For better or worse, serial killers continue to fascinate us. You can find their stories in a variety of media, from books to television to podcasts. We’ve all seen or heard the horror stories of Bundy, Dahmer and Ridgeway. Yet a name stands out not only because of the scale of his crimes, but also because he has been all but forgotten.
Pedro Lopez, known as the “Monster of the Andes,” went on a killing spree in the late 1970s and eventually confessed to murdering more than 350 girls between the ages of 7 and 13 in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Guinness World Records lists him as the most prolific serial killer of modern times. Check out the history of one of the world’s most ruthless killers you’ve never heard of.
Lopez led police to the bodies of over 53 victims that he could remember the locations of. Together with his confessions, he was officially charged with the murders of 110 children. He also confessed to over 200 more, but shockingly, the police refused to charge him on the additional murders as, “additional trials in Colombia and Peru would have been too complex and costly.”
On July 31, 1981, Lopez plead guilty to 53 counts of murder. However, the laws of Ecuador prohibit a sentence of longer than 20 years for murder, and Lopez was only sentenced to 16 years, to the rage and bafflement of many other nations.