Top 10 Most Infamous Serial Killers

The Top Ten
1 Jack the Ripper "Jack the Ripper" was the alias of an unknown serial killer in Whitechapel, London who brutally murdered 5 women (mainly prostitutes) between August and November of 1888. To this day, he has remained a mysterious and popular phenomena among serial killers and popular media.

Look the rapists are demons, but their murders were nowhere near as heinous as this guy's. He butchered prostitutes like they came out of saw, there also wasn't even so much as a single trace to his real identity, furthermore, his name has entered pop culture, folklore, books, and basically anywhere else (in terms of instant recognition his name dwarves anyone else on this list). There's probably more to point out too

Come on, its Jack the Ripper, Jacky's number 1. Well, I don't plan on ever changing my career choice to serial killer or law officer, so I don't research serial killers (I'm pretty ignorant to the subject). But he's definitely the most famous, and often times a serial killers main goal is fame, so I guess Jack wins.

I've only voted for him because he is a classic killer, in a way. He murdered prostitutes, however.

Most famous in history and possibly a person of importance in English government.

2 Ted Bundy Theodore Robert Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophiliac who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. He was born on November 24th, 1946, and died via the electric chair on January 24th, 1989. He was born illegitimately, and his father is unknown, but it is suspected that he could be a child of rape. He was a Sagittarius, and killed over 30 women, although Ted never specified his kill count.

This guy is just a pervert killer. He killed about 30 women, but it is speculated that he killed over 100. He would basically hide suspicion by putting his arm in a sling. He also always escaped and then continued his murder spree.

People say he looked handsome and normal but underneath that smile was a monster.

A very perverted, sick, disturbed individual who acted like a barbaric animal.

Ted Bundy should be #1. I feel bad for the people who lived when he roamed the streets.

3 John Wayne Gacy John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942 – May 10, 1994) was an American serial killer and sex offender known as the Killer Clown who assaulted and murdered at least thirty-three young men and boys. Gacy regularly performed at children's hospitals and charitable events as "Pogo the Clown" or "Patches the Clown", personas he had devised. more.

Killed over 33 young men, and even worked as a birthday party entertainer while doing so. He was smart at getting out of trouble, but finally got his karma.

He was pretty bad. He basically killed 33 boys, and was pretty good at getting out of trouble. His crimes were of graphic nature as well.

He might be number 1 cause he killed more people than anyone. And what else?

Look out a clown is comming for you. His nickname was the killer clown.

4 The Zodiac Killer The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Zodiac Killer is believed to be a California man who gave himself that nickname to conceal his identity from authorities. He came to police attention again in 1971 when his friend told officers he had spoken of his desire to kill people and used the name Zodiac.

Like Jack the Ripper we'll probably never know his true identity.

I want to know who that bastard is!

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

He technically isn't a true serial killer. Serial killing is the span of 3 or more murders over a length on time. He has only been convicted of killing two people, though this is debatable, since he could've started the fire that killed his brother, but nobody know for sure if he did. But he is pretty far out there when it comes to terms of what he did with the corpses, turning parts of the bodies of dead women into furniture and trying to create a suit so he could be his mother, who he adored dearly. Ed Gein was also one of the first serial killers I studied, so I've always seen him as one of the most gruesome (yet interesting.)

Ed Gein wasn't actually a serial killer — he only admitted to killing two women — rather, he was a body snatcher who had an obsession with his deceased mother, Augusta.

Only killed 2 people but is still one of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century.

6 Jeffrey Dahmer Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts—typically all or part of the skeleton. more.

He looks radically different from every picture of him, its kinds weird.

He is the worst. He looks innocent and then he's not. Totally got my vote!

Rapist is not a to explore your sexuality!

