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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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    Better known as Son of Sam, David Berkowitz terrified the people of NYC over the course of a year in the 70s. Berkowitz randomly shot his victims and left letters that promised more victims to come. He was caught in 1977 and sentenced to life in prison. 

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    Age: 62
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Gilles De Rais

    During the 15th century, French knight Gilles de Rais allegedly killed and raped many young boys. He was said to have sat on their dead bodies for a while before incinerating the evidence in his bedroom fireplace. Some speculate that he could have been framed for political reasons, but he was executed in 1440 anyway.

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    In 1978-1983, Dennis Nilsen killed 15 young men in London. He would keep the bodies for his sexual perversions before dissecting and burning them. In some cases, he even flushed the remains down the toilet. He was caught in 1983 and sentenced to life in prison. 

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    Age: 70
    Birthplace: Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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    Robert Black worked as a van driver, which was the perfect occupation for this Scottish serial killer to kidnap and murder little girls throughout the 80s. He killed at least four girls, although the number is suspected to be much higher, by raping and strangling after snatching them off the street. He was caught in 1990 and sentenced to life in prison.

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    Age: 68
    Birthplace: Grangemouth, United Kingdom
    Institution: Musselburgh Grammar School
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    In 1979-1981, Wayne Williams horrified the people of Atlanta, Georgia, when he killed around 30 children. He was arrested for the murder of two men, which is when the police began to suspect him in the serial child killings. He was sentenced to life in prison but maintains his innocence. 

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    Age: 57
    Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    Institution: Georgia State University, Douglass High School
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    Gerald Stano confessed to killing over 40 women but was only convicted of 22 murders. He picked up hitchhikers and killed them in varied ways, from stabbing to strangulation. He was caught in 1980 and sentenced to death. He died via electric chair in 1998. 

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    Age: Died at 47 (1951-1998)
    Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Electric chair, Capital punishment
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