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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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    Over the span of 12 years in Russia, Andrei Chikatilo killed at least 52 women and children by stabbing. He was often called the Rostov Ripper and had been suspected of the crimes over the decade of terror, but he wasn't apprehended until 1990. Chikatilo was executed via firing squad in 1994. 

    Born: 1936
    Birthplace: Sumy Oblast, Ukraine
    Died: 1994
    Cause Of Death: Execution by shooting
    Place Of Death: Novocherkassk, Russia
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    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.

    Born: 1908
    Birthplace: Köpenick, Germany
    Died: 1944
    Cause Of Death: Lethal injection, Capital punishment
    Place Of Death: Vienna, Austria
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    Russell Williams

    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. 

    Born: 1963
    Birthplace: Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
    Institution: Upper Canada College, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Scarborough, Royal Military College of Canada
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    Richard Chase was often called the Vampire of Sacramento, because after he killed his victims, he'd drink their blood and eat their remains. Over the course of a month he killed six people. He was caught in 1978 and revealed to be schizophrenic. He was convicted and sentenced to death. However, he killed himself by an overdose of his antidepressant medication in 1980. 

    Born: 1950
    Birthplace: California, United States of America
    Institution: American River College
    Died: 1980
    Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Suicide
    Place Of Death: Vacaville, California, United States of America
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    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. 

    Born: 1939
    Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America
    Died: 1973
    Cause Of Death: Firearm
    Place Of Death: Pasadena, Texas, United States of America
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