Male Murderers

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Rank the Most Wicked Male Murderers

 1 Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 3 Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer
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Famous As: Serial Killer, Sex Offender
Birthdate: May 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 Charles Manson

Charles Manson
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Famous As: Criminal and Murderer
Birthdate: November 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.

 5 Zodiac Killer

Zodiac Killer
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American

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.

 6 John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: March 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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.

 7 Clyde Barrow

Clyde Barrow
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: March 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 23, 1934
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 8 Erik Menendez

Erik Menendez
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: 1970 AD

 9 Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1865 AD
Nationality: British

Jack the Ripper was anl unidentified serial killer who predominantly targeted female prostitutes living and working in the ghetto of the East End of London. Since the murders were never solved, Jack the Ripper became infamous folklore in England. The murders were so cleverly done that the authorities were not even able to ascertain the killer's gender.

 10 Dennis Rader (BTK Killer)

Dennis Rader (BTK Killer)
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: March 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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.

 11 James Earl Ray

James Earl Ray
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Famous As: Assassin
Birthdate: March 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 23, 1998

James Earl Ray was charged with assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on April 4, 1968 and was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1969. He served 29 years of his sentence before he died at the age of 70 from problems related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C.

 12 Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald
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Famous As: Armed force officer
Birthdate: October 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 24, 1963

Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for killing Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit. Further investigation suggested that he had murdered US President John F. Kennedy about 45 minutes before murdering Tippit. Though he denied the accusations, he was charged with the murder of Kennedy. While in police custody, Oswald was shot dead by Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner.

 13 Reginald Kray

Reginald Kray
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: October 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: October 1, 2000

 14 John Gotti

John Gotti
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Famous As: Mobster & Mafia
Birthdate: October 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: June 10, 2002

John Gotti was the boss of the Gambino crime family, described as America's most powerful crime syndicate. It made millions per year from criminal activities like racketeering, loan sharking, drug trafficking, prostitution, extortion, pornography and illegal gambling. The FBI convicted him in 1992 and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole and later died of throat cancer.

 15 Ed Gein

Ed Gein
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 27, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.

 16 Mark David Chapman

Mark David Chapman
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Famous As: Killer of John Lennon
Birthdate: May 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Mark David Chapman gained notoriety after murdering popular English singer-songwriter, John Lennon, of Beatles. A fan of the Beatles, Chapman said he was frustrated with Lennon's public statements and lifestyle. He even admitted that he contemplated murdering Paul McCartney, Ronald Reagan, and Johnny Carson. His story formed the bases of films like Chapter 27 and The Killing of John Lennon.

 17 Richard Kuklinski

Richard Leonard Kuklinski
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Famous As: Contract Killer
Birthdate: April 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 2006
Richard Kuklinski, known as The Iceman, was a contract killer who worked for various mafia families. He earned his nickname after he froze the body of a victim. He received a life sentence for killing two gang members and two associates and later received 30 more years for another murder.

 18 Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger
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Famous As: American convicted murderer and former organized crime figure
Birthdate: September 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Whitey Bulger was an Irish-American FBI informant and organized crime boss. His arrest and subsequent trial exposed FBI handler John Connolly who had helped Bulger in return for the latter's information about the Patriarca crime family. Bulger's life and work inspired the 2015 film Black Mass. Many fictional TV and film characters have also been inspired by Whitey Bulger.

 19 Orlando Anderson

Orlando Anderson
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Famous As: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 29, 1998

 20 Dylan Klebold

Dylan Klebold
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Famous As: Mass Murderer
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1999 AD

 21 Eric Harris

Eric Harris
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: April 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 20, 1999

 22 Steven Avery

Steven Avery
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 23 Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid
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Famous As: Gunman
Birthdate: November 17, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 14, 1881

Billy the Kid was a gunfighter of the American Old West whose notoriety grew when he escaped from jail after killing two sheriff's deputies. He remains one of the most notorious personalities of the American Old West, whose life has been often dramatized in popular culture. His story has inspired over 50 films, including Billy the Kid, and The Outlaw.

