Jack Unterweger: Crime Writer Turned Serial Killer

Jack Unterweger quote

Jack Unterweger, born Johan Unterweger in 1950 to Theresia Unterweger, a Viennese barmaid, waitress, and prostitute, had a brutal childhood. He never knew his birth father, only that he was an American GI serving with the Allied Forces, which occupied the country for ten years after the Second World War.…

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Serial Killers by State – FBI Stats – How Many Live Near You?

An interesting post by James L’Etoile got me thinking about the serial killers in my area. So, like I often do, I researched the subject. It’s not surprising that the U.S. has more serial killers than any other country. In 2016, active serial killers traveled in the United States, Thailand,…

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Drives People to Kill?

nature vs. nurture

The debate of a nature vs. nurture is a controversial, longstanding debate with supporters on both sides. Some experts believe if you grow up in a loving home, you’re destined to become a good person. But that isn’t always the case. Ted Bundy springs to mind. He had a loving…

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Breaking Down Assault Crimes: From Investigation to Timeline

Houston, TX Attorney Greg Tsioros contacted me a few weeks ago. When I read his breakdown of assault crimes, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. If you’re writing about cops, criminals, or lawyers, this post offers fantastic information. For non-writers, I think you’ll also find it fascinating. Enjoy!…

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Serial Killer Couples: Madness Shared by Two

Serial Killer Couples

The French term “folie á deux” means “a madness shared by two.” That certainly seems to fit serial killer couples, especially those where one partner transmits their psychosis to the other. However, in many cases, neither partner exhibited any psychopathic tendencies until they met their partner, and it was their shared…

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Rewriting… In Cold Blood

I don’t often post two guests back-to-back, but Kim McGath‘s post makes the perfect Segway into my next post about serial killer couples/partners. Plus, she’s a retired homicide detective and cold case expert (and one of my closest friends) and she’s fascinating. Long time readers of the blog might remember she cracked the…

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Serial Killer Families: The Family Who Kills Together…

Family serial killers

One serial killer is dangerous enough. A pair of serial killers ups the stakes even more. But what about an entire family of serial killers? Believe it or not, I was able to find four. Four serial killer families who hunt, stalk, and murder together. We’ll discuss serial killer couples in a future…

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Message Left in Lipstick: Spence Motel Murder

Spence Motel murder

In my Death Investigation class at Writers’ Police Academy we were shown actual crime scene photos of several homicides, including a serial killer case that remains unsolved. I can’t discuss that one, sorry. Now I’ve seen crime scene photos numerous times. Most crime writers have stumbled upon them in their…

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Undercover as a Birdwatcher – Investigating the Phantom of Heilbronn

The Woman Without a Face

Regular readers of the blog might remember my post Elusive Serial killer, The Woman Without a Face. Well, today’s guest was involved with the case — undercover as a birdwatcher to catch the Phantom of Heilbronn. Please welcome, Ann Marie Ackermann. The man next to the red car stood watching me. I knew…

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