For 22 years Herbert Mullin seemed like a average, normal guy. No one could forsee what would happen when his psychosis took over his mind. He would go on to take the lives of 13 innocent people.
Herbert was born in California during April of 1947. He seemed to have a normal childhood. He played little league baseball and was a member of the Boy Scouts. Flash forward years later and Mullin would tell you a different story. A story that included the fact that he thought his parents were sending telepathic messages to his school buddies to kill him.
Mullin had a close friend named Dead who died in a car accident. After his friends death, Mullin manifested bizarre symptoms that included building and keeping a shrine dedicated to his deceased friend. He would spend hours just staring at the shrine. Of course it goes without saying that many people have gone through a lost of a close friend or family member and not gone on to murder people.
In March of 1969, Mullin displayed strange behavior at a family gathering. He would mimic every word and movement of his brother in law. That’s when his family thought it was a good idea to have him checked into a mental hospital. The hospital diagnosed him as suffering from a schizophrenic reaction. After 6 weeks though, Mullin left.
He would spend the next few years drifting around and working at various job sites. He was a dishwasher, a gas station attendent and a delivery driver. During this time he was also in and out of mental hospitals. He began to hear voices that ordered him to shave his head and burn his private areas with lighters. Mullin listened to these commands and did as the voices asked. He was in the grips of extreme paranoid schizophrenia.
By October of 1972 the voices had started to tell Mullin to kill. It might sound crazy but he was convinced that Albert Einstein had chosen him to go out and kill people as a way to stop deadly earthquakes. On October 13 he found his first victim, a 55 year old drifter that he clubbed to death.
Around 2 weeks later he picked up a female hitchhicker who he stabbed to death. Eight days after that he entered a confessional in a Church and stabbed the Priest to death. Mullin went on to massacre 5 people in a remote area of the Santa Cruz mountains. Not long after that, he came across a group of 4 teenage boys in a cabin. He shot each one as they begged for their lives. His last victim was a 72 year old man who he shot while he was working in his yard.
He was found guilty of 8 counts of 2nd degree murder and 2 counts on 1st degree. On September 18, 1973 he was sentenced to life in prison. In the year 2020 he will be eligible for parole at age 73.