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?
After nearly one year in quarantine, the Zoom fatigue is really starting to set in— so why not spice up your virtual hang-outs with some challenging true crime trivia! Do you know all about the most infamous serial killers in history? What about the whacky headlines we see on the news today? Regardless of your knowledge base, this 20-question trivia set has everything a die-hard true crime fan could ask for.
Frederick West and Rosemary West were an English married couple identified as serial killers and serial rapists who killed at least a dozen young British girls, including several of their own daughters. TW: Rape, Suicide, Incest
Anthony Sowell, also known in the media as the “Cleveland Strangler,” died in prison on Monday. He was on death row after being convicted of killing eleven women between 2007 and 2009.
The February 9 Killer is an unidentified suspected murderer believed to be responsible for the 2006 strangulation and rape of Sonia Mejia and the murder of her unborn baby. He murdered again in 2008 by strangling Damiana Castillo in Salt Lake County, Utah. The murders were committed on the same day, February 9, hence the name of the February 9th Killer.
Netflix’s new docuseries on the Yorkshire Ripper has plenty of people expressing their outrage against the local police’s handling of the case. The four-part series starts off as your average true crime documentary by recapping the Yorkshire Ripper’s crimes. It then dives into archival footage and survivors’ testimonies, revealing the blatant sexism of the West Yorkshire Police which led them to ignore crucial evidence that could have resulted in the Ripper’s capture before more innocent women were killed.
This week in true crime, we discuss a mass shooting in Indianapolis and the identity of the youngest victim of the Green River Killer. Plus, we have special guests, Frigay the 13th.
At some point in your life, you may have wondered “How did the word [enter word here] come to be?” Being a true crime fan, you may have also pondered the question, “Where did the term ‘serial killer’ come from? Well, to fully understand the term itself, it is best to look at the origins of it. When was it first used? Who came up with it? Was there a specific event or person who inspired it? Click to read about the people and events behind the ‘serial killer’ origin story.
Have you ever wondered what makes a serial killer? What drives a serial killer? What is the most likely MO? All of this varies depending on gender.
Following its release last Wednesday, Netflix’s new docuseries Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer has gained significant media attention for its unique coverage of Richard Ramirez’s rampage of horror during the 1980s.
Researchers across the globe have conducted extensive studies on the behavior of serial killers. Everything from early childhood behaviors to the method of killing are examined. Here are all of the warning signs to watch for when predicting the behavior of future serial killers.
It was around midnight when I was looking for something to cure my boredom. I was looking for stories on Ted Bundy, as I had just watched the Ted Bundy movie with Zac Efron (my #1 man-crush), and wanted to know more. That’s how I first stumbled onto The Infographics Show on YouTube.
Hmmm… What does Hannibal rhyme with?
Hannibal, a TV show you can find all three seasons of on Netflix, is based on Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel. The story contains an empathetic FBI Professor, Will Graham, who catches a killer by reliving the crime scene.
This winter feels colder and darker than ever, with many of us on some version of lockdown and unable to celebrate the holidays and the new year in-person with friends and family. We know you’ll likely spend a little extra time chilling at home alone this season, and we’ve got your watch list covered! From recent true crime docs you might have missed, to offbeat and spooky holiday classics — read on for our favorites.
After 51 years, a group of three hobbyist cryptographers is claiming to have cracked one of the most infamous ciphers created by the infamous Zodiac killer. In a video posted to YouTube, David Oranchak explains the processes he and two others went through to crack “The 340” cipher, which is made up of 340 symbols—some of which are English characters and others of which are cryptic marks.
“Oh my god, so this is a big one. We have a solution for the 340, and it’s real,” Oranchak says in the video. Well-known cryptographers who analyzed the video and accompanying blog posts for Motherboard said that the group’s solution at least seems plausible. Oranchak told Motherboard he has been working on solving the 340 for more than a decade.
Peter Sutcliffe died in hospital Friday after contracting COVID, says CNN. More known as the Yorkshire Ripper, Sutcliffe was a serial killer who was convicted for the murder of 13 women and attempted murder of seven others between 1975 and 1980.
Alleged baby killer and nurse Lucy Letby was arrested for the third time after an additional five infant deaths were discovered by investigators. Letby was initially charged in 2018 with the deaths of eight babies and attempted murder of six babies while she worked at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Although the concept of time is feeling more abstract than usual (thanks a lot, Covid-19), the season of gift giving is fast approaching and your true crime pals deserve the best trinkets that Etsy can provide! But what if your friends are a unique bunch with very particular tastes? Have no fear, this gift guide is sure to satisfy each and every one of the true crime lovers in your life.
