25 True Crime Stories About Serial Killers To Keep You Up At Night

Throughout history, humans have committed horrific crimes, and our list 25 True Crime Stories About Serial Killers To Keep You Up At Night truly reflects this. But what exactly makes someone a serial killer? Are they the product of bad genes, environmental factors, or something even worse?

The truth is that no one really knows, and despite the efforts of modern criminology to decode the brain of a typical serial killer, we haven’t reached a concrete explanation yet. However, the one thing we know is that many serial killers have suffered early childhood trauma, such as sexual or physical abuse. Trauma is the most common element in the lives of the worst serial killers in history.

So, although they may look nothing like Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger, we promise you that the following 25 true crime stories about serial killers, will keep you up at night.

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Asghar the Murderer


Ali Asghar Borujerdi is considered to be the first Iranian serial killer and rapist of the 20th century. He murdered 25 children and teenagers in Baghdad, Iraq.

He lured his victims off the street by offering them candies and other treats. Fortunately, in 1934, he was arrested and executed by hanging.  


The Green River Killer


Gary Ridgway is America’s deadliest serial killer according to confirmed murders. Ridgway had sexual fantasies with his mother as a boy. He also had a bed-wetting problem until the age of 13.

When he was 16, Ridgway stabbed a six-year-old boy. Luckily, the child survived the attack. As a young adult Ridgway served in the war of Vietnam, where he had sex with local prostitutes.

Ridgway was a sex addict and had a fixation with prostitutes. He reportedly killed 71 women and young girls. Thankfully, Ridgway is now serving life at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.


The Otaku Murderer

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Tsutomu Miyazaki is one of the most notorious Japanese serials killers ever. His fascination with vampires and his personal issues led him to the murder and cannibalism of four young girls in Saitama and Tokyo from August 1988 to June 1989.

Miyazaki was born prematurely with deformed hands, a fact that stigmatized him for the rest of his life. It is reported that Miyazaki cut and kept the hands of his victims, from which he drank blood and ate their flesh.


The Pee Wee Killer


Donald Henry Gaskins was an American serial killer, who proudly claimed to have murdered hundreds of people. His friends and family called him “pee wee” because of his very small size. He was around 5’2 and weighed less than 130 lbs.

He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of nine people. Despite his claims, investigators never found conclusive evidence he killed others. He was executed in 1991.


Penis Envy Led Him to Crime


Francisco das Chagas Rodrigues de Brito is a Brazilian serial killer with severe inferiority complexes. Experts suggest his not-so-gifted-manhood pushed him to crime. Responsible for the murder of at least 30 poor boys in the city of Sao Luis, De Brito first sodomized his victims and then murdered them.

He would then mutilate the boys by cutting off their ears and fingers, and move onto other body parts. He enjoyed emasculating to compensate for his own shortcomings. The only good news is that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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