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Top 10 Most Evil Couples In History

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Script written by James Owens How far would YOU go to please your significant other? Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Most Evil Couples In History. For this list, we're taking a look at romantic duos who had very evil interests in common. Special thanks to our user hyprmania52 for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Most Evil Couples In History


How far would YOU go to please your significant other? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 most evil couples in history.

For this list, we’re taking a look at romantic duos who had very evil interests in common. These pairings have gone down in history for committing some heinous, usually murderous, crimes together. Because of that, we are excluding a couple like Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, because – as evil as Hitler was – his longtime mistress had very little to do with his crimes against humanity.

#10: Fred & Rosemary West

Even before he became one of England’s most reviled serial killers, Fred West had trouble with the law: at 19, he was arrested for fondling a 13-year-old, at 24 he killed a boy with his ice cream truck, and at 27 a woman pregnant with his child disappeared, only to be found dead decades later. West’s sadistic tendencies intensified when he met 15-year-old Rose Letts in 1968. Together, the pair killed at least 12 people, including some of their own children. In fact, to ensure their remaining kids behaved, the couple threatened that they might “end up under the patio like Heather.” After being charged with murder in 1994, Fred killed himself while Rosemary remains in jail today.

#9: Phillip & Nancy Garrido

While walking to the school bus, 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard was approached by a car and snatched. Despite many witnesses and a huge community effort to locate her, Jaycee remained missing from 1991-2009. During that time, Phillip and Nancy Garrido kept her in their backyard, with Garrido using her to satisfy his sexual addiction. Phillip had been arrested for kidnap and rape in 1976, and it was while he was in jail for that crime that he met Nancy. Inevitably, during her 18 years in captivity, Dugard gave birth to two of Garrido’s children. But finally, in 2009, Garrido brought Dugard and her two girls with him to the parole office, where Jaycee was identified and her nightmare ended.

#8: Roman Podkopaev & Inessa Tarverdiyeva

This entry not only encompasses a couple, but their family as well. And on paper, they seem like a normal middle class group: he’s a dentist; she’s a former teacher. But together with two of Tarverdiyeva’s daughters, they terrorized Russia for six years until 2013, committing numerous robberies and over 30 murders, including many cops. Reports vary on whether he or she was the mastermind of the crimes, but what’s clear is that they viewed this spree as “going to the office for a day’s work.” At last their reign of terror ended in a violent shootout where Podkopaev was killed. What do you suppose was the goal of these crimes? Cold hard cash.

#7: Syed Rizwan Farook & Tashfeen Malik

Homegrown terrorism is a growing problem, and this case resulted in one of the deadliest mass shootings in California history. Inspired by foreign terrorist organizations like ISIS, on December 2, 2015, Farook and Malik opened fire on guests at a holiday party at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, where Farook worked, and had planned to detonate bombs as well. When it was over, the couple was dead, as were 14 civilians, with 22 others injured. According to the FBI they’d become radicalized in the years leading to the crime, by “consuming poison on the internet.” And in that time, Farook and Rizwan planned and carried out the deadliest terrorist attack on the U.S. since 9/11.

#6: Alvin & Judith Neelley

Both inclined towards a life of wrongdoing, Alvin and Judith Neelley’s criminal activities intensified when the husband and wife pair kidnapped 13-year-old Lisa Ann Millican from a Georgia mall in September 1982. They subsequently took her to an Arizona motel to rape and torture her, with the young girl even being injected with Drano before she was ultimately fatally shot. They similarly targeted a young couple not long after, but John Hancock survived and identified his attackers. While Alvin was able to avoid the death penalty, Judith was not so lucky: she became the youngest woman in the United States to be sentenced to death. However, that sentence was commuted to life in1999.

#5: Charles Starkweather & Caril Ann Fugate

While most teens were hanging out with friends, 19-year-old Charles Starkweather and 14-year-old Caril Ann Fugate were spree killing their way through Nebraska and Wyoming. From December 1957 to January 1958, Starkweather murdered 11 people – including Fugate’s own family – with Fugate as an accomplice to many of these crimes. The pair was finally caught almost by accident, when police happened by their stalled car on the roadside. A high-speed chase later, and both were arrested, with Starkweather receiving the death penalty and Fugate becoming the youngest female ever tried for first-degree murder in the U.S., earning herself 17 ½ years in the slammer. Their story was so riveting, it inspired various onscreen adaptations, including “Badlands,” “Kalifornia” and “Natural Born Killers.”

#4: Gerald & Charlene Gallego

Whether you grew up wealthy or were beaten by your mother’s various boyfriends, you could still grow up to be a killer. A good student with loving parents, Charlene went off the rails in her teens, eventually finding the troubled Gerald. When the couple lost the spark in their relationship, they decided the cure was sex slaves, so they kidnapped, raped and murdered a total of ten people – mostly teenaged girls – inCalifornia, Nevada and Oregon between 1978-80. Gerald did most of the dirty work, but Charlene was a more-than-willing participant; however, she testified against her husband in exchange for a reduced sentence. She was released in 1997; Gerald died of rectal cancer in2002 on death row.

#3: Ian Brady & Myra Hindley

These two were made for each other. Described as remorseless and sadistic, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley were responsible for some of Britain’s most notorious homicides. In 1963, after becoming obsessed with the idea of a so-called “perfect murder,” Brady and Hindley committed the first of their five confirmed killings, the victims of which were all between the ages of 10-17 and most of whom were sexually abused before their deaths. Many of their victims’ bodies were later unearthed in Saddleworth Moor, hence the nickname the “Moors murders.” After being turned into police by Hindley’s brother-in-law in October 1965, both were ultimately found guilty and sentenced to life. But it wasn’t until 1987 that they formally confessed to the crimes.

#2: Raymond Fernandez & Martha Beck

The things you do for love… He was the victim of a head injury that might’ve impaired his behavior; she was the overweight single mother living in a dream world. Together, they were the Lonely Hearts Killers, using newspaper personal ads to find, rob and kill lonely women. Before he met Martha Beck in 1947, Raymond Fernandez had already seduced and stolen from several women, with one dying mysteriously. Sometimes posing as his sister, Beck joined him in his life of crime, and by 1949 they had killed at least three people, including a two-year-old. After their arrest, both were executed by electric chair on March 8, 1951, and they proclaimed their love for each other until the very end.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are some honorable, or in this case dishonorable, mentions:
- Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow
- David & Catherine Birnie
- Doug Clark & Carol M. Bundy [aka “The Sunset Strip Killers”]
- Eric Louissant & Connie Leung

#1: Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka

Murder is inherently evil, but killing your own sister is on a whole other level. Alongside her husband-to-be Paul Bernardo – aka the Scarborough Rapist – Karla Homolka was involved in her sister’s death in 1990. The sadistic Canadian couple was eventually convicted of raping and murdering three teenaged girls in the early-‘90s. However, in exchange for her damning testimony, Homolka’s sentence was reduced to 12 years for manslaughter thanks to a plea deal, since Bernardo was the supposed mastermind and she was merely his accomplice. Of course, video evidence of their crimes later surfaced, proving that Homolka was much more involved than she let on. Homolka was released from prison in 2005, but Bernardo remains behind bars to this day.

Do you agree with our list? Which couple do you think is the most evil? For more informative top 10s, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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