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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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The Most Dangerous Animal: Is the Zodiac Killer the Next Cold Case to Be Solved?

Investigators hope that new technology will help find justice for the Zodiac's victims.

6 Twisted British Serial Killers

From the Suffolk Strangler to Jack the Ripper, these British serial killers left a grisly trail of death in their wake.

Sharon Kinne: The Housewife Turned Killer Who Vanished Without a Trace

Over 40 years later, the killer's whereabouts remain unknown. 

Nightmare Fuel: A Serial Killer Stalks One Man’s Dreams

A murderer once thought to be dead is very much alive in this thriller. 

The New Age Murderers Who Went on a Witch-Killing Spree

The duo murdered three innocent people in their "holy war against witches."

The Horrifying Case of the Sunset Strip Killers

This murderous couple tortured their victims mercilessly.

The Moorhouse Murders: The Chilling Serial Killer Couple Who May Have Inspired Hounds of Love

It remains one the most gut-wrenching murder sprees in Australia's history.

Inside the Crimes and Mind of the Baton Rouge Serial Killer

For over ten years, Derrick Todd Lee managed to escape Louisiana police—and murder seven women. 

Murder He Wrote: Vlado Taneski May Have Been More Than a Crime Reporter

How did Taneski know so much about the murders in his hometown? Police say it’s because he was the killer.

Alexander Pichushkin, Russia's Chessboard Killer

The cold-blooded killer's goal was to kill enough people to fill a chessboard.

Gone in the Dark: The 40-Year Hunt for the Golden State Killer

Michelle McNamara’s obsessive search for the man who terrorized California during the 1970s and ‘80s is chronicled in her book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

Angel of Death: Inside the Mind of Serial Child Killer Beverley Allitt

The children's nurse was one of Britain's most notorious killers.

Paul Bateson: The Real-Life Killer Who Appeared in The Exorcist

A convicted murderer and suspected serial killer lurks in the frames of the horror classic.

Uncovering the Truth Behind One of the Bayou Strangler’s Victims

Investigative journalist Fred Rosen interviews a woman who was close to one of the Strangler’s earliest victims: Oliver LeBanks. 

15 Bone-Chilling Quotes from Serial Killers

You may want to sleep with the lights on tonight.