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28th Sep '16 3:17:11 AM Saveelich
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22nd Sep '16 8:26:34 AM ZimFan89
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-->Luke: "Wow. So you're like a serial killer."
-->Sylar: "I'm not a serial killer."
-->Luke: "But you've got a pattern. You go after specific victims. You collect mementos."
-->Sylar: "Okay, technically, I'm a serial killer."

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-->Luke: -->'''Luke''': "Wow. So you're like a serial killer."
-->Sylar: -->'''Sylar''': "I'm not a serial killer."
-->Luke: -->'''Luke''': "But you've got a pattern. You go after specific victims. You collect mementos."
-->Sylar: -->'''Sylar''': "Okay, technically, I'm a serial killer."



** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel'' has James Patrick Marsh, who mixes real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes' plan of creating a hotel full of secret passages and hidden rooms to conceal his many many murders with a personality somewhat reminiscent of Howard Hughes. After his death he apparently served as a mentor to several real-life serial killers, who after their own deaths throw a dinner party with him at his hotel: John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Aileen Wuornos, Richard Ramirez, and the Zodiac Killer. The same episode also reveals that March's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Miss Evers lost her own son to another real-life serial killer, the Wineville Chicken Coop Murderer Gordon Northcott, although he is never referred to by name. Finally, Detective John Lowe is pursuing the Ten Commandments Killer [[spoiler: who turns out to be John Lowe himself]]

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** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' has Twisty the MonsterClown, who kills anyone who doesn't enjoy his performances. [[spoiler: He only lasts a few episodes, but manages to inspire [[PsychopathicManChild Dandy Mott]] into following in his footsteps.]]
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel'' has James Patrick Marsh, who mixes real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes' plan of creating a hotel full of secret passages and hidden rooms to conceal his many many murders with a personality somewhat reminiscent of Howard Hughes. After his death he apparently served as a mentor to several real-life serial killers, who after their own deaths throw a dinner party with him at his hotel: John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Aileen Wuornos, Richard Ramirez, and the Zodiac Killer. The same episode also reveals that March's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Miss Evers lost her own son to another real-life serial killer, the Wineville Chicken Coop Murderer Gordon Northcott, although he is never referred to by name. Finally, Detective John Lowe is pursuing the Ten Commandments Killer [[spoiler: who turns out to be John Lowe himself]]himself]].
** ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke'' has sisters Miranda and Beatrice Jane. Having become nurses at hospice care facilities so that they could kill their patients, they later open one of their own and up their game, targeting specific patients whose names spell out "Murder", which they spray paint on a wall as they move along.
18th Sep '16 9:38:08 AM ThePest179
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* Eddie Gluskin from ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}'' was a serial killer of women, mutilating and raping them before murdering them. He was institutionalized at Mount Massive Asylum, and after the inmates riot, continues to kill people by [[GroinAttack cutting off their genitals.]]


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* The Alice Killer from the creepypasta of the same name has killed a total of five people, leaving playing cards with the word "Alice" written on them as part of his M.O.
15th Sep '16 2:34:58 PM JusticeReaper
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* Udo Jinei, the first major villain in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', is introduced as this, committing multiple murders in the past 10 years under the name "Kurogasa" ("Black Hat"), and targeting politicians who previously fought on the side of the newly-established Meiji government during the days of the Bakumatsu. According to his M.O., he always sends a message to his target in advance, telling them the exact day and time he's going to strike, and he always gets his target no matter how many guards the person has in place. In the anime, it's also noted that [[WouldHitAGirl women]] and [[WouldHurtAChild children]] have been among his collateral-damage victims during his career. [[spoiler:It's revealed that Jinei was actually hired to perform all those murders by a crooked politician looking to make his rise to the top of the government. In the manga, while dying after committing suicide following his loss to Kenshin, Jinei admits to having been hired to commit the murders; the anime doesn't reveal it until much later, when we're introduced to the same politician, who currently has [[TheMole Saito]] on his payroll (at least, so he thinks)]].
12th Sep '16 5:38:02 AM JoieDeCombat
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* A staple of the ''Literature/InDeath'' series from the first book, ''Naked In Death,'' which features a serial murderer of DisposableSexWorkers. [[spoiler:This turns out to be not ''quite'' a straight example - the first killing was unplanned and personal, and the other murders were committed by a different person to cover up the first by framing it as the work of a serial. However, NYPSD psychiatrist and profiler Dr. Mira has no doubts that, now that he's gotten a taste for it, the murder will absolutely find excuses to kill again. Over the following 52 novels and novellas in the series, Eve has gone up against nearly every type on the list.

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* A staple of the ''Literature/InDeath'' series from the first book, ''Naked In Death,'' which features a serial murderer of DisposableSexWorkers.{{Disposable Sex Worker}}s. [[spoiler:This turns out to be not ''quite'' a straight example - the first killing was unplanned and personal, and the other murders were committed by a different person to cover up the first by framing it as the work of a serial. However, NYPSD psychiatrist and profiler Dr. Mira has no doubts that, now that he's gotten a taste for it, the murder will absolutely find excuses to kill again.again]]. Over the following 52 novels and novellas in the series, Eve has gone up against nearly every type on the list.
12th Sep '16 5:35:53 AM JoieDeCombat
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* A staple of the ''Literature/InDeath'' series.

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* A staple of the ''Literature/InDeath'' series.series from the first book, ''Naked In Death,'' which features a serial murderer of DisposableSexWorkers. [[spoiler:This turns out to be not ''quite'' a straight example - the first killing was unplanned and personal, and the other murders were committed by a different person to cover up the first by framing it as the work of a serial. However, NYPSD psychiatrist and profiler Dr. Mira has no doubts that, now that he's gotten a taste for it, the murder will absolutely find excuses to kill again. Over the following 52 novels and novellas in the series, Eve has gone up against nearly every type on the list.
8th Sep '16 8:22:37 AM ZimFan89
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* The central plot of ''Series/AmericanGothic2016'' is about [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Hawthorne family's]] possible connection to the Silver Bells Killer, who terrorised Boston fifteen years before the beginning of the story. More details are revealed in every episode; what's mainly known is that there were half a dozen known victims of both genders, all connected by the fact that they were from wealthy Boston families, who were strangled to death in their own homes, and a small silver handbell was left beside each body.

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* The central plot of ''Series/AmericanGothic2016'' is about [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Hawthorne family's]] possible connection to the Silver Bells Killer, who terrorised Boston fifteen years before the beginning of the story. More details are revealed in every episode; what's mainly known is that there were half a dozen known victims of both genders, all connected by the fact that they were from wealthy Boston families, who were strangled to death in their own homes, and a small silver handbell was left beside each body. [[spoiler: It turns out to have been a father/daughter duo, acting out an insane revenge plot on the rich who got preferential treatment in the hospital, while the mother was ignored and died of septic shock.]]
