List of serial killers in the United States

A serial killer is typically a person who kills three or more people, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them.[1][2] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines serial murder as "a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone".[2][3]

Identified serial killersEdit

Name Years active Proven victims Possible victims Status Notes Source(s)
Ables, Tony 1970–1990 4 4+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Murdered robbery victim in 1970, and at least three women until 1990 in St. Petersburg, Florida [4]
Adams, Edward James 1920–1921 7 7 Killed by police during shootout Criminal who murdered seven people, including three policemen [5]
Agrue, John 1966–1982 3 3+ Died in 2009 Killed his sister-in-law in Illinois; paroled and moved to Colorado, where he killed two more women [6]
Albanese, Charles 1980–1981 3 3 Executed 1995 Poisoned family members with arsenic in Fox Lake, Illinois to receive their inheritance [7]
Albright, Charles 1990–1991 3 3 Died in prison Texas man known as the "Eyeball Killer" because he removed the eyes of his victims after killing them [8]
Alcala, Rodney 1971–1979 8 50–230 Died in prison awaiting execution Sometimes called "The Dating Game Killer" because of his 1978 appearance on the television show The Dating Game in the midst of his murder spree [9]
Alix, Franklin DeWayne 1997–1998 3 4+ Executed 2010 Murdered people in Houston, Texas during robberies [10]
Allen, Herman 1930–1942 4 4 Executed 1942 Shot a lodger in 1930; after his release, he killed three more people in a fit of jealousy [11]
Allen, Howard 1974–1987 3 3 Died in prison Preyed on the elderly in Indiana [12][13]
Allen, Quincy 2002 4 4 Sentenced to death Murdered four people in North and South Carolina between July–August 2002 [14]
Allridge, Ronald 1976–1985 3 3 Executed 1995 Murdered people in Fort Worth, Texas in robberies [15]
Amati, Tony Ray 1996 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered people in thrill-killings in Las Vegas, Nevada along with two other men; added to the FBI's ten most wanted list in 1998; Amati's two codefendants were never convicted of murder due to a lack of evidence [16]
Anderson, Stephen Wayne 1973–1980 9 9+ Executed 2002 Murdered people in Utah, Nevada, and California [17][18][19]
Angelo, Richard 1987 4 10 Sentenced to 61 years to life in prison Long Island nurse who poisoned patients in his care [20]
Archerd, William Dale 1947–1966 3 6 Died in prison First person convicted of using insulin as a murder weapon [21]
Archer-Gilligan, Amy 1910–1917 10 50 Died in Connecticut Hospital for the Insane Poisoned a husband and residents of her nursing home in Windsor, Connecticut [22]
Arguelles, Roberto 1992 4 4+ Died in prison Known as "The Salt Lake City Strangler"; violent sex offender who kidnapped and murdered women and girls [23]
Armstrong, John Eric 1992–1999 5 18 Sentenced to life imprisonment Navy sailor convicted for murdering prostitutes in Michigan and Illinois; confessed to more murders around the world [24]
Atkins, Benjamin 1991–1992 11 11 Died in prison Known as "The Woodward Corridor Killer"; serial rapist who preyed on women in Highland Park and Detroit, Michigan [25]
Atkins, Joseph 1969–1985 3 3 Executed 1999 Murdered his half-brother; paroled, and later murdered his adoptive father and a neighboring couple's daughter during a drunken shooting spree [26]
Avila-Torrez, Jorge 2005–2009 3 3 Sentenced to death Murdered two underage girls in 2005 in Illinois and a 20-year-old Navy Petty Officer in Virginia in 2009 [27]
Balaam, Anthony 1994–1996 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Trenton Strangler"; raped and murdered four women in Trenton, New Jersey [28]
Baldi, Joseph 1970–1972 4 4 Died in prison Known as "The Queens Creeper"; mentally-ill burglar who stabbed women to death after breaking into their apartments [29]
Ball, Joe 1936–1938 2 20 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Texas murderer of women known as "The Alligator Man" [30]
Barber, Danny 1977–1979 4 4 Executed 1999 Murdered four people in Dallas County, Texas between 1977 and 1979, having sex with the corpses of two of his victims [31]
Barfield, Velma 1971–1978 1 6 Executed 1984 North Carolina woman who was the first woman in the United States to be executed after the 1976 resumption of capital punishment and the first since 1962. She was also the first woman to be executed by lethal injection. [32]
Barnabet, Clementine 1911 35 35 Released in 1923 An axe murdering voodoo priestess who murdered African-American families at nighttime. [33]
Barone, Cesar 1991–1993 4 4+ Died in prison before execution Killed four women around the Portland area [34]
Barr, Charles 1923 3 3 Executed 1926 Known as "The Petting Party Bandit"; shot couples in lovers' lanes in Memphis during robberies [35]
Barrett, Eugene 1959–1995 3 3 Died in prison Killed three women he was romantically involved with in Honolulu, Hawaii [36]
Baughman, John 1970–1995 1 3 Committed suicide prior to execution Convicted of murdering his second wife in Antigua and Barbuda. Also a suspect in the murders of his first wife and a friend in Chicago. [37]
Baumeister, Herb 1980–1996 11 20 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Responsible for murdering at least 11 victims who were found buried on his property in Westfield, Indiana [38]
Baxter, Patrick 1987–1990 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and murdered one girl and two women in Westchester County, New York [39]
Beamon, Rocky 2005–2017 3 3 Committed suicide prior to execution Robbed and murdered a woman in Florida, then murdered two sex offenders in prison [40]
Beardslee, Donald 1969–1981 3 3 Executed 2005 Murdered a woman in Missouri; paroled, and later murdered two more women on separate occasions in California [41]
Beck, Martha 1947–1949 3 20 Executed 1951 Along with accomplice Raymond Fernandez, became known as "The Lonely Hearts Killers" [42]
Bell, Cimarron 2003–2004 4 4 Sentenced to death Shot his girlfriend, and then a trio of men in financially-motivated schemes [43]
Bender Family 1869–1872 11 11+ Unknown Family of serial killers who lived and operated in Labette County, Kansas
Berdella, Robert 1984–1987 6 6 Died in prison Known as "The Kansas City Butcher" and "The Collector"; kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered young men in Missouri [44]
Berkowitz, David 1976–1977 6 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Son of Sam" and the ".44 Caliber Killer"; shot eight random strangers, killing six, in and around New York City [45]
Betterton, Monroe 1904–1919 3 3 Executed 1920 Murdered his wives in Missouri and Oklahoma during violent arguments [46]
Bianchi, Kenneth 1977–1978 12 12 Sentenced to life imprisonment Along with accomplice Angelo Buono Jr., known as "The Hillside Stranglers". Murdered young women in Los Angeles and Washington [47]
Biegenwald, Richard 1958–1983 6 11 Died in prison Active in New Jersey, suspected in at least two other murders [48]
Biehler, Robert 1966–1973 4 4 Died in prison Career criminal who shot four people in Los Angeles to cover up other crimes [49]
Bird, Jake 1930–1947 2 46 Executed 1949 Sentenced to death for the murders of two people; confessed to 44 other murders [50]
Bishop, Arthur Gary 1979–1983 5 5 Executed 1988 Preyed on young boys in Utah between 1979 and 1983 [51]
Bittaker, Lawrence 1979 5 5 Died in prison awaiting execution With accomplice Roy Norris known as "The Tool Box Killers" [52]
Bittrolff, John 1993 2 4+ Sentenced to 50 years to life Suspect in Long Island serial killer case [53]
Bixler, Rodney Troy 2000 3 4 Sentenced to 40 years in prison Strangled three women to death in Kentucky in 2000 [54]
Bladel, Rudy 1963–1978 3 7 Died while incarcerated at Henry Ford Allegiance Health Known as "The Railway Killer"; his case was part of Michigan v. Jackson, which was later overruled by the Supreme Court [55]
Blair, Terry 1982–2004 7 9 Sentenced to life imprisonment Sentenced to 25 years in prison for one murder, released on parole after serving 21 years and committed additional murders upon release [56]
Blinston, Ryan Scott 2020 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered people he worked for as a tree trimmer [57]
Bolin, Oscar Ray 1986–1987 4 4+ Executed 2016 Murdered three women in Florida and a fourth woman in Texas [58]
Bolsinger, John Charles 1980–1988 4 4 Committed suicide in custody Convicted of a manslaughter in Utah in 1980; posthumously linked to three rapes and murders in Eugene, Oregon [59]
Bonin, William 1979–1980 21 36+ Executed 1996 Known as "The Freeway Killer"; preyed on young men and boys in southern California with several accomplices [60]
Bounds, Dallen 1999 4 4+ Committed suicide to avoid arrest Murdered acquaintances around South Carolina [61][62]
Bowles, Gary Ray 1994 6 6+ Executed 2019 Known as "The I-95 Killer"; Targeted gay men in Florida, Georgia and Maryland [63]
Boyd, Charles Anthony 1986–1987 3 3 Executed 1999 Known as "The Bathroom Slayer"; preyed on women living in the same apartment building he was living in with his brother at the time [64]
Bradford, William Richard 1984 2 28+ Died in prison awaiting execution Suspected of more murders due to his modus operandi of taking photographs of his victims [65][66]
Bradley, James Opelton 1988–2014 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered his stepdaughter; paroled, and later murdered two women [67]
Brandt, Charlie 1971–2004 3 6+ Committed suicide to avoid arrest Shot his parents in 1971 when he was 13, killing his pregnant mother; stabbed his wife and niece to death in 2004 [68]
Brant, Joe 2007–2008 4 4+ Awaiting sentencing Killed at least 4 women in the New Orleans area from 2007 to 2008 [69]
Brashers, Robert Eugene 1990–1998 3 3+ Committed suicide to avoid arrest Known as "Mister Maroon" [70]
Breslin, Joseph 1968–1982 3 3 Killed by intended victims Mental patient who killed a fellow patient in Pennsylvania; after release, killed a mother and daughter in his hometown in California [71]
Bright, Larry 2003–2004 8 8+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Bonecrusher"; strangled black prostitutes at his house in Peoria, burning some of them afterwards [72]
Britt, Eugene 1995 7 10 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and murdered girls and women in Gary and Portage, Indiana [73]
Briley Brothers 1979 12 21 Executed 1984/1985 (Linwood and James)

Sentenced to life imprisonment (Anthony)

Three brothers and an accomplice responsible for 11 murders [74]
Broadnax, Donald 1977–1996 3 3 Sentenced to death Shot his friend to death; later murdered his wife and her grandson while out on work release [75]
Brooks, Shelly 2001–2006 7 20+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and murdered middle aged women around Detroit, Michigan [76]
Brown, Curtis Don 1985–1986 3 18 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered three women around Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas between 1985 and 1986; suspected of up to 18 murders. [77]
Brown, Debra Denise 1984 8 8 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Accomplice of Alton Coleman [78]
Brown, Kenyel 2019–2020 6 6 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Known as "The Metro Detroit Serial Killer" [79]
Brown, Raymond Eugene 1960–1987 5 5 Died in prison awaiting execution Killed three relatives as a teenager; paroled, and later killed and mutilated his girlfriend and her young daughter [80]
Browne, Robert Charles 1970–1995 2 2+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Missionary convicted for two murders; confessed to murdering 49 women [81]
Brudos, Jerry 1968–1969 4 4+ Died in prison Known as "The Lust Killer" and "The Shoe Fetish Slayer" [82]
Brummett, Lyle 1975–1976 2 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and strangled three women in Texas with an accomplice [83]
Buell, Robert Anthony 1981–1983 2 3+ Executed 2002 Serial rapist who raped and strangled young girls in Ohio [84]
Buenoano, Judy 1971–1983 3 3+ Executed 1998 Caught in 1983 after poisoning and car bombing a fiancé [85]
Bullock, David 1981–1982 6 6+ Sentenced to 150 years to life Known as "The .38 Caliber Killer"; shot people at random around New York City to "amuse himself" [86]
Bunday, Thomas 1979–1981 5 6 Died in an intentional motorcycle crash Never arrested, as he was released after interrogation on a technicality [87]
Bundy, Carol M. 1980 7 7 Died in prison With accomplice Doug Clark, known as "The Sunset Strip Killers"; preyed on young women in West Hollywood and Los Angeles, California [88]
Bundy, Ted 1971–1978 28 30+ Executed 1989 Preyed on young women throughout the United States [89]
Buono Jr., Angelo 1977–1978 9 10 Died in prison Along with accomplice Kenneth Bianchi, known as "The Hillside Stranglers". Murdered young women in Los Angeles [90]
Burkett, Nathaniel 1978–2002 5 5+ Died in prison Murdered women in Mississippi and Nevada during a 24-year period [91]
Busch, Henry 1960 3 3 Executed 1962 Strangled three women to death in California, saying that he felt an irresistible urge to death. [92]
