25 Seriously Disturbing Serial Killers from Around the World

by J.M. on July 12, 2010 · 205 comments

I watch a lot of scary movies. Vampires, werewolves, zombies… they’ve got nothing on one other group when it comes to scaring me — serial killers. Even when they’re just fictional characters, I find serial killers to be terrifying not because I expect to come across one any more than a movie monster, but because they represent something real.

These awful excuses for human beings do exist, and they pose a real threat to society. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors, and races. Today we’ll take a quick look at 25 serial killers from around the world. There will be some of the more well-known U.S. and other serial killers, but we’ll also have some from places like Russia, Indonesia, Mexico, China, and more. They aren’t all the most famous serial killers. You’ve probably never heard of some of them. And some of your “favorites” won’t be included here. This list is a little different.

Rather than focusing solely on well-known serial killers (although some will be included), we’re looking at a more diverse group — both men and women, different races and nationalities, etc. Even more importantly, I wanted to take a look at some of the world’s recent and distant serial killers with some of the most disturbing motives or stories.

Keep in mind…. I’m not claiming these are THE most disturbing serial killers. There have been too many for me to ever know about them all, and that would be subjective. These are just some examples of particularly disturbing individuals that caught my attention or made me cringe. If other serial killers top your own personal list, feel free to leave a comment below to tell us about them.

25 Disturbing Serial Killers from Around the World

The serial killers profiled below are listed in alphabetical order (by first names) — not in any order based on how “disturbing” I might find them, by race, nationality, etc. Also, understand that the definition of “serial killer” is heavily debated. For example some definitions simply state there must be a break between killings to separate serial killers from mass-murderers. Other definitions give a specific length that break must be in order to qualify as a serial killer rather than a spree killer. We’re not going split hairs about that here.

Note: Where legal images were available for re-publication, I’ve included them below. You can run a Google image search to view other serial killers from the list if you’re interested — but having them appear in image search results doesn’t give us the right to publish them here for you directly. I did, however, try to link to one page with an image where possible when one wasn’t available for republication.

Now, let’s get to the list.

1. Ahmad Suradji


The idea of ritualistic serial killers on one hand baffles me and on the other hand fascinates me. They’re a reminder that the world is full of different cultures where different practices are considered acceptable than here in the West.

But Ahmad Suradji doesn’t seem to be following any kind of cultural norm. Instead he just sounds deranged. At the same time, I have to admit it’s one of the more “interesting” excuses or motives I’ve ever seen. Here’s more on Indonesian serial killer, Ahmad Suradji.

Victims: Suradji murdered 42 females between the ages of 11 and 30. The killings took place over 11 years.

Kill Zone: Medan, Indonesia

Methods: Suradji buried his victims up to their waists and strangled them with a cable.

Motives: Suradji conducted ritual killings. He claimed to be told by his father’s ghost in a dream that by killing these women and drinking their saliva, he would become a mystic healer.

Outcome: Ahmad Suradji was found guilty on April 27, 1998 of his crimes and was executed by firing squad on July 10, 2008.

Additional Information: One of Suradji’s three wives (Tumini) was tried as an accomplice. Often Suradji’s victims were women who came to him seeking his services as a healer.

2. Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos

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On one hand, I can understand that traumatic experiences can lead to disturbing behavior. Still…. Call me crazy, but I just can’t see trauma caused by someone else as justification for murdering others. Then again, that’s probably because I’m not crazy. Aileen Wuornos is the first female serial killer on our list here, and she’s an example of someone who was (or who claimed to be) traumatized, leading to the murders of several men.

Victims: Wuornos killed 7 men between the ages of 40 and 65.

Kill Zone: Florida, United States

Methods: The murders were committed with multiple gun shots.

Motives: Wuornos claimed that the men she killed had raped her (or tried to) while she was working as a prostitute.

Outcome: Wuornos was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.

Additional Information: Aileen Wuornos’ story was the basis for the movie Monster. She had a child when she was a young teen, claiming she was raped by an unknown man. However, it’s suspected by some that her brother actually fathered the child.

3. Alexander Pichushkin


Alexander Pichushkin is a Russian serial killer known as “The Chessboard Killer.” Unlike some killers who have almost understandable motives (such as being abused or tortured themselves in some way — not that it excuses anything), Pichushkin is a whole different level of crazy. He killed for the competition of it.

Victims: Pichushkin has 48 verified victims. While not all, most of them were elderly homeless men.

Kill Zone: Moscow, Russia

Methods: Most of Alexander Pichushkin’s victims were killed with hammer blows to the head. He preferred to strike them from behind supposedly to avoid spilling blood on himself. He then threw some of his victims into the sewers.

Motives: It is believed Pichushkin considered himself to be in competition with another serial killer — Andrei Chikatilo. At one point he mentioned that his “goal” was to kill 64 victims — enough to fill the squares on a chessboard, hence his nickname.

