15 Of the Darkest Crime Personalities We Hope to Never Meet
In a sense you may consider yourself desensitized to violence. However, there
are always going to be those personalities that you just want to avoid. People
who if you bumped into them in a dark alleyway you'd just turn and go the other
way. Dark, twisted, and sometimes simply from someone's imagination, these
people are enough to send chills up your back. The following fifteen people are
individuals we'd certainly hope to never come in contact with.
15) Darth Vader
"Luke, I am your father." Now that we've spoiled the whole
series for you, we can talk about Darth Vader. Everything started out so
innocently for him. As a young boy, Darth Vader was taken from his mother, a
slave and raised up to be a Jedi Knight. He found the ritualistic traditions of
the Force to be stifling, however, and ended up breaking Jedi Code and falling
in love. The power that he wielded and the grief over the loss of person that he
loved drove him to turn on everything that he had known and everyone that loved
Darth Vader embarked upon a journey to rid the universe of the Jedi that he
felt were responsible for the death of his wife and the loss of his children. He
went so far as to cut off his own son's hand in a lightsaber duel when the two
finally met for the first time. He was not the picture of forgiveness. Violent
and unrelenting, Darth Vader also could still use the force and could crush your
throat with his brain.
The unhinged revenge cycle that got away from him made him dangerous enough.
Darth Vader was a man who could move objects the size of spaceships with the
force. Harnessing a great strength from the universe is a pretty cool trick, but
in the hands of someone like Darth Vader it can be utterly terrifying. Nothing
at all was important to this man until his death. Not someone that you want to
14) Cruella De Vil
If she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will, or so the
song goes. Arguably one of the most disturbing Disney villains ever to don a fur
coat, Miss De Vil was driven by vanity. She's appeared in TV shows, in books and
in both animated and live action movies. Cruella De Vil is only slightly changed
in each incarnation. She has an opulent lifestyle and enjoys only the finest
things in life.
Well-dressed and equipped with her own goons, this woman was going to kill
puppies for their fur coats. She spent a good portion of the movie debating on
what the best way to kill the poor things was, including a conversation about
drowning them. In the novel she even mentions that she drowned her own cat's
kittens because she couldn't find a use for them.
She was the portrait of a woman who had everything. She was quite wealthy and
had a net worth of over $9 million. If you wouldn't give her what she wanted,
she was more than able to get someone to take it for her. Other people meant
little to nothing for her, and eventually she was driven insane by her own
13) Hannibal Lecter
The title character of a new TV series, Hannibal Lecter is
probably one of the reasons that the name Hannibal isn't exactly common anymore.
Originally when he was written, Lecter was supposed to be a proxy for the devil
himself, leading humanity to a path of sin. One of the things he enjoyed doing
was secretly feeding dinner guests human flesh dressed up as five star quality
meals. He was eventually found out by Will Graham, a profiler for the FBI.
However, Lecter had the final laugh when he sent another serial killer to
Graham's house to get rid of him.
Lecter is a charming and wealthy man by all accounts. He is Lithuanian
Nobility and enjoys many of the finer things in life. This makes the fact that
he kills and eats people difficult to comfortably reconcile. People want killers
to look and act like vicious killers. Lecter, by contrast, was refined and
highly educated. However, he was a dangerous man to cross and tended to hold
grudges for an extended amount of time.
The source of his violence stemmed from extreme childhood trauma that made
him feel as though he were different than other people. By the time he was
ultimately captured, he was convinced that he was far more than a man. He took
slights as ultimate betrayals and was unwilling to compromise. The detachment
from humanity made him dangerous. That, and the fact that he ate people.
12) Elizabeth Bathory
Like Miss De Vil, Elizabeth Bathory was rumored to be
obsessed with her appearance. Legend has it that she was willing to do anything
that she needed to do as long as it maintained her youth. That was why people
claim that she bathed in the blood of young women. In reality, Elizabeth
Bathory's crimes were much more sinister than that. She was suspected of having
over 600 victims, ranging from serving girls to young ladies who were getting
classes on etiquette.
The one thing that everyone can be sure of is that she was a sadistic woman
with a horrible ability to be cruel to others. The accusations included but were
not limited to needle torture, biting the flesh from young women's faces,
freezing them to death, and starving them to death. There were even eye-witness
accounts of her torturing and killing servant girls.
