Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Lizzie Borden was born in 1860 in the northeast United States with her father and stepmother. Pining to live a privileged and wealthy life, Lizzie was sorely disappointed in her own lifestyle which was far from her aspirations. A possible kleptomaniac, Lizzie stole trinkets and jewelry from local stores to make up for her destitute home life. In August 1892, Lizzie Borden was home alone with her maid. That early afternoon, Lizzie's father came home complaining of a severe headache. He laid down on the love seat and dozed off before being struck in the head with a hatchet eleven times. Such rage was imparted, that Lizzie's father's eye was split in half. Upstairs was the corpse of Lizzie's stepmother, hacked to death 19 times with the same hatchet. It has been stated that two blows would have killed the Borden parents, but the murderer could not be satisfied without slamming the hatchet down at least a dozen times.Lizzie's innocence was compromised by the fact that she burned her dress which would have been soaked in blood and the hatchet was hidden in the basement with the handle broken off in an effort to disguise the blood that would not wash off. It has been suggested that Lizzie may have suffered from a pre-menstral syndrome called petit mal, which would cause her to act in a dreamlike state unknowingly murdering her parents. Lizzie was acquitted in her trial, although the public and media still accuse her of the murders to this day.
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Confessing to 3,000 murders, Henry Lee Lucas (left) was more likely to have killed at least 350 people with the help of his homosexual lover Ottis Toole (right). By all accounts, Henry Lee Lucas was not pretty by any standard with a glass eye and missing teeth. By age 24, Lucas had already murdered his mother and fled home to become a drifter. After meeting Toole, Lucas became romantically involved with Toole's 12-year-old niece Becky. Abandoning Becky for a life of crime, Lucas and Toole traveled the United States killing innocent victims. When Lucas was finally arrested, he was convicted of 11 murders and was sentenced to death. Lucas died of heart failure at the age of 64, while Toole, serving 6 life sentences, died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 49.
Posted by menschenleer at 4:10 AM
"M" was the German film that startled an entire nation. Peter Lorre bravely portrayed the murderer and pedophile of small children during the height of his career. Whistling gravely "In The Hall Of The Mountain King", Peter Lorre's character, Hans Beckert, was identified even before he was in the shot of the film. Not only did police search for the killer, but mobsters and the homeless were also involved in catching Hans Beckert. The German word morder was the name given to the killer, meaning murderer. When a blind homeless man overheard the dreadful whistling, he called another drifter over to follow Beckert. To mark Beckert as the killer, the drifter drew a large white "M" (meaning Morder; murderer) on his palm and slapped Beckert on the back. Unknowingly, Beckert walked the streets with his next female victim in hand until he caught the "M" posted on his back in a shop window. Running to a deserted office building, he was followed by mobsters who found him hiding in a closet. Beckert was then treated to an informal trial by the mob in which he cowered underneath the stairs crying out "It's inside me! I cannot help myself!" Police were soon at the scene where Beckert was arrested for his crimes. The film ends with a mother tearfully telling the audience,"The only way we can prevent these things from happening, is to watch our children."
Posted by menschenleer at 4:06 AM
David Koresh, born Vernon Hall in 1959, had a lonely and rough childhood. Raised by a 14-year-old mother, David was depressed and once claimed to be raped by a gang of neighborhood boys at the age of eight. At nineteen, Koresh had already memorized the New Testament despite his illiteracy. A born again Christian, Koresh joined the Branch Davidians and changed his name from Vernon to David. Koresh then invented his own church in Texas which gained many followers in several years. In 1993, authorities became aware of his sect believing it to be an unsafe cult. Koresh's make-shift commune was attacked by bullets and then fire. At the end of the attack, 54 adults and 21 children including David Koresh were found dead from the fire.
Posted by menschenleer at 3:59 AM
"Dying is not a crime," was Dr. Jack Kevorkian's motto. Assisting in over 130 suicides, Kevorkian gave enormous doses of controlled substances to his patients and was charged with second degree murder for giving out lethal injections that were not prescribed. Kevorkian spent eight years in prison for his crimes still believing he had done nothing wrong. In 2008, Kevorkian gave a powerful lecture to over 4,000 people stating, "My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death. My aim was to end suffering. It's got to be decriminalized." Causing a public uproar on television, Kevorkian revealed his version of the American flag which featured a swastika where the stars should have been. Kevorkian died at 83 of a blood clot in Royal Oak, MI in 2011. Few are aware what a talented and determined jazz musician and oil painter Kevorkian was. A limited edition CD was released in 1997 featuring Kevorkian on flute and organ.
