21st Century Serial Killers

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Rank the Most Wicked 21st Century Serial Killers

 1 
Richard Ramirez
(Serial Killer)

Richard Ramirez
129
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 

Dennis Rader (BTK Killer)
50
Birthdate: March 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburg, Kansas, United States
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.

 3 
Edmund Kemper
(Serial Killer)

Edmund Kemper
43
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.

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 4 
Gary Ridgway
(Serial Killer)

Gary Ridgway
44
Birthdate: February 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Nicknamed “the Green River Killer,” Gary Ridgway is a serial killer convicted of killing 49 women by driving them to remote locations, strangling them, and then disposing of their bodies in the Green River. DNA technology helped the police nab him. He had served in the Vietnam War earlier.

 5 
Peter Sutcliffe
(Serial Killer)

Peter Sutcliffe
38
Birthdate: June 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bingley, England
Died: November 13, 2020

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.

 6 
Christopher Scarver
(Serial Killer)

Christopher Scarver
32
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.

 7 
David Berkowitz
(Serial Killer)

David Berkowitz
47
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.”

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 8 
Karla Homolka
(Serial Killer)

Karla Homolka
76
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port Credit, Mississauga, Canada

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.

 9 
Joseph James DeAngelo
(Serial Killer)

Joseph James DeAngelo
32
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.

 10 
Rodney Alcala
(Serial Killer)

Rodney Alcala
31
Birthdate: August 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: July 24, 2021
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 
David Parker Ray
(Serial Rapist, Serial Killer)

David Parker Ray
23
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.

 12 
Tsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial Killer)

Tsutomu Miyazaki
17
Birthdate: August 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Itsukaichi, Tokyo
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.

 13 
Dennis Nilsen
(Serial Killer)

Dennis Nilsen
44
Birthdate: November 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: May 12, 2018

Dennis Nilsen was a Scottish necrophile and serial killer who killed at least 12 boys and young men between 1978 and 1983. Also known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, Nilsen committed these crimes in London, England, where he would lure his victims into his house before strangulating them to death. He was convicted in 1983 of six counts of murder.

 14 
Lee Boyd Malvo
(Serial killer)

Lee Boyd Malvo
15
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.

 15 
Robert Hansen
(Serial Killer)

Robert Hansen
45
Birthdate: February 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Estherville, Iowa, United States
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.

 16 
Beverley Allitt
(Serial Killer)

Beverley Allitt
20
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

Beverley Allitt is an English serial child killer, convicted ,of murdering four children and grievously injuring several others. Previously employed as a State Enrolled Nurse, she attacked 13 children over a 59-day period, out of which four died. She received 13 life sentences for the crimes and is detained at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

 17 
Grim Sleeper
(Criminal)

Grim Sleeper
11
Birthdate: August 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: March 28, 2020

 18 
Genene Jones
(Nurse Who Killed Several Infants)

Genene Jones
14
Birthdate: July 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Texas

 19 
Alexander Pichushkin
(Serial Killer)

Alexander Pichushkin
5
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.

 20 
Marc Dutroux
(Criminal, Electrician, Serial killer)

Marc Dutroux
4
Birthdate: November 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ixelles / Elsene
In 2004, the notorious Belgian serial killer Marc Dutroux was convicted on charges of murder, kidnapping and rape and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Earlier, his case aroused widespread public outrage at the inefficiency and corruption of the Belgium’s law enforcement agency and led to the White March which was one of the largest demonstrations in Europe since WWII. 

 21 
Tommy Lynn Sells
(Serial Killer)

Tommy Lynn Sells
8
Birthdate: June 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: April 3, 2014

 22 
Charles Cullen
(Serial Killer)

Charles Cullen
13
Birthdate: February 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States

 23 

The Long Island Serial Killer
9
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 24 
William Heirens
(Serial Killer)

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

 25 
Moses Sithole
(Serial Killer)

Moses Sithole
5
Birthdate: September 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

 26 
Ahmad Suradji
(Serial Killer)

Ahmad Suradji
9
Birthdate: January 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Medan
Died: July 10, 2008

Ahmad Suradji’s dead father apparently asked him to collect the saliva of 70 women to gain invincibility, in a dream. This made him kill 42 girls and women, and then bury their bodies in a sugarcane plantation. The Indonesian serial killer was eventually convicted and executed by a firing squad.

 27 
Cary Stayner
(Serial Killer)

Cary Stayner
15
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.

 28 
Richard Cottingham
(Serial killer)

Richard Cottingham
7
Birthdate: November 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, USA

 29 
Carol M. Bundy
(Serial killer)

Carol M. Bundy
8
Birthdate: August 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States
Died: December 9, 2003

 30 

Niels Högel
4
Birthdate: December 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wilhelmshaven, Germany

 31 
Vera Renczi
(Serial killer)

Vera Renczi
7
Birthdate: 1903 AD
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: 1960 AD

 32 

Terry Peder Rasmussen
5
Birthdate: December 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: December 28, 2010

 33 
Yukio Yamaji
(Serial killer)

Yukio Yamaji
4
Birthdate: August 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Japan
Died: July 28, 2009

 34 

Bobby Jack Fowler
0
Birthdate: June 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Texas, United States
Died: May 15, 2006

 35 
Donald Harvey
(Serial killer)

Donald Harvey
3
Birthdate: April 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Butler County
Died: March 30, 2017

 36 
Kristen Gilbert
(Serial killer and former nurse who was convicted of four murders)

Kristen Gilbert
3
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

 37 
Nikolai Dzhumagaliev
(Serial killer)

Nikolai Dzhumagaliev
2
Birthdate: November 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic

 38 
Billy Glaze
(Serial killer)

Billy Glaze
1
Birthdate: July 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Georgia, United States
Died: December 22, 2015

 39 
Juana Barraza
(Mexican Serial Killer Sentenced to 759 Years in Prison for Killing of 16 Elderly Women)

Juana Barraza
0
Birthdate: December 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hidalgo, Mexico

 40 
Yasunori Suzuki
(Serial killer)

Yasunori Suzuki
0
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Nogata, Fukuoka, Japan
Died: August 2, 2019

 41 
Beer Man
(Serial killer)

Beer Man
4
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

 42 
Patrice Alègre
(Criminal)

Patrice Alègre
2
Birthdate: June 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

 43 

Fernando Hernández Leyva
1
Birthdate: November 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

 44 
Wayne Williams
(Serial Killer)

Wayne Williams
19
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Wayne Williams is an American serial killer currently serving life imprisonment for the murders of two men in Atlanta, Georgia. Although he is convicted of only two murders, Wayne Williams is suspected to have committed at least 23 of the 30 murders that took place in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. His chilling story has inspired TV series and films.

 45 
Charles Sobhraj
(Serial killer)

Charles Sobhraj
77
Birthdate: April 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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.

 46 
Paul Bernardo
(Serial killer)

Paul Bernardo
32
Birthdate: August 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scarborough

 47 
Todd Kohlhepp
(Serial Killer)

Todd Kohlhepp
24
Birthdate: March 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Florida

 48 
Robert Black
(Serial killer)

Robert Black
5
Birthdate: April 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grangemouth
Died: January 12, 2016

 49 
Levi Bellfield
(Serial killer)

Levi Bellfield
35
Birthdate: May 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Isleworth, London, England

 50 
Michael Swango
(Serial Killer)

Michael Swango
15
Birthdate: October 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States