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.
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.
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.
Last year, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.