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What Makes Serial Killers Tick?:
"It was an urge. ... A strong urge, and the longer I let it go the stronger it got, to where I was taking risks to go out and kill people risks that normally, according to my little rules of operation, I wouldn't take because they could lead to arrest." —Edmund Kemper.
Where does this urge come from, and why is so powerful? If we all experienced this urge, would we be able to resist? Is it genetic, hormonal, biological, or cultural conditioning? Do serial killers have any control over their desires?

We all experience rage and inappropriate sexual instincts, yet we have some sort of internal cage that keeps our inner monsters locked up. Call it morality or social programming, these internal blockades have long since been trampled down in the psychopathic killer. Not only have they let loose the monster within, they are virtual slaves to its beastly appetites. What sets them apart?



Angels of Death -- The Doctors:
Why do doctors kill? New chapter on Linda Hazzard who became rich off the deaths of her patients.


The Axeman of New Orleans:
For many years this phantom stalked the people of the Big Easy, killing without any consistent pattern or motive. One of the truly great unsolved crimes.


Joe Ball:
Did this legendary serial killer, the inspiration for the cult thriller Eaten Alive, really feed his girlfriends to his pet alligators?


Elizabeth Bathory:
This legendary countess is remembered for murdering women for fun and bathing in their blood to make herself more beautiful. Was there any truth to this heinous legend or was this a story concocted by her powerful political enemies?


The Black Widow:
The methods and motives of this special brand of female serial killer. Includes a new chapter.


The Borgias:
The world's first crime family


William Burke & William Hare:
Enterprising Irishmen & their lovely wives "manufacture" cadavers from prostitutes for the local medical schools.


John Christie: Number 10 Rillington Place:
Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson and John Hurt were only part of the all-star cast of this creepy thriller. Ten Rillington Place was the address of John Reginald Halliday Christie and his wife Ethel lived in one of the apartments. Above them lived Timothy Evans, his wife Beryl and their infant Geraldine.
Beryl became pregnant and wanted an abortion, which Christie told her he would perform. He then raped her and killed both her and Geraldine. Evans was arrested for the crimes and executed. This case had much to do with the abolition of the death penalty in Britain.

Christie went on to murder his wife and several prostitutes. He disposed of the bodies in his pantry.



Dr. Thomas Neill Cream:
Diabolical, cruel and cold-blooded serial killer hunted women in North America and Britain. Because prostitutes were often his victims, he was suspect in the famous Whitechapel Ripper case.


Mary Ann Cotton:
Murdered between 15-21 of her close relatives by arsenic poisoning. Why? For money, personal dislike or they got in her way over something she wanted.


Frederick Bailey Deeming:
Loud, boasting and oafish, he bored everyone in the pubs to tears as they tried not to listen to his clearly fictional adventures in every part of the globe. His lies were so obvious and his behavior so outrageous.
Using many aliases, Frederick Bailey Deeming, robbed, scammed and cold-bloodedly murdered his way across three continents. In his native England he left behind a wife and four children dead and buried under the floorboards, they were. Then, when he landed across the world in Melbourne, Australia, he wooed and wed the lovely Emily Mather. But, once again he left his wife a bride of only one year under the floorboards by the hearth.

This lying psychopath thought it best to vacate Melbourne for Western Australia, where he found yet another woman to marry. Fortunately for her, he was captured before she met the fate of his earlier wives. While Deeming hardly deserved it, the clever young lawyer Alfred Deakin, a future Australian prime minister, was his defense counsel.

But even a clever young future prime minister couldn't save him. Deeming's behavior had earned him the full engagement of the general public and when he was executed, some 12,000 citizens of Melbourne cheered his final journey to the gallows.



Theo Durrant:
Handsome medical student and Sunday school superintendent outrages the people of San Francisco in the 1890s with the murder of his girlfriends.


Albert Fish:
This gentle-looking, benevolent grandfather cleverly lured children to their death, then devised recipes to eat them. This cannibal model for Hannibal Lecter is a study in criminal psychology and a true enigma. His wife thought him to be a wonderful husband and his children believed him to be a model father. What inner torments caused him to drive many spikes into his pelvis and tell people that he looked forward to his execution?
John Borowski's film about the demented child killer is an engaging piece of visual art that has raised the bar on this type of subject.



Forensic Toxicology:
The science of detecting poisons, the favorite weapon of Black Widows and women who kill. Dr. Katherine Ramsland presents the history of this science and the major cases it solved.


