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Transcript of Serial Killers
(March 17, 1942 - May 10, 1994)
During his childhood, Gacy suffered from constant beatings with a razor strap at the hands of his father.
He had no friends in school because he suffered from a heart condition that rendered him unable to to participate in schoolyard games
In high school, Gacy began to feel confused about his sexuality, alienating him even further from people at the time.
From 1968 to 1975, Gacy was accused by five teen boys of sexual assault and rape (only served a 10-year sentence), and was questioned multiple times by police about the disappearances of other boys.
Overview of The Lovely Bones
Serial Killers of the '70s
By: Rachel Peyser, Bella Moran, Emily Becker, and Mackenzie Moore
(November 12, 1934 - )
1968: Manson moves to San Francisco
Soon after, about 100 of his followers ("The Family") move to the Spahn Ranch in San Fernando Valley
August 9, 1969: Manson orders Charles "Tex" Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Linda Kasabian Roman to carry out the murder of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski, and Abigail Folger at Roman Polanski's Beverly Hills home
Terry Melcher was Manson’s target but he no longer lived there
December 1969: Manson and many of his followers are arrested
July 24, 1970: the trial begins
January 25, 1971: Manson is found guilty of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder
Victims of The Zodiac Killer
The Lovely Bones
Become a Classic Novel?
Thirty-six year old man living in the family friendly town of Norristown, PA
Made his living by building dollhouses
Why did we choose to pursue Serial Killers
from the '70s?
Theodore Bundy was born in Burlington Vermont.
Bundy grew up in an average working class family.
At age 14, Susie Salmon was raped and murdered by Mr. George Harvey
Mr. Harvey is a serial killer that lives in the Salmon's neighborhood
Susie narrates the story from the "Inbetween," describing her family's recovery after her death and the police's struggle to find out who murdered her
This struggle occurs because of Harvey's expertise in the field of killing women
Susie is not Mr. Harvey's first victim and he continues to kill after Susie's death
born in Cincinnati, Ohio to teen mom, Kathleen Maddox (an alcoholic)
starting committing petty crimes at a young age
1955: he married 17 year old Rosalie Willis and they had a son together (Charles Manson Jr.) in March 1956
1960: Manson went to jail for "pimping" and passing stolen checks
sent to McNeil Island prison for 10 years
during his time in prison, Manson learned how to play guitar and wrote dozens of songs
Manson was released from prison on March 21, 1967
The Zodiac Killer is a famous serial killer who committed many crimes in the early 70's in San Diego
He has 37 victims, but the police were not able to find all their names
His targets usually included young couples
He usually murdered by gun shot and stabbing, and even using bombs
During the attacks, he wore a large hood, like those worn by executioners
After every murder, he would send letters to the newspaper with a special code
There has been many suspects, but the identity of the killer has never been discovered
The Zodiac Killer's first murder was Cheri Jo Bates, a college student in Riverside, California, who was murdered outside her school's library on October 30, 1966
Suspicions of Bundy started around age three when he gained an affinity for knives.
In college, he fell in love with a woman from California. Sadly, their relationship did not last, devastating Ted Bundy.
Many of the thirty six murder victims that he is connected to had similar appearances to his ex-girlfriend.
Bundy's tactic was to fake an injury and ask a woman for help.
Ted Bundy's first arrest was for burglary tools found in his car, and then for the kidnapping of another woman in 1975.
In 1977, he was indicted on murder charges for a woman from Colorado.
