List of serial killers in the United States

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This is a list of notable serial killers from the United States of America.

Convicted serial killers[edit]

  • Charles Albright: also known as "The Eyeball Killer"; convicted of murdering three prostitutes in Dallas, Texas; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994
  • Rodney Alcala: also known as "The Dating Game Killer"; convicted rapist and serial killer
  • Howard Arthur Allen: killed three elderly people, as well as assault, burglary, and arson.
  • Richard Angelo: Also known as "The Angel of Death". New York nurse convicted of 4 murders, linked to 6 other deaths. Suspected of killing up to 25 people.
  • Amy Archer-Gilligan: poisoned a husband and four of her nursing home's residents with arsenic or strychnine in Windsor, Connecticut in the 1910s; total could possibly be 48 to 60.
  • Benjamin Atkins: also known as "The Woodward Corridor Killer"; mission-oriented killer who raped and strangled eleven women in Highland Park, MI in 1991 and 1992
  • Joe Ball: also known as "The Alligator Man"; killed at least 20 women in the early 20th century in Texas
  • Velma Barfield: two husbands and two boyfriends died mysteriously with two proving to be arsenic poisoning; confessed to killing three more including her mother
  • Herb Baumeister: suspected of killing 20+ men along I-70; fled and committed suicide after remains of 11 were found on his Westfield, Indiana property
  • Bloody Benders: family who killed guests at their inn in Labette County, Kansas in 1872
  • Robert Berdella: convicted of killing six men in 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri; sexually tortured and dismembered his victims
  • David Berkowitz: also known as "Son of Sam"; convicted of killing 6 people in New York City in 1976-1977
  • Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, Jr.: also known as "The Hillside Strangler"; killers of 12 women and possibly involved in three other killings
  • 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
  • Jake Bird: Sentenced to death for the murders of two people; confessed to 44 other murders.
  • Arthur Gary Bishop: Utah man who murdered five young boys; executed in 1988
  • Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris: kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered five girls in 1979
  • Terry Blair: Kansas City serial killer and rapist; active 1982–2004
  • William Bonin: also known as "The Freeway Killer"; with several accomplices, claimed the lives of 20 boys in California
  • Dallen Bounds: killed two strangers, his girlfriend and her ex-husband in 1999
  • Gary Ray Bowles: beat and strangled six men to death to steal their credit cards in 1994
  • Briley Brothers: three brothers and an accomplice responsible for 11 murders in the 1970s in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jerry Brudos: also known as "The Lust Killer" and "Shoe Fetish Slayer"; killed at least 4 women in Oregon
  • Judy Buenoano: poisoned her husband, boyfriend and son with arsenic in the 1970s; drowned the son in 1980 but caught in 1983 after poisoning and car bombing a fiancee
  • Ted Bundy: law student who raped and murdered more than 35 women in six states; escaped from prison twice before being executed in 1989
  • Ricardo Caputo: also known as "The Lady Killer"; strangled 4 women across North America in the 1970s becoming one of the FBI 10 Most Wanted
  • Harvey Carignan: also known as "The Want-Ad Killer"; raped and beat 4 young women to death in 1972 and 1973 having escaped hanging for a 1949 killing on a technicality
  • David Carpenter: also known as "The Trailside Killer"; murdered 5 women on San Francisco-area hiking trails between 1979 and 1981
  • Michael Bear Carson and Suzan Carson: nomadic hippie killers involved in the counter-culture movement; suspects in 12 homicides; sentenced to life imprisonment for three San Francisco Bay Area murders in 1983
  • Dean Carter: murdered at least 4 women
  • Richard Chase: also known as "The Vampire of Sacramento"; murdered 6 people in California in the 1970s
  • Thor Nis Christiansen: Shot dead and committed necrophilia on 4 young women in Isla Vista, California in the late 1970s
  • Joseph Christopher: Also known as "The Midtown Slasher"; racist who killed 12 people, all but one of them African Americans, in 1980 and 1981, between upstate New York and Georgia, mutilating 2 of them.
  • Douglas Clark and Carol M. Bundy: also known as "The Sunset Strip Killers"; killed at least 7 prostitutes during 1980.
  • Cynthia Coffman: Kidnapped 4 women by ATMs before accomplice James Gregory Marlow strangled them in five weeks in 1986.
  • Carroll Cole: Murdered a young boy and 6 women, suspected of a further 9 murders.
