Arthur Leigh Allen was previously a mental patient, he had stated that he had wanted to commit a sequence of murders which led him to be investigated by the authorities (Katz 4). Also, Bryan Hartwell, a survivor of the zodiac, said Arthur’s voice and physique were the same as what he had seen of the nefarious killer (Newton 416). The police investigated Arthur Leigh Allen’s home, they found numerous objects such as explosives, handwritten letters, handguns and a zodiac brand watch (Katz 5). Was it just a coincidence that the suspect had a zodiac brand watch and the other items or was the Zodiac Killer right under their nose? To add, “police speculated that perhaps Allen has committed the murder and an accomplice wrote the letters” (Katz 5).
Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to have a serial killer on the loose? The Zodiac is a serial killer that terrorized all of California, and he claimed to have taken the lives of many innocent civilians through the letters he sent. While his identity remains unsolved to this day, investigators have many theories as to who it might have been. Although plenty of people believe the identity of the Zodiac Killer is Arthur Leigh Allen, others are convinced it is a few lesser-known suspects. Even though the Zodiac’s identity is still uncertain to this day there are some truths that investigators have confirmed.
An example of a visionary killer is David Berkowitz, known as Son of Sam. He committed a total of 6 murders and wounded so many. He was arrested in August 10,1977 after a witness discover a detail that would help the police. During questioning Berkowitz stated that his neighbor Sam is the devil and Sam sent a message to him through his dog, telling him to kill (Berkowitz, 2014). Mission-oriented killers are not generally psychotic, but often have an explanation for the crime they are committing.
The Zodiac killer was a serial murderer in the San Francisco area during the nineteen-sixties. He was known for the letters he sent to the San Francisco police. The letters included various enciphered messages, which lead to police being wildly confused as they spent days upon days trying to decipher the Zodiacs cyphers. Some of his earlier cyphers were easily solved, others remain unsolved to this day. While the Zodiac Killer was never caught, many suspects came to light during the time of the investigation.
The Infamous Mystery of the Zodiac Killer “I am not sick. I am insane.” This bone chilling statement was spoken by the famous Zodiac. The Zodiac was a murderer from the late 1960s to early 1970s who was known for messing with the cops.
The Cook County Circuit Court documents refer to John Wayne Gacy as the Killer Clown (John). He is one of the most notorious serial killers in United States history. Many serial killers blend in to society because they are the type of person who can go through the motions of ordinary living while acting out against others without giving themselves away (Ramsland 178). Gacy was no exception; while he was busy burying young men under his home he was also running a contractor business, throwing fundraiser as the Democratic precinct captain, in the Chicago suburbs, and entertaining sick children as Pogo the Clown (178). Gacy’s seemingly normal lifestyle to the public was far from the reality of the secret life he lead as a serial killer, taking the life of thirty three young men from 1972 to 1978.
Time and DNA have a lot to do in this case, if things had not prospered and progressed through time, his case might had never been solved and he would’ve still been running around let loose on the streets as an unknown serial killer. Rader blamed his crimes on “factor x” meaning he was dropped on his head as a kid and says he was possessed by demons when that happen. He states he cannot control this and he believes that is why he took the lives of those 10 people. Rader also states he laid down at night and thought of his action towards a specific person, then he would take those actions and make them happen under any circumstance. In one of his communications in 2004, he left a Rice Krispies box at a Home Depot.
The motive behind the killing of a human being is a complex one (Freeman, 2007). It has been studied for years, trying to answer the question of “why” (Freeman, 2007). Considered America’s first serial killer, H. H. Holmes broke the mold when it came to criminal profiling of a serial killer (H.H. Holmes, 2004). He tortured, murdered, and dismembered his victims in ways that were not seen before (H.H. Holmes, 2004). Why did he chose this route?
In particular the name that comes up is H.H. Holmes, a notorious serial killer who murdered countless young women during the time of the fair, and could be sourced as a downfall in society. Yet, the actions of one man can not be the portrayal of numerous good deeds and positive advancements for the majority of the citizens. There are sick minded people throughout all points in history, and from the eventual arrest and interrogation of Holmes, we as a culture gained insight to the psyche of a deranged man: “...the vague humanness was missing... They later adopted the term “psychopath”...”(Larson 87). Basing modern psychology of the psychotic mind from first cases such as Holmes, is a reason many more killers have been caught or prevented in modern society, and while he was a stain to humanity at the time, he did not ruin the collective robustness of the American
Predicting Future Serial Murderer Behaviors Trevor Skinner East Carolina University Introduction Serial killing, serial murder, serial homicide, there are many names that can be thrown around for the act of killing multiple victims. While many know the names not as many know the actual definition of serial killing, or serial murder. There has been much difficulty with having a universal way to define serial killing, while it has been attempted, researchers and members of law enforcement have not been able to come up with one widely used and accepted definition for serial killing (Samuel Adjorlolo, 2014).
The name of my serial killer is Edmund Kemper. He is also known as the “Co-ed Killer.” Biological Information Edmund Kemper was born on December 18, 1948. He is still alive today. Kemper was born in Burbank, California.
Ted Bundy is one of the most famous serial killers. He killed more than 30 women and caused many to live in fear during the 70’s. He has the typical serial killer back story. He had a rough childhood, which caused him to act out and become a killer. When he was young he didn’t know for sure who his father was and he was told his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sister.
Ted Bundy Theodore (Ted) Bundy was originally Theodore Cowell, born on November 24, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont in a special home for Unwed Mothers. Louise Cowell, which was Ted’s mother, a little after a month, left the home and returned to her parent’s house. Louise went to Philadelphia where she could raise her son, while Ted grew to think his grandparents were his parents and his mother was his sibling. Later on, Ted and his mother Louise moved to Washington where Louise married Johnnie Bundy, a military cook. Although he never knew his father he was always well mannered, and because of his unhinged childhood, Ted Bundy was known as a serial killer.
Gilles de Rais (a French nobleman) is considered to be the precursor to the modern serial killer. Before he began his killing spree, he rode as a military captain in the army lead by St Joan of Arc – though it is unlikely that she knew him. He was accused and ultimately convicted of torturing, raping and murdering dozens, if not hundreds, of young children, mainly boys. According to surviving accounts, Rais lured children, mainly young boys who were blond haired and blue eyed (as he had been as a child), to his residences, and raped, tortured and mutilated them, often ejaculating, perhaps via masturbation, over the dying victim.