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3 Famous Serial Killers in Fiction

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Dexter Morgan

3 Famous Serial Killers in Fiction

Celebrating the airing of The Killer Inside, a movie based on true events around the murders of Peter Kuerten, a famous German serial killer, we have selected three of these criminals famous in fiction.

Hannibal Lecter

Created by Thomas Harris, a mastermind of suspense novels, Hannibal Lecter has terrorized and amazed thousands of people worldwide. He is a famous forensic psychiatrist part of the highest social circles of Baltimore. However, Dr. Lecter hides a secret: behind his unparalleled intelligence lies a cannibalistic and psychopathic serial killer.

In cinema and TV, Hannibal Lecter has been famously played by Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the character in The Silence of the Lambs. Hopkins reprised the role in Hannibal and Red Dragon. Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has also played Lecter to great acclaim in the TV series Hannibal.

Dexter Morgan

Dexter Morgan is one of the world’s favorite serial killers on TV. The brainchild of author Jeff Lindsay, he became famous across the globe thanks to the award-winning portrayal by Michael C. Hall. In both, the novels and the TV series, Dexter is a forensic blood analyst working for the Miami-Metro Police Department.

In his spare time, he is a vigilante serial killer targeting murderers who have evaded the justice system. He follows a code of ethics taught to him in childhood by his adoptive father.

Norman Bates

Created by American author Robert Bloch as the main antagonist in his 1959 thriller novel Psycho, Norman Bates is a troubled man with dissociative identity disorder who killed his mother and her boyfriend, as well as some of the guests in his Motel.

Bates is portrayed by Anthony Perkins in the 1960 version of Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock and by Freddie Highmore in the television series Bates Motel.

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