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This list contains information about criminal Boy Scouts, loosely ranked by fame and notoriety. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States. As such, it should come as no surprise that a few members have gone on to lead lives of crime. Some former Scouts have committed crimes involving fraud, while others have been convicted of murder.

Who is the most famous criminal who was a Boy Scout? Ted Bundy tops our list. The serial murderer and rapist was involved with his local Boy Scout Troop throughout high school. After many years on death row, Bundy was executed in the electric chair by the State of Florida on Jan. 24, 1989. Columbine shooter Eric Harris is another Boy Scout who ultimately killed.

Dennis Rader, AKA the BTK Killer, was a member of the Boy Scouts of America when he was growing up in Wichita, KS. Rader plead guilty to murdering 10 people and was sentenced to 175 to life in prison for his crimes. Other criminals who were Boy Scouts include H.R. Halderman, Arthur Gary Bishop and Mark Hofmann.

Are you surprised by the number of Boy Scout criminals? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
Ted Bundy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Notorious Criminals Who Were Boy Scouts
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Rapist and murderer Ted Bundy was involved with his local Boy Scout Troop when he was in high school. After many years on death row, Bundy was executed in the electric chair by the State of Florida on Jan. 24, 1989.

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Age: Died at 43 (1946-1989)

Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

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Eric Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Notorious Criminals Who Were Boy Scouts
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Columbine shooter Eric Harris was a Boy Scout. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 20, 1999 after killing 12 students and 1 teacher at his high school, along with his co-conspirator Dylan Klebold.

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Age: Died at 18 (1981-1999)

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

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Dennis Rader is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Notorious Criminals Who Were Boy Scouts
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Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK Killer, was a member of the Boy Scouts of America when he was growing up in Wichita, KS. Rader plead guilty to murdering 10 people and was sentenced to 175 to life in prison for his crimes. He will not be eligible for parole until 2180.

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Pittsburg, Kansas, United States of America

Credits: Feast of the Assumption: BTK and the Otero Family Murders, NBC News Presents: BTK Confessions

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Charles Whitman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Notorious Criminals Who Were Boy Scouts
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Charles Whitman


On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman killed multiple people in a sniper attack at the University of Texas. He was previously a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and one of the youngest people to ever earn his Eagle Scout status.