Butler, Eugene 1900–1906 6 6 Died in North Dakota State Hospital Mentally ill farmer in Niagara, North Dakota who killed six men and buried their bodies under his home; his crimes were discovered two years after his death during a home renovation [93]
Cable, James Ray 1977–1989 4 6+ Died in prison Murdered an inmate while imprisoned for rape; released, then killed at least three women in Kentucky [94]
Canaday, John Dwight 1968–1969 3 3 Died in prison Considered Washington state's first known serial killer [95]
Cannon, Patty 1802–1829 4 25+ Died in prison awaiting trial Gang leader who kidnapped slaves and free blacks to either sell or torture them [96]
Caputo, Ricardo 1971–1977 4 6 Died in prison Argentine-born man who killed three women in the U.S. and one in Mexico [97]
Carignan, Harvey 1949–1974 3 5+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Want-Ad Killer"; escaped hanging for a 1949 killing on a technicality [98]
Caro, Fernando Eros 1979–1980 3 5+ Died in prison Kidnapped, raped and shot children and teenagers around Fresno County, California [99]
Carpenter, David 1979–1981 7 10+ Sentenced to death Known as "The Trailside Killer"; serial rapist known for stalking and murdering women hiking trails in state parks in California [100]
Carr, Robert Frederick 1972–1976 4 4 Died in prison Pedophile who targeted children in both Florida and Connecticut. [101]
Carr, Thomas D. 1860s–1869 1 15 Executed 1870 First legal execution in Belmont County, Ohio [102]
Carson, Michael Bear 1981–1983 3 12 Sentenced to 75 years to life Along with his wife, Suzan Carson, dubbed "The San Francisco Witch Killers"; considered suspects in nearly a dozen other deaths in the U.S. and Europe[103] [13]
Carson, Suzan 1981–1983 3 12 Sentenced to 75 years to life Along with her husband, Michael Bear Carson, dubbed "The San Francisco Witch Killers"; considered suspects in nearly a dozen other deaths in the U.S. and Europe[103] [104]
Catlin, Steven David 1976–1984 3 3 Sentenced to death Poisoned his mother and two wives with Paraquat [105]
Catoe, Jarvis 1935–1941 8 11 Executed 1943 Sometimes referred to as the "D.C. Strangler"; active in Washington D.C. [106]
Chase, Richard 1977–1978 6 6 Committed suicide prior to execution Known as "The Vampire of Sacramento" [107]
Chavez, Juan 1986–1990 6 6+ Committed suicide in prison Robbed and killed gay men in three cities in Los Angeles County [108]
Chavez, Juan Rodriguez 1985–1995 12 12 Executed 2003 Known as "The Thrill Killer"; killed a neighbor during a burglary; paroled and went on a killing spree with a teenage accomplice [109]
Childers, James 2000s–2009 2 5+ Committed suicide to avoid arrest Killed people around Clarksburg, West Virginia in personal disputes, burying most of the bodies on his family's farm [110]
Childs, Terry 1979–1985 5 12 Sentenced to life imprisonment Kidnapped, tortured, raped and killed women across Nevada and California [111]
Cherry, Ervin 1993–1994 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Strangled women and discarded their clothing [112]
Chester, Elroy 1997–1998 5 5 Executed 2013 Killed five people, including his brother-in-law [113]
Christiansen, Thor Nis 1976–1979 4 4 Murdered in prison by unknown assailant Preyed on college-aged women in California [114][115]
Christopher, Joseph 1980–1981 12 12+ Died in prison Known as "The Midtown Slasher" and the ".22-Caliber Killer"; targeted mainly African-American men and boys in New York, shooting some victims and stabbing and dismembering others [116]
Clark, Doug 1980 7 7 Sentenced to death With accomplice Carol M. Bundy, known as "The Sunset Strip Killers"; preyed on young women in West Hollywood and Los Angeles, California [117]
Clark, Hadden 1986–1992 2 2+ Sentenced to 70 years Cannibal convicted of two murders; confessed to killing 12 [118]
Clark, Roland E. 1967 2 9 Died in prison Michigan doctor who poisoned his assistants [119]
Clark, Vernon Lee 1980–1989 4 6+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Sexually assaulted and killed at least four women in Maryland [120]
Clement, Mary 1880–1885 4 4 Died in 1944 Luxembourgish immigrant who poisoned her family members with arsenic; released in 1886 [121]
Cline, Alfred Leonard 1930–1945 9 11 Died in prison Murdered his wives with poisoned buttermilk after persuading them to will their possessions to his name [122]
Code, Nathaniel 1984–1987 8 12 Sentenced to death Committed at least eight murders in Shreveport, Louisiana [123]
Coffman, Cynthia 1986 4 4 Sentenced to death Kidnapped four women by ATMs before accomplice strangled them [124]
Cole, Carroll 1947–1980 16 35 Executed 1985 Strangled fifteen women and one boy in California, Nevada and Texas [125][126][127][128]
Coleman, Alton 1984 8 8 Executed 2002 Multi-state killer who, along with his accomplice, murdered a man and injured another, murdered four women and three young girls, and raped a young girl [78]
Coleman, Phillip 1943 3 23 Executed 1943 Killed people during robberies in Montana; confessed to more murders across the US and Canada [129]
Collins, Harvey 1953–1955 3 3 Executed 1957 Marine who stabbed a woman to death in Kentucky; later killed two people in Washington during robberies [130]
Colvin, Dellmus 1987–2005 7 7+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Truck driver who killed prostitutes in New Jersey and Ohio [131]
Conde, Rory Enrique 1994–1995 6 6 Sentenced to death Known as "The Tamiami Trail Strangler"; Colombian-born man who killed six prostitutes in Florida over a span of five months [132]
Cook, Anthony 1973–1981 9 9+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Committed crimes with his brother Nathaniel Cook [133]
Cook, Nathaniel 1973–1981 9 9+ Released in 2018 Committed crimes with his brother Anthony Cook [133]
Cooks, Jessie Lee 1973–1974 15 73+ Died in prison Part of "The Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders [134]
Cooper, Samuel 2006–2007 5 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Shot and killed men in North Carolina [135]
Copeland, Faye 1986–1989 5 12 Released to a nursing home shortly before her death Along with her husband, Ray Copeland, the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States [136][137][138][139][140]
Copeland, Ray 1986–1989 5 12 Died in prison awaiting execution Along with his wife, Faye Copeland, the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States [136][137][138][139][140]
Corll, Dean 1970–1973 28 28+ Killed by accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley Known as "The Candy Man" and "The Pied Piper". Crimes referred to as "The Houston Mass Murders"; raped and murdered boys and young men in Texas with the aid of teenaged accomplices David Owen Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley [141]
Corona, Juan 1971 25 25+ Died in prison Mexican farm contractor who murdered male migrant workers in Sutter County, California and buried their bodies in peach orchards [142][143]
Corwin, Daniel Lee 1987 3 3 Executed 1998 Abducted and killed three women around Texas [144]
Costa, Tony 1968–1969 4 8 Committed suicide in prison Preyed on women in and around Truro, Massachusetts [145]
Cota, Fernando 1984 6 6 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Convicted rapist who kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed women near San Jose State University [146]
Cottingham, Richard 1967–1980 11 85–100 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known variously as "The Butcher of Times Square", "The Torso Killer", "The New York (City) Ripper", and "The Times Square Torso Ripper" [147][148][149][150]
Covington, Juan 1998–2005 3 3+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Shot people at random in Philadelphia due to paranoid hallucinations [151]
Cowan, Mary 1884–1894 6 6 Died in prison Known as "The Borgia of Maine". Poisoned two husbands and four children [152]
Cox, Frederick Pete 1997 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered prostitutes in Orlando, Florida [153]
Cox, Scott William 1980s–1990 5 20+ Released in 2013 Suspected in various murders across Oregon, Washington and possibly Canada [154]
Craine, Louis 1984–1987 4 5+ Died in prison Responsible for at least two of "The Southside Slayer" murders in South Los Angeles [155]
Crawford, Andre 1993–1999 11 11 Died in prison Chicago transient who preyed on prostitutes and the destitute [156]
Creech, Thomas Eugene 1974–1981 5 42 Sentenced to death Transient who killed people in various states, some allegedly as part of a biker gang or for human sacrifices [157]
Cullen, Charles 1988–2003 10 40+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who murdered patients [158]
Cunanan, Andrew 1997 5 5 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was among his victims [159]
Curry, James Richard 1982–1983 4 5 Committed suicide in custody One victim was Mary Silvani, whose identity was not discovered for 37 years [160]
Dahmer, Jeffrey 1978–1991 17 17 Murdered by inmate Christopher Scarver Milwaukee cannibal who retained various body parts of his victims [161]
Danielson, Robert Wayne 1970–1982 7 7 Committed suicide prior to execution Murdered people at campsites across three states [162][163]
Danks, Joseph Martin 1986–1990 7 7 Sentenced to death Murdered his cellmate while serving a life sentence for murdering six homeless men during a stabbing spree [164]
Davis, Bruce Alan 1971–1982 3 33 Committed suicide in prison Murdered two men during robberies, and later a prison guard; confessed to numerous sexually-motivated murders of men across the country [165]
Davis, Charles William 1975–1977 3 3+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Ambulance dispatcher who abducted, raped and killed women in Baltimore [166]
Davis, Frank 1971–1983 3 3 Died in prison Raped and murdered three teenage boys in Indiana [167]
Davis, Girvies 1978–1979 4 9+ Executed 1995 Accomplice of Richard Holman; killed robbery witnesses, saying it was "easier" than wearing a mask [168]
DeAngelo, Joseph James 1979–1986 13 13+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Golden State Killer", "The Visalia Ransacker", "The East Area Rapist", and "The Original Night Stalker"; murdered three people in Sacramento and 10 people in Southern California from 1975 through 1986; also linked to more than 50 rapes in the Sacramento area from 1976 to 1979 [169][170][171][172][173]
DeJesus, Carmello 1971–1973 3 4 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Itinerant gambler who killed female acquaintances during arguments [174]
Dennis, Jerome 1991–1992 5 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Responsible for killing five women in Newark and East Orange, New Jersey while on parole [175][176]
Dewantoro, Harnoko 1991–1992 3 3 Sentenced to death; released in 2019 Indonesian national who killed two business associates and his brother in Los Angeles, stashing their bodies in storage facilities [177]
Dieteman, Samuel 2005–2006 8 8 Sentenced to life imprisonment Accomplice Dale Hausner Committed suicide in prison [178]
Dillon, Thomas 1989–1992 5 5+ Died in prison Shot men at random in southeastern Ohio [179]
Dodd, Westley Allan 1989 3 3 Executed 1993 Convicted sex offender who sexually assaulted and murdered three young boys in Vancouver, Washington in 1989 [180]
Dominique, Ronald 1997–2006 23 23+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and murdered male victims in Louisiana [181]
Dorsey, Leon 1994 3 3 Executed 2008 Murdered store employees around Texas [182]
Doss, Nannie 1927–1954 8 11 Died in prison Known as "The Giggling Granny" and "The Jolly Black Widow"; serial poisoner who killed four husbands, two children, her two sisters, her mother, a grandson, and a mother-in-law [183]
Dowler, David 1983–1987 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Poisoned three acquaintances in Odessa, Texas [184]
Duffy, Charles Lee 1997 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Robbed, raped, and murdered women across two Georgia counties [185]
Dugan, Brian 1983–1985 3 3 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Serial rapist active in and around Chicago, Illinois [186]
Duncan, Joseph Edward 1996–2005 5 7 Died in prison awaiting execution Raped at least 17 young boys and three young girls [187][188]
Duncan, Vender 1955–1957 3 3 Executed 1959 Burglar who raped and violently beat elderly women in San Francisco, fatally injuring three [189]
Durousseau, Paul 1997–2003 7 7+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Murdered seven women in the Southeastern United States, included two who were pregnant; German authorities suspect Durousseau may have killed several local women when he was stationed there with the Army during the early 1990s [190][191]
Eaton, Dale Wayne 1988, 2001 (known)
c. 1983–1996 (suspected)
2 11+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Eaton is also suspected of being behind the killings known as "The Great Basin Murders" [192]
Edwards, Andrew David 1987–1992 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered transients in alcohol-induced rages [193]
Edwards, Edward 1977–1996 5 15 Died in prison awaiting execution Sentenced to death for shooting his foster son in 1996 insurance murder [194][195]
