From killers dating back to the Victorian era to those surfacing now, there’s no escaping the grisly details making the headlines. Over time though, there have been a few notable killers. Whether this is because their crimes are so horrific they’re unforgettable, or their motives are on the cusp of twisted, a couple of names are inescapable.
In today’s article, we will be taking a look at four scary real life monsters that once haunted the streets.
Possibly one of the most infamous serial killers, Dennis Nilsen’s motives for his murders were unusual and brought about an even more bizarre nickname, partly down to the way he treated his victims post-death. The kindly killer’s motives were rumoured to be out of a longing for company. Following their death, the victims were treated very much like friends. Nilsen would bath and dress the bodies and, on occasion, would leave them in plain sight.
During his spree, Nilsen murdered 15 men by asphyxiation or by drowning them.
Brenda Ann Spencer
Brenda Ann Spencer was just 16 years old when she shot at students waiting outside of a school situated in San Diego. Sadly, the principal was murdered whilst attempting to take care of a few of the children who had been injured.
The school shooting took place in 1979 and Brenda Ann Spencer isn’t due for parole until 2019.
This particular murderer was said to be the influence of quite a few fictional killers including Bloody Face from American Horror Story: Asylum, Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs and Norman Bates from Psycho. It is said that he made items of clothing out of individuals who had recently died by keeping track of obituaries.
Following his gruesome murders, he was trialled but was sent to a mental hospital having been declared insane.
Jack the Ripper
As the most mysterious killer on our list, we thought it only fitting to save the most interesting until last. In 1888, Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of the East End, leaving behind a trail of bodies. Perhaps the most intriguing part of his case, was that this killer was never actually found, leaving not even a slither of a trace. Whilst there were many, many theories surrounding the Ripper, some of which are still surfacing and circulating today, there’s still no telling who the Ripper was.
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