Disabled Serial Killers You’ve Never Heard About

This might surprise you, but serial killers don’t come in a one-size fits all category. Are you worried that you might be serial murdered by that weird-looking, white, middle-aged male who lives next door? Don’t worry! Statistically you’re just as likely to be bludgeoned to death by the pimply-faced kid across the street. Oddly enough, even the disabled commit murder on a grand scale. Here are a few disabled serial killers (and a few other plain murderers) you’ve never heard about.

Remember the “Blade Runner” from the 2008 Paralympics? His name was Oscar Pistorius. The guy won the gold medal for the 100 and 400-meter sprint way back in 2012, too. But that wasn’t enough for the double-amputee, who went on to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. His defense? He believed she was an intruder. 

And now for an actual serial killer: Seisaku Nakamura. If his Japanese name wasn’t cool enough all by itself, he was deaf. That didn’t stop him from successfully killing at least nine people nearly a century ago. He was only 14 years old when he began the spree with the rape and murder or two women. He was eventually caught because unlike more successful serial killers, he was not careful — and killed those closest to him, including his dad, brother and sister, and the brother’s wife and kid. He was executed after a guilty verdict.

Ready for an interesting one? In August 2001, a man named Baljit Singh Buttar was shot several times. According to witnesses at the scene, his brains had spilled all over the floor. But get this — Buttar survived. He would live the rest of his life in a care facility because he was blind and bound to a wheel-chair because of quadriplegia. But…that didn’t stop him from confessing to a number of hits after his change in scenery. The authorities tried and convicted him for murder conspiracy. He was confined to the care facility, where he died a decade ago. 

Three deaf and mentally impaired housemates named Jake Fairest, Warwick Toohey and Georgia Fields conspired to kill their friend Robert Right by throwing him off a second-floor balcony. The fall was far enough, because Robert died. CCTV footage of the incident actually showed the conversation that preceded the murder, because it was conducted using sign language. The three housemates discussed what the best way to murder Robert might be, and they all landed on “fall good.” None would ever see a jail cell. Fairest and Toohey were confined to another treatment facility while Fields would spend the rest of her life at home.

Why do the disabled commit murder? Maybe they’re angry at society. Maybe they’re pissed off that all the SSDI appeals have run dry. Maybe they want to show that they can commit murder just as skillfully as anyone else. Or maybe — and more likely — people are crazy whether disabled or not. Serial killers come in all shapes, sizes, genders, and ethnicities. They operate all over the world. And we’re here to unlock some of their greatest mysteries. 

Foreign Serial Killers You’ve Never Heard About: PART 2

We previously asked why Americans are so obsessed with serial killers, and later why Americans are so obsessed with their own serial killers, and then why we don’t talk about how many insane foreign serial killers stalk citizens of their own countries overseas. In part one of our series on foreign serial killers, we discussed a Colombian with hundreds of murders under his belt — who will likely be released from prison before his 2,000-year sentence has expired — and a man aptly named the “Terminator” for snuffing out entire families in a single night.

Alexander Pichushkin’s body count isn’t quite as high as some of the others we’ve named, but he makes our list on the sheer creep factor alone. We don’t know quite how far he made it, but the goal was to murder enough people to fill the squares on a chessboard (that’s 68, for all of you non-fans out there). But he believed in baby steps, so there were other goals along the way. For example, he wanted to surpass the body count of the Rostov Ripper who had killed 53 women and children. Child’s play, if you will.

Pichushkin was especially creepy because of the sexual nature of the crimes, which he called a “perpetual orgasm.” He would routinely kill older homeless men, leaving the bottle of vodka he shared with them inside of their skulls after bludgeoning them to death. At least they enjoyed a last drink before they met their maker. After his arrest in 2006, he was kept in a glass cage during the trial, which resulted in a verdict of life in prison.

Yang Xinhai was a Chinese serial killer who would use axes, meat cleavers and, when he got bored, shovels to take out entire families. It is believed he killed more than 300 people from the years 2000 to 2003 after he experienced an especially bad breakup. He said, “I have no desire to be part of society. Society is not my concern.”

How Does Society Define A Serial Killer?

We probably all have our own individual definition of what “makes” a serial killer. Ask someone the definition of “serial killer” and they’ll probably give a simplistic answer: a guy who kills a lot of people. But from a purely scientific point of view, there have been female serial killers too. The FBI defines a serial killer as a person who has killed three or more murders in more than a month. There is generally an “emotional cooling off” in between kills.

Why is this the definition? It’s actually simple to understand. The FBI doesn’t want to lump one-time mass murderers and super shooters in the same category as the people who plan more methodical killing sprees over a longer time period. There are a couple reasons for this. First, someone who commits mass murder in a single day is usually caught or killed very fast — and serial killers are usually smart enough to evade capture for longer periods of time.

Second, serial killers are active over a longer period of time because they like what they’re doing. One-time mass murderers might have planned everything out, but they’re usually people venting against society. Serial killers don’t really fit the same mold.

There are four types of serial killers. The “visionary” generally believes that he has been purposed to kill by a higher power. These guys are usually your run-of-the-mill whack jobs who hear voices. 

The “mission-oriented” killer does so in order to dispatch a certain marginalized group in society. For example, if a white guy searches out only African American victims, he’s all about the mission. Another sicko.

The “hedonistic” serial killer is in it for personal pleasure. These are the guys (or gals) who liken the act of killing to an orgasm. These killers are more likely to rape, torture, or steal a wad of cash before they off the victim. 

The “power” hungry serial killer is in it because murder makes him feel like he’s in control. He’s doing it to dominate and subjugate victims, who might be younger or older, because plain ‘ol S&M just doesn’t do it for him. 

Herbert Mullin was a “visionary” serial killer who operated between 1972 and 1973, when he killed 13 people. He thought the voices in his head would cause an earthquake in California if these particular people weren’t sacrificed for the greater good. The fantasy was a bit more elaborate, of course.

You see, Mullin thought that the earthquake had always been a threat. It was only staved off due to the perpetual bloodshed around the same time, i.e. the Vietnam War. When the war began to taper off around 1972, it was up to him to keep the sacrifices going. 

Serial killers target anyone and everyone (ask these lawyers: https://www.socalinjurylawyers.com/) from the young to the old. They usually escape detection for long periods of time because they have the tendency to commit murder infrequently and without any obvious pattern. The lack of evidence doesn’t give detectives much to go on, and the longer a serial killer is operational, the better he gets at his “craft.”

Foreign Serial Killers You’ve Never Heard About

International news is one of the most popular segments in mainstream media — but it’s usually dominated by cycles about Russia, China, or the Middle East. Rarely do we hear about what’s going on in smaller African or South American countries. Even more rarely than that do we hear about individuals who cause a big stir. Serial killers certainly live and breathe outside of the United States, and citizens of other countries find them just as scary as we do here.

Luis Garavito was a Colombian mass-murderer with a body count so high we’re not even sure of the exact number. Specialists theorize it could be as high as 300, but we’ve confirmed that Garavito has killed at least 138 people. They were all young boys. He raped, tortured, and killed them all. Although sentenced to nearly 2,000 years in prison, he’ll probably be released early because Colombia doesn’t let anyone stew in a cell for more than three decades. Oh, and Garavito wants to jump into politics upon release. Maybe he’ll be the Colombian Donald Trump!

Pedro Rodrigues (or the Pedrinho Matador) killed over 100 people between the years 1966 and 1973 — but if that seems like it was a long time ago, keep in mind he was only 14 when the first body dropped. Apparently, the guy doesn’t want anyone else to rival his killer skills. He stated that he would kill anyone with a bodycount as high or higher than his.

Anatoly Onoprienko killed at least 52 people in only seven years, and he obtained the nickname the “Beast of Ukraine” as a result. He is also sometimes called “The Terminator.” He was arrested for the murders in 1995. Why did he do it? According to him, the voices in his head told him to. He was known to have killed entire families as part of a ritual. He died in prison from heart failure.

Why Are Americans Obsessed With Serial Killer Cases And Trials?

Americans have a penchant for being a little more interested in certain types of artistic material. Take The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones for example — or literally any other post-apocalyptic, dystopian, or downright depressing story. We love them. Dexter was the story of a serial killer who murdered only people who really deserved it (with one or two mistakes and deviations along the way). Why do we find these stories so very compelling? Do we have a secret desire to live and survive in one of these worlds?

