List of serial killers in the United States

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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.[1][2] 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".[2][3]

Identified serial killers[edit]

Name Years active Proven victims Possible victims Status Notes Ref
Adam Leroy Lane 2007 2 2+ Sentenced to 50 years [4][5][6]
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. [7]
Albert Fish 1924 - 1932 3 8 Executed 1936 Also known as the "Werewolf of Wysteria". A sadist and pedophile who cannibalized several children. [8]
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. [9][10]
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 [11][12][13]
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 [14]
Alvin Neelley 1982 2 2 Died in prison Committed murders with wife Judith Neelley [15]
Amy Archer-Gilligan 1910 - 1917 10 50 Died in Connecticut Hospital for the Insane Poisoned a husband and residents of her nursing home [16]
Andre Crawford 1993 - 1999 11 11 Sentenced to life imprisonment [17]
Andrew Cunanan 1997 5 5 Committed suicide while a fugitive [18]
Andrew Kokoraleis 1981 - 1982 18 18 Executed 1999 Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as Ripper Crew or Chicago Rippers [19][20]
Andrew Urdiales 1986 - 1996 5 5 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment without parole
Ángel Maturino Reséndiz 1986 - 1999 10 16 Executed 2006 Also known as The Railroad Killer/The Railway Killer/The Railcar Killer [21]
Angelo Buono Jr. 1977 - 1978 9 10 Died in prison Along with accomplice Kenneth Bianchi, known as the "Hillside Stranglers" [22]
Anna Marie Hahn 1933 - 1937 5 5 Executed 1938 German-born murder-for-profit killer who poisoned five elderly men
Anthony Cook 1973 - 1981 9 9 Sentenced to life imprisonment Committed crimes with his brother Nathaniel Cook [23]
Anthony Allen Shore 1986 - 1995 4 4 Executed 2018 Also known as the "Tourniquet Killer"; [24]

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Anthony Kirkland 1987 - 2009 5 6 Sentenced to death [26][27]
Anthony Sowell 2007 - 2009 11 11 Sentenced to death Also known as the "Cleveland Strangler" and the "Imperial Avenue Murderer" [28]
Arthur Gary Bishop 1979 - 1983 5 5 Executed 1988 [29]
Arthur Shawcross 1972 - 1989 12 14 Died in prison Also known as the "Genesee River Killer" [30]
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 [31]
Belle Gunness 1900 - 1908 25 40 Unknown Norwegian-born murder-for-profit killer who killed her suitors and children [32]
Bender Family 1869 - 1872 11 11+ Unknown Family of serial killers who lived and operated in Labette County, Kansas
Benjamin Atkins 1991 - 1992 11 11 Died in prison Also known as the "Woodward Corridor Killer" [33]
Bertha Gifford 1900 - 1928 3 17 Died in Missouri State Hospital #4 Found not guilty by reason of insanity [34]
Bill Longley 1869 - 1878 32 32 Executed 1878 Racist gunfighter who killed unarmed slaves and Mexicans [35]
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 [36]

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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 [38]
Blanche Taylor Moore 1968 - 1989 3 4+ Sentenced to death [39]
Bobby Jack Fowler 1973 - 1996 1 20 Died in prison Convicted of one murder, suspected of up to 20 more. [40]

