Have you ever imagined what it would be like to meet a serial killer? These people did, and for the most part, they were not aware that they were interacting with people who had sometimes taken multiple lives.
The truth is that, in most cases, it's highly unlikely that you would know right away that you are interacting with a serial killer. Nevertheless, based on the confessions on this Reddit thread, meeting a serial killer can sometimes be an uncomfortable experience.
1. Ed Gein
According to one family, Ed Gein was something of an oddball. The family members often met him at the hardware store where he worked.
The killer was quiet, busy, and always kept his head down, and one of the family members said he was "weird like a no-ear dog."
Another family member claimed the man was difficult to understand when speaking, although he was good at fixing things. The serial killer was allegedly a great worker.
2. Richard Speck
A Redditor recalled an incident in which Richard Speck broke into a great aunt's home in Monmouth, Illinois. She was asleep when the serial killer forced his way into her house.
The aunt did not get up that night, which was probably why she survived the incident. However, the serial killer took off with some men's clothing she had at the house.
He was in Monmouth while fleeing after committing crimes in Texas. Soon, he started another crime spree in Monmouth.
In Illinois, some of the crimes he committed included killing a barmaid, breaking into several homes, and raping a 65-year-old woman.
3. The Student
According to another online user who had multiple interactions with a serial killer who was eventually accused of committing 11 murders, the killer seemed "completely normal."
The killer was their student in grade 12, and with their help, the criminal managed to graduate from high school.
The killer would laugh, speak intelligently, and work hard in school and there was nothing off about him except when interacting with the security officer. According to this person, the killer was "nothing but polite" whenever they interacted.
4. The Cellmate
Someone recalls sharing a cell with a serial killer. However, the gravity of his crimes was not apparent based on how he behaved.
You could have thought he was there for a minor issue like traffic violations. The killer was smart, friendly, took good care of himself, and behaved like an average person.
Once he got into prison, he managed to get privileges for his good behavior.
5. The BTK Killer
An online user confessed that they got training from a nurse who grew up in a house behind Dennis Radar. However, at the time, his murders had not yet begun.
One day, the nurse's brother was in Dennis' yard, doing stupid childish stuff, and BTK grabbed the boy by the ear, took him back to their house, and asked his mother to make sure he did not get in his yard again.
The encounter was quite unsettling.
6. Jeffrey Dahmer
A Redditor told of how their Written Communications teacher, who happened to do some police work, got a chance to talk to a famous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer. He was pretty calm when offered a cigar and would tell you whatever you wanted to hear.
7. The Smile Guy
A worker at the state court admitted to having met a couple of serial killers while working there. They found it strange that the interactions don't usually seem strange just because you are talking to a serial killer.
This person recalls meeting an "extremely pleasant" killer who was funny, always smiling, impeccably dressed, and enjoyed being the center of attention.
The man did not seem like he would have killed anyone, although he had murdered several people.
8. Former Musician
A Reddit user who previously worked at a criminal law firm met a killer who had murdered four people when the authorities caught him.
Although the man had mental health problems, he was still "nice enough."
In the '60s, he had a band that created a record.
However, he had been seriously abused, and then he started using drugs before he snapped and started believing that the universe was telling him to kill people.
At the time this person met the killer, the murderer had been in prison for years, was sober, and had tried to work on bettering himself.
9. Israel Keyes
Israel was in the army, and someone in the same unit with him told of what it was like being around him after spending a lot of time together between 1999 and 2000.
The serial killer was a quiet and reserved man, and he loved his drink. He was also quite chill and loved to spend time listening to Korn and ICP.
In retrospect, the soldier believed that the man's withdrawn nature was a sign of his anti-social tendencies. The man had about 3 to 4 friends, and he loved walking slowly around the hall, drunk.
Strangely, before he enlisted in the army, he had already killed several people.
10. Kenneth Bianchi
Someone recalled how a coworker would mow Kenneth Bianchi's lawn. Bianchi is better known as Hillside Strangler.
The serial killer seemed like a nice guy, and there was nothing unusual about him. He was also considerate and would, at times, give the coworker a soda when it was hot.
11. Basketball Coach
Someone got a chance to have a serial killer as a basketball coach during Boys & Girls Club. The man was quite sweet and likable.
Unlike typical coaches, he was not big, loud, and always yelling. Instead, he seemed caring and considerate.
The man also worked at a Nintendo Store at the mall, and the Reddit user was often left with him by his mom and sister as they shopped in the mall. He often spent hours with the man, who would let him have fun playing games at the store.
