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Posted on 24th Jul at 5:44 PM, with 228 notes

The Inmate’s OfficeEd Kemper’s office where he was in charge of schedulingother inmate’s appointments with the prison psychiatrist.
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The Inmate’s Office
Ed Kemper’s office where he was in charge of scheduling
other inmate’s appointments with the prison psychiatrist.

Posted on 24th Jul at 2:57 PM, with 335 notes


Andrei Chikatilo

He was born in 1936 into a small Ukrainian village and his head was misshapen from water on the brain. He had a sister seven years younger. His father was a POW in WWII and then was sent to a prison camp in Russia, so his mother raised him mostly on her own.

In the HBO documentary, “Cannibal” and in Moira Martingale’s book Cannibal Killers, some of Chikatilo’s background is described in a chilling context as a way to try to understand what drove him into such a bestial frenzy. In fact, Martingale sees a direct connection between those times and Chikatilo’s sexual fantasies. He was like a werewolf, changing into a ravaging animal when triggered in just the right way. Much of this information came from the confession, the assessments done later, and from investigative research.

During the early part of the 20th century, the former Soviet Union was often subjected to famines, especially in the Ukraine after Stalin crushed out private agriculture and sent many citizens to the Siberian Gulag. Some six million people died of starvation, according to Cullen, and desperate people might remove meat from corpses to survive. Sometimes they went to a cemetery, where corpses were stacked, and sometimes (legend has it) they grabbed someone on the street. Human flesh was bought and sold, or just hoarded.

Children saw disfigured corpses and heard terrible tales of hardship. Chikatilo had grown up during several of these famines and one story that his mother told was how he once had had an older brother, Stepan, who had been killed. In a prison interview, he said, “Many people went crazy, attacked people, ate people. So they caught my brother, who was ten, and ate him.” He might simply have died and been consumed, if he even existed (which could not be corroborated in any records), but Chikatilo’s mother would warn him to stay in the yard or he might get eaten as well. It was a scary idea, but titillating.

He also saw the results of Nazi occupation and of German bombing, with bodies blown up in the streets. He said that they frightened and excited him.

Most of his childhood was spent alone, living in his fantasies. Other children mocked him for his awkwardness and sensitivity. He began to develop anger at this age, even rage. To entertain and empower himself, he devised images of torture, and these remained a fixed part of his killings later in life.

He had his first sexual experience as an adolescent when he struggled with a ten-year-old friend of his sister’s and ejaculated. That impressed itself on him, especially as he went along in life unable to get an erection but able to ejaculate. The struggle became as fixed in his mind as the images of torture.

He went into the army but when he came home and tried to have a girlfriend, he found he was still unable to perform the sexual act. The girl spread this around, humiliating him, and he dreamed about catching her and tearing her to pieces. His life, as far as he could see, was now a disaster.

He became a schoolteacher and did get married (which was arranged by his sister), but could only conceive children, according to the HBO documentary, by ejaculating outside his wife and pushing his semen inside by hand. Much like his mother, his wife was critical, which only made Chikatilo withdraw even further into his fantasy world. His mother died in 1973 when he was 37, and it wasn’t long before he found himself attracted to young girls and began to molest them. It made him feel powerful, and when incidents were reported, they were met with cover-up and denial instead of prosecution, allowing a pervert to become a killer.

For true satisfaction, he needed to get violent, and by 1978, he killed his first victim. Since he was on the road quite often as a parts supply liaison, it became easy to find vulnerable strangers, dominate them and murder them. He didn’t have to go looking for them, he said. They were always right there and they were usually willing to follow him. He had read the newspaper reports about the murders when the press was allowed to print them and had known it was only a matter of time before it would all end. Being arrested, he admitted, was a relief.

Chikatilo believed he suffered from an illness that provoked his uncontrollable transgressions. He wanted to see some specialists in sexual deviance, and said that he would answer all questions.

He was sent to Moscow’s Serbsky Institute for two months for psychiatric and neurological assessment, and it was determined that he had brain damage from birth. It had affected his ability to control his bladder and his seminal emissions. His mother criticized him for it repeatedly, and was often cruel. He had deviant fantasies. However, after all the reports, he was found to be sane. He knew what he was doing and he could have controlled it. 

Posted on 22nd Jul at 5:46 AM, with 39 notes


Mugshot of serial killer Leonard Lake who, along with his accomplice Charles Ng, kidnapped, tortured and murdered between 11 and 25 women over a two year period. The pair had kept their victims as sex slaves, even a list of rules for the ‘slaves’ were discovered that included items such as “I must always be ready to service my master.

Lake was initially arrested on a firearms offence, but shortly after he was apprehended he ingested a cyanide capsule. This put him in a coma and four days later he died, and was consequently never tried for the crimes he committed.

Posted on 21st Jul at 3:22 PM, with 267 notes


Excerpt from one of Ted Bundy’s confession tapes.

It almost feels like he is whispering into your ear, disturbing. But I like it.

Posted on 21st Jul at 3:21 PM, with 3,167 notes

Charted info on some of the most insane serial killers.
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Charted info on some of the most insane serial killers.

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Posted on 21st Jul at 3:16 PM, with 738 notes
"Fuck them. Dying doesn’t scare me. I’ll be in hell. With Satan. That’s gotta be a better place than this. I’d rather die than live in a cage. Fuck that shit, man."
Richard Ramirez. (via dichotomized)
Posted on 17th Jul at 6:27 PM, with 157 notes


Photograph of mass murderer Pekka-Eric Auvinen who committed the Jokela school shooting in Finland on the 7th of November 2007. Auvinen was also known as the YouTube Killer as he posted numerous clips on the video sharing website foreshadowing the crime. In total he killed 8 people at the school - five boys, two girls and the principal, as well as injuring a further 10 people. The massacre finished when Auvinen shot himself in the head, however this did not kill him instantly and instead he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital almost 10 hours after he shot himself.

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Posted on 17th Jul at 3:21 PM, with 99,208 notes


Luminol is used by forensic investigators to detect trace amounts of blood left at crime scenes as it reacts with iron found in hemoglobin. It is used by biologists in cellular assays for the detection of copper, iron, and cyanides, in addition to the detection of specific proteins by Western Blot.

For analysis of an area, luminol can be sprayed evenly across the area, and trace amounts of an activating oxidant will cause the luminol to emit a blue glow that can be seen in a darkened room. The glow lasts for about 30 seconds, but the effect can be documented by a long-exposure photograph. It is important that the spraying be evenly applied to avoid creating a slanted, or biased impression, such as blood traces appearing to be more concentrated in areas which received more spray. The intensity of the glow does not indicate the original amount present, but only the distribution of trace amounts of substances left in the area.

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Posted on 17th Jul at 2:44 PM
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Posted on 17th Jul at 2:05 PM, with 118 notes


Last Meal of Convicted Serial Killers/Murderers

Ted BundySteak, eggs, hash browns, coffee.

Aileen Wuornos: Denied requesting a last meal, just asking for a cup of coffee.

Timothy Mcveigh: 2 pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream

John Wayne Gacy: Fried shrimp, bucket of KFC fried chicken, fries, strawberries 

Karla Faye Tucker: Garden salad with ranch, a peach, a banana

Albert Fish: Steak

Tommy Lynn Sells: Since Texas no longer allows last meals, Sells was given a chopped brisket, chilled pasta salad, peas and carrots, sliced pickles, sliced bread, and he had a choice of tea, punch, or water to drink.

Stanley Williams, leader of the Crips: Oatmeal and milk.

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