42 Dangerous Serial Killers Who Had Nicknames

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Dangerous serial killers with nicknames aren't just found on TV shows like "Dexter," there have been plenty of nicknamed serial killers in real life as well. Many of the murderers on this list have haunted us for decades now, whether in America, England, or other countries. Some serial killers are given a nickname by the press, while others give themselves an alias. From "The Butcher of Rostov" to "Doctor Death," these men and women have all committed horrible killings. 

We expect the judicial system to incarcerate criminals like those on this list, yet often the suspect is never actually caught or is freed after just a few years of imprisonment. Some of these nicknamed serial killers were only suspected, but never convicted.


This list includes basic information on these serial killers, such as their real names, nicknames, associated murder weapons, number of victims, and information about the aftermath of their detainment or sentencing. Some of these serial killers have been released from prison, let out on parole, or have even escaped from imprisonment and are currently on the loose.

No matter how these dangerous killers got their nicknames, they all committed some truly horrible crimes, gruesome enough to earn them a place in the pop culture lexicon.
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