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10 Worst Criminals In American History

September 22nd, 2013 by in History with 17,941 Views

Whether your belief is that the world evolved or it was created, crime is as old as the history of man. In America, there are thousands of people who entered into records as dangerous criminals. However, among these criminals are others who were more dangerous and lethal than most criminals you have ever heard. Here are the ten worst criminals in American history:

1. David Berkowitz

When David Berkowitz was arrested in 1977, he admitted to having killed six people and wounded seven others in a span less than one year. His crimes stand out in the shootings that took place between 1976 and 1977. He was known as a lethal criminal and was eventually imprisoned.

David Berkowitz


2. Ted Kaczynski

Ted was a mathematician by profession. He makes it to the list of the worst criminals because of his bombing campaigns that took over twenty years from 1970’s to mid 1990’s.

Ted Kaczynski


3. Machine Gun Kelly

He stands among the most famous gangsters in American history. He did many crimes though the ones that earned him fame were kidnapping, bootlegging and armed robbery.

Machine Gun Kelly


4. Albert DeSalvo

If you love history, you have probably heard the name mentioned in the books of history. This is the man who claimed to have strangled thirteen women to death in Boston. Albert also had other crimes accredited to him and was eventually murdered in prison.

Albert DeSalvo


5. Babyface Nelson

Perhaps his name is from his facial looks but in 1934, he was considered as the number one public enemy. History has it that he desired to rob one bank everyday.

Baby Face Nelson

6. Richard Ramirez

Another famous name in the world of crime and was even given the name, ‘the night stalker’. He terrorized the residents of Carlifonia for many years and killed many more during his time in crime. When he was arrested, he was convicted and was placed on death row.

Richard Ramirez


7. Dennis Rader

He was a serial killer who killed many people though only ten were ever recorded. He is in this list because of the manner in which he killed his victims. He blinded the, tortured them before finally killing them. He operated in Kansas between 1974 and 1991.

Dennis Rader


8. Jeffrey Dahmer

He was a serial killer who between 1989 and 1991 murdered 17 men and boys through gruesome ways. He could rape his victims and even cannibalize them.

Jeffrey Dahmer


9. Jack Kevorkian

Jack was arrested after claiming that he had assisted at least 500 patients commit suicide. He was charged and sentenced for second degree murder but was released in 2007 on parole because of good behavior.

Jack Kevorkian



10. Timothy McVeigh

Played a central role in Oklahoma City Bombing which killed 168 people and came out as one of the worst instances of domestic terrorism in the United States. When he was arrested, he was convicted for 11 federal offences and executed.

Timothy McVeigh


There are many other criminals that have done alot of harm in American history. However, these stand among the 10 worst criminals in American history. If they were to be placed in order, who do you think would take the first position and why?

  • http://www.facebook.com/LadyDragonMovie Lady Dragon

    Better add Cleveland’s Ariel Castro to the list. What a monster for keeping three women captive for 10 years and then committing suicide during his 1,000-year prison sentence.

    • efpierce

      I heard he had killed himself. Definitely a cowardly move, but it saves the rest of us a lot of money.

    • Brandon Roberts

      yeah he was an evil monster who wont be missed

  • Kristen Trott

    I thought for sure that Clyde from “Bonnie and Clyde” would be on this list. Also Charles Manson? Insane how many people did awful things for YEARS before being caught. Creepy how many evil people roam the streets today.

  • Geofrey Bett

    Such cowardice criminals deserve not less than a hang to death,its so unfortunate that some of them ends up in freedom after serving a jail term.

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    I think no body born as criminal. Our society and social rules makes them criminal. That’s why I hate crime not criminal. Thank you for sharing such information. It will aware peoples.

    • Brandon Roberts

      yeah because if there was no moral right or wrong we would all be screwed

  • jd

    kevorkian a criminal? You list lost all legitimacy.

  • Nostradamus

    No Ted Bundy or John Wayne Gacy? The list is a very poor one for the omissions.

  • Joseph John

    I thought that John Wayne should be in this list. He was the real “serial killer and rapist”.

  • Mattias

    Kevorkian is no criminal.

    • Brandon Roberts

      yes he is instead of working to find a way to heal people he killed them

  • liz soliven

    My god how cruel! Its just now that I have come across these names

  • Brandon Roberts

    seriously you missed a lot although they are all horrible people

  • CrimeFighter

    Nidal Hasan should be on this list, he killed 14 people (including the unborn child of one victim) with the sole intent of instilling terror in the US Military.