The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
H.H. Holmes was a serial killer who killed a lot of people. Erik Larson wrote a book about him called The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America in 2003, and it’s a really scary story about him! Daniel Burham, the architect who built the White City, and Holmes, who built a hotel near the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The story is based on their real-life stories. The “murder castle” was built to be a place where he could kill his victims. It had an acid vat, a crematorium, and other things that made it easy for him to get rid of the bodies of the women he killed. Larson did a lot of research for this book, and he mixed historical facts with amazing storytelling to make a chilling true crime book that reads like a novel.
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
The Stranger Beside Me is both a biography and an autobiography about a serial killer, making it one of the scariest books about a person who kills a lot. Because they worked at a crisis center together before they wrote the book in 1980, Ann Rule knew Ted Bundy and even became friends with him. Take a closer look at the man who confessed to killing 36 women across the United States. Then, he was put to death for his crimes. The Stranger Beside Me made and still makes people think about how well they know the people around them.
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
On the first page of the best-selling true crime book in history, “The story you are about to read will scare the hell out of you.” It’s about cult leader Charles Manson and his followers. It was written by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecuting attorney in Manson’s trial, and Curt Gentry, a friend of Gentry’s. It tells the heartbreaking story of how Manson’s followers killed their friends. In August 1969, Manson told his people to kill several people, including an unborn child, in Hollywood. It is a gripping story that will, of course, scare the people who are reading it.
The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo
At night, people living in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas were scared to death. This happened from June 1984 to August 1985. Then, someone broke into random homes and raped and tortured anyone who lived there during this time. Many of the people he killed were killed violently by him as well. Richard Ramirez, a Satanist, was this person. During the night, Philip Carlo wrote a book called The Night Stalker, which tells the story of Ramirez and his killing spree, a time when people were afraid to close their eyes.
The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
During the years 1968 and 1985, 16 people died in the Florence, Italy area because of a killer or killers. This monster killed young couples who were in love by shooting them at close range and mutilating the sex organs of the women. When Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi were looking into this mystery, they were also being looked into by the police. This book is a truly scary story. Because no one has ever been found guilty of these horrible crimes, it’s even scarier that no one has ever been found.
Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story of a Doctor Who Got Away with Murder by James B. Smith
It’s often told to relax and let the medical staff take care of you when you’re in the hospital They were under the care of a young doctor named Michael Swango. His patients started dying in strange ways. It is thought that Dr. Swango killed at least 35 people in the United States and Africa over the course of 15 years. This book by James B. Smith is called Blind Eye. It tells the story of a man who did horrible things and the people who didn’t do anything about it.
Deviant: The Shocking Truth of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho by Harold Schechter
Ed Gein is a very disturbed person, and he has been the inspiration for many movie characters over the years, like Norman Bates in Psycho and Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. As a child, Gein was quiet and didn’t like to be alone. During the time after his mother died, something happened that made him start robbing graves. He also started taking female bodies from graves and having necrophilia. He kept things like skulls, which he used for bowls, and skin that he used to make a suit. Two women were also killed by him. Deviant, a book about true crime written by Harold Schechter, takes readers inside the mind of this evil person.
Fred & Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors by Howard Sounes, Fred & Rose
It looked like Fred and Rose West were just like any other couple living in Gloucester, United Kingdom. However, they were not normal at all! The bodies of at least 12 young women and girls, including Fred’s stepdaughter from his first wife, were found under and around their homes. They tortured, raped, and cut them up. When they lived at home, they also had other children who they often threatened and tortured, and they did this often. Written by Howard Sounes, Fred and Rose is a detailed account of their terrible, shocking crimes. It is very scary.
Rites of Burial: The Horrific Account of a Sadistic Serial Sex Killer by Tom Jackman and Troy Cole
Rites of Burial, by Tom Jackman and Troy Cole, is not for the faint of heart because it is full of graphic details that would make anyone sick. Robert Berdella, the man who raped, tortured, and killed while living in Kansas City, isn’t someone I’d want to be friends with. People were killed by Berdella between 1984 and 1987. He cut them up and threw them out with the trash. One of his victims was able to get away, but all he had was a dog collar. He was only caught after that.
Killer Clown By Marcelina Morfin
Anyone who is afraid of clowns should not read this book at all.
One of John Wayne Gacy’s nicknames is “Killer Clown.” This is a scary story about Gacy’s gruesome crimes. He had a history of sexual assaults, which led to murder. Afterwards, police searched Gacy’s house. They found 29 bodies of boys and young men in the crawlspace. It is thought that he killed 33 people in all. Why is the name “Killer Clown”? When he was killing people, Gacy would often dress up as a clown to make the kids laugh. Marcelina Morfin wrote this book.