Weird Creepy Psychos

Weird Creepy Psychos

It’s Halloween time, which means that we get to talk about all the spooky things we’d normally get weird looks and/or restraining orders for at any other time of the year. In celebration, we’ve put together a list of History’s Top 5 Weirdest, Creepiest Psychos. Most people are undoubtedly familiar with the names John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, but for every famous, twisted freak out there, a hundred bizarre unknowns lurk beneath the surface.

They may not exactly make for appropriate Halloween costume ideas, but they’re certainly good for a spook. True evil tends to go hand in hand with psychosis, as the subject most often can’t associate linear meaning with words like conscience, morality and social standard. These guys are no exception.

5. Idi Amin


Amin killed nearly half a million of his own people during his brutal reign as the ruler of Uganda. From 1971 to 1979, while the rest of the world snickered at him for his insanely extravagant lifestyle (as documented in 2006’s Last King Of Scotland). He rose up in the British colonial army to eventually become supreme commander, setting all kinds of new standards for atrocities in Africa. Cannibalization, orgies, ethnic cleansing and bloated excess was commonplace, while the Ugandans he oversaw starved around him. To distract himself, he did all kinds of crazy fascist shit, like banning hippies and mini-skirts. Oh yeah, and keeping the severed heads of his detractors in the refrigerator.


4. Josef Fritz


Josef Fritzl probably shouldn’t expect any of those "World’s Best Dad" mugs or T-shirts in the future. This demented sicko isn’t a mass-murderer or a cannibal, but the guy kept his daughter captive in his basement for almost 25 years. Terrible, right? Disgusting. But oh, there’s more. Fritz then fathered seven children – incestually, with his daughter. Nevermind that the guy looks like Vincent Price on a tweak binge – he’s beyond cartoonishly evil, and has created a living nightmare for 8 individuals, nearly all of whom had no idea what the outside world even looked like.


3. Herman Mudget (H.H. Holmes)


Herman Mudgett was a greedy little bastard, to say the least. He was such a swindler that he eventually didn’t bother conning people – he just lured them to his massive funhouse of death, and took their money after he’d killed them.

In Chicago, Mudgett schemed his way into ownership of a row of turreted; three story buildings that spanned an entire city block. The ground floor was mostly random shops for local businesses, while the top floor served as Mudgett’s office and private apartments. But between the floors, Mudgett built a dead-end maze of 100 windowless rooms, random stairways to nowhere, trap doors, secret doors and chutes that led to a torture room and mortuary in the basement. The Castle, as it was called, opened as a hotel in time for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.
Mudgett placed newspaper ads around that time, offering women high-paying work or even marriage to him in a high-class metropolis. He used his good looks and charm to woo the many, many applicants, luring them into captivity, where they were never seen again.
Over the next three years, Herman had quite a gruesome little party in his Castle, which was nice and soundproofed, and full of escape-proof death chambers. Rooms often had gas line connections, so he could asphyxiate his victims remotely, at will. Some of the women weren’t quite so lucky, however. Several were taken, still alive, below the stairs, to be personally tortured and often raped by Mudgett. His body-disposal techniques were varied, and included a metal door in the floor that led to a large lime pit. Behind one wall was a furnace, hot enough to serve as a crematorium.
Strangely, Mudgett wasn’t caught for murder but for fraud. Apparently killers aren’t too good at forging documents. When he was arrested, part of his Castle caught fire, while led police to discover his nightmare hotel, including evidence of the murders of more than 100 men, women and children.
Herman later confessed to 28 killings and an additional six attempted homicides, explaining that he would sometimes kill even if money was not involved. "I committed this and other crimes for the pleasure of killing my fellow beings to hear their cries for mercy." Mudgett was hanged on May 7, 1896. He’s since been referenced in several novels and films.

2. Josef Mengele


When it comes to scary people, no list would be complete without the most large-scale, textbook-definition display of evil humanity’s ever seen: the atrocities committed by Dr. Josef Mengele of the Nazis, who also goes by the name Angel of Death. Mengele was the SS physician responsible for unspeakably horrific experiments he carried out on Auschwitz prisoners, often for no valid scientific or medical reason. The viciously brutal, sociopathic mass murderer was captured and put on trial for war crimes, but escaped and relocated to South America, where he survived until 1979. That’s right – all that shit you hear people spout about karma and bad people "getting what’s coming to them" is proven inarguably false by the fact that this guy lived long enough to watch "The Facts of Life" on TV.


1. Ed Gein

This guy takes the lunatic cake, hands down. He’s credited with being the inspiration for Psycho‘s Norman Bates, as well as American Psycho, Leatherface of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Needless to say, anyone who’s that inspiring to the horror genre must have been a living, breathing nightmare. Here’s why:

Gein first gained national attention when authorities discovered that he had used local graveyards as his own private amusement park/ accessory outlet, exhuming corpses from their graves and taking gruesome mementos home. He was only convicted of two actual murders, but considered a serial killer nonetheless, because nobody could think of what the hell else to call his crazy ass. He was caught in the late fifties, but not before amassing a stunning collection of horrific trophies, all consisting of – you guessed it – human body parts. Searching the house, authorities found human skulls mounted upon the corner posts of his bed, a lampshade and upholstered chair seats made of human skin, a window shade pull made of human lips, a vest crafted from the skin of a woman’s torso, a belt made of human nipples and an array of "shrunken heads" that actually used to belong to real people. Believe it or not, there are a few things on the list that we omitted, out of sheer disgust for the sexual depravity. But rest assured, it’s a lot more f**ked up than what your dad’s got in the attic.

Honorable Mention: Jack the Ripper


Jack the Ripper is perhaps the most famous serial killer ever, despite being unidentified to this day. His notorious prostitute killings largely took place in the fall of 1888, but after more than a century, his gruesome legend lives on. He found his prey in the impoverished areas of London – all of them women, all of them killed in public or semi-public places either at night or in the early morning. After silencing his victims by strangling them and/or slitting their throats, he performed unspeakable surgical procedures on some of them, removing reproductive organs in such a meticulous manner that officials believed the killer possessed extensive anatomical or surgical knowledge.

Jack the Ripper is said to have been so bold that police reportedly sometimes only missed the killer at his murder scenes by mere minutes. Jack’s identity was never confirmed, leading his existence to become a centerpiece of identity theories and folklore. He was most prominently featured as the antagonist in 2001’s From Hell, starring Johnny Depp.