One of the greatest debates in recent years, from both a social justice and ethical point of view, has been over whether the death penalty should be abolished or remain in use, and the consequences of the final choice. As years go by more and more people appear to be against the death penalty for various reasons and most importantly, for the many tragic mistakes that have happened as a result of its use through the years. However, the nature of some crimes is so horrific and unjustified by any standard that the death penalty seems the only “answer” to such brutality and monstrous behavior. Especially when it comes to these 25 most monstrous serial killers of children in history.
20. Francisca Ballesteros
Francisca Ballesteros is a Spanish woman who poisoned her first baby, a daughter, back in 1990, when she was only five months old. Fourteen years later she decided to finish her “job” and killed her husband and other daughter because she had met a man on the Internet and wanted to run away with him. She also attempted to poison her twelve-year-old son, but he survived. She was finally arrested and sentenced to eighty-four years in prison in 2005.
15. Mohammed Bijeh
Mohammed Bijeh was an Iranian serial killer and rapist who confessed to raping and killing sixteen young boys who were between the ages of eight and fifteen. He also murdered two adults. He was sentenced by the Iranian justice system to one hundred lashes in view of the public and execution by hanging in 2005.
10. Dagmar Overbye
Dagmar Overbye was a Danish serial killer who murdered twenty-five children, including her own child, between 1913 and 1920. All of her victims, mostly defenseless babies, were under her care. She was sentenced to death in 1921 and died in prison in 1929.
5. Serhiy Tkach
This depraved and twistedformer Ukrainian police criminal investigator, claimed to have killed over one hundred girls and women but was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of only thirty-six of them. He confessed that he first suffocated the little girls, who were between eight and eighteen, and then performed sexual acts on their dead bodies.