On November 13, 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were shot to death in their Amityville, N.Y., home. The family’s 23-year-old son, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, was tried and convicted of killing his father, mother, two younger sisters and two younger brothers as they slept in their beds.
One of America’s most famous murderers, Ed Gein inspired some of the most famous serial killers in film, including Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. A search of his Plainfield, Wis., property yielded an assortment of human body parts, including a shoe box filled with vulvae, four noses, twelve female heads, a belt made out of nipples and bowls made from human skulls. One of these bowls and a mask made from a human face can be seen here.
David Parker Ray called his trailer the ‘toy box,’ but the games he played in there were only fun for him. Inside the trailer, parked in Truth or Consequences, N.M., Ray kept a variety of torture devices, including whips, chains, pulleys, straps, clamps, leg spreader bars, and surgical blades and saws. The trailer also housed a gynecological table and an electricity generator he used to deliver shocks to his victims. The items found inside Ray’s trailer can be seen here.
After pleading guilty to ten murders on June 27, 2005, Wichita serial killer Dennis Rader gave a chilling account of his murders in court. Appearing unmoved by the cruelty of the acts he was describing, Rader systematically described how he killed the entire Otero family and six women. He described how he followed his victims — he called them ‘projects’ — around town before finally going in for the kill. Videos and a full transcript of the confession can be seen here.
Serial killer and necrophiliac Jerome “Jerry” Brudos loved women’s shoes. His fetish started when he was young; a 5-year-old Jerry played with a pair of discarded stilettos at a junk yard near his childhood home. He collected shoes, and used the severed foot of a 19-year-old victim to model them. The photographs Brudos took of his victims’ feet in high heeled shoes can be seen here.
Serial killer, necrophile, pedophile and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer said he kept the body parts of his victims because eating them gave him sexual gratification. Today we bring you a photo of the inside of his fridge.
In 2011, Russian police detained a historian in Nizhny Novgorod, a city on the Volga River, after it was discovered that he has allegedly been keeping 29 mummified corpses in his apartment. Anatoly Moskvin, 45, has published several books, speaks 13 languages and is an expert in graveyards. Photos of the bodies found in his apartment can be seen here.
Chinese immigrant Chen Liu, 27, was killed in Australia in 2008. His body, tied up with electrical wire and wrapped in a rug, was found in a marsh by two children. He had been shot in the head 34 times with a nail gun. Detectives said the nail gun was a standard cordless, high-powered tool that shot 85mm long nails. “In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” said Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford.
Robert Ben Rhoades was a long haul trucker whose big rig was equipped with a traveling torture chamber. He would pick up prostitutes, hitchhikers and runaways, then chain them up, rape them, torture them, and in some cases, kill them. At home, Rhoades had a wife, Debra, who fell in love with him after he lied to her about being a Marine. Rhoades controlled her, making her hand over all of her earnings, and forced her to go to swingers’ clubs. There, dressed up in leather and chains, Rhoades would make Debra watch as he had sex with other women.
A well-respected base commander in the Canadian Air Force, David Russell Williams led a double life. While playing the role of a wholesome husband and accomplished pilot, Williams was a panty stealing fetishist who later turned to murder. In a search of his home, police uncovered a stack of photos showing Williams modeling underwear he’d taken from women’s homes. The photos can be seen here.