Serial Killer Mind

.. on-s East End Whitechapel in the space of four months in 1888. His victims were all prostitutes, their throats cut and their bodies mutilated. The murders seemed as most usually are, sexually motivated. Jack the Ripper frustrated Scotland Yard, as they had little to no clues to the killer-s identity.

One thing that was obvious was that the killer was familiar with East End streets. At the time of the murders letters were sent to the police and media claiming to be that from the Ripper. One such letter was sent to George Lusk, attached was half a kidney, the writer said ‘I send you half the kidney I took from one woman. The other piece I fried and ate’. The Ripper struck two times on the 30 September, killing Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, unusually Stride was not mutilated suggesting the Ripper had been interrupted. On a building near the crime scene someone had written – ‘The juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing’. But this was wiped clean on order of the police commissioner.

The last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, was the only one to be mutilated indoors. After the death of Kelly, the murders suddenly stopped. No one is nearer to finding the identity of Jack the Ripper. Such suspects include known killers George Chapman, Neil Cream and Frederick Bailey Deeming. Other theories suggest midwives, Freemasons, Royalty, plus ranks of other suspects. PEDRO LOPEZ- THE MONSTER OF THE ANDES Pedro Lopez, AKA ‘The Monster of the Andes’ killed more than three hundred girls in Peru, Ecuador and Columbia in the late seventies and early eighties until he was caught. When he was young he was molested by a pedophile and deserted by his family.

Getting into theft, at 19 he went to prison where 4 other inmates sodomized him, he killed three of them as pay back. When released he traveled from Peru to Columbia, by this time he had killed over 150 girls. He would usually pick up prostitutes whom he strangled and later dumped their bodies in a river. Lopez was finally arrested after suspicion of murder in 1980. He told police of his amazing 300+ tally, and he led them to gravesites.

Lopez was sentenced to life imprisonment. H. H. Holmes Holmes, properly known as Herman Webster Mudgett, killed twenty-seven people at his house in Chicago. Like Ted Bundy he was a handsome man and a favorite with the ladies.

Holmes first married in 1878 while still a student, and in 1886 contracted a bigamous marriage with Myrta Belknap. He took to fraud as a means of livelihood, and in 1888 worked in Chicago as a drugstore chemist. The female boss disappeared in 1890, leaving Holmes in command of a business that thrived on sales of patent medicine. Holmes shared a flat above the store with a Jeweller called Icilius Conner and his wife Julia who acted as Holmes’s secretary. Holmes purchased a large vacant plot across the road from the drugstore to build a hotel. The Gothic-style hotel resembled a castle and had 100 rooms. The hotel, aptly named ‘Holmes’s Castle’ was designed by Benjamin F.

Pitzel, and completed in 1891. Many people stayed at Holmes’s castle and many disappeared, including Conners’ wife and her daughter. An insurance fraud by Holmes, which resulted in the death of Pitzel, took police to Holmes’s hotel, but Holmes had fled. He was captured in Philadelphia and charged with embezzlement and later with murder. The police searched Holmes’s castle and discovered a death house.

Some of the rooms had chutes, which led to the basement below, used as a victim cargo route. The basement contained vats of acid, airtight rooms with gas inlets, windowless torture rooms containing trays of surgical instruments. Also found were several female skeletons. At Holmes-s trial in 1895, in which Holmes acted as his own defense, a mechanic told of how he had worked for Holmes stripping flesh from bodies which he thought had come from the city mortuary. Holmes was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. While awaiting execution Holmes confessed to twenty-seven killings.

He was hanged at Philadelphia-s Moyamensing prison on 7 May 1896. On 31 January 1974, a student at the University of Washington, in Seattle, Lynda Ann Healy, vanished from her room; the bed sheets were bloodstained, suggesting that she had been badly struck on the head. During the following March, April and May, three more girl students vanished with two more in June. In July, two girls vanished on the same day. It happened at Lake Sammanish.

A number of people saw a good-looking young man, with his arm in a sling, accost a girl named Janice Ott and ask her to help him lift a boat on to the roof of his car, she walked away with him and did not return. Later, a girl named Denise Naslund was accosted by the same young man, she also vanished. He had been heard to introduce himself as ‘Ted’. In October 1974 the killings shifted to Salt Lake City; three girls disappeared in one month. In November, the police had their first break in the case: a girl named Carol DaRonch was accosted by a young man who said he was a detective, he lead her back to his car and he snapped a handcuff on her wrist and pointed a gun at her head; she fought and screamed, and managed to jump from his car.

That evening, a girl student vanished on her way to meet her brother. A handcuff key was found near the place from which she had been taken. Meanwhile, the Seattle police had fixed on a young man named Ted Bundy as a main suspect. For the past six years, he had been involved in a close relationship with a divorcee named Meg Anders, but she had called the relationship off. After the Lake Sammanish disappearances, she had seen a photofit drawing of the wanted ‘Ted’ in the Seattle Times and thought it looked like Bundy.

