In the history of cinema, few villains have captured the imagation of audiences’ as Hannibal Lecter did in “Silence of the Lambs.” Anthony Hopkins’ chilling portrayal of a cannibalistic serial killer earned him an Oscar, as well as a place in the nightmares of many. A king among cannibal killers, audiences could rest with the comfort that the character was only fiction. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. When Thomas Harris wrote the Hannibal story, he borrowed elements from a real life cannibal killer, Albert Hamilton Fish. Much like Hannibal Lecter, Albert Fish appeared soft-spoken, fragile, and harmless – yet, behind the facade hid a monster who boasted of his molestation of hundreds of child, expressed disappointment at his inability to rape a girl before devouring her, and carried his instruments of hell with him in the form of a meat cleaver, a butcher knife, and a saw. Even with his elder exterior, Albert Fish’s perversions and sadism strengthened with age until his execution.
Psychiatrists accentuate that when investigating psychological disorders, the most important formative stage is childhood. From this perspective, the development of Albert Fish becomes unsurprising. Born in 1870, his father was a 75 year old riverboat captain who passed when Fish was five. His family suffered a long history of alcoholism, abuse, and disorders. Compound that with the sadism Albert Fish claimed to experience when he was placed in an orphanage, and the lack of childhood innocence Fish was afforded explains much about his later disturbing compulsions. Continue reading for "The tale of Albert Fish, the real-life Hannibal Lecter" »
There are famous women serial killers in history as well as men. The women serial killers are cooler than men and can kill many people for decades without being caught. They are also more talented in playing their roles of innocent. One of the most famous women serial killers is the blackwidow Frau Elfriede Blauensteiner, who killed people because ‘they deserved’ or ‘to help them’.
Frau Elfriede Blauensteiner was a very tenderhearted woman. Even, she helped her upper floor neighbor commit suicide in order to save his wife and child being abused by him. When her neighbor said, “I can’t refrain from beating my wife and child. I tried to jump in front of a moving train but I couldn’t,” Frau Elfriede said, “Wait, I’m coming.” Of course no one saw how the poor man fluttered after he drank the ‘special cocktail’ Frau Elfriede prepared for him. A note saying, ‘I am sickened with this life. Goodbye.’ helped policemen to decide that it was a suicide. Frau Elfriede cried too much during the funeral of Mr Erwin, as much as she cried during the funeral of her stepfather Otto Reinl.
Blackwidow- Serial Killer Frau Elfriede
Otto was an old, lonely man, suffering from diabetes, he needed for care. He was using a medicine called Euglucon which contains sulfonylurea. Euglucon increases the insulin secretion of pancreas and decreases blood sugar. When Elfriede said, “I can take care of you, move to my home,” poor man was very happy. However Elfriede was happier when she read the patient information leaflet. She was careful enough to give his medicine everyday on time and she was sneaky enough to increase the dose of Euglucon each day. Occasionally Otto was losing his consciousness due to low blood sugar level. One day, Otto died. An autopsy was performed but nobody checked Euglucon or insulin amount in his body. In 1986, Elfriede learnt two things: First, excessive amount of Euglucon cause death and secondly, Euglucon is not checked during autopsy.
Elfriede was 55 years old when she married Rudolf Blauensteiner. She prepared his coffee every morning and his tea every evening. He was unaware that she was adding Euglucon to his drinks. Within six years of his marriage, he went into coma 13 times. In 1992, Elfriede was fed up with this situation and at the end, she made his last coffee, a deadly one. She wanted to bury him next to her dear stepfather. And she cried madly while her husband’s ashes were buried. Continue reading for "Frau Elfriede – Blackwidow" »
Killers come in all forms. Some killers do it on large scale, some on small; some do it for hate, some for pleasure; some accredit it to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, some to disenchantment of their social environment. Legally speaking, there are three dimensions by which to measure the murder’s offense: the methodology, the scope of the murder, and its motive. Depending on the combination between these three criteria allows for a standard of punishment to be assigned, and for killers to be given a label in the history book.
