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Serial killers are real-life nightmares.

Some of the most fascinating people are the evilest. Serial killers have been a widespread phenomenon and dominating news stories for decades. The intrigue of learning the stories behind these renowned criminals has continuously drawn audiences in. With the popularity of Netflix’s Dahmer and books like Helter Skelter, there’s no question that people are hungry for more—and there’s plenty to choose from. 

There are an array of shows, books, documentaries, and more about serial killers real and fictionalized. Read about Jack the Ripper’s anonymous rampage through London in the 1880s or how they finally discovered the identity of the Zodiac Killer in recent years. If you’re a fan of true crime in any capacity, there’s something out there about serial killers for you.

Here are some chilling places to start: 

Peruse the stories before for even more unsettling facts about serial killer.

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13 Chilling True Crime Books About Ted Bundy

The killer's own defense attorney described him as “the very definition of heartless evil.”

The Chilling True Story of Cape Cod Serial Killer Tony Costa

Helltown brings Costa’s “Garden of Horrors” to terrifying life.

The 5 Creepiest Quotes from Albert Fish’s Graphic Letters 

From the depraved mind of the Brooklyn Vampire himself.

Inside the Insidious Mind of the Zodiac Killer

Venture into the encrypted taunts and horrific crimes of one of America's most disturbing serial killers.

Journey Into the Country’s Most Terrifying Urban Legends

Get a Creepy Crate full of spooky stories to share—and a free t-shirt when you subscribe!

The Lineup's Most Disturbing True Crime Bestsellers

The Lineup's community has terrifying taste—these are your most beloved titles.

10 Shows Like Dexter for Fans Who Can’t Get Enough Crime 

These 10 shows share Dexter's psychological tension, macabre humor, and crime thrills.

Edmund Kemper, “The Co-ed Butcher” of Hitchhiking Students

This sadistic giant murdered 10 people in the 1960s and 70s.

Prison Pen Pals: Amanda Howard on Her Collection of Letters from Serial Killers

One cannibal killer even sent her a meaty recipe—and suggested she use herself as the main ingredient.

Clementine Barnabet and the Church of Sacrifice

Whole families were slaughtered in the name of human sacrifice—or was it insanity?

Charles Cullen: New Jersey’s Angel of Death

Though Cullen confessed to 40 murders, some investigators believe he killed as many as 400 people.