She telephoned the police. They told her that they had already checked on Bundy; but at the suggestion of the Seattle Police, Carol DaRonch was shown Bundy-s photograph. She tentatively identified it as resembling the man who had tried to abduct her, but was obviously far from sure, as Bundy had been in disguise at the attempted kidnapping. In January, March, April, July and August 1975, more girls vanished in Colorado. (Their bodies-or skeletons-were found later in remote spots.) On 16 August 1975, Bundy was arrested for the first time. As a police car was driving along a dark street in Salt Lake City, a parked Volkswagen launched into motion; the policeman followed, and it accelerated.

He caught up with the car at a service station, and found in the car a pantyhose mask, a crow-bar, an icepick and various other tools; there was also a pair of handcuffs. Bundy, 29 years old, seemed an unlikely burglar. He was a graduate of the University of Washington, and was in Utah to study law; he had worked as a political campaigner, and for the Crime Commission in Seattle. In his room there was nothing suspicious – except maps of Colorado, from which five girls had vanished that year. Also strands of hair were found in his car that came from some of the missing girls.

Carol DaRonch had meanwhile identified Bundy from a police line-up, and bloodspots on her clothes – where she had scratched her assailant – were of Bundy-s group. Credit card receipts showed that Bundy had been close to various places from which girls had vanished in Colorado. The evidence was, admittedly, circumstantial, but taken all together, it formed a powerful case. The central objection to it became apparent as soon as Bundy walked into court. He looked so decent and clean-cut that most people felt there must be some mistake.

The case seemed to be balanced on a knife-edge – until the judge pronounced a sentence of guilty of kidnapping. Bundy sobbed and pleaded not to be sent to prison; but the judge sentenced him to a period between one and fifteen years. The Colorado authorities now charged him with the murder of a girl called Caryn Campbell, who had been abducted from a ski resort where Bundy had been seen by a witness. After a morning courtroom session in Aspen, Bundy succeeded in wandering into the library during the lunch recess, and jumping out of the window. He was recaptured eight days later, tired and hungry, and driving a stolen car.

Legal arguments dragged on for another six months – what evidence was admissable and what was not. And on 30 December 1977, Bundy escaped again, using a hacksaw blade to cut through an imperfectly welded steel plate above the light fixture in his cell. He made his way to Chicago, then south to Florida; there, near the Florida State University in Tallahassee, he took a room. A few days later, a man broke into a nearby sorority house and attacked four girls with a club, knocking them unconscious; one was strangled with her pantyhose and raped; another died on her way to the hospital. One of the strangled girl-s nipples had almost been bitten off, and she had a bite mark on her left buttock.

Bundy then fled after a neighbour got suspicious. Three weeks later, on 6 February 1978, Bundy – who was calling himself Chris Hagen – stole a white Dodge van and left Tallahassee; he stayed in the Holiday Inn, using a stolen credit card. The following day a 12-year-old girl named Kimberly Leach walked out of her classroom in Lake City, Florida, and vanished. At 4 a.m. on 15 February, a police patrolman noticed an orange Volkswagen driving suspiciously slowly, and radioed for a check on its number; it proved to be stolen from Tallahassee.

After a struggle and a chase, during which he tried to kill the policeman, Bundy was captured yet again. When the police learned his real name, and that he had just left a town in which five girls had been attacked, they suddenly understood the importance of his capture. On 7 April, a party of searchers along the Suwanee river found the body of Kimberly Leach in an abandoned hut; she had been strangled and sexually violated. Three weeks later, surrounded by hefty guards, Bundy allowed impressions of his teeth to be taken, for comparison with the marks on the buttocks of the dead student, Lisa Levy. Bundy`s trial began on 25 June 1979, and the evidence against him was damning; a witness who had seen him leaving the sorority house after the attacks; a pantyhose mask found in a room of the sorority house, which resembled the one found in Bundy`s car; but above all, the fact that Bundy`s teeth matched the marks on Lisa Levy`s buttocks.

The jury took only six hours to find him guilty on all counts. Judge Ed Cowart pronounced sentence of death by electrocution. Bundy was taken to Raiford prison, Florida, where he was placed on Death Row. On 2 July 1986, when he was due to die a few hours before serial killer Gerald Stano, both were granted a stay of execution. Time finally ran out for Bundy in January 1989. Long before this, he had recognised that his fatal mistake was to decline to enter into plea bargaining at his trial; the result was a death sentence instead of life imprisonment.

Bundy then made a last-minute attempt to save his life by offering to bargain murder confessions for a reprieve but failed. On 24 January, 7 a.m., Bundy was executed at the electric chair at Starke State prison, Florida. It is quite unclear how many people Ted Bundy killed, figures showed he killed at least 23 women although some say it was between twenty and forty. Bundy himself told the police that in ran into double figures. Bibliography 1. Gaute, J.H.H. (1979).

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