10 Deadliest Assassins of All TimeWhen you think of assassins, you probably think of agile, methodic, secretive characters that hide in the shadows, but as it turns out, some of the deadliest assassins of all time were not only not that secretive, but they had some of the craziest methods for carrying out their work that you will not believe. Here are the 10 deadliest assassins of all time.
10. Axe-Wielding Bear
17th century Swiss political leader Jorg Jenatsch's murder might be the most bearish assassination in history, pun intended. Jenatsch was a vicious Protestant leader with contempt for Spanish Catholics. He even pinned his political rival, Pompeius von Planta, to the floor and murdered him. Well flash forward 18 years to Carnival in the town of Chur. Jorg is drinking with his entourage, all in costume, so no one thinks twice about inviting a man in a bear costume, who's wielding an axe, to the revelry. Jorg tried to shake the bear's hand, but it was Rudolph von Planta, son of Pompeius in disguise, who shot his father's murderer in the stomach, and yet, Jenatsch still grabbed a giant candlestick and was able to fight back before eventually just dying. You know, I get it, the guy was in a bear costume, all snugly snugly, oh how cute, but the guy was holding an axe. Yep, nobody would have saw that coming, big sharp axe in your face.
9. Exotic Dancer Spy
World War I in Europe was an incredibly dangerous place to be, and in the rationale of the time, no place for a woman. But don't tell that to Margaretha MacLeod. This German intelligence officer is considered to be the greatest woman spy of the 20th century, but what's most interesting is that she went by the name Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who performed the dance of seven veils across Europe for English and French soldiers. MacLeod had a Dutch passport, so she could freely travel around wartime Europe, taking many high-ranking officers as lovers, many of whom she murdered before stealing military secrets. Hari ended up passing along her stolen intel to the Germans, that led to the deaths of almost 50,000 French soldiers. Even after she was caught as a spy and executed, she was a flirt, blowing a kiss at the firing squad before they shot her in 1917.
Just like Hari, this person used her femininity and sexual prowess to fight for Basque independence from Spain in the 1980s. Known as La Tigresa, meaning The She-Tiger, she was a dedicated commando in the ETA, which stands for Basque Homeland in Liberty. She was responsible for 23 deaths. Specifically in 1986 at the age of just 20, La Tigresa set a car bomb in Madrid that killed 12 civil guards, another car bomb that killed five civilians, and seduced a police officer in order to gain access to police stations, before shooting him and another five police officers. In 2003, she was sentenced to 2,000 years in jail, but in 2011, apologized, and unbelievably was released early in June of 2017.
7. The Iceman
Richard Leonard Kuklinksi is considered America's most prolific contract killer, nicknamed The Iceman, because he froze his victims to hide the time of their death. He was only ever convicted for two murders, but claims to have killed up to 250 people over 30 years. That means one murder every six weeks. Kuklinski was the go-to killer for the Gambino mafia crime family, and unlike many other serial killers, he had no routine. Specifically, he would use guns, knives, bats, lumber, tire irons, ice picks, fire, cyanide, and even his bare fists, that he claimed he did for the exercise. Oh yes, getting a good one in today. The strangest thing is that when he wasn't murdering people for money, he was a family man living a quiet life in New Jersey. He was even an usher in his church, but his luck ran out in 1988 when he was sentenced to two life sentences, but freely spoke about his crimes up until his death in 2006.
6. The Superkiller
Agent 47 from the video game Hitman was actually inspired by Alexander Solonik, known as The Superkiller to the Russian criminal underworld. As a Soviet special forces member in East Berlin, he was tasked as an assassin of NATO diplomats. Believe it or not, what landed him in jail was not murders, but a rape conviction, and he ended up breaking out of the Siberian gulag and became a hit man for hire. He immediately started taking out high-ranking Russian mafia bosses, protected by armies of bodyguards, and he'd either do this as a sniper from great distances, or show up at nightclubs and kill his target and crew with dual pistols blaring. Police eventually caught up with him in 1995, but he ended up taking out five cops with a hidden machine gun before eventually returning to jail, escaping again, and created his own 50-strong assassin squad in Greece. Eventually he was found strangled in Athens in 1997. How appropriate, an assassin was assassinated, that's just irony.
