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10 Most Evil Serial Killers of All Time

What entices the human mind to react in such a way, that it may do the unthinkable? Here are some of the most brutal, merciless and psychotic serial killers of all time.

They say murders are committed in a moment of madness, where sin and hatred overwhelm the mind, shutting out the voices of reason and consequence. Perhaps, but perhaps not, for history itself is evidence of hundreds of people that have planned, plotted and then attacked and killed – again and again and again. What do we make of such killers?

Here are some of the most famous serial killers of all time. These famous faces have inspired countless pieces of literature, have enticed film-makers and left us in awe for centuries over the cruelty that a human can inflict on another.

  1. Jack the Ripper

    Jack the Ripper is a pseudonym given to an unidentified character, credited for various murders around the White Chapel area in London (1988). The man responsible was never found, but the killings eventually stopped. He is one of the most famous serial killers of all time and had been widely publicized via both media and literature, mainly because Britain was the centre of power at that time. His victims were middle-aged prostitutes, whom he not only murdered but often mutilated, slitting their throats and surgically removing their internal organs. Jack the Ripper was also voted as the worst Briton in history in the BBC History Magazine. The movie From Hell is based on the mystery surrounding him.

  2. John Wayne Gacy

    An American businessman, a political activist and a serial killer, Gacy was often called the ‘Clown Killer’ because of the block parties he threw, where he would dress up as ‘Pogo the Clown’ entertaining friends and children. Arrested in 1978 after the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old boy Robert Piest, Gacy was convicted and then confessed to more than 33 murders, mostly young boys and men. He would sodomize the victims and then dispose of their bodies in a crawlspace under the floor of his house. On March 13, Gacy was found guilty for the murders and received a death sentence. His last words reportedly were ‘kiss my ass’ before he was executed via a lethal injection.

  3. The Zodiac Killer

    The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer responsible for various murders in the 1960s in North California. The identity of the killer still remains a mystery, although many have probed and investigated but no concrete evidence has been accumulated. The killer sent many letters to the press, including cryptograms hinting to possible evidence. The name, Zodiac Killer was also coined within these letters. Inside the letters, he takes responsibility for over 33 murders although only five have been confirmed by police officials. The Zodiac Killer left behind a sinful and chilling legacy, one that has inspired books, novels, films, documentaries and more.

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  1. ladybaby

    On April 25, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    It is frightening that these psycho paths live among us. I have read where it is estimated that from 30 to 50 serial killers are on the loose at all times. Our law enforcers spend wasted time arresting people for minor and petty offenses, while these dangerous killers roam free.

  2. Linda

    On April 25, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    wow, it’s chilling. it really is.

  3. Garyis I

    On April 25, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    ugh. this was almost disturbing.

  4. earl

    On June 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    willie pickton should be number five at least

  5. bachir daho

    On June 8, 2009 at 6:38 am

    don t forget Henri Landru

  6. daCypher

    On June 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    forgot jeffrey dahmer…

  7. niv

    On July 21, 2009 at 7:35 am

    forgot btk

  8. kidgenius80

    On July 22, 2009 at 3:18 am

    forgot albert fish

  9. Bailey

    On August 23, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    What i the only one that clicked the link knowing full well that jackthe ripper would be number one?

  10. dave ferdy

    On September 29, 2009 at 7:17 pm


  11. Suckle Mynip

    On October 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    i think Aileen is so sexy<3 i would have loved to date her because just mmmmmm that blode hair just make me tingle. Does anyone how i could be her pen pal?

  12. Amanda

    On November 12, 2009 at 12:34 am

    It gets me upset Knowing that you have to wait for someone to start killing then convict them (which is understandable) I hope in the Future (prob FAR future) there will be a device or way to no when someone is gonna attack before they do! (prob not til the 100000000 millenieum lol! Or maybe Spotting the Different types of killers/symtoms and being able to Medicate/Stabalize them back to reality! before someone elses Reality is Taken!

  13. Rick

    On December 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Acid bath… Gacy… KILL. EEE

  14. brandybaby:)

    On April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I think Hitler should of been on this list. He WAS afterall a murderer. Killing more than 6 MILLON JEWS. He should definately be number one. I dont care how people see it murder is murder therefore he is a murderer.

  15. Kim

    On May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Its very scary when you check what their birth dates and star signs are, mostly cancerian, scorpio or sag….Chills aren’t the description when you live with one of the above signs!!!

  16. Vrichin

    On June 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    It is inspiring me even though a plan exicute was behind the series of those murders…….

  17. Matt

    On June 16, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Hahahah Amanda wants to be in that Tom Cruise movie. Wheres Richard Kulinski?

  18. Teddy B

    On June 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Nah BrandyBaby Joseph Stalin would be well ahead of Hitler

  19. Ryan

    On August 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Amanda, im sorry but you are very immature and most likely do not exactly understand what you are wishing for. A device that would alert someone of our intent to kill, would do far more than that. having constant surveilance on your thoughts would remove your freedom and the privacy of your thoughts and would be far worse than any dictator that has ever lived. While they controll your body through fear, they would controll your mind. and saying that there is something wrong with them and they should be “fixed” with meds is simply disgusting. Im sure you are not a PERFECT person, and so maybe you should be fixed too? should we “fix” the abnormal people? people who think different than us? homosexuals? teenagers that dont listen to thier parents? Be carefull what you wish for. It might just happen.

