What is it about the worst of human nature that so many people find fascinating? It may be the quest to understand the depraved mind of a psychopath, or perhaps, it’s the glimpse into the darkest parts of humanity that makes true crimes worth studying. Either way, whenever a strange crime or terrible act is committed, the public can’t help but examine the cases and news reports. These 14 tales are bizarre for different reasons. In one instance, a man lived with a body coated in wax for the better part of a decade, undetected. Others are also notably unusual due to details of the criminals, like the pre-teen who believed her boyfriend was a werewolf - or the Japanese cannibal-killer who made a case for the "affluenza" plea decades before Ethan Couch, the "Affluenza Teen" from Texas. Not to mention the unique factoid about the man later dubbed "The Dating Game Killer."
Throughout history, people have sunk to ghastly depths to handle the world around them. Law-abiding citizens may not be able to comprehend why exactly some commit crimes, but that doesn’t change the fact that there’s something intriguing about them. Read on for a list of some of the strangest crimes in history.