Christopher Bernard Wilder was a serial killer who abducted and raped at least twelve women and killed at least eight of them during a spree across the United States in early 1984. His rampage began in Florida and continued across the country through Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, California and New York before he committed suicide during a struggle with police in New Hampshire on April 13. He is also believed to have raped girls aged 10 and 12 in Florida during 1983.
“In my lifetime I have murdered 21 human beings, I have committed thousands of burglaries, robberies, larcenies, arsons and last but not least I have committed sodomy on more than 1,000 male human beings. For all of these things I am not the least bit sorry. I have no conscience so that does not worry me. I don’t believe in man, God nor Devil. I hate the whole damned human race including myself.” - Carl Panzram
21 Creepy Accounts From Real People Who Were Terrorized By A Stranger
In 1984, Josef Fritzel locked his daughter Elisabeth, 18, into the secret cellar he had built in the basement. Family was told she ran away. He kept Elisabeth hidden for 24 years, during which she gave birth to 7 children, one died at 3 days old. 3 of the children were raised by her parents, Josef claiming Elisabeth dropped them on the doorstep. Josef confessed to his crimes when one of the cellar children, age 19, had to be hospitalized. He was found guilty and given a life sentence.
Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, a Great-Depression era gangster and notorious bank robber, endeared himself to the public by destroying mortgage papers at the banks he robbed, freeing many from their debts. Genius.