Edwards, Mack Ray 1953–1970 3 18 Committed suicide prior to execution Pedophile who preyed on children in Los Angeles County, California [196][197]
Eichinger, John 1999–2005 4 4 Sentenced to death Stabbed to death women who rejected his romantic advances [198]
Eisele, Joseph 1867 3 3 Executed 1868 Known as "The Parkersburg Murderer"; German emigrant who killed fellow emigrants in violent robberies [199]
Ellis, Walter E. 1986–2007 8 10+ Died in prison Known as "The Milwaukee North Side Strangler" [200]
Engleman, Glennon 1958–1980 5 7+ Died in prison Dentist who worked as a contract killer and plotted with women to kill their husbands so they could share the insurance money [201]
Erskine, Scott 1989–1993 3 3+ Died in prison awaiting execution Raped and murdered two young boys in California and a woman in Florida [202][203]
Ervin, Joe Michael 1969–1981 6 6 Committed suicide before trial Shot and killed a police officer in Denver, Colorado while avoiding a murder warrant in Texas; posthumously linked to four additional murders in the Denver metropolitan area [204]
Escobar, Ramon 2018 7 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment Illegal immigrant from El Salvador who beat his uncle, aunt and several homeless people to death [205]
Espinosa, Felipe 1863 32 32 Killed by Tom Tobin Murdered various people across the Colorado Territory
Evans, Donald Leroy 1985–1991 3 70 Died in prison; murdered by a fellow death row inmate Suspected of another dozen murders but recanted his confessions to over 70 more [206]
Evans, Franklin B. 1850–1872 2 5+ Executed 1874 Known as "The Northwood Murderer"; vagrant who murdered at least two young girls in New Hampshire, and possibly more in Maine and Massachusetts [207]
Evans, Gary 1985–1997 5 5 Committed suicide after escaping police custody Leader of a ring of jewelry and antique thieves who operated in and around Capital District, New York [208]
Evonitz, Richard 1996–1997 3 3+ Committed suicide to avoid arrest Kidnapped, raped and murdered three girls in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and abducted and assaulted a 15-year-old girl in Richland County, South Carolina [209]
Ewell, John 2010 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Advocate against the "3 strikes law" who robbed and murdered middle-aged and elderly people in Los Angeles [210]
Eyler, Larry 1982–1984 21 24 Died of AIDS-related complications in 1994 while awaiting execution Known as "The Interstate Killer" and the "Highway Killer"; preyed on boys and young men in the Midwest [211]
Falling, Christine 1980–1982 6 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Epileptic who strangled infants because of voices in her head [212]
Falls, Neal 1992–2015 0 10+ Killed by intended victim Suspected of killing up to 10 women before being killed in self defense [213]
Fautenberry, John 1990–1991 5 6 Executed 2009 Befriended, murdered and robbed people across four states [214]
Fayne, Lorenzo 1989–1993 6 6 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Raped and murdered a woman and five children in Wisconsin and Illinois [215]
Feltner, Jeffrey 1988–1989 7 7 Died in prison Nurse's aide who smothered patients to "end their suffering" [216]
Ferguson, John Errol 1974–1978 8 12 Executed 2013 Murdered multiple people in the Miami-Dade County, Florida area [217]
Fernandes, Roberto Wagner 2000–2001 3 4+ Died in a plane crash Brazilian flight attendant who killed prostitutes in Miami, Florida; suspected in other deaths [218]
Fernandez, Raymond 1947–1949 3 20 Executed 1951 Along with accomplice Martha Beck, became known as "The Lonely Hearts Killers" [42]
Figueroa, Danny 1986 3 3 Died in prison Known as "The Backwoods Sniper"; Self-styled survivalist who shot three people to death across Southern California [219]
Fish, Albert 1924–1932 3 8+ Executed 1936 Known as "The Werewolf of Wysteria"; sadist and pedophile who cannibalized several children. [220]
Fisher, Lavinia ?–1819? 0 Numerous Executed 1820 Along with her husband John was a member of a highway gang; allegedly killed travelers visiting her inn [221]
Fitzsimmons, George 1969–1973 4 4 Died in prison Known as "The Karate Chop Killer"; mental patient who killed his parents in New York, then was released and killed his aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania [222]
Ford, Lester 1991 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered three women and raped two others during a six-month crime spree in Queens, New York [223]
Ford, Wayne Adam 1997–1998 4 4+ Sentenced to death Killed and mutilated four women in California [224][225]
Forte, Linwood 1990 3 4 Sentenced to death Known as "The Nightstalker"; home invader who suffocated elderly residents at their homes in Goldsboro [226]
Fountain, Clayton Anthony 1974–1983 5 5 Died in prison Killed his superior officer in the Philippines, then killed inmates and guards in federal prisons [227]
Francois, Kendall 1996–1998 8 10+ Died in prison Known as "The Poughkeepsie Killer"; convicted of the murders of eight women in New York [228]
Franklin, Joseph Paul 1977–1980 11 22 Executed 2013 Also attempted to assassinate Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan [229]
Franklin Jr., Lonnie David 1985–2007 10 25+ Died in prison awaiting execution Known as "The Grim Sleeper"; charged after DNA evidence linked him with ten murders in Los Angeles since 1985 [230]
Frost, Samuel 1783–1793 2 2 Executed 1793 Acquitted of murdering his father in 1783; later sentenced to death for the murder of Captain Elisha Allen [231]
Gacy, John Wayne 1972–1978 33 33-45+ Executed 1994 Known as "The Killer Clown"; preyed on young men and boys in and around Chicago [232][233]
Gallego, Gerald 1978–1980 10 10 Died awaiting execution Accomplice Charlene Gallego released in 1997 [234]
Gardner, Ray Dempsey 1941–1949 3 3 Executed 1951 Killed people in North Dakota, Utah, and Montana [235]
Garduno, Santiago 1900s–1932 3 4 Executed 1933 Killed at least three people in Colorado and New Mexico [236]
Gargiulo, Michael 1993–2008 3 10 Sentenced to death Known as "The Hollywood Ripper"; stabbed three women to death [237][238]
Garrison, Wayne Henry 1972–1989 3 3 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Murdered three children, two of which as a child himself, in Tulsa, Oklahoma [239]
Gary, Carlton 1970–1978 4 8+ Executed 2018 Known as "The Stocking Strangler"; raped and murdered elderly women in Columbus, Georgia; also linked to a murder in New York [240]
Gaskins, Donald Henry 1953–1982 9 100+ Executed 1991 Convicted of nine murders; claimed to an author to have killed more than 100 [241]
Gay, Randy 1978–2011 3 3 Sentenced to death Murdered three people, including his father-in-law and his biological father, during arguments [242]
Gayles, Clifford 1934–1947 3 3 Executed 1948 Killed his girlfriend; paroled and went on a crime spree, resulting in the deaths of two others [243]
Gaynor, Alfred 1995–1998 9 9 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and strangled drug-addicted women in Springfield, Massachusetts [244]
Gecht, Robin 1981–1982 18 18 Incarcerated for 120 years Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as "The Ripper Crew" or "The Chicago Rippers" [245][246]
Gein, Ed 1954–1957 2 7 Died while incarcerated at Mendota Mental Health Institute Known as "The Plainfield Ghoul"; Gein's life and crimes have inspired, at least in part, the novels/films, Psycho and The Silence of the Lambs, and the 1974 movie, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [247][248]
Geralds, Hubert 1994–1995 5 5 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Known as "The Englewood Strangler"; Illinois man who sexually assaulted and strangled sex workers [249]
Gibbs, Janie Lou 1966–1967 5 5 Died in prison Killed her three sons, a grandson, and her husband, by arsenic poisoning [250]
Gibson, Mose 1908–1920 3 7+ Executed 1920 Guilt has been questioned [251]
Gibson, William Clyde 2002–2012 3 3+ Sentenced to death Sexually assaulted and murdered women across Indiana [252]
Gifford, Bertha 1900–1928 3 17 Died in Missouri State Hospital #4 Missouri serial poisoner; found not guilty by reason of insanity [253]
Gilbert, Kristen 1989–1996 4 4+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Induced cardiac arrest in patients and would then respond to the coded emergency, often resuscitating the patients herself [254]
Giles, Bernard 1973 5 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Abducted, raped and murdered female hitchhikers in orange groves near Titusville, Florida [255]
Gillis, Sean Vincent 1994–2004 8 8 Sentenced to life imprisonment Stalked, kidnapped, raped, murdered, and mutilated Louisiana women [256][257]
Gilyard, Lorenzo 1977–1993 12 13 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Kansas City Strangler"; targeted mostly sex workers in and around Kansas City, Missouri [258]
Glatman, Harvey 1957–1958 3 4 Executed 1959 Known as "The Glamour Girl Slayer" and "The Lonely Hearts Killer"; posed as a professional photographer in California to lure his victims with the promise of a modeling career before binding them and sexually assaulting them and photographing then murdering them
Glaze, Billy 1986–1987 3 20+ Died in prison Guilt has come into question by the discovery of DNA evidence excluding Glaze and implicating another man [259][260]
Gleason, Robert Charles 2007–2010 3 3+ Executed 2013 Killed two fellow inmates while serving a life sentence for another murder, and vowed to keep killing if he was not was put to death [261]
Goble, Sean Patrick 1995 3 3+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Interstate Killer"; truck driver who kidnapped and murdered prostitutes along highways [262]
Gohl, Billy 1902–1910 2 100+ Died in prison Union official linked with the disappearances of over 40 sailors in Aberdeen, Washington in the early 20th century [13][unreliable source?]
Gomez, Lloyd 1950–1951 9 9 Executed 1953 Known as "The Phantom Hobo Killer"; murdered nine homeless men across California [263]
Gordon, Steven Dean 2013–2014 4 5 Sentenced to death Sex offender who raped and strangled prostitutes in Santa and Anaheim, California, aided by accomplice Franc Cano [264]
Gore, David Alan 1981–1983 6 6 Executed 2012 One of the pair known as "The Killing Cousins"; murdered women in Vero Beach and Indian River County, Florida with the aid of his cousin Fred Waterfield [265]
Gore, Marshall Lee 1988 2 2+ Executed 2013 Kidnapped and murdered multiple women in the Miami-Dade County, Florida area [266][267][268]
Gosnell, Kermit Barron 2006 4 7+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Killed healthy newborns under the guise of performing late-term abortions at an illegal abortion clinic [269]
Goudeau, Mark 2005–2006 9 9 Sentenced to death Known as "The Baseline Killer"; a serial kidnapper, rapist, thief, and serial killer that terrorized the Phoenix metro area [270]
Graham, Gwendolyn 1987 5 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Accomplice of Cathy Wood; nurse's aide that preyed on elderly women in a Walker, Michigan nursing home [271][272]
Graham, Harrison 1986–1987 7 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered seven women in Philadelphia [273]
Grant, Gary 1969–1971 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Killed three children and a young woman in Renton, Washington [274]
Granviel, Kenneth 1974–1975 7 9 Executed 1996 Raped and stabbed women and children in Fort Worth, Texas in sexually motivated attacks [275]
Grate, Shawn 2006–2016 5 5 Sentenced to death Murdered women in rural Ohio [276][277][278][279]
Gray, Dana Sue 1994 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Preyed on elderly women, murdering three; caught after a fourth intended victim survived and identified her [280]
Gray, Marvin 1971–1992 3 41 Died in prison Most dangerous prisoner in Colorado until his death; confessed to the murders of 41 people across eight different states [281]
Gray, Ricky Javon 2005–2006 8 8 Executed 2017 Killed his wife in Pennsylvania, then went on a killing spree in Virginia with his cousin, Ray Dandridge [282]
Gray, Ronald 1986–1987 4 4 Sentenced to death Soldier who raped and murdered women near Fort Bragg [283]
Green, Larry 1973–1974 15 73+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Part of "The Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders [134]
Green, Ricky Lee 1985–1986 4 12 Executed 1997 Bisexual drifter; his wife helped in two of the murders [284]
Green, Samuel 1817–1821 2 2+ Executed 1822 Known as "The Terror of New England" [285]
Greenawalt, Randy 1974–1978 7 9 Executed 1997 Killed at least one man in January 1974; later escaped from prison with another inmate, killing a family of four and a couple in Arizona and Colorado [286]
Greenwell, Harry Edward 1987–1989 3 3 Died before apprehension Known as the "I-65 Killer"; murdered motel clerks along Interstate 65 [287]
Greenwood, Vaughn 1964–1975 11 11 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Skid Row Slasher"; preyed mainly on transients and the homeless in Southern California [288][unreliable source?]
