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    Biography: Andrei Chikatilo – The Butcher of Rostov (2004)

    Andrei Chikatilo confessed to 56 murders when he was eventually caught in 1990. The brutal killer preyed on children and young vagrants, eating intimate parts of their bodies. On 22nd December 1978, Chikatilo killed his first documented victim; 9 year old Lena Zakotnova was lured into an abandoned shed, where Chikatilo tried to rape […]

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    Biography: Arthur Shawcross (2005)

    His paintings were big splashes of primary colors, butterflies, flocks of brilliant blue and yellow birds, and wildlife around a water hole, a peaceable kingdom. So placid were these images that they would seem the work of a gentle nature lover. Yet, when the paintings came up for sale in April 2001, one lawman […]

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    Biography: Gary Ridgway – The Green River Killer (2003)

    Serial killer Gary Ridgway was born on February 18, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He held a job painting trucks for 30 years and was married three times. He began murdering women in 1982 and was caught in 2001 when a DNA test revealed a match. Ridgway told investigators he killed as many […]

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    Biography: Jeffrey Dahmer – The Monster Within (1996)

    The notorious and infamous Milwaukee Cannibal, the story of Jeffrey Dahmer continues to give chills in people’s spines. He was responsible for the rape, murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys. His later murders also involved cannibalism and necrophilia. This documentary film explores the crimes of the man dubbed to be one of […]

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    Biography: Joel Rifkin – Joel the Ripper (2004)

    Joel Rifkin was obsessed with Hitchcock’s Frenzy as a young adult and began using prostitutes regularly. In 1989, he killed his first woman. He discarded the bodies of his victims so they could not be identified. But in June 1993, Rifkin was pulled over by the police who discovered a corpse in his car. […]

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    Biography: John Wayne Gacy – A Monster in Disguise (1999)

    John Wayne Gacy, Jr. was an American serial killer and rapist, also known as the Killer Clown, who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men in a series of killings committed between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. All of Gacy’s known murders […]

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    Biography: Meyer Lansky – Mob Tycoon (1996)

    Meyer Lansky was born Meyer Suchowljansky in Grodno, Russia (now Belarus) on July 4, 1902. The son of Jewish parents, his family immigrated to the United States in 1911 after suffering at the hands of pogroms (anti-Jewish mobs). They settled in New York City’s Lower East Side and by 1918 Lansky was running a […]

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    Biography: Ottis Toole and Henry Lee Lucas (2004)

    Exactly how many people Henry Lucas and Ottis Toole murdered is a subject of debate. Lucas had been raised by an abusive mother who forced him to copulate with dead animals. He stabbed her to death in 1960, and had been in and out of jail when he and Toole, a cannibal with a […]

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    Biography: Richard Ramirez – The Night Stalker (2001)

    As a child, he was playful and loved music, but he began to change after he saw his cousin commit murder right in front of him. This portrait of Richard Ramirez follows his descent from peeping tom and expert burglar to one-man crime wave. At age 25, Ramirez was arrested for five robberies, 14 […]

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    Biography: Richard Speck – Natural Born Killer (1999)

    Richard Speck captured the nation’s attention during the summer of 1966 after murdering eight female students who lived together on Chicago’s South Side. Before then, he had been responsible for other acts of violence against his family and others but had a knack for escaping the police. After his killing spree in 1966, a […]

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    Biography: The Pig Farmer Killer (2009)

    Robert Pickton cruised into the city, offered money and drugs to women working the Eastside “low track,” then drove them to the grotty, cluttered farm in suburban Port Coquitlam he shared with his brother Dave. If he was dead certain their disappearance would go unnoticed by authorities, it was with good reason. Trial information […]