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Columbine High School Massacre
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (Columbine High School Massacre) At approximately 11:19 a.m., Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, dressed in trench coats, began shooting fellow students outside Columbine High School, located in a suburb south of Denver. The pair then moved inside the school, where they gunned down many of their victims in the library. By approximately 11:35 a.m., Klebold and Harris had killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded more than 20 other people. Shortly after 12 p.m., the two teens turned their guns on themselves.
Charles Whitman – The Texas Tower Shooter
Whitman killed his mother and wife and on August 1, 1966, went atop a 300-foot tower, targeting people in the vicinity. He ultimately murdered 16 people in total and injured many others before he was killed by police, who stormed the tower.
Convicted of fifteen of the sixteen murders he had committed in Wisconsin, Dahmer was sentenced to fifteen terms of life imprisonment on February 15, 1992.
Bianca Brust had been an acquaintance of Schoormann. He asked Brust to go on a date with him on several occasions but every time Brust declined. Schoormann’s interest spiralled into obsession and on February 20, 2008 he invited her to his apartment. According to police Schoormann had begun selling off his possessions weeks prior. Rather than walking away, Schoormann grabbed Brust and strangled her to death. He began posing Brust’s body and taking photos. The photos quickly escalated into depravity. Schoormann chopped off her head. More photos were taken of Brust’s head sitting on a desk, one with sunglasses on. Other photos were of the rest of Brust’s nude body and wearing only black knee-high boots. Schoormann posted his photos online in a post entitled “Dead Whore.” After posting the photos, Schoormann set a fire inside his apartment, placed Brust’s head into a backpack, and drove off in his red Ford Escort. Firefighters contained the fire and noticed the headless corpse. A call came over the radio that there had been a fatal car wreck. At the scene police found Schoormann dead behind the wheel. He had driven head first into a truck. Inside the backpack, police found the head of Bianca Brust. The photos Schoormann was later discovered to have posted online were shown to Brust’s family in order to identify her body.
John F. Kennedy’s autopsy
The autopsy of President John F. Kennedy was performed between approximately 8 p.m. EST November 22, 1963, on the day of his assassination and approximately 12:30 AM EST November 23, 1963, at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The choice of hospital was made by Jacqueline Kennedy. She chose the Bethesda Naval Hospital because President Kennedy had been in the Navy.
John Wayne Gacy – The Killer Clown of Chicago
Gacy was an American serial killer and rapist who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978.
Murder of Robert Beckowitz
In July of 1982 Detroit was rocked by the news of a twisted murder that took place within the city. 33-year-old Robert Beckowitz was sitting next to his girlfriend, Jeannine Clark, and watching the TV show “Benny Hill” when his friend James Glover came up behind him and shot a .45 slug into the back of his head. What happened next and why is a matter of conjecture. While ingesting copious amounts of drugs, the pair spent the next three days mutilating Beckowitz’ body. Both Clark and Glover posed for pictures while using a hacksaw on the body. They also posed with the body in many other demeaning and sexually exploitative positions while they and the body were nude. By the end of the third day Beckowitz’ limbs had been removed from his body, as well as his head. He was also stabbed over 80 – 100 times.
Helter Skelter Murders
Charles Manson and his followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations over a period of five weeks in the summer of 1969.
The Night Stalker – Richard Ramirez
The Night Stalker’s highly publicised home invasion crime spree terrorised the residents of the Los Angeles from June 1984 until August 1985. Richard Ramirez was born Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez on February 29, 1960, in El Paso, Texas, the youngest of seven children. Known as Richard or Ricky, he had a troubled childhood and was heavily influenced by his older cousin, a Green Beret named Mike who had recently returned from the Vietnam War. Mike told Ramirez fascinating stories about the torture and mutilation he had inflicted on several Vietnamese women, corroborating these stories with horrific Polaroid pictures. Mike would go on to murder his wife, with Richard Ramirez present. On November 7, 1989, Ramirez received 19 death sentences, and replied, “No big deal. Death always comes with the territory. I’ll see you in Disneyland.” He was transferred to San Quentin’s death row. In 2009 DNA linked him with the April 10, 1984, rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in San Francisco. After 23 years on death row, Richard Ramirez died on June 7, 2013, at the age of 53 from B-cell lymphoma.
The Wonderland Murders
AKA the Laurel Canyon Murders. Four unsolved murders in Los Angeles, California on July 1, 1981. It is assumed that five people were targeted to be killed in the known drug house of the Wonderland Gang, three of whom were present. All three of them, Ron Launius, Billy DeVerell, and Joy Miller, along with the girlfriend of an accomplice, Barbara Richardson, died from extreme blunt-force trauma. Susan Launius was the sole survivor. The attack was allegedly arranged by the organized crime figure and nightclub owner Eddie Nash. Nash, Gregory Diles, and porn star John Holmes were at various times arrested, tried, and acquitted for their involvement.
The killers were believed to have used hammers and metal pipes. It is regarded as one of the most gruesome murder scenes in the history of the LAPD.
