Farmer that robbed and killed people who traversed his land. Scottish bandit active in the East English March. Confessed to have killed seven Englishmen with his own hands and "lain with above forty men's wives, what in England , what in Scotland ". Executed by unknown means. Aristocrat nicknamed La Quintrala , possibly after the local red-flowered mistletoe quintral and because of her long red hair.
Investigated for the deaths of 40 servants and slaves in her property, but never tried or convicted. Died of natural causes in Spanish Sicily Papal States. Leader of a group of female poisoners that moved from Palermo to Rome after a botched poisoning. Died in her bed, having never been arrested.
Often confused with her pupil and successor, Girolama Spara. Former mercenary in the Swedish Army turned highwayman who was active in Eilenriede forest, then outside Hanover. Usually shot people from a distance, before knowing if they had any money. Confessed to the murder of 19 people including his "robber bride", and was broken at the wheel. Known as "La Voisin". Alleged sorceress, fortune-teller, cult leader and poisoner for hire who confessed under torture to the ritual murder of over a thousand infants in black masses.
She was convicted along with 35 others as part of the Affair of the Poisons , and burned at the stake in Lovers, they poisoned d'Aubrey's father and two brothers to inherit their estates, and an undetermined number of poor people in hospitals. Sainte-Croix died of natural causes in , but d'Aubrey was tried, beheaded and burned at the stake in Her sensational trial led to the Affair of the Poisons. Seminole chief, called "Cowkeeper" by the British, who led continuous raids against Spanish garrisons and their allied tribes in Florida. Although his killings were done during war parties, he was partially motivated by a dream in which he was revealed that he would not find peace after death unless he killed Spaniards.
Died of natural causes, telling his sons in his deathbed that he had only killed 86 Spaniards and that they should kill another 14 in his name. Shot and robbed passers-by of all types in his property, sometimes with the help of accomplices, after which his slaves threw the bodies in Hutchinson's Hole where they were devoured by animals.
Also known as "Darkey Kelly". Dublin brothel owner hanged and burned at the stake for the murder of a client. Four skeletons were found in her establishment after her execution. Aristocrat who beat and tortured female serfs to death. Sentenced to life in prison in , where she died of natural causes in Serial rapist and killer who was also heir to King Yeongjo of Joseon.
Sealed in a rice chest until he died eight days later. She only confessed to 28 of the homicides. She was mortified and insulted by crowds as she was led to the gallows, had her hands cut off, was then hanged, beaten with a club, and burned until she was reduced to ashes in a public execution. She was the last woman executed in Portugal. Family of robber-murderers active around Twente. Klaas nicknamed "Huttenkloas" and his wife, Anne, were tried and executed in Mughal Empire Oudh State . Leader of the Thuggee cult of murder-robbers in central India , also known as Buhram Jemedar and the "King of the Thugs".
Behram is often cited as one of the most prolific serial killers in History if not the most with victims, although he only admitted to have been present for that many murders, committing himself and witnessing or more. Micajah and Wiley Harpe. Highwaymen and river pirates known as "Big" and "Little" Harpe, or The Harpe Brothers, who often killed people of all types for the thrill or minor slights without actual monetary gain, even babies.
United States Spanish Louisiana. Highwayman and river pirate sometimes associated with the Harpe Brothers and other outlaws. After being arrested in Louisiana and turned over to American authorities, Mason overpowered his guards and escaped, but was shot in the process. His head was later given to the authorities by his accomplice Wiley Harpe who wished to collect the bounty on the fugitive Mason. It is unknown if Mason died of his injuries or Harpe killed him. Sophie Charlotte Elisabeth Ursinus.
Prussian aristocrat who poisoned her lover, husband and aunt and tried to poison an unhappy servant, always with arsenic. Sentenced to life in prison but pardoned in Died of natural causes three years later. Kidnapped slaves and free blacks in the Delmarva Peninsula and sold them to slavers down south. Cannon, reportedly aroused by the sight of black males being beaten into submission, was arrested when four skeletons three children, one male adult were found buried in her property, though ironically most of the gang's victims were probably rival white slavers.
