by Word Gypsy
Sexual perversion or paraphilia is usually defined as aberrant behavior of a sexual nature. Perverts are typically defined as people who participate in deviant sexual behaviors including rape, sodomy, incest, sadomasochism, and no matter what you call them (perverts, rapists, child molesters, or sexual predators), all perverts practice some form of socially unaccepted sexual activity.
Born to Joyce Annette Flint and Lionel Herbert Dahmer in Milwaukee on May 21, 1960, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was a serial rapist of males who had a strong attraction to dead bodies. He dismembered and cannibalized his victims. Beginning at age 18, Dahmer picked up young men for sex and then killed them to prevent them from leaving. He chose most of his victims at gay bars. He was caught after a 14-year old victim escaped from the apartment. Dahmer was convicted of 15 murders and sent to prison where he was murdered in 1994.
Born in San Francisco in 1954 to alcoholic parents, Richard Allen Davis has been convicted for the crime of first-degree murder. As a child, he tortured stray dogs using a knife that he frequently carried with him. A high school drop out, Davis led a life of crime throughout his adulthood. His crimes as a sexual predator included kidnapping and lewd acts. Although he confessed to the crime, the California Supreme Court has upheld the conviction. He is currently in San Quentin State Prison in California where he sits on death row.
Born in November of 1946, Theodore Robert Bundy grew up in Wyoming. Although he repeatedly denied having committed any rapes, kidnapping, or murders, Bundy eventually confessed to thirty homicides that occurred between the years of 1974 and 1978. Likable and good-looking, Bundy found it easy to lure young women to go with him. Revisiting the corpses at later dates, he performed perverted sex acts with the bodies despite their decomposing conditions. Decapitating several of his victims, he kept the heads at his apartment as trophies. Bundy was executed in January of 1989.
Born to Clarnell Strandberg and Edmund E. Kemper in December of 1948, serial rapist and killer Ed Kemper is also known as the “Co-Ed Killer.” Beginning his life of perversion as a child, he played with his sister’s dolls, acting out perverted rituals with them. At the age of 15, he murdered his grandparents and was committed to a state hospital for a time. During the years of 1972 and 1973, he began a perverted killing spree of young female students. He would kill them and then perform sexual acts with their dismembered bodies and heads. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Albert DeSalvo was born in September of 1931 in Chelsea to parents Charlotte and Frank DeSalvo. Widely known as the “Boston Strangler,” DeSalvo confessed to the rapes and murders of more than a dozen women living in the Boston area. His victims ranged between the ages of 19 and 85. All of them were sexually assaulted before they were strangled by DeSalvo who used articles of the women’s own clothing. Although an insanity plea was proffered, it was rejected. In 1967, DeSalvo received a sentence of life in prison, escaped temporarily, was captured and placed back in prison. DeSalvo was found murdered in the prison infirmary in 1973.
An affable man who could be charming and sociable, John Wayne Gacy was born on March 17, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to parents John Wayne Gacy and Marion Elaine Robinson. He was a businessman with a penchant for viciously raping and torturing young men in their teens. At least one of his initial victims survived to tell the tale of being drugged (with chloroform) and waking up in a room with a stranger who flourished dildos in front of him. Twenty-eight bodies were discovered beneath the floorboards of Gacy’s home and more bodies were found in the river. Gacy died of lethal injection in 1994.
Carlton Gary was born in December of 1952 in Columbus, Georgia. Deserted by his father, he was raised in poverty for a time by his mother as well as his aunts, all of whom worked as housekeepers for older, wealthy women. At the age of 16, his mother abandoned him and he took to a life of crime. Gary eventually began to break into the homes of wealthy, older women. He would viciously rape them and strangle them to death. He was in and out of prison, eventually being sentenced to death in 1986. However, a stay has been placed on his execution.
Gary Michael Heidnik was born in November of 1943. Odd behavior was clearly ingrained in this man, who glued money to the walls of his home. He wanted a large family, and devised a plan to kidnap, rape, and impregnate ten women so that he could achieve his dream. As he kidnapped each of five women, he chained them securely in the basement, intermittently torturing each one in between rapes. He fed the women scraps, dog food, and even the remains of one of the women who he had killed. Heidnik was executed in July of 1999 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A self-confessed sodomizer of more than one thousand males, Carl Panzram was born in June of 1891. As a teenager, he led a life of crime, dabbling in alcoholism, theft, and burglary. In and out of prison many times, his criminal activities worsened, and he began to rape the men he would steal from. Although his physical size and strength allowed him to dominate many men, his use of a handgun ensured it. He began to kill some of his victims in 1920, committing arson as well. His rapes included young boys as well. Panzram was hanged to death in 1930.
Born to parents Ellen and Randall Fish in 1870 in Washington, Albert Fish was a serial killer who enjoyed raping and cannibalizing women. His nicknames include the “Boogey Man” and the “Werewolf of Wisteria.” He spent much of his time in an orphanage due to the fact that his family was plagued with mental illness. At this time, he developed a friendship in which he was introduced to the perverted activity of eating feces and drinking urine. He molested children, particularly young boys. He practiced sadomasochism, planned to castrate young boys, and murdered an eight year-old girl, whom he subsequently ate. Fish was executed by electric chair in 1936.
The above list of sexual predators, coming from varied backgrounds and displaying an assortment of perverted behaviors, provides only a glimpse into the type of heinous behavior that human beings can perform. As you can see, perverts come in all sizes, types, and ages.