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The Top 10 Most Famous Serial Killers

Top 10 Most Famous Serial Killers

Top 10 Most Famous Serial Killers

When you are living in a cruel world, you are not totally free with some people who are not afraid to kill anyone. Through the years, the number of killers and are continuously increases. These killers are not just any other people who are not experts of what they are doing. Some call them as serial killers because they have killed three or more people over the period of more than a month. Killing is actually their occupation. You can hire them anytime you want, only if you have the right money. Their identity is not to be revealed because it is too confidential. But there are some serial killers who became famous during their time and until now their names still exist. If you are not yet familiar with these most famous serial killers, here are the top 10 of them.


10. Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo

You must be scared by this person because he was once a Soviet serial killer, sex offender, child molester and pedophile  He was also known as “Butcher of Rostov,” “The Red Ripper” or “The Rostov Ripper.” He was really a tough and dangerous person. In fact, he was convicted of the murders of 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990 in Rostov Oblast, Russian SFSR. These are just some of his victims because his other victims were from other regions of Russia and in Ukrainian and Uzbek SSRs, thus this made him one of the most famous serial killers.



Juan Corona

Juan Corona

9.  Juan Corona

Juan Corona is a Mexican-born serial killer. He was very expert in killing other people. He was convicted of the 1971 murders of 25 itinerant laborers. These men were found buried in shallow graves in the orchards of fruit ranches in Sutter County, California, along the Feather River north off Yuba City. This was actually one of the gruesome crimes represented the worst and most notorious serial murders in U.S. history. This is really the reason why he was one of the most famous serial killers.



Nannie Doss

Nannie Doss

8. Nannie Doss

Who can imagine that this female lady will be included in the most famous serial killer? Nannie Doss was actually the responsible for the deaths of eleven people between 1920s and 1954. She confessed to the murders in October 1954, when her fifth husband has died. It was revealed that she had killed four husbands, two children, her two sisters, her mother, a grandson and a nephew.  She is also famous with tis names, “The Giggling Nanny,” “The Giggling Granny,” and “The Jolly Black Widow.”


Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton


7. Mary Ann Cotton

She was an English woman convicted of murdering her children and believed to have murdered up to 21 people through arsenic poisoning. She was actually one of the most famous killers of all time. She was arrested when the doctor attended one of her victims had kept samples, and they tested positive for arsenic. She was then charged for his murder.



6. David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz

When you hear the names, “Son of Sam” and “The .44 Caliber Killer,” this is no other than David Berkowitz. He is an American serial killer and arsonist whose crimes terrorized New York City from July 1976 until his arrest in August 1977.  He confessed that he had killed six people and wounding seven other in the course of eight shootings in New York between 1976 and 1977. He is actually one of the most famous serial killers because these are just few of the crimes that he committed.


Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

5. Ted Bundy

Theodore Robert “Ted” Bundy was an American serial killer who was active between 1973 and 1978. There are certain reasons that made him to the most famous serial killers. He actually confessed that he made more than 30 murders. He likes to see his victims suffering and struggling to death while he hit them. He was also a rapist and necrophilia. He was executed for his last murder by the state of Florida in 1989.


The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer

4. The Zodiac Killer

This Zodiac Killer remains his identity unknown. He was a serial killer who operated in Northern California in the late 1960s. This serial killer murdered victims in Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Four men and three women between the ages 16 and 29 were targeted. The Zodiac Killer sent his name in series of taunting letters to the press.



 Ed Gein

Ed Gein

3. Ed Gein

Edward Theodore “Ed” Gein was an American murderer and grave robber. He committed crimes around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, which made him as one of the most famous serial killer. He had exhumed corpse from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin. He also confessed that he had killed two women. He spends all the rest of his life in the mental hospital because he was found unfit to stand the trial.




