offbeat The Scariest Serial Killers in History  

Ranker Crime
Originally by
25.5k votes 4.7k voters 954.7k views 69 items Embed

The scariest serial killers, with info about their methods, victims, and more. Serial killers are among the most terrifying people imaginable, partially because of how unfathomable their crimes can be. Most serial killers kill randomly, looking for a specific type of victim in the dead of night, whether they’re tall, blonde women or short, elderly black men. Any type of person can be prey to a certain type of serial killer. Many of these heinous evildoers have been known to rape and torture their victims. Some have even made meals out of their victim’s dead bodies.

One of the things that make serial killers so scary is that anybody can be a victim, and anybody can be the culprit. Many of the worst serial killers were friendly neighbors or easy-going coworkers that one would never suspect of secretly having human heads in the fridge. The serial killers on this list are among the scariest villains in history due to their methods, their motives, and their personalities.

Who are the scariest serial killers in history? What did these serial killers do to make them so terrorizing? What were their motives, if they had any? And what became of the serial killers that haunt many people’s nightmares? Vote for the scariest famous real serial killers.

1 1,641 VOTES

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Serial Killers in History
Photo: Freebase/CC-BY-SA
Between 1974 and 1978, Ted Bundy kidnapped and killed 30 women, although the actual number of victims is likely much higher. He tortured and raped his victims, sometimes even keeping their dismembered heads as keepsakes. He was caught in 1979 and sentenced to death by electric chair.         

Age: Died at 43 (1946-1989)

Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

1,133 508
Is this scary?
see more on Ted Bundy
2 1,239 VOTES

Pedro López

Pedro López is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Serial Killers in History
Photo:  Public Domain
Pedro Lopez raped and killed more than 300 girls throughout South America, receiving the name the Monster of the Andes. He originally killed 100 tribal women in Peru, but the police let him go to continue his murderous steak. He was arrested and convicted in 1980 but let go in 1998. 

Age: 68

Birthplace: Santa Isabel, Colombia

941 298
Is this scary?
see more on Pedro López
3 1,232 VOTES

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Serial Killers in History
Photo: Freebase/Fair use
When having a children's birthday party, you never imagine that the party clown could be anything more than an entertainer. But in John Wayne Gacy's case, he was a professional clown with a murderous streak. Gacy killed 33 young men and buried the bodies around his home, after torturing and raping his victims. He was discovered and executed in 1994. 

Age: Died at 52 (1942-1994)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

984 248
Is this scary?
see more on John Wayne Gacy
4 1,238 VOTES

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Serial Killers in History
Photo: Freebase/Public domain
Jack the Ripper earned the title as the world's scariest and most notorious serial killer for his mysterious and unforgiving nature. During the 1800s, he killed many English prostitutes by slitting their throats and opening their abdomens. He sometimes took body parts, including the uterus, as trophies. Nobody knows his true identity or what became of him. 
954 284
Is this scary?
see more on Jack the Ripper