Serial killers have made lasting impressions to many people for creating horror and real life nightmare from their victims; as well as with the number of deaths they did in those years before they got arrested.
Some would kill because of the wrath they have inside, while others are just for thrill due to their insanity. One common characteristic that a serial killer has is the fact that they grew up from an unstable home where their parents suffer from dysfunctional situations. Aside from that, it is also considered that the trouble of holding down jobs is pushing them to do crimes.
As for some facts, it is stated that the average serial killer still wet their beds at the age of 8-14 years old. Also, most but not all serial killers have a higher than average IQ. In the record, they also said that most serial killers are white men who are single.
Anyway, we have a list and countdown here about the worst serial killers in history. We may have listed ten of them, there are still some more out there who have committed horrifying crimes. These ten people included in this chart are known for their notorious and sadistic killing who are guilty of murder:
10. Albert Fish (known as the Gray Man)
Starting from the bottom, here’s one of the serial killers you should know from New York, USA – Albert Fish. Albert Fish is also known as the Gray Man, Werewolf of Wysteria and Brooklyn Vampire as well. It is said that he had killed more than ten people in the years from 1924 to 1934. Gray Man’s serial killer characteristic is a Se.x Pervert. This also involved cannibalism, oprophilia, urophilia, pedophilia and masochism. The Gray Man was arrested on December 13, 1934. He was sentenced to death after two years and was executed on January 16, 1936 by electrocution at Sing Sing Prison in New York.
9. Dennis Lynn Rader (Known as Ethan Truman, Bill Thomas Killman, BTK)
As for our 9th spot among the ten worst sadistic killers in history, is Dennis Lynn Rader from Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA. Dennis Lynn Rader also has pseudonyms Ethan Truman and Bill Thomas Killman; he was also called and known as The BTK Killer. From 1974 to 1991, Dennis Lynn Rader had killed a total of ten found people which involves Joseph Otero-38, his wife, Julie-34, and two of their children namely Joseph II, 9, and Josephine, 11. It was on February 25, 2005 when The BTK Killer was arrested and after 6 months, he was sentenced to serve 10 consecutive life sentences.
8. Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer
Excuse us, girls, but some serial killers can be, well, handsome, too. Down to our eighth worst sadistic serial killer in history is Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer. Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer is also called “The Milwaukee Cannibal,” who was located in Ohio and Wisconsin, USA. His serial killing characteristics are known to be rape which involved dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism, while his method of murder is strangulation and throat cutting. From 1978 to 1991, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer had killed a total of 17 found bodies from the age of 19 to 36. Although The Milwaukee was sentenced of hundred years life imprisonment, he was killed in the jail by another convicted murderer, Christopher Scarver.
7. Richard Trenton Chase(known as: The Vampire of Sacramento, The Dracula)
Owning the rank seventh among the worst sadistic serial killers in history is Richard Trenton Chase. Richard Trenton Chase is also known and usually called The Vampire of Sacramento and The Dracula. It is said that due to his mental illness, he was killed while involving necrophilia, cannibalism and mutation. From December 1977 to January 1978, The Dracula had killed around 6 victims which included a 22-month old baby and a pregnant woman named Teresa Wallin. Richard Trenton Chase usually used a .22 handgun in shooting his victims. Although he was arrested in January 1978, Chase received a sentence to death on May 8, 1979. However, he died because of suicide after overdosing himself with doctor-prescribed antidepressants.
6. Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo (known as: Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper,The Rostov Ripper
Four down, six more to go. Having our sixth spot among the worst sadistic killers in history is Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo. Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo is codenamed and also known as Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper and The Rostov Ripper. He is known as a serial killer with the intention of cannibalism, necrophilia, evisceration, and mutilation. Chikatilo confessed that he had killed around 50 to 56 people starting from 1978 to 1990 when he was arrested on November 20, 1990. His victims are usually children and young hoboes, which he would eat some part of their bodies after killing.
5. Bruno Lüdke
Now we’re down to half of our chart for today and owning the fifth spot is none other than Bruno Lüdke. Bruno Lüdke is also codenamed and termed as “The Gross.” It is said that his mental retardation was the main reason for his killing which also involved rape and necrophilia. From 1928 to 1943, Bruno Lüdke was confirmed to kill more than eighty victims, mainly women, by strangulation and stabbing with a knife. After 15 years of slaying, he was finally arrested on March 18, 1943. After being declared “insane” by the court, he was sent to the SS-run ‘Institute of Criminological Medicine’ in Vienna where he died from a chemical injection on April 8, 1944.
4. Henry Lee Lucas (known as: The Confession killer)
Number four among the worst sadistic serial killers in history is the man that was usually called The Confession Killer – Henry Lee Lucas. He had once said, “I have killed for the past ten years, and no one will believe me.” Henry Lee Lucas started killing from 1960 to 1983. Out of almost 600 alleged killings, only three bodies were confirmed – one of the most unbelievable parts is that his mother is included in those three. There are some debates all over the social media whether Henry Lee Lucas was a prolific killer or just simply a prolific liar. It is said that his killings included both women and men.
3. Joachim Georg Kroll (known as : The Ruhr Cannibal, Ruhrkannibale, Uncle Joachim)
Third among the worst sadistic serial killers in history was once called The Ruhr Cannibal, Ruhrkannibale and also Uncle Joachim. Well, these probably came from his name Joachim Georg Kroll. Joachim Georg Kroll had killed more than 10 victims from 1955 to 1976 which involved one man as well as mostly girls and women. It is confirmed that his method of slaying his victims was strangulation and stabbing with a knife. Joachim Georg Kroll was arrested on July 3, 1976 and on April 8, 1982, he was sentenced to 9 terms of life-imprisonment. However, it was on July 1, 1991 when he died in prison.
2. Pedro Alonso López (known as: The Monster of the Andes)
The Monster of Andes ranked number two among the top ten worst serial killers in history. If you are not familiar with him, his real name is Pedro Alonso López. From 1969 to 1980, Pedro Alonso López had killed more than 300 victims in his records that were usually girls of 9-12 years old. It is also said that his way of murdering is by strangulation. On October 8, 1948, he was arrested, but his status was quite complicated.
1. Gilles de Rais
And finally we’re down to the number one worst sadistic killers in history. Topping this chart is Gilles de Rais. Gilles De Rais is known for his sadistic acts to women who would answer his Lonely Heart Ads. He would usually use a hammer to beat some of his victims to death, as well as beating and letting them starve in the sound-proof concrete underground chamber that he intentionally built. He also admitted that hearing screams from his victims locked in the chamber would give him sexual arousals. Gilles De Rais was executed by hanging on March 18, 1932, at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.