BySarah O'Connell, writer at

Jame Gumb aka 'Buffalo Bill' is truly one of the creepiest killers in movie history. Anyone that watched Silence of The Lambs shared in that feeling.

He changed the way world thought about lotion and provoked the bravest of us to recoil in despair as he pranced around in his own twisted little world.

The most chilling thing of all about this infamous onscreen psycho is that he is said to be inspired by not one, but SIX real life killers...

1. Jerry Brudos aka "The Lust Killer"

Serial killer Jerome Brudos, born in 1939, in South Dakota, bludgeoned and strangled four young women between 1968 and 1969.

Killing the girls wasn't enough for Brudos who acquired trophies from his victims, including amputated breasts and a foot.

Reportedly he took pleasure in dressing up as a woman in high heels and masturbating after committing the murders.

Police investigation and interviews of local led them to Brudos, who confessed to the murders in detail.

2. Ed Gein

Serial killer Ed Gein born in 1906, in Wisconsin, was a religious fanatic who was obsessively devoted to his mother.

After her death, Gein became increasingly deranged and started robbing graves. Apparently he practised necrophilia with the corpses, took body parts as trophies, and even experimented with human taxidermy.

In 1957, Gein's twisted hunger turned to the living and he murdered at least two women.

Gein was found guilty of murder by reason of insanity and spent the rest of his life confined in various criminal psychiatric institutions until he died in1984.

As well as being the inspiration for Gumb, Ed Gein was the real life inspiration for film character Norman Bates in Psycho.

3. Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy born in 1946,in Vermont was one of the most notorious criminals of the late 20th century.

He raped and murdered young women and although is said to be connected to 36 murders, it is thought that he may have committed over 100 across several states in America in the 1970's.

He reportedly spent hours committing sexual acts on the bodies of his dead victims and decapitated some of them, keeping severed heads at his home as trophies.

He was executed in Florida's electric chair in 1989.

4. Gary Ridgway aka "The Green River Killer"

Serial killer Gary Leon Ridgway, born 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah also known as the Green River Killer, murdered run-aways and prostitutes that he picked up along Route 99.

Ridgeway murdered at least 49 women in Washington state before a DNA test revealed him as the killer and he was caught in 2001.

Ridgway told investigators that he had killed as many as 75-80 women along Route 99 in south King County, Washington. He was convicted and received multiple life sentences.

5. Edmund Kemper

Serial killer Edmund Kemper born in 1948, in Burbank, killed both his grandparents at age 15 to "see what it felt like."

His depravity didn't stop there, for he later killed six young, college-age women in the Santa Cruz area in the 1970's. He reportedly stabbed and strangled the girls before engaging in sexual activity with their corpses.

In 1973 he killed his mother and her friend and turned himself in.

6. Gary M. Heidnik

Gary M. Heidnik born in 1943 Cleveland, Ohio, kidnapped, tortured, and raped six women, in Philadelphia.

Having been convicted of abuse and rape earlier in his life, it was in 1986 that he abducted 5 women and held them captive in the basement of his house.

When one of the victims died of starvation, torture and sickness, Heidnik reportedly disemboweled her, mixed her flesh with dogfood and fed it to the other captives.

Shortly after his arrest in April 1987, Heidnik attempted to hang himself. In July 1999 he was sentenced to death and executed.

Sources: Criminal Minds, Bio, Wikipedia, Tumblr.


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