List of serial killers in the United States
A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, with the murders taking place over more than a month and including a significant period of time between them. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines serial killing as "a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone".
Identified serial killers
|Name||Years active||Proven victims||Possible victims||Status||Notes||Ref|
|Elias Abuelazam||2009–2010||1||5||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Flint Serial Stabber" - Israeli-Arab man who committed 18+ stabbing attacks, most causing serious injury but not fatal.|||
|Edward J. Adams||1920–1921||7||7||Killed by police during shootout||Criminal who murdered seven people, including three policemen|||
|Rodney Alcala||1971–1979||8||50–130||Sentenced to death||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|||
|Howard Allen||1974–1987||3||3||Incarcerated for 60 years||Death Sentence Commuted|||
|Quincy Allen||2002||4||4||Sentenced to death||Murdered four people in North and South Carolina between July–August 2002|||
|Richard Angelo||1987||4||10||Sentenced to 50 years to life in prison||Long Island male nurse who poisoned patients in his care.|||
|William Dale Archerd||1947–1966||3||6||Died in prison||First person convicted of using insulin as a murder weapon|||
|Benjamin Atkins||1991–1992||11||11||Died in prison||Also known as the "Woodward Corridor Killer". Operated in Detroit.|||
|Anthony Balaam||1994–1996||4||4||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Trenton Strangler"; raped and murdered four women in Trenton, New Jersey|||
|Joe Ball||1936–1938||2||20||Committed suicide to avoid apprehension||Known as the "Alligator Man"|||
|Danny Barber||1977–1979||4||4||Executed 1999||Murdered four people in Dallas County, Texas between 1977 and 1979|||
|Velma Barfield||1971–1978||1||6||Executed 1984||Barfield 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.|||
|Clementine Barnabet||1911||35||35||Escaped from prison||An axe murdering voodoo priestess who murdered African-American families at nighttime.|||
|Cesar Barone||1991–1993||4||4+||Died in prison before he could be executed||Killed four women around the Portland area|||
|Herb Baumeister||1980–1996||11||20||Committed suicide while a fugitive||Responsible for murdering at least 11 victims who were found buried on his property in Westfield, Indiana|||
|Martha Beck||1947–1949||3||20||Executed 1951||Along with accomplice Raymond Fernandez, became known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers"|||
|Eric Beishline||1992–1993||1||3+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Drug addict who stabbed elderly people|||
|Bender Family||1869–1872||11||11+||Unknown||Family of serial killers who lived and operated in Labette County, Kansas|
|Adam Beniquez||1990–1991||1||9||Sentenced 25 years to life imprisonment||Puerto Rican career criminal tied to 9 murders|||
|Robert Berdella||1984–1987||6||6||Died in prison||Known as the "Kansas City Butcher" and "The Collector"|||
|David Berkowitz||1976–1977||6||6||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Also known as the "Son of Sam"|||
|Kenneth Bianchi||1977–1978||12||12||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Along with accomplice Angelo Buono Jr., known as the "Hillside Stranglers"|||
|Richard Biegenwald||1958–1983||6||11||Died in prison|||
|Jake Bird||1930–1947||2||46||Executed 1949||Sentenced to death for the murders of two people; confessed to 44 other murders|||
|Arthur Gary Bishop||1979–1983||5||5||Executed 1988||Preyed on young boys in Utah between 1979 and 1983|||
|Lawrence Bittaker||1979||5||5||Died in prison awaiting execution||With accomplice Roy Norris known as the "Tool Box Killers"|||
|John Bittrolff||1993||2||4+||Sentenced to 25 years to life||Suspect in Long Island serial killer case|||
|Rudy Bladel||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|||
|Terry Blair||1982–2004||7||9||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Sentenced 25 years imprisonment for one murder, released on parole after serving 21 years and committed additional murders upon release|||
|Morris Bolber||1930s–1938||114||114||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Russian immigrant; member of the Philadelphia poison ring|||
|William Bonin||1979–1980||21||36+||Executed 1996||Known as the "Freeway Killer"; preyed on young men and boys in southern California with several accomplice|||
|Dallen Bounds||1999||4||4+||Committed suicide to avoid apprehension|||
|Gary Ray Bowles||1994||6||25||Executed 2019||Targeted gay men in Florida, Georgia and Maryland|||
|Lucious Boyd||1993–1999||1||5–10||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as "Lucifer"; suspected of killing up to 10 women around Florida|||
|William Bradford||1984||2||28+||Died in prison awaiting execution||Suspected of more murders due to his modus operandi of taking photographs of his victims|||
|Charlie Brandt||1971–2004||3||6+||Committed suicide to avoid apprehension|||
|Robert Eugene Brashers||1990–1998||3||3+||Committed suicide before he could be arrested||Known as "Mister Maroon"|||
|Briley Brothers||1979||11||20||Executed 1984 & 1985||Three brothers and an accomplice responsible for 11 murders|||
|Debra Denise Brown||1984||8||8||Sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment||Accomplice of Alton Coleman|||
|Robert Charles Browne||1970–1995||2||2+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Missionary convicted for two murders; confessed to murdering 49 women|||
|Jerry Brudos||1968–1969||4||4+||Died in prison||Known as the "Lust Killer" and "Shoe Fetish Slayer"|||
|Robert Anthony Buell||1981–1983||2||3+||Executed 2002|||
|Judy Buenoano||1971–1983||3||3+||Executed 1998||Caught in 1983 after poisoning and car bombing a fiancée|||
|Thomas Bunday||1979–1981||5||6||Died in an intentional motorcycle crash||Never arrested, as he was released after interrogation on a technicality|||
|Carol M. Bundy||1980||7||7||Died in prison||With accomplice Doug Clark, known as the "Sunset Strip Killers"|||
|Ted Bundy||1971–1978||28||30+||Executed 1989|||
|Angelo Buono Jr.||1977–1978||9||10||Died in prison||Along with accomplice Kenneth Bianchi, known as the "Hillside Stranglers"|||
