I’m Curious

I posted a new poll on Friday because I’m curious about something: which killers (mostly serial killers, but there’s a few others on there as well) is the average person familiar with? I’ve been studying killers as a hobby for years, and now I do it professionally, but which ones do you know? I’d be especially interested to hear how you know the ones you know, and maybe how you narrowed it down to just four (or maybe choosing “just four” isn’t a problem for most people). I have my guesses about which ones are most well-known, though I suspect it will vary with region.

Also: don’t look up the names on this list if you’re easily freaked out. I’m just saying.

10 Responses to “I’m Curious”

  1. Arlene says:

    I voted on the new poll but to be fair, I don’t really know much about ANY of them, just their names and maybe a few incidentals. It’s probably better that way for me. Thanks for the advice on not looking them up. I appreciate it.

  2. L.T. Elliot says:

    Yeah, I know more about Charles Manson than I’d like to. I won’t deny my weirdy/twisted ways though. I can’t help wanting to know more about SK’s.

  3. Arlene says:

    It’s a side of me that I’ve suppressed, to my advantage I’m sure. However, I enjoyed the subject well enough when reading Dan’s expertly written novel.

  4. Titus says:

    Hrrm. I didn’t know if I should vote for The Boston Strangler or not, as his name is about all I recognize about him. I ended up choosing not. As it is, I hit the top three! Bingo! Self-congratulatory posting: completed.

    On another note, did anyone here know that The Church of the Subgenius has a holiday dubbed “St. Charlie Manson Day”? November 11th, for those of you who are interested. Also, the 31st of December is “St. Lucifer Day” and January 1st is “St. Jesus Christ Day”, just to put things in perspective. Oh, the internet, you have birthed such strange and wondrous things.

  5. Raethe says:

    Ditto on the “I recognize the name but not much else”. How familiar is familiar?

    I’m going to spend my weekend looking up killers now, I know it… Guess it beats doing schoolwork.

    No Lizzie Borden?

  6. Arlene says:

    So how did you come to be interested in serial killers and what is it that draws you to the subject?

  7. Patty Wells says:

    Why are you limiting it to four? I think I am well versed on about 9 equally well. Although Ted Bundy sticks out the most as he lived around the block from my best friend, who knew him, and he haunted all of our high school-college years. I have spent too many bedridden years watching true-crime TV shows.

  8. Jenny says:

    Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and The Black Dahlia are the ones I’m most familiar with. I’ve only heard of 8 of them though!

    I would have said the Moors Murderers too, if they’d been on your list. They’re probably the most “famous” UK ones after Jack the Ripper.

  9. admin says:

    Ooh, the Moors murderers would have been a great choice, and if I’d been thinking more clearly I would have put them in. The other one I almost used but didn’t was also British: Mary Bell, the world’s youngest recorded serial killer.

  10. When I looked at the list, the names I immediately recognized were the following: Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Rader, the Boston Strangler, and the Son of Sam.

    Of those, the ones I could answer some trivia questions about are Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Dennis Rader.

    Of those, the four I’m most familiar with — meaning I know enough about them that other people would think I’m weird — are Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Ed Gein, and Jeffrey Dahmer. Those are the ones I voted for.

    In case you’re wondering, here’s why I know something about these four.

    Charles Manson — I was a big Beatles fan in high school, and Manson was fascinated by the White Album. That made me interested. Also, there’s the movie “Helter Skelter” that I saw a few times back in high school.

    Jack the Ripper — Some T.V. movie I saw as a kid in which Jack the Ripper time travels to modern day America first got me interested. I ended up writing my senior term paper on him in high school.

    Ed Gein — I’m a horror-movie fan, and which horror movie fan doesn’t know that Ed Gein was the inspiration for Psycho, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Hannible Lector?

    Jeffrey Dahmer — I was a kid when he was caught, and I think that he and I had the same first name was what grabbed my interest.

    Hope this helps.

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