Killers: The Most Barbaric Murderers of Our Times
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It was an ordinary semi-detached with grubby walls and net curtains. A young man answered the door to police officers with a search warrant, intent on digging up the back garden. The house was 25 Cromwell Street; the man the eldest son of Fred and Rose West. The world's most shocking murderers were somebody's neighbour, someone else's dad. Why do they do it? What turns a person into a killer? And why are we fascinated by them? From Arsenic Annie to the Zodiac Killer, this chilling compendium features a deadly real-life cast of the most barbaric killers of all time.
inside. Chapter 1 Natural Born Killers Name: Charles Starkweather Accomplice: Caril Fugate (the youngest woman ever to be tried for first-degree murder in the US) Nationality: American Number of victims: 11 killed Favoured method of killing: Shooting, stabbing Born: 1938 Reign of terror: December 1957 Stated motive: ‘general revenge upon the world and its human race’ Executed: 25 June 1959 Charles Starkweather was born on 24 November 1938 in a poor quarter of Lincoln,
when Paul Avery checked it out he discovered that the police had received what they considered to be a crank letter about the murder, five months after the killing. It was signed with the letter Z. Cheri Jo Bates was an 18-year-old freshman, who had been stabbed to death after leaving the college library one evening. In a series of typewritten letters, the killer gave details of the murder only he could have known. He also said that there would be more and talked of a ‘game’ he was playing. But
with a lifelong racial chip on his shoulder. To survive in prison, Manson became shifty, cunning and manipulative. This set him in good stead when he was released in 1967. He soon discovered that he could use the manipulative powers he had learnt in jail on the long-haired flower children that inhabited Southern California. With his hypnotic stare, his Bohemian lifestyle and the strange meaningless phrases he babbled, he was the perfect hippy guru. His contempt for authority and convention made
pregnant. When Starkweather turned up, Caril told him that she was sick of his wild ways and that she never wanted to see him again. He did not take her seriously. He had already arranged to go hunting jackrabbits with Caril’s stepfather, Marion Bartlett, two days later, and he figured that he would see her then. On the morning of 21 January 1958 Starkweather helped his brother Rodney out on the rubbish round, then went to check that his room was still padlocked. It was. His hunting rifle was
joined the police, he was on the beat when he caught two men committing an act of gross indecency in a parked car. Aware of his own inclinations, he could not bring himself to arrest them and he decided to resign. He went to work interviewing applicants at the Jobcentre in London’s Charing Cross Road. There he became branch secretary of the civil service union and developed increasingly radical political views. Nevertheless his work was good enough to earn him promotion to executive officer at