Nothing is worse than having a serial killer in your family. People you once loved turned out to be the monster you never wanted to see. They killed people and manipulated them in a way that no human could imagine.

Malignancy usually has its origins and is often a confused family: abusive parents, abandonment and oppressive religious zeal, etc. But this is not always the case, and we might wonder if evil is sometimes more nature than nurture, since a few, but most, of the serial killers, suffered trauma in their childhood.

It is highly unlikely that children will inherit the qualities of their parents, but what is going on is quite sadistic for them. Let’s look at the children of serial killers, and where are they now?


Ted Bundy’s Daughter

Ted Bundy, the epitome of the psychopathic killer, stalker, slasher, and boogeyman who sneaks into your room and kills you in your sleep. If there were a survey of the worst serial killers, Ted Bundy would be hard to beat when it comes to evil.

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Carole Ann Boone, Rose Bundy and Ted Bundy from Netflix.

Rose Bundy, the daughter of Ted and Carol, was born in October 1982 and was born in prison with Ted’s ex-wife Carole Ann Boone. Rose was 4 or 5 when her parents divorced, and 7 or 8 when her father was executed. Unlike her father, Carole described her daughter as “kind and intelligent,” and Rose had two children of her own.

It is believed Carole Ann Boone changed her last name and moved to Oklahoma and never told her daughter about her serial killer father. According to various sources available online, Rose is a good citizen and happy with her family, but her mother Carole Ann Boone is believed to have died at the age of 70.


Andrei Chikatilo’s Son

Russia’s worst serial killer, when the “Rostov Ripper” was busy killing and maiming more than 50 women and children, he had a child, Yuri.

Andrei Chikatilo

Yuri followed his father’s path and was charged with fraud and extortion. According to the Russian press, he was arrested for stabbing a man several times, although Yuri said the man stole his car and an argument ensued, which ended in him stabbing the man.


Keith Jesperson’s daughter

Keith Jesperson killed and raped 8 women in the US in 1995. Keith was a truck driver and was known as the “Happy Face Killer” because his trademark was to leave a happy face near the victim or on the letters, he sent to the media. Keith Jesperson’s daughter Mellisa Moore speaks openly about his dirty deeds.

Mellisa Moore has been on several media outings and once told Oprah Winfrey that during her childhood she had glimpses of her father’s cruelty. “I could hear the cat screaming,” Mellisa told Oprah as her sadistic father put a cat in a barrel, doused it with gasoline, and set it on fire. She wrote a book about her life and even hosted a television show called “Monsters in My Family.”


The Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway’s son

Gary Ridgway once picked up women with his son in the car, they drove off, but the women did not return. Gary had sexual intercourse with the corpse while his son Matthew slept in the car.

Gary Ridgway was convicted of killing 48 people in Washington State in the 1980s and 1990s. Matthew Ridgway, his son, described him as a normal father who showed up to support him during the games; Soccer Dad.

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Gary Ridgway credits Josh Trujillo/Pool/Getty Images

For Matthew, he was a supportive father because he was always there when he needed him. Matthew has only good memories of his father, as his father never cursed or shouted at him.

Matthew Ridgway is now married and lives in California, and had no idea that his father was more than a regular if part-time dad.


Joseph Kallinger’s Son

Joseph Kallinger, a schizophrenic serial killer who himself was horribly abused as a child. Joseph killed his son over a life insurance policy. Michael Kallinger, one of his seven children, experienced the horror of his father’s fire first hand.

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Joseph Kallinger arrives for his trial on murder charges at a Philadelphia court, Jan. 27, 1984. (AP Photo/George Widman)

In 1973, Joseph took his son Michael on a rape and murder spree. Joseph turned up with his son by his side, so that no one suspected him. However, inside, all the victims were bound and, according to witnesses, were also involved in these crimes, although it was said that he was under the control of his father.

Michael was on probation until he was 25. Sources say he changed his name and was never seen again. Joseph died of a seizure in prison in 1996.


Dennis Rader’s Daughter

Dennis Rader’s confession lasted 30 hours and filled 17 DVDs, even the police could not lock him up. BTK’s killer simply continued to describe his murder plans. BTK described the murders as if someone had asked him how to bake a cake.

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Daughter of a serial killer, a book by Dennis’s daughter.

Kerri Rawson suffered from depression and PTSD and has been continually pursued by the press since her father’s arrest. All she wanted was a quiet life, but she decided to come forward when a Stephen King novel was based on what happened in her parents “home.

The novel claimed that her mother knew about the murders, which was it for Kerri, who was outraged and said, “Suddenly this writer knows what happened in my house, I had just had enough and decided to finally say something and stand up for my mother.”

In 2017, she was working on her book: Someday My Heart Will Mend: Holding on to Faith, Surviving the Trauma of My Dad, The BTK Serial Killer! when asked about the writing process, she said: ‘It helps me to work on facing up to what my dad did and dealing with it.’


Fred and Rose West’s son

The English couple had Seven children and they killed two of their own children and buried one of them in the garden of the House of Horrors at 25 Cromwell Street.

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Fred and Rose West.

Stephen West, one of the children who spoke openly about his life and his very strange parents and life, did not make it easy for him. In 1995, he had his sister interviewed about the book they had written together about their lives as they grew up.

The siblings claimed that if they filled out the form at 15 Cromwell Street, they would not be able to lead a normal life. Either they thought it was a joke and threw the form away or they did not want to know.

Steven said he could not get a job because of his name and was pursued by social services and police, some of whom thought he could continue the cycle of abuse.

Five years later, when he was jailed for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, the judge sympathized with him and said he had had the experience that no one should have.

Stephen was raped, beaten, and constantly humiliated by his mother Rose when he was young. Perhaps, after seeing the terrible things in the house, he has a distorted view of what is right and what is acceptable.

The relationship with the girl was a two-way romance and Stephen was jailed for nine months and then caught again after taking her girlfriend for an abortion. He underwent further psychotherapy to help him deal with the trauma and also to help him understand what is right and wrong.


Do children have to suffer for what their parents have done? The Stephen West case is one of them, which does not allow them to open a bank account and the daily struggle in life. The one who committed the crime is serving the sentence and is it really important that someone judges what their parents have done?

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