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20 Of The Most Notorious Serial Killers The World Has Ever Seen!

The chilling news is that monsters do walk among us and they take the form of humans. These serial killers listed here are some of the most notorious serial killers the world has ever seen! Together, these murderers have killed many thousands of people and have come from both wealthy and moderate backgrounds and include female serial killers too. One thing links them all together; they have murdered for fun, pleasure, and the savagery of it all. You will find all of the serial killers listed and sorted by their victims count.


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Most Notorious Serial Killers Ever in the World

1) Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula)

Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula) - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 40,000Suspected: 100,000

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 means "over-forest" in Latin. The region's proximity to the Black Sea means that it is very vulnerable to invasion from the Ottoman Turks' to the southeast and the Tatar's Golden Horde on the northeast. If the infidels gained control of the region, they could have free access to central Europe; making it a…


2) Amelia Dyer

Amelia Dyer - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Female Victims: 400Suspected: 400

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 for her crime. Baby Farms & Amelia Dyer At the time, newborn babies – especially those born out of wedlock – were commonly "adopted" by others in return for a small fee from the parents, paid in installments or upfront. Amelia Dyer's baby farm was a horrendously squalid environment where…


3) Harold "Fred" Shipman

Harold "Fred" Shipman - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 218Suspected: 250

Fred Shipman's patients, especially older women - who lived alone and vulnerable worshiped their doctor, Harold "Fred" Shipman.Even when his contemporaries began dying in unusually high numbers, patients remained loyal to the murderous MDDuring spare time, he loved his victims to his doctor - to death. No filmmaker can plan a grislier scene. In the darkness of a black night in August, the incessant rains and driving winds were the perfect settings for an exhumation. But it was the psychological thriller - Manchester police were watching a real-life drama. The experts were collecting mud-streaked coffin of wealthy Kathleen Grundy. Buried…


4) Gilles de Rais

Gilles de Rais - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 200Suspected: 600

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 France and also served as "personal guard" (bodyguard) for Jeanne of Arc. 1429, Gilles became "Marshall of France" but only four years later, he resigned and started his perverted masses. About 140 children died, sacrificed to demons and Satan or to satisfy his sexual lust. By 1440 he was hanged,…


5) Luis Garavito

Luis Garavito - Serial KillerActive: (1992-1999) - 8 yearsGender: Male Victims: 140Suspected: 172

Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos, aka "The Beast" ("The Beast") or "Tribilin" (Latin American Spanish translation of the Disney "Goofy") (born January 25, 1957 in Genova, Quindio, Colombia) is Colombia's rapist and serial murderer. In 1999, "I rape and murder" admitted Luis Garavito to the deaths of young people totaling 140. The number of victims, based on the location of the skeletons that appear on maps Garavito drew in prison, could exceed 300. It has been described by local media as "the worst serial murderer in the world" by the high number of victims. Once captured, Garavito was sentenced to the…


6) Dr. Jack Kevorkian

Dr. Jack Kevorkian - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 127Suspected: 3

Dr. Jack Kevorkian was an American author, pathologist, instrumentalist, painter, composer, and euthanasia activist that was also known as Dr. Death. He was born on May 26, 1928 in Pontiac, Michigan to Armenian immigrants parents. His father Levon worked at an automobile foundry and his mother's name was Satenig. Dr. Jack had two sisters, Margaret, who was born in 1926 and Flora. He graduated 1945 with honors from Pontiac Central High School, and he graduated in 1952 from the University of Michigan Medical School. He had completed his residency training in anatomical and clinical pathology before he did research on…


7) Thug Behram

Thug Behram - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 125Suspected: 931

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 killer between the years of 1790-1830. Victims were strangled using his cult's ceremonial cloth, rumal, the Hindi term for handkerchief. It was later said that Behram was merely present during the 931 murders as he was the leader of the Thuggee cult. The gang was comprised of some 25 to…


8) Miyuki Ishikawa

Miyuki Ishikawa - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Female Victims: 103Suspected: 169

Miyuki Ishikawa was a Japanese serial killer and midwife that was born in 1897 in Miyazaki, Japan. Miyuki is believed to have several accomplices that helped her to carry out her assumed killing of over 100 infants in the 1940s. Tokyo High Court gave her a sentence of four years in prison for her massive amount of murders or deaths that she have caused. Miyuki has killed the most people in Japan and received one of the lightest punishments. Miyuki graduated from the University of Tokyo and later married Takeshi Ishikawa, but they did not have any children. She was…


9) Bruno Ludke

Bruno Ludke - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 80Suspected: NA

Bruno Ludke, was a German laundry delivery man who killed at least 80 women between 1928 - 1943. When N*zi officials finally caught up with Bruno, he was sent to a research hospital in Vienna where he was used as a human guinea pig by N*zi doctors. When the experiments were concluded, Bruno Ludke was executed by lethal injection.