Cannon died in prison while awaiting trial, under unclear circumstances. Leeds career con woman and thief, hanged in for the arsenic poisoning of a married couple she had been scamming the husband survived. Suspect in three more deaths. French Empire Kingdom of France. All three were guillotined in front of the inn in Housekeeper who poisoned her employers with arsenic and nursed them back to health to gain their favor; three died. Sentenced to beheading in , which she welcomed as the only way to keep herself from poisoning people.
Irish sailor who murdered two families and their servants in London 's East End by bashing their heads with a hammer and cutting their throats. Hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial. Believed today to have suffered of Munchausen syndrome by proxy , as she poisoned several of her relatives and friends with arsenic for no apparent reason.
Last person publicly executed in Bremen, where she was beheaded in Samuel Green and William Ash. United States British North America. Itinerant burglars, robbers and counterfeiters, sometimes acting in solitary and others in association. Green, considered "America's first Public enemy number one", was also a rapist and the more violent and prolific killer of the two, while Ash helped him escape from prison multiple times. While serving a sentence for burglary, Green beat a fellow prisoner to death with an iron rod for informing the guards of an upcoming escape plan, and was hanged as a result in Called "The Monster" and "Captain Jeffries" a name he gave himself.
Navy deserter, robber and conman deported to Australia in Escaped with other convicts and joined a bushranger gang, partaking in survival cannibalism twice before he was apprehended again and sent to Tasmania , in After rising to flogger and jailer, in Jeffries was accused of raping free and imprisoned women alike and fled to the bush with three prisoners. In their month-long rampage they robbed several farms, killed an infant and four men one of them a fellow fugitive, who was cannibalized , wounded two more and raped a woman.
Physician believed to have poisoned two lawyer brothers with morphine in the span of three months, although he was only convicted of murdering the second victim and destroying the will of the first one. Irishman deported in to Tasmania for thieving six pairs of shoes, whence he escaped with seven other convicts in The group resorted to cannibalism after running out of food; except for 2 that deserted early, all other members were murdered with an axe and eaten one by one until only Pearce was left to reach the eastern settlements.
Pearce was recaptured and sent back to Macquaire Harbor, as his claims of murder and cannibalism weren't believed, and escaped soon after with another convict. This time Pearce killed and ate his companion in less than ten days, when he surrendered voluntarily to the authorities. William Burke and William Hare. Lured, intoxicated and murdered people to sell their bodies to Dr. Robert Knox who used them in his anatomy classes at Edinburgh Medical School.
Their usual method was compressing the chest of the victims in a process henceforth known as "burking". Hare was given immunity in exchange for testifying against Burke, who was hanged in , while Knox was never prosecuted. Writer and painter believed to have poisoned his sister-in-law to collect a life insurance he recently purchased, and possibly also his uncle, mother-in-law and a friend.
Having fled to France, he was arrested upon his return to Britain in , but could not be prosecuted for lack of evidence. Instead he was tried for, and found guilty of, an unrelated case of forgery, for which he was exiled to Tasmania, where he died of natural causes in Called the "London Burkers". Copycats of Burke and Hare that were active in London. New Orleans socialite that tortured and maimed slaves. Seven chained and mutilated slaves were rescued after a fire broke out in LaLaurie's mansion, of which two died of their injuries shortly after, and three buried skeletons were later discovered in her property according to witnesses, one had died in an accident.
The case caused outrage in Louisiana but LaLaurie fled to France and was never prosecuted. Poisoned two alcoholic husbands with arsenic. Kleptomaniac domestic servant who robbed and poisoned her employers and relatives with arsenic and antimony. She poisoned during two different periods separated by ten years, to and her final spree in Because the statute of limitations for the first spree had already run out, she was only tried for three murders and three attempts and guillotined in Poet, army defector and thief.
