He earned the nickname by breaking into people’s houses and murdering them.
In some cases, he raped the women first. Usually, serial rapists have a type. A particular type of victim they liked to prey on. It could be due to hair color, age, or ethnicity. His victims varied in age from early twenties to seventy-nine.
When we think about Richard’s case, it brings to mind the nature vs. nurture argument. Are we victims of our environment, or are people born evil? Was Richard always going to turn out as he did? Or did his upbringing bring out the worst in him? Would these urges have stayed dormant if his cousin hadn’t shown him pictures of women he had raped and killed while he was stationed in Vietnam? If he hadn’t seen his cousin shoot and kill his wife?
It’s difficult to say. Ramirez started breaking into houses after his cousin killed his wife. But he didn’t commit his first murder until 1984, when he raped and killed a seventy-nine-year-old woman.
He was convicted of thirteen murders and sentenced to death in 1989. It is believed that he raped and killed other women, but he was not tried for any additional crimes.
While awaiting his death sentence, he was diagnosed with cancer and died in 2013.
Richard Ramirez was one of those serial killers who never showed any remorse for his actions. Even Jeffrey Dahmer, who became a born-again Christian, showed a little remorse. Ramirez was a Satanist, and when he was sentenced to death, he said it wasn’t a big deal. “Death always went with the territory.”
Did you know?
Not all serial killers are white males. There have been serial killers of all races. White men still have a lead on serial killers compared to other races, but the gap is not as big as it was before.
There have been many Asian, African American, and Hispanic serial killers.
Derrick Todd Lee, also known as the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, killed at least seven women. It is believed he killed more, but there is a lack of DNA evidence.
Angel Maturino Resendiz, also known as the Railroad Killer, was linked to fifteen murders: eight in Texas, two in Florida, two in Illinois, and one in Kentucky, Georgia, and California.
Serial killers come from all races from all around the world. You’ll see this later when we examine serial killers from different countries and islands. You will see while these killers come from different backgrounds and ethnicities, there is one thing they all have in common.
Who created a murder castle in Chicago?
Who would build a house specifically for murder? Herman Mudgett, or H.H. Holmes, is considered to be America’s first known serial killer.
Like a lot of serial killers, Holmes got his start torturing animals. He would trap them and then perform some kind of surgery on them. As mentioned before, torturing animals is something that most serial killers did when they were younger.
Why did he build the house?
In 1893, the World Fair was held in Chicago, and people would be coming to the city from all over. Now, if you were a business owner, you would have seen the fair as a great business opportunity to sell your goods.
But if you were a budding serial killer, you would see it as a great opportunity too. People coming in from out of town, no one would notice they were missing. No one but their loved ones back home, and it could be days, months even before they followed their trail to Chicago.
Holmes worked at a drugstore and bought the empty lot across the street. This was where his castle was built. While the ground floor was home to the drugstore, he relocated, and different shops, the upper floors were a confusing horror.
Secret rooms. Secret passageways. Windowless rooms. Doors that led to walls. Strange hallways. Doors that opened from the outside only.
While this may seem like a less-than-smart way to construct a building, it was smart for what Holmes had in mind. He knew what he was going to do in those windowless rooms. And while a person being able to escape was unlikely if a victim did get away, where would they go?
Open a door to a wall?
Run down the strangely-angled hallway and try not to trip.
Even if they did get out of the room, they couldn’t get out of the building. They couldn’t get to the ground floor.
To ensure he was the only one who knew his way around the building, Holmes would fire builders regularly. And when the building was done, he would lure people in. Mostly women, even some of the women he worked with he would torture them in a variety of ways. Rooms fitted with gas lines. A soundproof bank vault. He turned each room into a torture chamber.
Once he was done, the bodies went down a chute to the basement. Once there, the flesh and tissue were removed. He would then take the skeletons and sell them to medical schools.
Some victims were also cremated or stuck in a lime pit so their flesh would decompose quickly.
Holmes went to medical school and had connections, which was why he was able to sell not just the skeletons of his victims but some of their organs as well, and no one questioned it.
Maybe that is the most interesting factor of this serial killer. He sold the remains of his victims to medical schools, and no one thought anything of it.
No one thought, hey, this guy is a pharmacist and works at a drugstore; where is he getting all these skeletons from?
It is said that he was intelligent and charming, but instead of using his intelligence for good, he became a career criminal. As if killing people wasn’t interesting or good enough, he practiced insurance fraud as a way to make money. He would get engaged to women and then kill them once he was sure he had their life savings. And then she would disappear.
The most interesting part of the Holmes case, aside from the murder castle, is the fact that he didn’t get caught because he built a house specifically for murder.
He met up with another career criminal, and they put together an insurance scam, and while that worked for a little while, in the end, Holmes murdered his partner.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, he convinced his partner’s wife that he was still alive. His partner, Ben Pitezel, had children. Holmes was worried that they would become suspicious and go to the police.
Maybe he couldn’t charm them like he did their mother. He killed three of the children and was later caught because of insurance fraud.
He was tried and convicted for killing Ben Pitezel and put to death in 1896.
What did authorities find in Ed Gein’s home?
In Ed Gein’s home, police found four noses, a belt made from female nipples, organs in the refrigerator, nine vulvas in a shoe box, and human skin used as seat covers. And that is just to name a few.
A serial killer is someone who kills more than one person on separate occasions. Ed is not like the other serial killers on this list, as he was only accused of killing two people, but his case is so bizarre that it bears mentioning. It should also be noted that he was suspected in the death of his brother, but the police never thoroughly investigated it.