What is common between the two killers is the sexual energy that they both contained in abundance. Both men were married more than once as well and even gave birth to children. Ridgway was obsessed with having sexual intercourse and despite being married, took to harbouring his fantasies with prostitutes. He has been known to demand intercourse from his second wife in public places as well. Rader married two women as well and as mentioned above, had very weird sexual fetishes for undergarments. (Beattie, Robert) After graduating from high Ridgway joined the Navy however he had a very low IQ and his friends from school and college did not remember him much.
As a child, he had stabbed a young boy in the woods and told people that he often wondered what it would be like to kill someone. Rader, on the other hand, was quite the society man as he was a Cub Scout leader, head of the Lutheran Church and elected president of the Congregation Council. He had worked a number of jobs including an assembler a gear firm, census field operations supervisor and even a dog catcher.
One of his neighbours had complained that he purposely euthanized their dog for no reason at all. Both killers were not afraid to admit to their wrongdoings and were arrested within a matter of time. Ridgway was also a religious fanatic and was sometimes torn between his love for religion and committing the sin of having sexual intercourse as well as necrophilia. Rader, on the other hand, did not believe in any such thing and simply murdered 10 His wife complained that he would often leave home early, perhaps to bury the bodies or dispose of them somewhere where the police could not find them.
Ridgway’ s third wife also told the interviewers that after her presence in his life, the number of murders that he had committed had gone down a reasonable amount and she was happy that she was able to bring about such a change. Rader’ s wife as well tried her best but divorced him because her mental health was getting affected dearly.
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