List of serial killers by country
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- 1 Convicted serial killers by country
- 1.1 Afghanistan
- 1.2 Argentina
- 1.3 Australia
- 1.4 Austria
- 1.5 Belarus
- 1.6 Belgium
- 1.7 Brazil
- 1.8 Canada
- 1.9 Chile
- 1.10 People's Republic of China
- 1.11 Colombia
- 1.12 Croatia
- 1.13 Czech Republic
- 1.14 Denmark
- 1.15 Ecuador
- 1.16 Egypt
- 1.17 Estonia
- 1.18 Finland
- 1.19 France
- 1.20 Germany
- 1.21 Ghana
- 1.22 Greece
- 1.23 Guatemala
- 1.24 Hong Kong
- 1.25 Hungary
- 1.26 India
- 1.27 Indonesia
- 1.28 Iraq
- 1.29 Iran
- 1.30 Israel
- 1.31 Italy
- 1.32 Jamaica
- 1.33 Japan
- 1.34 Kazakhstan
- 1.35 Latvia
- 1.36 Macedonia
- 1.37 Mexico
- 1.38 Morocco
- 1.39 Netherlands
- 1.40 New Zealand
- 1.41 Norway
- 1.42 Pakistan
- 1.43 Panama
- 1.44 Peru
- 1.45 Poland
- 1.46 Portugal
- 1.47 Romania
- 1.48 Russia
- 1.49 Slovakia
- 1.50 Slovenia
- 1.51 South Africa
- 1.52 South Korea
- 1.53 Spain
- 1.54 Swaziland
- 1.55 Sweden
- 1.56 Turkey
- 1.57 Ukraine
- 1.58 United Kingdom
- 1.59 United States
- 1.60 Venezuela
- 1.61 Yemen
- 2 Unidentified serial killers
- 3 See also
- 4 References
Convicted serial killers by country
- Abdullah Shah: killed at least 20 travelers on the road from Kabul to Jalalabad serving under Zardad Khan; also killed his wife; executed on April 20, 2004
- Abul Djabar: killed 65 men and boys by strangling them with turbans while raping them; suspected of over 300 murders; sentenced to death and hung on October 21, 1970
- Cayetano Santos Godino: also known as "Petiso Orejudo" ("Big Eared Midget"); at 16, killed four children in 1912; died in prison in 1944
- Robledo Puch: also known as "The Death Angel" and "The Black Angel" killed 11 people before his arrest in 1972; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1980
- David and Catherine Birnie: also known as "Moorhouse murders"; couple from the suburban Perth area responsible for the murders of four women in 1986
- Gregory Brazel: shot dead a woman in 1982 armed robbery and murdered two prostitutes in 1990
- John Bunting, Robert Wagner and James Vlassakis: also known as "Bodies in the Barrels Murders"; convicted of the Snowtown murders of 12 people between 1992 and 1999
- Eric Edgar Cooke: also known as "The Night Caller"; killed at least 8 people, and attempted to kill many more; last person to be hanged in Western Australia
- Bandali Debs: convicted of murdering two police officers and two prostitutes in the 1990s
- Paul Denyer: also known as "Frankston Killer"; murdered three women in 1993 in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston
- Peter Dupas: serving three life sentences for multiple murders and rape charges
- Kathleen Folbigg: murdered four of her infants between 1991 and 1999
- Eddie Leonski: United States Army soldier who killed three women in Melbourne, Australia. Executed in 1942
- Leonard Fraser: also known as "The Rockhampton Rapist"; convicted of killing four women in Rockhampton, Queensland
- John Wayne Glover: also known as "The Granny Killer"; British immigrant who killed six elderly women on Sydney's North Shore; committed suicide in 2005
- Caroline Grills: also known as "Auntie Thally"; serial poisoner of five family members
- Paul Steven Haigh: sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for the murders of seven people in Victoria in the late 1970s
- Lindsay Robert Rose: serial killer and contract killer who murdered five people between 1984 and 1994
- Matthew James Harris: strangled a friend's brother, a female friend and a male neighbour to death over five weeks in 1998 in Wagga Wagga
- Thomas Jeffries: Tasmanian penal colony escapee responsible for the murders of five people; executed in 1826
- William MacDonald: also known as "the Mutilator"; killed at least five men between June 1961 and April 1963
- John and Sarah Makin: late 19th century baby farmers who killed and buried 12 children at a succession of their homes
- Ivan Milat: killed at least seven tourists in Belanglo State Forest, New South Wales; suspected in similar disappearances in Newcastle
- Martha Needle: poisoner of four family members and boyfriend's brother
- Martha Rendell: killed three stepchildren with hydrochloric acid in the 20th century; last woman to be hanged in Western Australia
- Arnold Sodeman: also known as the "School-girl Strangler"; killed four children in Melbourne in the 1930s
- Christopher Worrell and James Miller: also known as the "Truro Murderers"; convicted of killing seven victims
- Elfriede Blauensteiner: poisoner of three individuals
- Jack Unterweger: author and sexual sadist; convicted of 10 murders; believed to have killed 12 women
- Waltraud Wagner and Irene Leidolf: also known as the "Lainz Angels of Death"; nurses at the Lainz General Hospital in Vienna who admitted to murdering 49 patients
- Gennady Mikhasevich: police volunteer who investigated his own mission-oriented murders of 36 women between 1971 and 1985
- András Pándy: also known as "Vader Blauwbaard" (Father Bluebeard); convicted of the murder and rape of his two wives and four children
- Marc Dutroux: convicted of having kidnapped, tortured and sexually abused six girls ranging in age from 8 to 19, during 1995 to 1996
- Ronald Janssen: sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering three people from 2007 to 2010 and suspected of more
- Marcelo Costa de Andrade: also known as "The Vampire of Niterói"; raped and killed 14 children.