|Eugene Butler||1900–1906||6||6||Died in North Dakota State Hospital||Crimes discovered two years after his death|||
|Patty Cannon||1802–1829||4||25+||Died in prison awaiting trial||Gang leader who kidnapped slaves and free blacks to either sell or torture them|||
|Ricardo Caputo||1971–1977||4||6||Died in prison|||
|Harvey Carignan||1949–1974||2||5+||Incarcerated 150 years||Known as the "Want-Ad Killer"; escaped hanging for a 1949 killing on a technicality|||
|David Carpenter||1979–1981||7||10+||Sentenced to death||Also known as the "Trailside Killer"|||
|Thomas D. Carr||1860s–1869||1||15||Executed 1870||First legal execution in Belmont County, Ohio|||
|Michael Bear Carson||1981–1983||3||12||Sentenced to 75 years to life|||
|Suzan Carson||1981–1983||3||12||Sentenced to 75 years to life|||
|Steven David Catlin||1976–1984||3||3||Sentenced to death|||
|Richard Chase||1977–1978||6||6||Committed suicide awaiting execution||Known as the "Vampire of Sacramento"|||
|Thor Nis Christiansen||1976–1979||4||4||Murdered in prison by unknown assailant|||
|Joseph Christopher||1980–1981||12||12+||Died in prison||Known as the "Midtown Slasher"|||
|Doug Clark||1980||7||7||Sentenced to death||With accomplice Carol M. Bundy, known as the "Sunset Strip Killers"|||
|Hadden Clark||1986–1992||2||2+||Sentenced to 70 years||Cannibal convicted of two murders; confessed to many more|||
|Roland E. Clark||1967||2||9||Died in prison|||
|Mary Clement||1880–1885||4||4||Released in 1886||Luxembourgish immigrant who poisoned her family members with arsenic|||
|Alfred Leonard Cline||1930–1945||9||11||Died in prison||Murdered his wives with poisoned buttermilk after persuading them to will their possessions to his name.|||
|Cynthia Coffman||1986||4||4||Sentenced to death||Kidnapped four women by ATMs before accomplice strangled them|||
|Carroll Cole||1948–1980||16||35||Executed 1985|||
|Alton Coleman||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|||
|Rory Enrique Conde||1994–1995||6||6||Sentenced to death||Known as the "Tamiami Trail Strangler"|||
|Anthony Cook||1973–1981||9||9+||Sentenced to 15 years to life imprisonment||Committed crimes with his brother Nathaniel Cook|||
|Nathaniel Cook||1973–1981||9||9+||Released in 2018||Committed crimes with his brother Anthony Cook|||
|Jessie Lee Cooks||1973–1974||15||73+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders|||
|Faye Copeland||1986–1989||5||12||Died in prison awaiting execution||Along with her husband, Ray Copeland, the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States|||
|Ray Copeland||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|||
|Dean Corll||1970–1973||28||28+||Killed by accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley||Crimes referred to as the "Houston Mass Murders"|||
|Juan Corona||1971||25||25+||Sentenced to life imprisonment. Died in prison in 2019.||Majority of victims had been transient workers|||
|Daniel Lee Corwin||1987||3||3||Executed 1998||Abducted and killed three women around Texas|||
|Tony Costa||1968–1969||4||8||Committed Suicide in prison||Preyed on women in and around Truro, Massachusetts|||
|Richard Cottingham||1967–1980||9||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"|||
|Juan Covington||1998–2005||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Philadelphia man who shot his victims in public, largely at random|||
|Scott William Cox||1980s–1990||2||20+||Granted parole in 2013|||
|Louis Craine||1984–1987||4||5+||Died in prison||Responsible for at least two of the "Southside Slayer" murders in South Los Angeles|||
|Andre Crawford||1993–1999||11||11||Sentenced to life imprisonment|||
|Mary Frances Creighton||1920–1935||1||4||Executed by electric chair||Poisoned her lover's wife; suspected of poisoning her mother in-law, father in-law, and younger brother|||
|Charles Cullen||1988–2003||10||40+||Incarcerated 127 years||A nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania|||
|Andrew Cunanan||1997||5||5||Committed suicide while a fugitive|||
|James Richard Curry||1982–1983||4||5||Committed suicide after being arrested|||
|Jeffrey Dahmer||1978–1991||17||17||Murdered by inmate Christopher Scarver||Milwaukee cannibal who retained various body parts of his victims|||
|Mike DeBardeleben||1965–1983||0||8||Died from pneumonia in prison||Also known as the "Mall Passer"; convicted rapist and counterfeiter who kidnapped, raped, and tortured numerous women. Although never convicted of murder, Debardeleben is suspected to be behind the killings of at least 8 women.|||
|Samuel Dieteman||2005–2006||8||8||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Accomplice Dale Hausner committed suicide in prison|||
|Thomas Dillon||1989–1992||5||5+||Died While Incarcerated||Shot men at random in southeastern Ohio|||
|Westley Allan Dodd||1989||3||3||Executed 1993||Convicted sex offender who sexually assaulted and murdered three young boys in Vancouver, Washington in 1989|||
|Ronald Dominique||1997–2006||8||23+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Raped and murdered male victims in Louisiana|||
|Nannie Doss||1927–1954||8||11||Died in prison||Known as the "Giggling Granny" and the "Jolly Black Widow"; serial poisoner killed four husbands, two children, her two sisters, her mother, a grandson, and a mother-in-law|||
|Brian Dugan||1983–1985||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment|||
|Joseph E. Duncan III||1996–2005||5||7||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Raped at least 17 young boys and three young girls|||
|Paul Durousseau||1997–2003||7||7+||Sentenced to death (overturned on January 31, 2017; awaiting resentencing)||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.|||
|Dale Wayne Eaton||1988, 2001 (known)
c. 1983-1996 (suspected)
|2||11+||Sentenced to death (overturned - awaiting resentencing hearing)||Eaton perpetrated the 1988 kidnapping, rape, and murder of 18-year-old Lisa Kimmell, a crime that went unsolved for 14 years. In 2004, he was convicted of Kimmell's murder and sentenced to death. Eaton's death sentence was overturned in 2014 and he is currently awaiting a new sentencing hearing. Although he has not been charged, Eaton is also suspected of being behind the killings of numerous women between 1983 and 1996, known as the "Great Basin Murders".