10) Elizabeth Bathory

Elizabeth Bathory - Serial KillerActive: (1590-1609) - 20 yearsGender: Female Victims: 80Suspected: 650

Elizabeth Bathory was born 1560 and died in 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 the name of Bator which means valiant. Their power rose to reach great mass by the mid 16th century then abruptly declined and faded out b 1658. They assumed many roles as great kings, princes, members of judiciary systems among others were all Bathory. To hold…


11) Javed Iqbal

Javed Iqbal - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 74Suspected: 100

Javed Iqbal Mughal (1956 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan - October 8, 2001 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan) was a Pakistani serial killer who was found guilty of the sexual abuse and murder of 100 children. This is disputed now because 26 of the children he claimed to have killed were found alive after his death.Javed Iqbal said he strangled the children, dismembered their bodies and placed them in a vat of acid. He later recanted his confession. Police found the remains of two bodies in a blue vat in his home after his arrest. Police also found pictures of 100 children…


12) Pedro Rodrigues Filho

Pedro Rodrigues Filho - Serial KillerActive: (1967-2003) - 37 yearsGender: Male Victims: 71Suspected: 100

Pedro Rodrigues Filho was born in 1954 and nicknamed "Pedrinho Matador" meaning "Little Peter the Killer," Filho is a Brazilian Serial Killer who claims to have killed over 100 people, many of whom were prisoners serving time in prison was the same. In 2003 he was convicted of killing 71, his father among them, and sentenced to 128 years. By Brazilian law, however, he can serve no more than 30 of its 128 years in prison.


13) Randy Steven Kraft

Randy Steven Kraft - Serial KillerActive: (1971-1983) - 13 yearsGender: Male Victims: 67Suspected: 100

Randy Steven Craft is a serial killer who was once thought to be three individual killers. He is known as "The Score Card Killer" and "The Freeway Killer." He was born on March 19, 1945, in Long Beach, California. Kraft murders may be as high as 100 deaths. Kraft kept a scorecard to tally the total victims he killed. Early Life Randy Steven Kraft had an impressive early career where he excelled in many different areas. Randy spent most of his life in Orange County, California although he was born in Long Beach, California in 1945. He moved to Orange…


14) Yang Xinhai

Yang Xinhai - Serial KillerActive: (1999-2003) - 5 yearsGender: Male Victims: 67Suspected: 67

Yang Xinhai who is also known as the "Monster Killer" was killed on February 14, 2004 by  a single bullet to the back of his head. He raped 23 women and murdered a total of 67 men, women and children from 1999 - 2003.  Yang killed his victims between four Chinese provinces with axes, hammers and shovels during his 4 year killing spree. Yang Xinhai was born into poverty and grew up being a reserved child, but later on in life he became a well known serial killer. Yang had a lot of trouble with the law after he dropped…


15) Pedro Alonso Lopez

Pedro Alonso Lopez - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 57Suspected: 300

Pedro Alonzo Lopez (The Monster of the Andes) was set free from in jail in 1998 although he killed over 350 children and he also vowed to kill again before he was released from prison. He is one of histories most abominable killer. Pedro was the seventh of thirteen children born to a Colombian prostitute in 1949 in Tilmia, Colombia. He was kicked out of his house forever after his mother caught him touching his sister's breast. Pedro was offered a safe home and food to eat from a man after Pedro became a beggar on the streets of Colombia.…


16) Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo

Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo - Serial KillerActive: (1978-1990) - 13 yearsGender: Male Victims: 53Suspected: 56

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 with impunity. Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo -- a sexually impotent dirty old man from hell -- lived in Rostov, 500 miles from Moscow, where he preyed mostly on children. He stalked most of his victims in train and bus stations, and had a penchant for disembowelment and mutilation. He was also…


