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. We've gathered five of the sickest, most horrifying serial killers that you should be aware of - but probably aren't. 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. Holmes's killing spree at the Murder Castle only lasted about a year. Andrei Chikatilo Robert Hansen Fred and Rosemary West
Identity switch twin flees court Police are searching for a man who escaped from custody after switching identities with his twin brother. Simon MacLellan, 27, from Gosport, has not been seen since Friday afternoon when he was released by magistrates. MacLellan was on remand at HMP Winchester in connection with a serious assault. His twin, Mark, is also on remand for a less serious offence. Hampshire Police said a 27-year-old man had been arrested in connection with aiding and abetting an escape. Mark MacLellan was due to appear at Fareham Magistrates' Court. It is thought the pair - who are non-identical twins - switched identities in prison and the wrong brother was taken to court. The mistake was spotted by prison officials shortly after 2100 BST on Friday. 'History of violence' People are being advised not to approach Simon MacLellan if they see him as he could be violent. "McLellan has a history of violence and should not be approached under any circumstances." McLellan is described as white, with brown hair and blue eyes.
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 attempted suicide in 1991 and was arrested in 1997 for possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, although the charges were eventually dropped. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers citing a family history of sexual abuse and mental illness, manifesting itself not only in the murders but also in Stayner's admitted pedophilia (he at one point requested child pornography in return for his confession) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Amid the nationwide publicity the case received, the FBI was heavily criticized for not arresting Stayner before he murdered his fourth victim. Mrs.
Madonna stage accident kills two Aftermath of the stage collapse at the 60,000 seater Velodrome A second person has died following the collapse of a stage being constructed for a Madonna concert in France. Charles Prow, a 23-year-old from Headingley in Leeds, died overnight at a hospital in Marseille. Technicians had been setting up the stage at the city's Velodrome stadium when the partially-built roof fell in on Thursday, bringing down a crane. Madonna said she was "devastated" by the news. Charles Criscenzo, a 53-year-old French worker, was killed outright in the accident, which took place at around 1715 (1615 BST). Eight other people were seriously hurt, including an American who was hospitalised in a life-threatening condition. More than 30 people suffered minor injuries and shock, according to authorities. 'Shaking and collapsing' The 60,000-seater Velodrome is France's second-biggest sports arena and home to the Olympique de Marseille football club. 'Great tragedy'
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. 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. Council Continues To Grill Officials On Blizzard Response The City Council redistricting proposal is now one step away from taking effect for the next decade after the districting commission voted unanimously to pass the proposal at a public meeting Thursday night in Manhattan.
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. 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. His tiny house on his parents' property was the scene of many parties. Charles Schmid, Jr. Smitty hung around the high school, luring girls into his cars. Hey, come on, babe, follow meI'm the Pied Piper, follow meI'm the Pied PiperAnd I'll show you where it's at.
Time For Marijuana Legalization? One of 14 marijuana fields located in the Crabtree Nature Preserve, Cook County, Ill., July 25, 2007. DEA Attorney Andrew Cohen analyzes legal issues for CBS News and CBSNews.com. Apparently, it was nothing personal after all. Apparently, it was strictly business all along. After generations of defending capital punishment and marijuana possession laws on moral, ethical and religious grounds, after years of declaring that the death penalty acted as a deterrent against violent crime and that pot smokers were more dangerous to society than, say, alcohol consumers, all of a sudden thanks to our economic crisis more and more mainstream powerbrokersare considering dramatic changes to our criminal justice system. The New York Times today has a late-arriving pieceby Ian Urbina which posits that lawmakers in several states are considering abandoning the death penalty because it's just too expensive and cuts into other law enforcement priorities. Copyright 2009 CBS.
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
Off-duty cop charged with DWI BRONX (WABC) -- Police say a pedestrian was fatally struck by a car in the Bronx, and the driver, an off duty NYPD Detective was taken into custody. Police say the incident happened at West 232nd-street and Kingsbridge Avenue. The victim was identified as 67-year-old Drane Mikac. The driver, who was allegedly drunk was an off-duty NYPD Detective, identified by police as 42-year-old Kevin Spellman. Spellman has been with the NYPD for 20 years. The suspect is charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, Criminal Negligent Homicide and DWI. The victim was rushed to St. Another person may have been treated for Lincoln Hospital with back pain. The detective was a member of the fugitive task force assigned in the Bronx. He is member of a team consisting of several agencies one of which is the United Sates Marshals services. Officals tell Eyewitness News, the car he was driving was a company car leased by the US Marshals services. The impact of the crash was so violent it shattered a windshield. Tags:
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. 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. Stevens, born in Texas, was a popular female impersonator and had been named the summer replacement at Finocchio’s. “When Stevens first appeared on stage eight years ago, he made a sensation in San Francisco as a stunning impersonator,” said the Advocate. Or worse.
Massive Bee Swarm Briefly Closes Part of 35th Street courtesy of Lisa Spina and Lissette Lejarde ASTORIA — A quiet Astoria street was briefly shut down Friday by a huge swarm of bees. The swarm contained two groups of bees, each with roughly 10,000 of the flying insects, officials said. One group buzzed out of their hive in a tree along 35th Street, while the second covered a decorative lion at the entrance gate to a home at 24-21 35th Street, near Astoria Blvd. “It was very scary,” said resident Antoinette Spina, who said she was sweeping in front of her house, when she suddenly realized she was surrounded by bees. Police removed the bees, which will be taken to a hive in Connecticut. Still, some residents were unsatisfied. “This has been an ongoing problem for three years,” said JoAnn Grenelli who lives next door to the tree, at 24-23 35 Street, and has lived on the block for more than 40 years. Residents said they have called 311 numerous times about the bees. “You got elderly people here, you have children. DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska
DEA apologizes to student left for days in cell with no food or water KNSD-TV's Tony Shin reports. By Sarah Grieco and Rory Devine, NBCSanDiego.com Daniel Chong, the UC San Diego student who was left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for nearly five days, said the time spent there was a life-altering experience. On Wednesday, the DEA apologized for the incident. The 23-year-old spoke with NBCSanDiego and said he was increasingly worried throughout the days he spent in a 5-foot by 10-foot cell. “They never came back, ignored all my cries and I still don’t know what happened,” he said. In a statement, DEA San Diego Acting Special Agent-In-Charge William R. Sherman said the event is not indicative of the high standards to which he holds his employees, AP said. NBCSanDiego was first to report Saturday that the DEA confirmed its agents were investigating an incident in which a suspect, arrested April 21, was detained at their office for several days and allegedly forgotten about. He said agents questioned him, and then told him he could go home.