Brutal murderers are all over the headlines, but you've never heard of these serial killers -- and you're probably better off that way.
Luis Alfredo Garavito
Luis Alfredo Garavito, perhaps the deadliest serial killer of all time, preyed on young Colombian boys in the 1980s and 1990s. When finally tried in 1999, he confessed to killing 140 children, while some estimates place his total number of victims at more than 300.
And he should be up for release in about six years. Because Colombia does not allow life imprisonment, Garavito was sentenced to just 40 years, which was further reduced to 22 after plea deals and rewards for good behavior.
Upon release, Garavito plans to run for political office and start a program to help abused children. He is an expert, after all.
In 1980, Pedro Lopez led police to a mass grave containing the bodies of 53 young girls. Committing his crimes in Peru, Ecuador, and his native Colombia, Lopez was known as “The Monster Of The Andes.” The prolific killer claimed he killed up to three girls a week and that police could expect to find 300 total victims, maybe more.
Lopez claims he was first captured by civilians in Peru whereupon an American missionary set him free.
He was finally apprehended by police in Ecuador in 1979. However, due to Ecuador’s prison term limits, Lopez served just 20 years before being released in secret into Colombia in 1998. His whereabouts remain unknown.