In addition to Kimmell's murder, Eaton was also convicted for beating his cellmate to death in 2001 while incarcerated in federal prison on unrelated charges.
|Edward Edwards||1977–1996||5||15||Died in prison awaiting execution||Sentenced to death for shooting his foster son in 1996 insurance murder|||
|Mack Ray Edwards||1953–1970||3||18||Committed suicide awaiting execution|||
|Walter E. Ellis||1986–2007||7||7||Died in prison||Known as the "Milwaukee North Side Strangler"|||
|Scott Erskine||1989–1993||3||3+||Sentenced to death|||
|Felipe Espinosa||1863||32||32||Killed by Tom Tobin|
|Donald Leroy Evans||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|||
|Gary Evans||1985–1997||5||5||Committed suicide to avoid apprehension|||
|Richard Evonitz||1996–1997||3||3+||Committed Suicide to avoid apprehension|||
|Larry Eyler||1982–1984||2||24||Died in prison awaiting execution||Known as the "Interstate Killer"|||
|Christine Falling||1980–1982||6||6||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Epileptic who strangled infants because of voices in her head|||
|Neal Falls||?–2015?||0||10+||Killed by intended victim||Suspected of killing up to 10 women before being killed in self defense.|||
|Maria Carina Favato||1930s–1938||114||114||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Italian immigrant; member of the Philadelphia poison ring|||
|Carl Feigenbaum||1888–1894||1||13+||Executed 1896||German sailor who murdered his landlord in 1894; allegedly responsible for murders in other countries, also suspect in the Jack the Ripper case.|||
|Raymond Fernandez||1947–1949||3||20||Executed 1951||Along with accomplice Martha Beck, became known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers"|||
|Albert Fish||1924–1932||3||8+||Executed 1936||Also known as the "Werewolf of Wysteria". A sadist and pedophile who cannibalized several children.|||
|Lavinia Fisher||?–1819?||0||Numerous||Executed 1820||Along with her husband John was a member of a highway gang; allegedly killed travelers visiting her inn.|||
|Wayne Adam Ford||1997–1998||4||4+||Sentenced to death|||
|Bobby Jack Fowler||1973–1996||1||20||Died in prison||Convicted of one murder, suspected of up to 20 more.|||
|Kendall Francois||1996–1998||8||10+||Died in prison||Known as the "Poughkeepsie Killer"|||
|Joseph Paul Franklin||1977–1980||11||22||Executed 2013||Also attempted to assassinate Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan|||
|Lonnie David Franklin Jr.||1985–2007||10||25+||Sentenced to death||Known as "Grim Sleeper"; charged after DNA evidence linked him with ten murders in Los Angeles since 1985|||
|John Wayne Gacy||1972–1978||33||33+||Executed 1994||Known as the "Killer Clown"|||
|Gerald Gallego||1978–1980||10||10||Died awaiting execution||Accomplice Charlene Gallego released 1997|||
|Michael Gargiulo||1993–2008||3||10||Awaiting capital murder trial||Known as the "Hollywood Ripper"|||
|Carlton Gary||1970–1978||7||7+||Executed 2018||Known as the "Stocking Strangler"|||
|Donald Henry Gaskins||1953–1982||9||100+||Executed 1991||Convicted of nine murders; claimed to an author to have killed more than 100|||
|Robin Gecht||1981–1982||18||18||Incarcerated for 120 years||Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as Ripper Crew or Chicago Rippers|||
|Ed Gein||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.|||
|Hubert Geralds||1994–1995||5||5||Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment||Known as the "Englewood Strangler"|||
|John Arthur Getreu||1963–1974||1||3+||Sentenced to 10 years in prison (1963)||Convicted of one murder in 1963, currently being investigated for possible crimes, prior to being identified as a suspect through GEDmatch in 1973 and 74 murders|||
|Janie Lou Gibbs||1966–1967||5||5||Died in prison|||
|Mose Gibson||1908–1920||3||7+||Executed 1920||Guilt has been questioned|||
|William Clyde Gibson||2002–2012||3||3+||Sentenced to death|||
|Bertha Gifford||1900–1928||3||17||Died in Missouri State Hospital #4||Found not guilty by reason of insanity|||
|Kristen Gilbert||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|||
|Amy Archer-Gilligan||1910–1917||10||50||Died in Connecticut Hospital for the Insane||Poisoned a husband and residents of her nursing home|||
|Sean Vincent Gillis||1994–2004||8||8||Sentenced to life imprisonment|||
|Lorenzo Gilyard||1977–1993||12||13||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Kansas City Strangler"|||
|Harvey Glatman||1957–1958||3||4||Executed 1959||Known as the "Lonely Hearts Killer"; lured women to pose for "bondage photographs"|
|Billy Glaze||1986–1987||3||20+||Died in prison||Guilt has come into question by the discovery of DNA evidence excluding Glaze and implicating another man|||
|Billy Gohl||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|||
|David Alan Gore||1981–1983||6||6||Executed 2012||One of the pair known as the "Killing Cousins"|||
|Mark Goudeau||2005–2006||9||9||Sentenced to death||Known as the "Baseline Killer"|||
|Gwendolyn Graham||1987||5||6||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Accomplice of Cathy Wood|||
|Harrison Graham||1986–1987||7||7||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Murdered seven women in Philadelphia|||
|Shawn Grate||2005–2016||2||5||Sentenced to death|||
|Dana Sue Gray||1994||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Preyed on elderly women, murdering three; caught after a fourth intended victim survived and identified her|||
|Marvin Gray||1971–1992||3||41||Died in prison||Most dangerous prisoner in Colorado until his death; confessed to the murders of 41 people across 8 different states|||
|Ronald Gray||1986–1987||4||4||Sentenced to death|||
|Larry Green||1973–1974||15||73+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders|||
|Ricky Lee Green||1985–1986||4||12||Executed 1997||Bisexual drifter; his wife helped in two of the murders|||
|Samuel Green||1817–1821||2||2+||Executed 1822||Known as the "Terror of New England"|||
|Vaughn Greenwood||1964–1975||11||11||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Skid Row Slasher"|||
|Belle Gunness||1900–1908||25||40||Unknown||Norwegian-born murder-for-profit killer who killed her suitors and children|||
