One of the greatest debates in recent years, from both social justice and ethical point of view, has been over whether the death penalty should be abolished or remain in use, and the consequences of the final choice.
As years go by more and more people appear to be against the death penalty for various reasons and most importantly, for the many tragic mistakes that have happened as a result of its use through the years.
However, the nature of some crimes is so horrific and unjustified by any standard that the death penalty seems the only “answer” to such brutality and monstrous behavior. Especially when it comes to these 25 most monstrous serial killers of children in history.
Abraão José Bueno
Abraão José Bueno is a Brazilian nurse who was arrested in 2005 for overdosing babies and children who suffered from leukemia or AIDS with sedatives. Bueno attempted to resuscitate each child after giving the overdose, but four of them didn’t survive. He was sentenced to 110 years in prison.
From 1981 to 1986, Scottish serial killer Robert Black kidnapped, sexually harassed, raped, and murdered four little girls age five to eleven. He was arrested in 1990 as he was trying to kidnap another young girl. He was diagnosed as a psychopath and sentenced to life in prison.
Albert Fish, also known as the “Gray Man,” was one of the most notorious American child serial killers in the 1920s. He was found guilty of taking the lives of three children, although he proudly confessed to raping children in each state across America. He was arrested in 1934 and executed in 1936.
Shortly after Kirkland was released from prison for murdering his girlfriend he went on raping and murdering three children between 2006 and 2009. According to the investigation he raped, robbed, and murdered his victims before burning their bodies in an attempt to hide his crimes. He was rightfully sentenced to death in 2010.
Westley Allan Dodd
Westley Allan Dodd molested and murdered three children in 1989 and was sentenced to death in 1990. He was finally executed by hanging in 1993, which was the first legal hanging in the United States since 1965.
Francisca Ballesteros is a Spanish woman who poisoned her first baby, a daughter, back in 1990, when she was only five months old. Fourteen years later she decided to finish her “job” and killed her husband and other daughter because she had met a man on the Internet and wanted to run away with him. She also attempted to poison her twelve-year-old son, but he survived. She was finally arrested and sentenced to eighty-four years in prison in 2005.
Ian Brady and his partner, Myra Hindley, killed five children ages ten to seventeen in the mid-sixties. The victims were first sexually abused and then murdered. When Brady was finally arrested in 1965, he claimed to have mental issues only so he could avoid the death penalty. He’s been kept since then for almost fifty years now in a high-security mental institution.
Myra Hindley earned the title of the “Most Evil Woman in Britain” when she was arrested for the rape and murder of five innocent children with her boyfriend Ian Brady. After spending many years in jail, she claimed she was only helping Brady fulfill his perverse desires because he was supposedly blackmailing her. In 2002 she died in prison from a heart attack.
Marybeth Tinning is one of the sickest women in history. She killed her own nine children between 1972 and 1985. Even though her babies died under extremely suspicious circumstances over the course of little more than a decade, she would finally get caught only after a laboratory test indicated that the death of Tinning’s ninth child resulted from smothering. She was only convicted of the death of her last child, for which she received twenty years in prison. Her next opportunity for parole is in January 2015, and we here at List25 hope she is denied her freedom and rots in jail to her last breath.
Tommy Lynn Sells
Tommy Lynn Sells is believed by police to have murdered at least twenty-two people. He technically began his murderous activity when he was a teenager himself since he claimed killing a pedophile at sixteen. Five years later, at twenty-one, he killed a woman and her son because she stole from him and her four-year-old son had the bad luck of being a witness to the act. He went on to kill three more children until he was arrested in 1999. On April 3, 2014, Sells was executed by lethal injection at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville.
Mohammed Bijeh was an Iranian serial killer and rapist who confessed to raping and killing sixteen young boys who were between the ages of eight and fifteen. He also murdered two adults. He was sentenced by the Iranian justice system to one hundred lashes in view of the public and execution by hanging in 2005.
Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour
This Egyptian criminal was a street gang leader and a serial killer who raped and murdered at least thirty-two children over the course of seven years, throughout several locations in Egypt including Cairo, Alexandria, Qalyoubeya, and Beni Sueif. The kids he abused and murdered ranged in age from ten to fourteen. Mansour was arrested in 2006 along with his six accomplices, and sentenced to death in 2007.
