15 Wicked Serial Killers In History You Wish Were Just Horror Stories

If you think that killers exist only in horror movies or in horror tales, you are completely wrong. These 15 killers existed throughout history and committed the worst and most awful killings that you may ever imagine. Check out #13#6 and obviously #1!

#15. Ed Gein

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Fictional horror characters like Norman BatesLeatherface and Buffalo Bill have been inspired by one and only one man: Ed Geinor The Butcher of Plainfield as he was also known.

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Gein’s modus operandi was based in collecting women’s bodies via grave-robbing and later murder between 1945 to 1957, when he was finally caught. The remains of the women he killed were used to decorate his farm in Wisconsin and to make clothes. Gein passed away in 1984 locked away in a mental institution.

#14. Charles Manson

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Charles Manson was known for his manipulation that earned him a renowned popularity as a cult leader around 1960. Both Manson and every person in his cult committed the most atrocious murders in the United States.

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Among Manson’s victims were Sharon Tate, who was Roman Polanski’s wife, and coffee heiress Abigail Folger. Manson and his followers were sentenced to death, but the State of California then abolished the death penalty. Nonetheless, they spent the remainder of their lives in jail.

#13. Ted Bundy

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One of the most notorious serial killers known for his body count is Ted Bundy. He killed approximately 30 people in the US, the vast majority of which consisted of women. He was a very charming and good-looking person, and that was how he attracted all of his victims.

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The authorities of the United States spent several years trying to catch him because no one could believe that a person such as Ted could be a heartless evil, as his lawyer described him. Bundy became known for his necrophiliac tendencies.

#12. Richard Ramirez, “The Night Stalker”

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Richard Ramirez, also known as The Night Stalker, was a serial killer that struck Los Angeles around the 1980s. He had had a hard upbringing and had his first contact with death at the age of 11, when his cousin murdered his wife and asked Richard to help him clean up.

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Regarding The Night Stalker’s victims, their age ranged from nine to eighty-three years old and he did not have a particular preference for gender, although all of his killings had a satanic background, because he was fascinated by it.

#11. Jack the Ripper

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One of the killers whose identity remains unknown until the day is London’s Jack the Ripper, but nonetheless he is famous in the whole world. His attacks took place in the late 1800s and his preferred victims were prostitutes. After he killed them, he used to remove her sex organs.

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As there is little information about him, one of the things that we can know for sure is that he had an enormous hate for women, and people theorized that his mother may have been a prostitute too.

#10. Albert DeSalvo, “The Boston Strangler”

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Serial killer Albert DeSalvo killed women by strangulation, and according to The Boston Globe he used a fairly simply ruse to get through women’s front doors.

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His criminal career started at an early age by torturing animals, a clear sign that he was a psychopath. As he was an extreme misogynist, his relationship with women was very difficult. He would later find his demise in prison in 1973 after being stabbed.

#9. Jeffrey Dahmer

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According to The New York Times, psychopath and serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer evaded police detection for several years as they assumed that every excuse he gave them was true. To the world, he appeared as very polite and unassuming.

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Dahmer is very famous not only for being a killer, but also for his cannibal tendencies. When authorities finally raided his home, they found human heads in the refrigerator. Dahmer was killed in prison in 1994.

#8. The Zodiac Killer

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Another one of the unknown serial killers of history is The Zodiac Killer. The one reason why his killings were so sensational was that he would reach out to media outlets and send them codes and riddles.

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As opposed to Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer did not stick to shadows. He was heavily active between 1960 and 1970, and since the last letter he sent to the press in 1974, there has not been any trace of him.

 #7. Vlad the Impaler

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Dracula’s myth is based in this Transylvanian ruler of the 15th century. He was known for his brutality and he was nicknamed Vlad the Impaler.

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The name Vlad the Impaler was given to him for the way he killed all of his victims. He would leave people impaled outside his castle while they suffered a slow death. It is estimated that he impaled 20,000 and killed 80,000 people.

#6. Dennis Rader, “The BTK Killer”

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Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK (bind, torture and kill), was a serial killer known for playing with the press like the Zodiac killer.

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What was his downfall? He tried to outsmart everybody else. The police were able to track him through a disk that he sent to the media back to his church in 2005. He centered all of his killings around bondage scenarios.

#5. Elizabeth Báthory

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One of the most prolific female serial killers is Elizabeth Báthory. She killed around 600 young girls in the belief that drinking and bathing in their blood would help her retain her youth.

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As she was a Hungarian countess, and also because of her social standing, she was never set to trial. She faced house arrest until 1614 when she died.

#4. David Berkowitz, “Son of Sam”

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In the mid-1970s, serial killer David Berkowitz made the entire city go into panic after he started randomly shooting people, especially young women with long brunette hair with a .44 caliber revolver.

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The Son of Sam, as he was known, terrified the city as they did not know where he would strike next. His first criminal actions were as an arsonist, but was only caught after he started killing people. Instead of being a psychopath, Berkowitz showed signs of psychosis. Nowadays, he turned a Christian in prison and started acting as a mentor to other fellow inmates.

#3. Albert Fish

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Another ferocious serial killer that struck United States in the 1900s was Albert Fish. He was one of the first killers to cannibalize his victims.

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The most depraving and horrifying thing about Fish was that he sent letters to his victims’ families where he described in full detail what he did to his victims.

#2. H. H. Holmes

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The first serial killer of United States appeared in the late 1800s. Known as H. H. Holmes, he was a doctor and the architect of a huge Chicago Hotel, that would later be known as the Murder Castle.

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He was the first serial killer in the United States and he built the hotel with the only intention of murdering and concealing his victims in passages that only he knew about.

#1. Aileen Wuornos

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Known for being one of the most famous female serial killers in the United States, Aileen Wuornos was completely intriguing because of her eccentric and outgoing personality.

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Sometimes, Aileen would just admit her guilt, while at other times she would completely deny it. After murdering several men she found on the highways while she was working as a prostitute in 2002, she was put to death.

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