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Argentina

Cayetano Santos Godino
The Mudboy
(2007)


CAYETANO SANTOS GODINO
The Big Eared Midget
(Serial Killer)

Born: 31 October 1896 - Buenos Aires
Died: 15 November 1944 - Ushuaia Penitentiary
Cause of death: Suspicious circumstances
Number of victims: 4
Span of killings: 1912
Sentence: Sent to a reformatory, later jailed.
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Australia

Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
Pvt. Edward J. Leonski
Death of a Soldier
(1986)


EDDIE LEONSKI
The Brownout Strangler
(Spree Killer)

Born: 12 December 1917 - New Jersey, USA
Died: 9 November 1942 - Victoria
Cause of death: Hanged
Number of victims: 3
Span of killings: 1942
Sentence: Death
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Average listal rating (9 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 0
Snowy Rowles
3 Acts of Murder
(2009)


JOHN 'SNOWY' ROWLES
(Murderer)

Born: Unknown
Died: 13 June 1931
Cause of death: Hanged
Number of victims: 3
Span of killings: 1929-1930
Sentence: Death
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John Bunting
The Snowtown Murders
(2011)


JOHN BUNTING
(Serial Killer)

Born: 4 September 1966 - Inala, Queensland
Accomplices: Robert Wagner, Mark Haydon, James Vlassakis
Number of victims: 11 (possibly 12)
Span of killings: 1992-1999
Sentence: 11x life imprisonment (no parole)
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Arthur 'Neddy' Smith
Blue Murder
(1995)


ARTHUR 'NEDDY' SMITH
The Brownout Strangler
(Murderer)

Born: 27 November 1944 - Sydney
Number of victims: 2
Span of killings: 1980's
Sentence: Life imprisonment


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Alexander Pearce
The Last Confession
of Alexander Pearce

(2008)


Other portrayals:
Peter Docker, Oscar Redding
ALEXANDER PEARCE
(Murderer)

Born: 1790 - County Moneghan, Ireland
Died: 19 July 1824 - Hobart
Cause of death: Hanged
Number of victims: 2-6
Span of killings: 1822-1824
Sentence: Death
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James Vlassakis
The Snowtown Murders
(2011)


JAMES VLASSAKIS
(Serial Killer)

Born: 24 December 1979
Accomplices: John Bunting, Robert Wagner, Mark Haydon
Number of victims: 4
Span of killings: 1998-1999
Sentence: 4x life imprisonment
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Robert Wagner
The Snowtown Murders
(2011)


ROBERT WAGNER
(Serial Killer)

Born: 28 November 1971 - Parramatta, NSW
Accomplices: John Bunting, Mark Haydon, James Vlassakis
Number of victims: 10
Span of killings: 1995-1999
Sentence: 10x life imprisonment (no parole)
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Average listal rating (4 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 0
Eric Cooke
The Shark Net
(2003)


ERIC EDGAR COOKE
The Night Caller
(Serial Killer)

Born: 25 February 1931 - Perth, W. Australia
Died: 26 October 1964
Cause of death: Hanged
Number of victims: 8 (further 14 attempted)
Span of killings: 1959-1963
Sentence: Death
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Austria

Jack Unterweger
The Infernal Comedy:
Confessions of a Serial Killer

(2010)


JACK UNTERWEGER
Jack the Writer
(Serial Killer)

Born: 16 August 1950 - Judenburg, Austria
Died: 29 June 1994 - Graz, Austria
Cause of death: Hanging (suicide)
Number of victims: 10-15
Span of killings: 1974, 1990-1992
Sentence: Life imprisonment (no parole)
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Franz Fuchs
Franz Fuchs - Ein Patriot
(2007)


FRANZ FUCHS
(Mass Murderer)

Born: 12 December 1949 - Gralla
Died: 26 February 2000 - Graz-Karlau Prison
Cause of death: Hanging (suicide)
Number of victims: 4
Span of killings: 1995
Sentence: Life imprisonment
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Canada

Average listal rating (58 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 0
David Snow
A Friend of the Family
(2005)


DAVID SNOW
(Murderer)

Born: 1955
Number of victims: 2+
Span of killings: 1992
Sentence: Life imprisonment


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Paul Bernado
Karla
(2006)


PAUL BERNARDO
The Schoolgirl Killer
(Serial Killer)

Born: 27 August 1964 - Scarborough, Ontario
Accomplice: Karla Homolka
Number of victims: 3+
Span of killings: 1990-1992
Sentence: Life imprisonment

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The Killer
Polytechnique
(2009)


MARK LÉPINE
(Mass Murderer)

Born: 26 October 1964 - Montreal
Died: 6 December 1989 - Montreal
Cause of death: Gunshot (suicide)
Number of victims: 14
Span of killings: 1989
Sentence: None, committed suicide on the day of the murders.
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Average listal rating (274 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
Karla Homolka
Karla
(2006)


