Contrary to popular belief, the United States doesn't have a monopoly on monstrous psychopaths. These foreign serial killers committed acts just as horrendous as the most famous killers from the States. Murder, mutilation, rape, and cannibalism are universal problems of human existence. That much is demonstrated by these obscure serial killers.
The other striking fact about these serial killers is that many of their crimes are relatively recent. While the United States is focused on rampaging gunmen and mass shootings, murder and violence are very much a real part of everyday life in other parts of the world. These atrocities should be heeded, for they are a constant reminder of the very real danger that lurks just beneath the veneer of a peaceful society.
While these foreign serial killers are less well known, their crimes are real. Their names may not be as recognizable as Ted Bundy or John Wayne Gacy, but they are still criminals the world won’t soon forget. Peruse these stories at your own risk. They contain graphic and horrific content.
Known as "The Monster of the Andes," this Colombian serial killer is believed to have murdered over 300 people (mostly, if not exclusively, young girls) in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador.
In 1980, he was caught attempting to lure a vendor's daughter from a busy market in Ecuador. After his arrest, he confessed to an undercover officer posing as a fellow inmate. In this way, police discovered the burial locations of 57 bodies. In total, Lopez was charged with 110 murders in Ecuador, and his confessions indicated another 200 in Colombia and Peru.
On July 31, 1981, he confessed to the murder of 57 girls. He served the then-maximum sentence of 16 years, after which he was deported back to Columbia. There he was declared insane and institutionalized in 1995. In 1998 he was declared sane and released. He vanished, and his whereabouts are still unknown.
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This Colombian serial killer was convicted of murdering 189 boys in the 1990s. In 1997, a mass grave containing the bodies of 36 boys was found near the city of Pereira. Luis Alfredo Garavito was arrested in 1999 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a young boy. He confessed to murdering 140 young boys. He was eventually charged with 189 murders and sentenced to 835 years in prison.
Nicknamed Pedrinho Matador (Little Peter the Killer), this Brazilian was convicted of murdering 71 people, including his own father. Many of the murders occurred while Filho was in prison, the victims being fellow inmates. In 2003, he was sentenced to 128 years, but he will only have to serve 30 under Brazilian law.
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In 2007, Russian serial killer Alexander Pichushkin was convicted of killing 48 people. Most of his murders occurred in the early 2000s. He would lure people into Moscow's Bittsevsky Park by asking them to have a drink with him over his dog's grave. He would then beat his victims to death with a blunt instrument and leave them in a sewer pit, sometimes while they were still alive.
He was arrested in 2006 after murdering a coworker who had told her son that she was going on a walk with Pichushkin. After his arrest, police found a chessboard with dates written on 62 of the 64 squares. Apparently, he was trying to kill as many people as there were squares on the board, which resulted in him being nicknamed "The Chessboard Killer." In 2007, he was convicted of 48 counts of murder and 3 counts of attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison.