In 1906, a Moroccan serial killer named Mesfewi was sentenced to be walled up alive after he was found guilty of murdering 36 women. Their bodies were found buried beneath his shop and garden. His cries for help were heard for two days before he went silent. For some time previous to his incarceration in a living tomb, he was taken into the streets daily and given lashings.
22The Big-Eared Midget
Cayetano Santos Godino a.k.a “El Petiso Orejudo” (The Big-Eared Midget), was an Argentinian serial killer who terrorized Buenos Aires at the age of 16. In the early 20th century, he was responsible for the murder of four children, the attempted murder of another seven children, and seven counts of arson. At the age of 7, he was caught by police for beating small children, but he was released and sent home due to his age. However, at age 10, his parents reported him to the police for masturbation, and he was jailed for 2 months for masturbating.
Vlado Taneski was a Macedonian journalist/crime reporter who was also a serial killer himself. 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. All in all, he killed three 55+ aged women after strangling, torturing, and raping them. He was arrested in 2008 after his DNA was matched to semen found on the victims. After less than a month in prison, he was found dead in his shared prison cell. He was found drowned in a plastic bucket of water and in the absence of other evidence, his death was ruled a suicide.
The “Skin Hunters” was the media nickname given to four paramedic workers in Poland, who were convicted of murdering at least five elderly patients and selling information regarding their deaths to competing funeral homes. The price of the bribes paid to the killers was billed to the family of the deceased as an additional funeral charge. The perpetrators were apprehended in 2002. The court found out that more than 40 paramedics, doctors, nurses, and undertakers had conspired to ship seriously ill elderly patients straight to funeral parlors rather than hospitals, as a way to make quick cash in a grisly scheme that investigators have said could have been going on for almost 20 years.
In 1965, a radio personality in Vancouver named Rene Castellani committed to living on the top of the massive Bowmac car dealership sign until all the cars were sold. Later that same year, his wife Esther died and investigation revealed she had died a slow and painful death due to arsenic poisoning which had been administered to her over months. Forensic investigation revealed a stripe of hair growth that was arsenic-free, and it corresponded to the 9 days Rene was away, thus convicting him of her murder. He had been poisoning his wife with arsenic for months.
Within a month of opening her pediatric clinic, Dr. Kathleen Holland experienced six cases of children stopping breathing during their visit, one of whom died. One of her nurses Genene Jones had been administering dangerous injections to them, and was, in fact, a serial killer, unbeknownst to Dr. Holland. She is thought to be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 infants and children in her care as a licensed vocational nurse during the 1970s and 1980s. The exact number of victims remains unknown; as hospital officials allegedly misplaced and then destroyed records of Jones' activities, to prevent further litigation after Jones' first conviction
27The Night Stalker
In 1985, serial killer Richard Ramirez (AKA ‘The Night Stalker’) attacked 22-year-old Maria Hernandez outside her home, shooting her in the face with a .22 caliber handgun after she pulled into her garage. She survived when the bullet ricocheted off the keys she held in her hands as she lifted them to protect herself. He was captured the same year trying to steal a car. The car’s owner and his neighbors chased him down and recognized him from mugshots on TV. When the police arrived, the men were beating him in the street. During his trial, one of the jurors actually fell in love with him and even sent him a cupcake with “I love you” written in icing. She still, however, gave him a guilty verdict.
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In 1979, Albert Flick was sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing his wife to death while her daughter watched. He was released more than two decades later, but he was put behind bars again in 2007 for stabbing a woman with a fork and again in 2010 for assaulting a woman. Despite his record, the judge in the 2010 case cited his old age when sentencing Flick to about four years in prison, nearly half what prosecutors had recommended. After he was out of prison, in 2018, at the age of 77 Albert Flick was again convicted of the murder of another woman. He had fatally stabbed her outside a laundromat while her 11-year-old twin sons watched from a few feet away.
Carl Grossmann was a German butcher and serial killer who cannibalized his victims. He is suspected to have killed anywhere from 50-100 victims and covered his crimes by grinding up the ‘meat’ produced by his victims, making hot dogs and selling them at his stand outside a Berlin train station. He committed suicide while awaiting execution without giving a full confession, leaving the extent of his crimes and motives largely unknown.
Jack Unterweger was an Austrian serial killer who committed murders in several countries. After murdering an 18-year-old girl, he got a life sentence but became an author. His work gained the attention of the Austrian literary elite, who took it as evidence that he had been rehabilitated. So he then campaigned to get himself released after just 15 years. He then became a reporter and started reporting on his own crimes as he proceeded to kill at least 9 more people. After being convicted of an additional nine murders in 1994, he committed suicide in prison by hanging himself.