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FOX 32 talks with woman who has interviewed 130 serial killers

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For most people, being in the presence of a convicted serial killer would be absolute terror. However, for Chicago Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Helen Morrison, having a conversation with some of the most evil people on earth is second nature.

FOX 32 News' Jeff Herndon had a rare opportunity to speak with Morrison, who claims to have interviewed over 130 serial killers.

From Chicago's John Wayne Gacy, to the Notorious Green River Killer and even the ones you have never heard of, ones that she claims are far worse than any monster you can imagine.

"To me, the most heinous one was Robert Berdella. The Butcher of Kansas City," said Morrison.

The butcher abducted, tortured and killed at least 6 men in the mid-80's. He inflicted the type of brutality that for some reason ignites morbid curiosity.

"We are trying to make sense out of a non-human being...these are people who we look at with fascination because most of us as humans recoil at the thought of murdering someone, and then murdering a number of [people] over time just makes no sense to us," according to Morrison.

Unfortunately, serial killers are operating every day in the United States.

"If you listen to the FBI, they say there are at least 17 running around the country at any given point in time…we only find them after they kill, we have never been successful at catching them beforehand," Morrison said.

The most important question though is what would lead someone to such unimaginable crimes? There are many theories, but Morrison thinks it starts at the genetic level.

"The theory is that we are working with something that is wrong with a live brain that is triggered by some kind of genetic change, but we don't have permission to test that yet," claimed Morrison.

Fortunately, Dr. Morrison has something in her possession that she thought may hold some answers. That item being the brain of John Wayne Gacy.

"I have possession of his brain because he and his family agreed that once he was executed we could take the brain and study it to see if we could see anything; to see if we could see a tumor or a stroke. Some kind of evidence that led to his behavior," said Morrison.

However, she found nothing.

FOX 32 News asked Dr. Morrison again about the one serial killer she says she will never forget: The Butcher of Kansas City, Robert Berdella. The question being his method of murder.

"He would take chloroform, and make them pass out. When they woke up, not only were they chained to the floor or the bed, they also had Drano poured down their throat so they couldn't scream…he would keep them prisoner for about a month. He would keep incredibly detailed logs of what he did…almost like a scientist observing a specimen," according to Morrison.

Hearing serial murderers tell their horrific tales for 40 years takes a toll, and Dr. Morrison is in a constant battle to keep it from becoming too personal. It's not always easy.

"I think about the mothers and the fathers. I think about the children…I don't care how creative you are, or how capable you are of putting together a story. You can't make this up," Morrison said.

There is one serial killer who Dr. Morrison has never interviewed. BTK killer, Dennis Rader.

Rader is the serial killer who sent letters to FOX 32 News Jeff Herndon.

The mystery behind the letters has yet to be solved.

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