Now I just love serial killers. I mean, from a fan’s point of view. I read about them obsessively.
I just had a dream last night where I went to a dentists’ office and they gave you a test with two vases. Each vase had some statements on it. If you agreed with the statements on one vase, you were a potential serial killer. If you agreed with the statements on the other vase, you were a nice person.
Of course, I agreed with the statements on the serial killer vase, because they were just normal statements to me. The statements on the nice person vase were wimpy and lame, like nice people are supposed to be.
The receptionist gave me a distrusting look after I scored “serial killer” on the test, but then I protested that I was not a serial killer. Instead, I was just a serial killer fan. I read about them obsessively to the point where it’s almost not healthy. I watch TV and movies about them. I’ve even gone to their trials and sat in the audience and smiled with all the other weirdos. She gave me this half-smile that said that might be ok.
This is actually part of serial dream that I have. Characters, locations, themes, dates, themes, plots, you name it, it’s all part of a continuing Goddamned series. This dream series has been going on for many years. We are now on the 822nd episode or something for some dreamshows. Most of these people and places only exist in Dreamworld, and for all I know only exist there.
What’s weird is that the dreamshows remember all the old ones, and there are constant references to the old shows, the way a comprehensive TV series ought to build on itself.
One of the themes of my dreams is how I’m probably really an evil scumbag lowlife Worst Person On Earth deep down inside, even though I’ve never really done anything. Then a lot of the dream deals with my guilt over being so Evil, other people’s perceptions of my Evilness, my attempts to explain to them that I’m not really Evil, etc.
Anyway, it always bothered me, as proud White man, that all these Black haters were hating on my people by saying we were more likely to be serial killers. Blacks may be ghetto, welfare, pimpin’, whorin’, gangbangin’ street thugs and all, but it takes a White man to do the Ultimate Evil.
Further, there was a defensive line among Whites that said that serial killers are criminal geniuses with high IQ’s, and as we all know that “niggers* ain’t got no brains”, of course they’re too stupid to be Ted Bundys. As an integrationist, I object. If anything is in need of racial democratization, it’s the psychos! Why should the White Man carry the Burden of the serial killer torch all alone?
For that reason, I love me some Black serial killers!
From the comments section, Uncle Milton responds to a Black guy who disputed that Blacks were more likely to be serial killers than Whites with the typical Black line about serial killers, that is, that they are mostly Whites.
That’s followed by an essay by the great Earl Ofari Hutchinson.
blacks are 2x more likely to be serial killers!?!?!? Look up your stats….90% of serial killers have been are white. There has been one black serial killer.
No maybe you look up some stats…..
There has certainly been more than one Black serial killer:
Matthew Emanuel Macon (Murdered 5 White in Lansing)
Shelly Brooks (Murdered 7 prostitutes in Detroit Cass Corridor)
Jervon Miguel Coleman (Murdered three people.)
Brian Ranard Davis (6 women known murdered )
Paul Durousseau (Seven women)
Mark Goudeau “The Baseline Killer” (Eight women and a man in 2005-2006)
Coral Eugene Watts (11 women in Texas & 1 in Michigan)
Anthony McKnight (Five girls and young women)
Derrick Todd Lee (8 Women)
Charles Lendelle Carter (4 known murders; admits to ‘hunting’ Atlantans for 15 years)
The Zebra Killings
Chester Turner (L.A.s most prolific killer 12 women killed.)
Lorenzo J. Gilyard (Kansas City, MO.—13 victims)
Eugene Victor Britt (Gary, IN.–3 known murder/rapes.)
Ray Joseph Dandridge and his uncle, Ricky Gevon Gray (Richmond, VA.–Murdered 7 people in 7 days)
Henry Louis Wallace (Raped and strangled 5 women to death.)
Craig Price (Brutally murdered 3 women)
Harrison Graham (Brutally Murdered 3 women)
John Allen Muhammad & Lee Boyd Malvo (Sniped 11 people from a car in DC, 9 died.)
George Russell (3 women, WA state)
Timothy W. Spencer (5 killed, Arlington, VA and Richmond, VA)
Elton M. Jackson (12 gay men killed, Norfolk, VA area)
Carlton Gary (3 killed in Columbus, GA)
Mohammed Adam Omar (16 women, Yemen. Omar is Sudanese.)
Kendall Francois (8 women, Poughkeepsie, NY and surrounding areas.)
Terry A. Blair (8 women, Kansas City area)
Wayne Williams (33 many of them children!, Atlanta, GA)
Vaughn Greenwood (11 killed in LA)
Andre Crawford (10 killed in Chicago – southside)
Calvin Jackson (9 killed possibly more in NY)
Gregory Klepper (killed 8, Chicago – southside)
Alton Coleman (Killed 8 in the Midwest)
Harrison Graham (killed 7+ in N. Philadelphia)
Cleophus Prince (6 killed in, San Diego
Robert Rozier (7 killed in, Miami)
Maurice Byrd (killed 20 + in St. Louis)
Maury Travis (17 and rising, St. Louis and possibly also Atlanta)
Hulon Mitchell, a.k.a. Yahweh Ben Yahweh (killed 20+ in Florida)
Lorenzo Fayne (killed 5 children in East St. Louis, IL)
Charles Jackson (at least 4 women dead, maybe more)
Eddie Lee Mosley (killed 25 to 30 women, south Florida)
Henry Lee Jones (killed 4 in, south Florida; Bartlett, TN)
Richard “Babyface” Jameswhite (15 killed in, New York; Georgia.)
