When they weren’t busy killing, here’s what some of history’s most sadistic were up to.
Henry Lee Lucas
The Virginia-born man claimed to have murdered 250 people, but only three of those kills were confirmed (one of them was his mother). He also drew shitty pictures. He’s got a profile page on MutualArt.com which describes him as “an American Postwar & Contemporary artist.”
Alcala was also known as the “Dating Game Killer” because of his 1978 appearance on the show. He’s officially been linked to eight murders and two counts of rape. He also liked taking photographs, particularly of his victims.
It’s believed that Charles Ng raped and murdered between 11-25 victims with an accomplice. He also enjoys origami.
Dahmer killed and dismembered 17 men and was known for finding his victims at Milwaukee’s gay bars. He was also a really big Star Wars fan. He loved it so much that he wore yellow contact lenses to make himself look like Emperor Palpatine.
John Wayne Gacy
This one goes beyond a hobby. Gacy killed over 33 men and boys, and he also liked dressing up as a clown. In fact, he enjoyed it so much that he made it a profession, with his alter ego Pogo the Clown performing at kid’s birthday parties. Gacy was also a respected businessman who got to meet First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 1978.
Bundy raped and murdered countless women during the 1970s. In high school, he apparently enjoyed skiing. He was also a lawyer-in-training who decided to represent himself at trial. Bundy did not prevail, and was executed by electric chair in 1989.
Also known as the Green River Killer, Ridgeway was convicted of 49 murders. He was known for targeting women and young girls and many of his victims were sex workers. He also visited prostitutes as a customer, while at the same time becoming religious and going door to door to talk about God.
The English doctor killed his patients by giving them fatal drug doses. It’s estimated that he killed 250 people. Also, he was an accomplished runner and rugby player during his younger years.
Also known as the Butcher of Plainfield, Gein was convicted of two murders, though he was suspected of an additional seven. He also dug up dead bodies and mutilated them. He also enjoyed taxidermy and played the accordion and flute.