Teaching Fellow at University of Law David Green said, “The reasons people are obsessed with crime generally and true documentaries specifically are multi-faceted. One of the key reasons that students are drawn to study criminal law and why I believe the public are drawn to true crime documentaries is the human interest factor. Crime can affect any of us, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or social status. It can happen at random and when it does happen, can devastate people’s lives.”

And therein might lie the key: it’s a psychological interest we have with people who are different — or at least when those differences lead to disaster. It could be that deep-seated fear of anything different that causes our interest in these types of criminal cases over, say, personal injury cases (just ask https://koonz.com/).

Like it or not, bad news is something we all find exciting. Humans have this intrinsic need to break what works or cause chaos to break up the peace — even though peace is something for which we all say we strive. Are we really so self-destructive? The answer is probably “yes.”

Psychologist Dr. Meg Arroll explained that “true crime stories allow us to explore the darker side of nature in a safe way.” Even watching shows that explore this dark underworld can “trigger chemical reactions in our bodies,” she said, “while also affirming our moral views about right and wrong.”

Others believe we adopt this interest not because of an inherent self-destructive flaw, but for exactly the opposite reason: we do it to protect ourselves and the ones we love the most. Author Caitlin Rother said, “We want some insight into the psychology of a killer, partly so we can learn to protect our families and ourselves, but also because we are simply fascinated by aberrant behaviour and the many paths that twisted perceptions can take.”

This perspective justifies our love of documentaries that dig into the minds of serial killers, but what about the aforementioned dystopian films and TV shows that are increasingly popular? Do they teach us something about the minds of killers? After all, they’re just imagined realities by writers who aren’t necessarily specialized in real-world subjects that parallel the ones they write about.

Green said, “It’s clear we’re a nation of true crime addicts. The popularity of this genre can be due to our natural human interest making us curious about the dark and the different, but it’s fascinating to see it can also be because we want to learn how to protect ourselves from harm.”

 

Serial Killers: Edward J. Adams OR William J. Wallace, Depending On Who You Ask

William J. Wallace was born in 1887. He lived on the family farm in Hutchinson, Kanson with his mother and father. When his father died and his mother remarried, he was at constant odds with his new stepfather. On top of that, he was growing more and more exhausted by the constant physical strain of daily farmwork. That’s likely why he decided to set off for Wichita, where he learned how to be a barber.

Unfortunately, it also set him on a dark path: in Wichita he met John Callahan, who taught him how to steal professionally. Before long, Wallace was caught up in bootlegging and theft scandals. He married, but his wife took off when she became weary of his infidelity. While Prohibition was still in effect, he became well known for starting a successful gang and committing a string of bank robberies in Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa.

Eventually he was caught and sentenced to life in prison.

Not long thereafter, he escaped custody in transport. Amusingly he was caught only a few days later when he began another string of robberies, and then sentenced to 10-30 years in Kansas. Ever the escape artist, he managed to flee from imprisonment only months later. 

Thus started a massive game of cat and mouse that left seven people dead — three of them police officers. Wallace (who at some point changed his name to Eddie Adams) pistol-whipped  an 82-year-old man during the commission of a bank robbery in Haysville. The man died. In the course of the manhunt, Adams came upon Patrolman A.L. Young, and shot him dead. According to witnesses, Young and Adams had been in love with the same woman. For some reason she chose the lawman over the outlaw.

The police caught up with Adams once again on November 20, 1921. In the course of pulling over his vehicle, the police were abruptly shot at, and an officer named Robert Fitzpatrick was killed. Fleeing to Cowley County, Adams and the men he was with ran out of gas near a farm, where they tried to steal George Oldham’s vehicle. Adams killed the man when he fought back.

Adams tried to flee one final time by using an officer’s funeral as cover for the escape. When trying to rent a car, the garage owner recognized Adams and called the police. When three police officers arrived, Adams managed to kill one and wound another before D.C. Stuckey shot him three times. He died on the scene. 

Thousands of people came to view his body, which was happily put on display to celebrate the man’s end.

The Most Successful One-Armed Serial Killer You Never Heard About: Peter Stumpp

And no, we didn’t make that up. The one-armed madman’s last name really was “Stumpp” although it was also commonly spelled Stube, Stubbe, or Stumpf based on its Germanic roots. Good ‘ol stumpy was a German farmer, popular for his alleged love of witchcraft, cannibalism, and, oh yeah, being a werewolf. In the late Middle Ages, being a werewolf was as serious a crime as you could commit.

