At the scene of a double murder, not far from Mount Tamalpais State Park, on October 16, 1980, police found a note from "Mr. Hate" addressed to "Shitheels" that said that by the time the note was discovered, it would be "way too late;" and the note’s author would be on the news or on a "slab." The Trailside Killer had struck again.
Serial killer duo Leonard Lake and Charles Ng videotaped themselves raping and torturing women inside a bunker in Wilseyville, Calif. On the door of the bunker hung the list of rules seen here. The victims, even those who followed the rules, were killed and either burned or buried in the yard.
On October 15, 1983, a farmer’s plow turned up skeletal remains of an unidentified murder victim in Jasper County, Indiana, southwest of Rensseler. The bones were notched by knife wounds, indicating death by stabbing. The third victim of the Highway Killer found that month. A few days later mushroom gatherers would stumble across his private graveyard.
Homes is known for his infamous “Murder Castle” in which he gassed and dismembered his victims and stripped their remains in acid baths. He sold off the internal organs and skeletal reconstructions to medical schools around the country. Holmes was ultimately convicted of four murders, but is believed to have committed over 100.
Convicted on October 10, 1990, Edward Humphrey was the prime suspect in the brutal and bloody Gainsville Ripper murders until Danny Rolling was sentenced in 1994. Until then his name was never cleared, nor did he receive any public apology for the pain and anguish inflicted on him and his family. The day Humphrey was convicted, Rolling sent his mother a Christmas card.
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.
Robinson, the first Internet serial killer used BDSM chat rooms to lure lonely, unsuspecting women to their deaths, and continued to cash their government or alimony checks. His brutal treatment of his sometimes willing victims stands in stark contrast to his benign, fleshy appearance. Despite it all however, on October 11, 2000, at his murder trial, his wife told the court said that she still loved him.
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.
On October 7, 1965, David Smith told police he had witnessed a murder, that sister in law, Myra Hindley, had invited him in for some wine while her boyfriend, Ian Brady, was killing someone with an axe in the living room. Afterwards they laughed about the look on the victim’s face and chatted about the other murders.
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.