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The Most Notorious Psychopaths in History

List of people who are known for their cruel and violence behavior.

Psychopaths are people with chronic immoral behavior who gain satisfaction through antisocial actions. They have uncontrollable aggressive impulses.  Psychopathy does not always lead to criminal behavior. However when psychopathy is accompanied with low social cognition, it will usually lead to pathological narcissism. This narcissism drives violence behavior towards others and triggers failure in relationship and in keeping an occupation. A psychopath never feels remorse for their actions. 

Albert Hamilton Fish

 

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He was a pedophile, sadomasochists, a cannibal and a vampire. He liked to torture before killing his victims. His character was personified as Hannibal Lechter in a famous movie “Silence of the Lambs”. Because of his cruelty, he was called the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, and the Brooklyn Vampire. 

He grew up in foster home, a place where he first experienced violence. He became a homosexual in the age of 12. He murdered his first victim in 1910. He mostly attacked mentally retarded or Afro-American children. He confessed to have tortured, molested and mutilated his victims. He drank the victim’s blood and would cook and ate the bodies. He boasted to have molested more than 100 children. He was sentenced to death and executed in electric chair in 1936. He was 65 years old when executed. 

Aileen “Lee” Carol Wuornos

Her story was the inspiration of the movie “Monster” starring Charlize Theron as Lee and Christina Ricci as Shelby, Lee’s lover. The media called her as “American First Female Serial Killer”, although she was in fact not the first. She murdered seven truck drivers in Florida Highway. She robbed her victims and shot them to death. 

Born as Aileen Carol Pitman, she experienced domestic violence since childhood.  After her mother left her, she lived with her abusive grandfather and ended being raped by her father’s friend. She earned her living by becoming a street prostitute at age 13. At 15, she gave birth to a son, who was soon taken away from her. 

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  1. Patrick Bernauw

    On February 18, 2009 at 7:52 am


    A true gruesome list!

  2. Sakuragi

    On February 18, 2009 at 8:06 am


    Psychopaths, the world is full of them.

  3. Betty Carew

    On February 18, 2009 at 8:21 am


    Very interesting article, well written Yovita

  4. mikky webs

    On February 18, 2009 at 8:38 am


    Well put and very interesting. Thanks!

  5. Jojo Skeene

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:28 am


    Og gosh—this was hmnn, gruesome but interesting…it captured my interest!

  6. Darla Smith

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:34 am


    Very interesting article.

  7. QuinMonty86

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:39 am


    Some Evil people have walked this planet. Gives me shivers.

  8. Kate Smedley

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:55 am


    Well researched article Yovita, very gruesome!

  9. Karen Gross

    On February 18, 2009 at 10:05 am


    Never ceases to amaze me what horrific things humans have done to each other. Evil personified!

  10. Morgana

    On February 18, 2009 at 10:24 am


    UHHH they look scary too. I don’t know how it is that people can be so cruel.

  11. Denise Kawaii

    On February 18, 2009 at 10:35 am


    Wow… this is a crazy list of crazy people!

  12. Joe Dorish

    On February 18, 2009 at 10:36 am


    Real Psychos.

  13. rutherfranc

    On February 18, 2009 at 10:37 am


    those guys are sick! great consolidation Yovita..

  14. monica55

    On February 18, 2009 at 10:48 am


    It’s good that they are’nt able to hurt anymore people. Thanks for the information
    Monica

  15. maranatha

    On February 18, 2009 at 10:52 am


    Its funny, such stories are always avidly accepted even while we are horrified by it….maybe we’re all a little kooky.

  16. Christine Ramsay

    On February 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm


    Those are horrific crimes. I can hardly believe human beings could do that to their victims. A well researched article.

    Christine

  17. Olivia Reason

    On February 18, 2009 at 12:27 pm


    Twisted but so fascinating.
    Great article, Yovita

  18. Kim Buck

    On February 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm


    Your choices to write about make me appear so normal!

    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Leroy Altman

    On February 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm


    Great article.

  20. CutestPrincess

    On February 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm


    oh, theyre so weird…

  21. valli

    On February 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm


    Fascinating read.

  22. Majic

    On February 18, 2009 at 7:10 pm


    Brrr… to think there are more others like them out there too! They’re also getting better

  23. Joie Schmidt

    On February 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm


    Good article – - hard to look at those people.

    Blessings.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  24. Shirley Shuler

    On February 18, 2009 at 7:33 pm


    Excellent article, well written, thanks for the insightful information!

  25. Ruby Hawk

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:05 pm


    It’s a sad truth that some people seem to be born without any conciousness of right or wrong.It must be that some brains are malformed while in the womb.Either that or something so horrible happens to these young children that it causes the brain to malform.

