Indian serial killers list – a comprehensive list of known serial killers. All convicted Indian serial killers are listed here. All of these killers are Indian and have murdered many people in their lifetime. There are murderers and then there are serial killers. There’s usually some sort of motive behind most homicides but when it comes to serial killers, motive gets replaced by this psychological urge to kill; most often devoid of any logical reason or personal vendetta against the victim. India has had its fair share of serial killers. Most often, they were eventually apprehended, but there are cases where the wrong person was arrested (and then let go) and then there are some cases that still remain unsolved. These cold-blooded Indian serial killers will send shivers down your spine.
10 Jaishankar – The killer with a machete
M Jaishankar is accused of 30 rapes, 15 murders and once arrested, he even managed to add prison break to that list. All his victims were women and according to reports he is said to have stabbed them with a machete. He was re-arrested and is now serving a 10 year sentence while awaiting trial on 20 other cases related to crimes in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka from 2006 to 2009.
The most notorious serial killer in the history of India was known simply as “Stoneman” and he is believed to have committed 13 murders in Calcutta in 1989. His first victim was murdered in June of that year after being bashed over the head with a stone. The victim was a homeless pavement-dweller who was sleeping alone in a dimly lit area when he was killed. Over the course of the next six months, 12 more homeless people would be murdered in the exact same fashion and many of the victims were never even identified.Earlier, in 1985, at least a dozen homeless people were murdered in Bombay after having their heads bashed with a stone while they slept. This led authorities to suspect that the Bombay and Calcutta murders might have been committed by the same person. Investigators could not conclusively determine if all of the Calcutta victims were killed by the same person or if Stoneman helped inspire some copycat murders. Many suspects were arrested and questioned, but there was not enough incriminating evidence to charge anyone with the murders, so all the suspects were ultimately released. However, the killings did come to an abrupt end after the arrests, so one of those suspects could have very well been the notorious Stoneman.
8 Kampatimar Shankariya
Born in 1952, Kampatimar Shankariya was one of the most infamous serial killers of India, with 70 proven victims between 1977 and 1978.
Shankariya killed people by striking at the area around their Eustachian tube where it leaves the cheek, and was hence named “kanpatimar”. He is known to have used a hammer as his weapon of assualt.
Being one of the least researched serial killers of his time, Shankariya said that he derived pleasure by killing people. He was caught in 1978 and was sentenced to death on May 16, 1979 at Jaipur, India.
Before dying Shankariya confessed to all the murders, and said that they were all in vain and that nobody should become like him.
7 Akku Yadav – The murderer who got served by karma
Akku Yadav was not a serial killer per se; he was more of a local goon who used to rape and kill women in the area where he ran his business. The 32-year old Yadav was lynched by a mob right outside Nagpur District Court. One of women even hacked his penis off. Total poetic justice right there. When the cops tried to nab people from the mob, every woman in the slum where Yadav operated asked to be arrested. Power of the people FTW!
6 The Nithari killer(s) – The killings that shocked India
Surinder Koli was the domestic help of Moninder Singh Pandher, a wealthy businessman from Noida. Initially in 2006, they were both arrested in connection to the discovery of skulls of missing children in Nithari village in the outskirts of Noida. The case took many twisted turns and there was a huge media furore over what was really going on. There were accusations of rape, cannibalism, pedophilia and even organ trafficking – some of these had substance, while others were mainly rumours. As of now, Surinder Koli has been found guilty of 5 homicides and is on death row while Pandher awaits his fate as there are 11 other unsolved murders under the same investigation.
5 Cyanide Mohan – The man who gave a bad name to birth control
Mohan Kumar aka Cyanide Mohan used to lure unmarried girls into having sex with him and then trick them into taking contraceptives which were actually cyanide pills. Throughout 2005-2009, he killed 20 women. Before he went on this murderous rampage, he used to be a teacher of Physical Education at a primary school. He was also rumoured to have been involved in bank frauds and other financial forgeries. He was sentenced to death in December 2013.
4 Raman Raghav – The schizophrenic serial killer
Raman Raghav a.k.a. Sindhi Dalwai was a homeless psychopathic killer who operated in the outskirts of Mumbai from 1966-1968. He is credited of killing more than 40 people. All his victims were homeless footpath dwellers whom he bludgeoned to death in their sleep. He was a previous charge sheeter and spent 5 years in prison for petty robberies. After a series of murders Mumbai police launched a manhunt to nab the killer. He confessed to the killings when he was brought in for questioning as a suspect. He admitted that the killings were motiveless and he was unable to differentiate that his actions were against the law. His casual approach to killing made it difficult for him to remember the exact number of his victims. He was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia.
3Cyanide Mallika – The Agony Aunt of Death
Mallika, a woman living in Bangalore, killed 6 women from 1999 to 2007. Her modus operandi was quite twisted. She used to pretend to console lower middle class women who were facing domestic issues and then killed them through cyanide poisoning. She used to then rob them of their belongings. She was arrested in 2007, awarded a death sentence in 2012 which was then reduced to a life sentence later that year.
2 Charles Sobhraj – The suave ‘Bikini Killer’
Despite the infamy, Charles Sobhraj is one of the most “famous” murderers around. From 1975 to 1976, he murdered around 12 people in various places in South East Asia. Unlike most other serial killers, Sobhraj had a motive – rob his victims to fund his flamboyant lifestyle. His usual method was to first gain the trust of tourists and potential victims by rescuing them from problems that he had created in the first place, and then defrauding them. The bodies of two of the women he killed were found in floral bikinis, earning Sobhraj the nickname, ‘Bikini Killer’. He was arrested in India where he served a sentence from 1976 to 1997, after which he retired to Paris. He was even approached for book and movie rights to which he quoted exceptionally high amounts. He returned to Nepal in 2004, where he was arrested again. He is now serving a second life sentence. Actor Randeep Hooda is set to portray Sobhraj in the upcoming film Main Aur Charles.
1 Auto Shankar – A dark influence of cinema or something more sinister?
Born Gowri Shankar, he quickly established a name for himself as a transporter of illegal arrack (coconut liquor) who was also involved in the local flesh trade. But what gets him on this list as one of India’s most notorious serial killers is his killing spree in the 80s. During a period of six months in 1988, Auto Shankar abducted and murdered 9 teenage girls from Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai. Though initially he blamed all of it on the influence of cinema, a month before his execution, he confessed to committing the murders for some politicians who had raped the abducted teenage girls. After his arrest, he managed to escape from Chennai Central Prison but was then later apprehended in Rourkela, Odisha. Shankar was hanged to death in Salem Prison in 1995.
# Thug Behram – Arguably India’s most prolific assassin
Thug Behram is one of the most prolific killers in history. He is often cited as having killed over 931 people from 1790 to 1840, but he only confessed to have only killed about 125 people while claiming that he was only “present at the scene” of the other murders. He was a leader in the notorious Thuggee cult that traveled across central India. The thuggeesused to latch onto travelling groups and then use their ceremonial rumaal (handkerchief) to strangulate unsuspecting victims before robbing them. He was executed by hanging in 1840.