The 10 Most Dangerous Prisoners in the World

We’ve all heard tales of infamous prisoners from around the globe, but have you ever wondered who tops the list? These aren’t your run-of-the-mill bad guys. Oh no, these are the big leagues. From cunning minds to raw physical strength, these ten individuals have earned their notoriety.

Surinder Koli

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Convicted of multiple grisly murders, Koli is often referred to as one of the most dangerous prisoners in the world. His crimes, committed between 2005 and 2006, were part of the infamous ‘Nithari case,’ named after the Nithari village on the outskirts of Noida.

Koli’s brutal acts involved the abduction, gruesome killing, and reportedly even cannibalism of children and young women from underprivileged backgrounds.

Charles Cullen

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Working as a nurse in various hospitals across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the ‘Angel of Death‘ was responsible for anywhere between 40 to 400 deaths, making him one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history.

His method of choice was lethal injection, often administered under the guise of routine medical treatment. Cullen’s actions went unnoticed for a shocking 16 years, from 1987 till his arrest in 2003, underscoring the silent and insidious nature of his crimes.

Aileen Carol Wuornos

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The “Damsel of Death,” was convicted for the murder of seven men between 1989 and 1990. She lured her victims with the promise of sexual services as a c@ll girl, only to rob and brutally murder them. Her viciousness was such that she claimed her actions were in self-defense against attempted rape, adding a layer of cold manipulation to her already heinous crimes.

Jason Barnum

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Meet Jason Barnum, also known as ‘Eyeball’. With a face full of tattoos and a right eyeball inked black, Barnum is as dangerous as his appearance suggests. Based out of Anchorage, Alaska, he was convicted for a string of burglaries, car thefts, and a fatal shooting of a police officer in 2012. This crime spree landed him 22 years in jail.

Rodney James Alcala

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Convicted of seven murders, his actual victim count is speculated to range in the dozens, if not hundreds. Alcala’s chilling modus operandi involved luring young women by promising to photograph them for professional portfolios.

His heinous crimes spanned from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. Despite the gravity of his crimes, Alcala made a surreal appearance on the popular television show “The Dating Game” in 1978 amid his killing spree – a fact that has only added to his infamy over the years.

Dennis Rader

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His chilling alias, BTK, stands for ‘Bind, Torture, Kill,’ which, unfortunately, accurately encapsulates his heinous crimes. From 1974 to 1991, Rader instilled fear in the heart of Wichita, Kansas, by committing 10 gruesome murders.

His twisted game of cat and mouse with the police involved taunting letters to local media and law enforcement, a chilling portrayal of his thirst for notoriety and control. His reign of terror ended in 2005 when he was finally apprehended and sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences.

Joaquin Guzman

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From humble beginnings in a rural community in Mexico, Guzman ascended to become the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world’s most powerful and violent drug trafficking organizations. His life of crime, spanning over four decades, has been marked by brutal violence, audacious escapes from prison, and a terrifying amount of control over the illegal drug trade.

In 2017, he was extradited to the U.S. and convicted on a plethora of charges, including drug trafficking, murder, and money laundering.

Charles Bronson

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Known for his volatile behavior and violent outbursts, Bronson was initially incarcerated for armed robbery in 1974, a crime for which he was sentenced to 7 years. However, due to numerous incidents of violence against prison staff and fellow inmates, his term has been repeatedly extended.

Bronson’s infamy is such that he has spent the majority of his adult life in solitary confinement, a testament to his dangerous nature within the confines of prison walls.

Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo

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Spanning over 12 years, from 1978 to 1990, Chikatilo committed more than 50 murders in the Soviet Union. His victims were often vulnerable individuals like runaways, boarding school students, and prostitutes.

Despite the vast number of his atrocities, it was not until 1992 when “The Butcher of Rostov” was finally convicted and sentenced to death. His reign of terror ended in 1994 when he was executed.

Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane

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Born in Northern Ireland, McFarlane took on a leading role in the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and spearheaded one of the largest British prison escapes in history.

This event, known as the Maze Prison escape, occurred in 1983 and involved the audacious breakout of 38 IRA prisoners. McFarlane’s involvement in such high-risk, violent activities sets him apart as a notorious figure in the annals of crime.

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