Fans of saucy serial killers and blurred lines of morality, get ready to mark your calendars for fall 2021 because Dexter is coming back to Showtime. Michael C. Hall will reprise his role as the complex anti-hero Dexter Morgan, and Clyde Phillips will return to his original position as showrunner extraordinaire.
Michael Myers, the quintessential serial killer, first appeared in the original Halloween film in 1978 by John Carpenter and subsequentially became people’s worst nightmare. According to Esquire, Carpenter got the inspiration from visiting a mental institution while in college. It was there that he would find the empty cold, calculated stare from a 12-year-old boy, a boy with the eyes of pure evil!
Director, Ryan Murphy, will be focusing on creating a limited Netflix T.V. series of Dahmer’s victims’ point of view and the show will be called, “Monster: The Jeffry Dahmer Story.”
Takahiro Shiraishi known as ‘twitter killer’ has pleaded guilty to murder in court Wednesday. Shiraishi, 29, was arrested in 2017 when police found body parts in his apartment. The serial murderer targeted women contemplating suicide on Twitter claiming he could help them die or commit suicide with them.
Striking similarities between two fatal stabbings in Toronto, Canada have led police to question whether or not the homicides are linked. “I don’t want to raise any fear or any panic, I just want people to be aware that this is something that we’re looking at, the possibility that these are connected,” Inspector Hank Idsigna told the public in a news conference on Monday. “We need people to be aware of their surroundings.”
Babylon Berlin is a German neo-noir television series based on the German books by Volker Kutscher. This mystery/crime show set during the 1920’s in Berlin during an unstable period that would eventually lead to the rise of Nazism.
A search of an abandoned Illinois truck wash on Wednesday uncovered two bones that may belong to an alleged victim of the infamous “Interstate Strangler”, Dellmus Colvin. Colvin, 61, is currently serving consecutive life sentences in Ohio’s Lebanon Correctional Institution for the murders of 33-year-old Jackie Simpson and Melissa Weber, 37, that occurred in 2003.
Anyone who has been following the Golden State Killer case, or watching I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, will be shocked to read a newly released letter to the court, written by Joseph DeAngelo’s oldest daughter. In the letter, she describes him as a loving and attentive father and grandfather. It’s a bit of a disturbing read, as his daughter neglects to even refer to the lives lost and negatively impacted by the confessed GSK’s cruel acts. Throughout the entire letter she recounts all the positive gestures her father has made in hers and her daughter’s lives, which of course doesn’t negate the horrific effect this serial killer has had on the lives of his over 50 victims and their families.
“My father is Joseph James DeAngelo. I am his oldest daughter. I lived with him almost my entire life of 38 years, and my daughter lived with him almost her entire life of 19 years. My father, the person that I knew, and know today…”
Police fear a serial killer that targets elderly couples could still be on the loose after two suspected murder-suicides from the 1990s were re-examined.
In both cases police believed that the wives had been murdered by their husbands, but after they were re-examined using modern techniques officers now think they were actually double murders, according to a special investigation by the Sunday Times.
Items that once belonged to convicted Upstate serial killer Todd Kohlhepp are up for auction. Items include BMWs, a motorcycle, advertising signs, and lockboxes….
Anguished families of thousands of British murder victims are still waiting for justice decades after their loved ones’ lives were cruelly ended. New research shows there are more than 2,600 unsolved killings across the country, condemning heartbroken relatives to a lifetime of uncertainty and frustration. The shocking figures were collated from police forces across the UK by private detective Mark Williams-Thomas.
For years, the “world’s worst serial killer” raped and butchered hundreds of children – leaving clusters of bodies from town to town – without anyone connecting the dots. But when police found a mass grave containing the bones of 36 boys – initially thought to be the work of a satanic cult – it began a trail that would lead them to a paedophile chillingly known as “La Bestia” – [“The Beast”], who may have murdered close to 400 kids.
This week in true crime, we discuss the Indian serial killer dubbed doctor death and the disappearance of Giovanna Fuda. Plus, we have special guest, Military Murder.
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Family members of a deceased woman have filed a wrongful death lawsuit aimed at three Ferndale Police officers, claiming the officers were negligent in transporting her with a suspected serial killer, Fox 2 reports.
In this excerpt adapted from The Devil’s Harvest, Jessica Garrison reveals how a contract killer’s 35-year run of murder and mayhem in California’s Central Valley reflects a far more widespread injustice: The institutions that were supposed to protect a community failed it again and again.
