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7 Lesser-Known Serial Killers That Were WAY Worse Than Jack The Ripper

Gilles de Rais

1440- Gilles de Rais, a former compatriot of Joan of Arc & a highly ranked French aristocrat, is convicted of torturing & murdering dozens to hundreds of children. He engaged in his sickness partially in the belief that offering parts of corpses to a demon would help him reload a fortune spent on an elaborate chapel & theatrical production.

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Gilles de Rais (a French nobleman 1404) is considered to be the precursor to the modern serial killer. Before he began his killing spree, he rode as a military captain in the army lead by St Joan of Arc – though it is unlikely that she knew him. He was accused and ultimately convicted of torturing, raping and murdering dozens, if not hundreds, of young children, mainly boys.

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Gilles de Rais is historical vamp 3, who was a comrade in arms to the French warrior Joan of Arc. I'm still on the fence about whether or not this guy was a real vampire, but he was hanged for abusing and killing hundreds of children. Mwa ha ha...(The real boogie man)

La Barbe Blue. Bluebeard illustration by Beauge Bertall from Bluebeard - Origins of Fairy Tales from Around the World

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