Top 10 serial killers
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I think we can all agree that there’s something strangely compelling about serial killers. The murder of a fellow human creature seems so far beyond the boundaries of everyday life, so obviously in contravention of every rule that society relies on, that one can’t help but look at mass murder as a kind of incredible fiction which occurs in reality. The horrors that human beings have visited on each other often defy even the powers of imagination- so please, suspend your disbelief for this top ten of the most grotesque serial killers ever. The most grotesque to ever be apprehended, that is. 1. Albert Fish (19th May 1870 – 16th January 1936) An American child rapist and cannibal, Albert Fish was better known as ‘the boogeyman’. With only four known victims, Fish doesn’t seem worthy of the top spot- but consider this: he’s easily the most creepy serial killer of them all. Quite apart from apparently taking two jolts in the electric chair because of 29 needles he had masochistically inserted into his pelvic region, Fish was known for writing letters to his attorneys and victims’ parents detailing his exact methods. He was called ‘the boogeyman’ because when questioned over victim Billy Gaffney’s disappearance, his friends said simply that the boogeyman had taken him. 2. Jeffry Dahmer (21st May 1960 – 28th November 1994) A big name in the world of serial murder, Jeffrey Dahmer is perhaps best known for his habit of dissolving the bodies of his victims into sludge in acid vats he kept in his apartment. Probably the most horrific part of these murders was the fact that one victim- Konerak Sinthasomphone, aged 14- managed to escape Dahmer’s apartment only to be returned to his killer by the police, who were convinced by Dahmer that Sinthasomphone was his 19-year-old boyfriend. Imagining that he could turn his captives into zombies, Dahmer would drill holes into the skulls of his victims and inject acid into their brains while they were still alive. He died in prison in 1994. 3. Pedro Alonso López (8th October 1948 -) Pedro Alonso López, a Columbian serial killer also known as ‘the monster of the Andes’, is perhaps the most prolific killer of the twentieth century. Accused and convicted of murdering 110 young girls in Ecuador alone, he has confessed to 240 further murders in other countries, and is suspected of many more. Despite being on track for the highest bodycount of any serial killer ever, López was released from prison in 1998- only 15 years after being imprisoned. His current whereabouts? Unknown. 4. Gennady Mikhasevich (1947 – 1987) You may not have heard of soviet serial killer Gennady Mikhasevich, who was responsible for a respectable 43 confessed victims. His methods were simple- assaulting women and strangling them by roads at night - and his motives were too: he resented women after his girlfriend left him when he joined the army. What’s interesting about Mikhasevich is that he participated as a volunteer in the police investigation of his own crimes - and his kill count of 43 does not account for the 14 people tortured and executed by the Militsiya for murders that Mikhasevich himself had committed. 5. Charles Manson (12th November 1934 - )
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