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The Scariest Serial Killers in History

The scariest serial killers, with info about their methods, victims, and more. Serial killers are among the most terrifying people imaginable, partially because of how unfathomable their crimes can be. Most serial killers kill randomly, looking for a specific type of victim in the dead of night, whether they’re tall, blonde women or short, elderly black men. Any type of person can be prey to a certain type of serial killer. Many of these heinous evildoers have been known to rape and torture their victims. Some have even made meals out of their victim’s dead bodies.


One of the things that make serial killers so scary is that anybody can be a victim, and anybody can be the culprit. Many of the worst serial killers were friendly neighbors or easy-going coworkers that one would never suspect of secretly having human heads in the fridge. The serial killers on this list are among the scariest villains in history due to their methods, their motives, and their personalities.


Who are the scariest serial killers in history? What did these serial killers do to make them so terrorizing? What were their motives, if they had any? And what became of the serial killers that haunt many people’s nightmares? Vote for the scariest serial killers.

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    When having a children's birthday party, you never imagine that the party clown could be anything more than an entertainer. But in John Wayne Gacy's case, he was a professional clown with a murderous streak. Gacy killed 33 young men and buried the bodies around his home, after torturing and raping his victims. He was discovered and executed in 1994. 

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    Age: Died at 52 (1942-1994)
    Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    Profession: Clown
    Cause Of Death: Lethal injection, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: Crest Hill, Illinois, United States of America
    Children: Christine Gacy, Michael Gacy
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    Between 1974 and 1978, Ted Bundy kidnapped and killed 30 women, although the actual number of victims is likely much higher. He tortured and raped his victims, sometimes even keeping their dismembered heads as keepsakes. He was caught in 1979 and sentenced to death by electric chair.         

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    Age: Died at 43 (1946-1989)
    Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, United States of America
    Profession: Criminal
    Schools: Woodrow Wilson High School, University of Washington, University of Utah, University of Puget Sound, Temple University
    Cause Of Death: Electric chair, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: Florida State Prison, Florida, United States of America
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    In the 1900s, Albert Fish kidnapped, raped, killed, and cannibalized young children. While only three victims were ever proven, he claimed to have killed many, many more. Fish was often known as The Gray Man, along with a few other nicknames. He was caught in 1934 and sentenced to death by electrocution. 

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    Age: Died at 66 (1870-1936)
    Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Electric chair, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: Sing Sing, Ossining, New York, United States of America
    Children: Albert Fish, Anna Fish, John Fish, Henry Fish, Eugene Fish + 1 more
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    Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most famous serial killers in the U.S. when he was caught for the murders of 17 young men who he raped, dismembered, and ate. Dahmer had been attempting to create a mindless sex slave by drilling a hole in the heads of his live victims. He was caught in 1994 and beaten to death in prison. 

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    Age: Died at 34 (1960-1994)
    Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America
    Profession: Criminal
    Schools: Ohio State University, Revere High School
    Cause Of Death: Craniocerebral Trauma, Murder
    Place Of Death: Portage, Wisconsin, United States of America
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    Jack the Ripper earned the title as the world's scariest and most notorious serial killer for his mysterious and unforgiving nature. During the 1800s, he killed many English prostitutes by slitting their throats and opening their abdomens. He sometimes took body parts, including the uterus, as trophies. Nobody knows his true identity or what became of him. 

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    Leonard Lake and his partner Charles Ng killed between 11 and 25 people during 1983-1985. He brought his victims to his cabin's custom dungeon to torture, rape, and kill. He videotaped many of his victim's last torturous moments. After Lake was arrested on a firearms charge, he killed himself with a cyanide pill. That's when the police discovered his dungeon of horrors. 

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    Age: Died at 40 (1945-1985)
    Birthplace: California, United States of America
    Schools: San José State University
    Cause Of Death: Suicide
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