Halloween has strutted here once again, and in true spooky holiday fashion, the big day is bringing a whole new wave of sexy meets creepy.
Many Halloween costumes have become sexy versions of anything —there’s even a sexy Slenderman, er “Slim Man” costume now. As a great scholar once said, if you can think of it, it probably exists in sexy Halloween costume form. That was Socrates, probably, or maybe it was Paul Holes? In any case, it's the law.
And that rule even applies for true crime as well, thanks to Yandy. Yandy is an online costume shop infamous for turning basically every concept out there into a "sexy" outfit. That includes, yes, a sexy Hannibal Lecter-esque look, and uh, a sultry college scandal mom look.
Here are some of the sexiest true crime costumes we found on Yandy. Some are timeless, and some take on some pretty timely events. Get your checklist ready and see if you spot any of these out in the wild this Halloween.
The Joe Exotic costume in sexy form has officially arrived. Yandy has put together this purrfect set for anyone who wants to celebrate the bizarre docuseries that brought America together during the early part of COVID-19 lockdowns.
“Meow, sassy zookeeper!” the description for the costume reads. “Aren't you an exotic, tiger-befriending beauty? Ignore that bizarre babe throwing serious cat-itude your way.”
Yandy is clearly referencing the feud between zookeeper Exotic and animal activist Carole Baskin, the chaotic and dramatic big cat fight Netflix’s "Tiger King” documented in its series. At its conclusion, Exotic ended up in prison and he is currently serving 22 years in federal prison for hiring a hitman to kill Baskin, his foil and rival for years.
During their highly publicized rivalry, Exotic repeatedly accused Baskin of killing her former husband, Don Lewis, who vanished mysteriously in 1997. Baskin has repeatedly and vehemently denied having anything to do with his disappearance. The docuseries' popularity has also brought questions of animal abuse into the spotlight. Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, another big cat person made infamous from the series, has recently been indicted on wildlife trafficking and animal cruelty charges for allegedly trafficking lion cubs.
This punny costume is perfect for celebrating how much justice was done in 2020 for victims of serial killers.
Joseph DeAngelo was finally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in August for terrorizing northern California for decades under the monikers Golden State Killer, East Area Rapist, Original Night Stalker, and the Visalia Ransacker. In the 1970s and '80s he murdered 13 people and raped at least 50. Many of those victims’ relatives and survivors gave impact statements for three days before he was sentenced. Several ripped into him, and told him to “rot in hell.”
And, of course, this costume is also a grand way to celebrate the announcement of the return of “Dexter,” everyone’s favorite show about a serial killer who only kills other killers.
Jack the Ripper remains one of the world’s most infamous serial killers ever, despite terrorizing London over 130 years ago. To this day, his identity remains unknown. It is believed that the serial killer killed at least 5 women, sex workers, during a three-month period in 1888. After killing his victims, he mutilated their bodies in a way that indicated he had a possible deep knowledge of human anatomy.
While his identity has never been unveiled and remains of vital interest to this day, investigators have been successful in a more modern heinous case involving targeted sex workers. They have continued to solve previously unsolved murders of women across America as prolific serial killer Samuel Little continues his confession spree. Investigators have now tied Little, believed to possibly be America’s most prolific serial killer, to the murders of at least 93 people. Investigators have been working to close cases he is connected to and identify victims for the past few years, ever since he started cooperating in 2018. He pleaded guilty to murdering several women in different states and has drawn victim sketches so that more can be identified. He often targeted marginalized and vulnerable women, like sex workers, the FBI stated in 2018. For more on that case, watch “Catching A Serial Killer: Sam Little" now on Oxygen.com.
You won’t believe how much money this woman spent to get her daughter into Yandy College! Sadly, she went from "mom of the year" to inmate fast — but she stayed seductive the whole time.
This costume is the best way to pay homage to Operation Varsity Blues, the now-notorious admissions scandals that resulted in dozens of wealthy parents getting implicated for allegedly buying their kids’ acceptance into prestigious schools.
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among the parents accused of paying college admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer, a college admissions consultant, thousands of dollars to alter their children's SAT scores or help them fake a sport to make their way into prestigious universities. Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison last year after pleading guilty to paying Singer $15,000 to make her daughter's SAT scores look better while Loughlin paid Singer half a million to get her two daughters into a school as athletes, even though neither played the sport. Loughlin was sentenced to 2 months behind bars.
In most cases, parents allegedly paid between $250,000 and $400,000 per student to get into their desired school, National Public Radio reported.
Not sure how much people would pay to get their kid into the very sexy Yandy College.
It’s a chicken sandwich. How is it crime-related? Well, it’s not just any chicken sandwich. It’s the type of chicken sandwich people kill for.
