21st Century Serial Killers

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Rank the Most Wicked Serial Killers

 1 Dennis Nilsen

Dennis Nilsen.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
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.

 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 Gary Ridgway

Gary Ridgway.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
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 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.

 6 Levi Bellfield

Levi Bellfield.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: May 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Isleworth, London, England

 7 Tamara Samsonova

Tamara Samsonova
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uzhur, Russia
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 8 Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
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.

 9 The Long Island Serial Killer

The Long Island Serial Killer
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 10 Michael Swango

Michael Swango.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States

 11 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.

 12 Guy Georges

Guy Georges
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: October 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vitry-le-François, France

 13 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

 14 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

 15 Kenneth Bianchi

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

 16 Randall Woodfield

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

 17 Beverley Allitt

Beverley Allitt.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
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.

 18 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

 19 Mikhail Popkov

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

 20 Highway of Tears Murderer

Highway of Tears Murderer
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Canada

 21 Futoshi Matsunaga

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

 22 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

 23 Angelo Buono, Jr.

Angelo Buono, Jr.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: October 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: September 21, 2002

 24 Carol M. Bundy

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

 25 The West Mesa Bone Collector

The West Mesa Bone Collector
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

 26 Yukio Yamaji

Yukio Yamaji
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Japan
Died: July 28, 2009

 27 Richard Cottingham

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

 28 Michel Fourniret

Michel Fourniret
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sedan, France

 29 Danilo Restivo

Danilo Restivo
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sicily, Italy

 30 Niels Högel

Niels Högel
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wilhelmshaven, Germany

 31 Volker Eckert

Volker Eckert
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: July 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plauen, Germany
Died: July 2, 2007

 32 Beate Schmidt

Beate Schmidt
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: October 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lehnin, Bezirk Potsdam, Germany

 33 Nikolai Dzhumagaliev

Nikolai Dzhumagaliev
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic

 34 Fernando Hernández Leyva

Fernando Hernández Leyva
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

 35 Irina Gaidamachuk

Irina Gaidamachuk
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: September 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nyagan, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Soviet Union

 36 Veronique Courjault

Veronique Courjault
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France

 37 Paturis Park murderer

Paturis Park murderer
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Brazil

 38 Patrice Alègre

Patrice Alègre
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

 39 Mark Haydon

Mark Haydon
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Australia

 40 Beer Man

Beer Man
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

 41 Awdah Ahmad Awdah Salem

Awdah Ahmad Awdah Salem
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Yemen
Died: August 7, 2014