In another case, a talented FBI profiler was responsible for the arrest of Robert Hansen, the "Butcher Baker" of Alaska, who hunted his victims through the woods with a knife and a gun.
Special Agent Roy Hazelwood told his colleagues to look for an experienced big game hunter with low self-esteem and a stutter — and led them right to Hansen's door. Other times, no amount of courage or smarts saves the day — it's just sheer dumb luck. That was the case with serial killer Randy Kraft, who had been a suspect but was released for lack of evidence. He was finally caught when he was pulled over for drunk driving — with a dead man in his car.
Then there was Larry Eyler, a hot-tempered house painter who was serving a life sentence for the murder of year-old Daniel Bridges. It was only after he died in prison that his lawyer released a list of 17 other names he'd compiled: his other, unknown victims who had been buried in graves that were never found. The stories of how these famous serial killers met their ends are wild — sometimes hopeful, sometimes heartbreaking, usually disturbing, and always interesting.
Then, have a look at some quotes from serial killers that will leave you deeply disturbed. By All That's Interesting. From Ted Bundy to Jeffrey Dahmer, learn how the most notorious serial killers rose to infamy — and sealed their fate. Like this gallery? Share it: Share Tweet Email. One of the first recorded serial killers, in , H. Holmes opened a hotel of horrors in Chicago which he designed for the sole purpose of carrying out the most heinous of murders.
Locals called the place "The Castle" due to its immaculate appearance. Torture rooms —including one that expelled poisonous gas — filled the Castle to the brim. Holmes would invite people into these rooms and then kill them in a variety of horrific ways. Holmes eventually left Chicago for Texas, where he planned to open a similar death hotel.
These plans quickly fell through, though, and so he wandered across the U. Police originally arrested him in Missouri on charges of selling mortgaged goods but after some investigation found out the true depth of his crimes. Police were able to confirm nine murders but believed that Holmes may have killed up to people over the course of his life, a number they based on missing people reports during the time of his criminal activity.
Wikimedia Commons. Between and , Earle Nelson managed to kill more than 22 people across America. The prolific murderer would often prey on unsuspecting landladies after pretending that he wanted to rent a room in their home. The cops finally arrested Nelson in June in Canada, where he had murdered his last two victims.
The husband of Emily Patterson, one of his last victims, found his wife's body under their bed. This prompted the investigation that soon led to Nelson's arrest.
Canadian authorities quickly sentenced him to death and hanged him the following January. With a murder total somewhere between 49 and 60 people, the Chessboard Killer born Alexander Pichushkin is one of Russia's most notorious serial killers. He would often use the promise of free vodka to lure people to his home, where he would drink with them before murdering them.
In , Alexander murdered his final victim, Marina Moskalyova. On watching subway footage, police identified Pichushkin as Moskalyova's escort and used this as evidence that would lead to his arrest and final conviction. Pichushkin is now serving life in prison. Between the years of and , Gacy was responsible for the deaths of at least 33 young boys, all of whom he buried in the walls and basement of his home.
It was only when year-old Robert Jerome Piest went missing that the police began to suspect Gacy, as he had seen the boy just before his disappearance. Authorities began interviewing people in connection with Gacy and ultimately searched his home, where they found the remains of his victims. In it solely for the money, he lured wealthy people back to the space, where he would subsequently shoot them in the head.
What happened next was a lot more grim: Haigh would dispose of the bodies by soaking them in acid, which disintegrated them. Durand-Deacon's friend reported her missing shortly after the murder, and the police began to investigate Haigh. While searching his workshop, they found human gallstones and a small part of some dentures. Authorities arrested Haigh, and soon he went on trial for murder. In an apparent attempt to avoid the death penalty, Haigh decided to plead insanity, claiming that he also drank the blood of his victims.
The insanity plea didn't work, and the judge sentenced Haigh to death. On August 19, , authorities hanged him at Wandsworth Prison. Over the course of a little more than a year, he broke into several area homes and killed 13 people. Ramirez's prior criminal record for lesser crimes would ultimately do him in. One witness identified an orange Toyota that Ramirez drove while fleeing a crime scene, and the license plate number led police to his file, which prompted a manhunt.
Suddenly, his face appeared on the front page of every newspaper in the area. Ramirez attempted to flee, but a group of locals apprehended him, holding him captive until police arrived.
A judge called his crimes acts of "cruelty, callousness, and viciousness beyond any human understanding" and sentenced Ramirez to 13 death penalties. Ramirez would not see a single one: the serial killer died while waiting on death row in Although the courts convicted him on six or more counts of murder, it's unclear whether Ottis Toole was actually a serial killer.
Along with his accomplice and lover, Henry Lee Lucas, Toole claimed responsibility for many deaths throughout the s and s in Jacksonville, Florida. In the end, however, police definitively attributed just one murder to Toole, that of six-year-old Adam Walsh, whom he admitted to decapitating. In , Toole died in prison of cirrhosis. Perhaps one of the most famous serial killers of our time, Ted Bundy committed his crimes throughout the s in various states, including Washington, Idaho, and Utah.
An attractive man, Bundy lured women to isolated areas where he would kill them, often by decapitating them. Occasionally, he would return to the bodies and perform sexual acts upon them. Officers first caught Bundy in in Florida, but he somehow managed to escape and commit more crimes over the following three years. In , the police captured Bundy for the second time and a court sentenced him to three death penalties.
He died in the electric chair in Signs of Gary Ridgway's murderous future appeared early on in life. At age 16, Ridgway committed his first attack when he lured a six-year-old boy into the woods and stabbed him through the ribs. According to the statements he gave in court, Ridgway later killed so many women — many of whom were prostitutes and runaways — that he simply lost count.
Gary Ridgway , known as the Green River killer, carried out the killings in Seattle, and though he has confessed to a great number of them, it's not clear how many he actually killed. Today, he's still alive and serving a life sentence in Florence, Colorado. Albert Fish had many nicknames, including the Werewolf of Wysteria and the Moon Maniac, but none of them truly convey the horror of his crimes. During the s and s, police believed Fish had killed up to nine people in New York, although he only confessed to three.
In , Fish slipped up after killing ten-year-old Grace Budd. He'd abducted the girl, telling his parents that he was taking her to a party. Haunted Hill - Archive Series Vol 2. Haunted Hill 2. Cockroach Blues 4. Puddin Tame 6. Grief Bird 7. When Wants Becomes Needs 8. Christine Side B: 9. Pneumonia Nothing At All Long Gone Dillinger Evil Devil Blues Reefer And Glo-Worms Hokey Pokey John Henry Big Moon Boogie pic of back. Roadside Rendezvous.
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