Not every encounter with a serial killer ends in death, just like not every kidnapping victim dies in captivity. Today, we take a look at five people who not only survived their violent ordeals—but played an important part in bringing their attackers to justice.
ABC’s new serial-killer drama, Wicked City hopes to capitalize on your 1980s nostalgia. It’s set on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip in the early 80s, and it’s chock full of Billy Idol. But is it worth your time? We’ve seen the pilot, and here are our spoiler-free impressions.
A Peruvian man suspected of six brutal slayings in Japan may be the younger brother of Peru’s most prolific serial murderer, a diagnosed schizophrenic known as the “Apostle of Death” because he claimed God urged him to kill.
It was called “the grisliest murder in memory in Japan.” In 1997, a 14-year-old Kobe boy murdered 11-year-old Jun Hase and left his victim’s sawed-off head on the gate of a school, with a message taunting police stuffed in the mouth.
Hannibal may be ending its NBC run on Saturday, but serial killers as entertainment will, no doubt, live on forever. But how accurate are the most popular examples of narrative, non-docudrama works that depict their gruesome habits? We make like Will Graham and investigate.
In the 1930s, a brutal killer stalked the streets of Cleveland, gutting and beheading his victims. Decades later, the butcher’s identity remains a mystery.
Danish director Lars von Trier is often referred to as “polarizing,” but if there’s one thing the man behind works like The Kingdom, Dogville, Antichrist (pictured), and Nymphomanic knows, it’s how to freak the hell out of an audience. So why not focus on a serial killer next?
Unsurprisingly, the two men credited with coming up with the term "serial killer" worked, together and separately, on some of the FBI's most gruesome cases: John Douglas and Robert K. Ressler. Their careers were so extraordinary they influenced pop culture, and at least one Oscar-winning film.