When we look through the photo albums of our childhood days; often we are filled with heart-warming emotions as we remember the good times. However, these following childhood photos tell a very different story when they are viewed in a much darker perspective—these are the world’s notorious serial killers in their early years.
Looking at these seemingly innocent moments that were captured on camera, nobody could have guessed the sinister crimes they would later be held responsible for. Yet during their younger years, the early warning signs were clearly there and these photos all come with very creepy backstories.
Henry Lee Lucas Lost His Eye Age 10-Years-Old
Henry Lee Lucas became known as ‘The Confession Killer’ as his remarkable claims that he killed more than 100 victims were at one time taken seriously by the Texas Rangers who interviewed him. The real victim count is believed to be between 3 to 41 people, however, this was never confirmed.
Born in Blacksburg, Virginia in 1936, Lucas suffered a tough life at the hands of his abusive mother who tormented her son both physically and psychologically. He recalled, “I hated all my life. I was treated like what I call the dog of the family. I was beaten. I was made to do things that no human bein’ would want to do.”
Ed Gein Grew Up In A House Of Horrors
Ed Gein’s mother will go down in history as one of the worst mothers of all time. Thanks to her parenting skills, Gein became the inspiration for many horror film characters including Norman Bates in ‘Psycho’ (1960), Leatherface in ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (1974), and Buffalo Bill in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991). Gein’s unnerving attachment to his mother led him to create a very creepy ‘woman suit’ from the exhumed bodies of women whose graves he had robbed.
The isolated farmhouse in Plainfield, Wisconsin, where he grew up as a child, was the perfect environment for his domineering mother to teach him all about the evils of the world and that women were the devil (herself not included, of course). Following his mother’s death, Gein inherited the family home and the eerie building creeped out many of the locals.
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Alexander Pichuskin’s Personality Changed After A Childhood Head Injury
Russian serial killer Alexander Pichuskin had set himself a twisted goal to kill 64 victims—one for every square space on a chessboard. From this, he was nicknamed the ‘Chessboard Killer’ and in 1992, he was convicted of killing and mutilating 52 people. Pichuskin had no remorse for his crimes as he explained, “For me, life without killing is like life without food for you. I felt like the father of all these (victims) since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.”
Aileen Wuornos Was Called The “Cigarette Pig” As A Teenager
There is no denying that Aileen Wuornos lived a life of tragedy. Her biological father was sent to prison for sexually molesting a minor and her biological mother abandoned her when she was just 3-years-old. Wuornos then lived with her grandparents and suffered years of abuse at the hands of her own grandfather.
In her book ‘Monster: My True Story’, she writes, “My mother plucked me out of her belly and left me with my grandparents. We never saw her again except for funerals. She can go to hell. My (grandfather) would beat me often after school or if I came home late. He’d make me cut down a willow branch and he’d use that. I soon learned that the thicker the branch, the less it hurt.”
Young John Wayne Gacy Set Turkeys On Fire
John Wayne Gacy was an intelligent child from a middle-class family and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He worshipped his mother but there was a lot of violence in his childhood home as his father was an aggressive alcoholic who would berate young Gacy. There were beatings because he was too effeminate and would grow up to be a “sissy.”
As a child, Gacy decided to take his frustrations out on small animals and enjoyed torturing turkeys. He would throw balloons filled with gasoline at the poor birds before igniting and watching them burn alive. During a later interview following his arrest, Gacy told psychiatrists the result of the tortured animals running around on fire was one of the funniest scenes he had ever witnessed.
Ian Brady Displayed Classic Psychopathic Symptoms In Childhood
Ian Brady was one half of the serial killer duo known as The Moors Murderers. Alongside his partner Myra Hindley, they killed five children, aged between 10 and 17, then buried the bodies in graves on the Saddleworth Moor in North West England.
Brady was adopted at the age of 4-months-old and displayed classic psychopathic symptoms from very early on. He threw extreme temper tantrums where he would repeatedly bang his head on the floor and he referred to his adoptive parents as “maggots.” Aged 10-years-old, he had begun killing animals for his own twisted pleasure—decapitating rabbits and burning cats alive.