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David Berkowitz: Son of Sam

David Berkowitz: Son of Sam

For an entire year, from late July 1976 to late July 1977, the New York boroughs of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn were in a high state of anxiety. Young women with long dark hair cut it short, dyed it blonde, or bought wigs to disguise their looks. A serial killer was on the loose, […]

Jeffrey Dahmer: the Milwaukee Cannibal

Jeffrey Dahmer: the Milwaukee Cannibal

Jeffrey Dahmer is a prime example of a conundrum in modern life – how something so disgusting can also be so fascinating… at least for students of crime, and astrology. Dahmer was an American serial killer and sex offender who killed 17 men and boys over a period of 13 years, many of his murders […]

Ted Bundy, criminal chameleon

Ted Bundy, criminal chameleon

The weird thing about Ted Bundy, people later reflected, was that he never looked the same from one photograph to another. Even in person, he had the ability to metamorphose, with a glance or a turn of his head, from someone of charming intelligence to one of cunning violence. Criminal investigators later attributed his chameleon-like […]

Prime malefics in homicidal charts

Prime malefics in homicidal charts

Prime malefics in homicidal charts Despite our best intentions, many people find murder fascinating. And yet because it’s the worst of crimes, to rob another person of their life, we hold killers in contempt. Even as we despise them, however, we struggle to understand them, to know what quirk of gene, character or fate compelled […]

Charles Manson: Crawling King Snake

Charles Manson: Crawling King Snake

The Manson Family murders in the summer of ‘69 seared a hole in the American psyche. The Family was a cult of hippie nihilists led by Charles Manson, a frustrated singer-songwriter on the fringe of the LA music industry. In what was to become one of the first acts of social-class terrorism to date, Manson […]

John Wayne Gacy: no tears for the Killer Klown

John Wayne Gacy: no tears for the Killer Klown

Biography John Wayne Gacy (aka “The Killer Klown”) was a Chicago-area serial killer who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men during the 1970s. Most ended up buried under the crawl space beneath his suburban home. Brutalized by his father throughout his youth, and sexually molested as a child by […]

The Beltway Sniper: malefics in the crosshairs

The Beltway Sniper: malefics in the crosshairs

For 23 days in October 2002, the Beltway Sniper held the citizens of the Washington, DC, area terrorized in his sights. Ten people were shot and killed over the space of three weeks, another three people critically wounded. The shootings had no obvious motive, the victims seemingly targeted at random as they went about their […]

Helter Skelter: malefics unbound in the Manson Fam...

Helter Skelter: malefics unbound in the Manson Family

The Manson Family murders in the Summer of ‘69 seared a hole in the American psyche. The Family was a cult of hippie nihilists led by Charles Manson, a frustrated singer-songwriter on the fringe of the LA music industry. In what was to become one of the first acts of social-class terrorism to date, Manson […]