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When Ted Bundy Served As His Own Lawyer, He Couldn’t Always Keep It Together

Ted Bundy was America’s first “true” serial killer. A lot of the popular folklore about serial killers and their habits stems from his horrific crimes.

From 1974 until his final arrest in 1978, Bundy raped and murdered women all across the Pacific Northwest, Utah, Colorado, and Florida. Bundy was considered to be a master of disguise and a chameleon, meaning that while he was considered handsome, he was also generic-looking enough to blend in with the crowd and avoid attracting attention.

Watching footage of Bundy in action, it’s not hard to see how he came off as charming and was presumed innocent by so many people for so long. Even during jail interviews on the verge of his execution, he was suave and composed.

Officials in Florida tried to get Bundy to break in front of the cameras after his arrest, but he didn’t go down easily.

Bundy famously represented himself during his first Florida murder trial. It was only toward the end of the trial that his charming facade began to crack.

Bundy truly believed he was an innocent man and grew increasingly frustrated the longer the trial went on. This eventually resulted in a series of angry outbursts that finally showed the world the killer behind that cool, collected mask.

For the full video of the outburst above, check this out!

(via The Bandy Man)

Despite his defense of himself in court, Bundy was convicted and sentenced to death in 1979. However, through the appeals process, the killer managed to prolong his life until 1989.

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Richard Speck Was One Of The Most Sadistic Serial Killers Of All Time

Richard Speck’s whole life seems to have set him up for murder.

Speck was born in 1941 the seventh of eight children, and his life was marred by crime and disorder. After his father died, his mother remarried a peg-legged drunk who was emotionally abusive and introduced his young step-son to alcohol. Speck was an alcoholic by 15 and was arrested dozens of times for petty crimes.

At 19, he tattooed “Born to Raise Hell” on his forearm, an incredibly foreboding choice that would ultimately become infamous. In 1963, his illegal activities escalated to forgery and burglary, but after he served 16 months in prison, he was paroled. Just one week later, he attacked a woman with a knife, and although he was sentenced to another 16 months in jail, he was released six months later due to an error.

He continued with a string of burglaries and stabbing incidents until July 13, 1966.

Read More: There Aren’t Many Known Female Serial Killers, But This Woman Was One Of The Worst

That day, he started a drunken reign of terror in Chicago that began with the rape of Ella Mae Hooper.

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Hooper and Speck frequented the same bars. Speck took her to his room and sexually assaulted her one night. Then he stole her handgun before doing some more drinking. Dressed all in black and as he left, he pocketed the handgun and a switchblade.

At 11:00 p.m., he broke into a townhouse that was occupied by eight nursing students.

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He rounded them up and held them captive in a room for hours before taking them out one by one. He stabbed and/or strangled Patricia Matusek, Nina Jo Schmale, Pamela Wilkening, Suzanne Farris, Mary Ann Jordan, Merlita Gargullo, and Valentina Pasion. Speck raped his final victim, Gloria Davy, before strangling her to death.

Only one woman in the house managed to survive. Cora Amurao hid under a bed when Speck left the room with one of his victims. He’d apparently also lost count of how many women he was holding captive at that time.

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Speck was declared competent to stand trial, where Amurao bravely faced him and identified him as the killer. The jury convicted Speck in just 49 minutes.

Richard Speck died of a heart attack in 1991. An autopsy revealed brain abnormalities that stunted memory and strong emotions, which experts believe contributed to his murderous tendencies.

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Read More: 5 Serial Killers Who Would Have Fit The Victim Profile Of Other Murderers

To learn more about Richard Speck, check out the documentary “Born to Raise Hell,” available on YouTube.

There’s more content floating around about Richard Speck, including a truly insane video taken after he spent most of his life in prison. Speck really was born to raise hell, staying true to his sadism right up until he died.

(via Wikipedia)

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What Happened To These Twins On A Highway In The U.K. Is Absolutely Insane

Some stories are almost too bizarre to believe, since the actions of the people involved in such stories seem to defy logic and explanation. Then, just when you think there’s a conclusion, everything twists and you’re left scratching your head.

While you probably haven’t heard too many stories like that, the tale of two Swedish twins on a trip to the U.K. certainly falls into that category.

Our story begins with police questioning a pair of women alongside a busy highway. A film crew with the police catches the interaction. Then, right in the middle of talking, one of the women makes a run for it and heads straight into traffic.

She is struck by a truck and seconds later, the other woman bolts as well. However, she doesn’t make it very far before being slammed by a car.

With both women lying in the middle of the road, police have to act fast to stop traffic, attend to the injured women, and then clear the roadway.

At that point, one is severely injured, but the one hit by the car could still walk. After regaining consciousness, she bolts back into the street.

Police needed extra help to finally subdue her and bring her back to safety. All the while, the woman continued to struggle and call out for the authorities. Officers at the scene suspected that she must have been high.

A few minutes later, they’re both taken to the hospital.

You can watch it all unfold in the video below. The footage is harrowing, to say the least.

(via Adrian VERNE)

Think this story can’t get any weirder? Well, it does. Turns out that the less injured of the two women was released from the hospital and spent a day in jail. The same day she was released from jail, police found that a 54-year-old man had been stabbed to death. Nearby, they also found the woman badly injured after she jumped from a bridge onto the A2 highway.

While more recent updates are hard to come by, I’m going to keep hunting.

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This Interview With The Night Stalker Will Make Your Blood Run Cold

During the 1980s, one of the most terrifying places in the U.S. was Los Angeles, and it wasn’t because of the traffic or the ridiculous cost of living. A man named Richard Ramirez, also known as the Night Stalker, successfully brought the terror. His capture proved to be one of the most monumental days in the city’s history, but he took 14 innocent lives before that happened.

Shortly thereafter, a reporter sat down with him to discuss his horrific crimes. What he had to say will give you chills.

He was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to death. Although he died from cancer before his execution, the world got exactly what it needed when he took his last breath.

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Listening To The BTK Killer Describe His Murderous Fantasies Is Pure Nightmare Fuel

For nearly two decades, Wichita, Kansas, was plagued by a killer who left a bizarre calling card in the treatment of his victims. Between 1974 and 1991, ten people were bound and tortured before eventually being killed, hence the killer’s nickname, the “BTK killer.”

Dennis Rader was arrested in 2005 and openly admitted he was behind the BTK killings. After his arrest, NBC’s Dateline gained access to an exclusive interview with Rader by Harvard-trained forensic psychologist Robert Mendoza. During their discussion, Rader explained his obsession with killing and his inability to control his actions once his mind had fixated on a victim.

Despite pleading guilty to the charges, Rader shies away from blaming himself for the killings, instead choosing to point the finger at potential demons that dwell within him. Rader is currently serving ten consecutive life sentences.

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During A TV Interview, This Killer Learned The Body Of His Victim Had Been Found

In 2011, Stephen McDaniel committed the brutal murder of his law school classmate Lauren Giddings. The two had come to know each other casually in one of their classes. That’s when McDaniel became obsessed with her. They both happened to live in the same apartment complex, and on the night before Giddings was supposed to move back home, McDaniel made his move. He broke into her apartment and murdered her.

To cover his tracks, he dismembered the body and placed body parts in various dumpsters on the Mercer University campus. McDaniel thought that he had done a good job hiding the corpse. Police, however, found the body parts fairly quickly. McDaniel learned this while giving an interview about the missing Giddings girl for a local television station. Can you pick out the moment when he knows he’s been caught?

(via The Telegraph)

In 2014, with evidence mounting against him, McDaniel confessed to the murder in extreme detail. He is currently serving a life sentence for his heinous crime.

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This Recording From A Famous Mass Suicide Will Make Your Skin Crawl

The Jonestown Massacre of 1978 has gone down as one of the greatest tragedies in American history, and it was all orchestrated by a man named Jim Jones. On November 18, 1978, 900 of his followers took their own lives in an act that Jones referred to as “revolutionary suicide.”

Jones laced fruit drinks with deadly cyanide and ordered his followers to drink them. While they were dying all around him, Jones continued preaching. The poison took hours to kill everyone, and an audio recorder captured everything on tape. The recording even captured Jones as he spouted his nonsense over the screams and protests of dying children.

You can hear the final part of his twisted sermon in the video below.

Since some of the speech is hard to understand, here are a few of the most disturbing quotes.

“All they do is take a drink. They take it to go to sleep. I’m tired of it all.”

“Stop this, stop this, stop this. Stop this crying, all of you.”

“Take our life from us. We laid it down. We got tired. We didn’t commit suicide — we committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.”

(via Reddit)

That’s more than a little disturbing. Let’s take a moment to remember all of the lives that were lost that day.