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:
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Whole families were slaughtered in the name of human sacrifice—or was it insanity?
Though Cullen confessed to 40 murders, some investigators believe he killed as many as 400 people.
He had a disturbing confession to make back in 1982.
The stars spell murder.
Stealing, telling phony fortunes, faking prophetic messages on 'freshly laid' eggs, and poisoned puddings were just the beginning for Mary Bateman.
Get a fascinating new perspective on the darkness that lives within these violent offenders.
By Erin Hagan
A nephew of the Chinese emperor, Liu Pengli was feared by many.
Home of the brave, or home of the depraved?
These classics of true crime will lead you down terrifying rabbit holes.
Go behind bars.
A picture is worth a thousand words...
Brilliant connections in chilling cases.
Human remains were found scattered throughout southwestern Florida.
Revealing the serial killer behind one of the most ghastly crime sprees in recent history, these books offer chilling insight into his horrifying attacks.
By Kara Brand
Like the documentary, these books challenge our preconceived notions about killers.
Can these true crime authors crack the notorious unsolved case?
He turned a small patch of land into a garden of horrors.
The FBI described Keyes as one of the most meticulous serial killers in American history.
Vanessa Brown's in-depth examination of the unsolved slayings in the "Serial Killer Capital" will leave you with chills.
The weeping killer called the police to tearfully apologize for his crimes...but that didn't stop him from striking again and again.