No matter how hard we try, it’s not an easy task to see through the eyes of a serial killer. Even if we try, for most of us at least, there’s some restraint on our behalf due to the fact that the mind of a killer is a dark place where none of us want to be. The closer we are to trying to understand the actions of a killer by looking at the world through their perspective, the more likely we are to push back due to how disturbed we become. This proves most difficult for those in the police and forensic investigation fields.
These are people who have to attempt to look through the darkly disturbed minds of serial killers on a regular basis in order to crack a case, whether that means trying to find the killer or understand the motive of a killer once they’ve been caught. Again, such a feat proves to be easier said than done. What makes their job easier is when serial killers tend to photograph their victims, literally providing a glimpse of the viewpoint of a serial killer. Even when restricted to the confines of a photograph, seeing the world through the eyes of a psychopath can be a damning sight for the average human eye to behold.
It’s typical for a serial killer to carry mementos to remember their slain victim. Sometimes, that may involve an item belonging to the victim (i.e. clothes, locket, etc.) or an amputated limb of the victim, but more often than not, serial killers have been known to take documented footage of the victim. This usually comes in the form of either video or, as is more typically the case, photographs. These photographs tend to wind up in police possession during the investigation upon the killer’s arrest, but in this day and age when everything that can be documented winds up on the internet, these photographs eventually end up online.
All of the photographs listed below are taken of the victims right before the killer killed them, and in many cases, each photograph looks more grisly than the last. The easily squeamish and frazzled should take heed now and turn back if you think you can’t handle the awful sight of what these victims looked like. You’ve been warned. For the brave souls who’ve chosen to stick around, here are 15 chilling photographs of murder victims that were taken by their killers.
1. Rodney Alcala’s Victims
Often called The Dating Game Killer due to his 1978 appearance on the game show of the same name, Rodney Alcala is better known today as a convicted murderer and rapist whose body count could range anywhere from 8 to 130. He was only convicted of murdering eight people, but much of the investigation has led authorities to believe that he could have killed many more based on some eerie photos found in his storage locker. In said locker, police found hundreds of photos of women, young girls, and teenage boys. Some were posed in either partial or fully nude positions. Since only a small portion of women came forward to admit they posed in Alcala’s pictures, it’s speculated that most of the people in these photos were murdered by Alcala. He was arrested for his crimes in 1979 and sentenced to death in 2010.