A large portion of the population has an interest in serial killers. The sheer number of viewers which fuel the ID Channel, and shows like 48 Hours and Dateline Investigates is statistical proof. Some go even farther in this interest, and are aroused by the evil deed of another. These people are described by the term Hybristophilia, which means a sexual attraction to someone who has committed violent, murderous deeds. Whether they are in it for the excitement or their 15 minutes of fame, certain serial killers tend to garner more of these types of folks than others. Here are the serial killers with the largest cult followings.
Charles Schmid –
This guy has almost faded from popular consciousness but was once known as the Pied Piper of Tucson. He wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone, so he and a friend murdered a female school mate and buried her in the desert. Much of his peers knew of his criminal conduct but no one told. Even his girlfriend held her tongue. When they broke up she threatened to tell but he killed her too. Eventually, his best friend told on him. After incarceration, he developed a bevy of devoted groupies despite his 5’3 stature. He was stabbed to death by fellow inmates in 1975.
Known for being a lady’s man, it is no surprise this guy had female groupies out the ying-yang, despite having killed every woman he could. He had a good home life, and was a respectable guy in the legal field, but still he yearned to kill. He killed only young women with long, straight, brown hair. So infatuated were his groupies, one actually got pregnant by him while he was incarcerated.
Richard Ramirez –
Known as the Night Stalker, Ramirez terrorized the women of California in the late 70’s and 80’s. He would stalk them, enter their homes, rape and murder them, writing satanic symbols of the walls in blood. Once incarcerated his black brooding eyes and chiseled facial features drew groupies in droves. He married behind prison walls and had hundreds of letters per day from admiring men and women alike.
Kenneth Bianchi –
Bianchi is one half of The Hillside Stranglers, a pair of cousins who killed women in California and left their bodies on display along roadsides. Eventually the pair went their separate ways but were arrested later. Bianchi raped, tortured and killed women but that did not dissuade them from lining up at the prison doors. He even convinced one to smuggle his sperm out and attempt to kill a woman and plant his sperm to fool police into thinking they had the wrong guy.
Charles Manson –
Charles Manson is by far and wide the most widely recognized and most admired by groupies of all American murderers. His heyday was during the 60’s when he assembled a ragtag bunch of hippie kids, kept them doped up on LSD and convinced them to kill. He became associated with the term Helter Skelter after a book of the same name was written by the prosecutor in his case.
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Although psychological gratification is the usual motive for serial killing, and most serial killings involve sexual contact with the victim, the FBI states that the motives of serial killers can include anger, thrillseeking, financial gain, and attention seeking. The murders may be attempted or completed in a similar fashion, and the victims may have something in common: age group, appearance, gender, or race, for example.
Serial killing is not the same as mass murdering (killing numerous people in a given incident); nor is it spree killing (in which murders are committed in two or more locations, in a short time). However, cases of extended bouts of sequential killings over periods of weeks or months with no apparent “cooling off period” or “return to normalcy” have caused some experts to suggest a hybrid category of “spree-serial killer”.
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