Born out of wedlock to a teenage mother in 1934, and at first not even given a name, Charles Manson would eventually grow into a very disturbed adult, in whose name, murders were committed. He gained a ‘following’ of loyal subjects who believed in his wild ‘Helter-Skelter’ ideals, and his claims that a race war… Continue reading Charles Manson
From their origination in the 19th century doing some low level crimes such as cattle theft, extortion and election slugging, Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia came a long way by really expanding their operations in the 20th century. Let’s explore the Sicilian Mafia at their peak and how the maxi trial took place. Sicilian… Continue reading The Sicilian Mafia Wars
Serial killers have long held a macabre sort of fascination with people. Writing letters to them in prison, collecting ‘killer’ trading cards and otherwise obsessing over the depravity of these individuals has become big business over the years, and there are plenty of serial killers to study. One of the most prolific and nausea inducing… Continue reading Jeffrey Dahmer – The Milwaukee Cannibal
A serial killer that operated in Northern California during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Zodiac Killer named himself in a series of taunting letters sent to the local press. Authorities have attributed seven confirmed victims to the unknown murderer, which includes two survivors. In his letters, however, the killer claimed to have been… Continue reading The Zodiac Killer – An Unidentified Menace
On August 5, 1982 the bodies of three females were found in the Green River, near Seattle, with three more being discovered nearby a few days later. All the women were young prostitutes that had worked the SeaTac strip, and were killed in the same manner. The murderer was dubbed The Green River Killer and… Continue reading The Green River Killer – One of the Most Prolific Serial Killers the World has Ever Seen
In 1982, Wayne Bertram Williams was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of two men in the Atlanta area. After his incarceration he was branded as the man behind ‘The Atlanta Child Murders,’ as the killings stopped with him behind bars. Prosecutors were unable to charge Williams with the killing of the 27 boys,… Continue reading Wayne Williams – Serial Killer or Incorrectly Accused?
Although the number of people that Jack the Ripper really killed is unknown, the deaths of five women have been attributed to him. They are now referred to as the ‘five canonical victims,’ and their murders occurred between August 31st and November 9th, 1888. Mary Nichols Believed to have been the first of the victims,… Continue reading Jack the Ripper – The Victims of a Monster
Arguably the most infamous serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper was responsible for a wave of terror gripping London’s East End, during 1888. He has been accused of killing at least five women and mutilating their bodies, displaying a basic knowledge of the human anatomy. The murders took place in relatively quick succession,… Continue reading Jack the Ripper – London East End’s Serial Killer
Henry Howard Holmes was born Herbert Webster Mudgett, but changed his name and moved to Chicago in 1886. Described as charming, fashionable and intelligent, Holmes was well liked by everybody he met. He soon started working at a drugstore and purchased an empty lot across the street. Here he began to construct a three storey… Continue reading The Murder Hotel – H. H. Holmes’ House of Horrors
I recently read an article in the New Yorker about a former CIA employee who’s currently driving a patrol car around his hometown of Savannah, Georgia. While I don’t agree with everything the article puts forth or attributes to the officer, this officer and NYer author do offer an important point that I try to… Continue reading Are they Enemies, Civilians, or Neighbors???