Ok so I know there is a thread called table of mass murder influences, but how about one for serial killers? I know some of you probably dont care for serial killers and thats fine, but lemme get this started:
Richard Ramirez: From what I heard, he liked previous serial killers himself. When he was arrested, he was thrilled to be in the same holding cell as the Hillside Stranglers. He also liked Ted Bundy (supposedly) and wrote in a questionnaire that Jack The Ripper was his childhood hero
Dennis Rader: Harvey Glatman was a huge influence on him
Heriberto Seda: The Zodiac Killer, along with other serial killers
John Wayne Gacy: Dean Corll
Israel Keyes: Ted Bundy, H.H Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett), Dennis Rader too I believe.
Peter Kurten: Jack The Ripper
Alexander Pichushkin: From what I heard, he was fascinated by Andrei Chikatilo and wanted to get more kills than him in addition to wanting to kill 64 people to fill up the spaces of a chessboard
Albert Fish: I cant remember exactly where I heard this, probably from some video on YouTube, but I believe when police searched his home, they found newspaper articles about Jack The Ripper?
This is just a theory of mine, but David Berkowitz's letters sound somewhat reminiscent of the Zodiac Killers letters, maybe he took some inspiration from him?
Ed Gein: OK I know he isnt a serial killer since he confessed to only 2 murders, but I will add him anyway. Gein liked to read true crime stories, the cases of which im not sure of.