Manage episode 272078683 series 2527422
What makes a prolific serial killer like Randy Kraft – who authorities say brutalized, sexually assaulted and mutilated at least 61 (and almost certainly more unknown) young men in Southern California, Oregon and Michigan in the 1970s and early 1908s – prolific? How is it possible for such a large number of victims to fall prey to someone who is inarguably a monster? The answer appears to be that the best monsters know how to transform their image so that they appear as the exact opposite – as genuine, good people. And that is a terrifying thing to realize. In this, the second of two parts focusing on Kraft – the so-called “Scorecard Killer” because he had a list of nicknames of all of this victims – Melissa takes a closer look not just at the trial and interminably delayed prosecution in this horrific case, but at the question that most of us ask after serial killers are discovered: How could so many get tricked into Randy Kraft’s trap? In the stories of the only two survivors known to experience the darker side of Kraft and survive, Melissa presents us with a chilling reality: The most accomplished sociopathic killers make their victims want to go along with them, and don’t have a clue as to the monster’s real intent until it’s far too late. If you have any information that you think might help law enforcement identify any unidentified victims of Randy Kraft, you can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 267-4800.