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Bobby Joe Long 1984 10 10+ Sentenced to death Also known as the "Classified Ad Rapist" [42]
Boone Helm 1850 - 1864 11 11+ Executed 1864 Known as the "Kentucky Cannibal" [43][44]
Brian Dugan 1983 - 1985 2 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment [45]
Briley Brothers 1979 11 20 Executed 1984 & 1985 Three brothers and an accomplice responsible for 11 murders [46]
Bruce Mendenhall 2007 1 9 Sentenced to life imprisonment Sentenced to additional 30 years in prison for soliciting murder while in jail [47]
Carl Panzram 1920 - 1929 5 22 Executed 1930 murderer, rapist, and arsonist; convicted of two murders; confessed to 19 others [48]
Carl Eugene Watts 1974 - 1982 22 100 Died in prison Known as the "Sunday Morning Slasher" [49]
Carlton Gary 1977 - 1978 7 7 Executed 2018 [50]
Carol M. Bundy 1980 7 7 Died in prison With accomplice Doug Clark, known as the "Sunset Strip Killers" [51]
Carroll Cole 1948 - 1980 16 35 Executed 1985 [52]
Cary Stayner 1999 4 4 Sentenced to death [53][54]
Cathy Wood 1987 5 6 Incarcerated 20 – 40 years Eligible for parole since 2005 [55][56]
Cesar Barone 1991 - 1993 4 4+ Died in prison before he could be executed Killed four women around the Portland area [57]
Charlie Brandt 1971 - 2004 3 6+ Committed suicide to avoid apprehension [58]
Charles Albright 1990 - 1991 1 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Also known as the "Eyeball Killer" [59]
Charles Cullen 1988 - 2003 10 40+ Incarcerated 127 years A nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania [60]
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 [61]
Charles Schmid 1964 3 4 Murdered in prison by unknown assailants Also known as the "Pied Piper of Tucson" [62]
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. [63][64][65][66][67]
Chester Turner 1987 - 1998 15 16 Sentenced to death Convicted of murdering ten women and a viable unborn baby in South Los Angeles [68]
Christine Falling 1980 - 1982 6 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Epileptic who strangled infants because of voices in her head [69]
Christopher Peterson 1990 4 7 Incarcerated 120 years Also known as the "Shotgun Killer" [70]
Christopher Wilder 1984 8 15 Killed by police during apprehension Also known as the "Beauty Queen Killer" [71]
Cleophus Prince Jr. 1990 6 6 Sentenced to death Also known as the "Clairemont Killer" [72]
Craig Price 1987 - 1989 4 4 Incarcerated Convicted as a minor; scheduled for release in May 2020 [73]
Cynthia Coffman 1986 4 4 Sentenced to death Kidnapped four women by ATMs before accomplice strangled them [74]
Dale Hausner 2006 8 8 Committed suicide in prison Convicted of killing people in random drive-by shootings [75]
Dallen Bounds 1999 4 4+ Committed suicide to avoid apprehension [76][77]
Dana Sue Gray 1994 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment [78]
Daniel Conahan 1993 - 1996 1 14 Sentenced to death Convicted of one murder, but was associated with more than a dozen instances of torture and murders
Daniel Lee Corwin 1987 3 3 Executed 1998 Abducted and killed three women around Texas [79]
Daniel Lee Siebert 1979 - 1986 8 12 Died in prison Killed nine people across America in three months [80]

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Danny Barber 1978 - 1980 4 4 Executed 1999 [82]
Danny Rolling 1989 - 1990 8 8 Executed 2006 Pleaded guilty to murdering five students [83]
Darren Deon Vann 2013 - 2014 7 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment [84][85][86]
David Alan Gore 1981 - 1983 6 6 Executed 2012 One of the pair known as the "Killing Cousins" [87]
David Berkowitz 1976 - 1977 6 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Also known as the "Son of Sam" [88]
David Carpenter 1979 - 1981 6 10 Sentenced to death Also known as the "Trailside Killer" [89]
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 [90][91]
David Mason 1980 - 1982 4 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 [92]
David Meirhofer 1967 - 1974 4 4 Committed suicide First serial killer to be apprehended via usage of offender profiling [93]
David Parker Ray 1950s - 1999 3 60 Died in prison Convicted of kidnapping and torture in 2001, but never convicted of murder [94]
Dayton Leroy Rogers 1983 - 1987 6 8+ Sentenced to death [95]
Dean Corll 1970 - 1973 28 28+ Killed by accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley Crimes referred to as the "Houston Mass Murders" [96]
Debra Denise Brown 1984 8 8 Sentenced to death, commuted to life imprisonment [14]
Delphine LaLaurie 1834 ? ? Died in Paris, France Tortured and maimed her slaves [97]
Dennis Rader 1974 -1991 10 10 Incarcerated - life imprisonment Also known as the BTK Killer [98]
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 [99]
Diane O'Dell 1982 - 1985 3 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Murders of her illegitimate babies [100]
Donald Harvey 1970 - 1987 37 80 Died in prison, killed by unknown assailant Known as the "Angel of Death" [101]
Donald Henry Gaskins 1953 - 1982 9 100+ Executed 1991 Convicted of nine murders; claimed to an author to have killed more than 100 [102]
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 [103]
Dorothea Puente 1982 - 1988 9 15 Died in prison Convicted of three killings; suspected of six others [104]
Doug Clark 1980 7 7 Sentenced to death With accomplice Carol M. Bundy, known as the "Sunset Strip Killers" [105]
Earle Nelson 1926 - 1927 1 22 Executed 1928 Known as the "Gorilla Man" [106]
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. [107][108]
Edmund Kemper 1964 - 1973 6 10 Sentenced to Llfe imprisonment Known as the "Co-Ed Killer" [109]
Edward Edwards 1977 - 1996 5 15 Died in prison awaiting execution Sentenced to death for shooting his foster son in 1996 insurance murder [110][111]
Edward H. Rulloff 1844 - 1870 3 5 Executed 1871 Known as the "Genius Killer" [112][113]
Edward J. Adams 1920 - 1921 7 7 Killed by police during shootout Criminal who murdered seven people, including three policemen [114]
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 [19]