Posted by menschenleer at 3:56 AM
Hungarian actor Peter Lorre made his film debut as Hans Beckart in the 1931 Fritz Lang film "M". The character of Hans Beckart was based on real serial killer Peter Kurten, who was beheaded right about the time this film was coming out. (Weird.) With enormous bulging eyes, disheveled hair and begging on his knees, Lorre gave a frenzied and incredible speech to a violently hungry lynch mob. A spectacular range of emotions burst forth from Lorre showing his tremendous acting ability. From guilt, terror, excitement, frustration, sorrow, disappointment, contemplation, madness and delight, Lorre fantastically switches tones within seconds.
"But I can't help it. I can’t… I really can’t…. help it! What would you know? What are you talking about? Who are you anyway? Who are you? All of you. Criminals. Probably proud of it, too- proud you can crack a safe or sneak into houses or cheat at cards. All of which it seems to me you could just as easily give up if you learned something useful, or if you had jobs or if you weren’t such lazy pigs. But me? Can I do anything about it? Don’t I have this cursed thing inside me? This fire, this voice, this agony? I have to roam the streets endlessly, always sensing that someone’s following me. It’s me! I’m shadowing myself! Silently…. But I still hear it! Yes, sometimes I feel like I’m tracking myself down. I want to run- run away from myself! But I can’t! I can’t escape from myself! I must take the path that it’s driving me down and run and run down endless streets! I want off! I want off! And with me run the ghosts of the mothers and children. They never go away. They’re always there! Always! Always! Always! Except… when I’m doing it… when I…. Then I don’t remember a thing. Then I’m standing before a poster, reading what I’ve done. I read and read… I did that? I don’t remember a thing! But who will believe me? Who knows what it’s like inside me? How it screams and cries out inside me when I have to do it! Don’t want to! Must! Don’t want to! Must! And then the voice cries out, and I can’t listen anymore! Help! I can’t! I can’t! I can’t! I can’t!”
Posted by menschenleer at 3:36 AM
Written by Eric W.
Modern executions have been developed in countries in an effort to make them more humane. In the United States the current method of execution practiced is lethal injection. The process of lethal injection utilizes three drugs. The first injection administered is a solution of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic intended to decrease awareness and eliminate feeling. The next chemical, pancuronium bromide causes paralysis and halts respiration. To complete the process potassium chloride is injected and stops the heart from beating.
There are many problems inherent in the use of lethal injection. Primarily due to the nature of the chemical cocktail used, executions can cause excruciating pain to the prisoner. Many people have varied reactions to these drugs, and there is no way to predict how the chemicals will affect an individual. There also exists the possibility that the mixtures of the injected drugs are not correct. In this situation the prisoner may fully be aware and therefore subject to the horrific pain caused by the potassium chloride as it stops their beating heart. On top of this they are unable to convey this pain, as the pancuronium bromide has paralyzed them. This process is used in modern prisons for executions, yet in many places has been banned for use in euthanasia of animals. Cases have been reported in which prisoners were observed wincing, gasping, and shaking violently.
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Posted by menschenleer at 3:10 AM
The following was written by Eric W.
Society can never learn about the workings of the violent mind from a dead person.
Killing people is never justified. Human life is precious and should be cared for, not idly thrown away. Every living thing has potential to achieve accomplishments. Extinguishing life denies the world the opportunity to see these accomplishments come to fruition. Murderers and violent criminals have the same right to live that you and I do. Yes, they may have made the terrible decisions that led to their incarcerations, but this is because there is something within them that compromises their judgment. They may suffer from chemical imbalances or mental instability. These people have something wrong with them, and that is not their fault. They are still worth every effort to understand and rehabilitate.
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Posted by menschenleer at 3:02 AM
Peter Kurten - The Vampire of Dusseldorf
Peter Kurten, known as the "Vampire of Dusseldorf" was a German serial killer responsible for nine killings, seven attempted murders, and fifty-three other attacks. Growing up in a horribly violent household, it would seem Kurten was born into a life of mental instability and life long abominations. An avid arsonist, Kurten explained himself by exclaiming, "When my desire for injuring people awoke, the love of setting fire to things awoke as well." Not only was Kurten a brutal murderer and arsonist, he was also a sexual deviant, targeting young children as his victims. Kurten was arrested for his crimes in May 1930 and was given the death penalty. Guillotined in 1932, Kurten's death was celebrated by the residents of Dusseldorf, Germany.
Bit of trivia: The Fritz Lang film "M" was based on Peter Kurten. The 1995 thriller movie, Copycat, the character of killer Peter Foley disguised his identity by calling himself Peter Kurten.
Posted by menschenleer at 2:55 AM
Kenneth Bianchi & Angelo Buono - Hillside Stranglers
Kenneth Bianchi and his cousin Angelo Buono were a tag team of murderers who shocked and alarmed California and Washington in the late seventies. Also known as the Hillside Stranglers, the pair not only killed 12 children and women, they also raped and tortured others. To add insult to injury, they also injected various window cleaners into the veins of their victims causing horrific pain. Dumping their victims on hillsides and various other street sides, Bianchi and Buono carelessly treated human life as something not to be cherished, but to be ended as quickly and brutishly as possible. Widely known was the fact that Bianchi and Buono tried to abduct the daughter of the famous film actor Peter Lorre. Upon discovering a picture of him in her wallet, they quickly let her go, wishing not to be involved in the murder of a relation to such a prominent film star. Bianchi and Buono's favorite method of picking up their victims was dressing up as police officers and inviting them into their van. Apprehended in 1979, the two were tried for their murders and were both given life sentences in 1980. During the trial, Bianchi pled insanity and claimed to be suffering from multiple personality disorder. "Steve Walker" was the name of his supposed alter ego who Bianchi claimed to have committed the murders. When psychiatrist Martin Orne informed Bianchi that a sufferer of multiple personality disorder would have at least three different personalities, Bianchi relented and admitted that he had been lying. His lover, Veronica Compton, falsely testified in court advocating Bianchi's innocence. She was later sent to prison for the attempted strangulation of another woman. Bianchi betrayed his cousin Buono in the end by testifying against him, but both were still convicted of their combined crimes. Kenneth Bianchi resides in a Washington Prison with all of his paroles denied. Buono, prisoner of the state of California, spent twenty-one years behind prison before dying of a heart attack in his cell.
Posted by menschenleer at 2:42 AM
Albert De Salvo - The Boston Strangler
Albert De Salvo, raised by a horrificly abusive father, grew up in Massachusetts and learned of sexual deviancy early in childhood. This would carry on into his adult life, where he molested small children and raped senior citizens and young women. To gain access into their apartments, De Salvo falsely claimed to be from a modeling agency. So impressed were these women, that they allowed De Salvo to enter, at which point, he would measure them naked as well as dressed. Not until his break-ins were in full effect was De Salvo known to be The Green Man because of the noteworthy green clothing he favored. In 1962, De Salvo earned a new name, that being The Boston Strangler. After raping and strangling his mostly senior citizen victims, he would use panty hose to tie a bow around their necks. This would be considered his calling card. De Salvo famously stated after his incarceration "I don't know why I killed them. I wasn't even excited. And then I went home and played with the kids and watched the report of the murders on the TV." Showing his cold mentality, De Salvo had no emotion regarding the deaths he imposed. The most gruesome murder occurred in 1964 in which De Salvo savagely mutilated his last victim, Mary Sullivan. Between her toes, De Salvo left a haunting and yet optimistic note reading, "Happy New Year." In a desperate and bizarre attempt to rid himself of guilt, De Salvo, on his knees, sobbed to one of his rape victims, "Oh God, what am I doing? I am a good Catholic man with a wife and children. I don't know what to do." What would finally convince police that they had the correct murderer was when they witnessed De Salvo tying his shoes with the exact loops used in his terrible killings. De Salvo was sentenced to life, but spent only a short time in his tiny cell before escaping from prison with two other cons. Not a day later, he gave himself up and returned to his prison cell. In 1973, Albert Henry De Salvo was found stabbed 16 times by an unknown inmate. De Salvo is estimated to have murdered 13 women in two years. Some believe that he was the first person to be labeled as a "Serial Killer."
In 1968, Tony Curtis played the role of Albert De Salvo in the appropriately named film, "The Boston Strangler." (This is a really well made film and Tony Curtis is incredible. Kait says: 6 thumbs up!)
Posted by menschenleer at 2:34 AM
The "Vampire of Hanover", Fritz Haarmann was born in 1879 to an angry and bizarre father who tried to have his son committed to an asylum because he believed Fritz to be mentally deficient. This action was never carried out. As a young man, Haarmann involved himself in petty crimes, often getting arrested because of his sloppy handy work. Changing his aim, Haarmann soon focused on raping and murdering young homeless boys who frequented train stations. Haarmann was brutal with his victims, killing them with a barbaric bite to the neck. Luring them with sweets and cigarettes, Haarmann was able to have his pick with any young boy he chose. Soon, Hans Grans would join Haarmann in his crimes and moved into Haarmann's bloody and disheveled flat. The pair were very open with their killings, often cutting up bodies loudly and walking the streets with buckets of blood. The reason Haarmann was able to get away with this was because his profession was a butcher. When the public began to complain about meat tasting odd, it was rumored that the meat could possibly be human. After Fritz and Hans were listed as suspects in the many murders taking place in Hanover, Haarmann's flat was discovered to be horrifically covered in blood and small boys clothes. When a young mother found a piece of clothing that belonged to her missing son, Haarmann finally confessed to his crimes. In 1924, Haarmann and Grans were charged with the murders of 27 young boys. When asked about one particular missing boy, Haarmann coldly replied, "I should never have looked twice at such an ugly youngster... Such a fellow would have been far beneath my notice." 200 witnesses were called in the trial, damning both Haarmann and Grans. On December 19th, 1924, Haarmann was found guilty. His last words were screamed in the court, "Do you think I enjoy killing people? I was ill for 8 days after the first time. Condemn me to death. I ask only for justice. I am not mad. It is true I often get into a state when I do not know what I am doing, but that is not madness. Make it short, make it soon. Deliver me from this life, which is a torment. I will not petition for mercy, nor will I appeal. I want to pass just one more merry evening in my cell, with coffee, cheese, and cigars, after which I will curse my father and go to my execution as if it were a wedding." The very next day, Fritz Haarmann was beheaded.
