With Halloween just behind us, and me being an eighties kid, I don’t like horror movies at all. Boy did Freddie Kruger scare me! Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th made me never want to look at a hockey mask. Let us not forget our friend Michael Myers from Halloween, I mean poor Jamie Curtis Or not. I watched this at my friend’s house with my hands over my face only peeping through my fingers now and again.
No these are not for me, what I do enjoy, is watching crime drama’s not the kind that are on the crime channel that are true and re-lived those seem to cut close to the bone (pun intended). The ones I love are the ones that uncover the mysteries of serial killers the famous and sometimes infamous ones. I did not want to write about this because I try to write about positivity and growth but think about it for a second, hurt people hurt people and broken people break people.
Now I am not justifying or romanticising the work of these monsters because monsters they are and monsters they remain, but what makes them so, and what is the reason for it? I am not a psychologist, I will be one day, but for now, I can tell you some of the tales that might make you also want to look up some of our real-life boogie men: I will highlight 2:
Wow look at those eyes…So this guy among other things was an influencer, thank goodness this was before the time for the world wide web or Instagram I am sure he would have been quite a social media fiend as well. No, this protagonist. Among his white supremacist rantings of a new world and long list of felonies, he continued to blame society for all he and his “family” (the young kids who followed his cult) for who he became. While I am all for accountability, this one is all on you Charlie- boy. For more on this guy, go and look at books like Helter Skelter, check him on Wikipedia and, there are tons more on the net. Charles Milles Manson (né Maddox, November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017)
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994),
Ok, so if you are eating something while reading this article; put down that chicken sandwich and get ready for some yummy human (eeeu). This guy was also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, He was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the murder and dismemberment (you read right) of 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, (I am not explaining that one) cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts—typically all or part of the skeleton. Why Jeff, why? What could have gone wrong in your life to make you have to take things THAT far. I have read that a lot was going on in his formative years – that’s where you shape them- that may have contributed towards this development of special kind of psycho, but that’s all the airtime I am giving this gross guy.
As to his demise, Wikipedia tells us on the morning of November 28, 1994, Dah
mer left his cell to conduct his assigned work detail. Accompanying him were two fellow inmates: Jesse Anderson and Christopher Scarver. The trio were left unsupervised in the showers of the prison gym for approximately 20 minutes. At approximately 8:10 a.m. Dahmer was discovered on the floor of the bathrooms of the gym suffering from extreme head and facial wounds. He had been severely bludgeoned about the head and face with a 20-inch (51 cm) metal bar. His head had also been repeatedly struck against the wall in the assault. Although Dahmer was still alive and was rushed to a nearby hospital, he was pronounced dead one hour later. Anderson had also been beaten with the same instrument and died two days later from his wounds.
There are so many more that I find fascinating and macabre but will list them here so you can research for yourself:
- – Watch Mindhunter on Netflix for some earlier fewer famous ones – Charlie features too
- – Ted Bundy – don’t be fooled by the Zac Efron playing him (although a good portrayal); there are still bodies out there undiscovered because of ol’ Ted
- – The zodiac murders – still unresolved
- – Ed Gein: The inspiration behind “Psycho”
- – John Wayne Gacy: He performed as a clown at children’s parties
- – Jack the Ripper: There are over 100 possible suspects
- – H.H. Holmes: A pharmacist who built a “murder castle” WAIT, WHAT?
- – Harold Shipman: “Dr. Death” who killed 218 patients
- – Daisy De Melker- offed two husbands and a son.
And on that note…
Here is wishing you a belated happy Halloween, watch those eyes, check the freezers of your next date, and stay away from handsome VW Beatle drivers and clowns