|Anna Marie Hahn||1933–1937||5||5||Executed 1938||German-born murder-for-profit killer who poisoned five elderly men|
|Rodney Halbower||1976||2||5||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Suspect in the Gypsy Hill killings|||
|Lizzie Halliday||1890s||4||7||Died in Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane||First woman sentenced to be executed by the electric chair|||
|William Henry Hance||1977–1978||4||4||Executed 1994||Known as the "Forces of Evil"|
|Robert Hansen||1971–1983||17||21+||Died in prison||Known as the "Butcher Baker"|||
|Harpe brothers||1797–1804||39||50+||Murdered/executed||Brothers or cousins; America's first known serial killers|||
|Donald Harvey||1970–1987||37||80||Died in prison, killed by inmate James Elliott||Known as the "Angel of Death"|||
|Charles Ray Hatcher||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|||
|Dale Hausner||2006||8||8||Committed suicide in prison||Convicted of killing people in random drive-by shootings|||
|Harry T. Hayward||1894||1||4||Executed 1895||Known as the "Minneapolis Svengali"|||
|Linda Hazzard||1908–1911||1||13||Served 2 years||Died in 1938|||
|William Heirens||1945–1946||3||3||Died in prison||Known as the "Lipstick Killer"|||
|Boone Helm||1850–1864||11||11+||Executed 1864||Known as the "Kentucky Cannibal"|||
|Elmer Wayne Henley||1970–1973||6||6||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Crimes referred to as the "Houston Mass Murders"|||
|Francis Hermann||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|||
|Loren Herzog||1984–1999||3||19||Committed suicide awaiting parole release||Along with accompliace Wesley Shermantine known as the "Speed Freak Killers"|||
|J. Frank Hickey||1883–1911||3||3||Died in prison||Known as the "Postcard Killer"|||
|Ivan Hill||1979–1994||9||9+||Sentenced to death||Known as the "60 Freeway Killer"; responsible for at least one of the "Southside Slayer" murders|||
|Audrey Marie Hilley||1975–1980||1||4||Died in prison||Poisoned her husband; suspected of poisoning her mother, mother-in-law and a child she was looking after|||
|Johann Otto Hoch||1890–1905||1||50+||Executed 1906||Known as the "Stockyard Bluebeard"|
|H. H. Holmes||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|||
|William Devin Howell||2003||7||7||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Convicted of killing 7 people in 2003. Believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history.|||
|Waneta Hoyt||1965–1971||5||5||Died in prison||Exonerated under New York law because she died before her appeal|||
|Michael Hughes||1986–1993||7||7+||Sentenced to death||Known as the "Southside Slayer"|||
|Leslie Irvin||1954–1955||6||6+||Died in prison||His Supreme Court case set a precedent for fair trials of highly publicized defendants|||
|Phillip Carl Jablonski||1978–1991||5||5||Died in prison awaiting execution|
|Charles Jackson||1975–1982||8||8+||Died in prison||Known as the "East Bay Slayer"|||
|Keith Hunter Jesperson||1990–1995||8||8+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Happy Face Killer"|||
|John Johnson||1843–?||0||300+||Died 1900||Known as "Liver-Eating Johnson"; mountain man who allegedly ate the livers of Crows he'd slain|||
|Martha Ann Johnson||1977–1982||3||4||Sentenced to death; commuted to life||Georgia woman convicted of smothering to death three of her children between 1977 and 1982|||
|Matthew Steven Johnson||2000–2001||3||5||Sentenced to life imprisonment|||
|Milton Johnson||1983–1984||10||10+||Sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment||Victims included two deputy sheriffs|||
|Vincent Johnson||1999–2000||5||5||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Brooklyn Strangler"|||
|Genene Jones||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|||
|Syd Jones||1900s–1914||13||13||Executed 1915|||
|John Joubert||1982–1983||3||3||Executed 1996||Known as the "Nebraska Boy Snatcher"|||
|Francisco del Junco||1995–1996||4||4||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Cuban immigrant who murdered and then burned the bodies of prostitutes in Miami|||
|Joseph Kallinger||1974–1975||3||3||Died in prison||Committed these crimes with his 15-year-old son Michael|||
|Patrick Kearney||1965–1977||21||43||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Trash Bag Killer"|||
|Kelly Family||1887||11||12||Killed by vigilantes||Family of serial killers who killed and robbed wealthy travellers in No Man's Land|||
|Edmund Kemper||1964–1973||6||10||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Co-Ed Killer"|||
|Israel Keyes||1990s–2012||3||11+||Committed suicide while in custody||3 confirmed victims; linked to 11 victims in 4 states|||
|Roger Kibbe||1977–1987||7||7||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "I-5 Strangler"|||
|Scott Lee Kimball||2003–2004||4||5+||70-year sentence||FBI Informant; Proposed as a suspect in the West Mesa murders|||
|Sante Kimes||1996–1998||2||3||Died in prison||Criminal who's responsible for numerous crimes committed with her son, Kenneth Jr.|||
|Sharon Kinne||1962–1964||3||3||Escaped from prison 1969||Her arrest warrant is one the longest outstanding in American history|||
|Anthony Kirkland||1987–2009||5||6||Sentenced to death|||
|Tillie Klimek||1914–1921||5||7||Died in prison||Polish-born Chicago poisoner|
|Alfred Knapp||1894–1902||5||5+||Executed 1904||Known as the "Hamilton Strangler"|||
|Theresa Knorr||1984–1985||2||3||Sentenced to two life sentences||Her sons, William and Robert Jr., were accomplices|||
|Michelle Knotek||1994–2003||2||3||22 years in prison||Tortured and abused boarders in her home with her husband|||
|Paul John Knowles||1974||18||35||Killed by police attempting to escape from custody||Known as the "Casanova Killer"|||
|Todd Kohlhepp||2003–2016||7||7||Sentenced to life imprisonment|||
|Andrew Kokoraleis||1981–1982||18||18||Executed 1999||Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as Ripper Crew or Chicago Rippers|||
|Thomas Kokoraleis||1981–1982||18||18||Released March 29, 2019||Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as Ripper Crew or Chicago Rippers|||
|Randy Kraft||1971–1983||16||67||Sentenced to death||Known as the "Scorecard Killer" and the "Freeway Killer"|||
