“Extremely wicked, shockingly evil, and vile” is just the tip of the iceberg.
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So, if you dare, here are some of the most vile responses:
Ángel Reséndiz (the Railway Killer) murdered nine — and as many as 23 — people throughout the West and South. He got his moniker because he killed his victims close to railways and used trains as a means of travel.
Robert Hansen (the Butcher Baker) abducted, hunted, raped, and murdered at least 17 women in Anchorage, Alaska. He scattered their bodies all around the Alaskan wilderness.
Joseph James DeAngelo (the Golden State Killer) was a former cop who committed 13 murders, 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries across California.
Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris (the Tool Box Killers) kidnapped, raped, and killed five teenage girls in Southern California. In addition to those heinous crimes, they also tortured their victims with items found in household toolboxes — like ice picks, screwdrivers, and pliers.
Fred and Rosemary West were a married couple who raped, dismembered, and killed at least 10 women. One of the solo victims of Rosemary’s was Charmaine, Fred’s daughter from a previous marriage.
Richard Ramirez (the Night Stalker) raped and killed at least 14 people in the Los Angeles area. He would break into the homes of his victims before attacking them.
Israel Keyes is a prolific serial killer whose crimes are more terrifying than the average killer because he had no M.O. or “type” — he killed at random. He would leave “kill kits” all over the US so that he was prepared when his victim walked into his path. The number of his victims is still unknown and many open missing persons reports could be past victims of his.
The Axeman of New Orleans killed at least six and injured at least 12 people with axes found in the victims’ own homes — usually while they were sleeping. This case is still unsolved.
Mr. Cruel is the moniker given to the infamous Australian serial killer who would sneak into homes and rape and/or abduct young girls. This case is still unsolved.
Dennis Rader (BTK) was a serial killer who bound, tortured, and killed his victims and then sent taunting letters to the police about his crimes.
Dean Corll (the Candy Man) is one of the deadliest serial killers in US history. He raped, tortured, and killed at least 28 teen boys in what is now known as the Houston Mass Murders. Corll had two accomplices — teens David Brooks and Elmer Henley Jr. — and most of his victims were the friends of his teenage accomplices.
Gary Ridgway (the Green River Killer) killed nearly 50 young women — teenage runaways and alleged sex workers. He would dispose of their corpses around Washington and often come back to have sex with the bodies.
Karla Holmoka and Paul Bernardo (the Barbie and Ken Killers) were a married couple who raped and killed three women, including Karla’s younger sister, Tammy. Karla struck a plea deal to testify against Paul, but after evidence of her psychopathy came to light, the prosecutor dubbed it “the deal with the devil.”
Albert Fish (the Moon Maniac) was a serial killer of children — at least 10 and as many as 100 — who also ate the remains of his victims.
John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo (the DC Sniper) were long-distance shooters who killed 10 people and injured three others over the course of a three-week spree in the DC area.
H.H. Holmes (the Devil in the White City) is considered to be the US’s first known serial killer. It’s suspected that he killed upwards of 200 people during the 1893 World’s Fair.
Richard Speck was a mass murderer known for torturing and killing eight nursing students — one of whom he raped — who lived together in a townhouse one night in Illinois.
Robert Pickton was a serial killer convicted of killing 49 women and feeding their parts to his pigs. It’s reported that he wanted to make it “an even 50,” but got caught before he could kill another because he was “sloppy.”
Finally, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng were a serial-killing pair who raped and killed at least 11 — and as many as 25 — women in a remote cabin outside of San Francisco. They called their spree “Operation Miranda,” named after a character in their favorite book, The Collector, which is about a man who kidnaps a woman to collect her possessions.