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10 Chilling Letters Sent By Notorious Serial Killers

If words could kill...

old letters from serial killers
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Donald Harvey

This letter was sent to a fan who wrote to Harvey in prison. 

Donald Harvey
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H.H. Holmes

Holmes confessed to 27 murders but it is estimated that he was responsible for the murder or disappearance of over 200 victims. 

Letter from serial killer HH Holmes
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Ian Brady

Brady sent a letter from prison to an interested journalist detailing his relationship with his partner in crime Myra Hindley.

Ian Brady letters
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Albert Fish

This letter gruesomely detailed his murder of abducted child Grace Budd to her mother.

Albert Fish's letter to Mrs. Budd
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Jack The Ripper

Ripper allegedly sent this letter to the Central News Agency in London.

Jack the Ripper letter
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The Beltway Snipers

This letter was found pinned to a tree outside the site of a recent sniper attack.

Beltway Snipers letter
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  • Photo Credit: Handwriting Research Corporation

Dennis Nilsen

This peculiar serial killer wrote this letter to himself six weeks after his arrest, taking an introspective tone. 

dennis nilsen serial killer letter
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The Axeman of New Orleans

This letter was addressed to "Esteemed Mortal" and detailed the anonymous killer's plans for their next strike. 

Axeman Map New Orleans March
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Gary Ridgway

"The Green River Killer," wrote letters to his wife nearly every day after his 2001 arrest, eventually revealing a confession to his crimes in this letter. 

gary ridgway letters
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The Zodiac Killer

The notoriously anonymous killer sent several cryptic letters. 

the Zodiac Killer's letters
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