Outcome: Pichushkin was convicted on October 24, 2007 to life in prison, including 15 years of solitary confinement.

Additional Information: Pichushkin has been quoted as saying “For me, life without killing is like life without food for you…. I felt like the father of all these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.” He was kept in a glass cage during his trial.

4. Andrei Chikatilo


You’ve already seen the name Andrei Chikatilo mentioned, because he was at least partially the inspiration for another Russian serial killer — Alexander Pichushkin. Chikatilo was known by two nicknames — “The Red Ripper” and “The Rostov Ripper.”

Victims: Chikatilo killed 53 women and children (of both genders).

Kill Zone: Rostov Oblast, Russia

Methods: Chikatilo didn’t kill all of his victims in the same way. Most were stabbed, but a few were strangled or battered to death. All were mutilated.

Motives: Chikatilo killed for sexual satisfaction — he could only become aroused by committing violent acts against women.

Outcome: Andrei Chikatilo was shot and executed on February 14, 1994.

Additional Information: Chikatilo was impotent due to a childhood illness, yet had two children of his own. His son Yuri was charged with the attempted murder of a man.

5. Carl Eugene Watts


One thing I find particularly disturbing is when killers start young and no one “notices” or stops them before they can escalate. According to Watts, he was one of those kinds of killers.

Victims: Watts killed females between the ages of 14 and 44. Twelve victims are confirmed, but it’s expected that there were more — possibly dozens.

Kill Zone: Texas and Michigan, United States

Methods: Watts wasn’t faithful to any particular method of killing his victims. He use strangulation, stabbing, drowning, and beatings.

Motives: While his motives aren’t believed to be sexual in nature (as with many serial killers), they aren’t known.

Outcome: Watts died of cancer on September 21, 2007 shortly after being sentenced to life in prison. Prior to this, he had been serving time in Texas.

Additional Information: Watts is believed to have had an IQ of just 68, and he may have killed his first victim at the young age of 15.

6. Carlton Gary


I won’t say that I do or don’t believe Carlton Gary is guilty of being “The Stocking Strangler.” But for all that we know, that’s who he is. Others disagree, and believe it’s a case of poor evidence. What do you think?

Victims: Carlton Gary is believed to have killed 7 elderly women.

Kill Zone: Georgia, United States

Methods: Victims were beaten, raped, and then strangled to death.

Outcome: Gary was convicted of murder on August 26, 1986 and then sentenced to death. He is still on death row.  He was supposed to be executed on December 16, 2009 but the Georgia Supreme Court stopped his execution the day it was supposed to happen to allow for a hearing on the DNA evidence.

7. Dana Sue Gray


Have you ever seen an “outfit to die for?” Apparently serial killer / shopaholic Dana Sue Gray has. This has got to be one of the most screwed up motives for murder I’ve seen. But really, greed is one of the oldest I guess.

Victims: Gray killed 3 elderly women age 57 – 87, and a fourth victim survived.

Kill Zone: California, United States

Methods: Two of the victims were strangled with telephone cords (the survivor was one of them), one was beaten, and one was stabbed.

Motives: Gray’s motives were financial. She said she killed her victims to support her overwhelming need to shop. She stole cash and credit cards from her victims to help support her lifestyle.

Outcome: Gray was convicted and sentenced to life without parole on October 16, 1998.

8. Dean Arnold Corll


Child molester / serial killer, Dean Arnold Corll — known as “The Candy Man” — received a fate rather deserved (at least in this writer’s eyes). I won’t even share what I think should be done to people who abuse and kill children. This is the kind of killer nightmares are made of.

Victims: He killed 27 or 28 young boys.

Kill Zone: Texas, United States

Methods: Victims were raped / sexually assaulted, tortured, and then strangled or shot.

Outcome: He was killed by one of his accomplices.

Additional Information: He had two accomplices who found his victims for him — for $200 each. Apparently that’s the price of a little boy’s life.

9. Elizabeth Báthory

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Now let’s take a look at one of the worst female serial killers known, even if a few centuries too late — the “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Báthory.

Victims: Although she was never personally tried, hundreds of female accomplices were convicted for 80 murders.

Kill Zone: Kingdom of Hungary

Methods: Victims were treated to torture, mutilation, and beatings.

Outcome: The accomplices of Elizabeth Báthory were executed. She, on the other hand, was bricked into rooms of her castle for house arrest. She was found dead on August 21, 1614.

Additional Information: Legend has it that she killed and then bathed in the blood of virgins to try to maintain her youth.

10. Gary Leon Ridgway


Gary Leon Ridgway — “The Green River Killer” — makes my list of one of the most disturbing serial killers for the sheer volume of victims he had. It’s a reminder that sometimes awful people really can evade the law for quite some time. And that is something I find terrifying.

Victims: Ridgway was convicted of 48 murders, although he confessed to killing 71 women. He generally killed prostitutes that he would pick up and have sex with before committing the murders.

