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Top Serial Killers

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The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer killed many, many people and then sent chilling messages to the police such as the one above. After he killed, he would call the police or send letters. He started killing in the 1960's and the police still haven't found the culprit.

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Edmund Kemper

Edmund Kemper

Committed a series of murders in California in the 1970s. He murdered his grandparents when he was 15. He then later killed and dismembered six female hitchhikers. After that, he murdered his mother and her friend then turned himself in days later. He begged for the death sentence, but got life imprisonment and possibly parole.

3

Leonarda Cianciulli

Leonarda Cianciulli

She was your typical Italian housewife. She baked teacakes and made homemade soap. However, her recipes had a secret ingredient-human flesh. When her son was to be drafted into the Italian army, she thought the only way to save him was human sacrifice. She murdered 3 women by drugging them with wine and then cutting them up with an axe to put in her soap and tea cakes.

4

Nannie Doss

Nannie Doss

Her list of victims included four of her five husbands, her mother, her sister, her grandson, and her mother in law. Her arsenic infused slayings took place across four states and she became known as, 'The Giggling Granny' due to her tendency to laugh during interrogations.

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Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

The real killer or killers were never identified, but the killer(s) seemed to have surgical experience. Once he killed his victims (which were female prodtitutes that he killed in the slums of London) he would remove their organs, thus the name 'Jack the Ripper.'

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Luis Garavito a.k.a 'The Beast'

Luis Garavito a.k.a 'The Beast'

He confessed to the torture, rape, and murder of 147 young boys, but the number is believed to be at least 300. He was found guilty on 139 counts, which amounts to 1,853 years in prison. However, the Colombian law limits it to 30. Arrested in 1999, he expects to get out earlier due to good behavior.

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Donald Henry Gaskins

Donald Henry Gaskins

Began killing hitchhikers that he picked up. He tortured and mutilated his victims, eventually claiming to killing 80 to 90 people. In 1975, he was arrested. A criminal associate saw him trying to kill 2 young men and turned him in. In jail, he added another kill to his list. He killed a fellow inmate on death row. To this day, he was the only man to kill an inmate on death row.

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The Yorkshire Ripper

The Yorkshire Ripper

Peter William Sutcliffe is a British serial killer known as “The Yorkshire Ripper”. In 1981 he murdered 13 women and attempted to murder seven others. He targeted prostitutes in Leeds and Bradford.

9

Night Stalker

Night Stalker

Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez was an American serial killer and Satan worshiper who terrorized Los Angeles between 1984 and 1985. Nicknamed the “Night Stalker”, he broke into the homes of many of his victims and then shot, stabbed, rapped and mutilated them. His victims ranged between the ages of a nine year old girl to a married couple in their late sixties. He smeared pentagrams on the walls of his crime scenes. Captured in 1985, Ramirez was sentenced to death and remained on California’s death row for 23 years until he died of complications from B-cell lymphoma in June 2013.

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The Milwaukee Cannibal

The Milwaukee Cannibal

Known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer was an American serial killer that raped, murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. He also ate parts of his later victims, dismembering and cooking parts of their bodies. He was eventually caught after a would-be victim managed to overpower him and alert police. In 1992 Dahmer was convicted of 15 of the murders and sentenced to 15 terms of life in prison. However just two years into his sentence he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution.