The Names and their pictures Incite Fear and Nightmares in Western Pa.
Steve Travagleo & John Lesko
Stanley B Hoss Jr
Victor Belmonte Jr.
All names when you look them up on Google you can find them in Muderpedia or Serial killers and True Crime type web sites you find all over the web.
All Killers who went on a killing spree committing multiple murders many involving killing cops.
many murders unsolved .
All from or committed murders around Western Pa. in a single place or multiple places around Western Pa. or nation wide
Then there is
H.H. Holmes , Jefferey Daumer and Edward Wayne Edwards
Serial Killers who passed thru or lived in Western Pa.at one time.
But why? what breeds them ?or brings them thru here? is it something in the water?
One does have to wonder.
The regions air soil and water has been severely polluted over the years with all types of chemical contamination. including radiation and heavy metals like lead which study's have proven can lead to violent criminal behavior.
Study's showed when lead was removed from gasoline there was a notable decrease in crime nation wide.
Consider also bad parenting and abuse which triggers these killers many who had to raise them selves as parenting was poor to no existent and often abusive often there where divorces involved . But not in all cases .
Consider mental incapacity which many of them had which went untreated or was treated and medication they took contributed to their behavior as well
Consider also many had drug or alcohol addiction and or where born to drug or alcohol addicted parents
But also consider some had perfectly normal and loving upbringing but something in there lives caused them to snap.
What ever it was fate would bring them to her or thru here.
Pittsburgh was at one time known as the gateway to the west and yes back in H.H. Holmes day trains canals and trolleys all passed thru here when traveling in days of old if you where heading to or from east to west coast.
But that does not explain the home grown serial killers. and why so many.more in this area than other areas.
I am sure glad I never ran across any of them and if I ever would I sure as well hope I have the ability to outwit and stop them dead in there tracks.
Yes Western Pa. and the whole Tri-State in general can be a very dangerous place to travel with so many angry people you meet daily out there ticking like bombs waiting to go off you see it on the roads with the way people drive and the road rage you see it in the stores people under great tension. But why study's have shown that people in this area are under way more stress than others I can believe it just in this area at one time we had
Mayview , Woodville , Western Center ,Torrance, and Dixmont State Mental Facility plus many private facility which have shut down which held thousands of people with mental illness now all living in the community and under treatment or some times getting treatment or living on the streets and not getting treatment.
You can understand just how and why so many killers because our mental health system has broken down and people are not getting treatment they need.
But why such a high rate of mental illness ? pick your choice from the above items to consider.
Now add in the exposure to pollution and illegal substances and there are many people walking around here who are severely genetically damaged by it. and they have passed it on to there kids we are seeing an ever rising amount of ever more violent youth in this area who are not being given the help they need. So it is no surprise you see the amount of violent killers and just violence in general in this area,and I only see it getting worse not better. All you can do is constantly be vigilant of your surroundings and be ready to act if required.