Kill Zone: Washington, United States

Methods: Strangulation

Outcome: Ridgway pled guilty to 48 counts of murder on November 5, 2003. He was then sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Additional Information: Ridgway is said to have an IQ of 82.

11. Gregorio Cárdenas Hernández


When I think of violence in Mexico, I tend to think about drug-related instances and deaths — not serial killers. But I guess we all have our “outstanding citizens” don’t we? Gregorio Cárdenas Hernández — also known as the “Strangler of Tacuba” — didn’t have a lot of victims. But what he did with them is disturbingly strange.

Victims: Cárdenas Hernández killed 3 teenage girls — two 16-year-old prostitutes and one 19-year-old student.

Kill Zone: Mexico City, Mexico

Methods: After having sex with his victims, he strangled them and buried their bodies in his garden.

Outcome: He was arrested and given a life sentence in 1942, but escaped from prison in 1947. After being re-arrested he stayed in prison until 1976 when he was pardoned, cited as a great example of rehabilitation. He died in 1999, of natural causes.

Additional Information: He studied law and psychiatry while in prison, and practiced law after his release. He also wrote three books.

12. Huang Yong


Apparently “because I wanted to” is a good enough motive to become a serial killer for some. I don’t know about you, but in my mind that’s even worse than killing people for their money because you like to spend too much.

Victims: Yong killed at least 17 teenage boys (but based on a survivor’s account, it was 25).

Kill Zone: Henan province, China

Methods: He drugged, rapes, and then suffocated his victims.

Motives: Huang Yong was quoted as saying “I’ve always wanted to be an assassin since I was a kid, but I never had the chance.”

Outcome: He was both sentenced to death and then executed by firing squad December 2003 — apparently the Chinese don’t wait around. And in this case and the admission, really, I can’t say I blame them.

Additional Information: Yong was a migrant laborer, and he kept his victim’s belts as souvenirs. He claimed that killing females wouldn’t make him as much of a “hero” as killing males.

13. Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper might be famous, but he’s still relatively unknown. His identity has never been discovered. In fact, the murders attributed to him might not have even been committed by the same person. But Jack the Ripper makes my list of some of the most disturbing serial killers in the world because, real or not, the lore surrounding those Whitechapel killings went a long way towards solidifying the image of the sinister serial killer in many of our minds — an image that might even be dangerous, given the socially charming nature of others.

Victims: Jack the Ripper was believed to have killed at least 5 prostitutes from 1888-1891.

Kill Zone: London, England (Whitechapel District)

Methods: Victims’ throats were slit and their abdomens were mutilated.

Additional Information: A letter supposedly sent to the media from the killer ignited a media frenzy around the image of Jack the Ripper.

14. Jeffrey Dahmer


Yes, Jeffrey Dahmer is another one of the more famous serial killers, but I didn’t promise to leave them all off. Let’s just say there was precious little Dahmer did that didn’t make him disturbing enough for this list. Eating your victims is more than enough for me.

Victims: Dahmer killed 17 young men and boys. His victims were of Asian or African descent.

Kill Zone: Wisconsin, United States

Methods: Dahmer was guilty of rape, torture, necrophilia, and cannibalism.

Outcome: Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 15 terms of life in prison in 1992, and he was killed by a fellow inmate on November 28, 1994.

Additional Information: Apparently on May 27, 1991, a 14 year old victim got away. But when he went to police and Dahmer claimed he was his 19 year old boyfriend, police returned the boy to the killer. The boy was murdered that night.

15. Luis Garavito


“La Bestia,” Luis Garavito, is one of the most prolific serial killers on our list. He’s another one who preyed on young boys, making him doubly disgusting — both for his choice in victims and the number of people he killed.

Victims: There are at least 138 confirmed victims of Luis Garavito — young boys.

Kill Zone: He committed his murders across 59 counties in Colombia.

Methods: Victims were raped, had their throats slit, and were then dismembered.

Outcome: Garavito was convicted on April 22, 1999, and is serving the maximum sentence available in Colombia. Although that sentence is only 30 years, he could still possibly be tried for other crimes he wasn’t yet convicted for, keeping him in longer. That said, there’s also the possibility he could be released early.

16. Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton

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Mary Ann Cotton is a prime example of the “black widow” type of female serial killer. She tended to kill husbands, lovers, or those in her way. Well, you know what they say about a “woman scorned” — or in this case just a woman who wants something from you.

Victims: Cotton had 21 victims including husbands, lovers, and “competitors” (other women who were involved with her male victims).

Kill Zone: Durham, England

Methods: Cotton poisoned her victims.

Motives: She killed her victims for two reasons: financial security (collecting on life insurance policies) and jealousy.

Outcome: Cotton was hanged in March 1873.

Additional Information: At the time it was assumed many of her victims died of “gastric fever” rather than poison.

17. Moses Sithole


Moses Sithole is a South African serial killer. What makes him most disturbing isn’t even how he killed his victims, but rather the fact that he would call and taunt his victims’ families.

