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Famous Serial Killers Who Are Still Alive

This is a list of serial killers who are still alive. When serial killers are caught, after a long period of horrific, evil crimes, it’s almost expected that their lives will be coming to an end. The usual sentence for multiple murders, especially ones committed by serial killers, is death. So that’s why it’s so remarkable to hear about serial killers who are currently still alive, most of whom are serving life sentences in prison. Very few serial killers who have been caught have been released from prison, but there are still some odd exceptions where the law and morality don’t intersect.


Who are these serial killers who are still among the living? How did they escape a death sentence while on trial? What were their crimes and who were their victims? How did these serial killers murder their victims? This list answers these questions and more about some of the world’s most notorious living serial killers.


Many famous serial killers were murdered in jail. The male and female serial killers on this list either received life sentences or managed to avoid life in prison. These rare serial killers may have taken the lives of at least three people, some with victim numbers over 50, yet are still alive.

  1. While working as a nurse over the course of 16 years, Charles Cullen killed at least 35 victims - although the suspected number is actually in the hundreds. He killed patients through overdoses and medical contamination in New Jersey and Pennsylvania hospitals. Cullen was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to 127 years in prison. Since then, investigations into the hospitals that employed Cullen have revealed that some may have been aware that he was harming patients without taking any measures to stop it.

    Born: 1960
    Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States of America
    Profession: Nurse, Physician
    Charles Cullen : see more

  2. Throughout 1979-1981, Atlanta was terrorized by the Atlanta Child Murders where 29 children were kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered. After Wayne Williams was arrested in 1981 for the murder of two adults, police began to suspect that he was the dreaded child serial killer. Although Williams still maintains he is innocent of the child murders, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

    Born: 1958
    Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    Institution: Georgia State University, Douglass High School
    Wayne Williams : see more

  3. David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, terrorized the people of NYC in 1976-1977. Berkowitz claimed he was told by a demon dog to shoot his victims. He killed 6 people and wounded 7 more before getting caught in August 1977. Berkowitz received 6 life sentences.

    Born: 1953
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    David Berkowitz - The Son of Sam : see more

  4. In Italy, Donato Bilancia was responsible for the seven-month long crime spree in 1997 that resulted in the deaths of 17 people, both men and women. His motives for each crime were different, from robbery to sexual assault. He was arrested in 1998 and given 13 life sentences, along with 20 extra years for his sex crimes.

    Born: 1951
    Birthplace: Potenza, Italy
    Donato Bilancia : see more

  5. During the early 1990s, Hu Wanlin was in prison for human trafficking. That didn't stop him from opening a medical practice while jailed. Once he was released after a retrial in 1997, Hu treated hundreds of patients with an herbal remedy that actually contained sodium sulphate. 146 people died of his treatments. He was arrested in 1999 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for practicing medicine without a license. 

    Born: 1949
    Birthplace: Mianyang, China
    Hu Wanlin : see more

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