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Jane Toppan; 1885 to 1901; killed 31. Nurse that confessed to poisoning 31 patients for her own sexual gratification. After overdosing them she would get in bed and lie with them as they died. Found not guilty by reason of insanity and interned in a mental institution until her death in 1938.
Billy Gohl; 1901 to 1913; killed 2. Alleged to have killed from 40 to 140 seamen in Aberdeen, Washington
Linda Hazzard; 1908 to 191; killed 1. 1 13–40+ Self-declared doctor and fasting specialist, which she advertised as a panacea for every medical ailment. Up to 40 patients could have died of starvation in her "sanitarium" of Olalla, Washington. Imprisoned for one death in 1912, was paroled in 1915 and continued to practice medicine without a license in New Zealand (1915–1920) and Washington (1920–1935). Died in 1938 while attempting a fasting to cure herself.
Bertha Gifford; 1909 to 1928; killed 3. Found not guilty by reason on insanity of three arsenic poisonings by insanity and suspected of 14 other killings, mostly children, in Missouri.
Amy Archer-Gilligan; 1910 to 1917; killed 5. A nursing home proprietor believed to have poisoned as many as 60 patients from her homes and her second husband. Charged with 5 murders originally, this was lowered to just one following her admission of guilt, and was found guilty of second degree murder. Died in a mental hospital in 1962.
Atlanta Ripper; 1911; killed 15. Mystery murderer(s) of fifteen Atlanta women in 1911. May have had as many 21 victims.
Louise Peete; 1912 to 1942; killed 3. Convicted of murdering a man and woman decades apart, four other acquaintances died suspiciously and four husbands committed suicide.
Frederick Mors; 1914 to 1915; killed 8. Born Carl Menarik, Austrian who killed 8 elderly patients by poisoning in New York. Sent to an asylum and escaped. Never caught.
killed 1. Chicago woman who poisoned her husbands; 1914 to 1921; Tillie Klimek; only convicted of the murder of her third husband. Sentenced to life imprisonment.
Lyda Southard; 1915 to 1920; killed 1. Suspected of killing her brother-in-law, four husbands and a daughter, but was only convicted of killing her fourth husband, Edward Meyer.
Carl Panzram; 1915 to 1929; killed 5. From 1920 to 1928, he claimed in a posthumous autobiography to have committed over 22 killings, and sodomy of more than 1,000 young men. Hanged on September 5, 1930.
Axeman of New Orleans; 1918 to 1919; killed 8. Killer of at least eight people in the New Orleans area from May 1918 to October 1919.
Albert Fish; 1924 to 1928; killed 3. Convicted and executed for the kidnapping, rape, murder and cannibalization of three children in New York, suspected of the deaths of six more children and teenagers. Likely insane (though his insanity plea was denied to make possible his execution), Fish boasted that he "had children in every state" and at one point claimed 100 victims.
Peter Kudzinowski; 1924 to 1928; killed 3. Convicted and executed for the murder of an adult in Scranton, Pennsylvania and two children in New Jersey. Also suspect in the death of two other children in New York City, although Albert Fish later confessed to have murdered one of them himself.
he was hanged in January 1928; 1926 to 1927; Earle Nelson; killed 22. Necrophiliac who targeted and strangled landladies throughout the West Coast during 1926; also known as "Gorilla Killer" or "the Dark Strangler".
Nannie Doss; 1927 to 1954; killed 11. Responsible for 11 deaths between 1927 and 1954. Known as the "Giggling Nanny", the "Giggling Granny", and the "Jolly Black Widow".
one of these boys surfaced years later alive and confirmed Northcott's version. According to Clark, only four boys were held and murdered in Northcott's property; 1928; Gordon Northcott; killed 3. Pedophile who abducted and murdered boys aged between 10 and 12 in Los Angeles and then disposed of the bodies with the help of his mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, and his underage nephew Sanford Clark, whom Northcott had repeatedly threatened and sexually abused. Police considered Northcott a suspect in the disappearance of as many as 20 missing boys in the area that Northcott admitted to have molested, but not murdered; the three LA children whose remains were found and for whom Northcott was hanged, and an unidentified Mexican boy that Northcott beheaded and disposed of the body near La Puente, California.
confessed to 44 other murders; 1930s to 1947; Jake Bird; killed 13. Sentenced to death for the murders of two people; eleven were substantiated and he suspected in the rest.
Harry Powers; 1931; killed 5. "Lonely Hearts" swindler and conman. Killed two women and three children in Quiet Dell, West Virginia. Arrested after the bodies were found buried near his garage in 1931 and hanged in 1932.
killed 5. German-born murder-for-profit killer who poisoned five elderly men; 1933 to 1937; Anna Marie Hahn; executed in 1938.
Cleveland Torso Murderer; 1934 to 1938; killed 13. Unidentified serial killer, also known as "The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run", who targeted drifters and derelicts, of whom only two were identified, between 1934 and 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Robert Nixon; 1936 to 1938; killed 5. Killed 5 women in the 1930s with bricks. Executed by electrocution in Illinois on June 15, 1939.
killed 6. Alabama poisoner who murdered six family members; 1937 to 1951; Rhonda Belle Martin; executed in 1957.
Philadelphia poison ring; 1938 and earlier; killed 114. Gang of 16 that poisoned Italian immigrants with arsenic in order to collect their life insurance. The leaders, cousins Herman and Paul Petrillo, were executed on the electric chair in 1941 while the rest were given life sentences.
William Heirens; 1945 to 1946; killed 3. Burglar who stabbed three females between 1945 and 1946. Known as "The Lipstick Killer".
Phantom Killer; 1946; killed 5. Believed to have committed the Texarkana Moonlight Murders in Texas between February 23 and May 4, 1946.
Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck; 1947 to 1949; killed 3. Known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers", Fernandez and Beck extorted women Fernandez met through lonely hearts advertisements. Both were arrested in Michigan in 1949 for the murders of a woman and her 2-year-old daughter, but Michigan authorities waived prosecution and extradited the pair to New York to face trial for a murder that occurred there because New York had the death penalty while Michigan did not. They were convicted of that murder and executed on March 8, 1951.
Carroll Cole; 1948 to 1980; killed 16. Killed 16 people in California, Nevada, Texas.
Marie Noe; 1949 to 1968; killed 8. Murdered eight of her children between 1949 and 1968.
raped and beat 4 young women to death in 1972 and 1973; 1949 to 1973; Harvey Carignan; killed 5. Known as "The Want-Ad Killer"; escaped hanging for a 1949 killing on a technicality.
Joseph Taborsky; 1950 to 1957; killed 7. Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky was sentenced to death after brutal robberies and murders in Connecticut during the 1950s.
Mack Ray Edwards; 1953 to 1970; killed 6. Molester. Murdered 2 young girls and 4 young boys. Claimed at one point to have killed as many as 18.
killed 12. Known as "The Meanest Man in America", Gaskins was convicted of nine murders committed in South Carolina between 1973 and 1975. He was suspected of 31 murders. Two victims had been murdered while Gaskins had been incarcerated; 1953 to 1982; Donald Henry Gaskins; one while Gaskins had been on death row. Later claimed on death row that he had murdered between 80 and 110 victims. Executed in September, 1991.
Killed six people in robberies in the mid-1950s; 1954 to 1955; Leslie Irvin; killed 6. Known as "The Mad Dog Killer"; his Supreme Court case set a precedent for fair trials of highly publicized defendants.
lured women to pose for "bondage photographs"; 1957 to 1958; Harvey Glatman; killed 3. Known as "The Lonely Hearts Killer"; Californian rapist and killer; executed in the gas chamber on September 18, 1959.
killed 5. Known as "The Sex Beast"; 1957 to 1959; Melvin Rees; shot and defiled a woman in 1957, torture-murdered a family of four in 1959 and suspected in four other killings.
John Floyd Thomas; 1957 to 2009; killed 5. Serial murderer and rapist with one of the longest criminal careers in the US.
Robert Zarinsky; 1958 to 1974; killed 2. Killed people between 1958 and 1974.
Lemuel Smith; 1958 to 1981; killed 6. Confessed to the murders of five people, including an on-duty female prison guard. Sentenced to death on June 10, 1983. Conmmuted to life in 1984.
Richard Biegenwald; 1958 to 1983; killed 9. Known as "The Thrill Killer". Killed at least nine people in Monmouth County, New Jersey and is suspected in at least two other murders.
killed 3. First 11th name on FBI 10 Most Wanted for killing, mutilating and dismembering a woman in 1961; 1961 to 1975; Richard Laurence Marquette; killed two more with same MO upon 1973 release.
Boston Strangler; 1962 to 1964; killed 13. Although Albert DeSalvo was widely thought to be the Boston Strangler, police and others analysing the case have long doubted the truth of his confession.
Zodiac Killer; 1962 to 1977; killed 5. Targeted young couples. Remains unsolved but open in the California jurisdictions the 5 certain Zodiac murders occurred. Potentially 37 total victims claimed but unverified.
killed 3. Known as "The Pied Piper of Tucson"; 1964 to 1965; Charles Schmid; murdered three teenage girls in 1964 and 1965 and buried them in the desert.
Edmund Kemper; 1964 to 1973; killed 10. A victim of Herbert Mullin was attributed to him originally.
Vaughn Greenwood; 1964 to 1975; killed 11. Known as the "Skid Row Slasher". Killed 11 people, suspected of 2 more. Cut victims'throats from ear to ear and may have drank their blood.
Cincinnati Strangler; 1965 to 1966; killed 7. Raped and strangled seven mostly elderly women in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1965 and 1966. Believed to be Posteal Laskey, who was convicted of one murder and died in prison on May 29, 2007.
Waneta Hoyt; 1965 to 1971; killed 5. New York woman who murdered her five children.
Patrick Kearney; 1965 to 1977; killed 21. Would pick up young male hitch-hikers or young men from gay bars near Redondo Beach, California, and kill them.
Janie Lou Gibbs; 1966 to 1967; killed 5. Georgia poisoner who killed five family members. Sentenced to life. Died in prison on February 7, 2010.
death sentence for 1966 triple-murder commuted; 1966 to 1992; Kenneth McDuff; killed 9. Known as "The Broomstick Killer"; killed three days after 1989 parole and ten further times in Waco, Texas until 1992. Executed by lethal injection by the state of Texas on November 17, 1998.
killed 3. Known as "The Gaffney Strangler"; 1967 to 1968; Lee Roy Martin; killed two women and two girls in South Carolina in 1967 and 1968.
killed 4. Killed three children and an ex-girlfriend between 1967 and 1974; 1967 to 1974; David Meirhofer; first serial killer apprehended by offender profiling.
Jerry Brudos; 1968 to 1969; killed 4. Electronics technician who bludgeoned and strangled four young women while dressed up in women's clothing. Known as the "Lust Killer" and "Shoe Fetish Slayer".
killed 4. Dismembered and mutilated 4 women in Cape Cod in the late 1960s; 1968 to 1969; Tony Costa; linked to at least 4 other deaths and disappearances.
Karl F. Warner; 1969 to 1971; killed 3. Convicted of murdering three teenage girls, in two separate incidents, in the San Francisco Bay Area communities of San Jose and Saratoga, he was briefly suspected of being the notorious Zodiac Killer, but was soon ruled out as a suspect in that case.
Gerard John Schaefer; 1969 to 1973; killed 2. Florida police officer who killed up to 34 women and girls. Stabbed to death by fellow inmate Vincent Faustino Rivera on December 3, 1995.
