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This is a list of notable serial killers, by the country where most of the murders were committed.

Convicted serial killers by country



  • 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





  • András Pándy: also known as "Vader Blauwbaard" (Father Bluebeard); Hungarian immigrant convicted of the murder and rape of his two wives and four children.[2]
  • Marc Dutroux: convicted of having kidnapped, tortured and sexually abused six girls ranging in age from 8 to 19, during 1995 and 1996. Four of his victims were murdered; the final two were rescued.[3]


  • Francisco de Assis Pereira: rapist and serial killer, known as "O Maníaco do Parque" (The Park Maniac); arrested for the torture, rape and death of 11 women and for assaulting nine in a park in São Paulo during the 1990s
  • 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; sentenced to 110 years imprisonment in 2005
  • 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
  • Tiago Henrique Gomes da Rocha: security guard who has claimed to have killed 39 people
  • 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



  • Julio Pérez Silva: also known as "Psychopath from Alto Hospicio", sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering fourteen women from 1998 to 2001
  • Jorge Sagredo and Carlos Topp: also known as the "Viña del Mar Psychopaths"; committed ten murders and four rapes from August 5, 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

  • 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 between 1999 and 2004; sentenced to death in 2005
  • Wang Qiang: 45 murder victims and 10 rapes; executed on 17 November 2005
  • Yang Xinhai: also known as the "Monster Killer"; confessed to killing 65 people between 2000 and 2003; executed in 2004
  • Zhang Yongming: killed 11 males between March 2008 and April 2012; executed in 2013
  • Zhou Kehua: former soldier who targeted ATM users; killed 10 people and evaded the law for 8 years, before being killed in 2012 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

Czech Republic


  • Peter Lundin: killed his mother in the United States in 1991, then killed his mistress and her two children in Denmark 9 years later; sentenced to life imprisonment
  • Dagmar Overbye: childcare provider who killed between nine and 25 children; sentenced to death in 1921 then reprieved; died in prison on 6 May 1929


  • Gilberto Chamba: also known as the "Monster of Machala"; murdered 8 people in Ecuador and one in Spain; sentenced to 45 years in prison in Spain on 5 November 2006


  • 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; executed in 2010
  • Raya and Sakina: Egypt's most famous serial killers and the first Egyptian women to be executed by the modern state of Egypt; executed in 1921



  • Matti Haapoja: convicted murderer of three, but admitted to the killing of 18. Evidence suggests having killed as many as 22–25 people. Sentenced to life imprisonment, but committed sucicide by hanging in a prison cell.
  • Aino Nykopp-Koski: first known Finnish female serial killer convicted of five murders and five attempted murders. Sentenced to life in prison.


  • Marie-Madeleine-Marguerite d'Aubray, Marquise de Brinvilliers: Aristocratic French poisoner; executed in 1676
  • Pierre Chanal: serial killer of 17 boys between 1980 and 1987; 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: also known as the "Criminal Backpacker"; 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; executed by guillotine on 25 February 1922
  • Claude Lastennet: convicted of murdering 5 old women between August 1993 and January 1994; sentenced to life in prison
  • Émile Louis: preyed on young handicapped women (seven murders) in the 1970s in Yonne; died in prison in 2013
  • 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 in Paris from the Nazis; executed in 1946
  • Gilles de Rais: 15th century satanist and child killer who is reputed to have killed 400; executed on 23 October 1440
  • Joseph Vacher: also known as "The French Ripper" and "The South-East Ripper"; 19th century serial killer of 11 people; executed by guillotine on 31 December 1898
  • Jeanne Weber: convicted of the strangulation murders of 10 children; committed suicide in custody in 1918
  • 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 boys ages 8–13, one escaped; died by wrongful overdose during castration surgery
  • Olaf Däter: also known as the "Granny-Killer"; killed five elderly women; sentenced to life in prison
  • Karl Denke: cannibal; allegedly killed up to 42 people between 1914 and 1918; committed suicide in police custody
  • 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; committed suicide in police custody
  • 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
  • Carl Großmann: killed upwards of 50 women and sold their flesh on the black market in Berlin; committed suicide in police custody in 1922
  • Frank Gust: also known as the "Rhein-Ruhr-Ripper"; killed four women from 1994 to 1998
  • Fritz Haarmann: also known as the "Butcher of Hanover" and the "Vampire of Hanover"; murdered at least 27 young men and boys before dismembering their bodies. Reportedly sold the flesh of some victims on the black market as contraband meat; executed in 1925
  • Erwin Hagedorn: killed three boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s; was the last civilian to be executed in the German Democratic Republic in 1972
  • Fritz Honka: murdered four prostitutes in Hamburg between 1970 and 1975; released from prison in 1993; died in 1998
  • 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"; murdered at least 9 victims between 1913 and 1929; executed in 1931
  • Stephan Letter: male nurse who killed 29 hospital patients in Sonthofen; arrested in 2006 and sentenced to life imprisonment
  • Martin Ney: Wore a mask while killing 3 and sexually assaulting at least 40 children between 1992 and 2004
  • 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
  • Rudolf Pleil: also known as "The Deathmaker"; convicted of killing salesman and nine women between 1946 and 1947 and claimed to have killed 25; committed suicide in police custody in 1950
  • Norbert Poehlke, also known as "The Hammer-Killer"; police officer, bank robber and serial killer; committed suicide in 1985
  • Heinrich Pommerenke: confessed to the murders of four women killed in 1959; died in prison in 2008
  • 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
  • Friedrich Schumann: also known as the "Terror of Falkenhagen Lake"; killed six people and was executed in 1921
  • 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