First, one has to look at the micro or individual level killers. Spree killers, for example, are killers that embark on a murder rampage in a short period of time. The scope of their location is unimportant; the ambition is to maximize the damage in such a way that the goal of the spree killers is rarely to escape alive or be subtle about their murders. The Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 where Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 in a shooting rampage at the university is an example of a rampage killing. It is random, the motives of spree killers often bred out of revenge, and characterized by individuals suffering from a history of mental illness.
Murders and Killers
The most common form of individual murderer title is the serial killer. At its most rudimentary definition, the FBI defines a serial killer as a person who kills three or more people over a month period. Unlike mass murderers, a serial killer is more strategic and quiet about their murders. As Albert Fish, himself a cannibal killer, said, many of his victims were African-American or mentally-challenged because he figured they would be less noticeable. The serial killer wants to extend his killing spree and is more systematic in that sense. Continue reading for "Same end, different means: The typologies of killers" »
While the name “cannibal nerd” may appear to be a term of endearment, it is assigned to an individual that became Japan’s most reviled cannibal serial killer. When the cannibal killer Tsutomu Miyazaki was hanged in June 2008, it brought closure and resolution to a most horrifying chapter in Japanese history. While niches of Japanese society have strange fixations on schoolgirl panties and sadistic game shows, manga strips, these perversions are viewed by outsiders to be more comical than horrifying. This is only because these odd perversions are taken at face value. The story of Tsutomu Miyazaki demonstrates when these perversions are perverted; his story has elements of the universal regarding cannibal killers, but also something very distinctly Japanese. Tsutomu Miyazaki and his cannibal stories continue to horrify even in death.
The background of Tsutomu Miyazaki reads like a manual of how the habits of serial killers are cultivated and developed. Born prematurely with a deformity to his hands, Tsutomu Miyazaki was a loner and exhibited antisocial behavior throughout his life. Discovered only following his arrest was his addiction to hardcore pornography – chiefly, graphic cartoons known as Hentai and manga strips characterized him as a “cannibal nerd” by the media. However, his desires and fetishes reveal a common trend universally involving serial killers, and especially cannibal killers – they do not kill or eat human flesh out of hate or malice. Psychologists argue that cannibal killers lose their control in channeling their sexual fetishes that only become compounded and exaggerated the more repressed and isolated they become from society. Tsutomu Miyazaki is not the first serial killer to fit this description, and, unfortunately, he likely will not be the last.
Miyazaki’s sadistic murders took place between 1988 and 1989, where his actions shot a massive blow to Japanese self-perception of being a harmonious society. During this brief period, blood lust Tsutomu Miyazaki mutilated and murdered four girls, which included two four year olds, one five year old, and one seven year old. After murdering them, he sexually molested their corpses, ate portions of their bodies, and Continue reading for "The Cannibal Nerd: The rise and fall of Tsutomu Miyazaki" »
Though their actions may suggest otherwise, serial killers and cannibal killers often do not murder out of malice. The habits of serial killers are dictated more often out of pleasure they derive from the hunt than out of any animosity towards the prey. Understandably, that explanation is little comfort to those who have had loved ones taken away by their lunacy. But, the tale of Richard Chase and his brief, but horrifying, killing spree suggests that the reasons for their actions are often not obvious. The absurd tale Richard Chase wove that drove him to commit six murders- and subsequently be characterized as the Vampire of Sacramento – combines many mundane elements of serial killers profile with their most sensationalist.
