Serial killers are defined as individuals who kill three or more people, generally with a cooling-off period between each victim. The typical serial killer is a white, middle-aged male. Additionally, serial killers tend to choose their victims from within their own racial group.
Serial killers prove quite difficult to identify and capture, however, because most are quite adept at blending into society. What this means is that, from all appearances, they are law-abiding citizens, and are also often charismatic and approachable. But appearances can be deceiving, as serial killers are, in fact, “sociopaths who do not have the capability to empathize with their victims”, according to Sammy Said of TheRichest.com.
The following is a list of five of the most infamous serial killers the United States has ever seen:
5. Ed Gein
4. Gary Ridgway
3. Ted Bundy
2. John Wayne Gacy
1. Jeffrey Dahmer
Arguably the nation’s most notorious, albeit not its first, serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer committed some of the most sick and twisted atrocities imaginable against at least 17 males, young and old alike, over a period of 13 years. Dahmer did not simply murder his victims. His crimes also “included rape, necrophilia, dismemberment, and cannibalism” according to Sammy Said.
In his book “I,Monster”, author Tom Philbin reveals that Dahmer’s reign of terror only ended when he was finally arrested in 1991. Dahmer himself stated, “If I hadn’t been caught or lost my job, I’d still be doing it, I’m quite sure of that.” Dahmer was subsequently killed by a fellow inmate while in prison. Thus, in the end, one of Dahmer’s last wishes was fulfilled, as Philbin quoted Dahmer in his book as having proclaimed, “If I was killed in prison. That would be a blessing right now.”