When it comes to the most prolific murderers from around the world the list is almost endless. But I have picked just ten people who I believe are the craziest of the bunch and need to be remembered so their actions can never happen again…
The Top Ten Most Prolific Murderers the World Has Ever Seen
10 – Thug Behram
Wiki Info: While Buram is sometimes suspected of having committed 931 murders, James Paton, an East India Company officer working for the Thuggee and Dacoity Office in the 1830s who wrote a manuscript on Thuggee, quotes Buram as saying he had “been present” at 931 cases of murder, and “I may have strangled with my own hands about 125 men, and I may have seen strangled 150 more.”
9 – Elizabeth Báthory
Wiki Info: She has been labelled by Guinness World Records as the most prolific female murderer though the precise number of her victims is debated. Báthory and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of young women between 1585 and 1609.
8 – Pedro Alonso López
Wiki Info: Pedro Alonso López (born 8 October 1948) is a Colombian serial killer, who was sentenced for killing 80 girls, but who claims to have raped and killed more than 300 girls across his native country, then Peru and Ecuador, and possibly other countries.
7 – William Estel Benson
Wiki Info: A natural gas explosion caused by William Estel Benson in the basement of the school set off a blast heard as far away as the roughneck tent-camps of Kilgore and Tyler, 35 miles to the north.The death toll was never fixed. A hulking cenotaph at the centre of the town records 294 victims, but survivors say they can count more, nearly 300.
6 – Gilles de Rais
Wiki Info: Gilles de Montmorency-Laval (September 1405 – 26 October 1440), Baron de Rais, was a knight and lord from Brittany, Anjou and Poitou a leader in the French army, and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc. He is best known for his reputation and later conviction as a confessed serial killer of children.
5 – Herman Webster Mudgett
Wiki Info: While he confessed to 27 murders, only nine could be plausibly confirmed and several of the people whom he claimed to have murdered were still alive. He is commonly said to have killed as many as 200, though this figure is traceable only to 1940s pulp magazines.
4 – Bruno Lüdke
Wiki Info: Bruno Lüdke (3 April 1908 – 8 April 1944) was an alleged German serial killer. Nazi police officials connected him to at least 51 murder victims, mainly women, killed in a 15-year period, which began in 1928 and ended with his arrest in 1943.
3 – Woo Bum-kon
Wiki Info: Woo Bum-kon (or Wou Bom-kon (February 24, 1955 – April 27, 1982) was a South Korean policeman and spree killer who killed 56 people and wounded 35 others in several villages in Uiryeong County, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, during the night from April 26 to April 27, 1982, before committing suicide
2 – Ted Bundy
Wiki Info: An American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s, and possibly earlier. Shortly before his execution—after more than a decade of denials—he confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978.
1 – John Wayne Gacy
Wiki Info: Convicted of 33 murders, Gacy was sentenced to death on March 13, 1980, for 12 of those killings. He spent 14 years on death row before he was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10, 1994.