Notorious Murderers and Serial Killers

This category contains questions and answers about those people who committed a notorious murder, or a series of murders, often in a gruesome fashion. Their psychology and manner of murder continues to fascinate and repel people.

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Are there any serial killers in Tampa Florida?

I posted an article containing data in that subject in the related links box below.

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Why do serial killers target women?

There are several reasons why serial killers pick women. Almost all serial murder is about sex in some way. Even if the victim is not raped there will be other signs that the killer leaves that gives clues into his mindset. Jack The Ripper never raped any of his victims yet his were sexually motivated. The Zodiac of No. California never raped any of his victims, yet again there were certain sexual elements to his crimes.

Women as victims are simple for many killers. If the killer has sexual problems it seems logical he won't take out his anger on men. (unless he's homosexual) Women by their very being make for easier victims. They are smaller, weaker, and conditioned 'not to make a scene' from their earliest childhood. Also, many murder victims of serial killers have been known to work as prostitutes. That alone puts them in a higher risk factor. Prostitutes pick up strange men as a matter of business. The are frequently working in areas that are dangerous and have high crime rates. They also move around alot. If a 'working' girl has not been seen for a while, well that's just part of the job. And last by not least, working girls avoid the law. When you put all these triats together you get the perfect victim.

Tooth Fairy
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Who was tooth fairy the serial killer?

In the movie The Red Dragon, Francis Dolarhyde is a fictional character and the main antagonist. He was called the tooth fairy. He was the serial killer in that movie.

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Did Elizabeth Stride have children?

According to all who knew her Stride like to talk a good story. The only record of any children of Stride's was born in March of 1865, a daughter born stillborn.

In 1878 the collision of two ships, the Princess Alice and Bywell Castle, claimed 600-700 lives. Stride liked to tell anyone that would listen that her husband and all 8 of her children were among the dead. There is no documentation to prove this, but it is well known that her husband died years later of natural causes.

Another answer

Meanwhile the above is true, Elizabeth had an undeveloped vagina. Sex for her would be oral or anal. She was unable to have children.

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Who is the serial killer of the 21 century?

It is a former police investigator who was charged with killing possibly 100 girls until caught in 2005. His name is Serhiy Tkach. He is an Ukranian.

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Who was the tcby strangler?

Maybe you are confusing this person for the BTK strangler. His name is Dennis Lynn Rader who got Life imprisonment.

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Are there any active serial killers in Oregon?


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How many active serial killers in UK?

The police came with about 30 suspects of serial killings in UK.

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Can you email Richard Ramirez the serial killer?

Write to Ramirez at:

#E 37101, San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin CA 94974.

I could find no email address for Ramirez but I think it is possible to get it from California Corrections ( They can also provide the information on collect phone calls from prisoners.

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Charles Manson

Did Charles Tex Watson have kids?

Yes, he had 4 kids while in prison through conjugal visits.

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Why do serial killers start killing?

There is probably no single answer to this question. Experts in this field are not entirely clear as to what goes into the making of a serial killer. And there are probably many different factors that 'set off' a person that begins a career in killing strangers. Internal and external stress in the individual's life is most likely a contributing factor that sets the 'wheels' in motion. Once begun, the inclination to continue is overpowering for the killer.*

*Reasons for serial killers cessation:death or extreme illness, incarceration, old age. Moving to a new location, which is very common, does not mean the killing has stopped, it just moves to a new community.

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Kansas serial murders?

Kansas has it's well known convicted serial killer named Dennis Lynn Rader known as the BTK killer. Richard Grissom also from kansas was a serial killer aprehended for the killing of 3 women. Another serial killer was aprehended in Kansas even dough he was from Illioins, was John Edward Robinson.

In the related links box below, I posted the THE BLOODY BENDERS article. It has the Mass Murderers from the History of Kansas.

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Jack the Ripper

What was the Autumn of Terror?

The Autumn of Terror was the time period from August 1888 to November 1888 in Victorian London's east end or Whitechapel. The Ripper was on the loose and no woman felt safe, especially the prostitutes that lived and worked those streets for their livelyhood.

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John Wayne
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John Wayne Gacy

When did John Wayne Gacy die?

John Wayne Gacy died on May 10, 1994 at the age of 52.

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What were the last words of serial killer William Palmer as he stepped onto the gallows in 1856?

William Palmer is credited with having said, as he stepped upon the trap door on the scaffold, "Are you sure this damn thing's safe?"

However I cannot find any reference to him having spoken these words in any of the contemporary accounts of his execution.

Last words as reported in 1856
In the Illustrated Life, Career, and Trial of William Palmer of Rugeley published in 1856 it stated that, "After a brief prayer with the chaplain, he turned to the hangman, had the rope put round his neck, and the long cap drawn over his face. He then shook hands with his executioner , said, in a low voice, "God bless you;" and as the last word issued from his lips the bolt was withdrawn, the drop fell, and, after a slight convulsion of the limbs, he hung lifelessly from the gallows. So well had everything been managed by the hangman, so nicely had the fatal cord been adjusted, and so clear was the fall of the drop, that death was all but instantaneous."

Bubbles and Indigestion:
In Fletcher's book The Life & Career of dr. William Palmer of Rugeley we are told that "On the morning of his execution, when the hangman came in to his cell, he was offered some wine before he was pinioned. When it was brought and poured out quickly, he blew off some bubbles and remarked "They always give me indigestion next morning if I drink in a hurry." Within less than ten minutes he was dead"

Guilty or Not Guilty?
Before the execution party were due to start their walk to the gallows the Governor asked Palmer to agree that the sentence was just. Palmer replied, "Cook did not die from strychnine".The governor told Palmer "This is not a time for quibbling. Did you, or did you not , kill Cook?" Palmer answered, "The Lord Chief Justice summed up for poisoning by strychnine."

Much has been made of Palmer's words in the absence of a confession of guilt. Was he saying that the sentence was unjust and that he was innocent of poisoning Cook or was he implying that he had poisoned Cook but not with strychnine?

The instant before they started the walk to the gallows the chaplain again tried to get Palmer to admit the justice of the sentence and Palmer was somewhat irritated and replied firmly "It is not a just sentence!"
"Then," replied the Chaplain irritably, "your blood be upon your own head."

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What Boston Strangler victim was from Beckley WV?

The first thing is that DeSalvo was never proved to be the Boston Strangler:

On 27th October, 1964, he entered a young woman's home posing as a detective. He tied his victim to the victim's bed, proceeded to sexually assault her, and suddenly left, saying "I'm sorry" as he went. The woman's description to the police led to his identification as Albert De Salvo, with the publication of his photo resulting in women coming forward in droves identifying him as the man who had assaulted them. At this point, De Salvo was not suspected of being involved with the spate of stranglings that had taken place over a period of nearly two years, and wasn't until he was being held on a rape charge that he confessed in great detail his activities as the Boston Strangler.

However, there was no evidence to substantiate his confession, and as such, stood trial for earlier, unrelated crimes of robbery and sexual offences. He was sent to prison for life in 1967, but was to be murdered six years later while in his cell.

The second thing there is no victim from Beckley:

1.Mrs. Anna E. Slesers

77 Gainsborough St.

Boston-Age 55

2.Mrs. Nina G. Nichols

1940 Commonwealth Ave.

Brighton-Age 68

3.Miss Helen E. Blake

73 Newhall St.

Lynn-Age 65

4.Mrs Margaret Davis

139 Blue Hill Ave.

Roxbury-Age 60

5.Mrs. Ida Irga

7 Grove St.

Boston-Age 75

6.Miss Jane Sullivan

435 Columbia Rd.

Dorchester-Age 67

7.Miss Sophie Clark

315 Huntington Ave.

Boston-Age 21

8.Miss Patricia Bissette

515 Park Dr.

Boston-Age 24

9.Mrs. Evelyn Corbin

224 Lafayette St.

Salem-Age 50

10.Miss Joan Graff

Essex St.

Lawrence-Age 23

11.Miss Mary Sullivan

44 Charles St.

Boston-Age 20

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Why do people make tributes glorifying serial killers?

Some people do glorify serial killers. Museum are made to display their past properties. Museums are good and some people visit them for curiosity without glorizing them and some people that gloriy them also visit them. Wikianswers and myself doesn't glorify serial killers. Persons that glorify serial killers is fenomenom that few persons could explain or give you a reason why.

The real deal with people glorifying killers is that there is a part of their Psyche that relates of that of a serial killer. Usually this is a small part of them that will remain for the most part buried and can only surface in non threatening actions such as glorifying killers making them heroes of sorts fa filing a small fantasy.

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How do FBI track down serial killers?

