Was an American criminal who kidnapped women and kept them prisoner in his basement.
Beginning in November 1986, Heidnik, a former soldier who had made a small fortune on the stock market, abducted five women and held them in the basement of his house in Philadelphia. The captives were sexually abused, beaten and tortured in front of each other. When the first one died of her mistreatment, Heidnik dismembered her body. Heidnik ground it in a food-processor mixing it with dog food, which he then fed to the surviving victims.
Heidnik would torture and sexually abuse the women individually or in groups. He dug a four-foot-deep pit that he would throw a "misbehaving" victim in. The pit would then be covered with plywood and heavy weights. The victims were also encouraged to inform on each other in return for better conditions.
|Three victims found alive|
One of the kidnapped women managed to escape on March 24, 1987. She had convinced Heidnik to let her go out, promising to bring back another captive for him, but instead she went straight to the authorities who secured a search warrant. Heidnik was arrested.
At his arraignment, Heidnik used a unique, and ultimately unintelligent, defense: he claimed that the women were already in the house when he moved in. Clearly, this argument failed to impress the judge.
Convicted of two counts of murder in 1988, Heidnik was sentenced to death. In January 1999 he attempted suicide with an overdose of prescribed thorazine. Heidnik was executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999.
28) Edmund Kemper
Was born December 18, 1948, Santa Cruz, California. After his parents divorced when he was 9, Kemper lived with a domineering mother named Clarnell. She had strict standards and doled out brutal punishment when he failed to comply. She locked him in the basement for long periods of time. He hated toward his mother grew and fantasized about killing her. He was afraid of his peers, and had problems making friends. He enjoyed pretending he was in a gas chamber with his two sisters.
Edmund buried the family's pet cat up to its neck; he then kept its severed head as a trophy. His mother replaced the cat. Edmund massacred the new cat with his machete and kept the pieces his bedroom closet where they were found by his mother. His own mother referred to him as a “weirdo.” After not being able to live get along in his mother's home and his father, Ed Jr. and stepmother's home, at age 13, he moved in with his paternal grandparents on a rural North Folk, California ranch. He didn't get along with his grandmother. His mother was concerned he may harm her ex-husband's parents. On August 27, 1964, at age 14, following an argument, he shot his grandmother in the back of her head while she sat at the kitchen table working on a children's book, then mutilated her with a kitchen knife. When his grandfather returned from the store, he shot him on the porch and left his body in the yard. After he phoned his mother he called the police to explain he just wanted to see how it felt to kill grandma.
Kemper was committed to Atascadero State Hospital. At the age of 21, after he convinced psychologists that he was sane, he was released in Santa Cruz, California, into his mother's custody against the advice of several Atascadero State Hospital psychiatrists. Still a virgin, Kemper used pornography and detective magazines for erotic stimulation. His mother who three failed marriages behind her was an administrative assistant at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She showed more interest and care towards college students than she did her son. With an IQ of 120 and imposing size of 6 feet 9 inches and almost 300 pounds, he had violent arguments with his mother and others. His mother put him down and blamed him for inability to find a boyfriend.
Kemper murdered six hitchhiking college co-eds, resembling his mother, in the Santa Cruz are of California, between May 1972 and February 1973, usually after a fight with his mother. Each murder was more bizarre and brutal. After taking them to desolate areas to stab, shoot or smother the victims, he brought the corpses back to his apartment to dissect and have sex with the parts before he ate them (so they could be part of him) and dumping their remains in the California hills. Kemper then put both of the women's bodies in the trunk of his Ford Galaxie and returned to his apartment, being stopped on the way by a police officer for a broken taillight but managing not to be detected for his more serious offence. His roommate was not at home so he took the bodies into his apartment, there he took pornographic photographs of, and had sex with, the naked corpses while dismembering them, then putting the body parts into plastic bags – which he later abandoned near Loma Prieta Mountain Before disposing of Pesce's and Luchessa's severed heads in a ravine, Kemper engaged in fellatio with both of them. In August, Mary Ann Pesce's skull was found up on Loma Prieta Mountain. An extensive search failed to turn up the rest of her remains or a trace of her companion.
He would later admit that he got a kick out of going to his psychiatric appointments with the head of a 15-year-old victim in the trunk.
Kemper claimed his mother bellittled and browbeat him continually. As he would watched her sleep he fantasizes about killing her. On an April Easter Sunday in 1973, Kemper crushed his mother's skull with a hammer,
decapitated her, masturbated in her mouth, ran her larnyx through the
disposal, and cut off her right hand. Then he invited over her friend, a
college employee and strangled her until her neck broke.
|Clarnell Strandberg- Kempers mother|
The following day drove east, while listening to the news of the crimes on the radio. Days later, in Pueblo, Colorado, Kemper was so disturbed that his mother's body had not been discovered that he confessed to the police by phone. (He had difficulty getting them to take his confession seriously.) After his arrest he gave a full confession to murder, necrophilia, and cannibalism. He pleaded not guilty due to insanity, but was found guilty on eight counts of murder. He requested the death penalty, but received life imprisonment with the possibility of parole but was denied parole in 1980. He is in Folsom Prison.
Bittaker and Norris hatched a plan to rape and kill local girls. Bittaker bought a 1977 GMC cargo van, which they came to call "Murder Mack", because it had no side windows in the back and a large passenger side sliding door. From February to June 1979, they gave their plan a test run. They drove along the Pacific Coast Highway, stopped at beaches, talked to girls and took their pictures. When the pair was arrested, police found close to 500 pictures among Bittaker's possessions.
On June 24, 1979, they claimed their first victim, 16-year-old Cindy Schaeffer. They picked her up near Redondo Beach, Norris forcing her into the van. He duct taped her mouth and bound her arms and legs. Bittaker drove the van to a fire road on San Gabriel Mountains out of sight of the highway. Both men raped the girl, and then Bittaker wrapped a straightened wire coat hanger around her neck. He tightened the wire with vise-grip pliers, strangling her to death. They wrapped her body in a plastic shower curtain and dumped it in a nearby canyon.
They picked up 18-year-old Andrea Hall hitch-hiking on July 8. Norris hid in the back of the van and Bittaker talked her into the van. After she had gotten in Bittaker offered her a drink from a cooler in the back. When she went to the cooler Norris jumped her, bound her arms and legs, and taped her mouth shut. They took her to the fire road and raped her several times. Bittaker dragged her from the van, and Norris left to get beer. When he returned, Hall was gone, and Bittaker was looking at Polaroid pictures of her. He had stabbed her with an ice pick in both ears and strangled her. He threw her body over a cliff.
On September 3, while driving near Hermosa Beach, the pair spotted two girls on a bus stop bench and offered them a ride. Jackie Gilliam, 15, and Leah Lamp, 13, accepted their offer. The girls became suspicious when Bittaker parked the van near a suburban tennis court. Lamp went for the back door and Norris hit her in the head with a bat. A short scuffle broke out, but with Bittaker's help Norris subdued the teens and bound them both. Bittaker then drove them to the fire road. They kept the girls alive for two days, raping and torturing them the whole time with a wire hanger and pliers. They even made an audio recording of the events. Eventually Bittaker stabbed Gilliam in both ears with an ice pick. When she didn't succumb to her injuries, both men took turns strangling her until she died. Bittaker then strangled Lamp while Norris hit her in the head with a sledgehammer seven times. They dumped the bodies over a cliff, the ice pick still in Gilliam's head.
They kidnapped Shirley Sanders on September 30, macing her and forcing her into the van. Both raped her, but she escaped. Police had showed her pictures of the men and she had identified the men as Lawrence and Roy.
They kidnapped 16-year-old Lynette Ledford on October 31, raping her and torturing her, while driving around Los Angeles instead of heading to their usual mountain spot. Bittaker stabbed the young girl several times and also tortured her with the pliers. During her torture, her screams and pleas were tape-recorded as Bittaker repeatedly beat her elbows with a sledgehammer, all the time demanding that she not stop screaming; he eventually strangled her with a wire hanger, using the pliers to twist a cinching loop around her throat. Instead of tossing her body over a cliff, they left it on a random lawn in Hermosa Beach to see the local reaction in the newspaper. The body was found the next day and caused quite a stir, being only days since the arrest of "Hillside Strangler" Angelo Buono.