In 1989, Palestinian political organization Hamas's chief weapons maker, Mahmoud al Habu, shot an Israeli soldier in cold blood. However, Israel had the last laugh in 2010, after Habu's body was discovered in the luxury Al Bustan Rotana in Dubai. His cause of death was a brain hemorrhage, which seemed improbable, so Dubai investigators looked into it. What they discovered was that 27 people from Massad's Caesarea unit flew in under different passports and left soon after. A German immigration attorney ended up discovering that multiple people in the Caesarea forged identities and documents to acquire German passports used to enter Dubai without notice. Seriously, these people must be really good at what they do, because I can't even bring a dang bottle of water through the airport, it's like I'm a criminal.
4. The Cartel Hit Man
Martin Corona's book Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man, released in July of 2017, details his violent life as an enforcer for the Arellano-Felix organization. It was this organization that inspired the movie Traffic, with their sadistic methods like Mexican stew, where they stuffed men into 55 gallon drums of hot lye. Corona was recruited to David Popeye Barin's death squad in 1993 after he saved Ramon Arellano's life fighting off 40 gunmen sent by the El Chapo Guzman, with a single AK-47. This guy's like an assassin Rambo. He tried to retaliate against El Chapo inside the Guadalajara Airport, but missed, but he still continued on to a long and lucrative murder for hire spree on both sides of the US-Mexico border. He would often wear disguises to trick his victims, like nerdy glasses, but in 2000, he turned on his bosses, working with the California Justice Department to dismantle the AFO.
3. The Camel
Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo's street gang, Barrio Azteca, were the Juarez drug cartel's go-to hit men until 2014. That was, until Castillo testified against his former boss, Arturo Gallegos Castrellon. Chavez confessed to 800 murders, but says that he lost count, and claims to have had a daily murder quota to instill fear in cops, politicians, and the people of Cuidad Juarez, the murder capital of the world. His confessions came after Mexican police allegedly tortured him with electric shocks to the testicles. But killing wasn't enough to please his boss, Castrellon, so he would often dismember and behead his victims, leaving their bodies in public places to make sure he made headlines. Unbelievably, since his imprisonment at the end of the drug cartel war, the Juarez murder rate dropped by two thirds.
2. The Political Assassin
Photographer Burhan Ozbilici's stark image of Mevlut Mert Altintas with a gun and his finger in the air while Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov lies dead beside him, was declared 2016's photo of the year. The Ankara Modern Arts Center was hosting an exhibition created by the Russian embassy on December 19th, 2016. Ambassador Karlov was a few minutes into his speech about improving strained Turkish-Russian relations when a man in a suit shot him nine times in the back, shouting "revenge for Syria and Aleppo." The gunman, who engaged in a 15-minute shootout with police before ultimately being killed, was Altintas. He was an off-duty member of the Ankara police riot squad and a member of the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda. Man, even police are assassins, you can't trust anybody.
1. The Lady Killers
Kim Jong Nam was a playboy living in exile when he was suddenly poisoned in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on Valentine's Day 2016. His assassins were Indonesians Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who sprayed the poison in his face, claiming it was a prank. The reason that they were so unsuspecting was because Miss Huong was wearing really casual clothing, specifically a sweater that said "LOL" on it. Well, getting sprayed in the face with a V.X. nerve agent isn't exactly LOL. It's more like OMG.
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10. Barrie Hepburn
Barrie Hepburn was a sports car enthusiast who was sadly involved in a shooting that left him a paraplegic and wheel chair bound. According to sources, he had made numerous requests to his doctor to have his legs amputated so he could get in and out of his sports car more easily. When his doctors refused, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Hepburn attempted to remove one of his legs with a hacksaw figuring that his doctor's would have to finish the job he started. Paramedics arrived shortly after Hepburn called 911 and found him dead with his right leg almost completely cut off and a packed bag for the hospital sitting beside him.
9. Elisa Lam
Elisa Lam was a 21-year-old Canadian-Asian student who was staying at the Cecil Hotel at the time of her death, in January 2014. The Cecil hotel once housed two serial killers, Richard Ramirez and Jack Unterweger, making this story all the creepier. Lam's body was discovered after residents of the hotel began to complain about the taste and color of the drinking water. As it turned out, Lam's body had been lying in the water tank for two weeks. Her death was ruled accidental but there were some interesting circumstances surrounding the case that led many to suspect foul play. First of all, there was no way for Lam to get on the roof by herself, as there was an alarm. Second of all, there was no way Lam could have opened the water tank by herself, and of course there is the last known footage of Lam seen alive, showing her behaving erratically.