John Joubert had the appearance of a true family man and professional but in reality was a coldhearted serial killer who murdered three young boys during the early eighties. Joubert confessed to killing only two of the boys but on January 12, 1984, he was charged with the murder of three. As is often the case in these situations he claimed that he was suffering from schizoid personality disorder but was found to have not been psychotic at the time of the murders. The state of Nebraska executed him on July 17, 1996, using the electric chair.
Kathleen Folbigg is another serial killer who murdered four children, three of them her own. She was arrested after her husband discovered her diary, in which she described her deplorable criminal acts in great detail. She was sentenced to thirty years in prison, even though she claimed during the trial that all of the children died of natural causes.
Anatoly Slivko was one of the most infamous Soviet serial killers during a period when the communist regime was at its peak and thus Slivko’s criminal activity was a black eye for the government. Slivko murdered seven boys during a period of twenty years starting in 1964. His victims were between seven and seventeen years old, and he raped and tortured over forty boys in total. He was finally arrested in 1985 and was of course sentenced to death. He was executed via firing squad in 1989.
Dagmar Overbye was a Danish serial killer who murdered twenty-five children, including her own child, between 1913 and 1920. All of her victims, mostly defenseless babies, were under her care. She was sentenced to death in 1921 and died in prison in 1929.
Anísio Ferreira de Sousa
De Sousa is a Brazilian doctor who murdered nineteen boys during the early nineties. As proved during the trial the evil doctor was part of a satanic cult that sexually abused, mutilated, and killed little children. He was convicted of three murders and sentenced to seventy-seven years in prison.
Norman Afzal Simons
Norman Afzal Simons is notoriously known all over South Africa as the “Station Strangler,” for his tendency to lure his victims from train stations and then rape and strangle them. Simons killed a total twenty-two people, including several kids, from 1986 to 1994. He got away with all these evil crimes with a mere thirty-five years in prison and is expected to be a free man by 2029. Ironically, he became a born-again Christian after he went to jail.
Andrei Chikatilo, also known as the “Rostov Ripper,” shocked the world and the strict communist Soviet regime when he was arrested and admitted to raping and killing a total of fifty-two women and children from 1978 to 1990. He was sentenced to death for these murders in October 1992 and subsequently executed in February 1994.
Miyuki Ishikawa was a highly respected Japanese midwife in charge of a maternity hospital who committed one evil crime after another in the 1940s. It is estimated that she killed over one hundred infants through outright neglect. When she was finally arrested she calmly explained that she committed her acts because she believed poor parents wouldn’t take good care of their children and wouldn’t raise them well. Even more shocking, the vile woman was only sentenced to four years in prison, in what is to date one of the most controversial and stunning verdicts ever passed down worldwide.
This depraved and twisted former Ukrainian police criminal investigator, claimed to have killed over one hundred girls and women but was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of only thirty-six of them. He confessed that he first suffocated the little girls, who were between eight and eighteen, and then performed sexual acts on their dead bodies.
Javed Iqbal was a hideous Pakistani serial killer who was responsible for the rape and murder of over one hundred children. In 1999, he decided to send a letter to the local newspapers and confess that he had killed many boys who were between the ages of six and sixteen and dissolved their corpses with acid. He was immediately arrested after that and sentenced to death. However, he gave a gift to the world and killed himself in 2001 while in prison.
Daniel Camargo Barbosa
Barbosa was a Colombian serial killer who raped and murdered over 150 girls during the seventies and eighties. When he was finally arrested and convicted in 1989, he was only sentenced to sixteen years in prison. However, in 1994, a cousin of one of his victims, Luis Masache Narvaez, murdered him in prison.
This Colombian monster in a human body raped, tortured, and murdered 138 young boys before he was caught in 1999. Most of the kids were homeless or from very poor families; a fact that helped Garavito lure them with gifts, food, and money only so he could then rape and kill them after viciously torturing them. Ironically, the Colombian justice system, which is arguably one of the most corrupt in the world, sentenced him to only thirty years.
Pedro Lopez is another example of a serial killer who took advantage of the disgustingly corrupt Colombian justice system. It’s estimated he raped and killed more than three hundred young girls throughout South America, between 1969 and 1980. In the early eighties he was arrested for his heinous crimes but amazingly fourteen years later he was released only so he could go on taking more innocent lives. He was arrested for committing murder (again!) for the last time in 2002.