[115]

Efren Saldivar 1988 - 1998 6 50+ Sentenced to life imprisonment
Elias Abuelazam 2009 - 2010 1 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Flint Serial Slasher" and the "Flint Serial Stabber" [116]
Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh 1833 - 1845 2 2 Executed 1846 Self-confessed poisoner who killed her alcoholic husbands [117]
Elmer Wayne Henley 1970 - 1973 6 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment Crimes referred to as the "Houston Mass Murders" [96][118]
Eric Beishline 1992 - 1993 1 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Suspected of murdering up to three elderly people [119]
Faryion Wardrip 1984 - 1986 5 5 Sentenced to death Death sentence currently under appeal [120]
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 [121][122][123][124][125]
Felipe Espinosa 1863 32 32 Killed by Tom Tobin
Frederick Mors 1914 - 1915 8 8 Fate unknown Committed to Hudson River State Hospital, escaped in May 1916. [38]
Gary Evans 1985 - 1997 5 5 Committed suicide to avoid apprehension [126]
Gary M. Heidnik 1986 - 1987 2 2 Executed 1999 Held 6 women prisoner in his basement in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [127]
Gary Ray Bowles 1994 6 25 Sentenced to death [128]
Gary Ridgway 1982 - 1998 49 90+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Green River Killer" [129]
Genene Jones 1977 - 1982 2 60+ Awaiting trial for additional counts Texas pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care; was due to be released March 2018; however, prosecutors charged her with two additional murders [130][131][132][133]
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 [134]
Gerald Gallego 1978 - 1980 10 10 Died awaiting execution Accomplace Charlene Gallego released 1997 [135]
Gerald Parker 1978 - 1978 6 6 Sentenced to death Known as the "Bedroom Basher" [136]
Gerald Stano 1969 - 1980 22 41+ Executed 1998 Guilt has been questioned [137]
Gerard John Schaefer 1969 - 1973 2 34 Murdered in prison by fellow inmate Vincent Rivera Former police officer [138]
Glen Edward Rogers 1993 - 1995 4 5 Sentenced to death Death sentence currently under appeal [139]
Gordon Stewart Northcott 1926 - 1928 3 20 Executed 1930 His mother, Sarah Louise Northcott, was implicated as an accomplice. [140]
Gwendolyn Graham 1987 5 6 Sentenced to life imprisonment [55]

