Pogo The Clown
Aileen Wuornos was born February 29, 1956 in Rochester, Michigan. Aileen grew up with her mother Diane and older brother Keith for the first 4 years of her life. Aileen never met her father when she was a child because her father Leo was in prison for rape and attempted murder of a seven year old girl. Leo was considered to be a schizophrenic and had been in and out of prison for convicted sex crimes against young children and eventually hanged himself in prison. At age 4 Aileen's mother Diane, abandoned Aileen and her brother Keith leaving them to their maternal grandparents who then legally adopted the two. At age 12 Aileen was involved in sexual activities in school for exchange for cigarettes, drugs, and food. She had also engaged in sexual activities with her own brother Keith and claimed to be assaulted and beaten by her own grandfather who was an alcoholic. Age 14 she had become pregnant after being pared by a friend of her grandfather and gave birth to the child. Her grandmother died a few years later which lead her grandfather to kick her out of the house at 16 where she began to support her and her new born by prostitution. After her tough tough childhood Aileen began her early crime life with assault and battery charges, shooting at moving vehicles, armed robberies, grand theft auto, and countless accounts with firearms, Her first murder was Richard Mallory an electronics store owner in Clearwater, Florida. Her victim was a convicted rapist and claimed it was self defense but officers found several bullet wounds in the victims body. She then went on to kill 6 more people in the Florida areas, all her victims had bullet wounds. January 9th, 1991 she was arrested with an outstanding warrant arrest in a biker bar in Volusia County. She was then tried for two of her murderes and said they tried to rape her and it was self defense. Aileen would appeal to the US Supreme Court who denied her request and she eventually admitted to killing these men, saying that she killed the men robbed them cold as ice and would do it again. She was the tenth woman in the United States to be executed. -- David Janke
John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy was born March 16, 1942, in Chicago. He was known for his construction company, family and friends parties, and visiting local hospital dressing as a friendly clown for the children. Trying to make the town a better place to live. No one knew that Gacy was living a double life and his obsessing with young and teenage boys. Gacy would hire the boys to work for his construction company then lure them to his house to hang out where he would often times rape and kill them. Police eventually discovered the dead bodies of 33 boys under the crawl space of his basement as well as near a river close to his house. It was later discovered that family and friends often complained about a smell in Gacy's basement, but he shrugged it off saying there were probably dead rats down there. He was convicted for the murder of 33 proven murders and killed by lethal injection.
David Berkowitz AKA the "Son of Sam"David Berkowitz also known as the "Son of Sam" was a serial killer in New York throughout the 1970's. The reason I chose David was because like a lot of other serial killers David's killings were done because of a religious entity. David claimed that his neighbor's dog was possessed with a demon that made him kill people. David started his violent crimes on Christmas Eve of 1975. He stabbed two teenage girls that were walking. Both were injured, but neither one of them were killed. Shortly after the first incident David moved to a northern part of the city called "Yonkers." After he moved there he began his killing career. Throughout 1976 and 1977 David Berkowitz killed six people all with a .44 caliber hand gun and wounded seven others. He wasn't very thorough with his killings. It started with him walking up to a car at night occupied by people and him just firing into it. It evolved into him walking up to people on a porch and asking for directions before he shot them. This shows evolution in his serial killer ways because before he would have no interaction with victims and then he started talking to them before he opened fire. Berkowitz constantly would leave letters taunting police and promising more murders. After one of New York City's largest manhunts ever they finally caught up to David in August of 1977. He was convicted of six counts of murder and sentenced to six life sentences in prison. Richard Trenton Chase AKA "The Vampire of Sacremento"Richard Chase was born on May 23, 1950 and was abused by his mother early on. From the age of 10, he was diagnosed with the Macdonald triad: this consisted of enuresis, pyromania and zoosadism. These are three very interesting, yet disturbing traits that are closely related with psychopathy and extreme sadism. Growing up, Chase had weird thoughts about his health and was constantly intoxicated on alcohol, marijuana, and LSD according to his roommates and his Wikipedia page. He then began to capture, kill, and disembowel animals and sometimes mix the raw organs with Coca-Cola in a blender. He was committed to a mental institution and was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, but was released. During his stay as being institutionalized, much of the staff even called him "Dracula."Chase earned the nickname “The Vampire of Sacramento” after killing six people from December 29 to January 27, 1977 in California. The nickname was given to Chase because he was known to drink the blood of his victims. According to an article entitled “Top 10 Evil Serial Killers” on Listverse, Chase “did this as part of a delusion that he needed to prevent Nazis from turning his blood into powder via poison they had planted beneath his soap dish,” (Frater). This also closely tied into the belief that his mother also attempted to poison him and thus he left his mother's house in order to escape this delusion. Obviously, these beliefs and delusions tied closely into this assumption that he was paranoid schizophrenic. Chase’s first killing was in 1977 when he shot a man in a drive-by shooting. His second victim, a pregnant woman, was shot three times in her house. After her death, Chase had sex with her corpse, mutilated it and then bathed in her blood. Less than a month later, Chase entered the home of a 38-year-old woman and shot her neighbor before fatally shooting the woman, her 6-year-old son, and her 22-month-old nephew. As he did in the previous crime, Chase engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism, including drinking the nephew’s blood and eating several of the infant’s internal organs. He was disposing the body at a nearby church when a witness saw him leaving the scene which lead to his arrest. Chase “was found guilty of six counts of first degree murder and was sentenced to die in the gas chamber,” (Frater). While in prison, inmates feared him and tried to convince him to commit suicide, which he finally did almost one year after committing the first murder.
