The worst thing about serial killers is that most of them kill people just to get famous. Here we have listed 30 most famous serial killers of all time.
It really disturbs an innocent mind to realize that this world is inhabited by evil serial killers and murderers whose main motive is to enjoy other’s pain. Although history has seen many sadistic serial killers but we are going to discuss about the most notorious serial killers of recent history. A serial killer by definition is a murdered who has killed 3 or more people over a long period of time. We have not included dictators like Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi in the list for obvious reasons. This list tries to focus on their murderous ways and their intentions so that the readers may get knowledge about evil mind. Here are 30 most horrific serial killers of recent times:
Famous Serial Killers
30. Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour – Egypt (32 Victims)
Mansour was born in Egypt and was local gang leader. He turned to murderous ways at a very young age and developed habit of killing young males. He was killed in 2010.
29. John Wayne Gracy – United States (33 Victims)
John Wayne Gracy was the living imitation of the Clown from IT novel by Stephen King. He got the name Killer Clown due to the reason that he wore clown clothes and entertained people and Kids. He would murder kids and bury them in crawl space in his house. He was executed in 1994.
28. Ali Asghar Borujerdi – Iraq (33 Victims)
Asghar was the most prolific serial killer of Iran. He killed 33 people in his life times. He was killed in 1934.
27. Ted Bundy – United States (35 Victims)
Look at the innocent face of this sadistic serial killer. Your soul will shiver when you get to know that this man loved giving pain to his victims. He was known for raping his victims and torturing them to infinite pain before killing them. Bundy murdered around 35 women and was the most talked about serial killer. Many other serial killers confessed that they were inspired from Ted Bundy for murders. Ted was executed in 1989.
26. Hadj Mohammed Mesfewi – Morocco (36 Victims)
Mesfewi was a serial killer active in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. he killed a total number of 36 women with the help of a 70 year old lady. He would drug them rape them and then kill them in their sleep. He was killed by immurement in June 1906.
25. Gennady Mikhasevich – Russia (36 Victims)
Gennady was a soviet soldier. When he returned home from war he found that his girlfriend has married someone else. This worked as a fuel for the already burning rage in him. He started killing young women and girls from 1971 to 1985. However he was caught when he stupidly sent a letter to newspaper.
24. Serhiy Tkach – Ukraine (36 Victims)
Serhiy Tkach motivation for murder was lust. He was clever minded murderer and was active for 35 long years. He served in the Soviet army. From 1980 to 2005 he killed 36 young girls. He was so clever that police was not able to trace him back. In fact police wrongly accused 15 other men. He was caught when he intentionally attended the funeral of one of his victim.
23. Moses Sithole – South Africa (38 Victims)
Moses was really a sithole for committing such horrific crimes. You will be shocked to know that sithole ran an organization with the name Youth against Human Abuse. He would often run ads for his organization seeking young women. He would then go on to rape them and murder them and write ‘B!tch’ on their foreheads. He murdered 38 women and is now serving imprisonment of 2410 years.
22. Thiago Gomes da Rocha – Brazil (39 Victims)
Thiago was a security guard but his true nature never justified his job. He was a merciless murderer who would kill people out of rage and anger. He would often drive on his motorbike in search of victims. Whenever he found a suitable victim he would shout ‘Robbery’ and then will kill them with a baseball bat. Thiago never looted his victims. His motivation was rage and rage only.
21. Ahmad Suradji – Indonesia (42 Victims)
Ahmad Suradji defines the term of a maniac serial Killer. Born in Indonesia, Ahmed confessed in his trial that he saw his father’s ghost in a dream. His father ordered him to kill 70 women and by this he will gain healing powers. This led Ahmad to kill 42 women during a time of 7 years. His three wives helped him in this task. He was killed in 2008.
20.Louay Omar Mohammed al-Taei – Iraq (43 Victims)
Louay was a war motivated serial killer. He was a well known surgeon who turned to the dark side after he joined the rebellion group of Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna. He would kill war soldiers and policemen during treatment. He was caught in 2006.
19. Wang Qiang – China (45 Victims)
Wang Qiang was active from 1995 to 2003. During this period he murdered 45 people, most among them were young girls who were raped before murder. After killing them he went on to rape their dead bodies. He was executed in 2005.
18. Alexander Pichushkin – Russia (48 Victims)
Alexander Pichushkin wanted to be the ‘greatest serial killer’ of Russia and wanted to surpass Andrei Chikatlio death counts. He suffered a serious head injury when he was a kid. It affected his mental ability and he was bullied by his schoolmates as a retard. However his grandfather took him under his protection and he really had a positive effect on Pichushkin. He taught Pichushkin to play chess and it was at this time that he developed a strong fondness towards the game. He was an excellent player of the game. Things went downhill when his grandfather died. This led Pichushkin to become a heavy drinker which further led to his murderous habits. He killed his first victim while playing chess. Later on he developed a habit of killing his unsuspected victims from behind with a stroke of hammer. He would often pour his vodka into the spilt open skull of his victim. What scares more about Alexander is that he requested the judge to increase his victim count to 64 as this was number of squares on a chess board.