  20. JTR

    On September 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

    What Ryan said is true, and brandy, Hitler was a dictator who fought for his beliefs, serial murders kill for the pleasure of it. If Hitler were put on that list, USA, Russia and almost every country should.

    Im not siding with Hitler, i actually hate what he did, but thats the truth, theres a difference between Murder for the fun of it, and fighting for what you think is right.

  21. O

    On September 29, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Charles Manson never killed anyone he only ask others to do what he himself couldn’t .

  22. Lisa

    On December 30, 2010 at 8:52 am

    First of all, i am NOT in any way saying what these men and women have done was right, or that i am a supporter of such acts..

    I am facinated with how a mind of a serial killer works, and i enjoy reading descriptive, and detailed profiles of cases such as the ones above, it gives me a better understanding of how the human, and not so human brain works.
    anyone is capable of anyting & these men and women show you that your typical father, husband, wife, mother, son, daughter ect. are not who you think they are, these people’s family believe the lie that they’re being told..
    just say it was your son for example,
    while hes at school getting good grades, hanging out with friends, being a normal teen, when your not there, or he tells you he’s going to the movies or something, he is out murdering innocent people.
    he comes home, you make small talk, ask him house the movie was, he answers ‘yeah good’ and you dont think anymore of it, little did you know 10 minutes before he walked through the door, he’d killed and left and innocent person laying somewhere, waiting to be discovered. and you didnt know this, because you believed the lie.

    these people are normal people, they just dont think normally, like us.
    I defintely do not agree with murder, killings, ect.
    so dont misunderstand what im saying.

    - Lisa.

  23. mary

    On January 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    wow i love how there aren’t alot of women on this list women kno the real feeling of pain could imagine what they could really do to thier victims.

  24. jason so real harvey

    On June 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I agree with lisa the mind of a serial killer fascinates me i wonder whats going on in there mind when they kill

  25. forever sleep

    On July 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    This is what we need more of but in a different form. Then police would actualy do their damn jobs instead of prosecuting individuals for such small crimes. It would be nice to have someone like these people strive to take out corrupt law inforcment and those who pray on the small shortcumings of the every day hard working americans. We are ruled by the wealthy ,(judges and lawyers) who can neither relate nor empathize with the needs of the poor. a younge single mother with a middle wage job smokes pot to eas the pane that she can rightly provide for her children. She grows her own and is caught and prosecuted with 2 years of probation. DHR gets the kids then she dose meth cause she dosnt even care any more. The make her pay for drug screenings and pay fines even thought the only person she is hurting is herself. I beleive each person can do what ever the hell they want as long as it doesnt take away from the rights of another. The police took away what was left of her family. Now its up to people like us to level the corrupt pendalum of justice. I can only hope that our actions will bring more focus to real crime and take some of the burden off of the everyday people who just want to forget the hell they live in. Maybe if enough law enforcement is slaughtered then they will start to be weiry of jioning the acadomy to get a peice of the goverment pie that is filled with corruption. We can show them what true evil is so they can better disern a small crime of personal substance.

  26. Ozzie

    On January 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Behram and Charles Manson were essentially cult leaders which puts them in a slightly different category from serial killers. They are in a way more powerful as they can manipulate others into carrying out their commands. Behram was also a robber and a devout follower of Khali, the Hindu goddess of death. He believed that every murder commited by his sect prevented the return of the goddess. Manson was cultured and charming and selected mainly young women to form his family ( who had to prove their loyalty to him by shaving their heads). He beleived that ‘Helter Skelter’ (an apocalyptic race war between blacks and whites) was inevitable. But really relished the attention he and his family was recieving. Most serial killers thrive on attention and love to impose fear and exercise control. The worst killers are the ones that prey on vulnerable people such as children and old people. Albert Fish and Andrei Chikatilo should be on this list for this reason. Andrei Chikatilo was not denounced as a serial killer to the rest of the world outside Russia because they didn’t want the publicity to blacken their communist utopia. Sometimes the regimes can be just as apathetic and as corrupted as the killers themselves. Dictators are always reviled as the most evil men and women in history though which is not always fair because most struggle to simply handle the responsibility and grow more paranoid and deluded as a result. JTR made the point that Hitler fought for his beliefs and I agree with that, Hitler also fought to stay in power for as long as possible, insisting that every German fight to the last man which included children (Downfall is a must-see film for this). Serial killers though would never wield this kind of power which makes them far far less important figures in History. They kill because it makes them feel powerful and gives them pleasure and in their twisted minds it gives them a purpose in life. If we are going to talk about dictators though there should surely be a spot for chairman Mao. He killed 70 MILLION of his OWN people.

  27. AJ

    On January 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    What about Harold Shipman. He definately preyed on the elderly who were vulnerable.

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