Serial killers are not precisely motivational speakers or people whose words or actions or even their lifestyle would inspire anybody (except people like them). But there is an unquestionable charm about them that makes serial killers elude an ordinary human sense of danger.

Were they born that way? Or did they develop an evil mind while growing up? Did somebody teach them?

Well, we could never find out. The rather interesting thing about their lives is that most of them live a life that doesn’t betray their intentions.

Neighbors of many of them do tell stories about how calm and easy-going they were until they were later caught and their secrets exposed.

Serial killers do have a slightly distorted and amusing (to some people) view about life, and granted interviews after that have been revealed.

This is where they give details about what happens in their mind; from being a control freak, emotionless, to loving the pain and agony, they inflict on their victims. Surely they have serious mental issues underneath their calm and gentle appearance.

What Qualifies Someone As A Serial Killer?

Make no mistake; a serial killer is a murderer. The bone of contention here is the distinction between the two of them.

For someone to be called a serial killer, he must have committed at least three murders over some time; from one week to years. And serial killers can be male or female, they are gender-neutral and usually with a distorted view of humanity and disregard for human lives.

In this article, we bring you 10 disturbing things said by serial killers.

10 Jeffrey Dahmer: The Control Freak

“The only motive that there ever was, was to completely control a person; a person I found physically attractive. And keep them with me as long as possible, even if it meant just keeping a part of them.”

Such words are enough to drive fear into the heart of anybody, and Jeffrey Dahmer certainly won’t inform his victims of his intentions or say such in their presence. As expected, Tracy Edwards wasn’t privy to Jeffrey Dahmer’s plans when he invited him (Tracy) over for a photoshoot. Jeffrey drew a knife and pointed it at Tracy’s chest stating that he wanted to eat his heart.

A frightened Tracy got away from him by punching him in the face, fled the apartment, and flagged down two police officers who did a quick search of Jeffrey’s apartment, and what they discovered was terrifying.

Decomposing human bodies, freshly-severed head in the fridge, four heads in the kitchen, two human hearts in the refrigerator, seven human skulls in his bedroom, human torsos in acid in a 57-gallon drum in his bedroom, and various other human parts stashed throughout his crib.

9 Edmund Kemper: The Co-Ed Butcher

“When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things. One part wants to be nice and sweet, and the other part wonders what her head would look like on a stick.”

Edmund Kemper had a relatively high IQ of 145, and he was a man with a large frame, standing at 6″9′ and weighing 250+ lbs. His emotions, however, betrayed his intelligence as he started killing from the age of 10 when he buried the family’s cat alive, dug up the body, decapitate it, and put the head on a spike.

When he was 15, he murdered his grandparents and was committed to Atascadero State Hospital until he was 21 years old. That didn’t stop or correct Edmund from killing, and by 1972, he picked up people on the street murdering them, hacking them into pieces, and engaging in a s*xual act with their corpses.

He would later kill his mother in 1973, throwing her tongue and larynx into the garbage disposal. That same night, he also called his friend and killed her too, and that seems to be his last act before he was caught.

8 Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker

“Even psychopaths have emotions if you dig deep enough. But then again, maybe they don’t.”

Richard Ramirez terrorized the city of Los Angeles from 1984 – 1985, sneaking into homes and wreaking havoc like the proverbial bogeyman. Believe it or not, Ramirez started as an altar boy in Texas, occasionally spending nights in the cemetery to hide away from his abusive father.

Ramirez abusive home forced him to spend a lot of time with his cousin, and the irony of the whole thing is that Ramirez was present when his cousin shot and killed his wife. Maybe that was what led him (Ramirez) down the dark part of serial killing, we can’t tell.

After he was convicted of 13 murders, reporter Mike Watkiss interviewed him in prison, and an unrepentant Ramirez said a lot of creepy things, chief among them “these are bloodthirsty times.” He also had an exciting view of emotions in psychopaths that will terrify anybody listening.

Ramirez died in prison of lymphoma in 2013.

7 David Berkowitz: Son Of Sam

“I didn’t want to hurt them; I only wanted to kill them.”

David Berkowitz’s victims are mainly women and couples in New York, where he unleashed his reign of terror. His first victims were two girls who were sitting in their car in front of their apartment in 1976.

David’s reign was short and terrifying, and it ended in 1977 when he attacked Stacy Moskowitz & Bobby Violante, succeeding in killing Violante. A witness to the crime observed that the assailant vehicle had a parking ticket tucked under the windshield and reported to the police.

Since few tickets were issued that day, so the police were able to track David’s car down and arrest him quickly. He later claimed that his neighbor’s black Labrador retriever, Harvey commanded him to kill. When Dr. David Abramson interviewed him, Berkowitz revealed that he had unsuccessfully tried to kill two women in 1975 but was upset by their struggle. 

He told the doctor that he wanted to kill them, not hurt them.

6 Brains Were Coming Out Of His Ears - Carl Panzram

“I wish the entire human race had one neck, and I had my hands around it.”

