Pick out any episode of the hit television series ‘Criminal Minds’ and you will get to delve into the psyche of people who turn into evil serial killers. Brutality and insane minds, is what makes the difference between us and some of the famous serial killers. These people are hideous personifications of evil and they seem to shake the very core of human existence. Here is a look at 25 famous serial killers who took the world by storm.
Charles Manson is a sentenced serial killer who has become an image of evil. In the late 1960s, Manson founded a hippie cult group known as “the Family”. He influenced 4 members of this cult into killing others on his behalf. Charles spent his youth at the homes of various relatives and often at special reform schools and boys homes. Manson was sentenced to death in 1971 however in 1972 when the California government outlawed the death penalty his sentence was converted to lifetime imprisonment. He is being held in a California prison as of now.
An American serial killer also known as the “son of Sam”, David is a convicted serial killer who launched a series of shooting attacks starting in the summer of 1976. The strange thing is that Berkowitz was involved in 8 shooting attacks and confessed to all of them, stating that he was commanded by his neighbor’s possessed dog to kill.
Again an American serial killer who was convicted of 48 murders but later confessed to almost 90 murders. Most of his victims were prostitutes that he killed and dumped in a jungle and later returned to have sex with them. He is currently serving a life sentence without parole.
A Russian serial killer also known as “the chessboard killer”, Pichushkin is rumored to have killed almost 49 people in southwest Moscow’s Bitsa Park. This is where a huge number of the bodies were found. The killer confessed to the murders and has been convicted now. He was bullied as a child and this lead to his criminal disposition.
A Soviet killer also known as ‘the red ripper’, Chikalito committed murders and sexual assaults on almost 52 women and children in a period of 12 years. He was executed on 14th February in 1994. Chikalito’s killings are said to be some of the most brutal murders of this century.
Harold was a British doctor who holds a record for the most numbers of proven murders. The number of victims in his case goes up to 250. He was sentenced to life in the year 2000. He died by hanging himself in the year 2004 at the Wakefield prison in West Yorkshire.
An American by birth, Harvey claims to have murdered 87 people. This serial killer says that he got sadistic pleasure out of killing his victims. He claimed that he was an “angel of death”. He is serving the 1st out of 28 life sentences awarded to him at the Allen Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.
Charles Cullen was a former nurse who is supposed to be one of the most prolific killers in the American history. He confessed that during his career as a nurse, he killed up to 40 people, but in subsequent interview he confessed that the number was higher and he couldn’t remember the number exactly. He is currently held at New Jersey state prison in Trenton, New Jersey.
A German by birth, Fritz is also known as the “butcher of Hanover”. He is believed to be the murderer of 27 boys and young men between 1918-1924. He was found guilty of 24 murders and was convicted and executed. The execution was decapitation by guillotine on April 15 1925 at the age of 45. Haarmann was homosexual and his sexual tendencies influenced him to sexually assault and murder so many men.
Also known as “La Bestia”, this Colombian rapist and serial killer, confessed to a whopping 147 murders of young boys. He has been described as the world’s worst serial killer, by the media because he is believed to have killed up to 300 people. His victims were usually poor street children. In his testimony he claimed to have undergone sexual abuse as a child. He was captured in April, 1999 and is still under trial for 172 more murders all over Columbia.