Richard Chase, much like many serial killers and cannibal killers before and after him, claims to have suffered from abuse as a child. As childhood became adulthood, the antisocial characteristics prevalent in many would-be killers began to show – from massive drug and alcohol abuse as a teenager to claims by friends of self-imposed isolation. In perhaps a foreshadowing into his psychological descent, he even injected himself with rabbit blood. His parents sent Richard Chase to a clinic where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
During his stay in the clinic, tales of zoosadism were linked to his increasing schizophrenia. His obsession with the blood of animals and their organs as a means to preserve his own body, as he would explain in later testimony, was a neon sign of his worsening mental health. Still, denial leaves room for excuses. His mother sought to take him off anti schizophrenia medications, and Richard Chase was deemed sane enough to leave the clinic in 1976. As is characteristic of serial killers, Continue reading for "Modern-day Dracula: The tale of Richard Chase" »
The age-old chicken-or-the-egg riddle applies when trying to understand mind of a killer: Is it the serial killer psychological makeup affirming itself through murder, or is it their environment that creates the capacity within them to kill others? Complicating the issue further is the various typologies of murderers – does a certain psychological condition make an individual more prone to become a mass murderer, as opposed to a serial killer? Psychologists research the differences of a normal brain and a mind of a killer and offer patterns explaining why killers express themselves the way they do: killers often suffer from depression or psychosis; they suffer from alcoholism or drug abuse creating delusions; they murder out of malice, for profit, for lust, or misguided compassion. The combinations and permutations of how and why killers do as they do suggests that killers are not uniform – that the mind of a killer is a delicate balance between their internal and external demons expressing themselves in the most repugnant way. The mind of a killer maybe shows the top point of the complexity of human mind.
Mind of a Killer
Popular imagination illustrates killers with broad strokes. It says that killers are alienated from society and, consequently, murder out of disenchantment with the ways of society. Certain types of killers do support this hypothesis that murder is derived from malice. Mission oriented killers are those who feel salvation is attained by eradicating the world of the impure. They murder with unswerving certainty that their virtuous mission to rid society of a certain group or demographic is justified. This form of killer is the result of a strange combination between their distorted interpretation of the world with the etiquette and ethics of popular society. For example, a popular choice of victims in this category of killers is prostitutes. Cultural lore suggests that prostitutes are often viewed as the embodiment of impurity. It is a strange combination of biological and sociological factors that create this hate within mission oriented killers. Continue reading for "Mind of a Killer" »
There are names that are so infamous that their mere mention strikes anxiety and dread into hearts: “Dahmer” is among them. It does not need a first name attached to it; in fact, the isolated nature of the sir name is more than appropriate. “Dahmer” remains symbolic for the detachment with which serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer lived his own life. It is symbolic for the alienated persona that got sexual gratification from committing acts of necrophilia, cannibalism, torture, and mass murder that defined him. In a century replete with cannibal killers and serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer’s acts and obsessions stand king.
What is more peculiar is that, by all accounts, during childhood development, Jeffrey Dahmer did not exhibit many illuminating warning signs for what was to come in adulthood. Psychologists generally return to childhood for indications of future personality disorders – zoosadism, antisocial behavior, or violent outbursts, for example. Jeffrey Dahmer displayed tendencies of dissecting dead animal carcasses, but he was well into his teens. Unlike other serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer was not abused or deprived as a youth.
His parents were encouraging of his public endeavors. Though he fell into alcoholism in his late teens, as unfortunate as it is, it certainly is erroneous to suggest a direct correlation between teenage alcoholics and the monster that Dahmer became. Much like other cannibal killers and serial killers, the source of their behavior is not malice, but their own sexual gratification. Continue reading for "Dahmer: The horrific legacy of Jeffrey Dahmer’s obsessions" »
“This must sound rich coming from me,” explains the Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa to Vice Magazine in 2009, “but the moment the girl became a corpse, I realized that I had lost an important friend and even regretted killing her… my ultimate intention was to eat her, not necessarily to kill her.” The man widely known as “the Godfather of Cannibalism” is a man that is noticeable for many things: he is well-articulate, unapologetic, a free man, a cultural icon, and, of course, a cannibal. Without reducing a civilization and its culture to crude generalizations, elements of Japanese culture appears restraint to outsiders on the exterior; a culture based on a tradition of hierarchy and respect. The use of the word “appearance” is misleading; that suggests that these characteristics are a mere façade. That it is not accurate. However, lapses in this repressed system do show in unique and unabashed forms – Japanese society’s absurd fascination with school girl panties, sadistic game shows, or even the elevation of an unapologetic cannibal into a popular iconography.