|Timothy Krajcir||1977–1982||9||9||Sentenced to life imprisonment|||
|Peter Kudzinowski||1924–1928||3||3||Executed 1929|
|Richard Kuklinski||1948–1986||5||100–150||Died in prison||Mafia associate known as "The Iceman"|||
|William Kunnecke||1898–1903||1||3||Unknown||Escaped from prison in 1919|||
|Sheila LaBarre||2004–2006||2||4||Sentenced to life imprisonment without parole||Claimed she was an angel sent by God to punish pedophiles|||
|Leonard Lake||1983–1985||11||25||Committed suicide while in custody||Along with accomplice Charles Ng, they are also known as the "Operation Miranda Killers". They collected women as sex slaves before killing them. They killed a number of men and children as well.|||
|Delphine LaLaurie||1834||?||?||Died in Paris, France||Tortured and maimed her slaves|||
|Adam Leroy Lane||2007||2||2+||Sentenced to 50 years||Known as the "Highway Killer"|||
|Adolph Laudenberg||1972–1975||4||6||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Santa Strangler"|||
|Derrick Todd Lee||1992–2003||2||7+||Died in prison awaiting execution||Known as the "Baton Rouge Serial Killer"; convicted of two murders; linked by DNA evidence to five others|||
|Gary Lewingdon||1977–1978||10||10||Died in prison||Together with brother Thaddeus Lewingdon, known as the ".22 Caliber Killers"|||
|Thaddeus Lewingdon||1977–1978||9||9||Died in prison||Together with brother Gary Lewingdon, known as the ".22 Caliber Killers"|||
|Samuel Little||1970–2005||61||93+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Transient who allegedly killed 93 women in 14 states|||
|Will Lockett||1912–1920||4||4||Executed 1920||Guilt has been questioned|||
|Michael Lee Lockhart||1987–1988||4||6+||Executed 1997||Received death sentences in three states; executed by the state of Texas|
|Bobby Joe Long||1984||10||10+||Executed 2019||Also known as the "Classified Ad Rapist"|||
|Bill Longley||1869–1878||32||32||Executed 1878||Gunfighter who killed unarmed slaves and Mexicans|||
|Henry Lee Lucas||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. Many sources believe that Lucas only killed 3 people, and the 8 other convicted murders were almost solely on the basis of his confessions, with no physical evidence confirming them.|||
|Michael Madison||2012–2013||3||3||Sentenced to death||Preyed on women in East Cleveland, Ohio|||
|Orville Lynn Majors||1993–1995||6||130||Died in prison|||
|Lee Boyd Malvo||2002||7||17||Life imprisonment without parole (overturned on May 26, 2017; awaiting resentencing)||With accomplice John Allen Muhammad, perpetrated the D.C. sniper attacks|||
|Richard Laurence Marquette||1956–1975||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment||First 11th person named on FBI 10 Most Wanted|||
|Lee Roy Martin||1967–1968||4||4||Died in prison||Known as the "Gaffney Strangler"|||
|Rhonda Belle Martin||1926–1951||1||6||Executed 1957||Alabama woman who poisoned family members|
|David Mason||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|||
|Samuel Mason||1797–1803||20||20+||Killed/Died from injuries received during a shoot-out||River pirate associated with the Harpe brothers and other outlaws|||
|Jesse Matthew||2009–2014||2||7||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Believed to have raped, murdered, and sexually assaulted multiple women in Virginia from 2002 to 2014|||
|David Edward Maust||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|||
|Kimberly McCarthy||1997–1998||1||3||Executed 2013||Crack addict who murdered a neighbour; suspect in two similar murders|||
|Kenneth McDuff||1966–1992||9||14+||Executed 1998||Known as the "Broomstick Killer"; death sentence for 1966 triple-murder commuted; killed three days after 1989 parole|||
|Jerry Walter McFadden||1973–1986||4||4||Executed 1999||Known as "The Animal"|||
|David Meirhofer||1967–1974||4||4||Committed suicide||First serial killer to be apprehended via usage of offender profiling|||
|Joe Metheny||1976–1996||5||10||Died in prison||Also known as the "Cannibal". Butchered his victims and served them at BBQ at his roadside stand.|||
|Henry Lee Moore||1911–1912||2||25||Released 1956||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|||
|Manuel Moore||1973–1974||15||73+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders|||
|Stephen Morin||1969–1981||4||48||Executed 1985||Suspected in over 30 unsolved violent crimes across the country|||
|Dontae Morris||2010||5||7||Sentenced to life imprisonment; later changed to the death sentence||Murdered three men in drug-related scandals, as well as two policemen who tried to arrest him; also suspected in the deaths of two other men.|||
|Frederick Mors||1914–1915||8||8||Unknown||Committed to Hudson River State Hospital, escaped in May 1916.|||
|Winston Moseley||1963–1964||3||3||Died in prison||Necrophile who sexually assaulted and murdered three women, including Kitty Genovese|||
|John Allen Muhammad||2002||7||17||Executed 2009||With accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo perpetrated the D.C. sniper attacks|||
|Herbert Mullin||1972–1973||11||13||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Eligible for parole in 2021|||
|Wayne Nance||1974–1986||0||5+||Killed by intended victim||Known as the "Missoula Mauler"|||
|Joseph Naso||1977–1994||6||10||Sentenced to death||Also a suspect in the Alphabet murders case|||
|Alvin Neelley||1982||2||2||Died in prison||Committed murders with wife Judith Neelley|||
|Judith Neelley||1982||2||2||Death sentence commuted to life imprisonment||Committed murders with husband Alvin Neelley|
|Earle Nelson||1926–1927||22||22+||Executed 1928||Known as the "Gorilla Man"|||
|Charles Ng||1983–1985||11||25||Sentenced to death||Along with accomplice Leonard Lake, they are also known as the "Operation Miranda Killers". They collected women as sex slaves before killing them. They killed a number of men and children as well.|||
|Robert Nixon||1937–1938||3||5||Executed 1939||Nixon served, in part, as the basis of the character of Bigger Thomas in Richard Wright's 1940 social protest novel Native Son.|
|Marie Noe||1949–1968||8||8||Sentenced to 20 years probation in 1998||Murdered eight of her children; two others died of natural causes|||
