sychopaths have no empathy – no conscience – they don’t care what people think or say about them. Their only concern is self-gratification. A psychopath will lie as easily as tell the truth since there’s no guilt, regret, or responsibility for their words. In general, their language is filled with self-references reflecting their ego-centric lives. It’s always about them.
The most extreme psychopaths – the killers, torturers, and rapists – are often very open about explaining themselves. What would you say if you had the chance to explain yourself? Compare it to what these killers said.
Ricardo “Richard” Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, was a serial killer, rapist, and mutilator who terrorized people in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He worked with handguns, knives, machete, tire iron, and hammer. He considered himself a Satanist. In 1989 he was found guilty of 13 murders, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults, and 14 burglaries. He was sentenced to death. Right after sentencing, Ramirez commented to reporters: “Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disney Land.”
The Night Stalker explained, “I love to kill people. I love watching them die. . . [and] all that blood.”
In 1996, while at California’s San Quentin State Prison, Ramirez married Doreen Lioy, a freelance magazine editor. They separated shortly before his death in 2013. Ramirez never made it to his execution. He died at age 53, from lymphoma and liver failure, after waiting on death row for over 23 years.
Jeffrey Dahmer was a serial killer and sex offender who raped and dismembered at least 17 men and boys. Many of his murders involved necrophilia (sex with corpses), cannibalism, and preservation of body parts from his victims. Dahmer was found legally sane and sentenced to 15 life imprisonments. In prison, Dahmer became a born-again Christian and was baptized by a local preacher.
In 1994 Dahmer was beaten to death by a fellow inmate. His father, Lionel Dahmer, published a book, A Father’s Story, and donated a portion of the proceeds to the victims’ families.
Jeffrey Dahmer described his thinking in a calm, rational voice during an interview with Stone Phillips.
“The only motive that there ever was – was to completely control a person – a person I found physically attractive, and keep them with me as long as possible, even if it meant just keeping a part of them.”
John Wayne Gacy, a.k.a. The Killer Clown, was a serial killer and rapist convicted of murdering over 33 teenage boys and young men in Chicago, Illinois. Twenty-six of these bodies were found in the crawl space beneath his home. Gacy was dubbed “Killer Clown” because he dressed as a clown for fundraising events. He was active in the local Democratic Party and was appointed director of the Polish Constitution Day Parade from 1975-1978. In that capacity, Gacy met, and was photographed with, First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Gacy was married and had two children. He easily explained himself. “The dead won’t bother you. It’s the living you’ve got to worry about.”
Gacy was arrested in 1978, convicted, and sentenced to death. While on trial, he joked that, the only thing he was guilty of was “running a cemetery without a license.” After 14 years on Death Row, he was executed in 1994. His last words were “kiss my ass.”
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 students,1 teacher, and injured 25 others on April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School, Littleton, Colorado. In an essay before the shooting, Harris wrote, “it is just as easy to bring a loaded handgun to school as it is to bring a calculator.”
During the shooting, the boys entered the school library where 52 students, 2 teachers, and 2 librarians were hiding.
Harris and Klebold yelled, “Everyone with white hats, stand up! [school sports team members wore white baseball caps].
“This is for all the shit that you’ve given us for the past four years! All jocks stand up. We’ll get the guys in white hats. After firing at a few students they went to the windows and Harris said, “Let’s go kill some cops.”
Harris and Klebold killed themselves at the end of their shooting spree.
Susan Klebold, mother of Dylan, claimed she had no idea about what the boys intended. She later wrote in an essay published in O: The Oprah Magazine , “For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused . . . Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family, and about love.”
Seung-Hui Cho, was a 23 year old college senior, majoring in English at Virginia Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Virginia. In an April 16, 2007 murder spree that shocked the world, Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others on campus. He informed the world, in a video confession made shortly before the shooting, that it was their fault. “You had a hundred billion chances in the ways to have avoided today,” he squinted into the camera, “but you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option . . . the decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.” Cho committed suicide at the scene.
Dennis Rader, a.k.a. BTK Strangler, was convicted of 10 murders between 1971-1991. His first murder was an entire Wichita, Kansas family – husband, wife, and two young children. He collected items from the scenes of his murders and kept them as souvenirs. He was dubbed BTK because he Bound, Tortured, and Killed his victims.
In 1991 he got a job in animal control, and the murders stopped. Rader had a hobby of sending taunting letters to the police, but no one could trace him. He also belonged to the Christ Lutheran Church and was elected President of the Congregation. In 2004, after a book was published about the BTK Strangler, Rader once again contacted police by letter. This time, they were able to trace him. Rader confessed to the murders and was sentenced to 175 years in prison (there was no death penalty in Kansas at the time).
In a 1978 letter, Rader wrote: “How many do I have to Kill before I get a name in the paper or some national attention? Do the cops think that all those deaths are not related? Golly-gee, yes the M.O. is different in each, but look a pattern is developing . . . many [more] infamous characters kill. Which seems senseless, but we cannot help it. There is no help, no cure, except death or being caught and put away. It’s a terrible nightmare but, you see I don’t lose any sleep over it . . . I come home and go about life like anyone else. And I will be like that until the urge hits me again.”