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10 Evil Psychopaths You Probably Don’t Know

Jamie Frater . . . Comments

In the past we have had lists of serial killers and murderous monsters (men, women and children). This list looks at murderers who are less well known but equally evil in their psychopathic lust for blood. Two entries have previously appeared on Listverse but in a different context and long ago. If there are other psychopathic killers you think should be on this list, be sure to mention it in the comments so I can add them to another list in the future. This list is in no particular order and was created with the assistance of “World’s Most Evil Psychopaths” and Wikipedia.


Cordelia Botkin
Candy for my Sweetheart


Cordelia Botkin was the estranged wife of a prominent businessman in San Francisco in the last decade of the 19th century. She (41 years old) met John Dunning (31) when his bicycle broke down in the park. Botkin made very obvious sexual advances, and consequently Dunning (who was married to a former congressman’s daughter) entered into a torrid affair with her. He eventually left his wife and fell into a life of gambling, sex and alcoholism – all fueled (and financed) by Botkin. He eventually decided to end the affair and return to his wife, a fact of which he informed Botkin. Not wanting to be left alone, she sent a box of poisoned candy to Dunning’s wife made to look like a gift from a friend. Dunning’s wife and five friends and family members ate the chocolate. Four recovered but the wife and her sister died. The remaining chocolates were tested and found to be laced with arsenic. The trail of the candy eventually led back to Botkin, who was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. In a strange twist to the tale, the judge who sent her to jail saw her out shopping in town a few weeks later; an investigation uncovered the fact that Botkin was exchanging sexual favors in order to be allowed to leave jail whenever she wanted. She died in jail at the age of 56. Her cause of death was: “softening of the brain due to melancholy.”


Axeman of New Orleans
Name Unknown


On May 23, 1918, an Italian grocer named Joseph Maggio and his wife were butchered, while sleeping in their apartment above the Maggio grocery store. Upon investigation, the police discovered that a panel in the rear door had been chiseled out, providing a way in for the killer. The murder weapon, an axe, was found in the apartment, still coated with the Maggio’s blood. Nothing in the house had been stolen, including jewelry and money that were almost in plain sight. The only clue that was discovered was a message that had been written in chalk near the victim’s home. It read: “Mrs. Joseph Maggio will sit up tonight. Just write Mrs. Toney”. Almost exactly a month after the Maggio murder came a second crime. Louis Bossumer, a grocer who lived behind his store with his common-law wife, Annie Harriet Lowe, was discovered by neighbors one morning, lying in a pool of blood. The Axeman murdered a total of eight people before the killings stopped. There was no evidence to link the only suspect, Joseph Mumfre, to the crimes. The crime was never solved.


Thomas Cream
I am Jack…

Normal Dr Thomas Neil Cream

Cream was a doctor secretly specializing in abortions. He was born in Scotland, educated in London, active in Canada and later in Chicago, Illinois. In 1881, he was found to be responsible for fatally poisoning several of his patients of both sexes. Originally there was no suspicion of murder in these cases, but Cream himself demanded an examination of the bodies, apparently an attempt to draw attention to himself. Imprisoned in the Illinois State Penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois, he was released on 31 July, 1891, on good behavior. Moving to London, he resumed killing (mostly prostitutes) and was soon arrested. He was hanged on 15 November, 1892. According to the hangman, his last words were reported as being “I am Jack…”, interpreted to mean Jack the Ripper. He was allegedly imprisoned at the time of the Ripper murders, but some authors have suggested that he could have bribed officials and left the prison before his official release.


Joseph Vacher
The French Ripper

Joseph Vacher Fur Hat

Joseph Vacher was a French serial killer, sometimes known as “The French Ripper” due to comparisons to the more famous Jack the Ripper murderer of London, England, in 1888. His scarred face, accordion and plain, white, hand-made rabbit-fur hat became his trademark appearance. During a three-year period, beginning in 1894, Vacher murdered and mutilated at least 11 people (one woman, five teenage girls and five teenage boys). Many of them were shepherds watching their flocks in isolated fields. The victims were stabbed repeatedly, often disemboweled, raped and sodomized. Vacher was a drifter, traveling from town to town, from Normandy to Provence, staying mainly in the southeast of France, and surviving by begging or working on farms as a day laborer. He was caught in 1897, whilst trying to murder a woman in the fields. He confessed to the murders, but claimed he was insane because he was bitten by a rabid dog when he was a child. He later changed his story and said he was a messenger of God. Vacher was executed by guillotine two months later, at dawn on December 31, 1898. He refused to walk towards the scaffold and had to be dragged by the executioners. If you are so inclined, you can view Vacher’s post-execution head here.


Leonarda Cianciulli
Soap-Maker of Correggio


This entry is on the list not for the number of victims but what Cianciulli did with the bodies. Leonarda Cianciulli (November 14, 1893, Montella, Province of Avellino – October 15, 1970) was an Italian serial killer. Better known as the “Soap-Maker of Correggio”, she murdered three women in Correggio between 1939 and 1940, and turned their bodies into soap. Having been born the child of a rape, she led a sad childhood with a hateful mother. She attempted suicide twice. In 1914, she married a registry office clerk, Raffaele Pansardi, and moved to Lariano in Alta Irpinia. Their home was destroyed by an earthquake in 1930, and they moved once more, this time to Correggio, where Leonarda opened a small shop and became very popular as a nice, gentle woman, a doting mother and a nice neighbor. In 1939, Cianciulli heard that her eldest son, Giuseppe, was to join the Italian army in preparation for World War II. Giuseppe was her favorite child, and she was determined to protect him at all costs. She came to the conclusion that his safety required human sacrifices. She found her victims in three middle-aged women, all neighbors. After murdering her first victim with an axe she got rid of the body in this way (her own words):

“I threw the pieces into a pot, added seven kilos of caustic soda, which I had bought to make soap, and stirred the whole mixture until the pieces dissolved in a thick, dark mush that I poured into several buckets and emptied in a nearby septic tank. As for the blood in the basin, I waited until it had coagulated, dried it in the oven, ground it and mixed it with flour, sugar, chocolate, milk and eggs, as well as a bit of margarine, kneading all the ingredients together. I made lots of crunchy tea cakes and served them to the ladies who came to visit, though Giuseppe and I also ate them.”

Cianciulli’s second victim was killed in exactly the same manner. Her final victim, opera singer Virginia Cacioppo was killed in the same way but with one twist:

“She ended up in the pot, like the other two…her flesh was fat and white, when it had melted I added a bottle of cologne, and after a long time on the boil I was able to make some most acceptable creamy soap. I gave bars to neighbors and acquaintances. The cakes, too, were better: that woman was really sweet.”

Cianciulli was caught due to an eyewitness and found guilty of murder. She was sentenced to thirty years in jail where she died of a brain hemorrhage. More information (including an image of the tools she used) can be found here.


Henri Landru
Sketched Confession

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Landru was a French serial killer, and real-life “Bluebeard”. Born in Paris, he left school and joined the French army. When he was discharged he had a child with his cousin and then married another woman, having four children by her, prior to leaving her. He was swindled out of money by his employer and turned to fraud himself, for an income. Landru began to put advertisements in the lonely hearts sections in Paris newspapers, usually along the lines of “Widower with two children, aged 43, with comfortable income, serious and moving in good society, desires to meet widow with a view to matrimony.” With World War I underway, many men were being killed in the trenches, leaving plenty of widows upon whom Landru could prey. When women would come to his home Landru would kill them, disembowel them and burn their body parts in his oven. His aliases were so numerous that he had to keep a ledger listing all the women with whom he corresponded, and which particular identity he used for each woman. He was eventually caught, thanks to the efforts of the sister of one of his victims, and was found guilty on the evidence of his ledger books, alone (no body parts were recovered). He was guillotined 3 months later, in 1922. During his trial Landru traced a picture of his kitchen, including in it the stove in which he was accused of burning his victims. He gave this drawing to one of his lawyers. In December 1967, the drawing was made public, written in pencil on the back Landru had written “It is not the wall behind which a thing takes place, but indeed the stove in which a thing has been burned”. This has been interpreted as Landru’s confession to his crimes


Servant Girl Annihilator
Jack’s Trial Run?


The Servant Girl Annihilator, or Austin Axe Murderer, was a serial killer or killers who terrorized Austin, Texas, between 1884 and 1885. It is thought that at least seven women, mostly servant girls, died at the hands of the killer, who typically dragged his victims from their beds and raped them before slashing or axing them to death. Several victims were stabbed by some sort of spike in the ears or the face. His first victim was Mollie Smith, on New Year’s Eve, 1884. Many people were arrested for the crimes, but none were convicted. The last killings were a year after the first, ending with the murder of two wealthy white women, Eula Phillips and Sue Hancock, in central Austin, on December 24, 1885. The crimes represented an early example of a serial killer in the United States, three years before the Jack the Ripper murders in London. Some have even attempted to prove that the Annihilator and Jack the Ripper were one and the same. You can read more about this killing spree here.


Harpe Brothers
First American Serial Killers?

