Joseph Christopher was responsible for a spree of horrific murders that earned him telling nicknames like the Midtown Slasher and the .22-Caliber Killer. But did you know that he was turned away from a psychiatric clinic just two weeks before reign of terror began?
But we’ll get to that later. After all, Christopher’s story began on July 26, 1955, when he was born to a nurse and a mechanic in Buffalo, New York. By 1971, Christopher looked set to follow in his father’s footsteps as he enrolled on a mechanics course at Burgard Vocational High School.
But, although Christopher was seen as a good student, he dropped out of school in 1974. He began earning money through doing small handyman jobs for his neighbors, and he later attempted to join the army. However, he was turned down on medical grounds at this time.