These are the absolute worst serial killers of all time. They come from several different countries: Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Colombia, United States, Ukraine, Russia and India. As a result, you’ll also going to discover who the worst serial killer of all time is for each of these countries. Though, one country is responsible for the top three people on the list, so, like, don’t move to that country any time soon, I guess.
I’m going to warn you right now, when it comes to running through the deadliest serial killers of all time, you need to talk about what they did. The people on this list did some pretty despicable things. Rape, eating someone’s heart, and necrophilia are only the tip of the iceberg. You’ll even learn about some who didn’t spend the rest of their lives behind bars, and not just because they got executed… though, some of these people totally did.
One thing that you’ll also learn is that there are a lot of estimated numbers out there when it comes to serial killers. If we’re going to estimate, the total number that everyone combined on this list states they’ve killed is 300 people. Confirmed or linked numbers is what we’re going with though, and with that, I’ll leave you with the last statistic.
The total number of confirmed kills for everyone on this list? 762. That works out to 76 kills per person. But, as you’re also going to find out, some people reach for the stars and blew that average away. This list is ranked from the least deadly (literally, number 10 is tame compared to the others…) to someone who is possibly the worst serial killer of all time.
While these are some of the deadliest serial killers of all time, that doesn’t mean they were the most creative on where to bury their victims. If interested, feel free to check out 10 unbelievable ways that serial killers have disposed of their victims.
10. Anatoly Onoprienko
Anatoly may be better known by his nickname “The Beast of the Ukraine”. When he was finally arrested in 1996, he had confessed to killing 52 people. When he was arrested, police found over 100 items that were suspicious, including several of the murder weapons that were used.
Anatoly got things started with a bang, when he killed a family of ten, which included eight children, after they stumbled upon him during a home intrusion.
Later that year, he killed five people who were sleeping in their car. During his confession, he stated that he only wanted to rob the car but then had no choice but to murder them. The bodies were later burned. Burning the bodies and property would be repeated by Anatoly on many of his future victims.
Another home invasion saw him take the lives of four people using a sawed-off double-barreled shotgun (that was later recovered by police).
This pattern continued for several years. In one incident, Anatoly mauled the mother to death with a hammer, murdered the father and then demanded money from the daughter, who he then killed with a hammer too.
He also decided in one incident to hack two girls, aged 7 and 8, to death with an axe. Yikes.
Anatoly stated that he would try to choose an isolated house, and then would create a commotion in the house. Once everyone ran to see what it was, he’d murder them all. His murders would also extend to any innocent bystanders.
He passed away in prison in 2013.
9. Andrei Chikatilo
Now, I’m going to be honest, one thing that Andrei has going for him is a super cool nickname. Committing his murders in his native country, Russia, he earned the monikers The Red Ripper and The Butcher of Rostov. Either way, no wonder he inspired fear! Andrei was convicted of murdering 53 women and children between the years 1978 and 1990.
Andrei’s crimes included sexual assault and mutilation. He started his sexual assaults while being a teacher, which included groping a 15-year-old student’s breasts and then ejaculating when she struggled.
After a few more incidents occurred, Andrei was given the choice to quit or be fired. He quit and while he did find another teaching job, it did not last.
Instead, he decided to start murdering people. Chikatilo’s first murder of a 9-year-old girl caused him to be unable to achieve sexual arousal or orgasm without stabbing and slashing children to death.
Chikatilo didn’t kill again for a few years, but when he did, it was a 17-year-old student Larisa Tkachenko. Chikatilo lured her to a forest to drink vodka but, once there, he beat her to death during an attempted rape. Given that he had no weapons with him, he mutilated her body with her teeth and a stick.
He also tore off one of her nipples with his teeth. Yikes.
As serial killers often do, he started to pick up his pace and in 1984, he murdered at least 15 people.
After his arrest, he opened up about his murders, including the fact that he would often taste his victims’ blood. If that wasn’t enough, he would also tear at their genitals, tongues, lips and other areas with his teeth.
8. Abul Djabar
Abul Djabar is the most prolific serial killer that Afghanistan has ever seen. When he was arrested, it was suspected that he murdered over 300 men and young boys. At the time of his execution, he was linked to 65 deaths. Abul’s method was to go up to these people, beat them, rape them and then, during the act, he would strangle them to death with a turban.
He was arrested in 1970 and executed later that year. Unfortunately, two people had previously been executed for the murders that Abul had actually committed!
7. Yang Xinhai
Xinhai is the most prolific Chinese serial killer and, as you are about to learn, he is well deserving of that title.
Xinhai confessed to committing 65 murders and raping over 23 people between 1999 and 2003. At the time of his execution, he was linked to 67 deaths.
Xinhai would commit his murders at night. While wearing new clothes and shoes that were too big, he would enter the victim’s homes and kill everyone there using axes, shovels and hammers. There were incidents where Xinhai would literally kill an entire family.
