Violent, Vicious and Sadistic, These Serial Murderers remain unidentified and in some cases may still be at large!
Jack the Ripper
The Grandfather of all serial killers, Jack the Ripper murdered 5 women in the Whitechapel District of London from August to November of 1888. All 5 had their throats slashed and had suffered some form of specific mutilation; in 4 cases Jack removed several vital organs. As the murders continued they got progressively more grisly. The last known victim, Mary Kelly, was completely eviscerated. Over time, thousands of private investigators, true crime authors, and amateur sleuths have attempted to solve the mystery of Jack's identity; however due to the sheer lack of eye witnesses and physical evidence, he has remained anonymous to this day.
The Oakland County Child Killer
The Oakland County Child Killer abducted, tortured, and in two cases, sexually assaulted 4 children in Oakland County, Michigan in the winter of 1977 to '78. Nicknamed 'The Babysitter,' the killer held each child captive for several days before murdering them; three he smothered or strangled and a fourth he shot in the face with a shotgun. After they were dead the killer bathed the bodies and manicured their fingernails, presumably to do away with any physical evidence. He washed and neatly pressed his victim's clothes and redressed their bodies before laying them carefully in the Michigan snow.
Before the arrival of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, California, a killer of a different sort arose in the gay community in 1974. A man wooed gay men and transvestites in a number of bars and clubs by drawing cartoon caricatures of them. Once they were alone the 'Doodler' would sketch them in the nude before having sex with them. After sex the Doodler would stab the men to death as well as mutilate the trannies. Within two years the Doodler attacked 17 gay men, 3 of whom would survive. A description of a suspect led to an arrest but he was eventually released because the surviving victims refused to be 'outed' during the ensuing investigation.
The Axeman of New Orleans
Beginning in May of 1918 A man with an axe began breaking into people's homes in New Orleans and attacking them while they lay asleep in their beds. The Axeman of New Orleans would go on to murder 3 men, 3 women (one of whom was pregnant) and in one case a 2-year old child. The murders were originally thought to be Mafia related because the first few victims were Italian American immigrants; the first of whom had a son who had killed mafia extortionist Paul Di Christina (Paolo Marchese). But investigators dismissed that theory when later attacks became more brutal and random. Like Jack the Ripper, the Axeman sent taunting letters to local newspapers in which he claimed to be a Demon from Hell. In one letter he said that on the 19th of March he would kill again, but not in homes that had Jazz music playing. On the night of the 19th Jazz tunes could be heard all throughout downtown New Orleans while patrons packed the dance halls. The Axeman didn't kill anyone that night.
The Cleveland Torso Murderer
In the summer of 1935 boys playing near a shanty town in Kingsbury Run in Ohio, discovered two headless and dismembered corpses. A total of 12 dismembered bodies (7 men and 5 women) would be discovered between 1935 and 1938; all from the working poor. Each victim was essentially found dismembered; an arm here, a leg or thigh there. Two bodies had been dissected at the hip and shoulder. A few were found a couple of days after their death, some close to a year. The killer decapitated each victim and castrated all but one of the men. And although the official body count for the Torso Murderer is 12, some have estimated that the actual count runs as high as forty people. Numerous other dismembered bodies had been found in places as diverse as Pittsburgh and Youngstown as late as 1950. And although authorities have named a few suspects they have yet to be definitively identified as The Cleveland Torso Murderer.