An Indian serial killer who admitted his involvement in the murder of more than 50 taxi drivers whose bodies were dumped in a crocodile-infested canal has been caught by police after he fled to another state while out of prison on parole.
Sharon Tate’s sister is strongly urging against release for one of Charles Manson’s followers — saying in a new letter that she doesn’t believe Leslie Van Houten has reformed.
Ed Gein is perhaps one of the most notorious American serial killers due to the extreme nature of his crimes and the state of his home when he was arrested. Also known as “the Butcher of Plainfield” or “the Plainfield Ghoul,” Gein was a convicted killer and body snatcher active in Plainfield, WI from 1946 to 1957 after the death of his mother left him alone and in a deranged mental state.
Kamaruzzaman Sarkar, a small-time trader of scrap materials, is being tried in other courts for alleged sexual assault and murder of at least five other women and murderous attacks on at least three other women in Purba Bardhaman and neighbouring Hooghly districts.
Escalation is a hallmark of most serial killers, but Dennis Rader, known as The BTK Killer (which stood for for “bind, torture, kill”), never followed that pattern. The time between his murders would often span years when he was seemingly dormant before the next kill, leaving investigators baffled and the town of Wichita, Kansas terrified for decades.
Eureka Police held a press conference yesterday to announce that they had solved several stabbings in the Eureka area including the fatal stabbing of May 20 of 84-year-old Roger “Mitch” Clark, a woman in Cooper Gulch, and a man on Holly Street.
Police in South Korea have apologised for a botched investigation that saw South Korea’s most prolific serial killer escape justice for more than 30 years – and an innocent man spend 20 years behind bars.
Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, published in 2018, serves as the inspiration for HBO’s engrossing docuseries of the same name. The true crime writer spent years diving into the psyche, motive, and extensive victim list of the Golden State Killer, making headlines of her own with one of the most personal and detailed journalistic investigations of the murder, originally published in Los Angeles Magazine.
It’s the question everybody ponders, but nobody wants to ever have to answer: what would you eat for a last meal?
An 18-year-old student remains in critical condition after he was stabbed, tortured, and left for dead by a Grindr date who seemingly admired gay serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Evidence about the supposed final hours of teenage receptionist Sarah Spiers, as she was allegedly attacked by accused Claremont serial killer Bradley Edwards in Mosman Park, was too unreliable to prove him guilty, the WA Supreme Court has heard.
This is the 20th and last of the murder cases registered against the criminal, who has killed several women using cyanide after befriending and raping them.
In the early 2000s, a serial killer snaked his way through the communities of southern Louisiana. Preying on people’s kindness, he asked for directions or charmed them with a smile before forcing his way inside women’s homes to assault and murder them.
A woman who blocked a California freeway on Wednesday told police she was the daughter of a Texas serial killer.
The only surviving victim of alleged serial killer Ryan Sharpe said he is stunned that the murder conviction for the shooting death of Brad Defranceschi was tossed out.
Between 1974 and 1991, Dennis Rader murdered 10 people around Wichita, Kansas under the moniker BTK Killer, standing for “Bind, Torture, Kill.”
Serial killer Randall Woodfield murdered at least seven people throughout his Interstate 5 crime spree, targeting victims from Northern California to Washington.
Previously operating as the “Classified Ad Rapist,” Bobby Joe Long went on to rape and murder at least eight women.
From the outside, Robert Hansen looked harmless. With his black horn rim glasses, a shabby haircut, and an awkward smile, he fit most people’s stereotype of a nerd. He was a baker and a family man, but behind the normal facade lurked a serial killer who liked to torture and rape women before hunting and killing them like wild game.
From the outside, Robert Hansen looked harmless. With his black horn rim glasses, a shabby haircut, and an awkward smile, he fit most people’s stereotype of a nerd.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released new evidence in a serial killer case in hopes that more of his victims can be identified.
Eleven drawings of skulls that serial killer Israel Keyes made with his own blood were revealed on a Saturday episode of CBS’ “48 Hours.” While in prison he made the gruesome creations, which investigators believe represent the amount of victims he killed: 11.
In the late 1970s, the remains of two young men — Timothy O’Rourke and Frank Landingin — were found washed ashore the riverbanks of Grundy County, Illinois with pairs of underwear lodged down their throats. In both cases, investigators found no other evidence on the bodies, and they zeroed in on the underwear as their only lead.
Police arrested a 59-year-old Iowa man who is believed to have killed a woman in Spring Hill in 1991 as well as two women in Wyoming.
