Monday, April 25th, 2011
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14 Serial Killers Who Were Never Captured, In Order Of How Frightening Their Media-Created Names Are

14. The Babysitter

13. The Moonlight Murderer

12. Jack the Stripper

11. Bible John

10. The Rainbow Maniac

9. The Grim Sleeper¹

8. The Zodiac Killer

7. Beer Man

6. The Doodler

5. Jack the Ripper

4. Axeman of New Orleans

3. The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run

2. Servant Girl Annihilator

1. Charlie Chop-Off



¹ Suspect awaiting trial.



Rick Paulas is a writer living in Los Angeles.

32 Comments / Post A Comment

conklin (#364)

Neither Jack the Ripper nor Zodiac was named by the media, but rather named themselves (or were named by hoaxers claiming to be the killers) via letters to the media and/or authorities.

Rick Paulas (#1,565)

@conklin Jack the Ripper: The "Dear Boss" letter/postcard, where the moniker was first introduced, was determined that it was probably the work of a journalist, i.e., a member of the media. The "From Hell" letter — which probably WAS from the real Jack the Ripper — made no mention of the name, meaning the dude didn't even care about what people called him. This one counts.

Zodiac: Well, fine.

conklin (#364)

@Rick Paulas I realized as I ran out the door immediately after posting that I might have come across a little saucy, but I hoped that the all-around nerdiness of my comment made it clear that I couldn't help but love this.

Rick Paulas (#1,565)

@conklin Saucy, just like Jack. I just addressed it because I struggled putting him/her on the list in the first place, until I came across that little bit of beautiful justification.

HiredGoons (#603)

I think we need to establish if Alex Balk was in Mumbai between Oct. 2006 & Jan. 2007.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

@HiredGoons
Look for serial glassings.

saythatscool (#101)

The Babysitter (aka the Oakland County Child Killer) kidnapped from the towns all around me when I was growing up. It was one of my most frightening childhood memories. He just disappeared one day though, never to repeat again. Some people think he moved away. Others think he went to jail. There are still whack jobs on internet boards everywhere theorizing about who he was.

HiredGoons (#603)

@saythatscool: Yeah, that one is entirely terrifying. There is nothing that gets my blood boiling faster than harming kids.

bluebears (#5,902)

@saythatscool: I remember it. I was a little younger but since they never caught the guy there was still so much fear even into the 80s. I remember when I started kindergarten there were still some "scares" and my uncle used to leave work every day to personally pick me up from my classroom and take me to day care a few blocks away. Such was the fear of kids walking alone.

lifesgrandparade (#8,417)

Let's not forget the Shropshire Slasher.

Flaneur (#998)

@lifesgrandparade Name? Shropshire Slasher. Occupation? Shropshire Slasher.

mandor (#1,014)

Jeez do you even read your own links? The grim sleeper was captured last year based on dna evidence!

As I'm reading this the creepy theme of "Unsolved Mysteries" — you know, that significant 80s phenomenon with the eerie Robert Stack as host — is going through my head.

rex67 (#11,432)

I still think this is the scariest unsolved case I've ever heard of. The american justice episode still keeps me up at night.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Night_Stalker

What about Headzo? The Lopper? Son of Dad?

Eli Lee@facebook (#11,433)

I think the alternate name for the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run is actually more frightening: "The Cleveland Torso Murderer." Leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

How can someone named the Beer Man be so evil? ;_;

keisertroll (#1,117)

@antarcticastartshere Just don't ask him for "Less Taste".

Tulletilsynet (#333)

There is bound to be at least one serial killer among the higher four digits.

@Tulletilsynet Not killin' them with the funny, that's for sure.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

@TerseNursePornstein
I mean that in a nice way.

inBefore10k (#9,976)

@Tulletilsynet
How much have you ever lost on a coin toss?

Chest Rockwell (#11,302)

The Zodiac Killer's body of work was recently scrapped when astrologers changed the dates around on him. My god he must have been pissed off.

mrschem (#1,757)

Thanks for scaring the shit out of me and prompting me to make a list of '48 things to do before I die.'

Flashman (#418)

They never caught READ MORE?
Yikes.

LotaLota (#1,703)

On a lighter note, David Prill's "Serial Killer Days" is a very amusing novel about small towns and the lengths they will go to keep tourist dollars coming in. It's about a rural Minnesota town that is plagued by an annual visit by a serial killer. The town capitalizes on it by holding an annual festival (Serial Killer Days) with a Parade of Fear, lamposts decorated with inflatable weapons, and the crowning of a Scream Queen. It's such a money maker, they're not really sure they want that serial killer found…

El Gringo (#11,973)

It does not get any scarier than this

vernon (#241,717)

I FOUND THE ZODIAC KILLER AND CAN PROVE IT,I ALSO FOUND A TRAIL IN THE ROYAL DICTIONARY THAT THIS PILE OF SHIT WAS WORKING OFF OF, THE TRAIL ALSO WORKS FOR THE CASE WITH JACK THE RIPPER, AND I WOULD LOVE TO SHOW THIS TO ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO SEE IT, MY NAME IS VERNON PHONE NUMBER IS 209-256-6837 THIS IS NOT A JOKE, I HAVE KNOWN THIS FOR FOUR YEARS AND FRANKLY EVER COP I TALK TO HAS HIS HEAD TO FAR UP HIS ASS TO TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN, I AM WILLING TO PAY SOMEONE TO HELP! THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS, PS. IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE DO

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