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Serial killers list with 122 famous serial killer names, descriptions, images, & biographies. American serial killers included with shocking details of famous murders & famous murderers.

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 satisfied with the other lists of famous serial killers out there, so we decided to improve. 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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  • Ahmad Suradji

    Alias: Dukun AS, Nasib Kelewang, Datuk Maringgi

    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…

  • Aileen Wuornos

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

    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…

  • 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 is also known as The Boston Strangler and was born on September 3, 1931 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. His father Frank was an…

  • Alexander Pichushkin

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

  • Alvin & Judith Ann Neelley

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  • Amelia Dyer

    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…

  • Amelia Sach

    AKA(s): The Finchley Baby Farmers

    Alias: Frances Amelia Thorne

    British serial killers Amelia Sach and Annie Walters was known as "The Finchley Baby Farmers" because they murdered infants and unwed mothers. It is not…

  • Amy Archer-Gilligan

    Alias: Amy Duggan "Sister" Archer-Gilligan

    Serial killer, Amy Archer-Gilligan was also known as "Sister" was born in October 1873 and died on April 23, 1962. Amy owned Archer Home for…

  • Anatoly Onoprienko

    AKA(s): The Beast Of Ukraine, The Terminator, Citizen O

    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…

  • Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo

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

    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…

  • Anna Maria Zwanziger

    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…

  • Annie Walters

    British serial killers Annie Walters and Amelia Sach was known as "The Finchley Baby Farmers" because they killed newborn infants and unwed mothers. It is…

  • Belle Gunness

    Belle Gunness (Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth) was born near the lake of Selbu, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway on November 11, 1859. Gunness was not your traditional female serial killer,…

  • Bertha Gifford

    Bertha Gifford was born in October of 1872 in Grubville, Missouri to father William Poindexter Williams and mother, Matilda. Her parents named her Bertha Alice…

  • Beverley Allitt

    AKA(s): Angel of Death

    Alias: Beverley Gail Allitt

    English serial killer Beverley Gail Allitt was born on October 4, 1968, to her father, Richard who worked in an off-licence, and mother who was…

  • Blanche Taylor Moore

    American convicted murderer Blanche Taylor Moore was born on February 17, 1933, with the birth name Blanche Kiser in Concord, North Carolina to her mother,…

  • Bruno Ludke

    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…

  • Caril Ann Fugate

    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.…

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

    AKA(s): The Sunday Morning Slasher

    Alias: Coral

    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…

  • Carol M. Bundy

    AKA(s): The Sunset Strip Killers, The Hollywood Slasher, The Sunset Strip Slayer

    American serial killer Carol M. Bundy was born on August 26, 1942, and was convicted of murdering several young prostitutes or runaways in Los Angeles…

  • Caroline Grills

    Alias: Auntie Carrie, Aunt Thally

    Caroline Grills was born in 1888 to father, George Mickelson, and mother, Mary in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia. Her parents named her Caroline Mickelson…

  • Catherine Birnie

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  • Cathy Wood

    AKA(s): The Lethal Lovers

    Cathy Wood was part of the duo known as The Lethal Lovers with Gwendolyn Graham. Please see Gwendolyn Graham for full details.

  • Charlene Gallego

    AKA(s): The Love Slave Killers, The Gallego Sex Slaves Killers

    Alias: Mary Martinez

    Charlene Gallego was born on October 10, 1956, near Sacramento, California to her father, Charles, and mother, Mercedes who named her Charlene Adelle Williams at…

  • Charles Manson

    Alias: Charles Milles Manson

    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…

  • Charles Panzram aka Carl Panzram

    Alias: Carl Baldwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson Davis, Jefferson Rhodes, Jeff Rhodes, Jack Allen, Jefferson Baldwin, John King, John O'Leary, Cooper John

    Charles Panzram was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar that was also known as Carl Panzram. He was born on June 28, 1891…

  • Charles Ray Hatcher

    Alias: Albert Ralph Price, Richard Lee Grady, Richard Clark

    Charles Ray Hatcher is an American serial killer who was born on July 16, 1929 in Mound City, Missouri. He was born to mother, Lula…

  • Charles Starkweather

    Alias: Charlie Starkweather

    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…

  • Christine Malevre

    AKA(s): The Black Widow

    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…

  • Christopher Bernard Wilder

    AKA(s): The Beauty Queen Killer

    Australian serial killer, Christopher Bernard Wilder was born on March 13, 1945, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He went on a six-week cross-country kidnapping…

  • Dagmar Overbye

    Danish serial killer Dagmar Overbye was also known as Dagmar Johanne Amalie Overbye murdered between 9 to 25 children including one of her own children.…