Charles Ray Hatcher; 1969 to 1982; killed 16. A habitual criminal, confessed to the rape and murder of over 20 young and adolescent males. Escaped from prison several times and was declared a "manipulative institutionalized sociopath"
John Norman Collins; 1969; killed 1. Convicted of the murder of Karen Sue Beineman, suspected in the murder of at least five other young women in the vicinity of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Dean Corll, David Owen Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley; 1970 to 1973; killed 28. Corll, known as "The Candy Man", killed at least 28 teenage boys and young men in Houston between 1970 and 1973. Corll was then shot and killed by one of the two teenage accomplices he recruited to assist him in the abductions of the victims on August 8, 1973. This accomplice, Elmer Wayne Henley, informed the police of the trio's murders the same day Corll was murdered.
Dean Corll; 1970 to 1973; killed 28. Corll was responsible for the Houston Mass Murders and was murdered by accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley when Corll turned on him. Corll is responsible for the torture and murder of young boys in Pasadena, Texas and elsewhere in southeast Texas.
Donald Harvey; 1970 to 1987; killed 37. Self-professed Angel of Death. Worked as an orderly in Cincinnati-area hospitals and preyed on his patients. Claims to have killed 87 patients starting at age 18. Active 1970–1987. Serving 28 life sentences in Ohio.
Freeway Phantom; 1971 to 1972; killed 6. Raped and strangled six young women and girls in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970s, dumping their bodies by freeways.
Briley Brothers; 1971 to 1979; killed 12. Three brothers and an accomplice responsible for 12 murders in the 1970s in Richmond, Virginia.
killed 3. Poisoned her husband, boyfriend and son with arsenic; 1971 to 1980; Judy Buenoano; drowned the son in 1980 but caught in 1983 after poisoning and car bombing a fianc´e.
Randy Steven Kraft; 1971 to 1983; killed 16. Convicted on 16 counts of murder but left a cryptic list of 65 murders. May have had an accomplice.
killed 1. Pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care; 1971 to 1984; Genene Jones; convicted of only one murder but suspected many more.
Juan Vallejo Corona; 1971; killed 25. Corona was convicted of murdering ranch laborers and burying them in orchards. He was sentenced to 25 terms of life imprisonment.
Erno Soto; 1972 to 1973; killed 4. Stabbed young boys and cut off their genitals in attempt to transform them into girls in East Harlem and on the Upper West Side of New York. Known as "Charlie Chop-Off".
Herbert Mullin; 1972 to 1973; killed 13. Despite detailed confessions, prosecutors decided not to try him for the first three crimes, instead focusing on crimes that conflicted with his insanity plea.
Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Killer; 1972 to 1973; killed 7. "Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders": Series of at least seven unsolved homicides involving female hitchhikers that took place in Sonoma County and Santa Rosa of the North Bay area of California in 1972 and 1973.
Marybeth Tinning; 1972 to 1983; killed 8. Suffocated eight of her nine children during the 1970s. One daughter died of natural causes shortly after birth, the first of the Tinning children to die.
Arthur Shawcross; 1972 to 1989; killed 14. After being arrested in 1972 for the rape and murder of two children, he was able to plead down to a sentence for manslaughter. After 14½ years of incarceration, he began targeting prostitutes. Strangled and battered his victims. Known as the "Genesee River Killer", "Genesee River Strangler", "Rochester Strangler", and "Monster of the Rivers".
Thomas Dillon; 1973 to 1990; killed 5. Shot five men in southeastern Ohio: one while jogging, two deer hunting and two fishing.
Joseph and Michael Kallinger; 1974 to 1975; killed 3. Joseph Kallinger murdered three people and tortured four families with his 13-year-old son Michael in New Jersey.
The Doodler; 1974 to 1975; killed 14. Sketched then stabbed to death 14 gay men in San Francisco.
killed 14. Believed to have killed over 80 women in multiple states, in 1982 Watts accepted a plea bargain in Texas in which he would plead guilty to a lesser charge and be granted immunity from murder charges in exchange for providing information on his victims; 1974 to 1982; Carl "Coral" Watts; as a result he confessed to 12 murders and was sentenced to 60 years in prison on the lesser charge. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in separate trials in Michigan in 2004 and 2007, and died of cancer a week after the 2007 sentence was handed down.
Howard Arthur Allen; 1974 to 1987; killed 3. Killed three elderly people, as well as assault, burglary, and arson. Sentenced to death June 11, 1988.
Dennis Rader; 1974 to 2004; killed 10. Known as the BTK Killer. Murdered ten people in Sedgwick County (in and around Wichita), Kansas, between 1974 and 1991.
killed 18. Killed 18 people in various states in 1974. Claimed 35 murders. Known as the "Casanova Killer"; 1974; Paul John Knowles; shot dead by FBI agents.
Carlton Gary; 1975 to 1978; killed 7. Known as "The Stocking Strangler". Convicted of the murders of seven elderly women in Georgia. Sentenced to death.
Robert Lee Yates; 1975 to 1998; killed 16. Killed prostitutes in the "Skid Row" area of E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane, Washington.
Ann Arbor Hospital Killer; 1975; killed 10. Poisonings of ten patients at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in 1975. Filipino nurses Filipina Narciso and Leonora Perez were tried for the crimes.
South Dade Killer; 1975; killed 5. Known as the "Flat-Tire murders". Killed 5 women in 1975.
David Berkowitz; 1976 to 1977; killed 6. The "Son of Sam", he would shoot couples in their cars, killing six and wounding seven.
Oakland County Child Killer; 1976 to 1977; killed 4. Also known as "The Babysitter". Responsible for the murders of four or more children in Oakland County, Michigan in 1976 and 1977.
