Serial killers are some of the most fascinating but truly disturbing people to have ever walked this planet. These individuals have killed people for reasons that most of us might not fully understand. They are sinister beings that usually know how to fit in with society until they get the urge to take a life. Once they decide it is time to kill again, someone will lose their life because of their dark desire. The following list is a presentation of the most 10 famous serial killers in the history of the world.
10. David Berkowitz
David Berkowitz is known as the Son of Sam and he was a crazed serial killer that had left the city of New York on edge during the summer of 1976. Berkowitz ended up killing six people and seriously injured seven more. While he was shooting people throughout the summer he made it a point to send mocking letters to law enforcement officials.
Berkowitz thought he would never get caught for his crimes. About a year later in 1977 the police figured out what was going on and up capturing them. Eventually, Berkowitz was given 25 years to life in prison for each murder. Berkowitz will probably spend all of his days behind bars.
9. Edmund Kemper
Edmund Kemper was a very strange and unsettling individual. He not only killed people he also was attracted to dead people. Kemper had molested dead corpses all throughout his life. His thirst for killing emerged early in life. When he was 15-years-old he killed his grandparents.
He then went on to kill six female hitchhikers. Eventually, Kemper murdered his mother and one of her friends before he turned himself into the police. He was tried in court and found guilty of the crimes that he committed. He was sentenced to life behind bars.
8. Donald Henry Gaskins
The 60’s and 70’s could be dubbed as the era for serial killers. Many serial killers emerged within America and the rest of the world during these two decades. Donald Henry Gaskins was one of those individuals that became a part of this crowd. In 1969 this man drove through the southern states and killed close to 90 people. He tortured and mutilated many of these individuals.
Eventually, the police were able to apprehend him when one of his criminal friends informed the police about his activity. Gaskins was given death row and ended up killing someone else behind bars. He is the only person in U.S. history to have killed another individual while waiting for execution on death row.
7. John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy managed to kill 33 teenage boys in the greater Chicago area between 72 and 78. Gacy lured many of these young men to their death by promising them money and opportunities for work. Most of his victims were murdered by strangulation. Gacy buried most of his victims underneath his home. He used a crawl space to keep their remains. He eventually was executed on death row in 1994.
6. Andrei Chikatilo
He was known as the Butcher of Rostov and his name was Andrei Chikatilo. This man was from Russia and in 1994 he executed by firing squad. Chikatilo was a serial killer that took the lives of 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990.
The Soviet police started to figure out who was behind the grizzly murders and disappearances of all these people. They eventually connected Chikatilo to these crimes. By 1992 he was convicted of these crimes. That is when he lost his life to the firing squad.
5. Tommy Lynn Sells
Tommy Lynn Sells is considered the most dangerous man in the history of Texas. This mad man killed close to 70 people between 1985 and 1999. His downfall came when he tried to kill a 10-year-old girl. He repeatedly stabbed this girl but she managed to survive. She told the authorities and gave them a description of Sells. This eventually led to his capture and arrest. He now lives on death row awaiting his execution date.
4. Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy was sort of a celebrity even though he was cold blooded killer. He killed and raped many women during the late 70s. He decapitated 12 of his victims and made it a point to keep their heads in his home as trophies.
The police eventually found and captured him but Bundy managed to get away from authorities two times in a row. While he was free, he committed more murders. He was captured for the third time and was immediately given the chair. He died in 1989.
3. Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer was truly a frightening individual. He not only raped and killed 17 men and boys, he cooked and ate them up after he did them in. Dahmer even committed necrophilia with some of his victims. This man was beyond disturbed.
Dahmer eventually was captured when he was overpowered by one of his last victims. This man told the police about Dahmer. They came to his home and arrested him. Dahmer was given life in prison but lost his life behind bars after he was beaten to death by another inmate.
2. Daniel Camargo Barbosa
Daniel Camargo Barbosa was a Colombian serial killer who murdered a lot of people in the 70s and 80s. He killed over 150 young Colombian girls. The police managed to find many of their bodies where he buried them. Barbosa was given the maximum sentence under the law of Ecuador. While he was serving his time behind bars he encountered the cousin of one of his victims. This individual ended up murdering Barbosa to get revenge for his fallen relative.
1. Pedro Alonso Lopez
Pedro Alonso Lopez is another serial killer from Colombia. He raped and killed over 300 girls all throughout South America. He eliminated many of them through brutal methods including strangulation. Lopez last victim managed to get away and she informed the locals about what he was doing. They managed to trap him until the authorities arrived.
Lopez confessed to the killings but the authorities did not believe him. However, they were convinced after a flash flood occurred revealing all of the bodies that he had slain. Lopez was arrested and sent to prison for 18 years. After he did his time he was released from Ecuador. He was eventually deported to Colombia in 2002 to finish a life term.
These individuals represent some of the most dangerous and unsettling people in all the history world. These serial killers have left behind a dangerous legacy that will show people how evil some humans can be to their fellow man.