"Other sins only speak; murder shrieks out." - Anne Hocking
- Anne Hocking
While researching the material for this site, I discovered that it is often difficult to gather all the names and identities of a particular killer's victims. They are often treated as an afterthought to the story, bit players who make a brief cameo and then vanish from the stage. At times in the recounting of a crime, only one of two victims are paid attention to, especially if they were very beautiful or their story was extraordinarily tragic. (We all know from watching the nighty news that beauty and tragedy, when coupled with violence, sell.) If the victim lived on the fringes of society, had bad habits or were perhaps less than an upstanding citizen, he or she is often portrayed as inviting their fate. Even in death we are not treated as equals.
It is wrong to marginalize anyone, living or dead. As Voltaire wrote, "One owes respect to the living. To the dead, one owes only truth." None of those people listed below knew what awaited them when they stepped into - or were forced into - the situation that brought about their demise. I have wholeheartedly attempted to pay not only respect to the legions of dead on this site, but to tell their truths, whatever they are. It is the least I can do. I cannot bring them back, I cannot know them, but I can tell their story when they cannot.
I have thought as much about the victims as I have about their killers. I cannot claim to believe in ghosts, but I've often imagined their last moments being reenacted over and over, on another plane, for eternity, as if the emotions vented in those seconds were so great they could not pass on, and became lodged in this world. I don't know that I believe that this actually happens. However, others have felt, whether in their own minds or through some other force, a clinging of emotions in places where violence has occured. In an interview musician Trent Reznor, who lived and recorded albums in Sharon Tate's former home, described the place as having a sense of 'peaceful sadness'. He later said this about the house: "While I was working on [the album] Downward Spiral, I was living in the house where Sharon Tate was killed. Then one day I met her sister. It was a random thing, just a brief encounter. And she said, 'Are you exploiting my sister's death by living in her house?' For the first time, the whole thing kind of slapped me in the face. I said, 'No, it's just sort of my own interest in American folklore. I'm in this place where a weird part of history occurred.' I guess it never really struck me before, but it did then. She lost her sister from a senseless, ignorant situation that I don't want to support. When she was talking to me, I realized for the first time, 'What if it was my sister?' I went home and cried that night. It made me see there's another side to things."
While studying violence and its perpetrators, we cannot forget that they took real lives, brought real beating hearts and breathing lungs to a horrible end. We owe it to those lost to make the whole tale as real as possible, so that others see it fully. I have received emails from many people who were victims of violent crime themselves or were close to someone who was murdered. I have messages from students who were at Columbine High School on the day that two kids came gunning for revenge. I have messages from brothers and sisters of convicted killers. I have a note from a woman who watched a man stomp on the neck of a fourteen year old girl until she died. These stories are real. They are full-color, surround sound, high-definition death.
These are the victims' truths.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
The following is a list of the victims of the serial killers, mass murderers, and others featured on this site. Names of the killers follow the list of victims attributed to them. The victims of Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo are not included, due to an unavailability of a complete list of victims. However, authorities attribute 52 to 55 murders to Chikatilo.
Wendy Lee Coffield, Debra Lynn Bonner, Cynthia Hinds, Opal Mills, Marcia Faye Chapman, Giselle Lovvorn, Terry Milligan, Mary Bridget Meehan, Debra Estes, Denise Bush, Shawnda Leea Summers, Shirley Sherrill, Colleen Brockman, Rebecca Marrero, Kase Lee, Linda Rule, Alma Smith, Delores Williams, Sandra Gabbert, Kimi-Kai Pitsor, Gail Matthews, Andrea Childers, Marie Malvar, Martina Authorlee, Cheryl Wims, Yvonne Antosh, Constance Naon, Carrie Ann Rois, Tammy Liles, 'Rose', Keli McGinness, Kelly Ware, Tine Thompson, Carol Ann Christensen, April Buttram, Debora Abernathy, Tracy Ann Winston, Maureen Feeney, Mary Sue Bello, Pammy Avent, Patricia Osborn, Delise Plager, Kimberly Nelson, Lisa Yates, Cindy Ann Smith, Mary Exzetta West, Patricia Barczak, Patricia Yellow Robe, Marta Reeves, Roberta Hayes, Jane Doe C-10, Jane Doe D-16, Jane Doe D-17, Jane Doe B-20 (Green River Killer), Voytek Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Steven Parent, Jay Sebring, Sharon Tate Polanski, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca (Charles Manson Family, including Charles Watson, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkel), Donna Lauria, Jody Valenti (survived), Carl Denaro (survived), Rosemary Keenan, Donna DeMasi (survived), Joanne Lomino (survived), Christine Freund, John Diel (survived), Virginia Voskerichian, Valentina Suriani, Alexander Esau, Judy Placido (survived), Salvatore Lupo (survived), Stacy Moskowitz, Bobby Violante (survived) (Son of Sam), Lonnie Trumbull, Kathy Devine, Lynda Ann Healy, Donna Manson, Susan Rancourt, Brenda Baker, Brenda Ball, Georgeann Hawkins, Janice Ott, Denise Naslund, Kathy Parks, Nancy Wilcox, Melissa Smith, Laura Aimee, Debbie Kent, Susan Curtis, Nancy Baird, Debbie Smith, Caryn Campbell, Julie Cunningham, Denise Oliverson, Melanie Cooley, Shelley Robertson,Lynette Culver, Jane Doe, Lisa Levy, Margaret Bowman, Kimberly Ann Leach, Carol DeRonch (survived) (Ted Bundy), Mary Hogan, Bernice Worden (Ed Gein), Elizabeth Short (Unsolved crime), Michael Moore, Steven Branch, Christopher Byers, (Jessie Miskelley, Jason Baldwin, and Damien Echols convicted for crime), Brian Howe, Martin Brown (Mary Bell), Brian Deneke (Dustin Camp), Gracie Budd (Albert Fish), Steven Curnow, Kelly Fleming, Cory DePooter, Matthew Kechter, Daniel Rohrbough, Dave Sanders, Isaiah Shoels, John Tomlin, Cassie Bernall, Daniel Mauser, Lauren Townsend, Rachel Scott, Kyle Velasquez, Brian Anderson (survived), Richard Castaldo (survived), Nick Foss (survived), Jennifer Doyle (survived), Stephen Eubanks (survived), Sean Graves (survived), Makai Hall (survived), Ann Marie Hochhalter (survived), Patrick Ireland (survived), Joyce Jankowski (survived), Michael Johnson (survived), Mark Kintgen (survived), Lance Kirkland (survived), Lisa Kreutz (survived), Adam Kyler (survived), Patricia Nielsen (survived), Stephanie Munson (survived), Kacy Reusegger (survived), Jeanna Park (survived), Valeen Schnurr (survived), Evan Todd (survived), Charles Simmons (survived), Danny Steepleton (survived), Mark Taylor (survived) (Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris), Clarnell Kemper, Maude and Edmund Kemper Sr., Mary Ann Pesce, Anita Luchese, Aiko Koo, 'Cindy', 'Rosalind', 'Alice', Sara Hallett (Ed Kemper).
- Martin Luther King, Jr.