In 1981, Issei Sagawa launched into popular imagination for being responsible for what the Japanese know as Pari jinniku jiken – the Paris Human Flesh Incident. As an exchange student in France, he wished to make his life-long dream come true of eating human flesh. In his words: “It was in the first grade of elementary school when I saw the quivering meat on a male classmate’s thighs and I suddenly thought, “Mmm, that looks delicious.” As is typical of cannibal killers, he described himself as socially awkward and viewing himself to be physically inadequate. Unlike other cannibal killers, his tone when he speaks of his crime is not rooted in anger or anxieties – it is calm, reassured, and unapologetic. What occurred in Paris began with an obsession with a Dutch classmate, Renée Hartevelt. During a poetry reading session with her at his residence, Issei Sagawa shot Renée Hartevelt and spent the next two days dissecting and eating her parts. Ultimately, as he went to dispose of the body, he was caught and taken into custody. Viewed to be mentally unfit to stand trial, he was deported back to Japan to the Matsuzawa mental hospital in Tokyo. Less than 15 months later, thanks to his influential father, this Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa was a free man without facing any prosecution.
In the years following his release, Sagawa took pride in his taste for the human flesh. He wrote best-selling books, such as his first text named “In the Fog” which describes his murder in horrifying details the step-by-step process of how he devoured Renée Hartevelt, as well as his recommendation for how to eat human flesh (he went for the buttocks first). He became a painter, with his favorite subject being, unsurprisingly, the buttocks of females. Issei Sagawa became the source of inspiration for songs and films. Continue reading for "The Godfather of Cannibalism : Issei Sagawa" »
In the real world, cannibal stories never fail to horrify the public. Cannibal killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer or Armin Meiwes captured the imagination of a global audience because they engaged in the horrific act. Considering that cannibalism remains among society’s deepest taboos, it was inevitable and natural that film makers sought to exploit the theme as a means to push the boundaries of cinemas. And exploit it they did. Cannibalism serves many thematic functions in film: it can serve as a means to heighten suspense for psychological reasons in horror films. It can function to lampoon other genre of cinema. It can behave as a commentary on how firm morality and etiquette may be shaken in the face of death. The role of cannibalism in cinema remains versatile, and enjoys a history that has conquered every aspect of cinema spectrum of popularity and failure.
Most popularly, however, cannibal movies have been approached from a more comical angle – a representation of the degeneracy of the characters in the film, as well as the art form of cinema itself. Cannibal movies boom in the late 1970s and early 1980s coincided with the popularity of Grindhouse theaters. These Grindhouse theaters spawned genres and movie themes that were rejected by the pedestrian mainstream Hollywood fare. Grindhouse theaters reveled in its own sleaziness, in its own exploitation, in its risqué nature – that is why people attended these shows. It was a degeneracy of the art, but that was its intent. From this respect, cannibalism fit grindhouse like a custom-made glove. Cannibal movies became a sub-genre of the exploitation movies, and it peaked with the popularity of grindhouse theaters. Continue reading for "Lights, Camera, Eat him: The film industry’s strange fascination with cannibalism" »
Cannibalism has a social stigma attached to it – it is considered a perversion reserved for the psychologically disturbed. The story of Armin Meiwes, the German 41-year old who had his ad answered by Bernd Brandes in 2001 allowing him to eat him, shocked and horrified Germans and captured the attention of the world. Other cannibal killers, such as Jeffrey Dahmers or Issei Sagawa, are cited as further evidence that cannibalism is a behavior shared in the social deviant and the monstrous. An appetite for the human flesh is a symptom of deep-rooted evil. Elements of this interpretation are true in the context of today’s system of morality. But, this view was not always this way, nor was it universal. Whereas war, rape, and other forms of violence have always had similar meanings attached to them throughout history, cannibalism has not. Human cannibalism and how it is viewed has been dependent on period and civilization. Looking at those components certainly explains why it is viewed as being repugnant today.
