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List of serial killers who have abused animals. Often when people try to discover what makes an unrepentant serial killer tick, they look at their childhoods. Were there any indications that they could turn into murderers? One of the biggest indications that a person is destined to be a disturbed individual is seeing whether or not they torture of animals. Psychologists point to animal abuse as proof of a lack of empathy and propensity towards violence. While there isn’t any hard data claiming the percentage of serial killers who began their career of pain by hurting animals, many believe that this is a serious warning sign.

Many serial killers have admitted that torturing animals was their first time they realized that they liked to hurt people. Often neighborhood cats and dogs were the earliest victims of these menacing childhood “games,” which often led to painful deaths. Some serial killers began by hurting other types of animals, from goats to crabs. One even began torturing animals after seeing his father do the same.

What serial killers began their path by abusing animals?This list features the serial killers that have openly admitted to hurting and killing animals.


David Berkowitz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 10 Serial Killers Who Abused Animals First
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David Berkowitz is best known as the Son of Sam. He believed God was telling him to kill. At one point during his crimes, he shot his neighbor's dog. see more on David Berkowitz - The Son of Sam

Brenda Ann Spencer


Brenda Ann Spencer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10 Serial Killers Who Abused Animals First
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Brenda Spencer is notorious for shooting a gun into a crowd of children. Eleven children were hit by her bullets with two dying. When she was a child, Spencer lit the tails of cats and dogs, which she found in the neighborhood, on fire.

Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Serial Killers Who Abused Animals First
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When Jeffrey Dahmer was a kid, his hobby was to kill his neighbor's pets. He even impaled a dog's head on a stick and displayed it. see more on Jeffrey Dahmer

Albert DeSalvo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Serial Killers Who Abused Animals First
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Best known as the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo killed multiple women. As a child, he would trap dogs and cats in a box and would shoot arrows at them. see more on Albert Desalvo