Son of Sam with now deceased serial killer, Gary Evans.
Facts about David Berkowitz
- Killed six people and wounded seven others in New York City between 1976 and 1977.
- Most of the victims were young women or couples in cars on secluded streets.
- Claimed a demon spoke to him through a neighbor’s dog.
- Called himself the “Son of Sam” in letters he wrote to newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin.
- He once worked as an auxiliary policeman in the Bronx.
- He confessed to the murders in 1977 and is serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences.
Louise Bundy, Ted Bundy’s mother, spoke for the last time to her convicted son, the night before he was due to die in the electric chair. She believed her son was innocent until that night, where he confessed his crimes to her. Her last words to him were,“You will always be my precious son.” He was put to death early in the morning of 24 January 1989.
Between 1994 and 1998, German murderer Frank Gust killed 4 women - two of them prostitutes, one aunt who’s body has never been found, and a South African backpacker in the Netherlands. He would shoot them, disgrace their corpses by slashing and disembowelment, and leave them in provocative poses along roads. Two had been decapitated, and all were missing hands.
Gust was as a youngster, subject by various forms of violence, including sodomy by pedophiles.
As a ten year old, he was in full swing of killing animals, first small but eventually progressing to the murder of a horse, fullfilling his many death fantasies. He would also as a teenager break into mortuaries to disgrace the corpses he found there.
At the age of 25, in April 1994, he murdered his first woman, a 28 year old South African hitchhiking through the Netherlands.
In 1996 and again in 1998 he killed two prostitutes. Both were found disemboweled, without hands and head. The 1998 killing was particularly brutal, as he had bound the girl to a tree and tortured her for a prolonged amount of time. One breast was cut off before death.
In April 1998 his wife’s aunt disappeared and was never to be found again.
He was arrested in 1999, and in September 2000 sentenced to life in jail.
From his cell, he writes his mother Dagmar Eichhorn a letter about once a week.
In one of these, he wrote:
”The principle of getting a second chance, is a very good one. But there should be limits to it.
I know one thing essentially deeper than all others: whomever has killed out of sexual gratification, will always have this ability within him. I am certain, that when the possibility arises, a lustkiller will always strike again.”
Gust however, has changed his mind on this matter since he began a correspondence with a woman and they apparently fell in love. If he gets his way, he could be released by 2020.
His mother is lobbying to have him never out again, and uses the afforementioned letter for this cause.
Dr. Michael Stone’s Scale of Evil
Dr. Michael Stone has created a scale he calls Scale of evil. The scale stretches from 1 to 22 and Dr. Michael Stone places each and every serial killer on this scale all depending on how evil they are.
“Those who kill in self defense and do not show psychopathic tendencies.”
“Jealous lovers who, though egocentric or immature, are not psychopathic; crime passional”
“Willing companions of killers: aberrant personality—probably impulse-ridden, with some antisocial traits”
“Those who kill in self-defense, after extremely provocative behavior toward the victim”
“Highly narcissistic, but not distinctly psychopathic persons, with a psychotic core, who kill loved ones or family members out of jealousy”
“Traumatize, desperate people who kill abusive relatives and others.(like to support a drug habit)” but lack significant traits. Genuinely remorseful.”
“Impetuous hotheaded murderers without psychopatic features.”
“Highly narrsasistic , but not distinctly psychopathic people.”
with a psychotic core, who kill those close to them. Jealously is an underlying motive.
“Non psychopathic people with smoldering rage who kill when that rage is ignited.”
“Jealous lovers with marked psychopathic features”
“Killers of people who where in the way or killed for example witnesses.(egocentric but not distinctly psychopathic)”
“Psychopathic killers of people in the way.”
“Power-hungry psychopaths who kill when cornered.”
“Murderers with inadequate, rageful personalities and psychopathic features
“Ruthlessly self-centered psychopathic schemers”
“Psychopathic or cold blooded spree killers mulitple murders.”
“Psychopaths committing multiple vicious acts.”
“Sexually perverse serial murderers Torture-murderers. Murder is the primary motive, following prolonged torture(amoung the males rape is the primary motive with murder to hide the evidence. Systematic torture is not a primary factor”.
“Torture murderers with murder the primary motive.”