 24 Sammy Gravano

Sammy Gravano
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: March 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Sammy Gravano, also known as “Sammy the Bull,” was initially part of the Colombo crime family and later the underboss of the Gambino crime family. He became a government witness against John Gotti, the Gambino family boss. He was also involved in the murder of Gambino boss Paul Castellano.

 25 Jesse James

Jesse James
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Famous As: American Outlaw & Gang Leader
Birthdate: September 5, 1847
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: April 3, 1882
Jesse James was an outlaw from Missouri, who robbed trains, stagecoaches, and banks. He was also a guerrilla and led the James–Younger Gang. Along with his brother Frank, he joined pro-Confederate “bushwhackers” during the American Civil War. James became a legendary Wild West figure after his death.

 26 Robert Durst

Robert Durst
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

 27 Saeed Hanaei

Saeed Hanaei
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Iranian
Died: April 8, 2002

 28 Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: October 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 29 Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly
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Famous As: Bushranger
Birthdate: May 31, 1855
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Died: November 11, 1880

The Robin Hood of Australia for many and villain for others, Ned Kelly become immortal not just for his murderous confrontation with the police, but also for his reported last words “such is life”. The bushranger and outlaw remains a cult figure in Australia even a century after his execution. His sympathizers considered his as a champion of the poor.

 30 Christopher Scarver

Christopher Scarver
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: July 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 31 Sirhan Sirhan

Sirhan Sirhan
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Famous As: Assassin
Birthdate: March 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Jordanian
Sirhan Sirhan is a Palestinian militant who assassinated U.S. senator Robert F. Kennedy, brother of John F. Kennedy, by shooting him at the Los Angeles-based Ambassador Hotel, on June 5, 1968. Sirhan was convicted of murder. He is currently serving a life sentence at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

 32 Nathuram Godse

Nathuram Godse
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Famous As: Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi
Birthdate: May 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 15, 1949

Nathuram Godse was an Indian man who gained notoriety for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi, a popular figure in India's successful campaign for independence from British rule. He was an advocate of Hindu nationalism and opposed many of Gandhi’s political views. He shot Gandhi thrice at point-blank range on 30 January 1948. Godse was later executed for this crime.

 33 Kenneth Bianchi

Kenneth Bianchi
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: May 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 34 Dylann Roof

Dylann Roof
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 35 James Holmes

James Holmes
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Famous As: Mass Murderer
Birthdate: December 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 36 Robert Pickton

Robert Pickton
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: October 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
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.

 37 George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 38 Francesco Schettino

Francesco Schettino
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Famous As: Ship captain
Birthdate: November 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 39 John List

John List
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Famous As: American mass murderer
Birthdate: September 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 21, 2008
John List murdered his mother, wife, and three children at their house in New Jersey in 1971. He then relocated to Denver, as Bob Clark, became an accountant, remarried, and even joined a Lutheran congregation. He was arrested and convicted through an America's Most Wanted episode, after 18 years.

 40 Charles Harrelson

Charles Harrelson
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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.

 41 Armin Meiwes

Armin Meiwes
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
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.

 42 Peter Madsen

Peter Madsen
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Danish

 43 Richard Speck

Richard Speck
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 5, 1991
Richard Speck sent shockwaves across Chicago when he killed eight student nurses in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood, in 1966. He strangled or stabbed all his victims, also raping one, while a ninth lady escaped by hiding. Speck was sentenced to death, but his sentence was later commuted to 400-1200 years. 

 44 Grim Sleeper

Grim Sleeper
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 28, 2020

 45 Angelo Buono, Jr.

Angelo Buono, Jr.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: October 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: September 21, 2002

 46 Seung-Hui Cho

Seung-Hui Cho
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: January 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: South Korean
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.

 47 Henri Charrière

Henri Charrière
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, Venezuelan
Died: July 29, 1973

 48 Nathan Leopold

Nathan Leopold
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: November 19, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: August 29, 1971

 49 Richard Loeb

Richard Loeb
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: 1905 AD
Nationality: American
Died: 1936 AD

 50 Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Dutch

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.