8. Greg Garrett
Greg Garrett, a young boy in Enfield, Illinois, was playing in his backyard when an unknown animal attacked him. The attack left the boy in a puddle of tears and confusion. Just moments after Greg's attack, another local resident named Henry McDaniel opened his front door to find the same creature that had just attacked Greg. Henry grabbed his gun and took a shot at the creature before it bounded away. Both Henry and Greg described the creature as having three legs, stubby arms with claws, hairy, slimy and having reddish-pink eyes. Luckily the creature hasn't been seen since.
7. Dog Suicides At Overtoun Bridge
The terrible events that have occurred at Overtoun Bridge are ones that will most likely never be explained. According to the Dailymail, over the course of 50 years, 50 dogs have jumped to their death at Overtoun Bridge, and in one short six-month period, a grand total of five dogs jumped to their death. There have been many people who have tried to solve the mystery of Overtoun Bridge but to no avail. There have been many theories as to why the dogs jumped, such as the bridge being haunted, the dogs sensing a human presence, or a nuclear base that omits a sound only audible to dogs.
6. Kelly Anne Bates
Kelly Anne Bates was the victim of horrific torture and ultimate murder at the hands of her boyfriend, James Smith. On April 17, 1996, Smith told police that he had accidentally killed his girlfriend in the bathtub. When investigators got to the scene of the crime, they made a gruesome discovery. According to sources, Bates' blood was found all over Smith's apartment. It soon became apparent that Bates had been tortured for weeks before her death. When describing Bates' torture, the prosecutor at Smith's trial said, "It was as if he deliberately disfigured her, causing her the utmost pain, distress, and degradation". Smith was found guilty of his crimes and received life in prison.
5. Bella In The Wych Elm
On April 18, 1943, four boys had the scare of their life when they found a human skull in a large Wych elm. One of the boys told his parents what they had seen and an investigation began. When police first checked the tree trunk, they found a nearly complete human skeleton. Along with the skeleton was a shoe, a golden wedding ring, and some pieces of clothing. Forensics quickly established that the body was female and had been dead approximately 18 months, but the identification of the female was a bit trickier. The mystery continued to haunt people in 1944 and 1999, when the message "Who put Bella in the Wych Elm" was painted on a wall and on a Wychbury Obelisk, respectively.
4. Terry Cottle And Sonny Graham
In 2008, a man who had received a heart transplant twelve years previously, shot himself and died. Here comes the interesting part, Sonny Graham had received his new heart from his wife's deceased husband, Terry Cottle. His wife's deceased husband died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to sources, Graham met his wife because he was so grateful for his new heart that he started writing letters to his donor's family. When he and his future wife finally met face-to-face, Graham explained, "I felt like I had known her for years. I couldn't keep my eyes off her. I just stared."
3. The Winchester House
The Winchester house was the residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow to gun magnate, William Wirt Winchester. Today, the house is better known for the mysteries it contains. Apparently, people that were killed by Winchester rifles and even Sarah Winchester herself, haunt the house. The story goes that Sarah was told by a medium that spirits would haunt her forever and even attempt to kill her unless she built the mansion and never stopped building it. To make things even creepier, Sarah believed that the number 13 would calm the spirits that haunted her. As such, many things in her house, like her chandelier, and even her sink drain cover have 13 holes.
2. Allen Showery
Allen Showery murdered Teresita Basa in 1976, by stabbing her to death and then setting her on fire. The reason police called him in for questioning a year later, is because Teresita told them about her killer. According to sources, a woman named Remy Chua saw Teresita roaming the halls of the hospital that both she and Teresita had worked at. Soon after, Remy's personality drastically changed. Things came to a high point when Remy started talking in Teresita's voice. Teresita talked to her husband and told her that Allen had killed her. She even mentioned some of the articles that both of them had stolen from her apartment. This information proved crucial and Allen was convicted of murder.
1. Carissa Glenn
When 18-year-old Carissa Glenn moved into her new flat, she knew something was wrong. She had the eerie feeling that someone or something was with her when she was alone at night. When Glenn heard a rumor that the previous tenant of her apartment had hanged himself, Glenn's suspicions were confirmed. Glenn told her family and friends about her fears and the terrifying nightmares she'd been having. Then in 2008, the worst happened. After a night out drinking with her friends, Clarissa hung herself with her scarf. Her friends were shocked, all of them said she'd been happy with the exception of one thing, she didn't want to go back to her apartment.
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Many objects around the world cause interest and intrigue, but other objects attract attention for all the wrong reasons, causing suffering, stress, anxiety, and sometimes, even death. This list is full of mysterious objects like this so keep watching to find out the top 10 most cursed objects in the world.
