4 diabolical serial killers you may not know

Generally, when it comes to serial killers, we often remember names like Ted Bundy, Andrei Chikatilo, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Ed Gein, for example. Unfortunately, however, the world has seen many other serial killers commit atrocities, and then you can learn a little about the crimes of 4 lesser-known and beyond cruel figures:

1 - Robert Hansen

The boy in the picture - named Robert Hansen - may have a completely ordinary face and not inspire any fear. From 1971 to 1983, however, he dedicated himself to luring women to his cabin in a secluded area of ​​Alaska where they were first tortured and then released into the woods to scare away and be hunted by Robert like animals. .

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It is unclear how many women the serial killer murdered - estimates point to over 20, although he was convicted of the death of 17 - and he was only discovered because one of his victims, a 17-year-old girl named Cindy Paulson, escaped and managed to warn the authorities. But don't think the police went to investigate right away!

Robert denied the charges and alleged that the girl was trying to extort him, and with that, the police chose not to make an arrest. However, as there were a large number of missing women in the area, the boy got on the investigators' radar and, after conducting a search in his cabin, detectives discovered several items belonging to other victims. In the end, the killer was sentenced to life in prison without parole and died while still in jail in 2014.

2 - Gary Heidnik

Diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder, Gary Heidnik spent most of his life in and out of psychiatric hospitals - and committed chilling crimes. In the mid-1980s, over a period of just 4 months or so, Gary captured 6 women who were held captive, raped and tortured, and of these 2 were murdered. And how did he act exactly?

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Do you remember the character Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs? Gary captured his victims and left them in a well, like the movie's serial killer, only filling the space with water so that the women were submerged from the neck down. So he used electric wires to shock and torture his poor victims.

And do you remember the 2 Gary killed? The killer passed his corpses through a meat grinder to feed the other girls - and only committed no more crimes because one of them managed to escape and fire the police. Sinister ... Well, Gary Heidnik was sentenced to death and executed in 1999 for a lethal injection.

3 - Helen Moore

Australian Helen Patricia Moore committed 3 murders and 2 attempts - but most shockingly, her victims were not former lovers or people she hated, but little children she cared for. It all started when Helen was still a teenager and her baby brother died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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After this tragic loss, Helen first killed a 16-month-old girl by suffocation while the little girl slept. A year later, the Australian attacked again and her victim was a 12-month-old boy she was babysitting, but the boy survived - and a few months later Helen tried to smother a 2-year-old who, although not killed in the attack, He eventually went blind and suffered permanent brain damage.

Weeks later, a baby Helen cared for was not so lucky and eventually passed away - just like a 7-year-old boy in her care. Finally, the Australian was caught, confessed to her crimes, revealed the sad motive behind the murders, and was sentenced to life in prison in 1980. Nonetheless, Helen was released in 1993.

4 - Karl Denke

And finally, the serial killer we're going to talk about now not only killed a lot of people, but earned a little money selling cuts of meat they got from their bodies at a fair. Well, dear reader, the case is chilling! The subject's name was Karl Denke, and in the early 20th century he was responsible for the deaths of at least 31 people in then Prussia.

Denke was considered a war hero by his countrymen in the city of Münsterberg, and was dedicated to selling meat at the local grocery store. And Denke's little balls were successful, see! What the man's clientele didn't know was who his "suppliers" were ... The truth came to light after a homeless man accused the merchant of trying to chop his head off with an ax.

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The police did not believe the story very much at first, but even so, the officers decided to put Denke in custody to investigate the case. The investigators then informed the meat seller that they would search his home the next day, and before a team left for action, Denke was found dead in his cell.

The officers were very concerned about what they would find at the merchant's house, of course - and the truth was that they came across a rather scary scenario. In addition to many human bones, the researchers found containers containing human flesh, fat-filled pots of cooking corpses and even belts made from the skin of their victims. And yes, Denke sold cuts at his popular meat stall.