Top 15 Most Violent Serial Killers

Christmas season is upon us and it’s time to commemorate this special moment with something unique. We have celebrated last year’s Christmas season with bloody videos of birth giving and this year I would like to share this excessive post about the top 15 most violent serial killers in history. While as a general rule of thumb the serial killers receive widespread condemnation for their deeds, there is no denying that their lives, their thinking, their motives, their methods and everything else related to the way the serial killers were, creates undying fascination. Books about serial killers existed since the invention of press and will continue being published because the more messed in their head the killer was, the more people would like to read about it. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the list of top 15 most violent serial killers I could think of:

15. Bloody Benders (USA)

Bloody Benders - Top 15 Serial Killers

Bloody Benders - Top 15 Serial Killers

Bloody Benders was the nick name given to the Benders family from Labette County in Kansas, USA. The Benders owned and operated a small general store with inn for travellers striding off the beaten path. The patrons were mostly rich men, 11 of whom were brutally murdered by the family while staying in Wayside Inn.

Within the inn, the Benders had a large room divided in the middle by the curtain. When a rich man paid them a visit, they offered him a seat of honor which had him turn his back to the curtain. Realizing that a lone male traveller would not resist the charm of a young woman pretending to be all into him, Kate Bender, the daughter of inn’s owner John Bender was set to keep the guest distracted by seducing him while John Bender, or his son John Jr. would come from behind the curtain and smash the man’s head with a hammer (Kate must have loved the feel of fresh brain running down her face).

Bloody Benders would then take the body down to the cellar where they would slit its throat to ensure it somehow doesn’t come back to life (did anyone else think of Johnny from The Shining reading this?) and strip it of all his clothes and belongings. The corpse was then buried in the backyard. Despite serial killings, Bloody Benders were never captured to pay for their crimes.

The story of Bloody Benders inspired several popular culture movies and novels. Some of the most notable are the Ken Hodgson novel Hell Benders (1999), a novel by Lyle Brandt titled Massacre Trail (2009), the Scott Phillips novel Cottonwood (2004), the Manly Wade Wellman novel Candle of the Wicked (1960), and They Bite (1943) by Anthony Boucher.

14. Cannibal Brothers Shen Changyin and Shen Changping (China)

Cannibal Brothers Shen Changyin and Shen Changping - Top 14 Serial Killers

Cannibal Brothers Shen Changyin and Shen Changping - Top 14 Serial Killers

Shen Changyin and Shen Changping started a business selling Lanzhou auto parts but it didn’t go very well. Faced with severe financial loss, they teamed up with three women (victims who promised to get them more victims if they spare them) and embarked on a new business model – serial killers. Within less than a year – between June 2003 and August 2004 – the five had killed 11 prostitutes whose livers and/or kidneys they cut out and cooked as food. This earned them the name of Cannibal Brothers. The corpses were then burned with Sulphuric Acid and flushed down the toilet.

Chinese authorities soon traced the serial killers down and apprehended them, including their female accomplices. The brothers as well as one of the women were sentenced to death, the other two women were sentenced to 20 and 3 years in jail.

13. Ted Bundy (USA)

Ted Bundy - Top 13 Serial Killer, Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Ted Bundy - Top 13 Serial Killer, Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Ted Bundy is one of the most recognizable names among serial killers. With over 30 murders below his belt, he’s also one of the most prolific ones. Ted Bundy’s victims were white, middle class women between 15 and 25 years of age who wore hairstyles or otherwise looked similar to his fiancée Stephanie Brooks.

One notable characteristics of Ted Bundy was that he collected heads of his victims as souvenirs. He also raped his victims both while they were alive and when the spark of life went bye bye making him our first necrophiliac on the list of top 15 most violent serial killers.

Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair according to the law of the state of Florida in 1989.

