Just as everybody else is drowning in thrill inside their homes watching movies of criminals scaring their prey before finally chopping their breath off, one victim in the real world is screaming the same as the devil that seems to come straight out of fiction chases her life away.
In the dark corners of the USA, it was reported that there were around 25-50 active psychopathic human hunters who were believed to toy with the lives of innocent people for their own inhumane satisfaction. These devils appeared to be human in shape and were famously called serial killers. However, due to the fact that these serial killers are gifted with an intellect for planning a perfect murder, most of them have never been caught, and as of 2022, they are still around the corners, waiting for a victim to play with. Below are the most active serial killers in the world with their signature killing sprees.
The Rainbow Slayer of Brazil
In the 20th century, the LGBTQI+ community has given a chance to formally state their freedom to the world, especially in South America, which hosts the largest gay pride march on Earth. This vibrant revelation, however, did not make everyone as welcoming as everyone else, including one homophobic murderer who became known as 'Brazil's Rainbow Maniac.'
Six months after the largest pride march in Sao Paulo, Brazil, police reported that they were hunting for a manslayer responsible for performing about 16 strings of murder on the western outskirts of the city. The victims were all identified as members of the gay parade. The string of murders started with one of the victims, Jose Cicero Henrique, on July 4 of 2007. The man was found.
They were found lifeless with bullets on their heads in Puturis Park, which serves as the gays' meeting point, followed by another 12 victims with similar causes of death. Their victims were half nakedly dumped in the bushes of the park with a.38 bullet buried in their skulls and their own trousers were wrapped around their knees. One victim was said to have been beaten to death in a horrible way, and another was a transvestite who was shot 12 times in a love motel in the city.
In 2011, one suspect was arrested and put on trial , but was found not guilty. In line with this case, Brazil’s oldest gay rights group’s study found that between 1980 and 2006 at least 2,680 gay people were murdered in Brazil, thus suggesting that these killings are the result of homophobic violence. The case of the Rainbow Maniac was not yet solved until today and remains an open case.
The Eastbound Strangler of Atlantic City
A murderous being is happily performing its hideous act in Atlantic City, an area well-known for its active nightlife and casinos, but a murderous being is happily performing its hideous act in the shadows where the city lights cannot reach. He was known as the 'Eastbound Strangler.'
On November 20th, 2006, bodies were found in the drainage ditch behind the Golden Key Motel. The first body was found by the two women walking along the area, and when they reported it to the authorities, three more bodies were recovered during the search. The area was considered one of the worst in the city; however, it was not really a hidden area, so all the bodies were spotted together in shallow water. The victims were all positioned face down facing east, fully clothed, and the weird thing is that their socks and shoes were all gone. The victims were named Barbara Breidor, Molly Jean Dilts, Kim Raffo, and Tracy Ann Roberts. An autopsy showed that all four of them died from being strangled, which gave the killer the nickname 'Eastbound Strangler.'
The case was left open because there were no clues about the killer's motive, no good suspects, and no proof that the four murders were connected. In desperation to find the criminal, a $25,000 reward has been issued to whoever can lead to the killer’s arrest. However, no leads have been reported, so whoever is responsible for this killing might still be there, waiting for another neck to strangle.
New York’s Long Island Serial Killer
One theory suggests that ‘The Eastbound Strangler’ case is connected to the murders that took place in the shimmering water of New York’s Gilgo Beach between 1996 and 2010. The responsible killer of this murder is dubbed the 'Craigslist Ripper.'
The first leading victim of the said ripper is Shanna Gilbert, a sex worker who went missing in May 2010 and was found dead on Gilgo Beach along with the remains of four other bodies. The first four victims were then marked as the Gilgo Four, and they were followed by six more corpses. One of them was a woman. One was a toddler who was discovered as one of the victims' daughters, and the other was a cross-dressing male. Reports claim that the Craigslist Ripper brutally strangled all his victims except for one. The connections between the victim numbers are that they were all sex workers who advertised online on Craigslist, giving the killer the moniker of a 'Craigslist Ripper.'
The mysterious motive of the killer remained unknown for a long time, and this year a new police commissioner inherited the unsolved crime, claiming that the case would now be a firm priority. Some people think that reopening the investigation into this case will be helpful, while others think it will just be another case of Jack the Ripper.
The Vigilante Killer of Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, crimes against women and children are so rampant that in 2019, 79 cases of murder in connection with this issue occurred. In the middle of these crimes, terror strikes, but this time, it is not the innocent who are hunted. A killer was reported to have slain a number of well-known rapists in the country, and from that, he was marked as' Hercules ’, Bangladesh’s dark knight.
The Hercules pilot's murder occurred in the sub-district of Bangladesh in January 2019. His first victim was found dead of a fatal gunshot wound. The murderer was a suspect in the gang rape and killing of a female worker from a garment factory. The second was found with a fatal gunshot wound in the left eye near his ear. A note was found hanging on the victim’s neck, stating his name and that he was a rapist, along with lines suggesting that it was the fate of the rapists, signed by Hercules. The second victim was a law student who was a prime suspect in the rape of Bhandaria, who was 18 at the time. More murders followed, and all the victims were suspected of rape.
No one knows whether Hercules is a lone killer or a group of vigilantes, but the series of murders under his signature leads authorities to believe that Hercules was acting in response to the increasing number of rape cases in the country.
The Forest Killers of Ibadan
Deep within the Ibadan Forest lies a horror that seems to have come straight from the movies. A real nightmare was found by a curious motorcyclist back in 2014 who made his way into the Soka forest in Ibadan, also known as the 'Evil Forest'.
Twenty rotten corpses, severed human skulls, and 10 live people chained to slaughter benches terrifiedly welcomed the curious visitor. Nigerian authorities launched an investigation regarding the case and found children's and adult clothing in the building in the area. Chains, charms, and a slab were also discovered, which appeared to be used in slaughtering the victims. Trails of suspected rape and torture are also visible on every side of the place. Other items such as travel bags, footwear, driver's licenses, and passports are found, yet no owners can be traced.
It is known that Nigerian culture uses human flesh in rituals. Therefore, theories suggest that these terrible acts are purposely made for cannibalistic rituals and bring these people as sacrifices. Since this horrifying discovery, every time a case of missing people happens in Nigeria, one place that the missing relatives primarily search is the area of Evil Forest.