17. Gary Ridgway – United States (49 Victims)
Gary Ridgway was called as the most prolific serial killer of United States after he was found guilty of near about 50 murders. Born in 1949, Gary married thrice but all ended in divorce. He later turned to crime in early 1980s. He developed a habit of murdering young women and underage girls and disposing there body in green river. Not only this but he confessed that he would come back to rape the dead bodies of his victims. Gary confessed of killed nearly 90 victims but only 49 were confirmed. His modus operandi for murder was $ex.
16. Bruno Ludke – Germany (51 Victims)
Bruno Ludke might be a controversial serial killer in the list. This is because police was unable to find any evidence against him. Bruno was a mentally disable man who was active in Nazi Germany. Even though he was aware of his surroundings but he was never able to answer simple questions and behaved strangely to normal things. Bruno was caught while stealing in a store. He was also reported by several women as a peeping tom. When a local woman died under unknown circumstances, Bruno came forward and admitted of killing her and stealing her purse. He was convicted for 51 murders.
15. Anatoly Onoprienko – Ukraine (52 Victims)
Here is a Serial Killer who is nicknamed as The Terminator. Anatoly murdered more than 50 people in his life. His motivation was the rage that he developed in himself due to his father’s negligence. Anatoly would rob houses but he has one rule that whomsoever house he is going to rob he will not leave a single person alive in that house. He would often break into the house of people and will first kill the male then the wife and at last the children.
14. Andrei Chikatilo – Russia (53 Victims)
Andrei Chiktalio was active during the Soviet Union era and he was inspired from the famous serial killer – Jack the Ripper. He was dubbed as Rostov Ripper. Even though he was a remorseless killer but it might surprise you that he was a well-educated men who loved reading books. Also he served in the army and after that started his career as a School Teacher. It was at this time that he started committing murders and molesting children. Andrei’s life has inspired many movies all over the world. He was executed in 1994.
13. Abul Djabar – Afghanistan (65 Victims)
Abul djabar was dubbed as the turban killer of Afghanistan. He was a wannabe serial killer and raped and murdered more than 65 people. He would strangle them with turban while raping them. He used the same turban to murder them. He was clever enough to escape the scene of crime and due to this government misidentified two innocent men and hanged them. He was hanged in 1970.
12. Yang Xinhai – China (67 Victims)
Yang was called as the Monster Killer of China. He was no less than a nightmare. This is because of the brutalization of his crimes. Yang was a shy kid born in a poor family but his stance for life changed when he dropped out of school at the age of 17. Yang would break into the house of victim and kill all the family after raping the women of the house. He killed more than 65 people in his life. He was shot dead in 2004.
11. Kampatimar Shankariya – India (70 Victims)
Born in 1952, Kampatimar became the most notorious serial killer of India. Kampatimar was active between 1977 and 1978. During this period he killed more than 70 people by mercilessly beating them with a hammer. During his confession he said that he wanted to be the most known serial killer in India and said that he do not want anyone to be like him.
10. Pedro Rodrigues Filho – Brazil (71 Victims)
Pedro Filho might have considered himself as the Robin-hood of serial killers. This is because most of his murders were revenge oriented. He attempted his first murder at the age of 14 when he murdered the person who insulted his father. This started a killing spree where he would kill anyone who would insult him or his loved ones. Filho fall in love with a woman but she was murdered by a gang. Guess What Filho did? He murdered all the gang members. He was not even 18 at that time. Filho later killed his own father because his father murdered his mother. Not only has this but he also chewed his heart. Filho spent jail time for this but you know what he did. He killed more than 40 inmates in Jail. Filho was released from jail in 2007 and currently lives in North of Brazil.
9. Daniel Camargo Barbosa – Colombia (72 Victims)
Looks like Colombia is home for serial killers. This country has a shocking ratio of population per serial killer. Daniel Camargo Barbosa was one among the several prolific serial killers in the country. He fell in love with another woman while he was already married. However he found out that his lover is not v!rgin so he forced her to find young and v!rgin girls for her. He raped 5 girls with the help of her lady friend but did not kill them. He was caught when the girls reported about his crime. He was released due to good behaviour. But he was not able to mend his ways and this time he not only raped but killed his victim. Police soon caught him and he was deported to Gorgona Prison. But Daniel was able to escape prison in 1984 and ran to Ecuador. There he went on to kill 80 young girls. Most of them were young, helpless and looking for jobs. His victims were mostly below 16 and this monster after killing the young girls even sold their valuables at cheap price on streets. He died in 1994 at the age of 64.
8. Javed Iqbal – Pakistan (74 Victims)
This prolific Pakistani Serial Killer went on to kill more than 70 kids ranging age in between 6 to 16. Javed usually encountered his victims on the roads of Lahore. His victims were homeless or runaway children. He will assure them safety and food and take them back to his place. There he would assault them [email protected] and then murder them. After that he will dismember their organs and dispose them with hydrochloric acid. Some claims that he may have eaten his victims. Javed confessed of his crimes to a local newspaper due to the guilt he felt. Pakistan Jurisdiction took the decision of hanging him in front of victim’s parents and then cutting his body in 100 pieces and dissolving it in HCL acid. Horrified by this decision, Javed and his accomplice hanged themselves in 2001.
