Hollywood and fiction in general have done a disservice to our understanding of serial killers. While these misconceptions and misinformation are fine for entertainment purposes, they couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, in many cases, they portrayals are nothing more than dramatizations of stereotypes and hyperboles that prevent us from having a true understanding of these individuals.
First, it’s important to take a realistic look at serial killers and their victims. On average, only about 1% of homicides are actually the result of a serial killer. Money, revenge, hate, sex, and love are the most common reasons why… Continue reading
Too often people classify the wrong groups of people as a serial killer. While it’s fine for their own personal reference, when they begin to make these statements on their websites, it presents bad information.
What is a Spree Killer?
First, a spree killer isn’t a serial killer. These are two completely different things and they do not mean the exact same thing. While they are sometimes used interchangeably in the media, they are very different. A spree killer is someone who takes the life of at least two people, across multiple locations with almost no break at all. So… Continue reading
Some of the most sinister serial killers have come from Columbia. Daniel Camargo Barbosa is no exception. Born January 22, 1930 Daniel would go on a 12 year killing spree that would claim an estimated 75 – 150 victims. The estimation, is that despite there being evidence to suggest he raped and murdered 150 young women, the actual number could never be proven. Some estimates of the serial killer are as high as 300 victims.
Part of the problem is the type of victims Daniel would select. He’d go after young women who were part of the lower class that… Continue reading
While finding a mass grave with 11 decomposed corpses may sound like a chapter from a horror fiction novel, a woman and her dog stumbled upon this very scene while walking in West Mesa, an area outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque police spend weeks recovering the bodies, which were found scattered across a large piece of land that was owned by an area home developer. Nearly a year later, the victims were identified, and police believed that they had stumbled across a serial killer. Soon the mass grave was dubbed the “West Mesa boneyard,” and the killer was… Continue reading
The Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer struck fear into the hearts of residents in northern California in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Who the Zodiac Killer is/was, still remains a mystery to this day. What is known is that this man, whomever he may be, left a wake of death and mystery behind him. The mystery surrounding this serial killer is second only to the murders of the infamous Jack the Ripper.
The murders that are attributed to the Zodiac Killer began in December of 1968, in northern California. This disturbed person was known for… Continue reading
Shortly after killing his victims, The Weepy Voiced Killer would call the police about his recent killing. This is one of those calls. Paul Michael Stephani would eventually be caught.