21st Century Murderers

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Rank the Most Wicked Murderers

 1 Charles Manson

Charles Manson.
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Famous As: Criminal and Murderer
Birthdate: November 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: November 19, 2017

Criminal and cult leader Charles Manson was the leader of the notorious Manson Family, a criminal cult that committed a series of murders in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was arrested and imprisoned many times in his life and died in 2017 while serving his life sentence at California State Prison.

 2 Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: June 7, 2013

American serial killer, rapist, and burglar, Richard Ramirez terrorised the people of California, primarily Los Angeles, between 1984 and 1985 before being eventually captured by the police. The brutal criminal, also known as Night Stalker, was finally found guilty of 43 charges, including 13 murders and was sentenced to death. While on a death row, he died of cancer. 

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 3 Joseph James DeAngelo

Joseph James DeAngelo.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bath, New York

Joseph James DeAngelo is an American serial killer, rapist and burglar who carried out his crimes for many years in 1970s and 1980s and was finally captured by the police in 2018. The former police officer and auto mechanic, who was known by various names like Golden State Killer and Visalia Ransacker, was sentenced to life in prison in 2020.

 4 Robert Durst

Robert Durst.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York,City New York

Robert Durst is a real estate heir and suspected killer of three people, including his first wife Kathleen McCormack Durst and longtime friend Susan Berman. The events surrounding Durst's trial have inspired films and TV series like All Good Things and The Jinx. His life also inspired the book A Deadly Secret, which was later adapted into a TV film.

 5 Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisiana
Gypsy Rose Blanchard came in the public eye after she teamed up with her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to murder her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Dee Dee was suffering from Munchausen syndrome, which made her create an illusion that Gypsy suffered from several chronic illnesses, whereas Gypsy was a normal child.

 6 Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Troy, Michigan, United States
Died: October 9, 2002

Sexually and physically assaulted by her own grandfather during her childhood and teenage years, Aileen Wuornos took to prostitution to support herself. From becoming pregnant at age 14 to engaging in sexual activities in exchange for drugs, Aileen's early life played a major role in turning her into a serial killer. Her story eventually became quite famous in popular culture.

 7 Yolanda Saldívar

Yolanda Saldívar.
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Yolanda Saldívar is serving a sentence for the murder of Latin pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in March 1995. Yolanda managed Selena’s fan club and fashion boutiques and was fired for embezzling money from both. When Selena confronted her, Yolanda refused to submit the financial records and shot her to death.
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 8 Orlando Anderson

Orlando Anderson
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Famous As: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States
Died: May 29, 1998

 9 Luka Magnotta

Luka Magnotta.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scarborough, Canada

Luka Magnotta is a Canadian convicted murderer and former pornographic film actor. He was arrested for murdering Jun Lin, an international student from Wuhan. The murder was sensationalized by the media as Luka Magnotta mailed the victim's feet and hands to federal political party offices and elementary schools. The murder inspired a three-part documentary series titled Don't F**k with Cats.

 10 Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

 11 Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands

Currently serving a 28-year sentence for robbing and killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores in Peru in 2010, Dutch criminal Joran van der Sloot is currently also facing a probable 18-year sentence for smuggling drugs hidden in vegetables. He is allegedly also associated with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

 12 Leslie Van Houten

Leslie Van Houten.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Altadena, California, United States

Leslie Van Houten is a convicted murderer. A former member of the infamous Manson Family, Houten played a major role in the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969. Since her highly publicized court trials, Leslie Van Houten has been portrayed in several films; she has been played by actresses like Kristen Hager, Tania Raymonde, Greer Grammer, Hannah Murray, and Victoria Pedretti.

 13 Steven Avery

Steven Avery.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, United States

Steven Avery is an American murderer who was convicted in 2007 for the murder of Teresa Halbach. He was previously convicted in 1986 of attempted murder, only to be acquitted in 2003. His 2003 exoneration encouraged the enactment of the Criminal Justice Reform Bill, which aims at preventing wrongful convictions. His 2007 murder trial inspired the series Making a Murderer.

 14 Diane Downs

Diane Downs.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Diane Downs killed her own daughter in 1983. She also tried killing her other children and then made up a story about how a man had tried carjacking her and had shot her children. She was sentenced to life plus 50 years but is eligible for parole at age 65. 

 15 Issei Sagawa

Issei Sagawa.
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Famous As: Public orator
Birthdate: April 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Issei Sagawa is a Japanese murderer, necrophile, and cannibal. He garnered international attention when he murdered, mutilated, cannibalized, and raped Renée Hartevelt's corpse for several days in Paris in 1981. Although he was arrested, Sagawa was released two years later after being found legally insane. Issei Sagawa has been the subject of many documentary films.

 16 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur.
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

 17 Robert Pickton

Robert Pickton.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: October 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Coquitlam
Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton was convicted of murdering six women and later charged with the murders of 20 more women, mostly from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The latter charges were stayed. He received a life sentence without parole for 25 years. He wrote a controversial autobiography, too.

 18 Charles Harrelson

Charles Harrelson.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lovelady, Texas, U.S.
Died: March 15, 2007

Charles Harrelson was a hitman who was convicted of assassinating John H. Wood Jr., a U.S. federal judge. Harrelson was the father of Woody Harrelson, who became an actor later, though Harrelson mostly remained estranged from his son. Harrelson's story inspired the 10-episode podcast Son of a Hitman.