Carl Panzram joined the army at age 15 and started his killing spree in 1920. Carl later confessed to having 31 murder victims and s*xually assaulted at least one thousand boys and men in his lifetime.

Luring drunk sailors into his yacht, Carl would r*pe them, shoot them in the head and throw them overboard into Long Island. He later confessed to having murdered ten men in that manner.

Panzram later went to Africa, where he murdered a young boy and left him when only his “brains were coming out of his ears.” He didn’t stop his killings in New York, he later confessed to raping and killing at least five more boys between Connecticut & Washington.

Carl was later arrested for burglary and sent to prison, where he murdered another inmate, which got him a death sentence. “I wish the entire human race had one neck, and I had my hands around it!” were his last words at his execution.

5 Ted Bundy: The Most Infamous And Notorious Serial Killer

“What’s one less person on the face of the earth, anyway?”

Former director of FBI once called Ted Bundy, “perhaps society’s most infamous and notorious serial killer.” Ted’s crimes were so heinous and numerous that he gained worldwide notoriety for his killings, and his calm demeanor & charm didn’t tell the tales of what is to come. He possessed a certain charm that made him seem harmless to his victims and the general public.

Ted admitted to the murder of 30 young women and girls during four years of 1974 – 1978, and many believed that the number didn’t tell the whole story. He also has an obsession with p*rnography and spent his childhood canvassing his neighborhood for nude magazines.

“I’ve met a lot of men who were motivated to commit violence just like me. And without exception, without question, every one of them was deeply involved in p*rnography,” those were Ted’s words.

He was later convicted of murder and electrocuted in the state of Florida on January 24, 1989.

4 Andrei Chikatilo: The Ukrainian Killer

“The blood and the agony gave me relaxation and a certain pleasure.”

Born and raised in Ukraine, Chikatilo was brought up in a rough and hard environment, so the young boy grew up with some serious emotional issues, and this led him to directly killing over 52 people.

His first victim was 9-year-old Yelena Zakotnova, who he lured into his house to r*pe her but ended up killing the young girl when he could not r*pe her. He committed more murders from 1978 – 1984 and was first arrested on suspicion of murdering young people by luring them away from bus stops. The test carried out later exonerated Chikatilo of the murders.

Nemesis would later catch up with him in late 1990, after being spotted leaving a crime scene, the cops put him under surveillance, and they caught him trying to lure away some kids from the bus stop.

Chikatilo was executed in 1994 on Valentine’s Day by a single shot to the back of the head.

3 Ed Gein: The Mad Butcher Of Plainfield

“She’s not missing; she’s at the farm.”

Ed Gein is not a typical serial killer. He is nothing like the other serial killers we have described above, with his body count at two; bar owner Mary Hogan was his first victim as he snuck into her tavern, murdered her, and removed her body.

With the locals worried about Mary’s disappearance, Ed would occasionally chip in that “She’s not missing, she’s at the farm.” His next victim was local hardware store owner Bernice Worden, this raised suspicion among the locals, and his house was searched.

The search revealed horrifying details about Ed’s collection; first, Bernice Worden’s body was found strung up like a dressed deer, human body parts sewn in horrific ways, trash can made from human skin, a belt made of nipples, and lampshade made of someone’s peeled-off face, etc.

He later confessed that he got most of the body parts from the graveyard snatching off corpses that reminded him of his mother and made furniture out of the body parts. Ed was tried for Bernice murder and was acquitted because of insanity and later sent to a mental facility where he died in 1984.

2 Dennis Rader: The BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) Killer

“How does one cure himself? I can’t stop it, the monster goes on, and hurts me as well as society. Maybe you can stop him. I can’t.”

Dennis Rader is a Kansas gentleman who would probably pass off as a law-abiding citizen at first glance, but he murdered ten people from 1974 – 1991. He seems like an honest living man having worked for a security company, served on a church council, and was also a Cub Scout Leader. 

In early 1974, Dennis claimed his first victims; he killed the Otero family — mom, dad, and their two children – and later intentionally left a clue at the public library.

But what was surprising is the fact that Dennis wanted attention, often pestering the local news taking credit for the murders he committed without revealing his identity. It was this need for care that would eventually get Rader busted; a floppy disk he sent to police a television station contained metadata cops were able to use to figure out his identity.

1 Jane Toppan: The Angel Of Death

“If I had been a married woman, I probably would not have killed all of those people. I would have had my husband, my children, and my home to take up my mind.”

Serial killings didn’t start in the 20th century, colleagues at Cambridge Hospital in Massachusetts knew Jane Toppan as “Jolly Jane,” utterly oblivious of who she was.

New York Times in 1902; “Miss Toppan was so expert in her knowledge of how to employ drugs and poisons that she was able to escape detection for years,” after Toppan was declared insane in her murder trial.

According to reports, Toppan enjoyed using her patients as guinea pigs in experiments to see just how close to the brink she could get them before bringing them back and then killing them.

Toppan confessed to the murder of 31 people; only ten were ever confirmed.

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