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Top Five Serial Killers Based on the Crimes They Committed

Updated: Sep 30, 2022

A serial killer is a person who commits a series of murders, often with no apparent motive and typically following a characteristic, predictable behavior pattern.


The 11 serial killers who were featured on the poll

After polling students and staff at Rialto High School, the top five serial killers were Albert Fish, John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Bundy. The poll was conducted throughout campus using a Google Form and had the 11 serial killers shown above with a description of each person and their crimes.


The serial killer with the highest number of votes was Albert Fish. He was a cannibal who molested and tortured children. He murdered several of them as well and had 400+ victims.

Senior Brandon Castillo said, “I chose Albert Fish because it said he had 400 victims who were kids!


The next serial killer was John Wayne Gacy. Gacy was a sex offender who raped, tortured, and murdered young men and boys. He also was known as “Pogo the Clown” and had 33 victims.


Senior Shadene Headley expressed, “I chose this person because of who his victims were. His victims are more sad to me because they're little boys!”


The third one on the list was Richard Ramirez. He had 13 counts of murder, five murder attempts, 11 sexual assaults, and 14 burglaries. In total he had 13 victims.


Senior Kaila Valeros stated, “I chose Richard Ramirez because I felt that he did worse stuff for a long period of time and he got away with it too. If I didn’t watch the Richard Ramirez documentary on Netflix I wouldn’t think what he did was bad but after watching it that is why I chose Richard Ramirez.”


Jeffrey Dahmer came in 4th place. He was known for being a cannibal, sex offender, murderer, and dismembering his victims. He had a total of 17 victims. There is a new show on Netflix about Dahmer that has a lot of people talking about his crimes again.


Math teacher Jimmy Danesh said, “I choose Jeffrey Dahmer all the way because he’s scary. He was a cannibal.”


The serial killer who came in last place was Ted Bundy. Ted Bundy raped, kidnapped, and murdered 30 women.


Senior Jarek Perez chose Bundy because “he is really the only serial killer I know from the list. I feel like Ted Bundy really changed the way people saw America because before Ted Bundy, people wouldn’t even lock their door,” but after Bundy “people were more aware about security and being careful about where they are.”


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13 Comments


Heidi Chavez
Heidi Chavez
Oct 13, 2022

Before reading this, I didn't know who Albert Fish was but after reading I now understand why he was voted first. It's horrifying to think that a human being can do that especially to other human beings. The fact that victims were children is just disgusting. I don't know what makes someone want to do that especially to innocent children.

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Yanelly Aguilar
Yanelly Aguilar
Oct 13, 2022

From hearing about these tragic cases of people who lost their life's to these serial killers is scary because these "serial killers" are not heard no more really in today society but during the times of these decades where they were around more I cant believe many people didn't believe it could've happen to them especially if they lives in a nicer area and had more police around. Serial killers they mention in this article are very popular but one I never knew about was Albert Fish which from reading this article I cant believe he did that to children who were just beginning to live their life's.

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Richard Ramirez scared the wits out of me when I was a child. This guy was a satanic murderer and even had the hood lock their doors during the hot summer days. There was a celebration the day he got caught. "See you in Disneyland"!!!

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Valeria Ortega
Valeria Ortega
Sep 30, 2022

I find it interesting that the reasoning behind the top serial killer is that their victims are kids. It shows the sympathy that many have for children. I would have totally chose Albert Fish especially after seeing 400 and on top of that them being kids. Even if Ted Bundy did have a high affect on society I still find Albert to be worse because of the victims he chose. I do not know much about serial killers but it seems quite obvious that there has to be something seriously wrong in their heads but I think that scariest part is that they could be simple and "normal" people just like the people around you.

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Angela Torres
Angela Torres
Sep 30, 2022

To me, serial killers are interesting yet odd. They seem to have different factors or motives that drive them but they tend to come from a trauma or lack of something as a child. It brings up the argument of nature vs nurture. There are many factors that lead to a child's behavior and later their character as an adult. Seeing as though many of the most famous serial killers emerged during the 70s and 80s, it makes you wonder if they were a product of all the wars going on around them growing up and their fathers or families who could have participated in or have been affected by them.

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