Stranger murder is one of the hardest types of murders to solve. But the FBI has put a lot of effort into the indentifing and capture of serial killers. Criminal profiling, although not an exact science, helps decipher psychological clues left by the killer, either on the body or crime scene. Fingerprints are now compared by computers and any matches take only seconds in some cases. Forensics plays heavily in the detection of the guilty. Fiber, hair, blood, ect are a part of every homicide case. Even blood that has been cleaned and even bleached can still be detected, in some cases, years after the crime.* And with these advances in science came DNA. The identifing of each individual's genetic material, unique to every person with the exception of identical twins, has taken crime detection into the 21st century. What 50 years ago was science fiction is now routine police work.

The above advances have made the detection and capture of serial killers far easier than ever before. But any good cop will tell you that it still takes the human factor to make it all happen. There is no way to replace good old-fashioned police work. A combination of intuition and experience is the heart and soul of any homicide case.

*With the use of chemicals such as Luminol, blood, even decades old, can be detected.

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What are serial killer followers called?

Serial killer groupies.

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True Crime Literature

What was the strain theory of the Green River Killer?

The 'strain theory' as it applies to Gary L. Ridgeway, aka Green River Killer, begins in his childhood. Ridgeway had a very interesting relationship with his domineering mother. Borderline incestuous, Ridgeway later told how her provocative way of dressing, bathing young Gary when in his teens, and an absent father left Ridgeway sexually attracted to his mother. She was also overbearing and would quite frequently humiliate him especially about his bed wetting. Although the Ridgeways seemed, at least superfically, like an average family, Gary struggled throughout his childhood and teen years.

As an adult he had failed marriages (2), failed service record, and in general had trouble relating to other people. As is common with serial killers, many are not at ease with the rest of the human population.

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What are the characteristics of power seeking killers?

There are different types of killers that are into power. Hitler is a perfect example. Everything Hitler did was about power, how he could use it to better his position of power. He was a real life 'Dr. Evil' who wanted nothing more than to take over the world. Then there are serial killers. Most people don't understand that for serial stranger kiillers the kill is incidental. It's the power over their victims that keep them at it, killing over and over until they die, get caught or just get too old to continue. Ted Bundy loved to watch the light go out of his victim's eyes as he strangled them, in a way it was his demented way to play God. He had total control, their lives and deaths were in his hands, literally.

In the case of Hitler, Stalin and other political figures as well as serial killers like Bundy, Dahmer and Gacy, all have characteristics of one or more personality disorders. No amount of drugs or therapy can help or alter APD and other disorders like it. Because it's not a mental illness but a defective personality there is little that can be done for the aflicted. It is believed by most psychologists that a person's personality is almost completely formed by the age of five. These killers were what they were long before the decision to take another's life. The killings are the manifestation of the disorder, not the other way around.

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True Crime Literature

Is Donald Pee Wee Gaskins an organized or disorganized serial killer?

Pee wee Gaskins first killing was committed by mere chance when in 1946, at the age of 13, a girl he knew interrupted him burglarizing a home. She attacked him with an ax, which he managed to get away from her, striking her in the head and arm with it before running away from the scene. The second one was committed by chance and not by intentional motives also so as a killer he was disorganized getting caught both times serving terms.

History, Politics & Society
History of China
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Did Yang Xinhai kill men and women?

Yes. At times he killed entire families.

Criminal Law
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True Crime Literature

What was the MO for the Hillside Stranglers?

The MO or modis operandi means the way a criminal carries out his crimes. It should not be confused with signature.

For the the Hillside Stranglers their MO involved using fake police badges, abduction in their car, the victims were taken to a predesignated place, (Angelo Buno's house) where they were kept alive for a certain amount of time, they were raped repeatedly, and then were tortured beyond belief before finally being killed. Then the bodies were taken into the hills surrounding Los Angeles and dumped.

A killer's MO can change and evolve over time. Killers get better at what they do, or they can become bored and need to 'push the envelope' just to achieve the same thrill. Like a drug addict that needs more and more of the drug to achieve the same 'high'. The MO helps law enforcement predict what a killer will do to a certain degree. It also helps establish a profile which helps narrow the possiblities of suspects down to a more managable number.

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What was the unabomber real name?

Dr. Theodore John "Ted" Kaczynski also known as the Unabomber is an American mathematician and social critic, who engaged in a mail bombing spree that spanned nearly 20 years, killing three people and injuring 23 others.


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