Murder is a tough thing to rationalize. While there are certain cases where the act might be justified, it is seen as an atrocious and taboo action that goes against our nature. However there are those who feel the need to do it, regardless. Those who choose to kill obviously have a lack of respect for human life. We as a society are bound by a set of rules and trust in one another. It isn’t anything major, but we ourselves follow these rules and trust that others like us – complete strangers – will do the same. We can’t live our lives thinking the people around us are madmen, and the majority of them aren’t.
However, the sad truth is that there are a number of people capable of killing off complete strangers, and even loved ones. Some justify it with a motive and others do it for the thrill of taking another's life. These are people that operate outside the rules of our society and we have measures in place to ensure that such acts won’t be repeated, at least not by the same person once they’re caught. Sadly, there isn’t much to do to prevent these things as you can’t imprison someone based on the assumption that they might kill. This list compiles some of the most disgusting murder cases in human history highlighted by gruesome violence, twisted actions and a total disregard for human life.
These are the top 10 most disturbing murder cases in modern history.
10 Robert Hansen’s Murder Cabin
9 The Rostov Ripper
8 The Manson Murders
7 Ted Bundy Serial Murders
6 Keddie Cabin Murders
On April 11th, 1981 the bodies of three people were found in the small community of Keddie, California. In the last three decades, no one has been held responsible for the crime and it’s highly possible the murderer(s) still walk free.
The murder took place in cabin 28, home to 36-year-old Sue Sharp and her five children. On that night Sue, her eldest son Johnny and his friend Dana Wingate were brutally murdered, while the Sue’s youngest daughter, Tina, was kidnapped and is thought to have been killed soon after. Sue’s eldest daughter, Sheila, discovered the bodies the morning after she’d returned from a friend’s house. The two youngest Sharp boys, Ricky and Greg, were in another room with a friend and slept through the entire incident.
5 The Blood Countess
4 The Jack the Ripper Killings
“Jack the Ripper” terrorized London’s East End for a short span of time in late 1888, but his methods were so gruesome that the murders are still discussed today. Occurring within the poverty stricken Whitechapel district, the murders took place between August and November and claimed five victims, all of them prostitutes. While there is the possibility that other prostitutes murdered in the Whitechapel area around the same time as the Ripper killings could’ve been Ripper victims themselves, the general consensus is that the killer only took five victims.
The poor women were strangled to death, then had their necks cut from ear to ear and were then mutilated horribly. The last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, was butchered beyond recognition. The nature of these killings brought to light the dangerous conditions these women were forced to live in. The media had a field day exploiting the case, the public was gripped in fear and anti-Semitic groups were quick to exploit it and use it to their advantage.
Another gruesome cold case, the Hinterkaifeck murders occurred within the small village of Kaifeck, Germany on March 31st, 1922 and left a small farm family and their maid dead. Andreas Gruber, his wife Cazillia, daughter Viktoria, her two young children Cazillia and Josef as well as the family maid, Maria were all killed using a mattock. Andreas along with his wife, daughter and granddaughter were all murdered inside the barn, while Maria was murdered in her room and Josef in his bassinet.
The victims all had major damage done to their skulls and were beheaded after they died. According to police Andreas had told neighbors of strange goings-on during the last few weeks before the murders took place. There were footprints found coming from the forest, but none going back. Keys went missing, and the toolshed lock was damaged, as though someone had tried to pick it open. They also had heard noises similar to footsteps in the attic and received unfamiliar newspapers.
2 Ed Gein
Ed Gein’s notorious actions went on to inspire the characters of Norman Bates (Psycho), Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Buffalo Bill (Silence of the Lambs). Gein has only confirmed to killing two victims – though it is believed he’d also murdered his brother and covered it up – with a .22 caliber rifle and .32 caliber pistol. However, it isn’t the way in which he murdered his victims that is so appalling, but what he did afterwards.
His first confirmed victim was 54-year-old Mary Hogan who ran a local tavern. His next victim, 58-year-old Bernice Worden was killed three years later. Gein robbed graves and took whatever he could find as trophies. When police arrested him they first found his latest victim –Worden – hanging in the barn off a meat hook, decapitated along with several organs having been taken out and washed. Her head was found in a burlap sack while Hogan’s was found in a paper bag.
1 The Murder of Junko Furuta
This next case exposes a hell no human being should be forced to endure, and shows just how cruel and disgusting some people are capable of being. Junko Furuta was a 17-year-old high school Junior who was kidnapped walking home on the evening of November 25th, 1988 by a group of young men, roughly her age. What followed was 44 days of hell for the innocent girl.
She was brought to the home of one of her abductors in the Ayase district in Tokyo, where she was forced to call her parents to mislead them into believing that she was staying at a friend’s house. The ringleaders’ parents – who were home throughout – did nothing to help the girl in any way and mind-bogglingly allowed this to happen with at least partial – if not full – knowledge of what was going on.
Furuta was raped, beaten, starved, assaulted and mutilated. She endured unimaginable physical and mental anguish over the course of 44 straight days. On the last day she was burned alive and held on for two more hours before she passed. The four assailants then attempted to hide her body in a 55-gallon drum they’d filled with concrete. During the trial the boys’ identities were hidden, though they were tried as adults. Instead of being charged with murder they instead pled guilty to a reduced charge and served shorter sentences.
The ringleader, Jo Kamisaku ran into more trouble with the law years later and is apparently somewhat connected in the underworld. The group got off with fairly short sentences, and what’s worse all now walk free. After all the atrocities committed to her there is still no justice for Junko Furuta.
Sources: cracked.com, murderpedia.org, crimemuseum.org, history.howstuffworks.com, casebook.org, ripeace.wordpress.com
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