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ByDB Kelly/Updated: Feb. 16, 2023 12:33 pm EST

So, here's some good news for anyone who suffers from regular nightmares that involve being stalked by a serial killer: They're on the decline. According to research done by Radford University's Mike Aamodt (via Discover), they are fewer serial killers on the prowl since the dawn of the new century.The 1980s were something of a high point for serial killers, with almost 770 — that we know of — operating across the U.S. during the decade. That dropped in the 1990s, again in the 2000s, and by 2016, there had been only about 100 that had cropped up in the prior decade.

There are a few theories that experts have put forward to explain just what's going on here, and they involve things like advances in investigative methods and forensic science, a higher chance of getting caught — and being linked definitively to more crimes — and stricter sentencing. There are also factors like cell phones and an increased connectivity between parents and children that make picking out victims a little more difficult these days. It's also possible that young kids and teens who have the potential to grow up to become serial killers are instead getting the help they need first, so that's all good news.

That's not to say there are no serial killers out there — there are. In addition to some that have managed to elude capture for a long time, there are a handful of new ones cropping up, too. Let's look at who's out there hunting in 2023.

I-70 killer

Between April 8 and May 7, 1992, six people were shot and killed along a stretch of I-70. The deaths occurred between Terre Haute, Indiana and Wichita, Kansas, and Vox says there were striking similarities between the victims. Five were women (and police believe that the sixth was mistaken for a woman when the killer saw his long ponytail), all were brunettes, and all were employees at stores just off the highway.

They were also all killed with a .22 caliber bullet. There was no sexual assault, no major thefts, and witnesses were able to give police a basic description of a man seen entering the stores before the murders. He was described as white, with reddish or light brown hair, between 140 and 160 pounds, and around 5-foot-7.

The spring of 2022 marked the 30-year anniversary of the still-unsolved murders, and police wanted to make it clear that the case is still very much open.In late 2021, law enforcement released a new sketch of the killer. Based on those witness accounts and aged to depict what the killer would look like three decades on, there's still hope that someone will come forward with more information. They've also released what they believe might be the key to catching him: A description of the gun. Wichita police Detective Tim Relph says (via CBS KWCH12) it's "a historic remake of an old German Navy pistol. The barrel is long enough where the gun has a wooden forearm."

Eastbound Strangler

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On November 20, 2006, two women who were out for a walk made a grisly discovery: The bodies of four women had been neatly discarded behind the Golden Key Motel in a suburb outside of Atlantic City. The women were fully clothed (except for their shoes and socks) and had been positioned, face-down, in a line behind the motel. Barbara Breidor, Molly Jean Dilts, Kim Raffo, and Tracy Ann Roberts had all been strangled, earning their unidentified killer the nickname of the Eastbound Strangler.Whatever happened had happened quickly. According to The Toronto Sun, Breidor had been missing for about a month before the bodies were discovered, while Raffo had been seen the day before she was found.

Law enforcement said that at the time, there was definitely no shortage of suspects. One by one, however, they were cleared of the murders until ultimately, there were no more. An appeal for information on the four murders was re-issued in the last days of 2021, with Chief of County Investigations Bruce Shields saying, "Fifteen years later we have not made an arrest for these homicides, but we're always looking, we're always working and reexamining information about this case. We haven't stopped. We won't stop."

A $25,000 reward has been issued for information leading to the killer's arrest, which can be shared with any local law enforcement bodies.

West Mesa Murders

The Albuquerque Journal calls Central Avenue a "high-crime area," and adds that's where it all started way back in 2001. That's when women started going missing more often than usual, and that in itself is a horrible, depressing statement to have to make.

Almost a decade later, on February 2, 2009, a woman who was out for a walk came across a human bone, and it ended up being part of a crime scene on a scale that no one could have imagined. All the victims of the so-called "West Mesa Bone Collector" weren't identified for another 11 years.Ultimately, 11 women and one unborn child were found and identified. Their life stories were varied: While many had connections to the drug and sex trade, others did not. Syllannia Edwards was just 15 years old when she disappeared, and it was 22-year-old Michelle Valdez who was pregnant when she was killed and buried in the New Mexico desert.

Although hundreds of people were interviewed and suspects were investigated, the ID of the West Mesa Bone Collector remains a mystery. The investigation is ongoing: According to the City of Albuquerque, there is a $100,000 reward being offered for information about the killer. Any tips should be directed to Investigator Ida Lopez, or given via Crime Stoppers.