Excerpt and Body: Investigators from multiple states were looking Thursday into whether a long-haul trucker from Iowa who’s implicated in three women’s slayings in the 1990s could be responsible for other unsolved homicides.
MOORS murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were the subject of tense discussions as Downing Street debated the merits of releasing them from prison, unearthed files reveal.
The Home Office proposals were put to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1985 only for her to pour cold water on them. Hindley could have been out for her final seven years while Brady could have been free for 12 years.
Author Michelle McNamara’s efforts to find the elusive Golden State Killer will soon come to HBO in the form of a six-part docuseries.
The only reporter who’s talked to Samuel Little tells how he was caught — and why he almost got away.
Heriberto “Eddie” Seda was driven to kill after watching a PBS special about the original Zodiac Killer, who terrorized Northern California in the 1960s and ’70s.
Serial killer Gary Ridgway has claimed to have murdered as many as 80 women.
In spring of 2019, a decades’ old investigation into the murder of more than 25 black children in Atlanta WAS reopened by local authorities. And, on April 5th, HBO will delve into that case with Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children.
Franklin Jr. was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday night, and was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. His cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy. Authorities, however, said there were no signs of trauma.
The Black Monarch Hotel website speaks of bar fights gone wrong and the town of Victor hosting countless miners during the gold rush in the late 1800s; there was even a fire that swept away the entire city in 1899. It stands to reason that some hardships befell guests of the Monarch brothel, saloon, and casino during its heyday, leaving their spirits to roam the halls.
When sex workers in Dallas, Texas started showing up dead with their eyeballs missing, terror spread through the neighborhood, until a carpenter with a fondness for taxidermy was identified as their serial killer.
C. Suresh Kumar, First Additional District Judge, dismissed the bail petitions on the grounds that the accused is likely to influence and intimidate witnesses who are family members and relatives, including her husband, children, father, brother, and even neighbours.
If you aren’t listening to FBI Retired Case File Review, you are missing out on the rockstar that is Jerri Williams. Jerri is a retired FBI agent, who in her spare time has written three true crime fiction novels, with two more coming out this year! We felt very lucky to sit down with Jerri and learn more about her history in the FBI and some of her favorite cases! If you aren’t already listening to her podcast, get your finger warmed up to hit subscribe!
‘I wasn’t planning on dying that day’
Played like a fool!
The Missoula Mauler. Montana’s baby-faced killer. A serial sex murderer. These names all refer to one man– Wayne Nathan Nance.
In 2018 I read The Stranger Beside Me for the first time, and prior to reading it I knew little about Ted Bundy. However, finishing it sent me into a rabbit hole of searching for more information about the survivors, victims, and other people in his personal life. I enjoyed The Stranger Beside Me because it was written from a perspective of a coworker and friend, this element is what sets this book apart from other true crime books in my opinion. Finding out that Ted’s long term girlfriend, Liz Kendall, had written a book called The Phantom Prince about her own experience was exactly the news I had wanted, another perspective of someone close.
The noticeable shift from normal proceedings, true crime shows are now reintroducing us to a particularly deadly protagonist: the gay serial killer.
Kenyel Brown is in critical condition at a Detroit-area hospital
We sat down with filmmaker Celene Beth Calderon to talk about her upcoming documentary, Theodore. You may recognize Celeste and her film project from Episode 113 of My Favorite Murder, Live in Salt Lake City! There has been a recent reprisal in interest in the life of Ted Bundy, but Beth’s documentary will take a different approach by focusing on the victims and survivors, families, and communities impacted by one man’s actions.
Looking for your next true crime fix? You’re in luck, as a new docu-series is set to hit the small screen, and the first episode focuses on sinister serial killer Rose West.
It was an absolute honor to chat with Beth and Wendy of Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color, because I just might be their biggest fan! You need to know about this podcast because Fruitloops calls into question the misconception that all serial killers are white men, and they are here to bring you all of the best serial killer cases in color! Most of the cases they cover have been new to me, and Wendy and Beth do an amazing job of bringing sensitivity to the stories while often focusing on the victims when possible. Go ahead and subscribe to Fruitloops right now, and then find out more about how they got into true crime, their favorite cases, and their podcast recommendations!
Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy escaped from jail twice—but after his arrest in Florida, authorities made sure he never had the opportunity to try for a third.
2019 has been an avalanche of Bundy content. But Amazon is creating one more docuseries, Falling for a Killer, which hopes to be the very last one. Here’s what you need to know about it.
t’s been more than 30 years since Ted Bundy was executed after being convicted of the deaths of at least 30 women, but now that more and more people are getting into true crime, it seems like he’s everywhere.
