The Monster of the Andes: South American Serial Killer Pedro Lopez


Pedro Lopez is a serial killer who is almost unheard of in the United States, but his enormous body count towers over the names we remember when talking about notorious killers. It is estimated that Lopez killed over 300 people in South America before he was captured in 1980. The creepiest part of this whole story? Lopez was released from a psychiatric hospital in 1998, and his whereabouts are currently unknown.

Like many serial killers, Pedro Lopez survived a horrific upbringing. Lopez was born in 1948 in Colombia. His mother was a prostitute, and his father was shot and killed before Lopez was born. When he was only 8 years old, Lopez’s mother caught him molesting one of his sisters, and he was kicked out of the house. He ran away and lived on the streets of Bogota. Lopez’s life was forever altered when, still just a child, he was raped in an abandoned house. He was taken in by an American couple that discovered him living on the street, but even in those improved circumstances, he was taken advantage of by an adult – this time at school. So Lopez ran away again. Later in life, Pedro Lopez would recall that it was these early abusive experiences that made him seek violent revenge on innocent people.

Lopez committed his first murder not on the street, but in prison. While serving a jail term for car theft, Lopez was gang raped by a group of men. He responded by…

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