List of songs about or referencing serial killers

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This is a list of songs about or referencing to killers. The songs are divided into groups by the last name of the killer the song is about or mentions.



Axeman of New Orleans[edit]

  • "Axeman" – Amebix
  • "The Axeman's Jazz" – Beasts of Bourbon
  • "The Mysterious Axman's Jazz (Don't Scare Me Papa)" – Joseph John Davilla[1]

Elizabeth Báthory[edit]

Mary Bell[edit]

Robert Berdella[edit]

David Berkowitz[edit]

Kenneth Bianchi & Angelo Buono[edit]

Lizzie Borden[edit]

Ian Brady & Myra Hindley[edit]

David Brom[edit]

  • "David Brom Took An Axe" – Macabre

Jerry Brudos[edit]

Ted Bundy[edit]


Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs[edit]

Richard Chase[edit]

Andrei Chikatilo[edit]

Seung-Hui Cho[edit]

Adolfo Constanzo[edit]

Billy Cook[edit]

Dean Corll[edit]

Jeffrey Dahmer[edit]

Albert DeSalvo[edit]

Mark Essex[edit]

Albert Fish[edit]

Lavinia Fisher[edit]

Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd[edit]


John Wayne Gacy[edit]

Ed Gein[edit]

Gary Gilmore[edit]

Harvey Murray Glatman[edit]

  • "Harvey Glatman (Your Soul Will Forever Rot)" – Macabre

Jack Gilbert Graham[edit]

  • "There Was A Young Man Who Blew Up A Plane" – Macabre

Belle Gunness[edit]

Fritz Haarmann[edit]

  • "Fritz Haarman der Metzger" – Macabre
  • "Fritz Haarman the Butcher" – Macabre

John George Haigh[edit]

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold[edit]

Gary M. Heidnik[edit]

James Huberty[edit]

Jack the Ripper[edit]

Jim Jones[edit]


Theodore Kaczynski[edit]

Edmund Kemper[edit]

Joachim Kroll[edit]

Richard Kuklinski[edit]

Peter Kürten[edit]

Leonard Lake & Charles Ng[edit]

  • "The Balled of Leonard and Charles" – Exodus

Henry Lee Lucas & Ottis Toole[edit]

Marc Lépine[edit]

Jeffrey R. MacDonald[edit]

Charles Manson & The Family[edit]

Timothy McVeigh[edit]

Josef Mengele[edit]

Herman Mudgett (a.k.a. H. H. Holmes)[edit]

Herbert Mullin[edit]


Dennis Nilsen[edit]

Alfred Packer[edit]

Carl Panzram[edit]

Bruce Jeffrey Pardo[edit]

Robert Pickton[edit]

Christopher Peterson[edit]

James Edward Pough[edit]

  • "James Pough, What the Hell Did You Do?" – Macabre

Dorothea Puente[edit]

  • "Dorthea's Dead Folks Home" – Macabre

Dennis Rader[edit]

Gilles de Rais[edit]

Richard Ramirez[edit]

Gary Ridgway[edit]

Danny Rolling[edit]


Shankill Butchers[edit]

Patrick Sherrill[edit]

  • "Killing Spree (Postal Killer)" – Macabre

Ronald Gene Simmons[edit]

Richard Speck[edit]

Brenda Spencer[edit]

Charles Starkweather[edit]

Peter Stumpp[edit]

Peter Sutcliffe[edit]


Howard Unruh[edit]

Dorángel Vargas[edit]

Fred West/Rose West[edit]

Charles Whitman[edit]

Stanley Williams[edit]

Wayne Williams[edit]

Aileen Wuornos[edit]

Graham Frederick Young[edit]

Zodiac Killer[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Mysterious Axman's Jazz (Don't Scare Me Papa)". The Historic New Orleans Collection. Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Book, Ryan (October 5, 2014). "Bobby Darin, "Mack The Knife" and a Slew of Songs About Actual Murderers...from Slayer, Animal Collective, Phil Ochs and More". Music Times. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  3. ^ Distefano, Alex (February 14, 2014). "The Top 10 Metal Love Songs". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Blitzkid - Mr Gore (@ The Studio @ Webster Hall, Manhattan, NY, Sep 22, 2010)". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-02-13. 
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  7. ^ "Top 10 Metal Songs About Murders". Ultimate Guitar. April 28, 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "According to Michael Gira, in this documentary". 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-13. 

Further reading[edit]

Further listening (recorded compilations)[edit]

  • Bloody Ballads: Classic British and American Murder Ballads, Sung by Paul Clayton, Ed. by Kenneth S. Goldstein, Riverside Records, New York, 1956 (includes cover notes)
  • Blood Booze 'n Bones, Sung by Ed McCurdy, banjo accompaniment by Erik Darling, Elektra Records, 1956 (includes 12 page booklet)
  • Murder Ballads, by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Mute Records, 1996
  • Murder metal, Macabre, 2003 (This band appears to have become known for a death metal variation of the murder ballad)