|Roy Norris||1979||5||5||Sentenced to 45 years to life||With accomplice Lawrence Bittaker known as "Tool Box Killers"|||
|Gordon Stewart Northcott||1926–1928||3||20||Executed 1930||His mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, was implicated as an accomplice.|||
|Diane O'Dell||1982–1985||3||4||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Murders of her illegitimate infants|||
|Carl Panzram||1920–1929||5||22||Executed 1930||murderer, rapist, and arsonist; convicted of two murders; confessed to 19 others|||
|Manuel Pardo||1986||9||9||Executed 2012||Former police officer|||
|Gerald Parker||1978–1978||6||6||Sentenced to death||Known as the "Bedroom Basher"|||
|Louise Peete||1913–1944||3||3+||Executed 1947||Convicted of murdering a man and woman decades apart; four other acquaintances died suspiciously and four husbands committed suicide|||
|Steven Brian Pennell||1987–1988||2||5||Executed 1992||Known as the "Route 40 Killer"|||
|Christopher Peterson||1990||4||7||Incarcerated 120 years||Also known as the "Shotgun Killer"|||
|Herman Petrillo||1930s–1938||114||114||Executed 1941||Italian immigrant; leader of the Philadelphia poison ring|||
|Paul Petrillo||1930s–1938||114||114||Executed 1941||Italian immigrant; leader of the Philadelphia poison ring|||
|William Pierce||1970–1971||9||9+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||One of his victims was the daughter of a South Carolina state senator|||
|Thomas W. Piper||1873–1875||2||2+||Executed 1876||Known as the "Boston Belfry Murderer"|||
|Michael Player||1986||10||10||Committed suicide to avoid apprehension||Known as the "Skid Row Slayer"|||
|Jesse Pomeroy||1874||2||9||Died in prison||Known as the "Boy Torturer"|||
|Harry Powers||1931||5||5+||Executed 1932||Known as the "West Virginia Bluebeard"|||
|Craig Price||1987–1989||4||4||Incarcerated||Convicted as a minor; scheduled for release in May 2020|||
|Cleophus Prince Jr.||1990||6||6||Sentenced to death||Also known as the "Clairemont Killer"|||
|Marion Albert Pruett||1981||5||5||Executed 1999||Committed his crimes while in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program|||
|Pleasant Pruitt||1888–1902||3||3||Committed suicide to avoid apprehension||Murdered his three wives in Indiana|||
|Dorothea Puente||1982–1988||9||15||Died in prison||Convicted of three killings; suspected of six others|||
|Terri Rachals||1980–1986||6||9||Sentenced to 17 years imprisonment; Released 2003||Former nurse|||
|Dennis Rader||1974–1991||10||10||Incarcerated–life imprisonment||Also known as the "BTK Killer"|||
|Richard Ramirez||1984–1985||13||14||Died in prison awaiting execution||Known as the "Night Stalker"|||
|Andre Rand||1972–1987||0||5||Sentenced to 25 years to life imprisonment||Known as the "Pied Piper of Staten Island"|||
|Terry Peder Rasmussen||1978–2002||6||6+||Died in prison||Known as the "Chameleon Killer"; main suspect in the Bear Brook murders, as well as other murders|||
|David Parker Ray||1950s–1999||0||60||Died in prison||Convicted of kidnapping and torture in 2001, but never convicted of murder|||
|Melvin Rees||1957–1959||5||9+||Died in prison||Known as the "Sex Beast"|||
|Jack Reeves||1967–1994||4||4||Sentenced to 99 years imprisonment||Killed his three wives after they planned to leave him; also killed a man while stationed in Italy|||
|Paul Dennis Reid||1997||7||7||Died in prison awaiting execution||Known as the "Fast Food Killer"|||
|Ángel Maturino Reséndiz||1986–1999||10||16||Executed 2006||Also known as The Railroad Killer/The Railway Killer/The Railcar Killer|||
|Robert Ben Rhoades||1975–1990||3||50+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Truck Stop Killer"|||
|Stephen Richards||1876–1878||9||9||Executed 1879||Known as the "Nebraska Fiend"|||
|Gary Ridgway||1982–1998||49||90+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Green River Killer"|||
|Joel Rifkin||1989–1993||9||17+||Incarcerated for 203 years to life|||
|Montie Rissell||1976–1977||5||5||Sentenced to life imprisonment|||
|James Dale Ritchie||2016||5||5+||Killed by police during apprehension||Known as the "Anchorage Serial Killer"|||
|Alonzo Robinson||1926–1934||2||6||Executed 1935||Grave robber and cannibal convicted of a double murder; also suspected of murdering 4 women|||
|Harvey Miguel Robinson||1992–1993||3||3||Sentenced to death||Teenager who stalked, raped and killed|||
|John Edward Robinson||1984–1999||3||8+||Sentenced to death||Sometimes referred to as "the Internet's first serial killer"|||
|Sarah Jane Robinson||1881–1886||8||11||Died in prison||Known as the "Boston Borgia"|||
|Robert Neal Rodriguez||1984–1992||3||3||Committed suicide while a fugitive||Former police officer|||
|Dayton Leroy Rogers||1983–1987||7||8+||Sentenced to death||Known as the "The Molalla Forest Killer"|||
|Glen Edward Rogers||1993–1995||4||5||Sentenced to death||Death sentence currently under appeal|||
|Danny Rolling||1989–1990||8||8||Executed 2006||Pleaded guilty to murdering five students|||
|Michael Bruce Ross||1981–1984||8||8+||Executed 2005||Known as the "Roadside Strangler"|||
|Robert Rozier||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|||
|Edward H. Rulloff||1844–1870||3||5||Executed 1871||Known as the "Genius Killer"|||
|Paul Runge||1995–1997||7||8+||Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment|||
|Olga Rutterschmidt||1999–2005||2||2||Sentenced to life imprisonment without parole||Killed vagrants with her partner-in-crime, Helen Golay|||
|Kimberly Clark Saenz||2008||5||10+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Killed five patients by injecting bleach into their dialysis lines||.|
|Efren Saldivar||1988–1998||6||50+||Sentenced to life imprisonment|
|Altemio Sanchez||1990–2006||3||3+||Incarcerated, 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|||
|Anthony Santo||1908||3||3||Supposedly died while incarcerated at Taunton Lunatic Asylum||Juvenile who murdered two cousins and a girl during "mad spells"|||
|Gerard John Schaefer||1969–1973||2||34||Murdered in prison by fellow inmate Vincent Rivera||Former police officer|||
|Charles Schmid||1964||3||4||Murdered in prison by unknown assailants||Also known as the "Pied Piper of Tucson"|||
