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
  • "Deathjazz" – One Ton Project
  • "The Mysterious Axman's Jazz (Don't Scare Me Papa)" – Joseph John Davilla
  • "Axeman of New Orleans" - The Tombstones

Frankie Banker[edit]

Elizabeth Báthory[edit]

Mary Bell[edit]

Chris Benoit[edit]

Robert Berdella[edit]

David Berkowitz[edit]

Michael Bethke[edit]

  • "White Hen Decapitator" – Macabre

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]


Robert Chambers[edit]

Mark David Chapman[edit]

Richard Chase[edit]

Andrei Chikatilo[edit]

Seung-Hui Cho[edit]

Adolfo Constanzo[edit]

Dean Corll[edit]

Jeffrey Dahmer[edit]

Laurie Dann[edit]

Albert DeSalvo[edit]

Melissa Drexler[edit]

Tom Dula[edit]

Mark Essex[edit]

Albert Fish[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]

Ricky Kasso[edit]

Edmund Kemper[edit]

Joachim Kroll[edit]

Richard Kuklinski[edit]

  • "Iceman: The Ballad of Richard Kuklinski" – Bryon White and the Damn Quails
  • "Lyrical Hitman (Richard Kuklinski)" – Royce Da 5'9" and Marvwon
  • "The Iceman" – Macabre

Peter Kürten[edit]

Leonard Lake & Charles Ng[edit]

  • "The Balled of Leonard and Charles" – Exodus

Henry Lee Lucas & Ottis Toole[edit]

Marc Lépine[edit]


Long Island Ripper[edit]

Jeffrey R. MacDonald[edit]

Patrick Mahon[edit]

Charles Manson & The Family[edit]

Timothy McVeigh[edit]

Lyle and Erik Menendez[edit]

Josef Mengele[edit]

Armin Meiwes[edit]

Tsutomu Miyazaki[edit]

Luke Mitchell[edit]

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

Herbert Mullin[edit]


Dennis Nilsen[edit]

Alfred Packer[edit]

  • Death metal band Cannibal Corpse's 1990 debut, Eaten Back To Life is dedicated to Packer with the inscription "This Album is dedicated to the memory of Alfred Packer, The First American Cannibal (R.I.P.)"
  • "In the Mountains" - Macabre
  • "The Ballad of Alfred Packer" - Phil Ochs

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]

Daniel Rakowitz[edit]

Richard Ramirez[edit]

Elliot Rodger[edit]

Gary Ridgway[edit]


Issei Sagawa[edit]

Shankill Butchers[edit]

Lee Sheldon[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]

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]


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)