The most infamous serial killer zodiac signs may point to a personality trait connected with their horrid murders.
By definition, a serial killer is someone who kills at least three people over a long period of time. Some have hallucinations and hear voices. Some take hallucinogenic drugs or are just naturally insane.
Murder is often described as a crime of passion, and serial killers are considered psychologically compelled to act out the behavior over and over again.
There isn’t a specific rhyme or reason to why serial killers commit such brutal acts of violence. Some find sexual gratification when they kill, some find killing someone brings them so much power and some enjoy torturing and even eating or wearing their victims (I know, gross).
Many times, people who are closest to serial killers are shocked once they find out because most of the time they have no idea.
Successful serial killers perfect their craft and know exactly what to do and how to do it to keep themselves hidden. They do not just randomly kill someone without thinking and planning out everything from beginning to end.
What zodiac signs are serial killers?
It’s been discovered that most serial killers tend to fall under one of four zodiac signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces. As it turns out, these are all mutable signs.
According to astrology, mutable signs tend to be extremely adaptable, able to conform to their surroundings like chameleons. While that may sound like a positive trait, YourTango astrologer Aria Gmitter explains that mutable signs often lack grounding.
But not all serial killers are one of these signs — in fact, there’s at least one serial killer for every zodiac sign.
Serial Killer Zodiac Signs
Here is a list of the worst serial killers and what zodiac sign, and the murder type each committed, per astrology.
Henri Desire Landru: Aries
French serial killer Henri Desire Landru (April 12, 1869), known as “The Paris Bluebeard,” was born under the zodiac sign Aries which is ruled by Mars, the god of war. Aries is a fire sign and it rules the head.
Landru seduced women, married them for their money and possessions and then he killed them. He burned them once he dismembered their bodies.
Between 1914 to 1919, he killed 10 women and one of their sons. He was convicted and sentenced to death by guillotine at Versailles.
As an Aries, Henri Desire Landru was driven by his need for competition. He was never content in his relationships which often seemed fraught with tension, another a trait of an Aries when the sign is expressed to the extreme negative.
Albert Fish: Taurus
Albert Fish (May 19, 1870), or “The Brooklyn Vampire,” killed what is assumed to be 100 victims. He was a chameleon, blending into his environment and staying hidden.
He was mentally ill as a child, which continued into adulthood. He had very unusual desires and inflicted pain onto himself. Taurus expressed to the extreme negative can be revealed in body dysmorphia and eating disorders.
Fish physically tortured the victims he killed and reportedly had auditory hallucinations that kept getting worse. He became obsessed with torturing and eating mostly young children. He was found to be insane and was sentenced to death.
As a Taurus, Albert Fish was motivated by sexual gratification. A Taurus is very sensual and in tune with their sexual side. Because Tauruses are very possessive, Albert Fish is an example of possession to the extreme. He didn’t want to share or let go of his victims, that’s why he consumed them.
Jeffrey Dahmer: Gemini
Jeffrey Dahmer (May 21, 1960), “The Milwaukee Cannibal,” was a serial killer and sex offender. Between 1978 to 1991 he killed 17 men. He raped them, practiced necrophilia with the bodies, dismembered them and ate them.
Dahmer seduced men from bars or hired male prostitutes, then he would drug, rape, and strangle them. He would continue to practice necrophilia with the bodies after their death. He was consumed by his desire to make his victims inferior.
As a Gemini, Jeffrey Dahmer never wanted to be alone. Geminis are very affectionate and can adapt to certain circumstances, but taken to the extreme their personality can turn a mental health problem.
If Dahmer couldn’t find companionship easily, he hired men, thus solving his problem of finding victims. Also, because Geminis can be restless, it explains why Jeffrey Dahmer moved on from victim to victim pretty quickly. He is thought to have had antisocial personality disorder, which would be the opposite of a free-spirited Gemini. Again, negative to the extreme.
Robert Maudsley: Cancer
Robert Maudsley (June 26, 1953), “The Real Hannibal Lecter,” murdered 4 people, 3 of which were in prison. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Cancers are prone to depression. Maudsley heard voices that told him to kill his parents and he was suicidal and addicted to drugs. He is reported to have said that he only killed his first victim because he deserved it because his victim was an alleged child abuser.
Cancers are very sympathetic to others. This explains why he committed his first crime because he wanted to remove a predator from society.