I Took You For An Indian

Micajah “Big” Harpe (1768? – August 1799) and Wiley “Little” Harpe (c1770? – January 1804) were outlaws who operated in Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois, in the late 18th century. Their crimes appear to have been motivated more by blood lust than financial gain, and some historians have called them the nation’s first true “serial killers”. As young men, the Harpes lived with renegade Creek and Cherokee Indians, who committed atrocities against both white settlers and against their own tribes. By 1797, the Harpes were living near Knoxville, Tennessee. However, they were driven from the town after being charged with stealing hogs and horses. They were also accused of murdering a man named Johnson, whose body was found in a river, ripped open and weighted with stones. This became a characteristic of the Harpe’s murders. They butchered anyone under the slightest provocation, even babies. R.E. Banta, in The Ohio, claims that Micajah Harpe even bashed his infant daughter’s head against a tree because her constant crying annoyed him. This was the only crime he would later confess genuine remorse for. In July, 1799, John Leiper raised a posse to avenge the murder of one of their victims (Mrs. Segal). Leiper reached Harpe first, and managed to shoot him. He decapitated Harpe and stuck his head on a pole, at the location still known as “Harpe’s Head” in Kentucky. Little Harpe escaped but was eventually caught and executed, by hanging. Wyatt Earpe is a descendent of the Harpes (most of whom changed their name to avoid being scorned by their communities).


Earle Nelson
The Gorilla Killer


Earle Leonard Nelson, aka The Gorilla Killer (May 12, 1897 – January 13, 1928), was an American serial killer. Around the age of 10, Nelson collided with a streetcar while riding his bicycle and remained unconscious for six days, following the accident. After he awoke, his behavior became erratic and he suffered from frequent headaches and memory loss. He began his criminal behavior early, and he was sentenced to two years in San Quentin State Prison, in 1915, after breaking into a cabin he believed to be abandoned. He later spent time in mental institutions. Nelson began engaging in sex crimes when he was 21 years old. In 1921, he attempted to molest a 12-year-old girl named Mary Summers, but he was thwarted when she screamed and brought attention to him. He was committed to a mental hospital again, but when he was released in 1925, he began his killing spree. Nelson’s victims were mostly landladies, whom he would approach on the premise of renting a room. Once he gained their trust, he would kill them, almost always by strangling them, and engage in necrophilia with their corpse. He would often hide the body, leaving the corpse under the nearest bed for days. Nelson’s ‘modus operandi’ led him to be labeled “The Gorilla Strangler”. He went on to murder more than 20 people and was finally caught and hanged, in 1928.


Béla Kiss
Kiss of Death


Béla Kiss (born in 1877) was an Hungarian serial killer. He is thought to have murdered at least 24 young women, and attempted to pickle them in giant metal drums that he kept on his property. He was a tinsmith who had lived in Cinkota (a town near Budapest), since 1900. He was an amateur astrologer and was fond of occult practices. Members of the community noticed that he was amassing a number of large metal drums, which he said were filled with gasoline to prepare for rationing in the First World War, which was looming. He was conscripted into the army and left the town. In July 1916, Budapest police received a call from a Cinkota landlord who had found seven large metal drums. The town constable had remembered Kiss’ stockpile of gasoline, and led needy soldiers to them. Upon attempting to open the drums, a suspicious odor was noted. Detective Chief Charles Nagy took over the investigation and opened one of the drums. There they discovered the body of a strangled woman. The other drums yielded similarly gruesome content. A search of Kiss’ house resulted in a total of 24 bodies. Kiss’ housekeeper assured police that she knew absolutely nothing about the murders, and showed them a secret room Kiss had told her never to enter. The room was filled with bookcases, but also had a desk that held a number of letters, Kiss’ correspondence with 74 women and a photo album. Many of the books were about poisons or strangulation. Kiss was found recuperating in a hospital in Serbia, but he escaped by putting a dead soldier’s body in his bed. He was never caught, but people claimed to have seen him in various places around the world, including leaving a New York subway.

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Jamie Frater

Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities. He is fascinated with all things historic, creepy, and bizarre.

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  • AG

    How many ex wife jokes are on the way?

  • manuel

    Great list

  • cqsteve

    Good list Jamie; I had never heard of the Harpe Brothers nor the Serveant Girl killer either, so thanks. Also of interest is the Bodies in the Barrel Murders in Snowtown South Australia where four men killed about 12 people over a period of 7 years – mainly just for kicks.

  • Jhoyce07

    this is one of the most disturbing lists I’ve ever read in Listverse.. very informative and creepy, too.. good grief!

  • Lizzie

    It’s always a good day when I learn something new; I had known about half the list or so. Nice one.

  • S

    Why should we have to hear about bashing babies’ heads in, decapitation, cannibalism, abusing the trust of women and children, etc…??
    Makes me wonder about what’s going on in the mind of the author…

    • me too ,he must be kindve a sicko, i prefer a list about , sun shine, daisies , and puppies and kittens , about the beauty of a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis and the sexy seductive smolderingly-hot smiles on babies faces .

      • Ike

        Welcome to the real world… Not everything is rainbows and butterflies.

        • Ike

          That was meant for “S”… not bluesman87…


      • eek

        seductive smolderingly-hot smiles on babies faces wtf is wrong with you

    • CrazyGirl

      First of all, you must be new here, because the author has put out a WIDE
      varity of lists, and that’s putting it lightly. Second, the title of the list makes it very clear that isn’t going to be all about sunshine and rainbows. I know everyone is entitled to their opinion but comments are meant for a healthy debate and to be informative. The reason you are hearing about those things ( baby bashing, deception, etc…) is because this is a list about SERIAL KILLERS, not fairies.

      • CrazyGirl

        That this isn’t***

      • s

        Yes, but people internalize what is seen and heard around them. Environmental stimuli influences cognitive and emotional states. What do you think happens when we are blasted day-in day-out with such negative imagery?

        • Maggot

          Every time I see a rainbow I think about killing somebody, just to feel normal again.

        • dye

          Enter your comment here.

      • s

        Am I the only one here appalled at this content, or have we all become so desensitized these days that it is accepted as normal reading?

        A healthy debate about what? How best to dispose of victims?

        • jeez lady, i never thought about it like that , these lists of serial killers, cartoon voice actors , video game characters, astronomy , medicinal side effects and soothing instrumental songs from the 60’s have actually been having an effect on me, i guess they have all made me , how do i say it ?> “think”? and we all know how dangerous that is…. i should stick to the news where i wont be exposed to any violence , sickness or death.

          • umpad

            shut up dude! you don’t know nothing. lists like this shouldn’t be here, it’s bad. movies about wars, or crimes shouldn’t be shown. tv shows like CSI should also be banned, they are giving people good ideas how to getaways with crimes.

            internet should be too. and tv’s, radio, newspaper.

            also my teacher who lectured about WW2, or the thing those nazi do in those camps.

            we should all be reading Grimms, or nursery rhymes. They are good for us.

          • Ike

            But umpad… most nursery rhymes are about death and destruction… we should just stick to reading nothing… it’s easier that way.

          • @Umpad (I couldn’t reply to him so replied too you, sorry)

            Just so you know, even grimms so called “fairy tales” weren’t fairy tales at all… You ought to visit listverse more often. There was a list about that not that long ago. Sorry mate, but grimms fairy tales are as horrible as this list almost. Disney made them better, but the original weren’t nice…

          • Couldn’t find the link, but found it now.

            Hope you’ll like the list, muhahahaha…

        • Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. And no, theses list, theses movies everything we’re reading is not dangerous. Seriously, if you’re that disgusted with reality you might as well watch cartoon network every day, but even there I can’t assure you that everything will be pink either. Evil is not born from reading lists ! What in the unicorn are you thinking !

          -”Oh my god I read in the news how to kill someone without getting caught ! Now I’m gonna go try it on someone because it seemed fun”

          Are you guys retards or what ?

          Evil is born either because you’re mentally sick, which is then not really the persons fault because he was born with it or got it later in his life. And if there’s one thing in common between most of the killers/psychopathes/evil person. Is that they had a bad childhood. They had to live through horrible things every day. Getting betean repeatedly by there parents and other gruesomes things.

          So no, I do not believe that reading theses list is dangerous…

          They make us think at most. Maybe they’re are implanting an opinion is us. But that is a whole other subject. But personnally I don’t even believe that we as a human has an opinion of our own. We get brainwashed everyday. So what’s the differences between theses list and a TV ad ?

          Have a nice day

          (sorry for the double post but this is the real one the other one was filled with spelling mistakes, and I’m a maniac so i like when everything’s tidy :P)

        • Sorry for the mistakes, I realised them afterwards, and I wish (not which :P I actually know the difference when I’m not half mad) I could edit my text, but I can’t because there’s a new layout… –”

        • eek

          pig farm. you’ll have to remove the teeth first because you don’t want to go sifting through pig shit

          • c’mon brick-top, you forgot about starving the pigs for a few days so the sight of a chopped up body would look like curry to a pissant — also you gotta shave the head of your victim for the sake of the piggys digestion.

        • Dorian Grey

          If you are sensitive and see the words “evil” and “psychopaths” on the title of a list, you don’t need to read it.
          Simple as that.

      • Morgan

        Furthermore, the details of the murders and train of thoughts of the killers are used for educational purposes in learning traits of psychopaths and the processes needed to catch them. Much the same as a doctor learns about the horrific symptoms of cancer or AIDS or other life threatening illnesses, criminal justice personel must investigate the “symptoms” of psychopathic behaviors and personalities.

    • leo

      because its hilarious??

    • mom424

      I love true crime lists. Can’t appreciate the best humanity has to offer without having a look at the exact opposite. In fact some of the most popular lists on this site deal with the exact same subject matter.
      and a bunch more in the same vein. A quick check of the archives should be enough for you to realize that you’re barking up the wrong tree. You’ll have little to no support here.

      In fact, I’m pretty sure it was the most evil women list that led me here in the first place.

      • CrazyGirl

        Could not have said it better myself :)

        S- can’t help but say this again, you have free will( I hope), it’s not our fault you chose to read a list talking about the dark side of the world. There was a list posted not that long ago about children making a positive change in the world. Maybe a list like that is more what your looking for from this (awesome) site

    • oouchan

      If you turn on the news any given day, you will get subjected to worse. Sorry if someone popped your virgin world view, but welcome to real life.

      • S

        “Real life” is what you make it. I think it takes much more strength and courage to toil to create a good, safe and idyllic life for yourself and loved ones than to destroy lives in a flash with violence and depravity. That is just cowardice. The point I tried to make was with all the evil already existing around us in the world, do we really need to read more about it?

        • oouchan

          Burying your head in the sand does nothing but make you ignorant. You have to face the realities of this world. Even though the garden you live in is ideal, never forget that outside the wall is the rot we know is there. To not face it, is truly cowardice.
          Hence, you should know its there and do what you can to combat it.
          To feel the need to not “read more about it”, is ignoring what really is there.

          In other words…why run and hide…when you can fight?

        • Jubbs

          Ignorance may be bliss, but bliss doesn’t solve the problem that is human malevolence…..If you wanted to stay ignorant (and bliss) then dont read this article, and please don’t insult people who choose to not blind themselves (and not be bliss) from evil in this world.

        • Barb

          No s, YOU don’t have to read about it. Did you think that when you read a list about serial killers, it was going to be about all the nice things they had done. Grow a brain and get a life, or perhaps even use a bit of common sense and judgment. There are loads of lists on this site that would better suit your tastes, so go look them up, and let the rest of us enjoy ALL of them, distasteful or not. By the way, fantastic list.

        • Alex

          I totally understand where you are coming from. Your point isn’t as crazy and naive as everyone is making it out to be. I too understand your desires for everyone to try and get rid of the bad things by ignoring them and focusing on the good stuff, but that’s not really how it works. You gotta take the bad stuff head on to fight it. Of course, not everyone needs to do that. You and I could attempt to live as rosy a life as we can while everyone else uses their time to read lists about serial killers and become FBI agents ;)
          I’ve often said this as well, yes real life is bad, but not every TV show, movie, book, play or poem has to be about how terrible the world is. I suppose a lot of people thrive on the bad things, because they find it interesting or like to show how mature they are by proving that “their world-view isn’t a pure virgin”.

        • nomorecommonsense

          You are just the type of person who would fall victim to these type of people. You cannot avoid bad situations if you ignore that they are out there. I wonder what people blamed atrocities on before television, movies, video games, etc. I think it is obvious that Hitler must have been able to travel through time and play Call of Duty to end up the way he did. Take the blinders off and expand your knowledge base.

        • footsteps

          how are we supose to solve the problems if we are ignorent about them, ignoring things dont make them go away

      • Maggot

        That’s sage advice, oouchan. My world view’s virginity was popped long ago. My worldview is an indiscriminant, bed-hopping tramp, and it doesn’t use any protection either.

        • oouchan

          Too funny!
          (but then again…same here!)

    • PickledTink

      You know nothing of the crunch!

    • gollumizer

      awwww..poor you, s! to make you feel better, why dont you munch on these here tea cakes, but remember to wash your hands with the soap first! (hands over tea cakes and soaps of questionable origins to s).


    • Canny

      Dude, you saw the title and clicked on it. I don’t think anybody made you read it, so don’t complain about it.

    • Juri

      You don’t have to read it, you know; the clue is in the title. Jeez.

    • vvvv

      this must be your first time to visit listverse

    • Anon

      Then don’t visit these lists, fucktard!

  • Ace

    I don’t understand how human sacrifices would ensure Giuseppe’s safety. How was he prevented from joining the army by these murders?

    • magoopaintrock

      No one said it was logical.

  • And the moral of the story? Never trust a anyone with facial hair, especially men and women with mustaches (the beardies just grow beards to camouflage the mustache), they always stick together too , so cunning , probably plotting all our deaths right now. Beware the “mustapo”.

    Look at no.8 if he knocked on my door id set the dogs on him, that mustache is made of pure evil (and the eye lashes of dead babies), stalin , hitler, saddam, yanni, salma hayek you know im right …

    • chrom3d

      hahaha! the moustche thing is like a signature for the serial killers seeing all the men in this list sported one hahaha..

    • Lady next door has a couple of chin hairs >.<

    • nicholson

      salma hayek?! LOL i think that’s from the movies…

  • There goes my love for pickles and cake (1 & 6)

  • Tenbeer Dhillon

    Great list………I spent my whole night on this site……….nd sorry for my bad english if it is……… : )

    • mom424

      You’re welcome. And your English can’t get better if you don’t use it eh? The effort will be appreciated.

  • Will Trame

    Another intriguing list showing the abhorrently evil side of human nature. I have previously heard of the New Orleans Axeman, Dr. Cream, Bluebeard and Bela Kiss. If memory serves me, I recall that “Wiley Harpe” was utilized as the name of one of the characters (played by Steve Forrest) on an episode of “Cimarron Strip”.

