List of songs about or referencing serial killers

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This is a list of songs about or referencing to killers. The songs are divided into groups by the last name of the killer the song is about or mentions.

Contents

A–B[edit]

Axeman of New Orleans[edit]

  • "Axeman" – Amebix
  • "The Axeman's Jazz" – Beasts of Bourbon
  • "The Mysterious Axman's Jazz (Don't Scare Me Papa)" – Joseph John Davilla[1]

Elizabeth Báthory[edit]

Mary Bell[edit]

Robert Berdella[edit]

David Berkowitz[edit]

Kenneth Bianchi & Angelo Buono[edit]

Lizzie Borden[edit]

Ian Brady & Myra Hindley[edit]

David Brom[edit]

  • "David Brom Took An Axe" – Macabre

Jerry Brudos[edit]

Ted Bundy[edit]

C–F[edit]

Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs[edit]

Richard Chase[edit]

Andrei Chikatilo[edit]

Seung-Hui Cho[edit]

Adolfo Constanzo[edit]

Billy Cook[edit]

Dean Corll[edit]

Jeffrey Dahmer[edit]

Albert DeSalvo[edit]

Mark Essex[edit]

Albert Fish[edit]

Lavinia Fisher[edit]

Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd[edit]

G–J[edit]

John Wayne Gacy[edit]

Ed Gein[edit]

Gary Gilmore[edit]

Harvey Murray Glatman[edit]

  • "Harvey Glatman (Your Soul Will Forever Rot)" – Macabre

Jack Gilbert Graham[edit]

  • "There Was A Young Man Who Blew Up A Plane" – Macabre

Belle Gunness[edit]

Fritz Haarmann[edit]

  • "Fritz Haarman der Metzger" – Macabre
  • "Fritz Haarman the Butcher" – Macabre

John George Haigh[edit]

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold[edit]

Gary M. Heidnik[edit]

James Huberty[edit]

Jack the Ripper[edit]

Jim Jones[edit]

K–M[edit]

Theodore Kaczynski[edit]

Edmund Kemper[edit]

Joachim Kroll[edit]

Richard Kuklinski[edit]

Peter Kürten[edit]

Leonard Lake & Charles Ng[edit]

  • "The Balled of Leonard and Charles" – Exodus

Henry Lee Lucas & Ottis Toole[edit]

Marc Lépine[edit]

Jeffrey R. MacDonald[edit]

Charles Manson & The Family[edit]

Timothy McVeigh[edit]

Josef Mengele[edit]

Herman Mudgett (a.k.a. H. H. Holmes)[edit]

Herbert Mullin[edit]

N–R[edit]

Dennis Nilsen[edit]

Alfred Packer[edit]

Carl Panzram[edit]

Bruce Jeffrey Pardo[edit]

Robert Pickton[edit]

Christopher Peterson[edit]

James Edward Pough[edit]

  • "James Pough, What the Hell Did You Do?" – Macabre

Dorothea Puente[edit]

  • "Dorthea's Dead Folks Home" – Macabre

Dennis Rader[edit]

Gilles de Rais[edit]

Richard Ramirez[edit]

Gary Ridgway[edit]

Danny Rolling[edit]

S[edit]

Shankill Butchers[edit]

Patrick Sherrill[edit]

  • "Killing Spree (Postal Killer)" – Macabre

Ronald Gene Simmons[edit]

Richard Speck[edit]

Brenda Spencer[edit]

Charles Starkweather[edit]

Peter Stumpp[edit]

Peter Sutcliffe[edit]

T–Z[edit]

Howard Unruh[edit]

Dorángel Vargas[edit]

Fred West/Rose West[edit]

Charles Whitman[edit]

Stanley Williams[edit]

Wayne Williams[edit]

Aileen Wuornos[edit]

Graham Frederick Young[edit]

Zodiac Killer[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Mysterious Axman's Jazz (Don't Scare Me Papa)". The Historic New Orleans Collection. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Book, Ryan (October 5, 2014). "Bobby Darin, "Mack The Knife" and a Slew of Songs About Actual Murderers...from Slayer, Animal Collective, Phil Ochs and More". Music Times. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Distefano, Alex (February 14, 2014). "The Top 10 Metal Love Songs". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Blitzkid - Mr Gore (@ The Studio @ Webster Hall, Manhattan, NY, Sep 22, 2010)". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-02-13. 
  5. ^ http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/violence/eternalnightmare.html
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20071214082150/http://www.exhumed.us/site/ioh.htm
  7. ^ "Top 10 Metal Songs About Murders". Ultimate Guitar. April 28, 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "According to Michael Gira, in this documentary". YouTube.com. 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-13. 

Further reading[edit]

Further listening (recorded compilations)[edit]

  • Bloody Ballads: Classic British and American Murder Ballads, Sung by Paul Clayton, Ed. by Kenneth S. Goldstein, Riverside Records, New York, 1956 (includes cover notes)
  • Blood Booze 'n Bones, Sung by Ed McCurdy, banjo accompaniment by Erik Darling, Elektra Records, 1956 (includes 12 page booklet)
  • Murder Ballads, by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Mute Records, 1996
  • Murder metal, Macabre, 2003 (This band appears to have become known for a death metal variation of the murder ballad)