Helped by two accomplices, Lacenaire stabbed a former prison cellmate and his mother in Paris , and later attacked a bank employee that survived. They intended to rob the victims but none of the hits produced any money. While in prison for an unrelated offense, one of the accomplices, Victor Avril, blamed Lacenaire for the murders, and Lacenaire reacted by making a detailed confession that ensured both Lacenaire and Avril would be found guilty and executed.
Lacenaire's response and his willingness to answer letters and receive visitors in prison, along with the publication of his memoirs, made him a celebrity.
The two men were guillotined in Believed at the time to have poisoned two husbands and a father in law; although arsenic was found in two bodies, she was found not guilty because of lack of further evidence. Irish convict turned bushranger who killed his victims with a single hatchet blow to the back of the head.
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His acquittal at a murder trial in , while his two accomplices were hanged, had convinced him that God approved of his crimes. Hanged for the murder of her second husband, who was poisoned with arsenic. Believed to have poisoned her first husband and child as well. John Johnston or Johnson.
Moved to the Rocky Mountains with frontiersman John Hatcher in ; the two killed four Arapaho and Hatcher taught Johnson to scalp them. In , his pregnant wife, a member of the Flathead Nation , was killed and scalped by Crow warriors. Johnson is said to have embarked then on a vendetta against the Crow Nation that lasted for years and during which he murdered, scalped and ate the livers of Crow warriors, although Thrapp considers this number inflated and incompatible with the Crow population at the time.
While on the run from his first murder a constable killed over a debt , Romasanta assumed a new identity and offered his services as a mountain guide to women and children, whom he murdered, later selling their clothing and according to rumor, also making soap made from their body fat.
Following his arrest, he confessed to 13 murders, which he claimed were committed involuntarily during his transformation into a wolf as a result of a curse. He was found guilty of nine and sentenced to die by garrote. This was changed to life in prison following a petition by doctors who wished to study him further. He died in jail in Medical doctor and philologist who had a parallel career as an armed robber and con man. Tried for the murder of his wife and daughter in , he was given ten years for kidnapping because neither body was ever found; he was arrested again in for the murder of a clerk during a robbery.
Gambling-addicted physician who poisoned friends and relatives with strychnine and ammonia , usually to collect life insurances or to keep money that the victims lent him; also suspected in the death of four of his newborns. Tried for one murder and hanged in United States British Columbia. Desperado active through western North America who killed several men in alcohol-induced fights or to rob them.
Engaged in survival cannibalism at least once. Poisoned her husbands, lovers and children with arsenic. Nurse believed to have poisoned her husband and 7 patients with colchicum plus a failed attempt, with sulphuric acid , but tried for only one. Last woman publicly hanged in London. Lured women to Lyon with promises of work and then killed them. Tried and guillotined in His wife, Marie-Anne Martinet , was found guilty of assisting him and sentenced to 20 years of hard labor in a women's prison. Confessed to poisoning three husbands and seven children with arsenic.
Doctor who poisoned his wife and mother-in-law with antimony; also a suspect in the death of a maid who had officially died in a fire two years earlier. Following a skirmish with the U. Army , the Espinosas declared war on the United States and decided to kill as many Anglos as they could, until they were tracked and killed by adventurer Tom Tobin and soldiers of Fort Garland. New South Wales Victoria. Violent bushranger who robbed railroad stations and shot hostages without necessity; one railroad worker and two police sergeants died.
Shot dead in a standoff with Victoria police. Violent bushranger brothers who robbed travelers and farms and shot and killed five police officers. Their activities led to the passing of the Felons Apprehension Act of that allowed citizens to kill bushrangers on sight. Known to have killed 3 in Finland and suspected of 7 more murders, 5 of them in Siberia , whence he had been exiled in the s.
Also wounded 6 people. Killed himself in prison in Racist gunfighter who claimed to have killed 32 people, most of whom were unarmed blacks and Mexicans. Hanged for the murder of a childhood friend. Baby farmer who drugged and starved children in her care. Convicted of one murder and hanged.
