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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.

What Makes a Killer Audioboom Studios

    • True Crime
    • 4.1 • 249 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 Hobson

    Mark Hobson

    On July 25th, 1994, a suspected murderer entered a small gas station in North Yorkshire, England. As he browsed the store, the owner of the station recognized him. This man was wanted for the murder of four people, and had been on the run for a week. Two weeks prior, this self-proclaimed murderer had brutally killed his girlfriend  and, a week later, her twin sister. He was fueled by drugs, alcohol, and sexual gratification. 

    Original music by Ben Krejci, Kai Engel, Sergey Cheremisinov, and Kevin MacLeod. Additional music provided by: Epidemic Sound

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 41 min
    Diane Downs

    Diane Downs

    May 1984, at the Lane County Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon. A mother of three stands accused of murdering her seven year old daughter, and of the attempted murder of her other two children. When her daughter testifies against her mother, it becomes all too clear. This woman wanted her children gone, just so she would be free of the responsibilities of motherhood, and so she could pursue a man she'd been interested in.

    Original music by Ben Krejci, Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, and Daniel Birch. Additional music provided by Epidemic Sound.




    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 41 min
    Robert Black

    Robert Black

    On July 14th, 1990, in Stow, Scotland, a 6-year-old girl was walking to her friend’s house when she was suddenly pulled into a car off the side of the road. A local man who had been working in his garden saw the girl disappear into the van and quickly called the police.  By chance, they were able to locate the vehicle, forcing the driver to pull over. When they opened the back of the van, they found the girl, just minutes away from suffocating.
    Unaware to the police, the driver was a 43-year-old pedophile. And he was responsible for the abduction and murder of several other young girls. Police had been trying to track him down for years.

    Original music by Ben Krejci, Kai Engel, Sergey Cheremisinov, Kevin MacLeod, and Daniel Birch. Additional music provided by: Epidemic Sound

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 42 min
    Robert Berdella, The Kansas City Butcher

    Robert Berdella, The Kansas City Butcher

    It's 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri. Young, vulnerable men are going missing without a trace, and no one can seem to figure out why. A local man named Robert Berdella–known as an upstanding member of the community–has been secretly holding these men in his house, torturing them to their limits, and taking extensive notes. No one has a clue, not even police. After murdering them, he dissects his victims with such precision, that he would become known as the "Kansas City Butcher."

    Due to recent events, the order of this season has been changed. The previous episode's teaser may no longer be accurate.

    This episode is sponsored by:

    Cerebral




    Original music by Ben Krejci, Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, and Daniel Birch. Additional music provided by Epidemic Sound.




    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 41 min
    Robert Lee Yates Jr.

    Robert Lee Yates Jr.

    In August of 1998, a woman by the name of Christine Smith was picked up from her usual spot on the notorious downtown strip known as "the track" in Spokane, Washington. After providing her services to the man, he shot her in the head. She survived the attack, and thinking that the man had stabbed her, fled the car.    
    She would later learn that she would be the only person to ever survive one of this man’s brutal attacks. For over twenty years, Washington State was plagued by an elusive killer targeting female sex-workers. Investigators would have never guessed that the man they were looking for was acting as an upstanding member of the community and model citizen.

    Original music by Ben Krejci, Kai Engel, Sergey Cheremisinov, Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriskie, and Daniel Birch. Additional music provided by: Epidemic Sound

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 44 min
    Trevor Hardy, The Beast of Manchester

    Trevor Hardy, The Beast of Manchester

    It’s July, 1975 in Manchester, England. One man, dubbed "The Beast of Manchester" was responsible for sparking immense fear across the city. This "beast" was the unpredictable and violent 30-year-old Trevor Hardy. He seemed to truly enjoy the act of killing. But it didn't stop there. The Beast would return to the scene of the crime to mutilate his victims over and over again.

    This episode is sponsored by:


    Manscaped - promo code: Killer20





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




    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
249 Ratings

249 Ratings

rae 12344 ,

Too many ads but still decent

Really quite interesting but too many ads at the wrong time ,adds also seem a little insensitive considering the topic

Formby Ripper ,

Outstanding Podcast

Can’t wait for series 4!

RebelLovexSong ,

Great episodes. Too many adverts.

I’ve enjoyed all the episodes but there’s way too many adverts. It would be better if there were less adverts.

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