  • Daisy de Melker

    Alias: Daisy Louisa C. De Melker

    Daisy de Melker was born on June 1, 1886, in Seven Fountains, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa and was given the birth name, Daisy Hancorn-Smith.…

  • Dana Sue Gray

    American serial killer, Dana Sue Gray was born on December 6, 1957, in southern California to her mother, Beverly, and father, Russell Armbrust who named…

  • Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova

    AKA(s): The Saltychikha

    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…

  • David Berkowitz aka Son of Sam

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

    Alias: David Richard Berkowitz

    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…

  • Dayton LeRoy Rogers aka The Molalla Forest Murderer

    AKA(s): The Molalla Forest Killer

    Submitted by Fiona I would like you to add another famous murderer. A extreamly under-rated one... The Molalla Forest Murderer (aka. Dayton LeeRoy Rogers) He…

  • Delphine LaLaurie

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  • Dennis Nilsen

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

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  • Dennis Rader

    AKA(s): The BTK Killer, The BTK Strangler

    Alias: Bill Thomas Killman

    Dennis Lynn Rader is also known as the BTK Killer or BTK Strangler and was born March 9, 1945. BTK stands for "Bind, Torture, Kill"…

  • Dorothea Puente

    AKA(s): Death House Landlady

    American serial killer Dorothea Puente was also known as "Death House Landlady" and was born on January 9, 1929, and died at age 82 on…

  • Dr. Jack Kevorkian aka Dr. Death

    AKA(s): Dr. Death

    Alias: Dr. Jack Kevorkian

    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…

  • Ed Gein

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

    Alias: Ed Gein

    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…

  • Elfriede Blauensteiner

    AKA(s): Black Widow

    Austrian serial killer Elfriede Blauensteiner who is also known as Black Widow murdered her victims so that she can inherit their possessions. She was born…

  • Enriqueta Marti

    AKA(s): The Vampire of Barcelona

    Spanish child murderer Enriqueta Marti was also a kidnapper and procuress of children who was born in 1868 in Sant Feliu de Llobregat. Enriqueta Marti…

  • 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

    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…

  • Fernando Hernandez Leyva

    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…

  • Francisca Ballesteros

    Spanish murderer Francisca Ballesteros was born in 1969 in Valencia, Spain and was arrested on June 7, 2004. She confessed to the murders and was…

  • Frederick Walter Stephen West aka Fred West

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  • Friedrich "Fritz" Haarmann aka Fritz Haarmann

    AKA(s): The Butcher of Hanover, The Wolf Man The Vampire of Hanover

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  • Genene Jones

    AKA(s): Angel of Death

    Genene Jones was born on July 13, 1950, and was adopted by a couple who was the owners of a nightclub. She held a job…

  • Gerald Eugene Stano

    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…

  • Gesche Gottfried

    AKA(s): The Angel of Bremen

    Serial killer Gesche Gottfried was the last person in Bremen to be publicly executed. Gesche Margarethe Gottfried and twin brother, Johann Timm Junior was born…

  • Gilles de Rais

    AKA(s): The Original Bluebeard

    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…

  • Gwendolyn Graham

    AKA(s): The Lethal Lovers

    American serial killers Gwendolyn Graham was born on August 6, 1963, and Cathy Wood was born on March 7, 1962. The female killing duo was…

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

    Alias: Dr. Henry Howard Holmes

    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…

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

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

    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…

  • Harvey Carignan

    AKA(s): The Want-Ad Killer, Harv the Hammer

    Harvey Louis Carignan is an American serial killer who is also known as The Want-Ad Killer and Harv the Hammer was on born May 18,…

  • Helene Jegado

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  • Henry Lee Lucas

    AKA(s): The Confession 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…

  • Jack the Ripper

    AKA(s): The Whitechapel Murderer, Leather Apron

    Alias: Aaron Kosminski

    One day men will look back and say that I gave birth to the Twentieth Century. Jack the Ripper - 1888 Jack the Ripper is…

  • Jack Unterweger

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

    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,…

  • James Carson

    AKA(s): The San Francisco Witch Killers

    Alias: Michael Bear

    James Carson was husband to serial killer Suzan Carson and part of The San Franciso Witch Killers. Please see Suzan Carson for full details on…

  • Jane Toppan

    Alias: Jolly Jane

    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…

  • Janie Lou Gibbs

    American serial killer Janie Lou Gibbs was born on December 25, 1932, in Georgia and died at the age of 77 on February 7, 2010,…

