List of Famous Serial Killers List : 68 Results
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.
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…
AKA(s): The Whitechapel Murderer, Leather Apron
Alias: Aaron Kosminski
Famous Serial Killers Name Jack the Ripper
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"…
AKA(s): Vlad the Impaler, Count Dracula, Draculea
Serial Killer Profile: Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula)
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…
AKA(s): The Killer Clown
Birth Name: John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
Serial Killer Profile: John Wayne Gacy
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…
Alias: Dr. Henry Howard Holmes
Birth Name: Herman Webster Mudgett
Serial Killer Profile: H. H. Holmes aka Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry Howard Holmes
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…
AKA(s): Ted Bundy
Alias: Chris Hagen, Kenneth Misner, Officer Roseland, Richard Burton, Rolf Miller
Birth Name: Theodore Robert Cowell
Serial Killer Profile: Theodore Robert Bundy aka Ted Bundy
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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.