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List Rules Notable serial killers who preyed on female victims

List of famous serial killers of women, loosely ranked by their infamy. When it comes to serial killers, the most common victims are women. There are a myriad of reasons why serial killers, both men and women, often prey on females over men. Some of these vicious killers believe that women are the easier targets to release their homicidal tendencies. Other serial killers use their hatred of the fairer sex as an excuse for their horrific violent crimes. Female victims are, more often than not, raped,tortured and/or mutilated by their killers as part of a sick ritual.

This list of famous serial killers of women seeks to answer various questions about these crazed madmen and women. Who are the most famous serial killers who exclusively murdered women? What are their motives for killing women? What are their methods of murder? And, finally, what became of these serial killers after they were caught?

The most famous serial killers of women come from all over the globe, from America to Japan. While most of the murders are sexually motivated, there are many other reasons why these serial killers targeted women. This list features the worst of the worst when it comes to female-seeking serial killers.


Andrei Chikatilo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 41 Famous Serial Killers of Women
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Andrei Chikatilo, during the period between 1978 to 1990, claimed the lives of at least 52 women and children. He raped and mutilated his victims, as well. Sometimes known as the Butcher of Rostov, the Ukrainian serial killer was executed in 1994.

Age: Died at 58 (1936-1994)

Birthplace: Sumy Oblast, Ukraine

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Gary Ridgway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 41 Famous Serial Killers of Women
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Better known as the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway murdered at least 49 women, with the total number probably somewhere around 90 victims. His method of murder was strangulation, before leaving the bodies in the forest. His reign of terror lasted from 1982 to 1998. When he was caught in 2001, he pled guilty and is serving life in prison. 

Age: 68

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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Ahmad Suradji is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 41 Famous Serial Killers of Women
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Indonesian serial killer Ahmad Suradji killed at least 42 women, between the ages of 11 to 30. He killed throughout the '80s and 90s, burying the strangled victims near his home. Suradji believed that his father's ghost came to him in a dream and told him to kill 70 women and drink their saliva in order to become a mystic healer, despite having killed women for years before the dream. He was executed via firing squad on July 10, 2008.

Age: Died at 59 (1949-2008)

Birthplace: Medan, Indonesia

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Moses Sithole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 41 Famous Serial Killers of Women
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Between 1994 and 1995, Moses Sithole, a South African serial killer better known as the ABC Killer, murdered at least 38 women by strangulation. Sithole had previously been a leader in the Youth Against Human Abuse organization, which fought child abuse, but he used his position to lure potential female job applicants to remote areas in order to rape, torture and strangle them. Sithole was caught in 1995 and sentenced to 2,410 years in prison. 

Age: 52

Birthplace: Vosloorus, South Africa

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