  26. ML Sheldon

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:31 pm


    Very good article… extremely interesting. I always wonder how it is that people come to be that way. Is it an animal instinct? It’s like wolves that are born and raised in captivity… they’re still wild.
    I wonder if the same thing applies to adjusting to society.

  27. Pete Macinta

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:36 pm


    Per the Bible, everyone has a conscious. However, some consciouses are seared. IMO, a lot of demon activity with this bunch you have listed. I will quickly add that though there is demon activity, these people were still accountable for what they did. God will handle them.

    With that, it is comforting to know that the Word of God indicates that Christ will one day return. It is then that the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.

    Even better than that is the promise of Revelation 21-22.

    God bless,
    Pete

  28. Vikram Chhabra

    On February 18, 2009 at 11:00 pm


    Very well documented. Thanks for posting it!!

  29. PR Mace

    On February 18, 2009 at 11:32 pm


    Well written, well researched article. It was chilling.

  30. denus

    On February 19, 2009 at 12:44 am


    erghh that creeps me out.

  31. Chiradeep

    On February 19, 2009 at 1:48 am


    Oh man! This list is scary…You must have done a great study on this. Commendable…God bless you…

  32. Lorenzo A. Fernandez Jr.

    On February 19, 2009 at 4:04 am


    Excellent research. One thing they really have in common is that they have no emotion or remorse and can kill in cold blood.

  33. MichaelJoeKing

    On February 19, 2009 at 4:27 am


    Charles Manson, he’s a bit of a love/hate kind of person isn’t he?

  34. S A JOHNSON

    On February 19, 2009 at 6:16 am


    Loved it.

  35. Joni Keith

    On February 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm


    How sad for the many victims of these psychopaths. You’ve done a great deal of research for this article. Great job.

  36. lindalulu

    On February 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm


    Very fascinating article and these people are truly scary!

  37. OhSugar

    On February 20, 2009 at 4:35 am


    Scary to think that we still have more of the same kind of people walking around us everyday. Good article

  38. Bo Russo

    On February 22, 2009 at 12:19 am


    What a happy lovely story!
    Just kidding,frigging nut cases,I just saw a movie about Ted Bundy last week on one of the movie channels.

  39. Anne McNew

    On February 24, 2009 at 8:45 pm


    well presented article, Yovita. You’ve done your research very well.

  40. Bick Parker

    On February 26, 2009 at 7:37 am


    Nicely done. And there’s still a lot more of ‘em out there!

  41. egypt33

    On February 28, 2009 at 11:57 am


    Excellent article! I have a book about this and I was horrified when I’ve read it.

  42. skylite

    On March 3, 2009 at 6:44 am


    Very interesting read and well written :)

  43. Hello

    On March 16, 2009 at 9:41 am


    Good list but try looking up Odis Tool i think he’s called he is the most unhuman man ive ever heard of

  44. Mr Cool

    On March 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm


    They’re worse than Voldemort!

  45. cleblanc

    On April 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm


    it’s scary to think that people do these things. great write.

  46. kate

    On July 24, 2009 at 8:06 am


    lol.. u are all phsychopaths

  47. Leonardo da Vinci E.

    On August 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm


    You chose a topic sure to get our attention. Well done!

  48. Shannon Steenson

    On September 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm


    now THAT is quality humor.
    I was laughing so hard through this LOL, real good stuff
    these guys are great

  49. Pratik Samant

    On September 6, 2009 at 7:21 pm


    ^ Amen!

  50. Mitali Ravji

    On September 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm


    I love having sex with little boys.

  51. Mitali Ravji

    On September 6, 2009 at 7:24 pm


    I find little boys extremely attractive.

  52. Rukhaya S'ad

    On September 6, 2009 at 9:58 pm


    Mitali, come have a word with me on the 8th before school.

  53. agriculi

    On September 7, 2009 at 2:42 pm


    I noticed that most of them are either neglected or abused as a child. Not that this means that they can do what ever they feel like, but it says a lot. People need to stop and think before they mis use a child, they might produce a monster.

  54. Fornis

    On September 11, 2009 at 2:07 pm


    Wow.. what a scary monsters these ******** are! It is so dangerous to let children out these days.
    Execution in electric chair isn’t common across the world. Good writeup :)

  55. Andrew Lewis

    On October 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm


    Everyone, I have something to tell you, if you think these individuals are monster, there are other monsters out there that is destroying humanity. These monsters are responsible for the epidmec crime of gangstalking. Your same agencies such as FBI, CIA, NSA, have psychopaths that are destroying human beings through gangstalking. If we are to put a stop to this, all of us need to unite, and get the word out about these monsters.