The Long Island Serial Killer

It was late in 2010 that four bodies were recovered from a desolate stretch of beach on the coast of Long Island. It wasn't until the next spring that law enforcement recovered six more bodies, and went public with a statement announcing that the murders were all the work of a single killer.

The so-called Long Island Serial Killer case remains unsolved, and according to Rolling Stone, some have placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Suffolk County Police Department. Reports and rumors of corruption have come up amid the department's failure to bring the killer to justice, with some suggesting that it went unsolved because higher-ups in the police department didn't want the truth to come to light. (That's the basis of a Discovery+ series called "Unraveled: Long Island Serial Killer.")

Whatever the truth is, it's entirely possible that one day, it will still come out. In late 2021 — near the anniversary of the discovery of the remains of one of the victims, Shannan Gilbert — ABC and Eyewitness News sat down with Ray Tierney, the new district attorney for Suffolk County. He made it clear that he was not only keeping the case open but that he would be re-conducting interviews and reexamining evidence — including claims of corruption.

The Chicago Strangler

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Back in 2019, the Chicago Tribune reported that police were assigning a designated task force to investigate the theory that there was a serial killer stalking the city. For many, it was an investigation that was long overdue.It came more than a year after the news outlet had run another story, connecting the deaths of at least 75 women who had been killed — all via suffocation or strangulation — between 2001 and 2017. The Tribune's initial story ran in 2018, and even as law enforcement balked at the idea of a serial killer, four more women turned up dead in the same manner.

At the time, police were still refusing to say that there was a serial killer at work in Chicago ... but did ultimately admit that was a distinct possibility. While they claimed there was little concrete evidence to link the victims, the Tribune reported that others had seen a very large link: Most of the victims were Black women.

Fast forward to late 2021, and that's when a three-part docu-series called "The Hunt for the Chicago Strangler" started streaming on Discovery+. At the time of the show's debut, Chicago police were still saying nothing to confirm or deny the existence of a serial killer, and at the same time, PBS says activists were demanding answers. Director Jennifer Anderson told them, "I think these women are not just a name on a spreadsheet or police file, they had real lives and we're missing something, because they are not here. They deserve justice..."


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The three men killed in sub-districts of Bangladesh were identified as Sajal, Ripon, and Rakib Molla. Each one was — at least — shot in the head, and each was dumped with a note tied around their neck. The exact messages varied, but the gist was the same: They had been accused of rape, and they were killed for it.

Mahmud Hasan was one of the first on the scene when a body was discovered on January 26, 2019, and later said, "...strangest was the note that hung around his neck. It felt strange and scary to see this happen in my area ... but it also felt like justice."It was the note around Rakib Molla's neck that was signed, and it read: "I am Rakib who raped [victim's name]. This is the fate of the rapist. Rapists be aware ... Hercules."The Statesman called "Hercules" a "serial killer," while Al Jazeera called him a "vigilante." The difference? That's kind of difficult to define.

Law enforcement said that they were investigating, but at the time, they had no idea if it was one killer or a group of vigilantes acting under a single name. Families of the victims had another theory, stating that witnesses claimed they had been picked up by plain-clothes police almost immediately before turning up dead. Police had ruled out that theory and suggested someone was acting in response to an already-high number of rape cases that were only increasing.

Juarez, Mexico

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The bottom line is that no one really knows who is killing the women of Juarez, Mexico. The Seattle Times says that law enforcement has said there's a likelihood that there's a serial killer prowling the streets of this city just a stone's throw from El Paso, Texas, and they've also suggested the almost countless women that have died in recent years were targeted because of gang activity. What's the truth?Everyone would like to know.

Starting in the mid-1990s, hundreds of women began turning up dead. Many were dumped in the desert, many bore signs of trauma and abuse, and it didn't stop: In 2019, there were 1,006 victims added to a list — and those are just the ones law enforcement knows about. The crimes are falling under the umbrella of femicide: Whether the victims were targeted by a serial killer who preys on women or by an abusive partner, they were killed because they were women.

In 2020, the high-profile murder of an artist named Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre catapulted Juarez's problems back into headlines (via The Guardian). Scores of women took to the streets to protest and demand justice for Cabanillas and the hundreds of other women who have been murdered by killers who have never been identified, much less brought to justice.

