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.
Most famous in history and possibly a person of importance in English government.
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.
As someone who isn't ignorant to the subject and studies them, I can say that the ones who have been caught are much more interesting. But if you want a good killer who was never caught, look at Charlie Chop-Off. Or Jack the Stripper. - DogmeatAndRex
2 The Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Killed so many more people than Aron Konminski
Come on people, the mastermind of psychopaths and killers
I heard they never found such a legend
3 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.
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.
4 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.
This guy killed more people than Ted and should be number 1
The worst killed lots
The most disgusting serial killer
Killed more people than Jeffrey and Ted
5 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 ...read more.
How isn't he #1? The crap he did was BRUTAL. - DogmeatAndRex
Hottest killer ever - lilrocketman
He’s scary to serial killers
6 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.
He is not a serial killer, he is a cult leader and ordered murders to be carried out. - HardRockSam
Yes, that's true. He never actually killed anyone. But, of course, he was responsible for murder. - JC_How
He is creepy
7 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.) - DogmeatAndRex
Only killed 2 people but is still one of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century.
8 Richard Ramirez
Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, known as Richard Ramirez, widely known as the Night Stalker, was an American serial killer, rapist, and burglar. ...read more.
Like the zodiac killer
9 Fred and Rosemary West
Both were very, very sick, but I reckon Rose was the real mastermind.
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
You have to feel sorry for poor Charmaine... - DogmeatAndRex
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.
10 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's scary as hell
11 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
12 Pedro Alonso Lopez
Listen dude because I would never follow the devil and I HATE serial killers and they should get everything they deserve BUT I saw another list that said "Top 10 Serial Killer in America" and no one critisices that so I just put on this list for top 10 serial killers EVER and I NEVER SAID THAT THEY WERE GOOD so lighten up whoever you are - decorulez97
13 H. H. Holmes
Should be #1. Like, really! HE BUILT A GIANT HOTEL AND WASN'T ARRESTED FOR ANY OF THE SHADY STUFF HE BOUGHT, OR HOW HE FIRED ANY WORKERS WHO QUESTIONED HIM! (But if y'all want to find out more, read Devil In The White City. It's an amazing book about Holmes and the Chicago Fair. Oh, and his real name id Herman.) - DogmeatAndRex
Might have killed over 200 people. Should be in top 5 - westofohio
14 Paul Bernardo
Paul Kenneth Bernardo, also known as Paul Jason Teale, is a Canadian serial killer and serial rapist.
15 Harold Shipman
Most victims in history. - TwJaGd
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.
16 Gilles de Rais
Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was a knight and lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou, a leader in the French army, and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc.
He killed 800 kids-more than anyone else on this list. - pryan96
17 Clifford Olson
Clifford Robert Olson, Jr. was a convicted Canadian serial killer who confessed to murdering 11 children and young adults between the ages of nine and 18 years in the early 1980s.
18 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.
19 Lenny Murphy
20 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.
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?
21 Ivan Milat
The backpacker murders were a spate of serial killings that took place in New South Wales, Australia, between 1989 and 1993, committed by Ivan Milat.
22 Joseph James DeAngelo
The golden state killer - cadespencer
23 Westley Allan Dodd
24 Elizabeth Bathory
Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a serial killer from the Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary.
Probably the most evil woman to ever live.
25 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.
26 Richard Chase
27 Anatoly Onoprienko
Anatoly Yuriyovych Onoprienko was a Ukrainian serial killer and mass murderer. He was also known by the nicknames The Beast of Ukraine, The Terminator, and Citizen O.
28 Karla Homolka
This person was scary
29 Kate Bender
Come on! Kate was pure evil, but also smart, how she got away with all of it
30 Thug Behram
Thug Behra or Buhram, also known as Buhram Jemedar and the 'King of the Thugs', was a leader of the Thuggee cult active in Oudh in northern central India during the late 18th and early 19th century, and is often cited as one of the world's most prolific serial killers.
31 Belle Gunness
Belle Sorenson Gunness — born Brynhild Paulsdatter Størseth — was a Norwegian-American serial killer.
Killed her husbands for money... definitely evil. - DogmeatAndRex
32 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.
33 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.
He even looks creepy - DogmeatAndRex
34 Fritz Haarmann
35 Henry Lee Lucas
36 Alexander Pichushkin
37 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.
38 Waneta Hoyt
Waneta Hoyt was a female serial killer who strangled 5 of her children because "they wouldn't stop crying." This is a very ghastly case, since it was her own biological children she killed, yet her adopted child grew of just fine. I'm surprised she wasn't on this list and that I had to add her. - DogmeatAndRex
39 Charles Schmid
Charles Howard 'Smitty' Schmid, Jr., also known as "The Pied Piper of Tucson," was an American serial killer.
40 Dagmar Overbye
41 Yang Xinhai
42 Tommy Lynn Sells
43 Samuel Little