Top 10 Brutal Serial Killers

No 6. Yang Xinhai

Known as the “Monster Killer”, Yang Xinhai was a Chinese serial killer who confessed to committing 65 murders and 23 rapes. His operating years were 1999-2003. Earlier, in 1988 and 1991, Yang was sentenced to labor camps for theft in Xi’an, Shaanxi and Shijiazhuang, Hebei and in 1996, he was sentenced to five years in prison for attempted rape in Zhumadian, Henan and released in 1999.

He would enter his victims’ homes at night, and kill all of the occupants—mainly farmers—with axes, hammer and shovel, sometimes killing entire families while wearing new clothes and large shoes each time.

In 2004, Yang was found guilty of 67 murders and 23 rapes, official Chinese media believed he had carried out China’s longest and grisliest killing spree; was executed on February 14, 2004, by firing squad.

He reportedly wanted revenge against society as a result of his break up with his girlfriend who had left him because of his previous sentences for theft and rape. On the other hand Yang was quoted as “When I killed people I had a desire (to kill more). This inspired me to kill more. I don’t care whether they deserve to live or not. It is none of my concern…I have no desire to be part of society. Society is not my concern.”

No 5. Gary Ridgway

Gary Leon Ridgway is a truck painter who confessed to killing 71 women, but is suspected of killing more than 90. He is the United States’ most prolific serial killer; also known as The Green River Killer, earning the nickname because his first five victims were found in the Green River. He would strangle the women and then dump their bodies throughout forested and overgrown areas in King County.

He was arrested in arrested on November 30, 2001 when the murders of four women were linked to him through DNA evidence. On disclosing the whereabouts of still missing women he was spared the death penalty and received a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.

His mother is described as being domineering and would belittle him and embarrass him in front of his family usually over his habit of wetting his bed.


No 4. Pedro Rodriguez Filho

A Brazilian aka “Pedrinho Matador”, he was convicted and sentenced to 128 years after being arrested in 1973, but the maximum one can serve in Brazil is 30 years. He admits to have killed over 100 victims, 47 of them inmates. He also reported to have killed his father and ate a piece of his heart. He killed his first two victims at the age of 14.

He killed people for “personal pleasure.”

No 3. Daniel Camargo Barbosa

This is believed to have raped and killed over 150 young girls in Colombia and Ecuador during the 1970s and 1980s.He was from Columbia and his victims were mostly young virgin girls, he confessed to killing 72 victims. He had a de facto union with a woman named Alcira and had two children with her, but later on he fell in love with another woman by the name of Esperanza, age 28 whom he planned to marry. When he found out that Esperanza was not a virgin he and Esperanza formed an agreement that he would stay with her if she aided him in finding other virgin girls to have sex with. Esperanza lured young girls into their apartments, drugged them and then Camargo raped them; he raped 5 girls without killing them and only the 5th one reported the crime. Both Camargo and Esperanza were arrested and taken to separate prisons then.

A judge sentenced Camargo to three years in prison but a new judge was given precedence over the case and Camargo was sentenced to eight years in prison which provoked Camargo to rebellious anger. After serving his sentence, working now as a street vendor in Barranquilla selling television monitors in 1973, one day when passing by a school he kidnapped a nine-year-old girl, raping her and murdering her so that she could not inform the police like his previous victim had. He was arrested on May 3, 1974 in Barranquilla, Colombia and was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, but this sentence was reduced to 25 years on raping and killing a nine-year-old girl only.

Camargo’s mother died when he was a little boy and his father was emotionally distant and he was later raised by an abusive stepmother who would sometimes dressed him in girls’ clothing, making him a victim of ridicule in front of his peers.

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