Pedro Lopez

Every so often, there's a story that pops up that's so unbelievable, so terrible, that it's impossible to think that it's true. That's definitely the case with Pedro Lopez, but the story of the man that Rolling Stone says has been dubbed "The Monster of the Andes?" It's definitely true, because no one could make up something so unimaginable.

After being kicked out of his home as a child — he had assaulted his sister — Pedro Lopez grew up on the streets of Colombia. He traveled across South America, raping and killing as he drifted from one country to another. Nearly executed for his crimes in 1978, he was given a second chance by a missionary who put in a good word for him ... and unknowingly kept him alive to keep preying on more victims.It's unknown just how many people he killed, but the numbers are staggering. He confessed to killing as many as two or three people a week, and in 1980, his estimated death toll in Ecuador alone was around 110.

That's where he was arrested and given a 14-year-jail sentence. After serving some time there — he had a shortened sentence for "good behavior" — he was sent back to Colombia. There, he was reportedly held in a psychiatric facility for a further four years, then in 1998, he was deemed sane, released on $50 bond, and promptly vanished.He hasn't been seen since, and his victim count is unknown. According to Biography, the total is well over 300.

The Killing Fields, Texas

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Heide Villareal Fye went missing in 1983, and her remains turned up a few months later in an area of Texas now ominously known as The Killing Fields. A little less than two years later, the remains of 16-year-old Laura Miller were found not far from where Fye had been left, and during that investigation, a third body was found. She was known as Jane Doe until she was finally identified in 2019: Her name was Audrey Lee Cook. A fourth body — discovered in 1991 and known as Janet Doe until she, too, was identified in 2019 — was Donna Gonsoulin Prudhomme.According to the FBI, there are no known connections between the victims, and no witnesses have come forward to shed light on what happened to the women in their last moments.

The Washington Post says that there've been plenty of suspects and even some false confessions, but the investigation had stalled completely between the discovery of the fourth victim and the discovery of their identities, while four families have spent years wanting to know what happened in those Texas fields.

With the identification of the final two victims, law enforcement has once again issued an appeal to the public, with Special Agent Richard Rennison saying: "Anything anyone in the public knows, no matter how small they think it is, we really want them to come forward, because it may be very significant to us."

The suspected serial killers of Indigenous Americans

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Law enforcement agencies have a ton of resources at their disposal, including the Murder Accountability Project (MAP). Created by investigative journalist Thomas K. Hargrove, it's essentially a database that collects information from various law enforcement agencies and compiles it into a massive file on murders. According to VOA News, algorithms designed to find patterns in the data suggest there are multiple serial killers stalking the Indigenous women of the Americas.

Western University criminologist and MAP board of director member Michael Arntfield shared a pretty dire interpretation of the data he found recorded in the criminal database. He suggested patterns that lit up both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts along with a series of truck stops indicating that serial killers are hunting along the highways.Many of them are truck drivers, Arntfield says (via APTN): "The Highway Serial Killer Initiative has about 400 to 450 offender profiles of unidentified subjects on its database alone that are involved in the trucking industry for the entire Interstate system."

Unfortunately, complete data only exists for the U.S., and a picture of Canada's serial killer landscape remains incomplete. There is, however, some good news: With the discovery that serial killers often doubled as long-haul truckers, the industry created Truckers Against Trafficking training programs that teach drivers to recognize signs of human trafficking have saved hundreds of lives, but there's still a lot of work to do.

The Manchester Pusher...?

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First, let's make it clear that the Greater Manchester Police say (via the Manchester Evening News) that there definitely is not a serial killer stalking the streets, ending lives by pushing people into the city's canals. Not everyone thinks they are right, though.

In 2015, Birmingham University's professor Craig Jackson started asking questions about the strangely high number of bodies fished out of Manchester's canals, and suggested someone was responsible for them. That escalated into a television documentary, and for many people who had lost loved ones, the idea that they may have actually been the victim of a serial killer — instead of the suicides most were officially ruled — was a terrifying prospect.What kind of numbers were they talking about? Between 2007 and 2015, 85 bodies were recovered from city waterways. The official line is that 44 of the 72 men were examined with "clear findings" as to the cause of death, and law enforcement also points out that no survivors of any attacks have come forward.

Still, in 2022, the case was still very much on the minds of residents — and the "Manchester Pusher" case was examined in a new documentary addressing both the claims of a serial killer, and the claims it's a myth (via Mancunian Matters).

