Top 10 Most Notorious Killer Couples Matched in Hell

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2023-12-07 14:03:45

Serial killers are twisted people doing horrifying things to their victims. However, once they find their soulmate, you'll get the match made in hell. Almost all of our duo killers are well-known for their extraordinary cruelty and brutality, going beyond what we've seen in movies. Thus, let's look at our top ten list of the most notorious killer couples among famous serial killers.  

10. Alton Coleman and Debra Brown

Alton Coleman and Debra Brown had no plan, as they've murdered, raped, and robbed whomever they stumbled upon
Kill count: 8 or 9
Other atrocities: Rape, abduction, robbing, molesting
Their fate: Coleman was executed (lethal injection), Brown serves 140 years
Movies inspired by them: None
Killing couple info

Alton Coleman and Debra Brown were a disturbed and brutal killing couple. Colman had prior arrests for rape and served his sentence. However, after meeting Debra, the duo started their slayings across the state. Thus, they raped and murdered eight people during a short period in 1984.

Alton and Debra began their atrocities in Wisconsin by killing the nine-year-old girl. After that, they were on the run and continued their barbarities across the country. On their way, they raped and molested children and abducted, kidnapped, robbed, and murdered everyone else. Alton Coleman was executed in 2002, and Debra Brown got 140 years of imprisonment. She would have easily qualified among the most notorious women serial killers in the 20th century if she had worked alone.

9. Caril Ann Fugate and Charles Starkweather 

Caril Ann Fugate and Charles Starkweather were a couple of teenagers who went on a killing spree
Kill count: 11
Other atrocities: Robbing
Their fate: Starkweather was executed (electric chair), Fugate released after 17 years
Movies inspired by them: "Badlands" and "Natural Born Killers"
Killing couple info

Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate were a couple of teenagers who went on a two-month killing spree in the late 1950s. At that time, Charles was 19, and Caril was only 14. The first murder occurred while Charles was trying to rob the gas station. Afterward, he went to Fugante's home, and together they killed her parents and baby sister. After a while, they started to run, committing random killings.

When they were arrested, Caril claimed that she was the hostage. Later on, Charles confessed his crimes accusing Caril of other murders. He was convicted and executed aged 20. Caril was paroled after serving 18 years in prison.

8. Inessa Tarverdiyeva and Roman Podkopaev

Inessa Tarverdiyeva and Roman Podkopaev, along with their daughters, killed for money and because they enjoyed it
Kill count: At least 30
Other atrocities: Robbing
Their fate: Podkopaev was killed during the arrest, and the rest were sentenced to 21 years in prison
Movies inspired by them: None
Killing couple info

At first glance, Inessa Tarverdiyeva and Roman Podkopaev were an average couple residing with their two daughters. She was an ex-teacher, and he was a dentist, living an ordinary life in Stavropol, Russia. However, the truth was far from ordinary. The family has committed a series of robberies and murders for six years since 2007.

Moreover, their daughters were involved as they pretended to go on a family vacation while they robbed and killed innocent people. They were caught after burglarizing a police officer's home in 2013. During the arrest, Podkopaev was killed in the crossfire while the rest of the "Gang of Amazon" (media nickname) went to jail.

7. Ian Brady and Myra Hindley

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley raped and tortured their victims
Kill count: 5
Other atrocities: Rape, torture, kidnapping
Their fate: Brady died in a psychiatric hospital, Hindley died serving her life sentence
Movies inspired by them: "See No Evil: The Moors Murders"
Killing couple info

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were a twisted and sick duo who tortured, raped, and killed five children aged ten to seventeen. These murders occurring in England from 1963 till 1965 are also known as Moors Murderers, as they buried victims in Saddleworth Moor.

The psychopath Ian Brady met Myra Hindley in the factory they had worked at. Soon after they started dating, they began to plan a perfect murder. They started their killing spree by alluring the young Pauline Reade, whom Myra knew, to help them, ending up with Pauline's raping and murdering. Moreover, they tricked all their victims by seeking help and offering them a ride. They were arrested when the witness, who helped them do their last murder, called the police.

6. Ray and Faye Copeland

Ray and Faye Copeland looked like a bit grungy old married couple. However, they were serial killers
Kill count: 5-12
Other atrocities: Kidnapping, Conning
Their fate: Ray died awaiting execution, Faye served 13 years
Movies inspired by them: X (2022)
Killing couple info

During the 1980s, the old married couple, Ray and Faye Copeland, killed at least five (seven more suspected) drifters and hitchhikers at their Missouri farm. Ray was known as a con man and a thief from a young age, as he had spent a few years in jail for his crimes.

He devised a scheme to hire the drifters to buy livestock with fake checks, re-sell the cattle afterward, and kill the travelers to cover his con. During this time, they employed the worker who had his suspicions. Once Ray tried to kill him, the man managed to escape and alert the authorities. After their arrest, Ray and Faye Copeland were the oldest couple in America sentenced to the death penalty.

