True Crime 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, they’re either trying to spread panic throughout the city, or they’ve decided to up the ante on their killing spree by playing a deadly game with the police. Many chilling messages at crime scenes are hastily written sentences that reveal the criminals to be barely holding on to whatever sanity they have left, but a few of the more well-written notes 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 a step-by-step guide on how to taunt the police, your victim’s families, and any amateur sleuths that think they can help put you behind bars. 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 gruesome windows into the minds of heartless killers.

Catch Me Before I Kill More


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The story of the Lipstick Killer starts with the vicious murder of three people in Chicago in 1946 and ends with the arrest of William Heirens, who still maintains his innocence to this day, claiming he was the victim of an abusive and overzealous police force determined to pin the murders on someone. But whoever the Lipstick Killer is, he left this chilling note, scrawled in lipstick on one of the walls of victim Frances Brown’s apartment. 

The Zodiac Visits Vallejo


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After repeatedly stabbing Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard, the Zodiac Killer made some artwork on Hartnell's car door to let police know that the case of the Zodiac was growing more out of control with each passing day. 

My First Kill Was Clumsy


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If you think you hate your parents, you've got nothing on Hasib bin Golamrabbi, who shot his parents to death before writing this cryptic message on the wall of his parents' home and heading off to an anime convention. 


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In 1968, an 11-year-old girl murdered two young boys over the course of three months. Both were strangled to death: one was found in an abandoned house, and the other, lying on a barren stretch of road in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England. After the first murder, Bell ransacked a nearby nursery and left a series of notes where she promised to kill again. 

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