It's truly unknown why Bathory committed the crimes that she did. There are
even those who believe that she was set up by political rivals, despite the
eye-witness accounts to the contrary. She never admitted to killing the girls to
keep her youth. In fact, you can assume that she simply enjoyed the act of
killing and torturing young women. One of the most enraging things about these
crimes is that because of her rank, Elizabeth Bathory was never formally
convicted of any crime even though she spent the rest of her life in
11) Joseph Mengele
The Angel of Death, as he was otherwise called was a
vicious man who was by all accounts oddly soft and charming. He was known to
treat children with kindness and care, even bringing them sweets one day. The
next day he would then kill them in horrific medical experiments. The number of
victims that Joseph Menglele had may forever remain unknown as the records are
lost to history. It is known, however, that he had a certain fondness for twins
and an obsession with making a perfect race of people, known as Aryans.
The chilling contrast of how he treated the people that he tortured was the
thing that most stories talk about. He was a sadist in every sense of the word,
however he seemed to have the ability to make people feel comforted. He was even
said to be gentle and spoke very fondly of the children in his labs. He called
them his own children and to the outside world it appeared that he loved them
very much. Perhaps, in a twisted sort of way, Menglele did love those children,
though the way he showed it was utterly depraved and would be the thing of
movies and nightmares for years to come.
He was also clever enough to avoid capture. Joseph Mengele never spent a day
in prison for any of his crimes. In fact, he lived out his life comfortably in
South America until his own death. What lived on past him were rumors of his
medical experiments and, according to Megele's own accounts, an entire village
in South America with an overly high average number of twins in the population.
10) Jack the Ripper
Never caught, though rumored to be everything from more
than one person to the son of a duke, Jack the Ripper still captures our
imaginations. What is known about the Ripper is still very little, considering
when the crimes were committed the only reason that he lives on at all was the
way he killed and tormented police was something that had never been seen
before. There are thousands of books, resources, and web pages dedicated to Jack
the Ripper, and there are a few things they all have in common.
The Ripper was fond of sending letters to police to talk about the things
that he had accomplished. Being able to write at all spoke of him being well
educated. His letters held details of his crimes that other people would not
know and made it clear that he enjoyed the attention he was getting. This is the
first known case of a serial killer actively engaging with and taunting law
It is widely known that the common theory was that the Ripper was a doctor of
some sort. The way that he
dismembered bodies and removed parts of them give
this theory some level of weight. Others believed that he was a Freemason. Many
fingers these days point to him being the slightly deranged son of a wealthy
nobleman that paid off authorities to keep his family name clean. Regardless of
who the Ripper was, he will always be one of the most famous killers in all of
history. Pictured to the right is image of Elizabeth Stride one of the
mysterious killers' victims. The Ripper's target was underprivileged women
who frequented poorer districts in London and for the most part worked as
With forensic science and investigators having a very limited ability to
gather evidence from cadavers, the Ripper was never caught. Many scholars
and criminologists today speculate that if Scotland Yard had at its disposal
investigative techniques that police forces have now, this unknown serial killer
would have most likely been brought to trail and hanged. Further
speculation points at the possibility of some internal corruption that may of
pressured lead investigators to decrease their efforts and pressure on this case
that for many conspiracy theorists points to some sort of government corruption.
Possibility even that the ripper was a member of the English aristocracy, maybe
even a member of the royal family. The world will never know the true
identity of this vicious, merciless, killer.
9) Freddy Kruger
One, two, Freddy's coming for you...
From one of the best horror minds of our generation, Freddy Kruger became a
cultural icon. The name alone has become a franchise that to this day has impact
on our culture. The wide brimmed hat paired with his red and green striped
sweater are enough to get people to say his name. Arguably, he's a study on how
to stay alive in the entertainment business. Once you stop talking about him,
stop fearing him, his power goes away. The Nightmare on Elm Street movies also
were huge advancements for special effects.
Known around town as the Son of a Hundred Maniacs, Freddy never had an easy
life. He was tormented in school because of the events that surrounded his birth
and grew up a ward of the state. He managed to marry, however, the sadistic side
of his upbringing pushed him to murder children in his home town. When his wife
found out, he killed her, but it wasn't enough to keep him safe. The townspeople
burned him alive in his workshop for killing their children. They did not expect
him to still come for them in their own dreams. With Freddy Kruger the one place
you can't be safe is asleep in your bed. It took discomfort to a whole new
level. That paired with fantastic effects for its day burned Kruger into our
memories (pun intended).
