A geographic breakdown of crimes fueled by one of man’s most basic emotions: Hatred.
Are serial killers strange loners or do they hide in plain site? Are they crazy evil geniuses who can’t stop killing, or are these popular impressions incorrect? Test your knowledge; a look at some common misconceptions about these killers.
Artist Anji Marth, who has painted a series of striking serial killer portraits, spoke to Crime Library about her work, her favorite true crime stories and why she’s fascinated by the dangerous and depraved.
It’s commonly believed that serial killers cannot stop because their compulsion is so strong that they’re literally addicted to murder. In some cases, however, they’ve turned themselves in to stop the killing. On April 23, 1973, serial killer Edmund Kemper called police and confessed his crimes. An examination of what motivates the few who stopped themselves.
At one point, everyone was an adorable bundle of joy. What went wrong for these serial killers?
“It was an urge. … A strong urge, and the longer I let it go the stronger it got, to where I was taking risks to go out and kill people — risks that normally, according to my little rules of operation, I wouldn’t take because they could lead to arrest.” — Edmund Kemper
A weary traveler in the desolate Old West is relieved to see an inn. He is invited in and the owner’s beautiful young daughter makes conversation with him as he relaxes. Suddenly, he’s hit on the head with a hammer and his body is dumped through a trap door. This is how the Benders–the quintessential demented family of murderers seen so often in horror movies–operated.
On March 27, 1969, Karen Sprinker, 19, disappeared, the third victim of serial killer Jerome ‘Jerry’ Brudos, a married father of two and one of the most shocking serial killers known. Brudos abducted, tortured, mutilated and then killed young women, keeping body parts for his fetishistic, high-heeled rituals.
Inventing an evil alter ego is not uncommon for serial killers, in fact some of the most famous ones have claimed that one or more persons living inside them either made them kill, or actually did the killing. Most, however, who tried this multiple personality defense, abandoned it, after discovering that this particular brand of crazy doesn’t get them off the hook.
What atrocity happened in your neck of the woods? A look in photos at the most notorious murders in America’s major cities.