Monday, September 5, 2011

Serial Killers

World's Deadliest Serial Killers

John Wayne Gacy

Also known as the Killer Clown, this married father of one raped and killed 33 boys and men over a six-year period. Most of Gacy's victims were found buried in the ducts of his suburban Chicago home! He was finally discovered when investigators linked him to a teenager who had gone missing a few days earlier. 

Soon, all of Gacy's skeletons were uncovered and he was handed the death penalty in 1980. He was finally executed by lethal injection in 1994. 

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Pedro Alonzo Lopez

This Columbian killer is also known as The Monster Of The Andes--a title that befits a man who's believed to have raped and killed more than 300 women! His killing spree went undetected for eleven years until he was captured by Ecuadorian authorities in 1980.

After serving a 14-year sentence, he was deported to Colombia, where he was tried for a 20-year-old murder. Initially, he was declared insane, but the verdict was overturned in 1998, and he was released on bail. Since then, he's vanished and is one of the world's most wanted fugitives!

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Bruno Ludke

According to Nazi German officials, this alleged killer was responsible for 51 murders over a 13-year period. He had supposedly admitted to have sexually abused and killed his victims and avoided arrest for two decades--a tall ask for a man with an intellectual disability. However, the Germans still maintain that Ludke was one of the worst mass murderers in their country.

He was eventually arrested and was subjected to several medical experiments until he was executed by lethal injection in 1944. Even today, the mystery of this killer's motivations remains unsolved!

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Andrei Chikatilo

Responsible for over 53 murders between 1978 and 1990, the Butcher of Rostov was the deadliest serial killer in the USSR. He didn't target a specific sex or age group, and his victims came from all walks of life. Chikatilo's crimes were sexually motivated and he was known to pleasure himself after slashing, stabbing, or choking his victims.

He was finally arrested after being watched by the police for days. He was immediately sentenced to death and executed in 1994 with a single gunshot to the head!

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Gary Ridgeway

This mild-mannered family man is responsible for over 71 murders that took place near Green River, Washington between 1982 and 1998. He's also known as the Green River Killer. All his victims were runaways and prostitutes between the ages of 15 and 40 that he would rape and strangle. 

Finally, the authorities cuaght up with Ridgeway in 2001. He was one of the first killers to be convicted on the basis of DNA evidence. In 2003, he was handed 48 life sentences without the possibility of parole for the 48 murders for which he was convicted.

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Harold Shipman

This British doctor, aka Dr. Death, is respoensible for the death of over 218 of his patients! His reign of terror went undetected from 1975 to 1998. This GP would give his elderly patients large, lethal doses of diamorphene, and would then falsify medical records, attributing their deaths to "old age." 

A local funeral parlour owner noticed a disturbing trend where many of Shipman's patients were dying of the same cause. Authorities soon got wind of it, and an investigation led to Shipman's arrest. He was given life imprisonment, and he hanged himself in his cell in 2004.

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Ted Bundy

This vicious killer is the man for whom the term "serial killer" was first used. This law student and an active Republican Party worker raped and murdered over 35 women in several American states. He was also known to be a necrophile, and often returned to his victims' corpses to do the unthinkable! His initial killing spree lasted a year before he was arrested in 1975, but he managed to escape in 1977. 

He was arrested six days later, but he managed to escape again later that year. Finally, Bundy was arrested for good in 1978 after his second killing spree. He was given the death penalty after a trial where he represented himself! He was given the electric chair in 1989 after spending over 10 years on death row.

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