Nothing is worse than having a serial killer in your family, people you once loved turned out to be the monster you never wished to see. They have killed people and manipulated them in ways no human being would ever imagine.

Wickedness usually has its genesis and it is often a messed-up family: abusive parents, abandonment and oppressive religious zeal, etc. But it’s not always the case and we might ask if evil is sometimes more nature than nurture, as not many but most of the serial killers dealt with trauma in their childhood.

It is most unlikely that the children will inherit the qualities of their parents but what goes on is quite sadistic for them. Let’s look at the children of serial killer and where are they now.


Ted Bundy’s Daughter

Ted Bundy, the epitome of the psychopathic killer, a stalker, a slasher, and the Boogeyman that sneaks into your room and kills you in your sleep. If there was a poll for the worst serial killers, it would be hard to top Ted Bundy in terms of evil.

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

Rose Bundy, Ted and Carol’s daughter was born in Oct 1982. She 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 during the execution of her father.

Unlike her father, Carole described her daughter as “Kind and intelligent”, Rose also had 2 children of her own.

It is believed that Carole Ann Boone changed her last name and moved to Oklahoma and never told her daughter about her serial killer father.

According to the various sources available online, Rose is a good citizen and is happy now with her family, however, her mother Carole Ann Boone is assumed to be dead at the age of 70.


Andrei Chikatilo’s Son

Russia’s worst serial killer, when the “Rostov Ripper” was busy killing and mutilating over 50 women and children he was blessed with 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 that the man stole his car and they had a fight 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” as 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, openly talks about his dirty deeds

Mellisa Moore has been on several media outings and once told Oprah Winfrey that she had seen glimpses of her father’s cruelty during her childhood.

“I could hear the cat screaming,” Mellisa told Oprah, when her sadistic father put a cat in a barrel, doused it in gasoline, and set it on fire. She wrote a book about her life and even hosted a TV show called, “Monster in my family.”


The Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway’s son

Gary Ridgway once picked up women with his son in the car, they went off but the women didn’t return. Gary was having intercourse with a dead body while his son, Matthew was sleeping inside the car.

Gary Ridgway was convicted of killing 48 people in the 80s and 90s in Washington State. Matthew Ridgway, his son described him as a normal dad, who turned up to support him during the games; the Soccer Dad.

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Gary Ridgway credits Josh Trujillo/Pool/Getty Images

For Matthew, he was a supporting dad as he was always there when he needed him, Matthew has only fond memories of his father, as his father never cursed or yelled at him.

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


Joseph Kallinger’s Son

Joseph Kallinger, a schizophrenic serial killer who had been horribly abused as a child himself.

Joseph killed his own son over a life insurance policy. Michael Kallinger, one of his seven children saw the horror of his dad’s fire firsthand.

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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 the year 1973, Joseph took his son Michael on a rape and murder spree. Joseph would turn up at people’s homes as a salesman with his son by his side, so no one would suspect him. But on the inside, the victims were all tied up and was also involved in these crimes according to eyewitness testimony, although it was said that he was under his father’s control.

Michael was under probation until he reached 25 years old. According to the sources he changed his name and was never seen again. Joseph, however, died of a seizure in prison in 1996.


Dennis Rader’s Daughter

Dennis Rader’s confession lasted for 30 hours, which filled 17 DVDs, even the cops couldn’t shut him up. The BTK killer just went on describing his murder sprees. BTK described the murders as someone has asked him how to make a cake.

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

Kerri Rawson had suffered from depression and PTSD and was constantly hounded 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 childhood home.

The novel claimed that her mother knew about the killings. This was it for Kerri, she came out angered and said that “All of sudden this writer knows what happened in my house, I just had enough and decided to finally say something and stick up for my mom.

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’s helping me to work on it, to face what my dad did and to deal with it.


Fred and Rose West’s son

The English couple had so many kids that they killed two of their own children, burying one of the children in the garden at the house of horrors at 25 Cromwell Street.

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Fred and Rose West.

Stephen West, one of the children who has been outspoken about his life and his very peculiar parents and life hasn’t been easy on him. In 1995 he had hi sister were interviewed about the book they co-authored about their life while growing up.

The brother and sister claimed that they can’t have a normal life when they would fill the address as 15 Cromwell Street they either thought it was a joke and chucked the form away or didn’t want to know.

Steven said he couldn’t get a job because of his name and was followed around by social services and police, some of who thought he might carry on the cycle of abuse.

Five years later he was jailed for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The judge was sympathetic towards him and said that he went through the experience that no one should.

Stephen was raped, beaten and constantly humiliated by his mom, Rose when he was young. He might have a skewed outlook on what is right and what is acceptable after seeing the horrible things in the house.

The relationship with the girl was a mutual romance and Stephen got nine months in prison for that and after that, he was caught again after taking her girlfriend for abortion. He then went under more psychotherapy to help him deal with the traumas and also help him what is right and what is wrong.


Do the kids need to suffer for what their parents did? The case of Stephen west is one of them, not allowing them to open a bank account and daily life struggles. The one who did the crime is serving the punishment and does it really matter for someone to judge that what their parents did?

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