Between 1971 and 1983, Randy Kraft is believed to have killed a total of 67 victims. All of Kraft’s suspected victims were males between the ages of 13 and 35, the majority of whom were aged in their late teens to mid twenties. Kraft was charged with — and convicted of — 16 of these homicides, all of which had occurred between 1972 and 1983. Many of Kraft’s victims had been enlisted in the Marines and most of his victims’ bodies bore evidence of high levels of both alcohol and tranquilizers in their blood systems, indicating they had been rendered insensate before they had been abused and killed.
Kraft’s victims were typically lured into his vehicle with an offer of a lift or alcohol. Inside Kraft’s vehicle, the victims would be plied with alcohol and/or drugs. They then were bound, tortured and sexually abused before they were usually killed by either strangulation, asphyxiation or bludgeoning, although some victims had also ingested fatal doses of pharmaceuticals and at least one victim was stabbed to death. The victims would then be discarded, usually—though not exclusively—alongside or close to various freeways in southern California. (Photographic evidence found at Kraft’s home indicates several of his victims were driven to his house before their murder.)
Many of Kraft’s victims were burned with a car cigarette lighter, usually around the genitals, chest and face, and several victims were found with extensive blunt force trauma to their face and head. In several instances, foreign objects were found inserted into the victims’ anus while other victims had suffered emasculation or mutilation and dismemberment.
The majority of Kraft’s murders were committed in California, although some victims had been killed in the neighboring state of Oregon, with two further known victims being murdered in the midwestern state of Michigan in December 1982.
He had a habit of singing and bothering people when somebody tried to watch TV. So I threw water on him to shut him up. Then, when he was a good boy, I’d give him peanuts. Herbie liked peanuts. That was effective, because pretty soon he asked permission to sing. That’s called behavior modification treatment.
Ed Kemper talking about Herbert Mullin (via superjointrituals)
6 years old Richard Ramirez
Ricardo Ramirez was born in the barrio (Hispanic section) of El Paso, Texas, on February 28, 1960. His childhood was one of poverty and of hanging with youth gangs. Parents Julian (an illegal alien who worked in the rail yard) and Mercedes had, in all, seven children; Ricardo - who later Americanized the name to Richard - was the youngest. Roman Catholics, Mercedes tried as best she could to lead her familia onto a straight and God-like path. She succeeded with six of her brood. But, Ricardo went astray.
to quote hamlet act III scene iii line 92, “no”
It was probably nothing but it felt like the world.
Morrissey, Autobiography (via 2bad)
And Shepherds we shall be For thee, my Lord, for thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee And teeming with souls shall it ever be. In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.