 19 John Allen Muhammad

John Allen Muhammad.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: December 31, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: November 10, 2009

John Muhammad was an American criminal, most infamous for the D.C. sniper attacks which he carried along with a juvenile partner, killing 10 people in 2002. Born John Williams, he changed his surname and was believed to be an admirer of Osama bin-Laden. He was executed with a lethal injection. He had also faced charges of abuse by his ex-wife.

 20 Robert John Bardo

Robert John Bardo.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: January 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

 21 Seung-Hui Cho

Seung-Hui Cho.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: January 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Onyang 4(sa)-dong, Asan-si, South Korea
Died: April 16, 2007

Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 29 others in the infamous Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007. He was a South Korean-born immigrant who studied at the university and had been known to suffer from mental issues. He committed suicide before the police could reach him.

 22 Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson.
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Famous As: Police Officer
Birthdate: January 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States

 23 Joe Son

Joe Son
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: November 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Korea

 24 George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manassas, Virginia, U.S.

 25 Francesco Schettino

Francesco Schettino
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Famous As: Ship captain
Birthdate: November 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Meta, Campania, Italy

 26 Grim Sleeper

Grim Sleeper
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: March 28, 2020

 27 Michael Jace

Michael Jace
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States

 28 Ursula Eriksson

Ursula Eriksson
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Famous As: Criminal, Murderer
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sweden

 29 Sabina Eriksson

Sabina Eriksson
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Famous As: Criminal, Murderer
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sweden

 30 Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey.
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Famous As: Convicted Murderer
Birthdate: October 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
Brendan Dassey is a convicted murderer who confessed to the rape and murder of Wisconsin-based photographer Teresa Halbach and the mutilation of her corpse. His story was featured in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer. Dassey’s uncle, Steven Avery, too, was convicted of the crime.

 31 Leslie Grantham

Leslie Grantham
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: June 15, 2018

 32 Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sri Gurusar Modia, Rajasthan, India

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is an Indian social group leader best known as the head of a group named Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS). Prior to his rape conviction in 2017, Ram Rahim was a famous religious leader, music composer, actor, singer, songwriter, writer, and director. In 2015, he was named among the 100 most powerful Indians by The Indian Express.

 33 James Butler

James Butler
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 34 Randall Woodfield

Randall Woodfield
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: December 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salem, Oregon, United States

 35 Michael Alig

Michael Alig
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Famous As: Club promoter
Birthdate: April 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, USA

 36 Felicia Pearson

Felicia Pearson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Best known for her role in HBO production, The Wire, Felicia Pearson started dealing in drugs as a teenager before being incarcerated for second degree murder, earning her GED while in prison. On her release, she was picked up for a role in The Wire, kickstarting her career as actor and rapper. She published her memoir, Grace After Midnight, in 2007.

 37 Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: September 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Anishinabe (Chippewa) Turtle Mountain Reservation, North Dakota, USA

 38 Kenneth Bianchi

Kenneth Bianchi
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: May 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 39 Joseph Massino

Joseph Massino
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, USA

 40 Mikhail Popkov

Mikhail Popkov
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: March 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Angarsk, Russia

 41 David Owen Brooks

David Owen Brooks
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: May 28, 2020

 42 Christian Longo

Christian Longo.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: January 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States
Christian Longo, also known by his aliases such as Christopher Longo and Jason Joseph Fortner, was convicted for murdering his wife, Mary Jane, and their three children in Oregon in 2001. It is believed the family faced financial issues due to the extravagant expenses of Longo.

 43 Jared Lee Loughner

Jared Lee Loughner.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: September 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arizona, United States

Jared Lee Loughner is a mass murderer who has pled guilty to 19 counts of murder and attempted murder in connection with the January 8, 2011, Tucson shooting. He has been sentenced to life plus 140 years in federal prison. Due to his struggles with mental health issues, he is incarcerated in a prison for inmates with specialized health issues.

 44 Futoshi Matsunaga

Futoshi Matsunaga
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan

 45 Anne Perry

Anne Perry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Juliet Hulme, better known as Anne Perry, is the bestselling author of the widely popular William Monk and Thomas Pitt series of novels. She changed her name after a 5-year sentence for killing her friend’s mother at age 15. She has also worked as a flight attendant.

 46 Mark Twitchell

Mark Twitchell.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Mark Twitchell, or the Dexter Killer, is believed to have been inspired by the iconic crime-drama series Dexter. He catfished a man named John Altinger on a dating site, by posing as a woman, before killing him. A document on his laptop named Serial Killer Confessions led to his arrest.

 47 Moses Sithole

Moses Sithole.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vosloorus, South Africa

Moses Sithole is a South African rapist and serial killer who killed at least 38 people between 1994 and 1995. Nicknamed the ABC Killer, as he started murdering women in Atteridgeville before continuing his killing spree in Boksburg and then in Cleveland, Sithole was imprisoned in 1997 and is currently incarcerated in Bloemfontein at the Mangaung Correctional Centre.

 48 Bernie Tiede

Bernie Tiede.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States

 49 Dale Cregan

Dale Cregan.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: June 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tameside

 50 Richard Cottingham

Richard Cottingham
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, USA