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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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5 Chilling Facts About H.H. Holmes’ Murder Castle

This hotel hid secrets and bodies within its walls.

The Harpe Brothers: America’s Original Serial Killers

This deadly pair from 18th century America left a bloody trail across the frontier as they slaughtered men, women, and children to satisfy their bloodlust.

6 True Crime Reads About Serial Killers on Campus

The semester from hell doesn’t even begin to describe it for these students.

Zac Efron Is Set to Play Ted Bundy in an Upcoming Thriller

Can the Disney heartthrob make the transition to cold-blooded killer?

Randall Woodfield: The Star Football Player Who Became a Serial Killer

He seemed have everything going for him ... but darkness lurked beneath the surface.

The Body of H.H. Holmes Is Being Exhumed Right Now—Here’s Why

Did the sadistic "Murder Castle" serial killer fake his own death in 1896?

Myra Hindley & Ian Brady: The Moors Murderers

These sadistic killers shocked the world with their horrific crimes.

7 Little-Known Killers of the 19th Century

Here are seven little-known killers of the 19th century.

Terror in Glasgow: Was Serial Killer Peter Tobin Behind the Unsolved Bible John Murders?

Serial killer Peter Tobin has three known victims: but was this depraved killer also responsible for the unsolved Bible John murders of the 1960s?

9 Little-Known Facts About John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy AKA "The Killer Clown" raped and murdered at least 33—crimes he died for in 1994. These are the rarely-discussed details of his life.

4 Creepy-As-Hell Serial Killers You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Think you know everything about the most infamous serial killers the world has ever produced? 

What Happens to the Bodies of Infamous Killers After They Die?

Here's where they go after they're gone for good...

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Doctor Death: The Decades-Long Killing Spree of Harold Shipman

An inquiry into his sinister activities concluded that he killed at least 215 of his patients.