Most of us will never know how it feels to take another human life; if there’s some intangible sensation that comes with watching someone breathe their last breath and knowing it’s because of something you’ve done. Luckily, most serial killers are very chatty after they’ve been arrested. Maybe it’s because they crave attention, or they just don’t know what else to talk about other than their horrific pastime.
Depending on who’s doing the talking, listening to killers describe their crimes can be anything from exciting to sickening to just plain boring. It's hard to say if it’s worse when a killer is so tired of talking about their victims that they basically yawn through their interviews, or if watching a killer re-live their greatest moments is giving them a perverse pleasure. Oh well. So what does it feel like to kill? Why not let these professionals fill you in?
Every serial killer describes death differently. Guys like Ted Bundy and Richard Ramirez believe that they’re the star of the show so every word they say is embellished in some form of a lie. A good rule of thumb for those guys is when they start talking about “being God,” or pontificating on the virtues of good and evil, it’s okay to check out and look at your phone. But when a guy like Jeffrey Dahmer begins to discuss his murders you can tell that he’s being straightforward. Maybe it’s his Midwestern demeanor, or maybe his dad glasses make us trust him a little more than we should. Either way, enjoy these killers talking about murder!
First, I stripped her naked. How she did kick, bite, and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take the meat to my rooms, cook, and eat it. How sweet and tender her little ass was roasted in the oven. It took me 9 days to eat her entire body.
I did not f*ck her, though I could have if I wished. She died a virgin.
Age: Dec. at 66 (1870-1936)
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I don’t like killin’ the girls that we bring here, but occasionally things happen. What can I say? I would really hate to have to dump that pretty little body off in a canyon somewhere, to rot. I’m not trying to scare you. That’s just the way it is.
David Parker Ray, the Toy Box Killer, was more into drug- and trauma-induced mind control and rape than he was killing, but that didn't stop him from slaughtering countless women.
Age: Dec. at 63 (1939-2002)
Birthplace: Belen, New Mexico, United States of Americasee more on David Parker Ray
I was literally singing to myself on my way home, after the killing. The tension, the desire to kill a woman had built up in such explosive proportions that when I finally pulled the trigger, all the pressures, all the tensions, all the hatred, had just vanished, dissipated, but only for a short time.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of Americasee more on David Berkowitz
The Screen-Door Intruder is an edgy quote machine, but most of them are just regurgitated pieces of nonsense about good and evil that sound like they were written on a 13-year-old's binder. But this quote from his trial is actually pretty good.
While being escorted to a jail bus following his verdict, Ramirez snickered and said, "Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland."
Age: Dec. at 53 (1960-2013)
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States of Americasee more on Richard Ramirez