  56. jacob

    On November 4, 2009 at 3:33 am


    good collections,thanks

  57. Holly J. Harrington

    On November 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm


    Another winner of historical mayhem. Thanks.

  58. Kyle Siro

    On December 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm


    Such evil people have walked earth..they needed to be put down like a sickly animal you hunt.

    Either way not all psychopaths are serial killers, its just a common trait they have..also a pyschopath tends to kill more organized while a sociopath will not..just to clear that up a little..although, there are always exceptions.

  59. Bibliophilea

    On December 6, 2009 at 10:57 pm


    Ugh *shiver*. These guys were terrible. What’s even worse is that 1% the world’s population (66,920,303 people as of 2008) are also psychopaths, and although not all of them kill or commit grisly crimes, all of them are umempathetic, feel no guilt, and consequently and don’t give a darn if their actions are right or wrong, as long as they serve them. What’s even worse is that these people are really good at hiding themselves, making themselves seem like normal people.

    However, I, like most everyone here, also have a fascination with the macabre. It’s fascinating to study cases like these and attempt to construe how anyone could do anything so heinous.

    I would hypothesize that this fascination is really a survival instinct instilled within all humans so that we could learn more about it in order to better defend ourselves from it, but then I would just be making excuses. :)

    Anyway, this was, on the whole, a most horrifying yet fascinating read that has inspired me to do a little research of my own on these types of people. Thank you!

  60. speckledlily

    On December 17, 2009 at 8:45 am


    Very informative! I think the driving force why they become like that is how they raised by their parents or worst when they were abandoned when they were still very young and also their environment is another factor.

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading this. I am only familiar with Charles Manson, Albert Fish and Ted Bundy.

  61. Joe

    On March 25, 2010 at 1:13 am


    This list forgot Eric Harris, one of the Columbine killers.

  62. Bite me

    On April 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm


    stopped reading anbd taking this webpage seriously, as soon as i got up to this bit tbh:
    “He became a homosexual in the age of 12.”

    Read more: http://socyberty.com/crime/the-most-notorious-psychopaths-in-history/#ixzz0mEcmtKUW

  63. john john

    On December 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm


    crazy stuff man

  64. Corey

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:27 am


    People dont understan psycopaths are everywhere ive found some videos online that are horrible i wish ive never seen it but i have theres the girl and guy that kid nap people and kill them the post every day and have never been caught i cant remember the site if i could i would find some way to turn it in they kill every day and have no remorse its horrible and there not the only ones its everywhere and happens everday what makes it so hard to catch them is that they dont care about being caught they target people that cant be traced to knowing them like one video i saw the guy and girl walked in to this ladies house and killed her her husband and there son they guy cut his stomach open and pulled his guts out and then they left no real motive other then the just felt like it with no real motive its hard to pin point who did it it could be some one that lived right next to them or the pizza man people go missing everyday its because there are more and more people like this they all those missing people you see in stores i can almost garantee they are dead

  65. Erin Miller

    On December 28, 2010 at 1:55 am


    An interesting list. Pyschopaths abound unfortunately. Look up Countess Bathry and Doctor Kovorkian as well.

  66. Tripoli

    On April 4, 2011 at 2:16 am


    What about good old Jack the Ripper and Ivan the Terrible? Oh and who can not consider Vlad III or Vlad the Impaler- The arguable first vampire. I guess it would be too hard to include all the historical psychopaths….Though I think our definition over time has changed because I can think of many a few political leaders of the past that can be said to be psychopathic….

  67. it

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm


    putting Charles Manson in this list is ridiculous. he did not kill anyone personally. And you are missing the 2 biggest ones: Ivan the Terrible and Vlad Tepes.

  68. michael malthe

    On January 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm


    @it I agree 100 procent..
    And what about djengis khan?? he was worse than most of the above put together..

    Someone mentioned that about 1 percent of the population are psychopaths…that’s the worst bullshit I’ve ever read.
    There are estimated 1 psychopath for every million people.
    There’s a lot of people amongst us with some sort of mental disorder, that can cover everything from antisocial behaviour to wankers in public toilets and narcissisme etc… but true psychopaths are rare..thank god for that:-)

  69. Theyon

    On July 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm


    @michael
    your wrong, to my understanding, psychopaths do compose about 1% of the population. Mostly in big cities, politics and businesses,
    psychopaths usually have a combination of anti-social personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.
    If god had anything to do with it, one would thing he would not have made psychopaths in the first place. Instead of thanking god for the limited number of psychopaths, I would ask why there are any.

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