Ok, freaky, this one creeps me out. As does the Rostov Ripper.
Another names to add(think he had a moniker) Gein or Gacy or Bundy.
I think creating a moniker helps 'sell' the stories. It gives the name Bogeyman a rest. And in fiction, they give us a thrill- one great example(apart from the many that have came out of Slade's imagination) is Hannibal Lecter.
Slade wrote:I remember a time when serial killers were big news. Crimes like those of the Boston Strangler, Zodiac, the Hillside Strangler (no "s" until they were caught), the Yorkshire Ripper, the Green River Killer, etc. were followed closely. Then somewhere along the way, such crimes seemed to become commonplace, and focus faded.
A serial killer, to be high profile, must have a moniker. And that moniker must be inspired.
Where would Jack the Ripper be without "Jack the Ripper?" That name, I'm convinced, will never be topped.
To illustrate what I mean, consider this. A number of serial killing have gone on for decades in California without me knowing. Then today, I read about the "Grim Sleeper"...and suddenly, not only do I know about the murders, but that name will instantly come to mind whenever anything connected arises in the future.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/26/gri ... index.html
The Grim Sleeper.
Now that's an inspired moniker.
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