“Psychopaths driven to terrorism, subjugation, intimidation, and rape, but short of murder.”
“Torture murderers with torture as the primary motive but in psychopathic personalities.”
“Psyhcopaths preoccupied with torture in the extreme, but not known to have commited murder.”
“Psychopathic, serial torture-murderers, with torture the primary motive.”
“I couldn’t find any meaning in my life when I was out there. I’m sure as hell not going to find it in here. This is the grand finale of a life poorly spent and the end result is just overwhelmingly depressing … it’s just a sick, pathetic, wretched, miserable life story, that’s all it is. How it can help anyone, I’ve no idea.”
Jack the Ripper claimed his first victim in 1888 - a prostitute in London’s East End know as ‘Polly’, though her real name was Mary Nichols. Her throat had been cut and there were various stab wounds to her stomach and genitals. About a month later, prostitute Annie Chapman was found disembowelled, her entrails laid across one shoulder. In a patter that was to prove horribly familiar, parts of the body, in this case the bladder, vagina, womb, and ovaries, were missing. The murders continued, each one more gruesome than the last; in the case of victim Catherine Eddowes, a kidney was removed and then half of it sent to the police with a letter bragging that the killer had eaten the other half. Finally, with the murder of Mary Kelly, the Ripper reached new depths of violence and madness: her dead body was disembowelled and her hand had been inserted into her stomach. In addition, her liver had been placed on her thigh, while her breast had been cut off and laid out beside her severed heart, kidneys, and nose. Strips of flesh were hung from nails around the room in which she was murdered. A post-mortem discovered that Kelly had been three months pregnant, but the Ripper had taken her womb and fetus with him. Jack the Ripper was never found, and speculation about him (or, according to one theory, her) continued to abound, casting a long shadow over the inhabitants of London for many years. Every time a fresh murder was committed, people would fear the hand of the Ripper; murders that had happened before the Ripper’s reign of terror were also re-examined. Currently, the case is still open, and the lists of suspects contribute to grow as the evidence is repeatedly sifted, in the hopes of one day solving the mystery.
In the words of a doctor who treated Albert Fish, “There was no known perversion which he did not practice and practice frequently”. Indeed, Fish could be described as everything evil, compacted and rolled into a bundle.
Fish was born in Washington, D.C. in 1870. By the age of five he was abandoned after the death of his father, and spent the majority of the rest of his childhood in an orphanage. Managing to carve out a life that seemed somwhat normal, Fish married in 1898 and fathered six children. His eccentric and perverted behavior evidently lay beneath the surface of a normal family man until his wife left him for another man in 1917. Alone and faced with the responsibility of caring for his children alone, his true self began to emerge. Reportedly, he occasionally would screm into the sky “I am Christ!” and forced his own children to paddle him until he bled. Later on, living with his grown son Albert Jr., he admitted that he used the nail-studded paddles his boy found in his father’s room on himself, citing the need to torture himself. He also collected literature on cannabilism and other bizarre subjects.
Fish took to answering ads placed in the newspapers by single women, though definitely not in the fashion they desired. He wrote the ladies back with obscene proposals, which included having them paddle him. Just this sort of behavior landed Fish in minor trouble with the law, but he was largely regarded as just a nuisance. Nobody imagined that he was a sadistic killer until 1928.
On June 3 of that year Fish took 12-year-old Grace Budd to his isolated cottage in White Plains, New York from her home in New York City. Once there he strangled the helpless girl, decapitated her and used a saw to cut her in half. He ate bits of her flesh in a stew later and drank some of the girl’s blood. The Budd’s, who allowed their daughter to go to a fictitious birthday party with the killer they knew as Frank Howard, never heard anything about their daughter until Fish inexplicably sent them a letter telling them he had killed their daughter, adding that he “didn’t fuck with her” and that she died a virgin. An address that Fish had not erased well enough on the back of the letter’s envelope led police to the old man and the child killer was immediately arrested.
Because of the passage of time and lack of follow up that is customary nowadays, it is uncertain exactly what killings Fish actually confessed to while in custody. He evidently laid some claim to a few killings including the 1910 killing of a man in Delaware, the torture and mutilation death of a retarded boy in 1919,and the killing of a twelve-year-old boy in 1917. He alluded to many others but his confessions were never truly verified and he himself admitted his memory had deteriorated in his last few years. He reportedly admitted to the molestation of approximately 400 children, and incredibly horrifying number if true.
