50 Creepy and Unsettling Facts about Serial Killers

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1Axeman serial killer

In 1919, an axeman serial killer in New Orleans stated he would kill again but would spare the occupants of any place where a jazz band was playing. On that night, all dance halls reached capacity and amateur bands played jazz at hundreds of house parties. There were no murders.

2. After his crimes were discovered, serial killer Marcel Petiot grew a beard and joined the police using the alias Captain Valeri. "Valeri" was assigned to find Petiot until someone recognized him, months later.

3. A female serial killer named "Phantom of Heilbronn" was linked to 40 crimes, 6 of which were murders. In 2009, it was discovered that she didn't exist and her DNA was simply contamination from the cotton swabs used at the crime scenes.

4. In the process of trying to catch serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Soviet police ended up solving more than 1000 unrelated crimes, including 95 murders and 245 rapes.

5. After the capture of a serial killer (Robert Black) of children, a police officer found his own daughter tied and gagged in the back of the killer's van.

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6Richard Chase

Serial killer and cannibal Richard Chase only broke into houses that were unlocked. If they were locked, he thought it meant he was unwelcome but if they were not he saw it as an invitation to enter.

7. Venezuelan serial killer and cannibal Dorangel Vargas confessed to killing and eating at least 10 individuals. He didn't consume fat people because he thought they had too much cholesterol.

8. H.H. Holmes, a 19th century serial killer in the US, opened a hotel which he had designed and built for himself specifically with murder in mind. It included soundproofed bedrooms, trap doors, walls lined with blowtorches and two incinerators.

9. Kansas serial killer (Dennis Rader), the BTK Killer (Bind, Torture, Kill), installed alarms as a part of his job, and many of his clients had booked the company to stop BTK from ever entering their homes, unaware that BTK himself was installing them.

10. Ashton Kutcher had a girlfriend named Ashley Ellerin who was murdered by a serial killer (Michael Garguilo) while they were dating.

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11Rodney Alcala

Serial killer Rodney Alcala acted as his own attorney in his trial. For 5 hours he interrogated himself on the witness stand, asking questions addressed to "Mr. Alcala" in a deep voice and answering them in his normal voice.

12. A female Italian serial killer (Leonarda Cianciulli) disposed of bodies by making them into bars of soap.

13. When demolishing the house of serial killers Fred and Rosemary West, every brick was crushed and every timber beam was burned in order to discourage souvenir hunters.

14. A woman was commissioned to write a book about a presumed serial killer in Washington while the killer's identity was unknown. That killer turned out to be Ted Bundy, a close friend and former coworker of the writer.

15. In the midst of a 3-year killing spree, over which he is believed to have murdered up to 130 people, serial killer Rodney Alcala was a featured contestant on 'The Dating Game' and was picked by the bachelorette. She never followed up on the date because she found him "creepy".

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16James French

Serial killer James French's last words in the electric chair were "How's this for your headline? French Fries."

17. There was a Macedonian journalist/crime reporter named Vlado Taneski who was also a serial killer. He reported on his own crimes and eventually got caught because he wrote articles on the murders with information that had not yet been released and only the killer would have known.

18. Hustler Magazine owner Larry Flynt survived an attack by a serial killer (Joseph Paul Franklin) but was paralyzed from the waist down. He pleaded for his attacker to not be executed, saying "a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself.

19. American serial killer Joseph Christopher also known as The .22-Caliber Killer tried to admit himself to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center the same month he began his "killing spree" and was denied entry and recommended counseling therapy instead.

20. A Russian serial killer named Alexander Pichushkin has said his aim was to kill 64 people, the number of squares on a chessboard. He later recanted this statement, saying that he would have continued killing indefinitely if he had not been stopped.

21Nathaniel Bar-Jonah

After one of his victim's disappeared, serial killer/cannibal Nathaniel Bar-Jonah started holding cookouts in which he served burgers, chilli to his guests. He said he had gone deer hunting. He did not own a rifle, a hunting license, nor had he been deer hunting at any time. In Bar-Jonah's apartment, detectives found a number of recipes using children's body parts with contemptuous titles such as "little boy pot pie," "french fried kid," and phrases such as "lunch is served on the patio with roasted child."

22. Robert Hansen was a serial killer who was active in the early 1980s. He would kidnap women and release them in Alaska’s Knik River Valley. He would then hunt them, armed with a knife and a Ruger Mini-14 rifle.

23. Sture Bergwall, Sweden's most notorious serial killer was incarcerated after confessing to at least 30 murders and crimes such as rape and cannibal. He was later found to have been a manipulative liar. He never actually killed a single person.

24. Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (killing at least 33 young men) was very active in local community activities. As a result of his contributions, he met and was photographed with then-First Lady Rosalynn Carter and given special security clearance by the secret service.

25. Serial killer Javed Iqbal was sentenced to death by being strangled in front of his victims family's, dismembered and then burned in a vat of acid, in the same way, he killed over 100 16-year-old boys. He was found dead in his cell before the execution could be carried out.


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