Featured in an early episode of Forensic Files (Season 1, Ep 3: "The House That Roared"), Chris Campano will forever be known as a murderer (to the extent he'll be "forever known" at all). Like many murderers, he was apparently enraged when he killed his wife Caren in 1992. Their marriage was less than perfect, as she was regularly on his case about his drug addiction. While it's unclear what final argument activated his rage, it definitely made him homicidal. Caren had 15 skull fractures, three broken ribs, and he wrapped her up in a sheet and phone cord. She was found in March 1993, "near a motocross track in Oklahoma City."
Quite often when I read about serial killers, or violence in general, people wish to find a simple explanation for the behavior. In John Wayne Gacy's case, his abusive father was certainly an influence, but probably not the sole one. I can't help but notice how, officially anyway, he didn't become a serial killer until some time after he served in prison. Could that have been part of what sent him over the edge? It could be he had negative experiences with his fellow inmates, and that his overall experience in prison made him hate the human race more.
After being convicted of killing over 400 girls, Pedro Alonso López is undoubtedly one of the worst serial killers ever. So how come authorities ultimately let him go?
Sometimes called the world's first serial killer, Liu Pengli was a 2nd century BC Han prince, and the nephew of the Emperor Jing. Basically, he's early evidence for the theory that power corrupts. While there probably were other, non-royal serial killers in existence, they weren't quite a matter of established record, whereas it's said that this guy is.
Let's look at some stereotypes and conventional wisdom regarding murderers. How well do certain claims regarding murderers hold up?
Born in 1971, Todd Christopher Kohlhepp is a serial killer who murdered (at least) seven people between 2003 and 2016. Kohlhepp confessed to the 2003 quadruple homicide at the Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee, South Carolina, along with other crimes.