Whether it was for purposes of sadism, anger, or some other unknown sociopathic proclivity, these are the 25 most notorious serial killers known to man.
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His identity still being unknown, he murdered numerous people in California in the late 60s and 70s. His name came from a series of taunting cryptograms he sent to the Bay Area Press.
Known as “Dracula,” Miyazaki is a notorious serial killer known for drinking blood from his victims and eating their hands. He was hanged in 2008.
An infamous serial killer, Ted murdered more than 30 females throughout the United States, typically by strangulation. In 1989 he was executed via electric chair.
Hanaei killed 16 prostitutes in Mashad, Iran. Known as “The Spider Killer,” he also killed his victims through strangulation. He was executed in April 2002 by hanging.
Like most serial killers on this list, Robert typically killed via strangling and mutilation. In 2007, he was caught after murdering 20 people, mostly prostitutes, in Vancouver, Canada. He is now serving a life sentence.
Known as “Hannibal the Cannibal,” Robert Maudsley killed four people in Berkshire, England, three of which he murdered while in prison. His nickname came after he allegedly ate the brain of one of his victims.
Typically targeting prostitutes, this Alaskan serial killer was known for hunting his victims with a knife and rifle before murdering them. He is now serving a life sentence.
This South African serial killer murdered over 30 women through raping and strangling them. He usually pretended to be a businessman offering jobs to earn the trust of his target victims. He is currently serving 2,410 years in prison.
Mary Ann Cotton
Not only did this English serial killer murder her own children, she killed up to 21 people, mainly by arsenic poisoning. She was eventually hanged.
Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most infamous serial killers in history when he tortured and murdered 17 young boys. His crimes included necrophilia and cannibalism. He was killed by a fellow inmate while serving 15 life sentences.
In Henan province, China, Yong killed at least 17 teenage boys through drugging, raping, and suffocating them. Yong was executed by firing squad in 2003.
Gregorio Cardenas Hernandez
Known as “The Strangler of Tacuba,” Gregorio first raped his victims before strangling them to death and burying them in his garden. He was sentenced to life imprisonment but died in 1999 due to natural causes.
Gary Leon Ridgway
Known as the Green River Killer he committed most of his crimes in Washington, United States, where he murdered 48 people. He also confessed to having killed 71 women through strangulation. He is currently serving 48 life sentences.
Dubbed “The Blood Countess” she was convicted for killing hundreds of young girls throughout the Kingdom of Hungary. Her methods of killing were torture, beatings and mutilation. Over the last several hundred years numerous accounts have claimed that she even bathed in the blood of her victims.
Dean Arnold Corll
Known as “The Candy Man”, he abused and murdered numerous young boys around Texas most of which he sexually assaulted, tortured and strangled to death. He was eventually killed by a young teenage accomplice who had lured many of the boys to his apartment.
Dana Sue Gray
Dana Sue Gray has been described as a shopaholic serial killer who murdered three elderly women in California. According to Dana, she killed her victims to support her spending habits because in every case she was after the victim’s credit card. She is now serving a life sentence.
Known as “The Stocking Strangler,” Carlton Gary killed seven elderly women in Georgia, by beating, raping and strangling them to death. In 1986 he was sentenced to death but he is still on death row.
Killing several men throughout Florida, she claimed they had all tried to rape her while she was working as a prostitute. She was eventually executed by lethal injection and her life was the basis for the movie Monster.
This Russian serial killer stabbed, strangled and battered 53 women to death before ultimately mutilating them. His motive for killing was sexual satisfaction. He was executed on February 14, 1994.
Carl Eugene Watts
Watts had only 12 confirmed victims but authorities believe that there were dozens more. He committed most of his crimes in Texas and Michigan; and his methods of killing were strangulation, stabbing, drowning and beatings. He died of cancer in prison.
Known as “the Chessboard Killer,” he murdered nearly 50 elderly homeless men in and around Moscow. According to him, he murdered people because he was in a competition with another serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo. He is now serving life in prison.
Over the course of 11 years Ahmad murdered 42 females in Medan, Indonesia mostly by strangling them with a cable after burying them in the ground up to their waists. He was executed by firing squad in 2008.
Jack the Ripper
One of the world’s most notorious serial killers, Jack the Ripper killed numerous prostitutes in London, England from 1888 to 1891 by slitting their throats and mutilating their abdomens. He was never caught.
Considered one of the most prolific serial killers on this list, he committed at least 138 murders across Colombia, most of which were young boys. He killed his victims through slitting their throats after raping them. In 1999 he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Known as the “The Vampire of Dusseldorf,” Peter Kurten confessed to have killed 79 people but he was only charged with nine. A well known sadist, he even asked whether he would be able to hear his own blood gush when he was to be beheaded.