20 Quotes About Murder From Some Of The World’s Coldest Killers
These 20 serial killers let us know why they killed — but we’ll never know just how to unread what they said.
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“The first time I did a shot of dope, it was the best feeling I ever had in my life. The first time I killed somebody, it was such a rush. It was just like that, a shot of dope every time I did it, it was that rush again, and I started chasing that high…
“I like to watch the eyes fade, the pupil fade. It’s just like setting their soul free. I don’t have an on-and-off switch. I’m just after that drug. I’m after that feeling.”
– Tommy Lynn Sells
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“It was my task to take out the organs while Pandy was cutting the remains. I just used a kitchen knife. You have to exercise strength. It’s not that easy.”
– Agnes Pandy
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“There is no justification…the only thing I can say is that I felt overwhelmed at the time. …It felt like I needed to do something. And I did.”
– Charles Cullen
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“I remember there was actually a sexual thrill. You hear that little pop and pull their heads off and hold their heads up by the hair. Whipping their heads off, their body sitting there. That’d get me off.”
– Ed Kemper
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“For me a life without murder is like a life without food for you. I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.”
– Alexander Pichushkin
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“I always had the desire to inflict pain on others and to have others inflict pain on me. I always seemed to enjoy everything that hurt. The desire to inflict pain, that is all that is uppermost.”
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“You feel that last bit of breath leaving the body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!”
– Ted Bundy
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“I had an unspeakable delight in strangling women, experiencing during the act erections and real sexual pleasure. The feeling of pleasure while strangling them was much greater than that which I experienced while masturbating… It never occurred to me to touch or look at the genitals… It satisfied me to seize the women by the neck and suck their blood.”
– Vincenzo Verzeni
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“To me, killing people is like ripping open a duvet. … I’m not a maniac. I have been taken over by a higher force, something telegraphic or cosmic which drove me. For example, I wanted to kill my brother’s first wife, because I hated her. I really wanted to kill her, but I couldn’t, because I had to receive the order first. I waited for it, but it did not come.”
– Anatoly Onoprienko
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“I just started shooting. That’s it. I just did it for the fun of it.”
– Brenda Spencer
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“I wish I could stop, but I could not. I had no other thrill or happiness.”
– Dennis Nilsen
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“It made me feel like they were a permanent part of me.”
– Jeffrey Dahmer
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“I controlled other people’s lives, whether they lived or died. I had that power to control. After I didn’t get caught for the first fifteen, I thought it was my right. Appointed myself judge, prosecutor, and jury. So I played God.”
– Donald Harvey
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“What I did is not such a great harm, with all these surplus women nowadays. Anyway, I had a good time.”
– Rudolf Pleil
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“It’s all power and control, because you’re so insecure in yourself. I was the type of guy who would freeze at baseball plays. I don’t want to swing because I know I’m gonna miss. … That’s what I had back then, so I used sex as a vice.”
– Paul Bernardo
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“Look, bitch. I don’t care about you. I don’t care if you’re going to have a baby. You had better be ready. You’re going to die, and I don’t feel anything about it.”
– Susan Atkins, spoken to Sharon Tate
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“Killing people is very usual. Nothing special.”
– Yang Xinhai
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“Paxton was killed because of an irresistible compulsion that has taken over my life. I knew when I left my house that day that someone would die. … This compulsion started with just thoughts about murder and progressed from thoughts to action.”
– Thomas Dillon
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20 Quotes About Murder From Some Of The World’s Coldest Killers
It’s difficult to imagine what goes through a serial killer’s mind, but every one of us has tried. We’ve all looked at the monsters and wondered what it feels like to be depraved, or what it feels like to kill. These quotes about murder, from the most gruesome serial killers, reveal just exactly why they did it and how it felt to kill. The challenge, after you read their words, is how to forget what you’ve read.
Most of us feel the pain we inflict on others. But for many serial killers, that empathy doesn’t exist. According to Dr. Helen Morrison, an expert on the minds of killers, “They have no appreciation for the absolute agony and terror and fear that the victim is demonstrating. They just see the object in front of them.”
“It’s all power and control,” says Paul Bernardo, the serial killer who terrorized Scarborough, Canada, in the early 1990s.
Paul Bernardo’s quotes about murder in his 2007 interview with police, attempting to manipulate investigators.
Ted Bundy, one of America’s most notorious serial killers, seemed to agree, as he once boasted about the feeling of omnipotence killing gave him: “You feel that last bit of breath leaving the body. You’re looking into their eyes. A person in that situation is God!”
Killers like this will also often receive a sexual thrill from the act of murder. Some take home mementos so that they can preserve that rush for as long as possible, like Danny Rolling, the Gainesville Ripper who sliced off a victims’ nipples to keep as trophies.
Serial killer Edmund Kemper described his titillation with this quote about murder, telling investigators, “I remember there was actually a sexual thrill. You hear that little pop and pull their heads off and hold their heads up by the hair. Whipping their heads off, their body sitting there. That’d get me off.”
Ed Kemper’s quotes about murder imortalized in this disturbing discussion.
We hope that the mind of a serial killer truly is different than our own, especially after reading these horrific quotes about murder. But that hope is exactly the terrifying thought that keeps us so fascinated with them: the notion that we might not be so far apart.
Richard Ramirez certainly believed so. “We’ve all got the power in our hands to kill,” he insisted, “but most people are afraid to use it.”
It’s terrifying to consider, which these quotes about murder show, that the only thing separating us from the Night Stalkers and the Sons of Sam of our world is a little push.
After this harrowing look at quotes about murder, read these 21 chilling serial killer quotes or the last words of convicted killers.