The stories of serial killers are really interesting for all of us. There are also documentaries on them. These psychopaths have taken many lives but ever you wondered what motivated them to do such heinous crimes against humanity? The list of serial killers is enormous. But obviously, there are some names which top the list.
Daniel Camargo Barbosa
This psychopath killer believed to have raped and killed almost 150 young girls in Columbia and Ecuador during the 1970s and 1980s. Barbosa confessed he had killed 72 girls in Ecuador. In 1989, he was convicted and sentenced 16 years imprisonment, the maximum sentence available in Ecuador. When he was arrested in Quito, Barbosa took the authorities to the dumping grounds of those victims whose bodies had not been recovered yet. A cousin of one of his victims murdered him in prison in 1994.
This insane American serial killer had murdered at least 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. But he was not happy just killing the people, he ate them. Yes, he committed necrophilia and was cooking body parts of his victims and after that ate them. Dahmer is known as the Milwaukee Cannibal. His murders were generally very gruesome; his crimes including rape, forces sodomy, necrophilia, dismemberment and cannibalism. Police was successful to catch him after a potential victim managed to overpower him. He was convicted of 15 of the murders and sentenced to 15 terms of life imprisonment in 1992. However, Dahmer was beaten to death by a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution.
This American serial killer killed 10 people in Sedwick Country, Wichita, Kansas between 1974 and 1991. He used a pseudonym BTK stands for Bind, Torture and Kill. He wrote letters to the police taunting them under the name BTK. He first stalked his victims before breaking into their houses. Then bound their limbs and at last strangled them. In 1988 BTK disappeared and reemerged in 2005 after he sent a floppy disc to the press. Police then traced him via the disc. He immediately confessed his crimes. Raider is serving 10 consecutive life sentences with a release date possibly on February 26, 2180.
He is one of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century. That American serial killer raped and murdered many young women and girls during the 1970s. He also practiced necrophilia. Bundi approached his victims in a public place and then took them to secluded areas where he killed them. He even revisited the crime scenes and indulged in sexual acts with the corpses. He beheaded at least 12 victims and kept their heads as trophies in his apartment. Bundy confessed he killed 30 women although the actual number is unknown. He was captured several times but twice managed to escape from police. He was sentenced to death by a current of electricity. Bundi died in the electric chair on 1989.
Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or simple H.H Holmes had confessed to killing 27 persons but only nine could be confirmed. Some estimates his numbers of victims could be as high as 200. Holmes, sometimes referred as the “Beast of Chicago” was also a con artist. This serial killer bought an entire building to making his killings easier. He lured his victims to this death trap or “Murder Castle” during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. He seduced, tricked and then killed his women victims and others were lured by the offer of employment. In 1986, he was captured and hanged.
This Soviet serial killer nicknamed The Butcher of Rostov and The Red Ripper was convicted of the murder of 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990. He committed sexual assault, murder and mutilation of these 53 victims. In 1992, he confessed 56 murders and was tried for 53 of these killings. The relatives of the deceased demanded that the authorities release him so that they could execute him on their own. He was found guilty of 52 of 53 murders sentenced to death for the 52 murders. He was finally executed by a firing squad in 1994.
John George Haigh
John George Haigh was notoriously known as the “Acid Bath Murderer” operated during the 1940s. He was convicted of killing six people, although he claimed to have killed nine. Haigh was a professional conman, his victims were the wealthy persons whom he charmed by believing he was a successful businessman. He lured his targets to a dilapidated warehouse and then shot them. After killing them, he dissolved their bodies in sulphuric acid and then forged their papers to sell their possessions and collect their life savings. He was sentenced to death and hanged at Wandsworth Prison in 1949.
Albert Hamilton Fish
He was not only a serial killer, he was a cannibal or to be very precise a child eater. Fish was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria and the Brooklyn Vampire. He boasted that “he had children in every state” and one time stated that the number was about 100. Though, it was not known whether he was referring to rapes or cannibalism. Fish was convicted in at least five murders. He confessed to three murders and stabbing two other people. He was first accused of the murder of 10-year-old Grace Budd. Fish later confessed his cannibalism and other murders. He was convicted and executed by electric chair in 1936.
Donald Henry Gaskins
Gaskins started killings in 1969 and he especially killed the hitchhikers. He picked up them while driving around the coastal highways of the American South. Gaskins claimed he had killed 80 to 90 people by torturing and mutilating them. He was arrested in 1975 after a criminal associate confessed he had witnessed Gaskins killing two young men. He was convicted of eight murders and was sentenced to death. Later the death sentence turned to life imprisonment without any parole. Gaskins committed another murder of a fellow inmate within the high-security prison. He is the only man who committed murder of a prisoner on death row.
Pedro Rodrigues Filho
Pedro is a Brazilian serial killer who was arrested in 1973 and later convicted in 2003 of murdering at least 71 people. He was sentenced to 128 years in prison. At the age of 14, he committed his first murder and soon began a murder spree against the local drug dealers. When he was 18 years old he had murdered 10 people. In prison, he killed his own father who also served jail for murder. While imprisoned, he went onto kill 47 inmates. His continuous killings increased his sentence to 400 years. In 2007, he was later released after serving 34 years but in 2011 he was later rearrested.
John Wayne Gacy
Gacy continued his killings between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. He sexually assaulted and murdered 33 teenage boys and men. He tempted the victims with the promise of work or money. Gacy then took them to his home and murdered them by strangulation with a tourniquet. He buried his 26 victims in the crawl space under his home and later disposed of the bodies in the Des Plaines River. Gacy was sentenced to death and spent 14 years on death row. In 1994, he was executed by lethal injection.
He has many names for his gruesome crimes; The Otaku Murderer, Dracula Miyazaki or The Little Girl Murder. He kidnapped little girls, killed them and indulged in a sexual activity with their corpses. Not only this, he also drank one of his victim’s blood and ate her hands. Miyazaki preserved body parts as trophies and sent postcards to the families in where he described the murder. His father committed suicide and in 2008 Miyazaki was hanged.