In 2002, Xinhai killed a father and his 6-year-old girl with a shovel. He raped the pregnant woman that was also home and she sustained significant head injuries but was able to survive.
Xinhai was arrested in November, 2003 and was executed on Valentine’s Day 2004.
When asked for his motives, Xinhai mentioned how he had no desire to fit in with society, only to kill people. The more he killed, the more he was inspired to kill.
6. Kampatimar Shankariya
When it comes to reasons as to why people commit murder, there are often incidents of past trauma. When it comes to Shankariya though, he simply told police that he killed his victims because it provided him with a great amount of pleasure.
Born in India, he was convicted in 1979 after being linked to over 70 murders over a two-year span. To help add some uniqueness, Shankariya decided that he was going to murder all of his victims by bashing their head in with a hammer.
He was sentenced to execution, and before being hung stated, “I have murdered in vain. Nobody should become like me.”
5. Gary Ridgway
America may be home to some of the most iconic serial killers of all time, but you may be shocked to find out that Gary Ridgway has more confirmed kills then any other American. Ridgway earned the nickname The Green River Killer in the 1980s and 1990s, during which he murdered numerous women in Washington State.
Ridgway would often choose prostitutes for his victims, hoping to minimize the chance that they would be missed. Ridgway would often kill the victim through strangulation, and then dump their bodies into forested and overgrown areas.
Ridgway is unique on this list, as he is the only one who would then go back and then have intercourse with the dead bodies.
His method was simple enough, he would go and pick up a prostitute, then show photos of his son to garner sympathy. After having sex, he would strangle the women. At the time of his arrest, Ridgway admitted to murdering at least 71 women, but also stated that he had killed so many he lost count.
Ridgway started his tendencies early in life, when, at 16, he stabbed a six-year-old boy through his ribs and into his liver. While the boy survived, Ridgway recalled laughing as he walked away, stating, “I always wondered what it would be like to kill someone.”
Ridgway battled a sex addiction that also led to a fixation on prostitutes, which may have further aided in why they were his victim of choice.
4. Pedro Filho
Filho was born in Brazil and did not have what you would consider a typical upbringing. He was born with an injured skull because his father had beat his mother’s womb during fights. When he was 13, he pushed a boy into a sugar crane press and while the boy didn’t die, he nearly did.
At 14, he murdered the Vice Mayor of Alfenas, Minas Gerais because he had fired his father for allegedly stealing food. Filho then went ahead and murdered the person who he thought was actually stealing the food.
Then Filho took refuge in another city, where he murdered a drug dealer and met a woman named Maria. Unfortunately, she was murdered by some gang members. This led Filho to literally track down different people, torture and murder them to figure out who killed Maria. This dude was literally Liam Neeson… you know, only way way way worse.
All of this has happened before he had turned 18. His Father then decided to ramp up his abuse on his mother, killing her with a machete. As retaliation, Filho killed his father, cut out his heart, ate a part of it and then threw it away.
In prison, he killed at least 47 different inmates, and he claims his total victim count is 100, though the confirmed number is 71.
Laws in Brazil prevent anyone from spending more then 30 years in jail so while his crimes in jail did add another 4 years, he was released in 2007.
3. Daniel Camargo Barbosa
Carmago killed somewhere between 72 and 150 people over a 12-year span and is believed to have raped and killed young girls in his native country Colombia, as well as in Ecuador. When he was sent to prison for the first time, it was in 1974 after he was found guilty for raping and murdering a 9-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 25 years.
However in 1984, Carmago escaped prison and went on a killing spree that lasted several years until he was apprehended in 1986. In a weird twist, he is imprisoned with the number one entry on the list.
2. Pedro López
Pedro may not be number one, but he could be if they had a way to prove all of his victims. Born in Columbia, Pedro was accused of raping and killing more then 300 girls in Columbia. He also committed these acts in Peru and Ecuador. When arrested, he confessed to killing 103 people.
In 1980, Lopez led police to 53 graves in Ecuador which contained several bodies. All of the victims were girls ranging from 9-12 years in age.
He was released in 1998 from psychiatric hospital due to good behavior (seriously), but a rearrest warrant was issued in 2002 after another body appeared that they linked to Lopez.
1. Luis Garavito
Luis Garavito is well deserving of his number one spot on this list, with 138 proven victims over a 5-year span. Garavito admitted to killing mostly street children, but he is suspected of murdering upwards of 300 people. Well deserving of his nickname “The Beast”, Luis tortured, raped and murdered his victims. Some of the victims were discovered after Garavito drew maps for officers while in prison.
His tactic was simple. He’d approach the person, offer them a gift (money, candy, etc.) and take them on the walk. When the boy, who would be as young as 6, would get tired, Luis would then molest, rape, cut their throats and dismember their body.
Luis stated that he was a victim of sexual abuse from his father as a young boy, but that probably doesn’t completely explain how he became the worst serial killer of all time.
So, those are the ten worst series killers in history. Have fun trying to sleep tonight.