Of Man and Monster: The 8 Sickest Serial Killers of All Time

By Remy Carreiro, freelance serial killer

Did you know that in your lifetime it is estimated will you have walked by four serial killers. That means the epitome of death stood mere feet beside you at one point. You ever wonder if out of those four times if they noticed you? Let’s say they did. Took a note of how you looked, where you went, maybe followed you home to check out where you live in case they get hit with the “urge” again. The scary fact is, right now, an active serial killer lives near you (peep this if you have any doubts or think I am exaggerating). We are surrounded. And just the simple thought that one of them could have one of us in their sights is even scarier, but we would be fools to think otherwise. Based on stats alone, if even ten thousand people read this, five of those people will die by being murdered. So, in essence, some of you are DEFINITELY gonna get killed by a serial killer in your lifetime. Fucked up, huh? Sorry to break the news to you but KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE!

With that massively unsettling opening out of the way, how about we take some time to talk about the 8 sickest motherfuckers to ever walk this Earth? Feels apropos before halloween. I mean, think about it. All a serial killer has to do on Halloween is go out in 3 costumes they change up every kill and kill a bunch of people then ditch the costumes. Bam, you have a country looking for three killers while the real killer sits on their couch at home and beats-off to their sick accomplishments and the TV news talking about them.

By the way, no war criminals on this list because that is a different breed of indoctrinated killer. Serial killers work by themselves and not under rule or regime like the military does.

Edmund Kemper

Anyone watching the amazing Mindhunter series on Netflix right now should be quite familiar with Edmund Kemper. I, unfortunately read a true crime book about him when I was twelve and never got over it. He was keen on assaulting woman, molesting and raping them, often after they were dead.

The big thing that really caught people’s attention was when he chopped his Mom’s head off and then f*cked it raw. I don’t mean her mouth or anything, I mean her head. He put his penis inside of the neck and fucked her head, literally.

The worst part is often how candidly these killers talk about said crimes, as seen above.

“I cut off her head and I humiliated her corpse.”

That is disturbing on a level many of us thankfully cannot fathom.

Albert Fish

When it comes to serial killers, Albert Fish is the one who strikes the most terror in my heart, even though he is long gone by now. Called the Grey Man, no one seems to know his legend is what spawned the basic premise for Slenderman years back. A seemingly faceless man who can reach all children, no matter how well they run or hide. THAT was Albert Fish.

An cannibal, rapist, and killer of children, his depravity knew no bounds and his penchant for sadism and masochism was unrivaled. He would lash himself with a burning coat hanger before raping and/or killing his victims.

The worst part, he would walk right up to parents if he saw them with balloons and offer to take the kids to the “same party he was going to that day” and it was early 1900’s so no one thought squat.

Then one family got a letter. I am warning you right now, you will never be able to unread what you are about to read, so don’t go there if you know it will ruin you.

A few weeks earlier 10 year old girl, Grace Budd was handed directly to Fish on a train and then went missing.

Not long after, this letter showed up at Grace’s parent’s door:

“My Dear Mrs. Budd,

In 1894, a friend of mine shipped as a deckhand on the steamer Tacoma, Capt. John Davis. They sailed from San Francisco to Hong Kong, China. On arriving there, he and two others went ashore and got drunk. When they returned, the boat was gone.

At that time, there was a famine in China. Meat of any kind was 1-3 dollars a pound. So great was the suffering among the very poor that all children under 12 were sold for food in order to keep others from starving. A boy or girl under 14 was not safe in the street. You could go in any shop and ask for steak, chops, or stew meat. Part of the naked body of a boy or girl would be brought out and just what you wanted cut from it. A boy or girl’s behind, which is the sweetest part of the body and is sold as veal cutlets, brings the highest price.

John stayed there so long that he acquired a taste for human flesh. On his return to N.Y., he stole two boys — one 7, one 11. He took them to his home, stripped them naked, and tied them up in a closet, and then burned everything they had on. Several times every day and night he spanked them — tortured them — to make their meat good and tender.

First, he killed the 11-year-old boy, because he had the fattest ass and of course the most meat on it. Every part of his body was cooked and eaten except the head, bones, and guts. He was roasted in the oven (all of his ass), boiled, broiled, fried, and stewed. The little boy was next, and he went the same way. At that time, I was living at 409 E. 100 St. He told me so often how good human flesh was, and I made up my mind to taste it.

On June 3, 1928, I called on you at 406 W. 15 St. and brought you pot cheese and strawberries. We had lunch. Grace sat on my lap and kissed me. I made up my mind to eat her.

On the pretense of taking her to a party, you said yes, she could go. I took her to an empty house in Westchester I had already picked out. When we got there, I told her to remain outside. She picked wildflowers. I went upstairs and stripped all my clothes off. I knew if I did not I would get her blood on them.

