Most serial killers and murderers have really obvious nicknames; such as Myra Hindley & Ian Brady who were dubbed "The Moor's Murderers" (having murdered their victims on the Yorkshire Moors), John George Haigh aka "Acid Bath Murderer" (having dissolved his victim in an acid bath) and Harold Shipman aka "Doctor Death" (as he was a doctor... who dealt in death)...
...but sometimes a ripper is dubbed The Ripper even though he rarely ripped, The Strangler even though more often than not they shot, and The Cannibal even though (yes, they may have nibbled on a few choice morsels of leg, tongue or - if the mood took them - winkle, but) most days their cooking pot contained little more than cauliflower cheese. Nicknames are often dreamed up by bored tabloid editors looking for a way to lure in a fresh audience for a salacious story, which is always easier to do if they give a faceless killer an grisly yet headline grabbing nom-de-plume. So, what following is a compilation of serial killers (some who are currently incarcerated and others who are still on the loose) and the reason behind their infamous nicknames.
Of course, almost every serial killer gains a nickname at some point, that's how they gain such notoriety in the newspapers, so if you're still hungry for more, here's a few you may enjoy.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a writer, crime historian and tour-guide who runs Murder Mile Walks, a guided tour of Soho’s most notorious murder cases, hailed as “one of the top ten quirky & unusual things to do in London” and featuring 12 murderers, including 3 serial killers, across 15 locations, totalling 75 deaths, over just a one mile walk.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a crime historian, writer and tour guide of Murder Mile Walks.