  • Hermann Duft and Hans Wilhelm Bassenauer: Germans who murdered six persons in Greece, within a short period in 1969, were captured, tried, sentenced to death and executed in 1969
  • Antonis Daglis: also known as the "Athens Ripper"; convicted in 1997 of the strangulation murder and dismemberment of three women and the attempted murder of six others; committed suicide in police custody in 1997

Hong Kong

  • 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)



  • Axlar-Björn: killed at least 9 travellers in the 16th century


  • Thug Behram (ca 1765–1840): alleged to have killed over 900 people; executed in 1840
  • M. Jaishankar (born 1977): involved in about 30 rapes, murders and robbery cases
  • Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders: series of 10 murders committed by four art students in Pune; all were executed on 27 November 1983
  • Surender Koli (born 1970-71): convicted of raping and murdering four children in Delhi in 2005 and 2006 with another 12 cases pending
  • Mohan Kumar (born 1963): also known as "Cyanide Mohan"; killed 20 female victims with cynanide, claiming they were contraceptive pills; sentenced to death in 2013
  • Motta Navas (born 1966): killed pavement dwellers in their sleep during a three-month period in 2012
  • Raman Raghav (1929-1995): also known as "Psycho Raman"; killed homeless people and others in their sleep
  • Umesh Reddy alias BA Umesh (born 1969): confessed to 18 rapes and murders, convicted in nine cases
  • Ripper Jayanandan (born 1968): also known as the "Singing Serial Killer"; killed seven people during robberies
  • Satish (born c. 1973): also known as the "Bahadurgarh Baby Killer"; confessed to and convicted for 10 murders; sentenced to life imprisonment
  • Auto Shankar (1954-1995): murdered nine teenage girls in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai during a six-month period in 1988; executed in 1995
  • Darbara Singh (born 1952): convicted for two murders, 17 suspected victims
  • Charles Sobhraj (born 1944): killed at least 12 Western tourists in Southeast Asia during the 1970s; imprisoned in India (released) and Nepal (in prison)
  • Akku Yadav (died 2004): murdered at least three people and dumped their bodies on the railroad tracks; lynched by a mob of around 200 women


  • 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 10 July 2008



  • 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
  • Beasts of Satan: Satanic cult members who committed three notorious ritual murders from 1998 to 2004
  • Donato Bilancia: also known as the "Monster of Liguria" murdered 17 people in seven months between 1997 and 1998
  • Leonarda Cianciulli: also known as the "Soap-Maker of Correggio"; murderer of three women between 1939 and 1940; died in a women's criminal asylum in 1970
  • Pier Paolo Brega Massone: murdered at least four people and maimed other dozens of victims through unnecessary surgeries to illegally obtain a large amounts of money refunds; convicted and given a life sentence
  • Roberto Succo: murdered at least five people, including his parents, committed suicide while in prison in 1988


  • 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; executed 2 July 1926
  • Hiroaki Hidaka: killed four in Hiroshima prostitutes in 1996; executed 25 December 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 China as a soldier; executed on 5 October 1949
  • Genzo Kurita: killed six women and two children and engaged in rape and necrophilia; executed on 16 January 1959
  • 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 the "Hamamatsu Deaf Killer", murdered at least nine people; executed in 1943
  • Akira Nishiguchi: killed five people and engaged in fraud; executed on 11 December 1970
  • 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


  • Kaspars Petrovs: convicted of murdering 13 elderly Riga women in 2005; confessed to killing 38


  • 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



  • Willem van Eijk: also known as the "Beast of Harkstede"; convicted of the murders of five women between 1971 and 2001
  • Koos Hertogs: convicted of the murders of three women between 1979 and 1980
  • Maria Swanenburg: suspected of killing more than 90 with arsenic in the 1880s; died in prison in 1915

New Zealand

  • Minnie Dean: Scottish immigrant baby farmer who killed at least three children by laudanum poisoning and suffocation in the 1890s; executed by hanging in 1895


  • Arnfinn Nesset: manager of a geriatric nursing home who poisoned 22 residents at the Orkdal Alders-og Sjukeheim institution over a period of years before being convicted in 1983


  • Javed Iqbal: believed to have raped and killed 100 boys, committed suicide while in prison in 1991
  • Amir Qayyum: also known as the "Brick Killer"; murdered 14 homeless men in Lahore 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.