** [[spoiler: Madeline Hawthorne]] turns out to be one as well, having killed three people (two of them designed as SBK copycat killings) and talked a terminally ill man into [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit killing himself and taking the fall]], all in order [[spoiler: to hide her family's connection to the original killings.]]
7th Sep '16 5:54:38 AM Nithael
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6th Sep '16 9:27:53 PM Berrenta
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As discussed above, many of these are merely strongly suspected and not fully confirmed by conviction; frequently found guilty of one murder and executed. A full 49 of the 60 British serial killers were convicted of less than five murders or never convicted at all.

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Alcala Rodney]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uf95INZmWI Alcala]], perhaps most (in)famous because he was a contestant on ''Series/TheDatingGame'' back in 1978, right in the middle of his murderous rampage, ''and won''. Luckily for the woman who chose him, she later found him too creepy and refused to go on a date with him.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Axeman_of_New_Orleans The Axeman of New Orleans]] rampaged through the city from May 1918 to October 1919, slaughtering Italian-Americans. He was never captured. Notoriously, he sent a letter to a newspaper claiming that he would strike on a given date... but would spare anyone listening to jazz. (Every music hall in New Orleans was filled to capacity that night, and no murders were reported.)
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Báthory Countess Elizabeth Báthory]] is one of history's most prolific serial killers. The legend is that she tortured and killed over 500 women, although she was only convicted for 80. After her death, the legend is that she [[BloodBath bathed in the blood of young virgins to maintain her vitality]], but it is more likely that Báthory did it [[ForTheEvulz just for the fun of it]], which is far more chilling.
** However, modern Hungarian historians have attempted to give her a HistoricalHeroUpgrade by claiming that maybe she wasn't a serial killer at all, but a victim of a show trial by the Habsburgs to get her land and fortune. However, the reports of the murders, in which her husband was a participant, are far closer to contemporary accounts and it seems fairly likely that she killed at least some. The notaries in the case took testimony from more than 300 witnesses, several of whom lost relatives. Two of the accused named around 36 victims (although they may well have been tortured so the reliability of that is up for debate).
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Baumeister Herbert "Herb" Baumeister]] led a double life. By day, he was a model father and husband, and owned several successful businesses in Indianapolis. By night, he killed homosexual young men for his own sexual satisfaction. His murderous activities went unnoticed until police investigation led to Fox Hollow Farm, an estate property of Baumeister, where the bones of 11 young men were unearthed. He was also the #1 suspect in at least 9 other murders. Baumeister, however, was never tried nor convicted of any crime, since he AteHisGun before he could be apprehended.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Bellfield Levi Bellfield]] only murdered three women (and attempted to kill two others), but one of those murders (the murder of Milly Dowler) he got away with for years until he was suspected of it in 2008 and convicted in 2011 (he had been convicted of the other murders in 2008).
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bernardo Paul Bernardo]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karla_Homolka Karla Homolka]] became just as infamous for the legal hijinks which took place after their capture as their crimes themselves. Bernardo was a serial rapist and prime suspect in the gruesome murders of three teenage girls, including Homolka's younger sister. Homolka [[WoundedGazelleGambit claimed to have been abused into helping Bernardo]], and made a plea deal in which she agreed to testify against him in return for a reduced sentence...only for evidence to later turn up proving that she took a ''much'' more active role in the crimes than [[UnreliableNarrator she let on]]. Under the terms of the deal, Homolka was released from prison and [[KarmaHoudini currently lives in Quebec with her new husband and her children]], while Bernardo is serving a life sentence.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moors_murders Ian Brady and Myra Hindley]], who buried their child victims on a moor near Manchester. One of the bodies has yet to be found.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West Fred]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemary_West Rosemary West]] carried out their killing spree over twenty years within the confines of their home at 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester. Combined, their twelve victims included Fred's first wife Catherine, his stepdaughter Charmaine, and their biological daughter Heather. Fred committed suicide not long after he was captured, while Rosemary remains in prison under a whole life tariff.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Berkowitz David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz]]. Claims to fame: Saying that his neighbor's dog told him to kill, sending rambling letters to the newspapers and shooting his victims with a .44 Special revolver. (He was dubbed "The .44 Caliber Killer" in the press before the bizarreness with the dog came out.)
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Brudos Jerry Brudos]] wasn't very prolific, at four known victims he just barely meets the definition of serial killer. But, he stands out for one particular reason: at his trial, he argued that a photograph of him with one of his victims couldn't be used as evidence against him because the victim in the picture wasn't the person he was on trial for killing. To be fair, that's a valid ''legal'' point (prejudicial to a jury) but also an example of the detachment from empathy and common-sense that is characteristic of sociopaths. Like other sexual-driven seriel killers he had an insatiable fetish for women's clothing, and gruesomely preserved parts of his victim's bodies to use as real-life mannequins.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Bundy Ted Bundy]], who popularized the idea of the boy-next-door serial killer who blends in effortlessly with the general community. He was also a textbook case in the extreme lack of empathy and guilt exhibited by sociopaths. He denied ever meeting a woman he had ''proposed marriage'' to, was shocked that anyone reported any of his victims missing, and in the end, while awaiting execution, blamed everything from television to pornography to neglectful parents for his behavior.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_and_Hare_murders William Burke and William Hare]] were a pair of Irish immigrants who operated a boarding house in early 19th century Edinburgh. When one of their tenants died in 1827 of natural causes, Burke and Hare decided to donate the poor fellow's body to science, selling it to Dr. Robert Knox, a reputed surgeon and anatomy professor at Edimburgh University. Earning £7 from the deal (the equivalent today would be £700 approx.), Burke and Hare found a most profitable "business". With their wives as accomplices, the deadly duo smothered 16 of their tenants to death, and then sold their freshly killed bodies to Dr. Knox, who was facing a shortage of cadavers for his academic lectures and decided not to ask any questions. Burke was sentenced to death and hanged in 1829, while Hare (having been promised immunity from prosecution if he testified against Burke) was released, dying a few years later as a penniless beggar. Dr. Knox, for his part, wasn't brought to trial but the case irreparably damaged his reputation.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Trenton_Chase Richard Trenton Chase]], the Vampire of Sacramento. His Wikipedia article alone consists of pure NightmareFuel.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Christie_%28murderer%29 John Reginald Christie]], subject of the book and film ''Film/TenRillingtonPlace''. He killed at least seven women (including his wife) and a 13 month old child between 1943 and 1953, usually tenants of his flat in London. Most victims were gassed, sexually assaulted and finally strangled to death; Christie either buried their corpses in his garden, or concealed them behind his apartment wall. He's most notorious for framing Timothy Evans, husband and father of two of his victims; Evans was hanged, and after Christie's arrest, the resultant outcry over Evans' wrongful conviction played a role in Britain's repeal of capital punishment.
