As much as they terrify us, serial killers also fascinate us.
Here are 20 spooky facts about some of the world’s most notorious murderers.
Ted Bundy was a good samaritan! That’s right. He once saved a boy from drowning, and on another occasion actually received an honor from the Seattle Police Department for chasing down a thief. Little did they know he murdered at least 30 people.
Pedro Lopez was one of Colombia’s most frightening serial killers, dubbed the Monster of the Andes. He confessed to his crimes in 1980 but was found insane and released from a mental hospital in 1988 on only $50 bail.
Rodney Alcala murdered a bunch of people, but before that, he won an episode of The Dating Game. Fortunately, the woman who picked him refused to actually go on the date because he was too creepy.
Robert Lee Yates, who murdered 13 prostitutes, was an Army veteran and helicopter pilot. He also had a family and was the father of five.
Kenneth Bianchi, the Hillside Strangler, raped and killed 10 women and girls in the hills of Los Angeles, but while this was happening, he actually went on several ride alongs as with the LA Police Department as part of a program and talked to them about the crimes.
The BTK Killer, Dennis Rader, worked for ADT for 14 years. That means he installed security systems in people’s homes. He murdered ten people.
Jake Bird, who was suspected of killing as many as 46 people, spoke for 20 minutes in court after his conviction was announced. At the end of his diatribe, he put a “Bird hex” on anyone who had anything to do with him being punished. “Mark my words,” he said, “you will die before I do.” Allegedly, six people involved in the trial died shortly after the trial.
Robert Pickton confessed to killing 49 women, but the really grisly part is that he would feed the bodies to the pigs on his farm.
Marcel Petiot, the “Butcher of Paris,” confessed to 63 killings, though there could have been more. No one could believe that he was a murderer. He was beloved. He actually adopted a different name, “Henri Valeri” and was assigned to finding the BUtcher of Paris…which was him.
Vlado Taneski was a Macedonian serial killer who only got caught because he was also a journalist and a crime reporter and he wrote articles that included information about his own crimes that had not yet been released to the public.
The Phantom of Heilbronn was a supposed female serial killer who was thought to have been responsible for 40 crimes including murders and burglaries. In 2009, investigators concluded that this murderer didn’t exist and the DNA found at all these scenes was already on contaminated cotton swabs used to collect DNA samples. The DNA belonged to a woman who worked at the cotton swab factory.
H.H. Holmes, who had the infamous Murder House during the Chicago World’s Fair, was married to three women at the same time. He used different names each time he got married so he wouldn’t be caught.
Serial killer and cannibal Richard Chase only entered homes to find victims if they were unlocked because he thought that meant he was welcome there. Uh, lock your doors folks.
Robert Hansen kidnapped women, released them into the Alaskan wilderness, and then hunted them down for sport. He killed 17 women and raped more than 30 women.
Serial killer James French’s last words while he was in the electric chair were, “How’s this for your headline? French Fries.”
John Wayne Gacy is one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, but before he was caught, he was very involved in his local community and was even once photographed with the first lady at the time, Rosalynn Carter.
Albert Fish was a notorious serial killer, child rapist, and cannibal. When he was being executed, he helped the executioner position the electrodes on his body before uttering his last words, “I don’t even know why I’m here.” Eerie.
Ed Kemper, convicted serial killer, narrated hundreds of books on tape for blind people while he was in prison.
Joey Metheny was a killer and cannibal who owned a food stand and would mix the flesh of his victims with the meat of cows and serve it to his customers.
Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole were serial killers and partners. When asked why he didn’t barbecue and eat his victims like Toole did, his response was, “I don’t like barbecue sauce.”