Welcome back to Serial Killer Corner. I’m including the transcript for those of you who prefer to read, but the video is much more fun. Please note: the transcript may not be word-for-word. It’s close, though.
Today let’s discuss a fascinating yet terrifying serial killer classified as a Torso Killer. On the net there’s not a lot written about Torso Killers, which made researching a lot more time-consuming, but sometimes that’s a good thing, because you can really dig into more FBI profiles rather than opinions that you find on the net. And you can get deeper into what makes them tick.
So, anyway, a Torso Killer dismembers his victims and dumps the body parts where they’ll easily be found. They need attention. It’s a “Look what I can do; look how great I am” type of cry. A Torso Killer falls into the extreme sadist category. He may even begin dismembering his victims while he or she is still alive.
The most notable aspect of a Torso Killer is their inherent jealously and thirst for revenge. They’re also extremely territorial. If, say, another serial killer is active on their self-proclaimed turf, the Torso Killer may be tempted to snuff him out. A real-world example of this is the Manorville Butcher and Long Island Serial Killer aka LISK. The Manorville Butcher is a Torso Killer, LISK was not. The Manorville Butcher wasn’t pleased when LISK stole his spotlight, and the media went crazy with one story after another.
What’d the Manorville Butcher do?
He dumped pieces of an adult male and a child in LISK’s trophy garden. LISK only murdered female prostitutes, spaced 500 feet apart, with their faces turned west [Correction: east]. So, this was a clear warning to LISK to back off. But like most serial killers, LISK believed he was unstoppable and didn’t heed the warning. This aligns perfectly with a Torso Killer. Some say the Manorville Butcher took him out because LISK suddenly stopped killing, and that’s probably a pretty good assumption.
When a Torso Killer throws the gauntlet, the challenge goes something like this: “Who’s the most proficient killer, you or I? Step aside or suffer the consequences.”
A Torso Killer takes their threat very seriously too.
Another perfect example of a Torso Killer’s wrath is the murder of Jack the Ripper. Now, before I go any further, let me say this. You don’t have to agree with me. This is my opinion. I am not stating this as fact … that Jack the Ripper was murdered. It seems lately, every time I post about a real-world case, Discovery ID—and I love that channel—does a show on the exact case I posted about a month before or whatever, and I get a plethora of scathing emails and rude comments. So please, let’s avoid all that. Okay? I’m saying Jack the Ripper was murdered. You don’t have to believe me. As I said, I’m not stating this as fact. I’ll tell you when I am stating things as fact, and then you can argue with me. Okay? Super.
Back to my point.
During Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror in the fall of 1888, [FACT] unrelated body parts were showing up in London. One of the killings is listed as one of the twelve Whitechapel murders. So, was it the work of Jack of Ripper, or is it possible that two separate serial killers were active at the same time? And is it also possible that one was a Torso Killer? I believe that yes, it is possible. And not only that, I believe it is likely.
More than a year before Jack the Ripper began murdering prostitutes, in May 1887, a bundle containing a female torso was dragged from the river in Rainham, a village in the Thames River Valley. Over the next two months, other pieces of the same woman were discovered in various parts of London, minus the head and upper torso. The bust, if you will, which was never found.
When a Torso Killer gets angry, they’re lethal. They’re also very hard to catch, because they choose victims who they have no connection with, and they scatter the body parts in multiple jurisdictions. In Blessed Mayhem I talked about “link-blockage,” which basically means one department isn’t communicating with another, so finding MO similarities becomes an arduous task. We can talk more about link-blockage and why it happens another time.
For Jack the Ripper, however, some say his reign of terror ended because he’d finally met his match … a Torso Killer. And I believe that too.
A real-life Torso Killer example is Joel Rifkin, who murdered 17 prostitutes before state police pulled over his vehicle after his license plate fell off. Anyone else find this freaky? For paranormal fans, what better way could a murder victim get justice than by popping off the license plate mere moments before State Police pulled behind him. Just throwing it out there.
Karma, baby. Mess with her at your own peril.
With a body in the trunk, Rifkin refused to pull over and what can only be described as a slow-speed chase ensued. I say slow-speed because Rifkin never exceeded 50 mph. He had no problem slaughtering innocent lives but couldn’t bear to commit a traffic violation?
Truth really is stranger than fiction.
Another prime example of a Torso killer is Robert Shulman, the former Hicksville, NY postal worker who horrified residents by murdering, dismembering, and discarding female body parts in Long Island from 1991 till his arrest in 1996. A search of his room revealed hundreds of bloodstains scattered over nearly every surface.
A Torso Killer is the most vicious serial killer of them all. They’re cunning, curious, and clever. The best way, and perhaps the only way, to find a Torso Killer is to first find his prey.
That’s all for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode of Serial Killer Corner. See you next time!