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When does evil begin?

Seeing the headlines about Charles Manson today gave me the idea to make these. Headlines about infamous killers set to their childhood photos.

Top to bottom: Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, Jeffrey Dahmer and Dylan Klebold.

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Charles Manson mugshots through the years.

Manson died on November 19, 2017 of natural causes at a hospital in Bakersfield, California. He had spent more than forty years in prison after being sentenced to death for the first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate who was pregnant at the time of the murder.  His sentenced was commuted to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 1972.

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On the 10 March, 1998, 17-year-old Jeffrey Franklin attacked his family in their home at 13005 Camelot Drive, Huntsville, Alabama. Armed with a hatchet, he murdered his mother, Cynthia and his father, Gerald. He also attempted to murder his 14-year-old sister, Sara and his 8-year-old and 6-year old brothers, Timothy and Christopher. Miraculously, they survived, although with life-altering injuries. His other sister, 11-year-old Stacey, was thankfully not at home. A neighbour called 911 after they saw one of the siblings lying outside the house covered in blood.

After the brutal attack, Jeffrey led police on a car chase throughout the neighbourhoods of southeast Huntsville. He was apprehended shirtless despite the cold weather after crashing into a fence. The top photograph shows a wild-eyed Jeffrey immediately after his arrest. He laughed and taunted onlookers. His defence attorney described his behaviour as “deranged.” Jeffrey told police that he was at the house but didn’t admit to attacking his family. He said it was like some “evil being” had taken over his body. Police noticed Jeffrey had a pitchfork scratched into his chest.

In his notebook, police found that he had been planning on killing his parents for a while. He also wrote of satanic rituals and sexual torture and his belief that Satan wanted him to kill his family. Before the murders, Jeffrey had been visiting a psychiatrist for attention deficit disorder and depression. He was prescribed with Ritalin, Prozac, and Klonopin. Jeffrey had been awake for three days straight before the killings and was said to abuse Ritalin. The abuse “pushed him into a total psychosis, he was crazy,” said Robert Tuten, Jeffrey’s representative.

In 2001, Jeffrey pleaded guilty to two murder charges and was sentenced to five life sentences.

Cult leader Charles Manson died age 83 earlier today. But here are 8 Convicted Killers Who Are Still Alive Behind Bars. Clockwise beginning at the top left:

Edmund Kemper, the Co-Ed Killer:

Kemper was responsible for the murder of 10 people over a 9 year period. A majority of Kemper’s murder victims were young women. He would target hitchhikers, drive them to secluded areas then murder them before having sex with and mutilating their corpses.

Apprehended in 1973, Kemper remains imprisoned today at the California Medical Facility. During his time in prison Kemper at one point was in the same prison block as Charles Manson and Herbert Mullin. Fellow serial killer Mullin would frequently irritate Kemper by singing - Kemper gave Mullin peanuts as a bribe to stop.

Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper:

Peter Sutcliffe is a serial killer who murdered 13 women during a 5 year period in northern England. After he was apprehended by police in 1981 Sutcliffe claimed the “voice of God” motivated him to carry out his murders. Sutcliffe also claimed the women he killed were “filth” and claimed he was “cleaning up the streets”.

It was confirmed by the British High Court that Sutcliffe would never be released from prison in 2010. He remains alive today age 71 in Her Majesty’s Prison Frankland in Durham.

Dennis Nilsen, the Muswell Hill Murderer:

Dennis Nilsen is a serial killer who murdered 12 men over a period of 5 years in London. Nilsen murdered his victims by either strangulation or drowning. He murdered all of his victims after luring them back to his home. Due to their similar M.O., Nilsen has sometimes been described as ‘the British Jeffrey Dahmer’.

Nilsen was convicted of 6 counts of murder in the Old Bailey in 1983. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, being eligible for parole since 2008. He remains imprisoned in Her Majesty’s Prison Full Sutton in East Yorkshire, northern England.

Brenda Spencer, the Cleveland Elementary School Shooter:

Brenda Spencer was 16 years old when she opened fire at the Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California in 1979. Armed with a .22 caliber rifle, Spencer killed two people and injured another nine. When asked why she carried out her shooting she stated only: “I don’t like Mondays.”

Spencer was tried as an adult, having plead guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Spencer was denied parole in 2009 and remains imprisoned in the California Institution for Women.

David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam Killer:

David Berkowitz is a serial killer who killed 6 and injured 8 in the area of New York in the mid 1970′s. All of his murders were carried out with a .44 caliber revolver. Berkowitz left notes for the police, mocking them and promising to kill more people.

Berkowitz was arrested in August 1977. He confessed to the killings and claimed he was forced to kill 6 people because his neighbour’s dog (who was actually a demon in hiding) told him to. Berkowitz pleaded guilty in 1978 and remains imprisoned in the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York.

Alexander Pichushkin, the Chessboard Killer:

Born April 9 1974 Alexander Pichushkin was responsible for the murder of at least 48 people, although the true number could be as high as 60. Most of Pichushkin’s victims were either homeless, children or young women. He aimed to kill 64 people, the same number of squares on a chessboard.

Pichushkin was arrested in 2006 and convicted in 2007. Like fellow Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, Pichushkin was kept in a glass cage during the trial for his own protection. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and remains in solitary confinement today.

Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer:

The true number of Ridgway’s victims is unknown. He was convicted of 49 murders, confessed to 71 but the true number could be above 100. Ridgway is a necrophile who strangled his victims to death. They were all young women and girls.

Ridgway was apprehended in 2001 and plead guilty in 2003. He was spared the death penalty in exchange for informing police of the locations of his still missing murder victims. He remains imprisoned today age 68 in the Washington State Penitentiary.

Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer:

Dennis Rader is responsible for the murder of 10 people between 1974 and 1991 in Kansas. He sent multiple letters to police and media describing the details of the murders he committed. Most of his victims were strangled or suffocated, the only exception being 21 year old Kathryn Bright who Rader stabbed to death.

Rader was apprehended in 2005 and charged with 10 counts of first degree murder. Rader plead guilty to the murders, speaking for over thirty minutes in what the chief prosecutor described as ‘something akin to an academy awards acceptance speech’. He remains in prison today age 72 in the El Dorado Correctional Facility, Kansas.

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I play Detective JOE FURAYA in Crunchyroll and RocketJump’s miniseries ANIME CRIMES DIVISION.  Here’s Episode 1.