- John Wayne Gacy from 1972 to 1978, would sexually assault, torture and murder 33 young men and boys. 26 of his young victims he would bury in his crawl space under his house.
- He would dress like a clown, named Pogo and perform at charitable services, fundraising events, parades, and children’s parties, thus earning himself the moniker of the ‘killer clown.’
Serial killers – stories from real life
The most evil and notorious serial killers in history. Andrei Chikatilo, Rodney Alcala, Ted Bundy, BTK and Harold Shipman. Who is not fascinated by the serial killers? For the most part, serial killers commit murders purely for psychological satisfaction in order to satisfy their own selfish needs.
Serial killers here are as defined by FBI: someone who commits two or more murders with "cooling-off" periods. The cooling-off period marks the difference between a spree murder and a serial murder.
There is no generic template or a single factor that leads to the development of a serial killer rather a multitude of factors such as other violent offenses, biological, social, and psychological traits. Each killer is driven by their own unique motives or reasons and is not limited to a specific demographic group, such as their sex, age or race.
“What I did was not for sexual pleasure. Rather it brought me some peace of mind.”
– Cannibal Andrei Chikatilo, who ate the organs of his victims.
- Born to an impoverished dysfunctional family in Mexico, Solis became an underage prostitute to make ends meet.
- Established a cult and convinced illiterate villagers she was a reincarnated goddess.
- Is one of just a few documented cases of sexually motivated female serial killers.
- Hybristophilia is a paraphilia in which sexual arousal is responsive to being with a partner that is known to have committed a crime, such as rape, murder, or armed robbery.
- One of the most infamous examples of hybristophilia is Ted Bundy, who attracted numbers of women to his trials each day, and received hundreds of love letters while he was incarcerated.
- The Australian serial killer Ivan Milat used the severed heads of his victims as target practice.
- In a bizarre twist, Ivan’s great-nephew Matthew Milat committed a copycat murder in 2010, at the of age 19, he axe-murdered a 17-year-old acquaintance in the Forest while a friend filmed the deed.