Serial Killers

Serial killers are the individuals who commit a series of murders, killing three or more people with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant break between them. The murders are usually committed as separate events. Serial killers derive abnormal psychological gratification from torturing and killing people and most serial killings involve sexual contact with the victim. They may exhibit varying degrees of mental illness and/or psychopathy, which may contribute to their homicidal behavior. American criminal H. H. Holmes was one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term, and was believed to have killed more than 200 victims in the late 19th century. Coming to the 20th century, Ted Bundy is believed to be one of the most evil and enigmatic serial killers ever convicted. Well educated, intelligent, and good looking, he terrorized people for four years over the course of which he killed 35–36 women. Columbian Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos and Brazilian Pedro Rodrigues Filho are believed to have claimed over a 100 victims each. While a majority of serial killers are male, history has also seen some vicious female serial killers like Elizabeth Báthory and Aileen Wuornos. This section provides you information about the life and crimes of various notorious serial killers from all over the world.
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 1 Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

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.

 2 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.

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 3 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.

 4 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.

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 5 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.

 6 Dennis Nilsen

Dennis Nilsen
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Famous As: Trade unionist, Serial killer
Birthdate: November 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
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 7 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. 

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 8 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.

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 9 Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: December 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 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

 11 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.

 12 Harold Shipman

Harold Shipman
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: January 13, 2004

One of history’s most infamous serial killers, Harold Shipman was a British GP who is believed to have killed over 200 patients before being nabbed by the police. He was ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment for 15 murders but later committed suicide in prison. The case led to grave concerns about powers and the responsibilities of the Britain’s medical community.

 13 Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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.

 14 Gary Ridgway

Gary Leon Ridgway
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: February 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

 15 David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.”

 16 Andrew Cunanan

Andrew Cunanan
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 1997

Andrew Cunanan was an American spree killer who killed five people, including world-renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace and business tycoon Lee Miglin, during a three-month period. The motive behind the killings remains unknown as he killed himself shortly after the murders. His story has inspired several films and TV series, including the 1998 movie The Versace Murder.

 17 Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.

 18 Fred West

Fred West
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: September 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: January 1, 1995

Fred West was a serial killer who derived pleasure from acts, such as voyeurism, sexual assaults, murder, and various sexual fetishes that pushed his victims beyond their sexual limits. He committed murders and sexual assaults along with his wife Rose, who worked as a prostitute at their residence. Fred committed suicide at HM Prison Birmingham in 1995.

 19 Robert Hansen

Robert Hansen
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: February 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

 20 Myra Hindley

Myra Hindley
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: July 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: November 15, 2002

 21 H. H. Holmes

H.H. Holmes
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 1896 AD
American serial killer H.H. Holmes was sentenced to death for the murder of his accomplice Benjamin Pitezel but confessed to 27 murders and might have killed almost 200 people. He had set up a hotel, later known as the Murder Castle, specifically for this purpose. He inspired a bestselling book.

 22 H. H. Holmes

H. H. Holmes
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Famous As: Criminal, Serial killer
Birthdate: May 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 7, 1896

 23 Albert Fish

Albert Fish
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 19, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 1936

Albert Fish was an American cannibal, child rapist, and serial killer. Fish confessed to three murders out of the five murders for which he was suspected. However, he claimed to have victimized about 100 people and boasted of having children in every state. His crimes and the subsequent execution by electric chair were dramatized in the film The Gray Man.

 24 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.

 25 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

 26 Karla Homolka

Karla Homolka
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

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.

 27 Nikolai Dzhumagaliev

Nikolai Dzhumagaliev
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Kazakh

 28 David Parker Ray

David Parker Ray
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Famous As: Serial Rapist, Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.

 29 Henry Lee Lucas

Henry Lee Lucas
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 12, 2001
Henry Lee Lucas, also known as “The Confession Killer,” had confessed to killing over 600 people. However, most of his confessions were said to be false. He was convicted of 11 killings and received a death sentence, later commuted to life, for the murder of Debra Jackson.

 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 Rosemary West

Rosemary West
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 32 Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo
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Famous As: Soviet Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Russian
Died: February 14, 1994
Andrei Chikatilo, known as the “Butcher of Rostov” and the “Rostov Ripper,” was a Russian serial killer who confessed to killing 56 people, from the 1970s to the 1990s, and was sentenced to death for 52. He also sexually assaulted his victims, who were all either women or children.

 33 Israel Keyes

Israel Keyes
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: January 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 2, 2012

Israel Keyes was a serial killer, rapist, and burglar, who had killed at least three people. He previously owned a construction business and had served the U.S. army. Israel was fond of Ted Bundy and committed suicide while awaiting trail in the case related to the murder of Samantha Koenig.

 34 Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: August 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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.

 35 Long Island serial killer

Long Island serial killer
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American

 36 The Long Island Serial Killer

The Long Island Serial Killer
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American

 37 Paul Bernardo

Paul Bernardo
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

 38 Charles Sobhraj

Charles Sobhraj
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French

 39 Ottis Toole

Ottis Toole
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: March 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 15, 1996

 40 Lee Boyd Malvo

Lee Boyd Malvo
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican, American

 41 Dean Corll

Dean Corll
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: December 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 1973
Dean Corll, also known as the “Candy Man” and the “Pied Piper,” was a serial killer who, along with accomplices David Brooks and Elmer Henley, was responsible for the grisly Houston Mass Murders. The group kidnapped, assaulted, and strangulated or shot at least 28 young men and boys. 

 42 Luis Garavito

Luis Garavito
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Famous As: Colombian serial killer
Birthdate: January 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Colombian

 43 Cary Stayner

Cary Stayner
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: August 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 44 Tsutomu Miyazaki

Tsutomu Miyazaki
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: August 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 17, 2008

 45 Beverley Allitt

Beverley Allitt
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 46 Danny Rolling

Danny Rolling
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Famous As: American serial killer
Birthdate: May 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: October 25, 2006

 47 Carl Panzram

Carl Panzram
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: June 28, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 5, 1930

 48 Grim Sleeper

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

 49 Adolfo Constanzo

Adolfo Constanzo
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 6, 1989

 50 Bobby Joe Long

Bobby Joe Long
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 23, 2019
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