* One of the most prolific in history, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Chikatilo Andrei Chikatilo]], who killed over fifty women and children. The reason he got away with it for so long was because the Soviet Union, where he lived and killed, was in denial and believed serial killers to be a consequence of the "decadent west". He also was a member of the Communist Party, so any time the police investigation got close to him, they were politically pressured to drop the matter.
** Although it is debatable just how many victims were really his, and how many were simply unsolved murders that the Soviet authorities pinned on him once they had someone to blame for them. He certainly was a prolific killer, but just how prolific may never actually be known.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonarda_Cianciulli Leonarda Cianciulli]], AKA The Soap Maker of Corregio. She was the mother of fourteen children, but ten of them died in their childhood. This, added to the fact that a fortune teller told her in her youth that all her children would die young, made her [[MyBelovedSmother pathologically obsessed with protecting the remaining four]]. So when WorldWarII began and her eldest son was sent to fight at the frontlines, she decided that the only way to ensure his survival was HumanSacrifice. Being a fortune teller of sorts herself, Cianciulli lured her neighbours, who were illiterate peasant women, served them drugged wine and killed them with an axe. Then she made soap and tea cakes out of the bodies, which she both consumed and sold to acquaintances. She was arrested after claiming her third victim and sentenced to 30 years in prison, plus three years of commitment in a mental hospital. She died of a cerebral apoplexy in 1970.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Torso_Murderer The Cleveland Torso Murderer]] is an especially gruesome example of an unsolved serial killing case. As the name suggests, the victims of this killer were dismembered and some of them were disembowled. Only a handful of the victims could be identified, making it an even more disturbing case. He/She also might be the culprit behind the infamous Black Dahlia murder.
* Australia's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Cooke Eric Cooke]] was an unusual serial killer who changed his M.O. Two innocent men were also charged with crimes Cooke committed, but have since been exonerated. He earned a bit of notoriety for being the last man hanged in Western Australia.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Corll Dean Corll]] was the first serial killer to get nation-wide publicity in the US. He raped, tortured and murdered at least 28 boys (probably more) in Houston, Texas in the 1970's. He owned a candy store and was often called the "Candy Man", a name that in hindsight seems like a gigantic red flag. He had two teenaged accomplices that would lure in his victims, David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley. Brooks did it because he seemed to be in love with Corll; Henley was probably OnlyInItForTheMoney. Ironically, Corll would never stand trial for his crimes, as he would be killed by Henley, who alleged self-defense, and the resulting investigation uncovered the true horror of their dealings.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Corona Juan Corona]] was a Mexican-American labor contractor, who in his time off took to murdering drifters and migrant workers with a machete. He killed 25 people and would probably have gone unnoticed if a Japanese farmer had not found the grave of one of Corona's victims in his orchard. Corona was sentenced to 25 consecutive life sentences and remains in prison to this day.
* [[http://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/cream-thomas-neill.htm Dr. Thomas Neill Cream]] was a Victorian era poisoner of prostitutes, killing at least five. Dr. Cream would befriend his victims at pubs, using his status as a doctor to earn their trust, and lace their drinks with a deadly dose of strychnine, causing them a slow and agonizing death. His luck ran out when an attempt to blame two fellow doctors misfired. He was put on surveillance, and finally arrested in 1892. Sentenced to death, he was hanged in November of that year. Legend has it that his last words as the trapdoor opened were [[KilledMidSentence "I am Jack..."]], leading to more than a century of speculation on whether he really was Jack The Ripper. [[note]]This is extremely unlikely for several reasons. First, the motivation for the crimes. Dr. Cream killed out of hate and disgust towards women in general and prostitutes in particular, while the Ripper's murders were most likely sexually motivated. Second, their MO's. Sadistic slashers as the Ripper rarely, if ''ever'' switch to poison. And last but not least, Dr. Cream was in the United States while the Ripper terrorized Whitechapel.[[/note]]
* A likely American counterpart to Shipman was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Cullen Charles Cullen]], who pled guilty in 2004 for killing around forty patients over the course of his 16-year nursing career. Authorities strongly suspect that he may have committed up to '''''''four hundred''''''' murders. His [[http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50145789n emotionless interview]] on ''60 Minutes'' is the stuff NightmareFuel is made of.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer]],the Milwaukee Cannibal, who raped, murdered and dismembered seventeen young men and boys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and whose later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism and the permanent preservation of body parts -- typically part of or all of the victim's skeletal structure. He was sentenced to life in prison, and eventually was beaten to death by another inmate with a dumbbell -- [[DeathByIrony which was, coincidentally,]] [[LaserGuidedKarma exactly how he murdered his first victim]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_DeSalvo Albert DeSalvo]] is a controversial case. He confessed to being the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Strangler Boston Strangler]], but was never tried for the killings, but rather a series of rapes. To this day there is a lot of debate about whether he was the murderer or a fall guy.
** [=DeSalvo=] was less a fall guy and more a classic pathological liar and narcissist (and also a sociopathic rapist) who shared a cell with one of the other prime suspects in the case, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Nassar George Nassar]], and allegedly confessed to him. Nassar contacted his lawyer, F. Lee Bailey (yes, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Lee_Bailey THAT]] F. Lee Bailey), and they basically arranged a deal that went "[=DeSalvo=] will confess to the murders in exchange for not being tried for them, go to prison for life for rape, Boston gets to hold up someone as their killer, and F. Lee Bailey gets to sell book and movie rights." MoneyDearBoy never seemed so black.
*** [=DeSalvo=] was also completely and utterly incompetent as a criminal, always getting caught and only getting back out on the streets because of shoddy police work. To claim that the man also committed numerous murders which left virtually no evidence strains credibility. It is highly likely there were multiple Stranglers: one who killed the first several victims (all old Caucasian ladies), one who killed all but one of the rest of the remaining victims (all young Caucasian women), and one victim, Sophie Clark, who was black (hence putting her outside traditional serial killer pathology where they tend to stick to a specific type of target and within their own race, unless their killing is rooted in race hatred like Joseph Paul Franklin below) and was more likely brutally murdered by an ex-boyfriend who managed to pass the death off as one of the Stranglers, and that none of them were [=DeSalvo=]. Needless to say, the city of Boston is not eager to dig around and fact-check lest they look bad.[[note]]The fact that [=DeSalvo=] was murdered in prison a few years after his conviction, allegedly after contacting his lawyer demanding to be removed from the prison and that he feared for his life, suggests that it's possible that it might have gone even further then that. On a side note on that possibility, the inmate tried for his murder ended up with a hung jury, no one else was tried for the crime, no one in the prison would talk, and to this day, the murder remains unsolved.[[/note]]
*** What complicates this further is that [=DeSalvo=] was linked to one of the murders by DNA evidence, which implicates him in at least some of the Strangler murders.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Dutroux Marc Dutroux]]'s crimes, and a multitude of errors on the part of the police, caused such outrage that UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}} was forced to overhaul its criminal justice system.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward_Robinson John Edward Robinson]], who at first lured his victims with the promise of a job and money, and the later used the internet to get acquainted with his victims. For this reason he is often described as the "first Internet serial killer".
