Top Ten Most Horrifying and Gruesome Murders
Out of all the species in the world, only man has the capacity to be inhuman. The ability to be cruel to members of the same species and to rationalize this cruelty are traits that are heavily underlined by news reports of gruesome murders and bloody rampages.
The media knows that there is nothing more captivating and titillating than the news of a murder. Sure, it’s atrocious and horrifying—but for some reason, once a murder is reported, the public can’t seem to get enough of the morsels of information provided through television, newspapers, radios and gossip.
The following is a list of the top ten most gruesome murders in the past couple of centuries.
#1 Lizzie Borden’s Trial
Gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
she gave her father forty-one.
For the sake of historical accuracy, it might be well to point out that Lizzie actually only gave her stepmother and her father a total of 29 whacks, instead of the ditty’s suggested 81. This clarification, however, does not change the unthinkably brutal way that 33-year old Lizzie allegedly murdered her parents.
The murder that happened over a century ago, in 1893, is still considered one of the most controversial murders in history. A reporter who went to the crime scene even described the massacre to have been absolutely “sickening.” Her father’s face was hacked to pieces with his left eye dug out. There was also a huge wound on the man’s temple as if his skull had been pounded continuously with the blunt part of an axe.
Lizzie Borden was acquitted after a brief trial.
#2 Ed Gein’s House of Skin
Strange items found in his house include a collection of shrunken heads, a human skin-sheath, a box containing preserved vulvas that Gein wore, socks made of human skin, a belt of nipples, human skullcaps being used as soup bowls, lampshades and chair seats made from human skin and a mammary vest made from a woman’s torso.
#3 Ted Bundy’s Killing Rampage
#4 The Tate-LaBianca Murders by the Manson Family
On August 8, 1969, the group headed to the home rented by the actress Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski. The only people in the home were eight and a half-months pregnant Sharon Tate, her good friend Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and his lover, Abigail Folger, the Folger coffee fortune’s heiress.
While Sebring was shot and stabbed seven times, Frykowski was beaten and also stabbed around fifty-one times. Sharon Tate, who pleaded for the life of her unborn baby, was stabbed repeatedly, totaling sixteen stab wounds altogether. Meanwhile, Folger was also stabbed multiple times, giving her a total of twenty-eight stab wounds.
Once done, Atkins wrote “pig” on the front door of the house using Sharon Tate’s blood.
The very next day, the LaBianca murders happened. Leno LaBianca suffered a total of twelve stab wounds. He had also been stabbed with a chrome-plated bayonet that went right through his throat. Rosemary LaBianca was also stabbed with the bayonet and was finished off with a knife from their own kitchen.
The word “WAR” was carved on Leno LaBianca’s stomach, and the words “Death to pigs”, “Rise” and “Healter [sic] Skelter” were also written on the refrigerator door with the couple’s blood.
#5 Murders By Mary Bell
This little girl was convicted for killing four-year old Martin Brown and three-year old Brian Howe. The crimes happened in the late 1960s. Martin Brown and Brian Howe were both strangled by Mary Bell in 1968. The crimes were two months apart.
Brian Howe, who was strangled, was also found with an “N”, that was later changed to an “M”, carved on his stomach. Broken scissors were also used to hack and cut at a part of the boy’s genitals. Bits of his hair were also taken out by Mary Bell and her friend Norma Bell.
#6 The Black Dahlia
Short was discovered severely mutilated, with her body cut in half. Her blood had been drained, and her beautiful face disfigured by a slash that was made from each corner of her mouth towards her ears.
#7 The Boston Strangler
In 1964, a man was arrested after posing as a detective and raping a young woman. In the middle of the rape, the man stopped, apologized and simply left. Through the woman’s description, the police arrested Albert DeSalvo.
DeSalvo was already known for committing various sexual assaults. Rumor has it that he had raped more than 300 women in four different states. While incarcerated, he admitted to being the Boston Strangler, although speculations still remain on whether or not he truly was the infamous murderer.
#8 The Moor Murders
All the killings were committed around the west Yorkshire and the southeast Lancashire area of England. Four of the bodies were discovered buried along Saddleworth Moor, giving the murder spree its nickname. Two of the couple’s victims were teens, while the other three were young children.
#9 Dear Mother: Andrea Yates and Fillicide
Her frantic husband rushed to their Houston, Texas home to find police officers and ambulances on the scene. His wife had also called 911. She let them in the house and calmly told them that she had killed her five kids. She had drowned them in a bathtub. Four corpses, including her youngest, were laid out on the double bed in the master bedroom, each one with eyes still open, fully clothed and soaking wet.
In the bathtub was her eldest, submerged in the murky water filled with feces and vomit, already dead.
Andrea Yates was suffering from postpartum depression during the time of the killings.
#10 The Serial Couple: Ray and Faye Copeland
They are known as the oldest couple in the United States to have been given the death sentence. They hired and killed unskilled drifters that they took in as farm hands. Five bodies were found, although there are speculations that there may have been around twelve victims in all.
These are only some of the world’s goriest murders, showcasing another facet of human rationality and another side to human cruelty.
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