Murder Made Me Famous' Most Macabre Crimes

From cult leaders to killing sprees, we've collected the top five crimes that shocked us.

David Koresh

5. David Koresh

As the leader of the Branch Davidians religious cult, David Koresh became highly known for leading his followers to stockpile massive amounts of weapons in preparation for the apocalypse and was alleged to have had sex with cult members. His congregation, the "Army of God" had a 51-day standoff against the Federal Government that resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and over 80 Davidians. Following the standoff, the ATF raided their holy compound and burned down the centre. Koresh was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the fire.

4. Steven Avery

The 2005 murder of young photographer Teresa Halbach shocks the central Wisconsin community of Manitowoc County. A grisly crime scene of her burned bones is discovered at the family auto salvage business of Steven Avery, recently released from prison after serving 18 years for a rape he didn't commit. Two years earlier, DNA evidence exonerated him, but now arrested, charged and convicted of the photographer's murder, Avery's second conviction seems cut and dried... until defence attorneys cast doubt on Avery's guilt once again.

3. Jim Jones

Known for his extreme beliefs on Christianity, socialist politics and racial equality, Jim Jones created the Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ in Jonestown, Guyana. After amassing hundreds of followers, he convinced his congregation to drink the Kool Aid - a concoction of cyanide and grape flavoured concentrate, that resulted in over 900 deaths.

2. Charles Manson

In 1969, nine people are killed by a notorious cult leader with mostly female followers living in a commune. Among the brutally murdered is pregnant actress Sharon Tate. The two-night murder spree terrorises Los Angeles and uncovers a bizarre connection to musical legend Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys and actress Doris Day's son, Terry Melcher, a producer who failed to promote the musical ambitions of Charles Manson.

1. Richard Ramirez

In the span of only two years, Richard Ramirez became known as the "Night Stalker". He broke into the homes of over 13 people in Los Angeles viciously raping, torturing and often performing Satanic rituals on many of his victims as he brutally murdered them. In 1989, Ramirez received 19 death sentences and died 23 years later from sickness while on death row.