A friend of mine wrote a letter to Peter Sutcliffe a few years ago and actually got a response! Too bad she was way to chicken to open the letter and see what it had to say. Instead she gave it to a close friend for safe keeping!! Well I can promise you that I will make it my mission to find that letter and post it on here when it surfaces!
This got me thinking though – Would I have the goonies to write to a serial killer myself? The answer HELL YEAH!
Let’s be sensible about this though so in true geeky serial killer fashion I hit Google and trawled around for some info on how to go about doing just that. I have come up with the below!
Now serial killer fans! Please be careful if after this post you decide to contact one of these guys yourself! They murdered people, for real! They are not movie characters and are VERY DANGEROUS. I have provided some valuable hints and tips which I came across on another site for you so just be sure to take care!
First and foremost you need to think about which serial killer is a) still alive and b) who you find interesting. Then you need to get a hold of their prison (or mental hospital as the case may be) address. Now because we all want this info like yesterday… I have provided the below treats for you:
Peter Sutcliffe 7589
Charles Manson, B-33920
P. O. Box 3476
Corcoran, CA 93212
Dennis Nilsen B63006
Edmund Emil Kemper III # B52453
Vacaville, CA 95696
David Berkowitz 78A1976
Sullivan Corr. Fac.
Fallsburg, NY 12733
Now for the safety bit.
I highly recommend that if you are a minor that you get your parents permission before even writing the letter! This is not a game and these guys are dangerous, manipulative and might one day come up for parole (and be successful).
1. Use common sense.
2. Keep yourself anonymous (unless you want them pitching up for a BBQ). Use a PO Box or an address which cannot be traced directly back to you. Remember if they have your address they could get your phone number! Also – rather use a made up name or alias.
3. Try not if you can discuss their crimes or trials. There may be legal clauses in place where they cannot divulge information. Rather keep the topics around every day life, what they are up to, books they read or movies they get to watch. Once you build up a rapport then you could probably sneak in a question or two about their crimes. Just remember, these people also have the right to reserve their replies as well.
4. If you want a reply then enclose a pre-stamped envelope which has your return address already printed on it. And if you want to get on their good side you may enclose a few blank envelopes as well. Just in-case they want to write to family or spouse (they do have these you know).
5. Don’t feel like it was all in vain if you don’t get a reply. Sometimes serial killers (especially famous ones) get hundreds of letters – so try again and again if you need to.
6. Don’t be a puppet! If you think you are being used in any way (monetary or emotionally) then break off contact immediately! Don’t offer favors either. Just be careful – they are manipulative!
7. No hate mail! They already have been judged and won’t appreciate or respond to these types of letters.
8. Don’t ask for pictures, or artwork or any other type of personal item off them! They are not your personal little cash mule! Once the rapport is built up then you can judge for yourself whether a request for something like that may be granted. Also be sure to let them know that their letters are going to remain private and not sold to collectors or the press.
9 Hold true to your word and DON’T sell their letters, or any other media you get from them, either online or to the press.
10. It may be that they ask you for something, like a magazine or book or something. Just make sure this is allowed with the proper authorities at the prison first. DO NOT SEND THEM MONEY!
Check out this site for the full list of addresses for serial killers currently in prison.
Disclaimer: Writing to serial killers is done at your own risk. Serial Killers Central and its authors take no responsibility for the actions of our readers.