school. Her stepmother was suspicious, but let Martha eat supper and go to bed.

Over breakfast the following morning, the stepmother expressed her opinion that Martha had murdered the baby. Martha calmly replied that she hadn’t killed Arthur. She’d only buried him alive. The confession caused a panic. A local constable was summoned. The field was searched. At midnight, Arthur Clarke’s lifeless little body was recovered from the grave Martha had carefully dug and concealed. She was arrested for suffocating her child.

Because she’d taken so much care to hide the body, her temporary insanity defense was rejected by the judge. The jury found Martha guilty, and she was sentenced to hang.

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