Connections of OCCULTISM with SERIAL KILLERS, generally males, has long been considered and discussed in various ways, with interesting and, somewhat, inconclusive and unverified conclusions, and intense and sensational publications, ranging from newspaper accounts, conspiracy groups, occult groups themselves, and the enormous volume of literature and magazines as well as, nowadays, videos, DVDs, movies, and other forms of media. FICTION has been a rich 'resource' for such things as well, feeding and fueling the imaginations of vast segments of populations around the world and especially among young and contemporary enthusiasts of such.
MANKIND has been killed over the centuries in various ways so that the mass killings by wars and battles, 'crusades', and revolutions and revolts, do not seem to hold the fascination and horrors that certain types of killings seem to exert on people. Of course, ancient man, primitive man, tribal man, had problems of survival and early on various real and imaginary killers existed for them. The rise of various religions all over the world, from shamanism, 'paganism', and exotic religious systems with special and unusual deities have to be considered as do mythological creatures and beings, some of which have been replaced, no doubt, by 'aliens from outer space' and other extraterrestrial beings, even Angels and Demons. Added to this, are innumerable folk tales and ancient lore of monsters, vampires, ghouls, zombies, werewolves and the like, that now have an enormous revival in contemporary societies, cultures, and venues,namely, to make money and provide entertainment and the like.
Mass killers, who followed 'NATIONAL' & 'RACIAL' & 'GOVERNMENT' policies and official executions and genocides are none-the-less bloodthirsty and destructive but it is the single individual, who, though he or she had help, assistance, devotees, etc. has been singled out, usually historically, as a SERIAL KILLER.
A few exceptions exist, such as THE CULT OF THUGEE; THE TIGER & LEOPARD MEN, and also, perhaps, THE ASSASSINS. Crime groups, like the YAKUZA & THE MAFIA & THE TRIADS (usually lumped in with the Tongs) also come to mind. These groups, along with cannibals and witchcraft groups have also had their reputations sullied by sensational accounts by various travelers, researchers, devotees, and so on, and the literature is quite interesting and fascinating if one can procure such for reading and to pass the time.
It becomes soon apparent that there is an enormous amount of subject matter on all levels and scales of a wide range to consider, not to mention OCCULTISM, OCCULT DOCTRINES, GROUPS, SOCIETIES and practices that consist of much more than the average persons even cares to look into or discuss or research and since this is the case, only the more 'appealing' of the sensationalism found available is considered. Of that, there is no end in sight.
The blending of occultism with SERIAL KILLING has a long history, coming perhaps from the notions of 'sacrifice', 'feeding the gods or demons', of establishing certain relations through the shedding of blood, an important ingredient of LIFE, and also achieving certain powers and abilities and other things.
Thus, witches, wizards, magicians, priests, shamans, medicine men, martial artists, and their alter egos of vampires, zombies, and 'souless' beings as well as 'devils and saints' have taken on the roles of 'SERIAL KILLERS' in various ways though 'spells and poisons', 'charms and elixirs' and other things that comprise their 'itinerary and careers'.
VAMPIRISM with its 'BLOOD EMPHASIS' also has its rituals and rites and also mimics certain religious and social affairs. Even the 'scientific' aspects of blood, race, and composition and use adds to these considerations more than most realize, if at all.
I shall add more specific things in this area as I continue to discuss these things. Of course, not all serial killers are dabblers or practitioners of the OCCULT but quite often these things are not kept wholly distinct when and if they should be, and, while some of the more exaggerated, 'tongue-in-cheek' claims and descriptions are not to be seriously taken as pure fact, there is still a lingering doubt in some instances. That certainty and ambiguity in both TRUE CRIME & OCCULTISM exists
there is sometimes just the non-connection with the OCCULT that some serial killers have and the more common one in all cases of both occult and serial crimes is apt to be tinged or involved with SEX.
Without discussing the powerful and sometimes obvious role of SEX in war, in crime, in nearly all areas of human behavior and motivations and the like, it is perhaps just sufficient to not allow all the possible sexual implications and crimes to color all of this beyond the actual facts and to refrain from undue speculation and morbid fantasies.
Specifically, several serial killers and occultists will be mentioned and discussed under this topic and perhaps most who follow this blog,if any do, will recognize them in some way.