Cannibal Hannibal Lecter
The reasons for why cannibalism has existed in human civilizations vary, but there are two main causes: First, cultural or religion sacrifices adopted it. The Inca civilization saw human sacrifices as offering to the Gods. Not wanting to have their human sacrifices go to waste, cannibalistic feasts were reported by Spanish conquerors in Inca communities following sacrifices. A second cause for cannibalism is explained by the ancestors of those on Easter Island that is referred as Cannibal Island. While they too offered human sacrifices to gods, the main reason for their cannibalistic society was because its pastures and land offered little else in the way of fresh mammal meat. Cannibalism was a sanctioned cultural norm because it was enjoyed too and necessary for survival. However, even then, it had its limitations. Anthropologists have long documented tales of revenge by family members whose relatives were sacrificed and eaten, mainly children and women. Even in communities of cannibals, cannibalistic social behavior was twofold: First, endocannibalism in where cannibals eat human flesh from the same community. Second, exocannibalism in where they ate human flesh from other communities. In cannibalistic societies, the consequences of each were very different. Continue reading for "Cannibalism: From tradition to repulsion" »
War is simply an implicit agreement between parties who engage in it to provide a legal basis to murder that would in other contexts be entirely unscrupulous. What is rape, but sexual intercourse made unpardonable by the rejection of it by the victim? In a broad context, consensus appears to be the basis of legality in many actions that, without agreement, are deplorable, but, with consensus, are understandable. Like a custom made glove, this legal qualification fits comfortably with the slogans we were told as children: “Do unto others as you want them to do unto yourself”, “To each their own” among others. If consensus is consistent with the legal and moral standards, then Armin Meiwes did not do anything morally or legally wrong. Famously known as the “German Cannibal”, his argument was that his victim had consented to being eaten by responding to an ad. Yet, the story of German cannibal Armin Meiwes shocked and horrified Germans and the world alike – and forced a re-evaluation of what the legal and moral standards were as it regarded cannibalism.
A 41-year old computer technician, Armin Meiwes was long aware of his obsessions, he testified. Shockingly specific, he cited the precise age when his fetish for human flesh began to develop (between 8 and 12 years of age), how his Dad often neglected him as a child, and how his mother was overbearing and discouraging towards him. Residing in the central German village Rotenburg, Armin Meiwes was a member of online cannibal communities, which considering internet niches is not too absurd. Wanting to fulfill his fantasy, the cannibal killer put advertisements on websites for “young, well-built men aged 18 to 30 to slaughter.” According to his recollection of events, that is how 43-year old Bernd Brandes was introduced into his life in March 2001. After meeting, the German Cannibal took Brandes to his home and provided a guided tour of the “slaughter room.” Continue reading for "The German Cannibal: Armin Meiwes and the moral dilemmas his case creates" »
Psychologists often warn that when understanding the source of psychological anxiety or violent behavior in an individual, the most reliable starting point is their external environment. Analyzing the environment they experienced during their childhood offers explanations for their internal turmoil. Investigating the past certainly goes some ways in understanding the actions of Ukrainian serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo who is referred as Hannibal of Russia. That is not to sound fatalistic by believing the capacity to kill is predetermined, nor is it suggesting that the killer is a victim in any sense. That would be a wrong assumption. His vicious murder of 52 people verifies this. However, to understand what Andrei Chikatilo became, one must understand where he came from.
Born in the Ukrainian village of Yablochnoye, Andrei Chikatilo’s early tale reads like a Soviet Union dystopia. He was born to a poor family during the Ukrainian famine. His mother, he later claimed, physically abused him for chronic bedwetting, and told him bedtime tales of a deceased brother who was cannibalized by hungry neighbors. Andrei Chikatilo testified that such stories had a profound psychological effect on him – creating a character of distrust and constant anxiety. Compound that with living through the Nazi assault into his village during their invasion of the Soviet Union, Andrei Chikatilo lacked any childhood innocence. Still, to outsiders, he developed quite reasonably: he succeeded in school, he became a teacher, and he married and had children. His own family testified that his disposition was always calm and reserved. However, there is a pattern within serial killers to create two worlds: One in the world of appearances, and one reserved for their victims. Continue reading for "Andrei Chikatilo: A new, yet very typical, serial killer" »
The most brutal killer in history: Vlad The Impaler
Vlad The Impaler is a legendary figure in history, famous for his torturing and punishment techniques. It is said that he had impailed more than 30,000 people and according to some historians he killed around 100,000 people. But more than how many people Vlad Dracula killed, how he killed them is blood curdling.
