10 Deadliest Serial Killers of the 20th Century

Edmund Kemper

Serial Killers are usually possessing unstable psychological condition, sick personality and a symbol of mental illness. However, down the years, society has viewed these perverts with some sort of fascination and disgust at the same time due to an aura of mystique around them.

These are the 10 deadliest serial killers of the 20th Century:

1. Edmund Kemper


An American serial killer who carried out a series of brutal murders in California in 1970s. and murdered his grandparents at the age of 15 and later killed and dismembered 6 female hitchhikers in the Santa Cruz area. After murdering his mother and her friend he surrendered himself. The judgment was for death penalty, but instead received life imprisonment.

2. Dennis Raider


Dennis Raider, named as BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill), was used to stalk his victims, break into their homes, binding their limbs and finally strangling them to death. He disappeared in 1988 and reappeared in 2005 and sent floppy disc to the press which leads to his downfall. He is serving 10 consecutive life sentences with an earliest possible release date of February 26, 2180. He is one of the most evil serial killers ever known for their brutality.

3. David Berkowitz


David Berkowitz, carried out a series of shootings in the summer of 1976 by a .44 calibre bulldog revolver and thus also got infamous as .44 calibre killer. He shot dead 6 people and injured 7. Caught in august 1977 and sentenced for 25 years of life imprisonment.

4. Fred & Rose West


The couple’s house was nick named as house of Horrors due to the ghastly acts performed by them in between 1967 and 1987. Fred and his wife Rose apprehended in 1994 for raping and murdering of at least 11 women and girls at their home and buried them in their garden and under the floor boards. Rose is in Jail and Fred was seen hanged in prison.

5. Peter Sutcliffe


Peter William Sutcliffe, British serial killer, known as “The Yorkshire Ripper” due to his uncanny similarity with Jack the Ripper, by targeting prostitutes as his victims. He was arrested in 1981 and sentenced for life imprisonment and currently he is in Broadmoor Maximum Security Mental Hospital.

6. Richard Ramirez


Ramirez, an American serial killer and Satan worshipper who terrorised Los Angeles between 1984 and 1985. He was usually targeting his victims between the age of 9 and married old age couples After stabbing, raped and mutilating the victims, smeared pentagrams was leaving at crime scenes. He caught in 1985 and sentenced to death. Of course, he is the ever deadliest serial killers in the world.

7. Ted Bundy


Ted Bundy was well-known American serial killer who was kidnapping or overpowering numerous young women and girls during the 1970s. After the murders, he was keeping the severed heads of victim in his apartment as trophies. He was executed by the electric chair in 1989.

8. Tommy Lynn Sells


Tommy Lynn Sells, the most dangerous offenders in Texas, United States, has been convicted of several brutal murders between 1985 and 1999 including stabbing a 13-year-old girl 16 times who later informed the neighbours despite being injured. He was Sentenced to death and continued on death row at a top security prison in Livingston, Texas.

9. Gary Ridgway


Gary Ridgway when arrested in 2001 for 4 murders, he confessed to have killed at least 70 women in Washington state throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Sentenced to life imprisonment without parole after being convicted of 49 murders.

10. Dr.Harold Shipman


One of the world’s most prolific serial killers Dr. Harold Fredrick Shipman was an English Doctor and held responsible for around 250 murders. He used his profession for killing the victims. The trial judge sentenced him to 15 consecutive life sentences. Shipman later hanged himself in January 2004 in prison.

Conclusion- These all murderers are the part of society and due to some mental imbalances turned into serial killer. It’s a small list out of many and all are one of the deadliest ones. The list is of 10 deadliest serial killers of 20th centurywho shaken to society by their brutal acts.


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