Richard Chase: Get to Know the “Vampire Of Sacramento"

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Richard Chase: Get to Know the “Vampire Of Sacramento"


It’s a bit common to hear about serial killers and their unusual behaviors as well as their bizarre fascinations with murdering people. But Richard Chase was among the most notorious ones – he drank the blood of his victims after he killed him.

At a young age, Chase suffered abuse from a strict and physically abusive father. This disturbed and unhappy child had already shown signs of mental illness, which only grew worse in his adolescence. Chase also had three habits which are known as the triad of sociopathy,or Macdonald triad – a predictor of sociopathy in a patient proposed by psychiatrist J.M. Macdonald in 1963. This included signs of cruelty toward animals, frequently wetting the bed, and setting several small fires. Being kicked out of their house by his father didn’t help his condition.


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Chase started to engage with psychotropic drugs. He began adapting several behaviors of a vampire. For instance, he was convinced that his heart had stopped on several occasions. He reportedly pressed whole oranges to the skin of his forehead because he believed that his brain would absorb the nutrients directly. 


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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, Chase felt that his cranial bones had split apart and begun to shift beneath his skin. In 1975, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He was placed in a mental institution to prevent him from becoming a danger to himself.


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However, Chase was eventually released even after showing bizarre behaviors, like killing and drinking the blood of several birds. Between 1977 to 1979, he murdered six people who all had the same fate. Chase cut their organs and drank their blood – the main reason he was called the “Vampire of Sacramento.” The victims of his last attack were partially cannibalized and decapitated. When the police found him, his fridge was filled with human brains while his utensils were stained with blood.

Chase died by suicide in 1980 in his jail cell.



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