  • Alton Coleman: Multi-state killer who along with his accomplice murdered a man and injured another, murdered 4 women, 3 young girls and raped a young girl.
  • John Norman Collins: also known as "The Co-Ed Killer"; Murdered 3 women and 3 young girls, beat his own sister very badly, had an obsession with mutilation and excessive gore.
  • Rory Enrique Conde: also known as "The Tamiami Trail Strangler". Killed 6 prostitutes in Florida. Sentenced to death on March 7, 2000.
  • Ray and Faye Copeland: oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States at the ages of 75 and 69; convicted of killing 5 men; modus operandi was to hire unskilled drifters as farm hands and later kill them
  • Dean Corll and Elmer Wayne Henley: Along with David Owen Brooks, committed the Houston Mass Murders in the 1970s; abducted, raped, tortured and murdered 5 men and 25 young boys.
  • Juan Corona: California killer convicted of murdering 25 men in 1971
  • Tony Costa: Killed, dismembered and mutilated 4 women in Cape Cod in the late 1960s; linked to at least 4 other deaths and disappearances.
  • Richard Cottingham: also known as "The Torso Killer"; convicted of murdering 6 women around New York City between 1967 and 1980.
  • Juan Covington: Shot and killed 2 men. Shot 2 other men.
  • Andre Crawford: Murdered 11 women between 1993 to 1999.
  • Charles Cullen: A nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who killed as many as 40 patients through lethal injection
  • Jeffrey Dahmer: Milwaukee, Wisconsin cannibal who kept heads, skulls and body parts in his apartment for sexual gratification; murdered 4 men and 13 young boys. Dahmer was a known sex offender, he sexually abused and violated a young boy.
  • Thomas Dillon: Serial sniper who killed 5 men in southeastern Ohio between 1989 and 1992
  • Westley Allan Dodd: Raped and murdered three young boys in 1989; executed in 1993
  • Ronald Dominique: Confessed to raping and murdering at least 23 men in Louisiana; sentenced to eight life sentences in 2008
  • Nannie Doss: also known as "The Giggling Granny" and "The Jolly Black Widow"; serial poisoner who killed 11 family members
  • Brian Dugan: convicted of murdering 2 girls and a woman between 1983 and 1985
  • Joseph E. Duncan III: Raped at least 17 young boys. Molested a young girl. Murdered; a man and 2 boys, woman and 2 young girls. Suspected of a murder of a young boy.
  • Paul Durousseau: Brutally raped and murdered 3 women, 2 of whom were pregnant and 1 young girl. May have killed while stationed in Germany with the Army
  • Edward Edwards: Shot a young couple in 1977 and stabbed and strangled another in 1980; died months prior to execution for shooting his foster son in 1996 insurance murder
  • Mack Ray Edwards: Molester. Murdered 2 young girls and 4 young boys. Claimed at one point to have killed as many as 18
  • Walter E. Ellis: also known as "The Milwaukee North Side Strangler"; convicted of killing 7 prostitutes in Wisconsin between 1986 and 2007.
  • Scott Erskine: Convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1989 and the torture-murders of 2 boys in 1993.
  • Felipe Espinosa: Killed two dozen people in the Colorado Territory during the summer of 1863.
  • Donald Leroy Evans: Murdered a young girl and two women. Suspected of another dozen murders but recanted confessions to over 70 more.
  • Gary Evans: antique thief who shot to death two shop owners and three accomplices who he suspected of stealing from him between 1985 and 1997
  • Richard Evonitz: abducted and killed 3 girls in Spotsylvania County, Virginia in 1996 and 1997
  • Larry Eyler: also known as "The Interstate Killer"; convicted of murdering 2 young men and confessed to stabbing and mutilating 20 more in 1982 and 1983
  • Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck: also known as "The Lonely Hearts Killers"; killed at least 3 women and 1 child in the 1940s but suspected in up to 20 murders in New York and Michigan
  • Albert Fish: also known as "The Werewolf of Wisteria"; sadist and pedophile who cannibalized several children; convicted of one murder, confessed to 2 others, claimed to have molested 100 children
  • Wayne Adam Ford: also known as "Wayward Wayne"; confessed to murdering four women; believed to have killed others
  • Bobby Jack Fowler: convicted of one murder, suspected of up to 20 more.
  • Kendall Francois: serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York who targeted prostitutes; after strangling the women, he would store them in various crawl spaces in and around his home
  • 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; executed in 2013.
  • John Wayne Gacy: also known as "The Killer Clown"; killer of at least 33 men and boys; kept bodies buried under his Chicago home; executed in 1994.
