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Famous Serial Killers in History

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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? Celebrity serial killers are few and far between, so the world's most well-known serial killers aren't something to be taken lightly. Take a look at this list and you'll see who is considered amongst the worst serial killers ever.


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    Mexico, Egyptian national alleged to be responsible for dozens of murders in Ciudad Juárez

    Abdul Latif Sharif, was an Egyptian chemist and chief suspect in the Juárez killings, a decade-long murder spree that began in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez in the early 1990s. Sharif immigrated to the United States in 1970 to work as a high-paid research chemist for a series of U.S. companies, some ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1947-2006)
    • Birthplace: Egypt
    • Cause Of Death: Natural causes
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    Mexico, AKA "The Godfather of Matamoros"; serial killer and cult leader in Mexico; committed suicide in 1989

    Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo was an American serial killer, drug dealer and cult leader. His nickname was El Padrino de Matamoros.more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1962-1989)
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Cause Of Death: Suicide
    • Place Of Death: Mexico City, Mexico
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    Indonesia, admitted to killing 42 women; sentenced to death and executed by firing squad on July 10, 2008

    Ahmad Suradji was a serial killer in Indonesia. Suradji, a cattle-breeder born on 10 January 1949, was executed July 10, 2008. He was also known as Nasib Kelewang, or by his alias Datuk. He admitted to killing 42 girls and women over a period of 11 years. His victims ranged in age from 11 to 30, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1949-2008)
    • Birthplace: Medan, Indonesia
    • Cause Of Death: Execution by firing squad, Capital punishment
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    Alexander Pichushkin
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    Russia, AKA "The Chessboard Killer"; convicted of 48 murders; confessed to killing 63

    Alexander Yuryevich "Sasha" Pichushkin, also known as The Chessboard Killer and The Bitsa Park Maniac, is a Russian serial killer. He is believed to have killed at least 49 people, and possibly as many as 60, in southwest Moscow's Bitsa Park, where a number of the victims' bodies were found.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Mytishchi, Russia
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    Canada, AKA "Monster of the Miramichi"; killer of five individuals

    Allan Legere is a Canadian serial killer and arsonist, also known as the Monster of the Miramichi, in reference to a reign of terror he inflicted upon residents of the Miramichi River valley of New Brunswick in 1989.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Chatham, Miramichi, Canada
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    Amelia Dyer
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    UK, murdered infants in her care; executed in 1896

    Amelia Elizabeth Dyer was one of the most prolific serial-killers in history, murdering infants in her care over a 20 year period in Victorian England. She was tried and hanged for one murder, but there is little doubt she was responsible for many more similar deaths—possibly 400 or more.more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1837-1896)
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Place Of Death: Newgate Prison, London, United Kingdom
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    Anatoly Onoprienko
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    Ukraine, AKA "The Terminator"; murdered 59 people from 1989 until his capture in 1996

    Anatoly Yuriyovych Onoprienko was a Ukrainian serial killer and mass murderer. He is also known by the nicknames "The Beast of Ukraine", "The Terminator", and "Citizen O". After police arrested the 37-year-old former forestry student on April 16, 1996, Onoprienko confessed to killing 52 people.more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1959-2013)
    • Birthplace: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
    • Cause Of Death: Heart failure
    • Place Of Death: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
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    Andrei Chikatilo
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    Russia, AKA "The Rostov Ripper"; killed 52 women and children throughout the Soviet Union; arrested, convicted and executed in 1994

    Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was a Soviet serial killer, nicknamed the Butcher of Rostov, the Red Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper, who committed the sexual assault, murder and mutilation of a minimum of 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990 in the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the Uzbek SSR.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1936-1994)
    • Birthplace: Sumy Oblast, Ukraine
    • Cause Of Death: Execution by shooting
    • Place Of Death: Novocherkassk, Russia
    • Children: Lyudmila Chikatilo, Yuri Chikatilo
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    Germany, Bavarian poisoner; killer of four people; executed in 1811