* It's somewhat surprising that Saldivar Efren isn't better known. While his methods aren't unusual (he was an Angel of Death killer, a doctor, and used muscle relaxants to murder), his motives are truly horrifying. He felt that the hospital staff where he worked were overburdened, and killed excess patients to reduce the workload. A few years ago a documentary on his killings interviewed a number of people involved in the case, who felt that to this day he sincerely believes he was ''being helpful!''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish Albert Fish]] a vicious predator and cannibal of [[WouldHurtAChild children]][[note]]To the point where one of his nicknames was "The Boogeyman", and he was FAR WORSE than some [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} fictional others]] who claimed that name.[[/note]]. The exact extent of his crimes is unknown (Fish, like many psychopaths, was a pathological liar who also derived pleasure from horrifying and disgusting people, and hence it was very possible he exaggerated or outright made up many of the deeds he confessed to), but if you gave half of Fish's extreme deviances and possible deeds to a fictional villain, virtually everyone would dismiss it as trying-too-hard hackwork. Psychologists who had studied the records of Fish have more than once come to the conclusion that he was some sort of zenith of psychopathy, someone so purely sick of the likes that might never have existed before or since.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Paul_Franklin Joseph Paul Franklin]], a [[WesternTerrorists Neo-Nazi serial killer]] who targeted Jews, African-Americans, and interracial couples, killing at least eleven. He unfortunately served as the inspiration for the serial killer Oscar Yeager in the novel ''{{Literature/Hunter}}'', by white supremacist William Pierce.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grim_Sleeper Lonnie David Franklin Jr. AKA the Grim Sleeper]], was a serial killer who operated in African American communities of California during the time of the gang wars between the Bloods and the Crips which spanned from the 80s to the early 90s. Because of this, many of his killings of African American women went completely unnoticed by the Los Angeles police department, whom believe the killings were done by different people. He laid low for years, before he began killing again in the early 2000s, hence his nickname, "Grim Sleeper". After one of his victims survived getting shot, a female reporter, Christine Pelisek, who interviewed the victim, realized a serial killer was preying on African American women for over a decade and decided to do a personal investigation. After uncovering evidence, she finally convinced a doubtful police department to take the theory seriously. This led to many UnfortunateImplications by the African-American citizens who already didn't trust the California police, believing they let the serial killer reign, because they didn't care about black victims. He was finally caught in 2010, thanks to DNA evidence found on a piece of pizza he didn't finish at a local pizza place he frequented. In May 2016, he was convicted of murdering 10 women.
* [[MonsterClown John Wayne Gacy]], most notable for being a party clown when not slaughtering young men and hiding them in the crawlspace under his house. Notably, when he realized the cops were after him, he taunted them by publicly smoking weed and breaking traffic laws, knowing they didn't want him on lesser charges and even picked up the restaurant tabs of the detectives who had him under surveillance. Eventually he got so bold, he invited cops to his house for dinner, where they caught the smell of rotting flesh that was his ultimate undoing.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Henry_Gaskins Donald Henry "Pee-Wee" Gaskins]], "The Redneck Charles Manson". He claimed to have killed over a hundred people, though the confirmed number is much smaller. [[HarmfulToHitchhikers A number of his victims were hitchhikers]] he picked up near the South Carolina coast, then brutalized and murdered (eventually; he enjoyed making them suffer) in various ways ForTheEvulz. He even claimed to have cannibalized some of them. His capture and conviction didn't stop him from committing murder, however. While incarcerated on death row, he killed a fellow inmate with a homemade explosive device.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaughn_Greenwood Vaughn Greenwood]], "the Skid Row Slasher". Notable in that his list of victims very nearly included famous stuntman and director Hal Needham.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Glatman Harvey Glatman]] confessed to raping and murdering three women in California, luring them by posing as a photographer.
--> '''Glatman''': The reason I killed those girls was 'cause they asked me to. They did, all of them.
--> '''Officer''': They asked you to?
--> '''Glatman''': Sure. They said they'd rather be dead than be with me.
* [[http://murderpedia.org/male.G/g/grossmann-georg.htm Georg Karl Grossmann]] a German serial killer who between 1913 and 1921 killed prostitutes and butchered them to sell their meat as beef or pork in the black market, turning his customers into [[IAteWhat unknowing cannibals]]. Grossmann was caught red-handed with the body of his latest victim after his landlord called the police, alerted by screams coming from Grossmann's kitchen. Grossmann was sentenced to death, but he committed suicide in his cell just after his trial ended. He never confessed to any crime, so his final number of victims and motivations remain unknown, but it is estimated that around 50 women ended up as Grossmann's "choice cuts".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Gunness Belle Gunness]] killed dozens of people in the early 20th century, including husbands, suitors, and her own children, for the purposes of life insurance payouts or robbery. Although she was initially believed dead in a house fire in 1908, it is generally agreed that she faked her death and escaped.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_George_Haigh John George Haigh]] is another famous British example, killing between six and nine throughout the 40's so he could get his hands on their money and fund his lavish personal lifestyle. He ghoulishly dissolved those he killed in a vat of sulphuric acid and then dumped out the remains, erroneously believing he couldn't be charged with murder if a whole body could not be found. He was eventually convicted and hanged in 1949.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hansen Robert Hansen]] grew up being the stereotypical {{Nerd}}; shy, skinny, and with a very nasty case of acne. Shunned by the girls, he developed intense feelings of hatred towards women. In his adulthood, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he opened a bakery and gained some praise among the locals as being a very good hunter. A couple of years later, in 1971, he began hunting human prey. Once he had chosen his victim (almost always a prostitute or a stripper), he would lure her to a secluded cabin in the mountains where he would beat and rape them. After that, he stripped his victim naked and gave them several minutes of head start before [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunting them like animals]], using his hunting knife or a big game hunting rifle. He killed 17 women and is estimated to have raped 30 more, until in 1983 a would-be-victim managed to escape and bring the police straight to Hansen's doorstep. He was sentenced to +460 years in prison, and died there in 2014 due to an unknown condition.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpe_brothers Harpe Brothers]], AKA Micajjah 'Big' and Wiley 'Little' Harpe, probably America's First Serial Killers, accounted for at least 40 victims in the late 18th - early 19th century along the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez_Trace Natchez Trace]], and could easily have slain more, ''many'' more. They started out as Tory irregulars, allied themselves to renegade Indians who preyed on both Indians and local white settlers, and then went off on their own careers of robbery and murder, slaughtering everyone from innocent merrymakers to white and black children, including their own.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltway_sniper_attacks Beltway Snipers]], John Allen Mohammed and Lee Boyd Malvo, who killed a total of 17 people in two separate crime sprees.