  • Gerald and Charlene Gallego: also known as "The Gallego Sex Slaves Killers"; kidnapped, raped and killed victims in the late 1970s; most of them were teenagers
  • Carlton Gary: convicted of the murders of seven elderly women in Georgia
  • Donald Henry "Peewee" Gaskins: also known as "The Meanest Man in America"; convicted of nine murders; confessed to more than 200; executed in 1991
  • Alfred Gaynor: Crack cocaine addict. Killed nine women in Massachusetts. Sentenced to life in prison on May 19, 2000.
  • Ed Gein: From La Crosse, Wisconsin; Ed Gein committed his crimes in Plainfield, Wisconsin; 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
  • Janie Lou Gibbs: Georgia poisoner who killed five family members
  • Bertha Gifford: found not guilty of three arsenic poisonings by reason of insanity and suspected of 14 other killings, mostly of children, in Missouri
  • Kristen Gilbert: also known as "The Angel of Death"; nurse convicted of killing four by epinephrine injection
  • Sean Vincent Gillis: convicted of killing and mutilating seven women in Baton Rouge in competition with Derrick Todd Lee between 1994 and 2004
  • Lorenzo Gilyard: killed up to 13 prostitutes in the Kansas City area 1977 to 1993
  • Harvey Glatman: also known as "The Lonely Hearts Killer"; Californian rapist and killer of three women; lured women to pose for "bondage photographs"; executed in 1959
  • Billy Glaze: mission-oriented killer convicted of raping and murdering three Native American prostitutes in Minneapolis in 1986 and 1987
  • Billy Gohl: union official linked with the disappearances of over 40 sailors in Aberdeen, Washington in the early 20th century
  • Kermit Gosnell: ran an abortion clinic and charged with murder, along with several other employees.
  • Mark Goudeau: also known as "The Baseline Killer"; convicted of nine murders in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood: Michigan duo who murdered five elderly nursing home residents in their care and claimed to have killed another
  • Dana Sue Gray: convicted of murder of three elderly women and attempted murder of a fourth in California
  • Vaughn Greenwood: convicted of nine counts of murder, including eight of the "Skid Row Slasher" killings in southern California
  • Samuel Green: Robber and serial killer; executed in 1822.
  • Belle Gunness: Norwegian-born murder-for-profit killer who killed her suitors and children in Indiana
  • Anna Marie Hahn: German-born murder-for-profit killer who poisoned five elderly men; executed in 1938
  • William Hance: also known as "The Forces Of Evil"; soldier who used the murders of Carlton Gary as an excuse for killing four women around military bases in 1977 and 1978
  • Robert Hansen: Alaskan baker who killed prostitutes at his cabin; convicted of four murders but admitted to 11 others
  • Harpe Brothers: also known as "Bloody Harpes"; Micajah "Big" Harpe (1768? – August 1799) and Wiley "Little" Harpe (1770? – January 1804), America's first known serial killers were credited with the murders of 40 men, women, and children.
  • Donald Harvey: also known as "The Angel of Death"; hospital orderly; confessed to more than 80 "mercy killings" with 37 confirmed killings
  • Charles Ray Hatcher: convicted of two child murders in 1978 and 1982 having killed another in 1969; also stabbed to death a fellow inmate and another man 20 years apart
  • Dale Hausner: Convicted of killing 6 people in random drive-by shootings in 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Linda Hazzard: Attributed to 13 deaths (which she claimed was medical treatment) and was convicted of manslaughter in one death, in which she additionally forged the victim's will and stole her valuables.
  • William Heirens: also known as "The Lipstick Killer"; confessed to three murders spanning from June 1945 to January 1946
  • Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine: also known as "Speed Freak Killers"; California duo initially convicted of 7 murders, and suspected in the deaths of as many as 15 people from 1984 to 1999
  • Johann Otto Hoch: also known as "The Stockyard Bluebeard"; German who married dozens of US women around the turn of the 20th century, before poisoning them with arsenic
  • Dr. 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 eight more and confessed to a total of 27
  • Waneta Hoyt: New York woman who murdered her five children
  • Michael Hughes: killed six women and a schoolgirl in the South Los Angeles area between 1986 and 1993, including a Southside Slayer victim
  • Leslie Irvin: also known as "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
  • Phillip Carl Jablonski: killed at least four women in California and Utah
  • Keith Hunter Jesperson: also known as "The Happy Face Killer"; killed 8 women between 1990 and 1995
  • Martha Ann Johnson: convicted of smothering three of her children in Atlanta between 1977 and 1982
  • Milton Johnson: also known as the "The Weekend Murderer" killed 10 people
  • Vincent Johnson: also known as "The Brooklyn Strangler"; a homeless crack addict who killed at least five prostitutes
  • Genene Jones: Texas pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care; convicted of only one murder but suspected of 10 or more others
  • John Joubert: also known as "The Nebraska Boy Snatcher"; stabbed three children to death in 1982 and 1983
  • Joseph Kallinger: murdered three people and tortured four families with his 13-year-old son Michael.
