19th Century Serial Killers

Find out more about the greatest 19th Century Serial Killers, including Billy the Kid, H. H. Holmes, Fritz Haarmann, Alferd Packer and Peter Kürten.

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Rank the Most Wicked 19th Century Serial Killers

 1 
Jack the Ripper
(Serial killer)

Jack the Ripper
54
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: England

Jack the Ripper was anl unidentified serial killer who predominantly targeted female prostitutes living and working in the ghetto of the East End of London. Since the murders were never solved, Jack the Ripper became infamous folklore in England. The murders were so cleverly done that the authorities were not even able to ascertain the killer's gender.

 2 
H. H. Holmes
(American Serial Killer and Con Artist)

H. H. Holmes
43
Birthdate: May 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gilmanton, New Hampshire, United States
Died: May 7, 1896
American serial killer H.H. Holmes was sentenced to death for the murder of his accomplice Benjamin Pitezel but confessed to 27 murders and might have killed almost 200 people. He had set up a hotel, later known as the Murder Castle, specifically for this purpose. He inspired a bestselling book.

 3 

Billy the Kid
28
Birthdate: November 17, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan
Died: July 14, 1881

Billy the Kid was a gunfighter of the American Old West whose notoriety grew when he escaped from jail after killing two sheriff's deputies. He remains one of the most notorious personalities of the American Old West, whose life has been often dramatized in popular culture. His story has inspired over 50 films, including Billy the Kid, and The Outlaw.

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 4 
Albert Fish
(Serial Killer)

Albert Fish
43
Birthdate: May 19, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: January 16, 1936

Albert Fish was an American cannibal, child rapist, and serial killer. Fish confessed to three murders out of the five murders for which he was suspected. However, he claimed to have victimized about 100 people and boasted of having children in every state. His crimes and the subsequent execution by electric chair were dramatized in the film The Gray Man.

 5 
Delphine LaLaurie
(Serial killer)

Delphine LaLaurie
15
Birthdate: March 19, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 7, 1849
Delphine LaLaurie, also known as Marie Delphine Macarty or Madame Blanque, was a socialite from New Orleans who tortured and killed countless slaves in her Royal Street mansion. Her crimes were discovered after a fire at her mansion. An outraged mob subsequently destroyed the house, while she left New Orleans.

 6 
Mary Ann Cotton
(Serial Killer)

Mary Ann Cotton
21
Birthdate: October 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Low Moorsley, England
Died: March 24, 1873

 7 
Amelia Dyer
(Serial Killer)

Amelia Dyer
19
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: June 11, 1897
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 8 
Belle Gunness
(Serial Killer)

Belle Gunness
13
Birthdate: November 11, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Selbu
Died: April 28, 1908
Also known as the Mistress of Murder Farms, Norwegian-born American immigrant Brynhild Paulsdatter Storset later changed her name to Belle. The brutal murderer is believed to have seduced and then butchered her countless suitors. A headless body found recovered from her burnt house was thought to be hers.

 9 
Fritz Haarmann
(Serial killer)

Fritz Haarmann
7
Birthdate: October 25, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: April 15, 1925

 10 
Linda Hazzard
(Physician, Serial killer)

Linda Hazzard
3
Birthdate: December 18, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carver, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 24, 1938

 11 
Minnie Dean
(Serial killer)

Minnie Dean
1
Birthdate: September 2, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: August 12, 1895

 12 
Martha Rendell
(Criminal)

Martha Rendell
2
Birthdate: August 10, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia
Died: October 6, 1909

 13 
John Bodkin Adams
(Physician, Serial killer)

John Bodkin Adams
9
Birthdate: January 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Randalstown
Died: July 4, 1983

Not many suspected physician John Bodkin Adams of being a serial killer till it was revealed that his name had appeared in the wills of at least 132 of his patients who had died, while 163 died in coma. Though never convicted of the killings, he faced punishment for forgery.

