One would think that serial killers are a modern day phenomenon. However, the fact is that such sadistic beings have been around for centuries.
Gilles de Rais was a military captain in the army led by St Joan of Arc, although there is no record of her knowing him. He is known to have been convicted of murdering dozens of young, fair skinned, blond and blue eyed children, mainly boys.
It is said he lured them to his residence, where he raped, tortured and mutilated the boys, often ejaculating over the dying victim. He and his accomplices would then perch the severed heads of the children in order to judge who was the fairest. It is suspected that he murdered between 80 and 200 children and while a fair number of them were girls, it was predominantly boys who fell victim to his madness.
Gilles confessed under threat of torture to being a pedophile and homosexual.
Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 men between from 1978 to 1991.
The story of his arrest is rather interesting. Milwaukee police officers spotted a man named Tracy Edwards running down the street in handcuffs. Edwards claimed he was being held captive at Dahmer’s apartment.
Upon questioning, Dahmer almost fooled the police into thinking it was a misunderstanding. The cops might even have left without suspecting a thing had they not stumbled upon photos of cut up bodies in his apartment. Dahmer was arrested.
During investigations, the police came across horrific evidence such as albums full of pictures of body parts, human remains littered all over the house, heads in the refrigerator and freezer, two skulls on top of the computer and a 57-gallon drum containing several bodies decomposing in chemicals.
He was sentenced to 15 consecutive life terms and later murdered by a prison inmate in 1994.
Albert Fish is remembered as one of the most vile pedophiles and killers of all time. He admitted to molesting over 400 children, torturing and killing many of them.
Fish would lure children away from their homes, torture and rape them. With time his sexual fantasies became more devious and he often ended up murdering and cannibalizing the young victims. Even his own six children were not spared from his activities.
He was eventually captured and executed.
Pedro Alonso Lopez
Pedro Alonso López, a Colombian serial killer was accused of raping and killing more than 300 girls across South America. He lured young and vulnerable girls to secluded areas where he raped each of them before brutally killing them.
López was arrested and confessed to over 300 murders. It was an unbelievable confession and the police only believed him when a flash flood uncovered a mass grave containing many of his victims.
Dr Harold Shipman
Dr. Harold Fredrick Shipman is one of the world’s most prolific serial killers in recorded history. He was the man responsible for some250 murders.
He was a trusted and well-respected doctor, but colleagues and local undertakers began raising concerns over the high death rate in his area and the large number of cremation forms for elderly women that he had countersigned. Investigations, including exhumation and postmortems, revealed their deaths were not natural. The doctor had been killing these people and forging their wills to inherit large sums of money. Shipman was found guilty of 15 murders and sentenced to life imprisonment with judge recommending that he never be released. In 2004, he hanged himself in his cell at Wakefield Prison.
Javed Iqbal Mughal was a serial killer hailing from Lahore, Pakistan.
He was arrested in June 1998 for sexually abusing two boys.
When arrested, Iqbal told the police that he killed around 100 boys during an 18 month period. He would lure boys from the street and subsequently drug and rape the victims before strangling them. He then cut the bodies into pieces and put them in a vat filled with hydrochloric acid, thus liquefying them. No one had noticed the disappearance of the boys that Iqbal killed because they were all street children or beggars. Iqbal claimed that he could have killed 500 if he had wanted to. He reportedly said “I am Javed Iqbal, killer of 100 children … I hate this world, I am not ashamed of my action and I am ready to die. I have no regrets. I killed 100 children.”
Iqbal was sentenced to death by hanging, although the judge said he would have liked Iqbal to be strangled 100 times, cut into 100 pieces, and put in acid. Before this sentence could be carried out, he was found strangled with the bed sheets in his prison cell on October 7, 2001.
This angelic looking teenageradmitted to killing at least 20 people.
Barbour volunteered this information after initially admitting to murdering a Mr. LaFerrara, who she met through a fraudulent advertisement offering sex on Craiglist. She carried out the murder with the help of her young husband, 22-year-old Elyette Barbour.
Miranda Barbour claimed to be involved with satanic cult in Alaska since she was 13-years-old and voluntarily confessed to the additional murders in lieu with her murderous satanic cult.
“When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” She is supposed to have said coldly.
She also went on record to say that she didn't want to get out of jail and will kill again if exonerated.