Little Rock's serial stabber

If there's anything more terrifying than a serial killer with a type, it's a serial killer who chooses victims randomly — and according to what Little Rock, Arkansas Police Chief Keith Humphrey had to say in a statement issued on April 29, 2021, that's what the city was facing.

At the time of the statement, there had been four attacks, and three had been fatal. They had all taken place in the wee hours of the morning, and KATV Little Rock reported that the first victim, 64-year-old Larry McChristian, was killed in August of 2020. The second victim, 62-year-old Jeff Welch, was attacked and killed about a month later. The killer fell silent for a bit until stabbing a 43-year-old woman 15 times on April 11, 2021. She survived, but the following day, 40-year-old Marlon Franklin was attacked and killed.

Law enforcement issued an appeal for any witnesses or surveillance camera footage that might have caught the suspect or the attacks, and by the end of April, they posted the footage to their YouTube channel. The footage was dark, grainy, and gave no identifying markers away, and in spite of a $20,000 reward promised for anyone who could give information leading to the suspect's apprehension, he remained at large.

The Jeff Davis 8

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The murders started in May of 2005. That, says The New York Times, is when the first body was discovered, and here's the thing: Oftentimes, the victims of serial killers are connected by similarities. They might target individuals of the same age or ethnicity, there are similarities in the method of killing. Strangely, it's the differences between the eight women that were killed in Louisiana's Jefferson Davis Parish that stand out. They range in age from 17 to 30, they vary in race, they were found in different circumstances, and they were killed in different ways.

There were similarities, too, Rolling Stone notes: All eight women were local to the area, they knew each other, had criminal records, and according to what private investigator Ethan Brown discovered, they were all involved in sex work and relaying information about the area's drug trade to law enforcement.

When local law enforcement kept coming up empty and bodies kept dropping, Brown went to investigate. He says that he got a taste of what was wrong when he showed up at the murder scene of local dealer David Deshotel only to find people coming, going, and helping themselves to some souvenirs along the way. Brown set up shop to investigate, and claimed he turned up not incompetence, but misconduct. When more bodies turned up during his investigation and he connected them with evidence given in the earlier murder cases, he claimed that something was, indeed, rotten in Louisiana. The cases remain unsolved.

The Rainbow Maniac

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São Paulo, Brazil hosts one of the largest gay pride events in the world — and it's phenomenal. In 2008, the city saw somewhere around 3.5 million people flooding the streets to celebrate, but just a few months after that vivid, colorful display of pride, the city was shocked by a series of murders targeting gay men.

According to The Guardian, there were 13 confirmed victims of the serial killer stalking São Paulo's streets, although there were several more victims that were possibly connected. Starting with the death of 32-year-old Jose Cicero Henrique, they were said to be casualties of the killer dubbed the Rainbow Maniac, with law enforcement saying that he saw himself as responsible for killing men he didn't believe deserved the continued gift of life.

Someone was arrested in connection with the murders, and at a glance, it seemed like there was a pretty good case against them. According to the Associated Press (via NBC), witnesses had come forward to claim they had seen a retired police officer named Jairo Francisco Franco shoot and kill one of the men found dead in São Paulo's Paturis Park. Franco went to trial for the murders, but the Agora São Paulo reported that he had been found not guilty by the jury and was immediately released. The killer has never been satisfactorily identified, and meanwhile, the Igarape Institute says that violence against Brazil's LGBTQ+ community continues to rise.

The Danilov Maniac

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Piecing together what's going on deep in Russian territory is always a bit of a challenge, and that's the case with the serial killer dubbed the Danilov Maniac. According to Pravda, the killer claimed the lives of a series of victims between 2004 and 2007 and was given his nickname after the remains of one woman were discovered on Cherepovets' Danilov Street.

Victims were described as having been killed in horrible ways: One woman was stabbed multiple times, while another had her liver removed. While investigating one death, NewsRU reported that another victim was found, stuffed in a water-filled sewer.

And here's the shocking thing: Law enforcement knows a lot about the killer. In addition to having a fairly good description of him — heavyset, dark blond, with patchy hair, gray eyes, and somewhere between 35 and 40 years old — there were also multiple witnesses who saw someone tagging walls with the X-rated graffiti that showed up around each killing. Perhaps even more shocking is that material recovered from beneath the fingernails of the victims has allowed for the reconstruction of the killer's DNA. With nothing to match it against, that killer has gone unidentified.