  • Patrick Kearney: necrophiliac convicted of 21 murders in California and admitted to seven other murders
  • Edmund Kemper: also known as "The Co-Ed Killer"; started killing when he was 15 years old in Santa Cruz, California; convicted of six murders and implicated in four others
  • Israel Keyes: 3 confirmed victims. Linked to 11 victims in 4 states. Committed suicide on December 2 2012
  • Scott Lee Kimball: also known as "Joe Snitch"; FBI informant who pleaded guilty to two of at least four murders in Colorado including those of his uncle and three female acquaintances
  • Roger Kibbe also known as The I-5 Strangler, killed 7 women between 1977 and 1987
  • Tillie Klimek: Chicago woman who poisoned five husbands; sentenced to life imprisonment
  • Paul John Knowles: Child killer, rapist; murdered five young girls, seven women, two men
  • Anthony Kirkland killed 5 women between 1987 and 2009
  • Randy Steven Kraft: convicted of the murders of 16 young men and boys; suspected of 51 others in California
  • Timothy Krajcir: confessed to killing more than nine women—five in Missouri and four others in Illinois and Pennsylvania
  • Peter Kudzinowski: killed children in New Jersey in the 1920s
  • Richard Kuklinski: American serial killer that joined the mafia as a contract killer for financial support.
  • Leonard Lake and Charles Ng: ex-Marines and survivalists; killed at least 11 people and suspected of 25 in Wilseyville, California; collected and murdered female sex slaves
  • Delphine LaLaurie: Tortured and maimed her slaves.
  • Derrick Todd Lee: also known as "The Baton Rouge Serial Killer"; convicted of two murders; linked by DNA evidence to five others
  • Bobbie Joe Long: also known as "The Classified Ad Rapist"; killed 10 women in Tampa Bay, Florida in 1984
  • Michael Lee Lockhart killed people in multi-state
  • Henry Lee Lucas: convicted of 11 murders and confessed to approximately 3,000 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
  • Orville Lynn Majors: nurse convicted of murdering six patients in Clinton, Indiana; suspected of 130 killings between 1993 and 1995
  • Richard Laurence Marquette: first 11th name on FBI 10 Most Wanted for killing, mutilating and dismembering a woman in 1961; killed two more with same MO upon 1973 release
  • Lee Roy Martin: also known as "The Gaffney Strangler"; killed two women and two girls in South Carolina in 1967 and 1968
  • Rhonda Belle Martin: Alabama poisoner who murdered six family members; suspected of poisoning at least nine; executed in 1957
  • David Mason: strangled four elderly neighbours in 1980 and his cellmate in 1982 having been imprisoned on lesser charges; suspected of shooting dead his boyfriend
  • David Edward Maust: convicted of killing five teenage boys; one in Germany in 1974, another in 1981, and three he buried in his basement in Hammond, Indiana in 2003
  • Kenneth McDuff: also known as "The Broomstick Killer"; death sentence for 1966 triple-murder commuted; killed three days after 1989 parole and ten further times in Waco, Texas until 1992; executed in 1998
  • David Meirhofer: killed three children and an ex-girlfriend between 1967 and 1974; first serial killer apprehended by offender profiling
  • Stephen Morin: killed three women and was suspected in over 30 unsolved crimes; executed in 1985
  • Frederick Mors: Austrian who killed 8 elderly patients by poisoning in New York
  • John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. Also known as "The Beltway Snipers". Duo who terrorized the Washington D.C. area with a series of sniper attacks.
