When we hear of murders and murderers on the news we often ask ourselves what could possibly possess someone to take another person’s life. Be it a crime of passion or a spur of temporary madness, there are among us plenty who would kill another human being in the heat of the moment. Serial killers, on the other hand, are purely psychotic individuals who kill people in cold blood with little consideration or empathy, individuals who fascinate us for some reason but who we wouldn’t want to cross paths with even in our darkest nightmares.
Over the next few minutes, we will remind ourselves of just how sick and twisted some individuals are, along with the fact that people like these live among us to this day. Here then, are ten of the world’s most famous serial killers.
Known as ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’, Peter Sutcliffe is a British serial killer who was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder 7 others. For the most part, Peter targeted prostitutes throughout the Leeds and Bradford area, causing big public outrage at the time. He was eventually arrested in 1981 for driving with false number-plates, confessing to the murders while questioned by the police.