Pictured above on a TV monitor during an arraignment for murder is Marilyn Edge, who is thought to be responsible for the deaths of her two children - 9 year old faith, and 13 year old Jaelen who had a diagnosis of autism.
Three days before her children’s bodies were discovered Edge had been informed that she would have to hand over custody of her children to their father, however she walked out of court during the middle of the judges ruling. She is accused of then administering lethal doses of poison to her two children in a hotel room, after she told them that they were going to Disneyland.
Edge attempted suicide shortly after the murders, by driving her car into an electrical box. When this was unsuccessful she then attempted to strangle herself with an electrical cord while rescuers were trying to free her. She is currently awaiting trial, and has on a number of occasions asked to be eligible for the death penalty.
Family doctor Harold Shipman was well-liked, caring and in high demand in the little town of Hyde. Back when he was studying medicine in the 70s, his teachers were all impressed by his enthusiasm and intelligence. About a year out of med school though, Shipman started offing little old ladies with morphine injections. Over his 20 year career, he murdered around 250 patients! Initially, other doctors thought his high death rate was because he was, you know, a bit shit. When he found out he was being investigated, he panicked, forged a patient’s will and killed her. When he was charged with murder, his practice was flooded by well-wishing supportive patients. People liked this guy so much they seriously thought the charges were bullshit. He was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences. He offed himself in jail so his wife would get his life insurance.
Self defense is self defense no matter how close you are to someone or how much you might love them… if they’re hurting you, you need to defend yourself. I don’t like the idea of anyone being killed but there’s some real monsters out there and no one should be put in jail for saving their own life or the life of their loved ones.
I stabbed her, but she didn’t fall dead. They’re supposed to fall dead, they’re supposed to go and fall dead, I’d seen it in all the movies, right? It doesn’t work that way. When you stab somebody, they leak to death.”- Edmund Kemper
When 29-year-old Vickie Cushman did not turn up for work on August 11th of 1989, colleagues knew immediately that something was awry. Sure enough, when Vickie’s co-worker called round to her apartment to investigate, he found her lifeless body on the floor. She had been bludgeoned to death. A search of Vickie’s apartment uncovered a letter to local police officer, Scott Hornoff, revealing that the 2 had been having an affair. Scott, aged 26 at the time, was married and had a young son, circumstances which propelled Hornoff to the forefront of the murder investigation. However with nothing to go on, he was initially cleared of any suspicion, and for 3 years no headway was made on the case.
As well as items of evidence being mishandled at the scene, other evidence was ignored completely, with blood and clothing never even being sent to the lab. Instead police spent time and resources on useless ‘evidence’, such as a fingerprint at the scene of the crime which, as it turned out, belonged to the victim herself. With no other suspects, police soon turned their attention back to Hornoff, and he was called in for questioning. Satisfied that he was simply going to tell the truth, Hornoff declined the assistance of an attorney, and made his ‘best guesses’ as to answering questions about the night of the murder 3 years ealier. When his times did not match other witnesses statements taken at the time, Hornoff was interviewed again, yet for some reason this interview was not taped by police. Eventually he was arrested and found guilty of murder in 1996, despite there being no physical evidence linking him to the crime. Having stuck by him despite his infidelity, Hornoff’s wife was now pregnant with their third child when he was sentenced to life in prison.
As you can imagine, being a former police officer does not go down well behind bars, and Hornoff was placed in protective custody. After 6 years of Hornoff’s incarceration, and 13 years after the crime, a man named Todd Barry, Cushman’s former lover, came to the police to confess to her murder. He admitted to bludgeoning her with a ‘small object’ following an altercation, which turned out to be a jewellery box found smashed at the scene. Amazingly, this jewellery box had never even been viewed as a vital piece of evidence throughout the investigation. Just days later, Hornoff was released, and Todd Barry was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Nikolai Dzhumagaliev is a Kazakh serial killer and cannibal. He was given the nickname “Metal Fang” for his white metal teeth.
Dzhumagaliev killed at least seven women over a period of a year, although many suspect it could be more. All of the women were cannibalised after being killed.
In August 1979, Dzhumagaliev accidently shot and killed a colleague and was arrested. After this arrest, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalised. In 1980, he was released.
After this release three others were killed. He was caught after he had invited friends over to his house and they discovered the severed head of a woman in his house. The guests fled and alerted the police of this discovery. When the police arrived at his house, they allowed him to escape after being in shock at the scene they found. A day later he was arrested at his cousins home.
