My fascination for all things “Weird”
Here’s the thing, I’m not a weirdo, I’m a perfectly normal girl lives in a perfectly normal world (um, mostly) but that doesn’t mean I won’t be fascinated by some weird stuff, like most notorious serial killers!
Normal isn’t it :)
“Serial killer” - the name given to a person who has taken more than three lives, mostly for non coherent reasons. I know, its crazy!! Imagine there were people who enjoyed killing other people for no specific reason. What has motivated them be so gruesome, nobody knows!
According to Berit Brogaard “The Minnesota Twin Study” (a project originally led by Minnesota Professor of Psychology Thomas Joseph Bouchard, Jr.) described that becoming a serial killer (a psychopath) is 60% heritable. They describe it as more of a “DNA factor” than an environment aspect (DNA is the culprit!)
There are many male and female serial killers, for my list I have picked few from both the genders, so brace yourselves, here comes the parade!
1. Nannie Doss (1905 -1965)
Imagine the horrors when one of your family members turning into a Serial killer and starting a killing spree on you! That’s what happened to the Doss family when Nannie Doss turned in to a psychopath. Most of her recoded victims were her family members including four of her husbands, her mom, her sister, a grandson and her mother in law. According to the records, she used her famous sweet potato pie infused with higher dosage of arsenic to poison people around her.
She had several names, including Lonely Hearts Killer, The Black Widow, Lady Blue Beard and was also called “self-made widow” (Duh!) Her most famous title “The Giggling Granny” was given to her due to her habit of giggling merrily during interrogations.
In the case of Samuel Doss (One of her husbands) Ramon Theodore Doss, (brother of the deceased) had requested an autopsy to be performed on his brother. From the autopsy, they’d discovered that the amount of arsenic in the body was enough to kill forty horses. insane!
Nannie was pleaded guilty on May 17, 1955, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
2. The Zodiac Killer (1960s–1970s)
The identity of the Zodiac killer remains unknown to date. He claimed the name “Zodiac” by sending a series of cryptic letters to the local Bay Area press. Among these cryptograms only one is known to be definitively decoded.
He used to send these cryptic letters with some clues like location and number of victims . His last letter included “Me- 37 and SFPD” meaning 37 victims and San Francisco Police Department.
“I LIKE KILLING PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH FUN IT IS MORE FUN THAN KILLING WILD GAME IN THE FORREST BECAUSE MAN IS THE MOST DANGEROUE ANAMAL OF ALL TO KILL SOMETHING GIVES ME THE MOST THRILLING EXPERENCE IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN GETTING YOUR ROCKS OFF WITH A GIRL THE BEST PART OF IT IS THAE WHEN I DIE I WILL BE REBORN IN PARADICE AND THEI HAVE KILLED WILL BECOME MY SLAVES I WILL NOT GIVE YOU MY NAME BECAUSE YOU WILL TRY TO SLOI DOWN OR ATOP MY COLLECTIOG OF SLAVES FOR MY AFTERLIFE EBEORIETEMETHHPITI”
— The solution to Zodiac’s 408-symbol cipher. The meaning, if any, of the final eighteen letters has not been determined. (Source : Wikipedia)
Zodiac claimed to have committed 37 murders, however according to many crime investigators, out of 37 only 7 are confirmed to be his victims.
Many suspected to be the Zodiac but Arthur Leigh Allen (suspected by Robert Graysmith’s book named “Zodiac” ) had substantial circumstantial evidence against him, such as the brand of his type writer and the Zodiac branded wristwatch he used. Allan used to live in Vallejo which was only few minutes ride from the Zodiac’s initial attacking area. His DNA was also partially matched with the saliva sample on the stamps and envelopes of Zodiac’s letters. However, the SFPD couldn’t prove the DNA sample as a direct match, as a result Allen was released without a conviction.
SFPD then closed the case in 2004 stating it as inactive.
3. Ted Bundy (1946–1989)
Ted Bundy one of the most hated and notorious serial killers of all time. The biographer Ann Rule described him as “a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after”.
The sadistic serial killer was a kidnapper, rapist, burglar, and necrophiliac who assaulted and murdered several young women and girls starting from early 1970s. He confessed to have committed around 30 homicides; however many investigates have predicted that number to be much higher (more than 100). Even Bundy himself has pointed the count could be much higher at few occasions in a cryptic manner.
He was best known to allure female victims using his good looks and by faking injury or disability. Many of his victims were approached by him in public and open places and taken to more secluded locations to perform the crimes.
Bundy was executed by electrocution at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, on January 24, 1989.
4. Elizabeth (Erzsébet) Báthory (1560–1614)
This list would be incomplete without the lady who is known to be the most prolific female serial killer in the European history. She is called the Blood Countess!
The legitimate count of her victims is mostly debated. However, investigators have accused her and her four apprentices on abusing, torturing and killing more than 650 young women.
Her targets were mostly young maidens form local peasant families, she was known to have lured them for paid work in her castle. When it was becoming harder to find local girls, she has moved on with the lesser gentry -sent to her academy to learn courtly etiquette.
Her victims claimed to have suffered from severe beating, mutilations and burning and even biting off flesh from their faces, arm and other body parts! (Cruel!)
She was finally convicted and imprisoned in Csejte Castle and placed in solitary confinement until her death.
5. John Wayne Gacy (1942–1994)
Here comes the infamous “Killer Clown”! John Wayne Gacy was a killer, rapist and a molester who brutally murdered more than 33 men and boys in late 70s, Chicago, IL. According to the recoded sources, most of his victims were killed and then buried in his “Norwood Park” ranch house.
Many victims were taken to his house by force or by deception. All other than his first victim, were murdered by asphyxiation or strangulation with a makeshift tourniquet. The first one however, was stabbed to death! (The lucky one, um I guess!) At the time of his arrest, CPD (Chicago Police Department) has discovered 29 bodies hidden in house. As per Gacy, he has already disposed many more bodies in the Des Plaines River.
Gacy was executed by a lethal injection in 1994.
My list finishes off with these five, more weird psycological stuff on next chapter..