Why do people kill? Well that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it?
Experts say that the motivations behind murder can vary greatly. There are those that are driven to kill by powerful emotions such as jealousy and rage. Others do it for sexual thrills, in order to steal, or simply just for thrills. But the most twisted of all must be those who kill because they believed the devil wanted them to.
This brand of killers is unique because all of them blamed their crimes on either the devil or demons. While many of them were Satanists, who claimed to have murdered for ritualistic purposes, others were just regular people who believed they were possessed by demons. All of them have one thing in common; they wouldn’t accept responsibility for their actions.
Were they just mentally ill or truly driven by evil? It’s impossible to say. Many of them received prison sentences for their crimes while others were sent to mental hospitals for treatment. Others chose to commit suicide rather than face the consequences.
The crimes of these “Devil Made Me Do It” killers are shocking. If there is true evil in the world, then their hearts are surely where it lives.
15. The Devil Made Me Kill Mom
In 2011, Moises Meraz-Espinoza killed his mother in an apparent satanic ritual murder, and the crime scene he left behind has been described as one of the goriest police have ever encountered. He had strangled his mother to death before skinning her body and cutting it into pieces. He mutilated her decapitated head, which police uncovered along with a satanic bible. Chillingly the book contained a section detailing human sacrifice rituals.
His defense team argued that he was not a Satanist and that at the time of the murder he had been distraught and suffering from depression after the death of his girlfriend. But the evidence was overwhelming and the reason he did it made no difference. The judge said it was one of the most horrific cases he’s ever dealt with and sentenced Moises to 25 years to life.
14. Demon Murder Trial
The murder of Alan Bono caused a media sensation. Not only was it the first murder to ever take place in Brookfield, Connecticut, but the story behind the crime sounded like something straight out of a horror movie.
Arne Cheyenne was arrested for attacking his landlord, Bono, with a pocket knife following an afternoon of heavy drinking. He stabbed his victim more than 20 times in the chest and Bono died a short while later.
When he was arrested, he told a fantastic story – that he had witnessed an exorcism and that the demon had taken control of his body and driven him to kill the landlord. His lawyers tried to use this as a defense in court, but it was immediately rejected by the judge.
In 1981, Johnson was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 10-20 years, but served just five years before becoming a free man again.
13. The ‘Say You Love Satan’ Killer
To say that Ricky Kasso was a troubled youth would be a massive understatement. By the age of 17, he was an antisocial high school dropout who spent all his time getting high. He was often kicked out of the house and would roam the streets of New York with his misfit friends. Kasso was interested in the occult and Satanism.
On June 16th, 1984 Kasso and two of friends invited another friend Gary Lauwers to come with them to the woods and take drugs. Lauwers owed Kasso money and at some stage during the night the two got into a heated argument, which quickly escalated to violence. Kasso stabbed Lauwers repeatedly in the chest screaming at him to say that he loved Satan.
12. Dirty Dishes And The Devil
In 2010 Calvin Taylor and his brother Paul Taylor were sharing an apartment, but things were not going well. Paul, a postal worker, would often argue with his brother over his slovenly habits and lazy attitude towards housework.
Their animosity came to a terrible conclusion on the 20th of July 2010 when Calvin hog-tied his brother and shot him to death. In court, Calvin claimed that they had a fight over dirty dishes and he then tied his brother up and complained to him about the way he was treating Calvin for more than an hour before shooting him. He also claimed that the devil had told him to kill. The jury wasn’t moved by this allegation and in 2014 he was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
11. Cannibal Gang
Nikolai Ogolobyak and his band of followers worshiped Satan. When asked by the press why he had chosen such a dark path one of them said that he had tried God but worshipping the Devil made him more money. And when sacrificing animals and grave robbing was no longer enough they graduated to human sacrifice.
In 2008 the group led by Ogolobyak lured four teens into the woods with alcohol and once they had them isolated each one was savagely murdered. Each teenager was stabbed a total of 666 times – this number being one commonly associated with the devil. They then cooked and ate parts of the victims. Their remains were discovered near Ogolobyak’s apartment three months later. Just consider how much time it took to commit such a terrible act – horrifying.
10. The Brooklyn Ripper
Prince Joshua Avitto (6) and Mikayla Capers (7) were just two little kids who wanted to go out and buy ice-cream. When they got into the elevator at their apartment complex they encountered Daniel St. Hubert who suddenly attacked them with a steak knife, killing Prince and seriously wounding Mikayla.
St. Hubert, a man with a long history of psychiatric problems and violent crimes, returned to the homeless shelter where he was staying at the time and told the manager that he had “done bad things” adding “the devil made me do them.” After he was captured he pleaded not guilty saying that the devil had planted his fingerprints in the elevator. In 2015 a judge ruled him mentally unfit to stand trial for his gruesome crimes.
9. Teen Murder Spree
Natasha Cornett had a troubled childhood. She suffered from severe bipolar disorder and anorexia and to make matters worse, her parents had limited health insurance. But no amount of hardship is an excuse for what she did.
