Top 10 Most Brutal Serial Killers List

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Over the years we’ve seen a wild array of people that share similar traits, one of which is the pleasure they find in the act of killing people. We all indulge in our sadistic sides with movies like Saw, Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the likes.

Though the causes of psychopathy remains a mystery, most serial killers show general tendencies associated anti-social behaviour. They are reclusive and prefer being by themselves, they don’t know what emotions like sympathy, empathy, guilt, etc. feel like. They don’t cringe at the sight of blood; in fact, if it’s on their hands they love it even more. The study of the Minnesota Twins Reared Apart has indicated that psychopathic tendencies are sixty percent heritable. Thus, if psychopathy is genetically determined then there should be some deterrence in the brain functions of the psychopaths which was revealed in a study by the University of Wisconsin. The brain scans revealed that psychopathy was related to decreased connectivity between the amygdala and the ventromedial frontal cortex. When the connectivity between these two regions is low it doesn’t show an extreme increase in negative emotions, however, unlike normal people who feel emotional hurt, they do not. Seeing other people suffer does not make them feel bad, and they are not embarrassed when caught doing something unpleasant. Though to a much less degree, social factors also play a role in the development of psychopathic tendencies. Early childhood abuse or neglect, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, etc. are all contributing factors.

You’d think that most serial killers would look like scrappy, worn, dirty looking men with a crazy eye but that really isn’t the case. Most serial killers even have families that they take care of. They have successfully figured out how to fit into society so that their personality and disorders aren’t found out. They look like normal, sophisticated people going about their daily work and one can hardly understand that they are plotting murder in their heads.

Here is a list of the top 10 most brutal serial killers of all time:


1. Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

This American rapist, serial killer, kidnapper and necrophile I one of the most well-known psychopaths around who assaulted multiple women and girls during the 1970’s. He confessed to 30 homicides in seven states but the true number remains unknown. He was regarded as handsome and charismatic and exploited these traits into winning his victims trust. He sometimes revisited his secondary crime scenes and performed sexual acts for several hours at a time till further decomposition made it impossible.


2. Albert Fish

Albert Fish

This man is known by many names, Gray Man, Wolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac, and The Boogey Man is a child rapist and cannibal who boasted that he had “children in every state”. At one point it was stated that the number was over 100. He was a suspect in at least five murders during his life time and confessed to three. He was finally imprisoned and executed by electric chair.


3. Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez was a serial killer, rapist and burglar, infamously known as the Night Stalker by news media. He was an avowed Satanist who never expressed any guilt for his crimes. He became well known for his post-modern mutilation of women. He carved a T into one woman’s breast and gouged out her eyes. He would later mark his victims and houses with a drawing of a pentagram with lipstick.


4. Fred West

Fred West

Was a serial killer in England and looks as normal and plain as any old person. Fred alone, and then later with his second wife tortured and raped numerous young women and girls, murdering at least 11 of them including their families. The pair were apprehended and charged in 1994. Rose had murdered Fred’s stepdaughter from his first wife when Fred was in prison for theft. In ’95 West hung himself in prison where his wife still remains.


5. The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer

This man has never been caught and is a serial killer that operated during the 1970’s. He originated the name ‘Zodiac’ in a series of taunting letters sent to the local Bay Area press which included four cryptograms of which only one has been solved. There are a few suspects like Ted Kaczynski but none have been confirmed. His story almost seems straight out of a movie but it is very real. There have been quite a few victims linked to the Zodiac killings.


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