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                                        Based on information gathered at crime scenes,
                                        the FBI is able to categorize the killer as one of
                                        two types:   1) Organized - those who carefully
                                                               plan or execute their murders.
                                                           2) Disorganized - those who kill

Other classifications are based on psychology,  motive, or behavior.  One typology divides
Serial Killers into four "types".

  1. Visionary - those who respond to voices or visions.
  2. Mission Oriented - those who see themselves as ridding society of certain groups, such as prostitutes                            or the elderly.
  3. Hedonistic - those who derive some form of pleasure -- particularly sexual -- from killing.
  4. Power or control oriented - those whose primary  source of pleasure is not sexual,

                                  but  the ability to control and exert power over a helpless victim.  Angelo Buono- "The Hillside Strangler"
                             Ken Bianchi-"The Hillside Strangler"


    Elizabeth Bathory was born in 1560 to George and Anna Bathory, a powerful Protestant family in Transylvania.  She was known as the Hungarian or blood countess.  Some also referred to her as a vampire.  She spent most of her life residing in what is now the Slovakian Republic.  During her childhood, Elizabeth was often seized by uncontrollable fits of rage and unpredictability.
    In 1571, her cousin Stephen became king of Transylvania and later obtained the throne of Poland assuring Elizabeth a powerful position.  In 1575, at the age of 15, Elizabeth Bathory married a 26 year old soldier named Count Ferenc Nadasdy.  To him Elizabeth bore four children.  Nadasdy was frequently away from home leaving many responsibilities for Elizabeth to attend to.  This is the point at which Elizabeth began to harshly discipline the household staff and more often than not the young girls as well.
    It was not uncommon in this time period to discipline servants, but Elizabeth's ways bordered on inhumane.  As time passed, she would find even the smallest things to be wrong just for an excuse to punish.
    Vain and extremely afraid of getting old, Elizabeth took to bathing herself in the blood of the young victimized girls so as to absorb their youth into her pores.
    In 1604 Elizabeth's husband died after 25 years of marriage.  She now began spending the majority of  her time at a manor house in Cachtice.  In the summer of 1610, an initial inquiry began and on December 29, 1610 Elizabeth was arrested.  During her trial a register of the names of her 650 victims was found in her living quarters.  The countess was spared the fate of execution with the help of  her cousin and was instead sentenced to solitary confinement in the Castle of Cachtice.  The room in which she was confined had no windows and a locked door through which Elizabeth was never to pass under any circumstances.
    Elizabeth Bathory died four years later at the age of 54 on August 21, 1614.  Her body was found face down on the floor.


