It’s terrifying to think that the most sinister and successful serial killers are the ones we’ve never heard of, because they’ve never been captured. Some of them were so good we’ll never even realize they exist.
They could be living among us and we’d have no idea!
Everyone knows the killers that have become well known pieces of pop culture and history, but here are 10 of the creepiest serial killers you’ve probably never heard of.
H.H. Holmes was like if Jigsaw from the Saw movies got rid of any trace of a vague set of morals. He built this giant castle in Chicago and filled it with hundreds of rooms designed for death. There were booby traps, chutes to dispose of bodies, and mazes that went nowhere. He was a complete monster. He was executed in 1896 after police were investigating him for insurance fraud of all things. Although authorities could only prove 27 murders, it’s believed he actually killed over 200.
In the 1860s, Lydia Sherman went on a rampage of poisoning everyone close to her. She started with her husband and five children, then remarried a year later and poisoned that husband as well. Soon after she married again and, shockingly enough, she poisoned her new husband and both of his children as well. She was eventually caught in 1871 and spent the rest of her life in prison.
In one of the most sickening stories you’ll ever hear, Genene Jones was a pediatric nurse in San Antonio and may have been responsible for over 50 infant deaths. She would inject the newborns with drugs that would cause them to get dangerously ill. After, she would treat them back to health in order to make herself out to be a hero. Unfortunately her plan did not always work out and numerous infants died under her watch. She was charged with the death of six infants, but the actual number is believed to be much higher.
Albert Hicks was responsible for what’s known as the Sloop Murders in 1860. He was a large, stout man and while on an oyster sloop he got up while everyone else was sleeping and brutally butchered everyone else on the ship. After, he escaped on the lifeboat, before being captured soon after the ship was discovered. His claim was that the devil took possession of him to commit the murders, but after he was caught, the devil abandoned him. He was executed on July 13, 1860.
Robert Hansen was known as the Butcher Baker and murdered possibly up to 21 women from 1971 to 1983. He would pick up prostitutes and take them to a remote area that no one would possibly stumble upon. From there he would torture them and then strip them naked with only a blindfold on and release them in the woods where he would hunt them. In 1983 he was captured and convicted of multiple counts of murder. He is now serving the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.
Marie Delphine LaLaurie
During the 19th century an absolutely shocking discovery was made — Delphine LaLaurie was a well-known member of society who had a reputation of being kind to African-Americans in a time when slavery was still predominant. That was, until there was a fire at her house and people entered her residence to make sure everyone was safe. It was discovered that she had a giant torture chamber where she would torment and murder slaves. Some were still left hanging by their neck when the residence was searched. It’s believe that her number of murders were in the hundreds.
Fred and Rosemary West
The British couple, Fred and Rosemary West, were disturbed to say the least. They were sexual sadists responsible for the death of at least a dozen victims. Their method was to lure young girls, as young as 13, back to their house where they would lock them in the basement and rape and torture them. After a while they’d decide to move on to another girl so they’d kill the one in the basement and bury her in the back yard. When they were finally captured it was discovered they had also murdered their daughter, Fred’s previous wife and daughter, and at least 20 others which Fred said would never be found.
Tillie Klimek had an interesting method for getting away with her murders. She poisoned and killed five different husbands, multiple relatives, children, and other women. Some reports say that she would pose as a psychic, predicting the deaths of her victims to cover her tracks. While it’s never been 100% confirmed, it does make you second-guess ever getting involved with a psychic in a romantic way.
In 1866, Anton Probst was hired by Christopher Deering to work on his farm. Probst then decided he wanted to rob Deering, so instead of simply taking his money, he murdered Deering, his wife, his four children, and two other witnesses. Among his children was an infant asleep in its crib that Probst also murdered. He was captured and executed two months later.
From 1939 to 1940, Leonarda Cianciulli was responsible for the death of three different women. What made her murders so much more disturbing is her method of disposing of the bodies. She claimed to have taken part of their bodies and mixed them with ingredients to make soaps and then took their blood and mixed it cake ingredients and served it to her guests.