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The serial killers. The interest in them is unbroken and therefore they are always a recurring subject of numerous thrillers. It does not matter if they have a real template or are completely out of the mind of the authors, we involuntarily want to know more about them. However, it is not just the murderers that are of interest to us, but also the way they deal with their victims, a myth almost as big as the serial killer itself. Psychiatry is the place where many of the mentally ill people. Many of whom are undoubtedly a serial killer. Often these places become the scene of exciting stories and dangerous maneuvers of the protagonists in books. And even in real life, these stories fascinate us—especially when they are called lost places exist and thereby still stories of cruel past can tell.
1. The Best Known: Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy, also known as campus killer, has assassinated from 35 to 60 (the exact number of victims is unknown) young women between 1974 and 1978.
Bundy was the most popular murderer of his time, probably because of his good looks and charisma, but he was sadistic, brutal and perverted. His victims were all women with long and dark hair. His last victim was only 12-years-old.
Ted Bundy lured his victims to an unknown location, beat them down with a crowbar and cruelly rape them. His preferred method was anal rape. Then he strangled or killed his victims. Especially disgusting, he transported the bodies to distant places, dismembered them and returned to then to sexually interact with the body parts. The details we prefer to leave out at this point.
His first murder was in 1973 in Seattle, in the following seven months, he killed seven women. He was caught and charged in Colorado. Bundy wanted to defend himself, the search in the legal library he managed to escape. There, he followed another arrest and another escape—this time from prison. In Florida, he murdered two women in the house of their fraternity and then murdered again. It was a 12-year-old student. The surreal Bundy was finally caught. Later in prison, he confessed at least at 100 murders. He was sentenced to death.
2. Youngest Serial Killer in the World: Amardeep Sada
Amardeep Sada is the world's youngest serial killer. At the age of eight, he has already committed three murders; among the victims was his six-month-old cousin. Shortly thereafter, he also killed his eight-month-old sister. The cruelest thing is that the last murder could be prevented. Both the parents and other villagers knew about Armadeep's participation in these deaths. But, because they considered that it is a "family affair," the relationship remained secret and the murders were never reported to the police. After the neighbor's daughter disappeared in 2007 (she was only six-months-old), he was confronted by villagers. He almost proudly spoke of his act, "I killed her with a brick." More details followed of his act and his behavior during the interrogation was scary. "He spoke little, just smiled. Smiled and asked for sweets."
3. The Myth: Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper is probably the biggest serial killer myth of our time—129 years ago, with five slashed women's corpses in the London slum of Whitechapel. Since then, there has been much speculation about who he was and what his motives were, but he was never caught. His deeds are well-known. Between August 6 and November 9, 1888, five prostitutes were allegedly killed and maimed in East London. He slit their throats, mutilated their groin and faces, opened women's abdomen and removed intestines. The police received various letters of confession, some with removed innards, in which the sender derided the police and gave himself the title "Jack the Ripper."
No other serial killer is the stuff for so many novels and magazines. The English talk about him as "Ripperature," which seems to be partly scientific. Above all, the stories about him were retold with the greatest possible horror.
Almost Stars, but Stars of a Different Kind
From when exactly a killer is a serial killer, is not exactly defined in many countries. The FBI, on the other hand, has the following definition in 1998, "A serial killing is an "unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same (or same) offenders in separate events." These definitions include some of the most well-known, questionably acclaimed killers of our time such as the Manson Family (previously known to the public as a hippy community and a group of serial killers), the Freeway, and the Lust Killer to the Vampire Rapist, who injured his victims and drank their blood while or after he passed away.
Their names are as varied and cruel as their methods, their stories sound like thrilling thrillers. Even if it is questionable whether one should put these people on a pedestal—fascination they trigger in us. We want to know what is going on in their heads and what drives them to do their terrible deeds. That is probably why we love to read about them so much.
Karen Berns is a business coach and writer at Quizlets with over five years of experience. However, her passion is history. She loves to read history and she can write 100 percent unique content about any historic topic. All she wants is to share her experience and knowledge. Her motto is, "the more you learn, the more you are a human."