Antonio Angles

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The most famous victims connected to suspected serial killer Antonio Angles died in 1992: That, reported La Vanguardia, is when Antonia Gomez, Miriam Garcia, and Desiree Hernandez were attacked, raped, and killed while on their way to a high school party in the Alcasser region of Spain. There were two suspects in the case, but only Miguel Ricart Tarrega was arrested and sentenced to 170 years in prison. (However, in 2013, The Telegraph reported that he had been released after only 16 years, because of some legal difficulties with the European Court of Human Rights.)

Ricart's alleged partner disappeared. In 2021, Las Provincias reported that Spanish courts had ordered the re-opening of the case into Antonio Angles Martins, who has been at the center of a series of allegations that include the possibility that he fled to Brazil, or that he underwent extensive plastic surgery and is now unrecognizable.

However, in 1993, a ship called the City of Plymouth reported finding a stowaway on board. The captain had identified the man as Angles, and according to The Irish Examiner, the stowaway fled into Dublin. Was it really Angles? It's not certain, but what is certain is that his reported arrival in Dublin coincides with the disappearance of a 27-year-old woman named Annie McCarrick. Irish law enforcement says that it's possible he was linked to several other disappearances in the years following his reported escape to Irish shores, and the widespread reopening of the case leads to the hope justice might be served.


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The Medical Killer

Although this type of killer is very rare, there have been some people who have become involved in the medical industry to carry out their nefarious deeds. This type of killer feels they are shroud because it isn't uncommon for people to pass in a hospital.

Who is the most feared serial killer? ›

7 of History's Most Notorious Serial Killers
  • Jack the Ripper. We call him “Jack the Ripper,” but we don't really know who the person behind one of the older and most notorious murder sprees was. ...
  • Jeffrey Dahmer. ...
  • Harold Shipman. ...
  • John Wayne Gacy. ...
  • H.H. Holmes. ...
  • Pedro Lopez. ...
  • Ted Bundy.

Who are the modern day serial killers? ›

NameCountryYears active
Harold HaulmanGermany United States1999–2020
Omar Fernandez HerradaBolivia2017–2020
Maina RamuluIndia2003–2020
Rustam KiknadzeKazakhstan2004–2020
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What type of serial killer is the most rare? ›

The Medical Killer

Although this type of killer is very rare, there have been some people who have become involved in the medical industry to carry out their nefarious deeds. This type of killer feels they are shroud because it isn't uncommon for people to pass in a hospital.

Who is the No 1 serial killers? ›

Serial killers with the highest known victim count
NameCountryYears active
Kampatimar ShankariyaIndia1977–1978
Yang XinhaiChina1999–2003
Samuel LittleUnited States1970–2005
William UnekBelgian Congo Tanganyika1954–1957
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Who is the 1 serial killer of all time? ›

1: Pedro Alonso Lopez. In 2002, Pedro Alonso Lopez received 14 years in prison in Ecuador for killing mostly young girls. He claimed to have killed over 300 people. The "Monster of the Andes" just might be the world's most prolific serial killer.

Who is the youngest serial killer? ›

Eight-year-old Amarjeet Sada was all smiles when he was brought to the police station in 2007 in connection with the murder of an infant. Sada, known as the world's youngest serial killer, was held after three murders, two of which went unreported.

What serial killer never got caught? ›

The "Zodiac Killer," a self-given pseudonym of an unidentified serial killer who operated in Northern California in the late 1960s, and whose crimes are widely considered the most famous unsolved murder case in American history.

Who is the top best serial killer? ›

The List: Scariest Serial Killers of All Time, Per Crime Experts
  • Ted Bundy. Ted Bundy was an American serial killer and rapist who was active in the 1970s. ...
  • Jeffery Dahmer. ...
  • John Wayne Gacy. ...
  • Ed Gein. ...
  • Andrei Chikatilo.
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Do serial killers still exist? ›

Numbers peaked in the 1970s when there were nearly 300 known active serial killers in the U.S. In the 1980s, there were more than 250 active killers who accounted for between 120 and 180 deaths per year. By the time the 2010s rolled around there were fewer than 50 known active killers.

Has the Zodiac Killer been caught? ›

While five known victims have been linked to the Zodiac killer, it is believed more than 20 people fell victim to the murderer. The FBI maintain that the case remains unsolved, as it was as open as recently as October 2021.

