A serial killer is a person who murders multiple people, usually within a "cooling off" period in between. The FBI estimates that at any given time, there are from 35 to 50 active serial killers in the U.S.
Aileen Carol Wuornos
I robbed them, and I killed them as cold as ice, and I would do it again, and I know I would kill another person because I've hated humans for a long time.
I always had a desire to inflict pain on others and to have others inflict pain on me. I always seemed to enjoy everything that hurt.
Alexander Yuryevich Pichushkin
For me, life without murder is like a life without food. I was the father of these people, since it was I who opened the door for them to another world.
Angelo Buono, Jr. and Kenneth Alessio Bianchi
Why is it wrong to get rid of some fuckin' cunts?
Bobby Joe Long
I knew when I let [Lisa McVey] go that it would only be a matter of time. I didn't even tell her not to talk to the police or anything. I just didn't care anymore, and I wanted to stop. I was sick inside.
Charles Edmund Cullen
I just couldn't stop, I couldn't stop it.
David Parker Ray
It was a source of entertainment for me to create these tapes. That's why there was a disclaimer at the beginning of the tape stating that it was for adult entertainment only.
David Richard Berkowitz
I love to hunt. Prowling the streets looking for fair game - tasty meat. The women of Queens are prettiest of all.
Dennis Andrew Nilsen
I stood there amazed. I found it all hard to believe, that I, Des Nilsen, had actually done all that.
Dennis Lynn Rader
How many do I have to kill before I get a name in the paper or some national attention?
The next thing I knew, I'd smothered him. It was like it was the last straw. I just lost it. I went in to help the man and he wants to rub that in my face.
Edmund Emil Kemper III
When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things: one part of me wants to take her home, be real nice, and treat her right; the other part wonders what her head would look like on a stick.
Edward Theodore Gein
I had a compulsion to do it.
Gary Leon Ridgway
I'm not a serial rapist, I'm a serial killer.
Henry Howard Holmes
I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing... I was born with the evil one standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since.
Jack the Ripper
My knife's so nice and sharp I want to get to work right away if I get a chance. Good luck. Yours truly, Jack the Ripper.
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer
After the fear and terror of what I'd done had left, which took about a month or two, I started it all over again. From then on it was a craving, a hunger, I don't know how to describe it, a compulsion, and I just kept doing it, doing it, and doing it, whenever the opportunity presented itself.
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
The dead won't bother you, it's the living you have to worry about.
Lawrence Sigmund Bittaker and Roy Lewis Norris
Make noise there, girl! Go ahead and scream or I'll make you scream!
~Norris on one of the pair's recordings
Leonard Lake and Charles Chi-Tat Ng
I want to be able to use a woman whenever and however I want. And when I'm tired or bored or not interested, I simply want to put her away, lock her up in [her cell], get her out of my sight, out of my life.
Original Night Stalker
Gonna kill you... Gonna kill you... Gonna kill you... Bitch... Bitch... Bitch... Bitch... Fucking whore.
Patrick Wayne Kearney
I would only hope that the community release board will never see fit to parole Mr. Kearney because he appears to be an insult to humanity.
~Paul Breckensridge, Jr. about Kearney
Pedro Rodrigues Filho
I don't even like to talk about that devil. He only killed innocent people... poor women.
Richard Leonard Kuklinski
By now you know what I liked most was the hunt, the challenge of what the thing was. The killing for me was secondary. I got no rise as such out of it... for the most part. But the figuring it out, the challenge - the stalking and doing it right, successfully - that excited me a lot. The greater the odds against me, the more juice I got out of it.
We've all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren't afraid, control life itself.
Rodney James Alcala
The best time is at night, nighttime. [Morning and afternoon] are okay, but nighttime is when it really gets good. Then you are really ready.
The Boston Strangler
The Honolulu Strangler
The Zodiac Killer
I like killing people because it is so much fun.
Theodore Robert Bundy
So what's one less? What's one less person on the face of the planet?
Tommy Lynn Sells
I am hatred. When you look at me, you look at hate. I don't know what love is. Two words I don't like to use are 'love' and 'sorry', because I'm about hate.