ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

Horror fans have all heard of the most famous serial killers...Ed Gein, Countess Bathory, Jeffrey Dahmer and the rest have left a mark on the most horrifying movies.

But there's so many that even the most committed horror fan has never heard of. Read on to find out more about little-known serial killers who could turn the movie world upside down...

Enriqueta Marti

D.O.B.: 1868

Country: Spain

M.O.: A kidnapper and pornographer, Marti abducted children for sex trafficking, killing them when they irritated her or threatened exposing her business.

Shocking Fact: Marti was also a 'Witch Doctor' - she used parts of the children she killed to make unorthodox 'remedies' to sell to the sick.


Empress Wu Zetian a.k.a. The Enchanting Empress

D.O.B.: 625

Country: China

M.O.: A merciless ruler, Wu Zetian had countless rivals and dissenters tortured and murdered, preferring poisoning or boiling alive as methods of murder.

Shocking Fact: Zetian had her own infant daughter murdered.


Belle Gunness a.k.a. Hell's Belle

D.O.B.: 1859

Country: Norway

M.O.: Poisoning - including two husbands and over a dozen children.

Shocking Fact: Gunness became very rich collecting the insurance money from people she murdered - and she was never caught. She withdrew all of her money and disappeared during her police investigation...


Ranavalona I a.k.a. The Mad Queen of Madagascar

D.O.B.: 1778

Country: Madagascar

M.O.: A warmongering tyrant, Ranavalona I created such a reign of terror over her subjects she earned many nicknames, including 'Ranavalona The Cruel', 'Wicked Queen' and 'Female Caligula'.

Shocking Fact: The Queen liked to subject peasants to 'Tangena' - they would be fed poison and tested to decide if they were guilty of crimes or not!


Ilse Koch a.k.a. The Bitch of Buchenwald

D.O.B.: 1906

Country: Germany

M.O.: Koch was an overseer at Buchenwald concentration camp during World War II. Even in a time of brutality and injustice, Koch was cruel - she would whip prisoners to death

Shocking Fact: Koch would sometimes have prisoners skinned and have disgusting souvenirs - such as book covers and lamp shades - made from their hides.


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