12. Dennis Nilsen aka The Kindly Killer, aka Muswell Hill Murderer (England)

Dennis Nilsen aka The Kindly Killer, aka Muswell Hill Murderer - Top 12 Serial Killer

Dennis Nilsen aka The Kindly Killer, aka Muswell Hill Murderer - Top 12 Serial Killer

Dennis Nilsen is the first serial killer on our list who was gay. He is believed to have killed at least 15 men, including underaged boys during his killing spree between 1978 and 1983. To continue having sex with his victims, Dennis Nilsen didn’t dispose of the corpses but kept them in his home. That didn’t go without chunks of rotting flesh falling off which he would casually flush down the drain. This lead to his demise (take notes if you’re looking for a career as a serial killer – don’t let your victims’ body parts clog up the sewage system in your neighbourhood).

Drain blockage resulted in deployment of drain cleaning crew and a discovery of human remains with traces leading to the home of Dennis Nilsen. The police apprehended the serial killer who was handed a 25 years prison sentence. The sentence was later amended into life in prison.

11. David and Catherine Birnie of the Moorhouse Murders (Australia)

David and Catherine Birnie of the Moorhouse Murders - Top 11 Serial Killers

David and Catherine Birnie of the Moorhouse Murders - Top 11 Serial Killers

David and Catherine Birnie – a couple from down under kidnapped and abducted 5 women during their productive years in the 1980’s. The youngest one was mere 15 years old. Until the death found them, the kidnapped women were repeatedly raped and brutally tortured before being buried in the forest. All of them but one. The last one – 17 year old Kate Moir managed to escape and alerted the police. Not an end a serial killer would wish for.

Both David and Catherine were handed down a life sentence for each of the victims they’d killed. I suppose if we had the means to know which new born boy is a resurrected David Birnie, he would be thrown in jail right after birth and sit there locked up until death and this whole process repeated three times. And yes, David Birnie is dead. He could not live with guilt and committed suicide by hanging himself to death in his prison cell in 2005. Catherine is still behind bars with strict orders from the judge to never, under any circumstances be released.

10. Dean Arnold Corll aka The Candy Man (USA)

Dean Arnold Corll aka The Candy Man - Top 10 Serial Killer

Dean Arnold Corll aka The Candy Man - Top 10 Serial Killer

Another homosexual serial killer – Dean Arnold Corll teamed up with David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley whom he paid $200 each to find him potential victims. 27 young men died in the hands of this serial killer in a case that became known as “Houston Mass Murders”. Everything went fine for him until one day, one of his accomplices could not take it anymore and killed the serial killer. That’s just about what you could call “justified killing”. Seriously, why do people kill innocent people? If you’re gonna murder someone, why don’t you pick a filth of the earth. Some scumbag the police can’t touch because of connections or power or whatever. If you’re gonna kill, make it worthwhile and earn yourself some potentially positive karma points.

9. Ahmad Suradji (Indonesia)

Ahmad Suradji - Top 9 Serial Killer

Ahmad Suradji - Top 9 Serial Killer

During his 11 years of acting as a witch doctor, Ahmad Suradji killed 42 women. He had quite a ritual he followed – first he would bury the victims up to their waists and then slowly strangle them till they couldn’t yap anymore. Indonesia is the most populated Muslim country in the world with ridiculously incompetent police force so it took the police a while to get to the killer even though he wasn’t overly secretive about his murders.

In his confession, Ahmad Suradji told the police that he was killing those women because the ghost of his father who appeared in his dream instructed him to do so. Killing and drinking saliva of killed women, according to his father’s ghost was the surest way for Ahmad Suradji to become a mystic healer. He was executed by Indonesian firing squad on July 10, 2008.

8. Alexander Pichushkin aka Chessboard Killer aka The Bitsa Park Maniac (Russia)

Alexander Pichushkin aka Chessboard Killer aka The Bitsa Park Maniac - Top 8 Serial Killer

Alexander Pichushkin aka Chessboard Killer aka The Bitsa Park Maniac - Top 8 Serial Killer

Alexander Pichushkin was a unique breed of serial killer. His primary victims were homeless men living in Bitsa Park in southern Moscow. A total of 49 people died in the hands of Alexander Pichushkin as he was trying to catch up with Andrei Chikatilo – Russia’s most notorious serial killer who was convicted of killing 52 people. In a bid to outdo Andrei Chikatilo, Alexander Pichushkin asked the court to add 11 victims to the count of people he killed, bringing his total death toll to 60.