  • Bidzi

    Terrible list….. but i don’t think all of them are not unknown to us….. as #9 and #4 have been already into some other listverse lists. I was expecting something totally new without repetition….. any way one more list to show the devil side of human…. really scary…

    • Bidzi

      *****but i don’t think all of them are unknown to us…

    • Maggot

      #9 and #4 have been already into some other listverse lists. I was expecting something totally new without repetition

      My day is not complete until I see at least one commenter blurting out: “look at me…I don’t read list intros!”. Nicely done.

  • nicholson

    that poor # 2 dude had his frontal lobes destroyed…

  • nicholson

    pickled corpse?ugh

    • Barb

      Dude, don’t knock it til you try it!

  • the fake Br0ck

    this list is no good because i havnt heard of any of these

    • nicholson

      that’s why they have entitled it “10 evil psychopaths you probably dont know”..

    • nicholson

      im so f-ing redundant.:(

  • cambered

    Another great list, thanks Jamie.

    Not sure how well around the world Ivan Milat is known. He was known as the Backpacker Murderer in Australia… he would pick up hitch-hikers in NSW and take them to a secluded forest, where he would mutilate them. He definitely fits the EVIL psychopath personality. Look into his eyes, the darkest and most disturbing I reckon I’ve ever seen:

    • AHA! Mustache!!! this guy sounds like wolf creek . . .

      • miss_j_bean

        OH NO! My husband has a mustache. Should I shave it off while he’s sleeping? :D

      • Silas Mungo

        bluesman, I’m fairly certain they had Ivan Milat in mind when they wrote the character in Wolfcreek.

        • Aussie Girl

          Yes they based it around what Ivan Malat did. Malat committed the murders around the Sydney area in New South Wales in Australia though, not throughout the Aussie outback. Still horrific though, once watched an interview of the guy who got away from Malat’s last attempt.. it was hair-raising.

  • Dono

    Great list, a good one to throw out there is Dale Merle Nelson. some of the nuttiest stuff ive ever heard. not a serial killer but he’s still god awful. Scariest part is that he was in my province and country.. yikes.

  • oouchan

    I’ve only heard of 3 of these before. Had me glued to the screen reading about the others. Well done. Glad for those that were caught and “removed” from society. And these were truly evil psychopaths!

    Great list.

  • Lifeschool

    Gruesome! Murder most horrid!

  • DiscHuker

    10 “Evil” Psychopaths. That might be a little redundant.

    Up next, 10 Kind and Benevolent Psychopaths.

    • mom424


      but there are non-evil psychopaths. Generally they become talent agents, lawyers, glad-handing salesmen. The learn to live within the rules even if they don’t feel or understand why they should apply…..

      • Steve

        >implying that lawyers and salesmen aren’t evil…

    • nicholson

      isnt that ironic?.:)

  • emyebo

    There are people who do good things, and there are people who do bad things. But there is no good and evil. This concept is so disney.

    • There are good acts and evil acts – evil acts are those acts that cause harm to oneself or others :)

      • fendabenda

        But you can’t always know in advance. You may do something with good intentions but the result may be bad. An act itself may not be either good or evil.

  • Mike

    Made my girlfriend cringe lolol when i pointed out that Jospeh Vacher was on this list… almost directly related :p

  • mom424

    Great list Jamie. I thought I’d pretty much mined the depths of human depravity – but no – there are still some serial killer/sickos that I haven’t heard of. This list proves it; at least 4 or 5 brand new ones for me. Could maybe have included the pig farmer Willie Pickton. Killed between 26 and 49 (self-confessed to the higher number) women. All from Vancouver’s down-town eastside. A horrible story. Evil and police incompetence were a tragic mix.

    Personally I’m pretty sure that psychopathy and serial killers are a part of the human condition; they’ve been around for as long as we have. People were more spread out, life in general was likely to be violent and short; in this environment serial killers were much more able to blend in or fade away. Even now serial killers that stay on the move are unlikely to get caught; at least one or two operating along the west coast highways and biways of North America right now. Dead Truck-stop prostitutes show up with alarming regularity.


      Sad history of the human race;your comments are worth adhering to !

  • FlameHorse

    Jafe, I notice you gave copious credit to Wiki and some other source. Well, you can try all you want, but someone’s still gonna complain that you stole it. Makes you wonder if some people can, in fact, read. Glad to see the Harpe bros up here.

  • Scratch

    Whenever a list tells me that I probably don’t know or probably never heard of something, I read very intensely in the hopes that I can say to myself, “yeah, no, I’ve actually read about that before.”

    I’ve failed once again.

    Interesting list. The trivia about Wyatt Earp was particularly interesting to me.

