Sadly, the twisted serial killers we see in horror movies have nothing on their real-life counterparts. While fictional killers like Hannibal Lecter and notorious murders like Ted Bundy make headlines, the most prolific serial killers of the world often don't grab the same column inches, despite their staggering victim counts.
Based on the facts available to the public, this is a list of 8 serial killers who are relatively unheard of in the American media, despite having claimed over 60 victims each - that's more than Dennis 'BTK' Rader, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy combined.
8. Abul Djabar
Victim Count: 65
Suspected Death Toll: 300+
Location: Afghanistan, hanged 1970
Chilling Fact: Djabar raped his young male victims whilst strangling them with a turban. Two people were executed for his crimes before he was finally apprehended.
7. Yang Xinhai
Victim Count: 67
Suspected Death Toll: 67+
Location: China, executed by gunshot 2004
Chilling Fact: Yang went on a 4 year murder rampage, housebreaking and killing the occupants with hammers, axes and farming tools. One night he killed a 6-year-old girl with a shovel and raped a pregnant woman. Showing no remorse for his crimes, Yang said:
When I killed people I had a desire. This inspired me to kill more. I don't care whether they deserve to live or not. It is none of my concern...I have no desire to be part of society.
6. Kampatimar Shankariya
Victim Count: 70
Suspected Death Toll: 70+
Location: India, hanged in 1979
Chilling Fact: Jaipur local Shankariya was only 27 when he was apprehended for the hammer murders of 70 people, which he told police he committed purely for pleasure. At the gallows he said,
I have murdered in vain. Nobody should become like me.
5. Pedro Rodrigues Filho
Victim Count: 71
Suspected Death Toll: 100+
Chilling Fact: A born killer, Filho was 13 when he first gave in to his murderous impulses, putting a boy through a sugar cane press. His violent father killed his mother, and in revenge, Filho cut out the man's heart and chewed a piece.
4. Daniel Camargo Barbosa
Victim Count: 72
Suspected Death Toll: 150
Location: Ecuador and Colombia, murdered in prison by a relative of one of his victims.
Chilling Fact: Camargo had deranged ideas about women, partly from his abusive mother who dressed him in girls' clothes as punishment. He spent his life raping and murdering little girls, saying that he liked virgins 'because they cried.'
3. Javed Iqbal
Victim Count: 74
Suspected Death Toll: 100+
Location: Pakistan, suicide after apprehension 2001
Chilling Fact: Iqbal murdered at least 74 boys under 16, raping and strangling them with a chain. He confessed in a letter to a newspaper office, leading police to his house. They found bloodstained walls, victim photographs, detailed diaries and a vat of hydrochloric acid containing rapidly dissolving human remains.
2. Pedro López
Victim Count: 110
Suspected Death Toll: 350+
Location: Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, apprehended 1980
Chilling Fact: López was kicked out of his family home at the age of 8 when his mother caught him molesting his younger sister. From the streets, he was picked up by a man who repeatedly sodomized him. When he finally confessed to over 300 murders, police didn't believe him - until a flash flood sluiced up the grisly contents of his mass grave of victims.
Unbelievably, López was released from psychiatric hospital in 1998. Nobody knows where he is now.
1. Luis Garavito
Victim Count: 139
Suspected Death Toll: 400+
Location: Colombia, apprehended 1999
Chilling Fact: Garavito preyed on peasant boys, picking them up from the street and raping them before cutting their throats. Police confirmed that many corpses showed evidence of prolonged torture pre-mortem.
Known as The Beast, Garavito is the most prolific modern serial killer - based on confirmed victim numbers - but could be released from prison for good behavior.