Unspeakable Crimes 15 Serial Killers And The Music They Love  

Jacob Shelton
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Have you ever wondered how close your taste in music is to a serial killer's? If, for instance, you and someone who murdered a group of co-eds before having sex with their corpses have the same favorite song? Well, it’s more likely than you think.

Film and television tell their audiences that serial killer music tends to be classical, usually opera or something by Wagner, but the favorite music of killers actually has a more populist slant. One of the biggest serial killers of all time loved AC/DC and Judas Priest, for instance.

While there’s definitely a good assortment of metal and hard rock to be found in the record collections of serial killers, there’s also plenty of groovy choices made by outliers that killed people with axes, hammers, and even science.

Who do serial killers listen to when they’re getting pumped up to kill? Chumbawumba? Buckner & Garcia? If you’ll learn anything from this run down of the favorite jams of serial killers, it’s that there’s no one kind of music that a depraved psychopath listens to.

While some killers are deciphering messages that they’re sure are hardwired into their favorite band’s lyrics, other serial murderers just want to relax and listen to some country music. Who hasn’t felt that way? Remember, if you find out that you and Jeffrey Dahmer like the same bands, don’t let it get you down, just try to rock a little softer next time. 

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Of course David Berkowitz AKA The Son of Sam AKA the worst serial killer ever loved Hall & Oates. Who doesn't? There's nothing wrong with liking the smooth sounds of these purveyors of blue-eyed soul, but when you think about the "perfect" serial killer you want them to be getting pumped to something with a little more edge than "Rich Girl."

If there's a moral to this story, it's that if you see a weird bald guy walking along and whistling Top 40 radio it's probably best to get as far away from his as you can. 

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Yeah, yeah, yeah Manson wasn't technically a serial killer. But he was absolutely driven by The Beatles' White Album to try and start a race war. Because he was total crazy person, Manson felt that Macca and the gang were speaking directly to him in their lyrics, and he believed that they were telling Manson to come to England so they could hang out with him.

He felt that their song "Helter Skelter" was meant to be his Family's battle cry, but during the Tate/LaBianca murders his followers couldn't even get that right and ended up writing "Healter Skelter" in their victims' blood. With an "a." Kind of ruined the point, honestly. 

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Ronald Pituch Claims Metallica Made Him Kill 'Em All

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In 2004, Ronald Pituch killed his mother before stabbing an 11 year old boy to death. At the time, he said he was guilty and received a 50-year prison sentence. But just one year later at his sentencing trial, he claimed that the Metallica song "Ronnie" off the (deservedly) unloved '90s album Load wormed its way into his head and made him commit murder.

Is Load a bad album? Yes. But can it drive someone to kill? According to the jury in his sentencing trial, no. 

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Richard Ramirez is the embodiment of the archetypal AC/DC fan. He had super greasy hair, a passing interest in Satanism (in the same way that an "edgy" 16-year-old has a thing for satanism), and he allegedly smelled like wet leather. Has there ever been a more hard rock smell?

Ramirez was such a fan of AC/DC that the one thing that tripped him up with the police was leaving his trusty AC/DC ball cap behind at a crime scene. Oh, he also scrawled the lyrics to the Judas Priest track "The Ripper" at the scene of one of his crimes. Take note future serial killers, don't wear your Smash Mouth cap on your "midnight outings" and you'll never leave it behind and be brought down by the coppers. That's called working smart, not hard. 

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