Posted by menschenleer at 2:10 AM
"I believe the only way to reform people is to kill them", Carl Panzram once said of his crimes. Completely void of feelings, Panzram killed at least 21 people, though the number is thought to be more. Born in 1891, he was the son of Prussian immigrant parents. From the age of eight, Panzram was already in trouble with authorities for various petty crimes. Sent to juvenile institutions, Panzram spent his childhood orphaned and alone. As and adult, he was frequently incarcerated and was often argumentative and insubordinate to the guards who subjected him to vicious and relentless beatings. As a free man, Panzram committed a myriad of crimes from arson to sodomy. There was nothing he wouldn't do to satisfy his grim pleasures. By 1920, Panzram was thought to have begun his career of murdering by purchasing a yacht in which he acquired ten men to work for him. All of the crew were drugged, raped and killed at the hands of Panzram. The bodies were thrown overboard. Panzram committed his crimes all over the world, including West Africa where he hired another ten men for his crocodile hunt. The purpose of the trip was abandoned when Panzram killed all the men and then participated in necrophilia before throwing them to the crocodiles. Panzram's Modus operandi varied from shooting to strangulation among other heinous acts. When Panzram was finally apprehended, his chilling words echoed throughout the gallows. "I wish the whole world had but a single throat and I had my hands around it.... I am not in the least bit sorry." In 1930, at the age of 39, Panzram was hung at Leavenworth Prison.
For more information, go yachting with a psychopath.
Posted by menschenleer at 2:07 AM
Herman Mudgett, preferring to be called H.H. Holmes, was responsible for the deaths of 150-200 people between the late 1880's to the mid 1890's. A respectable and attractive young man, Holmes first worked as a prescription clerk at a drug store in Chicago. Scamming and falsely marketing various "cure all" medicines, Holmes was able to purchase a large plot of land in which would become known as the Holmes Castle. With 100 rooms in the huge mansion, Holmes constructed "false partitions, stairways leading nowhere, long dark corridors, trap doors, and secret passageways." In most rooms, there were gas pipes installed with fake valves that would asphyxiate his victims without their knowledge. Also found in the castle were tubs of acid to burn the flesh of his victims as well as a medieval torture rack used to stretch bodies to twice their normal size. There was also an electronic bell that would ring every time a door would open to let Holmes know of any potential escape. Holmes preferred modus operandi was to gas his victims to death in a locked room and then add fire which would torch the flesh of the victims. What would end Holmes reign of terror was the murder of Benjamin Pitezel, a business partner of Holmes, who he killed and dumped in Philadelphia sometime in September 1894. In 1895, Holmes was found guilty of the slaughter of 27 people and sentenced to death. Holmes was subjected to fifteen minutes of unbearable pain when the gallows failed to execute him immediately. He was thirty-six years old. The Guinness Book Of World Records named him "the most prolific murderer in recent criminal history".
Posted by menschenleer at 2:03 AM
Perhaps one of the most heinous crimes in the twenty-first century was that of Cookie Monster in 2004. Homosexual lovers Grover and Elmo savagely beat Cookie Monster with his own batch of macadamia nut cookies. The San Fransisco murder took place sometime in June during a small get together at Grover's home on Sesame Street. The planning of the merciless crime was set in motion by both Grover and Elmo, who claimed to be jealous of Cookie Monster's allotted cookie allowance, which bordered on fantastically enormous. Cookie Monster's addiction to the sweet pastries led him into a path of self destruction, causing him to nod off during recorded episodes of the well known television show "Sesame Street". Air time was bizarrely taken away from Grover and Elmo, and fights often broke out with the producer. The murder, similar to that of Jack the Ripper's slaughters, became widely known as the bloodiest and chocolatiest killing of all time. Macadamia nuts were found not only in Cookie Monster's brain, but scattered within 50 feet of the crime scene. Grover and Elmo together plead not guilty, but were found responsible for the murder. On December third 2004, Grover and Elmo were hanged by their marionette strings and their handlers were permitted to pull their controlling hands out of their backs in an act of ultimate betrayl.
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Posted by menschenleer at 1:46 AM