I’m not going to spend so much time on Dahmer because I think people already know enough about him. He’s one of the most notoriously infamous figures in both true crime and American history for being a cannibal rapist that was a walking red flag. The fact that he wasn’t caught sooner is just proof of police carelessness.
Also known as “The Milwaukee Cannibal” and “The Milwaukee Monster”, Dahmer raped, murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991, both eating and having sex with the corpses. The parts he didn’t eat were stored in the walls and refrigerator. He was diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder, a schizotypal personality disorder, and a psychotic disorder but was sentenced as a sane man and given 15 terms of life imprisonment.
Dahmer was once a subject of heavy debate among criminologists. At one point he was considered to be a whole new “breed” among serial killers because his behavior and mental state were so extreme. They thought he was a new level of insane but John Douglas disagreed.
He thought Dahmer was completely sane, and fit the stereotypical traits of a serial killer; an intelligent white male from a broken home and a victim a childhood abuse. Dahmer died on November 28, 1994, when he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate.
John Wayne Gacy
I’m also going to be brief with John Wayne Gacy only because I can’t stand talking about him. So I’m just going to sum him up, and also mention the fact that he’s the reason why everyone hates clowns. The “Killer Clown” concept came directly from him because he’d lure his victims away dressed as his “Pogo the Clown” character and was believed to have killed in the costume as well. He makes Pennywise look like a puppet from Sesame Street.
A product of mental, physical and sexual childhood abuse, murder became the ultimate act of domination for Gacy. He’d obtain victims by either luring them over or tricking them into coming to his house. Once they were there he’d assault, rape, and torture them. He murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978.
He buried 26 of his victims in the crawl space of his home and buried three others somewhere else on his Norwood Park ranch property. The bodies of his last four victims were thrown into the Des Plaines River. He was apprehended on December 21, 1978, and was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.