Gretzler, Douglas 1973 11 17 Executed 1998 With accomplice Willie Steelman, killed witnesses to their robberies spree across California and Arizona [289]
Gribble, Timothy 1985–1987 2 3 Executed 2000 Confessed to raping and strangling three women in Texas; tried for one murder, never tried for another and the third alleged victim was never located [290]
Griffin, Jeffery Lee 1978–1979 3 3 Executed 1992 Stabbed to death three people during robberies in Houston [291]
Groves, Vincent 1978–1988 7 20+ Died in prison Raped and strangled prostitutes in Denver and the surrounding areas [292]
Gunness, Belle 1900–1908 25 40 Unknown Norwegian-born murder-for-profit killer who killed her suitors and children [293]
Hahn, Anna Marie 1933–1937 5 5 Executed 1938 German-born murder-for-profit killer who poisoned five elderly men
Halbower, Rodney 1976 2 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Suspect in the Gypsy Hill killings [294]
Hall, Andreas 1847–1848 3 3 Executed 1849 Prolific thief who killed three people during robberies in New York [295]
Halliday, Lizzie 1890s 4 7 Died in Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane First woman sentenced to be executed by the electric chair [296]
Hampton, T. J. 1887–1893 5 5 Executed 1901 Drifter who murdered five people across three states [297]
Hance, William Henry 1977–1978 4 4 Executed 1994 Known as "The Forces of Evil"; United States Army soldier who murdered four women on and around military bases
Hankins, Terry 2000–2001 5 5 Executed 2009 Mansfield man who murdered members of his own family [298]
Hansen, Robert 1971–1983 17 21+ Died in prison Known as "The Butcher Baker"; abducted, raped, and murdered women in and around Anchorage, Alaska. Hansen released many of his victims into the Alaskan wilderness after abducting them and hunted them with a semi-automatic rifle and a knife [299]
Harding, Donald Eugene 1979–1980 6 7+ Executed 1992 Killed men during robberies. [300]
Harpe Brothers 1797–1804 39 50+ Lynched 1799 (Micajah)

Executed 1804 (Wiley)

Brothers or cousins; America's first known serial killers [301]
Harris, DeWayne Lee 1997–1998 3 3+ Sentenced to 94 years in prison Known as "The Seattle Jungle Killer"; strangled prostitutes in Seattle, dumping their bodies in an area known as 'The Jungle' [302]
Harris, Michael Darnell 1981–1982 4 10 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped, beat and strangled elderly women across Michigan; claims to be innocent [303]
Harrison, Kenneth 1967–1969 4 4 Committed suicide in prison Known as "The Giggler"; murdered people around Boston due to homicidal urges, and later called the police to inform of his crimes [304]
Harrison, Lester 1951–1973 5 7 Unknown Murdered prison inmate; after release, raped and murdered women in Chicago's Grant Park [305]
Harris, Robert Wayne 1999–2000 6 6 Executed 2012 Killed a woman who he suspected of stealing money from him, then killed five of his former coworkers three days after he was fired [306]
Harris, Warren 1977 3 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The French Quarter Stabber"; attacked and stabbed people in homophobic attacks in New Orleans [307]
Harvey, Donald 1970–1987 37 80 Sentenced to three concurrent terms of life in prison; killed by prison inmate James Elliott Known as "The Angel of Death"; hospital orderly who murdered patients in Ohio and Kentucky [308]
Hassell, George 1917–1926 13 13 Executed 1928 Annihilated his family on two separate occasions [309]
Hatcher, Charles Ray 1969–1982 2 16 Committed suicide in prison Convicted of two child murders in 1978 and 1982, also stabbed to death a fellow inmate and another man 20 years apart [310]
Hausner, Dale 2006 8 8 Committed suicide prior to execution Convicted of killing people in random drive-by shootings [311]
Hayes, Robert 2005–2006 3 7+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Daytona Beach Killer" [312]
Hayward, Harry T. 1894 1 4 Executed 1895 Known as "The Minneapolis Svengali" [313]
Hazzard, Linda 1908–1911 1 13 Died in 1938 Served two years [314]
Heirens, William 1945–1946 3 3 Died in prison Known as "The Lipstick Killer"; Illinois teenager convicted of the murder of three Chicago women in the 1940s [315]
Helm, Boone 1850–1864 11 11+ Executed 1864 Known as "The Kentucky Cannibal"; mountain man and Old West gunfighter who murdered and partially consumed his victims throughout the American West [316][317]
Henley, Elmer Wayne 1970–1973 6 8+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Crimes referred to as "The Houston Mass Murders"; accomplice of Dean Corll, who he later killed in self-defense [141][318]
Henry, John Ruthell 1975–1985 3 3 Executed 2014 Murdered his first wife in Dade City in 1975; paroled, and later murdered his second wife and stepson [319]
Hermann, Francis 1890–1896 2 8 Unknown Known as "The Priestly Butcher"; English-born pastor who murdered female church-goers, ex-wives and two of his children [320]
Hernandez, Ramon Torres 1994–2001 3 5+ Executed 2012 Kidnapped and murdered women in Bexar County, Texas [321]
Herzog, Loren 1984–1999 3 19 Committed suicide prior to release Along with accompliace Wesley Shermantine known as "The Speed Freak Killers" [322]
Hickey, J. Frank 1883–1911 3 3 Died in prison Known as "The Postcard Killer" [323]
Hickson, Monroe 1946 4 4 Died while a fugitive Known as "Bluecorns"; murdered shopkeepers around Aiken County, South Carolina [324]
Hill, Ivan 1979–1994 9 9+ Sentenced to death Known as "The 60 Freeway Killer"; responsible for at least one of the Southside Slayer murders [325]
Hill, Walter 1952–1977 5 5 Executed 1997 Killed three people after serving time for two separate murders [326]
Hilton, Gary 2007–2008 4 4+ Sentenced to death Known as "The National Forest Serial Killer"; abducted and killed hikers in national forests across three states [327]
Hittle, Daniel 1973–1989 7 7 Executed 2000 Killed his adoptive parents in Minnesota; paroled, and later killed five others in Texas during a shooting spree [328]
Hoch, Johann Otto 1890–1905 1 50+ Executed 1906 Known as "The Stockyard Bluebeard"
Hohenberger, Robert 1978 0 5 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Former California police deputy linked to the kidnap-murders of teenagers in Morgan City, Louisiana [329]
Holman, Richard 1978–1979 4 9+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Accomplice of Girvies Davis; killed robbery witnesses [168]
Holmes, H. H. 1891–1894 9 27+ Executed 1896 Convicted of only one murder, but definitively tied to at least eight more; confessed to a total of 27 [330][331]
Hooker, John Michael 1971–1988 3 3 Executed 2003 Killed a guest at a house party; later stabbed to death his common-law wife and her mother [332]
Honken, Dustin Lee 1993 5 5 Executed 2020 Drug dealer who killed witnesses against him and their children with the help of his girlfriend, Angela Johnson [333]
Hopkins, John W. 1972–1978 3 3+ Committed suicide in prison Known as "The Mohawk Ripper"; abducted, raped and stabbed college students in the Mohawk Valley region [334]
Howell, William Devin 2003 7 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment Convicted of killing seven people in 2003; believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history [335][336]
Hoyt, Waneta 1965–1971 5 5 Died in prison New York woman who murdered her five children; exonerated under New York law because she died before her appeal [337]
Hughes, Mervin Ray 1986–1999 3 4+ Sentenced to death Known as "The Serial Shooter"; killed two people and injured ten others during a shooting spree in Oakland, after having been released from prison for a previous shooting death [338]
Hughes, Michael 1986–1993 7 7+ Sentenced to death Responsible for at least one of the Southside Slayer murders [339]
Hughes, Philip Joseph 1972–1975 3 3+ Sentenced to life in prison Killed three women with his ex-wife in Contra Costa County, California [340]
Hunter, Richard Louis 1986 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and strangled elderly women in Atlanta [341]
Huntsman, Megan 1996–2006 6 6 Sentenced to 5 years to life in prison Pleasant Grove, Utah woman who strangled six of her newborn children [342][343][344]
Hyatt, Terry 1979–1987 3 3+ Sentenced to death Kidnapped, raped and murdered women across North Carolina [345]
Ingle, Phillip Lee 1991 4 4 Executed 1995 Murdered two elderly couples in North Carolina for no apparent reason [346]
Irvin, Leslie 1954–1955 6 6+ Died in prison His Supreme Court case set a precedent for fair trials of highly publicized defendants [347]
Irvin, Marvin 1979–1990 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Former police officer who murdered women in St. Joseph, Missouri [348]
Jablonski, Phillip Carl 1978–1991 5 5 Died in prison awaiting execution Murdered women in California and Utah
Jackson, Calvin 1973–1974 9 9 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered and robbed women in Manhattan's East Side, abusing their corpses post-mortem [349]
Jackson, Charles 1975–1982 8 8+ Died in prison Responsible for at least eight of the East Bay Slayer murders [350]
Jackson, Homer 1983–1993 4 4+ 6 years and 3 months; released with time served Raped and strangled prostitutes across Portland, Oregon; case noted for messy trial and questionable evidence [351]
Jackson, Ray 1989–1990 6 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Gillham Park Strangler"; murdered six sex workers in Kansas City, Missouri. [352]
Jackson, Vickie Dawn 2000–2001 10 10+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Poisoned patients in Nocona, Texas with Mivacron [353]
Jennings, Desmond Domnique 1993 5 20 Executed 1999 Killed people in drug-related robberies [354]
Jennings, Wilbur Lee 1981–1984 6 6+ Died in prison awaiting execution Known as "The Ditchbank Killer"; raped and murdered women in Fresno and Sacramento County, California, dumping their bodies in ditches afterwards [355]
Jesperson, Keith Hunter 1990–1995 8 8+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Happy Face Killer" [356]
Johnson, Alvin 1972–1983 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Transient who killed people during alcoholic binges; one murder committed with Wilbur Lee Jennings [357]
Johnson, Martha Ann 1977–1982 3 4 Released in 2020 Georgia woman convicted of killing one and suspected of killing three of her children between 1977 and 1982 [358]
Johnson, Matthew Steven 2000–2001 3 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Preyed on disenfranchised young women in Connecticut [359]
Johnson, Melvin 1984–1988 4 4+ Died in prison Sex offender posthumously linked to sexually-motivated murders in Decatur, Illinois [360]
Johnson, Michael 2008–2010 4 4+ Sentenced to 190 years in prison Responsible for the murders of four sex workers in Chicago [361]
Johnson, Milton 1983–1984 10 10+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Committed what was called The Weekend Murders in Will County, Illinois. Victims included two deputy sheriffs [104]
Johnson, Raymond Eugene 1995–2007 3 3 Sentenced to death Murdered an acquaintance; paroled, and later killed his ex-girlfriend and her infant daughter [362]
Johnson, Vincent 1999–2000 5 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Brooklyn Strangler"; preyed on sex workers in and around New York City [363]
Jones, Andre Vernell 1978–1979 5 8 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Murdered a couple, then murdered three more people on the same day with Freddie Tiller [364]
Jones, Daniel O. 1998–2001 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Stabbed young women to death during home invasions in Kansas City, Missouri [365]
Jones, Genene 1977–1982 2 60+ Sentenced to 99 years in prison Texas pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care; was due to be released March 2018; however, prosecutors charged her with two additional murders [366][367][368][369]
Jones, George Lamar 1972–1997 3 3+ Died in prison Drug addict who strangled prostitutes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin [370]
Jones, Jack Harold 1983–1995 3 3+ Executed 2017 Murdered at least three women in Florida and Arkansas; a serial rapist was wrongfully convicted for one murder [371]
Jones, Syd 1900s–1914 13 13 Executed 1915 Drifter who admitted to a dozen murders committed across the U.S. [372]
Jones, Willie Ben 1980–1990 3 4 Sentenced to 60 years in prison Killed sex workers because "they had to be punished" [373]
Joubert, John 1982–1983 3 3 Executed 1996 Known as "The Nebraska Boy Snatcher"; murdered young boys in Maine and Nebraska [374]
Joyner, Anthony 1983 6 18 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and killed elderly women at the Philadelphia nursing home he worked at [375]
Junco, Francisco del 1995–1996 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Cuban immigrant who murdered and then burned the bodies of prostitutes in Miami [376]
Kadamovas, Jurijus 2001–2002 5 5 Sentenced to death Accomplice of Iouri Mikhel; Lithuanian immigrant who kidnapped five people for ransom money in California and killed them [377]
Kallinger, Joseph 1974–1975 3 3 Died in prison Committed crimes with his 15-year-old son Michael Kallinger [378]
Kaprat, Edwin 1991–1993 6 6 Murdered in prison by two fellow inmates Known as "The Granny Killer"; robbed, murdered and set fire to the homes of his victims in Hernando County, Florida, most of whom were elderly women [379]
Kearney, Patrick 1965–1977 21 43 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Trash Bag Killer" [380]
Kee, Arohn 1991–1998 3 3+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "East-Harlem Rapist"; raped seven women in Manhattan from 1991 to 1998, killing three of them [381]
Keith, Leroy 1934–1956 3 3 Executed 1959 Shot three men during holdups in Ohio and New York [382]
Kelley, John William 1986–1988 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Convicted rapist who killed a young hitchhiker and a married couple in rural California [383]
Kelly, Alvin Andrew 1984 4 4 Executed 2008 Killed a family of three and later his roommate during robberies [384]
Kelly Family 1887 11 12 Killed by vigilantes Family of serial killers who killed and robbed wealthy travellers in No Man's Land [385]
Kemper, Edmund 1964–1973 10 10 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Co-Ed Killer"; murdered his grandparents at age 15; released at age 21, he then murdered six young women, as well as his mother and her friend, in California [386]
Keyes, Israel 1990s–2012 3 11+ Committed suicide in custody Three confirmed victims; linked to 11 victims in four states [387]
Kibbe, Roger 1977–1987 8 8+ Killed in prison by fellow inmate Known as "The I-5 Strangler"; murdered young women picked up on the freeways around Sacramento, California [388]
Kimball, Scott Lee 2003–2004 4 5+ Sentenced to 70 years in prison FBI Informant; proposed as a suspect in the West Mesa murders [389]
Kimes, Sante 1996–1998 2 3 Died in prison Criminal who's responsible for numerous crimes committed with her son, Kenneth Jr. [390]
Kinne, Sharon 1962–1964 3 3 Escaped from prison 1969 Her arrest warrant is one of the longest outstanding in American history [391]
Kirkland, Anthony 1987–2009 5 6 Sentenced to death Preyed on young women in the Cincinnati area [392][393]
Klimek, Tillie 1914–1921 5 7 Died in prison Polish-born Chicago poisoner
Knapp, Alfred 1894–1902 5 5+ Executed 1904 Known as "The Hamilton Strangler" [394]
Knight, Thomas 1974–1980 4 4 Executed 2014 Murdered four people between 1974 and 1980 [395][396][397]
Knighton, Robert Wesley 1973–1990 5 5 Executed 2003 Embarked on a two-state killing spree with his girlfriend and a teenage friend after serving time for killing a man [398]
Knorr, Theresa 1984–1985 2 3 Sentenced to two life sentences Her sons, William and Robert Jr., were accomplices [399]
Knotek, Michelle 1994–2003 2 3 Sentenced to 22 years in prison Tortured and abused boarders in her home with her husband [400]
Knowles, Paul John 1974 18 35 Killed by police attempting to escape from custody Known as "The Casanova Killer" [401][402]
Koedatich, James 1971–1982 4 4 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Killed a man and a cellmate in Florida, he went on to kill two others in New Jersey [403][404]
Kohlhepp, Todd 2003–2016 7 10+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Responsible for several murders in South Carolina, including the "Superbike Murders". [405][406]
Kokoraleis, Andrew 1981–1982 18 18 Executed 1999 Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as "The Ripper Crew" or "The Chicago Rippers" [245][407]
Kokoraleis, Thomas 1981–1982 18 18 Released in 2019 Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as "The Ripper Crew" or "The Chicago Rippers" [245][246]
Kondro, Joseph 1985–1996 2 3+ Died in prison Known as "The Longview Serial Killer"; kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered underage girls across Washington State [408]
Koster, Brent 1972 3 3 Released in 2020 Teenage accomplice of Danny Ranes, who actively participated in three of his four murders [409]
Kraft, Randy 1971–1983 16 67 Sentenced to death Known as "The Scorecard Killer"; kept a coded list of young men and boys that he raped and murdered in Southern California, Michigan and Oregon [410]
Krajcir, Timothy 1977–1982 9 9 Sentenced to life imprisonment Confessed to killing five women in Missouri and four others in Illinois and Pennsylvania [411]
Kudzinowski, Peter 1924–1928 3 3 Executed 1929 Imprisoned for the murder of a friend. Murdered two children following his release.
