The Scariest Serial Killers in History People
0Ultimate List
originally by  tags 4,150 votes 699 voters 346,451 views 44 items f p @
511 of 17

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 famous real serial killers.

  • 3 ReRanks
  • See list ranked by
L The List
B Comments
& Embed
G Options
2rerank list
  1. 25
    + 60
    - 28

    Magdalena Solís

    As one of the leaders of a Mexican cult, Magdalena Solis branded herself as the High Priestess of Blood when she killed 8 people and cut out their hearts. The former prostitute killed at least 8 people in order to keep her hold on the villagers of the Mexican town during a blood ritual. She was arrested, along with her two accomplices, in 1963 and sentenced to 50 years in prison. 

  2. 26
    + 49
    - 20

    Angelo Buono kidnapped, raped, and murdered 10 women in 1977, along with his cousin. The duo were better known as The Hillside Stranglers. Buono was caught in 1979 and sentenced to life in prison, after one of the longest trials in American history, which lasted two years. He died of a heart attack in 2002. 

    more ABOUT
    Age: Died at 68 (1934-2002)
    Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
  3. 27
    + 45
    - 17

    During the 1970s, Dean Corll went years raping and killing young boys without suspicion. Corll had at least 28 young victims that were never discovered until after Corll was shot and killed by one of his accomplices. Corll was also known as The Candy Man, because he had a history of handing out free candy to children in his Texan town. 

    more ABOUT
    Age: Died at 34 (1939-1973)
    Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Firearm
    Place Of Death: Pasadena, Texas, United States of America
  4. 28
    + 41
    - 19

    Beginning in 1928, Bruno Ludke killed and raped over 50 women over the course of 15 years. The Nazi police eventually discovered him having sex with the corpse of one of his victims. Since he was discovered during World War 2, he was never put on trial, only turned into a subject of many medical experiments. In 1944, one of the experiments went wrong and he died.

    more ABOUT
    Age: Died at 36 (1908-1944)
    Birthplace: Köpenick, Germany
    Cause Of Death: Lethal injection, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: Vienna, Austria
  5. 29
    + 52
    - 28

    To many, Russell Williams was an upstanding military man and husband. However, to his victims, Williams was a terrifying monster. He raped and murdered multiple women, after forcing them to pose for photographs. He also took pictures of himself in the underwear belonging to over 80 women who he burgled. He was discovered in 2010 and sentenced to life in prison. 

    more ABOUT
    Age: age 52
    Birthplace: Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
    Schools: Upper Canada College, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Scarborough, Royal Military College of Canada
  6. 30
    + 36
    - 19

    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.

    more ABOUT
    Age: age 68
    Birthplace: Grangemouth, United Kingdom
    Schools: Musselburgh Grammar School
45 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >