4 April 2018

TRUE CRIME TALES : THE 70S


Okay if there is one decade where serial killers seemed to run wild it was the 70s. Research any serial killer you can think of and 9 times out of 10, they would have been causing mayhem in the 70s. So, I've decided to choose my fave 3 serial killers from my fave decade for true crime!


John Wayne Gacy.

I mean, this was technically the 60s but he did kill in the 70s so imma say it counts, mainly cuz I wanna talk about him, fight me. Who hasn't heard about John Wayne Gacy - fast food worker and loving father and husband by day, murdering clown by night. His murders are notorious and he is often now referred to as the "Serial Killer Clown". I mean this guy was the real live Pennywise - taking young children, murdering them and then burying them mainly under his own house, which is all kinds of wrong in itself. He buried his victims underneath his home... where he lived with his wife and children?! Gacy had a pretty rough childhood and was abused himself as a kid and struggled with his own sexuality (which is definitely NOT an excuse to murder children, but ya know at least it's an explanation?). Which does explain why all 33 of Gacy's victims were boys and young men cuz ya know if you can't openly date them, kill them. He was eventually caught and died via lethal injection in 1994, which caused huge debate in itself, as it came at the time where people in America were beginning to question the use of execution and there was the debate of whether through execution Gacy was almost being given an opt out option and should be forced to live with his own guilt and suffer in prison.


The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer was kicking around in the late 60s/ early 70s and I mean the one thing I think that makes this case so interesting is the way he taunted the police, the level of confidence he had in knowing he wouldn't be caught! He (I'm going to assume they were male because they were never caught but it has always been assumed they were male, although wouldn't that be a pretty incredible plot twist) would send cryptic letters to local newspapers which a cryptic message and a warning, promising more murders if these letters were not published. Some of his letters still remain uncoded as the police couldn't crack the Zodiac's code. In his letters he would brag about how many victims he had and would pre-warn the police of how many more people he planned to murder. The last known contact from The Zodiac was in 1974 and the murders he claimed remain unsolved, whilst there had been unsolved murders in America before now, this was the first case in which the murderer was openly mocking and criticizing the police and that's what makes it so fascinating - not only did he get away with multiple murders, he openly took the piss out of the people who were hunting him and made them look like idiots.


Charles Manson

How could I not mention Charles Manson?! Manson is known as being one of the most infamous killers of all time. The case of Charles Manson has all the elements of true crime I love - the death of an A lister, a cult and Charles Manson just being a bit of a nutter! Charles Manson created his own cult, which he creatively called "The Manson Family", which was around 100 of his followers who listened and believed in following Manson's pretty unconventional lifestyle of taking a ton of hallucinogenic drugs on a daily basis. Manson also claimed to his followers this he was Jesus and prophesied a race war (and they believed him, probably because they were on LSD). It's believed that they are responsible for around 35 murders and they tried to kick start the war a bit early, ya know to get the ball rolling. The most notable murder was that of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and I mean I know killers don't tend to have a lot of sympathy or feelings in general but to stab a pregnant woman in the stomach multiple times is on a whole other level... all because a guy who claims he's Jesus tells you to. What makes Manson so memorable is that these were such high profile killings, these were A listers! Manson received the death penalty in 1971 but this was then changed to life imprisonment and Manson remained imprisoned till his death last year.


I also just wanna give a special mention to my boy Ted Bundy who was killing in the 70s and also my favourite serial killer, but I feel people would begin to question my interest with Ted Bundy if I mentioned him in two True Crime Tales posts... I'm not weird, I promise.


NEXT TIME: COUPLES WHO KILL

Till next time,
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3 comments

  1. I love how you blog about true crime - I actually love it so much, most of my Netflix watched or to watch lists are all Forensic Files, Deadly Women, etc etc. I'm so glad I found your blog!!

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  2. This was so interesting to read, I have such a morbid interest in stuff like this haha!

    Carla x

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  3. These are three of my faves too! Sooo hyped for couples who kill, Natural Born Killers is one of my favourite films of all time xxx

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