8) The Zodiac
One of the many killers who never was captured is the Zodiac Killer. He was a
prolific writer to the police and to news stations about his kills and claimed
to have taken the lives of 37 different people. However, only seven of those people are confirmed victims of the
Zodiac Killer. The killer got his name from cryptic messages that were sent to
the papers. He demanded that his notes and ciphers be published or else he would
commit dozens more murders. The Zodiac never came through with his threat.
The Zodiac was fond of puzzles and of attention. Like Jack the Ripper and
Freddy Kruger, the Zodiac killer seemed to thrive on the idea that people were
paying attention to him. He needed to be in the forefront of people's minds and
seemed to desire that people live in fear of him. Many of his ciphers have not
definitively been decoded, it is questionable if there is any sense behind them
or if they truly are unsolvable. Though he sent many letters and puzzles to news
personalities, radio programs, lawyers, and law enforcement, the accompanying
letters tended to have simple spelling errors.
Despite all of the information that was sent from the killer, both ratified
and suspect, no one was able to catch him. The last known Zodiac killing was in
1969. Someone claiming to be the Zodiac did send another letter to the police
about the "Exorcist" movie in 1974. Since then, there has been no further
communication from the Zodiac Killer or anyone claiming to be him.
7) The Borg Queen
The Borg operates in a hive mind, like insects. Like ants
or bees, the Borg, an alien race featured in the "Star Trek" franchise, is run
by a queen. She contains all of the knowledge of the civilizations that the Borg
has assimilated. The assimilation is the frightening part. Instead of killing
other cultures or going to actual war with other peoples, the Borg assimilates
them. In the process your knowledge is consumed and shared through the Borg and
you, in turn, become one of its drones, a puppet for the Queen.
She is the closest thing that the Borg has to an individualized entity and is
what communicates with outside forces. She and the Borg believe that what they
are doing will bring about peace and limit conflict in the universe. This would
be because no one would ultimately have free will, instead they would move as a
hybrid of machine and biological being. Eventually Captain Katherine Janeway of
the Voyager managed to totally defeat the Borg, helping all of us sleep better
6) Charles Mason
When a man is charismatic there is very little to what they
can inspire others to do for them. Charles Manson was proof of that. He was a
musician who created an occult following based off of the idea "Helter Skelter."
His mind took many ideas from the Beetles, though they did not share in any of
his own ideals. Manson conditioned the "Manson Family" to believe that there was
an apocalyptic war between the blacks and the whites. He felt that his cult
would be agents to bring about this war and the upcoming change.
Inspired by his love of the Beetles, Manson was working on his own musical
record. He was convinced that his songs would spark the war and bring about the
end of days. He spend vast amounts of time interpenetrating the lyrics of
Beetles songs and the Book of Revelations. He surrounded himself with sycophants
who would not contradict him. His cult was so devoted to Manson that they
carried out his murders and crimes with brutal force and without question. His
death sentence was commuted to life in 1972. He does not have the possibility of
5) Ted Bundy
A serial killer and rapist, Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy had
amassed at least 30 victims in the 1970s. Though he denied any involvement
whatsoever until just before his execution, Bundy did finally admit to 30 of the
killings that he was suspected of. He had absolutely no remorse for the killings
and was known to return to the scene of his crimes to spend time with the bodies
before they were found.
What is frightening about the idea of Ted Bundy is how brazen he was with his
chosen victims. Bundy typically approached his victims in an open area and
gained their trust by pretending to be an authority figure like a law
enforcement officer or by pretending to be injured. Once he had the women alone,
Bundy would overpower and abduct them. He would then rape and murder his
victims, sometimes taking body parts or clothing with him as trophies. Once he
had killed his victims he did not stop desecrating their bodies and was known to
engage in intercourse with them until decomposition made it no longer possible.
Bundy was also extremely resourceful and managed to escape from prison twice.
Once during transport and another time when he was acting as his own attorney.
It's thought now that the reason he chose to be his own council was so that he
would have rights of discovery and the ability to not be restrained in court.
This is one of the reasons that he was able to escape the first time. The second
time he waited till the prison was low on staff and other inmates due to the
holidays. He slipped through the apartment of one of the jailers who he knew was
out, stole his clothes and simply walked out of prison.
