8 Famous Serial Killers ...

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For those of you looking for a bit of gruesome reading, take a look at the list I’ve compiled below.

Here are 8 famous serial killers with a short summary of their existence.

Some descriptions are a bit more detailed than others.

You’ll have to look up the actual person if you want all the gory details.2

I’ve summed up most of the major details in the list below.

8. The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer

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Based in Northern California, this individual committed a number of murders between the late 60s and early 70s.

His identity still is unknown.

He would send taunting letters to the local newspaper that were written in cryptograms.

There are sill three letters that haven’t been cracked.

37 murders were claimed by the Zodiac killer in letters to the paper, but only 7 were actually confirmed.

It’s difficult to know just how many killings were done by the same person and how many were claimed by the name ‘Zodiac’ but actually performed by separate individuals.

7. Gilles De Rais

Gilles De Rais

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Born in the early 1400s, Gilles de Raise was a military captain who would lure young boys into his home where he would commit gruesome acts upon them.2

Supposedly by the time of his death he had committed more than 600 of such acts.

He preferred boys with blond hair and blue eyes.2

The acts of Gilles de Rais are the oldest known accounts of a serial killer.

He is thought to be the predecessor to the serial killers of today.

6. John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy

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Gacy was a respected individual and grew up having a fairly normal childhood.

He got along well with his mother and sisters, but his father was an alcoholic and rather abusive.

Gacy got married, had a couple of kids, and eventually his wife left him after he was charged with coaxing employees to engage in homosexual acts with him.

The neighbors began to complain about the smell coming from Gacy’s home.

When investigated, the police found 33 bodies buried nearby and directly on Gacy’s property.

Gacy died by lethal injection in May of 1994.

Pedro Alonso Lopez
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