Top 10 American Serial Killers

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1Jeffrey Dahmer

He was the most gruesome murderer in recent history. He was much more dangerous than Charles Manson. IN my opinion Jeffery Dahmer is the most notorious serial killer in all of the 20th century.

He claimed at one point that he felt sorry for what he did to his victims as well as their loved ones and if he could give his life to bring them back, he would; however, I've never really heard of serial killers feeling remorse for their misdeeds. Point in fact, the killing is what makes them feel powerful.

He pleasured himself with one of his young victim's skulls. I mean, come on, this dude was pretty messed up.

I think top 3 should be Dahmer, Bundy, Gacy, tell me if I'm wrong

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2Ted Bundy

My teacher was actually kidnapped by ted bundy. He pulled up in a nice car and asked her if she needed a ride some where.

Probably the last person you would've thought was a serial killer.

The term "serial killer" was first used to describe HIM! And because of him, there are more serial killers. - SelfDestruct

Many of his victims strongly resembled his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Brooks.

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3Charles Manson

It doesn't make him a serial killer # 1! He didn't do it he might have planned it but didn't do it like you plan to fix a car but you pay the mechanic to do it he doesn't pay U. So the shooter should be #1!

It's hard to say what makes a person a top serial killer, but if you have to pick one, I'd say the most famous of the bunch is a safe bet.

This man makes me flat out sick! He denies ordering his followers to murder but he did tell them to do it. He ordered Sharon Tate's death and he led them to the LaBianca house the night they were murdered. He is evil and disgusting and should go to Hell!

Marilyn Manson

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4Richard Ramirez

The Night Stalker was one of the most demonic serial killers in America.

Worships the Devil

He thought the Devil was his protector but little does he know the Devil is no one's protector, no one's friend. He tortures the wicked for their entire afterlife.

He literally lashed an old woman's head off

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5H.H. Holmes

So if he killed 200 people a serial killer isn't about how much people you killed but what you do to the people think about it this way he may have killed 200 people but he is giving the organs away which can help people who need fresh organs.

You can learn all about him by reading Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America". - Blue_Devereaux

He owned the first hotel, killed everyone in it, and sold the dead bodies organs.

I agree Blue... I think they are basing their answers on popularity. I can't believe The Green River Killer isn't in the top 5.

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6Albert Fish

He was a pedophile who killed and ate innocent children. How disgusting. He is, in my opinion, the worst serial killer that ever lived. Or at least one of them. Burn in the flames of hell, Vampire of Brooklyn!

Look this guy up and tell me you're not sick to your stomach

He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac and The Boogey Man. A child rapist and cannibal, he boasted that he "had children in every state, " and at one time stated the number was about 100.

The worst of all time

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7John Wayne Gacy

JWG was beyond sick and barbaric, and the sheer numbers is mind boggling!

Look at the crime scene photos then vote he's gotta be in the top 3 at least

Kept the bodies of his victims under his house.

They called him the killer clown..

8Gary Ridgeway

Killed for a long period and the exact number of victims is still unknown. They are still finding bodies in the Seattle area plus he was a necro - GROSS!

He killed more people than most other serial killers combined. Surely the mere scale of death and suffering he caused would rank him higher than Ted Bundy and Jeffery Damer

9Dennis Rader

knew exactly what he was doing, hid in plain sight. hunted victims constantly while getting paid at work. caught himself. extremely sadistic. rader is the man

This guy had a never ending story - Sabbath

10The Zodiac Killer

He was unknown. Even decades after killing they are still trying to figure out who he is. (Killed mostly in San Francisco

He had to have been the worst. being that he was never caught and taunted the police while doing it!

The Zodiac should be number 1; he taunted police, changed his methods, and was never caught.

He was one serial killer that was never caught nor identified. Jack the Ripper was the other, although he was actually in England.

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The Contenders

11Herb Baumeister

He is a very sick person I feel sorry for all the people he murdered.

12Ed Gein

He just killed 2 people, and still, remains as the legendary killer who inspired Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter and Leatherface.

He made human skin as his furniture. He should be #1 on this list.

Smart enough to have different people build different parts of the house at different times for his hidden corridors. #1!

He was also based on slayers dead skin mask very good song but very evil man

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14Carl Panzram

This guy, just read his damn quotes.
I wish I could meet him, but if I could, I'd want to seal my rectum first.

15Leonard Lake and Charles Ng
16David Berkowitz

His adoptive mother told him that his real mother died during child birth. When he met his real mother and found out the truth, he started having a deep hatred for women.

Called himself the "Son of Sam"

Terrorized all of New York in the summer of 77.

17The Boston Strangler

He was murdered in prison by a fellow inmate.

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18Richard Speck

Creepy and killed 8 student nurses!

19Wayne Williams
20Charles "Tex" Watson

One of Charles Manson's male followers and a complete and total Sicko!

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Bobby's School of Criminology Part 2 - Richard Ramirez
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 3 - Ted Bundy
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 4 - Gary Ridgway
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 5 - David Berkowitz
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 6 - Aileen Wuornos
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 7 - Kenneth Bianchi
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 8 - Dennis Rader
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 8 - John Wayne Gacy
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 9 - Edmund Kemper
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