Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: The BTK confessions

After pleading guilty to ten murders on June 27, 2005, Wichita serial killer Dennis Rader gave a chilling account of his murders in court. Appearing unmoved by the cruelty of the acts he was describing, Rader systematically described how he killed the entire Otero family and six women. He described how he followed his victims — he called them ‘projects’ — around town before finally going in for the kill. Videos and a full transcript of the confession can be seen here.

Evidence files: Ed Gein’s nipple belt

As visually compelling as it is, this belt will probably not be featured in Vogue’s spring line.

Evidence Files: Serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades in his bondage outfit

Robert Ben Rhoades was a trucker whose big rig was equipped with a traveling torture chamber. He picked up prostitutes, hitchhikers and runaways, then chained them up, raped them, torture them, and even kill them. At home, he had a wife, Debra. He made her hand over her earnings to him, and forced her to go to swingers’ clubs and watch as he had sex with other women.

Your Daily Creepout: Interview with self-professed ‘necromantic’ Leilah Wendell

Leilah Wendell, curator of the House of Death in New Orleans, is quite public about her love of corpses. She describes herself as a “necromantic” rather than a necrophile and has written about the distinction in The Necromantic Ritual Book. In this interview she talks about making love to the dead, and explains how her mausoleum ritual of communion with the dead allows her to commune with the spirit of death itself.

Your Daily Creepout: Inside the Toy Box Killer’s Torture Trailer

David Parker Ray called his trailer the ‘toy box,’ but the games he played in there were only fun for him. Inside the trailer, parked in Truth or Consequences, N.M., Ray kept a variety of torture devices, including whips, chains, pulleys, straps, clamps, leg spreader bars, and surgical blades and saws. The trailer also housed a gynecological table and an electricity generator he used to deliver shocks to his victims. The items found inside Ray’s trailer can be seen here.

Your Daily Creepout: John Wayne Gacy’s Basement

The flags in this police photo mark the locations of the bodies he haphazardly buried in the crawlspace of Gacy’s Chicago-area home. Called the Killer Clown for the costume he wore to entertain kids and to kill his victims, Gacy confessed he buried only 26 of his victims here because he simply ran out of room.

Your Daily Creepout: X-ray of man killed with nail gun

Chinese immigrant Chen Liu, 27, was killed in Australia in 2008. His body, tied up with electrical wire and wrapped in a rug, was found in a marsh by two children. He had been shot in the head 34 times with a nail gun. Detectives said the nail gun was a standard cordless, high-powered tool that shot 85mm long nails. “In 36 years, I’ve never seen a murder of this nature,” said Homicide Squad Superintendent Geoff Beresford.

Your Daily Creepout: X-ray of man who forked himself for ‘gratification’

A man in Canberra, Australia, showed up in the emergency room in early August 2013, with “bleeding urethral meatus” and a 4-inch fork shoved up inside it.

Your Daily Creepout: Killer Canadian Colonel plays panty dress up

A well-respected base commander in the Canadian Air Force, David Russell Williams led a double life. While playing the role of a wholesome husband and accomplished pilot, Williams was a panty stealing fetishist who later turned to murder. In a search of his home, police uncovered a stack of photos showing Williams modeling underwear he’d taken from women’s homes. The photos can be seen here.

John Wayne Gacy’s Sex Skull & other paintings

While in prison, serial killer and rapist John Wayne Gacy took up painting. He was actually pretty good at it, focusing mainly on self portraits — with and without his notorious clown costume. One painting stands out as particularly creepy — a skull, adorned by a clown collar, made of naked bodies in sexual positions.

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