Kunnecke, William 1898–1903 1 3 Unknown Escaped from prison in 1919 [412]
LaBarre, Sheila 2004–2006 2 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Claimed she was an angel sent by God to punish pedophiles [413]
Lagrone, Edward 1976–1991 4 6 Executed 2004 Murdered an acquaintance; later killed a 10-year-old girl he had impregnated and two of her great-aunts [414]
Lake, Leonard 1983–1985 11 25 Committed suicide in custody Along with accomplice Charles Ng, they are also known as "The Operation Miranda Killers" [415][416][417][418][419]
LaLaurie, Delphine 1834 ? ? Died in Paris, France New Orleans socialite who tortured and maimed her slaves [420]
Lane, Adam Leroy 2007 2 2+ Sentenced to 50 years Known as "The Highway Killer" [421][422][423]
LaRette, Anthony 1976–1980 16 31 Executed 1995 Drifter who stalked, raped and stabbed to death women in multiple states [424]
Lassor, Raymond 1984 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment First criminal to be successfully prosecuted under the 1984 Rhode Island 'Life Without Parole Statute' [425]
Laudenberg, Adolph 1972–1975 4 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Santa Strangler"; murdered women in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, and is the prime suspect for two similar murders [426]
Lee, Derrick Todd 1992–2003 7 7+ Died in prison awaiting execution Known as "The Baton Rouge Serial Killer"; convicted of two murders; linked by DNA evidence to five others [427]
Lewingdon, Gary 1977–1978 10 10 Died in prison Together with brother Thaddeus Lewingdon, known as "The .22 Caliber Killers" [428][429]
Lewingdon, Thaddeus 1977–1978 9 9 Died in prison Together with brother Gary Lewingdon, known as "The .22 Caliber Killers" [428][430]
Liberty, Robert 1966–1970 3 3 Murdered by inmate while awaiting trial Known as "The Candlelight Killer"; murdered his girlfriend and later two men in ritualistic style [431]
Lindahl, Bruce 1974–1981 2 12+ Died from accidental self-inflicted injuries Posthumously connected to various rape-murders in Chicago and surrounding area [432]
Lipscomb, Nathaniel 1958–1959 3 4 Executed 1961 Known as "The Dawn Strangler"; beat, raped and strangled three women in Baltimore [433]
Little, Jerry 1985–1988 4 4 Uncertain Raped and strangled women in St. Louis, Missouri [434]
Little, Samuel 1970–2005 61 93+ Died in prison Known as "The Choke-and-Stroke Killer"; transient who allegedly killed 93 women in 14 states [435][436]
Lockett, Will 1912–1920 4 4 Executed 1920 Lockett's trial resulted in an averted race riot [437]
Lockhart, Michael Lee 1987–1988 4 6+ Executed 1997 Received death sentences in three states; executed by the state of Texas
Long, Bobby Joe 1984 10 10+ Executed 2019 Known as "The Classified Ad Rapist" [438]
Long, Neal 1972–1975 4 7+ Died in a federal medical center Known as "The Shotgun Slayer"; racist who murdered black people in drive-by shootings in Dayton, Ohio [439]
Lucas, Henry Lee 1960–1983 3 200+ Died in prison Convicted of 11 murders, confessed to approximately 3,000 murders, although most of his confessions are considered outlandish [440][441]
Lyles, Anjette 1952–1958 4 4 Died in a mental hospital American restaurateur responsible for the poisoning deaths of four relatives in Macon, Georgia, apprehended on May 6, 1958, and sentenced to death yet later was involuntarily committed due to her diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenic [442][443]
Lynch, Franklin 1987 3 13 Sentenced to death Known as "The Day Stalker"; preyed on elderly women in the East Bay, California [444]
Madison, Michael 2012–2013 3 3+ Sentenced to death Preyed on women in East Cleveland, Ohio [445]
Majors, Orville Lynn 1993–1995 6 130 Died in prison Licensed practical nurse who was convicted of murdering his patients in Clinton, Indiana [446]
Malone, Kelvin Shelby 1981 4 5+ Executed 1999 Killed multiple people in both California and Missouri [447][448]
Malvo, Lee Boyd 2002 7 17 Life imprisonment without parole (overturned on May 26, 2017); Supreme Court of the United States heard the case on October 16, 2019.[449] With accomplice John Allen Muhammad, perpetrated the D.C. sniper attacks [450]
Mansfield, Billy 1975–1980 5 5+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered women and girls in Florida and California, burying most of them in the family home in Weeki Wachee [451]
Marcelin, Harvey 1963–2022 3 3 In custody Transgender woman who was convicted of murdering two of her girlfriends and is being charged murdering another woman. [452]
Marquette, Richard Laurence 1961–1975 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment First 11th person named on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List [453]
Martin, James David 1989–2005 3 3 Sentenced to 66 years in prison Strangled three across three states, including his wife [454]
Martin, Lee Roy 1967–1968 4 4 Died in prison Known as "The Gaffney Strangler" [455][456][457]
Martin, Rhonda Belle 1926–1951 6 6 Executed 1957 Alabama woman who poisoned family members [458]
Masini, Frank 1991–1992 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Italian man who burglarized and murdered elderly people in New Jersey [459][460]
Mason, David 1980–1982 5 6 Executed 1993 Killed four elderly neighbours in 1980 and his cellmate in 1982 while imprisoned on lesser charges; suspected of shooting dead his boyfriend [461]
Mason, Samuel 1797–1803 20 20+ Killed/Died from injuries received during a shoot-out River pirate associated with the Harpe brothers and other outlaws [462]
Matthew, Jesse 2009–2014 2 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment Believed to have raped, murdered, and sexually assaulted multiple women in Virginia from 2002 to 2014 [463]
Matthews, Eric 1994–1998 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Rapist who his killed ex-girlfriends, wife and stepson [464]
Maury, Robert 1985–1987 3 3+ Sentenced to death Known as "The Tipster Killer"; killed at least three women in California, then called into crime stoppers to report his crimes and receive award money [465]
Maust, David Edward 1974–2003 5 5 Committed suicide in prison Convicted of killing five teenage boys; one in Germany in 1974, another in 1981, and three he buried in his basement [466][467]
Mayrand, Edward 1983–1994 3 3 Died in prison Strangled to death three women in New England [468]
Mays, Reta 2017–2018 7 8+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Nursing assistant who murdered seven elderly male military veterans with injections of insulin while employed at a VA hospital in Clarksburg, West Virginia [469]
McCoy, Stephen 1980–1981 3 3 Executed 1989 Along with his accomplice, James Paster, the pair murdered three people in the Houston Area [470]
McDuff, Kenneth 1966–1992 9 14+ Executed 1998 Known as "The Broomstick Killer"; death sentence for 1966 triple-murder commuted; killed three days after 1989 parole [471][472]
McFadden, Jerry Walter 1973–1986 4 4 Executed 1999 Known as "The Animal" [473]
McKnight, Anthony 1985 5 5 Died in prison awaiting execution Rapist who killed young girls and women in Oakland, California; responsible for some of the East Bay Slayer murders [474]
McKnight, Gregory 1992–2000 3 3 Sentenced to death Murdered three people in Ohio, burying the bodies of two on his property in Chillicothe afterwards [475]
McWatters, Eugene 2004 3 3 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Known as "The Salerno Strangler"; Murdered women in Port Salerno, Florida [476]
Meirhofer, David 1967–1974 4 4 Committed suicide in custody First serial killer to be apprehended via usage of offender profiling [477]
Melanson, Roy 1974–1988 3 5+ Died in prison Drifter connected to the rape-murders of at least three women in three states [478]
Metheny, Joe 1976–1996 5 10 Died in prison Raped and murdered women in Baltimore, allegedly cannibalizing his victims [479]
Mikhel, Iouri 2001–2002 5 5 Sentenced to death Accomplice of Jurijus Kadamovas; Russian immigrant who kidnapped five people in California for ransom money and killed them [377]
Miller, Donald Gene 1977–1978 4 4 Incarcerated Raped and killed women in East Lansing, Michigan [480]
Miller, Joseph Daniel 1986–1990 5 5+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Kidnapped, raped and strangled black women around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [481]
Miller, Joseph Robert 1976–1993 6 6+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Killed prostitutes in Chicago and Peoria, some after being paroled for murder [482]
Moore, Henry Lee 1911–1912 2 25 Unknown Suspect in the Villisca axe murders; sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his mother and grandmother with an axe, later commuted and released from prison in 1956 [483]
Moore, Manuel 1973–1974 15 73+ Died in prison Part of "The Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders [134]
Morin, Stephen 1969–1981 4 48 Executed 1985 Suspected in over 30 unsolved violent crimes across the country [484]
Morris, Cory 2002–2003 5 5+ Sentenced to death Known as "The Crackhead Killer"; necrophile who murdered at least five prostitutes at his trailer in Phoenix, Arizona [485]
Mors, Frederick 1914–1915 8 8 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Murdered eight elderly patients by poison while employed in a nursing home in New York City; committed to Hudson River State Hospital; escaped in May 1916 [486]
Morse, Hugh 1959–1961 4 4+ Died in prison Former fugitive who murdered four women during a cross-country crime spree [487]
Morton, David Bruce 1983–1990 3 3+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Morton has also been considered a suspect in a series of highly publicized murders on young women in Santa Fe, New Mexico [488]
Moseley, Winston 1963–1964 3 3 Died in prison Necrophile who sexually assaulted and murdered three women, including Kitty Genovese [489]
Mosley, Eddie 1973–1987 8 16+ Died in prison Raped and murdered numerous young girls and women in and around Fort Lauderdale, Florida [490]
Muhammad, John Allen 2002 7 17 Executed 2009 With accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo, perpetrated the D.C. sniper attacks [491]
Mullin, Herbert 1972–1973 11 13 Sentenced to life imprisonment Eligible for parole in 2021 [492]
Mullins, Michael 1999–2012 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered three women over the span of 13 years in Memphis, Tennessee [493]
Murphy, Donald 1979–1980 2 6+ Sentenced to 15–30 years in prison Murdered between two and at least six prostitutes in Detroit; another man was wrongfully suspected of three murders [494]
Nance, Wayne 1974–1986 0 5+ Killed by intended victim Known as "The Missoula Mauler" [495][496]
Nardello, Antonio 1884–1885 3 3 Executed 1886 Italian laborer who robbed and murdered other laborers in Maryland and Washington, D.C. [497]
Naso, Joseph 1977–1994 6 10 Sentenced to death Murdered six women in California; suspect in the Alphabet murders [498]
Neelley, Alvin 1982 2 2 Died in prison Committed murders with wife Judith Neelley [499]
Neelley, Judith 1982 2 2 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Committed murders with husband Alvin Neelley
Nelson, Earle 1926–1927 22 22+ Executed 1928 Known as "The Gorilla Man". Executed for a murder he committed in Canada [500]
Newman, Allan Patterson 1991–1992 4 4 Died in prison Murdered carjacking victims during a three-state crime spree [501]
Ng, Charles 1983–1985 11 25 Sentenced to death Along with accomplice Leonard Lake, they are also known as "The Operation Miranda Killers" [416][417][418][419][502]
Nixon, Robert 1937–1938 3 5 Executed 1939 Known as the "Brick Moron"; confessed to five murders and multiple assaults in Los Angeles and Illinois; Nixon served, in part, as the basis of the character of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright's 1940 social protest novel Native Son
Noe, Marie 1949–1968 8 8 Sentenced to 20 years probation in 1998 Pennsylvania woman who murdered eight of her children; two others died of natural causes [503]
Norris, Roy 1979 5 5 Died in prison With accomplice Lawrence Bittaker known as "Tool Box Killers" [52]
Northcott, Gordon Stewart 1926–1928 3 20 Executed 1930 Convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering three young boys in Wineville, California in what become known as the Wineville Chicken Coop murders; his mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, was implicated as an accomplice [504]
Ocampo, Itzcoatl 2011–2012 6 6 Committed suicide before trial Former marine suspected of killing six people around Orange County, California [505]
O'Dell, Diane 1982–1985 3 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Sullivan County, New York woman who murdered her illegitimate infants by asphyxiation [506]
Pace, Lyndon Fitzgerald 1988–1989 4 5 Sentenced to death Robbed and murdered elderly women primarily in Atlanta's Vine City neighborhood. In 1990, he robbed the apartment of Coretta Scott King [507]
Page, Ivan 1998–2001 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered prostitutes in Flint, Michigan [508]
Panzram, Carl 1920–1929 5 22 Executed 1930 Murderer, rapist, and arsonist; convicted of two murders, but confessed to 19 others [509]
Pardo, Manuel 1986 9 9 Executed 2012 South Florida former police officer who acted in partnership with Rolando Garcia; the two claimed to be ridding the world of drug dealers [510]
Parker, Gerald 1978–1978 6 6 Sentenced to death Known as "The Bedroom Basher"; Orange County, California man who raped and murdered five women. Parker was not identified until 1996 [511]
Paster, James 1980–1981 3 5 Executed 1989 Along with his accomplice, Stephen McCoy, the pair murdered three people in the Houston Area. Paster confessed to two other murders for which he was never tried. [512]