The Hillside Stranglers Terrorize Los Angeles
Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono – cousins convicted of kidnapping, raping, torturing, and killing girls and women ranging in age from 12 to 28 years old during a four-month period from late 1977 to early 1978.
OJ Simpson & the Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson & Ron Goldman
Nicole lived at 875 South Bundy Drive, in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, with her children. Early on the morning of June 13, 1994, Brown, 35, was found killed outside her home along with friend Ron Goldman. She had been stabbed multiple times in the head and neck and had defensive wounds on her hands.
Jack the Ripper is an unidentified serial killer active in the impoverished areas in and around Whitechapel, London in 1888. The name “Jack the Ripper” stems from a letter written by someone claiming to be the killer. The letter is widely considered a hoax. The killer was called “the Whitechapel Murderer” and “Leather Apron” by police investigating at the time.
Crime scene photograph of Mary Jane Kelly (Jack the Ripper’s victim), inside her home at 13 Millers Court on 9 November 1888.
Black Dahlia – On January 9, 1947, Elizabeth Short returned to Los Angeles after a trip to San Diego with Robert “Red” Manley, a 25-year-old married man she had been dating. Manley dropped Short off at the Biltmore Hotel, and staff of the Biltmore recalled having seen Short using the lobby telephone. She was also seen at the Crown Grill Cocktail Lounge. On the morning of January 15, 1947, Short’s naked body was found in two pieces on a vacant lot on the west side of South Norton Avenue, midway between Coliseum Street and West 39th Street. Betty Bersinger discovered the body at about 10:00 a.m. but initially thought she had found a mannequin.
Oscar Pistorius Kills Reeva Steenkamp
Andrew Cunanan – killed Gianni Versace, and at least four other people, before committing suicide in a Miami.
Dennis Rader (BTK Killer) – murdered ten people in Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. He sent letters describing the details of the murders to police and local news outlets before his arrest. After a hiatus in the 1990s to the early 2000s, Rader resumed sending letters in 2004, leading to his 2005 arrest and subsequent guilty plea.
John List escaped his drab existence as a failed New Jersey accountant by killing his family in 1971, disappearing and building a new life far away until a true-crime show on television led to his capture almost 18 years later. On June 1, 1989 he was arrested at a Richmond, Virginia, accounting firm. He continued to stand by his alias for several months, even after extradition to New Jersey, in late 1989; however he eventually confessed his true identity on February 16, 1990.
Andrei Chikatilo was a Soviet serial killer, also known as the Butcher of Rostov, the Red Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper, who committed the sexual assault, murder, and mutilation of at least 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990 in the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the Uzbek SSR. Chikatilo confessed to a total of 56 murders and was tried for 53 killings in April 1992. He was convicted and sentenced to death for 52 of the murders in October 1992 and executed in February 1994.
George Hennard – Luby’s massacre – a mass shooting that took place on October 16, 1991, at a Luby’s restaurant in Killeen, Texas, United States. George Hennard drove his pickup truck through the front window then shot and killed 23 people before shooting himself. It remains the fourth deadliest massacre by a single perpetrator in U.S. history.
Anders Breivik – 2011 Norway attacks: two lone wolf attacks by Anders Breivik. The attacks killed 77 people. The first attack was a car bomb explosion in Oslo at 15:25:22 (CEST). The bomb was placed next to the office of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The explosion killed eight and injured 209 people. The second attack occurred at a camp on the island of Utøya in Tyrifjorden, Buskerud. Breivik took a ferry to the island and opened fire killing 68 and injuring 110 people, a 69th victim died in hospital two days later.
Michael Ryan. The Hungerford Massacre – was a series of shootings in Hungerford, Berkshire, on 19 August 1987, when Michael Ryan, an unemployed part-time antique dealer and handyman, shot & killed 16 before committing suicide.
Lee Harvey Oswald (October 18, 1939 – November 24, 1963) was an American who was arrested for the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Oswald defected to the Soviet Union in October 1959. He lived in Minsk until June 1962. Oswald was initially arrested for the murder of police officer J. D. Tippit, killed 45 minutes after Kennedy was shot. Oswald was later charged with the murder of Kennedy. He claimed that he was a “patsy”. Two days later Oswald was fatally shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby on live network television. The Warren Commission concluded Oswald acted alone in assassinating Kennedy by firing three shots from the Texas School Book Depository. Public opinion polls show most Americans believe that Oswald did not act alone, but conspired with others to kill the president.
Branch Davidians – The Waco siege of a compound belonging to the Branch Davidians by federal and Texas state law enforcement and US military between February 28 and April 19, 1993. The Branch Davidians was led by David Koresh and lived at the Mount Carmel Center ranch 14 kilometers east-northeast of Waco. The group was suspected of weapons violations, causing a search and arrest warrant to be obtained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Four ATF agents and six Branch Davidians were killed in the initial raid, followed by a further 76 dying in the latter final raid.