The macabre souvenirs of notorious serial killers
The terrifying world of murderous mementos in true crime stories
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In homicide cases, a "trophy" signifies an item taken by a killer from the victim as a crime memento. The FBI distinguishes between souvenirs, which fuel the killer's imagination, and trophies, serving as evidence of their proficiency. Despite this distinction, the ultimate purpose remains consistent: murderers use these possessions to relive the thrill of the crime or to feel powerful again. Throughout history, notorious serial killers have amassed items from victims, either as cherished keepsakes or repurposed for macabre ends. Each disturbed mind develops its rationale for hoarding, yet the practice is almost universal among serial killers.
To explore the eerie souvenirs confiscated by these murderers, click on the gallery.
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