|Helmuth Schmidt||1913–1917||1||4+||Committed suicide in prison||Known as the "American Bluebeard"|||
|Heriberto Seda||1990–1993||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment||New York City copycat of the "Zodiac Killer"|||
|Juan Segundo||1986–1995||4||7+||Sentenced to death|||
|Sean Sellers||1985–1986||3||3||Executed 1999||One of 22 persons in the United States since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976 to be executed for a crime committed while under the age of 18, and the lone to have been executed for crime committed under the age of 17|||
|Tommy Lynn Sells||1980–1999||6||22+||Executed 2014||Confessed to murdering dozens of people, possibly in excess of 70, only six are confirmed|||
|Charles Severance||2003–2014||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Murdered elderly residents in Alexandria out of hatred for the rich|||
|Arthur Shawcross||1972–1989||12||14||Died in prison||Also known as the "Genesee River Killer"|||
|Lydia Sherman||1863–1877||12||12||Died in prison||Known as the "Derby Poisoner"|||
|Wesley Shermantine||1984–1999||4||19||Sentenced to death||Along with accompliace Loren Herzog known as the "Speed Freak Killers"|||
|Anthony Allen Shore||1986–1995||4||4+||Executed 2018||Also known as the "Tourniquet Killer";|||
|Robert Shulman||1991–1996||5||5||Died in prison|||
|Daniel Lee Siebert||1979–1986||10||13||Died in prison||Killed nine people across America in three months|||
|Robert Joseph Silveria Jr.||1981–1996||9||14+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Boxcar Killer", alleged member of Freight Train Riders of America|||
|J.C.X. Simon||1973–1974||15||73+||Died in prison||Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders|||
|Charles T. Sinclair||1980–1990||13||13+||Died in prison||Known as the "Coin Shop Killer"|||
|Lemuel Smith||1958–1981||5||6||Sentenced to death; commuted to life||First convict to kill an on-duty female corrections officer|||
|Mark Alan Smith||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|||
|Morris Solomon Jr.||1986–1987||6||7||Sentenced to death||Known as the "Sacramento Slayer"|||
|Lyda Southard||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|||
|Anthony Sowell||2007–2009||11||11||Sentenced to death||Also known as the "Cleveland Strangler" and the "Imperial Avenue Murderer"|||
|Timothy Wilson Spencer||1984–1988||5||5||Executed 1994||Known as the "Southside Strangler"|||
|Jack Owen Spillman||1994–1995||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Werewolf Butcher"|||
|Edward Spreitzer||1981–1982||18||18||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as Ripper Crew or Chicago Rippers|||
|Roger Dale Stafford||1974–1978||9||34||Executed 1995||His wife implicated in 34 different murders in seven different states|||
|Gerald Stano||1969–1980||22||41+||Executed 1998||Guilt has been questioned|||
|Cary Stayner||1999||4||4||Sentenced to death||Brother of kidnap victim Steven Stayner|||
|Paul Michael Stephani||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.|||
|William Suff||1974–1992||12||22||Sentenced to death||Known as the "Riverside Prostitute Killer"|||
|Michael Sumpter||1969–1973||3||3||paroled and died|
|Michael Swango||1981–1997||4||60||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Physician and surgeon|||
|James Swann||1993||4||4||Found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to Saint Elizabeths Hospital||Known as the "Shotgun Stalker"|||
|Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky||1950–1957||7||7||Executed 1960|||
|Georgia Tann||1924–1950||19||19+||Died of uterine cancer before she could be arrested||Child trafficker who sold kidnapped children to the black market|||
|Charles E. Terry||1951–1963||1||4+||Died in prison||Suspected of committing some of the Boston Strangler murders|||
|Brandon Tholmer||1981–1983||12||34||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "West Side Rapist". Preyed on elderly women in Westside, Los Angeles County|||
|John Floyd Thomas Jr.||1972–1986||7||15+||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Known as the "Southland Strangler" and the "Westside Rapist"|||
|William Paul Thompson||1983–1984||3||6||Executed 1989|||
|Marybeth Tinning||1972–1985||2||9||Sentenced to 20 years to life|||
|Ottis Toole||1976–1983||6||6+||Died in prison||Accomplice of Henry Lee Lucas|||
|Jane Toppan||1895–1901||12||31+||Found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed for life to the Taunton State Hospital|||
|Maury Travis||2000–2002||2||17+||Committed suicide awaiting trial|||
|Chester Turner||1987–1998||15||16||Sentenced to death||Convicted of murdering ten women and a viable unborn baby in South Los Angeles|||
|Andrew Urdiales||1986–1996||8||8||Committed suicide in prison|||
|Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh||1833–1845||2||2||Executed 1846||Self-confessed poisoner who killed her alcoholic husbands|||
|Darren Deon Vann||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|||
|Louise Vermilya||1893–1911||9||9||Charges dismissed|
|Ralph Jerome Von Braun Selz||1930–1935||1||5||disappeared after parole in 1970||known as "The Laughing Killer"|||
|Henry Louis Wallace||1990–1994||11||11||Sentenced to death||Known as the "Taco Bell Strangler"|||
|Edward Walton||1896–1908||5||5||Executed 1908|||
|Ronald James Ward||2000||4||4+||Died in prison||Murdered at least three women and one man in three states, in the span of four months|||
|Faryion Wardrip||1984–1986||5||5||Sentenced to death||Death sentence currently under appeal|||
|Carl Eugene Watts||1974–1982||22||100||Died in prison||Known as the "Sunday Morning Slasher"|||
|Karl F. Werner||1969–1971||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment|
|Nathaniel White||1991–1992||6||6||Sentenced to 150 years to life in prison||Confessed to beating and stabbing six women to death while on parole|||
|Sarah Whiteling||1888||3||3||Executed 1889||Known as the "Wholesale Poisoner"|||
|Christopher Wilder||1984||8||15||Killed by police during apprehension||Also known as the "Beauty Queen Killer"|||
|Scott Williams||1997–2006||3||3||Sentenced to life imprisonment|||