* Similar to the Boston Strangler case, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Heirens William Heirens]] was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two women and a young girl in Chicago. He confessed, but whether his interview was either [[PerpSweating coerced]] or [[PoliceBrutality forced]] is up to question.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._H._Holmes H.H. Holmes]], real name Herman Webster Mudgett, was one of America's first publicized serial killers, active during the time of Chicago's Colombian Exposition in 1893. He killed mostly women, and while it's confirmed he killed at least 27, some people believe the true body count to be over a hundred. He committed his crimes in a labyrinthine hotel/boarding house that was full of secret passages, a TortureCellar and at least one GasChamber (masquerading as just another room). It was designed from the start to be a murder house for his own depraved amusement.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Ireland Colin Ireland]], dubbed by the British tabloids as London's Gay Slayer, was a serial killer wannabe that killed 5 people between March and June 1993 [[AttentionWhore just so he could be the center of attention]]. He cruised homosexual bars, and chose men who were into bondage in the belief that they would be easier prey, since they were more likely to go home with a stranger and (presumably) be less likely to arouse public sympathy. Once he was alone with his victims, he would tie them up, strangle them and arrange the body in a sexually humilliating pose. Between murders, he would make taunting calls to the police, relishing the press coverage and the public outcry caused by his deeds. After his 5th victim, Ireland told the police he would stop, since he could be now considered a serial killer in his own right. Said victim was indeed his last, since he was arrested shortly after and sentenced to life without parole. He remained in prison until his death in 2012.
* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, murdered and brutally mutilated five prostitutes in London's Whitechapel district in 1888. One of the first to have his crimes extensively documented by the media as they happened and certainly the most famous uncaught serial killer in history.
** Similarly, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sutcliffe Peter Sutcliffe]] murdered 13 women he believed to be prostitutes over a five-year span, earning him the alias "The Yorkshire Ripper" in the press.
** "Jack the Stripper", who killed several prostitutes by choking them to death. Like Saucy Jack, he was never caught.
* [[GeniusBruiser Edmund Kemper]], 6'9" tall, over 300 pounds of weight and IQ of 145. Started with his grandparents (at 15) and worked his way from there. Also known for being one of the very few serial killers who turned themselves in. When asked by the judge what he thought a suitable punishment for his crimes would be, Kemper answered, "Death by torture." He got life imprisonment instead.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9la_Kiss Bela Kiss]], an Hungarian killer notable for being one of the very few serial killers in history to [[KarmaHoudini evade capture]] despite being identified and proven as such. A tinsmith by trade prior to World War I in the Hungarian town of Czinkota, Kiss would contact women via correspondence, and bring some of them to his home. At the same time, he began collecting large tin drums, which he explained contained gasoline to prepare for the oncoming war. In 1914, Kiss was drafted to the front, and two years later the authorities tried to make use of Kiss' supposed stockpile of gasoline. What they found inside the barrels, however, were the bodies of scores of women, many of them reported missing, preserved in alcohol. An arrest order was issued for Kiss, but it was too late; he is believed to have exchanged his identity with a deceased soldier. His eventual fate is unknown to this day.
* Japan's most infamous serial killer, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshio_Kodaira Yoshio Kodaira]] was already a juvenile delinquent when he joined the Imperial Navy in 1923. He took part on the atrocities committed by the Japanese in mainland China, where he claimed to have killed and raped many innocent civilians. He apparently enjoyed the experience, and upon returning to Japan he began raping and killing young women in earnest. He killed at least 10 women, his own father in law, and is believed to have raped at least 30 more women. Kodaira was arrested in 1946, and executed in 1949.
* [[http://murderpedia.org/male.K/k/kordiyeh-ali-reza.htm Ali Reza Kordiyeh]], AKA "The Vampire of Tehran", was an Iranian cab driver who betwen February-June 1997 raped and stabbed to death nine female fares, then burned their bodies to erase any clues. After two of his victims escaped, he was captured and sentenced to death. His execution in August 1997 was more like a public lynching; he was flogged mercilessly by relatives of his victims before being hanged from a construction crane.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_K%C3%BCrten Peter Kürten]], also known as the Vampire of Düsseldorf. Known for being one of the first investigations to use a criminal profile.
* [[http://murderpedia.org/male.L/l/lee-bruce-george.htm Bruce Lee]] (No, [[NamesTheSame NOT that]] Creator/BruceLee), born Peter George Dinsdale, is one of Britain's most prolific serial killers of modern times. A pyromaniac, Bruce could only reach sexual climax by setting fires, which he did whenever the opportunity presented itself. This quirk caused the death of 26 people before he was captured in 1979. Charged of more than 20 counts of manslaughter, he was sent for "an indefinite period of time" to a mental hospital, where he still remains.
* [[http://crime.about.com/od/serial/a/lewingdon.htm Gary & Thaddeus Lewingdon]] were a pair of murderous brothers nicknamed as the ".22 caliber killers" who terrorized Columbus, Ohio and the surrounding areas in the late '70s. They killed a total of ten people, and were firm followers of the rule that ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill, since they literally riddled their victims' bodies with bullets. They were caught when Gary [[WhatAnIdiot used one of the victims' credit card]]. Once in custody, he broke down and pointed at his brother Thaddeus as his partner in crime. They both were sentenced to life without possibility of parole. Thaddeus died of lung cancer in 1989, while his brother Gary died of a heart attack in 2004.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Alonso_L%C3%B3pez Pedro López]], the "Monster of the Andes" raped and killed at least a hundred, but maybe ''three hundred'', young girls across South America. The higher figure would make him one of the most prolific known serial killer in history. What could be scarier than that? He's been a free man since 1998 and is wanted for murder again.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Lee_Lucas Henry Lee Lucas]] is an interesting case. While he confessed to the murder of nearly 600 people (including people who turned out to ''still be alive''), he often would recant his confessions, only to confess to ''other'' murders. He often became the "go-to" guy by police departments who wanted to clear their unsolved murder files. Since he was already sentenced to death, he relished in the attention that the confessions brought him. When he died in prison in 2001, forensics were only able to confirm 3 of his confessions, which technically did make him a serial killer. His supposed exploits inspired the brilliant ''Film/HenryPortraitOfASerialKiller''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manson_Family Charles Manson]] himself may not have been a serial killer, but his followers, the Manson Family absolutely were. A serial killer is defined as someone who kills more than three people with a "cooling off" period in between the killings. Music teacher Gary Hinman was murdered by the Family on July 25, 1969. On August 9, 1969, they murdered five people, six if you count Sharon Tate's unborn baby; the next night, they killed grocers Leno and Rosemary [=LaBianca=]. On the 26th, they killed Donald "Shorty" Shea, a Hollywood stuntman. That's nine people (ten if you count Tate's child) in just a few weeks. In addition, other people are suspected of having been victims of the family, including Ronald Hughes, one member's defense attorney (believed to have been killed for balking at letting his client sacrifice herself to clear Manson). Although he was a chief conspirator in all of the killings, Manson did not personally draw a single drop of blood -- except for cutting Hinman's ear off, according to testimony -- but the various members of his "family" could certainly count as serial killers, especially Charles "Tex" Watson (Tate, [=LaBianca=] and Shea murders), Susan Atkins (Hinman and Tate), and Patricia Krenwinkel (Tate and [=LaBianca=]).
