8. Michael Kallinger
Today, Michael Kallinger’s life is the tragic result of a son following in his father’s footsteps. Michael’s father was Joseph Kallinger, a diagnosed schizophrenic who suffered extreme abuse as a child at the hands of his foster parents. In 1974, his son, Joseph Jr., was found dead in an abandoned building. Two weeks prior, Joseph had taken out a life insurance policy on his sons. The insurance company suspected foul play, so he never saw any money from the policy. Kallinger would later be found guilty of his son’s murder.
That same year, Joseph took Michael on a crime spree across three states. Together, he and the 15-year-old committed rape, burglary, and murder, gaining entry into peoples’ homes by posing as salesmen. An eyewitness testimony, along with a bloodstained shirt that was traced back to the Kallinger home, lead to both of their arrests.
Though the elder Kallinger pleaded insanity, he was declared sane by the jury and also guilty of three murders, assault, burglary, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Michael was said to be under his father’s control. The two murder charges against him were dropped in exchange for his confession. Michael was placed on probation until his 25th birthday. After the probation ended in 1982, he changed his name and started a new life for himself. Joseph Kallinger died of a seizure in 1996.
7. Yury Odnacheva
Nicknamed “the Rostov Ripper,” Andrei Chikatilo was a Soviet serial killer responsible for sexually assaulting and murdering over 50 people. Although he lived an outwardly normal life with his wife and two children, he committed acts of rape, murder, and mutilation that spanned 12 years. He was considered a “necro-sadist,” someone who is sexually fulfilled by the death and suffering of others. He was arrested in 1990 and convicted on 53 counts of murder. He was executed in 1994.
Chikatilo’s son Yury adopted his mother’s surname Odnacheva as an adult. He’s had multiple run-ins with the law, including convictions for theft and extortion. In 2009, he was arrested on attempted murder charges for stabbing a man multiple times.