Who is the first female serial killer? ›

Aileen Wuornos, America's first female serial killer.

Who do serial killers target? ›

Black or African American people account for only 12.4% of all people living in the United States, yet 24% of serial killer victims are Black. As mentioned, most serial killers target vulnerable people. These are often young people who have high-risk lifestyles, especially sex workers.

How rare is a female serial killer? ›

Vronsky cites statistics indicating that nearly one in six (16 percent) of serial killers apprehended in the United States since 1820 was a female, either acting alone or as a partner of a male or female offender.

Has there ever been a female serial killer? ›

The FBI did not recognize female serial killers until the 1990s. They called these crimes sexual killing, and sexual killing is almost always indicative of a male murderer. But there are well-known women who murdered far more victims than men did. Jolly Jane Toppan was a nurse in Boston in the late 1800s.

Who is the latest serial killer? ›

10 Currently Recent and Active Serial Killers
  • 3 The Texas Killing Fields. ...
  • 4 The West Mesa Bone Collector. ...
  • 5 The Chicago Strangler. ...
  • 6 The Eastbound Strangler. ...
  • 7 Jeff Davis 8. ...
  • 8 The Rainbow Maniac. ...
  • 9 Ibadan Forest Killers. ...
  • 10 The Smiley Face Killers.
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Who is America's most notorious serial killer? ›

Samuel Little, the inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country, is considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history.

How many black serial killers are there? ›

In addition, 82 percent of American serial killers were white, 15 percent were black, and 2.5 percent were Hispanic.

What city has the most serial killers? ›

New York. Coming in at number one, we have New York. As of 2023, New York has been home to 18 serial killers, and has a total number of 677 serial killer victims. David Richard Berkowitz, known as “The Son of Sam,” is New York's most infamous serial killer.

How many murders make a serial killer? ›

The Definition of a Serial Killer. Serial killers are defined as a person who murders three or more persons over more than a month and including a significant period of time between murders.

What serial killer had a bad childhood? ›

Charles Manson experienced several periods of abandonment as a child. How might his mother's repeated abandonment have contributed to his later criminal activities and establishment of a cult?

What age do serial killers start? ›

While each of these types and their crimes have distinguishing characteristics, a general profile of serial killers indicates they are generally white males from 25 to 34 years old.

Who is the youngest female serial killer? ›

On 25 May 1968, the day before her 11th birthday, Bell strangled four-year-old Martin Brown in an upstairs bedroom of a derelict house located at 85 St. Margaret's Road. She is believed to have committed this crime alone.

What is the oldest account of serial killer? ›

Liu Pengli is known as the first recorded serial killer in history. A Han prince, Pengli's reign of terror started in 2nd Century BC and lasted 2 decades. He would often go on “expeditions” with 10-30 young men, slaves, and criminals, where he would kill people and steal their belongings.

What makes a serial killer? ›

A serial killer is conventionally defined as a person who murders three or more people in a period of over a month, with a “cooling down” time between murders. For a serial killer, the murders must be separate events, which are most often driven by a psychological thrill or pleasure.

How many serial killers are in the US? ›

The U.S. leads the rest of the world in documented serial killers, with a whopping 3,613 serial killers as of 2020 (England is not-so-close second, with known 176 serial killers as of 2020).

What state has the most serial killers? ›

Alaska is among the most popular states with the most serial killers, that is 15.65 serial killings per one million residents. Between 1900 and 2014 a total of 51 murders took place.

How rare are serial killers? ›

Serial murders are further defined as those committed by one or two individuals, excluding instances where groups are responsible for deaths. Serial killings are rare, accounting for less than 1% of total homicides.

How many people become serial killers? ›

Serial murder is rare, comprising less than 1 percent of all homicides in the FBI's estimate. With the annual homicide rate hovering around 15,000 in the U.S., that equates to fewer than 150 serial murders a year, perpetrated by perhaps 25 – 50 people. Aamodt's data place the rate well below that.

What country has the most serial killers? ›

While the origin of the term "serial killer" may be slightly ambiguous, it is quite clear which country is home to the highest number of serial killers. The United States is the runaway leader in this category, with more documented serial killers in its history than the next ten closest countries combined.

How many female serial killers are there? ›

There has been around 60 notorious female serial killers in United States history.