Steven David Catlin; 1976 to 1984; killed 3. Poisoned three people from 1976 to 1984. Sentenced to death in 1990.
killed 5. Known as the "Gypsy Hill killings"; 1976; San Mateo slasher; five unsolved killings, of young women in San Mateo County, California during early 1976.
Kenneth Alessio Bianchi; 1977 to 1978; killed 12. Convicted of strangling twelve females between ages 12 and 28 and suspected in another three cases. One of the "Hillside Stranglers".
killed 4. Known as "The Forces of Evil"; 1977 to 1978; William Henry Hance; soldier who killed four women around military bases in 1977 and 1978.
Angelo Buono; 1977 to 1979; killed 10. Convicted of strangling ten females. One of the "Hillside Stranglers". Died in prison in 2002.
Rodney Alcala; 1977 to 1979; killed 8. Known as the "Dating Game Killer" for appearing on the game show The Dating Game in the middle of his killing years. Was convicted of at least five murders, though his actual total is estimated to be much higher. Had a locker filled with thousands of photographs of women and children, most in sexually explicit poses, and it is suspected that some of the women photographed may be among Alcala's additional victims.
killed 4. Shot dead and committed necrophilia on four young women in Isla Vista, California in the late 1970s. Stabbed to death in prison on March 30, 1981; 1977 to 1979; Thor Nis Christiansen; killer unknown.
Joseph Paul Franklin; 1977 to 1980; killed 8–15. Confessed to 20 murders and several attempted murders. Executed November 2013.
Richard Cottingham; 1977 to 1980; killed 5. Killer operating in New York and New Jersey who often targeted prostitutes and utilized mutilation as well as dismemberment in his killings. Known as the "Torso Killer", convicted of five murders. He made claims of victim count as up to a hundred, however, there was no evidence to support this and is considered unsubstantiated.
Martha Ann Johnson; 1977 to 1982; killed 3. Convicted of smothering three of her children in Atlanta between 1977 and 1982. Sentenced to life in prison on May 5, 1990.
Timothy Krajcir; 1977 to 1982; killed 9. Confessed to killing nine women, five in Missouri and four others in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Roger Kibbe; 1977 to 1987; killed 7. Known as "The I-5 Strangler", killed 7 women between 1977 and 1987. 6 along I-5 near Sacramento, and one in Walnut Creek, California. He was tried for the Walnut Creek murder by the Grand Jury before the body was found but in exchange for helping to find the body Kibbe was spared the death penalty and received life in prison. It took detectives 34 years to find the body.
Lorenzo Gilyard; 1977 to 1993; killed 13. Known as "The Kansas City Strangler". Killed up to 13 prostitutes in the Kansas City area from 1977 to 1993. Sentenced to life on April 14, 2007.
Joseph Naso; 1977 to 1994; killed 6. A freelance photographers who raped and strangled to death women in California. Arrested in 2011 and sentenced to death two years later. Known as "The Double Initial Killer" since first four victims to be identified bore double initials.
killed 5. Shot a young couple in 1977 and stabbed and strangled another in 1980; 1977 to 1996; Edward Edwards; died months prior to execution on April 7, 2011 for shooting his foster son in 1996 insurance murder.
Richard Trenton Chase; 1977; killed 6. Schizophrenic known as "The "Vampire of Sacramento", he was convicted of six murders performed in the span of a month after being released of a psychiatric hospital where he had been committed for killing and eating the raw meat of several animals. In addition to killing his victims, he often raped the women's bodies and drank their blood, or took their organs home and ate them.
Gerald Parker; 1978 to 1979; killed 5. Known as "The Bedroom Basher" raped and murdered five women and killed the unborn baby of a sixth woman in Orange County, California.
Gerald and Charlene Gallego; 1978 to 1980; killed 10. Killed ten victims in Sacramento, California. Gerald Gallego died of cancer before his death sentence could be carried out. Charlene Gallego was released July 1997.
Connecticut River Valley Killer; 1978 to 1987; killed 7. Believed responsible for a series of similar knife murders mostly in and around Claremont, New Hampshire, and the Connecticut River Valley, primarily in the 1980s.
killed 16. Dahmer ate some of his victims and kept their body parts in his freezer. Was sentenced to life imprisonment; 1978 to 1991; Jeffrey Dahmer; murdered in prison in 1994.
Phillip Carl Jablonski; 1978 to 1991; killed 5. convicted of killing five women in California and Utah between 1978 and 1991. Sentenced to death in 1994.
Theodore Kaczynski; 1978 to 1995; killed 3. Also known as the Unabomber, Kaczynski lived isolated in Montana before his arrest in 1998, sending mail bombs and reactive bombs all over the country to anyone who had a pro-technological stance. Federal authorities were informed of Kaczynski's possible involvement by his brother when he recognized the writing of the Unabomber Manifesto in The New York Times.
William Bonin; 1979 to 1980; killed 21. Bonin and three accomplices are known to have murdered a minimum of 21 youths aged between 12 and 19 in and around Los Angeles. As the majority of his victims were discarded alongside various southern California freeways, Bonin became known as the Freeway Killer. Bonin was convicted of 14 of the freeway murders and was executed in 1996.
killed 7. Known as "The Trailside Killer"; 1979 to 1981; David Carpenter; murdered women on San Francisco-area hiking trails between 1979 and 1981. Sentenced to death.
killed 18. Known as "The I-5 Killer" and "The I-5 Bandit"; 1979 to 1981; Randall Woodfield; Sentenced to life. Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1974 NFL Draft as a wide receiver but did not make the final roster. Suspected of as many as 44 murders.
