Thanks for hanging out with me this month – and don’t forget, May is Sons of Anarchy month
I didn’t have any killer for this letter, so I thought I’d bring you a list of the top 10 serial killer movies 🙂
10. George Harvey – The Lovely Bones
9. Stuntman Mike – Death Proof
8. Ghostface – Scream Trilogy
7. Jigsaw – Saw Franchise
6. Buffalo Bill – The Silence of the Lambs
5. Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
4. Norman Bates – Psycho
3. Leatherface – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
2. John Doe – Se7en
1. Hannibal Lecter – Manhunter/The Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal/Red Dragon/Hannibal Rising
When 16-year-old Zhang Liang went to police in November of 2003, he had trouble convincing investigators that his harrowing story was true. He claimed that a man by the name of Huang Young, 29, had invited Liang to the man’s apartment by offering the boy a job. Once there, however, Yong had bound Liang and strangled him into unconsciousness three times, splashing the youth’s face with water to revive him for another session. Yong told the terrified Liange, “I’ve already killed 25. You are number 26.”
Somehow Liang talked Yong out of killing him and even received fare from his attacker to get home. The next day he went to police and after convincing them his story was legitimate Yong was arrested and detectives searched his Dahuangzhuang house for evidence. The were not disappointed. Buried beneath and around the ramshackle home were the dismembered remains of eighteen boys. Knowing the game was up Yong make a full confession to 25 slayings, all boys he had lured away from internet cafes and video game arcades. After tying them up to his noodle-rolling machine he would delight in strangling a boy into unconsciousness with a length of rope over and over again. When finally tired of his death game Yong would finish his prey, cut up the body, and bury it in the personal graveyard that was his property.
Yong was convicted of slaying seventeen boys and sentenced to death on December 9, 2003. He was executed by a gunshot to the head on December 26. Not long afterwards reporters and a forensic scientist unearthed two more bodies at Yong’s former residence.
Details are sparse in the case of Chinese serial murderer Yang Zinhai. Released in 2001 from a prison labor camp where he had served time for rape and theft Xinhai, 38, embarked on a killing spree unseen before in China. Before he was through 67 people in four provinces were dead and 23 women had been raped.
Authorities arrested Xinhai on November 3, 2003, because he closely resembled a composite sketch of a killer they were pursuing. In custody he confessed to the killings and rapes. He exhibited signs of possible mental illness, often rambling incoherently and shouting out in the middle of conversations. The prolific slayer claimed his crime spree was motivated by a girlfriend breaking up with him and a general hatred of society.
In addition to his confessions DNA linked Xinhai to many of the rapes and murders. He was sentenced to death on February 1, 2004. Later that month China’s most prolific serial murderer was executed by a gunshot to the head.
Coral Eugene Watts
Coral Eugene Watts began his known killings when he stabbed and mutilated fellow Western Michigan University student Gloria Steele. Suspected of the crime but never charged, Watts was sent to prison on an unrelated assault just a few days after Steele’s murder and served one year, gaining his release in 1975.
Watts moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and began killing women with regularity and earning the press moniker of “The Sunday Morning Slasher.” His killing were marked by very extreme violence and mulilation. He moved to to Houston, Texas, in 1981 and after committing a few more slayings he was captured after a botched murder attempt on May 23, 1982.
After his arrest Watts agreed to admit to all of his murders in return for a sixty year aggravated burglary sentence. Somehow prosecutors agreed to this deal and Watts admitted to twenty-two killings, revealing for the first time that he would often travel into Detroit and Canada to committ crimes when he lived in Michigan.Authorities believe his total number of kills could be as high as forty women.
Unknown even to many of the most serious true crime followers, Jack Unterweger took his supporters and police investigators on a tragic but fascinating roller-coaster ride that would touch lives from his native Austria all the way to the West Coast of the United States. Before he was through he would claim eleven lives, con his way out of prison once, and become a celebrity writer.
Born in 1951 to an Austrian prostitute (his father was an American soldier he never knew) Unterweger was a habitual sex offender that finally earned a life sentence in 1976 after murdering prostitute Margaret Schaefer, 18, by bludgeoning and strangling her. Sadly, life in prison did not turn out to be his final fate. Claiming to be totally rehabilitated, he began writing and after fourteen years fellow Austrians that admired his literary talents and fell for his charm successfully petitioned the courts for Unterweger’s release in 1990.
Fashioning himself as a prime example of the possibilites of prison rehabilitation Unterweger became a bit of a celebrity after his release. The prostitute’s son was now an honorary member of Austria’s elite, complete with the money and fame that often accompany such status. Unfortunately for Austrian prostitutes, he was nothing close to rehabilitated and six more women perished at his hands during his first year of freedom.
Hired by an Austrian publication to write a series of articles on Los Angeles prostitutes, Unterweger used the opportunity to continue his reign of terror on American soil. Shannon Exley, Irene Rodriguez, and Peggy Booth fell prey to the Austrian serial slayer in June and July. All were beaten, strangled with their own bras, and violated with tree limbs.
Shortly after his arrival back in Austria, authoritites put two-and-two together and planned to arrest Unterweger but the celebrity serial killer eluded justice and escaped. Leading his pursuers on a chase through Europe, Canada, and the U.S. he was finally cornered in Miami, Florida. At some point along the way he had found time to murder a pair of Chechoslovakian prostitutes.
Charged with eleven homicides, the Austrian government agreed to combine the Chechoslovakia and United States killings with those in their own country and took Unterweger to trial in April of 1994. Up against overwhelming evidence and the testimony of an imported FBI profiler Unterweger was found guilty in nine of the eleven murders and sentenced again to life in prison on June 18. He hung himself in his cell the following day.
Theodore Robert Bundy aka Ted Bundy
born on November 24, 1946 in Burlington, Vermont and died at the age of 42 on January 24, 1989 in Bradford, Florida by electrocution. Bundy was a killer who was convicted of murder and aggravated kidnapping about 30-36 victims or more. He is also known as Chris Hagen, Kenneth Misner, Richard Burtin, Officer Roseland and Rolf Miller. He committed his crimes in Washington, Utah, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho and California. He was apprehended twice and escaped once from prison after serving two years.