  • Javed Iqbal

    Alias: Mukri

    Javed Iqbal Mughal (1956 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan - October 8, 2001 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan) was a Pakistani serial killer who was found guilty…

  • Jeanne Weber

    Alias: Madame Moulinet, Marie Lemoine

    French serial killer Jeanne Weber was born on October 7, 1874, in northern France in a small fishing village and was also known as The…

  • Jeffrey Dahmer Aka. The Milwaukee Monster

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

    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…

  • John Paul Knowles

    AKA(s): The Casanova Killer

    Alias: Lester Daryl Gates, Daryl Golden

    American serial killer Paul John Knowles was born on April 17, 1946, in Orlando, Florida in the United States and died at the age of…

  • John Wayne Gacy

    AKA(s): The Killer Clown

    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…

  • Juan Vallejo Corona aka Juan Corona

    AKA(s): The Machete Murderer

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  • Juana Barraza

    AKA(s): Mataviejitas (Sp. "Old Lady Killer"), La Dama del Silencio (Sp. The Lady of Silence)

    Juana Barraza is a serial killer who was known as La Mataviejitas which translates to The Old Lady Killer in English and La Dama del…

  • Junko Ogata

    Junko Ogata was a Japanese accomplice serial killer who was born to a wealthy family on February 25, 1962, in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Junko…

  • Karl Denke

    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…

  • Karla Homolka

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  • Kathleen Folbigg

    Alias: Kathleen Megan Folbigg

    Australian child serial killer Kathleen Megan Folbigg was born June 14, 1967, and was convicted of killing her four infant children. She killed her son,…

  • Kendall Francois

    AKA(s): The Poughkeepsie Killer, Fat Ken, Stinky

    American serial killer Kendall Francois was born on July 26, 1971, in Poughkeepsie, New York and was convicted of murdering eight females/prostitutes between 1996 to…

  • Kristen Gilbert

    AKA(s): The Angel of Death

    American serial killer Kristen Heather Gilbert was born on November 13, 1967, with the birth name Kristen Heather Strickland. Kristen Gilbert was a former nurse…

  • Lavinia Fisher

    Lavinia Fisher was born in 1793 in Charleston, South Carolina and died on February 18, 1820, at the age of 26 or 27 at the…

  • Lawrence Bittaker

    AKA(s): The Toolbox Killer

    Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker is also known as The Toolbox Killer. Lawrence Bittaker was born on September 27, 1940 and sent to death for his crimes. Lawrence…

  • Leonarda Cianciulli

    AKA(s): Soap-Maker of Correggio

    Leonarda Cianciulli is an Italian female serial killer, also known as "Soap-Maker of Correggio" who murdered three people. Correggio's murder spree lasted between 1939 - 1940. Cianciulli…

  • Lucia de Berk

    Alias: Lucia de B., Lucy de B

    Lucia de Berk was born on September 22, 1961, in The Hague, Netherlands and is also known as Lucia de B., and Lucy de B.…

  • Luis Garavito

    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,…

  • Madame de Brinvilliers

    French aristocrat Marie-Madeleine-Marguerite d'Aubray who was also known as Marquise de Brinvilliers was born on July 22, 1630, and was accused of three murders. She…

  • Marcel Andre Henri Felix Petiot

    AKA(s): Docteur Satan

    Alias: Yonne Auxerre

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  • Maria Swanenburg

    Dutch serial killer Maria Catherina Swanenburg was born on September 9, 1839, in Leiden, Netherlands to parents Clemens and Johanna. Maria married Johannes van der…

  • Marianne Nolle

    German serial killer Marianne Nolle was born in 1938 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Marianne was a nurse who used Truxal to kill about seven…

  • Marie Fikackova

    Czechoslovak serial killer Marie Fikackova was a neonatal nurse who was convicted of killing two newborn babies in 1960 in Susice, Czechoslovakia. Marie went on…

  • Marie Noe

    American serial killer Marie Noe was born on August 23, 1928, with the birth name Marie Lyddy in the Kensington, Philadelphia to her mother, Ella,…

  • Martha Ann Johnson

    Alias: Martha Ann Bowen

    American serial killer Martha Ann Johnson was born in 1955 and is also known as Martha Ann Bowen. Martha was convicted for smothering three of…

  • Mary Ann Cotton

    English serial killer Mary Ann Cotton, born October 31, 1832, and was hanged to death on March 24, 1873, for murdering her stepson Charles Edward…

  • Mary Bell

    AKA(s): The Tyneside Strangler

    Mary Bell started her killings at the young age of 11, in 1968, for the manslaughter of two boys, Martin Brown (aged 4) and Brian…