- Abraão José Bueno: nurse who killed four child patients
- Pedro Rodrigues Filho: also known as "Pedrinho Matador"; convicted and sentenced to 128 years imprisonment for 70 murders; however, the maximum one can serve in Brazil is 30 years; claimed to have killed more than 100 victims, including 40 prison inmates
- Edson Isidoro Guimarães: nurse who killed four patients but suspected of 131 deaths in total
- Anísio Ferreira de Sousa: gynaecologist who was convicted of the murder of three children but linked to the disappearance of a total of 19
- Francisco de Assis Pereira: Brazilian rapist and serial killer, known as "O Maníaco do Parque" (The Park Maniac). He was arrested for the torture, rape and death of 11 women and for assaulting nine in a park in São Paulo, Brazil during the 1990s.
- Paul Bernardo: also known as "the Scarborough Rapist"; a Toronto man who killed three teenage girls (including his wife's sister) with the aid of his wife Karla Homolka
- Wayne Boden: also known as "the Vampire Rapist" killed 4 women between 1968–1971; died in prison 2006
- John Martin Crawford: convicted in 1996 for the murders of three women
- Léopold Dion: also known as "Monster of Pont-Rouge"; raped and killed four young boys in 1960; murdered in 1972
- William Patrick Fyfe: convicted of killing five women in Montreal; suspect in several other murders
- Gilbert Paul Jordan: killed between 8 and 10 women by alcohol poisoning; deceased (2006)
- Allan Legere: also known as "Monster of the Miramichi"; killer of five individuals
- Michael Wayne McGray: Killed 7 people, including a woman and child and a cellmate, claims to have killed 11 others.
- Clifford Olson: murdered 11 children in British Columbia; died in prison 2011
- Robert Pickton: charged with the first degree murders of 26 women; allegedly confessed to 49 murders; convicted December 9, 2007 of six charges; reduced to second degree murder
- Russell Williams: former Colonel in the Canadian Forces convicted in 2010 of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of forcible confinement, two counts of breaking and entering, and sexual assault, and another 82 charges relating to breaking and entering.
- Peter Woodcock: murdered three children in 1956–1957 and a fellow psychiatric institute patient in 1991
- Viña del Mar psychopaths: Jorge Sagredo and Carlos Topp committed ten murders and four rapes from 5 August 1980 to November 1, 1981 in the city of Viña del Mar; executed by firing squad on January 29, 1985; they were the last people executed in Chile
People's Republic of China
- Bai Baoshan: sentenced to 13 years in prison in 1983 for a murder he committed during a failed robbery.; later killed 14 people from 1996 to 1997 and executed on May 6, 1998.
- Liu Pengli: 2nd century BC Han prince; one of the earliest serial killers attested by historical sources
- Gong Runbo: found guilty of the murders of six children and teenagers aged between nine and 16 from 2005 to 2006; executed 2007
- Huang Yong: between September 2001 and 2003 killed at least 17 teenage boys; executed in 2003
- Shen Changyin and Shen Changping: found guilty of the murders of 11 prostitutes
- Wang Qiang:45 murder victims and 10 rapes.
- Yang Xinhai: confessed to killing 65 people between 2000 and 2003; executed in 2004
- Zhang Yongming: between March 2008 and April 2012 killed 11; executed in 2013
- Zhou Kehua: A former soldier who targeted ATM users. He killed 10 people and evaded the law for 8 years, before being shot in a shootout with police after a year-long manhunt.
- Daniel Camargo Barbosa: also known as "The Sadist of El Charquito", who is believed to have raped and killed over 150 young girls in Colombia and Ecuador during the 1970s and 1980s.
- Luis Garavito: also known as "The Beast" admitted to murder and rape of 140 young boys.
- Pedro López: also known as "The Monster of the Andes"; accused of raping and killing more than 300 girls across South America.
- Manuel Octavio Bermúdez: also known as "El Monstruo de los Cañaduzales" (The Monster of the Cane Fields); confessed to raping and killing at least 21 children in remote areas of Colombia.
- Vinko Pintarić: murdered five people, including his wife, between 1973 and 1990. Escaped from custody three times, killed in a 1991 shootout with the police.
- Martin Lecián: Responsible for killing 10 policemen and 1 prison officer. Executed in 1927
- Marie Fikáčková: female nurse who was executed by hanging in 1961 for the murders of 10 babies
- Václav Mrázek: convicted of the murders of seven women; executed in 1957
- Hubert Pilčík: killed at least 5 people whom he had to get across the border from Czechoslovakia into Germany. In 1951 he committed suicide in prison.
- Petr Zelenka: male nurse convicted of seven murders to "test" doctors
- Peter Lundin: killed his mother in 1991, then killed his mistress and her two children 9 years later; Sentenced to prison
- Dagmar Overbye: childcare provider who killed between nine and 25 children; sentenced to death in 1921 then reprieved
- Gilberto Chamba: murdered 9 people in Ecuador and Spain.