Donald E. Younge, Jr. (killed 4), East St. Louis, IL; Salt Lake City, UT.
Daniel O Jones (Killed four women while on parole for raping a high school teacher)
Michael Vernon (Bronx, NY. Killed at least seven people – )
Chester Dewayne Turner (12 women killed in, Los Angeles)
As for Rob’s assertion that as a percentage of their population there have been more black serial killers than white serial killers. I have read in several publications:
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, AlterNet, Oct. 31, 2002
Many a black comedian has perversely cracked that blacks may kill each other, but they don’t shoot-up, blow-up, or hack-up crowds of people. This bit of gallows humor always gets an uproarious laugh from black audiences.
For decades blacks took morbid pride and comfort in the notion that despite the long, tortured experience of slavery, segregation, racially motivated violence and poverty, mass killing supposedly was a white folks thing.
The assumption was that all serial killers were young, whacked out white males. It is easy to believe that. In the rash of Hollywood slasher, horror, and maniacal thrill kill films, serial killers are routinely depicted as deranged white males.
The obsessive media attention on serial killers such as Son of Sam, David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and the Unabomber, also reinforce the notion that serial killers are loopy white males.
The horde of police, profiling experts, and psychologists that paraded endlessly across the TV screen during the serial sniper ordeal speculating about who the killer was and why he killed bought into this stereotype.
If, as it appears, John Allen Muhammad, cold-bloodedly gunned down a dozen persons, and terrorized the Washington D.C. area, they were all embarrassingly, and wildly wrong in their assumptions. And all the old profiles and theories about who mass killers are must be scrapped. But then again those profiles should be scrapped. Muhammad is not a total aberration.
Two studies on serial killers that specifically looked at the race of the killers found that blacks make up about 15 percent of America’s rogue’s gallery of mass murderers.
Their ghastly killings still strike fear, dread and disgust in the communities they pillaged. During the 1980s, Wayne Williams was convicted of multiple murders in Atlanta and authorities think he may have killed even more. Coral Watts claimed that he killed 13 women in several states.
In the early 1990s, Cleophus Prince Jr. stabbed six women in San Diego, and authorities in East St. Louis strongly suspect a black man is responsible for a string of still unsolved killings of prostitutes in the area.
The victims of black serial murderers almost always are other blacks, who most often live in the poorest inner city neighborhoods where the murder rates are far higher than in middle-class suburbs. Because black on black violence is so entrenched and pervasive, it is far too often considered routine, and police are often more lax in their attitudes toward the violence than if the victims were white.
This makes it much easier for black serial murders to go undetected for far longer times.
The implicit message is that black lives are expendable. This perceived devaluation of black lives through the horrid mix of racism, ignorance, and indifference has encouraged disrespect for the law and has forced many blacks to internalize anger and displace aggression onto other blacks.
And that’s important to understand, because those young blacks that commit random self-destructive acts, no matter how far beyond the pale of society’s accepted code of behavior, still are savvy enough to target victims who pose no real physical or personal threat to them. The serial sniper’s victims fit that profile. They were racially diverse, posed no danger to the sniper, and were apparently chosen at random.
In the immediate weeks before Muhammad’s alleged terror spree there are disturbing signs that more blacks driven by rage, bitterness, and frustration, are more willing than ever to wreak random and grotesque violence on themselves and others.
In September, a pack of young, one as young as 10 years old, and not so young black males, mauled a hapless man in Milwaukee. In June, another mob of young blacks grabbed national headlines when they stomped to death two men in Chicago. The mob’s victims in Milwaukee and Chicago were low-income, middle-aged men, or had alcohol and drug problems. They were easy pickings, just as the serial sniper’s victims were.
Though it’s not yet known exactly what drove Muhammad to his alleged killing binge, it is known that he was a man consumed by personal rage and frustration over failed marriages, tangled personal relationships, sour business dealings, and a rocky military career.
These personal demons, not terrorist ties of which authorities have yet to find evidence, may well have been enough to push him to commit his monstrous destructive acts.
But equally ominous, his killing rampage showed that it is a perilously short step from the random violence that claims innocent lives, causes monumental personal suffering, and paralyzes many poor, inner city black neighborhoods, to random violence that causes personal suffering, and paralyzes whole cities, even a nation.
That’s a terrible price to pay for ignoring walking time bombs such as Muhammad. And as we discovered with him, they can come in all colors.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and columnist. Visit his news and opinion website. He is the author of The Crisis in Black and Black (Middle Passage Press).