** Charles Manson himself is suspected of killing at least one person - a black man who he believed was a member of the Black Panthers (or claimed to believe); he started preaching his race-war creed "Helter Skelter" shortly afterwards. Whether he genuinely thought the Black Panthers were out to get him or if it was just another level of manipulation is unknown. He is also known to have taken part in at least one of the Family murders; he did not kill the victim, but he tied her up for his followers to do so.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backpacker_murders Ivan Milat]], Australia's Backpack Murderer, who preyed on tourists visiting the Belangalo State Forest, near Sidney. He stands convicted of seven murders, committed between 1989 and 1992, but is suspected of several more dating back to the 70s. His gruesome deeds were the inspiration for the character of Mick Taylor from ''Film/WolfCreek''. The murders are also notable for the fact that the killers' great nephew was responsible a copycat killing.
* Between 1968 and 1985, the Italian city of Florence was terrorized by an elusive killer only known as "[[http://www.biography.com/people/the-monster-of-florence-573530 The Monster of Florence]]". He targeted young couples, shot them at close range with a small caliber pistol and performed gruesome mutilations on the women. He killed an estimate of 16 people, and several people have been arrested for the murders, but it is believed that the real killer [[KarmaHoudini was never caught]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Mullin Herbert Mullin]] killed 13 people in and around Santa Cruz, California, in the late 70's. Fellow serial killer Edmund Kemper (see above) was also active when Mullin was committing murders, earning Santa Cruz a rather bad reputation at the time. Mullin apparently was a completely normal person until the death of his best friend in a car accident in 1965, which marked the beginning of his SanitySlippage. He started behaving erratically (he was later diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic) and abusing hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD until in 1972 he started hearing voices that urged him to kill, or else [[CaliforniaCollapse a massive earthquake would destroy California]]. His list of crimes include a catholic priest stabbed inside his confessional booth, a female hitchhiker whom he disemboweled, and four teenaged campers he shot to death. He was caught in 1973 when witnesses to his latest murder (an elderly man Mullin shot in broad daylight) gave the police his car's plate number. Mullin was sentenced to life imprisonment, and will be eligible for parole in 2020.
* Arfinn Nesset. A Norwegian serial killer that is nearly the same as the other medical murderers on this list. However this guy is still alive and free. Scary right?
* Dennis Nilsen - Despite committing his crimes years earlier (1978 - 1982), he's sometimes called the "British Jeffrey Dahmer" for the similar M.O. He would lure homosexual men to his apartment where he'd strangle them to death and perform necrophilia on the body until it began to decompose, at which point he'd dispose of it and start looking for his next victim. He killed at least 12, though the actual count could be higher, many of his victims were young, transient and unemployed, meaning no one reported them missing. Convicted of six murders, he remains imprisoned to this day.
* Mixing this trope with ThoseWackyNazis, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ogorzow Paul Ogorzow]], a railroad worker and [[CardCarryingVillain DNSAP member]] known as the S-Bahn Killer, commited his crimes in Berlin at the height of WorldWarII. He took advantage of the constant power outages caused by Allied bombings to stalk, rape, and bludgeon his victims to death. He killed at least eight women from 1940 to 1941, when he was finally apprehended and sent to the guillotine.
* A particularly terrifying example was [[http://murderpedia.org/male.O/o/onoprienko-anatoly.htm Anatoly Onoprienko]], an Ukranian serial killer dubbed "The Terminator" by the press. Orphaned at a young age, he was sent to an orphanage while his older brother was taken in by relatives. This, Onoprienko said, caused in him a pathological hatred for families, which would lead to a seven year rampage that would leave 52 people dead. The Terminator would target isolated homes, herd the terrified families in the living room and kill them all with a shotgun, starting with the men, then the women and leaving children for last. He then would torch the houses to get rid of evidence. If anyone was unfortunate enough to witness any of Onoprienko's massacres, he would kill them too. Finally captured in 1996, Onoprienko was sentenced to death, although it was later commuted to a life sentence. He died in prison in 2013 of a heart attack.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_Night_Stalker Original Night Stalker]] is believed to have committed fifty rapes in Northern California and twelve murders in Southern California between 1979 and 1986. As of June 2016, the FBI has put out a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
* A self-styled VigilanteMan, [[http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1945266.html Manuel "Manny" Pardo Jr.]] was an ex-cop who went in a murder rampage in 1986, killing 9 people he believed to be "drug traffickers" between January and April of that year. He was arrested a month later, sentenced to death in 1988, and executed via lethal injection in 2012. He serves as inspiration to one of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami2WrongNumber'', to the point of being named after him.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Panzram Carl Panzram]].
** Quote: "In my lifetime I have murdered 21 human beings, I have committed thousands of burglaries, robberies, larcenies, arsons and last but not least I have committed sodomy [read: rape] on more than 1,000 male human beings. For all these things I am not in the least bit sorry."
