- The sordid history of serial killers in the United States continues growing. One of the latest to make the macabre list is Israel Keyes, who admitted to killing 4 people in Washington state, another in New York and molested a child in Oregon. To finance his killing sprees, he robbed banks, he confessed. He also admitted to burnding down a home in Texas. Photo: AP
Keyes showed no remorse when detailing how he strangled and killed an 18 year old woman and then tried to ransom her by lying and saying she was still alive. In December 2012 , he cut his wrist and hung himself in jail, leaving a suicide note.
- Police are now looking to confirm many of his confessions; but it's not easy. His crimes spread from Canada to Mexico and the only person that knows the details and truth is now dead. The FBI is convinced he was in fact a serial killer. Photo: AP
But the FBI also knows he took a lot of his secrets to the grave. The following is a list of some of the bloodiest killers in US history.
- Charles Manson was born in 1934 and even as young as 9 years old started getting in real trouble, and was eventually placed in a reform school. At 26, he already had several runins with the law, was accused of sexual violations, robberies and being a pimp. He would go on to form a cult among hippies in San Francisco with followers. On August 9, 1969 his true evil reached its zenith when his followers broke into the home of actress Sharon Tate and her husband, renowned director Roman Polanski, in Beverly Hills and killed her. Photo: Agencias
- After killing the pregnant Tate, the group went on to kill others in the house and neighborhood and wrote the words 'pigs' and 'Helter Skelter', on the walls in blood. Photo: Agencias
- Little is known of Ed Gein, a serial killer who had a preference for young, heavy victims, whose skin he would take off. He was believed to have killed numerous victims between 1947 and 1957. Police believe he killed as many as 15 victims and he was the basis for the character "Buffalo Bill" in the movie "Silence of the Lambs." Photo: Agencias
Ted Bundy was a good looking and charismatic man who hid a serial killer's psychosis behind a smile. Born in 1946, Bundy is believed to have killed as many as 40 women, who he would meet in bars and public places. He would take them to private locations and then rape and murder them.
- Bundy was also a necrophiliac. It is believed that he would return to the bodies of victims and lay with them. Bundy was sentenced to the electric chair and was put to death in Florida in 1989. Photo: AFP
Known as the "Butcher of Milwaukee," Jeffrey Dahmer was born in Wisconsin in 1960. From a young age he was problematic. Dahmer lured men to his apartment, drugged them, peformed amateur lobotomies, had sex with them (often post mortem) and then would dismember them, often eating the remains.
- In July 1991, Dahmer brought victim Tracy Edwards to his apartment but the victim escaped and alerted police. In his apartment they found body parts of other victims and it is believed he killed 17 persons. He was killed in the psychiatric ward of a prison in 1994 by another patient. Photo: Agencias
One of the most dangerous and violent serial killers was David Berkowitz, known as the "The Son of Sam." In a single year, he killed six victims in New York City. After his killings, he would mail information about the murders to police.
- Berkowitz claimed to hear voices from dogs telling him to kill. When arrested, he was convicted and sentenced to 360 years in prison. He has served 59 years so far. Photo: Agencias
- John Wayne Gacy was born in 1942. He was a respected businessman and a member of the Demorcratic Party of Chicago. Nobody suspected him to be an evil man who enjoyed killing children and young peope. He killed at least 33 people, many children who he would lure with magic tricks and illusions. He buried many in his home or in a riverbank nearby. When he was arrested he was sentenced to death. Photo: Agencias
When he was arrested he told police where many of the bodies were buried and they discovered 24 in a single day. Before being executed in 1994, he told his executioners, "Kiss my ass."
- Coral Watts killed only caucasion women between 14 and 35. He would drown them in bathtubs so that there "evil spirit would not escape," he later explained. He would not sexually violate his victims, believed to be around 80, between 1974 and 1982. Photo: Agencias
- Watts was sentenced to life in prison but was on the verge of getting parole if he gave more details of his victims. Eventually, the authorities decided against releasing him and he died in jail in 2007, from prostate cancer at 55. Photo: Agencias
- Another serial killer was Gary Ridgeway, who was born in 1949. Between the 1980s and 1990s, Ridgeway killed young women, mostly prostitutes. "They are easy to trick and nobody is going to report them missing," he later would say. He was dubbed the "Green River Assassin," since he would kill and bury them near the river in Seattle with the same name. Photo: Agencias
Ridgeway was accused of killing 49 women, but he said he had killed 71. He was sentenced to life in prison and interestingly enough, Ted Bundy helped police capture Ridgeway.
- Albert Fish was born in 1870. He was known as the "Boogie Man," who was a pedophile, cannibal and killer of children. He said he killed six children but the real number could be much higher. He was put to death in 1936 at 65 years old. Photo: Agencias
The sordid history of serial killers in the United States continues growing. One of the latest to make the macabre list is Israel Keyes, who admitted to killing 4 people in Washington state, another in New York and molested a child in Oregon. To finance his killing sprees, he robbed banks, he confessed. He also admitted to burnding down a home in Texas.