Here is a truly scary list: 25 brutal serial killer families! When you think “serial killer,” it’s likely a sociopathic and anti-social loner comes to mind. But, that’s not always the case. Over the years, there’s been a number of brutal serial killer families, working together toward one nefarious goal.
There’s something even more terrifying about this fact. It’s one thing for a single psychopath to buy into their own insanity, but quite another for several others to buy into it, too. Yet, that’s exactly what happened. Whether it was a couple agreeing to do heinous acts against their fellow man or an entire family conspiring to torture, rape, and murder, these 25 brutal serial killer families were the lowest of the low. Fair warning, this list is not for the faint of heart.
Lawrence Bittaker And Roy Norris
These two started their murder spree around the same time as the Hillside Strangler in 1979. They met in California State Prison and fantasized about kidnapping, torturing, raping, and killing a girl for each teenage year. While outside, they acted on their fantasy, roaming the area for potential victims. In the end, they brutally carried out their plans, killing five girls, ages ranging from 13 to 18. Norris bragged to a friend about his murder spree which led to their eventually arrest. Bittaker was sentenced the death and the judge even put on a 199-year sentence just in case his sentence was commuted to life. Norris was given 45-years for his cooperation with the investigation.
Dean Corll, Elmer Wayne Henley, and David Brooks
These three men lured teenagers and young men into Dean Corll’s home in the ’70s before he tortured, raped, and murdered them. Corll was the ring-leader, known to many in the neighborhood as “The Candy Man,” because he would give out candy to the kids. The murders lasted for three years, ending in 1973 when Henley fatally shot Corll while he was trying to rape one of his victims. Henley confessed to 28 murders, showing them the locations of the unmarked graves. He and Brooks were both given life sentences.
Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate
In the late ’50s, James Dean wannabe Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, went on a shocking killing spree in Nebraska. They went from place to place, breaking into houses, and killing anyone that got in their way. When they were finally caught, Starkweather claimed it was all his idea and Fugate was his captive. Authorities didn’t buy it, claiming they made up a story to help Fugate receive a lighter sentence. Starkweather got the death penalty while Fugate was given life in prison. She was released after 18 years and lived a quiet life afterward.
David Alan Gore And Fred Waterfield
Called “The Killing Cousins,” these two men committed a series of brutal attacks against women in the early ’80s. They kidnapped, raped, and murdered them before dismembering their bodies and burying them in unmarked graves. Gore was convicted of killing six women and he implicated Waterfield as being part of all of it, too. Despite evidence to the contrary, Waterfield maintained his innocence, claiming to be a hostage. Gore was executed in 2013, 30 years after the murders, and Waterfield is serving a life sentence.
The Briley Brothers
Linwood Briley, James Briley Jr. and Ray Briley killed 11 people in seven months in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Unlike many of the other killers on this list, these boys grew up in a well adjusted family, were treated well, and overall were well regarded in their neighborhood. At school, however, when they weren’t under the watchful eye of their father, they bullied kids and didn’t listen to authority.
As adults, they grew even more bold and violent, resulting in the serial murders. Of course, they were eventually caught. Linwood and James were given the death penalty while Ray was given a life sentence. In 1984, they all led a successful escape attempt, staying free for some time, but were eventually captured and fast tracked to the electric chair. Linwood and James were both executed in 1985. Ray is still serving his life sentence.