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A look into the life and crimes of the world’s most infamous serial killers. Featuring interviews with family members, forensic experts, law enforcement, and witnesses.

From John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer to the “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez and the Butcher of Plainfield, Ed Gein–What Makes a Killer explores how they became killers.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 52 Ratings

A look into the life and crimes of the world’s most infamous serial killers. Featuring interviews with family members, forensic experts, law enforcement, and witnesses.

From John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer to the “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez and the Butcher of Plainfield, Ed Gein–What Makes a Killer explores how they became killers.

    Mark Bridger

    Mark Bridger

    On October 3rd, 2012, Coral Jones gave an emotional televised appeal for the safe return of her daughter, April. The five-year-old had been missing for 36 hours – she’d vanished while playing outside her home in the rural welsh town of Machynlleth. The entire community came together to help the police search for the missing girl. There was a real hope that April would be found alive. But the search would be in vain… A local 46-year-old man named Mark Bridger, who was known to the family, had abducted and murdered April. This episode is sponsored by: PrettyLitter - Promo code: WMAK StoryWorth Original music by Almusic34, Daniel Birch, Kai Engel, iamdead324, JOHNWALLY, klankbeeld, Ben Krejci, and Lee Rosevere. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 51 min
    Charles Ng and Leonard Lake

    Charles Ng and Leonard Lake

    On June 2nd 1985, San Francisco police were called to a lumberyard to apprehend a shoplifter. By the time they arrive the suspect had already fled, but the man's partner is still at the scene. The man in in possession of a gun fitted with an illegal silencer, so they arrest him. But while in custody at the station, the suspect swallows a cyanide pill he had hidden in his clothing. Authorities would soon uncover the truth; this man had been one half of a sick and twisted serial killing duo. And the other half of the pair was still on the loose. This episode is sponsored by: HelloFresh Original music by Ben Krejci, Nctrnm, Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, Kevin MacLeod, Sergey Cheremisinov, Chris Zabriskie, and Daniel Birch.

    • 46 min
    Steve Wright, The Suffolk Strangler

    Steve Wright, The Suffolk Strangler

    In the winter of 2006, the town of Ipswich, England was left horrified as the bodies of five missing female sex workers were found by police. The discovery launched a massive manhunt that resulted in police questioning over 2,000 men. Police raced against time to find the killer, all while women continued to risk their lives, hoping they would not become another victim of Steve Wright. This episode is sponsored by: Daily Harvest Original music by Ben Krejci, Kai Engel, Nctrnm, Daniel Birch, Kevin MacLeod, and Sergey Cheremisinov. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 41 min
    What Makes A Killer Season 3

    What Makes A Killer Season 3

    What Makes a Killer is a series that chronicles the lives and crimes of the world’s most notorious killers. In every episode host Jennifer Nittoso will trace a killer’s origins, examine their behavior, and follow their path to bloodshed. As always, this season we’ll hear from family members, survivors, and experts to uncover what led these killers to commit their crimes.On this season, we will cover thirteen new killers, each more sinister than the last. The identities of The Suffolk Strangler, The Angel of Death, and The Yosemite Park Killer will all be revealedWhat Makes a Killer returns April 1st. New episodes released every Thursday. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you find your favorite shows.

    • 3 min
    Mick Philpott

    Mick Philpott

    On May 10, 2012, a blazing fire engulfed a family home in Allentown, Derby. The parents, Mick and Mairead Philpott, were able to get out alive, but there were six children trapped inside. All six perished in the tragedy . . . but it was not an accident. It came as a shock to his neighbors - but not to the authorities - that Mick Philpott was involved in orchestrating the fire in a complicated scheme for power and revenge. 

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    Original music by Ben Krejci,  Kai Engel, Daniel Birch, and Lee Rosevere.

    SFX by ramston, vedas, kwahmah_02, IESP, miastodzwiekow, Puniho, MAJ061785, and Almusic34.

    • 44 min
    Edmund Kemper, The Co-Ed Killer

    Edmund Kemper, The Co-Ed Killer

    In April 1973, in Santa Cruz California, a 24 year old man is on the run for the violent murder of his mother and her best friend. The only problem? Authorities have no idea that the crime has been committed. After three days of driving, and with no media coverage of his crime, the man makes a surprising call...to the police. And that's not the only twist, he is responsible for multiple other murders that are being investigated by the police, and he confesses to all of them in graphic detail. This episode is sponsored by: Unjust and Unsolved, & SimpliSafeOriginal music by Ben Krejci, Kai Engel, Kevin MacLeod, Sergey Cheremisinov, Chris Zabriskie, and Daniel Birch.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Sawas dee ,

Some really good killers

Interesting people and how they kill their victims. Some have unique styles

Nads769 ,

Keep them coming

Interesting podcast presented well, i hope you keep them coming. Thank you.

Theweddingphotographer ,

Great podcast, however

Too many ads

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