  • Joachim Knychała: also known as "The Vampire of Bytom" or "Frankenstein", who murdered five women between 1975 and 1982
  • 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; executed by hanging in 1957
  • 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, paramedics and doctors in Łódź who killed patients for profit; all four were convicted and officials are investigating possible accomplices


  • António Luís Costa: ex-GNR officer who murdered three women between 2005 and 2006; sentenced to 25 years in prison


  • 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 Iași": 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 in the 1970s; sent to a mental institution; died in 1993


  • Artyom Anoufriev and Nikita Lytkin: also known as "Academy maniacs"; two teenagers, killed 6 people in Irkutsk from 2010-2011
  • Valeriy Asratyan: arrested in 1990 and convicted of three murders and dozens of cases of sexual abuse; executed in 1992
  • 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; executed in 1979
  • Alexander Bychkov: also known as "Belinsky Cannibal", suspected cannibal; Found guilty of 9 murders and sentenced to life imprisonment
  • Andrei Chikatilo: also known as "The Rostov Ripper"; killed 52 women and children throughout the Soviet Union between 1978 and 1990; 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
  • Boris Gusakov: also known as "Student Hunter"; committed 15 sexual assaults, including 5 murders, on girls and young women from 1964 to 1968; executed in 1970
  • Vasili Komaroff: also known as "The Wolf of Moscow"; horse trader who killed 33 men; executed in 1923
  • Vasiliy Kulik: killed 13 people aged between seven months and 75 years; executed in 1989
  • Sergei Martynov: accused of murdering as many as nine women between 1992 and 2010
  • 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
  • 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 in and around Nevinnomyssk between 1964 and 1985; executed in 1989
  • Alexander Spesivtsev: cannibal convicted of the murders of 19 women
  • Aleksey Sukletin: also known as "The Alligator"; killed and cannibalized at least 7 girl and women from 1979 to 1985; executed 1987
  • 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
  • Anatoly Utkin: also known as "Ulyanovsky Maniac"; killed 8 girls and 1 man from 1968 to 1973; executed 1975


  • 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

South Africa

As of October 2014 South Africa had 160 recorded serial killers since 1950. A disproportionately large number of whom were white males whilst no racial group were more likely to be victims.[14]

South Korea

  • Chijon family: gang of cannibals that was sentenced to death for killing five people; sentenced to death in 1994
  • 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[15] ("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[15] ("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
  • Juan Diaz de Garayo: also known as "The Sacamantecas"; killed 6 people from 1870 to 1879. Executed by garrote in 1881
  • Francisco Garcia Escalero: also known as El Mendigo Asesino[15] ("The Killer Beggar"); schizophrenic beggar convicted of 11 murders, confined to a psychiatric hospital since 1995
  • 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[15] ("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
  • Gustavo Romero Tercero: "The Valdepeñas Killer", killed 3 people from 1993 to 1998


  • Anders Hansson: hospital orderly who poisoned his victims with detergents Gevisol and Ivisol between October 1978 and January 1979; 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
  • 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; died in prison in 2013
  • Serhiy Tkach: convicted of raping and murdering 36 women between 1980-2005; 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

United Kingdom


  • 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"; Lincolnshire 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 the "Moors Murderers"; murdered five children, aged between 10 and 17. Buried four of their victims on Saddleworth Moor
  • Mary Ann Britland: poisoned her daughter, husband, and the wife of her lover in 1886; executed in 1886
  • Peter Bryan: institutionalized for fatal hammer attack on woman in 1993; re-apprehended 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 United Kingdom, he was convicted in 1979 of six contract killings, though none of the bodies have been found
  • 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, as well as the wife and baby daughter of neighbour Timothy Evans, who was wrongfully executed for their murders
  • 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 the "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 what would become known as the "Peterborough ditch murders" in 2013; sentenced to life in prison
  • 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 the "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"; 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 four teenage boys in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear between 1990 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 "The 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 from 1974 to 1975
  • 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 the "Black Panther"; killed four people, including heiress Lesley Whittle
  • Dennis Nilsen: also known as "The Muswell Hill Murderer"; killer of 15 (possibly 16) men between 1978 and 1983 in North London
  • 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
  • Stephen Port: drugged, raped and murdered four men in Barking, London between 2014 and 2015; convicted in 2016
  • 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 who murdered three women
  • John Straffen: murdered three children between 1951 and 1952; Britain's longest-serving prisoner until his death on 19 November 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 the "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; executed in 1862
  • 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; died in prison 1990


  • Robert Black: Scottish schoolgirl killer; convicted of four murders between 1981 and 1986, suspected of many more; died in prison in 2016
  • 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: also known as the "Beast of Birkenshaw"; 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
  • Angus Sinclair: convicted of the murders of four females, including the "World's End Murders"; believed to have murdered eight
  • Peter Tobin: killer of three women between 1991 and 2006; sentenced to life in prison


  • 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: also known as "The Man in Black"; businessman who killed four men at random in Wales in 1995

United States


  • Dorángel Vargas: killed and cannibalized at least 10 men between 1997 and 1999



  • Mailoni Brothers: three brothers who killed at least 12 people from 2007 to 2013

Unidentified serial killers

This is a list of unidentified serial killers. It includes circumstances where a suspect has been arrested, but not convicted.



  • 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.



  • 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 of the murders, 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.




South Korea

United Kingdom

United States

See also


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