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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 [141][142]
Hadden Clark 1986 - 1992 2 2+ Sentenced to 70 years Cannibal convicted of two murders; confessed to many more [143]
Harpe brothers 1797 - 1804 39 50+ Murdered/executed Brothers or cousins; America's first known serial killers [144]
Harrison Graham 1986 - 1987 7 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment [145]
Harry T. Hayward 1894 1 4 Executed 1895 [146]
Harry Powers 1931 5 5 Executed 1932 Known as the "West Virginia Bluebeard" [147]
Harvey Carignan 1949 - 1974 2 5 Incarcerated 150 years Known as the "Want-Ad Killer"; escaped hanging for a 1949 killing on a technicality [148]
Harvey Glatman 1957 -1958 3 4 Executed 1959 Known as the "Lonely Hearts Killer"; lured women to pose for "bondage photographs"
Harvey Miguel Robinson 1992 - 1993 3 3 Sentenced to death Teenager who stalked, raped and killed [149]
Helen Golay 1999 - 2005 2 2 Sentenced to life imprisonment without parole Killed vagrants with her partner-in-crime, Olga Rutterschmidt [150]
Henry Lee Lucas 1960 - 1983 11 200+ Died in prison Confessed to approximately 3,000 murders, although most of his confessions are considered outlandish [151]
Henry Louis Wallace 1990 - 1994 10 10 Sentenced to death Known as the "Taco Bell Strangler" [152]
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 [153]
Herbert Mullin 1972 - 1973 11 13 Sentenced to life imprisonment Eligible for parole in 2021 [154]
Heriberto Seda 1990 - 1993 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment New York City copycat of the "Zodiac Killer" [155]
Herman Petrillo 1930s - 1938 114 114 Executed 1941 Italian immigrant; leader of the Philadelphia poison ring [156]
Howard Allen 1974 - 1987 3 3 Incarcerated for 60 years Death Sentence Commuted [157][38]
Israel Keyes Late 1990s - 2012 3 11 Committed suicide while in custody 3 confirmed victims; linked to 11 victims in 4 states [158]
J. Frank Hickey 1883 - 1911 3 3 Died in prison Known as the "Postcard Killer" [159]
J.C.X. Simon 1973 - 1974 15 73+ Died in prison Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders [160]
Jack Owen Spillman 1994 - 1995 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Werewolf Butcher" [161]
Jake Bird 1930 - 1947 2 46 Executed 1949 Sentenced to death for the murders of two people; confessed to 44 other murders [162]
James Dale Ritchie 2016 5 5+ Killed by police during apprehension Known as the "Anchorage Serial Killer" [163]
James Swann 1993 4 4 Found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to Saint Elizabeths Hospital Known as the "Shotgun Stalker" [164]
Jane Toppan 1895 - 1901 12 31 Found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed for life to the Taunton State Hospital [165]
Janie Lou Gibbs 1966 - 1967 5 5 Died in prison [166]
Jeffrey Dahmer 1978 - 1991 17 17 Murdered by inmate Christopher Scarver Milwaukee cannibal who retained various body parts of his victims [167]
Jerry Brudos 1968 - 1969 4 4+ Died in prison Known as the "Lust Killer" and "Shoe Fetish Slayer" [168]
Jesse Pomeroy 1874 2 9 Died in prison Known as the "Boy Torturer" [169]
Jessie Lee Cooks 1973 - 1974 15 73+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders [160]
Joe Ball 1936 - 1938 2 20 Committed suicide to avoid apprehension Known as the "Alligator Man" [170]
Joel Rifkin 1989 - 1993 9 17 Incarcerated for 203 years to life [171]
Johann Otto Hoch 1890 - 1905 1 15+ Executed 1906 Known as the "Stockyard Bluebeard"
John Allen Muhammad 2002 7 17 Executed 2009 With accomplace Lee Boyd Malvo perpetrated the D.C. sniper attacks [172]
John Bittrolff 1993 - 2 4+ Sentenced to 25 years to life Suspect in Long Island serial killer case [173]
John Edward Robinson 1984 - 1999 3 8+ Sentenced to death Sometimes referred to as "the Internet's first serial killer" [174]
John Floyd Thomas Jr. 1972 - 1986 7 15+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Southland Strangler" and the "Westside Rapist" [175][176][177]
John Johnson 1843 - ? ? 300+ Died 1900 Known as "Liver-Eating Johnson"; mountain man who allegedly ate the livers of Crows he'd slain [178]
John Joubert 1982 - 1983 3 3 Executed 1996 Known as the "Nebraska Boy Snatcher" [179]
John Norman Collins 1967 - 1969 1 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Co-Ed Killer" [180]
John Wayne Gacy 1972 - 1978 33 34 Executed 1994 Known as the "Killer Clown" [181][182]
Jonathan Preston Haynes 1987 - 1993 2 2 Sentenced to death; commuted to life imprisonment Known as the "Aryan Beauty Killer" [183]
Joseph Christopher 1980 - 1981 12 12+ Died in prison Known as the "Midtown Slasher" [184]
Joseph E. Duncan III 1996 -2005 5 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment Raped at least 17 young boys and three young girls [185][186]
Joseph Kallinger 1974 - 1975 3 3 Died in prison Committed these crimes with his 15-year-old son Michael [187]
Joseph Roy 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. [188]
Joseph "Mad Dog" Taborsky 1950 - 1957 7 7 Executed 1960 [189]
Joseph Naso 1977 - 1994 6 10 Sentenced to death Also a suspect in the Alphabet murders case [190]
Joseph Paul Franklin 1977 -1980 11 22 Executed 2013 Also attempted to assassinate Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan [191]
Josephine Sedita 1930s - 1938 114 114 Sentenced to life imprisonment Italian immigrant; member of the Philadelphia poison ring [156]
Juan Corona 1971 25 25+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Majority of victims had been transient workers [192][193]
Juan Covington 1998 - 2005 2 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment [194]
Juan Segundo 1986 - 1995 4 7+ Sentenced to death, awaiting an October 2018 execution date [195]
Judith Neelley 1982 2 2 Death sentence commuted to life imprisonment Committed murders with husband Alvin Neelley [196]
Judy Buenoano 1971 - 1983 3 3+ Executed 1998 Caught in 1983 after poisoning and car bombing a fiancée [197]
Karl F. Werner 1969 - 1971 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment
Keith Hunter Jesperson 1990 - 1995 8 8+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Happy Face Killer" [198]
Kendall Francois 1996 - 1998 8 10 Died in prison [199]
Kenneth Bianchi 1977 - 1978 12 12 Sentenced to life imprisonment Along with accomplice Angelo Buono Jr., known as the "Hillside Stranglers" [200]
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 [201][202]
Kimberly Clark Saenz 2008 5 10+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Killed five patients by injecting bleach into their dialysis lines .[203]
Kimberly McCarthy 1997 - 1998 1 3 Executed 2013 Crack addict who murdered a neighbour; suspect in two similar murders [204]
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 [205]
Larry Eyler 1982 - 1984 2 23 Died in prison awaiting execution Known as the "Interstate Killer" [206]
Larry Green 1973 - 1974 15 73+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders [160]
Lawrence Bittaker 1979 5 5 Sentenced to death With accomplice Roy Norris known as the "Tool Box Killers" [207]
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 [208]
Lee Roy Martin 1967 - 1968 4 4 Died in prison Known as the "Gaffney Strangler" [209][210][211]
Lemuel Smith 1958 - 1981 5 6 Sentenced to death; commuted to life [212]
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. [213][64][65][66][67]