People like this are so terrible they don't deserve to be written about like I am doing right now

7 Fred and Rosemary West

As a child I feel this story has made me be aware of the dangours on the streets today, both husband and wife had no reason too kill the inocent children. Also when mr west was a child it got said that he was sexular abused by his mother and that his family agreed in insest this is just one of the reason for his killing those children. When mr west was younger he had a fall trying to esscape a fir and did some damage to his brain and he was in a coma for 8day, he then aged 19 ran over a a 4year old child with his ice cream van this all relates to why he killed them children, these couple were born evil.

Fred West was one of the most evil and twisted serial killers of all time. Rose West was evil too but Fred was the real monster

Both were very, very sick, but I reckon Rose was the real mastermind.

8 H. H. Holmes
9 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.

Creepy person. So scary

She's scary as hell

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

Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas, on February 29, 1960, the youngest of Julian and Mercedes Ramirez's five children. His father, a Mexican national and former Juarez policeman who later became a laborer on the Santa Fe railroad, was prone to fits of anger that often resulted in physical abuse. more.

Like the zodiac killer

I'm not surprised

The Newcomers

? Myra Hindley
? Kermit Gosnell
The Contenders
11 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.

Although he doesn't have the highest quantity of murders like some people on this list, what he did to his victims, and to himself, for that matter, should indisputably land him in top 3. One of the most putrid and vile human beings in existence.

How Albert Fish is lower on this list than Adolf Hitler (not a serial killer) is beyond me.

Sickest person who ever lived, and I don't mean that in a good way?

12 Elizabeth Bathory Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a serial killer from the Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary.

You people say Ted Bundy and Ed Gein are sick monsters, but I have to say Elizabeth Bathory takes the cake for this one. She brutally murdered over 650 innocent girls, cut them alive, and dipped her skin in their blood to make herself look younger. But that doesn't mean the other serial killers are innocent, they're sick bastards that deserve to rot in hell.

She killed more people than any one else on this list and her victims suffered the most. And where is Gilles de Rais?

I just read how she killed, and tortured her victims, and let's just say I'm glad I'm not one of them.

Probably the most evil woman to ever live.

13 Pedro Lopez Pedro Alonso López is a Colombian serial killer, who was sentenced for killing 110 girls, but who claims to have raped and killed more than 300 girls across Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and potentially other countries.

The worst part is despite all he did, he was only sentenced to 22-24 years in prison, but escaped to god knows where, and no one knows if he's even alive.

He even looks creepy

14 Edmund Kemper Edmund Emil Kemper III (born December 18, 1948), also known as The Co-ed Killer or The Co-ed Butcher, is an American serial killer, rapist and necrophile who murdered six college students before murdering his mother and her best friend from September 1972 to April 1973 following his parole for murdering more.
15 Andrei Chikatilo Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was a Soviet serial killer, nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov, the Red Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper, who committed the sexual assault, murder, and mutilation of at least 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990 in the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the Uzbek SSR.
16 Luis Garavito Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos, also known as La Bestia or Tribilín is a Colombian rapist and serial killer. In 1999, he admitted to the rape, torture and murder of 138 children and teenagers.

He is the serial killer with the most kills. He has confessed killing 138 children and is believed to have killed 172-300+ children in total

Never heard of him

17 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.
18 Dennis Rader Dennis Lynn Rader is an American serial killer who murdered ten people in Sedgwick County, between 1974 and 1991.
19 Paul Michael Stephani
20 Mary Ann Cotton Mary Ann Cotton was an English murderer, convicted and hanged for killing three of her four husbands, apparently in order to collect on their insurance policies.

I will admit, from what I have heard, she seems to be quite intelligent.

21 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.
22 Harold Shipman

This famous sociopath and possibly the most prolific and intelligent (not because he was a doctor) serial killer in history who gained pleasure from killing his so called patients by the method of poisoning which lead to a total count of 250-457 murders.

I either forgot his motive or never heard of it. Can someone tell me this dude's motive?

Most victims in history.

The best killer

23 Belle Gunness Belle Sorenson Gunness — born Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth — was a Norwegian-American serial killer.
24 Henry Lee Lucas

He has one of the highest body counts in serial killer history.

Missing an eye

25 Pedro Alonso Lopez
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