5 Most Famous Serial Killers of America


Serial killers have existed in every time period, and in modern times, are considered to be such a novelty that they quickly gain fame. Most of the famous serial killers, especially the ones on this list, became famous because of the brutality of what they did to their victims.


Charles Manson

Charles Manson was a cult leader in the 1960’s. He and his “family” believed that the Beatles’ song “Helter Skelter” was meant to foretell of a race war he was meant to begin. The Manson Family (the name of his cult/quasi-commune) killed over ten people, and Charles Manson is now serving life in prison.


Donald “Pee Wee” Gaskins

Pee Wee Gaskins is the most famous serial killer in South Carolina history. Between 1969-1975, he killed an unknown amount of people. There are possibly hundreds of his victims that have not yet been found, because his initial murders were of hitchhikers. He would often sexually assault his victims before killing them and dropping their bodies off in various places. He would sometimes even befriend people, and later kill them when they upset him in some manner.

Pee Wee Gaskins was caught after the bodies of several of his victims were found, along with murder pictures. He was, at the time, the only death row inmate known to kill someone while on death row. He narrated the writing of his own book while in prison, Final Truth by Wilton Earl. He was executed by electrocution in 1991. The estimated count of the people he murdered was up to 200.


Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy was known to have raped and killed at least 28 women while traveling through the states of Washington, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Florida, Idaho and Vermont during the years from 1973 to 1978. He was executed by electrocution in Florida in 1989 for the murders.


Jeffrey Dahmer

Dahmer murdered 17 men from 1987-1991, and included elements of rape, dismemberment, necrophilia and cannibalism. He was convicted after an intended victim got away and notified the police. Dahmer was given a sentence of life in prison, where he was beaten to death by Christopher Scarver in 1994.


John Wayne Gacy

John Gacy sodomized and murdered 33 boys and men. Most of the bodies of his victims were found in the crawl space under his home in Chicago. He was known as “The Killer Clown” because he was known to dress up as a clown for kid’s parties. He was executed by lethal injection in Illinois in 1994.


The creepy part is thinking of how their mind had to have worked in order to concieve doing such horrible things to another person, and thinking that there are people out there just like them that haven’t been caught yet.