List of United States criminals

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This is a list of American people who have been convicted of serious crimes, or are notable for their criminal activities.

List of female Americans convicted of murder[edit]

Americans convicted of murder.
By Region of Country they are from in alphabetical order

Alaska/Hawaii[edit]

Midwest[edit]

Mountainwest[edit]

Northeast[edit]

Northwest[edit]

South[edit]

Southeast[edit]

Southwest[edit]

List of male Americans convicted of murder[edit]

Serial killers[edit]

  • Gerald Stano – convicted murderer of 41 women; executed in 1998.
  • Randall Woodfield – aka "The I-5 Killer" and "The I-5 Bandit"; convicted of four murders; believed responsible for 14 others.
  • Robert Shulman – convicted of murdering five prostitutes between 1991 and 1996.
  • Tommy Lynn Sells – convicted of only one murder; admitted to murdering dozens of people across the United States, possibly in excess of 70 although only six are confirmed.
  • Efren Saldivarrespiratory therapist who killed six patients, possibly as many as 120.
  • Arthur Shawcross – aka "The Genesee River Killer"; convicted of 12 murders; confessed to one more.
  • Lemuel Smith – confessed to the murders of five people, including an on-duty female prison guard.
  • Wayne Williams – convicted of two murders; police claim his arrest solved 23 others in a string of 29.
  • Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Woodserial killers convicted of killing five elderly women in a suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan in the 1980s at the Alpine Manor nursing home where both worked as nurse's aides.
  • Donald Harvey – aka "Angel of Death"; hospital orderly; confessed to more than 80 "mercy killings" with 37 confirmed killings.
  • William Heirens – aka "The Lipstick Killer"; confessed to three murders spanning from June 1945 to January 1946.
  • Michael Swango – physician and surgeon who poisoned over 30 of his patients and colleagues.
  • Henry Lee Lucas – convicted of 11 murders and confessed to approximately 3000 others, although most of his confessions are considered outlandish; a task force set up to investigate his claims suggested that the true number of his murders may be as high as 213.
  • Leonard Lake and Charles Ng – ex-Marines and survivalists; killed at least 11 people and suspected of 25; collected and murdered female sex slaves.
  • John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo – aka "Beltway Snipers"; Muhammad was convicted and executed on November 10, 2009; Malvo plead guilty or confessed to at least nine murders.
  • Donald Henry Gaskins – aka "Meanest Man in America"; convicted of nine murders; confessed to more than 200; executed on September 6, 1991.
  • Ed Gein – two known victims, one suspected victim, four missing persons; elements of Gein's life and crimes have inspired, at least in part, the films Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the novel/movie The Silence of the Lambs.
  • Kristen Gilbert – aka the "Angel of Death"; nurse convicted of killing four by epinephrine injection.
  • Earle Nelson – aka "Gorilla Man"; necrophiliac convicted and hanged for one murder; implicated in about 20 others.
  • Marie Noe – murdered eight of her children between 1949 and 1968.
  • Carl Panzram – murderer, rapist and arsonist; convicted of two murders; confessed to 19 others; executed in 1930.
  • Keith Hunter Jesperson – Canadian serial killer convicted in the United States.
  • Dr. Jack Kevorkian - Dr. Kevorkian became famous in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a supporter of assisted suicide, and was lucky enough to have three acquittals and a mistrial before being convicted of the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk in 1999.
  • Dennis Rader – aka the "BTK Killer"; killed ten people between 1974 and 1991.
  • Carroll Cole – killed 16 people between 1948 and 1980; executed in 1985.
  • Alton Coleman – multi-state killer whose killings took place during two months in 1984 aided by Debra Denise Brown; was convicted of murder in three states.
  • Andrew Cunanan – murdered five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, in a cross-country journey during a three-month period in 1997, ending with Cunanan's suicide, at the age of 27.
  • Nannie Doss – aka "The Giggling Granny" and "The Jolly Black Widow"; serial poisoner who killed 11 family members.
  • Albert Fish – aka the "Werewolf of Wisteria"; sadist and pedophile who cannibalized several children; convicted of one murder, confessed to two others
  • Wayne Adam Ford – aka "Wayward Wayne"; confessed to murdering four women; believed to have killed others.
  • Joseph Paul Franklin – racist serial killer who targeted interracial couples and attempted to assassinate Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan; convicted of 11 murders and confessed to nine others.
  • Paul Dennis Reid – killed seven people during armed robberies between February and April 1997.
  • Gerald Gallego Jr. and Charlene Williams – aka the "Gallego Sex Slaves Killers"; kidnapped, raped and killed victims in the late 1970s; most of them were teenagers.
  • Julio González - convicted of arson and murder of 87 people in the Happy Land Fire.

Alaska/Hawaii[edit]

  • Robert HansenAlaskan baker who killed prostitutes at his cabin; convicted of four murders but admitted to 11 others.

Midwest[edit]

  • Belle Gunness – murder-for-profit killer who murdered her suitors and children in Indiana.
  • Tillie Klimek – Chicago woman who poisoned five husbands; sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • Herb Baumeister – suspected of killing 20+ men along I-70; fled and committed suicide after remains of eleven were found on his Westfield, Indiana property .
  • Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez – the "Lonely Hearts Killers"; killed at least three women and one child in the 1940s but suspected in up to 20 murders in New York and Michigan.
  • Bloody Benders – family who killed guests at their inn in Labette County, Kansas in 1872 .
  • Richard Biegenwald – convicted of killing five people in the early 1980s in the Asbury Park, New Jersey area; suspected in at least six other murders.
  • Terry Blair – Kansas City serial killer and rapist; active 1982–2004.
  • Jeffrey DahmerMilwaukee, Wisconsin cannibal who kept heads, skulls and body parts in his apartment for sexual gratification; convicted of 15 murders, but believed responsible for at least two others.
  • John Wayne Gacy – aka "Killer Clown"; killer of at least 33 men and boys; kept bodies buried under his Chicago home.
  • Lorenzo Gilyard – killed up to 13 prostitutes in the Kansas City area 1977 to 1993.
  • Jeffrey Gorton – convicted of two rape-murders in Michigan, suspected of more.
  • Herman Mudgett – better known as H.H. Holmes; active from 1890 to 1894 during Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition; convicted of only one murder but definitively tied to at least 8 more and confessed to a total of 27.
  • Timothy Krajcir – confessed to killing more than nine women—five in Missouri and four others in Illinois and Pennsylvania.
  • Michigan murders (John Norman Collins and Gary Leiterman) – committed separately in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor between 1967 and 1969.
  • Leslie Irvin – aka "Mad Dog"; convicted of killing six people in Indiana in the mid-1950s; his Supreme Court case set a precedent for fair trials of highly publicized defendants.
  • Christopher Peterson – aka the "Shotgun Killer", confessed to shooting seven people with a shotgun in a killing spree spanning from October 30, 1990 to December 18, 1990 in Indiana.
  • John Edward Robinson – aka the "Cyber Sex Killer"; lured victims through the internet; convicted of murdering six women in Missouri and Kansas.
  • Maury TravisSt. Louis area torture killer of 12-17 prostitutes from 2000 to 2002.
  • Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood – Michigan duo who murdered five elderly nursing home residents in their care and claimed to have killed another.
  • Ángel Maturino Reséndiz – itinerant Mexican citizen; killed nine people in Texas, Kentucky, and Illinois.
  • Coral Eugene Watts – convicted of two murders; admitted to killing 80 people in Texas and Michigan; possibly guilty of 100 murders.

Mountainwest[edit]

Northeast[edit]

  • Jerry Brudos – aka "The Lust Killer" and "Shoe Fetish Slayer"; killed at least five women in Oregon.

Northwest[edit]

South[edit]

Southeast[edit]

  • Gerard John Schaefer – Florida police officer who killed up to 34 women and girls.
  • Danny Rolling – pleaded guilty to murdering five students in Florida; executed in 2006.
  • Ottis Toole – Henry Lee Lucas' accomplice; convicted of six murders in Florida; confessed to but never tried for Adam Walsh's murder.
  • Aileen Wuornos – shot six men dead in Florida; executed in 2002.
  • Ted Bundy – law student who raped and murdered more than 35 women in six states; executed in Florida State Prison on January 24, 1989.
  • Paul Durousseau – murdered 7 in southeast United States between 1997 and 2003.

Southwest[edit]

Arizona and New Mexico

  • David Parker Ray – convicted of rape and torture and sentenced to 224 years in prison; FBI believes he was responsible for the deaths of 60 women in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Southern California

  • William Suff – aka the "Riverside Killer"; killed up to 19 women near Riverside, California.
  • Gordon Stewart Northcott – aka the "Wineville Chicken Coop Murders"; California man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and murdering nine young boys with the aid of his mother, Sarah Louise Northcott in the 1920s; suspected of the murder of nearly 30, executed in 1930.
  • Harvey Glatman – Californian rapist and killer of three women; lured women to pose for "bondage photographs"; executed September 18, 1959.
  • Mack Ray Edwards – convicted of murdering three children after confessing to the murders of six in Los Angeles County between 1953 and 1969; claimed at one point to have killed as many as 18.
  • Douglas Clark and Carol M. Bundy – aka "Sunset Strip Killers"; killed at least seven people during 1980.
  • Juan Corona – California killer convicted of murdering 25 men in 1971.
  • Dana Sue Gray – convicted of murder of three elderly women and attempted murder of a fourth in California.
  • Michael Hughes – killed four women in the Los Angeles area between 1992 and 1993; charged in 2008 with raping and murdering four additional women between 1986 and 1993.
  • Patrick Kearney – necrophiliac convicted of 21 murders in California and admitted to seven other murders.
  • Edmund Kemper – started killing when he was 15 years old in Santa Cruz, California; convicted of six murders and implicated in four others.
  • Herbert Mullinschizophrenic in Santa Cruz, California who killed people to prevent earthquakes; convicted of 10 murders and confessed to three others.
  • Randy Kraft – convicted of the murders of 16 young men and boys; suspected of 51 others in California.
  • Chester Turner – murderer of women in Los Angeles, California; convicted of 12 murders and linked through DNA evidence to another.
  • Richard Ramirez – aka the "Night Stalker"; terrorized Los Angeles in 1984 and 1985; convicted of 14 murders.

Southwest Texas

  • Joe Ball – aka "The Alligator Man"; killed at least 20 women in the early 20th century in Texas.
  • Dean Corll, Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks – committed the Houston Mass Murders in the 1970s.
  • Genene Jones – Texas pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care. Convicted of only one murder but suspected of 10 or more others.

List of those Americans convicted of other crimes[edit]

List of convicted insider traders / securities fraud[edit]

Northeast[edit]

See also[edit]

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