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"Scream, baby, scream"
next month was nerve-wracking for Bittaker and Norris, worried that
police might come for them at any moment. Bittaker found a new
apartment in Burbank, while Norris remained with his mother. The
killers began to relax as the weeks passed without any signs of police
pair went hunting again on Halloween night, deviating from their beach
routine to prowl the residential streets of the Sunland and Tijunga
district in the San Fernando Valley. They spotted 16-year-old Lynette
Ledford hitchhiking and offered her a ride. She happily accepted--and
within five minutes Norris wrestled her to Murder Mack’s floor.
Bittaker chose not to waste time driving to the mountains. They could
rape and torture Ledford just as well, he reasoned, while they drove
around the suburbs of Los Angeles. Norris took the driver’s seat,
while Bittaker turned on the tape recorder and went to work on their
captive. The tape records him slapping her, demanding, “Say something,
Transcript of Shirley Lynette Ledford audio recording
People in the courtroom cried and/or ran into the lobby until the taped evidence was finished playing. Bittaker actually smiled while the tapes screamed. Kay couldn’t help crying himself, telling the media later, “I just picture those girls … how alone they were when they died.”
Paul Bynum, wrote in a 1987 suicide note that he could no longer live because of the slayings
The 'Tool box killers'
30) James Mitchell DeBardeleben
However, the full extent of these crimes could not even begin to be comprehended until later, when agents in Washington, D.C., located a storage unit DeBardeleben had rented. Hopeful about locating DeBardeleben's printing plant, Agents Dennis Foos and Greg Mertz discovered evidence of crimes so heinous that thoughts of those crimes would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Among the items located by the Secret Service were homemade audiotapes and photographs of sex-slayings, and a "death kit" containing handcuffs, shoelaces, chains, K-Y jelly, and worse – a woman's bloody underwear. Agent Foos knew that they had uncovered a criminal beyond the usual investigation capabilities of the Secret Service in investigating.
The actual number of victims of DeBardeleben's will never be known. Unlike most criminals of his ilk, DeBardeleben refuses to acknowledge guilt or brag about any of his crimes. However, the Secret Service believe that he had been preying on women for eighteen years prior to his arrest. Considering that Ted Bundy, whose killing spree lasted only five years and resulted in the deaths of somewhere between 28 to 100 women, the number of women DeBardeleben is believed to have preyed on is staggering.
On September 3rd, 1978, in Delaware, DeBardeleben kidnapped Lucy Alexander. He repeatedly raped and sodomized her, forced her to perform fellatio on him, and then released her in an isolated area.
On February 4th, 1979, he kidnapped Elizabeth Mason, repeatedly choked her and banged her head on a wall until she lost consciousness, then left her for dead.
On June 1st, 1979, DeBardeleben kidnapped Laurie Jensen, took her to his home, and for 24 hours, raped and sodomized her, forced her to perform fellatio on him, forced her to masturbate herself using an oversized dildo for him, demanded that she call him "Daddy," and took pictures and audiotaped her throughout the entire ordeal. He then released her a few blocks from her home.
On November 1st, 1980, once again DeBardeleben found another victim, Dianne Overton. However, she managed to fight him off and escaped before he could harm her. After his failure to successfully victimize Overton, on November 12th, 1980, he kidnapped Maria Santini, stripped her and tied her hands and feet, took pictures of her in provocative poses, and then dumped her in the woods.
On April 27th, 1982, DeBardeleben kidnapped real estate agent Jean McPhaul. Her body was later found in an attic of a new home, lashed to a rafter by a ligature on her throat. She was fully clothed and had two puncture wounds to the heart.
In addition to victimizing numerous strangers, Secret Service agents were able to piece together DeBardeleben's personal life and discover five wives whom had all suffered similar horrors to the ones suffered by the women he kidnapped. Agents believe that DeBardeleben "practiced" his fantasies on his wives, prior to acting them out on the women he kidnapped. DeBardeleben's third wife, when interviewed in court for the cases against DeBardeleben, testified that to him, "all women were whores, sluts, tramps. They asked for what they got." (Michaud, 1994).
However, the object of DeBardeleben's most malicious thoughts and fantasies, was his fourth wife, Caryn. Among the evidence found by the Secret Service, was a detailed description titled "Script/Scenario" written by DeBardeleben describing conversations he would have with her while torturing her.
