I'm going to let you all in on a little secret.... I have an obsession with Halloween, Urban Legends, Horror movies, Stephen King, and Serial killers. Yeah not a shocker there but its still a secret. (laughs) Emmy and I are both lovers of Halloween for reasons to each our own but this is the one time of year that sparks the crazy in some people more than others. But really, you keep the candy just give me the Horror movie marathons, or better yet the slasher marathons. What’s a little blood between friends. (That sounded bad, I admit that.. but meh.)
“When the worlds collide, fate intervenes and we all learn the price of life…”
We all have those thoughts in the back of our heads when we hear the words “Horror” and “Halloween” of ghosts, goblins werewolves and vampires. Maybe that is just me but.. the monsters of the real world and the fictional world have been known to collide. If you take the time to do the research you'd find that there are many cases of actual facts real life events being used in them.
Take one of my favorite movies... The Amityville Horror. This movie is based off of real life events that happened.
In December 1975, George and Kathleen Lutz and their three children moved into 112 Ocean Avenue, a large house in Amityville, a suburban neighborhood located on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Thirteen months before the Lutz's moved in, Ronald DeFeo, Jr had shot and killed six members of his family at the house. After 28 days, the Lutz's left the house, claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there.
The loss of life as this family knows it is enough to make your skin crawl, but to know they live with the horror of it every day is enough to make even me, the horror queen, jumpy. It just goes to show you... you really never know what you're gonna get.
A good example of that is summer camp. We all know about summer camps, fire side stories and ghost stories. Did you know just because its a story doesn't mean its not based off of something real. Take the movies Friday the 13th. You have summer camp, legends of counselors being killed by a sick and deranged mother and isolation. Complete fiction but it gives you a good set of goosebumps. Or someone that can kill you in your sleep like Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street); which is based of of actual events it was only dramatized for Hollywood. The list of boogeymen is a mile long and a mile wide.
Then you move on into the things that really go bump in the night, Serial Killers. The ordinary people around you. The ones you'd least expect. We all know their names if nothing else. Their names send a shiver down your spine. They make you think twice before getting in or out of your car in the dark.
This is where my true passion lies. Maybe passion isn’t the right word… my interests are vast but this is a subject that Em and I have talked over many, many times. I really can’t understand at times what makes these seemingly normal people snap. Its a little known fact that most Serial killers are men. Don't get me wrong the woman are out there to but with the exception of a few most woman serial murders/killers use poison. The very first document female serial killer used rat poison in her husbands soup.
Now, I'm going to share with you one of my favorite mysteries. It's not really a mystery per-say but its still unsolved so therein lies your mystery.
The Zodiac Killer is one of the great unsolved serial killer mysteries of all time, taking only second place to Jack the Ripper. Even though police investigated over 2,500 potential suspects, the case was never officially solved. Hell even the Green River Killer was apprehended (after a long time) but not the Zodiac. There were a few suspects that stood out, but the forensic technology of the times was not advanced enough to nail any one of them conclusively.
In October, 1966 a ghoulish series of murders began that panicked the people of the San Francisco area. For years the Zodiac taunted the police with weird ciphers, phone calls, insulting and cryptic messages. Before it was all over, this clever and diabolical killer changed the lives of eight people, only two of whom lived to tell the tale.
The taunting of himself to the populations around California came in the form of letters. Cryptic as they were they each told a story. On Friday, August 1, 1969, the first known Zodiac letters were received by three newspapers. The San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle and Vallejo Times-Herald each received an almost identical letter written by a person who took credit for the attacks on the four teens. He also gave details about the murders and included one-third of a mysterious cipher in each letter.
The self-proclaimed killer demanded that the three letters be published on the front page of each newspaper by that Friday afternoon or he would go on a rampage and randomly kill a dozen people over the weekend. The letters were signed with a crossed-circle symbol.
The letters were published and efforts to untangle the messages in the ciphers began by authorities and citizens. Police investigators stated publicly that they had doubts as to the authenticity of the letters in an attempt to get the killer to contact them again. The plan worked and on August 4 another letter arrived at the San Francisco Examiner.
The letter began with the words that have since haunted many involved in the case:
Dear Editor This is the Zodiac speaking...
It was the first time the killer used the name Zodiac. In the letter the Zodiac included information which proved he was present during the murders and a message that his identity was hidden inside the ciphers.
On August 8, 1969 a high school teacher and his wife cracked the 408-symbol cipher. The last 18 letters could not be decoded. The message read:
I LIKE KILLING PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH FUN IT IS MORE FUN THAN KILLING WILD GAME IN THE FORREST BECAUSE MAN IS THE MOST DANGEROUE ANAMAL OF ALL TO KILL SOMETHING GIVES ME THE MOST THRILLING EXPERENCE IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN GETTING YOUR ROCKS OFF WITH A GIRL THE BEST PART OF IT IS THAE WHEN I DIE I WILL BE REBORN IN PARADICE AND THEI HAVE KILLED WILL BECOME MY SLAVES I WILL NOT GIVE YOU MY NAME BECAUSE YOU WILL TRY TO SLOI DOWN OR ATOP MY COLLECTIOG OF SLAVES FOR MY AFTERLIFE EBEORIETEMETHHPITI.
Every letter received from the Zodiac killer ended the same way. A simple signature that was his and his alone. Which only added to the illusions to the mysteriousness of this crazed killer.
The lack of sanity involved in theses acts of murder and mayhem is mind boggling to me. Case in point; Gary Ridgeway or as most know him, the Green river Killer. That case was unsolved for many years until a DNA match was made. His victims were mainly prostitutes and runaways. The ones no one would miss... The first victim was found by a fisherman in the Green River. He murdered a confirmed 48 women/girls between 1982-1998. As far as the numbers go he could have killed up to 90 or more total in the years before his conviction.
This is just a way to show you there is no way to know what anyone is capable of. The reasons a person can snap are many. Some people snap due to abuse, drugs, the voices tell them to do it and then you just have some sick fucks who like to just do it to torture people. This is where the movie industry, the book writers and the “copy cats” get their pay-dirt from. With every dollar the movie industries make, for every page of a book written and every life a copy cat takes a new horror or memory is made.
Today in the news or on a google search you can find a new serial killer on the books. Or at least they think Darren Vann is the newest in the long line of crazy SOB’s killing off people.
“An Indiana coroner is asking for the public's help in identifying two of the alleged victims of Darren Vann, the 43-year-old convicted sex offender and former Marine who confessed to killing seven women whose bodies were found in Gary. “ (via people magazine online)
People close to him say he is a nice guy. His ex-wife says that too. His stepson says he was a creepy fucker so again like with most, we have mixed reviews. No one is safe. Keep your enemies close and your friends closer ‘cause you never know when someone is going to snap, slice ya up and make a pot luck dinner out of your kidney’s. (graphic I know)