This is astonishing list of the most brutal serial killers of the 20th century. These stories are both fascinating and horrifying. They are evil and repulsive – we are left to wonder, what led them to commit such henious crimes so viciously enacted on the innocent? We wonder…
Gary Ridgway is a very well-known serial killer in the United States. Ridgway was arrested for 4 murders in 2001. However, his actions, took place across the Washington state in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Although he confessed to killing over 70 women, he did not get the death penalty because he gave the police very detailed confession that allowed them to find where the bodies of the victims had been hidden.
Ridgway was actually nicknamed, the Green River Killer because he has dumped five of his victims into the Green River. In the end, he was convicted of a total of 49 murders and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
Tommy Lynn Sells
Tommy Lynn Sells is considered to be the most dangerous offenders in Texas of the U.S. He killed over 70 people between 1985 and 1999. Sells is known for stabbing a 13 year old girl 16 times. However, he was actually captured when he broke into the bedroom of a 10 year old girl and stabbed her. She survived and alerted her neighbours who called the police.
She was able to give them a detailed description of what Sells looked like, leading them to hi,. Now, he is onn death row at a high security prison in Livingston, Texas.
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Ted Bundy was one of the most widely known murderers and serial killers of the 20th century. He was an American serial killer and rapist who kidnapped or overpowered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s. Bundy typically approached his female victims in a public place and led them to secluded areas where he would sexually assault and kill them.
Ted Bundy decapitated at least 12 victims and kept the severed heads in his apartment as trophies. He was captured repeatedly and was able to esacape from the police and court houses and committed three further killings. Convicted of multiple murders he was sentenced to death and was executed via the electric chair in 1989.
He is a Soviet serial killer that is nicknamed, The Butcher of Rostov. Between 1978 and 1990, Chikatilo committed sexual assault, murder and mutilation to over 52 women and children.
The police captured him after carrying out surveillance and gathered enough evidence. In April 1992, after being tried for 53 killing, the relatives of the victims demanded to have him released so that they could kill him themselves. In February of 1994, he was executed by firing squad.
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John Wayne Gacy
He sexually assaulted and murdered 33 teenage boys between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. Gacy would invite the victims to his home to work for some extra money and then strangle them to death with a tourniquet.
He buried 26 of the bodies in a crawl space beneath his home, later dumping them into the Des Plaines River. On May 10, 1994, he was executed by lethal injection after spending 14 years on death row.
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Charles Ng & Leonard Lake
The pair raped, tortured and murdered somewhere between 11 to 25 victims at Lake’s ranch in Calaveras County in California. In 1985, their crimes came to light when Lake committed suicide after being arrested.
Police searched his home and found the human remains. Ng was discovered as his partner from videos of themselves raping and torturing their victims. Ng tried to escape to Canada but was extradited back to the U.S. in 1999, he was convicted for 12 counts of murder. Now he is still on death row at the San Quentin State Prison.
Pedro Rodrigues Filho
Pedro Rodrigues Filho is a Brazilian murderer. He begin killing at the age of 14 to get revenge against local drug dealers for killing his girlfriend. By the time he was 18, he has killed 10 people. He killed 48 inmates during the time in jail, including his father who was also a murderer and are a piece of his heart. His sentence is now up to 400 years of imprisonment.
Daniel Camargo Barbosa
Daniel Camargo Barbosa was a serial killer from Colombia. He raped and killed more than 150 girls throughout Colombia and Ecuador from 1970 to 1980. After he would rape his victims, he would cut them up to bits with a machete. Barbosa did lead the police to where he disposed the bodies. In 1989, he was convicted to 16 years in prison while in jail in November of 1994
Dr Harold Shipman
Dr Harold Shipman was an English doctor that is responsible for over 250 murders. Locals began to be disturbed when there was a huge increase in the amount of deaths of old women in the area, as well as the number of cremation forms that Dr. Shipman has countersigned.
On further investigation, it was found that he use a lethal injection to forge their wills and inherit loads of money as well as a request to be cremated to destroy the evidence. He was sentenced to 15 consecutive life sentences, but he hung himself in January of 2004.
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Pedro Alonso López
Pedro Alonso López was a Colombian serial killer. He was accused of raping and killing more than 300 girls across South America. He lured them to secluded areas or inside unoccupied buildings where he raped each of them before killing them by a range of brutal methods, primarily strangulation.
López was arrested when an attempted abduction failed and he was trapped by market traders. He confessed to over 300 murders but the police only believed him when a flash flood uncovered a mass grave containing many of his victims. Eventually 53 bodies were discovered. Imprisoned in 1980 he served 18 years before being released from a Ecuadorian prison and was deported to Columbia where he was rearrested and in 2002 was sentenced to life.