25 Horrible Serial Killers of the 20th CenturyIf you believe that they are angry, heartless or just mentally ill, then you are still a part of a society that repels and attracts the lives and minds of serial killers. Who are they and what motivates them? We present to your attention a report about the most horrendous serial killers of the 20th century.
25. David Berkowitz
Known as the Son of Sam or a 44-killer, David Berkowitz conducted a series of murders in the summer of 1976. Using a 44-caliber Bulldog revolver, he killed 6 people and wounded another 7. Berkowitz also sent a number of letters to the police and press with stories of his further killings for the purpose of teasing. He terrorized New Yorkers almost a year. In the end, he was captured in August 1977. Berkowitz confessed to all the murders and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for each of them.
24. Edmund Kemper
Edmund Kemper is an American serial killer and necrophilic who conducted a series of violent serial killings in California in the 1970s. At the age of 15 he killed his grandparents and later killed and dismembered six women hitchhiking in the Santa Cruz area. Later, he killed his mother and one of her friends, and several days later surrendered to the police. In November 1973, he was found guilty of committing 8 murders. He asked for a death penalty, but instead received a life sentence without the right to early release.
23. Larry Bittaker and Roy Norris
These two American serial killers together took the lives of five young women in California in 1979. They lured the victims into their van, drove away to secluded places and then both raped and tortured the unfortunate with a series of tools. In 1981, maniacs were charged with murder, kidnapping and rape. Bittaker was sentenced to death and remains on death row to this day. Norris, however, was spared in exchange for testimony against his accomplice. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
22. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
These people killed five children in 1963-1965 in Greater Manchester, England. Their victims were from 10 to 17 years old. Before being brutally murdered, the unfortunate were subjected to sexual violence. Three of the dead were found in graves dug at Saddleworth Moor, the body of the last victim was found in the house of Brady. The location of the fourth child, Keith Bennett (Keith Bennett) to this day is unknown. Both Brady and Hindley were later sentenced to life imprisonment. Hindley died in prison in 2002. Brady has since been moved to the hospital with the maximum level of security Ashworth, where he still resides, periodically declaring hunger strikes.
21. Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono
Between the end of 1977 and the beginning of 1978, Kenneth and Angelo's cousins kept the whole of California in fear, kidnapping, raping and killing 10 girls between the ages of 12 and 28. Each of their victims ended their lives in the mountains over Los Angeles, where they choked them. Bianchi tried to declare his innocence, referring to the insanity, but later it was found that the documents confirming his mental ill health, counterfeit. He pleaded guilty and began to testify against Buono. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment. Buono died of a heart attack in his cell in 2002.
20. Dennis Raider
Dennis Reider killed 10 people in Sedgwick County, Kansas, between 1974 and 1991. Obsessed with popularity, Raider sent teasing letters to the police, signing "SPU", which was deciphered as "Binding, torture, murder." Raider pursued his victims before invading their homes, tied them up and tortured them. Disappearing in 1988, Raider reappeared in 2005, sending a floppy disk to the media, which helped to expose him. He was arrested and charged with murders, in which he immediately confessed. He is serving 10 life sentences with the earliest possible date of release on February 26, 2180.
19. Donald Henry Gaskins
In 1969, Gaskins begins to kill people hitchhiking, whom he picked up, traveling around the US south, torturing and mutilating his victims. He claimed that he killed between 80 and 90 people. He was arrested in 1975, when a well-known criminal authority confessed to the police that he had witnessed the murder of two young people by Gaskinson. He was found guilty of killing 8 people and sentenced to death, however, later the sentence was changed to life imprisonment without the right to parole. It is noteworthy, but Gaskins continued to commit murders while in high security prison, killing a cellmate. He is the only person who killed a cellmate on death row.
18. Peter Manuel
The American-born Scottish serial killer is known to have killed 9 people in South Scotland in 1956-1958. Suspected of killing 18 people. The police could not prove his guilt until it was confirmed that some of the banknotes that Manuel paid for drinks in the pubs of Glasgow belonged to one of his victims. He confessed to the deed committed in the face of his mother, while at the police station, where he was held in custody. In July 1958, Manuel was hanged for his crimes in the prison of Barlinnie Glasgow (Glasgow's Barlinnie Prison). He was one of the last prisoners in Scotland to be hanged before the death penalty was abolished in the country.
