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.