    John Gacy Sr. was an alcoholic tyrant in his home, a crude exaggeration of the famous "Archie Bunker" character but with every trace of humor wiped away.  He took no pains to hide his disappointment with the son who bore his name.  Inflicting brutal beatings and hurling him across a room were the least offenses.  In more pacific moments he was satisfied to damn John, Jr. as a "sissy" who was "dumb and stupid" and pretty much useless in the scheme of things.  In time the "sissy" portion of his groundless accusations would appear to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    Chicago born in March of 1942, Gacy grew up doubting his own masculinity and took refuge from sports and other "manly" activities through precocious hypochondria.  Struck on the head by a swing at age eleven, he suffered periodic blackouts for the next five years until their cause -- a blood clot on his brain -- was finally dissolved with medication.  Deprived of one affliction, he developed -- or imagined -- another, settling on the symptoms of a heart ailment that seemed to come and go depending on his mood.
    After graduation from business school, Gacy became a shoe salesman though he had his sights set on better things.  He married a coworker whose parents owned a fried chicken restaurant in Waterloo, Iowa and stepped into a ready-made role as the restaurant's manager.  He was a whiz kid on the job, belying everything his father had to say about his intellect and drive.  He ascended to a post of admiration and respect among the local Jaycees, so his wife and friends were absolutely unprepared for John's arrest in May of 1968 on charges of coercing a young employee into homosexual acts spanning a period of months.  Those accusations were still pending when Gacy hired a teenage thug to beat the prosecution's witness.  More charges were now filed.  Striking a bargain, Gacy pled guilty to sodomy and the other felony counts were dismissed. Sentenced to ten years in prison, he was released in eighteen months for proving to be a "model prisoner."
With the state's permission, Gacy moved back to Chicago where he established himself as a successful building contractor.  Divorced while in prison, he soon remarried and settled in a middle-class neighborhood where he was popular with his neighbors and was often the host of elaborate holiday theme parties.  On the side he was active in Democratic politics -- once posing for photos with the wife of President Jimmy Carter --
-- and as "Pogo the Clown", performing in full makeup at children's parties and charity benefits.  Few of his new acquaintances knew anything about the Iowa arrest, and those who heard a rumor were assured that John had merely done some time for "dealing in a little porn."
    On February 12, 1971, Gacy was charged with disorderly conduct in Chicago on the complaint of a boy he attempted to rape.  The accuser, a known homosexual, failed to appear in court for Gacy's hearing and the charges were dismissed.  Parole officers in Iowa were never notified of the arrest or accusations and Gacy was formally discharged from parole on October 18, 1971.
    By his own estimate, the first murder occurred less than three months later, on January 3, 1972.  The victim, picked up at a bus terminal, remains unidentified but his death was typical of Gacy's future approach.  In searching for prey, Gacy sometimes fell back on young friends and employees, but more often than not he would troll the streets of Chicago for hustlers and runaways.  Like the Hillside Strangler, he would sometimes flash a badge and gun, "arresting" his intended victim.  Others were invited to the Gacy home for drinks or a game of pool.  John would show them "tricks" with "magic handcuffs", later hauling out the dildo and garrote.  When he was finished, John would do the "rope trick" -- strangulation -- and his victims would then be buried in a crawl space underneath the house.  In later years, as he ran out of space downstairs, he started dumping bodies in a nearby river.
    Planting corpses in the crawl space had its drawbacks, notably a rank, pervasive odor that the killer blamed on "sewer problems."  Gacy's second wife was also in the way, her presence limiting his playtime to occasions when she left the house or traveled out of town.  Their marriage fell apart in 1976 and Gacy was then able to accelerate his program of annihilation.  Between April 6 and June 13, 1976, at least five boys were slaughtered at Gacy's home and there seemed to be no end in site.  On October 25 of that year he killed two victims at once, dumping their bodies into a common grave.  As time went on his targets ranged in age from nine to twenty and covered the social spectrum from middle-class teens to jailbirds and prostitutes
    Not all of Gacy's victims died.  In December of 1977, Robert Donnelly was abducted at gunpoint, tortured and sodomized with a dildo in Gacy's house of horror, then released.  Three months later, 27-year-old Jeffrey Rignall was having a drink at Gacy's home when he was chloroformed and fastened to "the rack", a homemade torture device similar to one used by Dean Corll in Houston.  Gacy's spent several hours raping and whipping Rignall, applying the chloroform with such frequency that Rignall's liver suffered permanent damage.  Regaining consciousness beside a lake in Lincoln Park, Rignall called police at once but it was mid-July before they got around to charging Gacy with a misdemeanor.  The case was still dragging on five months later, when Gacy was picked up on charges of multiple murder.
    On December 12, 1978, Robert Piest disappeared from his job at Chicago pharmacy.  Gacy's construcion firm had recently remodeled the store and Piest had been offered a job with the crew and informed coworkers of his intention to meet "a contractor" on the night of his diappearance.  Police dropped by to question Gacy at his home and they immediately recognized the odor emanating from his crawlspace.  Before they finished digging, Gacy's lot would yield 28 bodies with five more recovered from rivers nearby.  Of the 33 victims, nine would remain  forever unidentified.
    In custody, Gacy tried to blame his murderous activities on "Jack", an alter-ego (and coincidentally, the alias he used when posing as a cop.)  Psychiatrists dismissed the ruse, and the defendant was convicted on all counts at his 1980 murder trial.  Life sentences were handed down on 21 counts of murder, covering deaths that occurred before June 21, 1977, when Illinois reinstated capital punishment.  In the case of twelve victims murdered between July 1977 and December 1978, Gacy was sentenced to die.  He was executed in South Carolina's electric chair on May 10, 1994 -- the 26th anniversary of his first arrest for sexually assaulting an Iowa boy in 1968.
                                       VICTIMS OF JOHN WAYNE GACY