When she was 17 Natasha became the leader of her own band of misfits. She saw links to Satan everywhere – even in her own name which spelled backward is “Ah-satan”. Together they planned a road-trip/killing spree intending to shock the world before disappearing over the border.
The abducted a young family of four at a rest-stop, drove them to a secluded area and shot them in the head, one by one, before driving over the bodies. Somehow the youngest child – who was only two years old – managed to survive but was left severely disabled.
8. Set Free To Kill Again
This is the worst type of crime story – a murder that could have been prevented.
Daniel Johnson is a British man who has suffered from schizophrenia for many years and was sentenced to a jail term for murder when he was just 15 years old. In 1996 he and a friend killed an innocent man who dared to confront them while they were trying to steal a car.
Fast forward to 2013 and Daniel is once again a free man. He begins a relationship with Gemma Finnigan but neither Gemma nor her family was aware of his history. After weeks of strange behavior, Johnson snapped once again and strangled then stabbed Gemma to death because he believed she was possessed by the devil.
7. Son Of Sam
David Berkowitz, AKA The Son Of Sam Killer, is one of the world’s best-known serial killers. He was given six life sentences for a series of murders that he committed during the summer of 1976. He led police on a massive manhunt and left them mocking letters in which he promised to kill again.
When he was finally apprehended, he immediately confessed to the shootings which left 6 people dead and 7 badly injured. He told detectives that he had been told to kill by a dog that belonged to his neighbor Sam. Despite this bizarre explanation he was found competent to stand trial.
6. Killer Vampire Couple
As far as couples go Manuela and Daniel Ruda are among the strangest you’ll ever read about. The pair bonded over their shared hatred for society and their love for the dark side of life. They believed that they were vampires; they drank donated blood and slept in coffins. Manuela believed that Satan spoke directly to her and instructed her to kill, so they did.
The couple invited a friend to their home and proceeded to beat him to death with a hammer before stabbing him in the heart. They had planned to commit suicide after the murder, but instead, they bought a chainsaw and went on the run. Thankfully they were caught a short time later.
5. Daddy Was The Devil
In 1998 Mark Valera committed two murders. His first victim was David O’Hearn whom he killed by smashing his head in with a wine decanter before decapitating him and cutting off his hand. He used the hand and the victim’s blood to draw satanic symbols on the wall.
His next victim was Frank Arkell. He beat Frank with a bedside lamp before strangling him to death with a piece of electrical cord. He then proceeded to mutilate the body.
At his trial, he claimed that he had been abused as a child and that both men had sexually propositioned him causing him to lose control. In 2000 he was found guilty and given two life sentences without the possibility of the parole. He appealed against the decision, but it was rejected and he continues to serve out his sentence.
4. The Failed Exorcism Of Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor was a religious man, but he believed that he was possessed by demons and his vicar agreed with him. In 1974 a group of priests conducted an exorcism on Taylor and according to their testimony, they drove out a number of evil spirits. However, they became exhausted and finally sent him home, warning him that some of the demons still remained.
What Michael did next almost defies belief. He went home and attacked his wife with his bare hands –gauging out her eyes, ripping out her tongue, and almost tearing her face off. He was found wandering the streets a short time later, covered in blood. His wife died from injuries sustained during the attack.
3. The Night Stalker
Richard Ramirez was known as the Night Stalker and during his 8-month killing spree during the 1980s he murdered 14 people. The self-proclaimed Satanist broke into homes, burgled, raped, and killed, and once captured, seemed to enjoy the publicity and media attention. And his crimes attracted a lot of attention.
On the first day of his trial, he entered the courtroom, held out his hand, which had a pentagram drawn on it, and shouted, “Hail Satan!” He never expressed any type of guilt or remorse for his crimes. After being found guilty of 13 counts of murder, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries, he was sentenced to death. He replied, “Big deal”.
2. The Fall River Cult
Carl Drew was a pimp and leader of his own Satanic group. He used the power he held over his prostitutes to force them to participate in rituals and if they displeased him he used them as human sacrifices. He is believed to have had three victims.
Drew really took his time with his second victim, Karen Marsden. Together with his followers they tortured the young woman and assaulted her with stones before Drew broke her neck with his bare hands and decapitated her. The violence continued even after this, Drew did things to her headless corpse that are too disturbing to chronicle here, but whatever you’re thinking I assure you, it was far worse.
1. The Godfather Of Matamoros
Adolfo Constanzo, also sometimes known as The Godfather of Matamoro, was a Cuban-American drug dealer, serial killer, and cult leader who authorities believe may have murdered more than 20 people during the 1980s.
Adolfo was introduced to the dark world of voodoo and witchcraft by his mother. The pair were often arrested for petty crimes. By the time he reached his teens, he had begun working as an apprentice for a witch doctor and as an adult, he was making money casting “luck” spells for members of the Mexican drug cartel.
He wanted to cast more powerful spells and finally graduated to murdering people so he could use their remains in his rituals. Just before he was caught, he ordered one of his followers to shoot him so he never faced justice for his horrific actions.