Sadistic serial killer: 4 frightening cases

Before you start … Where does the word “sadism” come from?

Sadism: defining the concept

The term sadism (synonymous with cruelty) appeared with the case of Donatien Alphonse François, better known as “Marquis de Sade”, Parisian born in 1740. The Marquis de Sade is imprisoned because of his scandalous life, full of incidents with prostitutes in which a multitude of acts of violence and sodomy have been reported. After many imprisonments and successive releases, finally he was transferred to the famous Bastille prison. Trainee and with little chance of being released, he wrote all of his controversial works. Eventually, the Marquis de Sade managed to escape from prison because of the revolution, but his last years were spent in a psychiatric hospital in Charenton.

Among his most famous works are “The 120 Days of Sodom” (1784), “Justine” (1791), “Philosophy in the Commode” (1795) and “Juliette” (1797), writings censored for many years due of its high and explicit content of extreme violence and rape. Here we leave the link to the film adaptation of one of them.

Such is the case of the Marquis de Sade he was one of the most paradigmatic in the study of sadism and serial killer psychology, and was useful in laying the groundwork for what we would call criminal psychology in the future.

The sadistic profile of the serial killer

As for the different psychological profiles of the serial killer, one can find all kinds of personalities and the reasons why they commit their crimes.

There are serial killers who commit crimes for their eagerness to feel powerful, others who see themselves as some sort of “vigilante.” In other cases, the psychological causes may be due to serious mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, psychotic attacks, manic episodes … but we mainly find those who commit these crimes. for the simple pleasure of seeing his victim suffer, that is to say the sadists.

People who love the pain of others

the sadistic serial killer is the one who being a sexual arousal inflicting pain on another person. It can be physical pain: watching his blood, beating, torturing, watching him suffer; or psychological: i.e. humiliating the victim, reducing their self-esteem to zero, feeling like their master, etc.

Sexual rape is considered a form of sexual sadism, although sex is usually not the primary satisfaction of sadistic serial killers and in most cases such sexual assaults go unreported.

Sexual sadism in DSM IV

Although this is not very common sadistic behavior, it is worth knowing some important aspects of sexual sadism.

This pattern of sadistic behavior is covered by the name “sexual sadism” in DSM IV (302.84) in the section on paraphilias, defined as: “For a minimum period of 6 months, recurrent and very arousing sexual fantasies, sexual impulses or behaviors that involve acts (real, not simulated) in which the psychological or physical suffering of the victim (including humiliation) is sexually arousing for the individual ”.

Some relevant cases of sadistic serial killers

Gilles de Rais

Gilles de Rais to be a French Marshal who participated in the 100 Years War alongside Juana de Arc. It is said that Gilles de Rais was deeply in love with her, and when his idolized Juana was captured and burned at the stake, this one felt deeply angry with God and he desperately asserted that he would never again be faithful to Christian moral mandates.

Since then, he has locked himself in his castle and has started kidnapping children, to whom he has committed the worst atrocities. He tortured, raped and murdered them, To then continue to commit acts of necrophilia with their lifeless bodies. We find quotes from Gilles de Rais himself in the trial which took place when he was sentenced for these terrible acts in the book “Le maréchal des ténèbres”. we quote:

“I confess that I killed these boys and girls in different ways and using different torture methods: some of them separated their heads from their bodies, using daggers and knives; with others, I used sticks and other flogging instruments, giving them violent blows on the head; to others I tied them with ropes and ropes and hung them from doors and beams until they drowned. I admit that I enjoyed hurting and killing them like that. He loved to destroy innocence and desecrate virginity. He took great pleasure in strangling young children even when these children discovered the first pleasures and pains of their innocent flesh. […]

I loved watching the blood flow, it gave me great pleasure. I gazed at those who had beautiful heads and proportionate limbs, then opened their bodies and reveled in the sight of their internal organs, and very often when the boys were already dying, I sat on their stomachs and j was happy to see them. agony …

I am one of those people for whom everything related to death and suffering has a sweet and mysterious attraction, a terrible force that pushes you down. (…) If I could have described it or expressed it, I probably would never have sinned. I did what other men dream of. I am your nightmare. >>

Elizabeth Báthory, the Bloody Countess

Belonging to one of the most powerful families in Hungary in her day, Elizabeth holds the Guinness Record as the woman who committed the most murders in human history, With around 650 tortures and deaths, all young girls aged 9 to 26.

In addition to a sadistic and sexual perversion, Countess Elizabeth Báthory felt a particular attraction to blood, and not only contented herself with drinking (as usual with so-called vampire slayers) but bathed in it in order to ” prevent your skin from aging. years.

The figure of Elizabeth Báthory is known worldwide, mainly thanks to different stories about her history and for being one of the main characters in horror games, for example the board game “Atmosfear”. Popular culture has given Báthory a prominent role, as the most bloodthirsty and ruthless woman known.

Films have also been made about this woman such as The Countess (2009) and Báthory, la Comtesse de Sang (2008).

Andrei Chikatilo, the butcher of Rostov

This case concerns the protagonist of the macabre photography at the head of this article. Andrei chikatilo, Born in Ukraine in 1936, he had problems of sexual impotence as a teenager that he overcame only in an extremely pathological way, As he discovered during his first strong erection when he cut a naked girl (which he was going to abuse) with a knife, feeling great excitement watching the blood.

Andrei he murdered 53 women between 1982 and 1990, Most of them being minors. His crimes were carried out with inhuman cruelty: he amputated their nipples and tore their uterus and then ate it, among other things.

These words were uttered by Andrei himself: “During kinky sex acts, I felt a kind of rage, a feeling of debauchery. Especially after watching all kinds of sex movies. And horrors.”

Psychiatrists at the Serbsky Institute alleged that Chikatilo was a cautious sadist who did not suffer from any disorder that could hold him back for the immorality of his actions, as his actions were premeditated. For this reason, he was sentenced to death. At the same trial, sheltered in a metal cabin to protect him from the enraged crowd, he undresses and shakes his penis, shouting: “Notice this uselessness. What do you think he was going to do with it? ”.

“Citizen X” movie talks about the investigation into the Andrei murders Chikatilo. Highly recommended.

However, a documentary was made on him, we provide the link here:

Ted bundy

Born in 1946, raped and murdered dozens of women between 1974 and 1978 in the USA.

Bundy took advantage of the kindness of his victims to commit his crimes. he he was going through universities pretending to be badly injured, on crutches or something similar. He pretended his books were falling, so the girls would pick them up and walk him to his car. Ted Bundy seemed too tender and helpless to be dangerous or threatening to the girls who came to his aid.

As the students approached his car, Bundy hit them with a lever and began his grisly plan. In addition to torture, mutilation and rape, practiced necrophilia. He returned several times to the woods of Seattle where he had buried the corpses, often taking pieces home. In all, he confessed to thirty murders, although the actual figure is unknown, probably much higher.

Bundy said:

“It happened in stages, bit by bit, my experience with porn in general, but with porn that has a high level of sexual violence, once you got hooked on it – and I see it as a kind of addictive like other types of addiction – you start looking for all kinds of material with more powerful, more explicit, more graphic stuff until you get to a point where the pornography goes so far that you start to ask what it would be like to do -in fact […]

I have met people who radiate vulnerability … Their facial expressions say: I’m afraid of you. These people invite abuse … While waiting to be hurt, do they subtly encourage it? […]

I’m the coldest bastard I’ve ever known.

Serial killers are their children, their husbands … and we are everywhere. “

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