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Famous Serial Killers

Updated on June 28, 2013

Henry Lee Lucas

Henry Lee Lucas
Henry Lee Lucas

Henry Lee Lucas

Was Henry Lee Lucas America's most horrific serial killer ever or was he really the greatest liar ever. He gave detailed confessions of his crimes but later took back his confessions and said he lied so he could be famous. In the long drawn out confessions Lucas admitted to being involved in over 3000 murders. The below videos on Henry Lee Lucas will give you a real insight into Henry Lee Lucas really was.

It is known that Henry Lee Lucas killed his own mother in 1960. He was convicted of killing his mother and spent 10 1/2 years in a Michigan prison for the murder. Henry Lee Lucas died of heart failure in prison on March 13th 2001. We may never know how many people Lucas killed. Some people claim it was as few as 12 and some people claim it was in the low thousands.

Confessions Of A Serial Killer Henry Lee Lucas (Part 1)

Confessions Of A Serial Killer Henry Lee Lucas (Part 2)

Confessions Of A Serial Killer Henry Lee Lucas (Part 3)

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy who was also known as the Killer Clown was a serial killer from the Chicago area and he was convicted of killing 33 young men and boys. He was executed on May 10th , 1994 and his last words are reported to have been " Kiss My Ass " He was executed by lethal injection. The below videos contain a live audio interview that was done with John Wayne Gacy.

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John Wayne Gacy Jr.

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Joseph D. (Joe) Ball aka " The Alligator Man "

Joseph D. (Joe) Ball aka " The Alligator Man "
Joseph D. (Joe) Ball aka " The Alligator Man "

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy was convicted of killing 30 women but many people think he may have killed several hundred women.
Ted Bundy was convicted of killing 30 women but many people think he may have killed several hundred women.

Joseph D. (Joe) Ball aka " The Alligator Man "

Joe Ball who was also known as he Alligator Man is believed to have killed 20 or more women in the 1920s and 1930s. He kept alligators in a pond and charged people to watch the alligators eat. It is said he fed the alligators live cats and dogs and then women in the area started vanishing. When two Texas Rangers came to question him on September 23 1938 Joe Ball pulled a revolver and shot hisself in the heart. He died at once. The alligator pond was later drained and when it was human remains from at least 4 people were found in the pond. It has always been assumed that Joe Ball killed his victims and then fed the remains to his alligators.

Ted Bundy

Theodore Robert Bundy who is better known as Ted Bundy is one of America's best known serial killers. He was convicted of killing 30 women and young girls and was executed in Florida's Electric Chair on January 24th 1989 at 7:06 A.M.  It is now widely believed that Bundy went to Florida and committed the murders he did there in order to die. He had asked in Colorado before he escaped from Jail there where would a serial killer be most likely put to death for his crimes. He was told Georgia or Florida. When Ted escaped from Jail he headed to Florida where he went on to commit more murders for which he was sentenced to death and executed for.  To the end Bundy was trying to trade the location of more bodies to keep from being executed. Police from many different locations were there interviewing him up until an hour before his death.

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Who Were The 10 Worst Serial Killers In The USA.

1. Edward Gein

2. Richard Speck

3. John Wayne Gacy

4. Ted Bundy

5. Richard Ramirez (The Nightstalker)

6. Jeffery Dahmer

7.Gary Leon Ridgway (Green River Killer)

8. David Berkowitz (Son of Sam)

9. Henry Lee Lucas & Otis Toole (duo w/over 200 kills)

10. Pee Wee Gaskins

Some people may argue with the order they are listed and a lot of people have serious questions about the actual amount of people Henry Lee Lucas really did kill. We probally will never know the right number but he was a serial killer and many police argue that 200 is a low number when you combine Lucas and Toole. Many police officials also think Bundy may have been credited with some kills by Gary Leon Ridgway while others feel Ridgeway may have been credited with several of Bundys earlier kills.

None of our American Serial Killers even compare though to Harold Shipman from the UK who is credited with 250 plus kills. He was a Doctor ( General practitioner) who was the worst serial killer in the UK and probally the worst serial killer in the world.

