37 Famous Serial Killers Of Children

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? 


  • Ian Brady
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    Ian Brady, along with his partner Myra Hindley, killed 5 children, ages 10-17, between 1963 and 1965. The victims were sexually assaulted and murdered.

    Brady was caught in 1965 and declared criminally insane. He died in a high-security mental institution in 2017. 

    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1938-2017)
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Colombian serial killer Luis Garavito was convicted of killing 138 young boys over the course of his murderous career. Most of the victims were homeless boys between 6 and 16 years old. After he lured them with money or gifts, he'd rape, torture, and murder them.

    He was caught in 1999 and sentenced to 1,853 years and nine days in prison; however, Colombian law limits prison terms to a maximum of 40 years, and Garavito's sentence was later reduced to just 22 years.

    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Génova, Colombia
  • Andrei Chikatilo
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    Andrei Chikatilo, AKA the Red Ripper, confessed to the rape and murder of 56 women and children between 1978 and 1990.

    He was caught in the Soviet Union in 1990 and sentenced to death.

    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1936-1994)
    • Birthplace: Sumy Oblast, Ukraine
    • Cause Of Death: Execution by shooting
  • Miyuki Ishikawa
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    In the 1940s, Miyuki Ishikawa was a highly respected midwife in a maternity hospital. Little did her admirers know, she was neglecting infants to the point of their deaths because she believed their parents were too poor to take care of their children. She even took money from some of the parents who didn't want their children.

    At least 103 children were killed through her actions. She was arrested in 1948 but only served four years in prison. 

    • Birthplace: Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan
  • 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
    • Profession: Nurse
    • Employer: Grantham and Kesteven Hospital
  • Myra Hindley
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    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
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction