Since the dawn of time, mankind has forever found new and creative ways to be truly psychotic. Brutal invasions, crushing tyrannies, and grisly torture devices - we've had it all. But only in the last couple of centuries has a new terrifying breed emerged: the serial killer. These sadistic killers have terrorized communities and brought pain to countless through their actions, and they've never felt an ounce of regret. Get ready to peer inside their twisted minds. #22 will absolutely stun you!
1. "You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You're looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!" - Ted Bundy
Horrific serial killer Ted Bundy tortured, sexually abused, and murdered 30 women over five years in the 1970s, and it's clear that he felt no remorse for his crimes. Despite two dramatic prison escapes, the law - and judgement - finally caught up to him, and he was executed in 1989. Which wouldn't have happened to God.
2. "I'm Jesus Christ. Whether you want to accept it or not, I don't care." - Charles Manson
Maybe one of the most famous serial killers in US history, Charles Manson and his Helter Skelter cult murdered several people during the days of peace and free love. Purely psychotic and yet, as many of them are, almost irresistible, the creepiest part is that he is still alive and well today. And never once has he shown any remorse.
3. "May your wife and children get raped, right in the ass." - Aileen Wuronos
Subject of the Charlize Theron chiller Monster, Aileen Wuronos could not have had a better label. She killed seven men over the span of two years and was unapologetic up until her death by lethal injection in 2002. If you need any more proof of her psycho status, the above quote - said to the jury in her conviction hearing - should be more than enough.
4. "I like killing people because it is so much fun. It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest, because man is the most dangerous animal of them all." - Zodiac Killer
Murdering may have been just a sickening game to The Zodiac Killer, but it was one that he excelled at. In the 60s and 70s, in California, he killed almost 40 people and strung along the police with letters and planted "evidence". It was a game that he won, too, and despite incredible time and resources, he was never caught.
5. "The demons wanted my penis." - David Berkowitz
In one summer during the 70s, terror gripped New York City in the form of David Berkowitz. Also known as The Son of Sam, he brutally killed nine people and was only finally captured a year after his spree had started. Like many others, he claimed that a demon was compelling him to commit the crimes, although more bizarrely he claimed it was a demon dog, and that it "wanted my penis". Maybe he was aiming for a plea of batshit insanity.
6. "My consuming lust was to experience their bodies. I viewed them as objects, as strangers. It is hard for me to believe that a human being could have done what I've done." - Jeffrey Dahmer
Don't worry, Jeffrey, we can believe it. Not only that, the police can believe it too. We all know that you tortured and cannibalized almost 20 men over a dozen years, and the evidence is there to prove it. Just because you don't believe it, doesn't mean it'll all go away.
7. "I don't believe in man, God, or the Devil. I hate the whole damned human race, including myself." - Gary Ridgway
Convicted of almost 50 murders, Gary Ridgway - AKA The Green River Killer - ran riot in the 80s and 90s in Utah. He confessed to murdering almost 100, but since he dumped the bodies in the Green River, half of them were never found. When pressed for a motive, he merely said that he hated everyone, including himself. Could have actually done us all a big favor if he had started his murder spree with himself.
8. "I believe the only way to reform people is to kill them."-- Carl Panzram
1000 counts of rape, 21 murders, a petty crime rap sheet as long as your arm, and time in a dozen prisons. Carl Pranzam was the very epitome of a repeat offender (and nutso), and was on a crime spree for decades before killing a prison officer in Kansas. He was executed in 1930 - it seems like someone finally took his advice.
9. "I always had the desire to inflict pain on others and to have others inflict pain on me. I always seemed to enjoy everything that hurt." - Albert Fish
Grisly, horrifying, and sick, not one of his media-given names - the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, or the Boogey Man - can truly give an accurate portrayal of the man who had claimed to have eaten one child in every US state. Eventually executed in 1936, he said that he loved giving and receiving pain. Most normal people stick to S&M.
10. "I just wanted to see how it felt to shoot Grandma." - Edmund Kemper
At age of 15, six-foot-nine "Big Ed" clearly enjoyed the feeling, since after he was released at 21 years old, he went on another killing spree. After killing six university co-eds and having sex with their corpses, he ended up killing his own mother and turning himself into the police. Now that's a first.
11. "Let the torture and suffering in me end." - Ronald Gene Simmons
A retired Air Force sergeant, Ronald Gene Simmons was not so much a serial killer as a horrific spree killer, slaying 16 members of his own family in a single week. Plagued by personal demons, he said "let the torture and suffering in me end." The court was only too happy to oblige, and sentenced him to be executed in 1990.
12. "That is my ambition, to have killed more people - more helpless people - than any man or woman who has ever lived." -- Jane Toppan
At the end of the 19th century, Jane Toppan killed over 30 people in Massachusetts. Given what she said about her crimes, it seems like it was all like some kind of sport to her. Despite her ambition, she's been (quite sadly) surpassed by many modern day killers. If she had become a dictator, she might have had more of a chance.
