Serial Killers’ Signatures

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Why do we find serial killers so fascinating? Is it because they show the true horrors of humanity? Or maybe they capture our imaginations with their signatures?

Although it might seem like this only happens in films, serial killers often leave behind their own personal mark. Crime scenes reveal a lot about the killer’s personality and their victim, often shedding light onto why they were chosen. Signatures show us the workings of the killer: their patterns, their wishes, and why they kill. This personal stamp is often a killer’s fantasy and a way to take credit for the crime. Signatures vary from the way a body is positioned to a souvenir taken from the victim. These signatures may be deadly and disturbing, but they often help police link the crimes together

The horrific signatures fascinate me, because it gives an insight into why these killers committed atrocities. I’ve ranked the 3 scariest calling cards that serial killers used to mark their attacks.

The Smiley Face Killer

In at least a dozen cases in the Midwest, police found a pattern among over 45 cases of accidental drownings. There was always smiley face graffiti nearby. According to the police, none of the victims drowned – they were murdered and dropped in the water. The FBI never found the killer.

The Eyeball Killer, Charles Albright

Between 1990 and 1991, police found three bodies in Texas all of which had their eyes removed. In 1991, police arrested Albright after finding his hair at one of the murder scenes. Later in his jail cell, Albright drew pictures of female eyes.

The BTK Strangler, Dennis Rader

Police kept Rader’s signature quiet for other 30 years. After police charged Rader for 10 murders between 1974 and 1991, the media eventually released his signature. Rader marked his victims with the letters ‘BTK’, standing for bind, torture, and kill.

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