** Originally Panzram was only sentenced to ''twenty-five years''. Why was he executed? When they sent him to Leavenworth, he told the warden, "I'll kill the first man that bothers me." You hear this a lot, but Panzram ''kept'' that promise - he beat the laundry foreman to death with an iron bar, and then [[TheFarmerAndTheViper threatened to kill the human rights groups that tried to appeal the death sentence he got for it]]! Specifically, he sent them a letter containing the now-legendary line, "The only sentiment you'll get out of me is that I wish you all had one neck and I had my hands around it." He reportedly also criticized his own hangman for taking ''too long'' while prepping him for said execution.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Paulin Thierry Paulin]], a French murderer known as "The Monster of Montmartre", was as flamboyant (a transvestite black man who dyed his hair platinum blonde) as he was brutal. Between 1984 and 1987 he preyed on elderly women in the Parisian district of Montmartre along with his accomplice and lover Jean-Thierry Maturin. The deadly duo entered the elderly ladies' homes, where they bound, gagged and beat and/or stabbed them to death. They were caught in 1987, but Paulin died from AIDS two years later before standing trial. His accomplice was sentenced to life imprisonment, and was released on parole in 2009.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pickton Robert Pickton]], who inspired the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' season 4 finale.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pichushkin Alexander Pichushkin]], Russia's "Chessboard Killer", so nicknamed because after his capture he claimed his goal was to kill 64 people, one for each square on a chessboard. He targeted mostly elderly homeless men in Moscow's Bitsa Park, bashing their skulls in with a hammer and placing a vodka bottle in the wounds. He fell short of his goal when in 2006 he was caught by a surveillance camera in Moscow's subway system with who would turn up to be his last victim. He claimed 48 confirmed victims, although some suspect he killed 62. Pichushkin was sentenced to life inprisonment, the first 15 years of his sentence to be spent in solitary confinement.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Puente Dorothea Puente]], who looked like your typical sweet grandmother, but was anything but. She ran a boarding home in Sacramento, California, when in the early '80s she began killing her disabled and mentally ill tenants to cash their Social Security checks. She was caught in 1988, when police investigating the disappearance of one of said tenants discovered a freshly dug grave in Puente's yard. She was convicted on three murders, but she is believed to have killed at least nine people. Puente was sentenced to life without parole and died in prison from natural causes in 2011.
* Thomas Quick [[note]] He was born Sture Bergwall, then changed his name to Thomas Quick, then changed it ''back'' to Sture Bergwall, but is still mostly known as Thomas Quick by the public [[/note]], Sweden's most notorious serial killer, who may have not actually killed anyone. He has confessed to around 30 murders, supposedly committed in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland between 1964 and 1993, and has been convicted of eight of them. He is mentally ill, and is serving his sentence in a mental institution. In later years, the convictions have been questioned, the reason being that he was convicted on very shaky grounds based mostly on his own confessions and not much else, and the fact that a lot of his confessions simply don't make any sense. In 2008 he officially recanted all of his confessions. Public opinion of is all over the place. Some think he killed all the people he originally confessed to killing, some think he may have killed some of them but probably not the more far-fetched ones, and some think he's simply a sick, attention seeking man who has been used in the most heinous of ways by police and other authorities trying to make themselves look good by catching a serial killer.
* "BTK" (Bind, Torture, Kill): [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Rader Dennis Rader]], who murdered 10 people in the Sedgwick county area of Wichita, Kansas from 1977-1989 while sending taunting letters and poems to the police, and was caught approximately a decade and a half after his last victim, because after such a long time he got bored and [[WhatAnIdiot started sending letters to the police again, announcing that he was plotting his next murder.]] Lots of televison shows have since had a take on him, though most commonly the reason for their killer's lengthy absence is that he was seriously injured in some way and had to temporarily stop.[[note]] The reason ''Dennis Rader'' stopped was simply that he got a job with the local Compliance Department, meaning he could stalk, bully and harass people with a veneer of legality, which he did with gleeful abandon, especially women, on at least one occassion taking one womans dog and having it put down and lying about it being a dangerous animal. In other words it was only because now he could live out his sadistic fantasies at greatly reduced risk, which makes him a much bigger bastard than any of his adaptations. And unlike them, when caught, he not only confessed to the killings, he ''bragged'' about them. He furthermore was furious that that police ''lied'' to him during their investigation, encouraging him to send more letters by promising they wouldn't have any way to trace his identity from them, which is exactly how they finally caught him.[[/note]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles_de_Rais Gilles de Rais]] was a French nobleman, war hero, compatriot of Joan Of Arc and murdered at least 80 children between 1432 and 1440, the majority of whom were also raped or sexually abused. Much like Bathory, a few people have tried claiming that he was framed by the church to acquire his lands but that's extremely unlikely since firstly, the church didn't have a hope of acquiring his lands (which ended up going to the Duke of Brittany); secondly, his confederates gave very detailed testimony and thirdly, around forty bodies were discovered. Margaret Murray has also tried claiming that he was a Dianic pagan who was subject to religious persecution but the evidence for this is virtually nil.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Ramirez Richard Ramirez]] is notorious for his completely random modus operandi as well as choice of victim. He terrorized the whole LA area in the 80's. He died of natural causes at age 53 in 2013, after spending over 23 years on death row.
* While serial killing sibling teams are not unheard of, [[http://michigansup.wikia.com/wiki/Larry_and_Danny_Ranes Larry and Danny Ranes]] are unique in that they were both serial killer brothers who committed their crimes with no contact whatsoever between themselves. Larry, the younger brother, robbed and shot five men in 1964. Danny, for his part, raped and killed four women in 1972. Both are currently serving life sentences.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Ridgway Gary Ridgway]], better known as the Green River Killer, is one of the most prolific serial killers of the 20th century. He was convicted for the murder of 48 women over the course of three decades. However it is believed that he killed up to 90 women.
** Ridgway is, in many ways, something of an outlier as far as serial killers go. His motivations didn't entirely fit into either the mission based or power/control categories, although not particularly intelligent and rather spontaneous in his killings (a stereotypical "disorganized" killer), he had an uncanny ability to hide bodies and eliminate evidence (he was caught due to a DNA swab from one of his first victims), and he was able to either stop or greatly curtail his killings for a considerable length of time. This has led many conspiracy theorists to believe that the Green River killings were the work of multiple killers, and that large parts of Ridgway's confessions were fabricated.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heriberto_Seda Heriberto Seda]], a [[JackTheRipoff copycat]] of the Zodiac. He was caught because he sent so many messages to the police that when he shot his sister's boyfriend with a zip gun, the cops recognized his M.O. and his handwriting.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Lynn_Sells Tommy Lynn Sells]], recently claimed to have killed 70+ people, once said that he didn't like/use guns, because they were ''dangerous''.
