BySam Warrington, writer at

A lot of people, especially those around before the birth of the email, had a pen pal at one point. It was a great opportunity to get to know people from different cultures, and have someone to write to about hobbies, sports, school and other things.

But some people have pen pals that aren't necessarily about cultural exchange. Some people's pen pals happened to be some of the most prolific and notorious serial killers ever!

Take a look at some of the fascinating letters sent from real life serial killers:

John Wayne Gacy

Gacy, lured at least 33 boys and young men to their deaths. All but one of his victims were killed by asphyxiation or strangulation, he stabbed the first to death.

The letter above is from Gacy to his friend Nick.

The creepy thing is how he seems to have no emotion about living on death row, or show upset or any sign of being scared. Gacy does complain about the medical care in prison, as he has the flu, and says the medical care is "slower than a fish out of water."

Check out the creepy doodles of the clown faces in the next pictures, and a skull with a hat on?! WTF!

Ed Gein

The inspiration for several famous horror characters such as Norman Bates from Psycho, Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Buffalo Bill from Silence of The Lambs, and most recently Bloodyface from American Horror Story, Gein is one of America's most depraved and notorious killers.

Here Gein writes a get well card to his friend Jeffery, and says he has sent him and his family 'small gift.' It's really interesting to imagine anyone wanting to be Gein's friend, since he did make belts out of nipples and face masks made of skin!

Richard Ramirez

Ramirez was convicted of multiple burglaries and homicides. He became obsessed with Satan and had 14 known victims.

He was given the death penalty but died awaiting execution in 2013.

The letter above is a response from Ramirez to a journalist who posed as a 10-year-old boy and wrote to him while he was in San Quentin, an infamous high security prison.

Richard asks him what school he goes to, who his friends are, and gives him the advice to stay in school. He also asks the "young boy" to send him pictures. Yup.

Jeffery Dahmer

American serial killer and sex offender, Dahmer's crimes include murder, rape, necrophilia, and cannibalism. He was given 16 consecutive life sentences, with no chance of parole.

This is an outline of his hand and his prison number. That he sent to a woman names Dahlia, this kind of looks like a fan letter, which is makes you wonder. And it's complete with an autograph?!

Ted Bundy

Calling himself "the most cold hearted son of a bitch you'll ever meet," Ted Bundy killed over 30 people, with exact numbers being unknown. He decapitated at least 12 of his victims, and kept their heads as trophies. He also had sex with decomposing corpses.

In the letter below, the killer says that if he makes it past the 18th, he'd like the person he wrote the letter to to send him some Christmas cards so he can send them to people.

Why wouldn't he make it until the 18th? Possible execution date maybe? Or he was in trouble with other inmates? Strange really, and I wonder if he sent the cards, and to whom?

Charles Manson

Okay, so Manson himself wasn't a serial killer. In fact he never committed any murders, but he did plot the murders of seven people with the help of what he called 'The Manson Family': A commune founded in the California desert, the group committed murder under instruction from Manson.

A talented artist, Manson would create spiders out of yarn to send to his friends. They must have taken so much time to make, but when you're in prison for life with no chance of parole you have to do something to keep you occupied.

After seeing these letters you have to wonder, who are these people the killers are writing to? Are some life-long friends, some fans?! Would you want to have a serial killer as a pen pal?

It's kind of fascinating though, and it's all pretty cool stuff. I'm kinda tempted to get my own prison pen pal after seeing these.


Would you want a serial killer as a pen pal?!


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