with a sword or axe goes back a very long way in hystory. This method
was used in the 20th century but is now confined to Saudi Arabia,
Quatar, and Yeman. It is effective and is probably as humane as any
other modern form if carried out correctly, but is also extremely
Beheading requires a skilled headsman if it is to be at all humane, and frequently several blows are required to sever the head.
The prisoner is usually blindfolded so that they do not see the sword or
axe coming and move at the crucial moment.It was not unusual for an
assistant to hold the prisoners hair to prevent them from moving.
In any event the results are gory to the extreme, as blood spurts from
severed arteries and viens of the neck including the aorta and the
jugular vien. No doubt these two factors have lead to it’s abandonment
by most countries.
It is probable that when a single blow is sufficient to decapitate the
prisoner, they become unconscious within a few seconds. They die from
shock and anoxia due to hemorrage and loss of blood pressure within less
than 60 seconds. However because of muscles, and vertibrae in the neck
are tough decapitation might require more than one blow.
It has often been reported the eyes and mouths of people beheaded have
shown signs of movement. It has been calculated that the human brain has
enough oxygen stored for metabolism to persist about seven seconds
after the supply is cut off.
serial killer Dean Corll subjected his young male victims, ranging in
age from nine to twenty-one, to sexual tortures, which included plucking
their pubic hairs one by one, shoving glass rods up their penises and
then crushing them, and shoving large bullet-like objects in victims’
rectums. A sheet of plastic was placed under the plywood torture board
to catch the excreta, blood and vomit that would invariably be
discharged during the abuse, and the radio would be cranked up full
blast to drown out the victim’s screams. Occasionally he’d castrate his
victims, often their severed genitals would be buried next to the bodies
in small plastic bags. At least one boy’s corpse was found with his
penis gnawed nearly in two. He was shot and killed by a teenage
accomplice, who he had paid $200 per head to procure victims, in 1973.
November of 2009, 17-year-old Andrew Conley showed no remorse when he
confessed to police that he killed his 10-year-old brother Connor. He
also told the police that he took his cues from the serial killer TV
“I just feel like him,” he told police, referring to the TV show’s main character.
The murder occurred when the two boys were left home alone on Saturday
night at their residence in Ohio County. Andrew told police he placed
his younger brother in a headlock until he lost consciousness. He then
proceeded to continually choke his brother over a twenty minute period
until he was spewing blood from his mouth and nose.
Andrew then told police without any emotion in his confession that he
taped a plastic bag over his brothers head, dragged him down the stairs
by his feet and proceeded to smash his head several times into the
ground and then placed him in a trunk which was later found in a local
park on Sunday night.
After killing his brother he headed over to his girlfriends house,
presented her with a “sweetheart” ring and hung out. She described him
as “happier than he’d been in a while.”
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
was a German serial killer and cannibal. He was known as the Ruhr
Cannibal (Ruhrkannibale), and the Duisburg Man-Eater (Duisburger
Menschenfresser). He was convicted of eight murders but confessed to a
total of 13.
On July 3, 1976, Kroll was arrested for kidnapping and killing a
four-year-old girl named Marion Ketter. As police went from home to
home, a neighbor approached a policeman and told him that the waste-pipe
in his apartment building had blocked up, and when he had asked his
neighbor, Kroll, whether he knew what had been blocking the pipe, Kroll
had simply replied; “Guts”. Upon this report, the police went up to
Kroll’s apartment and found the body of the Ketter girl cut up: some
parts were in the fridge, a hand was cooking in a pan of boiling water
and the intestines were found stuck in the waste-pipe.
Kroll said that he often sliced portions of flesh from his victims to
cook and eat them, claiming that he did this to save on his grocery
bills. In custody, he believed that he was going to get a simple
operation to cure him of his homicidal urges and would then be released
from prison. Instead he was charged with eight murders and one attempted
murder. In April 1982, after a 151-day trial, he was convicted on all
counts and was given nine life sentences.
He died of a heart attack in 1991 in the prison of Rheinbach, near Bonn.
Lake Bodom murders
The Lake Bodom murders were an infamous multiple homicide that took
place in Finland in 1960. Lake Bodom is a lake by the city of Espoo,
about 22 kilometres west of the country’s capital, Helsinki. In the
early hours of June 5, 1960, four teenagers were camping on the shores
of Lake Bodom. Between 4AM and 6AM, an unknown person or persons
murdered three of them with a knife and blunt instrument wounding the
fourth. The victims were two 15 year old girls and an 18 year old boy.
The only survivor, Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson, 18 at the time, sustained
concussion, fractures to the jaw and facial bones and bruises to the
No one was charged for the murders at the time. Some years later –
between June 3 and 6, 1972 (approximately the twelfth anniversary of the
killings) – a man announced in his suicide note that he was the Lake
Bodom murderer. On the day of the murders he was working in a kiosk near
the lake and had sold lemonade to the victims. He was generally known
to have hard feelings about campers. However, a police investigation
disproved his claims and found an alibi for the man.
