20th Century Serial Killers

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Rank the Most Wicked Serial Killers

 1 Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: January 24, 1989

Ted Bundy was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped and murdered a number of women and girls during the mid and late 1970s. He ultimately confessed to his crimes and was sentenced to death by electric chair. Later, the life of one of the most notorious criminals of the late 20th century inspired a number of books and movies.

 2 Charles Sobhraj

Charles Sobhraj.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City
Charles Sobhraj, better known as the “Bikini Killer” and “The Serpent,” is an infamous criminal who was convicted of murdering twelve tourists in Southeast Asia in the 1970s, purely out of his hatred for hippies. After serving jail time in India, he is now serving a life sentence in Nepal.
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 3 Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer.
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Famous As: Serial Killer, Sex Offender
Birthdate: May 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: November 28, 1994

One of the most notorious serial killers ever convicted in America, Jeffrey Dahmer terrorized the Milwaukee region in the 1980s. He targeted young men and boys, who he would lure to his house on some pretext before torturing and killing them. Finally arrested and imprisoned in the early 1990s, he was killed by a fellow inmate in 1994.

 4 Bobby Joe Long

Bobby Joe Long.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kenova, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 23, 2019

Bobby Joe Long was an American rapist and serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and killed at least 10 women in Florida in 1984. The information provided by one of his last victims named Lisa McVey, whom he had released after raping over a period of 26 hours, helped the police to track him down. He was sentenced to death.

 5 John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: March 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 10, 1994

John Wayne Gacy was a sex offender and a serial killer. He assaulted, raped and murdered at least 33 boys and young men in 1960s and 1970s. He tortured and killed all his victims inside his ranch house near Norridge, a village in Norwood Park. He was given death sentence in March 1980 and was executed in May 1994.

 6 Zodiac Killer

Zodiac Killer.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

Zodiac Killer was an the unidentified American serial killer who spread terror in the northern California from late 1960s to early 1970s. In his letters to police and press, he claimed to have killed 37 people, out of which five were confirmed. Though he was never caught, his case inspired numerous books, films and television series including Clint Eastwood’s classic Dirty Harry.

 7 Dennis Rader (BTK Killer)

Dennis Rader (BTK Killer).
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: March 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburg, Kansas, U.S.
Dennis Rader, better known as BTK, an abbreviated form of “blind, torture, kill,” is an American serial killer. He murdered 10 people and then sent letters to the police and the media, explaining his crimes. Following a 10-year hiatus, he began sending letters again, leading to his arrest and conviction.
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 8 David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

A convicted serial killer, David Berkowitz is believed to have killed six people and wounded seven others. He eluded the police for several months before being captured. He is currently serving six consecutive life sentences in the maximum-security prison, Shawangunk Correctional Facility. He was popularized by the media under the name “Son of Sam.”

 9 Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: December 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burbank, California

Edmund Kemper is a serial killer, rapist and a necrophile. He was charged, convicted and sentenced to eight concurrent life sentences in 1973 for murdering ten people, including his paternal grandparents and mother. Most of his victims were female college students and hitchhikers, whom he lured into his vehicle and then killed them. He later decapitated and violated them.

 10 Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: August 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas
Rodney Alcala received a death sentence for five murders in the 1970s, and 25 years for two more murders. Known as “The Dating Game Killer” for his appearance on the show The Dating Game in the middle of the murders, Alcala also collected explicit photos of his victims.

 11 Ed Gein

Ed Gein.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 27, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States
Died: July 26, 1984

Popularly known as the Butcher of Plainfield, Ed Gein was a murderer and body snatcher. His spine-chilling life insane acts like exhuming corpses and making keepsakes and trophies from their skin and bones, inspired films like The Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Psycho.

 12 Andrew Cunanan

Andrew Cunanan.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: National City, California, United States
Died: July 23, 1997

Andrew Cunanan was an American spree killer who killed five people, including world-renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace and business tycoon Lee Miglin, during a three-month period. The motive behind the killings remains unknown as he killed himself shortly after the murders. His story has inspired several films and TV series, including the 1998 movie The Versace Murder.