Leslie Irvin 1954 - 1955 6 6+ Died in prison His Supreme Court case set a precedent for fair trials of highly publicized defendants [214]
Linda Hazzard 1908 - 1911 1 13 Served 2 years Died in 1938 [215]
Lizzie Halliday 1890s 4 7 Died in Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane First woman sentenced to be executed by the electric chair [216]
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 [217]
Loren Herzog 1984 - 1999 3 19 Committed suicide awaiting parole release Along with accompliace Wesley Shermantine known as the "Speed Freak Killers" [218]
Lorenzo Gilyard 1977 - 1993 12 13 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Kansas City Strangler" [219]
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 [220]
Louise Vermilya 1893 - 1911 9 9 Charges dismissed
Lowell Amos 1979 - 1994 1 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment Convicted of murdering his third wife, the other two and his mother died under suspicious circumstances [221]
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 [222]
Lydia Sherman 1863 - 1877 12 12 Died in prison [223]
Mack Ray Edwards 1953 - 1970 3 18 Committed suicide awaiting execution [224][225]
Manuel Moore 1973 - 1974 15 73+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Part of the "Death Angels" cult responsible for the Zebra murders [160]
Maria Carina Favato 1930s - 1938 114 114 Sentenced to life imprisonment Italian immigrant; member of the Philadelphia poison ring [156]
Marie Noe 1949 - 1968 8 8 Sentenced to 20 years probation in 1998 Murdered eight of her children; two others died of natural causes [226]
Marion Albert Pruett 1981 5 5 Executed 1999 Committed his crimes while in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program [227]
Mark Goudeau 2005 - 2006 9 9 Sentenced to death Known as the "Baseline Killer" [228]
Martha Ann Johnson 1977 - 1982 3 4 Sentenced to death; commuted to life [229]
Martha Beck 1947 - 1949 1 20 Executed 1951 Along with accomplace Raymond Fernandez, became known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" [230]
Martha Wise 1924 - 1925 3 3 Died in prison Poisoned 17 members of her own family [231]
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 [232]
Marybeth Tinning 1972 - 1985 2 9 Sentenced to 20 years to life [233]
Maury Travis 2000 - 2002 2 17+ Committed suicide awaiting trial [234]
Melvin Rees 1957 - 1959 5 9+ Died in prison Known as the "Sex Beast" [38]
Michael Bear Carson 1981 - 1983 3 12 Sentenced to 75 years to life [38]
Michael Bruce Ross 1981 - 1984 8 8 Executed 2005 [235]
Michael Gargiulo 1993 - 2008 3 10 Awaiting capital murder trial [236]
Michael Hughes 1986 - 1993 7 7+ Sentenced to death Known as the "Southside Slayer" [237]
Michael Lee Lockhart 1987 - 1988 4 6+ Executed 1997 Received death sentences in three states; executed by the state of Texas
Michael Madison 2012 - 2013 3 3 Sentenced to death [238]
Michael Swango 1981 - 1997 4 60 Sentenced to life imprisonment Physician and surgeon [239]
Michelle Knotek 1994 - 2003 2 3 22 years in prison Tortured and abused boarders in her home with her husband [240]
Milton Johnson 1983 - 1984 10 10+ Sentenced to death Victims included two deputy sheriffs [241]
Montie Ralph Rissell 1976 - 1977 5 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment [241]
Morris Bolber 1930s - 1938 114 114 Sentenced to life imprisonment Russian-Jewish immigrant; member of the Philadelphia poison ring [156]
Morris Solomon Jr. 1986 - 1987 6 7 Sentenced to death Known as the "Sacramento Slayer" [242]
Nannie Doss 1927 - 1954 8 11 Died in prison Known as the "Giggling Granny" and the "Jolly Black Widow" [243]
Nathaniel Cook 1973 - 1981 9 9 Sentenced to life imprisonment Committed crimes with his brother Anthony Cook [23]
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 [244]
Olga Rutterschmidt 1999 - 2005 2 2 Sentenced to life imprisonment without parole Killed vagrants with her partner-in-crime, Helen Golay [150]
Orville Lynn Majors 1993 - 1995 6 130 Died in prison [245]
Ottis Toole 1976 - 1983 6 6+ Died in prison Accomplice of Henry Lee Lucas [246]
Patrick Kearney 1965 - 1977 21 43 Sentenced to life imprisonment [247]
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 [248]
Paul Dennis Reid 1997 7 7 Died in prison awaiting execution Known as the "Fast Food Killer" [249]
Paul Durousseau 1997 - 2003 9 9+ Sentenced to death (overturned on January 31, 2017; awaiting resentencing) German authorities suspect Durousseau may have killed several local women when he was stationed there with the Army during the early 1990s. [250]
Paul John Knowles 1974 18 35 Killed by police attempting to escape from custody Known as the "Casanova Killer" [251][252]
Paul Michael Stephani 1980 - 1982 3 3 Died in prison Known as the "Weepy-Voiced Killer" [253][254]
Paul Petrillo 1930s - 1938 114 114 Executed 1941 Italian immigrant; leader of the Philadelphia poison ring [156]
Peter Kudzinowski 1924 - 1928 3 3 Executed 1929
Phillip Carl Jablonski 1978 - 1991 5 5 Sentenced to death
Randall Woodfield 1979 - 1981 1 20 Sentenced to life imprisonment plus 165 years Known as the "I-5 Killer" and the "I-5 Bandit" [255]
Ralph Jerome Von Braun Selz 1930-1935 1 5 disappeared after parole in 1970 known as "The Laughing Killer" [256][257]
Randy Steven Kraft 1971 - 1983 16 67 Sentenced to death Known as the "Scorecard Killer" and the "Freeway Killer" [258]
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 [121][122][123][124][125]
Raymond Fernandez 1947 - 1949 1 20 Executed 1951 Along with accomplace Martha Beck, became known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" [230]
Rhonda Belle Martin 1926 - 1951 1 6 Executed 1957
Ricardo Caputo 1971 - 1977 4 6 Died in prison [259]
Richard Angelo 1987 4 10 Sentenced to 50 years to life in prison [260]
Richard Biegenwald 1958 -1983 5 11 Died in prison [261]
Richard Chase 1977 -1978 6 6 Committed suicide awaiting execution Known as the "Vampire of Sacramento" [262]
Richard Cottingham 1967 - 1980 6 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" [263][264][265]
Richard Evonitz 1996 - 1997 3 3 Committed Suicide to avoid apprehension [266]
Richard Kuklinski 1948 - 1986 5 100 - 250 Died in prison Mafia associate known as the "Iceman" [267]
Richard Laurence Marquette 1956 - 1975 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment First 11th person named on FBI 10 Most Wanted [268]
Richard Ramirez 1984 - 1985 13 14 Died in prison awaiting execution Known as the "Night Stalker" [269]
Ricky Lee Green 1985 - 1986 4 12 Executed 1997 Bisexual drifter; his wife helped in two of the murders [270]
Robert Anthony Buell 1981 - 1983 1 3 Executed 2002 [271]
Robert Ben Rhoades 1975 - 1990 3 50 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Truck Stop Killer" [272]
Robert Berdella 1984 - 1987 6 6+ Died in prison [273]
Robert Charles Browne 1970 - 1995 2 2+ Sentenced to life imprisonment Missionary convicted for two murders; confessed to murdering 49 women [274]
Robert Hansen 1971 - 1983 17 21+ Died in prison Known as the "Butcher Baker" [275]
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 [276][277]
Robert Lee Yates 1975 - 1998 13 16 Sentenced to death [278]
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.
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 [279]
Robert Shulman 1991 - 1996 5 5 Died in prison [280]
Robert Zarinsky 1958 - 1974 2 10 Died in prison [281]
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 [19]

