A serial killer is a person who has committed at least three unrelated murders for unspecified reasons. As a rule, the victims of a serial killer are strangers. The crimes of these maniacs are so terrible that the memory of them does not fade for decades and even centuries.
Gilles de Rays
On October 26, 1440, one of the former associates of Joan of Arc, the French nobleman Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was executed. He was accused of witchcraft and devil worship, as well as brutal serial murders of children. According to various sources, the number of his victims is approximately 140 people. Baron Gilles de Rais was also famous for his huge number of marriages and became the prototype of the fairy-tale character Bluebeard.
The Hungarian Countess Elisabeth Bathory is considered one of the most famous serial killers in the history of mankind. In the late XV — early XVII centuries, she committed more than 600 insidious murders, and her victims were young girls. It is said that the countess bathed in blood every week, thus trying to preserve her beauty. In 1610, rumors of her atrocities reached the emperor. From 1611 until the end of her days, Elizabeth Bathory lived in captivity in her own castle, and all her accomplices were executed.
Jack the Ripper
In the second half of 1888, a series of brutal murders of prostitutes swept through London, the number of victims was from 4 to 9. The man who sent a message signed by Jack the Ripper to the Central News Agency claimed responsibility for these crimes. By the way, he was not the only one who sent letters to newspapers on behalf of the killer. The real culprit was never found. Without a doubt, it is Jack the Ripper who is called the most famous serial killer in history.
This man was one of America’s first serial killers and cannibals. The exact number of his victims was never counted, presumably from 3 to 15 people. In November 1934, 64-year-old Albert Fish was arrested and executed in the electric chair in 1936.
Postal clerk David Berkowitz stands out among America’s most notorious serial killers. In 1970 he shot and killed six people and wounded seven more. Mostly, Berkowitz’s victims were young, attractive women. In 1977, the killer was caught and sentenced to 365 years in prison.
In 1957, America was shocked by the terrible crimes of Edward Gein, who killed several people, and before that trained on corpses stolen from a cemetery. During a search of his house, items of clothing made from human skin were found. At trial, Gein was declared mentally insane and spent the rest of his life in a psychiatric hospital. In 1984 he died at the age of 77.
Theodore Robert Bundy
Another American serial killer of the 1970s. He committed at least 36 brutal murders, all of his victims were young girls and even a 10-year-old girl. In 1976, Theodore Bundy was arrested but managed to escape. In 1978, he was caught again, and this time he was prepared for the electric chair. But the sentence was carried out only 10 years later, on January 24, 1989. While awaiting sentencing, Bundy interacted with the FBI, helping to understand the psychology of serial killers.
Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo
His name is familiar to almost every inhabitant of our country. Between 1978 and 1990, he killed at least 53 people, 35 of them children. Chikatilo himself said that there were many more victims. The first time this serial killer was arrested in 1984, but released due to lack of evidence. On November 20, 1990, he was caught a second time and sentenced to death. On February 14, 1994, the sentence was carried out. Chikatilo is the most famous serial killer in the history of the USSR.
Pedro Alonso Lopez
Colombian killer Pedro Alonso Lopez confessed to over 300 murders of young women. This is considered an absolute record for one person, because the bloodiest killer, the Hungarian Countess Elisabeth Bathory, did not act independently, but with henchmen. In 1980, Lopez was arrested, further information about his fate is contradictory. According to one version, he was shot, according to another, he served time in prison and was released in 1998.
Henry Lee Lucas
This man confessed to killing over 600 people, but only half of them looked any credible. According to experts, the number of his victims was about 150 people. Lucas committed most of the murders with his lover Ottis Toole. In 1983, Henry Lee Lucas was arrested, proving 11 murders. On May 13, 2001, he died in prison. Ottis Toole also died in a prison cell, but 4.5 years earlier, in 1996.