 13 Saeed Hanaei

Saeed Hanaei
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran
Died: April 8, 2002

 14 Harold Shipman

Harold Shipman.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: January 13, 2004

One of history’s most infamous serial killers, Harold Shipman was a British GP who is believed to have killed over 200 patients before being nabbed by the police. He was ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment for 15 murders but later committed suicide in prison. The case led to grave concerns about powers and the responsibilities of the Britain’s medical community.

 15 Karla Homolka

Karla Homolka.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port Credit, Ontario

Karla Homolka raped and killed three minors along with her ex-husband Paul Bernardo. After their arrest, Bernardo was sentenced to life imprisonment, while Homolka served 12 years in prison following a plea bargain. Although she had claimed that she was an unwilling accomplice to the killings, a videotape that surfaced after the plea bargain suggested otherwise, resulting in public outrage.

 16 Paul Bernardo

Paul Bernardo
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scarborough

 17 Albert Fish

Albert Fish.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
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.

 18 Dean Corll

Dean Corll.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: December 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Died: August 8, 1973
Dean Corll, also known as the “Candy Man” and the “Pied Piper,” was a serial killer who, along with accomplices David Brooks and Elmer Henley, was responsible for the grisly Houston Mass Murders. The group kidnapped, assaulted, and strangulated or shot at least 28 young men and boys. 

 19 Israel Keyes

Israel Keyes.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond, Utah, United States
Died: December 2, 2012

Israel Keyes was a serial killer, rapist, and burglar, who had killed at least three people. He previously owned a construction business and had served the U.S. army. Israel was fond of Ted Bundy and committed suicide while awaiting trail in the case related to the murder of Samantha Koenig.

 20 Christopher Scarver

Christopher Scarver.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: July 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Christopher Scarver is a convicted murderer whose physical assault on Jesse Anderson and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer at the Columbia Correctional Institution resulted in the death of both Anderson and Dahmer. Already sentenced to life for killing a man named Steve Lohman, Christopher Scarver received two more life sentences for killing Anderson and Dahmer.

 21 Fred West

Fred West.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: September 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Much Marcle, United Kingdom
Died: January 1, 1995

Fred West was a serial killer who derived pleasure from acts, such as voyeurism, sexual assaults, murder, and various sexual fetishes that pushed his victims beyond their sexual limits. He committed murders and sexual assaults along with his wife Rose, who worked as a prostitute at their residence. Fred committed suicide at HM Prison Birmingham in 1995.

 22 Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bingley

English serial killer Peter Sutcliffe was dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper as he was likened to the infamous unidentified serial killer, Jack the Ripper, by the press. Convicted of killing 13 women and injuring nine other, Peter Sutcliffe was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2000, ITV aired a crime drama miniseries based on Peter Sutcliffe's murders titled This Is Personal.

 23 Myra Hindley

Myra Hindley
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: July 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Crumpsall, Greater Manchester, England
Died: November 15, 2002

 24 David Parker Ray

David Parker Ray.
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Famous As: Serial Rapist, Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belen, New Mexico
Died: May 28, 2002
David Parker Ray was said to have killed 60 women from Arizona and New Mexico. He earned the nickname “Toy-Box Killer” for using a sound-proof truck full of items of sexual torture, which he named his “toy box.” Though convicted of kidnapping and torture, he escaped a murder conviction.

 25 Cary Stayner

Cary Stayner.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: August 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Merced, California

Cary Stayner is a serial killer convicted of the murders of four women in 1999. He had a troubled childhood. His brother Steven was a kidnap victim, and Cary himself was allegedly molested as a young boy. As a young man, he became involved with drugs and entered the world of crime. He is currently on death row.

 26 Henry Lee Lucas

Henry Lee Lucas.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Died: March 12, 2001
Henry Lee Lucas, also known as “The Confession Killer,” had confessed to killing over 600 people. However, most of his confessions were said to be false. He was convicted of 11 killings and received a death sentence, later commuted to life, for the murder of Debra Jackson.