When the second season of Mindhunter dropped, viewers were fascinated by the story of the Atlanta child murders.
A convicted serial killer who was just released from prison is moving to South Carolina.
When the Golden State Killer was caught in 2018 — more than three decades after his crimes — the country was stunned. But these horrific murders are not unfamiliar to Americans.
After nearly a decade of digging, New York authorities probing the murders of at least eight women whose remains were dumped along a deserted stretch of highway near Long Island’s Gilgo Beach shared a single piece of evidence: a photo of a belt that may have belonged to the killer.
It is a well-known fact amongst true crime enthusiasts that head injuries are disproportionately common in serial killers. Whether we’re talking Jerry Brudos, Richard Ramirez (who suffered two) or David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz (who suffered three!), it seems like most serial killers were hit on the head at some point in their life. Truth is, brain injuries are common in criminals, more than they are in the general population. But why is that? And do all brain injuries lead to criminal behaviour? Will your cousin Timmy, who dove into an empty swimming pool, kill his dog? As both a true crime fanatic and someone who happens to study the link between brain and behaviour, I’m going to attempt to provide brief answers to those questions (except for that last one, only time will tell – sorry).
What makes horror truly effective is its credibility and plausibility, hence why we gravitate towards true crime and the grisliest murder stories to ever grace the front page of any major publication. We crave what is tangible, and if a film is based on true events, it resonates with us longer since it can be documented and researched to great lengths, all based on factual and empirical evidence. These stories do not originate from a single writer’s mind, but rather from a collective consciousness based in a dark, grim reality.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A serial killer whose five victims included two wives has died on California’s death row, authorities said Monday.
Phillip Carl Jablonski, 73, was found unresponsive in his San Quentin State Prison cell on Friday and pronounced dead within minutes. His cause of death is awaiting an autopsy, but he had been assigned a single cell, said corrections department spokeswoman Terri Hardy.
A SECOND homeless man has been brutally murdered in Ireland – two months after the first.
Francis Dunne, also known as Frankie, was found decapitated with his arms and legs cut off after the 64-year-old went missing in Cork on Christmas Day. He was found in undergrowth near a boarded-up derelict property called Castlegreina House which is used by homeless people after he vanished for three days. A murder probe has been launched and is the second in as many months.
A homeless man who’s been held in a psychiatric ward since his arrest has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the beating deaths of four men as they slept on the New York City streets.
A serial rapist who met victims through a dating website will serve an extra two-and-a-half years in prison for sex attacks on five more women.
Officers may have finally solved the case which sparked South Korea’s largest-ever investigation.
Lawsuits allege a Dallas man already charged in the deaths of 12 elderly women also killed six additional elderly people, which would bring the number of his victims to 18.
Bobby Joe Long, 65, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection on Thursday at Florida State Prison over a murderous spree that claimed 10 women’s lives in 1984.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 18 years and this case is a first for me,” one investigator said.
whispers apparently stem from the murder of 26-year-old Elizabeth Candice Nichole Laird, whose body was found in a dumpster outside an apartment building on the city’s east side on Wednesday. “There is false information circulating on social media that there is a serial killer at large in downtown Detroit, and that five to six female victims have been found in dumpsters prior to the May 15 homicide … and that Detroit Police have failed to communicate this information to the public,” police officials said on Facebook.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters at an impromptu afternoon news conference that minutes earlier detectives had taken the suspect, James Quill Cockerham, into custody in the death of 26-year-old Elizabeth Candice Nichole Laird. “I appreciate our friends in the media for really dispelling a horrible rumor that was circulating across the city that there was a serial killer and that he had dumped five bodies in dumpsters across the city,” Craig said.
Police in Dallas say they are investigating whether the killings of two transgender women and an assault on a third are connected.
A Texas judge has sided with prosecutors in withholding a Bible and other personal items from a former nurse who authorities suspect of causing the deaths of dozens of children.
“Every time you went home at night, you would think about if we don’t catch this guy, someone else is going to be murdered,” one investigator said.
A serial killer who terrorized Florida with a murderous spree that claimed 10 women in 1984 was put to death Thursday, his execution witnessed by a woman who survived one of his attacks and aided in his capture.
Authorities in the Dallas area are looking at hundreds of cases of elderly people dying unattended to see if any may be linked to the suspect, Billy Chemirmir.
Authorities say a Dallas man previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman is responsible for killing six other elderly women whose jewelry and other valuables he stole.