His preferred method of killing was by smashing the head of the victim with a hammer from the back. He said doing it this way prevented the victim’s blood from spraying all over his face. Alexander Pichushkin was sentenced to a lifetime in prison with the first 15 years served in solitary confinement.

7. Gary Leon Ridgway aka The Green River Killer (USA)

Gary Leon Ridgway aka The Green River Killer - Top 7 Serial Killer

Gary Leon Ridgway aka The Green River Killer - Top 7 Serial Killer

The first 5 victims of Gary Leon Ridgway were found by the Green River earning him the name of the Green River Killer. He specialized in killing female prostitutes and made a statement that killing bitches was his career (he didn’t specifically use the word “bitches” but I betcha he must have thought that).

Gary Leon Ridgway was found guilty of aggravated assault and first degree murder of 48 women for which he was sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

6. Andrei Chikatilo aka The Red Ripper aka The Rostov Ripper (Russia)

Andrei Chikatilo aka The Red Ripper aka The Rostov Ripper - Top 6 Serial Killer

Andrei Chikatilo aka The Red Ripper aka The Rostov Ripper - Top 6 Serial Killer

Andrei Chikatilo is hands down the most notorious serial killer to have come from Soviet Russia (present day Ukraine). Guilty of killing 53 people, both men and women (including children) for sexual gratification, Andrei Chikatilo killed their victims in a variety of ways, but never spared any of them off mutilation. He was executed by fire squad on February 14, 1994.

5. Yang Xinhai aka Monster Killer (China)

Yang Xinhai aka Monster Killer - Top 5 Serial Killer

Yang Xinhai aka Monster Killer - Top 5 Serial Killer

Famous serial killer from China – Yang Xinhai committed 65 murders and 23 rapes between 1999 and 2003. What got him busted was his DNA sample. As it goes in China, Yang Xinhai was executed by a gunshot to the back of his head.

4. Carl Eugene Watts aka Coral (USA)

Carl Eugene Watts aka Coral - Top 4 Serial Killer

Carl Eugene Watts aka Coral - Top 4 Serial Killer

Carl Eugene Watts is our first African American serial killer. He is believed to have killed more than 100 women, all of whom were white. Not being too picky about his victim’s age, some of the women Carl Eugene Watts killed were mere 14 years old while others were 44.

Carl Eugene Watts committed his first murder in 1974 when he was only 20 years old. He would kidnap his victims from their homes and subject them to systematic torture before delivering final blow.

After apprehension, Carl Eugene Watts originally confessed to murdering 12 women but changed his confession to 40 murder victims later. Subsequent confessions implied that there may have been more than 80 victims. While exact number has never been certain, the police suspect that Carl Eugene Watts was behind at least 90 unsolved murders with some speculating that the number exceeds 100, which would make him the most prolific serial killer in American history.

Carl Eugene Watts died of prostate cancer while serving his two life sentences in Michigan prison.

3. Luis Garavito aka The Beast (Colombia)

Luis Garavito aka The Beast - Top 3 Serial Killer

Luis Garavito aka The Beast - Top 3 Serial Killer

Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos admitted to raping and murdering 140 young boys but after he draw a map of the locations of the remains of his victims, it became clear that there could be more than 300 boys whose life ended in the hands of this serial killer. Luis Garavito didn’t spend much time torturing his victims. He would just violently rape them and then slit their throats.

Due to weak Colombian laws, no one can be sentenced to more than 30 years in prison, yet because Luis Garavito assisted the authorities in locating the corpses, his time was reduced to 22 years. Since he was apprehended in 1999, unless Colombian prosecutors find a way to keep him in jail, he could be out in 10 years.

2. Countess Erzsébet Báthory aka Blood Countess (Hungary)

Countess Erzsébet Báthory aka Blood Countess - Top 2 Serial Killer

Countess Erzsébet Báthory aka Blood Countess - Top 2 Serial Killer

When talking about the most violent serial killers, we can’t avoid mentioning some of the cruelest individuals from history. Erzsébet Báthory was a Hungarian countess notorious for slaughtering at least 600 young virgin girls whom she’d drain of blood so she could bathe in it to improve her complexion and maintain youthful appearance. Given high count of victims, Elizabeth Bathory is considered to be the most prolific female serial killer in history.

