True crime seems to have reached peak interest among people, with a number of podcasts and documentaries coming out of the woodwork to satisfy people's morbid curiosity in humanity's greatest monsters. Podcasts like My favorite Murder, have adoring fans that call themselves "murderinos" and pore over details of unsolved cases and send in their hometown murders to be shared on the show. Just in the past year, documentaries like O.J. Made in America, Making a Murderer, two documentaries on Jon Benet Ramsay and the upcoming HBO Beware the Slender Man have received critical and popular acclaim.
When it comes to true crime, often the same mass killers come up again and again. The indecipherability of a person like Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson or Ted Bundy will never close its sheen. Even if we learn all the details of the crimes, we understand the social and biological reasons to lead them to their life of murder the fact remains: for most of us, to gleefully and sadistically kill another human being is unfathomable, so we obsess over those who are capable of it. While most violent crimes are committed by those closest to us, we obsess over the unpredictable crimes committed by monsters that we will likely never encounter.
While many focus on the same big names over and over, there are a surprising number of truly awful serial killers who continue to fly under the radar. For Murderinos and the curious alike, this list explores some lesser known serial killers.
20 The Acid Bath Murderer - Killed At Least 6
19 The Pedrinho Matador - Killed 100+
18 The Boy Hunter - Killed 100+
17 Monster of the Andes - Killed 300+
16 The Shoe-Fetish Slayer - Killed 4
15 The Kindly Killer - Chopped and Boiled 15
14 The Green River Killer - Killed 80+
13 The Trailside Killer - Killed At Least 10
12 The Sunset Strip Slayer - Killed At Least 6
11 The Riverside Prostitute Killer - 22 Killed
10 The Koreatown Slasher - Killed At Least 7
9 The Grim Sleeper - Killed At Least 10
8 The Bayou Strangler - Killed 23+
7 The Scorecard Killer - Killed 60+
6 The Alphabet Murders Killer - Killed At Least 4
5 The Bedroom Basher - Killed At Least 6
4 The Black Widow - Killed At Least 3
3 The ABC Killer - Killed 38+
2 The Vampire of Sacramento - Killed At Least 6
1 The House of Horrors - Killed 10+
The couple who lived in the so-called House of Horrors, Rosemary and Fred West, would kill 10 people over the course of twenty years - two of which were family members. Their victims were teen girls (or, in some cases, their own daughters) that they would lure into the house, tie up and leave there. They would r*pe and torture their victims until they grew bored, killing them and burying their body parts in various parts of their home and yard. Rosemary was the first of the pair suspected of murder, as while Fred was in prison it's believed she killed one of her step-daughters - it's rumored that Rosemary was also responsible for the death of the girl's mother, who was last seen going to pick up the recently murdered girl. Rosemary's father was also involved, at least tangentially, making trips to the house over the years to have sex with his daughter - while Fred watched through one of many peepholes he had set up in the house. They were only caught when one of Fred's daughters claimed in 1992 that he had r*ped and recorded it on tape, when the police arrived... they found something far worse than they could have ever imagined. Fred killed himself in prison, Rosemary is serving life for ten murders.
Sources: The Guardian, Biography, IBTimes, ABCNews, SFGate, LATimes, The Telegraph, The Independent
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