Top 10 Most Vicious Serial Killers of 20th Century
Its really sad to learn that these kind of people live in our society. Whats more intriguing is the fact that we cant be sure that more of these kinds do not exist or will never exist. I hope our societies are free of people who harm thy neighbors.
10. Dean Corll (27 victims)
Dean Arnold Corll with two younger accomplices, Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brook committed numerous murders of at least 27 boys in Houston, Texas. The crime was not revealed until Henley killed Corll during a brawl.
Also known as the Pied Piper and the Candy Man, Corll regularly gave free candy to many children he met. In a series of killing that spanned between 1970 and 1973, the Houston Mass Murders were one of the worst examples of serial killing in American history.
9. Moses Sithole (30 victims)
Moses Sithole is a South African serial killer, who attracted his potential victims by posing as businessman and offering them employment. He tried to gain their trust, offered to walk with them and strangled them. His actions caused a widespread panic throughout South Africa and it is believed that he had murdered more than 30 people. Sithole was arrested when he agreed for interview with a local journalist. The South African court sentenced him to 2,410 years of imprisonment for 40 cases of tapes and murder. Sithole is currently incarcerated at the maximum security prison in Praetorian, the C-Max.
8. Wayne Williams (2 to 30 victims)
Wayne Williams is a serial killer who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering two African-American boys in Atlanta Georgia, but he was widely believed responsible for the disappearance of other 28 children in the same area. Williams contended throughout the time that Ku Klux Klan has involvement in these murders and he was framed by authorities to prevent racial war in Atlanta. The rock band, Deep Purple released the song “Wrong Man” in 2005 as a tribute to Wayne Williams
7. John Wayne Gacy (33 victims)
John Wayne “Pogo” Gacy or the “Killer Clown” was a serial killer who murdered 33 boys between 1972 and 1978. He buried 26 of his victims in the basement, 3 elsewhere in his house and thrown 4 others into a nearby river. Gacy actively participated in various children parties and parades; and he was commonly known by locals as “Pogo, The Clown”. Gacy was sentenced with death penalty and after his death was confirmed, Gacy’s brain was removed by researchers to isolate abnormalities that caused his violent behavior.
6. Gerald Eugene Stano (22 to 41 victims)
Gerald Eugene Stano or Paul Zeininger is a serial killer from the United States. Stano killed for the first time in New Jersey in 1969, when he was only 18. After failing to obtain his school diploma, Stano decided to skip college. During this period, he worked as a waiter and cook. His misdeeds finally ended in 1980, after Stano was arrested during a failed murder attempt. He was confirmed for the murder of 22 women, but the actual victim count may reach 41, after he gave detailed accounts of his atrocities. Stano was sentenced to death penalty and executed in electric chair on summer 1986.
5. Ludke Bruno (51 victims)
Ludke Bruno is a serial killer from Germany, who had killed at least 51 victims in a period of 15 years since 1928. He was arrested by the police force of Nazi Germany while committing an open act of necrophilia. He confessed almost immediately, but witness reported that Bruno has been forced to deliver the confession because his body showed signs of torture. No evidence ever presented in the court and there seemed to be no consistency in all 51 cases blamed on him. Declared insane, he was sent to a hospital for test subject of medical experiments until his death in 1944 by lethal injection.
4. Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo (53 victims)
Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo was a mass murderer from Soviet Union. Also known as the “Butcher of Rostov”, he enjoyed social influence as member of a communist organization, which allowed Chikatilo to commit heinous crime with impunity. Chikatilo suffered sexual dysfunction problem and actively hunted potential victims in a local train station. Four plain-clothed police officers arrested Chikatilo in 1990, when he was searching for another victim. The Russian court sentenced him to death penalty for 53 murder cases with one gunshot behind the right ear.
3. Gary Leon Ridgway (50 to 71 victims)
Gary Leon Ridgway or the Green River Killer is known as one of the most prolific serial killers in the American history, who was found guilty for murdering nearly fifty women, but Ridgway later confessed to killing 71. He was arrested in the city of Renton and investigators confirmed his crime through DNA samples and paintings he made. Ridgway has a humble-looking individual who kept a deep hatred toward women. During interviews by psychologists, it was revealed that Ridgway was mistreated by his mother and this could be the earliest trigger for his aberrant sexual behavior.
2. Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos (140 to more than 300 victims)
Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos or “The Beast” was a Columbian serial killer and rapist, who admitted for the murder of 140 children. The victim count was based only the number of remains found based on the information he gave. However, it is believed that the actual number of victims may exceed 300. The maximum penalty in the Columbian judicial system was only 30 years in prison and Garavito’s sentence was reduced to 22 years for cooperation during the investigation and good behavior. While Garavito’ early release was approaching many felt that he wasn’t received sufficient punishment for his crime. Serial killings have no precedent in Colombia and thus the case couldn’t be addressed properly.
1. Henry Lee Lucas (360 to 900 victims)
Henry Lee Lucas is a serial killer from Virginia, United States. Born into a severely dysfunctional family, his mother was a prostitute and his father was disabled and an alcoholic. Subjected constantly with cruelty and abuse, he grew up into a sadistic psychopath. Uneducated and malnourished, he never developed a valuable skill that could give him a meaning in life. He was convicted for 360 murder cases, although, he confessed for killing more than 900 people, in some interrogation sessions. Henry died after a cardiac arrest in his cell at 2001.