10 Famous Serial Killers. 5. The Butcher from Rostov Andrei Chikatilo is one of the most famous serial killers, not only for the impressive number of murders, over 50, but for the incredible violence he used in performing his acts. He stabbed with gruesome pleasure his victims, as this was his only way of reaching orgasm. In 1994, Chikatilo was executed with a bullet in the back of his head, after the Russian President Boris Yeltsin refused his last call for clemency.