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Famous American serial killers list - a comprehensive list of known serial killers who were born or have operated in the US. Who are some famous serial murderers? Serial killers in the USA outnumber those in other countries on a per capita basis, but this data may be due to better law enforcement records. These killers have many victims to their name. Who are the most infamous serial killers? This list of notable US serial killers is alphabetical by first name; you can sort by any column. You can copy this list of the worst, most notorious American serial killers and make your very own list of the most famous serial killers in the United States. List can then be re-ordered to fit your needs.

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Charles Albright is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Charles Albright age 83 - convicted of murdering three prostitutes in Dallas, Texas; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1991

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Joe Ball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Joe Ball Died at 42 (1896-1938) - aka "The Alligator Man"; killed at least 20 women in the early 20th century in Texas

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Herb Baumeister is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Herb Baumeister Died at 49 (1947-1996) - suspected of killing 20+ men along I-70; fled and committed suicide after remains of 11 were found on his Westfield, Indiana property

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David Berkowitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
David Berkowitz age 63 - aka "Son of Sam" and "The .44 Caliber Killer"; convicted of six murders in New York

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Bloody Benders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Bloody Benders family who killed guests at their inn in Labette County, Kansas in 1872

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Robert Berdella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Robert Berdella Died at 43 (1949-1992) - convicted of killing six men in 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri; sexually tortured and dismembered his victims

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Kenneth Bianchi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Kenneth Bianchi age 64 - aka the "Hillside Strangler"; killers of 13 women and possibly involved in three other killings

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Angelo Buono, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Angelo Buono, Jr. Died at 68 (1934-2002) - aka the "Hillside Strangler"; killers of 13 women and possibly involved in three other killings

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Richard Biegenwald is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Richard Biegenwald Died at 68 (1940-2008) - convicted of killing five people in the early 1980s in the Asbury Park, New Jersey area; suspected in at least six other murders

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Arthur Gary Bishop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Arthur Gary Bishop Died at 36 (1952-1988) - Utah man who murdered five young boys; executed in 1988

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Roy Norris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous American Serial Killers

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Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norr... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris age 76 - kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered five girls in 1979

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Terry Blair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Terry Blair age 55

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William Bonin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
William Bonin Died at 49 (1947-1996) - aka "The Freeway Killer"; with several accomplices, claimed the lives of 20 boys in California

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Robert Charles Browne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Robert Charles Browne Died at 39 (1952-1991) - convicted of two murders in Colorado; confessed to 48 murders

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Jerry Brudos is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Jerry Brudos Died at 67 (1939-2006) - aka "The Lust Killer" and "Shoe Fetish Slayer"; killed at least five women in Oregon

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Ted Bundy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Ted Bundy Died at 43 (1946-1989) - law student who raped and murdered more than 35 women in six states; executed in Florida State Prison on January 24, 1989

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David Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
David Carpenter age 86 - aka the "Trailside Killer"; murdered five women on San Francisco-area hiking trails between 1979 and 1981

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Michael Bear Carson and Suzan ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Michael Bear Carson and Suzan Carson nomadic hippie killers involved in the counter-culture movement; suspects in 12 homicides; sentenced to life imprisonment for three San Francisco Bay Area murders in 1983

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Dean Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Dean Carter age 61 - murdered at least four women

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Richard Chase is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Richard Chase Died at 30 (1950-1980) - aka "The Vampire of Sacramento"; murdered six people in California the 1970s

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Doug Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Doug Clark age 67

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Carol M. Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Carol M. Bundy Died at 61 (1942-2003) - aka "Sunset Strip Killers"; killed at least seven people during 1980

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Carroll Cole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Carroll Cole Died at 47 (1938-1985) - killed 16 people between 1948 and 1980; executed in 1985

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Alton Coleman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Alton Coleman Died at 47 (1955-2002) - multi-state killer whose killings took place during two months in 1984 aided by Debra Denise Brown; was convicted of murder in three states

