Serial Killers: List of Famous Serial Killers

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Famous killers of all time recorded as researched. Serial killers assorted by your votes as most interesting. We have searched the internet but have not been satistfied with the other lists of famous serial killers out there so we decided to improve on what was found. We are not trying to idolize these famous murderers but shed some light on the history of these killers and their bio's. The FBI create serial killer profiles and in respect we are trying to do the same.

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  • Jack the Ripper

    Jack the Ripper - Serial Killer

    One day men will look back and say that I gave birth to the Twentieth Century. Jack the Ripper - 1888 Jack the Ripper is a true story about what seems to be a demon from Hell coming out and then poof!!...vanish into thin air, never to be seen or…

    • Proven: 5
      Unproven: 6

      AKA(s): The Whitechapel Murderer, Leather Apron

      Alias: Aaron Kosminski

  • Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula)

    Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula) - Serial Killer

    Vlad Tepes or also known as Vlad the Impaler is a legendary story. The country where Dracula resided in derived its name from the geographic position beyond the Carpathian Mountains, which are full of dense forestation. Early travelers to the region described the country as "trans-silva" which literally means "over-forest"…

    • Proven: 40000
      Unproven: 100000

      AKA(s): Vlad the Impaler, Count Dracula, Draculea

  • John Wayne Gacy

    John Wayne Gacy - Serial Killer

    John Wayne Gacy liked to dress in a homemade Pogo the Clown outfit to entertain kids. Gacy was thought of as a generous, hard-working, charismatic man who was devoted to both his family and community. As is true with many serial killers, other than his victims, few witnessed the evil…

    • Proven: 33
      Unproven: 34

      AKA(s): The Killer Clown

      Birth Name: John Wayne Gacy, Jr.

  • H. H. Holmes aka Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry Howard Holmes

    H. H. Holmes aka Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry Howard Holmes - Serial Killer

    Born Herman Webster Mudgett, Dr. H. H. Holmes/Dr. Henry Howard Holmes started his criminal career as a medical student by stealing corpses from the University of Michigan. Dr. Holmes used these corpses to collect insurance money from policies taken out under fake names. Holmes Hotel / Murder Castle After moving…

    • Proven: 27
      Unproven: 200

      Alias: Dr. Henry Howard Holmes

      Birth Name: Herman Webster Mudgett

  • Theodore Robert Bundy aka Ted Bundy

    Theodore Robert Bundy aka Ted Bundy - Serial Killer

    Ted Bundy was born on November 24, 1946, in Burlington, Vermont and died at the age of 42 on January 24, 1989, in Bradford, Florida by electrocution. Bundy was a killer who was convicted of murder and aggravated kidnapping about 30-36 victims or more. He is also known as Chris…

    • Proven: 30
      Unproven: 100

      AKA(s): Ted Bundy

      Alias: Chris Hagen, Kenneth Misner, Officer Roseland, Richard Burton, Rolf Miller

      Birth Name: Theodore Robert Cowell

  • Jeffrey Dahmer Aka. The Milwaukee Monster

    Jeffrey Dahmer Aka. The Milwaukee Monster - Serial Killer

    Jeffrey Dahmer (Milwaukee Cannibal) killed seventeen men between 1978 and 1991. Most of his victims were young, gay, or bi-sexual black men, whom Dahmer subjected to sexual assault before murdering them. He achieved notoriety after his arrest, following the discovery of his victims' decaying bodies in acid vats in his…

    • Proven: 17
      Unproven: NA

      AKA(s): The Milwaukee Cannibal, The Milwaukee Monster

      Birth Name: Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer

  • Zodiac Killer

    Zodiac Killer - Serial Killer

    The Zodiac Killer was a serial in the 1960s-1970s in California that was/is unknown and never found. His copycat killer was found in New York (New York Zodiac Killer - see below) and is currently in prison. The Zodiac killer comes in second for unsolved serial killers, first place is…

    • Proven: 7
      Unproven: 37

  • Aileen Wuornos

    Aileen Wuornos - Serial Killer

    Aileen Carol Wuornos was an American female serial killer who was born on February 29, 1956 and died on October 9, 2002. She claimed that she killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990 in self-defense. She stated that all the men tried to rape her or actually raped…

    • Proven: 6
      Unproven: 1

      Alias: Sandra Kretsch, Susan Lynn Blahovec, Lee Blahovec, Cammie Marsh Greene, Lori Kristine Grody

