Many serial killers become so enamored of their own crimes that they take souvenirs and trophies from their victims. Sometimes these are as simple as an item of clothing, other times it's a body part or a piece of personal identification. Occasionally, it's something completely bizarre and disgusting - even for a torturing, raping, monstrous serial killer.
The killers on this list have taken everything when they've taken lives. Heads, eyes, organs, clothes, property - even pets. But what they rarely take is money. For serial killers, the point of the murder is the murder itself, not something as base and filthy as financial assets. And how do they commemorate the glory of their kill? By taking something by which to remember it.What are the weirdest serial killer trophies and serial killer souvenirs kept by some of the most prolific serial killers in history? This list includes many famous murderers, and what they took from their victims. In many cases, these items were used as evidence when these horrible killers were eventually put away. But if you asked them (and please don't), they'd say it was all worth it.
In terms of trophies, sadism, and sheer butchery, Ed Gein wins the prize. The notorious killer started his reign of terror as a grave robber and necrophiliac. He then moved on to murder in the late '50s, and by the time he was caught, had racked up an array of trophies that’s still legendary. Among the horrors found at his house were a wastebasket and chairs made of human skin, bowls made of skulls, a corset made of a female torso, masks made of human faces, numerous sexual organs in a box and a belt made of nipples. Gein’s crimes would inspire the fictional serial killers from Psycho and Silence of the Lambs, among others.see more on Ed Gein Made Masks with His Victims' Faces
Australian serial killer Ivan Milat murdered at least seven people and buried them in a forest in New South Wales. When he was finally caught, authorities found a trove of stolen camping supplies, including sleeping bags, clothes, equipment, and tents – all taken from the people he’d brutally murdered.
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Alex Mengel Made a Scalp Wig
Murderer Alex Mengel was a suspect in the random murder of a Westchester, New York police officer. While being chased, he lost control of his car and crashed it into a wall. Once taken into custody, the car was found to belong to a woman who had gone missing a few years earlier. What clinched Mengel as the woman’s killer was that the car contained not just two guns, but what police originally deemed to be a wig, but was actually her scalp – which Mengel wore as a wig when he kidnapped and murdered another of his victims. Less than two months later, Mengel was shot dead trying to escape during a prison transfer.
Ted Bundy was as creepy, psychotic, and determined as serial killers get. Among the tortures heaped on his nearly three dozen victims was Bundy's practice of chopping off their heads and putting them on display in his apartment. He’d also sleep next to their headless corpses. Because beheading wasn’t awful enough. see more on Ted Bundy Put His Victims' Heads on Display