Some are clever, some are cosmic and some are even funny, but all of the quotes from famous serial killers listed here are downright depraved. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into the evil amongst us, take a look at this list of fifteen famous quotes from serial killers over the last 150 years. You might be surprised by the weird wisdom of Ted Bundy and The Night Stalker (Richard Ramirez). You’ll definitely by sicked out by the gory words of H.H. Holmes (known for his famous “Murder Castle") and Jeffrey Dahmer (known for his famous taste). And, of course, you’ll want to read some of the logic that made Charles Manson the most famous cult leader of all time. For more info on these famous serial killers, take a look at our blog.
1. Aileen Wuornos
“To me, this world is nothing but evil, and my own evil just happened to come out cause of the circumstances of what I was doing.” Click here for more Aileen Wuornos quotes.
2. H.H Holmes (The American Ripper)
“I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing...I was born with the evil one standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since.”
3. Dennis Rader (BTK Strangler)
“I actually think I may be possessed with demons…I was dropped on my head as a kid.” The BTK stands for "Blind, Torture, Kill", which was the Kansas Killer's infamous signature.
4. Jeffrey Dahmer
“I’ve got to start eating at home more.”
5. Ted Bundy
“You feel the last bit of breath leaving their body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!”
“People say ‘Ted Bundy didn't show any emotion, there must be something in there.’ I showed emotion. You know what people said? ‘See, he really can get violent and angry.’”
He really did get violent, didn't he?
6. Charles Manson
“Total paranoia is just total awareness.”
"These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them. I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up."
"The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies."
7. The Zodiac Killer
“If the blue meanies are going to get me they’d better get off their asses and do something.”
8. Peter Kürten (The Vampire of Dusseldorf)
“After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the best pleasure to end all pleasure.” The Vampire was killing from 1913 to 1929 in Germany. Read more about him here.
9. Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker)
“Even psychopaths have emotions; then again, maybe not.”
“You don't understand me. You are not expected to. You are not capable. I am beyond your experience. I am beyond good and evil. I will be avenged. Lucifer dwells in all of us.... I don't believe in the hypocritical, moralistic dogma of this so-called civilized society.... You maggots make me sick! Hypocrites one and all.... I don't need to hear all of society's rationalizations. I've heard them all before...legions of the night, night breed, repeat not the errors of the night prowler and show no mercy.”
10. John Wayne Gacy
“You know… clowns can get away with murder.”
11. Susan Atkins
“They didn’t even look like people... I didn’t relate to Sharon Tate as being anything but a store mannequin... [she] sounded just like an IBM machine.... She kept begging and pleading and pleading and begging [for the life of her unborn child], and I got sick of listening to her, so I stabbed her.”
Susan Atkins was a member of the Manson Family, learn more about her here.
12. The Axeman of New Orleans
"I am very fond of jazz music, and I swear by all the devils in the nether regions that every person shall be spared in whose home a jazz band is in full swing at the time I have just mentioned. If everyone has a jazz band going, well, then, so much the better for you people. One thing is certain and that is that some of your people who do not jazz it on Tuesday night (if there be any) will get the axe."
Does anyone remember American Horror Story Coven?
13. David Berkowitz (The Son of Sam)
“The demons wanted my penis.”
14. Lizzie Borden
“I was feeling well enough to eat the pears.”
Borden killed her parents with an axe in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Read more here.
15. Jack the Ripper
“One day men will look back and say I gave birth to the twentieth century.”
Ah, Ripper. You really did.
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