Wayne Williams; 1979 to 1981; killed 24. Believed to have perpetrated the Atlanta murders of 1979–1981. After being convicted of two murders and sentenced to life imprisonment, authorities closed 22 other unsolved murders, declaring Williams to have been the perpetrator. Williams has maintained his innocence and the case was reopened as recently as 2005.
killed 5. Utah man who murdered five young boys; 1979 to 1983; Arthur Gary Bishop; executed in 1988.
killed 10. Convicted of 1979 manslaughter; 1979 to 1986; Daniel Lee Siebert; killed ten people across America in three months in mid-1980s including two children and a Southside Slayer victim.
Original Night Stalker; 1979 to 1986; killed 10. Also known as "The East Area Rapist". Killer and rapist who murdered ten people in Southern California from 1979 through 1986.
Shirley Winters; 1979 to 2007; killed 2. Confessed in 2008 to killing two children (including her 5-month old son), 27 years apart. Plea agreement for those murders included clause stopping investigation of her role in a fire that killed two previous children in 1979. Is also a suspect in a separate fire that killed three children of a friend in 1979.
Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris; 1979; killed 5. Known as "The Tool Box Killers". Kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered five girls in 1979.
killed 12. Known as "The Midtown Slasher"; 1980 to 1981; Joseph Christopher; racist who killed 12 people, all but one of them African Americans, in 1980 and 1981, between upstate New York and Georgia, mutilating 2 of them.
killed 6. Strangled four elderly neighbors, his cellmate when imprisoned on lesser charges; 1980 to 1982; David Mason; shot his boyfriend.
killed 3. Known as "The Weepy-Voiced Killer"; 1980 to 1982; Paul Michael Stephani; would call police and ask for help after murders. Killed three women in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Robert Hansen; 1980 to 1983; killed 15. Prostitutes he kidnapped were released into the Alaskan wilderness for him to hunt down like animals. Based on discovered remains, police suspect him of six murders in addition to the 15 for which he was convicted.
Tommy Lynn Sells; 1980 to 1999; killed 6. Drifter active throughout the United States who specialized in killing children and multiple victims after breaking into their homes. Caught when a 10-year-old girl survived his attack and provided a description of him. Executed in Texas on April 3, 2014.
Doug Clark; 1980; killed 7. Boiler operator who killed prostitutes in Los Angeles. One of the "Sunset Strip Killers".
Ripper Crew; 1981 to 1982; killed 18. Abducted women, mostly prostitutes, then raped, tortured and killed them in Chicago, Illinois.
David Alan Gore and Fred Waterfield; 1981 to 1983; killed 6. Cousins connected to the murders of six females. Gore was executed in 2012 and Waterfield was sentenced to life imprisonment.
killed 3. Nomadic hippie killers involved in the counter-culture movement; 1981 to 1983; Michael Bear Carson and Suzan Carson; sentenced to life imprisonment for three San Francisco Bay Area murders in 1983.
Robert Anthony Buell; 1981 to 1983; killed 1. Sentenced to death for the murder of a young girl and chief suspect in the murders of two others. Executed by lethal injection in 2002.
Michael Bruce Ross; 1981 to 1984; killed 8. Ross confessed to all of the murders, and was convicted of four of them. He was executed by the state of Connecticut on May 13, 2005 by lethal injection, making it the first execution in Connecticut and the whole of New England since 1960.
Robert Rozier; 1981 to 1986; killed 4. Former NFL player that was convicted of four murders but confessed to seven as a member of the Nation of Yahweh.
killed 9. Known as "The Boxcar Killer"; 1981 to 1996; Robert Joseph Silveria, Jr.; freight train rider convicted of beating to death fellow transients and confessed to dozens more.
Michael Swango; 1981 to 1997; killed 4. Murderer and serial killer suspect.
Altemio Sanchez; 1981 to 2006; killed 3. Known as "The Bike Path Rapist" for murdering three women and raping at least 14 others in and around the Buffalo, New York area. Sentenced to 75 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
Stephen Morin; 1981; killed 3. Killed three women and executed by Texas on March 13, 1985. Was also suspected in over 30 unsolved crimes.
John Joubert; 1982 to 1983; killed 3. "The Nebraska Boy Snatcher", Joubert was enlisted in US Air Force when he was arrested for the murders of two children. Later linked to another killing previous to his military service, of an 11-year-old boy in Maine. Joubert's criminal behavior began at the age of 13, with a series of random attacks on strangers that went unsolved until his arrest in Nebraska.
killed 19. Known as "The Interstate Killer"; 1982 to 1984; Larry Eyler; sentenced to death for the 1984 murder and dismemberment of 15-year-old Daniel Bridges. He confessed to other homicides of young men and boys in five separate states. Died of AIDS complications in 1994.
Leonard Lake and Charles Ng; 1982 to 1985; killed 11. Abducted women, used them as sex slaves, and then murdered them, together with any men, women, and children who got in their way. Lake committed suicide upon arrest, but Ng was later convicted of killing 11 people. Between 1982 and 1985, Lake and Ng were believed to have abducted and killed as many as 25 victims, as evidenced by human remains found on Lake's California ranch.
Dorothea Montalvo Puente; 1982 to 1988; killed 3. Ran a boarding house in Sacramento where she poisoned tenants and buried them in the yard in order to steal their social security checks.
killed 7. Kansas City serial killer and rapist; 1982 to 2004; Terry Blair; active 1982–2004. Sentenced to life.
Brian Dugan; 1983 to 1985; killed 3. Convicted of murdering two girls and a woman between 1983 and 1985.
Dayton Leroy Rogers; 1983 to 1987; killed 6. Killed street women, usually addicts, prostitutes and runaways. He would tie, rape, and kill them in a forest.
Milton Johnson; 1983; killed 10. Known as "The Weekend Murderer" killed up to 17 people.
