Britain’s 15 Most Prolific Serial Killers

1. Harold Shipman

1. Harold Shipman

A Manchester GP dubbed “Dr Death” for killing an estimated 250 people – mainly elderly women – with lethal doses of drugs

2. Dennis Nilsen

2. Dennis Nilsen

A former Army cook and civil servant who picked around 15 students and homeless men, strangling or drowning them after sex

3. Peter Sutcliffe

3. Peter Sutcliffe

The “Yorkshire Ripper” who was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others after “the voice of God sent him on a mission to kill prostitutes”

4. Fred and Rose West

4. Fred and Rose West

A married Gloucester couple who abducted, tortured, raped and murdered up to 12 women over a 20-year period

5. Jack the Ripper

5. Jack the Ripper

A unidentified man who was said to be responsible for 11 murders – mostly prostitutes – in East London between 1888 and 1891, he was never brought to justice

6. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley

6. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley

The “Moors Murderers” who abused and murdered five children in the late 1960's, burying their bodies on the moors near Manchester

7. Colin Ireland

7. Colin Ireland

A former soldier named the “Gay Slayer” after killing five homosexual men he met in bars in the early 1990's

8. Steve Wright

8. Steve Wright

The “Suffolk Strangler” who was convicted of the murders of five Ipswich prostitutes and linked to several others

9. Robert Black

9. Robert Black

A Scottish pedophile who was convicted of the kidnap, rape, sexual assault and murder of four girls aged between five and 11 between 1981 and 1986

10. Kenneth Erskine

10. Kenneth Erskine

The schizophrenic “Stockwell Strangler” who murdered seven elderly people by breaking into their homes and strangling them

11. Donald Neilson

11. Donald Neilson

The so-called “Black Panther” shot three sub-postmasters dead during armed robberies in 1974, before kidnapping and murdering a 17-year-old heiress in Shropshire in January 1975

12. Beverley Allitt

12. Beverley Allitt

A nurse dubbed “the Angel of Death” after murdering four children, attempting to murder three others and causing grievous bodily harm to a further six

13. Mary Ann Cotton

13. Mary Ann Cotton

The “Dark Angel” who was convicted and hanged for poisoning her stepson Charles Edward Cotton and accused of murdering up to 21 people with her arsenic-filled teapot

14. John Duffy and David Mulcahy

14. John Duffy and David Mulcahy

Two childhood friends, named the “Railway Rapists,” who went down for the rapes and murders of multiple women and children at railway stations across southern England

15. Trevor Hardy

15. Trevor Hardy

The so-called “Beast of Manchester” who murdered three teenage girls in the Manchester area between December 1974 and March 1976.

Britain’s most prolific serial killers have committed some truly hideous and heinous crimes, and no one can deny that they will haunt us for quite some time.
We can only hope their victims and their victims’ families have found some sort of peace.

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