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Similarities Between Dennis Nilsen and Jeffrey Dahmer

• Both were gay serial killers

• Both frequented gay bars

• Both were in the army. Dahmer was a combat medic and Nilsen was a cook.

• Both had alcohol problems

• Both were in denial of their homosexuality. Nilsen tried to reassure himself that he was bisexual and dated a woman to prove this. Dahmer dated a woman as well, and his murders were seen as a way to rid himself of his homosexuality.

• Both killed because they wanted companions that would not leave them

• Both craved control over their victims

• Both were fond of animals. Dahmer had a dog and a cat as a child and fish as an adult, and was horrified after seeing a classmate run over a dog with his car. Nilsen had pet pigeons as a child and was extremely upset when a vandal killed them. As an adult, Nilsen had a dog that eventually became his only companion. 

• Both performed sexual acts on corpses

• Both cooked parts of their victims

• Both had close relationships with one of their grandparents. Dahmer was close to his grandmother and Nilsen was close to his grandfather.

• Both stored their victims’ bodies in their apartments and had neighbors that became suspicious of the smell emitting from their homes

• Both were almost caught by the police. Dahmer was almost caught when victim Konerak Sinthomphone was able to escape his apartment and run into two girls who called the police. Dahmer was able to convince the police that they were lovers just having a disagreement.  One of Nilsen’s victims woke up while being strangled and called the police, but the police did nothing, thinking it was a domestic disagreement as well.

• Both depersonalized their victims

• Both were cooperative with police

• Both appeared distant to those around them

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“I was scared to death in the Salt Lake City jail I thought I was going to die every night for the first few days I was in jail back in October of 1975. I was scared to death! Daily. I thought they were going to kill me. Animals sense it. Just like the old adage that a dog can tell when somebody is afraid of it. They sensed it- and some guys jacked me up on it. I mean, nothing happened. But they said, ‘Hey, Bundy, did you really do that?’ This or that. Nobody fucks with me anymore about that.

 {…}After I was sentenced in Salt Lake City, I was put on “A” Block at Utah State Prison, where Truman Capote filmed The Glass House. I was scared to death for a while. A couple of guys kept chanting, ‘We don’t like rape-os.’ Gave me the bad eye. Called me a baby raper and all that shit. Nobody would ever do that to me now. They might talk a lot. But they won’t say anything to my face. The reputation stops ‘em. They’re afraid I’ll do something to them. And I probably would, if it came down to it. It may be the way I carry myself. They may have respect for me the way I handle the authorities. The way I fucked with them. The way I made them pay to see me. No one has said a cross would to me. Not even has there been a mean word. They- all of ‘em- will try to get over on you when you first come in. They’ll jam on you. They’ll try to get you to get them drugs and promise to pay you back. They’re always trying to hit on the new guy for candy and cigarettes. I tell ‘em to fuck off.”- Ted Bundy in Conversations With A Killer talking to Stephen Michaud about his earliest experiences in prison after his first arrest for the kidnapping and attempted murder of Carol DaRonch.

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Flamingo is the debut solo studio album by American singer-songwriter and The Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers, released on September 3, 2010.

Herbert Mullin is a relatively obscure serial killer within the realm of true crime, yet his story is one of the most brutal and bizarre; between October 1972 and January 1973, Mullin murdered thirteen people because he believed California would be destroyed by an earthquake unless “sacrifices were made”.

Though he had a normal childhood and was a gifted student, Mullin’s personality dramatically changed at 18 after his best friend died in a car accident. Turning to drugs and alcohol to cope with his grief, Mullin began to hear voices coming from the ground and became paranoid about his parents ‘stealing his thoughts’. He became a heavy user of marijuana and LSD, and by the time he was in his twenties he became fixated on earthquakes and national disasters. Mullin believed catastrophes could be avoided if the earth was given blood sacrifices, and so he began opening his own veins and 'feeding’ the ground. Mullin was also obsessed with wars, and told numerous people that Vietnam was never affected by earthquakes due to the amount of sacrifice given to the earth during the Vietnam War.

Mullin is a rare type of serial killer in that his choice of victim was entirely random; old or young, male or female, alone or in groups, Mullin targeted them all. He told a police interviewer he killed people he saw 'pollute’ the earth, and claimed God told him when he had come across a suitable sacrifice. After terrorizing the town of Santa Cruz and the surrounding districts for three months, Mullin was finally apprehended when a witness saw him leave his last murder scene covered in blood.

In a twisted coincidence, another serial killer was active in Santa Cruz during Mullin’s murder spree;Edmund Kemper. While Mullin was a disorganized psychotic killer, Kemper was a highly intelligent necrophiliac who put a great deal of planning into his crimes. In some cases victims of Mullin were attributed to Kemper (and vice versa), and the two men killed over twenty people between them in the short space of a year.

The last baby killer whale born at SeaWorld gets along swimmingly with its mom. 

The last baby killer whale to be born at a SeaWorld theme park has made its debut.

The company said it welcomed its newest aqua-animal when Takara, the 25-year-old matriarch of the SeaWorld San Antonio killer whale pod, gave birth to the calf Wednesday afternoon.

Takara was already pregnant when the company in March 2016 announced that it would be ending its breeding program for killer whales, which are also known as orcas. The program had come under criticism from animal-rights activists, especially since a 2013 documentary claimed that captivity was harmful to orcas. In addition to ending the breeding program, the company said in 2015 that it would be ending its killer whale shows by 2019.