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Strangled women after having sex with them—first willingly, then by force. Beginning at age 12, he lured younger children and tortured them for his sexual pleasure, killing two. Youngest person sentenced to death by the state of Massachusetts , later changed to life in prison under solitary confinement which was only lifted in Died in prison in of natural causes. Family of four who owned an inn and small general store in Labette County in southeastern Kansas from to They murdered around 11 clients, using a mallet and a knife to rob them.
Confessed to killing two men, one woman and her three children, in all cases but one to rob the victims. Raped, strangled and mutilated women walking or working alone in the country. Wilhelm Schiff was found guilty of three murders and beheaded in January , but the crimes continued until May of that year.
Panic over the serial killings contributed to the full restoration of capital punishment in the German states by , after a hiatus of ten to fifteen years. Canada United States United Kingdom. Doctor known as "The Lambeth Poisoner". Poisoned one man and several women with chloroform and strychnine , attempting to frame and then blackmail other men for the murders in some cases. Allegedly confessed to be Jack the Ripper before his execution by hanging in , although he was in prison at the time of the Ripper murders.
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Baby farmer who strangled the babies in her care. Catherine Flannagan and Margaret Higgins. Killed at least 4 people by poisoning in order to obtain insurance money. Killed at least 27 people by poisoning with arsenic, suspected of over 90 deaths. She murdered for the victims' insurance or inheritance. Sentenced to life in prison, she died in Irish-born burglar and highwayman. Arrested in for the murder-robbery of a family of three in Dunedin , but acquitted because all evidence was circumstantial. Hanged years later in Queensland for shooting a man.
An open misogynist , between and he raped and killed 20 women in Mexico City , often claimed to be prostitutes, strangling them or cutting their throats, in some cases also decapitating them. He then threw their bodies in the Consulado river. Tried for one murder and another attempt, his initial death sentence was changed to 20 years in prison and was indulted in In , he raped and murdered an old woman and was again given the death penalty, but died in prison of natural causes before he could be executed.
Guerrero predates Jack the Ripper by eight years. French criminal and murdered that killed six people in three different countries. He was captured in and after a trial, found guilty of the murders committed in Chile and executed by four riflemen on March 26, Unidentified killer, also nicknamed "The Austin Axe Murderer". Abducted women from their bedrooms at night, raped and killed them, hitting them with an axe or stabbing them with a knife or other iron implement, always in the head. Two husbands sleeping with their wives were dispatched first with a single strike from an axe one died but children, when present, were usually not harmed.
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Murdered his wives with poisoned buttermilk after persuading them to will their possessions to his name. Known as the "Bike Path Rapist"; responsible for three murders and numerous rapes spanning a year period in Buffalo, New York. Multi-state killer who along with his accomplice murdered a man and injured another, murdered four women and three young girls, and raped a young girl. Committed murders with wife Judith Neelley. Died in Connecticut Hospital for the Insane. Along with accomplice Kenneth Bianchi , known as the "Hillside Stranglers".
Committed crimes with his brother Nathaniel Cook. Poisoned her husband; suspected of poisoning her mother, mother-in-law and a child she was looking after. Family of serial killers who lived and operated in Labette County , Kansas. Guilt has come into question by the discovery of DNA evidence excluding Glaze and implicating another man. Union official linked with the disappearances of over 40 sailors in Aberdeen, Washington in the early 20th century. Killed four women around the Portland area. Convicted of two child murders in and , also stabbed to death a fellow inmate and another man 20 years apart.
They collected women as sex slaves before killing them. They killed a number of men and children as well. Convicted of one murder, but was associated with more than a dozen instances of torture and murders. Convicted of killing five teenage boys; one in Germany in , another in , and three he buried in his basement.
Killed four elderly neighbours in and his cellmate in while imprisoned on lesser charges; suspected of shooting dead his boyfriend. First serial killer to be apprehended via usage of offender profiling. Killed by accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley. Murdered three men in drug-related scandals, as well as two policemen who tried to arrest him; also suspected in the deaths of two other men. Died while incarcerated at Mendota Mental Health Institute. Known as the "Plainfield Ghoul".
