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Sebastian (塞巴斯蒂安) / 饒漢文
Thu, Nov. 29th, 2012 02:37 pm
Serial Killers!

Does anyone else here find serial killers incredibly fascinating?

Ever since the Luka Magnotta story, I can't stop watching documentaries about serial killers. I'm not sure exactly what the allure is - I think it may be that they're so far outside my sphere of emotional comprehension and they're so twisted that hearing about them is like a real life horror story, especially given that many of them are married with kids, and when their families hear what they've done after they've been arrested, the families are utterly shocked and in disbelief. That is the creepiest part by far, IMO.

My absolute favourite serial killer is 33 year-old gay Dean Corll (aka the Candy Man because his family operated a candy company), who, with his two teen boy accomplices David Brooks (18) and Elmer Wayne Henley (17), kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered at least 27 teen boys in a nightmarish story that has come to be called the "Houston Mass Murders":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFPCYTCSN9s

Corll would pay Henley and Brooks $200 for every boy they brought to him to rape, torture, and kill. Henley participated in the murders, and then the three of them would together bury the bodies. Gross police negligence and misconduct allowed Dean to run about murdering without consequence, despite the fact that many of his victims were brothers in the same family. It was assumed that his victims had just all became runaways.

What's even more horrific about this case is that before Dean could be caught or even have any suspicion cast on him, he was shot by Henley, so in a sense, he never paid any price for the atrocities he committed.

Corll was the most prolific serial killer in American history at the time of his death in 1973. He was the inspiration for the ghastly John Wayne Gacy (a clown who killed 33 teen boys) and Robert Berdella (a twisted fuck who murdered eight teen boys after sometimes torturing them for weeks in the most horrific ways imaginable). However, for some bizarre reason - possibly because he was never brought to justice - Corll is largely unknown by Americans (unlike, say, Jeffrey Dahmer, who is notoriously famous for his crimes).

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phillipalden
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Phillip T. Alden
Thu, Nov. 29th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)

Hey Sebby! Happy Holidays to you both!

I think a lot of us find serial killers and even successful terrorists because we just cannot internalize the emotional/physical/political extremism that drives these people. They repulse and fascinate us at the same time.

And there's something about bleeding and killing that also fascinates us, since so many of us would never do anything violent, (unless we were defending our own lives or the lives of loved ones.


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lordhellebore
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~ Bruno ~
Thu, Nov. 29th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)

Yes, me. I've recently watched dozens of documentaries and am compiling a list of books I'd like to read. I'm particularly fascinated with Henry Lee Lucas, Dennis Nielsen, and Jeffrey Dahmer.

Also, thank you for that link; Dean Corll was somebody I hadn't seen before.


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sourdick
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James
Thu, Nov. 29th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)

I talked to Magnotta's victim on Grindr a while back :\

My own personal guess, and I don't think its been in the press, is that is how they met each other.

One of my buddies was trading emails back and forth with Magnotta after meeting on Craigslist. Magnotta had invited him over a week prior to the murder to hookup. My buddy went straight to the cops with all emails, asked them if they wanted him to email Magnotta (they said "No way!"), went home, threw up all over the place and forced us to take him out drinking all weekend (which we did!)

Since this all broke in Montreal, where I live, and the gay community is concentrated, a lot of people have little mini-connections to the story. Honestly really terrifying.


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erik
Thu, Nov. 29th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)

Serial killers are really rare and they tend to get away with a lot of murders before they get caught so there is something fascinating about the whole thing.


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celeritas_3e8
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celeritas_3e8
Fri, Nov. 30th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)

CBC is showing a documentary about the people who tracked him online on The Fifth Estate tomorrow night, in case you're interested. I'm afraid to watch it because I know I won't be able to handle the parts about how he tortured kittens. :/


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spudpuppy
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Michael
Fri, Nov. 30th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)

Bob Berdella was local. I drove within a couple of blocks of his house, every day, while I was in college. Which also put me at about the right age for his victims.


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snokat
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snokat
Fri, Nov. 30th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I love true crime!! Some of the early ones (19th-early 20th century) are pretty horrific. One of my favorites (is that even appropriate to say??) is the guy who lived in Chicago and built a house of torture. He took over a pharmacy so he could get chemicals to drug people like his wife, a few girlfriends and their children, and some business partners. He had vats of acid and gas chambers built in this house. Can't recall his name off the top of my head, but he'd be easily researched. He was eventually caught and his house dismantled where they discovered lots of remains.


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await_theophany
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Katherine
Sat, Dec. 1st, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)

I am a little late
but
I have the same sort of odd fascination with serial killers. It has always boggled my mind that someone could be born/made into something so twisted.


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