13. "It wasn't as dark and scary as it sounds. I had a lot of fun...killing somebody's a funny experience." - Albert DeSalvo
The Boston Strangler killed 13 women in Massachusetts from 1962 and 1964, and although DeSalvo confessed to the crimes, evidence had always been hard to come by. To this day, many forensic experts are unsure as to his guilt, but it's hard to argue with a sickening statement that he "had a lot of fun". Whether he did it or not, the world became a safer place with him behind bars.
14. "Tell me-after my head is chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from the stump of my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures." - Peter Kurten
Giving us a bit of relief from the seemingly endless bloodbath of the USA is Peter Kurten, a German serial killer who was convicted for nine murders in 1929. If there's one thing that Kurten proves, it's that psychos exist everywhere. And that some quotes should remain untranslated.
15. "The only thing they can get me for is running a funeral parlor without a license." - John Wayne Gacy
For anyone not totally creeped out by the current clown fad, you might want to look up John Wayne Gacy. Known for his charitable work, dressed up as Pogo the Clown, Gacy also raped and killed over 30 teenage boys. He was not discovered for a number of years, which was probably why he was comfortable with arrogant statements like the one above. Thankfully, he was wrong.
16. "Not too long, I had other things to do." - Ed Gein
This quote needs a little context. It comes from the horrible mouth of Ed Gein, also known as the Mad Butcher of Plainfield, who murdered two people in Wisconsin and did some bodysnatching on the side. See, he was caught with a bunch of masks in his house, made from human body parts, and someone questioned whether he ever wore them. If you don't want to know, don't ask.
17. "I was born with the devil in me." - H. H. Holmes
It's hard to doubt a statement like that, considering the evidence. H. H. Holmes, one of the first documented serial killers, executed up to 200 people in a terrifying, self-designed murder "castle" in late 19th century Chicago. He was intelligent, charming, and his childhood was totally normal. Who else but the devil could explain his actions?
18. "When this monster entered my brain, I do not know, but it is here to stay. How does one cure himself?" -- Dennis Rader
Many serial killers have a carefully clean image that they present to society, but none have achieved it quite so well as Dennis Rader. Over a period of nearly 15 years, the BTK Killer - Bind, Torture, Kill - gruesomely murdered 10 victims in Kansas. While this was happening, he managed to keep up a loving relationship with his wife and raise two adoring children. Smart, but not smart enough to figure out how he could "cure himself". We have some ideas.
19. "For me a corpse has a beauty and dignity which a living body could never hold... There is a peace about death that soothes me." - John Christie
British serial killer John Christie's gory legacy wasn't just limited to his eight victims. Due to some really sloppy police work, the husband/father of two of his victims, mother Beryl and daughter Geraldine, was falsely convicted and executed for killing them - instead of John Christie. Christie was eventually caught (and hanged), but the damage had already been done.
20. "We've all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren't afraid control life itself." - Richard Ramirez
Richard Ramirez - The Night Stalker - may have murdered 13 people in mid-1980s Los Angeles, but he clearly wasn't the brightest spark. What's chilling about his quote is not that he's a psychopath, but that he's so stupid and puffed up on evil self-importance that he doesn't recognize the logical fallacy in it. "People who aren't afraid to kill people, aren't afraid to kill people"? What a revelation!
21. "I took the right leg off that woman's body, from the knee to the hip." - Arthur Shawcross
You can make plenty of arguments against long-term incarceration, but Arthur Shawcross ain't one of them. Released 12 years after raping and killing an 8-year-old and 10-year-old, he just picked up right where he left off. Nine more victims later, all of which were horribly tortured and maimed by Shawcross, he was finally caught again.
22. "Catch me when you can, Mishter Lusk" - Jack The Ripper
Predating (and possibly ruining) the light-hearted Tom Hanks / Leonardo DiCaprio romp by several centuries, this famous line comes via the "From Hell" letter, written by the once-feared, and now immortalized, Jack The Ripper. The "Mr Lusk" in question headed the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, and along with the letter he was sent half a human kidney. Sorry, why do we love this Jack guy so much?
23. "I saw the light over the confessional and the voice said: That's the person to kill." - Herbert Mullin
Plenty of serial killers have claimed to be doing Satan's work for him, and plenty of others have acted from pure evil. Herbert Mullin went for something slightly original - that he was saving the world at God's request. He claimed that the reason that he had killed 13 people was to prevent devastating earthquakes in California, and that his victims were chosen by a divine power. Cool story bro.
24. "We do whatever we enjoy doing. Whether it happens to be judged good or evil is a matter for others to decide." - Ian Brady
With the help of his girlfriend, Ian Brady sexually assaulted and murdered five children in 1960s England. At the trial, he told the court that he couldn't say for himself whether his actions should be "judged good or evil". Considering that sexually harming a child is one of the most heinous acts anyone could perform, we don't mind doing the judging for him.
25. "I was treated like what I call the dog of the family. I was beaten. I was made to do things that no human bein' would want to do." - Henry Lee Lucas
Sometimes, the most chilling part of a serial killer's life is not the crimes themselves, but how easily a human being can turn into a monster. In the case of Henry Lee Lucas - and you can see it in his quote - he was clearly a victim of savage and awful parenting himself. Yes, he murdered many people, which is unforgivable. But we should remember how much of an influence we have on other people's lives.
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