From Ted Bundy to the BTK Killer, here are 7 most chilling phone calls made by serial killers.
The Zodiac Killer
On October 22, 1969, a man claiming to be the Zodiac killer called a live Jim Dunbar’s television show. The guest on the show was famed attorney Melvin Belli. Mr. Dunbar’s operator patched the caller through so the entire Bay Area could hear “Zodiac’s” voice. It was suggested the caller be referred to as “Sam” during the conversation.
Later that day, the only three people to hear the real Zodiac’s voice – Nancy Slover, David Slaight and Bryan Hartnell — were brought to the studios of KGO-TV to see if they could recognize the caller’s voice. They didn’t.
“I felt that the voice on the tape was not as deep and as old as Zodiac’s,” said Bryan Hartnell. Nancy Slover, a Vallejo police dispatcher who fielded a call from the Zodiac in July, said Sam’s voice was “too pitiful and pathetic to be the Zodiac.”
It was eventually determined the calls were made by a mental patient named Eric Weil.
The Original Night Stalker
As part of his surveillance, the Original Night Stalker was known to call victims both before and after the night of the attack, sometimes hanging up, sometimes pretending to have the wrong number, and sometimes (in calls placed after the attack) threatening them.
The East Area Rapist
The “BTK Killer” Dennis Rader
On December 9, 1977, Nancy Fox was found dead in her home partially clothed, lying face down on the bed with her hands and feet bound with nylon stockings.
One of the strongest leads police had was an anonymous man, who later turned out to be Dennis Rader, who called them that morning to report the horrific crime he had committed.
Operator #1: “Dispatcher”
BTK: “Yes. You will find a homicide at 843 South Pershing. Nancy Fox.”
Operator #1: I’m sorry sir I can’t understand you. What is the address?
Operator #2: I believe 843 South Pershing…
BTK: “That is correct”
An eerie collection of the tearful and taunting 911 calls made by the “Weepy-Voiced Killer” Paul Michael Stephani.
After fleeing the Pitkin County Courthouse, Ted Bundy called Dr. Al Carlisle to discuss his plans and motives of the escape.