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20 Famous Serial Killers of Women

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List RulesNotable 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.

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  • Photo: King County Sheriff's Office / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    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. 

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    • Photo: Florida Department of Corrections / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
      Notorious serial killer Ted Bundy killed at least 30 women, but it's likely he had many more victims. Bundy kidnapped many of his female victims to rape and torture, while some of his victims he killed in their sleep. Bundy's crime spree began in 1974 and came to an end in 1978 when he was caught. He was executed on January 24, 1989.

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      • Along with his friend Charles Ng, Leonard Lake raped, tortured, robbed and killed at least 11 victims. The crimes were video taped in his cabin's dungeon. When Lake was arrested on a separate firearms charge, he killed himself with a cyanide pill. Only then were his horrific crimes revealed. 

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        • David Birnie

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          In their Australian home, David Birnie and his wife Catherine killed at least 4 women. The Moorhouse Murders, as they were called, took place in 1986, claiming the lives of women between the ages of 15 and 31. The victims were raped and murdered by the couple. Their 5th victim escaped and lead to the capture of the evil couple. David Birnie killed himself in 2005.