KARLA HOMOLKA
(Serial Killer)

Born: 4 May 1970 - Port Credit, Ontario
Accomplice: Paul Bernardo
Number of victims: 3+
Span of killings: 1990-1992
Sentence: 12 years

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Egypt

Raya
Raya wa Sekina
(2005)


Other portrayals:
Negma Ibrahim
RAYA ABDEL-AL
(Serial Killer)

Died: 1921
Cause of death: Hanged
Accomplice: Sekina Abdel-Al
Number of victims: 17
Sentence: Death

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Sekina
Raya wa Sekina
(2005)


Other portrayals:
Zouzou Hamdy El-Hakim
SEKINA ABDEL-AL
(Serial Killer)

Died: 1921
Cause of death: Hanged
Accomplice: Raya Abdel-Al
Number of victims: 17
Sentence: Death

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England

Average listal rating (15 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 0
William Palmer
The Life and Crimes of
William Palmer

(1998)


WILLIAM PALMER
(Serial Killer)

Born: 6 August 1824 - Rugely, Staffordshire
Died: 14 June 1856 - Stafford Prison
Cause of death: Hanged
Number of victims: 5 + numerous illegitimates
Span of killings: 1846-1855
Sentence: Death
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John Christie
10 Rillington Place
(1971)


JOHN CHRISTIE
(Serial Killer)

Born: 8 April 1899 - Halifax, West Yorkshire
Died: 15 July 1953 - Pentonville Prison
Cause of death: Hanged
Number of victims: 8 known
Span of killings: 1943-1953
Sentence: Death
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Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Harold Shipman
Shipman
(2002)


HAROLD SHIPMAN
(Serial Killer)

Born: 14 January 1946 - Nottingham
Died: 13 January 2004 - HM Prison Wakefield
Cause of death: Hanging (suicide)
Number of victims: 240+
Span of killings: 1975-1998
Sentence: Life imprisonment
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Beverley Allitt
Angel of Death:
The Beverley Allitt Story

(2005)


BEVERLEY ALLITT
(Serial Killer)

Born: 4 October 1968 - Corby, Northamptonshire
Number of victims: 4 (9 others survived)
Span of killings: 1991
Sentence: 13 life sentences


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John George Haigh
A is for Acid
(2002)


JOHN GEORGE HAIGH
(Serial Killer)

Born: 24 July 1909 - Stamford, Lincolnshire
Died: 10 August 1949 - Wandsworth Prison
Cause of death: Hanged
Number of victims: 6-9
Span of killings: 1944-1949
Sentence: Death
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Fred West
Appropriate Adult
(2011)


ROSEMARY WEST
(Serial Killer)

Born: 29 November 1953 - Barnstaple, Devon
Accomplice: Fred West
Number of victims: 10
Span of killings: 1971-1987
Sentence: Life imprisonment

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Average listal rating (1 ratings) 1 IMDB Rating 0
Dennis Nilsen
Cold Light of Day
(1989)


DENNIS NILSEN
The Muswell Hill Murderer
(Serial Killer)

Born: 23 November 1945 - Fraserburgh
Number of victims: 15
Span of killings: 1978-1983
Sentence: Life imprisonment


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Jack Whomes
Rise of the Footsoldier
(2007)


Other portrayals:
Dave Legeno, Tony Denham
JACK WHOMES
(Murderer)

Born: Unknown
Accomplice: Michael Steele
Number of victims: 3
Span of killings: 1988
Sentence: 3 life sentences

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Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Ian Brady
See No Evil: The Moors Murders
(2006)


Other portrayals:
Andy Serkis
IAN BRADY
(Serial Killer)

Born: 2 January 1938 - Glasgow, Scotland
Accomplice: Myra Hindley
Number of victims: 5
Span of killings: 1963-1965
Sentence: Life imprisonment

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George Joseph Smith
Brides in the Bath
(2003)


GEORGE JOSEPH SMITH
The Acid Bath Murderer
(Serial Killer)

Born: 11 January 1872 - Bethnal Green, London
Died: 13 August 1915 - Maidstone Prison
Cause of death: Hanged
Number of victims: 3
Span of killings: 1912-1914
Sentence: Death
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Peter Sutcliffe
Peter
(2011)


Other portrayals:
Craig Cheetham, Joseph Mawle
PETER SUTCLIFFE
The Yorkshire Ripper
(Serial Killer)

Born: 2 June 1946 - Bingley, West Yorkshire
Number of victims: 13
Span of killings: 1975-1980
Sentence: Life imprisonment


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Steve Wright
Five Daughters
(2010)


STEVE WRIGHT
The Suffolk Strangler
(Serial Killer)

Born: 24 April 1958 - Erpingham, Norfolk
Number of victims: 5
Span of killings: 2006
Sentence: Life imprisonment


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Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
Mickey Steele
Rise of the Footsoldier
(2007)


Other portrayals:
Vincent Regan, Robert Cavanah
MICHAEL STEELE
(Murderer)

Born: Unknown
Accomplice: Jack Whomes
Number of victims: 3
Span of killings: 1988
Sentence: 3 life sentences

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Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Myra Hindley
See No Evil: The Moors Murders
(2006)


Other portrayals:
Samantha Morton
MYRA HINDLEY
(Serial Killer)

Born: 23 July 1942 - Gorton, Manchester
Died: 15 November 2002
Cause of death: Bronchial pneumonia, heart disease
Accomplice: Ian Brady
Number of victims: 5
Span of killings: 1963-1965
Sentence: Life imprisonment
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Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 0
Graham Young
The Young Poisoner's Handbook
(1995)


GRAHAM YOUNG
The Teacup Poisoner
(Serial Killer)

Born: 10 September 1947 - Neasden, London
Died: 1 August 1990 - HM Prison Parkhurst
Cause of death: Myocardial infarction
Number of victims: 3
Span of killings: 1962-1971
Sentence: Life imprisonment
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Donald Nielson
The Black Panther
(1977)


DONALD NIELSON
The Black Panther
(Serial Killer)

Born: 1 August 1936 - Bradford, West Yorkshire
Died: 18 December 2011 - Norwich, Norfolk
Cause of death: Motor neuron disease
Number of victims: 4
Span of killings: 1974-1975
Sentence: Life imprisonment
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Average listal rating (143 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
Fred West
Appropriate Adult
(2011)


FRED WEST
(Serial Killer)

Born: 29 September 1941 - Much Marcle, Herefordshire
Died: 1 January 1995 - HM Prison Birmingham
Cause of death: Hanging (suicide)
Accomplice: Rosemary West
Number of victims: 13+
Span of killings: 1971-1987
Sentence: Committed suicide before trial
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France

Francis Heaulme
Dans la tête du tueur
(2004)


FRANCIS HEAULME
The Criminal Backpacker
(Serial Killer)

Born: 25 February 1959 - Metz
Number of victims: 7-40
Span of killings: 1984-1992
Sentence: Life imprisonment


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Marie-Madeleine-Marguerite d'Aubray
Marquise de Brinvilliers
La marquise des ombres
(2010)


MARIE-MADELEINE-MARGUERITE D'AUBRAY
MARQUISE DE BRINVILLIERS
(Murderer)

Born: 22 July 1630 - Paris
Died: 17 July 1676 - Paris
Cause of death: Water cure, beheaded, burnt at the stake
Accomplice: Godin de Sainte-Croix
Number of victims: 3+
Span of killings: 1666-1670
Sentence: Death
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Léa Papin
Murderous Maids
(2000)


Other portrayals:
Jodhi May
LÉA PAPIN
(Murderer)

Born: 15 September 1911 - Le Mans
Died: 2001
Cause of death: Unknown
Accomplice: Christine Papin
Number of victims: 2
Span of killings: 1933
Sentence: 10 years imprisonment
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Henri Landru
Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons
(1960)


Other portrayals:
Charles Denner, Patrick Timsit
HENRI DÉSIRÉ LANDRU
Bluebeard
(Serial Killer)

Born: 12 April 1869 - Paris
Died: 25 February 1922 - Versailles
Cause of death: Guillotine
Number of victims: 11
Span of killings: 1915-1919
Sentence: Death
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Docteur Petiot
Docteur Petiot
(1990)


MARCEL PETIOT
(Serial Killer)

Born: 17 January 1897 - Auxerre
Died: 25 May 1946 - Paris
Cause of death: Guillotine
Number of victims: 26+
Span of killings: 1926-1944
Sentence: Death
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Christine Papin
Murderous Maids
(2000)


Other portrayals:
Joely Richardson
CHRISTINE PAPIN
(Murderer)

Born: 8 March 1905 - Le Mans
Died: 18 May 1937 - Renne
Cause of death: Cachexia
Accomplice: Léa Papin
Number of victims: 2
Span of killings: 1933
Sentence: Death, later reduced to life imprisonment
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Émile Buisson
Flic Story
(1975)


ÉMILE BUISSON
(Serial Killer)

Born: 19 August 1902 - Paray-le-Monial
Died: 28 February 1956
Cause of death: Guillotine
Number of victims: 30+
Span of killings: 1923-1956
Sentence: Death
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Germany

Peter Kuerten
The Secret Killer
(1965)


Other portrayals:
Nigel Green, Milan Knazko
PETER KÜRTEN
The Vampire of Düsseldorf
(Serial Killer)