- Ramadan Abdel Rehim Mansour: also known as "Al-Tourbini"; gang leader who raped and murdered homeless children by throwing them off trains in the 2000s, sometimes burying them alive
- Raya and Sakina: Egypt's most famous serial killers and the first Egyptian women to be executed by the modern state of Egypt
- Aleksandr Rubel: convicted murderer of six people
- Matti Haapoja: convicted murderer of three people, admitted to the murders of 18; possibly killed 22–25; sentenced to life imprisonment, hanged himself in a prison cell
- Aino Nykopp-Koski: first Finnish female serial killer, convicted of 5 murders and 5 attempted murders; sentenced to life in prison
- Marie-Madeleine-Marguerite d'Aubray, Marquise de Brinvilliers: French poisoner; executed in 1676
- Pierre Chanal: serial killer of 17 boys between 1980 and 1987 who committed suicide in 2003
- Martin Dumollard: condemned to the guillotine after having been arrested and charged with the deaths of maids from 1855 to 1861.
- Michel Fourniret: also known as Ogre of Ardennes confessed to nine murders of young girls; allegedly killed 10 more between 1987 and 2001
- Guy Georges: also known as the "Beast of the Bastille"; serving a life sentence for seven murders between 1991 and 1997
- Francis Heaulme: serving a life sentence for 20 murders between 1984 and 1992
- Hélène Jégado: domestic servant who poisoned at least 23 people between 1833 and 1851; executed in 1852
- Henri Désiré Landru: killed 11 people; inspired the character of Monsieur Verdoux played by Charlie Chaplin
- Claude Lastennet: convicted of murdering 5 old women between August 1993 and January 1994.
- Émile Louis: preyed on young handicapped women (seven murders) in 1970s
- Christine Malèvre: nurse sentenced for the murders of at least 30 terminally ill patients
- Thierry Paulin: also known as the "Beast of Montmartre"; preyed on the elderly in the 1980s and murderer of 21 old women
- Marcel Petiot: doctor who killed 63 would-be refugees from the Nazis; executed in 1946
- Gilles de Rais: 15th century satanist and child killer (400 killed)
- Joseph Vacher: also known as "The French Ripper"; 19th century serial killer of 11 people
- Jeanne Weber: convicted of the murders of 10 children
- Eugen Weidmann: German who strangled and robbed American dancer Jean de Koven, shot a former accomplice, and shot dead and robbed four other people around Paris in 1937
- Jürgen Bartsch: killed four, one escaped; died by wrongful overdose during castration surgery
- Karl Denke: cannibal; allegedly killed 30–40 people in the 1920s
- Volker Eckert: trucker who abducted, tortured and killed prostitutes along his route; accused of 19 murders in Germany, France and Spain between 1974 and 2006
- Christman Genipperteinga kept registry of the 964 persons he claimed to have murdered from 1568-1581
- Gesche Gottfried: serial poisoner who murdered 15 people in Hanover and Bremen; publicly executed in 1831
- Karl Grossmann: killed women and sold their flesh on the black market
- Fritz Haarmann: preyed on young men and boys; executed in 1925
- Fritz Honka: murdered four women in Hamburg and kept the bodies in his apartment
- Joachim Kroll: also known as the "Ruhr Cannibal" and the "Ruhr Hunter"; claimed 13 victims over three decades; died in prison in 1991
- Peter Kürten: also known as the "Vampire of Düsseldorf"; executed in 1932
- Stephan Letter: male nurse who killed 29 patients; arrested in 2006
- Martin Ney: Wore a mask while killing 3 and sexually assaulting at least 40 children
- Marianne Nölle: female nurse who was convicted of killing seven patients between 1984 and 1992; suspected of killing 17; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1993
- Paul Ogorzow: also known as the "S-Bahn murderer"; SA sergeant convicted of raping and murdering eight women by throwing them off trains in Berlin during blackouts in 1941 and 1942
- Norbert Poehlke, also known as 'The Hammer-Killer': police officer, bank robber and serial killer
- Peter Stumpp: self-proclaimed werewolf who killed 16 people during the 16th century
- Sophie Charlotte Elisabeth Ursinus: Berlin aristocrat convicted of poisoning her aunt with arsenic at the turn of the 19th century; boyfriend and husband died similarly
- Elisabeth Wiese: also known as the "Angel Maker of St. Pauli"; baby farmer who poisoned her grandchild and four others with morphine and burned their bodies in a stove in 1902 and 1903
- Anna Maria Zwanziger: Bavarian poisoner; killer of four people; executed in 1811
- Rudolf Pleil: also known as "The Deathmaker"; convicted of killing salesman and nine women and claimed to have killed 25
- Wolfgang Schmidt: also known as the "Beast of Beelitz"; killed five women and a 3 month old baby from 1989 to 1991; currently in a psychiatric hospital
- Charles Quansah: convicted of the strangulation deaths of nine women in Accra; suspected of killing 34; sentenced to death in 2003
- Antonis Daglis: also known as the "Athens Ripper"; convicted in 1997 of the strangulation murders and dismemberment of three women and the attempted murder of six others
- José Miculax Bux: also known as "The Monster of Guatemala"; killed 15 boys in 1946 along with cousin Mariano Macú Miculax.