While Erzsébet Báthory was never tried, her accomplices were executed and the countess herself sent to spend the rest of her life under house arrest. She died after four years of living bricked in a set of rooms within her own castle (Cachtice Castle in present day Slovakia).

1. Thug Behram (India)

Thug Behram - Top 1 Serial Killer

Thug Behram - Top 1 Serial Killer

Thug Behram was a member of Indian Thuggee cult and is widely considered to be one of the most prolific serial killers of all time. Between 1790 and 1840, Thug Behram is believed to have strangulated 931 people to death with a ceremony cloth.

According to an investigation by an East India Trading Company officer James Patton, Thug Behram only personally killed 125 men, but was present during the killing of 931. The Thuggee cult as a whole is believed to be responsible for deaths of up to million people. English word “thug” is derived from the name of the cult.

I hope you have enjoyed this atypical post for the pages of Best Gore. I’m not a big fan of Christmas myself, but if you celebrate the occasion, I hope you enjoy yourself and have yourself the time of your life. Best Gore will be back with regular broadcast after Christmas. In the meantime – please include the names and brief backstory of serial killers that didn’t make it to our 2010 list in the comment section. This has been a fantastic year for Best Gore so here’s a “cheers” to an even better 2011.

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61 thoughts on “Top 15 Most Violent Serial Killers

    • You wanna know what else they forgot…Me as the Number 1 serial killer. Im not even on the list. i was a successful psychiatrist, notorious for his habit of consuming his victims, earning him the nickname “Hannibal the Cannibal”.,i mean i drugged Verger and suggested he try cutting off his own face with a mirror shard. Verger complied and, again at Lecter’s suggestion,i fed some of his face to his Dobermans and ate his own nose.then broke Verger’s neck with a rope used for auto-erotic asphyxiation and left him to die.i want a top 16 list of most violent and i am expecting to be number 1. Clarice, what are you doing up? You should be resting. Get back to bed.

  1. john wayne gacy-was an American serial killer also known as the Killer Clown who committed the rape and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. Twenty-six of Gacy’s victims were buried in the crawlspace of his home, three others elsewhere on his property and four victims were discarded in a nearby river.

    Gacy became known as the “Killer Clown” due to his charitable services at fundraising events, parades and children’s parties where he would dress as “Pogo the Clown,” a character he devised himself.

  2. Fantastic list, loved it. And my favorite serial killer, Chikatilo, made the list! Sweet. Most of them I’ve never even heard of. So interesting. Happy Holidays Bestgore!!!

  3. thanks for posting this list!
    i always search for serial killers because they are mysterious people. and i want mystery >:)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS BESTGORE!
    MALIGAYANG PASKO! :)

  4. I, too, enjoy reading about serial killers. Thank u for the list. I have found some “fresh meat” to look up. There is a horrible one you missed. His name was Gille De Rais and in his time (1440’s) he kidnapped, tortured, and killed more than 140 kids, especially boys, aged 6-18. How? Raping them and quote “wallowing in the elastic tightness of their intestines”. Also, he was fascinated by the beauty of children & the pain they were capable of experiencing. It was even reported that he cut a pregnant woman’s belly open to rape the fetus! He was executed with a noose around his neck and lit on fire starting at the feet. I wish that he was killed the same way that he brought pain to all those children he convinced he wasn’t trying to hurt, he was playing with them.

  5. #1 is right! Where are the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs?
    Also, Ed Gein is missing. Nevertheless very interesting! Never heard of some of these guys before. Thanks!

  6. Ted Bundy at #13?! FUCK THAT! Dude was thee most ruthless son of a bitch ever and, the term “serial killer” was first used when describing Teddy!

    Looks like you also forget Jeffy Dahmer and John W. Gacy. And that Nigger Watts should’ve been executed. Once again, the nigs get away with murder. The Judicial system is beyond gay. Firstly, all states should have the Death Penalty. From Firing Squad to the Gas Chamber, and if the crime is severe enough then they should USE THE DEATH PENALTY.