Donald Neilson: Leo
Donald Neilson (August 1, 1936), “The Black Panther,” was convicted for 5 murders. He first kidnapped then murdered his victims.
Leos have a flair for dramatics. This explains why Donald Neilson kidnapped his victims before murdering them. He boasted about his murders, a sign of pride, a strong trait of a Leo when taken to the extreme and mingled with mental illness.
Ed Gein: Virgo
Ed Gein (August 27, 1906) is known for skinning human corpses and making furniture out of them. He was found to be guilty by reason of insanity and lived in a state facility for the rest of his life.
Psycho character Norman Bates is based on Gein and his abhorrent crimes.
Virgos loves paying attention to details. So, because of how Ed Gein used his victims’ bodies, it shows how he was meticulous in his life as a Virgo. Also, a Virgo is very critical of everything they do so Ed would be his own biggest critic.
Andrei Chikatilo: Libra
Andrei Chikatilo (October 16, 1936), known as “The Butcher of Rostov,” “The Red Ripper,” and “The Rostov Ripper,” killed and mutilated 52-56 people. He targeted children and at-risk teens and was sexually satisfied when he killed his victims.
He was profiled as a “necro-sadist,” or a person who reaches sexual gratification from his victims while they are suffering and when they die.
A Libra hates being alone. So it makes sense that he wanted to make his victims a part of himself so they never would leave him. He was found guilty and was sentenced to be executed.
Charles Manson: Scorpio
Charles Manson (November 12, 1934) was a cult leader of “The Family” that consisted of approximately 100 followers. They used drugs, such as LSD and magic mushrooms. He was looked up to as a prophetic figure and orchestrated the murders of a bunch of people that his followers committed.
As a Scorpio, Charles Manson had leadership in his DNA. He easily slipped into the role of a cult leader. He easily manipulated his followers, which is a common characteristic of a Scorpio. Because he was so dedicated to his cause, he was able to influence his followers to do what he desired, such as committing murders on his own behalf.
Ted Bundy: Sagittarius
Ted Bundy (November 24, 1946) confessed to 30 murders, but the exact total is unknown. He preyed on vulnerable and attractive young women. He raped and murdered these women by strangling or bludgeoning them and then mutilated their bodies after death. He would visit the corpses at their gravesites for his own sexual gratification. He was sentenced to death by electric chair.
He was driven by his deep desire to do anything to achieve what he wanted, which is a characteristic of a Sagittarius. His curiosity about after death, which is sparked by being a Sagittarius, gave him immense sexual gratification at just the thought of a body decaying.
John Edward Robinson: Capricorn
John Edward Robinson (December 27, 1943) is a serial killer currently on death row for eight murders, though his actual body count is thought to be much higher. Having used online chatrooms to attract his victims, Robinson is known as “the Internet’s First Serial Killer.”
Robinson’s early life was speckled with crimes such as embezzlement and fraud. He began murdering in 1984 when he is believed to have killed 19-year-old Paula Godfrey, though her body has never been found. In one bizarre crime, Robinson murdered a woman named Lisa Stasi and then gave Stasi’s daughter to his brother for adoption.
Capricorns are known to be independent and masters of self-control. However, their most negative traits include stubbornness and coldness. At their worst, Capricorns are sometimes extremely unforgiving and distant.
Gary Ridgway: Aquarius
Gary Ridgway (February 18, 1949), “The Green River Killer,” strangled 48 prostitutes to death, though his total number of victims may be as many as 90. He was sentenced to life in prison with no parole. He avoided a death sentence after agreeing to help authorities find the remains of all his victims.
Aquariuses are know-it-alls and very practical. So, for Gary Ridgway, he was able to exploit his knowledge and used his practicality to keep himself from being sentenced to death.
John Wayne Gacy: Pisces
John Wayne Gacy (March 17, 1942), known as “The Killer Clown,” targeted young men and boys. He raped and killed them and then buried them underneath his house and in crawl spaces. He murdered 33 people and was convicted to be executed by lethal injection.
Pisces are very artistic, so as a clown, John Wayne was able to exploit his creativity to entice children and young men into trusting him. Also, Pisces likes to help others, so Gacy may have felt like he was saving these boys and young men from their lives. Because Pisces is very playful, artistic, and caring, it is easy to put trust in someone that appears to be trustworthy.
Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.