Dracula means ‘Son of Devil’ in Romanian and maybe he did more evil things in his lifetime more than Devil himself.
Who is Vlad Dracula?
Vlad Dracula , whose life story gave inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, was the Prince of Wallachia (southern Romania). When his country was threatened with Ottoman invasion, his father had to swear loyalty to sultan. According to Ottoman policy, local leaders were assigned for the government of the invaded territories. And Vlad Dracula was planned to be the ruler of the territory in the future. With their father’s consent, Vlad Dracula and his sister were taken to the Ottoman palace for education and training.
Vlad The Impaler
They had the same education as other noble families’ children. Sultan Murad II was hoping that this intelligent boy, Vlad Dracula would govern his land as a loyal vassal of Ottoman Empire. Sultan’s son Sultan Mehmed The Conqueror and Vlad Dracula had been very close friends and blood brothers. After they grew up and learnt how to rule a country, Vlad Dracula was sent back to rule his country on behalf of Ottoman Empire. In the meantime, Sultan Mehmed had been the Ottoman Emperor when his father died and conquered Constantinople. Vlad Dracula swore his loyalty to the new capital city, Istanbul, admiring the Sultan’s success. In 1456, he was put on the throne in Wallachia by the Sultan.
At the beginning, he was ruling his country with great success and loyalty to Ottoman Empire. However, he was under pressure of nationalists. They wanted Vlad Dracula to declare the independence of the country. He was having a conflict between loyalty to his blood brother Sultan Mehmed and being an independent king of Wallachia.
In such a difficult position, Vlad Dracula, the intelligent and loyal leader started to change. He became an alcoholic and started torturing to people. He totally lost his sense of justice and obviously his mind. The peaceful atmosphere in Wallachia turned into a lunacy and total fear. Continue reading for "Vlad The Impaler" »
A person, defined as a ‘serial killer’, must murder at least three people over a period of more than one month. Researchers try to draw a serial killer profile. According to the statistics, most of the serial killers are white males. If we take a look at the characteristics of a serial killer, we see that he murders his victims using similar methods and the serial killer victims generally have something common. For example Richard Speck murdered 8 young girls in nurse’s training.
Why do serial killers kill?
Some of the motives of serial killers listed by Lee in 1988 are hatred, passion, revenge, fear, domination, profit and desperation. The most known stereotype of all serial killers are involved sexually with the murdered. There are many serial killer movies about young women being raped, brutally tortured and murdered.
We watch many serial killer movies and get opinions about the serial killer profile but most of the serial killer facts are different than what movies tell us. According to Hollywood, a serial killer is mentally distorted, lonely man with high IQ. However, FBI says that, these are not the common serial killer profile. They usually have families and jobs and just like other normal men in society. One of the serial killers was an army pilot, another one was the father of 5 children.
In serial killer movies, he wants to get caught and plays intelligent games with FBI agents. But FBI states that in real life they don’t want to get caught. FBI finds out the common point of the serial killer victims and his methods of murder. Besides, the serial killer becomes more careless at his murders after awhile. This makes it easy to catch them.
[ad#downcont]A serial killer profile in our minds, according to the movies we watch, may keep us from seeing the real evidences. Maybe there are some serial killers in the society that we don’t suspect as we expect them to be lonely intelligent men. Maybe the husband of your neighbor is a serial killer
Do you know anyone having the characteristics of a serial killer around you?
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The dictionary meaning of Killer is “someone who causes the death of a person or animal – Slayer”. Of course there are three more meanings of Killer like “a cause of death”, “a kind of big whale” and a difficulty that is hard to deal with but Dr Killer Network especially focusing on the slayer meaning of “KILLER”.
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Murderer is one of them. Murderer means ; One who illegally kills another person. The word murder is related, in old English, to the French word mordre (bite) in reference to the heavy compensation one must pay for causing an unjust death.
In common law, Killer is described as the:
of another human being
with a state of mind known as “malice aforethought“.
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