|Wayne Williams||1979–1981||2||23||Sentenced to life imprisonment||Has maintained his innocence from the beginning and conviction is considered controversial|||
|Shirley Winters||1980–2006||2||7||Sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years|||
|Martha Wise||1924–1925||3||3||Died in prison||Poisoned 17 members of her own family|||
|Cathy Wood||1987||5||6||Incarcerated 20–40 years||Eligible for parole since 2005|||
|Isaac L. Wood||1855||3||3||Executed 1858||Poisoned his wife, brother and sister-in-law for monetary purposes|||
|Randall Woodfield||1979–1981||18||44||Sentenced to life imprisonment plus 165 years||Known as the "I-5 Killer" and the "I-5 Bandit"|||
|Douglas Wright||1969–1991||7||7+||Executed 1996||First criminal executed by lethal injection in Oregon|||
|Aileen Wuornos||1989–1990||7||7||Executed 2002||Also known as the "Damsel of Death". She shot seven men to death in Florida between 1989 and 1990|||
|Robert Lee Yates||1975–1998||13||18+||Sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment|||
|Robert Zarinsky||1958–1974||2||10||Died in prison|||
Unidentified serial killers
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|
|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|||
|Ann Arbor Hospital Murders||1975||10||10||MI||Poisonings of 10 patients at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in 1975|||
|Atlanta Ripper||1911||15||15–21||GA||Mystery murderer(s) of 15 Atlanta women in 1911|||
|Axeman of New Orleans||1918–1919||6||6–7||LA||Responsible for the deaths of 6–7 people in New Orleans and the surrounding areas from 1918–1919|||
|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|||
|Charlie Chop-off||1972–1974||6||6||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|||
|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|||
|Cleveland Torso Murderer||1934||13||40+||OH||Also known as the "Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run"; responsible for 12–13 murders in the Cleveland, Ohio area in the 1930s|||
|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|||
|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|||
|Cumminsville murders||1904–1910||5||5||OH||Series of brutal murders and mutilations of women in the Cincinnati neighborhood of South Cumminsville|||
|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|||
|Daytona Beach killer||2005–2016||4||7+||FL||Murdered four, possibly five, women in Daytona Beach, Florida between 2005 and 2007. Suspect Arrested September 15, 2019 |||
|Denver Strangler||1894–1903||3||5||CO||Strangled three prostitutes in Denver in 10 weeks; also thought to be responsible in two more murders|||
|The Doodler||1974–1975||14||14||CA||Sketched then stabbed to death 14 gay men in San Francisco, California in the 1970s|||
|Eastbound Strangler||2006||4||4||NJ||Murdered 4 women near Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2006.|||
|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|||
|February 9 Killer||2006–2008||2||2||UT||Suspected serial killer who murdered 2 women on the same date, two years apart|||
|Flat-Tire murders||1975||5||5+||FL||Killed 5 women in 1975|||
|Frankford Slasher||1985–1990||8||9||PA, NJ||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|||
|Freeway Phantom||1971–1972||6||7||DC||Raped and strangled six young women and girls in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970s, dumping their bodies by freeways|||
|Golden State Killer||1979–1986||12||13+||CA||Also known as the "East Area Rapist" and the "Original Night Stalker"; murdered 3 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. Suspect arrested on April 24, 2018.|||
|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[update], he has been convicted in two of the murders|||
|Honolulu Strangler||1985–1986||5||5||HI||Raped and strangled five young women in Hawaii in 1985 and 1986|||
|I-45 Killer||1980||0||4+||TX||Strangled four known victims in 1980 and sexually assaulted some. Three of the four women have never been identified.|||
|I-70 Killer||1992–1994?||6||8+||IN, MO, KS
|Killed and robbed six store clerks around the Midwestern United States|||
|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|||
|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|||
|The Man from the Train||1900–1912||0||40+||USA||Probably one Paul Mueller. Killed whole families in their sleep, from the east coast to the west and many places between, 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.|||
|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|||
|New Bedford Highway Killer||1988–1989||9||11||MA||Murders of nine women and disappearance of two others between 1988 and 1989|||
|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|||
|Ohio Prostitute Killer||1981–2004||7||10||OH||An individual believed to have murdered prostitutes and exotic dancers. His first victim is suspected to be Marcia King, who was identified in 2018.|||
|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.|||
|Phantom Killer||1946||5||5||TX||Believed to have committed the Texarkana Moonlight Murders in Texas between February 23 and May 4, 1946|||
|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."|||
|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|||
|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|||
|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|||
|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|||
|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. May have been the work of multiple killers. Convicted murderer Edward Harold Bell, 72 years old in November 2011, claimed in a letter to police in 1998 to have murdered 11 girls in Galveston County. Kevin Edison Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment for one of the murders in 2012.|
|Tube Sock Killings||1985||4||6||WA||Unsolved murders which occurred in the remote community of Mineral in Washington|||
|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|||
|Targeted young couples. Remains unsolved but open in the California jurisdictions the 5 certain Zodiac murders occurred. Potentially 37 total victims claimed but unverified.|||
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