      Birth Name: Aileen Carol Wuornos

  • Erzsebet Bathory / Elizabeth Bathory aka The Blood Countess

    Erzsebet Bathory / Elizabeth Bathory aka The Blood Countess - Serial Killer

    Born 1560 Died 1614 The Bathory family is a noble family that stems from the much older family clan of Hun Gutkeled which held much power in broad areas of east central Europe. These places were places like Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. They abandoned their tribal roots and assumed…

    • Proven: 80
      Unproven: 650

      AKA(s): The Blood Countess, The Bloody Lady of Csejte

      Alias: Erzsebet Bathory, Countess Erzsebet Bathory, Countess Elizabeth Bathory de Ecsed, Bathory Erzsebet

      Birth Name: Bathory Erzsebet

  • Amelia Dyer

    Amelia Dyer - Serial Killer

    Amelia Dyer was Victorian England's most notorious "baby farm" killer and was responsible for the deaths of perhaps 400 infants in her care. She was tried and convicted by a jury who found her guilty after only four minutes of deliberation. Dyer was executed by hanging in 1896 in London…

    • Proven: 400
      Unproven: 400

      Birth Name: Amelia Elizabeth Dyer

  • Richard Ramirez aka Night Stalker

    Richard Ramirez aka Night Stalker - Serial Killer

    Richard Ramirez legal name is Ricardo Leyva "Richard" Muñoz Ramírez. He was born on February 29, 1960, in El Paso, Texas and died on June 7, 2013, at age 53 in Greenbrae, California. He was 6' 1" (1.85 m) when he died from B-cell lymphoma (liver failure) in prison while…

    • Proven: 14
      Unproven: NA

      AKA(s): The Night Stalker, The Walk-In Killer, The Valley Intruder

      Birth Name: Ricardo Leyva "'Ricrd" Munoz"' Richard" Ramirez

  • Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo

    Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo - Serial Killer

    The Soviet Hannibal Lecter. As a kid Andrei's brother was taken by the villagers and eaten during times of famine. Or so he said. As an adult, while Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was living a double life as a married man, Communist Party member and a teacher, Andrei, enjoyed killing children…

    • Proven: 53
      Unproven: 56

      AKA(s): The Butcher of Rostov The Red Ripper The Forest Strip Killer The Rostov Ripper

      Birth Name: Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo

  • Gilles de Rais

    Gilles de Rais - Serial Killer

    Born 1404 Died 1440 Gilles de Rais was born 1404 and hanged with his servants 1440 (October, 26). After his father died when he was eleven years old, he did grow up with his grandfather. He was known for his "endless ambitions." Gilles was one of the richest men in…

    • Proven: 200
      Unproven: 600

      AKA(s): The Original Bluebeard

  • Caril Ann Fugate

    Caril Ann Fugate - Serial Killer
    • Proven: 11
      Unproven: NA

      Birth Name: Caril Ann Fugate

  • Thug Behram

    Thug Behram - Serial Killer

    Thug Behram (or Buhram), of the cult in India known as the Thuggee cult, is deemed as the world's most prolific serial killer. In many instances it is said that he murdered some 931 victims by strangulation. He turned his of murder into a 40 year career as a serial…

    • Proven: 125
      Unproven: 931

      AKA(s): King of the Thugs

      Alias: Buhram, Buhram Jemedar

      Birth Name: Thug Behram

  • David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam

    David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam - Serial Killer

    David Berkowitz (David Richard Berkowitz) is an American serial killer that was born on June 1, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. His birth name is Richard David Falco, and he is also known as the Son of Sam and as the .44 Caliber Killer. David’s mother, Betty Broder grew up…

    • Proven: 9
      Unproven: 15

      AKA(s): The Son of Sam, The .44 Caliber Killer

      Alias: David Richard Berkowitz

      Birth Name: Richard David Falco

  • William George Bonin "The Freeway Killer"

    William George Bonin

    William George Bonin was an American serial killer and was a sex offender that was paroles twice. He is also known as "The Freeway Killer" and he shares that name with two other serial killers, Patrick Kearney and Randy Steven Kraft, who was not affiliated with him. He was known…

    • Proven: 14
      Unproven: 21

      AKA(s): The Freeway Killer

      Birth Name: William George Bonin

  • Alexander Pichushkin

    Alexander Pichushkin - Serial Killer

    Alexander Yuryevich "Sasha" Pichushkin (Russian, born 9 April 1974 in Mytishchi, Moscow Oblast), also known as The Chessboard Killer and The Bitsa Park Maniac, is a Russian serial killer known to have murdered at least 48 people. He is believed to have killed up to 61–63 people in southwest Moscow's…

