Despite its initial failure, 1983’s The King of Comedy is now more relevant than ever. Social media enables a whole new generation of obsessed fans to invade the personal space of their celebrity idols without even having to live in the same town as them. The line between celebrity and obscurity, between fantasy and reality, has never been blurrier than it is now.
You can see too many rainbows just like you can see too much sunshine. Too much of a good thing can be poison.
“I didn’t kill the babies; the voices in my head did.”
Richard Kuklinski, AKA the “Iceman,” was a Mafia hit man who may have killed hundreds of people without blinking or breaking a sweat. No one is born a serial klller, so what made him that way?
Jarrod Ramos, 38, is charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper that he’d harassed for years after they wrote about him harassing a woman. Did his inability to deal with rejection lead to the shooting?
David Berkowitz, AKA “Son of Sam,” carried off a string of nighttime shootings in the boroughs of NYC from 1976 to 1977 that terrorized a metro area of 14.5 million people. But did he act alone or as part of a satanic cult?
Rodney Alcala appeared on hit TV show The Dating Game in 1978 and used his charm to win the girl. No one knew he’d already murdered at least four women and served prison time for raping an eight-year-old girl.
David Parker Ray, AKA the “Toy-Box Killer,” may have murdered up to 60 women in a trailer he’d rigged as a sadomasochistic torture chamber. But he died before ever facing murder charges.
Serial killer Dennis Rader chose his own nickname—”BTK” for “Bind, Torture, Kill.” He murdered ten people in Kansas while evading justice for over 30 years.
Edmund Kemper killed ten people—his grandparents, his mother, his mother’s friend, and six young women he picked up hitchhiking in Northern California from 1972-1973, which earned him the moniker “The Co-Ed Killer.”