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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 [282]
Roger Dale Stafford 1974 - 1978 9 9 Executed 1995 [283]
Roger Kibbe 1977 - 1987 7 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "I-5 Strangler" [284]
Ronald Dominique 1997 - 2006 8 23 Sentenced to life imprisonment [285]
Ronald E. Clark 1967 2 9 Died in prison [261]
Ronald Gray 1986 - 1987 4 4 Sentenced to death [286]
Rory Enrique Conde 1994 - 1995 6 6 Sentenced to death Known as the "Tamiami Trail Strangler" [287]
Rose Carina 1930s - 1938 114 114 Sentenced to life imprisonment Italian immigrant; member of the Philadelphia poison ring [156]
Roy Norris 1979 5 5 Sentenced to 45 years to life With accomplace Lawrence Bittaker known as "Tool Box Killers" [207]
Samuel Dieteman 2005 - 2006 8 8 Sentenced to life imprisonment Accomplice Dale Hausner committed suicide in prison [288]
Samuel Green 1817 - 1821 2 2+ Executed 1822 [289]
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 [290]
Sante Kimes 1996 - 1998 2 3 Died in prison Criminal who's responsible for numerous crimes committed with her son, Kenneth Jr. [291]
Scott Erskine 1989 - 1993 3 3+ Sentenced to death [292][293]
Scott Lee Kimball 2003 - 2004 4 5+ 70-year sentence FBI Informant; Proposed as a suspect in the West Mesa murders [294]
Scott William Cox 1980s - 1990 2 20 Granted parole in 2013 [295]
Scott Williams 1997 - 2006 3 3 Sentenced to life imprisonment [296]
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 [297]
Sean Vincent Gillis 1994 - 2004 8 8 Sentenced to life imprisonment [298][299]
Sharon Kinne 1962 - 1964 3 3 Escaped from prison 1969 [300]
Shawn Grate 2005 - 2016 2 5 Sentenced to death [301][302]
Sheila LaBarre 2004 -2006 2 4 Sentenced to life imprisonment without parole Claimed she was an angel sent by God to punish pedophiles [303]
Shirley Winters 1980 - 2006 2 7 Sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years [304]
Stephen Morin 1969 - 1981 4 48 Executed 1985 Suspected in over 30 unsolved violent crimes across the country [305]
Stephen Richards 1876 - 1878 9 9 Executed 1879 Known as the "Nebraska Fiend" [306]
Steven Brian Pennell 1987 - 1988 2 5 Executed 1992 Known as the "Route 40 Killer" [307]
Steven David Catlin 1976 - 1984 3 3 Sentenced to death [308]
Suzan Carson 1981 - 1983 3 12 Sentenced to 75 years to life [241]
Ted Bundy 1961 - 1978 28 30+ Executed 1989 [309]
Terri Rachals 1980 - 1986 6 9 Sentenced to 17 years imprisonment; Released 2003 Former nurse [310]
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 [311]
Theodore Durrant 1895 2 2 Executed 1898 Known as the "Demon of the Belfry" [312]
Theresa Knorr 1984 - 1985 2 3 Sentenced to two life sentences Her sons, William and Robert Jr., were accomplices [313]
Thomas Dillon 1989 - 1992 5 5 5 terms of 30 years to life [314]
Thomas Kokoraleis 1981 - 1982 18 18 Awaiting Release Member of the satanic cult and organized crime group known as Ripper Crew or Chicago Rippers [19]

