Published On: Apr 11 2012 03:32:15 PM CDTUpdated On: Apr 30 2015 12:44:49 PM CDT
Dahmer's murders remain among the most gruesome in American history. He was sentenced to 16 life terms for killing and dismembering 17 men and boys in the Milwaukee area. Dahmer was beaten to death in a prison shower in 1994. The man who beat Dahmer to death recently explained why he did it to the New York Post.
Here's a look at other notorious serial killers who have both captivated and horrified the nation.
Charles Manson. Manson and his gang most notoriously killed actress Sharon Tate in 1969. The Manson Family, which was mostly composed of naïve and troubled young women, was convicted of killing seven people total.
Dennis Radar. The BTK Killer was finally caught in 2005 after murdering 10 people between January of 1974 and January of 2005. Rader sent several letters to police stations and media outlets, anonymously taking credit for the acts.
Ted Bundy. Bundy confessed to roughly 30 murders by the time of his 1989 execution, but experts estimate that he used his charm and good looks to commit several more. He was only convicted of three slayings total.
David Berkowitz. The Son of Sam killed six people and wounded seven others in New York City. He is currently serving six consecutive sentences of 25 years to life in prison.
Gary Ridgway. The Green River Killer pleaded guilty to 48 murders in King County, Washington, starting in 1982, making him the nation's worst serial killer in history.
John Wayne Gacy. Before the bodies of 29 young men and boys were discovered on his property in 1978, Gacy was known around Chicago for being nothing more than a friendly neighbor and Pogo the Clown. He was executed in 1994.
Richard Ramirez. Ramirez became a heavy drug user and Satan worshipper by the age of 18. In 1989, he was convicted for 13 murders in California that occurred from 1984-1985. His nickname, the "Night Stalker" was inspired by his favorite rock group – AC/DC.
Albert DeSalvo. The Boston Strangler murdered 13 women from 1962-1964. Albert DeSalvo confessed to the killings and was sentenced to life in prison in 1967, but doubt remains that he was the killer.
Zodiac Killer. The crimes of the Zodiac Killer remain unsolved more than 40 years after they occurred. He killed five people in Northern California from 1968-1969 and sent a series of cryptic letters to newspapers taking credit for 37 murders, but police have never found out his identity.