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Five Horrifying Serial Killers You've Probably Never Heard Of

Five Horrifying Serial Killers You've Probably Never Heard Of
Serial killers are the real-life monsters that we disguise as horror movie villains. Bundy, Dahmer, and Manson are names that are as recognizable as Freddy, Jason, and Michael. They are horrifyingly fascinating because, in the movies, motives aren't questioned; it's just a fun, scary time, and the threat ends when the lights come on. But in real life, it is unfathomable that people could be so monstrous. The "Bloody Benders" In the late 1870s in Kansas, a startling number of missing persons were reported to the authorities. Allegedly German immigrants, the Bender family consisted of parents John and Kate, and adult children John Jr. and Kate. H.H. Much like Capone, a simple white-collar crime brought H.H. During the course of their investigation, authorities discovered Holmes's "Murder Castle" - a three story building that held retail space on the bottom, and rooms for rent above. Holmes's killing spree at the Murder Castle only lasted about a year. Andrei Chikatilo Robert Hansen Related:  Serial Killers

Cary Stayner Cary Stayner is an American serial killer currently on death row for the 1999 murders of four women in Yosemite, California. Stayner's victims were Carole Sund, her daughter Julie, Argentine exchange student Silvina Pelosso and park employee Joie Armstrong. Born on August 13, 1961, Stayner claimed after his arrest that he had fantasized about murdering women since the age of seven. Stayner's family life was fairly traumatic; his younger brother, Steven, was kidnapped by pedophile Kenneth Parnell in 1972 and held hostage for eight years. Stayner would later say he felt neglected as his parents grieved over the loss. When Steven escaped and returned home, he received massive media attention (a true crime novel and TV movie were made about the ordeal), further embittering his older brother. Stayner attempted suicide in 1991 and was arrested in 1997 for possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, although the charges were eventually dropped. by Joe Geringer Evil in Paradise Mrs. Suspects

David Spanbauer, Serial Child Killer and Rapist — Hunting Season In so many crime stories of the real and unreal, hunters are often the first to find the body. They are the ones the rural police call to help with searches for lost hikers and missing people. Sometimes their dogs are the first to find the lost person. The hunters stalk through the woods with eyes open, looking for tracks and minute signs of not just their quarry but for any disturbance of the woods. Rarely do they come across the horrifying. Mostly they have a peaceful day in the fields and forests. Two hunters found the body of a 12-year-old girl in a ditch along a country road. Kempster, Wisconsin Chief Deputy Larry Shadick of the Langlade County Sheriff Department likened it to hunting.

Charles Schmid: The Pied Piper of Tucson — Secrets in the Sand It was Life and Time magazines that turned a local story from Tucson, Arizona, into a national abomination. Reporters came from all over, to be sure, but on March 4, 1966, Life printed an ominous photo of the desert landscape where three girls had disappeared and the story of Charles Howard Schmid, Jr., or "Smitty," became international news. He had been arrested four months earlier on November 11, just after marrying a fifteen-year-old girl whom he'd met on a blind date. The article was published even before the juries in two separate trials had decided his fate. Dubbed "The Pied Piper of Tucson," for his ability to get girls to fall for him, he stood five feet, four inches tall, but added three more inches by padding his stack-heeled cowboy boots with rags and tin cans. He also dyed his reddish-brown hair black, used pancake make-up, whitened his lips, and applied a fake mole to his left cheek—a "beauty" mark. His tiny house on his parents' property was the scene of many parties.

Richard Paul White Serial killer White sentenced November 30, 2004 Murderer mouths words 'I'm sorry' to slain women's kin..Family members of two women murdered by serial killer Richard White looked him straight in the eye and sobbed as they spoke at his sentencing hearing Monday in Denver District Court. "I wish some day I could hear a reason or answer for how someone could do something so cruel to another human being," said Effie Laub, whose sister was raped, tortured and killed...Family members told White about the children left behind when he killed their mothers in 2002...White stared back, nodded and mouthed the words "I'm sorry." He made no other statement as he was sentenced to two life prison terms for the murders of Annaletia Maria Gonzales, 27, and Victoria Turpin, 34, whose bodies were buried in his back yard. He also was sentenced to 144 years in prison for sexual assaults on three other women who survived. "Mr. "He has terrorized countless other women," Lombardi said. September 29, 2004

The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders At 1:57 a.m. on January 27, 1974, a corpse was found at the water’s edge on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Gerald Earl Cavanaugh, 49, had been stabbed multiple times. His left hand betrayed a defensive wound. His body was, as the coroner’s register put it, “in a supine position” and showed signs of slight rigor mortis. Cavanaugh wore underwear, shoes, socks, pants, a shirt and a jacket. In his pocket was $21.12 and on his wrist a Timex. As befits a man initially identified as John Doe #7, very little is known about Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh was the first victim in a string of homicides that, to this day, remain unsolved. To the extent the case has been written about, the Doodler has been credited with fourteen victims. Forty years after the fact, the story of the Doodler killings has not been even cursorily told. A woman, never identified, found a body at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park on June 25, 1974. The 27-year-old was the Doodler’s second victim. Or worse. Claus A.

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