* The Servant Girl Annihilator, in turn of the century killer from Austin, Texas. Noted for stalking black and white women with an axe, his crimes predate Jack the Ripper by only a few years, leading the newspapers of the time to claim the two were the same man. Two men were tried for the crime, but no one was ever convicted. The killings were supposedly the indirect inspiration for the famous moon towers that dot the Austin cityscape.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman Harold Shipman]] stands as one of the most prolific serial killers, if not ''the'' most prolific one, in history. A British medical doctor, he was sent down for a full life term (no possibility of parole) in 2000 for 15 murders, using drug overdoses. Investigations concluded that he had, overall, killed ''at least'' 215 people, mostly old women, and 459 patients had died in his care overall, but it is unclear how many he actually killed since all those deaths were recorded as 'old age'. While some of his fellow doctors began to raise suspicion about the seemingly high death rate of his patients, the authorities, public and medical boards all refused to believe the kindly-looking Shipman was a murderer. It was only when Kathleen Grundy brought to the attention of the police her mother's will, an obvious forgery, which left ''everything'' to Shipman, that a serious investigation started up and led to his arrest. He pleaded innocent until the very end and died of a suicide in his cell in 2004.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Wilson_Spencer Timothy Spencer]] is notable for two reasons: he was a rare interracial serial killer, and he was the first murderer to be convicted on the basis of DNA evidence, which also exonerated an innocent man convicted of one of his crimes. He was executed in 1994 for the rape, torture and murder of five women.
* Lucian Staniak, also known as the "Red Spider" because of the characteristic handwriting he displayed on the taunting letters he sent to the press, was a Polish serial killer who between 1964 and 1967 killed, raped, mutilated and disemboweled 20 women and teenage girls. He was declared insane and sentenced to spend the rest of his days in an asylum. [[https://hemrajsingh.com/lucian-staniak-the-red-spider-of-poland/ More info about him here]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Stano Gerald Eugene Stano]] was an absolute mysoginist. Unlike most serial killers, he didn't kill his female victims out of sexual desire, but out of pure rage and hatred towards women. As one detective famously quoted: "He thinks about three things: stereo systems, cars, and killing women". When he was caught, he provided details of 41 murders. He was sentenced to death and went to his date with Ol' Sparky in 1998.
** There is debate, however, as to whether or not Stano's confession was coerced and conviction wrongful like a few other alleged killers.
* Michael Swango: A medical student who killed at least four and possibly sixty of his patients between 1983 and 1997 by overdosing them on drugs or using poison. While it was noticed something was suspicious about the rate his patients died at, his superiors chose to hush-up his possible involvement and quietly washed him out of school. He was nearly able to get ''another'' appointment at a different hospital before a background check turned up the red flags. With his notoriety such that he couldn't find employment as a physician, he applied to be an [=EMT=] and quickly started slipping poison into his coworkers food to try and kill them instead. He then fled to Africa where he continued killing patients in less-regulated charity hospitals until his final apprehension, only hours before he was planning to flee again. One of the US hospitals where he worked took to using the phrase "Double-O Swango" to mean "getting away with murder".
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Unterweger Jack Unterweger]] grew up in Austria with a nasty case of MommyIssues, which led to an increased escalation of violence towards women that culminated in his first murder of a prostitute in 1976. Convicted and jailed for that crime, Jack "reinvented" himself in prison, becoming a writer of poetry, plays, and even publishing an autobiography, which made him popular among Vienna's hipster community. Apparently rehabilitated, Unterweger was paroled in 1990 and became a celebrity, appearing in TV shows and having his stories for children aired on the radio. But alas, old habits die hard, and Jack's apparently successful life was just a MaskOfSanity. From his release from prison and his capture in Miami in 1992, he killed an estimate of 11 prostitutes in the Czech Republic, Austria and the United States. Extradited to his native Austria, he was sentenced to life, but the day after his trial, he hanged himself in his cell.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texarkana_Moonlight_Murders The Phantom Killer]], who would attack young couples in the middle of the night, killing a total of five. Like the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper, [[KarmaHoudini the Phantom was never apprehended]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Vacher Joseph Vacher]], known as the "French Ripper" was a 19th century slayer who killed and then raped and mutilated between 11 and 14 victims of both sexes (although he had a preference for female victims). A mentally ill former Army officer, Vacher was discharged after his second suicide attempt and sent to an insane asylum, where he was reportedly "cured". After his release, Vacher became a tramp and began drifting from one location to another, killing anyone who caught his fancy. He was captured in 1897 and sent to the guillotine.
* Possibly Spain's most prolific serial killer, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Antonio_Rodriguez_Vega José Antonio Rodríguez Vega]], known as "El Mataviejas de Santander" (The Old Lady Killer of Santander), killed at least 16 elderly women between 1987 and 1988. He pretended to be a repairman to enter his victims' homes, where he strangled them and sexually assaulted them after death. He then arranged the crime scene so it would appear the poor women had died in their sleep. He was caught and sentenced to more than 400 years in jail, but said sentence was a mere formality, since by Spanish law no one can serve more than 30 years in prison, which meant he would have been eventually released. Fortunately, that would never happen, since in 2002 he was stabbed to death by a gang of fellow inmates.
* Another Spanish serial killer is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_Galan Alfredo Galan]], who would leave playing cards next to his victims. He was allegedly the inspiration for the creepypasta character called the "Alice Killer".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Wuornos Aileen Wuornos]], whose story inspired the movie ''Monster''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang_Xinhai Yang Xinhai]], called the "Monster Killer", was the worst serial killer of China. He confessed to committing 65 murders between 1999 and 2003. He'd enter homes at night and kill everybody inside with axes, hammers and shovels. He was sentenced to death and executed in 2004.
* Another Chinese serial killer, [[http://murderpedia.org/male.Y/y/yong-huang.htm Huang Yong]] preyed upon young boys in the Henan province, murdering at least 17. He would lure his victims to his home under the pretense of a job offer, where he would submit them to marathon sessions of torture and rape, before finally strangling them with a length of rope and disposing of the bodies in a pit he built in his apartment. Yong's spree ended when his last victim, a 16-year-old boy called Zhang Liang, told Yong that [[BlatantLies he would become his foster son and care for him in his old age if he let him live]]. Unbelievably, Yong [[WhatAnIdiot listened to the boy]] and let him go. Of course, Liang went straight to the police, who upon searching Yong's apartment found the remains of more than a dozen of victims and a torture device built from a noodle making machine Yong dubbed "The Intelligent Wooden Horse". Yong was sentenced to death and executed in December 2004. Months after Yong's death, the bodies of a couple more victims were found.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac_Killer The Zodiac]], who was never caught during his lifetime, was especially notorious for consistently ''taunting'' the police about their inability to catch him via letters, including some that were encrypted in ciphers of which only one has been successfully cracked. Authorities seem to have narrowed their area of suspicion down to about a dozen different men. However almost all of whom are now dead so even if they ''do'' manage to figure it out, [[KarmaHoudini there's a good chance they'll never be able to bring the guy to justice]].
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** There is debate, however, as to whether or not Stano's confession was coerced and conviction wrongful like a few other killers.

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** There is debate, however, as to whether or not Stano's confession was coerced and conviction wrongful like a few other alleged killers.


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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texarkana_Moonlight_Murders The Phantom Killer]], who would attack young couples in the middle of the night, killing a total of five. Like the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper, [[KarmaHoudini the Phantom was never apprehended]].
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