- Lam Kor-wan: sexual sadist who murdered and dismembered four women in the 1980s; sentenced to death (commuted to life imprisonment as per tradition at that time)
- Lam Kwok-wai: murdered three women, sentenced to life imprisonment (capital punishment already abolished)
- Erzsébet Báthory: countess who killed servant girls; rumored to have killed more than 600
- Béla Kiss: murdered at least 24 women, escaped justice in the confusion of World War I
- Joshi-Abhyankar Serial Murders: quartet committed around 10 murders
- Thug Behram: alleged to have killed over 900 people; executed in 1840
- Surender Koli: convicted of raping and murdering four children in Delhi in 2005 and 2006 with another 12 cases pending
- Raman Raghav: killed homeless people and others in their sleep
- Auto Shankar: murdered nine teenage girls in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai during a six-month period in 1988; executed in 1995
- Charles Sobhraj: killed at least 12 Western tourists in Southeast Asia during the 1970s; imprisoned in India (released) and Nepal (in prison)
- Motta Navas: killed pavement dwellers in their sleep during a three-month period in 2012
- Mohan Kumar: killed 20 female victims with cynanide, claiming they were contraceptive pills, senteneced to death in 2013.
- Akku Yadav: murdered at least three people and dumped their bodies on the railroad tracks; lynched by a mob of around 200 women.
- Kampatimar Shankariya: sentenced to death for the hammer murders of at least 70 people; hung on May 16, 1979.
- Verry Idham Henyansyah: convicted and sentenced to death for the killing of 11 people
- Ahmad Suradji: admitted to killing 42 women; sentenced to death and executed by firing squad on July 10, 2008
- Siswanto: killed and mutilated twelve boys.
- Baekuni: killed at least 4 boys a sentenced to life in prison on October 5, 2010.
- Ali Asghar Borujerdi: Killed 33 young adults and executed on June 26, 1934.
- Louay Omar Mohammed al-Taei: medical doctor found to have killed 43 wounded policemen, soldiers and officials in Kirkuk; was a member of an insurgent cell.
- Mohammed Bijeh: also known as the "Tehran Desert Vampire"; killed at least 16 young boys near Tehran; executed in 2005
- Saeed Hanaei: also known as "The Spider Killer"; killed at least 16 women around Mashhad; executed in 2002
- Nicolai Bonner: killed four people in 2005 in Haifa, three of them homeless; sentenced to life imprisonment
- Wolfgang Abel and Mario Furlan: German-Italian duo found guilty of 10 of 27 counts of murder in 1987
- Donato Bilancia: murdered 17 people in seven months between 1997 and 1998
- Leonarda Cianciulli: also known as "Soap-Maker of Correggio"; murderess of three women
- Roberto Succo: murdered at least five people, including his parents, committed suicide while in prison in 1988
- Beasts of Satan: committed three notorious ritual murders from 1998 to 2004.
- Lewis Hutchinson: Scottish immigrant convicted of shooting dozens of people in the 18th century; executed in 1773
- Sataro Fukiage: raped and killed at least seven girls in the early 20th century
- Hiroaki Hidaka: killed four prostitutes in 1996; executed on December 25, 2006
- Miyuki Ishikawa: murdered an estimated 103, but could have been up to 169 infants in the 1940s
- Kiyotaka Katsuta: firefighter who shot and strangled at least eight people, some during robberies, between 1972 and 1982
- Yoshio Kodaira: rapist thought to have killed 11 people in Japan and Chinese people as a soldier
- Genzo Kurita: killed six women and two children and engaged in rape and necrophilia
- Hiroshi Maeue: also known as "Suicide Website Murderer"; lured people from suicide clubs promising to kill himself with his victims
- Futoshi Matsunaga and Junko Ogata: also known as "House of Horror"; tortured and killed at least seven people between 1996 and 1998, including Ogata's family
- Tsutomu Miyazaki: also known as "The Otaku Murderer", "The Little Girl Murderer" and "Dracula"; killed four preschool-age girls and ate the hand of a victim; executed in 2008
- Seisaku Nakamura: also known as "Hamamatsu Deaf Killer", murdered at least nine people
- Akira Nishiguchi: killed five people and engaged in fraud
- Kiyoshi Ōkubo: raped and murdered eight young women over a period of 41 days in 1971
- Yukio Yamaji: murdered his own mother in 2000, and then murdered a 27-year-old woman and her 19-year-old sister in 2005.
- Nikolai Dzhumagaliev: also known as "Metal Fang"; raped and hacked seven women to death with an axe in Almaty in 1980, then cannibalised them using his unusual false teeth
- Vlado Taneski: crime reporter arrested in June 2008 for the murder of three elderly women on whose deaths he had written articles; committed suicide in police custody; suspected of killing another woman
- Sara Aldrete: also known as "La Madrina"; cult follower of Adolfo Constanza; convicted in 1994 of murdering several individuals during her association with Constanza
- Juana Barraza: also known as "Mataviejitas" ("Old Lady Killer"); operated within the metropolitan area of Mexico City until January 25, 2006
- José Luis Calva: cannibal; police found the remains of multiple female victims in his house; committed suicide on December 11, 2007
- Adolfo Constanzo: also known as "The Godfather of Matamoros"; serial killer and cult leader in Mexico; committed suicide in 1989
- Delfina and María de Jesús González: also known as "Las Poquianchis"; killed a total of 91; arrested and sentenced to 40 years in prison in 1964
- Raúl Osiel Marroquín: also known as "El Gato Imperial"; killed four gay men in Mexico City
- Francisco Guerrero: also known as "El Chalequero" ("The man of the vests"); the first documented serial killer in Mexico; committed approximately 20 murders between 1880 and 1888 plus one more in 1908.
- Magdalena Solis: religious fanatic, proclaimed "The High Blood's Priestess", killed 8 persons in ritual sacrifices.
- Abdul Latif Sharif: also known as "The Ciudad Juárez`Predator"; a migrant responsible for murdering an unknown number of women in Ciudad Juárez, maybe 15 murders but only he was convicted by one. He died in prison.
