Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Top 20 Serial Killers By Number Of Victims.

1. Luis Alfredo      

Proven Victims: 138
Possible Victims: 172-400+
Country: Garavito Colombia
Years Active: 1990s                                                                                               

Child-murderer, torture-killer, and rapist known as "La Bestia" ("The Beast"). Convicted of killing 138 victims but suspected of murdering over 400 victims, mostly street children. Sentenced to 1,853 years but could only be imprisoned for 30 which was reduced to 22 after aiding investigators.

2. Pedro Alonso L√≥pez  

Proven Victims: 110
Possible Victims: 310 - 350+
Country: Colombia, Peru, Ecuador
Years Active: 1969 to 1980             

Child-murderer and rapist, known as "The Monster of the Andes". Targeted young girls, between the ages of 8 and 12. Arrested in 1980 and convicted in 1983 of killing 110 young girls but confessed to killing 300, exact total unknown. Though he may be the most prolific serial killer of the 20th century, he was released in 1998. Current whereabouts unknown.

3. Daniel Barbosa  

Proven Victims: 72
Possible Victims: 150
Country: Colombia, Ecuador 
Years Active: 1974 to 1986

Child-murderer, believed to have possibly raped and killed over 150 victims, primarily young virgin girls. Confessed to killing 72 victims and incarcerated with Pedro Alonso Lopez. Considered to be intelligent and believed to have been motivated to kill from his stepmother abusing him as a child. He strangled young girls in Colombia and was arrested, but he escaped from prison and he started killing in Ecuador; rearrested in 1989, he was killed in jail.

4. Pedro Rodrigues Filho

Proven Victims: 71

Possible Victims: 100+    

Country: Brazil 
Years Active: 1967 to 2003

Convicted and sentenced to 128 years, but the maximum one can serve in Brazil is 30 years. He has claimed to have killed over 100 victims, 47 of them inmates. He also killed his father and ate a piece of his heart. He killed his first two victims at the age of 14; he was first arrested in 1973.

5. Gary Ridgway

Proven Victims: 71
Possible Victims: 71–90+
Country: United States
Years Active: 1982 to 2000 

Truck painter who confessed to killing 71 women. The United States' most prolific serial killer; also known as The Green River Killer. He almost exclusively targeted escorts from Seattle. Once there, he would proposition a prostitute, drive to the banks of the Green River, and strangle her to death. After murdering his victim he would dump her body near the nearby water. Suspected of killing over 90 victims, confessed to 71, convicted of 48.

6. Yang Xinhai 

Proven Victims: 67
Possible Victims: 67
Country: China
Years Active: 2000 to 2003                                                                        

Would enter victims' homes at night and kill everyone with axes, meat cleavers, hammers, and shovels. Executed in February 2004. Known as the "Monster Killer".

7. Andrei Chikatilo

Proven Victims: 53
Possible Victims: 56 
Country: Soviet Union/Ukraine
Years Active: 1978 to 1990                                                                                                         

Known as Butcher of Rostov, The Red Ripper or The Rostov Ripper. Convicted of the murder of 53 women and children between 1978 and 1990. Executed in 1994. Three people were previously convicted and executed for his crimes.[7]

8. Anatoly Onoprienko

Proven Victims: 52
Possible Victims: 52+
Country: Soviet Union/Ukraine
Years Active: 1989 to 1996

Known as "The Beast of Ukraine", "The Terminator" and "Citizen O". Convicted of the murders of 9 people in 1989 and 43 people in 1995–1996. Sentenced to death, later commuted to life. Traveled through Europe illegally from 1990 to 1995; whether he killed during this time is unknown.

9. Alexander Pichushkin 

Proven Victims: 48 
Possible Victims: 61+ 
Country: Russia
Years Active: 1992 - 2006

Known as the Chessboard Killer. Convicted of murdering 48 victims and suspected of killing 61. Claimed to have murdered 63 people out of his goal of 64 to fill a chessboard; stated goal of becoming Russia's most prolific serial killer.

10. Ahmad Suradji 

Proven Victims: 42 
Possible Victims: 70–80+ 
Country: Indonesia
Years Active: 1986 to 1997

Convicted of strangling at least 42 women and girls in a series of ritual slayings he believed would give him magical powers. Executed by firing squad on 11 July 2008.

11. Moses Sithole

Proven Victims: 38 
Possible Victims: 38+ 
Country: South Africa
Years Active: 1994 to 1995

Preyed on unemployed women, posing as a businessman and luring his victims with the prospects of a job, before leading them to an isolated place, where he raped, tortured, and murdered them. Sentenced to 2410 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 930 years. Known as South Africa's Ted Bundy.

12. Serhiy Tkach 

Proven Victims:  36
Possible Victims: 80–100
Country: Soviet Union/Ukraine
Years Active: 1984 to 2005

A former Ukrainian police criminal investigator, suffocated girls aged between 8 and 18 and performed sexual acts on their bodies after they were dead. Claims to have killed 100.

13. Gennady Mikhasevich

Proven Victims: 36
Possible Victims: 38–43
Country: Soviet Union
Years Active: 1971 to 1985

Strangled females.

14. John Wayne Gacy

Proven Victims: 33
Possible Victims: 33
Country: United States
Years Active: 1972 to 1978

The "Killer Clown" who primarily preyed on young men and frequently raped his victims. He buried them under his Chicago home. Executed in 1994.

15. Vera Renczi

Proven Victims: 32
Possible Victims: 35
Country: Romania
Years Active: 1920 to 1930

Convicted of killing 35 men through arsenic poisoning but confessed to only killing 32 victims.

16. Karl Denke

Proven Victims: 31
Possible Victims: 40+
Country: German Reich
Years Active: 1900 to 1924

Cannibal mainly targeting travellers, probably striking them with an axe.

17. Ted Bundy

Proven Victims: 30
Possible Victims: 36+
Country: United States
Years Active: 1974 to 1978 

America's first "post-modern" serial killer due to his charisma and good looks. Bundy officially confessed to 30 homicides, but he is suspected of at least 36, and upwards of 100 or more by some estimates. Infamous for escaping from prison twice and murdering multiple victims in one day, sometimes abducting women from the same location within hours of one another. He was executed in the electric chair in 1989.

18. H. H. Holmes 

Proven Victims: 27
Possible Victims: 200+
Country: United States
Years Active: 1886
Was one of the first documented American serial killers in the modern sense of the term. In Chicago, at the time of the 1893 World's Fair, Holmes opened a hotel, which he had designed and built for himself specifically with murder in mind, and which was the location of many of his murders.

19. Maoupa Cedric Maake

Proven Victims: 27
Possible Victims: 35+
Country: South Africa
Years Active: 1996 to 1997

Known as the "Wemmer Pan Killer" and "Hammer Killer". He killed his victims with different instruments such as: guns, rocks, a knife and a hammer. Authorities attributed the murders to two serial killers because of the Modus Operandi. In some cases he killed his victims with a rock, in others he shot them, and in others he murdered tailors with a hammer. Maake was arrested after Moses Sithole was found guilty of 38 killings and sentenced to 27 life sentences and 1159 years which amounted to 1,340 years all together.

20. Juan Vallejo Corona

Proven Victims: 25 
Possible Victims: 25+  
Country: United States
Years Active: 1971

Corona was convicted of murdering ranch laborers and burying them in orchards. He was sentenced to 25 terms of life imprisonment.

This part of the list contains all serial killers with at least 15 proven victims that acted alone and were neither medical professionals nor contract killers.

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