February is right around the corner and with the impending Valentine’s Day holiday approaching, I couldn’t help but think of couples and murder. Some people bring out the worst in each other and when their passion for pain and suffering combine, a hellstorm of destruction ignites and ruins everything in its path. I’ve decided to take a look back at some of the worst killer duos who have made the world a much scarier and sadder place. Thankfully, these psychopaths have been caught and some have already met their fate, although none are as terrible as the fates that they forced upon their innocent victims.
Not everyone in Canada is nice and this killer couple proves that Canadian murderers are just as bad, if not worse, than American murderers. Before meeting his future wife Karla, Paul Bernardo was responsible for multiple sexual assaults of young women in the late 80s. When he and Homolka joined forces his sadistic fantasies became a reality, and the duo committed some of the most heinous acts on young women. Homolka helped Bernardo drug and rape her younger sister, Tammy, and videotaped the entire ordeal. Her sister died but the pair managed to escape prosecution for their crime. Following the murder, Homolka helped Bernardo sexually assault, torture, and murder at least two more young women, videotaping their exploits. The pair was eventually caught and Homolka testified against Bernardo in a plea deal for a reduced prison sentence of just 12 years. Bernardo got life imprisonment but Homolka is living free, happily married with three children while the children she helped kill never got to live their lives and have children of their own. Yay for the justice system.
Fred and Rosemary West
Fred and Rosemary West may look like a normal married couple with a family and a nice house, but behind closed doors the duo was pure evil. For over two decades Fred raped and tortured young women, and with the help of his second wife (Yup, he managed to snag two women in his lifetime), Rosemary, they murdered at least 11 women–including their own daughter. Fred liked to sexually assault his victims–including his daughters–and videotape himself doing so. After police began an investigation into the disappearance of their daughter Heather, they uncovered her remains under the family’s patio. This eventually led to the discovery of the Wests’ criminal activity over the years. Fred committed suicide before going on trial and Rosemary was sentenced to life in prison.
Sara Aldrete and Adolfo Constanzo
Being in love with someone can make you do stupid things. When Sara Aldrete met and fell in love with Adolfo Constanzo, a drug lord and cult leader in Mexico, she decided that she would do anything for him–even kill. Constanzo was power hungry and he believed that his magic spells helped his drug business flourish. Aldrete became the high priestess in the cult and together they sacrificed individuals for the sake of their livelihood. One human sacrifice included American student Mark Kilroy who disappeared on Spring Break in Mexico. Aldrete helped pick out Kilroy as a sacrifice after talking to him in a bar and learning that he was a med student–with a worthy brain. His abduction brought attention to the duo and their occult activities were eventually uncovered by authorities. At least fifteen mutilated corpses were recovered on the cult’s ranch, including Kilroy’s. Constanzo killed himself before police could arrest him, leaving Sara Aldrete to fend for herself. As it turned out, Constanzo was gay with a male lover, and had only used Sara for her connections. Sara was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison and now knows why love really stinks.
Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky
In July 2007 two men broke into a home in Cheshire, Connecticut, resulting in a brutal massacre that caused controversy with the local law enforcement and re-sparked the death penalty debate. Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky spotted Jennifer Hawke-Petit and Michaela Petit while shopping and targeted them for robbery. The duo followed the mother and daughter home, waited until it was late, and began their home invasion. Komisarjevsky struck William Petit in the head with a baseball bat as he slept on the couch, and then tied him up in the basement. The men forced Mrs. Petit to make a withdrawal from a bank where she slipped a note to a teller informing her of the situation. While the police took their time responding to the situation, the men raped the women and killed Jennifer Peitit. They then set the house on fire while the two young daughters of the home remained tied up in their beds. Mr. Petit had escaped to safety, but his daughters died in the fire. Both of the assailants were caught, convicted, and sentenced to death for their crimes. The tragedy makes one realize just how vulnerable you are to anyone anywhere–especially in your own home.
Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris
When Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris met at the California Men’s Colony where they had been serving time for their individual crimes, there was an immediate attraction. Although the attraction to one another was not sexual, the pair was drawn to each other over a shared love of sexual violence on women. When the friends were released and reunited on the outside, they were encouraged to carry out their darkest desires together. The pair embarked on a deadly adventure beginning in June of 1979, kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing young women in their van. The pair were eventually dubbed the “Tool Box Killers” because of the tools they often used to inflict pain on their victims. Thankfully, the pair was eventually caught and arrested.
Jessica Carson and Blaine Milam
Not everyone is adept to have children but that does not stop some people from actually having kids. Jessica Carson probably should not have had a child due to her obvious mental instabilities, but when Blaine Milam became a part of her life he encouraged her unstable tendencies by going a long with them. The mental delusions reached a breaking point on December 2, 2008 when the couple murdered Carson’s 13 month-old daughter. The pair had believed that Carson’s daughter was possessed by demons and needed an exorcism. The exorcism turned bad when the pair bludgeoned the child to death with a hammer in effort to “beat the demons” out of her. The poor child suffered extensive injuries including 18 rib fractures, 24 bite marks all over her body, she had been sexually assaulted, and more. Milam was sentenced to death–rightfully so–and Carson received life imprisonment. The pair may have not been serial killers, but their one crime was evil enough to make the list. One can only hope that Carson is receiving the right punishment from her fellow prison inmates for the awful death of her child.
David Parker Ray and Cindy Hendy
Behind every man is a woman who is just as crazy as he is. David Parker Ray (aka “The Toybox Killer”) was an American serial killer who completed all of his terrible acts upon women with a woman named Cindy Hendy. Hendy, a mother of three, abandoned her children to fulfill a life of terror with Ray who is suspected to have killed at least 60 individuals–although no bodies have ever been recovered. Ray had soundproofed a truck trailer, which he used as his torture chamber known as the “toy box.” The toy box was filled with leg spreader bars, sex toys, and a mirror on the ceiling so that his victims could see everything that Ray would do to them. Hendy helped Ray in some of his crimes, including the abduction, torture and rape of Cynthia Vigil. Vigil managed to escape under Hendy’s watch and led police to the sadistic individuals. Following the discovery, more women came forward claiming that Ray had raped and tortured them. Ray was sentenced to 224 years in prison but died of a heart attack in 2002.
Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi
This dangerous family duo terrorized the women of Los Angeles in 1975. The cousins would drive around LA disguised as policemen, picking up unsuspecting women and taking them back home to rape and murder them. Together the pair murdered ten women mostly through strangulation, earning them the name “The Hillside Stranglers.” Luckily for authorities, Bianchi was a dumb criminal on his own and when he murdered two women without Buono, police eventually caught on and arrested the pair. Both are serving life sentences.
The sad thing about this list is that it contains only a fraction of the sadistic duos who have been caught for their crimes. There are more killer pairs to add to the list, and that list will continue to grow because there will always be sick people out there who thrive on hurting others. The above criminals are just some of the crimes that have stayed with me due to their disturbing nature–mostly against females. It’s a scary world that we live in and it’s only getting scarier.
Notable mentions go to Henry Lee Lucas and Otiss Toole, Charles Ng and Leonard Lake, and Gerald and Charlene Gallego.