17) Anatoly Onoprienko

Anatoly Onoprienko - Serial KillerActive: (1989-1996) - 8 yearsGender: Male Victims: 52Suspected: NA

Anatoly Yuriyovych Onoprienko is a Ukrainian serial killer that is also known as "The Beast of Ukraine", "The Terminator" and "Citizen O". He was born on July 25, 1959 in Zhytomyr, Ukrainian SSR and was sentenced to life in prison.Early Life Anatoly spent most of his life in an orphanage. He has one brother, Valentin who is thirteen years older than him. His father, Yuri Onoprienko fought in the Great Patriotic War and was greatly recognized for that. Anatoly's mother died when he was four years old, and he was then cared for by his grandparents and aunt. He was…


18) Alexander Pichushkin

Alexander Pichushkin - Serial KillerActive: (1992-2006) - 15 yearsGender: Male Victims: 49Suspected: 60

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 Bitsa Park, where several of the victims' bodies were found. Killers Life In 1992, Alexander Pichushkin committed his first murder as a student and escalated his crimes in 2001. Russian media believe that Pichushkin may have been motivated by a twisted competition with Russia's most notorious serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo,…


19) Ahmad Suradji

Ahmad Suradji - Serial KillerActive: (1986-1997) - 12 yearsGender: Male Victims: 42Suspected: 80

On May 2, 1997, self-described Indonesian witch doctor Ahmad Suradji was arrested by authorities after three bodies were found buried in a sugarcane plantation near his home on the outskirts of Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Ahmad, also known as Nasib Kelewang or Datuk Maringgi, initially confessed to killing 16 women over a five-year slaying period. Upon further searching of Ahmad's property, clothes and watches belonging to 25 missing women were uncovered. After further questioning, the 48-year-old cattle breeder increased the body count of his 11-year rampage to 42. Ahmad's three wives, all sisters, were also arrested for…


20) Gerald Eugene Stano

Gerald Eugene Stano - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 41Suspected: NA

Gerald Eugene Stano was born on September 12, 1952 in Schenectady, New York and died at age 46 on March 23, 1998 in Starke, Florida by the Electric Chair. Gerald was a serial killer that was convicted forgery and killing 22 women, but he confessed to killing 41 women. Early Life His birth mother named him Paul Zeininger when he was born but gave him up for adoption at the age of six months. She gave him up for adoption because she was unable to take care of him to the point where he was eating his own feces to…


21) Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness - Serial KillerActive: (1900-1908) - 9 yearsGender: Female Victims: 40Suspected: NA

Belle Gunness (Brynhild Paulsdatter St?rseth) was born near the lake of Selbu, S?r-Tr?ndelag, Norway on November 11, 1859. Gunness was not your traditional female serial killer, she stood 6 feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds allowing her to dominate most of her victims. Between July 30, 1900-1908, Gunness is speculated to have killed between 25-40 people. Victims included her husband(s), children, suitors and other witnesses. Her motives for killing were to collect life insurance, cash, and other valuables with some murders occurring to cover up another. Gunness was under suspicion due to missing and mysterious deaths including her husband(s),…


22) Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova

Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Female Victims: 38Suspected: 147

Russian noblewoman, sad**t, and serial killer Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova was commonly known as The Saltychikha. She was born on November 3, 1730, and died on December 27, 1801, at the age of 71 from an unknown cause. She was notorious for torturing/killing over 100 of her servants who were mostly females. Darya has been compared to Hungarian, Elizabeth Bathory "Blood Countess" who murdered/tortured several servants (mostly females) in her castle. Darya killed between 38 to 147 people during her killing spree from the mid-1750s to 1762 and was arrested in 1762. She was sentenced to life in prison. Darya Nikolayevna's…


23) Vera Renczi

Vera Renczi - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Female Victims: 35Suspected: NA

Romanian/Hungarian killer Vera Renczi was also known as the Black Widow and Chatelaine of Berkerekul. She was a housewife who was sentenced to life in prison for poisoning her victims who were mostly her lovers or husbands in the 1920s. It is said that Vera has confessed murdering her two husbands, several lovers, her son and about twenty-something other people/individuals in the 1920s with arsenic/poison. Vera was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1903 but it not certain if she was born in 1903 or the late 19th century when looking at the dates of her alleged crimes. There is no…