Victims: Sithole killed 30 or more women before he was tried.

Kill Zone: Johannesburg, South Africa

Methods: Victims were raped and strangled.

Outcome: He was convicted on December 5, 1997 and sentenced to 2410 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole after 930 years — 2927. That’s an oddly comforting, if not almost amusing, thought.

Additional Information: Sithole is believed to have posed as a businessman offering jobs in order to gain the trust of the women he murdered.

18. Peter Kürten

Peter Kurten

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When you think of vampires, what era do you think of? I certainly don’t think of the 1900s… unless we’re talking about movies. But around 1930 the world met serial killer Peter Kürten, labeled the “Vampire of Düsseldorf.”

Victims: While he was only charged with 9 murders and 7 attempted murders, Kürten actually confessed to 79 killings.

Kill Zone: Düsseldorf, Germany

Methods: He intentionally chose to use a variety of killing methods to keep police in the dark about the connection between the murders.

Motives: His motive was of the good old “can’t get it up” variety. He killed for sexual stimulation, needing to see blood to become aroused.

Outcome: I’m sure he would have been pleased by the blood on display July 2, 1931 when he was executed by guillotine.

Additional Information: Kürten claimed that he committed his first murders when he was just 5 years old, drowning two friends.

19. Robert Hansen


Robert Hansen took advantage of the Alaskan wilderness when he killed his victims. All in all he isn’t much different than other serial killers. What caught my attention about Hansen was his seeming addiction to “the hunt” — and I don’t just mean finding new victims.

Victims: Hansen is believed to have killed somewhere between 17 and 21 young women, with a particular emphasis on prostitutes.

Kill Zone: Alaska, United States

Methods: Hansen’s victims were kidnapped, raped, then released. Hansen would then hunt his victims around his cabins like hunting game, and they were ultimately killed with a hunting knife or a rifle.

Outcome: Hansen pled guilty to 4 of the murders, and has served in various federal prisons since June 13, 1983.

Additional Information: Hansen took jewelry from his victims.

20. Robert Maudsley


Robert Maudsley — “Hannibal the Cannibal” — makes the list not only for the belief that he ate part of the brain of one of his victims, but because of the types of people he killed.

Victims: Maudsley had 4 victims, but 3 of them were murdered while they were in prison.

Kill Zone: Berkshire, England

Methods: One victim was killed by strangulation, another by torture, and two others by stabbings.

Outcome: Maudsley initially went to prison in 1974. But after killing 3 fellow prisoners he was placed in solitary confinement in 1983.

Additional Information: Three of Maudsley’s 4 victims were actually child molesters or sex offenders. Honestly that makes me dislike him just a wee bit less.

21. Robert Pickton


Here’s another killer who didn’t make this list because of how he killed his victims, but rather for something he did with their bodies after the fact. Robert Pickton fed the bodies of his victims to pigs. Yeah.

Victims: Pickton was convicted of killing 6 people, but charged with the murders of 20 others. He murdered prostitutes.

Kill Zone: Vancouver, Canada

Methods: Pickton killed his victims by strangling and mutilation. Details are largely unknown about victims he wasn’t convicted on, but there were also possibly gunshot victims.

Outcome: His conviction on 6 counts of second degree murder happened on December 9, 2007. He’s serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 years.

Additional Information: Robert Pickton’s story was loosely used in an episode of TV’s CSI and also served as the basis for an episode of Criminal Minds.

22. Saeed Hanaei


I don’t know which is worse… killing people because you are morally depraved, or killing people because you think you’re cleansing that depravity or corruption. Apparently Iranian serial killer Saeed Hanaei — the “Spider Killer” — had no problem with the latter.

Victims: Hanaei killed 16 prostitutes, with an emphasis on prostitutes who were drug addicts.

Kill Zone: Mashad, Iran

Methods: Hanaei strangled his victims.

Motives: He killed his victims because he believed he was eliminating their moral corruption.

Outcome: Saeed Hanaei was hanged on April 8, 2002.

Additional Information: Hanaei was called the “spider killer” because he lured women to his home before having sex with and murdering them, similar to the way a spider lures prey into its web. Hanaei was a high profile and controversial figure in Iran. Some fundamentalists even praised his actions (although I can’t quite see how sleeping with prostitutes before killing them is any kind of moral high ground — but hey, that’s just me). Hanaei’s murders were the inspiration behind Alice Cooper’s 2008 “Along Came a Spider.”

23. Ted Bundy

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Okay. So Ted Bundy is another pretty well-known serial killer. But cutting off and keeping the heads of victims definitely puts him in my list of seriously disturbing serial killers.

Victims: Bundy confessed to over 30 murders of white middle-class females between the ages of 15 and 25.

Kill Zone: Washington, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Florida, United States

Methods: Bundy’s victims were beaten then strangled. He was also guilty of rape and necrophilia.