- Fernando Hernández Leyva: convicted of 33 murders in 1986, suspected of killing 137 persons.
- Gabriel Garza Hoth: named "The Black Widower", killed 3 women between 1991 and 1998, his victims were wives and lovers.
- Tadeo Fulgencío Mejía: responsible by several murders during the 1890s and 1900s, motivated by delirious idea of to contact with deceased wife. Now the house in Guanajuato, where he committed the crimes, is known as "The House of laments" (Casa de los lamentos), and according to the legend the mansion's haunted.
- Rudolfo Infante and Anna Villeda: pair by Matamoros responsible for 8 murders.
- Felícitas Sánchez Aguillón: named "The Ogress of Roma neighborhood" was a nurse, midwife and baby farmer responsible for an unknown number of murders number during the 1930s, maybe 50 victims, in Mexico City.
- Guadalupe Martínez de Bejarano: murdered three girls
- Silvia Meraz: involved in a occult sect, killed 3 persons.
- Hadj Mohammed Mesfewi: responsible for the murders of at least 36 women; executed by immurement in 1906
- Willem van Eijk: convicted of the murder of five women
- Koos Hertogs: convicted of the murder of three women
- Maria Swanenburg: suspected of killing more than 90 with arsenic in the 1880s
- Minnie Dean: Scottish immigrant baby farmer who killed at least three children by laudanum poisoning and suffocation in the 1890s
- Arnfinn Nesset: manager of a geriatric nursing home who poisoned 22 dwellers at the Orkdal Alders- og Sjukeheim institution over a period of years before being convicted in 1983
- Javed Iqbal: believed to have killed 100 boys, committed suicide while in prison in 1991
- Amir Qayyum: also known as "The brick killer"; killed 14 homeless men with rocks or bricks when they were asleep and was sentenced to death in May 2006.
- William Dathan Holbert: also known as "Wild Bill"; American expatriate who had the bodies of five other Americans buried on his property; he would kill people to get their money and properties; his wife, Laura Michelle Reese, was also arrested
- Pedro Pablo Nakada Ludeña: also known as "The Apostle of Death" ;convicted of 17 murders and claimed 25; sentenced to 35 years in prison.
- Zdzisław Marchwicki: also known as "Zagłębie Vampire"; convicted of murdering 14 women; executed in 1976
- Władysław Mazurkiewicz: also known as "The Gentleman Killer"; killed up to 30 women
- Stanisław Modzelewski: murdered seven women in Łódź during the 1960s; executed in 1970
- Leszek Pękalski: also known as the "Vampire of Bytów"; killed up to 17 women
- Skin Hunters: Karol Banaś, Andrzej Nowocień, Dr. Janusz Kuliński and Dr Paweł Wasilewski, paramedicas and doctors in Łódź who killed patients for profit; all four were convicted and officials are investigating possible accomplices
- Joachim Knychała: also known as the "The Vampire of Bytom" or "Frankenstein", who murdered five women between 1975 and 1982.
- António Luís Costa: ex-GNR officer who murdered three women between 2005 and 2006. Sentenced to 25 years in prison.
- Diogo Alves: robber suspected of over 70 murders and executed on February 19, 1841.
- Vera Renczi: poisoned two husbands, one son and 32 of her suitors in the 1920s and 1930s
- Ion Rîmaru: murdered and raped young women in Bucharest from 1970 to 1971; executed in 1971
- Vasile Tcaciuc: also known as "The Butcher of Iasi": murdered victims with an axe and confessed to have committed at least 26 murders; shot dead by a policeman while trying to escape from prison.
- Romulus Vereş: convicted of five murders, sent to a mental institution
- Valeriy Asratyan: arrested in 1990 and convicted of three murders and dozens of cases of sexual abuse; executed
- Anatoly Biryukov: also known as "The Hunter of Babies", responsible for the kidnappings and subsequent murders of five infants from Moscow in the fall of 1977
- Andrei Chikatilo: also known as "The Rostov Ripper"; killed 52 women and children throughout the Soviet Union; arrested, convicted and executed in 1994
- Irina Gaidamachuk: also known as "Satan in a skirt"; killed 17 elderly women between 2002 and 2010; sentenced to 20 years in prison.
- Sergey Golovkin: also known as "The Fisher" killed 11 boys between 1986 and 1992, executed 1996
- Vasili Komaroff: also known as "The Wolf of Moscow"; horse trader who killed 33 men
- Vasiliy Kulik: killed 13 people aged between seven months and 75 years; executed
- Sergei Martynov: accused of murdering as many as nine women between 1992 and 2010
- Vladimir Mirgorod: sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012 for strangling 15 women and one teenage boy to death
- Vladimir Mukhankin: also known as "The pupil of Chikatilo"; he killed 8 women.
- Maxim Petrov: also known as "Doctor Killer" and "Doctor Death"; doctor who killed 12 patients
- Alexander Pichushkin: also known as "Bitsa Maniac", "The Chessboard Killer"; convicted of 48 murders; confessed to killing 63
- Mikhail Popkov: former policeman who confessed to killing 24 women
- Sergei Ryakhovsky: also known as "The Hippopotamus"; convicted of the murders of 19 people aged between 14 and 78
- Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova: 18th century noblewoman who tortured and killed serfs on her estate
- Anatoly Slivko: convicted of killing seven young boys; executed
- Alexander Spesivtsev: cannibal convicted of the murders of 19 women
- Alexander Tchayka: also known as "The Fur Coats Hunter"; Ukrainian man who killed 4 women dressed in fur coats in Moscow; sentenced to life imprisonment
- Ondrej Rigo: killed, raped and mutilated 9 women in Amsterdam, Munich and Bratislava, always wearing socks on his hands; he remains the Slovak murderer with the highest number of victims and he is also the most prolific serial killer in modern Slovak history.
