The Making of a Notorious Serial Killer

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The Making of a Notorious Serial Killer
July 7th, 2012

When thinking of someone to write about I preferred to research a rapist or killer of women. (You could say, “When thinking of someone to write about I prefer to research a murderer that preyed upon women.”) (Also could think about revising this statement to make it smoother) I felt I could relate to these innocent victims because I am a woman myself. The mind of a serial rapist and a murderer is something one that is sane may not be able to comprehend. A serial rapist and murderer that intrigues me is Gary Heidnik. His brutality and the way he showed no apparent remorse is beyond me. It takes someone to really look within the mind of a deranged killer to ever understand them, though I never fully will. It is important to look at all aspects of Heidnik’s life to gain knowledge of his pasts (past) and what made him notorious. For a preview of this notorious serial rapist and murderer this next sentence (the following) explains it all. “ In essence, Gary Heidnik ran a mini-slave colony of African American women in his basement, keep (keeping) them chained, abusing and beating them, and feeding them a blend of dog food and human flesh,” (Philbin & Philbin).

Gary Heidnik was born to Michael and Ellen Heidnik in 1943 and raised in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Gary had a younger brother by the name of Terry, and when Gary was two years old his father filed for a divorce from his mother due to her alcoholism, (Bellamy). Heidnik and his brother were raised by their mother for four years before being handed over to their father and his new wife. Later on, Ellen remarried three other times before committing suicide in 1970, (Bellamy). An interesting fact to point out is that out of Ellen’s three other husbands, two of them were black. Oddly enough, Heidnik’s victims were all African American. During this time, Gary developed the problem of bed wetting which carried on throughout his life. His father, Michael, would often hang the wet sheets from Gary’s window to embarrass him. Social wise, Gary did not communicate with his peers very well, (Bellamy). Gary also fell from a tree as a young child leaving him with a distorted head. Terry Heidnik later went on to say he thought Gary’s problems started with the fall from the tree, but at one point or another, Gary’s IQ was tested and his results were good. (What were his results? The audience or readers will find that interesting!) By the time Gary reached his teen years he became very intrigued at the idea of money and being in the Army. Later on, Gary’s wish was granted and he went to a well known school called Staunton Military Academy, (Bellamy). Heidnik’s stay at Staunton was short lived and after a couple of years he moved back home to live with his father. (Why was his stay short lived?) At the age of eighteen, Gary was able to join the Army, (Bellamy). (Sentence could be more in depth)

In the years that Heidnik was in the Army he rarely ever made a friend. Gary tried to get one or two special training positions but he was refused for them both. (Why was he refused?) Eventually, he went to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas to be a medic. At this time, Gary started a well developed business that had to deal with lending money to soldiers while charging interest. Ultimately, Gary was sent to a hospital in Germany but he took an IQ test and scored a 148, which is way above normal intellect. The happier times, ended too soon (abruptly) for Heidnik after he fell ill with blurred vision and nausea. The doctor later determined that he was suffering from a mental illness. (These could be made into one sentence possibly) According to Dr. Jack Apsche, “Gary had a history of mental illness but the army never specified exactly what it was,” (Apsche, 1993). The army did prescribe (prescribed) him a tranquilizer that was primarily used for extremely psychotic individuals. Another psychiatrist...
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