10. James Dean's car
James Dean was an incredibly popular actor decades ago. Just before he performed in his most famous role, a lead role in "A Rebel Without a Cause," he had begun trying to kickstart a career in car racing. He competed in one competition before Warner Brother's banned him from taking part in any competition while filming for the movie "Giant." Unfortunately, this ban went unheeded and James Dean sadly crashed his Porsche 550 Spyder and died. But the story gets weird when we focus on the car in question. Famous actor Alec Guinness recalls looking at Dean's car, turning to James, and telling him he was going to die in it, and that it was a sinister car. After James died, George Barris bought the wrecked Prosche for 25 hundred dollars. Strangely, a mechanic broke his leg getting it off the trailer. The car parts were integrated into other Porsches, two of which crashed, killing one person and seriously injuring another.
9. Thomas Busby's Dead Man's Chair
Thomas Busby was a murderer who lived in the north of Yorkshire in the UK around the 1600s. Busby married Elizabeth, the daughter of a man named Daniel Awety. He and Daniel became friends and partners in crime for quite a while, though supposedly, Busby was always in the foulest of moods with Awety. One faithful day, Busby grew so angry with Awety that Awety actually made his way around Thomas Busby's inn and threatened to take Elizabeth home with him. What made the dangerous drunkard even more angry was that Awety was sitting in his favorite seat.
Busby threw him out, and later that night, went over to his house with a hammer and murdered Daniel Awety. He was sentenced to death for the crime. The legend goes that Busby cursed his favorite chair before he left to be killed and wished death upon all those that sat on it. Strangely enough, in 1894, a chimney sweep was found dead out near Busby's gibit. The sweep had sat in that cursed chair. Again, during the second world war, a team of RCAF men were goading each other to sit in the chair. None of the men would make it back home alive and were killed in the war. Once again in 1968, the soon to be landlord, Tony Earnshaw, reported hearing two Airmen daring each other to sit in the chair. They both reportedly crashed in a car on the way back to the airfield. Fortunately, the seat now hangs as an attraction in the Thirsk Museum so no one can sit on it.
8. "The Crying Boy" painting
There are a load of supposedly cursed paintings in the world, a lot of which reportedly bring death to those that own them. One particularly interesting painting is "The Crying Boy" painted by Giovanni Bragolin in the 1950s as part of a series. It proved to be quite popular in its time, but it turns out the owners of this painting were met with a strange and eerie set of events. Multiple owners of the painting have been reported to have suffered a terrible fire in their homes, two of which happened for the same reason: a chip pan became too hot and exploded. Many things were destroyed in the blaze, but in both instances, the painting remained untouched. The rumor then blew up even more as the firefighter claimed that he had been to fifteen houses where he found that painting completely untouched. "The Sun," a popular tabloid newspaper in the UK, ran story after story claiming more and more people had been sufferers of bad luck through owning the painting. It was concluded that the painting must've been printed on flame retardant material, but for those families back in the days of the 60s and 70s, the curse is all too real. Another more modern painting that has been claimed to be cursed also exists in the UK, and is entitled "The Anguished Man." There are a lot of cursed artists out there, by the sounds of it.
7. The skull of Katherine Griffith
Katherine Griffith lived in Burton Agnes Hall around the 1600s. Supposedly, the story goes that one afternoon, when the house was almost officially finished, Katherine was robbed by a group of thugs, who also beat her to death. She had told her sisters before she died that she would never rest until a part of her was safe in that house. Yet her sisters forgot about this, and she was buried in the churchyard. The house preceded to be haunted by her ghost. The sisters, realizing their mistake, sought to make peace with the vicar and asked if they can dig up their sister. The grave was dug up and Katherine's skull was brought into the house. After a while, many attempts were made to get rid of it but every single time, strange and ghostly things would happen around the house. It is believed that all these years after, the skull is still in the house, built into the walls. Thank God she's in the house, because she'd be causing a fuss if she wasn't.
6. Robert the doll
Robert Eugene Otto was the first owner of this doll, which resembles a boy with a sailor's suit on. His relationship with the doll was very questionable. Supposedly, a young Robert began to blame mishaps and accidents on the doll. Servants also reported that he had closed door conversations with the doll, saying they could also hear a deeper tone voice replying and conversing with the child. Robert's relationship with the doll continued into his adult life. He reportedly treated it like a real person, and the two of them were inseparable. After Otto's death, many people reported hearing giggling and footsteps from the attic and children that passed by Robert's house would often claim to see the doll move from the window regularly. Although the doll is locked in a glass case in a museum now, people still report that lights flicker, cameras malfunction, and tourists must ask to take a picture of Robert, or suffer dire consequences. Speaking of dolls that inspire movies, did you know that the Annabelle doll is also real? It looks a bit different that the one in the movie, but it's just as scary.
