Before the mid-eighteen hundreds, common belief was that those who suffered from mental illness suffered because they had a “disease of the soul”. Their madness supposedly stemmed from an evil within, and they thus were treated as animals. Patients in these early asylums were kept in cages, given small amounts of often unclean food, had little or no clothing, wore no shoes, and slept in dirt. the caretakers became confident that these human beings were in actuality closer to animals.
Bone remains of a victim and a corpse in a body bag that were found in John Wayne Gacy’s basement. Twenty six bodies were found under the crawl space of the basement. The horrid stench of the crime scene was almost unbearable for the investigation team.
A Dutch artist has fashioned a human skull out of cocaine by moulding the street-sourced class A drug mixed with gelatin. The piece, entitled Ecce Animal, is the work of mysterious artist Diddo who says he was commissioned to make the artwork, although is prohibited from disclosing further details. Diddo says he did not personally test the cocaine but employed a laboratory to analyse the drug bought from a street dealer. They found it was between 15 per cent to 20 per cent pure and had been cut with caffeine, paracetamol and sugar.
After watching the movie Warlock 10 times, 14-year-old Sandy Charles of Saskatchewan killed an eight-year-old boy by stabbing him with a knife and then beating him with a beer bottle and a rock. After killing the boy, Charles cut strips of skin from his victim and boiled them down. Warlock claimed that if you drank boiled-down fat from a virgin, it would give you the power to fly. Charles wanted to fly.
"Extradited to Colorado for the Campbell murder, Bundy began acting as his own attorney. Seen here (far left) in the jail law library, he actually spent much of his time plotting escape" -from The Only Living Witness by Michaud and Aynesworth