Why are there so many serial killers in the 70s? ›

The serial killing phenomenon in the United States was especially prominent from 1970 to 2000, which has been described as the "golden age of serial murder." The cause of the spike in serial killings has been attributed to urbanization, which put people in close proximity and offered anonymity.

Did the FBI confirm the Zodiac Killer? ›

"The FBI's investigation into the Zodiac Killer remains open and unsolved," the FBI's San Francisco Office told Fox News Digital in a statement. "Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, and out of respect for the victims and their families, we will not be providing further comment at this time."

Have the FBI found the Zodiac Killer? ›

The group claims that the FBI is not pursuing leads in the case. The FBI has repeatedly stated that its investigation into the Zodiac Killer is open and unsolved, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Did the FBI solve the Zodiac Killer? ›

The FBI's investigation into the Zodiac Killer remains open and unsolved.

Who was the handsome serial killer? ›

Ted Bundy of the Bundy Bug

The intrigue of the so called handsome serial killer is that many people did not believe he committed his crimes because he was so dang charming! Explore the facets of Bundy presented by those who knew him.

Who was the scariest female serial killer? ›

Here's some of America's most notorious female criminals:
  • Aileen Wuornos (aka "That chick from Monster), 1956-2002. Crime: Found guilty of killing six men between the years of 1989-1990. ...
  • Genene Jones, 1950-Present. ...
  • Griselda Blanco, 1943-2012. ...
  • Delphine LaLaurie, 1775-1842. ...
  • Nannie Doss, 1905-1965. ...
  • Andrea Yates, 1964-Present.

Who is the most famous psychopath? ›

1. Ted Bundy. Perhaps one of the most prolific and famous sociopaths and psychopath figures in modern history.

What makes a serial killer tick? ›

At least of three or four killings with a “downtime” between killings. The murderer is no typically known by the victim. The killer has a drive to sadistically control his victims. The motive for murder is psychological and not “for profit.”

Do serial killers seek fame? ›

Some serial killers actually seek out public notoriety and actively engage in the creation of their public image. Among this ilk, Bundy, David Berkowitz (Son of Sam), Dennis Rader (Bind Torture Kill or BTK), the Zodiac Killer, and the Boston Strangler come immediately to mind.

How do serial killers pick out their victims? ›

Generally, serial killers select their victims based on certain physical and/or personal characteristics. When a serial killer begins their hunt for human prey, it is almost always true that they know absolutely nothing about the person who is to become their victim.

What serial killer killed females? ›

Theodore Robert Bundy (né Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped and murdered dozens of young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, he confessed to 30 murders committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978.

Who is the black widow female serial killer? ›

Vera Renczi (dubbed the Black Widow, Mrs. Poison or Chatelaine of Berkerekul), was a Romanian serial killer who was charged with poisoning 35 individuals including her two husbands, multiple lovers, and her son with arsenic during the 1920s.

Why do serial killers keep trophies? ›

Nicole Mott, the author of “Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime,” agrees, emphasizing that the trophy is used to preserve the memory of the victims to aid in sexual acts. She also noted that trophy-taking acts as “a signature” and becomes part of a killer's murder ritual.

Who is responsible for the most deaths in human history? ›

But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people—easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.

Who was the youngest serial killer? ›

Eight-year-old Amarjeet Sada was all smiles when he was brought to the police station in 2007 in connection with the murder of an infant. Sada, known as the world's youngest serial killer, was held after three murders, two of which went unreported.

What was the most violent time in history? ›

Answer and Explanation: The most violent time in world history are the years 1939-1945 as this was the time of World War II. The exact number of deaths that happened as a direct result of this conflict cannot be known, but the best estimates put the number around 75 million people.

Which war killed the most? ›

The American Civil War is the conflict with the largest number of American military fatalities in history. In fact, the Civil War's death toll is comparable to all other major wars combined, the deadliest of which were the World Wars, which have a combined death toll of more than 520,000 American fatalities.

Where do most deaths come from? ›

Heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death. Though there's no guarantee, making healthy choices can lower your chance of being affected by these and other leading causes of death.

Who was the attractive serial killer? ›

Ted Bundy

Bundy is considered to be the most charming serial killer in history.

Who is the youngest person to go to jail? ›

Sentence. The sentence was controversial because Tate was 12 years old at the time of the murder, and his victim was 6. He was the youngest person in modern US history to be sentenced to life imprisonment, bringing broad criticism on the treatment of juvenile offenders in the justice system of the state of Florida.


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