5. The Basano Vase
The Basasno Vase is probably one of the oldest artifacts in this list. It was carved from silver in the 15th century. The legend goes that it was a gift made for a bride who resided in the northern village close to Naples. However on her wedding night, the bride was found lying on the floor dead, clutching the vase. After the woman's funeral was sorted out, the vase began to be handed down from family member to family member, but with each person that decided to take ownership of the vase came another suspicious death. Some reports even state that the vase had a piece of parchment in it that read 'beware, this vase brings death,' but that it was thrown out very early on. An archeologist took ownership of the vase, only to die of an unknown infection. And one of the vase's last known actions was to nearly hit a policeman on the head as someone threw it out of a window. It was handed over to police, who tried to give it to museums, who all flat out refused to take it. After a while, it was buried in an undisclosed location. Some even claim it was considered so dangerous, it was buried in a lead coffin and put in an ancient cemetery. Whereever it is, let's hope it stays in the ground.
4. The Hope Diamond
It was supposedly stolen by a thief from the face of an idol standing by an Indian temple. The thief suffered a slow, agonizing death shortly after this. It was then uncovered again and was sold to King Louie the Fourteenth by a French merchant who soon met his death as well. Of course Louie and his wife Marie Antoinette are often referred to as victims of the diamond, as they were beheaded in the overthrowing of the monarchy. From then, everybody that was reportedly to have owned the diamond has suffered a horrible death. There are a lot of jewels that are said to be cursed, such as the Delhi Purple Sapphire, another jewel stolen from it's resting place and passed around owners. Each owner has reportedly suffered bad financial situations and health problems. When will we learn that jewels stolen from spiritual places can cause bad luck by the bucketful?
3. Maori Warrior Mask
The Maori people are the indigenous, or original inhabitants of New Zealand before settlers went over there. Their ancient practices remain a bit of a mystery to historians, but what we do know is the masks from those times were carved before battle. It was said that if the warrior died in battle, his soul would be encased in the mask forever. Sounds like just another silly story? Well at the Auckland Museum, the masks are accompanied with their own warning messages, and one Wellington based museum know as Te Papa, a Maori name that translates as 'Our Place' tells pregnant women to stay away from the tour of scared Maori artifacts, or risk incurring a curse. I would say it is all a bit silly to be true, but you never really know with the ancient and mystical cultures.
2. The woman of Lemb Statue
Those that know the history call if the Goddess of Death. Having been created around 35 hundred BC, many historians believe it was probably a statue representing fertility. Lord Oliphant was it's first reported owner after it's mysterious background. Within six years, all the members of his family were dead. It's next owner, Ivor Menucci and his family died within a shorter, 4 year period. And surprise, surprise, the third owner, a Lord Thompson Noel and his family and perished within four years as well. It vanished for a brief period, and within that period, it came into the ownership of Sir Alan Biverbrook who died along with his wife and daughters. The two sons of Alan that survived the curse donated the statue to the Royal Museum of Edinburgh and is now readily available for any brave tourist that doesn't believe in (coughs) silly superstition.
1. Petrified Forest National Park
This last one is an extremely interesting case of multiple cursed objects. The Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona has enticed and attracted visitors for quite some time now. It has one of the world's largest collections of petrified wood, which results in an amazing experience, as well as an educational one for those not familiar with the science behind wood. All throughout its history, people have taken bits of wood home as little souvenirs so much so that they made it a felony. But has that stopped people? Absolutely not. Around 1930, people who visited the park and took a piece of wood would complain of experiencing a lot of bad luck. It has since become part of the national park's history. In fact, there is a whole room at the park dedicated to the telling of bouts of bad luck, divorces, incarcerations, and deaths that have followed from a stolen bit of petrified wood.
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1. The hills have eyes
Shawney bean was a clan leader in Ireland in the 15th century. He fed his falimy of 14 with the flesh of other humans. He is rumored to have captured over 100 victims and eaten them all with his family.
2. The haunting in connecticut
When a family moves into a home that used to be a morgue things start going wrong fast. The family that lived in this home started that the movie was very close to the actual events that occurred in the home.