12. Robert Berdella
A neighbor of Robert Berdella, who lived next door to him, learned that the man was a serial killer on the day he was arrested. This person was playing at a friend's house.
The friend's dad was a police sergeant, and he came and asked them to play at their house for some time.
One of the killer's potential victims got away using the second-floor window while the man was at work. The potential victim was practically naked, and he ran across the street and started knocking at doors.
13. Ian Brady And Myra Hindley
An online user recalled how their auntie almost lost her life at the hands of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, otherwise known as the Moors Murderers.
The auntie was heading home from school when a land rover stopped next to her. The windows to the vehicle were rolled down, and the woman driving it asked the auntie to get in so that she could get a ride home.
The auntie, however, rejected the offer and said she did not get in cars with strangers. Even after the woman tried to convince her that her mom had sent her to pick her up, she did not get into the car.
She quickly ran into a shop nearby and waited there until the car had left. There was also a rider with a motorcycle just up the road, and the rider seemed quite interested in the interaction the auntie was having with the woman in the car.
14. Railroad Worker
Another Reddit user shared a story of a serial killer who worked for the Railroad in their town for two decades. The killer liked to visit the local diner and liquor store, and people in the community felt that he was odd, though nobody would have suspected that he was a killer.
In high school, his stepkids would throw parties. He was later linked to 3 murders, two attempted murders, and assaults, which he committed in the late '80s and early '90s.
The serial killer eventually died of cancer, and people were pretty surprised to learn that he was capable of committing such brutal crimes because he was generally nice to everyone in his community.
15. Ivan Milat
Someone's sister-in-law met Ivan Milat, a killer who partly inspired the Wolf Creek series. When she met him, she was on the east coast of Australia to spend a few weeks with her brother.
As she enjoyed a night out with her brother by a campfire, Milat joined them and sat down. After seeing him, she thought the man was a park ranger because of how he was dressed.
She was expecting him to tell them that they had made a fire in a prohibited area of the park. However, all the serial killer mentioned was that the evening was beautiful.
He also pointed out some stars in the sky.
16. The Ax Murderer
Another Reddit user confessed to knowing someone who had killed several people with an ax. The killer was their aunt's boyfriend and had fathered her youngest child.
Despite being a killer, the man was "very sweet" when they met, and he had no problem babysitting them regularly. The online user also remembers getting a lot of hugs from him, and the killer seemed to love his stepdaughter.
Nevertheless, everything changed in an instant a few years later. He got abusive towards the aunt and those close to her.
The man also became a drug addict, and then he started murdering people.
17. Unknown Killer
Someone told of how they were talking to an active serial killer before he was found out. The man was a good family friend, and the Reddit user had known him from the age of 10.
They drifted apart after this online user's family moved to another state about a decade later.
The man had killed his wife, mother, sister, and brother-in-law within 15 years.
When this person learned of this, it was pretty shocking. All along, the Redditor thought the man had divorced his wife, and she had decided to move away.
Unfortunately, the woman had been killed, and her body had been buried at his property. This was quite shocking because this person felt that the man was like an uncle to them.
18. John Wayne Gacy
A Reddit user recalls an experience their dad had with John Wayne Gacy. His dad often hitchhiked back when the serial killer was active, and one day, he got a ride from the killer himself.
However, once he got into the killer's station wagon, he sensed something was wrong. The dashboard had a strange selection of objects, which was unsettling.
As if things could not get weird enough, Gacy started asking bizarre questions about sex and other things. He also asked for his name, and the strangeness of the whole situation made him give a false name.
When they got to a stop light, the dad quickly alighted and took off. He felt that he needed to get out of that car, which was probably a life-saving decision.
19. The Grim Sleeper
Someone who lived "down the street" from the Grim Sleeper from their childhood to their early teens would often walk past the killer's house.
This person would talk to the killer whenever he was outside his house, but he never gave off any "serial killer vibes" despite having murdered more than 25 people.
The man was very nice and would always speak to him whenever they met.
20. Adam Strong
According to another Redditor, a serial killer was working at a gas station around the corner from their in-laws' house. This person actually got to see him once.
As she was in the car with her boyfriend, Strong came over to her and stood right by her window as the boyfriend was inside paying for the gas.
She remembers feeling incredibly fearful and disgusted and thought the man was the grossest thing she had ever seen. To her, the serial killer "didn't even seem human."
As you can see, you can't always tell if you are in the presence of a serial killer.