24) Fernando Hernandez Leyva

Fernando Hernandez Leyva - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Male Victims: 33Suspected: 127

Fernando Hernandez Leyva is a mysterious person with not much detail about his killings and life as a child and as a killer. He was born in 1964, and his childhood is a mystery, so we don't know what made him into a serial killer of over 1oo people. He is known for kidnapping six people and committing over 100 violent murders. It is not sure how many people Fernando killed because as the investigation goes on, the number of murder victims are increasing from 137 people. Fernando escaped both times from prison when he was arrested during a 13…


25) John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy - Serial KillerActive: (1972-1978) - 7 yearsGender: Male Victims: 33Suspected: 34

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 within. In the end, he became known as a 'killer clown' due to the time he donated to charitable services at fundraising events, children's parties and parades where he would dress in the character costume he devised himself. A true serial killer, Gacy was a lonely and sad**tic contractor who…


26) Vasili Komaroff

Vasili Komaroff - Serial KillerActive: (1921-1923) - 3 yearsGender: Male Victims: 33Suspected: NA

During the early days of Stalin, Vasili Komaroff was a horse-trader known as "The Wolf of Moscow". Vasili mainly killed for money. His first victim was uncovered in 1921. Twenty-one victims in all were found either strangled, bound, doubled-over and dumped in vacant lots around the Shabolovki District. Authorities linked the killings to the horse-trading market in Moscow that happened every Wednesday and Friday. Authorities soon discovered, anyone whom left with Vasili to see his horses were never to be seen or heard from again. Police found his latest victim stuffed in a sack in the stable upon questioning him.…


27) Jane Toppan

Jane Toppan - Serial KillerActive: (1895-1901) - 7 yearsGender: Male Victims: 31Suspected: 2

Jane Toppan was an American serial killer who was also known as Jolly Jane. She was born in 1857 with birth name Honora Kelley in Boston and died on August 17, 1938. Jane was apprehended on October 29, 1901, in Massachusetts for murders committed by her from 1895-1901. She confessed to 33 murders in 1901 but was found not guilty because of insanity. Jane is quoted saying she wanted "to have killed more people, helpless people, than any other man or woman who ever lived...". Jane's parents were Irish immigrants, and she was very young when her mother, Bridget Kelley,…


28) Karl Denke

Karl Denke - Serial KillerActive: (1909-1924) - 16 yearsGender: Male Victims: 31Suspected: 42

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 on August 12, 1870 in Munsterberg, Silesia. Munsterberg, Silesia was known as the Kingdom of Prussia and was renamed Ziebice, Poland which is used now. He was a very hard child to take care. He gave his parents a hard and at the age of 12 years olf, he ran…


29) Christine Malevre

Christine Malevre - Serial KillerActive: NAGender: Female Victims: 30Suspected: NA

French serial killer Christine Malevre was born on January 10, 1970, and was a former nurse that was accused of killing about 30 patients. She was arrested in 1998 and confessed to some murders. She said that the terminally ill patients asked her to kill them at Francois Quesnay Hospital in Mantes-la-Jolie, Paris. Christine recanted her confessions after she realizes that France does not partake in people having the right to die or telling people to kill them. Many of her victim's families were angry and said that their family member did not wish to die and did not mention…


30) Theodore Robert Bundy / Ted Bundy

Theodore Robert Bundy / Ted Bundy - Serial KillerActive: (1974-1978) - 5 yearsGender: Male Victims: 30Suspected: 100

Ted Bundy (Theodore Robert 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 serial killer who was convicted of murder and aggravated kidnapping about 30-36 victims or more. He is also known as Chris Hagen, Kenneth Misner, Richard Burtin, Officer Roseland and Rolf Miller. He committed his crimes in Washington, Utah, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, and California. He was apprehended twice and escaped once from prison after serving two years. Early Life Ted Bundy's birth name is Theodore Robert Cowell.…


This murderers list was put together to educate the public about some of the individuals that we share this world with every day. Some of them make the movie monsters look like jokes, and they even inspired the creation of many of the serial killers on the big screen like Norman Bates, Leatherface and many more.

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