3. The girl next door
This movie was inspired by the real life events of Sophia Marie Likens. She was only 16 years old when she was held captive and tortured to death by her aunt.
4. The Conjuring
A couple living in the Rhode island farm house where terrorited by paranormal activity. The paranormal investigators who investigated the real events said. "The movie is very closed to the actival events that traumatizedthe family".
5. The Blob
The Blob was inspired by a real life event that happened on a farm in the 1950s when a Purple Blob fell out of the shy into a farmers field, before scientists were able to run tests on this Purple Blob, it disintegrated.
In 1916 there were a series of shark attacks in New Jersey that terrified beach cores. these attacks are what inspired the story for the novel and movie, Jaws.
7. Open water
In 1998 A couple was left by a diving excursion off of The Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The bodies were never discovered and it was assumed that they had been eaten alive by sharks.
8. The Amityville Horror
When the Lutz family moved into a house where the previous owner murdered his family, stuff turned ugly. A sereis of hauntings occurred that eventually made their way into the Amityville horror movie.
9. A nightmare on Elm street
Wes Cravin attributed his main idea for his Freddy Kruger movies to a story of a south east asian who died during a nightmare. The man told everyone that he didn't want to sleep because of terrifying nightmares. He died in his sleep one night after being heard screaming.
10. The Texas chainsaw massacre
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10. Connecticut River Valley Killer
In the mid 1980’s along the new Hampshire and Vermont border, an unknown assailant was stalking and killing unsuspecting female victims. A total of 7 women between the ages of 16 to 38 were killed, and all of them were found to have multiple stab wounds which reinforced the presence of a twisted serial killer. On August 16th 1988 Jane Boroski was on the way home when she was attacked and stabbed 27 times but was able to escape with her life. After this attack, the killings stopped, and although the police have several suspects, the case has gone cold.
9. West Mesa Bone Collector
On February 2nd 2009, Christine Ross took her dog Ruca for a walk near their home in Albuquerque New Mexico. During their excursion she noticed a bone protruding from the ground, and contacted the police department who quickly determined it was human. Police descended on the area, and discovered the remains of 11 women. It was determined the women had gone missing between 2001 to 2005, and most were known prostitutes or drug users. The police have little to go on, as no forensic evidence was found at the burial site and no witnesses have come forward. There is currently a $100,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this horrifying crime.
8. Long Island Serial Killer
In December of 2010, a police officer who was on a routine training exercise with his dog found the skeletal remains of a woman in a burlap sack. After searching the area, Police found the remains of an additional 9 victims. There has been much speculation of the identity of the killer, and has been suggested he may knowledge of techniques used in law enforcement, which has helped him avoid detection.
Over the course of 6 Months in 1989 , 13 people were murdered in the streets of Kolkata India. All of the victims were homeless, and would sleep in dimly lit areas making them easy targets. Police assumed the killer was a large muscular male, because of the gruesome way the murders were committed by dropping a heavy stone or concrete slab on the persons head. Although the police had several suspects, and interviewed several suspicious people, no arrests were made and the killings stopped.
6. Rainbow Maniac
Between February of 2007 and august 2008 13 gay men were murdered in cold blood in Paturis park in Carapicuiba Brazil. All of the victims died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the last victim was shot a total of 12 times. Although a suspect was arrested, a retired state police officer, he was never convicted and the crimes remain unsolved.
5. Original Night Stalker
Also known as the East Area Rapist, this unidentified killer was responsible for at least 10 murders and the rape of another 50. Police believe the suspect began as a burglar that targeted women in middle class neighborhoods and slowly evolved into killing his victims. DNA evidence has linked the 10 slayings, and police believe the killer could be responsible for another 3. The Original night Stalker has never been apprehended and several suspects have been cleared through DNA.
This unidentified serial killer was given the nickname doodler because he would sketch his victims before having sex with them and then stab them to death. Targeting his victims at gay clubs and restaurants, he is responsible for killing 14 men from the gay community in San Francisco between January 1974 and September 1975. Although police had a suspect, the case wasn’t able to proceed because three of his surviving victims didn’t want to reveal their sexual orientation publicly by testifying against the perpetrator in court.
3 Monster of Florence
Also known as Ill Monstro, This psychopath is responsible for killing 16 people in Florence Italy between 1968 and 1985. Usually targeting couples the killer would shoot the male victim, then stab the female victim to death and mutilate the corpse. Police arrested several men, but were later released when subsequent killings happened using the same weapon and method. American Author Thomas Harris based character Hannibal Lecter from the novel Silence of the Lambs on The Monster of Florence, and attended the trial of one of the suspects.
