It's not uncommon for serial killers to deny their bloody acts until the last moments of their lives — but the sordid details they finally admit have unsettled generations. The heinous transgressions of the world's most notorious murderers reveal the depravity that lurks underneath polite society. Piers Morgan sits down with some lesser known but equally terrifying offenders in the series "Serial Killer with Piers Morgan," premiering July 16 at 7/6c on Oxygen.
We're taking a look at the most insane things some killers could admit. While we may never know the entirety of the crimes perpretrated by these notorious culprits, the horrors they have divulged are sure to make your skin crawl.
Check out our list of the craziest serial killer confessions.
1. Ian Brady's Dark Manifesto
Controversial publisher Feral House distributed the hideous philosophy of Ian Brady (AKA the Moors Murderer) in the book Gates of Janus. In this nasty tome, Brady confesses to torturing and raping children between the ages of 10 and 17 with his girlfriend Myra Hindley. His motivation was a complicated disdain for humanity and society.
“We do whatever we enjoy doing. Whether is happens to be judged good or evil is a matter for others to decide," Brady writes ominously in the macabre text.
Both Brady and Hindley spent their lives in prison. Hindley died in 2002 at the age of 60 and Brady died in 2017 at 79 years old.
2. Jeffrey Dahmer's Courtroom Apology
Dahmer delivered a stark, emotionless apology to a courthouse, during which he apologized for his crimes and admitted that he deserved to die. Pleading for forgiveness, he clarified that his cannibalistic killings were not hate crimes, but the result of out-of-control sexual impulses.
"It is over now. This has never been a case of trying to get free. I didn't ever want freedom. Frankly, I wanted death for myself," Dahmer said. "I knew I was sick or evil. Or both."
Is Dahmer's flat affect a sign that he was lying and not actually sorry at all? Or a sign that he was as ill as he claimed to be?
3. "Add one digit to that," said Bundy
Ted Bundy held onto the idea of his innocence until shortly before his execution, even acting as his own lawyer as he faced several trials for his numerous crimes. It was, and may never be clear exactly how many victims Bundy had before being put to death. In his final confession days before he was put to death, he (perhaps jokingly, perhaps seriously) suggested that he may have taken hundreds of lives on his roaring rampage through America.
4. A Terrible Plea Deal
Gary Ridgway, AKA the Green Way Killer, is the most deadly American serial killer with a victim count of more than 70 women. To spare himself from the death penalty, Ridgway cooperated police and provided details about the dozens of murders. Emotionless and calm, Ridgway can be seen here showing investigators where he dumped bodies. It took months for Ridgway and police to process the data of his admissions together.
5. Bind Torture Kill
The so-called BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) Murderer, Dennis Rader, infamously teased police and the public with taunting letters sent to newspapers. Currently serving a life sentence at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas, Rader's confession was televised on June 27, 2005. The vaguely jovial tone in Rader's voice in this video belies the menacing violence of the acts he's describing.
[Photo: Milwaukee Police Department]