In late March 2004, almost 45 years after the event, Nils Gustafsson was
arrested by the police on suspicion of having murdered his three
friends. In early 2005, the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation
declared the case was solved based on some new analysis on the blood
stains. According to the official statement, Gustafsson erupted in
jealous anger over his feelings for Björklund, his new girlfriend. She
was stabbed multiple times after the fatal blow, while the two other
teenagers were killed less savagely. Gustafsson’s own injuries, while
notable, were less severe.
Gustafsson went to trial, and the defense argued that the murders were
the work of one or more outsiders and that Gustafsson would have been
incapable of killing three people given the extent of his injuries. He
was acquitted of all charges. The murders remain a mystery.
27, 1969, Darwin Orell Scott was found hacked to death in his Ashland,
Kentucky apartment. He was stabbed nineteen times and pinned to the
floor with a butcher knife. Scott was the brother of Manson’s biological
It was established that Manson was in California on the day of Scott’s
murder. Manson provided an alibi himself when he mailed a letter to his
Parole Officer that same day stating that he was heading from Death
Valley back to Spahn Ranch.
So, was this an intentional alibi? Was it written prior to the murder and mailed on that day by someone else?
To make things even more suspicious Manson phoned his Parole Officer May
22, 1969 telling them that he is going to tour Texas with The Beach
Boys, which was a lie.
If that isn’t enough, Spring 1969 a motorcycle-riding man who called
himself “Preacher” was in Ashland, Kentucky with a gang of girls. It was
reported that the locals became fed up with them after offering local
teens LSD and setting up commune in an old farm house. The farm house
was burnt down and the gang kicked out of Ashland.
Could they have been The Manson Family? The murder victim was Manson’s uncle, with the Family’s signature multiple stab wounds.
“Preacher” may have also been Bruce Davis, who was native of that area
of the South. He was from Roane County, Tennessee— 5 hours away on
Interstate 75. Patricia Krenwinkle’s mother lived in Alabama and visited
her at least twice from 1967 - 1969 when the Family took Southern
It’s something to think about, however Manson’s involvement has been
long since ruled out, but some people still believe there’s too much
coincidence. I, myself, do not believe he or the Family had anything to
do with it.
suicide is the act of setting out on an obviously fatal course without
directly committing the act upon oneself. Indirect suicide is
differentiated from legally defined suicide by the fact that the actor
does not pull the figurative (or literal) trigger. Examples of indirect
suicide include a soldier enlisting in the army with the express
intention and expectation of being killed in combat. Another example
would be provoking an armed officer into using lethal force against
them. This is generally called “suicide by cop”. In some instances the
subject commits a capital crime in hope of being sentenced to death.
This state-assisted suicide was extremely popular in Enlightenment Era
Scandinavia, where law and religion forbade suicide.Today, this type of
suicide is relatively rare.
Found in County Offaly, Ireland in 2003
Oldcroghan Man fits the classic profile of an Iron Age bog body. He died
a gruesome death, suffering repeated cuts and stabs before he was
dismembered. Experts debate whether he was a sacrifice to the gods, a
criminal being punished, or perhaps both. His torso, the only part of
him recovered, reveals that he was exceptionally tall for his time,
standing roughly 6’ 6”.
Unlike real necrophilia, this is actually legal. One partner remains
quiet and still, while the other has sex with him/her. For added
realism, the “pseudo-dead” partner can lay in cold water for a while
before the act.
human skin, part of a medical oddity collection held at The Medical
Pathology Museum of Tokyo University in Japan. Dr. Masaichi Fukushi was a
pathologist, interested in the art of Japanese tattooing. Fukushi would
perform autopsies on donated cadavers and remove just the skin. He
created methods of treatment to preserve the skin and kept them
stretched in a glass frame, essentially like a leather.
Things found in Ed Geins house.
Skin fashioned as a lampshade, and also used to upholster a chair
Breasts used as cup holders
Human skullcaps, used as soupbowls
A human heart, in dispute, some say in a paper bag while some say in a saucepan.
A chandelier of severed penises
A scrotum doorknocker
A Christmas tree adorned with testicles
Skin from the face of Mary Hogan a local tavern owner in a paper bag
A window shade pull made of human lips
A vest crafted from the skin of a women's torso
A belt made from several human nipples
Socks made from human flesh
A sheath made from human skin
A box of preserved vulvas that Gein admitted to wearing
An array of shrunken heads
man appeared badly burned, but he died from a reaction to an
antibiotic. This reaction, called “toxic epidermal necrolysis”, could be
mistaken for a thermal injury if the history is not known.
Vill St Marie
The story goes that the family that lived here was radically religious.
The wife was secretly sleeping around with a local priest. She became
pregnant. To keep it a secret, she drowned the baby in a pond after it
was born. In 1960 she was arrested for murder. The house was abandoned
in 1976. The newspaper from that day is still sitting on the kitchen
I see a pretty girl walking down the street, one part of me wants to
take her out, talk to her, be real nice and sweet, treat her right. The
other part of me wonders how her head would look on a stick.
Ed Gein (The Butcher of Plainfield)