Graveyard Shift 16 Killers Who Deliberately Prolonged Their Victims' Suffering  

Laura Allan
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Believe it or not, there are some things worse than death. Just look to the victims of torture killers, who went out of their way to keep their victims alive and in psychological and physical pain before killing them. Many of the victims begged for death, and that alone should tell you how bad some of these tortures were. Be warned, what you read here may give you nightmares.

Many of these sadistic killers are in fact serial killers, so they tortured and killed more than once. Some had dungeons built, and others found ways to mentally manipulate those they were hurting. No matter how you look at it, these twisted murderers put movie killers to shame. You can take comfort in that fact that everyone mentioned here has been caught and brought to justice.

As a final warning, this article is not for the faint of heart, so read at your own risk. This a look at the very depths of what human depravity can do.

**WARNING: Graphic and disturbing content.**


David Parker Ray is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 16 Killers Who Deliberately Prolonged Their Victims' Suffering
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David Parker Ray is easily one of the most twisted minds on this list. In 1999, Cynthia Vigil Jaramillo escaped a small motor home, running naked into the desert after overpowering Ray's girlfriend. Police followed her directions back to the trailer, where they found a horrifying dungeon built specifically for the purpose of torturing women. After that, Ray became known as the Toy Box Killer

He would pick up women, sometimes only young girls, and then rape and torture them systematically for weeks and months, with his friends and his girlfriend participating. When they first arrived, the girls would hear a recording in which Ray would tell them all the horrors they were about to endure, including mutilation, beatings, rape, and even forced bestiality. It is suspected that he tortured as many as 60 women over a 40-year span.

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Fred West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 16 Killers Who Deliberately Prolonged Their Victims' Suffering
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You may notice that a lot of people on this list come in pairs, and this is one such example. Fred and Rosemary met in 1968, when Fred was 27 and Rosemary was only 15 years old. A year later, she gave birth to their first daughter, and that's when things started to get really horrible. Rosemary's stepdaughter vanished, probably killed by Rosemary (as was her birth mother), and then Fred started raping his daughter while Rosemary watched. Rosemary would also have sex with her father while Fred watched from a peephole he'd made in their bedroom wall. They also attacked, bound, and raped their nanny, Caroline, who was still only a teen at the time. It started with this sort of sexual perversion, but then the pair developed a lust for blood.

The pair would hire young girls as nannies, lure them in, and abduct them. They would then keep them in a small room, raping and torturing them for days in elaborate ways before at last killing them by strangulation or suffocation. Eventually, they killed their own daughter, and this was when they were caught, complete with a video tape they had made of the incestuous rape. 

Fred killed himself in 1995, and Rosemary will spend the rest of her life in prison. 

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The Killers of Junko Furuta


Murder of Junko Furuta is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 16 Killers Who Deliberately Prolonged Their Victims' Suffering
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While these killers are not serial killers, this sad and horrifying story deserves to be heard for the victim's sake. In 1988, Junko Furuta began walking home from school, but she never made it there. Instead, she was abducted by a group of older teenagers, who confined her in one of their homes, even with the knowledge of the boy's parents. What followed can best be described as a month and a half of the worst torture imaginable.

The boys raped her at least 400 times in total, fed her cockroaches and urine, set off fireworks in her ears, mouth, and vagina, and beat her constantly. They would drop heavy objects on her, burn her with cigarettes, and even broke her bones. They would also force her to call her parents to say she was okay, so that they would not be caught. Eventually, she begged the boys to kill her, and they mutilated her to death.

The boys responsible were arrested, but one, Kamisaku, has since been released, because he was a minor at the time of his arrest.

Leonard Lake and Charles Chi-Tat Ng


Leonard Lake and Charles Chi-T... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 Killers Who Deliberately Prolonged Their Victims' Suffering
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It all started with a routine call. Leonard Lake was found to be shoplifting and in possession of an illegal weapon, but as police investigated, they found there was more to it. There were bloodstains in his car, and Lake was soon linked to disappearances. This lead police to a cabin and bunker in Wilseyville, where they found signs of murder and torture. There was a bed with electrical cords tied to each of the posts. They found women's lingerie, and a whole lot of blood. It became apparent that the place had been used for horrifying murders and tortures.

Lake and Charles Chi-Tat Ng, his accomplice, were arrested, and they are now believed to have murdered up to 25 women. They verbally degraded the women they kidnapped, electrocuted them, mutilated them, raped them, and kept them alive before at last killing them and disposing of their remains. There was also video that showed women being so sexually abused that there was no hope they could have survived. They did this over and over, threatening to shoot the women if they didn't do as they were told.

Leonard Lake is now dead, having swallowed a cyanide pill. Charles Ng is on death row at San Quentin State Prison.