Richard Ramirez; 1984 to 1985; killed 13. Killed 13 people between June 28, 1984, and August 24, 1985, in Los Angeles. Known as the "Night Stalker". Ramirez was sentenced to death in 1989, and died of natural causes in 2013 while still on death row.
Faryion Wardrip; 1984 to 1986; killed 5. Killed five young women around Wichita Falls, Texas between 1984 and 1986.
Robert Berdella; 1984 to 1987; killed 6. Berdella abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered at least six men.
killed 5. Known as "The Southside Strangler"; 1984 to 1987; Timothy Wilson Spencer; raped and killed five women in Virginia. Executed in the electric chair on April 27, 1994.
killed 4. Known as the "Speed Freak Killers"; 1984 to 1999; Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine; California duo initially convicted of 4 murders from 1984 to 1999.
killed 8. Known as "The Slavemaster"; 1984 to 2000; John Edward Robinson; lured victims through the internet.
killed 10. Known as "The Classified Ad Rapist"; 1984; Bobbie Joe Long; killed 10 women in Tampa Bay, Florida in 1984.
killed 8. Killed eight women during a spree before accidentally killing himself; 1984; Christopher Wilder; suspected in the disappearance and murder of more than 5 more.
Honolulu Strangler; 1985 to 1986; killed 5. Raped and strangled five young women in Hawaii in 1985 and 1986.
another murder was committed in same style while he was incarcerated; 1985 to 1990; Frankford Slasher; killed 8. Allegedly responsible for nine murders in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Leonard Christopher was convicted of one murder; believed to still be at large.
Donald Leroy Evans; 1985 to 1991; killed 3. Murdered a young girl and two women. Suspected of another dozen murders but recanted confessions to over 70 more. Stabbed to death by another death row inmate on January 5, 1999.
Gary Evans; 1985 to 1997; killed 5. Antique thief who shot to death two shop owners and three accomplices who he suspected of stealing from him between 1985 and 1997.
Gary C. Evans; 1985 to 1998; killed 8. Befriended the Son of Sam killer while incarcerated. Released in 1984, he proceeded to burglarize and kill while in and out of jails for over 13 years. Aided investigators in a high-profile murder case before dodging parole and being chased. The manhunt finally ended when he jumped to his death off a bridge.
Lonnie David Franklin, Jr.; 1985 to 2007; killed 10. Known as the "Grim Sleeper" for the alleged 14-year hiatus he took from murdering between 1988 and 2002. Shot and strangled his victims, mostly women, around South Los Angeles. Sentenced to death.
Billy Glaze; 1986 to 1987; killed 3. Known as "Butcher Knife Billy". Killer convicted of raping and murdering three Native American prostitutes in Minneapolis in 1986 and 1987.
Gary M. Heidnik; 1986 to 1987; killed 2. Kidnapped, tortured, raped and imprisoned six women in his Philadelphia, Pennsylvania basement, killing two.
Morris Solomon Jr.; 1986 to 1987; killed 6. Handyman who killed six young women between 1986 and 1987 in Sacramento, California. Sentenced to death on September 16, 1992.
killed 8. Believed to have murdered at least eight people in Virginia between 1986 and 1989; 1986 to 1989; Colonial Parkway Killer; left three couples dead and one couple missing and presumed dead.
convicted of killing 5 men; 1986 to 1989; Ray and Faye Copeland; killed 5. Oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the; at the ages of 75 and 6; killed 9. ; modus operandi was to hire unskilled drifters as farm hands and later kill them.
Hadden Clark; 1986 to 1992; killed 2. Killed and cannibalized a six-year-old victim and a 23-year-old victim, and confessed to the murder of an unidentified woman nicknamed Lady of the Dunes.
William Suff; 1986 to 1992; killed 12. County store clerk who raped, stabbed, strangled, and sometimes mutilated 12 or more prostitutes in Riverside County. Known as the "Riverside Prostitute Killer" and the "Lake Elsinore Killer".
Michael Hughes; 1986 to 1993; killed 7. Killed six women and a schoolgirl in the South Los Angeles area between 1986 and 1993.
killed 4. Known as "The Tourniquet Killer"; 1986 to 1995; Anthony Allen Shore; convicted of strangling a woman with an unusual ligature in 1992 and confessed to killing three girls including two with same MO.
killed 7. Known as "The Milwaukee North Side Strangler"; 1986 to 2007; Walter E. Ellis; convicted of killing 7 prostitutes in Wisconsin between 1986 and 2007. Died in prison on December 1, 2013.
James Gregory Marlow and Cynthia Coffman; 1986; killed 5. Killed four women and one man in 1986.
Michael Lee Lockhart; 1987 to 1988; killed 3. Multi-state serial killer who received death sentences in three states (Florida, Indiana, and Texas). He was executed in 1997 in Texas.
killed 2. Known as "The Corridor Killer" and "The Route 40 Killer"; 1987 to 1988; Steven Brian Pennell; convicted of torture-murdering two women, pleaded no contest to two more and suspected of a fifth in Delaware in 1987 and 1988. Executed by lethal injection March 14, 1992.
killed 4. Known as "The Warwick Slasher"; 1987 to 1989; Craig Price; teenager who stabbed two women and two children in Rhode Island in the late 1980s.
Chester Turner; 1987 to 1998; killed 15. Convicted of killing 15 people in Los Angeles, California in the 1980s and 1990s. Sentenced to death.
Anthony Kirkland; 1987 to 2009; killed 5. Kirkland murdered four females between 2006 and 2009, three of them children, following a 16-year prison term for the murder of another woman.
Gwendolyn Graham and Catherine May Wood; 1987; killed 5. Nurses who killed five elderly women in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Harrison Graham; 1987; killed 7. Convicted of killing seven women in Philadelphia and keeping their bodies in his apartment.
Richard Angelo; 1987; killed 4. Known as "The Angel of Death". New York nurse convicted of four murders, linked to 6 other deaths. Suspected of killing up to 25 people.