  • Herbert Mullin: schizophrenic in Santa Cruz, California who killed people to prevent earthquakes; convicted of 10 murders and confessed to three others
  • Joseph Naso: killed four women in California, suspect in another 6; also considered a person of interest in the New York Alphabet murders[1][2]
  • Robert Nixon: killed 5 women in the 1930s
  • Earle Nelson: also known as "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
  • Gordon Northcott: also known as "The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders"; California man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and murdering young boys with the aid of his mother, Sarah Louise Northcott in the 1920s; convicted of 3 murders, suspected of perhaps 20; executed in 1930
  • Carl Panzram: murderer, rapist and arsonist; convicted of two murders; confessed to 19 others; executed in 1930
  • Gerald Parker: also known as "The Bedroom Basher" raped and murdered five women and killed the unborn baby of a sixth woman in Orange County, California
  • Louise Peete: convicted of murdering a man and woman decades apart, four other acquaintances died suspiciously and four husbands committed suicide
  • Steven Brian Pennell: also known as "The Corridor Killer"; convicted of torture-murdering two women, pleaded no contest to two more and suspected of a fifth in Delaware in 1987 and 1988
  • Christopher Peterson: also known as "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
  • Craig Price: also known as "The Warwick Slasher"; teenager who stabbed two women and two children in Rhode Island in the late 1980s
  • Harry Powers; also known as The West Virginia Bluebeard killed two women and three children in 1931
  • Cleophus Prince Jr.: also known as "The Clairemont Killer"; raped and killed six women in San Diego in 1990
  • Marion Albert Pruett: killed four women in three states; executed in 1999
  • Dorothea Puente: convicted of three killings in Sacramento, California during the 1980s; suspected of six others
  • Dennis Rader: also known as "The BTK Killer"; killed ten people between 1974 and 1991 in Sedgwick County, Kansas
  • Richard Ramirez: also known as "The Night Stalker"; terrorized Los Angeles in 1984 and 1985; convicted of 14 murders; died in prison 7 June 2013
  • 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
  • Melvin Rees: also known as "The Sex Beast"; shot and defiled a woman in 1957, torture-murdered a family of four in 1959 and suspected in four other killings
  • Paul Dennis Reid: killed seven people during armed robberies between February and April 1997
  • Ángel Maturino Reséndiz: killed nine people in Texas, Kentucky, and Illinois
  • Gary Ridgway: also known as "The Green River Killer"; convicted of murdering 49 women in Washington state
  • Joel Rifkin: murdered 17 women in the New York City and Long Island areas
  • Harvey Miguel Robinson: teenager who stalked, raped and killed three women in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1992 and 1993
  • John Edward Robinson: also known as "The Cyber Sex Killer"; lured victims through the internet; convicted of murdering six women in Missouri and Kansas
  • Dayton Leroy Rogers: murdered at least six women in Oregon
  • Glen Edward Rogers: known as the "Cross Country Killer" and "Casanova Killer". Rogers operated around the United States between 1995 and 1999
  • Danny Rolling: pleaded guilty to murdering five students in Florida; executed in 2006
  • Michael Bruce Ross: raped and murdered seven women in Connecticut; executed in 2005
  • Robert Rozier: former NFL player that confessed to seven murders while a member of the Nation of Yahweh.
  • Kimberly Clark Saenz: killed five patients by using syringes to inject bleach into their dialysis lines.
  • Efren Saldivar: respiratory therapist who killed six patients, possibly as many as 120
  • Altemio Sanchez: also known as "The Bike Path Rapist"; responsible for three murders and numerous rapes spanning a 25-year period in Buffalo, New York; currently serving three consecutive 75 years-to-life sentences for the murder
  • Gerard John Schaefer: Florida police officer who killed up to 34 women and girls
  • Charles Schmid: also known as "The Pied Piper of Tucson"; murdered three teenage girls in 1964 and 1965 and buried them in the desert
  • Heriberto Seda: New York City copycat killer of the "Zodiac Killer" active from 1990 to 1993; convicted of shooting eight individuals, killing three; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998
  • 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; executed in 2014
  • Arthur Shawcross: also known as "The Genesee River Killer"; convicted of 12 murders; confessed to one more
  • Lydia Sherman: poisoned 4 husbands and 7 children.
