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13 F*&%ed-Up Quotes From The World's Most Demented Criminal Minds

“I always had a desire to inflict pain on others and to have others inflict pain on me."

"Schemes, kidnappings, torture, and murder" is the theme of a new TIME-LIFE book, Mysteries of the Criminal Mind: The Secrets Behind the World's Most Notorious Crimes — a sobering perspective on some of the most heinous and completely insane criminal minds.

1. “I like killing people because it is so much fun. It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal of them all.”

Anonymous / AP

San Francisco serial killer called Zodiac in a letter to local law enforcement.

2. “I made the police look stupid. I was out to wreck Texas law enforcement.”


Texas serial killer Henry Lee Lucas during interrogation for multiple murder charges.

3. “I’m Jesus Christ, whether you want to accept it or not, I don’t care.”

Sahm Doherty / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Image

Famous words from notorious cult leader Charles Manson.

4. “I’m not a monster, I’m just sick.”

Uncredited / AP

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro during a 16-minute statement to the court for the abduction and assault of three women over a decade.

5. "I think I killed somebody."

Kevork Djansezian / AP

Musician Phil Spector with gun in hand after allegedly shooting aspiring actor Lana Clarkson.

6. “I was a mistake of nature, a mad beast.”

Maxim Marmur / AP

Russia’s first known serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, after being apprehended for a 12-year murder spree.

7. "My people died because I love them.”

Clark Van Orden / AP

Psychopathic murderer George Emil Banks after killing his five sons and daughters, three live-in girlfriends, and five others.

8. “Let the torture and suffering in me end.”

Danny Johnston / AP

The last words of Ronald Gene Simmons before his execution on May 31, 1990.

9. "We do in all honesty hate this world.”

Anonymous / AP

Heaven’s Gate cult leader Marshall Applewhite in a statement of conviction.

10. “I always had a desire to inflict pain on others and to have others inflict pain on me. The desire to inflict pain, that is all that is uppermost.”

Murray Becker / AP

Serial cannibal Albert Fish in an interview describing his motives to mutilate and cannibalize his victims.

11. “[It became] an incessant and never-ending desire to be with someone at whatever cost. It just filled my thoughts all day long.”

Time & Life Pictures

Milwaukee cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer on his compulsion to kill.

12. “I claim that I am a man of destiny as much as the Savior, or Paul, or Martin Luther, or any of those religious men of the kind I was.”

Hulton Archive / Getty Images

1881: Lawyer and preacher Charles Guiteau during his two-month trial for shooting President James Garfield.

13. "[I am] a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts. I love my wife dearly. I cannot rationally pinpoint any reason for doing this."


Former American Marine sniper Charles Whitman in a note left after murdering his wife Kathleen.

To learn more, check out Mysteries of the Criminal Mind: The Secrets Behind the World’s Most Notorious Crimes, available online.

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