Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Little Billy's Letters To Serial Killers For Life Advice

This story I found on Radar was so kooky I just had to post it:

"In the late '90s, pop-culture historian Bill Geerhart had a little too much time on his hands and a surfeit of stamps. So, for his own entertainment, the then-unemployed thirtysomething launched a letter-writing campaign to some of the most powerful and infamous figures in the country, posing as a curious 10-year-old named Billy."

It turns out that the convicted murderers and serial killers "Little Billy" wrote to were happy to reply.

"Nightstalker" Richard Ramirez writes back to Little Billy,

Greetings. Got your letter. What school do you go to? Who's your friend? You should stay in school. Send pictures.

Best of all, apparently Ramirez had his own personalized stationary with his "serial killer name," Nightstalker, printed on the top. With an upside-down pentagram in the dot of the I. That's class. That's awesome that they let serial killers maintain their own "branding."

In the next letter to Billy, Ramirez asks the boy to send some pictures of women in bikinis, and see if he knows any Asian women who might like to correspond with him.

Little Billy also wrote to Charles Manson (of course), and many more.

Kind of makes you wonder what would have happened if there really WAS a Little Billy, huh?


  1. thats reallly really interesting

  2. It is weird that you repost this-- I found them funny (that BARN!!) & was trying to explain why to my fiancee last night. She didn't get it.

  3. Clarence Thomas handwriting about his affection for the Egg McMuffin may be the coolest gesture I've seen all day.

  4. Anonymous1:04 AM

    Wow. Even by serial killer standards Richard Ramirez is super creepy.

  5. Anonymous8:52 AM

    The thought of murder makes me sick to my stomach (because it is...well...evil). But if I was a serial killer? I would want my own personalized stationary.

  6. I think I met Bill Geerhart in the 1990's when he was corresponding with those guys. Geerhart turned up at a Freak Brothers anniversary bash in London and bought his files of correspondence with him. Weird stuff.

    At least I think it was Bill Geerhart. (I didn't catch his name at the time.) If it wasn't him it means there's two people with the same hobby! Yikes!