The 5 Worst Killers In United States History
The United States has had its share of cold-blooded killers. I have always wondered what goes on in the minds of these individuals to kill the way they did. This hub will not be able to answer that question, but it will describe all I can find on each of these killers.
It has always been my opinion that the more educated you are on a subject such as this, the better probability of it not happening to you.
Many people don't consider how many actual victims there are from senseless murders such as these. Not only do you have the actual murder victim, but also their family and friends.
I hope that this hub will help you understand some particulars that may save you or someone else you know in the future. Until evil is completely wiped out on Earth, there will always be killers. Some of them have reason to kill, but many just find a "thrill" from doing it. Killing is a drug to them and they are addicted.
Here are the five worst in United States history.
Gary Ridgway was born on February 18th, 1949. His murders all happened in the State of Washington, mainly in the Seattle area. These murders were all committed in the 1980s and 90's.
Gary was known as the Green River killer. He is thought to have murdered 90+ people.
Ridgway's choice of victims were mainly prostitutes who he would strangle and dump near the Green river.
His choice in victims was easily understood after learning of his younger years and how his Mother treated him. In his childhood, Gary had issues of bed-wetting. His Mother was very stern and would belittle him to other family and friends. He felt both a fear of her and a sexual attraction to her.
Gary became a suspect in the killings in 1984, but he took and passed a polygraph test, which tells you how accurate they are.
Ridgway was finally caught by use of D.N.A. He was spared the death penalty through plea bargain. He confessed to 48 murders.
Gary was sentenced to 48 life sentences plus 480 years and he is incarcerated in the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.
As you can see from the video that he added another victim to the list;his wife.
Donald Henry Gaskins
Donald's nickname was PeeWee. He was a small man; 5'4".
Gaskins was a career criminal. As a child he committed burglaries and thefts and was sent to reform school.He showed early that he had it in him to kill when he beat a girl with a hammer for insulting him.
Later on Gaskins was sent to prison where he murdered his first person, Hazel Brazell. Gaskins cut his throat to gain a hard reputation in prison. It gave him a taste for murder.
Donald had an addiction to murder. He would every few weeks travel up and down the South looking for hitchhikers to kill. These all happened in the late 1960s and Gaskins called them Coastal kills.
In 1970 Gaskins started making "serious" kills. They were people who had made fun of him or people he knew. He was even paid to kill.
Gaskins, while in prison, killed another inmate by using C-4 explosive.
Gaskins admitted killing somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 people. It is known for sure he killed 9 and suspected of many more.
Gaskins was electrocuted in South Carolina on September 6th,1991. Many people in South Carolina cheered when he got killed in the chair.
Best known as the Iceman, Kuklinski was a hit-man for the mob. He claimed to have murdered over 200 people, but that has never been verified.
Richard's childhood was chaos. His Dad was a rapist and a murderer. Richard was known to torture animals which is a good sign of a future killer.
It took years to catch Kuklinski because he used many different forms to kill people. Cyanide was his favorite.
In 1988 he was sentenced to 5 life sentences for 5 murders and in 2003 he plead guilty to killing a New York detective adding another 30 years.
Kuklinski's death is still considered quite suspicious but was ruled natural. He was scheduled to testify against Sammy "The Bull" Gravano.Gravano was at one time a key figure in organized crime and a killer himself.
David Parker Ray
This was one sick bastard. Never was one of his murder victims bodies found.
Ray was so deranged he spent $100,000 to construct a torture chamber in his Truth or Consequences, New Mexico home.
His capture came when a woman he and his accomplice, Cindy Hendy, were torturing, escaped.
Hendy testified against David and it was proven a fact that he had murdered at least 14. It is believed he murdered up to 60 though.
Ray was sentenced to 223 years but died soon after being sent to prison from natural causes.
Belle is the only woman in this list. She was a very smart serial killer and was not discovered as such until after her death.
Belle mainly killed for insurance money. Husbands and children mysteriously died or disappeared.
When the hog pen on Belle's farm was dug up, many remains were found.
Belle was born in Norway and came to America's heartland. Her murders all happened in Indiana and Illinois.
© 2011 Greg Boudonck
More by this Author
What are the Boy Scouts? This hub explains the organization.
This hub describes the different political parties and their views. Written before the last Presidential election, it still gives people insight. Updated now for the most current Presidential election
Children are our future and there are freaks killing them. Lets catch these evil beings and send them all to hell.