Peete, Louise 1913–1944 3 3+ Executed 1947 Convicted of murdering a man and woman decades apart; four other acquaintances died suspiciously and four husbands died by suicide [513]
Pennell, Steven Brian 1987–1988 2 5 Executed 1992 Known as "The Route 40 Killer"; abducted and murdered women from Route 40 in Delaware [514]
Perkins, Reginald 1980–2000 3 6 Executed 2009 Murdered his stepmother in 2000 and two other women in Fort Worth in 1991. He also confessed to murdering another woman in Ohio in 1980 and is linked to two other murders in Cleveland [515]
Perry, Donna 1990 3 3+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Formerly known as Douglas Perry prior to 2000 gender transition, which the prosecution claimed was an attempt to avoid suspicion [516]
Peterson, Christopher 1990 4 7 Sentenced to death; commuted to 120 years imprisonment Known as "The Shotgun Killer" [517]
Pierce, William 1970–1971 9 9+ Died in prison One of his victims was the daughter of a South Carolina state senator [518]
Piper, Thomas W. 1873–1875 2 2+ Executed 1876 Canadian-born serial arsonist known as "The Boston Belfry Murderer". Preyed on women and a 5-year-old girl in and around Boston [519]
Player, Michael 1986 10 10 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Known as "The Skid Row Slayer"; targeted mostly homeless individuals in the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles [520]
Pomeroy, Jesse 1874 2 9 Died in prison Known as "The Boy Torturer". 14-year-old Massachusetts boy who killed two younger children. Youngest person in the history of Massachusetts to be convicted of murder. [521]
Pough, James Edward 1971–1990 12 12 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Killed a friend in 1971, then went on a shooting rampage in 1990 [522]
Powers, Harry 1931 5 5+ Executed 1932 Known as "The West Virginia Bluebeard"; Dutch immigrant who lured victims through "lonely hearts" advertisements, murdering them for their money [523]
Presley, Aeman 2014 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Shot and killed people in DeKalb and Fulton Counties, Georgia during robberies [524]
Price, Craig 1987–1989 4 4 Incarcerated Convicted as a minor; given an additional 10–25 year sentence for assaulting a corrections officer in prison [525]
Price, Larme 2003 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Thrill Killer"; murdered four immigrants in New York in revenge for the September 11 attacks [526]
Priest, Martin 1980–1985 2 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Convicted of murdering a young girl and one man in both Missouri and Kansas; acquitted, but still main suspect, in three other deaths [527]
Prieto, Alfredo 1988–1990 9 9 Executed 2015 Attacked mainly couples in Virginia and California, shooting them both after raping the women [528]
Prince Jr., Cleophus 1990 6 6 Sentenced to death Known as "The Clairemont Killer"; raped and murdered women in San Diego County, California [529]
Pruett, Marion Albert 1981 5 5 Executed 1999 Committed his crimes while in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program [530]
Pruitt, Pleasant 1888–1902 3 3 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Murdered his three wives in Indiana [531]
Puente, Dorothea 1982–1988 9 15 Died in prison Murdered elderly and mentally disabled boarders in Sacramento, California before cashing their Social Security checks; convicted of three killings, suspected of six others [532]
Queho 1909?-1919 13 23 Died while a fugitive First Nevadan serial killer, found dead in cave 5 miles upriver from El Dorado Canyon. Cause of death uncertain. [533]
Rader, Dennis 1974–1991 10 10 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The BTK Killer" [534]
Ralston, Larry 1975–1977 4 5+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Abducted young women and teenage girls in Ohio [535]
Ramirez, Richard 1984–1985 15 15 Died in prison awaiting execution Known as "The Night Stalker" [536]
Ranes, Danny 1972 4 4 Died in prison Kidnapped, raped and murdered women around Kalamazoo, Michigan with teenage accomplice Brent Koster [537][538]
Ranes, Larry 1964 1 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Robbed and murdered up to five men across four states [539][540]
Rardon, Gary 1962–1974 4 4 Released in 2020 Murdered a man who he was hitchhiked with, then murdered three more men in a 4-day spree [541]
Rasmussen, Terry Peder 1978–2002 6 6+ Died in prison Known as "The Chameleon Killer"; main suspect in the Bear Brook murders, as well as other murders [542]
Ray, Clifton 1987–1994 3 6+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Responsible for the murders of three women in Kansas City, Missouri [543]
Red Dog, James Allen 1973–1991 5 5 Executed 1993 Killed four people personally; also provided a prison gang with a lethal dose of drugs so they could kill another inmate [544]
Reece, William Lewis 1997 4 4+ Sentenced to death Kidnapped, raped and murdered teenage girls and young women in Texas and Oklahoma [545]
Reed, Todd Alan 1999 3 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Forest Park Killer"; sex offender who raped and strangled three homeless women in Portland, Oregon [546]
Rees, Melvin 1957–1959 5 9+ Died in prison Known as "The Sex Beast" [13][unreliable source?]
Reeves, Jack 1967–1994 4 4 Sentenced to 99 years in prison Killed his three wives after they planned to leave him; also killed a man while stationed in Italy [547]
Reid, Billy Edwin 1989 2 2+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Reid is also a prime suspect for "The Denver Prostitute Killer" [548][549]
Reid, Paul Dennis 1997 7 7 Died in prison awaiting execution Known as "The Fast Food Killer" [550]
Rembert, Robert 1997–2015 5 5+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Truck driver who killed people across Ohio [551]
Reséndiz, Ángel Maturino 1986–1999 10 16 Executed 2006 Known as "The Railroad/Railway/Railcar Killer"; truck driver who converted the sleeper cab of his truck into a torture chamber where he kept women, torturing and sexually assaulting them, before killing them [552]
Respus, Asbury 1900s–1931 2 8+ Executed 1932 Serial killer active in North Carolina with no particular victim profile; victims' ages ranged from 8 to 80, both male and female, and both white and black; claimed that mental health episodes prompted him to commit random murders [553]
Rhoades, Paul Ezra 1987 3 7+ Executed 2011 Drug addict who killed clerks during robberies in Idaho; suspected of similar murders in Utah and Wyoming [554]
Rhoades, Robert Ben 1975–1990 3 50+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Truck Stop Killer" [555]
Rich, Darrell Keith 1978 4 4 Executed 2000 Known as "The Hilltop Rapist"; preyed on young women and girls in Redding, California [556]
Richards, Stephen Dee 1876–1878 9 9+ Executed 1879 Known as "The Nebraska Fiend", Richards murdered nine people including a mother and her children. Suspected of additional murders. [557]
Richmond, Earl 1991 4 4 Executed 2005 Ex-Sergeant who raped and murdered four women in New Jersey and North Carolina [558]
Ridgway, Gary 1982–1998 49 90+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Green River Killer" [559]
Rifkin, Joel 1989–1993 9 17+ Incarcerated for 203 years to life Mostly preyed on sex workers in New York City and Long Island [560]
Rissell, Montie 1976–1977 5 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and murdered women in Alexandria, Virginia [104]
Ritchie, James Dale 2016 5 5+ Killed by police during apprehension Known as "The Anchorage Serial Killer" [561]
Rivera, Reinaldo 1999–2000 4 4 Sentenced to death Abducted, raped and killed women in the Augusta metropolitan area [562]
Robinson, Alonzo 1926–1934 2 6 Executed 1935 Grave robber and cannibal convicted of a double murder; also suspected of murdering four women [563]
Robinson, Harvey Miguel 1992–1993 3 3 Sentenced to death Teenager who stalked, raped and killed women in Allentown, Pennsylvania [564]
Robinson, John Edward 1984–1999 8 8+ Sentenced to death Sometimes referred to as "The Internet's first serial killer" [565]
Robinson, Sarah Jane 1881–1886 8 11 Died in prison Known as "The Boston Borgia"; Irish-born poisoner who murdered family members and associates for profit in Massachusetts with the aid of accomplices Thomas R. Smith and Dr. Charles C. Beers [566]
Roche, John Francis 1953–1954 4 6 Executed 1956 Active primarily in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan [567]
Rodriguez, Antonio 2010 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Kensington Strangler"; raped and killed drug-addicted women in Kensington, Philadelphia [568]
Rodriguez, Robert Neal 1984–1992 3 3 Committed suicide to avoid arrest Former police officer [569]
Rogers, Dayton Leroy 1983–1987 7 8+ Sentenced to death Known as "The Molalla Forest Killer"; raped and murdered sex workers in Oregon [570]
Rogers, Glen Edward 1993–1995 4 5 Sentenced to death Death sentence currently under appeal [571]
Rolling, Danny 1989–1990 8 8 Executed 2006 Pleaded guilty to murdering five students in Gainesville, Florida [572]
Ross, Michael Bruce 1981–1984 8 8+ Executed 2005 Known as "The Roadside Strangler" [573]
Roye, Norman 1953–1954 3 3 Executed 1956 Known as "The Dreaded Strangler"; Manhattan youth who murdered women during home invasions [574]
Rozier, Robert 1981–1986 4 7 Serving 25 years to life on a conviction for check kiting under a third strike law Former NFL player; sentenced to 22 years for murder after agreeing to testify against Yahweh ben Yahweh's organization [575]
Rulloff, Edward H. 1844–1870 3 5 Executed 1871 Known as "The Genius Killer"; Canadian-born doctor, lawyer, schoolmaster, photographer, inventor, carpet designer, phrenologist, philologist and career criminal active in New York. Rulloff's brain is said to be the second largest brain on record and is on display at the Wilder Brain Collection in the psychology department of Cornell University [576][577]
Runge, Paul 1995–1997 7 8+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Sexually assaulted and murdered women and one girl in Cook and DuPage counties in Illinois [578]
Russell, George Waterfield 1990 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Charmer"; raped and murdered women in Seatte suburbs, mutilating and having sex with the corpses afterwards [579]
Rutterschmidt, Olga 1999–2005 2 2 Sentenced to life imprisonment Killed vagrants with her partner-in-crime, Helen Golay [580]
Saenz, Kimberly Clark 2008 5 10+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Killed five patients by injecting bleach into their dialysis lines [581]
Saldivar, Efren 1988–1998 6 50+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Respiratory therapist who murdered his patients at Adventist Health Glendale
Samartaney, Malik 1991–2019 3 6 Sentenced to 41 years in prison Killed one of his friends, his son, and his daughter [582]
Sanchez, Altemio 1990–2006 3 3+ Sentenced to 75 years to life Known as "The Bike Path Rapist"; responsible for three murders and numerous rapes spanning a 25-year period in Buffalo, New York [583][584][585]
Santo, Anthony 1908 3 3 Supposedly died while incarcerated at Taunton Lunatic Asylum Juvenile who murdered two cousins and a girl during "mad spells" [586]
Sapp, William 1992–1993 3 3+ Sentenced to death Rapist who murdered women and children around Springfield, Ohio [587]
Schaefer, Gerard John 1969–1973 2 34 Murdered in prison by fellow inmate Vincent Rivera Imprisoned in 1973 for the murders of two women while he was a sheriff's deputy in Martin County, Florida [588]
Schmid, Charles 1964 3 4 Murdered in prison by unknown assailants Known as "The Pied Piper of Tucson"; murdered three teenage girls in Arizona with the aid of local teenagers [589]
Schmidt, Helmuth 1913–1917 1 4+ Committed suicide in prison German-born bigamist known as "The American Bluebeard" [590]
Seda, Heriberto 1990–1993 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment New York City copycat of the Zodiac Killer; selected his victims based on their astrological signs [591]
Segundo, Juan 1986–1995 4 4+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Raped and killed young girls and women in the Fort Worth area [592]
Sells, Tommy Lynn 1980–1999 6 22+ Executed 2014 Confessed to murdering dozens of people, possibly in excess of 70, only six are confirmed [593][594]
Seoung, Doeur 1985–1998 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Cambodian-born burglar who raped, strangled and robbed his victims, beginning when he was a teenager [595]
Severance, Charles 2003–2014 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered elderly residents in Alexandria, Virginia out of hatred for the rich [596]
Sharp, Michael Eugene 1982 3 5+ Executed 1997 Abducted, raped and killed women and children across West Texas [597]
Shaw, Sebastian 1991–1992 3 13 Died in prison Murdered victims selected at random in Portland, Oregon; confessed to additional murders, including one in California [598]
Shawcross, Arthur 1972–1989 12 14 Died in prison Known as "The Genesee River Killer" [599]
Sherman, Lydia 1863–1877 12 12 Died in prison Known as "The Derby Poisoner"; poisoned eight children in her care, six of which were her own, and her three husbands in Connecticut and Rhode Island [600]
Shermantine, Wesley 1984–1999 4 19 Sentenced to death Along with accompliace Loren Herzog, known as "The Speed Freak Killers" [601]
Shore, Anthony Allen 1986–1995 4 4+ Executed 2018 Known as "The Tourniquet Killer"; murdered three young girls and a young woman in Texas [602][603]
Shulman, Robert 1991–1996 5 5 Died in prison Preyed on sex workers in New York [604]
Siebert, Daniel Lee 1979–1986 10 13 Died in prison awaiting execution Killed nine people across America in three months; responsible for at least one of the Southside Slayer murders [605][unreliable source?]

