Top 10 American Serial Killers

The Top Ten

1 Jeffrey Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with many of his later murders also involving necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation more.

I think this Guy was seriously messed up from a very young age. I think he had some sort of mental disorder & needed serious help. However I believe he was sane in the sense that he knew right from wrong. But just didn't care about his victims. He selfishly put his sick fantasies first instead of suppressing his sick urges or seeking medical help from a psychiatrist. He chose to murder innocent people & do the most sick, grotesque things with there bodies, treating them with no respect at all. Maybe things could of been different if he got psychiatric help at a young age.

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.

Man, I am sorry about him. he was victim of life, so his victims too.

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2 Ted Bundy Ted Bundy Theodore Robert Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.

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

My grandpas girlfriend was killed by Ted Bundy... crazy

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3 Charles Manson Charles Manson Charles Milles Manson (1934-2017) was an American criminal who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in the California desert in the late 1960s.

Like most of the people on this list, Charles Manson had a DAMAGED childhood. Most SERIAL KILLERS (remember, he never actually killed anyone) either suffer through a traumatic event or have a traumatic childhood. This does not make his actions any less horrific; however, I truly believe that if he had a different childhood, one where he was not emotionally damaged, then he probably would not have conspired to murder.

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!

He didn't really kill anybody. He wasn't really a killer actually. He was more of a manipulative kind of guy.

Him and his so called family are horrible people - pugiscool

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4 The Zodiac Killer The Zodiac Killer The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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.

Ted Cruz - Ace_of_spades

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5 Albert Fish Albert Fish Hamilton Howard "Albert" Fish was an American serial killer. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, and The Boogey Man.

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

The worst of all time

There's a video game about him, made me feel nauseous...

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6 Richard Ramirez Richard Ramirez Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, known as Richard Ramirez, widely known as the Night Stalker, was an American serial killer, rapist, and burglar. more.

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.

See you in Disneyland.

This guy was scary

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7 John Wayne Gacy John Wayne Gacy John Wayne Gacy, Jr., also known as the Killer Clown, was an American serial killer and rapist who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County, Illinois.

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

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

Kept the bodies of his victims under his house.

This guy should be higher than Charles Manson

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8 Ed Gein Ed Gein Edward Theodore Gein, also known as The Butcher of Plainfield, was an American murderer and body snatcher.

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!

His mom did it - lilrocketman

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9 H.H. Holmes H.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.

He earned money from it. What you said is false. What matters is how many people he killed, and what he does with the bodies. If you don't care how many he killed, then you shouldn't care what he did with the bodies. - Powerfultekin

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 built a whole murder hotel, and had a lot of people killed in it through several different methods and then sold the skeletons.

I love him

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10 Gary Ridgway Gary Ridgway Gary Leon Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, is an American serial killer. He was initially convicted of 48 separate murders.

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!

This guy is so sick

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

The Contenders

11 Richard Kuklinski Richard Kuklinski
12 Dennis Rader Dennis Rader Dennis Lynn Rader is an American serial killer who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County, between 1974 and 1991.

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

13 The Boston Strangler The Boston Strangler

He was murdered in prison by a fellow inmate.

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14 Herb Baumeister Herb Baumeister Herbert Richard "Herb" Baumeister was an American alleged serial killer from Westfield near Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

15 David Berkowitz David Berkowitz David Richard Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer convicted of a series of shooting attacks that began in New York City in the summer of 1976, perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver.

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.

Wow the "son of sam" is sure a horrid killer not joking I just wonder why he called himself the son of sam - pugiscool

Joquin The Joker...hehehehe.

16 Charles Starkweather Charles Starkweather Charles Raymond "Charlie" Starkweather was an American teenaged spree killer who murdered eleven people in the states of Nebraska and Wyoming in a two-month murder spree between December 1957 and January 1958. All but one of Starkweather's victims were killed between January 21 and January 29, 1958, more.

A complete monster

17 Carl Panzram Carl Panzram Carl Panzram was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist, robber and burglar. In prison confessions and his autobiography, he claimed to have committed 21 murders, most of which could not be corroborated, and over 1,000 sodomies of boys and men.

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.

This guy is sick and disgusting

18 Leonard Lake and Charles Ng Leonard Lake and Charles Ng

The video tapes are scary

Nobody realizes when any brings to the friendship.

19 Richard Speck Richard Speck Richard Benjamin Speck was an American mass murderer who systematically tortured, raped, and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on July 14, 1966.

Creepy and killed 8 student nurses!

20 Charles "Tex" Watson Charles

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

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21 Aileen Wuornos Aileen Wuornos Aileen Carol Wuornos was an American serial killer who killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. Wuornos claimed that her victims had either raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute, and that all of the homicides were committed in self-defense.

She was a homosexual prostitute who killed her johns, or men, if you prefer to say.