When all was ready, I went to the window and called her. Then I hid in the closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down the stairs. I grabbed her and she said she would tell her mamma.

First, I stripped her naked. How she did kick, bite, and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take the meat to my rooms, cook, and eat it. How sweet and tender her little ass was roasted in the oven. It took me 9 days to eat her entire body. I did not fuck her, though I could have if I wished. She died a virgin.”

Now think about that tonight when you tuck your kid in and realize, your kid has ALSO walked by active serial killers.

Now please excuse me while I go cry and vomit forever, which happens alot when I go down these kinds of rabbit holes.

Pedro Lopez

This is one serial killer you may not know about depending on where you live and when you grew up, but if there is a poster child for rapist killers of young woman, this man was it.

Lopez was a Colombian serial killer who was sentenced for killing up to 80 girls, but the truth behind the matter is much darker.

Pedro is believed to have raped and killed potentially over 300 female victims across Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador. His constant movement made him even more difficult for the FBI to catch.

Nicknamed “ The monster of the Andes” Pedro was a remorseless killing machine who fed on pain and control and suffering, and had his reign of rape and terror not been ceased, it is chilling to imagine how high that body count would have risen.

BTW, this dude is still alive, somehow.

Someone who knows someone in the Colombian jail system, take care of that. That trash needs to be taken out to the fucking curb.

H.H Holmes

Ah, if for no other reason than sheer cunning, I cannot even be that mad at H.H Holmes, even though the man was a monster. Please allow me to tell you why before you hit up my Twitter and tell me to die.

H.H built the infamous “murder motel” at New York’s FIRST world’s fair. This was a giant hotel he knew guests from ALL OVER THE WORLD would be staying at, so he had it rigged as a MURDER CASTLE. Laundry shoots would open wide into pits of acid. Blades would pop out and cut people. Stairs would give way to slides that led into fire pits. Some rooms were gassed.

It was like the guy from Saw 100 years before anyone thought of it.He even had a crematorium built so he could get rid of all evidence.

Problem is, he got addicted to the killing, and like all killers, he eventually got lazy.

Still, though, you cannot help but be a little blown away by the scale of his killings. Having a special castle built that would kill people and burn their remains, but yet you keep their money (which is what he did) is kinda Hannibal Lecter brilliant, in the sickest way possible.

Hey, at least he thought outside the box.

Henry Lee Lucas

I have always found roadside killers to be like the fast food version of serial killers. Cool, you pick up hookers and kill them. That must be super hard. Killing people no one will notice missing doesn’t seem like it would take a lot of skill or creativity. Just being honest.

Henry Lee Lucas told his own story and made himself into some serial killing god who took out thousands, but MANY think that (like many serial killer confessions) it is a load of bullshit to make himself seem even more scary or legendary in the serial killer circle.

Henry Lee Lucas (and his weird killing partner who he eventually killed) is another serial killer who started life by being abused by his Mom (a trend on this list, for those unaware) and then killing her. That is when he got his taste for blood and hatred for women, blah blah.

Really, he was just a white trash drifter who only got away with the murders as long as he did because he was always on the move, a key to successful serial killing.

Pretty scarring flick about his story, too.

I guess Merle from the Walking Dead was always kind of a prick.

Carl Panzram

If there was one serial killer who thought on a grand scope (outside of H.H Holmes, above) it was Carl Panzram. Another story of a child abused and sent astray from a broken home, all Carl knew his whole life was death and rape, so that was all he left in his wake behind him wherever he went.

Considered by many to be the scariest serial killer of all time, Panzram’s life was the stuff of nightmares. He was so mistreated in jail due to said crimes that many prisoner rights were put into place as a result of just how badly he was abused by the guards (he raped and killed a bunch of kids, karma is a bitch).

What makes Panzram’s story so amazing is when he truly snapped and tried to steal a U-Boat and fire it in foreign waters to start World War 3.

This guy hated humanity so much his goal was to end the world with another world war HE single handedly started. Obviously, he didn’t pull that off, but to imagine hatred on that scope is almost unfathomable.

“I hate the whole human race, myself included”. His words.

Panzram claims he killed hundreds but the certified number is 21, though his rape count of young boys is said to be close to a thousand. Yes, you can shower after reading that. I will give you a minute.

You good? Okay.

Crazy to think that a guard snuck him in a pencil and pad of paper so he could write his auto-biography before being put to death.

Sick side note, on his way to get hung (which was ultimately the death he had wanted his whole life) it is recorded as him saying to the executioner:

Hurry up you Hoosier Bastard, I could kill 10 men while you’re fooling around.

So yeah, dude was fucking hardcore.