John Wanye Gacy is a known notorious serial killer, but in my eyes the most disturbing. To the outside world John Gacy appeared to be normal and a productive individual in the community, although in reality had a very dark disturbing side. Gacy grew up in a relatively normal blue-collar family in Chicago with his father as the breadwinner, and his mother stayed home to care for the children. His father, who was an alcoholic, was a man that demanded obedience from his children. If they dis-behaved he would beat them with a razor strap. At a young age John knew that he was different and was attracted to other boys. His father wanted nothing else than for John to be like all the other boys; go fishing, climb trees etc. but John enjoyed cooking and gardening with his mother and sisters, which disappointed his father even more. During high school he dated girls, always having a date to their school events, and was liked by fellow peers and teachers.
Eventually he dropped out of high school and left home on his own. He was determined to make something of himself, he craved acceptance and found it through volunteering. In 1964 he was dating his first wife Marlen, they soon got married and became pregnant, both were over joyed with the news of expecting their first child. After his baby boy was born he was an excellent, loving father and even for the first time had his fathers approval. During the 1960’s he had made a name for himself, was a Democratic precinct captain in Chicago, and looked to have a promising future.
But that was all about to change and his inner demons were going to become exposed. As Gacy and his wife were further into their marriage he started to have more desires than what she could solely give to him. Trying to please her husband Marlen had agreed to start swapping each other with other couples, but that wasn’t enough. His obsession with young boys soon became overwhelming with his thirst for control and demon like behaviors taking over him. Which only increased the accusations of him of being a sexual predator. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual assault; his wife ultimately divorced him and took their children to never see him again. While in prison he made friends with the fellow inmates and even the guards and was liked by all, he was released on parole in 1970. Gacy then moved back to his family home with his recently widowed mother and started to put his life back together, or so it seemed. He started his own construction business and was volunteering within his community again. In his spare time he would dress as a clown and go visit the sick in hospitals.
In 1972, he had committed his first murder by luring a young boy into his home, which he continued to do with his next victims by offering them work, then would sexually assault and eventually strangled most of them and putting their bodies in his crawl space. 1978, on his 33rd murder his luck of “getting away with murder” ran out. A 15 year-old boy had went missing, and was reported last seen headed to Gacy’s house for a potential job. The police searched his house, they did not find any evidence of the boy missing but found something far worse, evidence of multiple horrific acts including murder. December 22, 1978 he confessed to law officials of his disturbing crimes. Ultimately Gacy was found guilty of committing 33 murders, even after the conviction he was more concerned that the public would think he was gay, and told the courtroom he was bisexual. At the end of the sentencing; which he was to serve 12 death sentences and 21 natural life sentences, he congratulated the prosecutors on getting the death penalty. May 10, 1994 John Wanye Gacy died by lethal injection at the Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois. His brain was examined after death to find that there was no biological evidence for his actions. To me this is the most disturbing case of serial killers, because of his normalcy and even his brain showing no signs why he did the unspeakable acts he committed.
Bell and Bardsley, “John Wayne Gacy Jr. , crimelibrary.com, N.D., Web, 9/28/14
“John Wayne Gacy 1-5”, youtube.com, prettylilpuppet, 3/18/10, Web, 9/28/14 Dennis Rader AKA the BTK Killer
Dennis Rader was born in 1945 and pegged the acronym BTK (bind, torture, kill) when he killed 10 people in Wichita, Kansas. The murders took place from 1974-1991, but he was not convicted until 2005 after sending detailed letters describing the murders to the police station. Rader lived a fairly typical life. He was part of the US Air Force for a time, had more than one successful career, as well as a wife and two children. Rader was the president of his church council and a cub scout leader. No one ever suspected he was capable of such heinous crimes. It was later discovered that as a child Rader tortured animals and had an obsession with women's underpants stealing and hoarding them. He is still currently alive and serving 10 life sentences in the El Dorado Prison.
Link to a full story about the BTK Killer from Wichita, KS.