- Chillling final photos of murder victims taken by their killers
- Last minutes of the victim’s agony perpetuated forever on pictures
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Harvey Glatman was an American serial killer. He exhibited his antisocial behavior and sadomasochistic sexual tendencies from an early age. Media quickly nicknamed him “The Lonely Hearts Killer”. Glatman started when he moved to Los Angeles, where he posed as a professional photographer to lure girls into his hotel room with the promise of easy money and work. There, he tied them up, photographed them, and eventually killed and dumped their bodies in the desert.
This picture was taken by serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades. 14-year-old Regina Kay Walters was one of the numerous women held in an 18-wheeler equipped with a torture chamber in the back. The photo was taken in an abandoned Illinois barn, where Rhoades killed Walters after cutting off her hair and making her wear a black dress and heels.
Bradford was incarcerated in an maximum security San Quentin State Prison for the 1984 murders of his 15-year-old neighbor Tracey Campbell and barmaid Shari Miller, making them the only official victims. In Bradford’s apartment, authorities found 54 different women in modeling poses. Because he had lured Shari Miller with the promise of a modelling career and took pictures prior murdering her, police have reason to believe Bradford was, in fact, a serial killer and the photos represent the girl’s last moments before their deaths.
Bradford died in 2008, taking the secret with him to his grave.
Robert Andrew “Bob” Berdella was an American serial killer from Kansas City, Missouri. He raped, tortured, and killed at least six men. Berdella was conscious of his homosexuality. In 1984, he started dating Jerry Howell, a good-looking 19-year-old male prostitute. On July 5th, 1984, Berdella invited Howell to his house, where he drugged him with sedatives for animals and immobilized him by binding him to a bed. In the following hours he repeatedly raped his victim, wrote carefully about the process into his diary, and took several pictures to relive his fantasy later. This was the beginning of his torture and murder spree.
Next year, a friend of Berdella, 18-year-old Robert Sheldon, came to stay with him for a few days and found himself drugged and held captive in the basement just like Howell before him. He was killed after 3 days of torture by suffocation.
21-year-old Todd Stoops was kidnaped because Berdella felt sexually frustrated at him. The torture he endured prior to his death included electric shocks via a spatula placed across the eyelid in an unsuccessful attempt to blind him. Stoops died due to a combination of blood loss and an infection.
In March 1988, 2 years after killing Todd Stoops, Berdella abducted his last victim, a prostitute named Chris Bryson. He put him in his basement like the others had been before him. While Berdella was at work, Bryson managed to break free and ran to a neighbor’s house while wearing nothing but a dog collar around his neck. His horrific dungeon was exposed along with the Polaroids and remains of his victims.
Berdella made a deal to avoid the death penalty in exchange for a full confession.
The homicide detectives found hundreds of photographs of unidentified women in a storage locker belonging to Rodney Alcala – a convicted rapist and serial killer. The man could be behind as many as 130 murders. Because only a handful of women identified themselves as having posed for the pictures, it’s highly likely that some of those photographed were murdered.
Alcala is sometimes labeled The Dating Game Killer, because of his appearance on the television show The Dating Game in the midst of his murder spree. Alcala clinched the dating show by smiling softly into the cameras and saying: “We’re going to have a great time together, Shelly.” Fortunately, they never went on a date.
Read the post about Rodney Alcala on Bizarrepedia to see more pictures.
Asunta Basterra (the story has been covered by Bizarrepedia before) was a 12-year-old girl adopted from China by a wealthy and well respected Spanish family – lawyer Rosario Porto Ortega and journalist Alfonso Basterra Camporro. Her adoptive parents reported her missing on the evening of September 21, 2013, only ten days short of her 13th birthday. Asunta was repeatedly poisoned with benzodiazepine-based sedatives and eventually suffocated by her adoptive parents. The motive was greed – Asunta was about to inherit expensive real estate from her grandparents. The photo below is one of the last photos taken by her parents, where she was drugged and wrapped in a blanket.
This is the last photo taken of Madyson Jamison, who disappeared on October 8, 2009 with her whole family. Their remains were found on November 16, 2013. The photo is believed to have been taken by their killer, whose identity remains a mystery.
While there is no proof the picture was taken by a stranger or the killer, the police accepted it as a strong theory. Madyson’s aunt claimed she looks to have been in extreme distress and looking towards her parents. There is also a theory the father murdered the family and then himself. Either way, little Madyson has disappeared.
In 1989, a woman pulled off the Route 98 (Florida) into the parking lot of a food store and found what appeared to be a polaroid photo lying face down on the asphalt. When the woman turned the polaroid over, the picture she saw was harrowing.
A young woman and a younger boy lie on their backs on a rumpled pile of mismatched sheets and pillows. Both look directly at the camera with expressions of tense resignation. Their mouths are covered with duct tape, and their postures suggest that their wrists are bound behind them. The space they occupy is cramped and poorly lit. The only source of light seems to come from behind the photographer. The photo could well have been taken in the back of a windowless van with its side door pulled open.
The haunting polaroid has a dedicated story on Bizarrepedia. The origin of the mysterious polaroid has a myriad of theories but the children on have never been identified.
This photo captures Filipino politician Reynaldo Dagsa’s murderer, Michael Gonzales, aiming a gun at him a second before he was shot dead in front of his family. The murderer blamed Dagsa for a lengthy prison sentence. From heaven to hell, a moment caught on a photo forever.
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