I suggest anyone interested read his book: Killer: A Journal of Murder to truly get insight into how a sick mind works. Doesn’t hurt dude was a damn fine writer (but he was uneducated and rode trains raping people his whole life, so some think he told the guard his story and the guard actually wrote the book because it is very well-written to be written by an uneducated murdering rapist:

The documentary is well done, too, and on top of it, the guy who voices Bender on Futurama and Jake the Dog on Adventure Time (John DiMaggio for the win) does the voiceover for Panzram. Talk about working in extremes. He is either a sassy robot, a shape-shifting dog, or talking about how fulfilling raping children was to him.


Ted Bundy

Let’s none of us pretend we don’t know this story. The man almost got away with murder because he had a good job and was good looking. No joke. But Ted Bundy was a sick fuck (that whole FAKE CAST scene in Silence of the Lambs is a real move created by Bundy) and because his ego was SO massive, he chose to defend himself in court on the case.

As many of you know, an electric chair later, that self-defense ides was not too beneficial of a choice on his part, though NO lawyer could’ve gotten him off (as much as killing women did, anyway). Yay, tasteless jokes at the worst times possible!

Moving on to one killer you DON’T know who makes Bundy look like a Disney character…..

Andrei Chikatilo

AKA  the Butcher of Rostov, the Red Ripper, and the Rostov Ripper, just based on his location during his crimes Russia) many Americans don’t know about this monster.

Sometimes it is fun to tell you, but sometimes it is more fun to show you (though fun is clearly not the right word to be using here).

A man who was far more beast than actual man, someone like Andrei Chikatilo makes it REALLY easy to believe that genuine evil exists.

Even the look on his face at all times is wholly unsettling. He looks like death.

(Dishonorable Mentions)

Jeffrey Dahmer

Yes, Jeffrey Dahmer is as bad as they get, but he is the one serial killer who society has talked to death (tasteless pun intended). There is even a movie coming out this year called My Friend Dahmer based off the graphic novel of the same name, with the film focusing on Dahmer as just a regular high school kid beginning to get some really bad urges.

So last thing Dahmer needs is any more publicity right now. I can’t get a fucking book deal but a dead guy who raped and ate a bunch of people (kids included) gets movie deals.

Seems legit.

John Wayne Gacy

Yeah, Pogo the f*cking clown. I say that because he f*cked little boys before he killed them and buried them in his basement, dozens on top of one another. So why does a man so sick only make dishonorables?

Well, because he is another public serial killer the world loves to name drop and act like they know everything about, so why bother telling people shit they already know?

Bet you didn’t know he made MAD BANK while in prison selling his paintings, though, huh?

Yeah, an incarcerated man was doing better professionally at one point than you.

Click that link and let that shit sink in for a moment why you struggle to pay your next utility bill.

Robert Ben Rhoades

I have a connection to this case I cannot speak about, but I will tell you this. He is still alive and has no right to be. Maybe we can change this.

His address is:

Ben Rhoades C/O

Menard Correctional Center

711 E Kaskaskia St, Menard, IL 62259

Phone number of prison: (618) 826-5071

He is in maximum security, which makes him very hard to get to, but perhaps if any of you know someone incarcerated in the area, we could make this look like a “prison accident.” If I could, I would do things to him that would make the people on this list look like fine, upstanding citizens.

Matter of fact, I am gonna send this article to him, so let me address him directly:

Hey Ben,

I just want you to know, we don’t forgive and we don’t forget. You are in the safest place you could possibly be right now, but I have no problem whatsoever heading out your way and committing some atrocious crime just so I can get locked up in the same place as you. I want you to suffer. I want you to feel the blackness and emptiness and fear you made Regina and her boyfriend feel, as well as all the others. A truck driver feeding on children, you must feel so powerful. I will reduce you to a toothless infant, crawling on the floor in your own waste.

You see, I have made it my mission in life to see you die, and I don’t care if it kills me to make it happen.

You’re already dead but don’t know it,

Remy Carreiro

(Look me up, motherfucker, I wanna dance with you)

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Photo by Remy Carreiro

Yes, I just called out a serial killer. That JUST actually happened.

In Closing:

Now I could tell you that 80% of the above convicted grew up being molested and beaten by their (often prostitute) Moms (yes, Moms breed serial killers, not Dads. Sorry ladies, but it’s been proven, which is why men are always the killers and women the victims because they project that rage and sickness of their mother onto all women when they grow up) but fuck all that noise. I am not going to sit here and justify their actions by any means.

We ALL had our fair share of shit as a child, and we turned out alright (I think) so fuck them and their excuses or the sickening logic behind what they do.

They are monsters, and may each and every one of their deaths be like Dahmer’s was.

For those that don’t know, Dahmer was doing janitor duty in the jail church when another inmate broke the broom handle and jammed the sharp, wooden shards into Dahmer’s neck, causing him to slowly bleed out on the floor for ten minutes, drowning in his own blood, alone, like he deserved.

Now that, THAT is a cure for sickness.

Featured image by Circle of Ash — Flickr.