Myra Hindley and Ian Brady - the Moors Murderers. Between July 1963 and October 1965, they kidnapped and murdered five children. Four of which were sexually abused before they were killed. The couple were caught after attempting to recruit Myra's brother-in-law David Smith. He was with them as far as viewing people 'like maggots, small, blind and worthless', but drew the line at murdering Edward Evans. Hindley and Brady were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Whilst in prison, Hindley apparently held some highly successful classes in crochet, as reported in the press to an ever intrigued readership.
Colin Ireland - the Gay Slayer. For three months in early 1993, Ireland picked up victims from S&M bars catering towards homosexual clientele. He knew he could easily persuade such gentlemen to allow him to restrain them in the privacy of his home, which made killing them so much easier. He killed five men before police gathered enough evidence to track him down. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Beverley Allit - the Angel of Death. In February 1991, Beverley Allit was taken on as a State Enrolled Nurse at the children's ward in Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, in Lincolnshire. Over the course of the next fifty-nine days, she killed four children, attempted to kill another three and injured six more. The death of the final victim - fifteen month old Claire Peck - was suspicious enough for colleagues to investigate the records. It quickly became apparent that Allit had been alone with all of the children who'd recently died, plus those who'd nearly died, but who had made complete recoveries upon transfer to another hospital. She was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Peter Sutcliffe - the Yorkshire Ripper. Britain's most infamous modern day serial killer was active between 1969 and 1981. During that time, he murdered thirteen women and attempted to kill another seven. He was actually arrested for driving with false number plates, but on a whim an officer asked if he was the Yorkshire Ripper. Sutcliffe duly confessed, shocking all concerned. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Jeffrey Dahmer - the Milwaukee Cannibal. From 1978 until 1991, Dahmer abducted, murdered and dismembered seventeen boys and men. He never actually ate any of them, but Silence of the Lambs was popular at the time. The newspapers saddled him with an epithet which would play into that cultural reference, thus selling even more papers. He was arrested after the 18th potential victim - Tracy Edwards - managed to escape, then lead police officers back to Dahmer's apartment. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Dennis Nilsen - the Muswell Hill Killer or the Kindly Killer. Between 1978 and 1983, Nilsen killed twelve men and attempted to slaughter another two. He did it for the company - arranging their corpses and having them around the house for a while. He believed that his murder methods (strangulation or drowning) were the most humane, hence the press conferred moniker 'Kindly Killer'. His crimes were uncovered after a service worker answered a call to unblock the drains outside Nilsen's home, and discovered that the blockage was caused by a build up of human fat and small bones. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Yoshinori Ueda. During 1992-1993, this Japanese serial killer murdered five people. When the fifth body was found by police officers, their inquiries led them to his front door. Whereupon he confessed to the other four and led the authorities to where he'd concealed his victims' remains. Initially sentenced to death, Ueda later claimed insanity and police coercion in his confession, and walked free.