New Bedford Highway Killer; 1988 to 1989; killed 9. Murders of nine women and disappearance of two others between 1988 and 1989.
Charles Cullen; 1988 to 2003; killed 18–29. Nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who murdered at least 29 patients between 1988 and 2003, but experts believe the number could be as high as 400. Cullen has admitted to more murders, which authorities believe are likely, but the murders cannot be verified due to lack of records.
Aileen Carol Wuornos; 1989 to 1990; killed 6. Killed strangers, all men, along Florida highways over 13 months while working as a prostitute.
killed 5. Known as the "Gainesville Ripper"; 1989 to 1990; Danny Rolling; murdered five students in August 1990. Executed on October 6, 2006. Shortly before his execution, he gave a handwritten confession to authorities for a triple homicide of an elderly man, his adult daughter, and young grandson that occurred years earlier in Rolling's hometown of Shreveport, LA. Although Rolling was never officially charged or extradicted to LA to stand trial for the "Grissom Murders", Shreveport Police had confirmed even before the confession that Rolling had long been considered the lone suspect and the case was closed.
Robert Ben Rhoades; 1989 to 1990; killed 3. Convicted of murdering three women in Texas and Illinois between 1989 and 1990. Sentenced to life imprisonment.
killed 9. Known as "The Drifter", killed prostitutes in New York City, most of them drug addicts. Convicted of nine murders but believed to have committed 17; 1989 to 1993; Joel Rifkin; also suspected of being the unidentified Long Island serial killer.
Scott Erskine; 1989 to 1993; killed 3. Convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1989 and the torture-murders of two boys in 1993. May be linked to other murders.
Efren Saldivar; 1989 to 1997; killed 6. Respiratory therapist who killed six patients, possibly as many as 120.
in 2; 1989; Westley Allan Dodd; killed 3. Dodd had an extensive arrest record for molesting children by the time his behavior escalated to include murder. Refusing to appeal his death sentence, he stated that he "should be punished to the full extent of the law, as should all sex offenders and murderers", and that if he ever escaped, he would immediately return to "killing and raping kids". Executed in 1993; his hanging was the first in the; killed 8. years.
Kermit Gosnell; 198; killed 9. to 2011 4 100+ Gosnell, who ran an abortion clinic, was charged with 8 and convicted of 4 murders. Three babies were born alive, then killed by cutting the infant's spine with scissors. One mother died due to complications. Testimony indicated hundreds of similar procedures carried out by Gosnell and his staff.
convicted of shooting eight individuals, killing three; 1990 to 1993; Heriberto Seda; killed 3. New York City copycat killer of the Zodiac Killer active from 1990 to 1993; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998.
Henry Louis Wallace; 1990 to 1994; killed 10. Confessed to 10 murders in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Keith Hunter Jesperson; 1990 to 1995; killed 8. Dubbed the "Happy Face Killer", Jesperson was convicted of killing 8 women by strangulation.
killed 11-16. Strangled gay men and buried their bodies in his backyard in Indiana and Ohio; 1990 to 1996; Herb Baumeister; 11 men were found in the yard but only 5 were identified. Committed suicide when faced with arrest.
Kristen Gilbert; 1990 to 1996; killed 5. Nurse at a Massachusetts Veterans Medical Center who injected male patients with epinephrine, causing heart attacks. Sentenced to life without parole.
Christopher Peterson; 1990; killed 7. Known as "The Shotgun Killer", later changed name Obadyah Ben-Yisrayl, confessed to shooting seven people with a shotgun in a killing spree spanning from October 30, 1990 to December 18, 1990 in Indiana. Sentenced to death, commuted to life.
killed 6. Known as "The Clairemont Killer"; 1990; Cleophus Prince Jr.; raped and killed six women in San Diego in 1990.
Benjamin Atkins; 1991 to 1992; killed 11. Known as "The Woodward Corridor Killer". Raped and strangled his victims before abandoning their bodies in vacant buildings.
Nathaniel White; 1991 to 1992; killed 6. Convicted of stabbing to death six women in the Hudson Valley, New York area from 1991 to 1992.
Robert Shulman; 1991 to 1996; killed 5. Convicted of murdering five prostitutes between 1991 and 1996.
Charles Albright; 1991; killed 3. The trophies this seemingly well-adjusted former teacher took from his victims led the press to dub him the "Texas Eyeball Killer".
Harvey Miguel Robinson; 1992 to 1993; killed 3. Teenager who stalked, raped and killed three women in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1992 and 1993.
Orville Lynn Majors; 1993 to 1995; killed 6. LPN in Vermillion County Ind., Preyed on elderly patients—thought to have killed many of them with injections of potassium chloride. Serving 360 years in Indiana.
Andre Crawford; 1993 to 1999; killed 11. Murdered 11 women between 1993 and 1999. Sentenced to life in prison.
Michael Gargiulo; 1993 to 2008; killed 3. Dubbed the "Chiller Killer" and AKA the "Hollywood Ripper" whose alleged killing sprees spanned from 1993–2000 in Chicago and 2001–2008 in Santa Monica, CA and Los Angeles, CA area. Notable for allegedly killing Ashton Kutcher's former girlfriend Ashley Ellerin.
killed 4. Known as The Shotgun Stalker; 1993; James Swann; killed four and injured five in Washington, D.C. in 1993.
killed 3. Known as "The Werewolf Butcher"; 1994 to 1995; Jack Owen Spillman; killed two girls and the mother of one of them in Washington State in 1994 and 1995.
Rory Enrique Conde; 1994 to 1995; killed 6. Known as "The Tamiami Trail Strangler". Killed 6 prostitutes in Florida. Sentenced to death on March 7, 2000.
