Clockwise from the top: the freezers and vats where human remains such as torso and three heads were stored, the door to Jeffrey Dahmer’s apartment during his investigation, the contents of Jeffrey Dahmer’s refrigerator, and a shot of his living room.

(All photos taken from Murderpedia.)

“In my lifetime I have murdered 21 human beings, I have committed thousands of burglaries, robberies, larcenies, arsons and, last but not least, I have committed sodomy on more than 1,000 male human beings. For all these things I am not in the least bit sorry.”

Carl Panzram was an American serial killer who operated throughout the early 1900s. Panzram was a known arsonist, burglar and rapist. While serving jail time, he was befriended by a prison guard and ended up confessing to 21 murders and claimed he sodomized 1,000 men. Despite this, he denied being a homosexual, explaining that as his “rage intensified” during robberies, he would rape anyone in his way because he liked to dominate and humiliate them. Once, Panzram hired a rowing boat with six rowers, shot the rowers with a pistol and threw their bodies to the crocodiles.

Panzram was hanged on September 5, 1930. He reportedly spat in his executioner’s face and shouted: “I wish the entire human race had one neck and I had my hands around it!” When asked by the executioner if he had any last words, Panzram again shouted “Yes, hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill a dozen men while you’re screwing around!”

Predisposition to Serial Murder

Among serial killers there may exist one or more predispositional factors that influence their behaviour. For example, some violent offenders have been reported to possess and extra Y chromosome - however not all men who possess XYY genes develop or exhibit violent behaviour. Similarly there are many men who drink heavily or who indulge in violent pornography and never develop into serial killers or violent offenders. It is important then to recognise that these factors are predispositional and not causative, and that those who possess these biological, psychological or social influences may need a sequence of events, traumas or other environmental factors to influence them to kill. Recognising that complex crimes, such as serial murder, are the result of a wide variety of many influences is an important step in understanding the behaviour.


Police pictures taken inside the apartment of German serial killer Fritz Honka, who killed at least four sex workers in Hamburg in the early 70s. Besides the mummified remains of three of his victims, investigators found a large amount of hard liquor, dolls, more than 300 pornographic pictures, and pictures of pinup-girls which were covering the walls and the ceiling. Note the Marquis de Sade book.

“At first deeply confused, he’d ask himself why the images of blood and sadism affected him so. He didn’t then attach the fleeting scenarios of women being tied up and raped, pleading for mercy, to the pictures his cousin Mike had shown him, or to his vivid stories of lustful sexual conquests.”

I was born with the devil in me.
I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing…
I was born with the evil one standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since.
—  H.H. Holmes, one of the first documented serial killers

The 13 victims of a perpetrator dubbed the Boston Strangler, who terrorized Massachusetts in the early 1960s. All of them were female, the majority of them being elderly women. Only five victims were between the age of 19 and 23. Except for two of them, all of them were strangled to death with articles of their clothing, preferably with  their own nylon stockings. Beverly Samans, 23, was stabbed to death and 85-year old Mary Mullen died from a heart attack resulting from the attack before the perpetrator could kill her. All of them had been sexually assaulted prior to their death.

Although the murders were attributed to Albert Henry DeSalvo, who had confessed to them initially, subsequent investigations have suggested that the murders were committed by more than one person. On November 25, 1973, DeSalvo was found stabbed to death in the prison infirmary of a maximum security prison formerly known as MCI-Walpole. The night before he was murdered, he made a phone call to his psychiatrist, asking him to meet him as soon as possible, and to bring a reporter with him. According to his doctor, DeSalvo, who appeared very frightened, wanted to reveal the true identity of the ‘Boston Strangler’. They never met. Nobody has been convicted for DeSalvo’s death to this day.

Ted Bundy about drugs
  • Ted:[...] Damn, I need something to get fired up. I'm going to bring some dope down here some time... and we'll just smoke it.
  • Michaud:I figured you'd like the white powder better.
  • Ted:What? Coke?
  • Michaud:Yeah. What does it do to you TRB? Make you silly?
  • Ted:Cocaine? I've never used it.
  • Michaud:Then why are you shaking your head?
  • Ted:I was just thinking... uh, when you mentioned white powder, I thought you were talking about those tranquilizers I used in Orlando - alleged tranquilizers I used to get in Orlando. And it... it was white powder.
  • Michaud:Oh.
  • Ted:I've never tried cocaine. I think I might have tried it once and got nothing out of it. Just snorted a little bit. And I just don't mess with it. It's too expensive. And I suppose if I was on the streets and had enough of it, I might get into it.
  • But I'm strictly a marijuana man. All I do is... I love to smoke reefer. And valiums. And, of course, alcohol.
  • -Source:"Ted Bundy: Conversations with a killer
  • The Death Row Interviews"
  • by Stephen G. Michaud & Hugh Ayensworth