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Ray -Copeland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Ray -Copeland oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States at the ages of 75 and 69; convicted of killing five men; modus operandi was to hire unskilled drifters as farm hands and later kill them

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Ray and Faye Copeland is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Ray and Faye Copeland Died at 82 (1921-2003) - oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States at the ages of 75 and 69; convicted of killing five men; modus operandi was to hire unskilled drifters as farm hands and later kill them

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Dean Corll is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Dean Corll Died at 34 (1939-1973) - committed the Houston Mass Murders in the 1970s

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David Brooks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
David Brooks age 60 - committed the Houston Mass Murders in the 1970s

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Elmer Wayne Henley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous American Serial Killers

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Juan Corona is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous American Serial Killers

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Charles Cullen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Charles Cullen age 57 - nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who killed as many as 40 patients through lethal injection

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Andrew Cunanan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Andrew Cunanan Died at 28 (1969-1997) - murdered five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, in a cross-country journey during a three-month period in 1997, ending with Cunanan's suicide, at the age of 27

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Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Jeffrey Dahmer Died at 34 (1960-1994) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin cannibal who kept heads, skulls and body parts in his apartment for sexual gratification; convicted of 15 murders, but believed responsible for at least two others

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Albert DeSalvo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Albert DeSalvo Died at 42 (1931-1973) - aka "The Boston Strangler"; convicted of unrelated rapes; DeSalvo was never indicted for the Strangler murders, although he did confess to them

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Westley Allan Dodd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Westley Allan Dodd Died at 32 (1961-1993) - raped and murdered three boys in 1989; executed on January 5, 1993

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Ronald Dominique is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Ronald Dominique age 51 - confessed to raping and murdering at least 23 men in Louisiana; sentenced to eight life sentences in 2008

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Nannie Doss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Nannie Doss Died at 60 (1905-1965) - aka "The Giggling Granny" and "The Jolly Black Widow"; serial poisoner who killed 11 family members

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Paul Durousseau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Paul Durousseau age 46 - murdered 7 in southeast United States between 1997 and 2003; may have killed while stationed in Germany with the Army

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Mack Ray Edwards is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Mack Ray Edwards Died at 53 (1918-1971) - convicted of murdering three children after confessing to the murders of six in Los Angeles County between 1953 and 1969; claimed at one point to have killed as many as 18

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Raymond Fernandez and Martha B... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck Died at 37 (1914-1951) - aka the "Lonely Hearts Killers"; killed at least three women and one child in the 1940s but suspected in up to 20 murders in New York and Michigan

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Martha Jule Beck is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous American Serial Killers

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Albert Fish is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Albert Fish Died at 66 (1870-1936) - aka the "Werewolf of Wisteria"; sadist and pedophile who cannibalized several children; convicted of one murder, confessed to two others

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Wayne Adam Ford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Wayne Adam Ford age 55 - aka "Wayward Wayne"; confessed to murdering four women; believed to have killed others

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Kendall Francois is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Kendall Francois Died at 43 (1971-2014) - serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York who targeted prostitutes; after strangling the women, he would store them in various crawl spaces in and around his home

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Joseph Paul Franklin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Joseph Paul Franklin Died at 63 (1950-2013) - racist serial killer who targeted interracial couples and attempted to assassinate Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan; convicted of 11 murders and confessed to nine others

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John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
John Wayne Gacy Died at 52 (1942-1994) - aka "Killer Clown"; killer of at least 33 men and boys; kept bodies buried under his Chicago home

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Gerald and Charlene Gallego is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Gerald and Charlene Gallego aka the "Gallego Sex Slaves Killers"; kidnapped, raped and killed victims in the late 1970s; most of them were teenagers

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Carlton Gary is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Carlton Gary age 63 - convicted of the murders of seven elderly women in Georgia

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Donald Henry Gaskins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous American Serial Killers
Donald Henry Gaskins Died at 58 (1933-1991) - aka "Meanest Man in America"; convicted of nine murders; confessed to more than 200; executed on September 6, 1991