A former boy scout leader, ‘BTK’ killer Dennis Rader knew how to tie all sorts of knots. After his arrest, police found a stash of photos Rader took of himself tied up outdoors, often wearing the underwear of his victims. In some photos, Rader was seen hanging from trees, in others, laying in a freshly dug grave.
In April 2012 an asexual artist, 22, served a meal comprised of his own sexual organs to a group of five who paid $250 each for the meal. Mao Sugiyama voluntarily had his genitals removed in March and stored them in his freezer before thawing them out, photographing and serving them.
On January 15, 1947, the body of actress Elizabeth Short was found in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The case was never solved. Even today a clinically dispassionate description of the condition of the body as it was found still shocks the mind, begging the questions: Who could do such a thing, and why?
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.
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.
In 1957, a search of Ed Gein’s 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. A pair of gloves Gein made with human skin can be seen here.
In the spring of 1984, serial killer Richard Ramirez broke into the home of senior couple Harold and Jean Wu. Ramirez, nicknamed ‘Night Stalker,’ shot Mr. Wu, 66, in the head and then got to work on Mrs. Wu. He beat her, asking where they kept their money. When the distressed Mrs. Wu didn’t give him the answer he wanted, he bound her hands behind her back with these thumb cuffs and searched her house.
In 1931, Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos, a beautiful young Cuban immigrant, died of tuberculosis. Dr. Tanzler, one of the doctors that cared for her, had become infatuated with her. More than two years after her death, Tanzler removed Hoyos’ body from its tomb and brought it home, where in an effort to preserve her beauty, he covered her in a coat of wax and plaster and inserted glass eyes into her decomposed face.
Prolific serial killer Ted Bundy’s undoing was a bite mark he left on the buttocks of one of his victims, Lisa Levy. Levy and her sorority sister Martha Bowman had been strangled and beaten to death, but their killer did not leave much evidence in the Chi Omega sorority house, except for the bite mark, which later matched impressions taken of Bundy’s teeth and became a central piece of evidence at his trial.
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.