I tend to watch horror movies so often that most fail to actually scare me anymore. So for a little horrifying thrill I started to watch documentaries and reading online articles, educating myself on actual frightening stories about serial killers. Which because of this, now I tend to double lock my doors and I keep a gun underneath my bed, because frankly, truth is scarier then fiction. So, for Monster Music Monday I decided to provide you with songs that were inspired by real life serial killers. However, I only listed the songs I enjoy myself, there are many more out there.
#1 The Axeman
"The Axeman" of New Orleans was a serial killer active in New Orleans, Louisiana (and surrounding communities, including Gretna, Louisiana), from May 1918 to October 1919. This killer would attack their victims with an axe, which usually belonged to the victim themselves and has 11 murders recorded in history. "The Axeman" was never caught and even with a few suspects, their identity is still unknown to this day.
"Axeman" by Amebix
#2 Elizabeth Báthory
Countess Elizabeth Báthory was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labeled the most prolific female serial killer in history and is remembered as the "Blood Countess." Elizabeth was known for torturing and killing hundreds of woman and bathing in their blood in the belief it would retain her youth. On August 21st, 1614, Elizabeth Báthory was found dead in her castle. The cause of her death being unknown.
"Bathory's Sainthood" by Boysetsfire
"Beauty Through Order" by Slayer
"Bathe In Blood" by Evile
"Elizabeth" by Aiden
"Elizabeth" by Kamelot
#3 David Berkowitz
David Berkowitz, better known as Son of Sam, is an American serial killer convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in the summer of 1976. Perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver, the shootings continued for over a year, leaving six victims dead and seven others wounded. His crimes became legendary because of the bizarre content in the letters that he wrote to the police and the media and his reasons for committing the attacks. Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six life sentences consecutively.
" Son of Sam" by Dead Boys
"Ballad to the Son of Sam" by The Consumers
"Cereal Killer" by Green Jelly
"I Hear Black" by Overkill
#4 Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer was an American serial killer and sex offender. Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with the majority of the murders occurring between 1987 and 1991. His murders involved rape, dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism. On November 28, 1994, he was beaten to death by an inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution, where he had been incarcerated.
"Dahmer is Dead" by Violent Femmes
"213" by Slayer
"Room 213" by Dead Moon
"Said the Spider to the Fly" by pAper chAse
"What's That Smell" by Macabre
#5 Albert Fish
Albert Fish was an American serial killer. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac and The Boogey Man. A child rapist and cannibal, he boasted that he "had children in every state," and at one time stated the number was about 100. However, it is not known whether he was talking about rapes or cannibalization, less still whether he was telling the truth. He was a suspect of at least five murders during his lifetime. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide, and he confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was tried for the kidnapping and murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed by electric chair on January 16, 1936.
"Albert Fish Liverwurst" by Green Jelly
"Mr.Fish" by Sparzanza
#6 Edward Gein
Edward Gein was an American murderer and body snatcher. His crimes, committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin. After police found body parts in his house in 1957, Gein confessed to killing two women. Searching the house, authorities found: four noses, whole human bones and fragments, nine masks of human skin, bowls made from human skulls, ten female heads with the tops sawn off, human skin covering several chair seats, Mary Hogan's head in a paper bag, Bernice Worden's head in a burlap sack, nine vulvae in a shoe box, a belt made from female human nipples, skulls on his bedposts, a pair of lips on a draw string for a window-shade, and a lampshade made from the skin from a human face. He was found guilty of first-degree murder, but because he was found to be legally insane, he spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital. On July 26, 1984, Gein died of respiratory failure at the age of 77 in Stovall Hall at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.
"Ed Gein" by Killdozer
"Old Mean Ed Gein"
"Skinned" by Blind Melon
"Dead Skin Mask" by Slayer
#7 Charles Manson & Family
Charles Manson is an American criminal and musician who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of Sharon Tateand Leno and Rosemary LaBianca carried out by members of the group at his instruction. He was convicted of the murders through the joint-responsibility rule, which makes each member of a conspiracy guilty of crimes his fellow conspirators commit in furtherance of the conspiracy's objective.
Manson believed in what he called "Helter Skelter," a term he took from the song of the same name by The Beatles. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles' song. He believed his murders would help precipitate that war. Manson's death sentence was automatically commuted to life imprisonment when a 1972 decision by the Supreme Court of California temporarily eliminated the state's death penalty.California's eventual reinstatement of capital punishment did not affect Manson, who is currently incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison.
"ATWA" by System of a Down
"California Hippie Murders" by Red River Dave McEnery
"Revolution Blues" by Neil Young
"Mister Manson" by Klaatu
#8 Ted Bundy
Theodore Bundy was an American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, he confessed shortly before his execution to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978; the true total remains unknown, and could be much higher. After several prison escapes, Bundy was finally recaptured and he received three death sentences in two separate trials for homicides he committed in Florida. Ted Bundy died in the electric chair at Raiford Prison in Starke, Florida, on January 24, 1989. Biographer Ann Rule described him as "a sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human's pain and the control he had over his victims, to the point of death, and even after."
"Blackest Eyes" by Porcupine
"Bundy" by Animal Alphia
#9 Ian Brady & Myra Hindley
Brady and Hindley were serial killers in England and their murder streak was known as the "Moor Murders". They abducted their victims, who were boys and girls aged 10-17, with simple ruses. After forcing them into their car, Brady would rape them and kill them either by strangling them with a piece of string (possibly a shoelace) or by slitting their throats. The bodies were then buried on the Saddleworth Moor. Before killing Lesley Ann Downey, they forced her to pose for photos and even tape recorded her torture. When they killed Edward Evans, Brady beat him to death with an axe and then strangled his lifeless body with an electrical cord. As the death penalty for murder had been abolished while Brady and Hindley were held on remand, the judge passed the only sentence that the law allowed: life imprisonment. Brady was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences and Hindley was given two, plus a concurrent seven-year term. Myra Hindley has died in hospital from a serious chest infection following a suspected heart attack in 2002 and Ian Brady is currently being held at the high security Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside. As of 2011, Brady was the longest serving prisoner in England and Wales.
"Mother Earth" by Crass
"Suffer Little Children" by The Smiths
#10 Robert Pickton
Robert Pickton is a former Canadian pig farmer and serial killer convicted in 2007 of the second-degree murders of six women. He is also charged in the deaths of an additional twenty women, many of them prostitutes and drug users from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, but these charges were stayed by prosecutors in 2010. In December 2007 he was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 25 years — the longest sentence available under Canadian law for murder.
"Hooker Fortified Pork Products" by The Accüsed
"Pigfarm" by Mad Sin