During his trial–once again, for being a werewolf–he was tortured by stretching. Sometimes the rack is just the only way you can get to the truth. Shockingly, poor Petey confessed. He learned the dark arts from a young age, practicing black magic by the time he was twelve. He was able to transform himself into a werewolf with the help of a magical belt gifted to him by the Devil. The Church believed the story, but oddly enough they never managed to find that darn belt.

Stumpp also confessed to cannibalism. According to his true accounting of the horrific events that led to the accusations levied against him, he chowed down at least fourteen kids. He liked the taste of human veal so much that he ripped the fetuses out of two pregnant women he’d already eaten, and wolfed them down too. He described the meals as “dainty morsels,” describing his hunger for raw, hot meat. Among the fourteen kids was his son. Stumpp ate his brain.

He also had an alleged incestuous relationship with his own daughter, who, no surprise, was obviously sentenced to die with him. You have to scour the infection completely, after all.

If these crimes weren’t enough, he also had sex with a succubus. Another gift from the Devil.

The execution of these truly heinous individuals put any act of brutality committed in the Roman Colosseum to absolute shame. Stumpp’s daughter was flayed living, and then strangled to death.

Stumpp didn’t have it so good. The flesh was torn from his body by heated pincers. His limbs were smashed with the flat side of an axe so that he could never be raised from the dead (always a concern). He was then beheaded. His body was burned alongside his daughter’s on a pyre. Done is done, or it would have been, but there was a point to be made. As a deterrent, Peter’s severed head was shoved atop a pole.

For some reason this version of events is contested. Some people believe that the whole charade was a political ploy by the Church to prevent anyone else converting from catholicism (as Peter had likely done). How silly!

The Greatest Medieval Serial Killers: Gilles de Rais

There’s just something special about the Middle Ages. Everything was grittier, darker, and more fantastical than it is today (even if the media would have us think differently). Gilles de Rais was a knight, a lord, and a companion to the famous Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years’ War. Sounds like a chaste guy, right? Oh, but he also enjoyed murdering children. In fact he enjoyed it so very much that he perhaps disposed of hundreds. An interesting fellow, to be sure.

From at least 1432 until 1440, a string of murders took place. They stopped when Gilles was found guilty, condemned to death, and sent to the gallows.

Gilles may have known something of the ancient Roman festival called Saturnalia. It was during this week-long celebration that a common subject was chosen from among the masses to be feasted with food and drink, to be pampered and loved. At the end of the joyous occasion, the subject was butchered as a representation of gluttonous evil overcome by the forces of good.

This is precisely how Gilles de Rais killed his victims. He would provide his intended victim with wonderful new garments, then a feast complete with copious amounts of alcohol. It was only then that Rais brought the victim to a kill room and took care of his baser desires by pleasuring himself. He would sexually assault the victim before the murder was completed.

The victims were routinely tortured. They were sometimes decapitated or dismembered. Other times their throats were cut or their necks were broken. Those who bore witness to these terrible crimes against humanity testified that Rais took immense pleasure in the pain he inflicted upon the children, and he also enjoyed the sight of their internal organs after they were dead.

Rais was only discovered after he kidnapped a cleric. An investigation was put forth by the Bishop of Nantes, and it didn’t take very long before Rais was found out. He was charged with murder, sodomy, and heresy. The court planned to torture Rais into confessing his sins, but Rais ruined the fun by confessing all on his own.

Most of the victims’ bodies were burned, but a grave of at least 40 was found. The total number of murders is thought to be between 80 and 200, making him perhaps one of the greatest serial killers of all time. His body was, perhaps quite fittingly, burned after his execution.

Then again, there are a number of counter-arguments and theories that claim Gilles de Rais was likely innocent of the crimes, and subject to a plot with ulterior motives.

Sharon Tate: A Light Extinguished

Sharon Tate has a legacy, but it isn’t one she was designed for when she first arrived in Hollywood. Her star was rising while her life was a wife and soon-to-be mother was in its nascent stages.

Then the flame went out – quicker than it ignited. And that has been her legacy for nearly the last 50 years.

