15. Bloody Benders – America
Bloody Benders is a family of serial killers who owned a small general store and inn in Labette County, Kansas. They are known to have killed 11 rich travelers who stayed at their inn. The Bender family home had a large room that was divided by a curtain. They used to give a seat of honor to their rich guests, with his back to the curtain. Kate, the daughter of John Bender, would distract the guest, while John Bender or his son would come from behind the curtain and strike the guest on the skull with a hammer. The throat of all the victims was then cut to ensure their death. They used to strip the body in their secret cellar and bury it. They are the subject of many novels, books and plays, including Hell Benders (1999) by Ken Hodgson, Lyle Brandt’s novel Massacre Trail (2009), Cottonwood (2004) by Scott Phillips, Candle of the Wicked (1960) by Manly Wade Wellman and They Bite (1943) by Anthony Boucher. They could never be caught.
14. Shen Changyin and Shen Changping/Cannibal Brothers – China
These Chinese serial killers also known as Cannibal brothers, targeted prostitutes. They killed 11 prostitutes in 1 year from June 2003 to August 2004 along with 3 female accomplices. They ate their livers, burned the bodies with Sulphuric acid and flushed them down the toilet. They had plotted the murders after they lost money when their Lanzhou auto parts business failed. The Shens and Li were sentenced to death in September 2005. Three other female accomplices were sentenced to 3 to 20 years in prison.
13. Dennis Nilsen/Muswell Hill Murderer/The Kindly Killer – England
This vicious and psycho serial killer killed at least fifteen men and boys between 1978 and 1983 and retained their corpses. He was eventually caught when someone complained of drain blockage. The drain cleaning company found that the drains were congested with human flesh and contacted the police. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was initially given a 25 years sentence which was later extended to whole life tariff.
12. David and Catherine Birnie/Moorhouse murders – Australia
This vicious and soulless Australian couple kidnapped and abducted 5 women ranging in age from 15 to 35 in their home in the 1980s. They repeatedly raped them and brutally killed 4 of them. The way they raped and killed these women was extremely inhuman, vicious and brutal. They buried them in a forest. Their final and the only victim to survive their attacks was seventeen-year-old Kate Moir. She managed to escape and contacted the police. He pleaded guilty. When asked why he pleaded guilty, he pointed toward the victims’ families and said, “It’s the least I could do.” He was sentenced to four consecutive sentences of life imprisonment along with Catherine. He committed suicide by hanging in his cell in 2005. Catherine is still in the prison under the orders ‘never to be released’.
11. Ted Bundy – America
This prolific and vicious American serial killer murdered over 30 white middle-class females between the ages of 15 and 25. Bundy’s victims were beaten then strangled. He was also guilty of rape and necrophilia. He collected the heads of the victims as souvenirs. He was executed by electric chair by the state of Florida in 1989. He killed women who resembled his fiancée Stephanie Brooks and had similar hair styles.
10. Dean Arnold Corll/Houstan Mass Murder/The Candy Man – America
He lured and killed 27 young boys with two younger accomplices David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley. He raped them and then shot or strangled them to death. His accomplices found his victims for him for $200 each. This case is known as ‘Houston Mass Murders’ and is one of the worst case of serial killing in American history. He was killed by one of his accomplices.
9. Ahmad Suradji – Indonesian
He was a witch doctor and a ritualistic serial killer. He killed 42 young or middle aged girls and women in 11 years. He buried his victims up to their waists and then strangled them. In his confession he told that he had done so to become a mystic healer. He put the blame on the ghost of his father who came in his dream and directed him to kill these women and drink their saliva if he wants to become a mystic healer. He was executed by firing squad on July 10, 2008.
8. Alexander Pichushkin/Chessboard Killer/The Bitsa Park Maniac – Russia
This vicious and cruel evil minded killer killed 48 people, most of which were elderly homeless men in Southwest Moscow’s Bitsa Park. He found pleasure in killing and killed in competition with Russia’s most notorious serial killer, Andrei Chikatilo, who was convicted in 1992 of killing 52 children and young women in 12 years. He killed them by smashing their heads with a hammer from the back to avoid splashing of blood on his face. He asked the Russian court to add an additional 11 victims to his body count, bringing his claimed death toll to 60 and 3 surviving victims. He is in life imprisonment, the first 15 years of which he will spend in solitary confinement.
7. Gary Leon Ridgway/The Green River Killer – America
This brutal murder had 48 charges of aggravated first degree murder. He is also known as the Green River Killer because his first 5 victims were found by the Green River. He in a statement said that killing young women was his career, most of which were prostitutes. In 2005 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
6. Andrei Chikatilo/The Red Ripper/The Rostov Ripper – Russia
The vicious evil beast killed 53 women and children (of both genders) for sexual satisfaction. They were killed in different ways but all were mutilated. Andrei Chikatilo was shot and executed on February 14, 1994.
5. Yang Xinhai/Monster Killer – China
This cruel and soulless serial killer committed 65 murders and 23 rapes between 1999 and 2003. His DNA got him caught. Yang was executed on February 14, 2004, by a gunshot to the back of the head
4. Carl Eugene Watts/Coral – America
Watts was an African American and killed more than 100 white females between the ages of 14 and 44. He did the first murder at the age of 20 in 1974. He kidnapped his victims from their homes, torturing them, and then murdering them. Watts initially confessed the murder of 12 women. Later he claimed to have killed 40 women and has also implied that there were more than 80 victims in total. Police considers Watts a suspect in 90 unsolved murders. He was given a 60 years life sentence and died of cancer.
3. Luis Garavito/ The Beast – America
This Colombian rapist and serial killer brutally killed at least 140 young boys. He drew a map in prison indicating the locations of the skeletons of the victims. According to that the count exceeds 300. He raped his victims and then had their throats slit. He was initially imprisoned for 30 years which was later reduced to 22 years.
2. Countess Erzsébet Báthory/Blood Countess/Blood Queen – Hungry
This evil soul Hungarian countess slaughtered six hundred or more innocent young virgin women in order to improve her complexion and also to maintain her failing grasp on her youth. She bathed in their blood. Her accomplices were executed. She, on the other hand, was bricked into rooms of her castle for house arrest till death. Her character has appeared in many dramas, plays and film.
1. Thug Behram – India
Thug Behram was one of the most lethal and prolific serial killers of all times. He was a member of Indian Thuggee cult. He may have murdered up to 931 victims by strangulation between 1790–1840. He used his ceremonial cloth for all the murders. Today Behram’s ‘confession’ is available in a manuscript on Thuggee written by James Paton, an East India Company officer working for the Thuggee and Dacoity Office in the 1830s. According to that he probably killed 125 men or 50 more and was present on the site at the time of the killing of 931 men. The evil was brought to an end in 1840 by hanging.