If you are intrigued by serial killers, you’re not alone. Many have a morbid curiosity about those who kill. No matter if it’s Ted Bundy or unsolved murders linked by a killer’s M.O., there is something fascinating about those who ignore the rules of society and give in to their darkest desires. You might not realize it, but there are a lot of books out there written by serial killers, and we just happen to have a list of nine of them.
A Question of Doubt
John Wayne Gacy took the lives of 33 men and boys. He also appeared at many children’s birthday parties dressed as his alter ego, “Pogo the Clown”, which earned him the nickname “The Killer Clown”. Convicted in 1980, Gacy penned A Question of Doubt in which put the blame for his killing and for having to bury his victim in his crawl space under his home. His book, which had a limited release (500 copies) is now a collector’s item.
The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes
Henry H. Holmes, whose real name was Herman Webster Mudgett, is a unique case. He built what is now referred to as the “Murder Castle”, a hotel designed to kill. The rooms that featured pipes gassing visitors, hidden passages, and body shoots for sending the dead down to where he would strip his victims, bleach their bones and sell the skeletons to schools and doctors. He murdered over 200 people. Holmes’ The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes was published just before he was executed in 1896. You can pick up your copy on Amazon. You can learn more about Holmes here.
Final Truth: The Autobiography of a Serial Killer
Known as “The Meanest Man in America”, Donald Henry “Pee Wee” Gaskins claimed to have a body count of over 100 people. While on Death Row, Gaskins teamed up with journalist Wilton Earle to write his life story before being executed in 1991. The book, Final Truth, features details of Gaskins’ days filled with rape, torture, murder, and cannibalism. Get your copy here.
Pickton: In His Own Words
Canadian pig farmer Robert Pickton was arrested for the murders of six women in 2002. After claiming to have actually have killed forty-nine, he admitted to raping and killing the women then feeding their bodies to his pigs. Side note, a full-grown pig can eat an entire body in just eight minutes. Titled Pickton: In his Own Words, the book was originally released under the name Michael Childres.
The Gates of Janus
Ian Brady along with his lover and partner in crime, Myra Hindley, raped, tortured, and murdered several children in the UK in the early 1960s. The duo then would bury the victims along the moors. Brady and Hindley were arrested in 1965. In 2001, Brady published The Gates of Janus: Serial Killing and Its Analysis, the controversial book in which he examines the cases of other killers, never mentioning his own crimes. You can buy it now on Amazon.
The Making of a Serial Killer
Danny Rolling, the “Gainsville Ripper”, raped murdered several young women during 1990. His exploits are covered in The Making of a Serial Killer, co-written by his fiancèe at the time, Sondra London. In the book, he goes into detail about the murder of five women in Gainsville, Florida as well as his traumatic childhood, and his claims that demons mad him do it. Here it is on Amazon.
Panzram: A Journal of Murder
Carl Panzram, the sadistic serial killer who raped and murdered 23 people, had his autobiography Panzram: A Journal of Murder published 40 years after his death. While Panzram was in jail in 1928 he friended young jailer Henry Lesser who encouraged him to write his life story. He was executed by hanging in `1930. In 1970 Lesser published Panzram’s story. Yes, it too is on Amazon.
Son of Hope
David Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam” and “the 44. Caliber Killer”, killed six and wounded seven over 14 months, ending in August of 1977. After teasing cops with letters, Berkowitz’s downfall came thanks to a parking ticket near a crime scene. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to six life sentences but claimed that the devil drove it to it with messages via his neighbor’s dog Sam.
During his incarceration, he found religion and wrote Son of Hope. Because he can not profit from his crimes, some of the proceeds of the book sales go to the victims of his crimes.
G.J. Schaefer was only convicted for two murders, but he claimed to murdered more than 80 women. He was convicted for the torture and murder of a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl in 1973. In 1990, Sadra London, who was his high school girlfriend, published several of Schaefer’s book Killer Fiction, which was part fiction, but mostly true. Schaefer finally met his end at the hands of a fellow inmate who cut his throat and stabbed in both eyes. Ouch. Did I mention that he was a cop? Grab a copy from Amazon.