Unspeakable Times

12 Cryptic and Chilling Messages Left at Murder Scenes  

Jacob Shelton
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When serial killers leave cryptic messages at their crime scenes, the motives are rarely clear. Maybe the message is an attempt to spread panic or an escalation of their behavior after earning more attention. Many chilling messages at crime scenes come across as hastily written statements that imply a shaky grip on sanity, but others can open a gateway into the psyche of a mass murderer in a way that no biography or 20/20 interview can.

Some of the notes that you’ll read about are obvious cries for help from mentally unstable people who believed they had no other way of acting out their aggression than to kill, but most of them are more of a step-by-step guide on how to taunt the police or victims' families. Beyond being creepy, there aren’t a lot of similarities between each of these notes. Some are lengthy diatribes, others are a few simple words, but they’re all windows into the minds of killers.

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Prince Hepburn

Message: "This is what cheaters get"

In 2012, a machete with the message "This is what cheaters get" scrawled across the blade was left alongside the body of Nellie Brown-Cox. The other side of the blade contained the message "Your Next George Sawyer." The murderer, Prince Hepburn, was found sitting on steps outside the house and was arrested immediately.  



The Manson Family
The Manson Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 12 Cryptic and Chilling Messages Left at Murder Scenes
Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Wikipedia/Public Domain

Message: "Helter Skelter"

When Charles Manson convinced his cadre of followers that the Beatles were speaking to them about a coming race war through a song about a roller coaster, he probably didn't believe that his gang of ne'er-do-wells would ever get the chance to get his message out there. Well, after Tex Watson and his crew killed Sharon Tate, they not only let everyone know about their theory, but after a murder they wrote Helter Skelter in blood.

Jack the Ripper 
Jack the Ripper  is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 12 Cryptic and Chilling Messages Left at Murder Scenes
Photo: Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Message: “The Jews shall not be blamed for nothing”

We don't actually know who Jack the Ripper was even though there were multiple suspects, he or she did leave a message scrawled in chalk above one of their kills. 

Richard Ramirez
Richard Ramirez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 12 Cryptic and Chilling Messages Left at Murder Scenes
Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Message: "Pentagram"

During his killing spree, the Satanic Panic was ramping up and all you had to do to inspire fear in the hearts of God-fearing folks everywhere was draw a pentagram on your most recent victim's wall with some spray paint. The pentagrams became his calling card, so much so that even after he was caught, Ramirez would draw the symbol on his hand and flash it in court.