  • Marybeth Tinning

    Marybeth Roe Tinning was convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life for killing one of her children by smothering the…

  • Michael Bruce Ross

    AKA(s): The Roadside Strangler

    American serial killer Michael Bruce Ross was born on July 26, 1959, in Putnam, Connecticut to mother Patricia Hilda Laine and his father, Dan Graeme…

  • Miyuki Ishikawa

    AKA(s): Oni-Sanba (Demon Midwife)

    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…

  • Myra Hindley

    Myra Hindley was an English serial killer that raped and murdered small children with her boyfriend, Ian Brady. Myra Hindley was born on July 23,…

  • Nannie Doss

    AKA(s): The Giggling Nanny, The Giggling Granny, The Jolly Black Widow, The Lonely Hearts Killer

    Nannie Doss was an American serial killer that was also known as The Giggling Nanny, The Giggling Granny, The Lonely Hearts Killer, self-made widow, The…

  • Patrick Kearney

    AKA(s): The Freeway Killer, The Trash Bag Killer

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  • Pedro Alonso Lopez - The Monster of the Andes

    AKA(s): The Monster of the Andes

    Pedro Alonzo Lopez was set free from in jail in 1998 although he killed over 350 children and he also vowed to kill again before…

  • Pedro Rodrigues Filho aka "Pedrinho Matador"

    AKA(s): Pedrinho Matador (Killer Petey)

    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…

  • Peter William Sutcliffe aka Yorkshire Ripper aka Peter William Coonan

    AKA(s): The Yorkshire Ripper

    Alias: Peter William Coonan

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  • Randy Steven Kraft

    AKA(s): The Freeway Killer, The Scorecard Killer

    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…

  • Rhonda Belle Martin

    Alias: Rhonda Bell Thomley Martin

    American serial killer Rhonda Bell Thomley Martin was born in 1907 to her father James Robert Thomley and her mother Mary Frances Grimes who died…

  • Richard Angelo

    AKA(s): Angel of Death

    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…

  • Richard Ramirez aka Night Stalker

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

    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…

  • Robert William "Willie" Pickton

    AKA(s): The Pig Farmer Killer

    Alias: Willie Pickton

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  • Rosemary West

    Alias: Rosemary Pauline "Rose" West

    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…

  • Roy Norris

    AKA(s): The Toolbox 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…

  • Sophie Charlotte Elisabeth Ursinus

    German serial killer, Sophie Charlotte Elisabeth Ursinus was born on May 5, 1760, in Glatz, Lower Silesia, Prussia with the birth name Sophie Weingarten. One…

  • Suzan Carson

    AKA(s): The San Francisco Witch Killers

    Alias: Suzan Bear Carson, Suzan Barnes Carson

    American serial killer Suzan Barnes Carson was born in 1941 and was also known as Suzan Bear Carson. Suzan and her husband, James Clifford Carson…

  • Theodore Robert Bundy aka Ted Bundy

    AKA(s): Ted Bundy

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

    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…

  • Theresa Knorr

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  • Thomas Quick

    AKA(s): Satermannen (The Sater Man)

    Alias: Thomas Quick

    Thomas Quick was born on April 26, 1950, in Korsnas, Falun, Sweden with birth name Sture Ragnar Bergwall. He was known as Thomas Quick in/from…

  • Thug Behram

    AKA(s): King of the Thugs

    Alias: Buhram, Buhram Jemedar

    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…

  • Tillie Klimek

    Alias: Ottilie "Tillie" Klimek, Tillie Gburek

    Polish American serial killer Tillie Klimek was given birth name Otillie Gburek. Tillie poisoned about twenty people, and fourteen of them died. Tillie was born…

  • Vasili Komaroff

    AKA(s): The Wolf of Moscow, The Shabolovka Street Killer

    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…

  • Velma Barfield

    American serial killer Margie Velma Barfield was born on October 29, 1932, in rural South Carolina to an abusive father and a mother that did…

  • Vera Renczi

    AKA(s): Black Widow, Chatelaine of Berkerekul

    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…

  • Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula)

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

    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…

  • Waneta Hoyt

    American serial killer Waneta Hoyt was born on May 13, 1946, in Richford, New York and was given birth name, Waneta Ethel (Nixon) Hoyt. She…

  • William George Bonin "The Freeway Killer"

    AKA(s): The Freeway Killer

    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"…

  • Yang Xinhai

    AKA(s): The Monster Killer

    Alias: Yang Zhiya, Yang Liu

    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…

  • Zodiac 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…

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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 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.