Jame Gumb, the fictional character from the novel The Silence of the Lambs, is inspired by Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein, who was an American body snatcher. He indulged in exhumation acts and would decorate trophies and keepsake from the skin of his victims.
Serial killers are people, who have killed more than two people over a specified time period. These killers have always caught the attention of the public for their cruel acts. A general belief about these killers is that they themselves are victims of crimes. However, many popular serial killers have been found to be educated, hailing from decent families. Studies done by psychologists show that there is always more than a single reason for people to become serial killers; however, the main factors can be physical, psychological, and spiritual. Sexual drive in these people has been observed as a fairly common and dominant trait that leads to their anomalous and violent behavior.
Serial killers are broadly classified into three categories by the Federal Bureau of Investigation: (i) Medical killers are those people, who get involved in such acts in hospitals or medical care centers, as they feel that they can get away easily because of the victim's already bad health condition; (ii) Organized killers are the most intelligent ones, who carry out their acts after proper planning; and (iii) Disorganized killers carry out acts in the heat of the moment. They are generally diagnosed with a low IQ and as antisocial people.
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Serial Killer Quotes
"The only thing they can get me for is running a funeral parlor without a license."
- John Wayne Gacy (Killer Clown)
He was a rapist who sexually assaulted about 33 men and young boys and later killed them. He would commit all the crimes inside his residence where he buried most of his victims in different places. He was executed by a lethal injection in 1994.
"One side of me says, "I'd like to talk to her and date her." The other side of me says , "I wonder what her head would look like on a stick?""
- Edmund Kemper (The Co-ed Killer)
He was a necrophile and known for killing female hitchhikers. He would pick his victims, strangle them to death, and then would have sex with their corpses, or body parts. He confessed to go victim hunting whenever he had an argument with his mother.
"If the blue meanies are going to get me, they'd better get off their asses and do something."
- The Zodiac Killer
The real identity of the killer is still unknown. The killer is known to have killed five people and injured two. However, the killer claimed to have committed 37 murders in the letters that were sent to the press. These taunting letters that were sent to the press contained ciphers, and hence the name, Zodiac Killer.
"We serial killers are your sons, we are your husbands, we are everywhere. And there will be more of your children dead tomorrow."
- Ted Bundy (Lady Killer)
He was a necrophile, rapist, and kidnapper whose victims were young girls and women. He would approach women and win their trust before taking them to secluded locations. He would perform sexual acts on the victims and then kill them. Sometimes, he would also have intercourse with the corpses.
"She was giving me oral sex, and she got carried away . . . So I choked her."
- Arthur Shawcross (The Genesee River Killer)
He was convicted for arson, manslaughter, and second-degree murder. He was initially arrested for sexually assaulting and killing a 10-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl. After he served 14½ years in prison, he was released on parole. Later, he murdered eleven more people.
"I've killed 20 people, man. I love all that blood."
- Ricardo "Richard" Muñoz Ramirez (Night Stalker)
He was involved in all types of crimes, which included murder, sexual assault, and burglary. He would kill people during the night, hence the name "Night Stalker". After performing his crime, he would take souvenirs from the crime scene, mostly that of the female victims. When he attacked couples, he would kill the male before torturing the female victim, and then later on, he would kill the female as well. After that, he would ransack their house.
"I always had a fetish for murder and death."
- David Berkowitz (Son of Sam/.44 Caliber Killer)
He was convicted for a series of shooting attacks in which six people were killed and seven were wounded. His acts grabbed a lot of media attention that made him feel like a celebrity. He claimed that he was commanded to kill by the demon-possessed dog of his neighbor.
"My consuming lust was to experience their bodies. I viewed them as objects, as strangers. It is hard for me to believe a human being could have done what I've done."
- Jeffrey Dahmer
He was a sex offender who murdered 17 men and boys. He indulged in sexual acts, like rape, dismemberment, necrophilia, and cannibalism. He would usually pick his victims from gay bars and have sex with them before killing them. He even kept skulls of his victims as souvenirs. He was beaten to death in prison in 1994.
"May your wife and children get raped, right in the ass." (to the jurors who convicted her)
- Aileen Wuornos
She killed about seven men claiming that the murders were committed in self-defense. She claimed that the men tried to rape her, or had raped her, while she was working as a prostitute. She was executed by a lethal injection in 2002.
"It took me nine days to eat her entire body. I did not fuck her tho I could of had I wished. She died a virgin." (to the mother of his ten-year-old victim)
- Albert Fish (The Brooklyn Vampire/Moon Maniac)
He was a child rapist and cannibal. He once stated that his victim count was 100. However, the records show only 4 known victims. One of his victims was a ten-year-old girl whom he kidnapped, killed, and ate her body parts. Later, he admitted to the crime in a letter that was addressed to the girl's mother and mentioned that he didn't perform any sexual act on the victim. He was executed by an electric chair.
"When this monster entered my brain, I will never know, but it is here to stay. How does one cure himself? I can't stop it, the monster goes on, and hurts me as well as society. Maybe you can stop him. I can't."
- Dennis Rader (the BTK Killer)
He is a known as the BTK killer with the initials standing for, "Bind, Torture, Kill". He was famous for sending taunting letters to the police and local media, giving details about his crime. He is serving 10 consecutive life sentences for murdering 10 victims.
"What I did was not for sexual pleasure. Rather it brought me some peace of mind."
- Andrei Chikatilo (The Butcher of Rostov)
He sexually assaulted and murdered about 52 women and children before being executed in 1994. He claimed that he would experience sexual arousal by killing women and young children to death. He would attempt intercourse with his victims but due to chronic impotency would fail to do so. This led him to murder the victims.
"I have got to say this: it felt really, really, really good. One of the best things I have done in my life."
- Daniel Gonzalez (Mummy's Boy Killer)
A spree killer, he was a psychopath who was convicted for murder of four victims and injuring two. He was a regular drug user and claimed that he was not guilty of the murder by stating the reason to be insanity. He committed suicide in a hospital by slicing his wrists using a CD case.
"Every man to his own tastes. Mine is for corpses."
- Henri Blot
He was a necrophile who was convicted for raping and performing sexual acts on corpses. He was arrested in a graveyard in France where he pulled out the corpse of a ballerina and penetrated into her. The groundskeeper found him, and he was arrested in 1886.
"I did this not as a sex act...but out of hate for her. I don't mean out of hate for her in particular, really I mean out of hate for a woman."
- Albert DeSalvo (Boston Strangler)
He was accused of rape and murder of thirteen women in the Boston area. He was stabbed to death in 1973 in his prison cell, with no one ever getting convicted for his murder. He was arrested for rape but not for murder.
"Killing prostitutes had become an obsession with me. I could not stop myself. It was like a drug."
- Peter Sutcliffe (The Yorkshire Ripper)
He was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others. His targets were usually prostitutes. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and pleaded not guilty on these grounds. However, he is serving life imprisonment in the United Kingdom.
"I don't remember killing anyone, I could have done it without knowing it. I am not sure if I did it."
- Kenneth Erskine (Stockwell Strangler)
He was convicted for murder of 7-11 victims. He followed a regular crime pattern of sexually assaulting his victims before murdering them. His targets were elderly people. He was identified to be suffering from chronic schizophrenia and antisocial personality disorder. He is currently serving life imprisonment.