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13 Facts About Serial Killers That You Definitely Shouldn't Read After 10PM (But Will Because You Hate Yourself)


1. Huang Yong, a prolific Chinese serial killer, kept an array of leather belts of young boys and men as souvenirs after he drugged and raped his victims.

Yong was executed by a firing squad on 26 December 2003, after 17 corpses were unearthed from his backyard. He mostly targeted young boys as he believed old men were too vigilant to trick, and female victims would make him look like less of a "hero".

2. The Russian killer Alexander Pichushkin was nicknamed the "Chessboard Killer" because his goal was to kill 64 people, which is the exact number of squares on a chessboard.


Pichushkin kept a chessboard in his apartment on which he wrote the dates he killed his victims on each square. At the time of his arrest, 61 of the 64 squares on the chessboard were already filled in, even though he was only tried for 49 murders. What makes him the creepiest serial killer is that he butchered more people than Jeffrey Dahmer, Jack the Ripper, and the Son of Sam combined.

3. Niels Hoegel, a German nurse, intentionally injected his patients with drugs to cause heart failure, because he liked showing off his resuscitation skills to colleagues.


Niels was already serving a life sentence for murdering two patients, when in January 2018 he was again charged with 97 murders. He was first caught after a nurse observed that a previously stable patient had a stroke during Niels' shift. The nurse later found empty medication containers in the wastebin while he was busy resuscitating the patient.

4. Professor Mohan Kumar, aka "Cyanide Mohan", lured young women into marrying him and killed them the next day by giving them birth control pills laced with cyanide.

The Indian serial killer was recently sentenced to imprisonment till death for five murder cases, even though he's accused of 20 murders. His victims were those women who couldn't pay the dowry or were unable to find suitable grooms for themselves.

5. Leonarda Cianciulli from Southern Italy converted her three middle-aged victims into soap and cake, which she gifted to her friends later.

After a fortune-teller predicted all her children will die, Leonarda believed sacrificing others' souls would keep her kids safe. She died at age 76 after being sentenced to 30 years in jail.

6. On 16 March 2000, a Pakistan court sentenced Javed Iqbal, a murderer of 100 boys, to be strangled to death with an iron chain, diced into pieces, and dissolved in acid the same way he killed his victims.

Before Javed could be punished, he was found dead in his jail cell under mysterious circumstances on 8 October 2001.

7. Dr Marcel Petiot, who murdered 27 people, served as a mayor of the town of Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, France.


Dubbed “Doctor Satan”, he mainly preyed on Jewish refugees trying to escape France during the Nazi occupation.

8. Robert Hansen, a quiet baker from Alaska, would kidnap female sex workers, only to release them later in the wilderness and hunt them down with his rifle.

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During a 12-year span, Hansen killed 17 women and raped more than 30 women. He died on 21 August 2014, while still in prison.

9. John George Haigh, popularly known in the UK as the "Acid Bath Murderer", dissolved his victims in sulfuric acid because he thought that it'd be impossible to convict him without finding the bodies.


10. The French serial killer Michel Fourniret developed an obsession with killing virgins after he realized his first wife wasn't chaste before marriage.

Michel abducted and murdered eight girls in the span of 14 years from 1987 to 2001. His third wife, Monique Olivier, was also convicted of complicity in four of the murders and was sentenced to life in prison.

11. Takahiro Shiraishi offered suicide pacts to nine women before killing and dismembering them.

The Japanese serial killer used Twitter to lure women with suicidal thoughts into his apartment, where he brutally murdered them.

12. The Iranian newspapers dubbed Saeed Hanaei's murders as the "Spider Killings" because he brought his victims, female sex workers, into his house, strangled them with a scarf, and then dumped their bodies next to open sewers.


He murdered 16 women between 2000 and 2001 before being apprehended by the cops. He thought his actions were noble, as it was cleansing the society of moral corruption.

13. Despite being convicted for the murders of 110 girls, Pedro López was released from a psychiatric hospital in 1998 for good behavior.

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What's really frightening is that as of 2018, his whereabouts are still unknown.

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