In 1981 his trial took place. His prior diagnosis of schizophrenia meant he was found to be insane and was sent to a closed clinic for treatment. He remained here for eight years before escaping in 1989 - he was captured in 1991. It is unknown whether others were killed in this two year period
In the 2000s, Dzhumagaliev gave an interview from a psychiatric clinic. In the interview, doctors had said he was cured and could be released but Colonel Dubyagin (Chief of the Moscow Criminal Police) was unsure if Dzhumagaliev could be cured of his cannibalistic instincts.
On 3 December 2015,
Dzhumagaliev escaped the asylum he resided in. As of May 2016, he is still on the run.
Mary Jane Barker,
4, was found dead in the closet of a vacant ranch house 2 blocks from
her home on March 3, 1957. A dog had also gone missing, and bounded out
of the closet alive upon her discovery. The death was ruled an accident
due to starvation and exposure, but many still suspect murder. The press
surrounding this case led to the first calls about Philadelphia’s Boy in the Box.
In the early evening of October 14, 2002, police responded to a call of two hunters who stumbled upon human skeletal remains near Dollar Lake Provincial Park, Nova Scotia. The park is located on the Old Guysborough Road, near the Halifax Standfield International Airport. Later the remains were identified as those of 33 year old Laura Lee Cross of Dartmouth, NS.
An investigation into the death revealed that Laura had been last seen on July 12, 2001, but had not been reported missing by her family until sometime in August 2001. Laura had been living on Middle St. in Dartmouth at the time she disappeared and her death is considered a homicide.
In her last conversation Laura had with family on July 12, 2001, she had told them over the phone that she was going to take the train that day to meet up with her boyfriend in Bathurst, NB.
The family did not report her missing until August because they assumed Laura, who also worked as a prostitute, was still on her trip.
Police searched her residence and found her purse and packed suitcases still inside the apartment.
In 2003, a friend of Laura’s told The Chronicle Herald that she had visited her at her house on the night of July 12, 2001. Laura stayed at her friend’s house for less than an hour and apparently went back out to prostitute for the night because she wanted to earn some cash for her trip.
Another friend said at that time, Laura, who was once a heavy drug user and previously in rehabilitation, was threatened that night by a man she knew.
Laura wasn’t the only one in her family to have been murdered. In April of 2011, her son Nathan Cross was shot dead in North Preston, NS.
The murders of Laura and her son, Nathan, are still unsolved and the RCMP are seeking information on both cases. A 15,000$ reward is being offered in the hopes of solving the murder of Laura Cross. Any tips can be called in at Nova Scotia Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090
This is Mr and Mrs Porco with intact faces in happier times.
During the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2004, their son Chris Porco brutally butchered them with an ax while they slept and left for dead.
I present you, Chris Porco, ax murderer.
Mr. Porco Sustained 16 heavy blows to the head with this ax which penetrated his skull and took off his jaw.
So whats this man do after suffering catastrophic injuries?
This hardcore mother fucker gets up and begins his day like nothing ever happened. Completely unaware he is suffering from profound shock or that his wife is bleeding to death in this bed, Peter gets up because he has other things to do.
He uses the bathroom….
He spent some time at the sink.
Either trying to shave or checking out his new face.
… spraying blood on walls and hand prints on doorways, he made his way though the house.
Eventually making it downstairs to the kitchen.
Working on pure adrenaline and sheer will to get the chores done, he loads the dishwasher. I’m sure he wishes he did cooler shit with his last few hours, like write letters to his loved ones or call 911.
Instead, he packs his lunch and even signs the checks to pay for his killer’s parking tickets! He’s fully committed to his day at this point.
There’s evidence that Peter walked outside to get the newspaper and locked himself out of the house. He was cognitive enough to remember the hidden key under the potted plant and let himself back in.
Probably got dizzy and took a seat here.
And finally, death takes over and he falls face forward in the foyer leaving a macabre scene for police.
Imagine watching an animated corpse walk around with gaping head wounds trying to make breakfast? Nightmares.
Fun Fact: The mother survived and thinks her son is innocent of the charges. The convicted killer lived with his mom during the trial and walked to court together every day.
An excerpt from from the confession of ‘Crossbow Cannibal’ Stephen Griffiths,who murdered 3 prostitutes in Bradford, UK, between 2009 and 2010. After shooting the women in the head with a crossbow, Griffiths would dismember their bodies and eat parts of their flesh. The remains of one of his victims has never been found.