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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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Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck: The Lonely Hearts Killers

In the late 1940s, women answered personal ads thinking they would meet the man of their dreams. Instead, they met Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck.

Aileen Wuornos: Depraved Serial Killer Or Countercultural Icon?

Aileen Wuornos’ experiences as a lesbian and abused sex worker have led many to consider her crimes as “justified" revenge against the men who wronged her.

Gary Ridgway: The Green River Killer

Chillingly, he referred to killing young women as his "career."

Manuel Blanco Romasanta: The Werewolf of Allariz

He was Spain's first documented serial killer ... and the motivation behind his bloodlust defied all rational thought.

Death in the Heartland: The Murder Spree of Charles Starkweather

He was the sadistic killer behind one of the most chilling murder sprees in American history.

Fritz Haarmann: The Vampire of Hanover

He claimed more than 24 victims ... but it was his method of murder that earned Haarmann his ghoulish moniker.

Who was the Boston Strangler?

They called him "America's first serial killer of the modern era," but the case of the Boston Strangler is full of contradictions.

Doctor Satan: The Life and Murders of Marcel Petiot

Lurking within this man of medicine was a ruthless killer who lured dozens of victims to their doom.

4 Serial Killers Who Didn’t Act Alone

It takes two to make a thing go horribly wrong.

Deadly Dosage: 6 Chilling True Crimes of Murder by Injection

You thought you were scared of needles ... you had no idea.

Homegrown Horror: 7 Creepy American Serial Killers

The crimes of these American murderers will make your skin crawl.

5 Super-Twisted Serial Killers You’ve Never Heard Of

One woman's convalescent home came to be known as "the murder factory."

Gonna Kill You: The Original Night Stalker

There have been several Night Stalkers over the years . . . but few were as chilling as the first.

John Christie: The Whispering Killer of England

John Christie was hanged for the murder of his wife ... but she was just one of his victims.

Trail of Sangue: The Monster of Florence

Four men were arrested for his crimes, but the real Monster is still at large.

Peter Sutcliffe: The Yorkshire Ripper

By the time he was finally caught, this serial killer had claimed more than a dozen victims.

The Murders (and Many Confessions) of Ottis Toole

He was a serial killer, a serial liar ... or, most likely, both.

31 Unsettling Details About America’s Creepiest Serial Killers

With these notorious killers, the disturbing details just keep coming ...