This case envolves a father who enlisted his own son to be an accomplice in a serious of horrible crimes.
Born in 1936, Joseph Kallinger was abandoned as an infant and later adopted at 18 months old by a sadistic couple. They would beat him with a hammer, subject him to floggings. As a child he was gang raped at knife point by a group of older boys.
With the way his childhood was, it’s no surprise that his teen years were worse. He was a pyromaniac and would masturbate while clutching knives. Kallinger would also stab pornographic pictures. He was admitted on two occasions to various mental hospitals and was declared as a schizophrenic sadist who showed hostility towards woman.
As with many serial killers, he was able to pass himself off as normal. He married twice and had 7 children. He even opened his own show repair shop in Philadelphia. To everyone around him, he was a normal man.
Of course behind closed doors things were’t what they seemed. In early 1972, three of his children filed abuse charges against him. His 13 year old daughter had claimed that she was branded on her thigh with a hot spatula. He was convited but then release a few months later and put on probation.
By 1974 he started to hear voices. Not only did he hear voices, but these “voices” came from a floating head named Charlie. Charlie ordered him to kill and castrate young boys. Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder, the father asked his 13 year old son to help him. On July 7, 1974, they lured a young boy into an old factory where they stripped him, gaged him and then cut off his penis.
The next victim was his on 12 year old son. Kallinger drowned him in a pool in the cellar of an abandoned rug factory while his other son watched. Then in November of 1974, the two of them went on a mutli-state rape and robbery spree. They invaded homes in New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania. This went on for nine months. Near the end of the spree, they invaded a home in New Jersey where they held 8 people at gunpoint. When one of the female victims refused to bite off the penis of one of the men, Kallinger slit her throat. Two weeks later they were arrested.
The son was released into foster care. The courts believes he was acting under his fathers influence. Kallinger was senteced to life in prison where he claimed he was God and declared that he had the desire to slaughter every person on earth. He died of a seizure on March 26, 1996 at the age of 59.