OK, fine, maybe not kill. But definitely, at least one crime has been committed in the name of a coveted chicken sandwich that looks very much like this costume.
Popeyes released a new chicken sandwich last year— made of fried chicken breast with pickles and spicy mayo optional — and the sandwich has since prompted long lines, a lawsuit, and even a gun being drawn on Popeyes employees.
A group of six — two women, three men, and a baby — went to one of the chain’s drive-thru locations in Houston, Texas, last year and tried to order the coveted sandwiches. However, the chain was all out, so the group allegedly charged at the door of the restaurant. One of the men was holding a gun, but a quick-thinking restaurant worker locked them out, KTRK in Houston reported.
In Tennessee, a Chattanooga man actually filed a lawsuit after a Popeyes ran out of the sandwich — a crime of the heart, you see.
"I can't get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind. I can't think straight," Craig Barr told the Chattanooga Times Free Press last year. "It just consumes you."
Yandy’s vile villain dresses awfully similar to the dancing murderer at the heart of the 2019 "Joker" movie.
Before the movie hit theaters last year, the film had already drummed up fears that it could inspire crimes. Some expressed worry that the sympathetic portrayal of the homicidal Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix, could inspire violence and incel culture. Across the nation, movie theaters increased their security measures in response to the idea of possible mass shootings at “Joker” screenings. At least one threat shut down a theater in California, ABC News reported.
In addition to the fear of shooting threats, there was also controversy over the use of the song in the heavily-memed scene of the Joker dancing on a stairwell. The song, the 1972 glam rock anthem "Rock and Roll Part II,” is by Gary Glitter, a pedophile with several convictions under his belt.
So yeah, this costume definitely could have vile connotations to it that extend beyond the character’s own bad deeds. And depending on how the person wearing it dances, hey, it could definitely be sexy, too.
This "Fancy Girl" look appears to be a reference to the aesthetic in Iggy Azalea’s music video for “Fancy” which itself was inspired by the 1995 classic “Clueless.”
While dressing up as a “Clueless” character in and of itself has no obvious links to crime, a little creativity can make it reminiscent of a relevant arrest.
Stacey Dash, the actress best known for her role in “Clueless,” was arrested last year on a domestic abuse charge. Dash, 52, and her husband got into a verbal argument before she allegedly “pushed the victim and slapped him in the face," an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com stated. "The victim sustained red scratch marks to his left upper arm from being pushed."
Dash’s manager claimed she was defending herself, and no charges were pressed by her husband. During her arrest, Dash mentioned the teen classic film “Clueless” in which she played Dionne Davenport.
Yandy’s “Wicked Clown Costume” bears a resemblance to Pennywise in “It.” And while “It” is merely a movie, one of Pennywise’s killings in the “It” sequels does have true crime ties.
In one of the movie’s opening scenes, a gay man gets outnumbered and attacked by a handful of bigoted teens before he is eaten by Pennywise.
His death is based upon the killing of Charlie Howard, who was 23 when three teens attacked him in 1984. Despite knowing he couldn’t swim, the teens threw him off Bangor, Maine’s State Street Bridge, and Howard died from drowning in the Kenduskeag Stream canal, according to The Bangor Daily News.
Horrifically, Daniel Ness, 17, Shawn I. Mabry, 16, and James Francis Baines, 15, later told police they were looking for a gay person to beat up, according to Slate.
The boys ultimately pleaded guilty to manslaughter in October 1984 and were sentenced to juvenile prison. All were released by 1988.
All this “Lady Lumberjack Costume” needs is a hockey mask and voila, you have a supremely sexy Jason Voorhees costume. For those who don’t know, Voorhees is the homicidal heart of the “Friday the 13th” horror series, known for his brutal killing of camp counselors, particularly when they engage in sex. And OK, while this isn't a new costume or series, it's kind of a Halloween staple.
While perhaps most iconically known for his machete, Voorhees does use an axe to kill some of his victims. It’s an accessible weapon, too, for one who lurks in rural areas and campsites.
The creators of the slasher series said the movies are not based on any particular crime, but there is one murder that some horror junkies and tabloids alike believe could have loosely inspired some elements of the film: the Lake Bodom murders in Finland.
During the summer of 1960, two 15-year-old girls, Irmeli Bjorklund and Tuulikki Makiwer, and their 18-year-old boyfriends, Seppo Boisman and Nils Gustafsson were camping at the lake when an unknown person attacked them all with a knife in the middle of the night. All were killed except Gustafsson, the sole survivor, who was found unconscious at the scene with a broken jaw and a concussion, according to The Sun.
While there have been suspects over the years, nobody has ever been convicted of the murders.
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