John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was an American serial killer and rapist, also known as the Killer Clown, who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men in a series of killings committed between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois.
All of Gacy’s known murders were committed inside his Norwood Park Township home; his victims would typically be lured to this address by force or deception and all but one victim were murdered by either asphyxiation or strangulation with a tourniquet (his first victim was stabbed to death). Gacy buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home; three further victims were buried elsewhere on his property, while the bodies of his last four known victims were discarded in the Des Plaines River.
Convicted of 33 murders, Gacy was sentenced to death for 12 of these killings on March 13, 1980. He spent 14 years on death row before he was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994.
Known as the Gainesville Ripper, Daniel Rolling murdered four University of Florida students and a Santa Fe Community College student in their apartments in 1990. He decapitated one victim, posed with some of the bodies, removed skin and body parts and arranged the murder scenes using props that included broken mirrors. The macabre slayings began on August 24, 1990 when Rolling broke into the apartment of 17-year-old university freshmen Sonja Larson and Christina Powell. They were found mutilated and stabbed to death. He had raped both women, one after she was dead. The next day, Rolling killed Hoyt, 18. Her body was found propped up, sitting on her bed bent over at the waist. Rolling had sliced off her nipples and left them on the bed next to her, and police discovered that her torso was sliced open, from her chest to her pubic bone. Her severed head perched on a shelf across the room. Two days later, Rolling killed roommates Tracy Paules and Manuel Taboada, both 23. Rolling remained at large until September 8, when he was arrested after a botched robbery in the central Florida town of Ocala. He was later linked by DNA to three more killings in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1989. He was not charged in the Gainesville slayings until 1992, while serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes. He pleaded guilty to all five murders as the jury was being selected for trial in 1994.
Asked if he had any final words, witnesses at the execution said Rolling sang a song in which he repeated the line “None greater than thee, oh Lord,” as relatives of the slain students watched in the death chamber.
Herbert Mullin is a serial killer who committed 13 murders in California in the early 1970s and was a 24-year old religious former scholar-athlete at Santa Cruz high school who suffered some form of mental aberration after the 1965 motorcycle death of his best friend. He withdrew from society and turned his bedroom into a shrine to his best friend. He started killing by driving up in the mountains and pretending to have a disabled vehicle where he would kill passerbys who stopped to render assistance. He beat 2 such people to death with a baseball bat, ripping the innards out of one victim with his bare hands, and leaving the pieces for the vultures. He then came to believe that some of the voices were telepathic messages from people begging him to kill them, so he bought a gun and went into state parks looking for pick up messages. He shot 5 people in one day at one park, a group of 4 campers at another park three months later, and 2 other people at various other times.
Ripper Crew or Chicago Rippers was a satanic cult composed of Robin Gecht (who once worked for the serial killer John Wayne Gacy) and three associates (Edward Spreitzer with brothers Andrew and Thomas Kokoraleis). They were suspected in the disappearances of 18 women in Chicago, Illinois.
Gecht and his gang allegedly drove around in a van looking for prostitutes to sacrifice in Gecht’s apartment. They claimed to have removed one breast from each victim and eaten it as Robin read passages of The Satanic Bible. It has also been said that they, after severing the breast, took turns raping the open wound. They then proceeded to each masturbate into the flesh of the breast, chop it into pieces, and devour it.
These men were arrested in 1982 for the stabbing of a teenaged prostitute. Although Gecht’s associates and other witnesses implicated him in some of the deaths, investigators never had enough evidence to charge him with murder. Gecht is serving 120 years in Menard Correctional Center for mutilating and raping an 18-year-old prostitute.
Wayne Lo is a Taiwanese-American who perpetrated a school shooting at Simon’s Rock College of Bard on December 14, 1992 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States. He killed one student and a professor, and wounded four others before he surrendered to police. He is currently serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Charles Chi-Tat Ng After being dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, struck up a friendship with a man named Leonard Lake in 1983. Over the next two years, the pair tortured and murdered somewhere between 11 and 25 women in a secret bunker on Lake’s rural property in California. After being apprehended in Canada, Ng was extradited and sentenced to death. Still fighting his appeal, Ng spends his time on death row taking correspondence art classes. His paintings tend to depict maritime and underwater scenes, with a recurring theme of mermaids in peril.
Born in El Paso, Texas, on February 28, 1960, Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer who, over a two-year rampage, raped and tortured more than 25 victims, and murdered more than a dozen—most of them in their own homes. Dubbed the “Night Stalker,” Ramirez was turned on to Satanic worship at an early age by his cousin, a solider who had recently returned from the war in Vietnam. Following a four-year trial, in 1989,
Ramirez was convicted of 13 killings. He received the death penalty and was sent to San Quentin Prison in California. He died on June 7, 2013, at age 53.
Ottis Toole was born on March 5, 1947, in Jacksonville, Florida and committed his first murder at age 14. Toole began a sexual relationship and crime partnership with Henry Lee Lucas in the ‘70s. Once arrested, the two confessed to more than a hundred murders, including the murder of America’s Most Wanted host John Wash’s son. Toole died in prison in 1996.
Henry Lee Lucas was a murderer born on August 23, 1936, in Blacksburg, Virginia. Born to alcoholic parents, including a mother who prostituted herself, Lucas’s sexual deviancy formed in his teen years. In 1960, he was sentenced for the murder of his mother. Paroled in 1970, Lucas went back to jail for the attempted kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl. Released again in 1975, he killed two more women, and was arrested in 1983. He confessed to murdering hundreds of people, though no proof existed beyond three known victims. Lucas sat on Death Row, later changed to life in prison by Texas Governor George W. Bush. He died in a Texas prison from natural causes on March 12, 2001.
Keith Hunter Jesperson known as the “Happy Face Killer” for his signature happy face doodle on taunting letters to the media and law enforcement agencies, Keith Hunter Jesperson was responsible for the deaths of at least 8 women during the 1990′s. His daughter wrote a memoir detailing her disturbing childhood memories of her serial killer father. Jesperson’s drawing of an infant in the crib sends chills down the spine as the viewer imagines looking down at a defenseless child through the eyes of a cold-blooded murderer.
Between 1995 and 1998, Alfred Gaynor murdered at least 8 women in the Springfield, Massachusetts area. He was known to pose his victims in horrifying ways in order to make the discovery of their bodies as traumatizing as possible. This drawing of his, entitled “Murder Beach”, is exactly what one would expect to see coming from the mind of a serial killer who has been given a box of crayons and an abundance of free time.
Though technically Charles Manson never actually killed anybody, he was convicted of multiple murders through California’s “joint-responsibility” rule. He was the leader of a satanic hippie cult that perpetrated the 1969 murders of 7 people, including the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Since he is well known for being musically inclined, it is no surprise that Manson also dabbles in the visual arts. His abstract compositions read as technicolor hellscapes from which his inner psyche cannot escape.