- Jozef Slovák: after serving just 8 years for his first murder from 1978, Slovák killed at least 4 other women in Slovakia and Czech Republic in the early 1990s; highly intelligent, holder of numerous patents in electronics.
- Silvo Plut: killed three women; committed suicide in prison in 2007
- Metod Trobec: raped and killed at least five women; committed suicide in prison in 2006
- Sibusiso Duma: murdered 7 people in the Pietermaritzburg area of KwaZulu Natal in 2007
- Cedric Maake: also known as the "Wemmer Pan Killer"; serial rapist; murdered at least 27 people from 1996–1997
- Bulelani Mabhayi: also known as the "Monster of Thuleni"; killed 20 women and children from 2007 to 2012; sentenced to 25 life sentences on September 3, 2013
- Jimmy Maketta: also known as "Jesus Killer" convicted on 16 counts of murder, 19 counts of rape from 1996–1999
- Johannes Mashiane: also known as "The Beast of Atteridgeville" 13 counts of murder, 12 counts of sodomy from 1982–1989
- Daisy de Melker: poisoner; killed two husbands and one son from 1923–1932
- Samuel Bongani Mfeka: killed 6 women from 1993 to 1996; sentenced to life imprisonment
- Jack Mogale: also known as the "West-End serial killer"; convicted of raping and murdering 16 women in Johannesburg in 2008 and 2009
- Elifasi Msomi: also known as "The Axe Killer" murdered 15 people under the influence of the Tokoloshe from 1953–1955
- Nicholas Lungisa Ncama: murdered 6 people in the Eastern Cape, 1997
- David Randitsheni: also known as "Modimolle Serial Killer" raped and murdered 10 children (kidnapped and raped more) from 2004–2008
- Gert van Rooyen: allegedly abducted and murdered at least six girls from across South Africa from 1988–1989
- Samuel Sidyno: also known as "Capital Hill Serial Killer" murdered 7 people in Pretoria from 1998–1999
- Norman Afzal Simons: also known as "Station Strangler" raped, sodomised and murder 22 children on the Cape Flats from 1986–1994
- Moses Sithole: also known as "ABC Killer"and The South African Strangler raped and killed at least 38 young women in Atteridgeville, Boksburg and Cleveland from 1994 - 1995
- Thozamile Taki also known as the "Sugarcane Serial Killer"; robbed and killed 10 women in KwaZulu Natal and three in Eastern Cape, dumping their bodies in sugarcane and tea plantations
- Sipho Thwala: also known as the "Phoenix Strangler"; raped and murdered 19 women in the sugarcane fields of KwaZulu Natal from 1996 to 1997.
- Stewart Wilken: also known as "Boetie Boer"; raped, sodomised and murdered at least 7 victims from 1990–1997
- Elias Xitavhudzi: also known as "Pangaman" murdered 16 people in Atteridgeville in the 1960s
- Christopher Mhlengwa Zikode: also known as "Donnybrook Serial Killer" murdered 18 people in Donnybrook KwaZulu Natal from 1994–1995
- Chijon family: gang of cannibals that was sentenced to death for killing five people.
- Yoo Young-chul: cannibal; killed 21 people from September 2003 to July 2004, mainly young women and rich men
- Kang Ho Sun: sentenced to death in 2010 for killing 10 women, including his wife and mother-in-law.
- Francisca Ballesteros: known as La Viuda Negra ("The Black Widow"), poisoned her husband and three children in Valencia between 1990 and 2004 (one survived), sentenced to 84 years in prison in 2005
- Manuel Blanco Romasanta: travelling salesman who claimed to be a werewolf, confessed to 13 murders and was convicted of eight in 1853; his initial death sentence commuted in order to make a study in clinical lycanthropy, died in prison ten years later
- Manuel Delgado Villegas: El Arropiero ("The Arrope Trader"), wandering criminal with XYY syndrome that confessed to 48 murders in Spain, France and Italy, including his girlfriend; considered guilty of seven and interned in a mental institution until his death in 1998
- Francisco Garcia Escalero: El Mendigo Asesino ("The Killer Beggar"), schizophrenic beggar convicted of 11 murders, confined to a psychiatric hospital since 1995
- Juan Diaz de Garayo: "The Sacamantecas". Killed 6 people from 1870 to 1879. Executed by garrote in 1881
- Enriqueta Martí: self-proclaimed witch who kidnapped, prostituted, murdered and made potions with the remains of small children in early 20th century Barcelona (12 bodies were identified in her home); murdered in prison while awaiting trial in 1913
- Dámaso Rodríguez Martín: El Brujo ("The Warlock"), serial rapist and voyeur imprisoned in 1981 after attacking a couple, killing the man and raping the woman. Escaped from prison to the Anaga mountains in 1991, where he killed two German hikers (one of them was raped). Cornered in an abandoned house, he shot himself unsuccessfully, only to be shot dead in turn by law enforcement.
- José Antonio Rodriguez Vega: El Mataviejas ("The Old Lady Killer"), raped and killed at least 16 elderly women, sentenced to 440 years in prison in 1995, murdered by fellow inmates in 2002
- Alfredo Galán: "The Playing Card Killer", killed 6 and wounded 3 in 2003; left playing cards by victims' bodies.