He wrote, "1 – Tell me all about the pain: necessary? Why? Describe it: details, more details… how does it feel – I don't know, it's not happening to me!! Convince me that you like it! 2 – Tell me how you feel humiliated, degraded… 3 – … Tell me how you like for me to bite your tits, slap your face, bite you in the ass, make loud surprise noises. 4 – Bite or cigar or whip at moment of ejaculation. 5 – Hair: pull as mane: say "arf," "bow wow," "neigh." 6 – Say original statements." Of Caryn, DeBardeleben wrote, "She never really loved me…" and "I don't want to kill Caryn – I want to punish her…" It was apparent to the agents that Caryn was the source of DeBardeleben's anger and hatred towards women.
DeBardeleben was tried and convicted based upon the forensic evidence, victims' testimony and witnesses' identification in six separate cases for counterfeiting, kidnapping and assault. He received a total sentencing of 375 years.
31)Fred and Rosemary West
Frederick Walter Stephen 'Fred' West (29 September 1941 – 1 January 1995), was an English serial killer.
Between 1967 and 1987, he and his wife Rosemary tortured, raped and murdered at least 12 young women and girls, many at the couple's homes. The majority of the murders occurred between May 1973 and September 1979 at their home in Gloucester.
Rosemary West also murdered Fred's stepdaughter (his first wife's biological daughter) Charmaine, while he was serving a prison sentence for theft.
Investigation, arrest and conviction
In May 1992, West filmed himself raping one of his other daughters, and twice again afterwards. She told friends at school what had happened. On 4 August one of the friends told her mother and she went to the police.
On 6 August 1992, the police decided to investigate, eventually leading to West being charged, with Rosemary as an accomplice, with rape. She was also charged with child cruelty and the remaining children were placed in foster care. The rape case against the Wests collapsed when the two main witnesses declined to testify at the court case on 7 June 1993. The police continued investigating the disappearance of their daughter Heather.
After taking statements from social workers about a joke about "Heather being buried under the patio" and the children themselves, they obtained a further search warrant in February 1994, allowing them to excavate the garden in search of Heather. They started searching the house and excavating the garden on 24 February 1994.
After West's arrest the following day, the police uncovered human bones. He confessed, retracted and then re-confessed to the murder of his daughter, denying that Rosemary was involved. Rosemary was not arrested until April 1994, initially on sex offences but later charged with murder. Further bodies were found and, on 4 March 1994, West admitted that he had carried out nine more murders, including those of his first wife and Ann McFall.
Fred and Rosemary West were brought before a magistrates' court in Gloucester on 30 June 1994; he was charged with 11 murders and she with 10. Immediately afterwards, Fred West was re-arrested on suspicion of murdering Ann McFall, whose body was found on 7 June 1994. On the evening of 3 July 1994, he was charged with her murder.
On 1 January 1995, Fred West hanged himself while on remand in his cell at Winson Green Prison, Birmingham. His funeral was held in Coventry on 29 March 1995. West was cremated with only three people present.
The evidence against Rosemary was circumstantial; unlike her husband, she did not confess. She was tried in October 1995 at Winchester Crown Court, found guilty of all 10 murders and sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial judge recommended that she should never be released and 18 months later the then serving Home Secretary Jack Straw agreed with this recommendation.
In October 1996, the Wests' house, along with the adjoining property, was demolished and the site made into a pathway. Every brick was crushed and every timber was burned to discourage souvenir hunters.
Their only known victim after 1979 was their daughter Heather, although the police believe the couple murdered more. There were no known murders in the years 1976–1977, 1980–1986 and 1988-1992. During questioning after being arrested, Fred West had confessed to murdering up to 30 people, but the police believed the pair may have killed only 13. As well as the 12 confirmed they believe West also killed 15-year-old Mary Bastholm in 1968, but to date no body has been found. West's son, Stephen, has said he firmly believed the missing Gloucester teenager was an early victim of his father, as Fred West had reportedly boasted of committing Miss Bastholme's murder while on remand in prison during 1994.
Although no forensic evidence linked Fred West to the murder of Anne McFall, the state of the body (missing finger and toe bones as was the case with the other bodies) and the dimensions of the grave site match aspects of West's modus operandi.
32) Mark Dixie
Mark Philip Dixie (born 24 September 1970) was born in Streatham.
Dixie's criminal record begins in 1986. Between then and 1990, he was found guilty of robbery, burglary, assaulting a police officer, indecent assault, indecent exposure and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Dixie lived in Australia from January 1993 until he was deported back to the UK in April 1999 after being fined for indecent exposure. He lived in London until moving to Spain in 2002. He moved back to England in 2003.