    • First off the nigger was incarcerated in MI no death penalty numb nuts and there was no definite proof he killed 100 women. As in the case of somebody like ridgeway where they actually found nearly 50 bodies. Second u worthless white demonic waist of a pitiful life blacks in America receive the death penalty far more than white killers in America. The same way black youth are convicted sentenced to more severe juvenile punishments than white youth even when the crimes are identical. It’s called discretion.

  7. I think a list of deaths, wars, genocide that have been committed under the name of a certain ‘god’ would have been proper, it would be more (what’s the word?) Christmasy. >..<

  8. Wonderful list! I’ve heard of half of them, not all of them. Christmas was just like any other day. Wake up, breakfast, do what i have to do, dinner, sleep. Bleh. No presents either! :(
    No, joking aside. Thanks for the list, gives me something to look up online.
    This is a great gift :)

  9. Hi I love your post, but yeah… it seems to me that there were many big names left out. I understand you’re aiming for the prolificness of the murderers, but it would have been better if you had a Serial Killer All-Stars lol basing the Top 15 on the most notorious and have them gauge how they would do this year if they were still alive lol

    You missed out Dahmer and Ed Gein :'(

  10. It’s amusing to read the responses of holier-than-thou people. When you call someone “more notorious” – what exactly does it mean? More notorious to you? Are you the God who decides which serial killer is more notorious? Just because someone is more notorious in your country, it doesn’t mean people from other country give shit about him. A whole different set of most notorious serial killers will apply to people in China than to people in the USA. You need to get off your high horse and realize that the world doesn’t spin around you.

  11. Nice list, but H.H Holmes, The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs, Jeffrey Dahmer… where the hell are these people? Anyway, belated merry Christmas, everyone!

  12. Internet doesn’t disappoint. Awesome post, but hardly any reader understands that most “lists” are subjective. If each of us was to write their own list of top 15 songs of all time, each of the lists would be different.

    As far as serial killers are involved – the fact that there were more than 15 already means that no matter how hard you try, your pick of top 15 will never be the same as picks of other people.

    I for one truly appreciated the fact that the list introduces some names I haven’t heard of and that it included good variety – many ethnic backgrounds of serial killers, different sexual deviations, etc. Great read and good research. Stupid comments for the most part so far, though.

  13. wow the Birnies are from my home state (West Aust) they sometimes dont even make it into Australian true crime books etc! Also I thought Bundy had a victim of 12yrs (Kimberly something? Leach maybe?)

  14. Great post. I agree maybe because i dont know much about the higher death toll foreigners from long ago, i dont agree with them being at the top of the list. I guess im a little biased towards the killers closer to home like Fish and Gein who didnt make the list. I enjoyed the post though.

  15. Hmmm,,
    I was wondering about The sweet old man “Robert Pickton”

    I thought he would have bin in there..

    I know he was an (Golden moment)

    Well maybe next time ;)

    ニック Golden moments

  16. To ” jennataliajuicebox ” : Wow, I don’t think I have ever heard of “Gille De Rais ” before. Sounds like some interesting online research. Thanks “JJB” for the info and thanks “BG” for the list.

  17. Hello, Shame! :). Thanks for replying. Yes, this Gille guy was a real character. In one report I read in crimelibrary.com, it says that he fought in the war with Joan of Arc, but that one is kinda hard to follow. It talks about a lot of French guys that don’t seem to relate to the case. For a graphic account, read up on him in frances farmers revenge.com. Google him, and then pick the story that comes from that website. It is loaded with serial killer bios, authentic crime scene photos, even art that the sick fucks drew while incarcerated. Hope this helps. If u know any cool sites, please tell me. Happy researching

  18. The reason why serial killers kill innocent people is this. It will make the case somewhat confusing and have people wondering why did he do that? To be successful in serial killing, you have to kill people that you wouldn’t normally want to kill. Like that nice woman at the bake shop. Also they have to be of different races, ages, and genders. One day you could kill a 68 year old black woman and then tomorrow a 13 year old indian girl. This is why it takes so long for some serial killers to get caught. They’re very smart.

