We have seen many serial killers in America and around the world over time, but some were much worse than others. Below are the top 10 worst.
10. Wayne Williams
This psycho is strongly suspected for being responsible for the child murders that occurred in Atlanta, GA in the late 1970s. Later, Williams was convicted for the murder of two male adults. After his arrest for those crimes, the Atlanta police were able to solve most of the 29 child murders that he allegedly committed. Williams maintains his innocence, but the nut is a killer, so take that with a grain of salt.
9. John Wayne Gacy
Gacy was known as the Killer Clown because he like to wear a clown costume and throw parties a lot. He eventually was convicted of the rape/murder of more than 30 young men. He killed them and buried them under his house. Gacy shocked the local community in Illinois when the crimes were discovered. He was quite popular in political circles in his area in the 1970s. He had the privilege of meeting First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 1978. The picture with the first lady caused the Carters a good deal of embarrassment later.
8. Gary Ridgeway
Ridgeway became known as the Green River Killer because he liked to dump the corpses in the Green River in the state of Washington. His killing spree involved at least 48 murders in the 1980s, but he said he killed 90. He liked to kidnap runaways and hookers and murder them after he raped them first. He was convicted in 2001 for several murders he did about 20 years before. Ridgeway was fond of saying that murdering women was his career. Nice.
7. Moses Sithole
This name may not be as familiar to Americans, but Sithole was quite an accomplished murderer. He was the most infamous serial killer in South African history, with more than 38 murders to his name. He also raped at least 40 women. His killing spree was called the ABC Murders because they happened in the towns of Atteridgeville, Boksburg and Cleveland. He liked to lead his victims out into fields, then he would rape and murder the women. He was sentenced in 1995 to 2410 years in prison.
6. Gerald Stano
Stano was an American murderer who started killing hitchhikers and young women in the late 1960s. He murdered them by stabbing, shooting and strangling. He was finally caught in 1980 and was sentenced to life in prison. He was executed in Florida in 1998. He murdered 40 people.
5. Andrei Chikatilo
Chikatilo was a famous murderer in Ukraine, and is thought to have killed about 50 people. He had a tendency to wet the bed and he was impotent. One supposes that these things frustrated him, so he seemed to get off by slashing his victims to death with a knife. He was known as the Ripper of Rostov and the Butcher of Rostov. He killed people from the late 70s to the early 90s. He was finally caught by the police in 1992 and was sentenced to die. He was shot in the head and executed in 1994.
4. Bruno Ludke
Ludke was a German who started killing people in the 1920s. He finally was caught in 1944 by the Nazis. At the time, he was having sex with the corpse of one of his recent victims. He confessed to dozens of murders and other crimes and was declared to be insane. He was sent to a hospital in the city of Vienna and had medical experiments conducted on him. He finally was killed by a lethal injection in 1944. It is thought that he killed 85 people.
3. Henry Lee Lucas
Lucas confessed to hundreds of murders, but the police actually connected him to up to 213 killings. Only four ever were definitely linked to him, but it is very likely that he killed many more. He was sentenced to die in 1983 but his sentence was commuted to life in prison by Governor George W. Bush. Lucas eventually died in prison at age 64. Exactly how many he really killed is not known to this day. This was the only sentence that Bush commuted as governor of Texas.
2. Pedro Alonso Lopez
This savage was one of the worst killers in the history of civilization. He was from Peru, and he was called the Monster of the Andes. He actually killed enough people to fill a town – at least 300. He killed about 100 women in Peru in the mid 70s. He was caught by the police and he was to be executed. But they were convinced to take him to another police force by an American missionary, and those police, incredibly, let him go free. He then went to Ecuador, and he killed dozens more women. He kept killing until 1980. Police caught him, but they were thinking again of letting him go, until a flash flood uncovered one of the grave sites he used. He was arrested but then was released again by Ecuador in 1998. He was then deported to Columbia where he remains in jail.
1. Ted Bundy
Bundy was one of America’s worst serial killers. He raped and killed dozens of young women from 1974-78. He eventually confessed to 30 murders, but the final count could be higher. He liked to rape his victims, then murder them by beating them to death or by strangulation.
Bundy liked to approach young women in public places and gain their trust. He would sometimes fake an injury, or he would act like he was a police officer. However he chose to do it that particular time, he would lure the victim to his car and hit her in the head with a crowbar. Bundy also liked to cut the heads off of his victims.
Bundy was a particularly well known killer after his arrest because he was a very attractive man, and well educated. He actually represented himself in court, and comported himself quite well. Even though he have five court-appointed lawyers, he always insisted that he represent himself. He still ended up getting the death sentence and was electrocuted in 1989.
And those are some of the worst killers of all time.