Belle Gunness:
This Black Widow may have set the record in the killings of her husbands, lovers, and children. A new update explores how in her youth a boy's brutal treatment of her might have influenced her violent streak.


Fritz Haarmann:
Fritz Haarmann committed one of the most extraordinary series of crimes in modern times. Fritz' problems began with his unusual family. His mother spoiled and pampered him as a child and encouraged him to play with dolls instead of more masculine games. While the family was well-to-do, neurosis, sexual problems and depression galloped through its members.
On 17th May 1924, some children playing at the edge of a river near Hanover's Herrenhausen Castle found a human skull and, on May 29th, another washed up on the riverbank. The town was sent in to frenzy on the 13th June when two more skulls were found included in the river's sediment. An autopsy proved the first two crania to be that of young people aged between 18 and 20 and the last skull found from a boy of approximately 12. The body count finally reached 27 and there were rumors that he had sold the flesh of his victims.

Known as the "Butcher of Hannover," he seemed to enjoy his trial and turned it into a circus by serving as his own lawyer. German society was shocked as they learned the details of this thoroughly remorseless sexual psychopath.



Anna Marie Hahn:
Arsenic Anna: Sweet young woman lures older benefactors to their deaths.


The Harpes:
These killing cousins raped, thieved and their way around frontier-era Tennessee and Kentucky with astonishing cruelty, cutting the throats of babies, bashing in the heads of children, killing more for pleasure than plunder.


H. H. Holmes:
Diabolical con artist and killer, he built a terror mansion in Chicago to lure female travelers.


Jack the Ripper:
Jack the Ripper was the most famous serial killer of all time. Brutally murdering prostitutes in London's notorious Whitechapel district, he caused a panic in 1888.
Why does this long-ago killer who murdered a few prostitutes merit the attention he gets? Because Jack the Ripper represents the classic whodunit. Not only is the case an enduring unsolved mystery that professional and amateur sleuths have tried to solve for over a hundred years, but the story has a terrifying, almost supernatural quality to it. He comes from out of the fog, kills violently and quickly and disappears without a trace. Then for no apparent reason, he satisfies his blood lust with ever-increasing ferocity, culminating in the near destruction of his final victim, and then vanishes from the scene forever. The perfect ingredients for the perennial thriller.

A penetrating analysis of the many suspects and theories surrounding this legendary serial killer.



Jack the Stripper:
In post-war Britain, it certainly seemed for many that sex was something that was rarely seen and barely ever heard. Sex was a concept shrouded in secrecy. Yet society's suppression of it meant that exponents of the world's oldest profession were rarely short of customers.
Likewise, in the dimly lit back streets of England's capital city, married men were prepared to pay for the kind of services which "nice girls" such as their wives would not provide. Duke's Meadows, on the banks of the river Thames in Chiswick, West London, was one such spot, crudely nicknamed "Gobblers" Gulch' by locals in reference to the sexual practices said to be popular there. However, something considerably more sinister than the usual discarded prophylactics greeted police as they patrolled the towpath early on the morning of June 17, 1959. They stumbled across the body of a woman, sat up against a small willow tree, her blue and white striped dress torn open to reveal her breasts and some scratches on her throat. She had been strangled.

To find a dead body abandoned nearly naked in a public place was shocking even for experienced detectives, suggesting this was different to the crimes of passion, violence or avarice that police were used to. Yet despite house-to-house enquiries, interviews with prostitutes, pimps, taxi drivers, and night shift workers, no strong clues were found as to the killer's identity. As the case slowly went cold, Elizabeth Figg and the strange case of the semi-naked corpse were forgotten. It would be more than four years before anyone had cause to mention her name again.

Claiming as many as eight victims, Jack the Stripper, like BTK, after almost half a century may still be out there. Or like his namesake, Jack the Ripper, he may baffle crime buffs for many decades to come.



The "Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run":
Handsome, highly educated and fresh from victories over Al Capone, young Eliot Ness headed up Cleveland's police force and walked right into one of the most shocking serial murder cases ever the Cleveland Torso Murders. Marilyn Bardsley uncovered a secret hidden for decades after she risked her life pursuing the identity of the politically-connected surgeon that played cat and mouse with the dashing Untouchable.
This extraordinary murderer killed by decapitation unique in the annals of serial ...


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