There have been many serial killers with vampiric tendencies throughout history; many committing some of the most depraved acts imaginable. There are very few connections that can be made between them other then their need for blood, coming from various backgrounds and social circles. While all of them are different five stand out glaringly, their crimes more shocking and disturbing then the others and their body counts frighteningly high. (Continuing the theme established previously in “Vampirism among today’s youth: Pop culture blood letting”)
Marcelo Costa De Andrade ~ Can’t blame it all on Rio
Having been abused both physically and sexual since he was ten years old, Marcelo began to kill after his long-term homosexual relationship ended when he was in his twenties. He favored young children because of their good looks, smooth skin and most importantly that they would go to heaven after he killed them in several back alleys across Rio. He had become very active in the church and made sure to target kids under the age of accountability. He would not only engage in necrophilia but on at least two admitted occasions he would drink the blood of the young boys, so that he could take in some of their beauty for himself (evidence that he might have suffered from “Renfield’s Syndrome”, as discussed in Vampirism as a mental illness) Marcelo is the most famous serial killer in Brazil, killing a total of fourteen children before sparing a ten-year-old boy who had fallen in love with. Not without first killing the boy’s younger brother however. After a terrifying night the boy managed to get away and alert police to what happened. When Marcelo was arrested the next day he later told authorities he killed the little boys because “…I didn’t want them to go to hell.”
Joseph Vacher ~ A now headless ripper
Though the total number of his victims will never be known, the blame for well over twenty-three murders up and down the French countryside have been lain squarely on Joseph Vacher’s shoulders. His beginning is a sordid affair filled with poverty and a stint in the army marked by cruelty. After a woman refused him, Vacher in a fit of forlorn heartbreak, shot himself on the right side of the head. He did not die however, the bullet lodged and caused muscle paralysis on that side of his face. Vacher ended up in a mental home for months. After he was released in April of 1894 he began earning his title of “The French Ripper”. Joseph had a pension for mutilation and would often disembowel his victims, so he might drink their blood as they died in agony. It was only after one of the women he was assaulting managed to draw the attention of her husband and son did his crimes come to an end. In the courtroom he claimed that it was all because a rabid dog had bitten him as a boy and poisoned his blood. In an attempt to show his insanity and skirt death, Vacher addressed the court with these words: “Glory to Jesus! Long live Joan of Arc! Glory to the great martyr of our time! Glory to the great savior!” He was beheaded by the guillotine on December 31,1898.
Andrei Chikatilo ~ From Russia, with blood
A mad beast, born from a society that claimed it could never give rise to such a monster. Andrei Chikatilo was for the most part your typical Russian man, a teacher with a wife and two children who swore he never spoke a harsh word to them. He saved his venom and anger for his 53 victims. Like many killers his dark path started in childhood, the last child born during a great famine his bedtime stories didn’t consist of yellow brick roads or gingerbread houses, his mother instead told him how his older brother was hunted down and eaten. Going to bed with stories of cannibalism night after night, it wasn’t long before Aundrei developed a strange but fierce craving. He started to murder in a rural area called Rostov, that would later bestow upon him the brand of “Ripper”, which surrounded his home. He claimed he could only reach sexual pleasure at the sight of blood and upon the moment of killing. His appetite for both the flesh and blood was so voracious not even children could escape it. Oddly enough he was aided in part by the communistic system that governed Russia at the time, a system he himself was an avid believer in. Because the common thought in Moscow was that a serial killer was strictly a western problem, the investigators kept looking for individual killers for each of the bodies they found.
They rounded up the usual suspects at the time, homosexuals and sex offenders (due to the graphic sexual mutilations most of the bodies demonstrated regardless of gender). One of these sexual deviants was even executed for Aundrei’s crimes, his first murder in 1978, which gave him a few more years and a few more bodies, before the police even began to suspect him. The investigators picked Aundrei up under suspicion of murder only after his body count had risen to double digits; he was brought in for having a murder kit (knives, rope, tape, cloth) and being in an area where bodies were discovered. Though questioned he was released only to later be brought in again, this time however he confessed to the crimes, flying into a fit of rage and screaming about drinking the children’s blood and cutting up their bodies. While in prison he was carted around in a metal cage like an animal, he acted the part perfectly. Jumping, screaming, spitting, he would constantly interrupt the court with lewd descriptions of just what he did to his victims. On February 14 in 1994 Aundrei Chikatilo, the “Mistake of Nature”, “The Rostov Ripper”, was lead into a room and shot once in the back of the head.