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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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    Ed Gein famously inspired a plethora of the most horrifying Hollywood serial killers of all time, including Norman Bates, Jame Gumb ("Buffalo Bill") and Leatherface from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Although Gein only allegedly killed his brother and two local women, he was also known to dig up the dead bodies of women similar to his mother and use their skin to make a suit. He also used the body parts to make masks, bowls, lamps and more. He was caught in 1957 but died in a mental hospital of respiratory failure in 1984. 

    Born: 1906
    Birthplace: La Crosse County, Northwest Territory, La Crosse, WI-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, United States of America, Wisconsin + 1 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Cardiovascular disease, Respiratory failure
    Place Of Death: Dane County, Mendota Mental Health Institute, Northwest Territory, United States of America, Wisconsin + 2 more
    Date Of Death: 1984
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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. 

    Born: 1960
    Birthplace: Milwaukee County, Northwest Territory, United States of America, Wisconsin, West Allis + 1 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Institution: Ohio State University, Revere High School
    Cause Of Death: Murder
    Place Of Death: Columbia County, Northwest Territory, Portage, United States of America, Wisconsin + 1 more
    Date Of Death: 1994
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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. 

    Born: 1870
    Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202, Washington, D.C. + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Electric chair, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: Sing Sing, Contiguous United States, New York, Ossining, United States of America + 2 more
    Date Of Death: 1936
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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. 

    Born: 1942
    Birthplace: Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States, with Territories + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Lethal injection, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: Illinois, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Will County, Crest Hill + 1 more
    Date Of Death: 1994
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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. 

    Nationality: United Kingdom
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