Serial killers fascinate people, but some are more interesting than others, something Samantha Lyon and Dr Daphne Tan explore in their book Supernatural Serial Killers. When they talk about supernatural, they are actually describing killers who had claimed to have some kind of supernatural power or obsession.
The book begins in the 1500s at a time when people still held the idea of lycanthropy in high esteem, that is to say that they still believed whole-heartedly in the evil werewolves that they believed lived among them. This was a time when some of the earliest serial killers that we know of, roamed the lands, it even prompted the ‘Werewolf Witch Trials’ when people were actually tried and convicted of being werewolves.
The book then moves through time and features around 20 fascinating cases of real serial killers with a supernatural connection right up to some more modern murderers. Peter Stumpp, who like the aforementioned people of the 1500s, believed he was a werewolf and would practice the dark arts regularly, from as young as twelve years old. Samantha Lyon and Dr. Tan also explore the case of Albert Fish, who famously believed that God was instructing him to carry out his crimes.
The book is detailed and gripping, each case holding your attention for various reasons. It can in parts be quite in depth, but it only adds to the allure of the book, that is never too technical or overwhelming with the content. It is the perfect pick me up read for any fan of true crime, or serial killer crime, giving us a glimpse into the dark, dangerous world of the supernatural serial killer.