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.
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.This episode is sponsored by:PrettyLitter - promo code: WMAKWarby ParkerVodacastOriginal music by Ben Krejci, Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, and Daniel Birch.Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
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. This episode is sponsored by: IPVanish PrettyLitter - Promo code: WMAK Vodacast 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.
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. This episode is sponsored by: Vodacast StoryWorth Best Fiends Original music by Ben Krejci, Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, Scott Holmes, Kevin MacLeod, Chris Zabriskie, and Daniel Birch. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
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. This episode is sponsored by: Vodacast Daily Harvest - Promo code: WHAT Original music by Ben Krejci, Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, Kevin MacLeod, Sergey Cheremisinov, Chris Zabriskie, and Daniel Birch.
April 7th, 2016, police were called to the Peabody Estate in South London after receiving complaints from tenants about a putrid smell. The two police officers knocked on the door of 49-year-old Stefano Brizzi’s apartment and waiting for them inside was a gruesome sight. The body belonged to 59-year-old police officer Gordon Semple. The officers would soon find out that Semple had met his killer while using a dating app. This episode is sponsored by: Warby Parker Original music by Daniel Birch, Kai Engel, iamdead324, JOHNWALLY, klankbeeld, Ben Krejci, KRISTIANKULTA, Kevin MacLeod, Magmi.Soundtracks, and Lee Rosevere. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
In the summer of 1996, all of Belgium was in shock when two young girls who had been kidnapped, raped, and tortured were rescued from a makeshift dungeon below a house in Marcinelle. As the weeks passed, the bodies of four other young girls were found buried at properties linked to the same man. It was the beginning of a terrible nightmare for the entire nation. With the help of his wife, Michelle Martin, convicted pedophile Marc Dutroux's unhealthy desire for young girls had turned deadly. This episode is sponsored by: Best Fiends HelloFresh - Promo code: 12WHAT PrettyLitter - Promo code: WMAK Original music by Almusic34, Daniel Birch, Kai Engel, iamdead324, JOHNWALLY, klankbeeld, Ben Krejci, KRISTIANKULTA, Kevin MacLeod, cognito perceptu, and Lee Rosevere. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License.
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