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Top Three Most Notorious Serial Killers of The 20th Century

My view on the most notorious killers of the 20th century.

Recently, I have spent time researching serial killers and their motives so I decided to write an article on it.

Number 1- Ted Bundy

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Number of victims- 30+

Main target- Women

Motive- Necrophillia 

Years active- 1974-1978

In the 20th century, no killer has had their name mentioned more than Ted Bundy. His ability to attract young women was probably his greatest weapon. He had a charming demeanor as well as good looks. He used this to attract them to his car, then drive them to a secluded location where he would torture them and eventually kill them. He often visited the corpses several times and performed sexual acts for hours at a time.  He even called himself  ”… the most cold-blooded son of a bitch you’ll ever meet.” That is why he is the most notorious serial killer of the 20th century.

Number 2- John Wayne Gacie

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Number of victims- 33

Main target- Young men

Motive- Sexual pleasure and the thrill of murder

Years active- 1972-1978

John Wayne Gacie is possibly the most evil man to ever walk the planet earth. Gacy used multiple methods to lure his victims including: business deals; settling employees wages; threats at gunpoint; and sleeping gas. He would then take them to his house where he would rape, beat and eventually murder his victims. He would then bury them in the crawl space under his house. Between  December 1978 and March 1979, 29 victims were recovered from Gacie’s property. He would later go on to lie and claim that someone else put them there. That is why the “killer clown” makes the number two spot on this list.

Number 3- Tommy Lynn Sells

Number of victims- 70+

Main target- No specific target

Motive- Thrill of murder

Years active- 1980-1999

Tommy Lynn Sells is less known than the two people above him on this list, but is responsible for far more murders. He has claimed to murdering over 70 people. Not many people murder for the pure thrill but this man is an exception. Although he was involved in sexual assualt; he claims his main motive was the pleasure he gained from killing. His main weapons were his hands or a knife as he said something along the lines of “gun’s are dangerous.” This is a man who really enjoys killing. That is why I had to include him on this list.

I hope you found this article interesting!

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  1. xSugaryTearsx

    On August 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm


    All in all it was a pretty good article. It got straight to the point and gave basic information about the killers.
    From my point of view, though, I found that there were lacking details. Of course it is the writer’s choice whether to include them or not but I just find that having them is a plus. I would recommend putting links or some other sort of references in the end of each part of the entry.
    I hope I helped a bit or at least gave an idea for improvement : D

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