Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silence of the Lambs, Scream… these movies featuring gruesome serial killers mercilessly tracking down innocent victims and murdering them in ruthlessly imaginative ways… they seem like interesting if violent ways to pass the time. It grips our mind and keeps us on the edge as long as the movie lasts. Then thankfully it gets over and we can get back to our own world where we are safe. What if you were to know that even the worst specimen of a serial killer in Hollywood has nothing on the real life ones that roamed around free and picked on intended victims with abandon. You may have heard of names like Jack The Ripper or the Stoneman Murders. But killers far more violent, far more dangerous created havoc where they lived, rendering nothing and no one safe. Read on for spine chilling true stories of human predators who have no conscience.
10. Robert Black
Robert Black, a van driver from UK, discovered that his job as a van driver gave him access to all kinds of places and this job was perfect for an aspiring serial killer. His specialty was little girls. Though he has been convicted of killing four of them from 1981 to 1986, police believe he killed many more. He would snatch little girls from on the road or convenient locales when no one else was looking. Their bodies would surface days later, mutilated and miles away from where they had been abducted. He was finally caught when spotted bundling a six year old girl into his van in 1990. He is currently serving prison term and will likely never be released.
9. Richard Chase
Richard Chase was an American serial killer who believed that the Nazis were turning his blood into powder by poison they had planted below his soap dish. As a result he was constantly afraid of running out of blood. He would shoot his victims, have sex with the dead body, and then bathe in the resulting pool of blood. Of the number of small children he killed, he ate their internal organs and drank their blood. He was eventually arrested and sentenced to the gas chamber. However, on 26th December 1980 he was found to have committed suicide in prison.
8. Javed Iqbal
Javed Iqbal Mughal was a serial killer from Lahore, Pakistan who was purported to have killed more than a hundred boys before the long arm of the law finally caught up with him. He initially sexually abused two minor boys in June 1998, for which he was supposed to go to prison. He was let off on bail after serving a very short time. It was then that the murderous rage took over. He would stand on street corners and charm boys and men. Once they agreed to come with him, he would drug and rape them. Then he strangled and dismembered their bodies. Then he dunked these dismembered pieces in hydrochloric acid to dissolve them. He would then dump the remains in the public sewers. He would keep the clothes and shoes of his victims as personal mementos. At his sentencing he showed no remorse. He is reported to have said, “I am Javed Iqbal, killer of 100 children. I hate this world. I am not ashamed of my action and I am ready to die. I have no regrets. I killed 100 children.”
7. Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer was an American serial killer from Milwaukee who had killed more than seventeen men after luring them to his apartment. He had dismembered their bodies brutally and kept their skulls as souvenirs. He even admitted to eating parts of his victims. He was caught when his final intended victim had managed to escape from him and was running desperately down the road. Fortunately a police patrol car was going down that way that he managed to flag down. Dahmer was sentenced to nine hundred years in jail, but was found dead in his prison cell in 1994.
6. Colin Ireland
Colin Ireland was a former British soldier who decided to become a serial killer one fine day. He decided that homosexual men would make for the best and easiest victims because of their loose and flamboyant lifestyles and went after them. Before killing his victims, he would turn all their family picture frames on the mantelpiece towards the wall so that they would not witness the crime. With each successive murder, he grew in confidence and would call the Scotland Yard Police, taunting them to catch him. His first victim was theatre director Peter Walker. He stripped him naked and tied him to the bed before strangling him. Before leaving his residence, he called the police to alert them to the crime. He got away with five murders before the law caught up with him. He had picked up his latest victim, Emmanuel Spiteri, from a gay club. Footage of both of them crossing the street surfaced on CCTV footage and he was finally tracked down. What is even more pathetic is that he had strangled the pet cat of one of his victims Andrew Collier while in the process of murdering him.
5. Dennis Nilsen
Self-professed loner Dennis Linsen had driven at least fifteen young men and boys, probably more, to their deaths. He lured them to his house on some pretext or the other and then killed them. He preserved their corpses and slept with them on his bed for several days till the putrid rotting stench became too much to bare. This was apparently done to alleviate his loneliness. He would have gotten away with his efforts at friendship had neighbours not complained about blocked drains. Nilsen would cut up and burn the corpses once he was done with them and then flush them down the drain. The plumber decided to have the pieces analysed and was shocked to discover the pieces to be human flesh. In 1983 he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
4. Joachim Kroll
Born in 1933, Joachim Kroll was a serial killer and cannibal from Germany who had killed and eaten thirteen people, including little children, during his reign of terror. He was finally caught in 1976 when desperate policemen were going from home to home and one exasperated neighbour complained to them of pipes being jammed in the building. The person who was sent to examine the pipes was asked what was blocking them. He replied simply, “Guts”. Kroll claimed he would slice flesh from his victims and cook them to save grocery bills. When arrested, he thought that he would be operated upon to cure him of his cannibalistic urges and then released. He was instead ordered to serve nine life sentences. But he died in 1991 of a heart attack.
3. Andrei Chikatilo
Ukrainian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo was truly one of the most despicable and menacing men to ever have walked the earth. Born in 1933, he was nicknamed the “Butcher of Rostov” and the “Red Ripper” in description of the crimes he committed. He butchered 53 women and children between from 1978 to 1990 when he was finally caught. He first lured a nine year old girl to the woods and tried to rape her. When she struggled, he slashed her throat. He achieved sexual gratification at the sight of the dying girl begging and from then on was able to achieve an erection only when he violently killed women and children begging for their lives. He would mostly approach prostitutes’ tramps, but abducted little girls whenever he could. Since he lived in the Soviet era, such crimes tended to be brushed under the carpet because Communist government’s likes to claim that terrible crimes like rape and murder only happened in immoral capitalistic countries. He was captured in 1990 and went to trial in 1992. During the trial process, he was kept in a cage at the centre of the courtroom, ironically for his own protection. The bereaved family members of the victims he had killed were out for his blood and would have lynched him were it not for the cage keeping him safe. A firing squad was dispatched to execute him and he was killed by a single bullet at the back of his head.
2. Ted Bundy
The most notorious serial killer in the US history, Ted Bundy is famous for all the wrong reasons. Born in 1946, he raped and murdered an unidentified number of young women from 1974 to 1978. Though he confessed to the tally being thirty, police believe the actual number to being much higher. He was supposed to be quite good looking and charming and would always single out his victims in a highly public place. He would either feign injury by wearing a sling or a cast. Or he would pretend to be a public official like a fireman or a policeman. He kept a crowbar below his car seat and would knock out the victims the moment they approached the car. He raped the live victims and then had sex with the dead, decaying bodies. He applied make up on these corpses before having sex with them. He was caught and executed through the electric chair on 24th January 1989. His last words were, “I’d like you to give my love to my family and friends.”
1. Gilles De Rais
On the number one position of this terrible list is a man who can be called the father of serial killing. It is especially sad because prior to turning to a life of crime, he was a celebrated military captain in the army of St Joan of Arc. Born in 1404, Gilles De Rais raped, tortured and killed hundreds of little children, mostly boys. He was attracted to blonde blue eyed little boys. He would promise them sweets and treats and lure them to his castle. He would then torture and mutilate them in the most inhuman methods possible, ejaculating over the dying children. His greatest pleasure lay in bathing in their blood. He liked to stab them in the jugular vein and enjoy the squirting blood sprouting over him. After the deed was done, he was immensely regretful and would whip himself and pray for hours on in the family chapel. His servants were left to burn the bodies in the fire place and clean the room bathing in blood.