  • Anthony Allen Shore: also known as "The Tourniquet Killer"; convicted of strangling a woman with an unusual ligature in 1992 and confessed to killing three girls including two with same MO
  • Robert Shulman: convicted of murdering five prostitutes between 1991 and 1996
  • Daniel Lee Siebert: convicted of 1979 manslaughter; killed nine people across America in three months in mid-1980s including two children and a Southside Slayer victim
  • Robert Joseph Silveria, Jr.: also known as "Sidetrack"; freight train rider convicted of beating to death four fellow transients in 1995 and confessed to dozens more
  • Lemuel Smith: confessed to the murders of five people, including an on-duty female prison guard
  • Morris Solomon Jr.: handyman who killed six young women between 1986 and 1987 in Sacramento, California
  • Lyda Southard: first and fourth husbands' 'typhoid' deaths due to arsenic; first husband's brother poisoned and daughter died; two other husbands died of 'flu'
  • Anthony Sowell: also known as "The Cleveland Strangler" and "The Imperial Avenue Murderer"; convicted of raping and murdering 11 women between 2007 and 2009, leaving their bodies in his house in Cleveland
  • Timothy Wilson Spencer: also known as "The Southside Strangler"; raped and killed five women in Virginia between 1984 and 1987
  • Jack Owen Spillman: also known as "The Werewolf Butcher"; killed two girls and the mother of one of them in Washington State in 1994 and 1995
  • Edward Spreitzer: also known as "The Chicago Rippers"; as part of a satanic cult, raped and mutilated at least four women and also killed a man in Chicago
  • Gerald Stano: convicted murderer of 41 women; executed in 1998
  • Charles Starkweather: murdered 11 people throughout Nebraska in two months the late 1950s with his girlfriend; executed in 1959
  • Cary Stayner: killed four women in Yosemite, California
  • Paul Michael Stephani: also known as "The Weepy-Voiced Killer"; killed 3 women in the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • William Suff: also known as "The Riverside Prostitute Killer"; killed 12 women near Riverside, California
  • Michael Swango: physician and surgeon who poisoned over 30 of his patients and colleagues
  • James Swann: also known as "The Shotgun Stalker"; schizophrenic who killed four people in drive-by shootings in Washington, D.C. in 1993 because he heard the voice of Malcolm X
  • Joseph Taborsky: Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky was sentenced to death after a string of brutal robberies and murders in Connecticut during the 1950s.
  • John Floyd Thomas, Jr.: also known as "The Southland Strangler" and The "Westside Rapist"; convicted of raping and murdering seven elderly women in Los Angeles between 1972 and 1986 and suspected of 10-15 more
  • Marybeth Tinning: New York woman who smothered nine of her children to death
  • Ottis Toole: Henry Lee Lucas' accomplice; convicted of six murders in Florida; confessed to but never tried for Adam Walsh's murder
  • Jane Toppan: nurse and lust murderer who poisoned at least 31 patients and relatives in Massachusetts up to the turn of the 20th century
  • Maury Travis: St. Louis area torture killer of 12–17 prostitutes from 2000 to 2002
  • Chester Turner: convicted of murdering ten women and a viable unborn baby in South Los Angeles between 1987 and 1998
  • Abdul Latif Sharif: raped and murdered women in the USA and Mexico
  • Henry Louis Wallace: Charlotte, North Carolina killer of at least nine young women from 1992 to 1994
  • Faryion Wardrip: killed five young women around Wichita Falls, Texas between 1984 and 1986
  • Karl F. Warner: convicted of murdering three teenage girls, in two separate incidents (between 1969–1971), in the San Francisco Bay Area communities of San Jose and Saratoga
  • Coral Eugene Watts: convicted of two murders; admitted to killing 80 people in Texas and Michigan; possibly guilty of 100 murders. Died of prostate cancer only eight days after going to prison
  • Nathaniel White: convicted of stabbing to death six women in the Hudson Valley, New York area from 1991 to 1992
  • Christopher Wilder: also known as "The Beauty Queen Killer"; millionaire Australian realtor who killed eight women in seven weeks in 1984
  • Scott Williams: killed and mutilated three women between 1997 and 2006
  • Wayne Williams: convicted of two murders; police claim his arrest solved 23 in the string of 28 Atlanta Child Murders
  • Shirley Winters: confessed in 2008 to killing 2 children; suspected of killing her two older children in a 1979 fire and suspected in a separate fire that killed 3 children of a friend in 1979.
  • Randall Woodfield: also known as "The I-5 Killer" and "The I-5 Bandit"; convicted of one murder and linked by DNA to six others; believed responsible for an additional 14 murders
  • Aileen Wuornos: shot six men dead in Florida; executed in 2002
  • Robert Lee Yates: murdered at least 16 women in Spokane County, Washington
  • Robert Zarinsky killed people between 1958 and 1974


Unidentified serial killers[edit]

This is a list of unidentified serial killers. It includes circumstances where a suspect has been charged, but not convicted.

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