Daniel Conahan; 1994 to 1996; killed 1. Convicted of one murder and has been linked to over a dozen murders.
Sean Vincent Gillis; 1994 to 2003; killed 8. Kidnapped, raped, and mutilated the corpses of Louisiana women.
Dana Sue Gray; 1994; killed 3. Convicted of murder of three elderly women and attempted murder of a fourth in California.
Gary Ray Bowles; 1994; killed 6. Beat and strangled six men to death to steal their credit cards in 1994.
Glen Rogers; 1995 to 1999; killed 2. His capture in Kentucky ended a nationwide manhunt that began with the "Cross-Country Killer's" crime spree that stretched from coast to coast and left four women and one man from five different states dead. Rogers was convicted and sentenced to death by electric chair in Florida in 1997 for the stabbing death of Tina Marie Cribbs. He was later convicted and given a second death penalty in California for the September 1995 murder of Sandra Gallagher. Also known as the "Casanova Killer", Rogers is the lone suspect in the stabbing deaths of two other women (Linda Price in Jackson, Mississippi and Andy Jiles Sutton in Bossier City, Louisiana), both of whom—like Cribbs and Gallagher—he had met and befriended in bars. The earliest homicide Rogers is suspected of is that of an elderly Ohio man, Mark Peters, with whom Rogers had lived for a short time. In 1994, Peters' remains were discovered in a Rogers "family cabin" in Kentucky.
Richard Evonitz; 1996 to 1997; killed 3. Abducted and killed three girls in Spotsylvania County, Virginia in 1996 and 1997.
Kendall Francois; 1996 to 1998; killed 8. Admitted to killing eight prostitutes in Poughkeepsie, New York, but denied involvement with the disappearance of a ninth prostitute.
Joseph E. Duncan III; 1996 to 2005; killed 5. Convicted of killing a California boy in 1997 and 4 members of an Idaho family in 2005. Confessed to two 1996 murders in Washington state, but has not been formally charged. Currently on United States federal death row.
Long Island serial killer; 1996 to 2011; killed 10. Also known as "The Gilgo Killer". Believed to have murdered 10 to 14 people associated with the sex trade over a period of 15 years.
Paul Durousseau; 1997 to 2003; killed 7. Murdered seven young women (including two who were pregnant) in the southeast United States. Sentenced to death on December 13, 2007.
Ronald Dominique; 1997 to 2006; killed 23. Louisianan serial killer, known locally as the Bayou Strangler and murdered victims in the Terrebonne Parish, Lafourche Parish, Iberville Parish and Jefferson Parish.
Scott Williams; 1997 to 2006; killed 3. Killed and mutilated three women between 1997 and 2006. Sentenced to life.
Paul Dennis Reid; 1997; killed 7. Reid killed the employees of restaurants he targeted for a series of robberies.
Juan Covington; 1998 to 2005; killed 3. Shot and killed three people.
Vincent Johnson; 1999 to 2000; killed 5. "The Brooklyn Strangler".
Cary Stayner; 1999; killed 4. Known as "The Yosemite Killer". Killed four women in Yosemite, California. Sentenced to death. Brother of kidnapping victim Steven Stayner.
Dallen Bounds; 1999; killed 4. Killed 4 people in South Carolina. After killing two acquaintances, he barricaded himself with two women and committed suicide on December 23, 1999.
Maury Travis; 2000 to 2002; killed 12. Killed prostitutes in the St. Louis area from 2000 to 2002. Caught when he mailed an map showing where to find a body to a St. Louis newspaper. Committed suicide in prison.
Edgecombe County Serial Killer; 2000s; killed 9. Murders of nine women and disappearance of another since 2005 around Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Antwan Pittman has been convicted in one case.
Marc Sappington; 2001; killed 4. Schizophrenic serial killer who heard voices telling him to kill after extended daily PCP use. He cannibalized part of his last victim.
Derrick Todd Lee; 2002; killed 7. Known as the "Baton Rouge or South Louisiana Serial Killer" convicted of three murders, sentenced to death by lethal injection. Believed to have murdered several other women in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo; 2002; killed 17. Killed seven people from February to September 2002 and ten in the Beltway sniper attacks of October 2002. Muhammad was executed in 2009, while Malvo received life imprisonment.
killed 4. Known as "Joe Snitch"; 2003 to 2004; Scott Lee Kimball; FBI informant who pleaded guilty to two of at least four murders in Colorado including those of his uncle and three female acquaintances.
West Mesa Killer; 2003 to 2005; killed 11. Remains of 11 women, who disappeared between 2003 and 2005, found buried in desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2009 and attributed to a bone collector.
killed 9. Known as "The Baseline Killer"; 2005 to 2006; Mark Goudeau; convicted of nine murders in Phoenix, Arizona.
Daytona Beach killer; 2005 to 2007; killed 4. Murdered four, possibly five, women in Daytona Beach, Florida between 2005 and 2007.
Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman; 2006; killed 8. Known as the "Serial Shooter". Responsible for 8 murders in random drive-by shootings in 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Anthony Sowell; 2007 to 2009; killed 11. Unknown Known as The Cleveland Strangler, he was convicted of killing 11 women between 2007 and 2009, and is suspected in another series of murders in the 1980s, with the two sets of killings separated by a 15-year stint in prison.
Kimberly Clark Saenz; 2008; killed 5. Killed five patients by using syringes to inject bleach into their dialysis lines.
Elias Abuelazam; 2009 to 2010; killed 5. Known as "The Serial Slasher". Israeli-Arab immigrant that stabbed victims to death. Sentenced to life on June 25, 2012.
Michael Madison; 2012 to 2013; killed 3. American serial killer from East Cleveland, Ohio who committed at least three murders. Sentenced to death.
Darren Deon Vann; 2014 and earlier; killed 7. Confessed to the murders of at least seven women.
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