Sharon Tate, married to iconic director Roman Polanski and more than eight months pregnant with the couple’s son, was brutally murdered by members of the Charlie Manson Family in August 1969, taking Tate’s star out of Hollywood just as it was shining at its most bright. She had earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Valley of the Dolls in 1967, and she was the headline actress in 12+1, when she was killed – the movie showed in theaters posthumously.

Sadly, though, her Hollywood career in life was not long enough to overshadow her death, though she was on the way to possible greatness in the wake of her most recent performances. However, it took the cult fame and cruelty of the Mason Family to take over the legacy and list Tate as just another one of Manson’s victims – though certainly one of the more famous ones.

Tate began in Hollywood as an 18-year-old in 1961 in Barabbas with Anthony Quinn, after entering in a few beauty pageants and earning a cover photo in a swimsuit on the U.S. military magazine Stars & Stripes, which garnered her some celebrity status in Italy, where her military family was stationed.

Her performance in Barabbas got her name in Hollywood and she moved on from modeling and started focusing more on acting. At the time of her murder, she had ascended to receiving top actress billing in her latest films, including a 1967 Polanski project called The Fearless Vampire Killers, where she had met Polanski and ended up marrying in January 1968.

While Tate’s actual murderer is unknown (she was killed along with four others inside the home she shared with Polanski), Charles Manson served the rest of his life in prison for running the Manson Family and guiding it through its crime spree that included several murders. Since her death, Tate’s mother and sister advocated for changes to California’s sentencing and criminal laws which led to Manson’s’ lifetime imprisonment. For their work, Sharon Tate’s life has served as a symbol for victims’ rights, as many of the reforms in California were implemented in other states as well.

Sharon Tate will sadly be known as perhaps the sot famous of Charles Manson’s’ victims, instead of being remembered for her beauty and promising acting career. It is another one of those situations where usually the last thing you do or have done to you that impact the most people is what will be remembered. But at the end of the day, Tate’s family will make sure that her name lives on and has a more lasting impression than anything Manson ever did.

Crime Story: Andrew Cunanan

Crime Story: Andrew Cunanan

Andrew CunananAndrew Cunanan has become sort of an infamous legend as his story is being shared with the world in FX television’s series, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. In 1997, the infamous killer was the 449th member of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list. Andrew Cunanan was born of a Filipino American and Italian American parents. During his early childhood, Andrew was considered an intelligent and outgoing boy. As he aged, he began to develop a reputation as a pathological liar. He would tell tall tales about his family and personal life.

When Andrew was 19, his father left his family in an effort to escape embezzlement charges. It was then when he told his mother that he was gay. Andrew and his mother got into a verbal altercation, which later became physical when Andrew threw his mother against a wall, dislocating her shoulder.

The Murders

Andrew’s killing spree did not begin with rich white men, as it ended. His first victim was Jeffrey Trail on April 27, 1997. Trail and Cunanan got into an argument. This led to the belligerent bashing of Trail’s head and body with a claw hammer. He left Trail rolled up in a carpet in his friend David Madson’s apartment.

Cunanan’s second murder occurred about 60-miles north of his first crime scene in Rush City, Minnesota. Andrew murdered his former lover, David Madson, on May 3, 1997. He executed David with multiple gunshots to the back of the head.

It wasn’t long before Cunanan struck again. He drove straight to Chicago to visit Lee Miglin, a real estate tycoon. The very next day, Cunanan left Lee wrapped with duct tape around his head, hands, and feet. According to the reports, Andrew stabbed Lee over 20 times with a screwdriver and used a hacksaw to cut his throat. It was at this point the FBI added Cunanan to the Top Ten Most Wanted list.      

After taking care of Lee Miglin, Andrew began his descent to Miami. On his way, Andrew found his fourth victim, William Reese. Reese was Andrew’s most random murder. The likely reason for William’s death was that Andrew needed a car to complete his journey. Reese was shot to death and his red pickup truck was stolen.

Between his fourth and fifth murders, Andrew hid in plain sight along the coast of Miami Beach for nearly two months. He would even pawn stolen items under his real name, knowing the police would search the records of pawn shops. On July 15th, 1997 Cunanan committed his fifth and final murder, the wrongful death of legendary fashion designer, Gianni Versace.

Just a week later, Andrew Cunanan was found dead on the second floor of a Miami Beach houseboat. It appeared that Andrew had killed himself with the same gun he used for three of his murders. He did not leave a suicide note and was only found with a few personal items.