It is well-known by now that the show, American Horror Story, uses true crime stories in each of their seasons either directly (with their own respective twists) or as inspiration. Everyone from the Black Dahlia to John Wayne Gacy to the Zodiac killer have shown up in one way or another. There have also been a few on each season that went unnoticed or overlooked. Whether it be Richard Speck or those behind the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders every season of the series has had at least one real life horror story shown.
As the holiday season gears up the stores can go from almost barren to overcrowded in a matter of hours. With all these people it becomes harder to keep track of things: that gift for Uncle Bob, where the car is parked, where little Timmy and Jane wandered off to. It’s this last one that can turn into a potential nightmare for a family because it’s not just other shoppers engaged in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but also child predators.
Despite what movies and TV shows might suggest families killing together, as a unit, is fairly rare. There are many instances in which couples or two blood relations get together to kill others, but a whole family working to take lives? Not so much…though it’s not unheard of either. There was at least one such case in the 1800s wherein the Bender family worked together to rob and kill unsuspecting travelers who made the mistake of choosing to stay at their inn. When their crimes were discovered they became known simply as “The Bloody Benders”.
The saying goes “Age ain’t nothing but a number”…but this isn’t exactly true, especially when it comes to one’s sexual desire for another. While some may simply cause raised eyebrows there are others that can get a person in very serious legal trouble and brand them as an outcast for life. While the specifics of which term is most appropriate for which preference may seem irrelevant it’s important to both mental health professionals and law enforcement…and it never hurts to know as a layperson either.
Most have heard of those strange people who marry prison inmates, write fan letters to serial killers, and pair off with killers to commit horrible crimes with them. For the most part these women – the majority, in not all, are female so we’ll stick with that assumption in this piece – are regarded as sick, but never given a specific name to their illness though there seems to be one…Hybristophilia. Also referred to casually as Bonnie & Clyde Syndrome it is essentially being sexually aroused by or attracted to people who have committed an outrage or gruesome crime. Likely other mental disorder there seems to be various versions in which this “philia” can present itself, some more deadly than others.
When most hear of killer children they usually think of school shooters…those frequently of high school age and qualifying for the mass murder category (killers of multiple people in one central location at one time). While sad and disturbing to hear about it’s not terribly shocking anymore; many schools now have metal detectors, bag checks, and other safety precautions just to prevent such things from occurring. However, what really can’t be prepared for by a school (or anyone) and is still rare enough to shock others is the child serial killer. Those pretty little girls and bright young boys who target, hunt, and kill those around them just as Dahmer, Bundy, and other adult serial killers would.
Necrophilia seems to be the cornerstone of every psycho…but a damn creepy idea to the rest of us. After all who in the world would want to have sex with a dead person? There are actually a number of different reasons; some are more understandable or romanticized and others more ghoulish and stomach-turning. Whatever the reason though it’s pretty safe to say that this love/sexual preference/fetish is not the norm and likely (if not certainly) indicates some serious mental, emotional, and social problems in those that have it.
Ah geography, it can tell you so much; the history of a continent, the political and religious undertones of a country, social growth and expansion of a society…if there’s a serial criminal in your neighborhood. One frequently used method in law enforcement is geographical profiling – basically studying the crimes as they relate to, well, geography – which can help to connect crimes and victims thus narrow down a suspect pool.
Love is said to make people do “the damnedest things” and, in some cases, that means rape, torture, and murder. It certainly did for Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo; a fairy tale couple in appearance who, in the end, were a living horror to those they victimized together.