Dixie later started work as a chef at the Ye Old Six Bells in Horley, Surrey. He was arrested on 10 June 2006 in nearby Crawley, West Sussex, after being involved in a fight while watching an England vs Trinidad and Tobago World Cup football match. His DNA was taken and matched with that of Bowman's killer.
Dixie denied the murder. As part of his defence he claimed he had spent the night drinking and taking drugs, and had gone out to buy more cocaine. He claimed to have come across the body of Bowman, murdered, he said, by a third party, and had sex with her after she was killed.
Dixie's DNA matches that left at a sexual assault in 2001, where it is believed he masturbated in front of a woman in a telephone booth.
|Mark Philip Dixie|
In October 2006, Dixie's DNA was sent to Western Australia to be tested against that of the DNA evidence in the Claremont serial killer case between 1996 and 1997, as it is believed he was in the area at the time of the killings, and may have committed them. At his trial for the murder of Bowman, an unnamed Thai woman gave evidence that Dixie had stabbed and raped her in Australia in June 1998 in Subiaco, Western Australia whilst Dixie was burgling her house; Dixie has yet to be formally charged with this attack, though a DNA sample from the woman's underwear has been matched to him.
A violent, sex-obsessed chef guilty of murdering aspiring model Sally Anne Bowman has been jailed for life and told he will serve a minimum of 34 years in prison. The partially naked body of the 18-year-old was left in a pool of blood in her driveway in Croydon, south London. She had been stabbed seven times and subjected to a gruesome sexual attack when she was dead or dying.
Mark Dixie had denied killing her, saying he stumbled across her prone body in front of her home in Croydon, south London and had sex with her, before realising she was dead. But the jury of seven women and five men found him guilty of the September 2005 murder in Blenheim Crescent, Croydon. During sentencing, Judge Gerald Gordon told him: "No words of mine about what you have done can remotely match the ones we have heard today from Mrs Bowman. "I shall only say that what you did that night was so awful and repulsive that I do not propose to repeat it."Your consequent conduct shows you had not the slightest remorse for what you had done."
|Sally Anne Bowman|
He was told he will serve a minimum of 34 years.
Dixie had a string of previous convictions for sex offences. Detectives believe he may even have killed while living in Australia in the 1990s and are appealing for other possible sex attack victims of his to come forward.
The killer of Sally Anne Bowman has admitted brutally raping a woman in Spain - a crime which another man has spent nearly 12 years in prison for.
Murderer Mark Dixie, 44, is serving life for killing 18-year-old Sally Anne in south London in 2005.
But the former pub chef is also suspected of attacking three women on the Costa del Sol where he was living before Sally Anne’s murder.
In a dramatic twist in the case last week, Dixie admitted raping one of the women in Spain, the Mail Online has revealed.
Dutchman Romano van der Dussen was wrongly jailed for the Spanish attacks - yet he remains behind bars to this day.
Murderer Mark Dixie bombarded a woman with his depraved fantasies - while he was in JAIL.
Dixie revealed his perverted lust in a torrent of letters BEFORE he was convicted of butchering 18-year-old Sally Anne Bowman.
The vile notes to beautician Elspeth Carrington, 25, expose a mind obsessed with filth - and devoid of remorse for his horrifying crime.
33) Drew Planten
Stephanie Bennett was murdered in 2002 in her apartment, which she shared with her roommate.
It was the night of May 20 that would forever haunt Stephanie's family and friends. She was home alone, her roommates in Virginia. She had made broccoli for dinner and had spoken with Emily, Deanna and Walter by phone. Her body would be found in her bedroom the next day. Police quickly determined this was a rape-murder case. The killer apparently got into the apartment by removing a screen to an unlocked window, waited, and then jumped her. He bound her wrists and ankles, most probably with handcuffs, and gagged her. He wrapped a rope or wire around her throat, twisted it from behind and strangled her.
Stephanie had been sexually assaulted orally, anally and vaginally.
Stephanie had been sexually assaulted orally, anally and vaginally.
Drew Planten was arrested and charged with the murder of Stephanie Bennett. He never offered any explanation or any defense. He remained in a catatonic state, where he completely shut down, saying nothing and refused to walk into court.
Planten was never brought to justice. The mentally-disturbed man committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell before he could be brought to trial.