2. In British Columbia Canada
A killer stalks an 800 KM section of Highway 16 dubbed the “Highway of Tears”. A total of 18 young women have either disappeared or been found dead since 1969. Although police have linked some of the murders to deceased criminal Bobby Jack Fowler, investigators are doubtful they will ever solve all of the cases. Police have a strong suspicion that there may be more than 1 killer involved, and are using new forensic technologies to re-examine the evidence.
1. Zodiac Killer
The most infamous serial killer on our list, the zodiac killer is responsible for killing up to 37 people. Usually targeting young couples in secluded areas he would either shoot or stab his victims. After killing the Zodiac would taunt local authorities by either calling the police or sending in letters to local newspapers. A total of 18 letters were sent, and would include physical evidence from the crime scene. In some letters, the Zodiac Killer would include cryptograms which he claimed revealed his identity, and to this day only 1 of 4 has been solved. A number of suspects have been named, but no conclusive evidence has surfaced and the case remains open with the San Francisco Police Department.
10 Urban Legends That Inspired Real Crimes
Urban legends are supposed to be fictional stories that we read for entertainment, while these urban legends might inspire a few nightmares at the end of the day. We know these stories aren't real, however there are a select few people who are greatly inspired by these stories and even risk their freedom to show their dedication.
1. Wrinkles The Clown
Urban legends surrounding clowns are less than positive, usually they involve someone going down the sewers having bad dreams or something that will cause you to have to go to therapy for the next 20 years. Websites are full of clown related urban legends that tend to pick up momentum on social media, then these stories end up perpetuating copycat incidents that once again end up on the news thus the never-ending cycle continues and the urban legend grows stronger. For example parents in South Florida were hiring a clown by the name of a Wrinkles to hide in their children's bedrooms and scare them at night. Why in the world would parents do this to their children? Well to scare them into behaving properly because nanny cams basically record everything that's happening videos began to surface of Wrinkles appearing under beds and placing stuffed animals next to the child before turning off the camera to wreak havoc, basically this is where horror movies get their ideas from. Granted this wasn't technically a crime, but it was likely that these parents probably got a visit from social services. Perhaps instead of saving for a college fund, and they need to put up a therapy fund for their child.
Probably one of the most unsettling things one can experience is when they receive pictures of themselves in the mail from an unknown source, it forces you to realize that you're being watched, and there's nothing you can do about it. It forces you to realize that regardless of how protected you may think you are, you are still vulnerable. A story called Penpal made its way onto the website Creepypasta. It was about a boy who was participating in a school project where they released balloons to see if they can get a Penpal. The boy ended up not getting a letter. but instead he got tons of polaroid pictures. Initially they were blurry, but once he looked at all the pictures he realized he was in every photo. So it makes it all the more unsettling when there were true stories out there remotely similar to this seemingly urban legend. There was a story in Connecticut of a school principal named John Bean who was following his students to Walmart and taking their photo. In North Carolina a school's volunteer of the year got in trouble for taking pictures of elementary school girls without their permission. Walter Shore ended up pleading guilty to some pretty awful charges
3. Slender Man
Spoiler alert: this won't be the last time you hear about Slender Man It's amazing how a made-up character managed to inspire some pretty intense crimes We'll start off with the most famous crime where two young girls who lured their friend into a park bathroom and proceeded to do her in like Julius Caesar. Miraculously the girl survived. Why did the two girls do such a heinous crime they wanted to sacrifice their friend to Slender Man, so that they could go live with him in his mansion. Well as we know, Slender Man isn't real and he's based on a meme from creepypasta. the mansion actually came from a video game That was inspired by Slenderman. So he know that preteen girls aren't always the smartest people in the world, but did they really think that they were going to get away with such a terrible act? One of the teens was sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital. If she was so gullible to do this to someone for the sake of an urban legend ,that's probably the best place for her.
4. Laughing Jack
You know what would really lift up our spirits? Let's talk about clowns again! Yay!! The story of Laughing Jack is definitely not for the faint of heart. Laughing Jack is basically an imaginary friend. Who is the opposite of nice. He infiltrates children's dreams very much like Freddy Krueger, and he replaces their organs with candy. Ain't that nice? Anyway, of course you could read the story online and be able to tell right away that it's just a scary story And an urban legend. Yet one girl thought that Laughing Jack was the real deal. Apparently instead of being filled with candy, Laughing Jack told the girl to pretty much end the life of her stepmother the twelve-year-old not only did her stepmother in, but she also set the apartment on fire. The kid actually ended up admitting that she committed the crime. And she was eventually declared too incompetent to stand trial. That basically means that she'll be spending the rest of her adolescent in a psych ward.