Outcome: Bundy faced execution by the electric chair in Florida on January 24, 1989.

Additional Information: Bundy tended to kill women that resembled his fiancé and had similar hair styles. But because they were physically different in other ways, Bundy denied a resentment towards here was part of his motive.

24. Tsutomu Miyazaki


Well, when someone’s known by names like the “Little Girl Murderer” and “Dracula,” it just can’t be good. I’m guessing the “Dracula” title would be a hint that Tsutomu Miyazaki drank blood from his victims. But here’s the even more disturbing part. (And yes… it gets more disturbing than drinking the blood of little girls.) He was also known to have eaten hands of a victim. Oh, and just for good measure, he went out of his way to torment his victims’ families. I literally can’t read about this man without feeling physically ill.

Victims: Miyazaki killed 4 little girls between 4 and 7 years old.

Kill Zone: Tokyo, Japan

Methods: Bodies were mutilated and corpses were molested.

Outcome: Miyazaki was sentenced to death April 14, 1997 and hanged June 17, 2008.

Additional Information: Miyazaki was born with deformed hands fused directly to his wrists, and contacted family members of victims with cryptic, taunting messages (and even the cremated remains of one victim). At one point, anime and horror films were cited as the reason for his crimes.

25. Zodiac Killer

What can I say? I find unknown serial killers to be rather disturbing. Are they still out there? I don’t know. But that’s why the well-known Zodiac Killer makes my list. The thought that these monsters could evade arrest gives me the willies.

Victims: The Zodiac Killer has 7 confirmed victims (5 dead and 2 survivors). However some believe the killer has as many as 37 victims.

Kill Zone: California, United States

Methods: Victims were killed via stabbings and shootings. Various cases were linked because of the Zodiac letters sent to newspapers. The letters included strange symbols and ciphers, some of which are still unsolved. They also included lines such as “Me=37, SFPD=0,” announcing 37 victims for the killer and no points for the police. The letters date from August 1969 to 1974 (last confirmed).

Motives: One deciphered code claimed the thrill of killing was a motive, as well as talking about the victims serving as his slaves in the afterlife.

Additional Information: Dirty Harry is loosely based on these crimes, among other films like 2007′s Zodiac.

Given that this is a blog post and not a book, it would be absolutely impossible to share details about all of the world’s serial killers. These are some of the ones who jumped out at me and disgusted, intrigued, or disturbed me in some way — at least a bit moreso than the others. What about you? Is there a local or historical serial killer you’re aware of that has a disturbing story, methods, or motives? Feel free to share that information with the rest of us by leaving a comment.

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Kerrin May 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

OK, his name was Josef not Yosef. Yes, he was pure evil. But not only was he not a serial killer, he didn’t actually murder anyone. He incinerated a newborn babies body after the newborn died of natural causes…that’s the closest he came. He’s the monster who incarcerated his own daughter in his basement prison for 24years and sired 7 children with her


emma June 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Loving the synopsis type opinion before giving the facts, in complete agreement with you about child killers, I also share your view on the dispicable way some of these…ahem….people….commited their crimes. We are all capable of killing, but just that small percentage of society think it is their god given right to take a life. Be good to add a few more and make the public more aware that there are some ( pardon the language ) fucked up dregs of humanity that can and will prey on us all if we continue to ignore the early signs in childhood.


wolfscratch June 7, 2012 at 8:49 am



An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens and John Cusack


Tim Trudel June 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Recently in Trenton, Ontario in Canada colenal Russel of the Trenton Air Base was caught for the murders of three girls in there early 20′s throughout the city. He is only the tenth documented Canadian serial killer. What was disturbing is that after he killed them he took pictures of himself in their bras and panties.


mike ravie June 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Albert Fish


Blah June 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Doctor Harold Shipman killed hundreds…


Izzy June 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

hi all, dont know how often you visit this site, but if you are like me and you are both horrified and drawn in to wanting to know more about psychopaths and serial killers, or even if you are worried that your interest on such a morbid topic is unhealthy, you gotta read “the Psychopath Test” by a Robson person. both funny, iluminating, somewhat comforting and last but not least like any good book, introducing new theories about ourselves that we can all spend our time pondering on.


YourMOM July 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Uhhh, HITLER?? He’s like the worst killer in history -.- amirite?


rico May 24, 2013 at 1:37 am

Pol Pot, Stolen , Obama..: drone strikes on non convicted people just by association better hope they don’t start doing it here. Anywhere in africa has a horror story, Ireland has the english and USA, India has the english , China has China and others., learn history first don’t condone his actions but there is bigger and badder going on today if you don’t wake up you’ll miss it and it will be at your door!


Frank August 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Wasn’t there this other guy who killed over 200 people , partly as a mafia killer, partly because he liked to. He is in prison somewhere in the USA.


rebecca August 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Google “ice Man “


Inger August 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

richard kucklinski, known as The Iceman . Tons of interwieves on youtube. He’s my alltime favourite, if you can say that..