7. Delfina and Maria de Jesus Gonzalez – Mexico (91 Victims)
Look at these two sisters just ‘chilling’ after killing more than 90 people. The Gonzalez sisters ran a crime syndicate that involved pr0stitution and dru9 trafficking. There were actually 4 sisters who ran the br0thel but only two were caught and trialled. Gonzalez sisters had a strict working pattern. They would list an advertisement in classified section of newspapers stating that they are looking for beautiful housemaids. When poor girls showed up they would force fed them drugs. After the girls become addicted to it they would force them into pr0stitution. They killed 80 girls on the basis of losing customers and murdered 11 men who showed up with huge money. Other than this they also killed fetuses of unborn children. They served 40 years in jail. If that does not sicken you then may be the fact that they hold world record in committing most murders in partnership. I wonder if that turns out into a trend.
6. Steven Massof – United States (100 Victims)
You might not find Steven Massof in many lists of serial killers available on internet. This is because he killed infants on the order of superior people. But did you noticed? He Murdered Infants. Who could go on to kill a baby A NEW BORN BABY? A Devil Maybe. Steven is responsible for killing more than 100 new born babies by snipping their spine. Read Again and Your body will shiver.
5. Miyuki Ishikawa – Japan (103 Victims)
Those are true monsters who kills little kids and babies. Monster is probably small word for Miyuki Ishikawa, the most prolific female serial killer in the world. Miyuki was a midwife and her story might depress you for a long time. Miyuki worked as midwife in Kotobuki maternal hospital in 1940s. She was married but never bore a child. Probably this led to her hatred toward other parents. As 1940s was tough time for Japan (Hirsoshima and Nagasaki, remember) so many parents were not able to afford kids. This led to increase in unwanted children. Miyuki provided the ‘solution’ to this problem. She took fair sum of expenses from parents for raising their unwanted child in her hospital. However, instead of caring for the little babies, she neglected them and left them crying all day and all night. The babies died due to malnutrition. Can you imagine Hiyuki (and her nurse staff) sitting in the room next to crying (and some dead) babies? You know what she paid for her crimes? 4 years in prison and also her deeds forced government to legalize abortion in Japan.
4. Pedro Lopez – Colombia (110 Victims)
Look here we got a Guinness Book world record holder for most prolific murders. The story of Pedro Lopez questions less on his character but more on our society. Is it we who bring out the sadistic animal of a man or is there anything like natural born killers? Pedro Lopez did fantasize his sister when he was young but when his mother found out about him she disowned him. This led to the cross country journey of Pedro as 8 year old boy. He was raped and even gang raped multiple times during his childhood. Probably this is where Pedro got his motivation for spree killing. The monstrous killer went on to kill more than 300 girls in the country of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. Pedro Lopez was caught and sent to Jail in 1980 (Ecuador). He spent 16 years in between Jail and Mental Hospital and was released due to ‘Good Behaviour’. But you know the old saying A Dog’s Tail Can Not be Straightened. Lopez was caught again in 2002 for fresh murders.
3. Luis Garavito – Colombia (138 Victims)
When the whole world call a person ‘worst serial killer’ then you know how evil that person will be. Luis Garavito was no less than evil; in fact he might be devil incarnate himself. He raped and killed more than 300 boys. Government officials were able to find only 150 bodies but Luis himself admitted of killing three hundred children. He got the nickname of ‘Beast’ in his home country due to the horrific murders he committed. He is serving time now but interestingly he admitted to start a political career to help abused children once he gets out. Bravo.
2. Hu Wanlin – China (146 victims)
The sad thing about serial killers is that they do not change even after being convicted. Hu Wanlin from China is perfect example of this. This sadistic serial killer was convicted and trial in 1980s but still he did not left his habits. He was a medical serial killer who killed nearly 146 people. He spent time in jail in early 90s but he started medical practice in Jail too. Not only this, but Hu was also convicted of human trafficking. Hu killed around 150 people and for this he got life imprisonment and 1.5 K Yuan fine. This is how most governments treat serial killers.
1. Harold Shipman – United Kingdom (218 Victims)
A Blue collar serial killer is probably more sadistic then other serial killers especially if the serial killer is a doctor. Doctor Harold Shipman is probably the most sadistic serial killer in recent history. He was convicted of killing 15 of his patients but later on he accepted of killing near about 218 patients using various methods. His motive was unknown as he never confessed about his crime. Even more disturbing is that his family (four children and one wife) also denied about the conviction even after his case an open secret. Though he never confessed his crimes but many speculated that he has two motives either he wanted to revenge his mother’s death (who died natural death) or he wanted to get rich by modifying will of his patients before killing them. He was caught after he murdered Lawyer Angela Woodruff’s mother and transferred the will to his name.
Whose life story gave you chills? What tips you would like to give our readers to save themselves from such situations?