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Thor Nis Christiansen 1976 - 1979 4 4 Murdered in prison by unknown assailant [315][316]
Tillie Klimek 1914 - 1921 5 7 Died in prison
Timothy Krajcir 1977 - 1982 9 9 Sentenced to life imprisonment [317]
Timothy Wilson Spencer 1984 - 1988 5 5 Executed 1994 Known as the "Southside Strangler" [318]
Todd Kohlhepp 2003 - 2016 7 7 Sentenced to life imprisonment [319][320]
Tommy Lynn Sells 1980 - 1999 6 22 Executed 2014 Confessed to murdering dozens of people, possibly in excess of 70, only six are confirmed [321][322]
Tony Costa 1968 - 1969 4 8 Committed Suicide in prison [323]
Vaughn Greenwood 1964 -1975 11 11 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Skid Row Slasher" [324]
Velma Barfield 1971 - 1978 1 6 Executed 1984 [325]
Vincent Johnson 1999 - 2000 5 5 Sentenced to life imprisonment Known as the "Brooklyn Strangler" [326]
Walter E. Ellis 1986 - 2007 7 7 Died in prison Known as the "Milwaukee North Side Strangler" [327]
Waneta Hoyt 1965 - 1971 5 5 Died in prison Exonerated under New York law because she died before her appeal [328]
Wayne Adam Ford 1997 - 1998 4 4+ Sentenced to death [329][330]
Wayne Nance 1974 - 1986 0 5+ Killed by intended victim [331][332]
Wayne Williams 1979 - 1981 25 31 Sentenced to life imprisonment Has maintained his innocence from the beginning and conviction is considered controversial [333]
Wesley Shermantine 1984 - 1999 3 19 Sentenced to death Along with accompliace Loren Herzog known as the "Speed Freak Killers" [334]
Westley Allan Dodd 1989 3 3 Executed 1993 [335]
William Bonin 1979 - 1980 21 36+ Executed 1996 Known as the "Freeway Killer"; was known to murder with several accomplices [336]
William Clyde Gibson 2002 - 2012 3 3 Sentenced to death [337]
William Dale Archerd 1947 - 1966 3 6 Died in prison First person convicted of using insulin as a murder weapon [338]
William Dathan Holbert 2007 - 2010 5 5+ Sentenced to 47 years Committed murders with his ex-wife Laura Michelle Reese [339]
William Devin Howell 2003 7 Sentenced to life in prison Convicted of killing 7 people in 2003. Believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history. [340][341]
William Henry Hance 1977 - 1978 4 4 Executed 1994 Known as the "Forces of Evil"
William Heirens 1945 - 1946 3 3 Died in prison Known as the "Lipstick Killer" [342]
William Richard Bradford 1984 2 3+ Died in prison awaiting execution [343][344]
William Suff 1974 - 1992 12 22 Sentenced to death Known as the "Riverside Prostitute Killer" [345]

