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Neighbors complained of a foul stench around this clapboard house, belonging to Anthony Sowell. The smell was largely blamed on a nearby sausage factory until October 29, 2009, when a search revealed the bodies of eleven women in the home. Just over two years later the house was completely demolished.

Rader is an American serial killer who murdered at least 10 people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita), Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. He was known as the BTK killer (or the BTK strangler), which stands for Bind, Torture and Kill, an apt description of his modus operandi. Letters were written soon after the killings to police and to local news outlets, boasting of the crimes and knowledge of details.

Alexander Pichushkin This vicious and cruel evil minded killer, killed 48 people, most of which were elderly homeless men in Southwest Moscow’s Bitsa Park. He found pleasure in killing and killed in competition with Russia’s most notorious serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted in 1992 of killing 52 children and young women in 12 years.

A mother hides her face in shame, c.1948, Chicago. Forced with eviction and penniless, the parents have literally put their children up for sale. This was not a joke…What’s interesting is that the accompanying article did not pass judgement and there are no calls for whisking the children away to protective services. I'm wondering what ended up happening to these children?


The Man Who Killed Jeffery Dahmer, The World's Most Savage Serial Killer, Has Said Why He Did It

The Man Who Killed Jeffery Dahmer, The World's Most Savage Serial Killer, Has Said Why He Did It |

"Irma Grese, “the Beast of Belsen” (1923-1945) - a former nursing assistant and teenage Nazi SS auxiliary female guard in Auschwitz and Belsen concentration camps. Under the Nazi system, Irma was trained to function as a state serial killer, but in the end began to kill for her own hedonistic needs. She had a dark compulsion to torture and kill inmates in her charge and became so excessively homicidal that even male SS guards began to complain. She was hung by the British on December 13th…

Belle Sorenson Gunness (1859-1908?) was a serial killer who had moved from Norway to Chicago in 1881. She killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. She may also have killed both of her husbands and all of her children, on different occasions. Her apparent motives involved collecting life insurance, cash and other valuables, and eliminating witnesses. Reports estimate that she killed between 25 and 40 people over several decades.


John List's legend: a horror story that won't end

Breeze Knoll in Westfield, NJ where John List killed his wife, Helen; daughter, Patricia; sons John, Jr. and Frederick; and his mother, Alma in November1971

Judith Barsi (1978-1988) was a child actress whose most famous for her voice-over work as Ducky in The Land Before Time. She and her mother were shot to death by her abusive and jealous father after shooting them he burned them and committed suicide on July 25, 1988. Barsi's final film, All Dogs Go to Heaven, in which she voices the orphaned Anne-Marie, was released a year after her death and the song Love Survives, used in the movie, was dedicated to her memory.