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Silva, Mauricio 1978–1984 4 4 Sentenced to death Known as "The Monster"; killed an acquaintance as a teenager; paroled and went on to kill two teenage runaways and his half-sister [607]
Silveria Jr., Robert Joseph 1981–1996 9 14+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Boxcar Killer"; alleged member of Freight Train Riders of America [608][609]
Simmons, Beoria 1981–1983 3 3 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Preyed on women and teenage girls in Jefferson County, Kentucky [610]
Simon, J.C.X. 1973–1974 15 73+ Died in prison Part of "The Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders [134]
Sims, Ray Dell 1974–1977 5 5+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and strangled teenage girls in Fresno [611]
Sinclair, Charles T. 1980–1990 13 13+ Died in prison Known as "The Coin Shop Killer"; targed coin shop owners in order to rob them of valuable coin collections [612]
Smallwood, Robert 1999–2006 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped and murdered women in Lexington, Kentucky, and additionally linked to other rapes [613]
Smith, Gayno 1961–1962 6 6 Died in prison Killed six family members in Iowa [614]
Smith, Lemuel 1958–1981 5 6 Sentenced to death; commuted to life First convict to kill an on-duty female corrections officer [615]
Smith, Mark Alan 1969–1970 4 12+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Convicted of killing at least four women in Illinois and Arkansas; claimed in his book to have murdered eight women while stationed in Germany [616]
Smith, William Scott 1981–1984 4 4+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Kidnapped, raped and strangled women in Salem, Oregon [617]
Snyder, Leroy 1969 7 7 Died in prison Active in Camden, New Jersey in a period of eight months. [618]
Solomon Jr., Morris 1986–1987 6 7 Sentenced to death Known as "The Sacramento Slayer" [619]
Soper, Edward Bates 1880–1897 5 5 Executed 1899 Killed his father, wife and two children in Missouri in separate incidents; fled to Oregon, where he killed another young child before his capture [620]
Southard, Lyda 1915–1920 6 6 Released in 1941 Known as "Flypaper Lyda"; serial poisoner who killed four husbands, a young daughter and a brother-in-law [621]
Sowell, Anthony 2007–2009 11 11 Died in prison awaiting execution Known as "The Cleveland Strangler" and "The Imperial Avenue Murderer" [622]
Spangler, Robert 1978–1993 4 4 Died in prison Murdered who murdered members of his own family in Colorado and Arizona [623]
Spencer, Timothy Wilson 1984–1988 4 5 Executed 1994 Known as "The Southside Strangler"; committed three rapes and murders in Richmond, Virginia and one in Arlington County, Virginia in the autumn of 1987. He is believed to have committed at least one previous murder, in 1984, for which a different man was wrongfully convicted. [624]
Spillman, Jack Owen 1994–1995 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Werewolf Butcher" [625]
Spisak, Frank 1982 3 3 Executed 2011 Neo-Nazi sympathizer who shot people during a racist and anti-Semitic shooting spree at Cleveland State University [626]
Spreitzer, Edward 1981–1982 18 18 Sentenced to life imprisonment Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as "The Ripper Crew" or "The Chicago Rippers" [245][246]
Stafford, Roger Dale 1974–1978 9 34 Executed 1995 His wife implicated him in 34 different murders in seven different states [627]
Stanley, Gerald Frank 1975–1980 2 2+ Sentenced to death After being paroled for murdering his first wife in 1975, he married twice more, murdering both [628]
Stano, Gerald 1969–1980 22 41+ Executed 1998 Guilt has been questioned [629]
Stayner, Cary 1999 4 4 Sentenced to death Brother of kidnap victim Steven Stayner; murdered women in and around Yosemite National Park [630][631]
Stephani, Paul Michael 1980–1982 3 3 Died in prison Known as "The Weepy-Voiced Killer" due to a series of telephone calls he made to police, anonymously reporting his crimes in a remorseful and high-pitched voice; active in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area [632][633]
Stevens, Charles 1989 4 4 Sentenced to death Murdered four people from April to July 1989 on California Interstate-580 [634]
Stickles, Martin 1899–1900 3 3 Executed 1901 Known as "The Kelso Killer"; murdered three people during robberies in Cowlitz County, Washington [635]
Stokes, Winford 1969–1978 3 3 Executed 1990 Career criminal and prison escapee who murdered people in St. Louis [636]
Suff, William 1974–1992 12 22 Sentenced to death Known as "The Riverside Prostitute Killer" [637]
Sully, Anthony 1983 6 6 Sentenced to death Ex-policeman who tortured and killed prostitutes and drug dealers at his Burlingame warehouse [638]
Sumpter, Michael 1969–1973 3 3 Died in 2001 Raped and murdered women in the Boston area, including Jane Britton [639]
Surratt, Edward Arthur 1977-1978 7 18+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Serial rapist and murderer operating mainly in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, also known as "The Shotgun Killer". Although suspected in more than 18 murders, Surratt was convicted of one murder in South Carolina. Surratt confessed to six additional murders in 2021. [640]
Sutton, Nicholas Todd 1979–1985 4 4 Executed 2020 Killed two friends and his grandmother during money and drug-related disputes; later stabbed to death a prison inmate [641]
Swango, Michael 1981–1997 4 60 Sentenced to life imprisonment Physician and surgeon who poisoned patients and colleagues in the US and Zimbabwe [642]
Swann, James 1993 4 4 Found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to Saint Elizabeths Hospital Known as "The Shotgun Stalker"; responsible for random drive-by shotgun shootings in Washington, D.C. [643]
Taborsky, Joseph "Mad Dog" 1950–1957 7 7 Executed 1960 Only convict to be sentenced to death twice for different crimes [644]
Taylor, Kevin 2001 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Preyed on sex workers in Southside Chicago [645]
Terry, Charles E. 1951–1963 1 4+ Died in prison Suspected of committing some of the Boston Strangler murders [646]
Terry, Michael 1985–1986 6 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered six men in Atlanta, Georgia in a 10-month period [647]
Tholmer, Brandon 1981–1983 12 34 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The West Side Rapist"; preyed on elderly women in Westside, Los Angeles County [648]
Thomas Jr., John Floyd 1972–1986 7 15+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Southland Strangler" and "The Westside Rapist" [649][650][651]
Thompson, William Paul 1983–1984 3 6 Executed 1989 Career criminal who killed people in California and Nevada; confessed to three additional murders in other states [652]
Tinning, Marybeth 1972–1985 2 9 Sentenced to 20 years to life, released on August 21, 2018 New York woman who murdered her children [653]
Toole, Ottis 1976–1983 6 6+ Died in prison Accomplice of Henry Lee Lucas; claimed to have murdered Adam Walsh [654]
Toppan, Jane 1895–1901 12 31+ Found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed for life to the Taunton State Hospital Known as "Jolly Jane"; nurse who poisoned both patients and family members in Massachusetts [655]
Torrence, Michael 1987 3 3 Executed 1996 Robbed and killed two men with his brother and his wife; later killed a prostitute in Charleston during an argument [656]
Travis, Maury 2000–2002 2 17+ Committed suicide in custody Suspected of kidnapping, torturing and killing women at his home in Ferguson, Missouri [657]
Ture Jr., Joseph 1978–1980 6 7+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered a family of four and two other women in Minnesota [658]
Turner, Chester 1987–1998 15 16 Sentenced to death Convicted of murdering ten women and a viable unborn baby in South Los Angeles [659]
Urdiales, Andrew 1986–1996 8 8 Committed suicide in prison Murdered woman in Indiana, Illinois and California [660]
Vann, Darren Deon 2013–2014 7 7+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Indiana murderer who killed seven women; five of which were found in abandoned structures in the city of Gary [661][662][663]
Vermilya, Louise 1893–1911 9 9 Died in 1913 Charges dismissed
Victor, Clarence 1964–1987 3 3 Died in prison Killed three people in Omaha, Nebraska, the latter two while on parole [664]
Wade, Joshua 1994–2007 5 5+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered people across Alaska during angry outbursts or robberies [665]
Walker, Anthony Guy 1975–1986 6 6+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Career criminal who murdered mainly across Lenawee County, Michigan [666]
Wallace, Henry Louis 1990–1994 11 11 Sentenced to death Known as "The Taco Bell Strangler"; preyed on women in and around Charlotte, North Carolina [667]
Walton, Edward 1896–1908 5 5 Executed 1908 Confessed to murdering five people across five states [668]
Walls, Frank Athen 1985–1987 5 5 Sentenced to death Confessed to murdering five people across Ocean City, Florida [669]
Ward, Ronald James 2000 4 4+ Died in prison Murdered at least three women and one man in three states, in the span of four months [670]
Wardrip, Faryion 1984–1986 5 5 Sentenced to death Death sentence currently under appeal [671]
Warren, Edward Delon 1976–1979 3 3 Died in prison Murdered a couple in Brookings, Oregon; later linked via DNA to an unsolved murder in Portland [672]
Watson, Alexander Wayne 1986–1994 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped, stabbed and strangled women in two Maryland counties [673]
Watts, Carl Eugene 1974–1982 22 100 Died in prison Known as "The Sunday Morning Slasher" [674]
Werner, Karl F. 1969–1971 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered teenage girls in Santa Clara County, California
Wheeler-Weaver, Khalil 2016 3 4 Sentenced to 160 years in prison Killed women he met through dating apps in Orange, New Jersey [675][676]
Whisenhant, Thomas 1963–1976 4 4+ Executed 2010 Kidnapped and murdered female clerks from convenience stores in Mobile County, Alabama [677]
White, Larry Lamont 1983 3 3 Sentenced to death Shot and killed women in Louisville, Kentucky during apparent robberies [678]
White, Nathaniel 1991–1992 6 6 Sentenced to 150 years to life in prison Confessed to bludgeoning and stabbing six women to death in Hudson Valley, New York while on parole [679]
Whiteling, Sarah 1888 3 3 Executed 1889 Known as "The Wholesale Poisoner" [680]
Whitten, Hattie 1900–1902 3 3 Committed suicide before trial Maine woman who poisoned her husband and two children [681]
Wickline, William 1979–1982 3 3+ Executed 2004 Known as "The Butcher"; drug addict who killed people in West Virginia and Ohio, dismembering and beheading their bodies post-mortem [682]
Wilder, Christopher 1984 8 15 Killed by police during apprehension Known as "The Beauty Queen Killer"; Australian man who abducted and murdered women across the USA [683]
Wiley, Nicholas 2004 3 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as "The Syracuse Serial Killer"; sex offender who confessed to killing seven people in Syracuse, New York [684]
Williams, Dorothy 1987–1989 3 3 Died in prison Robbed and killed elderly people to support her heroin addiction [685]
Williams, Kenneth Dewayne 1998–1999 4 4 Executed 2017 Killed two people on the same day, then killed two more people after escaping from prison [686]
Williams, Laron 1977–1981 3 5+ Killed by fellow death row inmates Strangled a prostitute in Nashville, Tennessee; later escaped from prison, murdering a police officer and priest; suspect in other murders across several states [687]
Williams, Leslie Allen 1991–1992 4 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Necrophile who killed and raped at least four women in Michigan while on parole for rape from 1991 to 1992. [688]
Williams, Scott 1997–2006 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Killed women in Charlotte and Monroe, North Carolina [689]
Williams, Wayne 1979–1981 2 23 Sentenced to life imprisonment Has maintained his innocence from the beginning and conviction is considered controversial [690]
Williamson, Thomas Andrew 1868–1890 4 4 Executed 1891 Murdered four people in Illinois and Missouri, including his wife [691]
Willie, Robert Lee 1978–1980 3 5 Executed 1984 Murdered at least three people in Louisiana [692]
Wimberly, Anthony 1984–1985 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murdered three women in Oakland during a crime spree [693]
Winters, Shirley 1980–2006 2 7 Sentenced to eight to 25 years Arsonist who smothered her children; suspected of killing siblings since childhood [694]
Wise, Martha 1924–1925 3 3 Died in prison Poisoned 17 members of her own family [695]
Wood, Cathy 1987 5 6 Incarcerated 20–40 years Accomplice of Gwendolyn Graham; nurse's aide that preyed on elderly women in a Walker, Michigan nursing home. Released on January 16, 2020 [271][272]
Wood, David Leonard 1987 6 9 Sentenced to death Known as "The Desert Killer"; raped and murdered young girls and women in El Paso, Texas, burying their bodies in the desert afterwards [696]
Wood, Frederick Charles 1926–1960 5 5 Executed 1963 Violent habitual criminal who killed people in various New York cities, starting at age 14 [697]
Wood, Isaac L. 1855 3 3 Executed 1858 Poisoned his wife, brother and sister-in-law for monetary purposes [698]
Woodfield, Randall 1979–1981 18 44 Sentenced to life imprisonment plus 165 years Known as "The I-5 Killer" and "The I-5 Bandit" [699]
Wooten, Charles 1969–1993 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Killed two gas station attendants in Fort Worth during robberies; paroled, and later killed his father during an argument [700]
Wright, Douglas Franklin 1969–1991 7 7+ Executed 1996 First criminal executed by lethal injection in Oregon [701]
Wuornos, Aileen 1989–1990 7 7 Executed 2002 Known as the "Damsel of Death"; shot seven men to death in Florida between 1989 and 1990 [702]
Yates, Robert Lee 1975–1998 13 18+ Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Targeted women in and around Spokane, Washington [703]
Zarinsky, Robert 1958–1974 2 10 Died in prison Preyed on teenage girls in New Jersey [704]

Unidentified serial killersEdit

This is a list of unidentified serial killers who committed crimes within the United States.