Along with her husband, Ray Copeland , the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States. Held 6 women prisoner in his basement in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. Texas pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care; was due to be released March ; however, prosecutors charged her with two additional murders.
Died of uterine cancer before she could be arrested. Convicted of only one murder, but definitively tied to at least eight more. Confessed to a total of Killed vagrants with her partner-in-crime, Olga Rutterschmidt. Confessed to approximately 3, murders, although most of his confessions are considered outlandish. New York City copycat of the " Zodiac Killer ". Italian immigrant; leader of the Philadelphia poison ring.
Known as the " Englewood Strangler". Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders. Killed his three wives after they planned to leave him; also killed a man while stationed in Italy. Found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to Saint Elizabeths Hospital. Found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed for life to the Taunton State Hospital. Murdered by inmate Christopher Scarver. With accomplace Lee Boyd Malvo perpetrated the D. Suspect in Long Island serial killer case. Known as "Liver-Eating Johnson"; mountain man who allegedly ate the livers of Crows he'd slain.
Also known as the "Cannibal". Butchered his victims and served them at BBQ at his roadside stand. Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky. Also a suspect in the Alphabet murders case. Also attempted to assassinate Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan. Italian immigrant; member of the Philadelphia poison ring. Committed murders with husband Alvin Neelley. Along with accomplice Angelo Buono Jr. Known as the "Broomstick Killer"; death sentence for triple-murder commuted; killed three days after parole. Induced cardiac arrest in patients and would then respond to the coded emergency, often resuscitating the patients herself.
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Convicted of murdering a man and woman decades apart; four other acquaintances died suspiciously and four husbands committed suicide. Convicted of murdering his third wife, the other two and his mother died under suspicious circumstances. Known as "Flypaper Lyda"; serial poisoner who killed four husbands, a young daughter and a brother-in-law. Most dangerous prisoner in Colorado until his death; confessed to the murders of 41 people across 8 different states. Poisoned her lover's wife; suspected of poisoning her mother in-law, father in-law, and younger brother. Russian-Jewish immigrant; member of the Philadelphia poison ring.
Committed crimes with his brother Anthony Cook. Killed vagrants with her partner-in-crime, Helen Golay. German authorities suspect Durousseau may have killed several local women when he was stationed there with the Army during the early s. Ralph Jerome Von Braun Selz. Along with his wife, Faye Copeland , the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States.
Robert Joseph Silveria Jr. Nixon served, in part, as the basis of the character of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright 's social protest novel Native Son. Serving 25 years to life on a conviction for check kiting under a third strike law. Former NFL player; sentenced to 22 years for murder after agreeing to testify against Yahweh ben Yahweh 's organization.
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Sometimes called the "Dating Game Killer" because of his appearance on the television show The Dating Game in the midst of his murder spree. Accomplice Dale Hausner committed suicide in prison. River pirate associated with the Harpe brothers and other outlaws. One of 22 persons in the United States since the reinstatement of the death penalty in to be executed for a crime committed while under the age of 18, and the lone to have been executed for crime committed under the age of Murdered two handymen and fed their dismembered remains to pigs on her farm.
Sentenced 25 years imprisonment for one murder, released on parole after serving 21 years and committed additional murders upon release. First person convicted of using insulin as a murder weapon. Committed murders with his ex-wife Laura Michelle Reese. Convicted of killing 7 people in Believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history. Necrophile who sexually assaulted and murdered three women, including Kitty Genovese. Also known as the "Double Initial Murders"; murders of three young girls in the Rochester, New York area in the early s. Ann Arbor Hospital Murders.
Responsible for the deaths of 6—7 people in New Orleans and the surrounding areas from — Albert DeSalvo confessed to the murders, but was never indicted; DNA evidence tested in suggested his guilt in one of the cases. Murders of five boys in Manhattan in and A mental patient confessed to one slashing death. Four stabbings also involving mutilation remain unsolved. Raped and strangled seven mostly elderly women in Cincinnati , Ohio between and Also known as the "Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run"; responsible for 12—13 murders in the Cleveland , Ohio area in the s.