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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 • 650 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.

    Introducing Suspect

    Introducing Suspect

    A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in particular. But for what reason?

    Host and reporter Matthew Shaer (Over My Dead Body) returns to the scene of the crime, speaks with everyone about a night that still haunts them years later. It’s a series about race and policing, mislaid justice, cutting-edge science, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day -- choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.

    Listen here: wondery.fm/Suspect_MakesAKiller

    • 7 min
    Jack Unterweger

    Jack Unterweger

    It's May 1990, and convicted murderer Jack Unterweger is about to charm his way out of prison. After teaching himself how to read and becoming a well-known children's author, Unterweger had convinced the Austrian public that he was a changed, reformed man. But it was a ruse, and his release would only lead to the death of at least nine more women in both Austria and the United States. He was once again on the loose, on top of the world, and not trying to hide it from anyone. But no one suspected it was him.

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

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 47 min
    Stephen Griffiths, The Crossbow Cannibal

    Stephen Griffiths, The Crossbow Cannibal

    It’s 2010 in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Local man, Stephen Griffiths has just returned home from a night out with a woman in tow. Seconds later, she's seen on security footage running for her life away from his apartment. Griffiths, seen with a crossbow, chases after her and shoots her, before dragging the woman back inside his apartment. She is never to be seen alive again. But he doesn't try to hide this. In fact, he flaunts it, with the hopes of living up to his idol–the Yorkshire Ripper.

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

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 45 min
    Cary Stayner, the Yosemite Park Killer

    Cary Stayner, the Yosemite Park Killer

    Yosemite National Park, located in the picturesque Sierra Nevada mountains, was all but serene for five months in 1999. Fear ran rampant as four women were viciously murdered. The prime suspect was 37-year-old Cary Stayner, a handyman at a local lodge. After being arrested in July of that same year, he astonished everyone with what he did next.

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    Original music by Daniel Birch, Kai Engel, JOHNWALLY, Ben Krejci, Kevin MacLeod, Magmi.Soundtracks, and Lee Rosevere.

    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.

    • 42 min
    Horst Kroner

    Horst Kroner

    On December 2nd 2015, Horst Kroner boarded a plane to Thailand, intending to spend his vacation sleeping with various women. While he was away, neighbors became increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of Kroner's wife. They didn't know it yet, but two days before his trip, the man had viciously murdered his wife, bludgeoning her to death while she slept before hiding her body.

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    Original music by Ben Krejci, Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel,  Scott Holmes, Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriskie, and Daniel Birch.

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    • 46 min
    Michael Ryan

    Michael Ryan

    On August 19th 1987, the citizens of Hungerford in Berkshire woke up to a seemingly picturesque summer's day. While a mother sat in a park with her children, she was approached by a young man named Michael Ryan. As she turned to face him, Michael Ryan shot her. What followed was a day of terror, as the town was thrown into chaos and authorities were inundated with conflicting information. As they desperately tried to locate the killer, Michael Ryan continued to claim victims.

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    Original music by Ben Krejci, Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, Kevin MacLeod, Sergey Cheremisinov, Chris Zabriskie, and Daniel Birch.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
650 Ratings

650 Ratings

Mandie Haze ,

One of my faves

Great podcast. Very well researched and wonderfully conveyed. I love the story format without extra conversation and fluff. I look forward to the episodes when they come out.

Mom of 3 in Houston ,

Well done

This is an exceptional podcast. I appreciate the wide variety of cases, the depth of research, the experts brought in to comment and above all the professionalism of the script, narrator, and editing.

So tired of the off the cuff, stumbling, swearing podcasts. This one is VERY well done.

LogicandReason ,

Top notch!

Love the narration and experts they bring on to discuss the cases. The writing and production is smooth and clear. Love this one.

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