When hearing the term 'serial killer', most of us think of a lone individual who murdered several victims, getting away with his crimes for a while. However, the following list contains serial killer couples who worked as a team to commit horrible crimes. These infamous couples took the lives of many, and their names will forever remain in the pages of history.
Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
23 and 17 when they met, Paul and Karla had an immediate attraction. However, Karla was not a virgin – which upset the two. As a gruesome gift, Karla decided to give Paul her younger sister's virginity for Christmas. The sister, 15-year-old Tammy, was tied up and raped by Paul, while Karla encouraged the acts. The couple recorded the act and later retired to bed, leaving Tammy's tied body. The young Tammy choked on her own vomit during the night. Autopsy resulted in no evidence of foul play, which allowed the couple to continue with their horrible crimes. 15-year-old Kristen French and killing 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy were two other murder victims, along with other women that were raped by Paul. In 1993, Paul hit Karla, which led her to go to the police and provide them with a lead to the tapes that recorded the murders. Karla was put in jail for 12 years, claiming abuse at the hands of Paul, and Paul is serving life in prison.
Gerald and Charlene Gallego
Another serial killer couple, active from 1978 to 1980, is Gerald and Charlene Gallego. In the span of two years, the two killed at least 10 people. The couple looked for young women in malls, lure them into a van in the promise of free pot. Then, they would rape, beat and kill the young victims, scattering their bodies in several areas in the Nevada desert.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley
Between 1963 and 1965, the two killed five young kids in England. After the first 4 victims, Ian and Myra made a mistake. Ian lured 17-year-old Edward Evans from a train station and took him home. He later killed the teen with a shovel in from of his brother-in-law. The brother-in-law, David Smith, who helped dispose of the body, went home and told his wife about what had happened. Police arrested the couple, who later received a life sentence.
Ray and Faye Copeland
The oldest couple to receive a death sentence; Ray and Faye Copeland killed 5 victims on their ranch in Missouri. The motive behind the murders? Pure greed. Ray had a bad reputation for selling stolen cattle, which led people to avoid his business. To continue his fraud, Ray hired drifters to pass bad checks for him and take the cattle to the market. Once the task was complete, Ray shot the victims and buried their bodies in he and Faye's barn. The two were convicted of murder after an employee of theirs reported seeing bones on their property.
Fred and Rosemary West
Possibly the most gruesome couple on the list; Fred was raised by a father who beat and raped him, even forcing Fred to commit bestiality. Rosemary was a prostitute who had an incestuous relationship with her father. Over the years, she bore seven children, some by her Husband Fred and some from unknown men. While Fred was serving time for burglary, Rosemary got in an argument with one of his daughters from a previous marriage. She killed her and buried her remains under the porch. When Fred got out, the two killed 12 victims, and during that time – Fred raped and recorded the raping of two of his own daughters. The youngest told a friend what had happened, and after finding evidence of murders – the couple was arrested.