  19. You forgot the russian Alexander Spesivtsev. Her mother catch girls for his son. And the son and the mother cocked the victims and ate them. They give cocked victims another living victims or the dog of the family. YouTube have a interview of a victim in a hospital but this victim died after. Why the hell this killer isn’t in this list ?

  20. Heres an expansion on the Countess. She began her “BLOOD LUST” only after one of her ladies pulled her hair while brushing it. Bathory struck her across the face and the ring she was wearing cut the maid and blood got on her hand. That is when, it is said, that “her skin began to soften and gain a more youthful appearance.”
    She was caught only after she killed all the young maidens in her surrounding villages that her husband ruled over. She would not only rub the blood into her skin she also bathed in it. The way they caught her was because she then started in on the noble families young girls. She lured all her victims by saying she had a finishing school. That once they completed the courses they would be taken and presented to society and married off to nobles or gain employment in their homes.
    Most historians say she was more ruthless than Vlad Tepes. They say this because Vlad would end their lives fairly quickly. Where as she would prolong the torture to the point that they were cared for in between the bleedings at times.
    She was not tried for the simple reason that she was a noble. Not only by marriage but by blood as well. The nobles would not be tried because the king and other rulers were forbidden to by decree of the church and in that the pope.

    • Gilles de Rais was the male version of Bathory, totally. A lot of people don’t know he was Joan of Arc’s right hand man in the Battle of Orleans, and was a celebrated hero. They did it because nobility had carte blanche socially over the under-classes. If you have a potential sadistic/serial killer personality in nobility at the time, no one would question them for a very long time, as with de Rais and Bathory. I think de Rais is so disgusting setting up innocent boys in such a cruel way! I agree he’s in the top 3 world’s worst sadistic killers.

  21. They actually caught the countess when the daughter of a wealthy baron caught her eye and he lured the 16 year old to her house and slaughtered her, the Baron sent his men to her castle where they found the girls body.

  22. I study this subject, profilers say the most sadistic and horrible per victim and extreme remorselessness was by California killing duo Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Lewis (The Toolbox Killers). And for good measure, in my opinion even worse was David Parker Ray, who had untold victims and did things beyond what you could imagine to women in his ‘killing shack’.

  23. What about Gilles De Rais?
    Well, he was more of a psychopathic serial killer. I suppose he didn’t kill too many people. Only for Baron, the demon~
    Interesting story. Google it.

  24. Although Ed Gein was a sick and extremely interresting individual, as a serial killer, his death toll doesn’t even surpass three victims. But as long as quantity isn’t a requiremement for this list, certainly Ed Gein’s morbidly edipic relationship with his mother and unique style of murdering and dismembering his victims will qualify him for an honorable mention at the very least. Gein was most notorious for raiding graveyards and collecting body parts of men and women alike and hoarding them in his house. He also kept the heads of his victims as keepsakes and had quite an extensive stash of decaying flesh mementos.

  25. Wheres Jack The Ripper From London? Jack is one of the notorious serial killer in London. His primary victims were women, Most of his victims are prostitutes. He’s style of killing was, he slit his victims in the throat and tries to ripped out the body with a knife and taking out the organs and leaving the body somewhat like it was devoured by a vicious animal.

  26. I have to say, i was kind of surprised to see the Green River Killer ranking higher on the list than Ted Bundy. Granted both are pretty well known, the Green River Killer got me into serial killers (i grew up next to the green river, right off the highway where he got all his victims), but Ted Bundy is pretty notorious himself. I mean, asking anyone the top 15 serial killers and you will get a different list each time. Is this one off of victims or whats its basis? Just how notorious they are?

  27. nr.2, Erzsébet Báthory was from HUNGARY, not Hungry :D You can hate me if you want to, but at least the name of the country should be correct. All the other informations about her are part of the legends surrounding her figure. Nice article BTW.

  28. I hate to disagree this due to the fact what Manson did and all the shit he inspires perhaps in future serial killers but HE is not a serial killer though!

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