Some Of The Most Famous Serial Killers Who Were Leos

It is unclear how often people correlate horoscopes and serial killers, but there is an interesting link between them. There are actually several zodiac signs that seem to be a common denominator in producing a lot of serial killers. In relation to some of the most prolific ones, a good number of them are Leos, per Ranker. According to a recent study performed by a noted astrologer, nearly every sign has proved capable of producing killers, especially serial ones, says Wicked Local.

Each sign has its own characteristics that can explain why that particular zodiac would commit a crime. Of the 12 zodiacs, topping the list with the most serial killers were four signs: Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. So where does Leo rank? It actually ranks ninth, per an infographic by Astrology Zodiac. The Leo sign is also ranked eighth in the number of victims per sign. But who are some famous killers that are Leos, and how do they compare?

Famous Leo serial killers

One of the most famous serial killers in recent years, who also happened to be a Leo, was Ohio's Anthony Sowell. Between 2007 and 2009, he killed 11 women and kept their remains in his house, per CNN. His house of horrors (pictured) was demolished in 2011, and he died earlier this year. 

Another well-known serial-murdering Leo was England's John George Haigh. In the mid-1940s, he murdered six victims and was sentenced to death. He was executed for his crimes in 1949, per Wakefield Express. A different Leo and infamous killer was Japan's Tsutomu Miyazaki. The "human Dracula" targeted young girls in the late '80's by kidnapping, assaulting, and killing them, and even engaging in necrophilia with their remains. He was caught in 1989 and sentenced to death. He would spend almost two decades in prison before he was executed in 2008.

Then, of course, there was the frightening and murderous Leo that was Anatoly Onoprienko. The Ukrainian serial killer unleashed a violent streak of brutal shootings in the Eastern European country from the late '80s to the mid-'90s that took the lives of 52 people. The search for him led to a massive nationwide manhunt, which resulted in the death of an innocent man (via Crime and Investigation). Onoprienko was eventually caught in 1996, but was able to escape the death sentence.

A reason why Leos can become serial killers

Per the study, according to Wicked Local, a Leo's likelihood to kill stems from a stubbornness often caused by their beliefs. When that is threatened, apparently, extreme matters can be the only options they see fit. "Leos are entitled to believe what they believe, so if deeply wounded and their judgment goes against someone's life, why not kill them when they can?" said astrologer Iva Vucinic.

While Leos do not even scratch the surface of being the most common or likely to be serial killers, it is still interesting to see which of the well-known serial killers in history are of that zodiac sign. As with every other sign, the crimes Leo serial killers have committed run the gamut, as do the demographics of the killers and their geographical locations. Lots of things can go wrong in life that can turn someone into a serial killer, which may or may not have anything to do with the sign they are born under.