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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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Belle Gunness: The Black Widow of the Midwest Who Lured Numerous Victims to Their Deaths

Belle Gunness lured numerous suitors to her Indiana murder farm, where she killed them in cold blood and dumped their bodies in a hog pen.

Mary Jane Kelly: A Look Back at Jack the Ripper’s Last Victim

Remembering the victims of this brutal murder spree. 

40+ Disturbing Serial Killers Who Will Keep You Up at Night

Lock the doors, bar the windows, and read on if you dare.

10 Hair-Raising Serial Killer Movies

You might want to double-lock your doors and windows before watching these...

7 Trophies Saved by Serial Killers

Serial killers save trophies to remember their kills. Some are stranger than others.

The Red Ripper: Russia’s Deadliest Serial Killer

Andrei Chikatilo killed over 50 people before finally being arrested in 1990. He remains the worst serial killer in Russia's history.

A Break in the Case: Was Jack the Ripper Actually Three Men?

A private investigator claims to have cracked the infamous case—and top Ripper experts are taking note.

The One, Tiny Mistake That Finally Took Down The Night Stalker

Serial killer Richard Ramirez was meticulous when it came to covering his tracks ... until his final attack in 1985.

6 Chilling Serial Killer Calling Cards

These heinous killers knew how to leave their mark.

5 Terrifying Real-Life Cases Of Vampire Serial Killers

These five notorious murderers had a thirst for blood...

Son of Sam’s Reign of Terror: 40 Years Later

In the late 1970s, New York City was terrorized by a deranged killer.

The Lambeth Poisoner: London’s Deadly Doctor

Some allege that he confessed to the Jack the Ripper murders with his dying breath.

Joseph Vacher: The Killer of Little Shepherds

This demented ripper cut a trail of death across the French countryside in 1897, leaving 11 known victims in his wake.

9 Chilling Serial Killer Books You Need to Read Now

Get up close and personal with some of the world's most ruthless killers.