  • missmozell

    I think I’d at least heard of all of these except oversexed number ten and the Servant Girl Annihalator. For those interest in this sort of info, I recommend a book called The Encyclopedia of Murder. May be hard to find. I read it from the library back in the late seventies, and I don’t think it was new then. But the thing was a honking DENSE tome of nightmares.

    • Thanks for the recommendation – I will see if I can track a copy down – it would be excellent research material :)

  • Jake

    Very interesting list, and a lot more detail than in some other lists like it I have read before. I do not recall reading any of those stories before, so even if any were repeats, they seemed new to me.

    Thanks for the list, and the excellent read.

  • GO

    According to the article below, the “Axeman of New Orleans” was a Mafia vendetta. The story is a bit long, but is an interesting read:

    Also, here’s an item for another list of the same, or similar, topic:

  • Nice list. Can you make a similar one but more contemporary? This just feels a little like it was taken from old movies :)

    • Interesting you say that – I intentionally shied away from especially modern psychopaths but only because I find the historical ones more eerie – it is a personal taste thing. I can certainly do a similar list in future which is about mostly contemporary killers though :)

      • Thanks! I can wait :)

        Stories like these are my mother’s most abused threat when I tell her I wanna hang out with my friends at night hehe

        Me: I’m going out tonight.

        Mom: Ok….. Oh, have you heard of that serial killer a long time ago who used to blah blah blah

        Me: bye @[email protected]

  • NedNoodle

    Fantastic. My kinda list. Can’t believe I’ve never heard of most of them. I like the Phsyco murdering lists.

  • Freca

    The family name of No. 1 Béla Kiss means “Little” in Hungarian.
    This is a common family name in Hungary.

    • That was part of the reason it was so hard to find him – there were thousands of Bella Kisses in the army at the time.

      • Freca

        Béla is not Bella which is for women.
        Béla was the name of four Hungarian kings.
        But remember Béla Bartók composer, for example.

        • fendabenda

          Or Béla Lugosi.

        • krypto092108

          Bela, was Bela Lugosi… The Dark Prince himself, Dracula…
          Of course, that was just a role he played, and was typecast as…

      • bigski

        nice haircut….

  • Freca

    Congratulations for not missing Béla Kiss (the Monster of Cinkota) from the list.

    Freca from Hungary

  • opticalmess

    It’s frightening how Béla Kiss escaped, makes you wonder what happened to him.

    • Freca

      In that time, 1918, at the end of WW 1, there was a chaos.

  • John Sherman

    A very good list. However, if a person has read anything at all about killers and murder, they have probably heard of Earl Nelson, Bela Kiss and Henri Landru. They are fairly well known in their field.

  • fendabenda

    Interesting list. I’ll have to try the recipes in #6 if I ever run out of soap or crunchy tea cakes. I’m a bit worried about #10’s cause of death: “softening of the brain due to melancholy”. You can actually die from that? Not good news… :( Maybe I should watch more Benny Hill…

    • haha yeah – I had to include that. I could do a whole list about bizarre causes of death from the olden days – and reasons for being put into a psych hospital (religious mania, etc).

      • Silas Mungo

        I was able to look in the admissions book for the psychiatric hospital in Adelaide, Sth Aust, for the late 1800’s – early 1900’s. V. interesting.

        The amount of 40+ yo unmarried women who were admitted by their father was alarming. The reasons given moody, crying for no reason (although living with your father at 40 might make you cry anyway). Today I think they would give you hormone replacement and call it menopause.

      • Aussie Girl

        Don’t forget about “hysteria”! Women couldn’t even have feelings of lust or desire without being labelled with having a “disease of the body” and chucked into psych hospital! I’m sure there are a few cases of women dying or having bizarre related deaths around this issue…

  • jaguiar45

    Herb Mullin, Jesse Pomeroy, Larry and Danny Ranes, The Red Spider, Issei Sagawa, The Snowtown Murders, Herb Mullin, William MacDonald, Joachim Kroll, Katherine Knight.
    10 more for you, I’m not sure if you have heard of them or not.

  • freckledsmile99

    JF – another well researched and interesting list. But I don’t get the Gorilla Killer. It said that because of his “modus operandi” he was labeled that. What about his crimes have anything to do with Gorillas?? Thanks!

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  • Mme. Marie

    @umpad : Have you ever actually read a Grimm fairytale ? They are dark and violent.

    Fascinating list . Its always interesting to see who is considered to be the first serial killers in the USA. It seems the majority of them were clever , and obviously out law enforcement has learned from dealing with them.

  • SMG

    Really interesting list! More please!

  • Chris

    I have to take a mental shower after reading this list. lol.

  • witcharachne

    I’m going to stop at number 10 and make a comment, then go back and read the rest.

    WHY would anyone tap that? She looks like Drew Carrey. Surely even the jailhouse dog would be more appealing?

  • Julius

    Good list. It’s funny how this is more gruesome than the Nazi list of last week. Good times.

  • Angie

    Thanks for this one-it’s right up my alley! I love stories of historical crimes.

  • gollumizer

    well, that would make me think twice about home-made soaps and tea cakes for…i dunno…ever?

  • Jason

    A good list. But you forgot about H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer in the 19th century and his murder palace. He was a doctor and con man as well. Killed over 100 apparently.

  • Janne

    Very nice list. You should also check out Arnfinn Nesset:

    “Arnfinn Nesset (born October 25, 1936) is a Norwegian nurse who became the most prolific known serial killer in Scandinavian history. He was convicted on 18 March 1983 of poisoning 22 patients with Curacit, a muscle relaxing drug, at a geriatric institution in Orkdal, Norway where he had been the director since 1977. During the investigations he claimed to have killed several more over many years both at this and other institutions where he had previously worked, but later retracted several of these statements.”

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  • jaguiar45

    You do know this page don’t you (crime library)

  • Shaft

    Albert Fish should be added to the list

  • Freca

    JFrater, here is another famous (infamous) Hungarian for you:

  • Freca

    JFrater, here is another famous (infamous) Hungarian for you:

  • vanowensbody

    Great list

  • yogik

    you should put ryan,serial killer from jombang,indonesia

  • capbode

    Where are all those evil popes who committed thousands of “Auto De Fe’s?”

  • Xavier

    I heard of the Harpe Brothers form the book Weird Illinois. They had a “Brothel” out on a river, I forget which, and would lure travelers to the Brothel. When the travelers on the river got there, the Harpe brothers and members of their gang would viciously murder all aboard the ship, and steal items of value. Also, they would pretend to be shipwrecked on the side of the river, and when good samaritans would come on the riverbank to help, the same senario would happen. The Harpe brothers and the gang would murder all aboard and take the items of value.

    • Xavier

      The ***** is B R o T H e L

  • marvin John S. Faburada

    i like the top 1 because here in the Philippines i cann’t remember the date but there is a man who enrolls in different university and he was a genius guy, his modus operandi is to ask some of his classmates to join him when making a research or thesis in their subjects and that it the time he do his psychotic conciseness. first he will rape the person (doesn’t matter if that is boy or girl) then he chop the body into a tiny one and then he puts it in an refrigerator he was caught i think on march something because he said that this is his peak season beacuse many college students make thesis by finals. when the police open the fridge. the foul smell covered the whole tenement and recovered all the bodies (5) but they cannot determine which body part beacuse it was chopped.

  • Alice

    “but he escaped by putting a dead soldier’s body in his bed” Wow, that sounds like something out of a cartoon. Great list! Very interesting albeit rather disturbing.

  • Irfan

    Good list but i must mention javed iqbal a pakistani serial killer with over a hundred child victoms… Ur list wil never be complete

  • ScarlettLovesBlackVeilBrides

    Not really interested.

  • it

    Ever heard of Baron Ungern-Sternberg? He was one of the most sadistic men in the 20th century. If you don’t believe me than buy this book on

  • morjan

    And where Lenin and Astalin biggest criminals in history
    Responsible for killing more than 20 million people?

  • StopEvilActs

    Talk, talk, talk, blah, blah, blah!

    How about actually doing something to help stop and/or prevent such evil acts? You can at

  • bree

    This list helped me write a report on leonarda. Thanks :)

  • mamoon

    Is it true that psychopaths are born killer? i mean tv serials like “Dexter” promote this idea. can anyone tell me whether it is true or not?

  • Didn’t knew that Jack the Ripper was discovered

  • Corey Skora

    You seem to have an odd perspective, a way of seeing things not quite as they are presented to you, drawing conclusions that are slightly off, not quite true. I recognize that because that was how i saw things for most of my life, taught that what is right in front of you is not really the truth, you have to read between the lines, question the motives. None of that makes sense to me any longer. Why look for trouble where there is none? Why make issues more complicated than they actually are?

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  • Robyn

    Good list. I think I’ve read about all of them, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot since I have an interest in psychopaths and serial killers.

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  • What about, Anders Behring Breivik who planned his killing spree for 9 years, spent £280,000 plotting, and £1,750 to pay for a high class prostitute before the attack.

    He shot dead at least 86 people on Utoya island in Norway (mostly students) and killed a further 8 with a car bomb in Oslo.

    “He laid out his evil plot in precise detail in a twisted blueprint posted online hours before the killings.
    The revelation came as it emerged he used dum-dum bullets designed to disintegrate inside his victims’ bodies to cause maximum internal damage. ­Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto revealed his preparations for the attacks and detailed his extremist views. He wrote: “There are situations where cruelty is necessary.” And added it was better to “kill too many than not enough”.

  • Good thing Henri Landru is on this list. I have heard of him before but most haven’t.

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  • What about Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Mitt Romney. Not to mention old George W. They have done more damage in this country than any of the ones on the list.

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