Sick and twisted

I know why she's evil. She had a tragic life. - TeamRocket747

Dude you think she is sick and twisted? her father was worse. Aileen's father attempted to rape a kid the same year she was born. Her father hung himself in prison. She lived a terrible life that nobody deserves. She was raped by her grandfather's friend kicked out of there house. Aileen's mother abandoned her and her brother when she was only 4 years old. At least Aileen when't after full grown people instead of going after kids. Her dad was more twisted. Every serial killer has live a very effed up life.

22 Wayne Williams Wayne Williams Wayne Bertram Williams is an American serial killer who was tried, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1982 for killing two adult men.

This guy was sick

23 Walter E. Ellis Walter E. Ellis Walter E. Ellis, also known as the Milwaukee North Side Strangler, was an American serial killer who raped and strangled seven women in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin between 1986 and 2007.
24 Donald Henry Gaskins Donald Henry Gaskins

Should be way higher. This guy was a P U R E sicko. Do some research and you'll know what I'm talking about.

25 Jerry Brudos Jerry Brudos Jerome Henry "Jerry" Brudos was an American serial killer and necrophiliac, also known as "The Lust Killer" and "The Shoe Fetish Slayer".
26 Carl Eugene Watts Carl Eugene Watts Carl Eugene Watts, also known by his nickname Coral, was an American serial killer dubbed "The Sunday Morning Slasher".

He probably killed over 100 because, sometimes more than 1 a day!

27 Gary Ray Bowles Gary Ray Bowles
28 John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo

Called themselves God but are anything but God. God doesn't murder innocent people, he's love. They're just two pathetic people who needed murder to feel powerful.

He is sick and he should have been killed quicker

29 Henry Lee Lucas
30 Kendall Francois Kendall Francois Kendall Francois was an American serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York, convicted of killing eight women, from 1996 to 1998. He was serving life in prison for his crimes at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, until his death.
31 Danny Rolling Danny Rolling Daniel Harold "Danny" Rolling, also known as the Gainesville Ripper, was an American serial killer who murdered five students in Gainesville, Florida.

The Scream franchise is based on him.

32 Velma Barfield Velma Barfield Margie Velma Barfield was an American serial killer, convicted of one murder, but she eventually confessed to six murders.
33 The Chicago Rippers The Chicago Rippers

I was walking down a street in Chicago I saw the Chicago Rippers trying to kill me, but I beat all of them and escaped. I could have died.

34 The Briley Brothers The Briley Brothers
35 Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run
36 Jane Toppan Jane Toppan

Known as the Angel of Death, she murdered at least 31 victims that were placed in her care. Like H.H. holmes, she murdered without a conscience. However, unlike most Serial Killers, she inherited her murderous nature. She was a bad seed.

37 Edmund Kemper Edmund Kemper Edmund Emil Kemper III, also known as The Co-ed Killer or The Co-ed Butcher, is an American serial killer, rapist, necrophile and cannibal who is known for having abducted and murdered several women in the early 1970s in Santa Cruz, as well as having murdered both of his paternal grandparents and his more.
38 Marie Noe Marie Noe Marie Noe is an American serial killer. She was convicted in June 1999 of murdering eight of her children.
39 Thomas Dillon Thomas Dillon
40 Andrew Cunanan Andrew Cunanan Andrew Phillip Cunanan was an American serial killer who murdered at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace and property developer Lee Miglin, during a three-month period in 1997. On June 12, 1997, Cunanan became the 449th fugitive to be listed by the FBI on the FBI Ten Most Wanted more.

my dad

41 Robert Lee Yates Robert Lee Yates Robert Lee Yates, Jr. is an American serial killer from Spokane, Washington. From 1996 to 1998, Yates is known to have murdered at least 13 women, all of whom were prostitutes working on Spokane's "Skid Row". V 1 Comment
42 Anthony Sowell Anthony Sowell Anthony Edward Sowell is an American serial killer, identified in press reports as the Cleveland Strangler.
43 Kenneth McDuff Kenneth McDuff Kenneth Allen McDuff was an American serial killer. He was convicted of murdering sixteen-year-old Edna Sullivan; her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Robert Brand; and Robert’s cousin, fifteen-year-old Mark Dunnam, who was visiting from California.
44 Faryion Wardrip Faryion Wardrip Faryion Edward Wardrip is an American serial killer who murdered five women in Wichita Falls, Texas, and the surrounding counties from 1984 to 1986.
45 Paul Dennis Reid Paul Dennis Reid Paul Dennis Reid, Jr., also known as The Fast Food Killer, was an American serial killer, convicted and sentenced to death for seven murders during three fast food restaurant robberies in Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee and Clarksville, Tennessee between the months of February and April 1997. At the more.
46 Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono Jr, Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono Jr,
47 Doug Clark and Carol Bundy Doug Clark and Carol Bundy

They turned on each other like the sick animals they were. Serves them right.

48 Morris Soloman Jr. Morris Soloman Jr.
49 Dorothea Puente Dorothea Puente Dorothea Helen Puente was a convicted American serial killer. In the 1980s, Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California, and cashed the Social Security checks of her elderly and mentally disabled boarders.
50 Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog
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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
Bobby's School of Criminology Part 10 - Joel Rifkin

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