Unidentified serial killers[edit]

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 [346]
Andre Rand 1972 - 1987 0 5 NY Convicted kidnapper suspected of murdering up to 5 children [347]
Ann Arbor Hospital Murders 1975 10 10 Poisonings of 10 patients at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in 1975 [348]
Atlanta Ripper 1911 15 15–21 Ga Mystery murderer(s) of 15 Atlanta women in 1911 [349]
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 [350]
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 [351]
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 [352]
Cincinnati Strangler 1965 - 1966 7 7 OH Raped and strangled seven mostly elderly women in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1965 and 1966 [353]
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 [354]
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 [355][356]
Connecticut River Valley Killer 1978 - 1987 7 7+ Ma, Ct, NY Stabbed at least six women to death in New England in the 1980s, severely injured one [357]
Daytona Beach killer 2005 - 2007 4 5 FL Murdered four, possibly five, women in Daytona Beach, Florida between 2005 and 2007 [358][359]
The Doodler 1974 - 1975 14 14 CA Sketched then stabbed to death 14 gay men in San Francisco, California in the 1970s [360]
Eastbound Strangler 2006 4 4 NJ, NY Murdered 4 women near Atlantic CityNew Jersey in 2006. [361][362]
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 [363]
February 9 Killer 2006 - 2008 2 2 UT Suspected serial killer who murdered 2 women on the same date, two years apart [364]
Flat-Tire murders 1975 5 5+ Killed 5 women in 1975 [365]
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 [366][367]
Freeway Phantom 1971 - 1972 6 7 D.C. Raped and strangled six young women and girls in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970s, dumping their bodies by freeways [368]
Golden State Killer 1979 - 1986 10 13 CA Also known as the "East Area Rapist" and the "Original Nightstalker"; murdered 10 people in Southern California from 1979 through 1986; also linked to more than 50 rapes in the Sacramento area from 1976 to 1979. Suspect arrested on April 24, 2018. [369][370]
Gypsy Hill killings 1976 5 0 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 2015, he has been charged with two of the murders based on DNA evidence [371]
Honolulu Strangler 1985 - 1986 5 0 HA Raped and strangled five young women in Hawaii in 1985 and 1986 [372][373]
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. [374]
I-70 Killer 1992 - 1994? 6 8+ IN, MO, KS, TX (suspected) Killed and robbed six store clerks around the Midwestern United States [375]
Jeff Davis 8 2005 - 2009 8 0 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 [376][377]
Lavinia Fisher ? - 1819? 0 Numerous SC Along with her husband John was a member of a highway gang; allegedly killed travelers visiting her inn. [378]
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 [379][380][381]
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. [382][383][384][385]
Maryvale serial shooter 2016 7 0 AZ Attacked at night from a car using a handgun, killing seven people and injuring two between March and July 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona [386][387]
Mike DeBardeleben 1965 - 1983 0 8 Several Also known as the "Mall Passer"; convicted rapist and counterfeiter who allegedly tortured and murdered women. [388]
Neal Falls ?–2015? 0 10+ Killed up to 10 women before being killed in self defense. [389]
New Bedford Highway Killer 1988 - 1989 9 11 MA Murders of nine women and disappearance of two others between 1988 and 1989 [390]
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 [391]
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. [392][393][394]
Phantom Killer 1946 5 0 TX Believed to have committed the Texarkana Moonlight Murders in Texas between February 23 and May 4, 1946 [395]
Redhead murders 1978 - 1992 8 8+ Series of unsolved homicides believed to have been committed by an unidentified serial killer in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania, also known as the "Bible Belt Strangler." [396][397]
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 [398]
Seminole Heights serial killer 2017 4 0 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. [399]
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 [400]
Smiley face murder theory 1990s - 2000s 0 40+ 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 [401]
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. [402]
Tube Sock Killings 1985 4 6 WA Unsolved murders which occurred in the remote community of Mineral in Washington [403]
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 [404]
Zodiac Killer 1968 - 1974 5 37 CA Targeted young couples. Remains unsolved but open in the California jurisdictions the 5 certain Zodiac murders occurred. Potentially 37 total victims claimed but unverified. [405]

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