Madison August 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I’m taking human behavior classes. This is very interesting. Thank you


fatman September 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm

ed gain


anna September 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I can never forget Anatoly Onoprienko!!!! Also called the beast of Ukraine, he killed a lot of people at differents points of time in Ukraine. He grew up in an orphanage after his father and brothers abandoned him. he would come out at night, break into a house, kill the residents, rob them and then set the house on fire. the police couldn’t catch him for years. The most disturbing part of the story for me was- he was leading a double life. He was engaged to a woman and gave her most of the stuff he robbed as “presents” after returning from a “business trip”.


sarah September 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

this scaried me sooooooo much i hope they are in hell:|


elizabeth reyes September 23, 2012 at 12:26 am

whweres albert fish


Ivy October 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

First off, I would like to point out one very vital absense.

CHARLES MANSON. He had a cult of over 100 followers (and still has followers today) who are loyally devoted and KILLED for him. That’s pretty freaking scary. What if he hadn’t been caught? He wanted to start a civil war between whites and blacks, for God’s sake!

Second, forgive me but your logice in listing this is flawed at best. I would think that Jack the Ripper and Zodiac (the only two serial killers in history who were NEVER CAUGHT and for which we have practically no viable suspects) would rank above most of these. I personally believe the most “seriously disturbing” killers are the ones who are never caught, no?


rebecca August 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

There are far far far more than 2 serial killers who haven’t been caught w/ few viable suspects. There are also a great deal of murder victims who have not yet been included in patterns of known /unknown serial killers


death August 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I personally think Charles Manson is just a psychopath who was smart, not a serial killer or you could say his followers were not smart and just eager to please and willing to do anything to please him it doesn’t make him a serial killer since he never “got his hands dirty.” and their are people who believe that h. h. holmes was jack the ripper.


Heather October 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

This list is in alphabetical order, not ranked by “most disturbing”.
“The serial killers profiled below are listed in alphabetical order (by first names) — not in any order based on how “disturbing” I might find them, by race, nationality, etc. “


Kait November 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

I would say Albert Fish. Police reports show that a neighbor of his complained of a backed up septic tank or pipes. When they asked Fish if he knew, he simply stated “guts”. The police then searched his apartment and found a boiling hand on the stove, intestines in the pipes, among other things in the refrigerator.


Mwempe52 November 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

I read about Jack the Ripper and believing that his real name was walter Sicket. I also read that he used so many names and post locations when he wrote to the police, such that the police were really confused and did not just know what to believe. he usuall gave them clues and taunted them with the phrase ” Catch me if you can” . If you must be ineterested, Patricai Cornwell wrote the book that I read entitled ” Portrait of a Killer Jack teh Ripper case closed. This book portrays Jack teh ripper as a renowned artist who was married to Helen and hunted prostitutes. but likely killed some other people who police did not think he did because he used a different modus operandi.Tell me if I just read another fictitious novel by one best selling authors who seems to have some really good arguments like a lawyer can argue a case and win it. I feel tht if she was around during those mysteroius apperences of Waletr Sicket, he could have been caught. or what do you think?Mwempe52


death August 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

there is proof he was a medical student not an artist


Matt November 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Pedro Alonzo Lopez…I havent heard of anyone with more murders than Pedro. His name is pretty awesome…


death August 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Last I read of him as of 2002 he wanted for another murder, after being ditched in Columbia in the middle of the night after 20 years.


Morley Robertson November 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I agree with your feelings that those who hurt/kill children deserve “special” punishments. Prison is too good for them. Death is too quick for them. They deserve nothing less than the greatest pain through torture.


Chad Jones December 7, 2012 at 4:18 am

Who was the sick guy who kidnapped a prominate Georgia family’s diabetic daughter. He raped, tourtured the young lady and he even would call her parents. He would actually do stuff to himself while talking on the phone with the parents, sister and even investigators. He then called and gave directions to her body. Then he kidnapped a young girl from infront of her trailer park entrance near the bus stop. He then called and gave the directions to that body. All the while he continued to taunt the parents of the first victim. His undoing was mailing a letter from the first victim to her parents. The FBI and GBI worked over the paper and found a phone number empressed into the paper. He turned out to be a house sitter and sometimes worked as a electrician. I have to figgure out who this guys name is for a criminal justice class. He was sentenced to death. Anyways I have to highlight FBI profiler John E. Douglas’ early investigations and the differences and simularities of the killers. The other killers in his early investigations were Wayne Bertram Williams and Robert Christian Hansen. I would apriciate any good pointers as to who this guy was.


you're a douch December 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

To whoever wrote this article: You have written nearly the worst collection of nonsense I’ve ever read. Your pompous, terrible way of attempting to “analyze” a series of prolific and often segregated group of, allbeit, twisted individuals is sad and sophomoric. You seem to write in a way I can only conclude as the way you think. Childishly, selfishly, far too quickly and without any justification at all except trying to make someone think you’ve “got it all figured out.” Seriously, sir/madame, I would suggest you stick to what you know and keep writing short stories for gullible imbiciles.


