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Heartless killers

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These killers performed murders you’d think could only happen in horror movies.

Ed Gein

Ed Gein
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Norman Bates (from Psycho), Leatherface (from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and Buffalo Bill (from Silence of the Lambs) are three of the most iconic fictional horror characters of all time – and they’re all loosely based on one man: Ed Gein. Also known as the Butcher of Plainfield, Gein collected women’s bodies through grave-robbing and murder from around 1945 to 1957, when he was finally caught. He used the women’s remains to decorate his isolated Wisconsin farm and to make various items of clothing. Gein passed away in 1984 in a mental institution.

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Charles Manson

Charles Manson
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One of the most infamous ringleaders in history, Charles Manson used psychopathic manipulation to gain his cult followers in the 1960s. Not only did he murder people on his own, but he convinced his deepest admirers to commit the same brutal acts he did, resulting in some of the most notorious murders of celebrities and entertainment industry heads, including director Roman Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, as well as coffee heiress Abigail Folger. Manson and his cronies were sentenced to death, but California abolished the death penalty afterward; they’ve spent their lives in prison instead.

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Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy
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Ted Bundy is one of those names that is practically synonymous with “serial killer” and “psychopath.” He was known to be very sly and charming, which was the shiny veneer he used to lure his many victims. He killed at least 30 people across the United States, but it took years for the authorities to catch him, because no one was able to believe such an “upstanding” young man could do such horrible things. He is most famous for his necrophiliac tendencies, and his own lawyer described him as a “heartless evil.”

Ivan Milat, aka the Backpacker Murderer

Ivan Milat, aka the Backpacker Murderer
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Known as one of Australia’s most cold-blooded killers, on 27 July 1996, Ivan Milat was convicted of the ‘backpacker murders’, the serial killings of seven young people that took place in New South Wales between 1989 and 1993. The bodies of the victims – five of whom were foreign backpackers, the other two Australian travellers from Melbourne – were discovered partially buried in the Belanglo State Forest, 15 kilometres south-west of the New South Wales town of Berrima. Police believe Milat may have been involved in more attacks or murders than those for which he was convicted. Now terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, Milat is expected to soon die in prison where he is currently serving seven consecutive life sentences.

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Richard Ramirez, aka “The Night Stalker”

Richard Ramirez, aka “The Night Stalker”
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According to thoughtcatalog.com, Ramirez’s victims ranged in age from nine to eighty-three, and he did not have a particular preference for gender. He ravaged Los Angeles in the ’80s with his brutal, Satanic killings, simply because he was fascinated by it. That’s not to say it had nothing to do with his upbringing, however. When he was just 11-years-old, he witnessed his cousin murder his wife – and was asked to participate in the clean-up afterward.

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Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer
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Part of the reason psychopath and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer captivated the world was because he appeared very polite and unassuming. According to the New York Times, he evaded police detection simply because they believed whatever excuse he fed them. Dahmer is most famous for being not just a killer, but a cannibal. When the authorities finally raided his home, they found human heads in the refrigerator. Dahmer was murdered in prison in 1994.

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Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight
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The first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, Katherine Knight already had a track record of psychopathic behaviour long before she committed her most chilling crime, including trying to strangle her first husband and attempted to kill her newborn baby. But it was the shocking murder of her partner John Price that horrified the world. On the evening of February 29, 2000, the mother of four stabbed Price 37 times, skinning his corpse and hanging his skin from meat hooks. His decapitated head was boiling in a pot on the stove and Knight had sliced off his buttocks and cooked his flesh with vegetables and gravy before setting the dinner table with Price’s children’s names on place cards. Knight had planned to feed Price to his own children.

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Albert DeSalvo, aka “The Boston Strangler”

Albert DeSalvo, aka “The Boston Strangler”
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Albert DeSalvo was a serial murderer who killed women by strangulation, many times using a simple ruse to get through their front doors, according to the Boston Globe. At an early age, he would torture animals – one of the classic warning signs of a psychopath. His extreme misogyny increased as he got older and had difficult relationships with the female figures in his life. DeSalvo ended up being stabbed to death in prison in 1973.

Dennis Rader, aka “The BTK Killer”

Dennis Rader, aka “The BTK Killer”
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Bind, torture, kill – that’s what Dennis Rader was known for. Like The Zodiac Killer, he played games with the press. Where the two differ is that Rader got caught while he was trying to be clever. The police were able to trace a disc he had sent to the media back to his church in 2005. His killings were centred around the sexual thrill and fantasy of bondage scenarios.

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