Top 5 Horrific True Crime Cases You Should Never Web Search

There are some crimes so unimaginable that searching for the graphic details online would leave even the most hardened true crime fan shaken. When we imagine the suffering of the victims, it’s difficult to understand how these sadistic killers went through with it. The stomach-churning details of these horrific murders are worse than any horror film. I strongly suggest you heed my advice and avoid searching for the items found hereunder.

1 The Cheshire Family Murders

In 2007, the Petit family—Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two teenage daughters—were assaulted and murdered in their Connecticut home. The father Dr. William Petit was injured but managed to escape with his life before the perpetrators burned the house to the ground.

Two paroled burglars Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes targeted the family when Jennifer and her 17-year-old daughter Hayley were at a grocery store. They followed them home and subjected them to brutal torture before killing them. Hayley and her 11-year-old sister Michaela died through smoke inhalation as they were tied to their beds and Jennifer died through strangulation. Details of the crime are shockingly unbearable as it was revealed police were aware that the family were held as hostages but had spent too long securing the street rather than entering the home to help the family.

The killers were sentenced to death which was later changed to life imprisonment as Connecticut abolished capital punishment in 2012.[1]

2 The Murder of Sylvia Likens

The brutal and cruel murder of Slyvia Likens still disturbs Indiana more than fifty years later. In 1965, police officers found the body of 16-year-old Likens laid on a filthy mattress; she was covered in more than 150 burns and cuts. It was clear at first that the young girl had starved to death as she was little more than skin and bone. Later, it was found that she died of a brain hemorrhage and malnutrition.

Mother-of-seven Gertrude Baniszewski was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Likens’ parents had paid Baniszewski $20-a-week to care of her and their other daughter Jenny. Instead, Baniszewski allowed her own children to beat Likens and force her to eat feces.

Attorney Natty Bumppo said, “A lot of people have compared this to Lord of the Flies. But that was just a bunch of uncontrolled children. In this case, they had an adult supervising what they were doing. It wasn’t children going wild. It was children doing what they were told.”[2]

3 Richard Speck Slaughter

When Richard Speck entered South Chicago Community Hospital, where he methodically tortured and murdered eight nurses, the state of Chicago changed forever. During the early hours of July 14th, 1966, Speck led the nurses “like lambs to the slaughter” during an attack that lasted five hours. Distracted by his own killing spree, Speck didn’t realize that one of his hostages had hidden under a bunk bed until the massacre was over. She then jumped from a window and ran for her life.

All the victim recalled of Speck was his tattoo that read: “Born To Raise Hell.” Two days later, the cold-blooded killer arrived at County Cook Hospital following a suicide attempt and a doctor recognized the tattoo from news reports. The assistant Cook County district attorney said of the sadistic attacks, “It really was the first random mass murder of the 20th century. It really was the end of an age of innocence. It changed everything. We all became much more conscious of our security. Eight nurses could be slaughtered in their beds for no reason by a stranger.”[3]

4 Cannibal Armin Meiwes

In 2001, Armin Meiwes from Germany posted an advert on the cannibalism fetish website ‘The Cannibal Cafe’ looking for “a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed.” Many people replied to the advert but all of them got cold-feet apart from Bernd Jürgen Armando Brande. Throughout his childhood, Meiwes fantasized that if he were to eat someone, they would be with him forever so he would never be lonely again.

The video tape Meiwes made of himself dismembering Brande is stomach-churning to say the least. Meiwes amputated the victim’s penis and they both attempted to eat but it was “too chewy”. Brande then took twenty sleeping pills to kill himself but this was not a success and he slowly bled out from the amputation. Meiwes murdered Brande by slicing his throat and consumed the remains over a period of 10 months. He was sentenced to life imprisonment after stating to a psychiatrist that his fantasies of devouring people had not subsided.[4]

5 Kermit Gosnell’s Abortions

Twisted serial abortionist Kermit Gosnell performed late-term abortions in his unsanitary and unsafe clinics at the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia. He had owned the medical center since 1979 and complaints about his practice stretched back decades.

In 2011, Gosnell was arrested on suspicion of murdering seven infants who had at first, survived his initial abortion attempts but later fell victim to his unspeakable evil. A grand jury heard that Gosnell was not an obstetrician or gynecologist as he had failed to qualify, however, he was charging up to $3,000 for each late-term abortion. His staff members testified against him detailing how they witnessed infants move or cry after he performed the termination, and the details of how he then ended their lives are deeply distressing.

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