Looking at these following images of serial killers as children, it’s almost impossible to believe anyone is born evil. They were all once so young, innocent and normal that nobody could predict what sinister crimes they would later be responsible for.
Serial killers often show from a young age a lack of emotion, an inability to feel guilt and signs of impulsive violence. But in these following images – they chillingly look content…
15. Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer, known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, murdered and dismembered seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991. He would strip the bodies of flesh and store these parts in his fridge at home so he could consume them later. The public was so outraged, he stood trial behind a sheet of bullet-proof glass. On November 28th, 1994, Dahmer was beaten to death in prison by a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution.
14. John George Haigh
English serial killer John George Haigh became known as the “acid bath killer” during the 1940s. He was convicted of murdering 6 people, although he confessed to killing 9. Haigh was a professional conman and targeted wealthy victims. He would lure them to empty warehouses before shooting them, then dissolve their bodies in sulphuric acid. He would forge papers and collect their life savings. In 1949, he was hanged at Wandsworth Prison. Above is a photo was taken during his time as a choirboy.
13. Peter Sutcliffe
Peter “The Yorkshire Ripper” Sutcliffe is a British serial killer. He is pictured above attending his school prom. In 1981, Sutcliffe, who targeted prostitutes in the Leeds and Bradford area, was convicted of killing thirteen women and attempting to murder seven others. He is imprisoned for life at Broadmoor Maximum Security Mental Hospital.
12. Aileen Wuornos
American serial killer Aileen Carol Wuornos was convicted of the murders of seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. She claimed that her victims, who she had met when she was working as a prostitute, had either raped or attempted to rape her and the murders were in self-defense. Homeless as a teenager, she began supporting herself by drifting and working as a prostitute. She was eventually convicted of murder and executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.
11. Myra Hindley
Between July 1963 and October 1965, the Moors murders were carried out by Myra Hindley, and her accomplice Ian Brady, in Greater Manchester, England. The victims were five children aged between 10 and 17—Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans. Known as the “most evil woman in Britain” she died on November 15th, 2002, aged 60, from bronchial pneumonia.
10. David Berkowitz
David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam killer and the .44 Caliber Killer, was found guilty of committing a series of shooting attacks that terrorized New York City in the summer of 1976. He killed six victims and wounded seven others. During a huge manhunt for the killer, he would mock the police by sending them letters threatening future kills. He was eventually arrested and confessed after claiming to have been obeying the orders of a demon which spoke to him through the body of his neighbor’s dog.
9. Robert Bardella
Robert “Bob” Berdella was an American serial killer in Kansas City, Missouri who raped, tortured, and killed at least six men between 1984 and 1987. Berdella dismembered the bodies of all six of his victims, placed them in trash bags and then dumped them in a landfill – they were never recovered. He claimed that the movie adaption of John Fowles’ The Collector, where the main character kidnaps and imprisons a young woman, was his inspiration.
8. Dennis Nilsen
British serial killer Dennis Nilsen murdered 15 gay men after luring them to his home in London, England between 1978 and 1983. He attempted to dispose of the bodies by flushing the remains down the toilet, which eventually led to his capture after the human flesh was discovered in the sewage system by neighbors. In 1983, Nilsen was convicted of six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
7. Andrei Chikatilo
Andrei Chikatilo, pictured above with his wife and son, was a Soviet serial killer also known as The Butcher of Rostov. He sexually assaulted, murdered and mutilated at least 52 women and children in Russia between 1978 and 1990. Police began surveillance of Chikatilo which eventually provided enough evidence to arrest him. He confessed and the relatives of the victims demanded he was released so they could kill him. He was executed by firing squad in February 1994.
6. Gary Ridgway
Gary “The Green River Killer” Ridgway is one of America’s most prolific serial killers. He was arrested in 2001 for four murders though he eventually confessed to killing at least seventy women in Washington throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. He avoided the death penalty by providing detailed confessions, which led police to find the bodies of his victims. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
5. Dennis Rader
Dennis Rader, known as the BTK killer which stood for “Bind, Torture, Kill”, murdered 10 people in Sedgwick County, Wichita, Kansas between 1974 and 1991. Rader would send letters to the police taunting them as they tried to discover his true identity. He would stalk his victims before kidnapping them for torture. The BTK killer was not heard from between 1988 and 2005, then a floppy disc was sent to the press with more taunts – but this time he was traced and arrested. After his confession, he was charged and his earliest possible release date will be February 26th, 2180.
4. John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy, who later became known as “The Clown Killer”, had killed 33 men and teenage boys after luring that back to his home in Cook County, Illinois. The murders took place between 1972 to 1978, the bodies were eventually found in the crawlspace of his home. All of Gacy’s victims were killed by either asphyxiation or strangulation. Twenty-six bodies were found in his home, four more victims were found discarded in the Des Plaines River. He was executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center on May 10th, 1994.
3. Dr. Harold Shipman
Dr. Harold Shipman was a British doctor found guilty of 15 murders, although shockingly after further inquiry it was confirmed that he was responsible for at least 218. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and the judge recommended that he never be released. Around 80% of his victims were women and he would kill them by administering lethal injections of diamorphine. Shipman died in January 2004 after hanging himself in his cell at Wakefield Prison.
2. Richard Ramirez
Ricardo “Richard” Ramírez was known as “The Night Stalker” after he terrorized those who lived in greater Los Angeles and San Francisco, from June 1984 until his capture in August 1985. He would use handguns, knives, machetes, tire irons and hammers to bludgeoned his victims to death – often after he had sexually assaulted them. His list of convictions included 13 counts of murder, 5 counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assault and 14 counts of burglary. Ramirez died of B-cell lymphoma on June 7th, 2013, aged 53-years-old, he had been on death row for more than 23 years.
1. Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy was a serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who was at large during the 1970s. He confessed to killing thirty victims between 1974 and 1978, although the real victim count is believed to be much higher. Above he is pictured with a blonde friend before he began kidnapping and killing women of similar age.