17. John George Haig
This man was an English serial killer of the 1940s. He was convicted of killing 6 people, although he claimed to have killed 9. John was a professional scam, got acquainted with rich people and made them believe in what is a successful businessman. He lured his victims to an abandoned warehouse, where he shot them. After that he dissolved their bodies in sulfuric acid, then forged documents to take all their property and savings to their hands. It was calculated on human remains, and the police managed to collect enough evidence to convict Haig. In 1949, he was sentenced to death and hung in Wendsworth prison.
16. Fred and Rose West
Between 1967 and 1987, Fred West and his wife Rose tortured, raped and killed at least 10 young women and girls, most in their home on Cromwell Street, 25, Gloucester, who was later called the house of horrors. By being arrested in the hall court, Fred hanged himself in the prison cell before he was convicted. In 1995, Rose was imprisoned for life imprisonment after she was found guilty of committing 10 murders. Their house on Cromwell Street was demolished in 1996 to discourage hunters from buying souvenirs. The couple was finally detained and charged with murder in 1994 after the police received a search warrant. They found human bones buried in the garden and hidden under the floorboards.
15. Arthur Shawcross
Known as the "murderer of the Genesee River," Shawcross committed his first homicide in 1972, raping and brutally murdering a 10-year-old boy whom he lured into the wooded terrain at Watertown, New York. Then he raped and killed an 8-year-old girl, for which he was seized and charged with manslaughter. After serving 14 years in prison, in 1988 he was released and brutally punished with 12 prostitutes between the ages of 22 and 59. In the end, he was caught in the place of the last crime. He confessed to all 12 murders and was sentenced to 250 years' imprisonment, but died in prison of a heart attack in 2008.
14. Peter Sutcliffe
Peter William Sutcliffe is a British serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper. In 1981, Sutcliffe was convicted of killing 13 women and attempting to kill seven others. He killed prostitutes in Leeds and Bradford, creating an atmosphere of fear throughout northern England. During his arrest in 1981 for driving a car with forged license plates, the police began to question him about these murders, and he confessed. At the trial, he pleaded not guilty to murder due to insanity, but the reason for self-defense was also rejected by the jury. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, to this day he is staying in the psychiatric hospital of Broadmoor.
13. Richard Ramirez
Ricardo Ramirez Leyva Muñoz was an American serial killer, worshiping Satan and terrorizing Los Angeles in 1984-1985. Having received the nickname "Night Stalker", Ramirez broke into the houses of his victims, shot, banged, maimed, raped and killed. He did not choose his victims according to some special parameters, they ranged from a 9-year-old girl to an elderly couple aged 60. Ramirez was different because he drew pentagrams on the walls in the homes of his victims. He was captured in 1985, sentenced to life imprisonment. For 23 years he was on death row in a California prison, and in June 2013 Ramirez died.
12. Jeffrey Dahmer
Known as "Cannibal Milwaukee," Jeffrey Dahmer was an American serial killer who raped, killed and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. He was also a necrophilia and ate his last victims, preparing food from them in the backyard of his house. Dahmer was able to catch after his potential victims were able to overcome him and turned to the police. In 1992, Dahmer was found guilty of committing 15 murders and was sentenced to 15 life sentences. However, just two years after being in a Colombian correctional facility, he was beaten to death by a cellmate.
11. Dennis Nielsen
The British equivalent of Jeffrey Dahmer, Dennis Nielsen was a homosexual assassin who cracked down on 15 men of unconventional sexual orientation in his home in London between 1978-1983. He kept the bodies of his victims for some time, then the decaying remains burned or flushed down the toilet. This helped him catch when human flesh was found in his sewer. Nielsen was convicted in 1983 on six counts of murder and two assassination attempts. The sentence is life imprisonment. He is still serving his term in Yorkshire, England, without a chance of early release.
10. Ted Bundy
This is one of the most famous killers of the 20th century. He abducted, raped and killed young women and girls in the 1970s. Bundy usually approached his victims in public places, took them to secluded corners, raped and killed. He beheaded at least 12 victims, and he kept his severed heads in his apartment as trophies. He was repeatedly detained by the police, but twice he managed to escape. He was accused of numerous murders and sentenced to death. Bundy was executed on an electric chair in 1989.
