That sounds pretty tame compared to the other stuff on this list, but let's just say that at some point things got a bit Inthe brothers had shown up and claimed they were Incan priests who had a wealth of Incan gold the gods wished to share with the village, but the only way to appease the gods was to bring regular offerings of money and cleanse their bodies of demons. And the only way to cleanse their bodies of demons was to have sex with the Hernandez brothers.
As most of you know, I'm a crime fiction writer, among other things. While it's not a particularly sunny topic, I thought today I'd address how to craft great read: Let's start with a story: So one day a man--we'll call him John--goes to a funeral. He happens to see a pretty girl that catches his eye.
That night, after leaving the funeral, John murders someone who was at that funeral, and shows up at his victim's funeral a few days later. Eventually, the police catch John. They determine that he didn't murder the person at the first funeral he attended, but he did murder the person being buried at the second.
So why did John do it? Criminal justice students would probably guess things similar to the following: Perhaps he went to the first funeral specifically to stalk him? Actually he never met or knew anything about his victim until he attended the first funeral. So maybe something happened after the funeral that made him zero in on the man?
Nothing about that man in particular stood out to him. Maybe he's just a psycho and needed to kill someone? Well, John is, in fact, a serial killer.
So, by nature, he's a bit of a psycho, but that's not why he killed this particular victim. He did have a reason. The motive behind John's crime is one that pretty much any normal, sane person would never guess.
The answer is that he wanted to see that pretty girl again. That makes absolutely no logical sense. But then, serial killers are far from logical.
If they were, they wouldn't being killing people. You see, for John, killing is the norm. It's what makes him feel better, what gives him emotional release, how he gets things done. So, when he wanted to see that pretty girl again, it was only natural for him to pick someone in her circle of acquaintances and kill them because he knew she'd show up at the funeral.
If you are a crime writer who needs to write a great killer, check out these tips. Of course, they can be adapted to write just about any villain in any genre.
Give them a system of logic. Like magic systems, anti-heroes, and just about any other character you write, they have to have a code they live by. The less sense it makes to the reader, the better, but make sure your killer believes in his own lifestyle. Have him state it and live it.
One type of serial killer is the type that goes after prostitutes, drug addicts, etc. Can you make society better by murdering people? But these killers truly believe that. Many people have the misconception that serial killers are weird and will stand out in a crowd.
In reality, most seem terribly normal. But to have them be psychotic in one situation and normal in another is exactly what will make your readers feel the creep factor.
This was well done on The Walking Dead this past season. Spoilers for The Walking Dead season 4 ahead. If you don't want to know, skip this example. There was a mentally disturbed little girl named Lizzie.13 Absolutely Terrifying Serial Killers From Fiction.
Bloch began to write a novel about a psycho who kills women in his remote motel. The . Nov 03, · On several occasions throughout the last decades, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry claimed that she narrowly evaded one of America’s most notorious serial killers—Ted Bundy.
She first told the story in A series of terrifying, sadistic, twisted, and often disturbing horror stories. Covering everything from demons, ghosts, serial killers, pyschos, creatures, and.
Movies and TV shows like Dexter are constantly trying to outdo themselves with over-the-top serial killers (a Hannibal episode featured a killer who turned his victims into musical instruments -- no, really).
But real killers are just boring assholes with crippling mental illnesses and no scary gimmicks. we would instantly write them off as. The story of Jesse Pomeroy, year-old serial killer. Sketch of Jesse Pomeroy, age Charlestown (Mass.) Historical Society Jesse Pomeroy was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, on November Founded: Sep 18, These days she has approximately 55 serial killers on her letter-list, varying in age, range, and notoriety.
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