1. Visionary Killer: This killer feels compelled to kill because of ‘voices’ in their heads or visions that tell them to do so. For example, Herbert Williams Mullin claimed to hear voices that told him a disastrous earthquake was imminent, but he could save California through murder. Mullin killed thirteen people in an effort to ‘save California’. It was later determined that Mullin suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
2. Mission Oriented Killer: These individuals feel that it is their duty or mission to kill certain kinds of people. For example, Ted Kaczynski, commonly refered to as the Unabomber, started a bombing campaign in an effort to save the environment, which he felt was being destroyed around him. He targeted places that were creating ‘high technology’ such as universities and airlines. Kaczynski’s bombs killed three people and injured twenty-three.
3. Power-Control Killers: These killers seek complete control over their victims. Seuxal activity is almost always involved in these cases. John Wayne Gacy,“The Clown Killer”, would fall into this category. Gacy murdered and raped 33 teenage boys, burying 26 of them in the crawl space of his home.
4. Hedonistic Serial Killers: This is the most common type of serial killer. These individuals kill for the thrill and enjoyment they get from the act of killing. There are three subtypes of hedonistic killers:
- Hedonistic comfort killers: Killing victims provides the killer with some sort of comfort; usually money. Dorthea Puente ran a boarding house in California where she killed her elderly tenants and buried them in the backyard so she could claim their social insurance checks.
- Hedonistic lust killers: The serial sexual predator; fantasy plays a large role and their satisfaction depends on the amount of torture and mutilation they inflict on their victims. Jeffrey Dahmer is one of the best-known hedonistic lust killers. He searched for a beautiful, submissive, and eternal lover. Dahmer killed 17 men and boys in this search for his perfect lover; his murders involved rape, torture, dismemberment, necrophilia, and cannibalism (so that a part of his victims would stay with him forever).
- Hedonistic thrill killers: Their primary thrill is to create fear and death. The act is usually not sexual and is not drawn out over period of time, they are solely interested in the kill. Hedonistic thrill killers often work in teams. The notorious “Zodiac Killer” claimed to be responsible for 37 murders but investigators have only been able to pinpoint 7 victims, two of which survived. The Zodiac killer sent taunting letters to the police, and was never caught or identified.
For twelve years, this older man preyed on children in Russia, and while he confessed to as many as 52 murder-mutilations, it’s believed that he committed many more. Because the Communist government wanted to believe that serial murder was a capitalist crime, law enforcement was hindered in their efforts to stop “the Rostov Ripper.”
To some extent, what he did to dead children might have been influenced by tales his mother told about how his older brother had been cannibalized by Russian peasants driven insane by hunger, because he certainly devoured parts of his victims in that kind of savage manner. After luring them away from train or bus stations into the woods, he would stab them (often in the face), rip at them with his bare hands and chew off their genitals. He also gouged out their eyes or bit off their tongues and ripped open their torsos even as he grew ever more sexually excited. He raped them when he could achieve a full erection and often carried their organs away with him. In 1984, there were eight bodies in one month alone.
By the time Chikatilo was arrested in 1990, he was a grandfather. At his trial he was placed in a steel cage for his own protection. He feigned insanity but the judge didn’t buy it and sentenced him to death. He was executed in 1994.
A man identified only as Jan O. was sentenced to life in a psychiatric institution by a German court in June 2011 for the 2010 murders of two children.
Jan O. confessed to killing a 14-year-old girl, who he dragged into the woods, intending to rape her. He then stabbed her in the neck with a piece of broken bottle, bit off pieces of the would and drank her blood. Five days later, according to his admission, he kidnapped a 13-year-old boy who he thought was a girl because of his long hair. Upon discovering the child was a boy, Jan O. stabbed him to death. In his confession, Jan O. wrote, “I did not want sex anymore, only flesh and blood…I am addicted to the taste.”
German-born Johann Schmidt adopted the name Johann Hoch around 1895, the name being the maiden name of his first wife and his first victim. Hoch travelled around the United States, meeting women through lonely hearts advertisements, after which he bigamously married them. He is believed to have murdered at least 15 of them. Hoch’s chosen method of murder was arsenic poisoning; the poison was found in his fountain pen when he was finally arrested. He was hanged on 23 February 1906. In 1955 a pile of bones found hidden in the walls of a Chicago house were linked to Hoch. It is believed that he married at least 55 women and that such was his desire to obtain money from them that on one occasion he even removed gold false teeth from a glass of water beside his wife’s bed
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In you opinion what was the most gruesome killing you know of?
The Dnetpropetrovsk maniacs were pretty fucked. The black dahlia was also pretty bad.
How do you feel about satanists?
Eh, I dunno. I mean I don’t have any problems with them (LaVeyan Satanists, that is.) I feel like half of them are teenagers trying to be edgy and piss off everybody around them, and the other half take it super seriously and believe the entire Satanist bible (all the magic stuff too) which is just as ridiculous to me as almost any religion.
I mean, whatever believe what you want and do what you want.
The symbol of Baphomet was used by the Knights Templar to represent Satan. Through the ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young, The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and perhaps most appropriately, The Scape-goat. Baphomet represents the Powers of Darkness combined with the generative fertility of the goat. In it’s “pure” form the pentagram is shown encompassing the figure of a man in the five points of the star - three points up, two pointing down - symbolising man’s spiritual nature. In Satanism the pentagram is also used, but since Satanism represents the carnal instincts of man, or the opposite of the spiritual nature, the pentagram is inverted to perfectly accommodate the head of the goat - it’s horns, representing duality, thrust upwards in defiance; the other three points inverted, or the trinity denied. The Hebraic figures around the outer circle of the symbol which stem from the magical teachings of the Kabala, spell out “Leviathan,” the serpent of the watery abyss, and identified with Satan. These figures correspond to the five points of the inverted star.
“In 1979, another inmate-I guess to make a name for himself-tried to take my life. And he stuck me when I wasn’t looking with a razor and opened up the whole side of my neck. And it was a miracle that I survived. When I went down to the prison infirmary, I walked down there on my own and I didn’t really lose much blood. So I could just walk down there. And they sewed me up.”
-David Berkowitz talking about the man who almost killed him in prison.
Interview with David Berkowitz done by Larry king concerning his eligibility for parole.
King: “You have parole eligibility, but that’s very doubtful, right?”
Berkowitz: “As I understand it, actually I have my parole papers here: well, really the commitment papers. And as you can see, I’m doing consecutive sentences, which run right after the other. So one life sentence overlaps the other, and really what that means is basically it’s translated as life without parole.”
King: “How does it…what do you do with something like that?”
Berkowitz: “Larry, believe it or not I have learned to just be content and accept the fact. There are things that happened in the past that I deeply regret with all of my heart, but I know that I can’t change those things and I have to accept the punishment that was meted out to me. And God has just given me the strength to endure from day to day.”