5. Walking Sam
Walking Sam is a similar entity as slender Man, who drove teens from a Sioux tribe in South Dakota to harm themselves. Basically the urban legend has a few variations were Walking Sam is either wandering the earth to collect souls or he drives people mad because he looks so spooky. Either way Hundreds of people between the ages of 12 and 24 attempted to end their lives. The local tribe even had to remove nooses that were placed at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Out of those hundreds around nine people were sadly successful at their attempt. While one can say that the author of Walking Sam's story is an incredible storyteller. It is also Alarming at how gullible an entire generation can be? But because it's the Internet and a lot of people don't know how to distinguish fact and fiction. It's entirely possible that people thought this was the real deal.
6. The Call
The urban legend goes like this. There's a babysitter working the late night. She gets a call from a mysterious caller who says "Have you checked the children?". There might be some heavy breathing for a few calls and of course the babysitter is scared. When she calls the cops they trace the call and the big twist is that the call is coming from inside the house. This urban legend was inspired by an unsolved case from 1950 in Missouri. An 8th grader named Janett Christman lost her life one night while she was babysitting a three year old boy. She was later discovered at 1:00 a.m. Too late. Calls had been coming to the house, but unlike the urban legend, the police weren't able to trace them. The boy Janet was babysitting was thankfully safe. This story is often told at slumber parties as well as camp outs. Some have even tried to emulate the urban legend only to run-in with the police afterward.
7. Constant messaging
We've all heard that iconic urban legend, where a man is receiving Facebook messages from his long past girlfriend. It made us all wonder whether the girlfriend was actually alive she turned into a bot or she was a ghost still checking her social media from beyond the grave. However one man seemed to be inspired by the ghost messaging and decided to use it to try to get away with a heinous crime. Todd Colhab kidnapped a woman named Kayla Brown as well as her boyfriend Charles Carver. In order to make it look like Kayla and Charles were fine and enjoying life, Todd was posting on their Facebook pages, posing as them. There were status updates and everything. However, when deputies were searching Todd's property and ready to serve a search warrant. They passed a metal container and Kayla made a bunch of noise. She was found inside the container with a collar around her neck and chained like a dog. Sadly Charles did not survive the crime.
8. Pope Lick Monster
This might be better categorized in the people who do stupid things for urban legends. The Pope Lick Monster is a goat human hybrid creature that lives on top of a bridge above a railroad track. Legend has it that the public monster will hypnotize its victims and draw them to the tracks where they will get hit by a train. If you think that there aren't people curious enough to check it out for themselves, think again. There have been a startling amount of people who have lost their lives looking for the Pope Lick Monster. Most of them end up getting hit by an oncoming train. So in this instance would this be more truth than urban legend? Well the local police in Louisville Kentucky had to issue public statements declaring that anyone looking for the Pope Lick Monster will be trespassing plus in the United States wandering the train tracks can be considered a federal offense and receive charges of terrorism. So is it really worth looking for this terrifying urban legend?
9. Don't turn on the light
One of the creepiest urban legends is of a person in their bedroom hearing strange noises. When they wake up the next morning, they see a horrifying message written in bodily fluids that says "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the light?" It's a story that has given us nightmares and inspired us to check every nook and crevice in our house before going to sleep. But this story did inspire someone to try it out for themselves. In 2016, a teenage girl from England received a text message. That said "I'm watching you.". She also got a text that said that he would end his life outside her bedroom window. The teen was so creeped out that she decided to sleep with her mom. She also didn't take the sender seriously when he said that he was in the house, but the next morning the sender was discovered to be in the house. He was sleeping under her bed.
10. Slenderman... again
It seems that some of the most horrifying crimes have been inspired by the one and only Slender Man. With his tall and faceless persona, you would think that people would automatically know he isn't real or they'd head for the hills. There are a lot of people who are willing to risk their freedom and personal safety for the sake of the iconic urban legend. In 2014 a 13 year old girl heard her mom repeatedly with a knife.The mom miraculously survived. Then a 14 year old girl from Florida tried to burn her house down for Slender Man. If you think Slender Man is only hitting up the teenage girls He also inspired a man named Jared Miller to attack two police officers and a civilian before he took his own life. Investigators found out that he liked to dress up a Slender Man for fun.
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