- Joan Vila: killed 11 elderly patients from 2009 to 2010 and sentenced to 127 years years in prison.
- Gustavo Romero Tercero: "The Valdepeñas Killer", killed 3 people from 1993 to 1998.
- David Thabo Simelane: convicted of 28 murders; 45 bodies were found in shallow graves in the woods outside of Manzini; sentenced to hang on April 1, 2011.
- Anders Hansson: Poisoned victims with gevisol and ivisol. His actions were called "The Hospital Murders" (Swedish: Sjukhusmorden).
- John Ingvar Lövgren: Confessed to four murders committed between 1958 and 1963 in the Stockholm region.
- Süleyman Aktaş: also known as "The Nailing Killer" , killed five people and nailed them in the eyes and head. He is kept in a psychiatric hospital.
- Adnan Çolak: also known as "The Beast of Artvin"; killed 17 elderly women in Artvin, Turkey from 1992 to 1995. in 2000 he was sentenced to death six times, and 40 years in prison. However, since October 1984, Turkey has not executed any prisoners, and as of 2004, Turkey does not have capital punishment (death penalty).
- Özgür Dengiz: serial killer from Ankara, who killed four people and cannibalized at least one.
- Ali Kaya: also known as "The Babyface Killer"; responsible for 10 murders.
- Yavuz Yapıcıoğlu: also known as "The Screwdriver Killer"; responsible for at least 18 murders.
- Anatoly Onoprienko: also known as "The Terminator"; murdered 52 people from 1989 until his capture in 1996
- Serhiy Tkach: convicted of raping and murdering 36 women, but claims the total is 100
- Vladislav Volkovich and Vladimir Kondratenko: also known as the "Nighttime Killers"; charged with shooting, stabbing and bludgeoning 16 victims to death in Kiev between 1991 and 1997; Kondratenko committed suicide in prison during the trial; Volkovich was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment
- Stephen Akinmurele: also known as the "Cul-de-sac killer"; committed suicide in Strangeways while awaiting trial for the murders of five elderly people in Blackpool and the Isle of Man
- Beverley Allitt: also known as "Angel of Death"; paediatric nurse who killed four babies in her care and injured at least nine others; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1991
- Levi Bellfield: also known as the "Bus Stop Stalker"; convicted of the 2002 Murder of Amanda Dowler and two fatal hammer attacks on young women in South West London in 2003 and 2004
- Ian Brady and Myra Hindley: also known as "Moors Murderers"; murdered five children, aged between 10 and 17, and buried them on Saddleworth Moor
- Mary Ann Britland: poisoned her daughter, husband, and the wife of her lover in 1886
- Peter Bryan: institutionalized for fatal hammer attack on woman in 1993; reapprehended for cannibalizing a friend in 2004 but able to batter a fellow patient to death months later
- George Chapman: poisoned three women; suspected by some authors of being Jack the Ripper
- John Childs: known as the most prolific hit man in the UK, he was convicted in 1979 of six contract killings, though none of the bodies have been found. He implicated two others in the murders, but they were released in 2003 after a judge ruled that Childs is a "pathological liar".
- John Christie: gassed, raped and strangled at least five women from 1943 to 1953, hiding the bodies at his house 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill, London; also strangled his wife Ethel and Timothy Evans' wife Beryl and their baby daughter Geraldine.
- Robert George Clements: doctor who committed suicide when due to be arrested for poisoning his fourth wife. His other three wives all died suspiciously during the interwar period
- Mary Ann Cotton: British Victorian killer; said to have poisoned more than 20 victims; hanged in 1873
- Thomas Neill Cream: also known as "Lambeth Poisoner"; began his killing spree in the United States then moved to London; hanged in 1892
- Dale Cregan: sentenced to a whole life order in prison for four counts of homicide involving the use of firearms—including killing two police officers—and three separate counts of attempted murder.
- Frederick Bailey Deeming: in 1891 killed his wife and four children in Britain; remarried and moved to Australia, and then murdered his new wife
- Joanna Dennehy Stabbed three men to death and tried to kill two others selected at random in 2013, awaiting sentence.