Born: 26 May 1883 - Mülheim am Rhein
Died: 2 July 1931 - Cologne
Cause of death: Guillotine
Number of victims: 9-60
Span of killings: 1929
Sentence: Death
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Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Fritz Haarmann
The Tenderness of the Wolves
(1973)


Other portrayals:
Götz George
FRITZ HARMANN
The Butcher of Hanover
(Serial Killer)

Born: 25 October 1879 - Hanover
Died: 15 April 1925 - Hanover
Cause of death: Guillotine
Number of victims: 24+
Span of killings: 1918-1924
Sentence: Death
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Jürgen Bartsch
The Child I Never Was
(2002)


JÜRGEN BARTSCH
(Serial Killer)

Born: 6 November 1946 - Essen
Died: 28 April 1976 - Eickelborn
Cause of death: Halothane overdose (accidental)
Number of victims: 4
Span of killings: 1962-1966
Sentence: Life Imprisonment, reduced to 10 years juvenile detention on appeal
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Gesche Gottfried
Gesche Gottfried
(1978)


Other portrayals:
Birgitte Federspiel, Geno Lechner
GESCHE GOTTFRIED
(Serial Killer)

Born: 6 March 1785 - Bremen
Died: 21 March 1831 - Bremen
Cause of death: Guillotine
Number of victims: 15
Span of killings: 1813-1827
Sentence: Death
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Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Horst David
Der Mann, dem die Frauen vertrauten,
Der Serienmörder Horst David

(2008)


HORST DAVID
(Serial Killer)

Born: 22 November 1938 - Breslau
Number of victims: 7
Span of killings: 1975-1993
Sentence: Life Imprisonment


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Guyana

Rev. Jim Jones
Guyana Tragedy:
The Story of Jim Jones

(1980)


JIM JONES
(Mass Murderer)

Born: 13 May 1931 - Randolph County, IN
Died: 18 November 1978 - Jonestown, Guyana
Cause of death: Gunshot (suicide)
Number of victims: 914
Span of killings: 1978
Sentence: None, committed suicide
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Hong Kong

The Rapist
Tun Men Se Mo
(1994)


LAM KWOK-WAI
The Tuen Mun Rapist
(Serial Killer)

Born: 1971
Number of victims: 3
Span of killings: 1992-1993
Sentence: Life imprisonment


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Dr Lamb
The Underground Banker
(1994)


LAM KOR-WAN
The Jars Murderer
(Serial Killer)

Born: 1955
Number of victims: 4
Span of killings: 1982
Sentence: Death, later reduced to life imprisonment

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Hungary

Average listal rating (278 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Erzsébet Báthory
Bathory: Countess of Blood
(2008)


Other portrayals:
Delphine Seyrig, Julie Delpy
ELIZABETH BÁTHORY
The Blood Countess
(Serial Killer)

Born: 7 August 1560 - Nyírbátor
Died: 21 August 1614 - Csejte
Cause of death: Natural causes
Accomplices: Dorotya Semtész, Ilona Jó, Katarína Benická, János Újváry
Number of victims: 80-650
Sentence: Lifelong confinement
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Here is a list of people who have played real-life serial killers and murderers.

We've only included people who have been convicted (or later suspected) of killing more than one person... or the list would be pretty endless.

We have discounted any portrayals where the name of the killer has been changed, unless to things such as 'The Killer' or 'The Psychopath'.

When dealing with unsolved crimes, we have had to accept that an element of fiction will have been applied, but we have tried to ensure that there is at least some logic behind the story.

We hope that you will enjoy the list, and perhaps be encouraged to find out more about one or two of the names mentioned.

Feel free to point out any errors, or anyone that we may have missed.

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Definitions:

Serial Killer: Three* or more killings over a significant amount of time with periods of normality between killings.

Spree Killer: Multiple killings in different locations over a short space of time with no cooling-off period.

Mass Murderer: The murder of four or more people in the same incident.

*The FBI now regard the number to be two,
but three is the traditional definition.

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at May 6 9:06
I can see where a fascination develops for this material and the serial killers themselves. I've been interested for many years. The darkness of the soul and the many twists and turns that lead to deep, dark corners of the mind...
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Jun 21 10:27
Was going through to see who had the most (not that it's a competition), the leader had 40 I think, then I stumble onto this guy with 914!!! Just how ;o

Another great list, amazing stuff!
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Jun 24 15:07
Great and interesting list!
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jul 30 20:42
Hard and brilliant work!
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jul 30 22:18
I could relate serial killers are fascinating in a creepy twisted way
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Apr 23 18:24
I love the title for this list! This is a very interesting list and it shows that you put a lot of work into it. Well done!
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Oct 24 15:23
Really interesting. I'd like to watch some of these movies.

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