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              FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008 file photo, American murder suspect Amanda Knox is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers from Perugia

Top 10: Hottest murderers (and murder suspects) [SLIDESHOW]

Admit it: You spent more time talking about the Casey Anthony trial in 2011 than about the presidential election in 2012.

Americans are obsessed with the grisly details of high-profile murder cases—from O.J. Simpson’s ill-fitting glove to the constantly evolving alibis of Jodi Arias. And, maybe it’s just because we can see photos of them on every TV channel, but some of these suspected murderers aren’t bad looking.

We’ve assembled a definitive list of the 10 hottest murderers—or at least those on trial for murder. Somebody had to do it. You’re welcome.

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  • One of the first documented serial killers, H.H. Holmes operated a hotel in Chicago at the time of the 1893 World's Fair, where he carried out his grisly murders. He confessed to 27 murders, but researchers estimate the true number could be as high as 200. Holmes lured his victims (most of them women) with his looks and charm, then tortured and killed them in what was dubbed "the Castle." Holmes' exploits were profiled in Erik Larson's 2003 best-seller, "Devil in the White City." A movie version of the story has been in the works for years, with another handsome gentleman, Leonardo DiCaprio, to play Holmes. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • Elizabeth Báthory was a 16th-century Hungarian countess from a renowned family who also happened to be one of the world's first and most deadly serial killers. Báthory was accused of torturing and killing up to 650 girls, and legend has it she bathed in her victims' blood to stay youthful, earning her the nickname "The Blood Countess." She died at 54 while imprisoned in a Slovakian castle. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • Jeffrey Dahmer killed 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991 in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lured victims to his home or apartment, usually from gay bars, and engaged in necrophilia and cannibalism after killing them. In 1992, Dahmer was sentenced to fifteen consecutive life terms—a total of 957 years in prison. He was killed by a fellow prisoner, Christopher Scarver, in 1994 at Columbia Correctional Institution. (photo: EUGENE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Former professional football player O.J. Simpson was at the center of perhaps the first "media circus" trial. Simpson was charged with the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, but was acquitted a year later after a highly-publicized three-month trial. Simpson is currently incarcerated on a 33-year sentence for robbery, conspiracy and assault related to a 2007 burglary of a Las Vegas hotel room.  (photo: Wikimedia Commons/Alan Light)
  • Joran van der Sloot was 17 when he was arrested in connection with the disappearance of American teenager Natalie Holloway in 2005 in Aruba. van der Sloot was never charged with Holloway's murder. He returned to the public eye when he pled guilty to the murder of a female business student in Lima, Peru, five years to the day after Holloway's disappearance. He was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment in Peru. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  • Scott Peterson was convicted of murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son in California in 2002. He's been on death row since 2005 while his case is on appeal to the California Supreme Court. Despite the evidence that he murdered his wife in cold blood, Peterson has received love letters, phone calls and even marriage proposals while incarcerated. (Photo by Bart Ah You-Pool/Getty Images)
  • Jodi Arias was arrested in July 2008 for the stabbing and shooting death of her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. The 33-year-old Arias claimed she was acting in self-defense and was a victim of domestic violence. Arias was convicted in May 2013 of first-degree murder. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher, Pool)
  • Amanda Knox was a college student studying abroad in Italy when she was arrested for the murder of her flatmate, Meredith Kercher in 2007. Knox, dubbed "Foxy Knoxy" by the media, served about four years in Italian prison during the trial that followed. She was acquitted on appeal and released from prison in 2011. In May 2013, Italy's highest criminal court overturned her acquittal and ordered a new trial. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)
  • After her two-year-old daughter Caylee was reported missing in 2008, Casey Anthony was charged with first degree murder for her death. In the highly publicized trial during the summer of 2011, Casey claimed Caylee had drowned in the family's swimming pool and that Casey's father had disposed of the body. Public outrage followed the jury's not guilty verdict in Casey's trial, as many watching the media coverage were convinced she murdered her daughter.  (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, File)
  • After denying his crimes for more than a decade, handsome, charismatic and prolific American serial killer Ted Bundy confessed in 1989 to killing 30 young women. He liked to return to the scene of the crime to perform sex acts on their decaying corpses, and would later decapitate them and keep their heads as souvenirs. Bundy's appearance actually was an asset in evading capture: Police described his strange, chameleon-like features that looked different in every photograph taken of him. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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