Charged with murder in the Budd killing, Fish’s lawyers predictably pursued an insanity defense in his 1935 trial. Just as predictably, it did not succeed and the child killer was sentenced to die in the electric chair at Sing Sing. The aging sadist looked forward to the chair, saying it was the untimate thrill and the only one he hadn’t tried. On January 16, 1936, Fish got his wish, but not without some added drama. One of his many perversions was to shove needles into the flesh between his testicles and anus. Quite often the needles went too far in and became lodged. Hundreds of tiny needles remained stuck in the man’s body at the time of his electrocution and they short-circuited the first electrocution attempt leaving Fish charred, but alive. It took a second massive current to send this monster to his grave.
Nevada-Tan - On Tuesday, 1 June 2004, at Sasebo Elementary School, an 11-year-old girl killed her classmate, then returned to her homeroom in bloodied clothes. The classmate, Satomi Miratai, died later that day. The killer is now in juvie, apparently until 2013. The story, an unprecedented and grisly murder, was printed in newspapers around the world. However, nobody could have anticipated what happened next. On the Japanese side of the Internet, a class picture was discovered, and two of the girls stood out. On the far left, wearing glasses and a green sweatshirt, Satomi stood grinning, giving a victory sign to the camera. Right next to her, with an inexplicable expression on her face, stood the killer— Nevada.
For some reason, the specifics of the murder— a seemingly normal 11-year-old girl, with a box-cutter, in a Nevada sweatshirt— made a clear impression in communal consciousness of the Internet, all around the world. Stories were posted on Internet forums across Europe, the U.S., and Asia. In Japan, especially, she became a center of attention and was given the name “Nevada-tan”; “-tan” being the way a young child would pronounce the honorific “-chan”, i.e., “Widdle Nevada”. The investigation into her murder revealed a long story. Nevada was originally nearly a normal kid; she enjoyed Battle Royale, but of course that’s a very popular movie all over the world. Now, she was on her school’s basketball team, but her mother made her quit so that she could improve her grades. At this point Nevada became ill-willed and began to collect horror Flash movies on her website. She began to frequent violent websites, and wrote a Battle Royale fanfic and gruesome “recipes”. She focused her attention on the Internet, trying to gain fans with a LiveJournal-style diary. She rejoined the basketball team, but they excluded her from activities and she dropped out. On her diary, she wrote, “I don’t really like to play with my friends.”
Her good friend Satomi Miratai became an enemy after she slighted Nevada on her own, far more popular diary. Nevada demanded an apology, but Satomi was frank with her, calling her “pretentious”. Following this insult, Nevada focused in on Satomi as an object for her anger. She watched a horror series on television (“Monday Mystery Theater”) where many people were killed quickly and effectively with box cutters. Soon afterwards, she threatened a boy with a box cutter. Ten days later, she led Satomi into an empty classroom, covered her eyes, and slit her throat.
“I told Mrs. - Ms Vian that I had a problem with sexual fantasies, that I was going to tie her up, and that - and I might have to tie the kids up, and that she would cooperate with this - cooperate with me at the time. We went back. She was extremely nervous. Think she even smoked a cigarette. And we went back to the - one of the back - back areas of the porch, I explained to her that I had done this before, and, you know, I think she, at that point in time I think she was sick ‘cause she had a night robe on, and I think, if I remember right, she was - she had been sick. I think she came out of the bedroom when I went in the house. So anyway, we went back to her bedroom, and I proceeded to tie the kids up, and they started crying and got real upset. So I said oh, this isn’t gonna work, so we moved ‘em to the bathroom. She helped me. And then I tied the door shut. We put some toys and blankets and odds and ends in there for the kids, make them as comfortable as we could. Tied the - we tied one of the bathroom doors shut so they couldn’t open it, and we shoved - she went back and helped me shove the bed up against the other bathroom door, and then I proceeded to tie her up. She got sick, threw up. Got her a glass of water, comforted her a little bit, and then went ahead and tied her up and then put a bag over her head and strangled her.”