Female serial killers are very rare and the disturbingly gruesome habits of Katherine Knight piqued my interest. In my first book, A Thin Line, I introduced a female serial killer by the name of Tamela Barnes. I did not base the character on Katherine Knight, but Tamela was born from my readings about Katherine. As creepy and disturbing as some of the other male serial killers I have discussed on this website, there is something very unsettling to me about a mother having performed the twisted and evil actions that Katherine Knight had.
Katherine Knight tried to strangle her first husband to death on their wedding night for daring to only have sex with her three times before falling asleep. When he finally left her, Knight took their infant daughter and dropped her on a stretch of nearby train tracks (the baby was rescued by a hobo), then rampaged through town threatening random strangers with an ax.
She later went on another rampage, slashing a woman's face and forcing her to drive to a service station, where Knight took a little boy hostage until the police arrived and beat her into submission.
Knight eventually met a father of three named John Price and they moved in together, despite the fact that Price was well aware of her explosive fits. Price wound up kicking her out and filed a restraining order against her, telling his co-workers that if he ever failed to show up for work, she had probably killed him. He then gallantly allowed Knight back into his house for sex and fell asleep beside her, which suggests that Price perhaps didn't completely understand how restraining orders are supposed to work. Knight underscored this error by stabbing Price 37 times. When Price didn't show up for work the next day, his co-workers called the police, who showed up at Price's house to discover his skinned, lifeless body on the living room floor. Knight had draped his skin, completely intact in a single piece, over an S hook in a doorway like a vanity curtain. Price's head was boiling in a pot on the stove and pieces of his butt had been pan-fried with vegetables and gravy and left on the table on two place settings with name tags indicating that they were meant for Price's adult children.
Knight pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.