Christmas is a day for giving, kindness and to treasure loved ones, but some of the most brutal crimes have been carried out in the run up, or even on, Christmas Day.

What makes some of these killers even more twisted was that they either portrayed Santa himself or carried out horror attacks on their own loved ones – who were left blind-sighted to their deadly fate.

Below we have rounded up just some of the shocking crimes that have taken place between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The Santa of Covina

Bruce Pardo decided to walk into his ex-wife's family home a week before their divorce was finalised and started a shooting rampage on Christmas Eve in 2008.

The 45-year-old was sickeningly dressed up in a Santa Claus costume when he killed nine people including his ex-wife Sylvia. Three others were injured.

There were 25 people inside the home in Covina, California, when he entered with four handguns and a flame-thrower during a festive party, according to the 13th Floor.

It was reported that he set the house on fire before he later shot himself in the head at his brother's house and died the following day.

A recording from a family member who was inside the house during the time of the attack was released after she called the police, reports The Mirror.

She said: "He's shooting my whole family. My mum's house is on fire.

"We need someone immediately. My daughter's been shot. She was shot in the face."

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Two brothers had planned to poison a woman by communicating through a string of coded texts that were inspired by Star Wars.

David and Roger Cooper, from Conventry, plotted to kill Sameena Imam who was having an affair with Roger at the time. Roger believed she had to die for his affair to stay a secret.

On Christmas Eve 2014, David decided to smother Sameena with a rag soaked with chloroform after she arrived at David's home in Leicester looking for his brother.

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Her body was later found buried in an allotment and the pair were jailed for life, reports Wales Online.

Family Christmas Day massacre

The Lawson family were brutally killed by their patriarch Charles Davis Lawson who murdered his wife and six children on December 25, 1929.

Two sisters Carrie, 12, and Maybell, 7, left their house in Germanton, NC to go and visit their aunt and uncle but little did they know, that their father had other plans.

Charlie, 43, waited for them behind their tobacco barn and shot them before he bludgeoned them to death and put their bodies inside of the barn.

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The bloodshed continued after Lawson shot his wife Fanie, 37, and put her inside their home where Marie, 17, and her two younger brothers had run to hide.

He shot all three of them before he killed their baby Mary Lou, who died from a fractured skull, reports News AU.

There was only one survivor, the oldest son Arthur, who had been sent on an errand by his father the night before the massacre.

Charlie then shot himself and his body was later found in nearby by his son Arthur who had returned home and alerted the police.

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Reports later surfaced by other family members and friends, who claimed that Charlie had impregnated his daughter Marie after he sexually assaulted her.

Their neighbour Sam Hill said that the father had threatened his daughter to keep it a secret otherwise “there would be some killing done”.

Axe attack before Christmas meal

Dustin Klopp murdered his wife with an axe before heading for a festive meal with their children in tow in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Kloop killed Stephanie Kilhefner, 34, and then wrapped her body in a bag before he went to celebrate Christmas with his parents.

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It was reported that he hit her multiple times in the head with an axe before he cut her throat on Christmas eve in 2014.

He phoned police to confess to the killing while his children, aged five and two, continued with festivities at his parents home, reports The Mirror.

He was pronounced dead after he hanged himself in prison.

Teen drowned in a bathtub

Kristy Bamu, 15, was tragically found drowned in a bath after being tortured for several days in the run-up to Christmas.

His sister Magalie Bamu and her partner Eric Bikubi left him with a total of 130 injuries after they abused him under their belief he was a witch.

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Kristy was tragically found dead inside his sister's home on Christmas day in Newham, east London in 2010.

It was reported that the teenager had travelled with his four other siblings from Paris to celebrate festivities with Magalie and her partner.

They were found guilty of Kristy's murder.

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