Famous Serial Killers - List of Famous Serial Killers

Serial killers are the individuals who commit a series of murders, killing three or more people with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant break between them. The murders are usually committed as separate events. Serial killers derive abnormal psychological gratification from torturing and killing people and most serial killings involve sexual contact with the victim. They may exhibit varying degrees of mental illness and/or psychopathy, which may contribute to their homicidal behavior. American criminal H. H. Holmes was one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term, and was believed to have killed more than 200 victims in the late 19th century. Coming to the 20th century, Ted Bundy is believed to be one of the most evil and enigmatic serial killers ever convicted. Well educated, intelligent, and good looking, he terrorized people for four years over the course of which he killed 35–36 women. Columbian Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos and Brazilian Pedro Rodrigues Filho are believed to have claimed over a 100 victims each. While a majority of serial killers are male, history has also seen some vicious female serial killers like Elizabeth Báthory and Aileen Wuornos. This section provides you information about the life and crimes of various notorious serial killers from all over the world.

The Most Famous Serial Killers

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Edmund KemperDecember 18, 1948AmericanEdmund Kemper is a convicted serial killer from America who murdered ten people
Karla HomolkaMay 4, 1970CanadianKarla Homolka is one of Canada’s most infamous female serial killers
Gary RidgwayFebruary 18, 1949AmericanGary Leon Ridgway is a dreaded American serial killer
Peter SutcliffeJune 2, 1946BritishPeter Sutcliffe is an infamous English serial killer, who was also known as the ‘Yorkshire Ripper.’ This biography profiles his childhood, family life, crimes, murders, etc.
Richard RamirezFebruary 29, 1960AmericanRichard Ramirez was an American serial killer and rapist dubbed as the “Night Stalker”
Anatoly SlivkoDecember 28, 1938RussianAnatoly Slivko was a Soviet serial killer
Aileen WuornosFebruary 29, 1956AmericanAileen Wuornos was a serial killer who was sentenced to death for killing seven men in Florida
Dean CorllDecember 24, 1939AmericanDean Corll was an American serial killer and the mastermind behind the Houston Mass Murders
Jerry BrudosJanuary 31, 1939AmericanJerry Brudos was an American serial killer who was convicted of murdering four women in the late 1960s.
Fred WestSeptember 29, 1941BritishFred West was an English serial killer who committed more than 12 murders
Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo was a soviet serial killer, who killed a total of 56 people in Soviet Russia during the 70s and 80s

RussianOctober 16, 1936203 views

Harold Shipman

Harold Shipman was an English medical doctor and a serial killer

BritishJanuary 14, 1946111 views

Gilles de Rais

Gilles de Retz or Gilles de Rais was a lord and knight of Anjou, Poitou and Brittany who later became infamous as a serial killer of children

FrenchSeptember 4, 1404104 views

Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer and rapist dubbed as the “Night Stalker”

AmericanFebruary 29, 1960697 views

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was an American was a serial killer and a sex offender

AmericanMay 21, 1960210 views

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy was an American serial killer and rapist

AmericanNovember 24, 1946206 views

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy was an American serial killer and rapist who targeted boys and young men

AmericanMarch 17, 1942271 views

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War

AmericanNovember 17, 1859196 views

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper was the name given to an unidentified serial killer active in London during the late 19th century

British103 views

Andrew Cunanan

Andrew Cunanan was an American spree killer, who committed suicide after killing five people within a period of three months

AmericanAugust 31, 1969105 views