Love does many things to people. For some, it can cause butterflies—but for others it can enhance a twisted desire to torture and kill. When a serial killer finds a perfect love match, all bets are off.
Throughout the years, we’ve seen many dangerous duos that have caused havoc to the community through their devotion to one another and their seemingly uncontrollable cravings. These six creepy couples have one major thing in common: a passion for murder.
Gerald and Charlene Gallego
Back in the late 1970s, Charlene Gallego aimed to please her husband, Gerald, by kidnapping young girls and keeping them as his personal sex slaves. After two failed marriages by the age of 20, Charlene was determined to make things work with Gerald, no matter the outcome. But rape and torture wasn’t enough to please her other half: Their crime binge quickly turned deadly. The couple went from kidnappings to committing acts that were referred to as the “Sex Slave Murders” in Nevada and California.
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady met in their 20s, and their twisted relationship changed Great Britain soon after. Known as the “Moor murderers,” the couple targeted small boys and girls for their own sick sexual appetite. The two did unspeakable things to five young victims before taking their lives. And they liked rehashing the crimes they committed, too. Known to take photos of their victims and their makeshift burial sites at Saddleworth Moor, Hindley and Brady were a match made in hell.
Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
In the late 80s, Paul Bernardo met his girlfriend, Karla Homolka at a pet convention where they instantly hit it off and married only a few years later. They both had strange sexual fetishes that meshed with the others, only heightening their desires even more. Incredibly keen to please Bernardo, Homolka did whatever he asked, including kidnapping young women for their sexual and violent benefit. Nothing was off limits, not even Homolka’s younger sister’s virginity, which was supposedly offered to Bernardo as a gift.
Henry Lucas and Ottis Toole
Ottis Toole was off to a bad start from the beginning. Thanks to an overly devoted Christian mother who supposedly forced him to perform sex acts on dead animals and a sister that molested him, Toole didn’t have an easy childhood. And things didn’t get any easier for him when he met Henry Lucas, a man who was sentenced to prison for killing his own mother. But they grew close to one another and eventually became a couple that did everything together, including acts of violent murder. Although the exact number is not clear, it’s said the men killed hundreds of people in Florida, one of whom may have America’s Most Wanted host, John Walsh’s son.
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Fred and Rosemary West
Fred West suffered two severe head traumas as a child which may or may not have been a factor in his odd behavior. Working in a slaughterhouse while married to a prostitute, it was said his interest in death intensified and was soon connected to several disappearances. But his past didn’t catch up to him until he met teenager Rosemary Letts and married her in Gloucestershire. The two savagely assaulted and murdered several young women, possibly even West’s first wife, inside their home. Two of their victims were the Wests' own daughters, one from Fred's first marriage and one born to Rosemary.
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Carol M. Bundy and Doug Clark
Carol Bundy and Doug Clark were referred to as the “Sunset Strip Killers” after terrifying the Strip for two months. They met in the early 80s and soon became a couple. But Clark wasn’t content with only one woman. He brought home many prostitutes before moving onto a young girl from next door—whom Bundy helped him kidnap. And when that didn’t do it, Clark set out on a murder spree along the California’s Sunset Strip, killing women and using their bodies for sexual pleasure. Bundy helped care for the body parts. She eventually committed murder on her own when a lover threatened to go to the cops about her involvement.
Featured photo of Gerald and Charlene Gallego: Alchetron