During the trial, Manson released an album, “Lie,” in order to raise money for his defense
Manson carved an X into his forehead during the trial
some of his followers copied this, and also shaved their heads
the X gradually became a swastika
March 29, 1971: Manson is sentenced to death
Manson’s death sentence was invalidated in 1972 when the California Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty
Manson is currently imprisoned in California's Corcoran Prison
he has gotten more mail than any other prisoner in America
Betty Lou Jensen
Cheri Jo Bates
A serial killer is defined as someone who has committed more than three murders over a period of time that spans more than one month
Serial Killers are people who commit murders for a psychological benefit
can be defined as a psychopath
Motivations include anger, thrill, financial gain, and attention
Serial Killers have no sense of empathy
The Lovely Bones
took place in the '70s
Serial Killers were a big part in the story because Mr. Harvey created the main conflict
Serial Killers are interesting because they develop a style and routine, unique to them, known as an MO [Modus Operandi (method of operation)]
Serial Killers are still around today and it was interesting to read how different the murders were in the '70s without police technology, such as DNA evidence
(December 24th 1939 – August 8th 1973)
born in Fort Wayne, Indiana to strict and overprotective parents
Corll rarely socialized with other kids but was regarded as a good, well behaved student
1950: Corll moves to Pasadena, Texas
1959: He moves back to Indiana to live with his grandparents
1960: Corll returns to Houston and three years later, is named the vice president of his mother’s candy business, The Corll Candy Company
In August of 1965, Corll was drafted to serve in the military, but after 10 months was given an honorable discharge
Many wonder if it is during this time that Corll realized he was gay
Corll returns to the family business in Houston
It was noticed that Corll often flirted with the teenage boys who worked at the candy store
June 1968: The Corll Candy Company closes down and Corll goes to work for the Houston Lightings and Power Company
Corll befriended two boys: 14-year-old Elmer Wayne Henley and 15-year-old David Brooks
They would soon take part in Corll’s murders
Between 1970 and 1973, Dean Corll committed 27 murders
all of his victims were male and between the ages of 13 and 20
most were from Houston Heights
Henley and Brooks were to lure other young boys to Corll’s house by telling them that there was a party with alcohol and drugs
After passing out due to drinking or being drugged, Corll would strip his victim naked and take him to the torture room
Inside the room, Corll would handcuff the victim to a board and sexually assault and torture him, sometimes for days until Corll strangled or shot him
Examination of the bodies showed signs of castration, sodomy, glass rods pushed into their urethras, and objects put in their rectums
Police also found a wooden crate with air holes drilled into it in the torture room
Corll was murdered after he attempted to torture and rape Henley’s girlfriend and his friend, Tim Kerley
Corll left the room after becoming frustrated with Henley because Corll had been trying to rape Kerley and Henley kept distracting him
Henley took Corll’s gun that he left in the room and shot him six times
Henley led the police to where the bodies were buried
Most of the bodies (17 victims) were found in a boathouse that Corll rented
The others were at two beaches and a woodland area where Corll’s family owned a cabin
David Brooks was found guilty of one murder and received life in prison
Elmer Henley was found guilty of six murders and was sentenced to six 99-year terms
None of the six murders Henley was charged with was for Corll’s murder, though, because it was seen as an act of self defense
Raped and murdered 14 year-old Susie Salmon in a hole structure he built in the ground of a cornfield on December 6, 1973
Cut up her body into pieces
Put her body into a safe and dumped her in a sinkhole
Harvey's other victims:
Sophie Cichetti, 49
Leidia Johnson, 6
Flora Hernandez, 8
Jackie Meyer, 13
Leah Fox, 12
Wendy Richter, 13
This novel has a potential to become a classic
It posses many qualities of a classic novel, but the only thing holding it back is time
Qualities that show this could be a classic novel is the fact that the story expresses artistic qualities such as life
The Lovely Bones
expresses life because of how the story is told from Susie's point of view from heaven
The universal themes of the novel share themes with classic novels
Robert Piest went missing in 1978 and his mother remembered last seeing her son heading to Gacy's house for a job offer.
Little did police know that when they went to investigate Gacy on December 21, 1978 they would discover more than two dozen bodies of young men who had been sexually assaulted and then strangled with rope by Gacy; and then hidden underneath the garage and house.
More bodies were later found in the Des Plaines river near Gacy's house totaling his kills to thirty-three.
It was later found out that Gacy would lure the young men to his house with the promise of construction work and would sometimes dress as his alter ego, "Pogo the Clown," when killing.
John Wayne Gacy was executed on May 10, 1994 by lethal injection.
(November 24, 1946 - January 24, 1989)
Acting as his own attorney, he escaped from custody at the courthouse library but was captured eight days later.
In December 1977, again he escaped from custody. He dropped 30 pounds to fit through the small opening he had carved in the ceiling of his cell.
While Bundy was on the run from the police, he killed two girls on January 14, 1978, who were members of a sorority and twenty six days later killed a twelve year old girl, named Kimberly Leach.
The girls from the sorority were found with bite marks on them.
These were his last three murders which he was given the death penalty for.
On January 24, 1989, Ted Bundy was executed via the electric chair, known as "Old Sparky." Crowds rejoiced outside the prison, and even lit fireworks.
A month Bates' murder, there were letters sent to the press signed "Zodiac Killer"
In each letter, he talked about his murders and at the bottom, there was a coded message
One of the letters explained how if the code was not printed in the newspaper, The Zodiac Killer would commit more murders
Another letter mapped out the plan of his next attack
One of the main symbols that was on the letters was a circle with two intersecting lines
Later on, a high school teacher cracked the code on the letters
One of his hidden message explained how much he liked killing and added how if he didn't murder all those people, they would become slaves in his afterlife
If this happened in current day times, The Zodiac Killer would have been caught
this is because police have technology that could have possibly tested the finger prints on the letters
this type of technology was not available in the '70s
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Unlike my group members, I do not believe that
will become a classic novel
While the novel contains an expression of life and death, I do not think it will stand the test of time nor does it have universal appeal.
While this decade still finds interest in Mr. Harvey and Susie, in time, criminal investigations will only improve with technology, making the police's struggle to catch Mr. Harvey seem ridiculous in decades to come. Similar to
Catcher in the Rye
, as time goes on, the next generation's will only get annoyed with the novel for it will have become obsolete
The novel does not have universal appeal for America appears to be the only country modernly who has developed an extreme fascination with serial killers because of media
As the world becomes more secular, less people will come to believe in heaven, so Susie's "Inbetween" will no longer be as of much interest
At this point in time,
The Lovely Bones
cannot be considered a classic.
The book is too recent to give it the title of a classic
In years to come the book may develop into a classic
It has qualities that are similar to other great classics.
It has universal themes of:
love: Susies's sister Lindsey loving Samuel
regret: Susie wishing there were things she would have done when she was alive
death: Susie being killed
These themes can be relatable in any time period making the novel a future classic.
The Lovely Bones
has been published too recently to be considered a classic just yet
But, it has the potential to become one in the future
Readers from all over the world can relate to how Susie's family felt following her death
No matter what one's background is, they can understand how the death of a loved one can impact their life
For example, readers can sort of sympathize with Abigail (Susie's mother) after she leaves her family and moves to California
The death of your child would turn anyone's life upside down
More positively, it is also easy to begin to care for and grow attached to Susie as she watches everyone from her heaven and see the love she has for her family and friends on Earth
Although it was not written in the 70s, TLB paints an accurate picture of the time it takes place in, especially with the neighborhood's sheltered reaction to Susie's murder
The Lovely Bones
will stand the test of time
There is no set type of serial killer, for every one has a different MO and preference (way to kill, group of people killed, location of kill, murder weapon, etc.)
As seen by the serial killers presented, they all have different backgrounds and histories which affect their style of kill and their reason for killing
The mindset of a serial killer can be formed by genetics, brain patterns, and childhood abuse/violence
However, many people with these genes and experiences do not turn into serial killers
Scientists are still researching as to why some people with these abnormality kill and others do not
Serial killers blend into society because of their "seeming normalcy" (Lynn) making it hard for law enforcement to catch them immediately, especially in a time period like the '70s
With modern crime investigation technology and more research about the patterns of serial killers, it has become easier to catch them compared to a few decades ago, and hopefully one day science will discover how to prevent people from being born with the genes of a killer