Have you ever wondered how close your taste in music is to a serial killer's? For instance, do you share a favorite song with someone who murdered a group of co-eds? 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 poison.
Who do serial killers listen to when they’re in the zone? If you learn anything from this rundown 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.
Pop music is designed to appeal to a wide range of people, so it makes sense that even serial killers would listen to some top 40 hits from time to time.
David Berkowitz AKA the Son of Sam was apparently a fan of Hall & Oates, finding motivation for his crimes in their No. 1 hit "Rich Girl."
While Charles Manson wasn't technically a serial killer, there is proof that he found inspiration in The Beatles' White Album to try and start a race war. Manson felt that the band was speaking directly to him in their lyrics.
He felt that their song "Helter Skelter" was meant to be the Manson Family's battle cry. During the Tate/LaBianca murders, his followers wrote "Healter Skelter" (with an "a") in their victims' blood.
On October 17, 2002, 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.
At his sentencing trial, he claimed that the Metallica song "Ronnie" off the '90s album Load wormed its way into his head and made him commit murder.
Richard 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.
His fandom apparently extended to other metal acts, since he also scrawled the lyrics to the Judas Priest track "The Ripper" at the scene of one of his crimes.