9. Charles Ng and Leonard Lake
The Sino-American serial killer Charles Ng is believed to have raped, tortured and killed 11-25 people along with his accomplice Leonard Lake at the ranch of the latter in Calaveras County, California. They videotaped how they raped and tortured their victims. Their crimes were publicized in 1985 after Lake committed suicide when he learned that Ng was caught for stealing at a hardware store. The police searched Lake's ranch and found human remains there. Ng was identified as an accomplice of Lake in crimes, but he tried to evade charges of fleeing to Canada. After a lengthy extradition to the United States, he was brought before the court in 1998 and found guilty of committing 12 murders. Currently, Ng is on death row in the state prison of San Quentin
8. John Wayne Gacy
Gaisi raped and killed 33 teenagers and young people between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. He lured the victim to his home, promising money or work, then strangled with a tourniquet. 26 people he buried in his yard, the bodies of the following killed, he recycled, dropping them into the river Des Plaines. Convicted of 33 murders, Gacy was sentenced to death. He spent 14 years on death row before he was given a lethal injection on May 10, 1994.
7. Andrei Chikatilo
Andrei Chikatilo was a Soviet serial killer, nicknamed "Rostov butcher". Between 1978 and 1990, he raped and killed at least 52 people, including women and children. Suspecting Chikatilo in the murders, the police kept him under surveillance, the results of which provided enough grounds for his arrest. He confessed a total of 56 murders, and in April 1992 was convicted of committing 53 of them. Relatives of the deceased demanded his release from custody to commit lynching. Chikatilo was sentenced to death and shot in February 1994.
6. Tommy Lynn Sails
Claiming that he killed at least 70 people, Tommy Lynn Sails was considered one of the most dangerous criminals in the United States. He was found guilty of several brutal murders between 1985 and 1999. Among his victims was also a 13-year-old girl, who inflicted 16 stab wounds. He managed to capture after the 10-year-old victim of the maniac, whom he left to die, was able to get out and warn his neighbors. She described in detail the perpetrator, which ultimately contributed to his arrest. Sels was sentenced to death. To this day, he is on death row in a high security prison in Livingston, Texas.
5. Gary Ridgeway
One of the most "prolific" serial killers, Gary Ridgeway was arrested in 2001 for 4 murders, although admitted confessing at least 70 murders of women in the state of Washington in the 1980s and 1990s. He escaped the death penalty, telling the police in detail about the murders, and leading the authorities to the burial grounds. Five women he threw in the Green River, for which he was nicknamed in the press "the killer of the Green River." He was found guilty of committing 49 murders and sentenced to life imprisonment without the right to early release.
4. Pedro Rodriguez Filho
Filho is a Brazilian serial killer, arrested in 1973, convicted in 2003 for killing at least 71 people. Sentenced to 128 years in prison. His first murder he committed at the age of 14 years. He went against local drug dealers who killed his girlfriend while he was in prison for a series of thefts. At the age of 18, he already had 10 murders. While in prison, he killed his father, who also served time for the murder. While in prison, he killed 47 prisoners. Initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, Pedro increased his time by himself, as against a background of constant murders, his sentence was increased to 400 years in prison.
3. Daniel Camargo of Barbosa
This man was a Colombian serial killer who is believed to have raped and killed more than 150 young girls in Colombia and Ecuador in the 1970s and 1980s. He quietly confessed to the murder of 71 girls in Ecuador after escaping from Columbia prison. He led the police to the place where he collected the bodies of the victims. After raping the girls, he killed them with a machete. Barbosa was convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 16 years in prison, the maximum sentence in Ecuador. In November 1994, a cousin of one of the dead girls killed him in prison.
2. Dr. Harold Shipman
Harold Shipman was an English doctor, as well as the most "prolific" serial killer in the history of mankind, on account of which, it was proved, there were 250 murders. Being a professional, he was respected in his circle, however, colleagues and local residents began to express concern about the high mortality rate in the region, as well as the large number of signed forms for the cremation of older women. Some bodies were later exhumed and the study of corpses showed the presence of diamorphine in them. Later found that Shipman deliberately injected lethal doses of the drug to a large number of patients. Then he forged documents on the will, inheriting the same large sums of money. He also forged cremation documents to completely cover up the tracks. The judge sentenced him to 15 life sentences without the right to parole. In January 2004, Shipman hanged himself in his cell in Wakefield Prison
1. Pedro Alonso Lopez
Lopez is a Colombian serial killer, accused of raping and killing more than 300 girls in South America. He was believed to have hunted young and vulnerable adolescent girls in Peru. He lured them into secluded places, raped, and then killed, most often through suffocation. Lopez was arrested when another attempt to kidnap a girl failed, and he was caught by market workers. He confessed to the murder of more than 300 people. The police believed him only when, after a sudden flood, he discovered the mass burial of many of his victims. In the end, 53 bodies were found. A prisoner in 1980, he spent only 18 years in prison, then released from an Ecuadorian prison and deported to Colombia, where he was again arrested in 2002 and sentenced to life imprisonment.