What Do You Think About Serial Killers. Why not post your comments now.

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      saaqqa-sofiah 5 years ago

      People's psychology is quite a complicated's hard to understand why some people like those killers exist in the world

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      Hot Lips 5 years ago

      When I read about these people I thought to myself why in god's name is there people like that in the world, it just makes you feel really sick. I know of people that came from not so good families but they turned out alright, some of them have really good jobs. I enjoy reading about them but I don't know why because after I've read about them it makes my blood boil.

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Awful men and awful crimes- I just don't understand how they can do it. An illuminating hub

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      Anon 6 years ago

      Albert Fish was worse than all ten of those.

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      liyahrodriguez 6 years ago

      this is crazy

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      SammySammo 6 years ago from Boston, MA

      This is a great Hub--I like the videos you have here. It's hard to read about some of these people. In a way I feel bad for them.

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      Anthony Hernandez 6 years ago

      How do they get famous for killing people it crude

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      Teodel 7 years ago

      serial killing is an act of hostility, of course. Unpleasant news will delivered everyday in the newspaper and knowing another person died because of some psycho's urge. I find these people interesting because of how their brains work. why are they having these urges? that's what fascinates me most...

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      Tony Stewart 7 years ago

      This is crime writer Tony Stewart. I have just completed the ONLY book written on serial killer Patrick Wayne Kearney and would like to add info ans a link to your page. He killed from 32 to 43 people and went to prison for life without a trial to avoid the death penalty. I knew the killer personally and was the ONLY survivor. The book was written with the assistance of several detectives and relatives of victims. Please contact me if you are interested. Thank you for your time. Tony Stewart

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      cerialkiller 7 years ago

      Albert fish should be top of the list

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      gmandle 7 years ago

      Why does everyone forget about H.H. Holmes?

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      Worst Serial killers Ever 7 years ago

      A true list, these people are the worst in humans.

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      know it all 7 years ago

      manson was a manipulater he made others do his deeds gacy was a closet homosexeual/homophobe he hated what he was and also got pleasure from it ed gein was believed to see his dead mother and did what his mother said also he gained pleasure of keeping body parts and uses them as eating utensuls and also making a human body suit of his victims majority of them reacently deceased he robbed the graves of females and would make love to fresh corpses simple case of necropheolia and cannibalism

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      nick 7 years ago

      i'm also happy that charles manson is not there he is always considered a serial killer but he never killed anyone and he was more of a power craver not one of thoose life/death people

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      nick 7 years ago

      why is h.h. Holmes not on that list he is suspected of over 230 murders and then he frauded a lot of their insurances killed 3 kids and woul torture the victims and sell their cleaned bones to colleges for the class skeletons

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      hellboy 8 years ago

      a life for a life.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Interesting hub. Thank you for the research and information. God Bless You.

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      cherie 8 years ago

      why are some people can keep a cool head and some kill for what ever reasone?

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      QBARNETT 8 years ago


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      sarn2019 9 years ago

      cseidel198875, its because of people like you that killers are allowed to get out on bail and kill again. I get the feeling you'd change your mind if these people killed someone close to you.

      There is no negotiating with some people, no reform possible. Sometimes the only answer is execution for the good of the community. It's sad that it has to get to that point, but that's just the way the world is.

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      ScaredOfClowns 9 years ago

      That John Wayne Gacy in his clown suit is sooo scary. I am scared of clowns now. But it is not right to kill someone/ lots of people and then hide them underneath your house now is it? But if I were gonna kill somebody then hide them do you know where I would hide them? In a cemetery so then it will look as if someone that was close to me had just died then I would put all of the evidence in there to and I would then move to another country.

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      cseidel198875 9 years ago

      its not right to kill someone for any reson the law are biggest killers ever just becuse i kill someone dosnt mean u should do the same two rongs don't make a right ted bundy did kill a lot of women but that dosnt mean he should die for it he should rot in prison for life

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      JohnM 9 years ago from Miami Florida

      Crazyhorsesghost I just watched movies and specials about Bundy , Ridgeway and Shipman. You know I did not know that much about Shipman. I was surprised with how many people he killed.