Charles Manson

Charles Manson

2. Charles Manson

Charles Milles Manson is an American criminal who led the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late 1960s. He was known for his murders and thus found guilty to the Tate/La Bianca murders, carried out by the members of the group at his instruction. He is actually known as “Helter Skelter.” In fact, this one of the famous serial killer is currently an inmate at Corcoran Prison.



Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

1. Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper is a name given to an unidentified serial killer. He was actually very active in the largely impoverished districts in and around Whitechapel, London in 1888. Jack the Ripper is also known as “The Whitechapel Murdered” and “Leather Apron.” Attacks that were ascribed to the Ripper typically involve removal of internal organs and women prostitutes whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. Jack the Ripper is actually the most famous serial killer.

13 Comments on “The Top 10 Most Famous Serial Killers

  1. bap fan fiction
    July 10, 2013

    Some very interesting stuff. It isn’t everyday I find something worth reading on the web.

    • Skye
      December 19, 2013

      damn, i must say i love reading about all these murderers… hmmmmmmm

  2. lexus
    July 13, 2013

    How can you NOT include Jeffrey Dahmer? tsk tsk tsk..That list sucks without him!

  3. Vincent
    October 5, 2013

    I am looking for the name of the second guy on the sixth lane… Who is he?

  4. Ummm
    October 6, 2013

    Manson was “NOT” a serial killer. Charles Manson is a notorious inmate and arguably an American icon of evil but, according to experts, the aging convict is not a serial killer or a mass murderer, as he is typically described.”The emotional cooling-off period is the most important factor in determining a serial killer,” Bonn said. “Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are good examples. They both slipped back into their seemingly normal lives in between their murders. That’s where the cooling-off period comes into play — their ability to maintain this outward appearance of being completely normal and functioning in society and then, when the urge to kill becomes overwhelming, they strike again.”

    Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Mark Safarik agrees that Manson does not meet the criteria of a serial killer.

    “The question of whether Manson was a serial killer comes up a lot, but was he a serial killer? Based on the definition, no,” Safarik, now a partner in Forensic Behavioral Services International, told HuffPost.

    Manson also fails to meet the definition of a mass murderer. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics defines a mass murder as “the murder of four or more victims at one location, within one event.”

    According to Bonn, incidents of mass murder are often triggered by a psychotic break from reality. “Those individuals are often likely to take their own life by turning the gun on themselves or being shot at the scene of the crime, whereas serial killers are often very cold and calculating,”

    So what category does Manson fall into? Some may say the murders were cult killings, but Bonn said they could loosely be described as spree killings.

    The Bureau of Justice Statistics defines a spree killing as “killings at two or more locations with almost no time-break between murders.” The FBI’s general definition of spree killing is two or more murders committed by an offender or offenders without a cooling-off period.

    “The Manson killings would come closest to a killing spree,” Bonn has explained to us. “They were multiple killings that took place in a short period of time, so there was no emotional cooling-off period. They were cold, calculated and planned murders.”

    • katherine gorman
      July 1, 2014

      once again, yes manson technically WAS a serial killer. he owned a ranch and all and he is guilty of tons of murders. either way, he is an evil devil worshipper.

  5. georgi
    November 20, 2013

    isnt charlie manson at victory mission in springfield, missouri? He is awaiting his lady love to this day and lives on ssi from the state of missouri. I did not see a swastika in the forehead. Did the manson familyset up look alike families in different states with the help of chidren of god? GJ

  6. bre
    January 12, 2014

    Who is jack the ripper? ???

    • kelsie
      May 14, 2014

      oneof the most famos murderers of all time silly xD

  7. manson grave
    February 27, 2014

    Damn !
    Where is the green river killer

  8. Samuel Gonzales
    August 25, 2014

    what about H.H. Holmes

  9. mariana
    May 15, 2015

    where is henry lee he killed over 600 people

  10. cody
    August 21, 2015

    where is John Wayne Gacy he killed 33 young males and is arguably the most notorious killer in American history

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