E.A. Poe October 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

The author may not have written a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece of work, but I give them credit for sharing their thoughts with readers. Your attempt to be condescending is incredibly sad. By the way, a dictionary would have been a great resource for you. You’re a douche, not a douch.


Scott December 21, 2012 at 3:50 am

edmund kemper…john frazier…the two who helped make Santa Cruz, California the murder capital of the world. Kemper was particularly insane ahah

albert fish!!!


mason December 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

scot ur an idiot^^^ chicago almost every year takes the cake for being the murder capital of America.. an as for the world idk.


Brian January 6, 2013 at 5:04 am

Very interesting list good read. But some of the comments are odd! Tim Trudel’s comment bothered me. A man kills three women and the part he finds disturbing is the guy wore their bras and underwear. I think the killing part is the disturbing thing!


Clarine January 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I kinda think you are a lunatic when THINKING about killing someone ….. imagne how out of whack all those people were !!!!!!!!!! I allmost feel sad for them cos in a way something must have happned to trigger them to become serial killers. Sarah I know you said they should go to hell but maybe thats not the point… maybe for some of them hell would be better than where they were when they lived … just saying … :)

oh and p.s. You forgot daisy de melker … not so wonderfull …. but deffinitly poisonous


Janet E Cardin January 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Yes, I do know two serial killers who acted worldwide. They murdered both children and adults. They used the name “Lachtner”, but never told me their first names. They were Identical twins. They both received the death penalty in 2002 after being found guilty in International Court. They extorted major amounts of money from many. There is more about this case, but I am not sure where to go with this information yet. I am one of several remaining eye-witnesses to the crimes. Knowing what all this money is for makes me very, very sad and I am gravely concerned for the Diplomacy of the United States Government.

The way I handled the evidence and situation is hilarious! I first accidently ran across this crime being committed by accident. I was three years old and had no idea what the murder weapon was called, nor did I know anything about death and murder. I found out real fast. This was back in 1971 in the State of Wisconsin, in the United States. It took until 2002 before they were finally executed on the electric chair.


Kay January 29, 2013 at 12:53 am

i think it bears mentioning that robert pickton’s victim’s were primarily First Nation’s women.


Vee July 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Why? If you’re from the lower mainland, you know the contempt these women were treated with. So are you implying it is less of a crime because they were Native? Really, what was the point of your little comment?


SHARON MCDOUGALL February 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

There are a few killers spring to my mind. The first being Charles Manson. It was the way he killed those people, and also when you look at him with his evil looking eyes he gives me the creeps big time. John Christie being one of England’s worst killers along with The Acid Bath murderer John George Haigh, and Mira Hindley and Ian Brady.


nate February 4, 2013 at 1:45 am

For the record Charles Manson killed no one, it was those crazy psychos he hung out with that killed people and then blamed him for it. And one of my personal “favorites” is Yang Xinhai from China, he broke into houses at night and killed everyone inside using axes, hammers, shovels and meat cleavers. He also raped most of his female victims. As for whether or not he’s particularly disturbing I can’t say for sure but he did have a disturbingly high number of victims; 67.


russel February 8, 2013 at 6:26 am

why criticise somebody for writting what they think and how they think it? why dont you go and write your own list and lets see how intelligent and analytic you are.mxm.to the writer i think you did a fairly good job-keep it up.


Loni February 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm

This article is very one sided. Yes, what these people did was awful and horrible, and yes, they are horrible people for doing those things, but can we really judge them? They were terrible for what they did but in some part of my mind we need to realize that a lot of these people are confused, lost, hurting souls. They are dealing with strong demons that their minds just can’t handle. They snap and they begin thinking and doing twisted things. We are just as sick finding what they did fascinating and interesting. Is looking up what they did and thinking about it any different from them thinking about it? The only difference is that they acted on what they thought. These people are humans that did inhuman things. Hate what they did but don’t hate them, and NEVER wish anyone to Hell because it is a horrible place made for Satan and his demons. Instead pray for them and just pray that they have the strength mentally to stand up against the demons that try to control them. I understand if you are a victim’s family, then you have every right to hate, but can we? We are just giving them popularity.

Also many of the information on here is not true and biased. When analyzing something keep your personal opinion out of it. That ruined the article and actually got quite annoying.


rebecca August 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

You also have the iq of a ceiling fan. Serial killers are generally not confused hurting souls rath very calculated and completely indifferent to victim’s suffering except that they thrive on it. I wonder how your empathy would hold if you encountered such a creature? I don’t think they qualify as human. I say that not as so much “opinion ” but more in biological terms.
It’s outlooks like yours that make you an easy mark.


