Born in England in 1909, John George Haigh’s life was different from the very start. His parents belonged to a fanatically religious sect known as the Plymouth Brethren and this left Haigh completely isolated from the outside world, as the only allowable form of entertainment in his life was bible stories. Unlike many serial killers who torture and murder animals, Haigh had a close connection with pets and formed a deep bond with them. Haigh grew up to become a serial killer who murdered 6 people and regularly consumed their blood before shooting or beating them to death and then dissolving their bodies in acid. Although Haigh would keep jewelry and clothing from his victims and sell their homes in his name to keep the funds, he kept an even more notable trophy from one of his victims. In February of 1948 Haigh murdered Dr. Archibald Henderson and his wife, Rosalie. The bond that Haigh was said to have shared with animals extended to the Henderson’s dog, as he would later tell police he kept their dog for himself after he murdered the Hendersons and dissolved their bodies in vats of sulfuric acid.
Between 1992-2006, Alexander Pichuskin murdered at least 49 people. Because Pichuskin committed many of his murders in Moscow’s Bitsa Park, Pichuskin was often referred to as “The Bitsa Park Maniac.” And a maniac he was, once telling an interviewer: “For me, a life without murder is like a life without food for you. I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.” However, Pichuskin had another nickname based upon the trophy collection he created from his victims: The Chessboard Killer. After his capture, police found a chessboard in his home with all but 1 of the 64 squares filled in with a date. And the dates he put in each square were those of the murders he claims to have committed. Pichuskin is thought to have found great satisfaction in filling in each of these squares. Every time he was able to add a date onto his chessboard, his trophy collection increased, and Pichuskin became one of the most notorious serial killers in Russia’s history