 27 Rosemary West

Rosemary West
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barnstaple

 28 Robert Hansen

Robert Hansen.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: February 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Estherville, Iowa
Died: August 21, 2014

One of America’s most notorious serial killers, Robert Hansen was called ‘The Butcher Baker’ as he owned a bakery. He is said to have killed seventeen women and raped many others in and around Anchorage, Alaska, during the 1970s and 1980s. Most of his victims were strippers and sex workers. He was sentenced to 461 years in prison in 1984.

 29 Todd Kohlhepp

Todd Kohlhepp.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: March 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Florida

 30 Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo.
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Famous As: Soviet Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yabluchne, Ukraine
Died: February 14, 1994
Andrei Chikatilo, known as the “Butcher of Rostov” and the “Rostov Ripper,” was a Russian serial killer who confessed to killing 56 people, from the 1970s to the 1990s, and was sentenced to death for 52. He also sexually assaulted his victims, who were all either women or children.

 31 Ottis Toole

Ottis Toole.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: March 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: September 15, 1996
Ottis Toole was the murder companion of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas and was convicted of six murders. One of his victims was 6-year-old Adam Walsh who was kidnapped and decapitated. Adam’s murder inspired a TV movie, too. Toole’s death sentences were later commuted and he died of cirrhosis.

 32 Tsutomu Miyazaki

Tsutomu Miyazaki.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: August 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Itsukaichi
Died: June 17, 2008
Japanese serial killer, rapist, and cannibal Tsutomu Miyazaki, better known as the Otaku Murderer or the Little Girl Murderer, kidnapped and killed four girls, from ages 4 to 7, and then dismembered the bodies and indulged in necrophilia. He was convicted in 1997 and hanged to death in 2008.

 33 Ivan Milat

Ivan Milat
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guildford, Australia
Died: October 27, 2019

 34 Leonard Lake

Leonard Lake
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: June 6, 1985

 35 Robert Berdella

Robert Berdella.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Died: October 8, 1992

 36 Marc Dutroux

Marc Dutroux
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Famous As: Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer
Birthdate: November 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ixelles / Elsene

 37 Charles Starkweather

Charles Starkweather.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 25, 1959

 38 Jerry Brudos

Jerry Brudos.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 31, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota
Died: March 28, 2006

Jerry Brudos was an American necrophile and serial killer who killed at least four women between 1968 and 1969 in Oregon, USA. Brudos, who had a fetish for women's shoes, started killing women for their shoes. His life and style of crime inspired a song from the 2003 album Murder Metal, which was recorded by extreme metal band Macabre.

 39 Carl Panzram

Carl Panzram.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 28, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warren, Minnesota, United States
Died: September 5, 1930

Carl Panzram was a serial killer, rapist, robber, arsonist, and burglar. He is suspected to have killed more than 100 men in total though only five victims could be confirmed. He was mean and cruel from childhood and began committing serious crimes like burglary, rape, and murder as a young man. He was finally captured and executed.

 40 Alexander Pichushkin

Alexander Pichushkin.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mytishchi

Known as the Chessboard Killer, Alexander Pichushkin set out to kill people matching all the 64 squares on his chessboard, and would cross out a square with every kill. Mostly targeting elderly people, he managed to kill about 48 to 60 people and was eventually sentenced to life imprisonment.

 41 Herb Baumeister

Herb Baumeister
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Butler-Tarkington, Indiana, USA
Died: July 3, 1996

 42 Stephen Flemmi

Stephen Flemmi
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: June 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Roxbury

 43 Cleveland Torso Murderer

Cleveland Torso Murderer
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 44 Jack Unterweger

Jack Unterweger
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Judenburg, Styria, Austria
Died: June 29, 1994

 45 Eric Edgar Cooke

Eric Edgar Cooke
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Perth
Died: October 26, 1964

 46 Peter Kürten

Peter Kürten
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: May 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: July 2, 1931

 47 Axeman of New Orleans

Axeman of New Orleans
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 48 Phantom Killer

Phantom Killer
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 49 The Monster of Florence

The Monster of Florence
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Italy

 50 Nannie Doss

Nannie Doss.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Blue Mountain, Anniston, Alabama
Died: June 2, 1965