    • Proven: 49
      Unproven: 60

      AKA(s): The Bitsa Park Maniac, The Chessboard Killer

      Birth Name: Alexander Yuryevich "Sasha" Pichushkin

  • Rosemary West

    Rosemary West - Serial Killer
    • Proven: 15
      Unproven: NA

      Alias: Rosemary Pauline "Rose" West

      Birth Name: Rosemary Pauline Letts

  • Karl Denke

    Karl Denke - Serial Killer

    Karle Denke was born on August 12, 1870 in Ziebice, Poland and died on at age 54 on December 22, 1924 by suicide. He was a serial killer and cannibal who was known as "The Cannibal of Ziebice" and "Vater Denke" His Life Karle was born into a wealthy family…

    • Proven: 31
      Unproven: 42

      Birth Name: Karl Denke

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List of Serial Killer Profiles and Their Gruesome Biographies
In our serial killers list, find everything you want (and probably don't want) to know about these deprived individuals. We have listed their biographies so you can see how they lived their lives. Discover how they found their victims, how they killed them and what their weapons of choice were. In some instances, see how these famous murderers early life and external forces affected their urge to kill, as well as the driving factors that influenced them to resort to killing; that is if these driving factors are known. Some individuals in the serial killer list may not even know why they did what they did. Discover the real reasons we despise these famous serial killers.

Serial Killers List - How We Choose Them
Our list of serial killers includes sick minds and sociopathic personalities. Some are the most famous serial killers of all times, including Jack the Ripper, The Zodiac Killer, and The Boston Strangler. Some are not as well known, but just as deadly with the number of kills staggering above 100, such as Dr. Harold Shipman, who reportedly killed over 200 elderly women. Men are not the only serial killers on the list; there are also several women on the list. Elizabeth Bathory, also known as The Blood Countess, enjoyed the art of torture. To keep her youthful appearance, Bathory resorted to killing over 600 young girls and drinking their blood. Disgusting, dangerous, deviant, however, you wish to describe them, these serial killers are best left to be read about and not ever met.

Serial Killers Defined
Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being by another. Giving a definition of a serial killer is not as simple. Serial killing is brought on by many different states of mind and takes on various forms for each. Rarely killing for money, serial killers often kill for the thrill, sexual satisfaction and dominance they achieve within their psyche. Typically a serial killer is one who murders three or more people over a period of more than 30 days, with a rest period between murders. Some argue two or more murders qualify. The FBI states that the motives of a serial killer often include financial gain, thrill, anger, and attention. Often, the murder victims have something in common such as race, appearance, sex, age group, and occupation. In rare exceptions, where the relationship between the victim and the offender is that of a stranger or slight acquaintance, the motivation to kill and apparent motives can be lacking. Some of the driving factors which lead serial killers on a killing spree include the following: voices in the head, childhood abuse or trauma, sexual incompetency, seeking attention, inferiority complex and dysfunctional personality.

Famous Serial Killers Categorized
The motives of famous serial killers fall into four categories: visionary, mission-oriented, hedonistic and power/control. Keep in mind that any given killer can have multiple traits. Visionary serial killers undergo psychotic breaks from reality; they can believe they are another person or compelled to murder by entities such as the devil or God. Mission-oriented serial killers want to rid the world of a particular type of person. By getting rid of these "undesirable" people, they believe they are curing society's ills. These serial killers may focus on those attracted to their gender, prostitutes or people of a particular religion or ethnicity. Power/ control serial killers' primary goal is to exert power over their victim. They may have residual feelings of inadequacy and powerlessness from an abused childhood. These killers often sexually abuse their victims not to seek pleasure but to dominate their victims. Hedonistic serial killers kill because of the thrill, deriving pleasure from the act; people are considered expendable means to their goals. Subtypes of the hedonistic killer include lust killers with sex, torture, and mutilation as their primary motives, thrill killers who create terror or induce pain in their victims and comfort/profit killers with material gain as their motives.

Famous Serial Killers to Die For
It's hard to determine when the first serial murder began. If you think this is a modern phenomenon, think again. The sadistic, savage impulses of serial killers are undoubtedly as old as humankind. According to historical criminologists, serial murders have occurred throughout history, although cases were not adequately recorded. Interestingly enough, some sources suggest legends such as werewolves and vampires were inspired by medieval serial killers. The first famous serial killers to receive media attention were Burke and Hare in 1828; they killed 16 victims and sold them as cadavers to an anatomy lecturer. Jack the Ripper, known as the most famous serial killer of all time, killed prostitutes in 1888 London, and the first American serial killer was H.H. Holmes in 1896, who murdered 27. Throughout history, nothing has received more media attention or extracted more fear than a famous serial killer on the loose.