               John Butkovich                                                                          Greg Godzik
                     Billy Carroll, Jr                                                     Frank Wayne "Dale" Landingin


     Who could he be? Thatís the question that has baffled the police and investigators for over 100 years, but with more evidence coming forth, maybe someday we will know who Jack the Ripper could be. Until then lets look at what we have in the way of victims, method of murder, evidence, and suspects. Maybe we can get you to be a ripper investigator along with hundreds of other people.
     It is most commonly accepted that Jack killed and mutilated five women starting with Mary Ann
Nicoles on August 31 1888, however there was on prior killing that has been place in the group, Martha Tabram (August 7, 1888). Then came the most publicized of Jackís victims. Annie Chapman was killed on September 8, 1888, and was the first victim to make the paper and to be tied into a serial killer. The last three that are in the generally accepted group of jackís victims and the dates of their murders are; Elizabeth stride (Sept. 30, 1888), Catherine Eddowes (Sept. 30, 1888), and Mary Jane Kelly (Nov. 9, 1888). However these may not be the only murders that Jack committed, and there is a very controversial list of up to twelve more people starting as early as December 26,1887 and lasting as long as April 24,1891.

           Mary Ann Nicols                            Annie Chapman                         Elizabeth Stride
           August 31, 1888                          September 8, 1888                   September 30, 1888

                                     Catherine Eddowes                       Mary Jane Kelly
                                    September 30, 1888                    November 9, 1888
    The old theory of the way Jack attacked and killed his victims was that he came at them from behind, although a new second theory based on notes of body placement and post mortem examinations has arisen. This second theory basically says that the victims were all prostitutes making a sale, and were drunk or believed to have been drunk at the time of their attack. While the victims had their hands busy lifted there skirts Jack would grab them by the throat and strangle them to death or unconsusness. Then he would lay them to the ground with their heads to their right side, and slash their neck. Jack would  stayed to the left of his victims throughout the attack to avoid the blood. After this then Jack would disembowel them, removing sex organs or whole organ parts (like a kidney) with out damaging any other organs. So he had to be skilled with a knife or maybe Jack was a surgeon.
     Murder investigation and evidence gathering over 100 years ago was like the evidence at the
O. J. trial almost non existing. Remember this was a time before scientific investigation, and to catch a criminal you had to see them doing it, or luck into a confession.  However no one was ever convicted of the crimes.  There were some letters written to the police that fell into the hands of George Sims, a Victorian reporter that was thought to be the ripper at one time. The letters did give some clues toward naming who is now thought to be the real Jack the Ripper. These letters fell into the hands of two investigators Stewart Evens and Paul Gainey.
     Evens and Gainey discovered a homeopathic physician from the United States by the name of Francis Tumblety not only fit the profile but was in England at the time of the Ripperís murders. Tumblety was also a suspect at that time, but was arrested for other sex crimes. Then he jumped bail, fled to France, and onto the United States where he died in 1903 at the age of 70. Was this Jack the Ripper? Due to the time frame it happened, and poor police communications, and all those tall tales about him, can anyone ever be sure, maybe it was Prince Albert Victor the grandson of Queen Victoria, or the queens doctor (Dr. Thomas Neil Cream), or one of eighteen subjects. Itís one of those misteries we may never now about for sure.
Dr. Thomas Neil Cream                         Prince Albert Victor                        Francis Tumblety


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