Throughout the last few weeks, with my sleeping cycles being all over the place due to family problems, I’ve, for some reason, found myself watching and reading a lot of serial killer interviews and documentaries. These include names such as Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, the BTK killer, the Green River killer, etc. I first gained bits of knowledge of a couple of these through Top5s YouTube channel two summers ago and saw documentaries of both Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy.
I am no psychology or sociology student and therefore cannot give theories or an explanation on what “pushed” each of these individuals and the countless others that came before and after them, to commit such heinous crimes and acts. Most of the individuals I mentioned before, come from different backgrounds and even psychologists and investigators are uncertain on what caused them to turn into what they became. The title of this post is a line/quote from AHS: Asylum, which I have a t-shirt of, and some of Ted Bundy’s words on his last interview before being executed in 1989 left me thinking, are all monsters really human?
If you go by technicalities, yes, they are human beings. They are the sons, brothers, fathers, husbands, and friends of others. On the other hand, if you weigh on the brutal actions these committed, what can you really call them other than monsters?
I find this all truly fascinating and disturbing at the same time. I’ve always been intrigued about the paranormal and the things we just can’t understand as a human race because we simply can’t wrap our heads around something such as this. Hearing/watching an interview or documentary of a serial killer, on times in their own words, and reading articles is totally different. For me,when I read about any specific serial killer I find it easier to make my mind about them as I am aware of the crimes they committed. Yet, when I watch and listen to recordings, it becomes troublesome as it is very complicated to think that such individual (who maybe had it all: friends, job, family, etc) was able to cause such pain to others.
Confessed murdering (along with kidnapping, raping and strangling) 36 women in 7 different U.S. states. His last crimes were in Florida in 1978 and was executed in 1989. It is believed the number of victims may have been higher.
Convicted for murdering (raping, torturing, and dismembering) 17 young men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sentenced to serve 15 consecutive life sentences, was killed by an inmate in 1994.
From Chicago, Illinois, he raped, tortured and murdered 33 young men, most which were buried on the crawl space in his house. Was given the death penalty and was executed in 1994 by lethal injection.
Creeped into houses, raped women and killed 13 people in California during the mid 1980s. Charged with 13 murders, 5 attempted murders and 11 sexual assaults, along with charges for burglary. Sentenced to death row in 1989 but died in 2013 of B-cell lymphoma.
He would Bind, Torture, and Kill, his victims totalling 10 people (men, women and children) from mid-1970s to the 1990s in Wichita, Kansas. Was finally caught in 2005 and found guilty for all charges, sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences.
Convicted of murdering 49 women from the early 1980s to 1998, although it is believed his killings may have had continued until 2001, the year he was caught. He confessed to a higher number of killings and it is also believed the number might be as higher than 90. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Convicted in 2007 for the murdering of 6 women. Confessed to murdering 49 women in Canada (from 1982 to 2002) to an undercover cop. He would lure his victims with the promises of drugs and money. Was sentenced and is serving life in prison.
Convicted for killing over 80 young girls which he would abduct, rape and then kill in the span of two decades (1969-1980). He confessed to killing over 300 girls from at least three South American countries (Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador). Because in Ecuador, the country in which he allegedly committed his last crimes, a killer cannot be tried for consecutive charges, he was given a 16 year sentence but this was lowered to 14 years. Once he was released, he was deported to Colombia in which where he was charged for a murder but was declared insane and admitted to a psychiatric hospital and then released three years later.
These are only some of the infamous names of some who have committed abominable crimes, truly against humanity. I now ask you, do you believe all monsters are human? Are you somewhat “fascinated”/intrigued or disturbed by the bit of information provided? Do share your thoughts on this topic and on the documentaries (if you saw one or more) in the comment section below.