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Notorious Serial Killers of the 21st Century from Around the World

This is a guest post by How2become on famous serial killers of the 21st century.



A serial killer is usually defined as a single person who has killed at least 3 people over a period of more than a month. In just 13 years, the 21st Century has already generated a substantial list of serial killers, each story being documented all over the press as the world watches with eager anticipation. But it does not tend to be the number of victims which is astonishing these days, it is the violence and brutality of the murders which is all the more shocking.

1. Esneda Ruiz Cataño is a Colombian woman, nicknamed ‘La deepredafora’ (The Predator) was arrested on Janurary 29, 2013, on the suspicion of murdering her three husbands. Each of them had been killed in the same way, with a single cut to the neck. The first husband, Juan Pablo Arstizábal was 33 when he was killed in 2001, in Rionegro. It turned out that Esneda Ruiz Cataño had seduced him and forced him to take out a life insurance policy where she was the only one to benefit. She earned $8,445 and a lifetime pension. The exact same thing happened with her second husband, he was stabbed in the neck by two men, who were presumably acting on Esneda Ruiz Cataño’s behalf. It was not until the third husband was killed in 2010, again from a stab wound to the neck, that the insurance company became suspicious. She was set to inherit $40, 000 but instead of paying out they contacted the police. A full investigation was carried out and Esneda Ruiz Cataño was arrested.

2. Yoo Young-chul was a serial killer from South Korea who was active in 2003 and 2004. During this time he admits killing 21 people, mainly prostitutes and wealthy old men, although he was only convicted for 20 of the murders. He is a self-confessed cannibal, claiming to have eaten the livers of some of his victims. His crimes were extremely violent, using a hammer to kill victims and mutilating and decapitating prostitutes after his wife divorced him.

3. Huang Yong was a Chinese serial killer who lured and murdered at least 17 teenage victims between 2001 and 2003. He took them to his house where he drugged and raped them after strangling them with a rope. When in court, Huang is reported to have explained his crimes by saying that he had always wanted to be an assassin but had never been given the opportunity. This case gathered a lot of attention because of the failings of the police and school officials to investigate the crimes earlier. They were informed when every teenager went missing, and even failed to act when two severed hands appeared on the doorstep of an internet café frequented by Huang.

4. Mohammed Bijeh was a serial killer from Iran. He was arrested and executed for the murder and rape of 16 boys aged between 8 and 15 years old in 2004. He was nicknamed the ‘Tehran Desert Vampire’. He lured his victims into the desert on the pretence of hunting animals. But it was the execution of the murder which seemed to attract more public attention than the killings themselves. In front of a crowd of in excess of 5000 spectators, Bijeh was given his 100 lashes as punishment for his crimes and was then hanged.

5. Jimmy Maketta is a South African serial killer who confessed to 16 murders and 19 rapes over 9 months in 2005. He attacked and killed farm labourers as a sport on Friday evenings.

6. Jack Mogale, also known as the ‘West-End serial killer’, is also from South Africa. He raped and strangled his 16 female murder victims but was also charged with more counts of rape. He claimed to be a preacher and a prophet of the Zion Christian Church (ZOC). All of his crimes took place between 2008 and 2009.

7. Igor Suprunyuck and Viktor Sayenko, also known as the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs, were active serial killers in the Ukraine in 2007. They attacked random strangers in a vicious and savage manner, usually by bashing them with a blunt object, rendering their faces unrecognisable. They tended to attack people in sprees, with two or three bodies being found near each other at any one time.

8. Steve Wright is known as the ‘Suffolk Strangler’. Between October 30 and December 10 2006 Wright murdered five prostitutes in Ipswich. The case was highly documented in the press, and further attention was paid when it was discovered that the first victim had been three months pregnant when she died. Steve Wright was given his alias because all of his victims died of asphyxiation, and all of the bodies were found in Suffolk.

This article was provided by Richard McMunn who runs the leading career website How2Become. His aim is to help as many people as possible pass the recruitment process they are applying for to secure the job they have always wanted. The site offers a wide range of books and training courses for those who want to ensure they are fully prepared.