 14 
Martha Needle
(Serial killer)

Martha Needle
3
Birthdate: April 9, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Morgan, Australia
Died: October 22, 1894

 15 
John Christie
(British Serial Killer Who Was Active During the 1940s and Early-1950s)

John Christie
17
Birthdate: April 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Northowram
Died: July 15, 1953

John Christie was a British serial killer who was active during the 1940s and early-1950s. He killed at least eight people and was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Ethel. The killings were dramatized in the 1971 film 10 Rillington Place, in which Christie was played by Richard Attenborough. Christie's murders also inspired other works of art.   

 16 
William Burke
(Criminal)

William Burke
5
Birthdate: 1792 AD
Birthplace: Urney, Ireland
Died: January 28, 1829

 17 
Diogo Alves
(Serial killer)

Diogo Alves
2
Birthdate: 1810 AD
Birthplace: Galicia, Spain
Died: February 19, 1841

 18 
Alexander Pearce
(Serial killer)

Alexander Pearce
1
Birthdate: 1790 AD
Birthplace: Monaghan, Ireland
Died: July 19, 1824

 19 
Alferd Packer
(Criminal, Serial killer)

Alferd Packer
7
Birthdate: January 21, 1842
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Allegheny County
Died: April 23, 1907

 20 
Elizabeth Stride
(Serial Killer)

Elizabeth Stride
20
Birthdate: November 27, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Torslanda, Sweden
Died: September 30, 1888

 21 

Servant Girl Annihilator
4
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 22 
Henri Désiré Landru
(Serial killer, Subdeacon, Accountant, Q3053339, Cartographer, Roofer, Plumber, Con artist)

Henri Désiré Landru
5
Birthdate: April 12, 1869
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris
Died: February 25, 1922

 23 
Juan Severino Mallari
(Serial killer, Catholic priest)

Juan Severino Mallari
0
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Philippines
Died: 1840 AD

 24 
Béla Kiss
(Serial Killer)

Béla Kiss
3
Birthdate: July 28, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Izsák, Hungary
Died: October 4, 1916

 25 
Enriqueta Marti
(Serial Killer)

Enriqueta Marti
6
Birthdate: February 2, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain
Died: March 12, 1913

 26 
Thug Behram
(Serial killer)

Thug Behram
18
Birthdate: 1765 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 1840 AD

 27 
Johann Otto Hoch
(Serial killer)

Johann Otto Hoch
0
Birthdate: 1855 AD
Birthplace: Horrweiler, Germany
Died: February 23, 1906

 28 
John Makin
(Serial killer)

John Makin
1
Birthdate: February 14, 1845
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia
Died: August 15, 1893

 29 

Manuel Blanco Romasanta
2
Birthdate: November 18, 1809
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Esgos, Spain
Died: December 14, 1863

 30 

Frederick Bailey Deeming
8
Birthdate: July 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England
Died: May 23, 1892

 31 
William Henry Bury
(Serial killer)

William Henry Bury
16
Birthdate: May 25, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Died: April 24, 1889

 32 
Samuel Green
(Criminal)

Samuel Green
2
Birthdate: 1796 AD
Birthplace: Meredith, New Hampshire, United States
Died: April 25, 1822

 33 

Gesche Gottfried
5
Birthdate: March 6, 1785
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Died: April 21, 1831

 34 
Frances Knorr
(Serial killer)

Frances Knorr
3
Birthdate: November 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 15, 1894

 35 
Mary Clement
(Serial killer)

Mary Clement
8
Birthdate: February 16, 1863
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harlange, Lac de la Haute-Sûre, Luxembourg
Died: July 9, 1944

 36 
Dagmar Overbye
(Serial killer)

Dagmar Overbye
10
Birthdate: April 23, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: May 6, 1929

 37 
Thomas Jeffries
(Serial killer)

Thomas Jeffries
7
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dorset, England
Died: May 4, 1826

 38 

Olga Konstantinovna Briscorn
5
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: March 30, 1836