D.W. February 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm

One of your favorites?
If anyone one of you people describes a killer of any sort as “One of my favorites” There is something seriously wrong with you. Serial killers in-particular are incredibly disturbed people. One thing that will hold true in all of them. At one point in time they were just children, unaware and innocent. At some pint in their lives something happened to open up their dark sides.
Every person on this planet has it them to take another life. What separates them from you is as simple as knowing good from evil. But on the other hand at any time any person can turn into a murderer. A bad day on the freeway, maybe some guy cuts in front of you in line at a McDonalds? You just don’t know when or where that can happen.
They can assume why certain people do what they do but the truth is they will never really know what makes a person tick.
They say that at anytime in the United states alone that they are at least 200 serial killers roaming around the countryside just waiting. Maybe it was that kid you picked on in school, maybe its that person you cut off in traffic this morning or maybe its your next door neighbor……
If you really want to read about the WORST serial killers of all time just pick up a history book or two. Stalin is a great example , no one really knows how many people were killed under his rule, Some earlier in this thread mentioned Hitler. How about the Japanese? How many Chinese men women and children did they slaughter while they were in China? The list can go on and on and on.
In the end the truth is the only animal on this planet that kills this way are humans. Human nature is a very strange thing.


Nicolas March 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

What about H. H. Holmes the first American serial killer he killed 200 people in a hotel he made specifically to kill like the acid baths he has in his walls and they were mostly female.


DLS March 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Well, I have not been caught yet….


DLS March 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm



Wolfscratch March 31, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Update on Prolific Serial Killer Gary Hilton-

After 5 years, notorious crime still haunts Investigators….

FL Supreme Ct Decision- Gary M Hilton
The full copy of the Supreme Court’s opinion can be found as a PDF document.
For the foregoing reasons, we affirm Hilton’s convictions and sentence of death. It is so ordered.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said after Hilton’s sentence in the
Bryants’ case, the killer will be promptly returned to Florida’s death
row. The agreement, he said, is confirmed with federal officials.“We loaned him to them,” Meggs said. “We will go get him.”


(Federal – John & Irene Bryant)
NOTICE OF HEARING as to Gary Michael Hilton: Sentencing set for 4/25/2013 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 100 Otis St, Asheville, NC 28801 before District Judge Martin Reidinger.

02/19/2013 74 OBJECTION TO PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORT (Sealed – Attorney) by Defendant; (available to: USA, Gary Michael Hilton) (Stevens, Kimberly) (Entered: 02/19/2013)
02/22/2013 NOTICE
OF HEARING as to Gary Michael Hilton: In Chambers Conference set for
3/13/2013 02:00 PM in Chambers before District Judge Martin Reidinger. This is your only notice – you will not receive a separate document.(khm) (Entered: 02/22/2013)
03/01/2013 NOTICE
OF HEARING as to Gary Michael Hilton: Sentencing set for 4/25/2013
02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 100 Otis St, Asheville, NC 28801 before
District Judge Martin Reidinger. This is your only notice – you will not receive a separate document.(khm) (Entered: 03/01/2013)

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Gary Hilton pleaded guilty Tuesday to the murders of John and Irene Bryant in 2007. He will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

When announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said:

Our hearts go out to the Bryant family. No action by the criminal justice system can soothe the pain they must live with because of the actions of Gary Hilton. This is a just outcome, reached after consideration of all the facts and circumstances of this case. We trust that the fact that Mr. Hilton will spend the rest of his life in a prison, locked away from all civilized society, will bring some closure, if not comfort, to the Bryant family.

Robert Bryant, the son of the victims, said:

He should have been put to death a long time ago. If ever there was a crime that deserved the death penalty, this was it. The practical outcome of this is that Hilton will suffer no additional penalties for the murders of John and Irene Bryant. These two are freebies, and that will bother me until the day I die.


Dontworryaboutit April 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I have to put two things straight. Ed Gein only killed two people last time I knew a serial killer killed more than just 2 people. and Albert Fish was caught because of the letter he sent to a victims family. In my opinion Ed Gein is not a serial killer he was too closed off from the world. Albert Fish on the other hand was a sick and twisted freak.


Wolfscratch May 3, 2013 at 5:03 pm


FBI changed the definition to two victims in 2005….

Ed Gein, had many victims, imo…


Peek May 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm

John James Bunting!? WTF!? WUT ABOUT THE SNOWYOWN MURDERS (aka Bodies in the barrels!!)


simon May 14, 2013 at 12:08 am

ed gein
he made a lampshade out of one of his victims faces


Ricky June 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

where is albert fish


Ember October 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Um this one isn’t actually real but it’s still disturbing and creepy but he is Jeff the killer basically he was burned in a fire and his face was bleached white after that he went insane and carved a smile into his cheeks and burnt out his eyelids. He then killed his mother, father, and brother and he crawls into the window of random people and watches them until they wake up and then he says go to sleep and slits there throat and even butchers them.


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