Top 5 Most Notorious Serial Killers

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This list ranges from a psychopathic serial killer who became the lawyer at his own trials, to a deranged serial killer who managed to get a picture with the First Lady of the United States.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most notorious serial killers that have ever walked the earth, and why they became so infamous.

Top 5 most notorious serial killers

1. Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy was arguably one of the most deranged people that has ever lived. What’s striking about Bundy, and what puts him into an entirely different category in itself, is that he actually appeared to be very normal on the surface.

He studied law, had a job in a radio station while in college, joined the republican party, and had a girlfriend. Yet, he had a secret life in which he was a ruthless killer and took the life of dozens of young girls and women.

It’s this duality that makes Ted Bundy one of the scariest serial killers of all. He actually fired his lawyer during his murder trial in Florida and even though he wasn’t a qualified lawyer, took on his own defense.

In his final interview, he blamed his early exposure to pornography and invited a renowned critic of the matter in an ultimate effort to avoid the death penalty. His final manipulative attempt didn’t work out and he was executed the day after in Florida’s electric chair.

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2. Ed Gein

While Ted Bundy appeared to be quite normal to most people, this certainly can’t be said about Ed Gein. He is referred to as the “Butcher of Plainfield” or the “Plainfield Ghoul” and his horrendous crimes sent out shockwaves throughout the United States.

While he was only convicted of 2 murders, the officers that searched his house found the following:

  • 4 noses.
  • Skulls on each of his bedposts.
  • Human skin covering several chair seats.
  • A belt made from female human nipples.
  • A pair of lips on a window shade drawstring.
  • A lampshade made from the skin of a human face.
  • Nine vulvae in a shoebox.

Ed Gein wasn’t just a murderer, he was also a body snatcher and went to local graveyards to dig up dead bodies. He then used them to create the most sickening artifacts imaginable. he was sent to a psychiatric hospital for the rest of his life in 1957 and died in 1984.

His story is so notorious that various movies have been inspired by it, including Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960) and the character named “Leatherface” in the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” franchise.

Ed Gein

3. Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer is commonly known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal” or the “Milwaukee Monster” and was an American serial killer who murdered at least 17 young men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

At a young age, he already experimented with dissecting dead animals and even went as far as to collect roadkill from the roads around his house. This in combination with an unhappy childhood and early alcohol abuse resulted in Dahmer becoming a predator who found his victims in the Milwaukee gay bar scene.

What makes Dahmer so notorious is that he kept the bodies of the men he murdered, often for many months. When he was finally caught, police found 4 severed heads and at least 7 skulls lying around in his apartment.

Dahmer went on to confess to all of the crimes he committed and openly talked about how things went so wrong. he even conducted prison interviews together with his father, appearing to be quite a normal guy, just before he was beaten to death in prison in the year 1994.

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4. Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper is the nickname of the serial killer that terrorized the Whitechapel district of London in the year 1888. He got this name later on because, at the time of the murders, he was being referred to as the “Whitechapel Murderer” or “Leather Apron.”

The identity of the man remains a mystery, which is what makes these gruesome murders so intriguing. Various theories are floating around as to who brutally murdered at least 5 women and removed the organs of multiple of them.

Hundreds of letters were written to the police and newspapers in the period that the murders occurred, many of them were deemed useless except for 3. One letter, which was titled “From Hell,” included part of a human kidney. The writer had claimed to have eaten the other part.

The murders occurred in an impoverished slum of London and all the victims were poor prostitutes who were working the streets at night. This resulted in these slums being cleared and for the most part, demolished in the following decades.

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Jack the Ripper illustration. / Wiki Commons

5. John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy was another serial killer who managed to combine a successful career with a secret life as a ruthless murderer. In fact, he even managed to get a picture with the First Lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter, on May 6, 1978, just 6 months before he got caught.

Gacy was known as the “Killer Clown,” because during his spare time he liked to dress up as a clown and perform on events such as children’s birthdays or in hospitals. That makes it all the most sickening when it came out that he was responsible for the murders of at least 33 young boys and men.

He managed to build a successful construction company and was married twice. His first marriage ended when he was convicted of sodomy and was sent to prison in the late 1960s.

Remarkably, after being released way too early for his crime, he simply moved to another area and started a new life. He got married again and picked up his secret life too. He scoured the Chicago area to find victims, lure them to his house, and brutally rape and murder them.

Even though many of his victims were buried below the crawl space of his house, and he had pointed officers to where the bodies could be found, he remained in denial about his crimes until his execution by lethal injection in the year 1994.

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This concludes the list with the top 5 most notorious serial killers in history, a list of deranged human beings that unfortunately lived among us!

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