The Best Known Criminals in History

The human mind can truly become a very dark place. Criminals can look as normal as your next door neighbor but in reality they can commit the most horrendous crimes.

If your curiosity is getting the best of you, here are some of the most well-known criminals who have stayed in history for their notorious crimes.

Ted Bundy

Theodore Robert Bundy is one of the most well-known criminals in the world. He was a known American serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, burglar and even necrophile, who was responsible for the assault and murder of many young, mainly college aged females during the 70s.

Ted Bundy was using his good looks and charm to gain the trust of his victims, approaching them in public places and faking an injury or disability, something that became a well-known characteristic of his. He would then assault them in more secluded areas, where he would oftentimes remain or return to and use the corpse until they were too decomposed to allow further interaction.

He was caught and executed in 1989, charged with aggravated kidnapping, murder and attempted murder as well as burglary. Bundy’s victims are said to have been more than 30, even though he only confessed to these many after more than a decade of denial.

The Zodiac Killer

The biggest mystery of the Zodiac Killer still remains, as nobody ever found out who he actually was. A man whose crimes made a huge impact in the state on California back in the 60s and 70s, he got his name from sending a series of taunting letters to the local press.

The Zodiac Killer targeted and attempted to murdered four men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29. These are only the seven confirmed victims, two of which thankfully survived the attack. The Zodiac though, claimed as many as 37 murdered in the letters he sent to the newspapers. There are many suspected victims, but the only ones with solid evidence are those seven.

“The Godfather”

One of the most recognized criminals in history is definitely Carlo “Don Carlo’ Gambino, or otherwise known as “The Godfather”. This man, an Italian-American mobster, run the New York mob scene for many years but was never convicted of his crimes.

The boss of the Gambino crime family, who still holds his name, died naturally of a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 74, without having spent a single day in prison.

Gary Ridgway

Otherwise known as “The Green River Killer”, Gary Leon Ridgway is known to be one of America’s more notorious serial killers. Convicted of 49 murders, he is said to have committed more than 90. He actually confessed to 71 murders himself while in prison.

He had murdered many young women and girls in the Seattle, Washington area during the 80s and 90s, most of which were said to be sex workers and teenagers who run away from home. He strangled his victims usually by hand and oftentimes returned to where he had dumped their bodies to sexually assault their corpses.

Ridgway was caught and convicted of murder and solicitation in 2001, without the possibility of parole. He still serves his sentence in prison at the age of 68.