Name Years active Proven victims Possible victims Region where active Notes Ref
Albuquerque serial killer 2021–2022 2 4 NM Suspected of killing four Muslim men in drive-by shootings from November 2021 to August 2022. Muhammad Syed was arrested and charged with two of the murders. [705]
Alphabet murders 1971–1973 3 3 NY Also known as the "Double Initial Murders"; murders of three young girls in the Rochester, New York area in the early 1970s [706]
Ann Arbor Hospital murders 1975 10 10 MI Poisonings of 10 patients at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in 1975. Two nurses, Filipina Narciso and Leonora Perez, were convicted but a new trial was ordered because of prosecutorial misconduct. The prosecution chose to drop the charges rather than retry. [707][708]
Atlanta child murders 1979–1981 28 30 GA A series of murders committed in Atlanta, Georgia, between July 1979 and May 1981. Over the two-year period, at least 28 children, adolescents, and adults were killed.
Atlanta Lover's Lane Murders 1977 3 3 GA A series of unsolved shootings on couples in Atlanta from January to March 1977
Atlanta Ripper 1911 15 15–21 GA Mystery murderer(s) of 15 Atlanta women in 1911 [709]
Axeman of New Orleans 1918–1919 6 6 LA Responsible for the deaths of six or seven people in New Orleans and the surrounding areas from 1918 to 1919 [710]
Bag murders 1975–1977 6 6 NY Murders and dismemberment of gay men in Lower Manhattan, whose body parts were wrapped in garbage bags and thrown into the Hudson River; convicted murderer Paul Bateson was a prime suspect in the killings, but never charged [711]
Bigfoot Killer 1975 7 7 MI Raped and murdered sex workers in Detroit; nicknamed derived from the suspect's large hands and feet [712]
Boston Strangler 1962–1964 13 13 MA 1960s deaths of 13 women (five young, eight older), mostly with their own stockings as ligature. Albert DeSalvo confessed to the murders, but was never indicted; DNA evidence tested in 2013 suggested his guilt in one of the cases [713]
Bouncing Ball Killer 1959–1960 6 7+ CA Series of murders targeted towards elderly women in Los Angeles; convicted murderer Raymond Ward Clemmons confessed to the murders, but he was never charged due to a lie detector proving he was being untruthful [714]
Bra murders 1967–1971 5 5 CT Strangulations of five black women, mostly prostitutes and drug addicts, in Stamford, Connecticut; schizophrenic preacher Benjamin Franklin Miller was prosecuted for the crimes, but acquitted by reason of insanity, leaving his true guilt in question [715]
Castration serial murders 1980–1986 2 5+ WY, PA, UT, GA, CT Series of murders of men who were shot in the back of the head and then castrated post-mortem [716]
Charlie Chop-off 1972–1974 4 4 NY Murders of five boys in Manhattan in 1972 and 1973. A mental patient confessed to one slashing death. Four stabbings also involving mutilation remain unsolved [717]
Chicago Strangler 2001–2021 55 75+ IL Raped and strangled predominantly African-American prostitutes and other vulnerable women in Chicago; could possibly be multiple serial killers [718]
Cincinnati Strangler 1965–1966 7 7 OH Raped and strangled seven mostly elderly women in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1965 and 1966; Cab driver Posteal Laskey, Jr. is commonly believed to be culprit [719]
Cleveland Torso Murderer 1935–1938 12 40+ OH Also known as the "Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run"; responsible for 12–13 murders in the Cleveland, Ohio area in the 1930s [720]
Colonial Parkway Killer 1986–1989 8 8 VA Believed to have murdered at least eight people in Virginia between 1986 and 1989; left three couples dead and one couple missing and presumed dead [721][722]
Columbus murders 1965–1966 3 3 OH Three fatal shootings committed in Columbus and West Jefferson [723]
Connecticut River Valley Killer 1978–1987 7 7+ MA, NH, VT Stabbed at least six women to death in New England in the 1980s, severely injured one [724]
Cumminsville murders 1904–1910 5 5 OH Series of brutal murders and mutilations of women in the Cincinnati neighborhood of South Cumminsville [725]
Dayton Strangler 1900–1909 6 6 OH Murdered five women and one man in Dayton, Ohio in the early 20th-century; one man was wrongfully convicted for the murders [726]
Denver Prostitute Killer 1975–1995 17 27 CO Abducted, raped and strangled young girls and women around Denver and its various suburbs [727]
Denver Strangler 1894–1903 3 5 CO Strangled three prostitutes in Denver in 10 weeks; also thought to be responsible in two more murders [728]
Doodler 1974–1975 6 16 CA Sketched then stabbed to death gay men in San Francisco, California in the 1970s [729]
Dr. No 1981–2004 9 9+ OH, IL, NY, PA Suspected of raping and strangling prostitutes alongside the Interstate 71; his first suspected victim is Marcia King, who was identified in 2018. Samuel Legg III, a trucker, has been arrested and charged but thus far (as of 2020) is incompetent to stand trial. He is receiving psychiatric treatment while they try to restore competency. [730][731]
Eastbound Strangler 2006 4 4 NJ Murdered four women near Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2006. [732][733]
Edgecombe County serial killer 2000s 9 10 NC Murders of nine women and disappearance of another since 2005 around Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Antwan Pittman has been convicted in one case [734]
Flat-Tire murders 1975–1976 12 35 FL Killed young girls and women in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties by offering help with fixing their car tires, before he sexually assaulted them and drowned them in canals [735]
Flint Serial Slasher 2009–2010 5 5 MI, OH, VA Stabbing attacks against mostly small-framed African-American men, with the main area being Flint, Michigan; an Israeli national, Elias Abuelazam, has been convicted in one of the murders and remains the prime suspect in the other four [736]
Frankford Slasher 1985–1990 8 9 PA Allegedly responsible for nine murders in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Leonard Christopher was convicted of one murder; another murder was committed in same style while he was incarcerated; believed to still be at large [737][738]
Freeway Phantom 1971–1972 6 6 DC Raped and strangled six young women and girls in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970s, dumping their bodies by freeways [739]
Gypsy Hill killings 1976 5 5+ CA Known as the "San Mateo slasher"; five unsolved killings, of young women in San Mateo County, California during early 1976; in 2014, the FBI named Rodney Halbower as a person of interest in the Gypsy Hill killings; as of 2018, he has been convicted in two of the murders [740][741]
Hog Trail Murders 1993–1996 6 12 FL Mutilated bodies of young men found in Charlotte County, Florida; thought to be linked to Daniel Conahan, who was charged and convicted of one of the murders [742]
Harbor City serial shootings 1993 3 3 CA Shot four black men from his Jeep, three of them fatally. [743]
Honolulu Strangler 1985–1986 5 5 HI Raped and strangled five young women in Hawaii in 1985 and 1986 [744][745]
I-45 Killer 1980 0 4+ TX Strangled four known victims in 1980 and sexually assaulted some. Two of the four women have never been identified. [746]
I-70 killer 1992–2001 6 9 IN, MO, KS
TX (suspected)
Killed and robbed six store clerks around the Midwestern United States [747]
I-70 Strangler 1980–1991 12 12 IN, OH Killed gay men and dumped their bodies near I-70; suspected serial killer Herb Baumeister is considered the prime suspect in the case [748]
Jeff Davis 8 2005–2009 8 8 LA The bodies of eight women were found in swamps and canals surrounding Jennings, Louisiana. Originally thought to be a serial killer, but multiple suspects may be involved [749][750]
Kauai serial killer 2000 2 2 HI Kidnapped, raped, beat, and stabbed women to death on the Kauai island of Hawaii. [751]
Laredo serial killer 2018 4 4 TX Shot four sex workers in Webb County, Texas and attempted to kill a fifth woman. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz was arrested for all four murders and is currently awaiting trial. [752]
Little Rock serial stabbings 2020–2021 3 3 AR Random stabbing murders against strangers that occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas [753]
Long Island serial killer 1996–2010 10 17 NY Suspected of killing eight women, a man and a child since 1996 and dumping their bodies along remote beaches in Suffolk and Nassau County, New York. The killer has been referred to as the Gilgo Beach killer because of the location where the first bodies were found [754][755][756]
The Man from the Train 1900–1912 0 40+ USA Probably Paul Mueller. Killed whole families in their sleep, from the east coast to the west, arriving and departing by train. Existence (and probable but not proven identity) discovered over 100 years after the murders, by analysis of contemporary records, showing a markedly common modus operandi for many previously unconnected crimes. [757][758][759][760]
Maryvale serial shooter 2015–2016 9 9 AZ Attacked at night from a car using a handgun, killing seven people and injuring two between August 2015 and July 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona; Aaron Saucedo was arrested for all murders in 2017 and is awaiting trial [761][762]
2011 Memphis serial murders 2011 3 4 TN Murders of three sex workers in Memphis, Tennessee in the winter of 2011; possibly linked to a fourth murder committed in 2015 [763]
Michigan Murders 1967–1969 1 7 MI Raped, stabbed, and strangled young women between the ages of 13 and 21 in the Washtenaw County area of Michigan. John Norman Collins was convicted of the last murder in the series and strongly suspected to be responsible for all seven murders attributed to the same perpetrator. [764]
New Bedford Highway Killer 1988–1989 9 11 MA Murders of nine women and disappearance of two others between 1988 and 1989 [765]
Oakland County Child Killer 1976–1977 4 4+ MI Also known as the "Babysitter"; responsible for the murders of four or more children in Oakland County, Michigan in 1976 and 1977 [766]
Oklahoma City Butcher 1976–1986 3 3 OK Killed and mutilated 3 women in Oklahoma City between 1976 and 1986 [767]
Package Killer 1990 3 5+ MO Murders of three female sex workers between March and September 1990 [768]
Phantom Killer 1946 5 5 TX Believed to have committed the Texarkana Moonlight Murders in Texas between February 23 and May 4, 1946 [769]
Pittsburg serial murders 1998–1999 5 5 CA Single or multiple offenders who murdered one man and four women over three months in the city of Pittsburg, California [770]
1996 Raleigh murders 1996 6 6 NC Series of murders and rapes across the Raleigh, North Carolina area; multiple killers are suspected, including one who was convicted of two murders [771][772][773]
Redhead murders 1978–1992 8 11 TN, AR, KY, MS, PA, WV Series of unsolved homicides believed to have been committed by an unidentified serial killer in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, also known as "The Bible Belt Strangler" [774][775]
Santa Rosa hitchhiker murders 1972–1973 7 7+ CA A 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 [776]
Seminole Heights serial killer 2017 4 4 FL Shot and killed four people, seemingly at random, in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. On November 28, 2017, police arrested Howell Emanuel Donaldson III in connection with the killings. Donaldson is set for pre-trial hearing on August 20, 2020. [777][778]
Servant Girl Annihilator 1884–1885 8 8 TX Also known as the "Austin Axe Murderer"; responsible for at least seven murders in Austin, Texas between 1884 and 1885 [779]
Skid Row Stabber 1978–1979 11 11 CA Murdered homeless men in Los Angeles' Skid Row neighborhood; Bobby Joe Maxwell was falsely convicted of two of the murders and accused of the rest, and died while in a coma prior to being exonerated [780]
Smiley face murder theory 1990s–2000s 0 40+ USA Theoretical serial killer(s) thought by some sources to have drowned college-aged young men across the northern part of the country since 1997; most experts suggest that the deaths were accidental [781]
Storyville Slayer 1991–1996 24 24+ LA Abducted, strangled and drowned predominantly female prostitutes around New Orleans; thought to be multiple killers [782]
Suitland murders 1986–1987 5 9 MD, DC Abducted, raped and stabbed to death women around Suitland, Maryland; convicted murderer Alton Alonso Best is considered the prime suspect [783]
Texas Killing Fields 1970s–2000s 1 30+ TX Since the early 1970s, roughly 30 bodies have been extracted from the fields, mainly consisting of young girls. Authorities suspect it might be the work of multiple offenders, among them being convicted murderer and sex offender Edward Harold Bell. As of 2021, only one of the cases has been definitely solved.
Tube Sock Killings 1985 4 6 WA Unsolved murders which occurred in the remote community of Mineral in Washington [784]
West Mesa murders 2003–2009 11 11+ NM 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 [785]
Zodiac Killer 1968–1974 5 37 CA
NV (possible)
Targeted young couples. Remains unsolved but open in the California jurisdictions the five certain Zodiac murders occurred. Potentially 37 total victims claimed but unverified. [786]

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