Ed Gein

It saddens me that we so often can remember the names and deeds of a serial killer and we can rarely if ever, remember the names of the innocent people lost. In this post, when possible the names of those lost to the killer will be shared. Serial killers and what motivates them has been a subject I have spent many hours researching and learning about over the years.

I admire those individuals that have spent their working life studying these real-life monsters and those that dedicate themselves to police work and the apprehension of petty criminals and murderers. It must be a challenge to delve into the minds and activities of killers while still maintaining relationships and communication with a spouse, children, or friends that work in areas outside of law enforcement. That challenge just ads to my admiration of those that work in law enforcement.

read more

Torture

Torture has been used on people through the ages for many different reasons. In Medieval Times from the 5th to the 15th century in Europe torture was used to get suspected criminals to confess to a crime, or to name their accomplices, or to gain information regarding crimes. There were different types of torture used depending on the gender, crime, and social status of the suspect. In this post, we will learn about torture devices and their uses. I am going to refer to those that experienced the torture as the victim in this post because in our present day even criminals have human rights. read more

Jack the Ripper History

In this post, we are going to look at the murders committed and Jack the Ripper history. We will also explore the different suspects.

Location

The location where the five murders occurred over a three month period from August 31 to November 9 in 1888 was the East End of London, England. The neighbourhood at that time was dark and dank and full of narrow, winding cobblestoned alleyways that were not lit at night.  In 1888 this area of London was inhabited by the poor people who struggled daily to get enough to eat for themselves and their children. read more

Psychopath vs Sociopath

We hear the terms psychopath and sociopath thrown around in casual conversation a lot. But there are differences and similarities between the people deemed to be psychopaths and those that are deemed to be sociopaths. Read on to learn more.

Definition of a Psychopath-Psychopath vs Sociopath

According to William Hirstein Ph. D. who wrote What is a Psychopath? for Psychology Today in 2013, it was in the early 1800s that doctors began to notice that some patients who appeared outwardly normal actually had “moral depravity” or “moral insanity.” The patients had no sense of ethics or the rights of other people. The term psychopath was first used in 1900. It was later found that people who were described as a psychopath have a genetic trait to their behaviour. In other words, a psychopath’s behaviour can be hereditary.

read more

Ted Bundy: Serial Killer and Real Life Monster

Ted Bundy is the first serial killer I ever read about. The book entitled The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy the Shocking Inside Story was written by Ann Rule and published in 1980. Ann had was a coworker of Ted Bundy’s and had some interesting insights into his personality that really interested me.
A serial killer is defined as:

    • a person who commits a series of murders often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behaviour pattern. (2017, dictionary.com)

    Ted Bundy-Early Life

    Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946, to his unwed mother in Vermont. Illegitimate births were shame causing back then and Ted was raised thinking his Grandparents were actually his Mom and Dad and that his Mother was his older sister. His life began as lie and dishonesty would continue throughout his lifetime. A few years later his “sister” Eleanor Cowell moved with Ted to Tacoma, Washington from their home in Philadelphia. In 1951, Eleanor married Johnnie Bundy and started a family with him. Ted was a bright student but was socially awkward. He became more interested in the macabre as he grew. It started when he was three years old and he became fascinated with knives. As a teenager Ted became a “peeping Tom,” and a thief. read more