They'll probably never be free again
The world is fascinated with serial killers. All the things they’ve done, their motivations, and their pasts are so terrible and horrifying that it’s fascinating. People write books about them in order to figure out what’s going on in their heads, others make movies about them so that we can all experience what they did, and we can’t seem to get enough of diving deep into their minds. It’s not uncommon for people to strike up a relationship with the killer once he or she is incarcerated because they fall in love with them.
Case-in-point: Charles Manson. The infamous leader of the murderous Manson Family has captured the minds of the public for decades — even though he’s been behind bars since the 1970s. Throughout the ’60s, Charles amassed a group of young men and women that he convinced to kill prominent white people in Los Angeles hoping an apocalyptic race war called “Helter Skelter” (yes, after the Beatles song) would erupt. Their first and most notorious murder was that of Sharon Tate and her friends on Cielo Drive.
It was announced that Manson, after avoiding the death penalty to which he was sentenced thanks to a change in California low, finally passed on Nov. 20, 2017. But he wasn’t the only monster serving out a life sentence behind bars. In light of Manson’s death, let’s take a look at the other people who are wasting away in the system. Let’s just hope they don’t get out.
The Green River Killer was so prolific at his craft that he lost count of how many people he throttled. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Gary would pick up sex workers or people wandering the streets at night, assault them, strangle them, and then dump their bodies mostly along the wooded area of the Green River.
He estimated that he killed nearly 100 women during his long career. He was sentenced to spend 48 consecutive life sentences. He is occasionally consulted about cases involving new serial killers.
He called himself BTK (for “Bind, Torture, Kill“) in the many creepy letters he sent to the cops and media outlets during his killing career. Dennis Rader would carefully stalk his victims, enter their homes, tie them up, then strangle them to death. He would end the lives of anyone in the home which often included children. He took the lives of 10 people, but was planning on many more before being caught in 2005… after being an active killer for over two decades (and enjoying a peaceful, free, family life for a third decade).
He’s in jail for a minimum of 175 years in prison.
Known as the Muswell Hill Murderer or the Kindly Killer, Dennis spent the ’70s and ’80s luring young men to his London home. Once there, he would feed them, then strangle or drown them. The strangest part? He would subsequently bathe the bodies and redress them (hence “Kindly Killer”).
He would keep the body for weeks at a time like a shrine from which he derived sexual pleasure. When they would get too decomposed, he would dismember them and burn or flush the parts away.
He was given a life sentence, and translates books in braille in prison.