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Famous Serial Killers in History

List of famous serial killers in the world. The most notorious serial killers are found on this page. This list of murderers is alphabetical by first name and can be sorted by any column. There's UK serial killers and American serial killers here. This list of the most well-known serial killers can be copied to make your very own list of the most famous serial killers in history, should you be so morbidly inclined.

Who are the most famous serial killers in history? Take a look at this list and you'll see who is considered amongst the worst serial killers ever.

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    age 62 US, aka "Son of Sam" and "The .44 Caliber Killer"; convicted of six murders in New York

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    US, aka the "Night Stalker"; terrorized Los Angeles in 1984 and 1985; convicted of 14 murders

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    Died at 47 (1951-1998) US, convicted murderer of 41 women; executed in 1998

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    Died at 46 (1962-2008) Japan, AKA "The Otaku Murderer", "The Little Girl Murderer" and "Dracula"; killed four preschool-age girls and ate the hand of a victim; executed in 2008

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    Died at 27 (1962-1989) Mexico, AKA "The Godfather of Matamoros"; serial killer and cult leader in Mexico; committed suicide in 1989

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    Died at 25 (1936-1961) Czech Republic, female nurse who was executed by hanging in 1961 for the murders of 10 babies

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    Died at 25 (1946-1971) Romania, murdered and raped young women in Bucharest from 1970 to 1971; executed in 1971

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    António Luís Costa age 62 Portugal, ex-GNR officer who murdered three women between 2005 and 2006

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    Poland, AKA "The Red Spider" and "The Red Ripper"; killed up to 20 women

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    Died at 46 (1630-1676) France, French poisoner; executed in 1676

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    Died at 50 (1927-1977) Poland, AKA "Zagłębie Vampire"; convicted of murdering 14 women; executed in 1976

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    age 45 South Korea, cannibal; killed 21 people from September 2003 to July 2004, mainly young women and rich men

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    Died at 32 (1961-1993) US, raped and murdered three boys in 1989; executed on January 5, 1993

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    Died at 26 (1963-1989) France, AKA the "Beast of Montmartre"; preyed on the elderly in the 1980s

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    Died at 49 (1947-1996) US, aka "The Freeway Killer"; with several accomplices, claimed the lives of 20 boys in California

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    Died at 37 (1792-1829) UK, notorious body snatchers in Edinburgh in the 19th century

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    Died at 84 (1928-2012) US, aka "The Lipstick Killer"; confessed to three murders spanning from June 1945 to January 1946

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    age 91 AKA "the Mutilator"; killed at least five men between June 1961 and April 1963

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    Died at 32 (1824-1856) UK, AKA "Palmer the Poisoner"; doctor suspected of numerous murders, convicted of one; hanged on June 14, 1856

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    age 65 US, aka the "Riverside Killer"; killed up to 19 women near Riverside, California

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    Died at 36 (1968-2004) China, confessed to killing 65 people between 2000 and 2003; executed in 2004

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    Died at 32 (1925-1957) Czech Republic, convicted of the murders of seven women; executed in 1957

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    age 53 Japan, AKA "House of Horror"; tortured and killed at least seven people between 1996 and 1998, including Ogata's family

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    Died at 48 (1959-2007) Germany, accused of 19 murders between 1974 and 2006

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    age 49 convicted of, or assisted with, the murders of 11 people between 1992 and 1999

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    age 36 convicted of, or assisted with, the murders of 11 people between 1992 and 1999

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    age 57 convicted of, or assisted with, the murders of 11 people between 1992 and 1999

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    age 44 convicted of, or assisted with, the murders of 11 people between 1992 and 1999

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    Died at 41 (1935-1976) Japan, raped and murdered eight young women during 41 days in 1971

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    Died at 37 (1889-1926) Japan, raped and killed at least seven girls in the early 20th century

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    Died at 43 (1971-2014) US, serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York who targeted prostitutes; after strangling the women, he would store them in various crawl spaces in and around his home

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    age 47 South Africa, AKA the "Phoenix Strangler"; raped and murdered 19 women in sugarcane fields from 1996 to 1997

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    Gong Runbo Died at 34 (1972-2006) China, found guilty for the murders of six children and teenagers aged between nine and 16 from 2005 to 2006

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    South Africa, abducted at least six girls from 1988 to 1989 who were never found

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    Died at 38 (1969-2007) Mexico, cannibal; police found the remains of multiple female victims in his house; committed suicide on December 11, 2007

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    age 63 killed 11 people before his arrest in 1972; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1980

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    Died at 86 (1927-2013) AKA "Vader Blauwbaard" (Father Bluebeard); convicted of the murder and rape of his two wives and four children

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    South Africa, murdered 16 people in Atteridgeville in the 1960s

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    Romania, poisoned two husbands, one son and 32 of her suitors in the 1920s and 1930s

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    Died at 37 (1914-1951) US, aka the "Lonely Hearts Killers"; killed at least three women and one child in the 1940s but suspected in up to 20 murders in New York and Michigan

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    Died at 34 (1951-1985) Germany, police officer and serial killer

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    age 56 Italy, German-Italian duo found guilty of 10 of 27 counts of murder in 1987

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    age 75 US, kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered five girls in 1979

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    Died at 48 (1949-1997) Japan, killed four people with a handgun at the age of 19; a novelist in prison

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    age 57 US, convicted of two murders; police claim his arrest solved 23 others in a string of 29

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    age 67 Colombia, AKA "The Monster of the Andes"; 360 alleged victims (also killed victims in Ecuador and Peru)

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    age 65 US, aka the "The I-5 Killer" and "The I-5 Bandit"; convicted of four murders; believed responsible for 14 others

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    age 70 US, convicted of the murders of 16 young men and boys; suspected of 51 others in California

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    Died at 50 (1907-1957) US, Alabama poisoner who murdered six family members; suspected of poisoning at least nine; executed in 1957

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