1John Wayne Gacy
Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (killing at least 33 young men) was very active in local community activities. As a result of his contributions, he met and was photographed with then-First Lady Rosalynn Carter and given special security clearance by the secret service.
2. Convicted serial killer Albert Fish helped the executioner position the electrodes on his body before uttering his final words, "I don't even know why I'm here." It took 2 jolts to kill him.
3. One of the most, if not the most prolific serial killers in American history continued getting work as a nurse (Charles Cullen) from 1988 - 2003 due to a national nurse shortage even with an extensive history of attempted suicide, documented mental instability and accused patient misconduct.
4. Kenneth McDuff, a Texas serial killer who was on death row, was then paroled, committed more murders and then finally executed. He caused an overhaul of the Texas Justice system including harsher paroles, more prisons and a rise in executions.
5. British doctor Harold Shipman (also known as 'Doctor Death') was proven to have murdered at least 250 of his patients but may have killed as many as 459 people, making him one of the most prolific serial killer in recorded human history.
Notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was beaten to death in prison by a fellow inmate before he was executed via capital punishment.
7. In the midst of a 3-year killing spree, over which he is believed to have murdered up to 130 people, serial killer Rodney Alcala was a featured contestant on 'The Dating Game' and was picked by the bachelorette. She never followed up on the date because she found him "creepy".
8. American serial killer Joseph Christopher also known as The .22-Caliber Killer tried to admit himself to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center the same month he began his "killing spree" and was denied entry and recommended counseling therapy instead.
9. Serial killer Javed Iqbal was sentenced to death by being strangled in front of his victims family's, dismembered and then burned in a vat of acid, in the same way, he killed over 100 16-year-old boys. He was found dead in his cell before the execution could be carried out.
10. Israel Keyes was a serial killer who would travel via plane from Alaska to the continental U.S. to bury murder kits. He would return years later to retrieve them and kill at random. He had no victim profile.
A serial killer (Luis Garavito) responsible for the murder of more than 135 children will be released from prison no later than 2021, possibly sooner with "good behavior".
12. Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka helped her boyfriend rape and murder 3 teenage girls, one of them being her younger sister, to only be convicted of 12 years in prison. Homolka was released in 2005, is now remarried, and a mother of 3.
13. Hustler Magazine owner Larry Flynt survived an attack by a serial killer (Joseph Paul Franklin) but was paralyzed from the waist down. He pleaded for his attacker to not be executed, saying "a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself.
14. A female serial killer named "Phantom of Heilbronn" was linked to 40 crimes, 6 of which were murders. In 2009, it was discovered that she didn't exist and her DNA was simply contamination from the cotton swabs used at the crime scenes.
15. After one of his victim's disappeared, serial killer/cannibal Nathaniel Bar-Jonah started holding cookouts in which he served burgers, chilli to his guests. He said he had gone deer hunting. He did not own a rifle, a hunting license, nor had he been deer hunting at any time. In Bar-Jonah's apartment, detectives found a number of recipes using children's body parts with contemptuous titles such as "little boy pot pie," "french fried kid," and phrases such as "lunch is served on the patio with roasted child."
The first serial killer (Lewis Hutchinson) in Jamaica lived in a castle and hunted people for sport.
17. The most prolific female serial killer in history, Elizabeth Bathory, sexually abused, tortured and killed over 600 young women.
18. Serial killer Pedro López killed over 300 girls and was released on $50 bail in 1998. He is currently free.
19. Spain's first documented serial killer, Manuel Romasanta, was raised a girl till he was 6 because his parents thought he was a female.
20. The serial killer known as the “Hillside Strangler”, Kenneth Bianchi, while actively murdering women was also applying to join the ranks of the LAPD and attended several ride alongs with police officers who were searching for the Hillside Strangler.
There was a Macedonian journalist/crime reporter named Vlado Taneski who was also a serial killer. He reported on his own crimes and eventually got caught because he wrote articles on the murders with information that had not yet been released and only the killer would have known.
22. Serial killer Joseph Briggen always had prize-winning hogs at the California state fair. He'd state "it's all in the feeding" when asked about his success. He was arrested when it was learned he was feeding his ranch workers to the hogs.
23. Venezuelan serial killer and cannibal Dorangel Vargas confessed to killing and eating at least 10 individuals. He didn't consume fat people because he thought they had too much cholesterol.
24. A Russian serial killer (Alexander Pitchushkin) who is also an outstanding chess player has said his aim was to kill 64 people, the number of squares on a chessboard. He later recanted this statement, saying that he would have continued killing indefinitely if he had not been stopped.
25. Wyatt Earp may have descended from America's first serial killers, the Harpe Brothers. He murdered up to 40 people and even bashed an infant against a tree for crying. One was beheaded and his head was left on a spike. That area is still known in Kentucky as "Harpe's Head'.