- John Duffy and David Mulcahy: also known as the "Railway Killers"; killed three women near railway stations in the 1980s
- Amelia Dyer: murdered infants in her care; executed in 1896
- Kenneth Erskine: also known as "Stockwell Strangler"; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1988 for murdering seven pensioners
- Catherine Flannigan and Margaret Higgins: Two Irish women known as The Black Widows of Liverpool, they killed at least 4 people by poisoning in the 1880s in order to obtain insurance money
- Steven Grieveson: also known as "The Sunderland Strangler"; murdered three teenage boys in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear in 1993 and 1994
- Stephen Griffiths: also known as the "Crossbow Cannibal"; convicted of murdering three prostitutes in Bradford, England in 2009 and 2010
- John George Haigh: also known as the "Acid Bath Murderer" and the "Vampire of London"; active in England during the 1940s; convicted of six murders, but claimed to have killed nine; executed in 1949
- Anthony Hardy: also known as the "Camden Ripper"; convicted of three murders; suspected of at least four
- Trevor Hardy: also known as The Beast of Manchester killed three teenage girls in Manchester from 1974 to 1976
- Philip Herbert: also known as the "Infamous Earl of Pembroke"; 17th century nobleman convicted of manslaughter but discharged; later killed the prosecutor and pardoned for a third murder
- Colin Ireland: also known as "Gay Slayer"; killed five gay men in the early 1990s
- Robin Ligus: drug addict convicted of robbing and bludgeoning three men to death with an iron bar in Shropshire in 1994
- Michael Lupo: also known as "Wolf Man"; convicted of four murders and two attempted murders
- Patrick Mackay: charged with the murders of five individuals, convicted of three; confessed to killing 11 people
- Robert Maudsley: also known as "Hannibal The Cannibal"; killer of four; killed three in prison
- Raymond Morris: also known as the "A34 Killer"; convicted of one murder, considered to have committed at least two more
- Robert Napper: also known as the "Green Chain Rapist"; killed two women and a child in the 1990s
- Donald Neilson: also known as "Black Panther"; killed four people, including heiress Lesley Whittle
- Dennis Nilsen: killer of 15 (possibly 16) men between 1978 and 1983
- Colin Norris: nurse convicted of killing four patients in Leeds hospitals
- William Palmer: also known as "Palmer the Poisoner"; doctor suspected of numerous murders, convicted of one; hanged on June 14, 1856
- Harold Shipman: also known as "Dr.Death"; doctor convicted of 15 murders; a later inquiry stated he had killed at least 215 and possibly up to 457 people over a 25-year period
- George Joseph Smith: also known as "The Brides in the Bath"; killer of three women
- John Straffen: child killer and Britain's longest serving prisoner until his death on November 19, 2007
- Peter Sutcliffe: also known as the "Yorkshire Ripper"; convicted in 1981 of murdering 13 women and attacking seven more from 1975 to 1980
- Thomas Griffiths Wainewright: artist considered to have poisoned four people
- Margaret Waters: baby farmer executed on October 11, 1870
- Fred West and Rosemary West: also known as "House of Horrors" murderers; she was convicted of 10 murders; both are believed to have tortured and murdered at least 12 young women between 1967 and 1987, many at the couple's home in Gloucester; he committed suicide in 1995 while awaiting trial
- Catherine Wilson: nurse considered to have poisoned seven people in the 19th century
- Mary Elizabeth Wilson: also known as the "Merry widow of Windy Nook"; convicted of murdering two husbands by poisoning and considered to have killed two others
- Steve Wright: also known as "The Suffolk Strangler"; killed five women in six weeks around Ipswich in late 2006
- Graham Young: also known as "The Teacup Poisoner"; killed three people from 1962 to 1971
- Robert Black: Scottish schoolgirl killer; convicted of four murders, suspected of many more
- William Burke and William Hare: notorious body snatchers in Edinburgh in the 19th century
- Archibald Hall: also known as the "Monster Butler"; killed five in the 1970s, three with accomplice Michael Kitto
- Peter Manuel: Scottish murderer of seven, suspected of killing 15; executed in 1958
- Edward William Pritchard: English doctor who poisoned his wife and her mother in 1865. Two years earlier their maid had died in a mysterious fire
- Peter Tobin: killer of three women
- John Cooper: also known as "The Wildman"; and "The Bullseye Killer" Pembrokeshire burglar responsible for the robbery and shotgun double-murders of a brother and sister in 1985 and a couple in 1989
- Peter Moore: businessman who killed four men at random in Wales
- Dorangel Vargas: killed and cannibalized at least 10 men
- Zu Shenatir: 5th-century Yemeni serial killer
Unidentified serial killers
This is a list of unidentified serial killers. It includes circumstances where a suspect has been arrested, but not convicted.
- Bowraville Murders: murders of three Aboriginal children in between 1990 and 1991
- Claremont serial murders: murders of two young women and the disappearance of a third in 1996 and 1997
- The Family Murders: murder and mutilation of five young men and boys between 1979 and 1983. Bevan Spencer von Einem was convicted of one murder.
- Paturis Park murders: also known as the "Rainbow Maniac"; series of 13 gunshot murders of gay men between July 2007 and August 2008 in Paturis Park (Parque dos Paturis) in Carapicuiba
- Highway of Tears: death and disappearance of around 40 young women in British Columbia since 1969
- Toronto hospital baby deaths: deaths of at least eight babies at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children in 1980 and 1981 were initially alleged to be digoxin poisonings, a theory which was cast into doubt by new evidence in 2010-2011.
- Beer Man: murdered seven people in south Mumbai between October 2006 and January 2007
- Stoneman: responsible for 13 murders in Kolkata in 1989
- Monster of Florence: committed eight murders of couples in a series of 16 between 1968 and 1985. Giancarlo Lotti and Mario Vanni were convicted of four the four episodes, but this conviction has been widely criticized.
- Monster of Udine: killed at least 4 victims in the Province of Udine, Italy.
- Paraquat murders: series of indiscriminate poisonings carried out in Japan in 1985 where twelve people were killed.
- Female homicides in Ciudad Juárez: also known as "The dead women of Juárez"; the violent deaths of hundreds of women since 1993 in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez
- B1 Butcher: murdered at least five women between 2005 and 2007, with all murders related to the National Road B1.
- Hwaseong serial murders: series of murders between 1986 and 1991 in Hwaseong; ten women were found raped, bound, and murdered
- Bible John: thought to be responsible for the deaths of three women in Glasgow, Scotland in the late 1960s
- Jack the Ripper: murdered prostitutes in the East End of London in 1888
- Jack the Stripper: responsible for the London "nude murders" between 1964 and 1965
- List of serial killers before 1900
- List of serial killers by number of victims
- List of terrorist incidents (includes Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski)
- Mass murder
- Spree killer
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