    Anna Margaretha Zwanziger was a Bavarian serial killer. She used arsenic, which she referred to as "her truest friend". From 1801 until 1811, Zwanziger was employed as a housekeeper at the home of several judges in Bavaria. She would poison her employers with arsenic, and then nurse them back to health ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1760-1811)
    • Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
    • Cause Of Death: Decapitation, Capital punishment
    • Place Of Death: Nuremberg, Germany
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    UK, AKA the "Camden Ripper"; convicted of three murders; suspected of at least four

    Anthony Hardy is an English serial killer.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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    Finland, poisoner of three men; sentenced to life imprisonment

    Antti Olavi Taskinen is a Finnish double-murderer, who is responsible for the deaths of at least two men in Tampere and Heinola. He was sentenced to life in prison on May 31, 2006. Taskinen was suspected to have killed his first victim, a 20-year-old student from Tampere, in August 1996. The victim died ...more

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    • Age: age 39
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    Archibald Hall
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    UK, AKA the "Monster Butler"; killed five in the 1970s, three with accomplice Michael Kitto

    Archibald Thomson Hall was a British serial killer and thief. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he became known as the Killer Butler or the Monster Butler after committing crimes while working in service to members of the British aristocracy. Until his death, he was the oldest person serving a whole life ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1924-2002)
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Cause Of Death: Stroke
    • Place Of Death: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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    Norway, geriatric assistant nurse who poisoned 22 dwellers at the Orkdal Alders-Og Sjukeheim institution over a period of years before being convicted in 1984

    Arnfinn Nesset is a Norwegian former nurse, nursing home manager and convicted serial killer. His crimes include the murders of at least 22 people, as well as attempted murder, document forgery and embezzlement. He may have murdered up to 138 people. In 1983 he was convicted of poisoning 22 patients and ...more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Norway
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    India, murdered nine teenage girls in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai during a six-month period in 1988; executed in 1995

    Auto Shankar is the nickname of Indian serial killer Gowri Shankar.more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1954-1995)
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Cause Of Death: Capital punishment, Hanging
    • Place Of Death: Salem, India
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    Béla Kiss
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    Hungary, murdered at least 24 women; escaped justice in the confusion of World War I

    Béla Kiss was a Hungarian serial killer. He is thought to have murdered at least 24 young women and attempted to pickle them in giant metal drums that he kept on his property.more

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    • Birthplace: Hungary
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    UK, serial arsonist and killer

    Bruce George Peter Lee is one of Britain’s most prolific killers. He confessed to a total of 11 acts of arson, and was convicted of 26 counts of manslaughter. 11 of these were overturned on appeal. Lee was imprisoned for life in 1981.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom
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    AKA "Auntie Thally"; serial poisoner of at least four family members

    Caroline Grills, born Caroline Mickelson, was an Australian serial killer. Grills became a suspect in 1947 after the deaths of four family members: her 87-year-old stepmother Christine Mickelson; relatives by marriage Angelina Thomas and John Lundberg; and sister in law Mary Anne Mickelson. Authorities ...more

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    • Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia
    • Cause Of Death: Peritonitis
    • Place Of Death: New South Wales, Australia
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    Australia, AKA "Petiso Orejudo" ("Big Eared Midget"); at 16, killed four children in 1912; died in prison in 1944


    Cayetano Santos Godino, also known as "Petiso Orejudo", was an Argentinian serial killer who terrorized Buenos Aires at the age of 16. In the early 20th century, he was responsible for the murder of four children, the attempted murder of another seven children, and the arson of seven buildings.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1896-1944)
    • Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Place Of Death: Ushuaia
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    South Africa, AKA the "Wemmer Pan Killer"; serial rapist; murdered at least 27 people

    Maoupa Cedric Maake is a serial killer from South Africa. He committed at least 27 murders throughout 1996 and 1997.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: South Africa
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    Ghana, convicted of the strangulation deaths of nine women in Accra; suspected of killing 34; sentenced to death in 2003

    Charles Papa Kwabena Ebo Quansah is a convicted Ghanaian serial killer who was arrested in February 2000 for the murder of his girlfriend Joyce Boateng. While in custody, Quansah was subsequently charged with the murder of another woman, Akua Serwaa who was found strangled near Kumasi Sports Stadium, in ...more

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    • Age: age 51
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