Tag: serial killers
The United States may have churned out the highest number of serial killers in the world over the years, but it certainly doesn't hold exclusive rights on brutal murders. Learn about some international serial killers and how their respective countries handled their crimes.
Nicknamed 'The Dating Game Killer' after his 1978 appearance on the TV show 'The Dating Game' while in the middle of a killing spree, Rodney Alcala is currently on death row. Although he was convicted of seven murders, investigators speculate there are actually many more unidentified victims.
Doctors who murder are a rare breed, but perhaps because their entire mission is to do no harm, they are among the most chilling kind of killers. Texas surgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch is one such physician who violated his oath so profoundly by intentionally botching surgeries that he became known as 'Dr. Death.'
For Jeffrey Dahmer, it was watching certain movies. Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer, set the mood by pretending he was a spy. Ted Bundy liked drinking alcohol before some of his slayings. Not every serial killer has a signature routine, but some of them do engage in some sort of ritual or preparation before a killing.
Although cannibals have always existed throughout human history as a cure for overpopulation, a means of survival during a famine, or even a way to contend with grief, what's more rare are murderers who kill for sport and then devour their victims. We talk to Dr. Eric Hickey, a forensic psychologist, on why some killers eat their prey.
Some studies claim male sexual-homicide offenders over age 50 are rare—murders committed by them account for only 0.5 percent of sexual homicides in the U.S.—which may be due to steep declines in their testosterone levels. But could a decline in testosterone really put a halt to a killer's murderous spree?