True crime 12 Terrifying Murderers Who Had Their Own Signature Killing Style  

Carissa Chesanek
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Murder is always horrendous, but when it’s committed in a unique, deviant way, there’s something even more sinister to the crime. While some serial killers stick to gunshots or stab wounds, others prefer a strange, distinctive act that satisfies their demented curiosity or perverse sexual needs. Here are some historic killers and the strange and unusual ways they killed their victims.

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Charles Albright is known as the Texas Eyeball Killer and the Dallas Ripper for good reason. In 1990 and 1991, Albright terrorized the Dallas community by going after what he felt were easy targets: female prostitutes. 

Albright’s technique was anything but basic. He’d pick up the women, shoot them, and then dump their half-naked bodies - but not before he removed the eyes from his victims and kept them as souvenirs.

Some could say it began at age 11, when Albright started a taxidermy class at the behest of his overprotective adoptive mother, Delle Albright. Young Albright took to it immediately, going so far as to removing the eyes from birds, leaving two buttons sewn on where the eyes used to be. Throughout his life he proved to be obsessed with women's eyes, including painting them and cutting them out of photographs.

In December 1991, Albeit was charged with the murder of Shirley Williams, only one of three suspected victims, thanks to her hairs turning up inside his vacuum. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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Albert DeSalvo Strangled His Victims With Their Own Underwear

Albert DeSalvo Strangled His V... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Terrifying Murderers Who Had Their Own Signature Killing Style
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Albert DeSalvo was dubbed the Boston Strangler back in the 1960s, when he went on a killing spree from 1962 to 1964. He preyed on the weak and lonely, sneaking into women’s homes - many of them older women - savagely raping and then strangling them to death. 

But the kicker is how he strangled these women: DeSalvo used the victim’s own underwear or stockings to kill them. Once he was finished choking them, he’d then tie the underwear into a bow around the woman's neck. To make matters worse, he’d ransack the homes and take some of the victim’s belongings for a keepsake.

DeSalvo found himself in jail, but not for murder. While he was a convicted rapist, he was never found guilty for killing, even after he confessed to strangling 13 women. 

It took 49 years for authorities to properly match DeSalvo to the murders, thanks to a DNA sample that showed up at the home of his last and final victim, Mary Sullivan. After DeSalvo’s nephew linked his uncle to the crime, his remains were dug up and matched what was found at the scene.

Jeffrey Dahmer Tried To Turn His Victims Into Zombies

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Jeffrey Dahmer didn’t get his nickname, the Milwaukee Cannibal, for nothing. From 1978 to 1991, the community was on high alert with this serial killer running around. He preyed on teenage boys and men, subjecting them to the extremes of torture.

As if raping and killing wasn’t bad enough, Dahmer was also known to dismember his male victims and later to eat parts of their bodies. Dahmer was also reported to have sex with the corpses he left behind.

Dahmer’s motivation was to create the perfect zombie sex slave that would do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. He’d capture his victims and then drill a hole in their heads as a crude form of "brain surgery," thinking he’d be able to take over their minds. 

Dahmer was arrested in July 1991 and at that time, the authorities made quite a discovery. Inside his apartment were severed heads and male organs. He was convicted and given life in prison, but was killed by another inmate, Charles Sarver, in 1994.

Ted Bundy Severed Women’s Heads

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Ted Bundy was a lot like Jeffrey Dahmer when it came to his sadistic criminal acts. He too was a vile serial killer who favored rape and torture, but his targets were young women. Between 1974 and 1978, Bundy committed unspeakable acts of violence and traveled to several different states to do it. He was charming and attractive, making it relatively easy to lure in members of the opposite sex, some as young as 15. 

Also like Dahmer, Bundy dismembered his victims after he brutally killed them and kept the heads he removed from the bodies as a trophy, as he once told a detective he did with victim Georgeann Hawkins. He was also known to have sex with the corpses, and was thought to be sexually attracted only to unconscious women.

Bundy reportedly killed 30 people during his crime spree in the '70s. He was convicted and in 1980 was sentenced to death in Florida. He died by the electric chair in 1989.