5. Karla Homolka and Paul Kenneth Bernardo

Karla Homolka assisted her fiancée Paul Bernardo to rape and kill her young sister
Kill count: 3
Other atrocities: Rape, stalking
Their fate: Bernando has been serving life without parole since 1995, and Homolka was released after serving 12 years
Movies inspired by them: "Karla"
Killing couple info

Karla Leanne Homolka and Paul Kenneth Bernardo were engaged at the beginning of the 1990s when they committed their first rape and murder. The Canadian couple's first victim was Karla's young sister, who Karla helped Paul rape by drugging and restraining her. 

Therefore, this crime was sick on so many levels, and since they videotaped everything, it gets even more twisted. They were arrested after committing three killings. Paul got a life sentence, and Karla testified against Paul in exchange for reduced punishment. She was released after serving twelve years in prison.

4. Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck

Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck were known as the Lonely Hearts Killers
Kill count: At least 3, but up to 20
Other atrocities: Scamming, robbing
Their fate: Death penalty (electrocution)
Movies inspired by them: "The Honeymoon Killers," "Deep Crimson," "Lonely Hearts"
Killing couple info

Also known as 'The Lonely Hearts Killers,' Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck allegedly killed over twenty women. They preyed on their victims through lonely hearts ads during the late 1940s. Martha loved Raymond unconditionally, as she left her children for him and participated in his scam to rob lonely women. 

The couple posed as a sister and a brother to gain the victims' trust before robbing and killing them. Moreover, after their arrest, they confessed to murdering women for shorter sentences. However, they were extradited to New York for trial, and both got the death penalty before being executed in 1951.

3. Gerald and Charlene Gallego

Learn all about Gerald and and Charlene and their horrific crimes
Kill count: At least 10
Other atrocities: Armed robbery, kidnapping 
Their fate: Gerald died waiting for execution, and Charlene was released after serving 16 years
Movies inspired by them: None
Killing couple info

Twisted couple Gerald and Charlene Gallego found themselves bored with their love life, so they decided to involve sex slaves. They have been chiefly abducting teenage girls in Sacramento since the end of the 1970s. The couple operated so that Charlene loured the victims into the van, as Gerald would tide them up, threatening them with the gun. 

They would take the victims to a secluded place, killing them after the rape and torture. After their arrest, Charlene took a plea deal for testifying against Gerald, claiming she was also the victim. She spent only 16 years in jail, as Gerald died behind bars waiting for execution.

2. Fred and Rosemary West

The twisted couple, Fred and Rosemary West killed at least a dozen of women
Kill count: At least 14
Other atrocities: Assault, rape, torture
Their fate: Both were given a life sentence
Movies inspired by them: "Appropriate Adult"
Killing couple info

Fred and Rosemary West were a married couple with eight children and one stepchild from Fred's previous marriage. They committed their crimes in Gloucester, England, from the mid-1960s for the next two decades. Fred forced Rosemary to work as a prostitute, watching her through the peephole.

Their victims were women tortured, raped, killed, and buried in the backyard or the cellar. Fred also abused their daughters, and Rosemary killed Fred's stepdaughter. After Fred was arrested, police found the bodies of twelve victims buried at their home. While he killed himself, waiting for the trial, Rosemary will spend her life behind bars.

1. Carol M. Bundy and Doug Clark

Learn more about Bundy and Clark in this eerie documentary
Kill count: At least eight
Other atrocities: Rape, pedophilia, necrophilia
Their fate: Clark has been on death row since 1983, and Bundy died in prison serving for life
Movies inspired by them: None
Killing couple info

Also known as the Sunset Strip Killers, Carol M. Bundy and Doug Clark killed their victims to fulfill their twisted sexual desires. Doug Clark was a rapist and a pedophile; later, he became a murderer and necrophiliac. He found his soul mate in Carol Bundy, as she was sick and twisted as him.

Together, they killed prostitutes and runaways in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The killings were brutal, as they even decapitated some of the victims. Once they were arrested, Bundy tried to defend herself, blaming all on Clark. However, her involvement was proven, so she died in prison. On the other hand, Clark stated that he was manipulated by Bundy. But as the evidence against him was strong, he got the death sentence. Yet, Los Angeles remains one of the most dangerous cities in California.

Many of these crimes inspired numerous movies and TV shows, as reality often can be crueler than the imagination. We'll leave you to explore the filmography inspired by the crimes these people committed, as it may surprise you. To conclude, the cruelty of murderers can be beyond our imagination.

Have you ever heard of these top ten murderers? Did you ever watch movies or TV shows inspired by their crimes? Please write to us in the comment section, as we would like to hear your opinion.

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