21st Century Murderers

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Rank the Most Wicked 21st Century Murderers

 1 Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez
122
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. 

 2 Charles Manson

Charles Manson
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Famous As: Led the Manson Family, a Cult Based in California
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.

 3 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.

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 4 Joseph James DeAngelo

Joseph James DeAngelo
31
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bath, New York, United States

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.

 5 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.

 6 Mary Bell

Mary Bell
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: May 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
Mary Bell was convicted of strangling 4-year-old Martin Brown and 3-year-old Brian Howe in 1968, when she was just 11. She committed the second crime with a 13-year-old friend named Norma Joyce Bell. After she was released in 1980, after 12 years, she took up various pseudonyms.

 7 Darlie Routier

Darlie Routier
8
Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: January 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
Darlie Routier was convicted of stabbing her 5-year-old son Damon to death in 1996 and sentenced to death by lethal injection. She was also charged with killing her other son, 6-year-old Devon, but not tried for it. Following multiple appeals by her, fresh DNA tests were ordered and are pending.
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 8 Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: May 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Gabriel, California, United States
Died: September 24, 2009

Susan Atkins was an American murderer who was convicted for participating in eight killings, including the infamous Tate murders, carried out by members of the Manson Family. Sentenced to life imprisonment, Atkins was the longest-serving female inmate in California history at the time of her death. 

 9 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.

 10 Joseph Lyle Menéndez

Joseph Lyle Menéndez
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Famous As: American brothers who were convicted in 1996 for the murders of their parents
Birthdate: January 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, United States

 11 Susan Smith

Susan Smith
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: September 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Union, South Carolina

Susan Smith is an American murderer who was convicted for murdering her children, Michael and Alexander, who were three-year-old and 14-month-old respectively. She falsely claimed that her kids were kidnapped by a black man before being adjudged guilty of the crime. Sentenced to life in prison, Smith is currently incarcerated at the Leath Correctional Institution in South Carolina.

 12 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. 

 13 Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Krenwinkel
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Famous As: Murderer, Member of Manson Crime Family
Birthdate: December 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A former member of the notorious Charles Manson's "Family," Patricia Krenwinkel is a criminal who has participated in multiple murders. She was part of the gang that murdered actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time of her death. Krenwinkel has been denied parole fourteen times and is currently incarcerated at the California Institution for Women.

 14 Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: October 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California

Former salesman, Scott Peterson, is a convicted murderer who is imprisoned in San Quentin State Prison. Peterson was convicted for the murder of his seven months pregnant wife, Lacy, and unborn son, Connor. Though Lacy’s family initially thought him to be innocent, evidence gathered later proved otherwise. The case attracted tremendous media attention and even inspired numerous movies and documentaries.

 15 Lee Boyd Malvo

Lee Boyd Malvo
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Lee Boyd Malvo was involved in the Beltway sniper attacks of 2002, which killed 10 people and injured three in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He had befriended his accomplice in the act, John Allen Muhammad, as a juvenile. Malvo is currently serving multiple life sentences at a supermax prison.

 16 Brendan Dassey

Brendan Dassey
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Famous As: Convicted Murderer
Birthdate: October 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, United States
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.

 17 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, 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.

 18 Robert Maudsley

Robert Maudsley
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toxteth, Liverpool

Robert Maudsley is an English serial killer currently serving life imprisonment at Wakefield Prison, England. He committed three of his four murders in prison, forcing the authorities to keep him in solitary confinement. Maudsley's case was sensationalized as it was claimed that he had eaten part of the brain of one of his victims, although the PCC refuted such claims.

 19 Armin Meiwes

Armin Meiwes
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Essen, Germany
Armin Meiwes, also known as "The Master Butcher," was a computer repair man who killed and ate engineer Jürgen Armando Brandes, who had voluntarily offered himself to be eaten, in response to an advertisement on an online cannibalism-oriented forum. Armin is now serving a life sentence for murder.

 20 Charles Harrelson

Charles Harrelson
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Famous As: Hitman, Organized crime figure
Birthdate: July 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lovelady, Texas, United States
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.

 21 Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen
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Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: November 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Hyde Park, New York, United States
Died: June 12, 2016

 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 Luka Magnotta

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

 24 Arun Gawli

Arun Gawli
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kopargaon, India

 25 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

 26 Erik Galen Menéndez

Erik Galen Menéndez
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Famous As: American brothers who were convicted in 1996 for the murders of their parents
Birthdate: November 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blackwood, New Jersey, United States

 27 James Holmes

James Holmes
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Famous As: Mass Murderer
Birthdate: December 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, U.S.
James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 more in the July 2012 Colorado shooting at a movie theater which was screening The Dark Knight Rises. He had also set up his apartment with bombs before the shooting. He received 12 consecutive life sentences and 3,318 years without parole.

 28 Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight
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Famous As: First Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole
Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tenterfield, Australia

 29 Bernie Tiede

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

 30 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

 31 John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan

John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: November 8, 1974

 32 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.

 33 Caril Ann Fugate

Caril Ann Fugate
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

 34 Joseph Massino

Joseph Massino
1
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, USA

 35 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

 36 Francesco Schettino

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

 37 Jovan Belcher

Jovan Belcher
0
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: July 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Babylon, Long Island, New York, USA
Died: December 1, 2012

 38 Jennifer Pan

Jennifer Pan
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: June 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Markham, Ontario, Canada

 39 Charles Cullen

Charles Cullen
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: February 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States

 40 Joe Son

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

 41 William Heirens

William Heirens
5
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois
Died: March 5, 2012

 42 James Butler

James Butler
1
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 43 Tommy Lynn Sells

Tommy Lynn Sells
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: April 3, 2014

 44 Bobby Beausoleil

Bobby Beausoleil
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: November 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States

 45 Joey Merlino

Joey Merlino
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Famous As: Crime boss
Birthdate: March 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 46 Javaris Crittenton

Javaris Crittenton
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 47 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.

 48 Richard Cottingham

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

 49 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.

 50 Sara Jane Moore

Sara Jane Moore
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Famous As: Woman Who Attempted to Assassinate US President Gerald Ford
Birthdate: February 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, United States