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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

    AKA(s): The Whitechapel Murderer, Leather Apron

    Alias: Aaron Kosminski

    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…


  • Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula)

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

    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"…


  • John Wayne Gacy

    AKA(s): The Killer Clown

    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…


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

    Alias: 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…


  • Theodore Robert Bundy aka Ted Bundy

    AKA(s): Ted Bundy

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

    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…


  • Jeffrey Dahmer Aka. The Milwaukee Monster

    AKA(s): The Milwaukee Cannibal, 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…


  • 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…


  • Aileen Wuornos

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

    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…


  • Erzsebet Bathory / Elizabeth Bathory aka The Blood Countess

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

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

    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…


  • 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…


  • Richard Ramirez aka Night Stalker

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

    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…


  • Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo

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

    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…


  • Gilles de Rais

    AKA(s): The Original Bluebeard

    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…


  • Caril Ann Fugate

    Caril Ann Fugate - Serial Killer

    The youngest female in the United States history to be tried for first-degree murder was Caril Ann Fugate who was born on July 30, 1943. Caril Ann was the young girlfriend of Charles Starkweather and became his accomplice in his killing spree. Caril Ann lived with her mother, Velda, and…


  • Thug Behram

    AKA(s): King of the Thugs

    Alias: Buhram, Buhram Jemedar

    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…


  • William George Bonin "The Freeway Killer"

    AKA(s): 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…


  • David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam

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

    Alias: David Richard Berkowitz

    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…


  • Alexander Pichushkin

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

    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…


  • Rosemary West

    Alias: Rosemary Pauline "Rose" West

    Rosemary West - Serial Killer

    British serial killer Rosemary Pauline West was born on November 29, 1953, in Northam, Devon, United Kingdom. Rosemary was convicted of killing ten people and is serving her life imprisonment sentence at HMP Low Newton, Brasside, Durham, England, UK. It is believed that Rosemary and her husband Fred committed at…


  • 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…


  • Ahmad Suradji

    Alias: Dukun AS, Nasib Kelewang, Datuk Maringgi

    Ahmad Suradji - Serial Killer

    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…


  • Albert Henry DeSalvo Aka. The Boston Strangler

    AKA(s): The Boston Strangler, Mad Strangler of Boston, The Measuring Man, The Green Man

    Albert Henry DeSalvo Aka. The Boston Strangler - Serial Killer

    Albert Henry DeSalvo is also known as The Boston Strangler and was born on September 3, 1931 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. His father Frank was an alcoholic who was very violent towards his wife, Charlotte. Frank once knocked all of his wife's teeth out and broke her fingers by bending them…


  • Charles Starkweather

    Alias: Charlie Starkweather

    Charles Starkweather - Serial Killer

    American teenaged murderer Charles Starkweather was born on November 24, 1938, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He murdered 11 people in Nebraska and Wyoming within two months from December 1957 to January 1958. He killed all of his victims, but one between January 21 to January 29, 1958, which is the date…


  • Bruno Ludke

    Bruno Ludke - Serial Killer

    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…


  • Yang Xinhai

    AKA(s): The Monster Killer

    Alias: Yang Zhiya, Yang Liu

    Yang Xinhai - Serial Killer

    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…


  • Dennis Nilsen

    AKA(s): The Muswell Hill Murderer, The Kindly Killer

    Dennis Nilsen - Serial Killer

  • Jack Unterweger

    AKA(s): Jack the Writer, Hafenpoet (prison poet), The Vienna Strangler

    Jack Unterweger - Serial Killer

    Austrian serial killer Johann "Jack" Unterweger was born on August 16, 1950, in Judenburg, Styria Austria who was also known as Jack the Writer, Hafenliterat, Knastpoet, and The Vienna Strangler. He murdered several prostitutes from country to country. Jack was released from prison in 1990 as an example of rehabilitation…


  • Dr. Jack Kevorkian aka Dr. Death

    AKA(s): Dr. Death

    Alias: Dr. Jack Kevorkian

    Dr. Jack Kevorkian aka Dr. Death - Serial Killer

    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.…


  • Carl Eugene "Coral" Watts, The Sunday Morning Slasher

    AKA(s): The Sunday Morning Slasher

    Alias: Coral

    Carl Eugene

    Carl Eugene Watts is also known as The Sunday Morning Slasher, and his nickname was Coral. Carl Eugene Watts was an American serial killer who was born on November 7, 1953 in Killeen, Texas. His father, Richard Eugene Watts was a private first class in the Army and his mother Dorothy…


  • Pedro Rodrigues Filho aka "Pedrinho Matador"

    AKA(s): Pedrinho Matador (Killer Petey)

    Pedro Rodrigues Filho aka

    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 own father among…


  • Charles Manson

    Alias: Charles Milles Manson

    Charles Manson - Serial Killer

    Charles Manson is an American serial killer and musician born on November 12, 1934 to 16 year old mother Kathleen Maddox and Colonel Walker Scott. He was born in the General Hospital, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Charles was a singer and songwriter in the Los Angeles music industry. His songs were released…


  • Javed Iqbal

    Alias: Mukri

    Javed Iqbal - Serial Killer

    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…


  • Harold Frederick "Fred" Shipman aka Dr. Harold Shipman

    AKA(s): Dr. Death, The Angel Of Death

    Harold Frederick

    His 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…


  • Ed Gein

    AKA(s): The Plainfield Ghoul, The Mad Butcher

    Alias: Ed Gein

    Ed Gein - Serial Killer

    Edward Theodore Gein, Edward Gein, Eddie Gein better known as Ed Gein (The Plainfield Ghoul & The Mad Butcher) was and is one of America’s most famous serial killers. Gein was born August 8, 1906 (Christening was done on August 27, 1906) in La Crosse County, Wisconsin and died July…


  • Henry Lee Lucas

    AKA(s): The Confession Killer

    Henry Lee Lucas - Serial Killer

    Born 1936 Died 2001 Henry Lee Lucas began his life in the same way as most serial killers begin. He was horribly abused as a child along with his fetish for bes*****ty and torturing animals in his teens. He even engaged in incest with his half brother. All these terrible…


  • Peter William Sutcliffe aka Yorkshire Ripper aka Peter William Coonan

    AKA(s): The Yorkshire Ripper

    Alias: Peter William Coonan

    Peter William Sutcliffe aka Yorkshire Ripper aka Peter William Coonan - Serial Killer

  • Luis Garavito

    Luis Garavito - Serial Killer

    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.…


  • Anna Maria Zwanziger

    Anna Maria Zwanziger - Serial Killer

    Anna Maria Zwanziger was a serial killer in the German state of Bavaria who murdered four people while serving as their housekeeper. Her preferred method of killing her victims was arsenic poisoning, which she secretly placed in the food and drink of her victims over an extended period of time.…


  • Roy Norris

    AKA(s): The Toolbox Killer

    Roy Norris - Serial Killer

    Roy Lewis Norris is also known as The Toolbox Killer. Roy Norris was born on February 2, 1948. Norris was sentenced to life imprisonment for the crimes of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, rape, robbery, assault with attempt to commit rape and assault with a deadly weapon. Roy Norris was apprehended…


  • Richard Angelo

    AKA(s): Angel of Death

    Richard Angelo - Serial Killer

    Richard Angelo was a former Eagle Scout and a former volunteer firefighter. He really wanted to be a hero and save someone to achieve that status. However, Richard Angelo would try to become a hero in the worst way, attempt to kill someone and at the last second try to…


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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.

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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.

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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.

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It's hard to determine when the first serial murder began. If you think this is a modern phenomenon, think again. The sad**tic, 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.