Evil wizards and advisers are common in stories. One man wrapped
them all into one with the added desire for phenomenal cosmic powers. Jafar was
the Royal Vizier of Agrabah in the 1992 film, "Aladdin,". He is an official member of the Disney Villains. It's unknown how long he
worked for the Sultan or how long he was planning to take over Agrabah, however,
at the time of the movie he was already setting plans into action when he sent a
young man to his death to try to get the genie's lamp. One of the more sadistic
of villains of the Disney canon, Jafar is manipulative and cold.
He seems very dependable and normal on outside, and that was what made him
darker than the average villain. Aside from simply putting on a front, he
slipped into an entirely new role and only really proves that he is a
short-tempered megalomaniac after he gained the power of the genie's lamp. Like
many villains he is also interested in the Sultan's daughter, however, he has no
interest in her or anyone else as a person. He's singularly self motivated and
has absolutely no qualms with hurting anyone, even his most loyal companions
fall away from him in the end.
3) Michael Myers
Halloween's main character is the masked machete -wielding
monster otherwise known as Michael Myers. He has more in common with Jason than
he does with Freddy, however the sense of him being an undying monster is much
the same. As a young boy, Michael Myers murdered his older sister while wearing
a clown costume, according to the movie. He returned fifteen years later and
begins a killing spree. Michael Myers is another horror icon and has been in
nine movies, several comic books, and even a video game.
Michael Myers appears to be a normal man on the outside, despite his penchant
for killing and blood lust. He never speaks in any of the films and pursues his
intended victims with a slow, dogged pace. What's frightening about Michael
Myers is a combination of things. The mask hides any human facial recognition
and he does not speak, thus further removing human identification. He seems
impossible to kill, as is proved by the nine movies and multiple canon updates.
He is also shown to follow his intended victims till he catches them.
2) The Bloody Benders
A friendly family of innkeepers is not what you expect
when you hear the phrase serial killers. However the Benders were exactly that.
Though the German immigrant family was normal on the outside, they even ran a
small inn and general store that was located in Kansas, when their method of
killing was discussed it seems to be right from a horror movie.
They would have a guest staying at the inn, give them a seat at the head of
the table, then murder them by having one of the men in the family bludgeon the
target on the head with a hammer. Then one of the women in the family would slit
the victim's throat. After that they would open a hatch by the chair and drop
them into a trap door. Once the victims were assured to be dead, they stripped
the bodies, presumably for money before dumping them.
The family was arrested, but escaped. Due to the low technology of the time,
though it was suspected that they eventually caught one of the men in the Bender
family no one can be sure. The women were never heard from after their escape,
nor was the youngest son.
1) Francis Dolarhyde
Serial killers aren't always the brightest or most
charming people. Another character from "Red Dragon" proves that killers come in
all stripes. Dolarhyde, also known as the Tooth Fairy because of the unusual
bite patterns he left on some victims, killed whole families instead of single
targets. One of the possible reasons given for this was that he was abandoned as
a child and left to grow up in an orphanage. Because of this, he was jealous of
those with families and desired to see them destroyed.
He grew up struggling to make his own living and became obsessed with tattoos
and with violence. He seems to go into a trance when killing and called this
other self The Great Red Dragon after a William Blake painting. The book goes on
to paint Dolarhyde as an unsympathetic and slightly simplistic character with
the potential for nothing other than great violence.
Unlike the charming Lecter, Dolarhyde is easily manipulated. In fact, he is
sent to kill William Graham after Lecter is incarcerated as payback for what
Lecter perceived as betrayal. In the book version, he manages to mutilate
Graham's face before he is subsequently killed by Graham. In the movies, Graham
gets off a bit easier. Dollarhyde, however, does not. Because he is so
simplistically driven, Dollarhyde is difficult to predict. This made him one of
the scariest characters in cinema, according to Tom Noonan.
Maybe it wasn't exactly what you were expecting, but you have to admit, the
Borg Queen is scary. The people in the above list may not all be real, but they
do all ping a fear response on some level. A woman so driven by her own image
she'd kill puppies is playing on the same idea of a woman that bathed in the
blood of virgins to maintain her youth. While Francis Dolarhyde isn't real,
killers that he was based off of for the "Red Dragon" books are. Every dark
crime personality has one thing in common – we never want to be near them, ever.
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