This list of famous serial killers of children looks at some of the worst criminals of all time. There is no more heinous crime than the murder of a young child. Taking the life of a small innocent boy or girl seems unfathomable because it’s often in human nature to want to protect and care for children, not harm them. That’s why it’s all the more despicable to hear of serial killers who have not only taken the lives of multiple children, but also ensured that their final moments alive were tortuous ones. Serial killers who focus their horrific crimes on children are often considered among the highest level of evil. Many of these serial killers of children include torture, mutilation, and sexual assault among their crimes against children.
The motives of the serial killers on this list differ vastly. Some of these serial killers are pedophiles and psychopaths who take their hatred out on young victims. A few of the vicious killers on this list were also mothers who took the lives of their own children due to mental illness. Many serial killers of children work as nurses or in other professions where access to children is all too easy.
This list of some of the worst child killers in recorded history features serial murderers from all over the world. Who are the most famous serial killers of children? What are their motives? And what became of these kid killers?
Nurse Beverley Allitt killed four children and tried to kill many more while working in a hospital in 1991. She gave the children large doses of insulin over the course of 59 days, with no motive.
Allitt was sentenced to 13 life sentences in 1993, one of the longest sentences given to a woman in Britain.
- Age: 52
- Birthplace: England
- Nationality: England
- Profession: Nurse
- Employer: Grantham and Kesteven Hospital
Myra Hindley earned the title of the Most Evil Woman in Britain when was she was arrested for the rape and murder of five children with her boyfriend, Ian Brady.
Years after being caught, she claimed that she was only helping Brady because he was blackmailing her. She died in prison in 2002 of heart disease.
- Age: Dec. at 60 (1942-2002)
- Birthplace: Crumpsall, United Kingdom
- Nationality: England
- Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
Danish serial killer Dagmar Overbye murdered 25 children from 1913 to 1920. Each of her victims, including her own child, was under her care, mostly babies out of wedlock.
She was sentenced to death in 1921 but died in prison in 1929.
- Age: Dec. at 46 (1883-1929)
- Nationality: Denmark
Marybeth Tinning is suspected of killing all nine of her children between 1972 and 1985. Even though each of her children died under different suspicious circumstances over the course of a decade, she wasn't caught until the death of her youngest child, Tami Lynne.
She was only convicted of the death of Tami Lynne, for which she received 20 years in prison. She was paroled in 2018 at the age of 75.
- Age: 79
- Birthplace: Duanesburg, New York
- Nationality: United States of America